Iranian refugee in Fiji deported

Loghman Sawari was taken to the Nadi International Airport Departures Area after police and immigration intercepted the vehicle he was in with his lawyer, Aman Ravindra-Singh, this morning.

The pair were to meet with the Immigration Director Nemani Vuniwaqa.

Mr Sawari was taken into immigration custody just after 7.30am local time.

Fiji Village reports Mr Sawari came to Fiji on a PNG passport and his Immigration Arrival Card had misleading information.

He is a declared refugee in PNG.


Photo: Loghman Sawari in Fiji

7.9 quake near Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea

An alert from the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center (PTWC) says widespread hazardous tsunami waves are possible for parts of the Pacific.

Areas issued tsunami warnings include Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea , Pohnpei , Vanuatu , Chuuk, Indonesia, Nauru and Kosrae.

Initial reports suggest the earthquake struck at a depth of 154km.

The quake was initially recorded at 8.0M.

More to come.

NZ Herald



LOC condemns ‘ticket touters’

LOC Chief Executive Officer, Seamus Marten said match tickets are being sold at the four ticket outlets in Port Moresby and one outlet in Lae.

He said the LOC nor the ticket outlets are giving bulk tickets to people to sell outside of the official ticket outlets at their own mark-up prices.

Marten said ticket outlets have a limit to sell to individuals per purchase but there is no law in PNG preventing people from doing this.

“We can only encourage people to buy from the authorized outlets at face value,” said Marten.

Brazil coach overwhelmed with reception received from PNG

Speaking through a translator, Bueno made this comment at the post-match conference after losing to Japan 3-1 in the quarterfinal yesterday.     

He said the assistance and friendliness received by the coaching staffs and players will be treasured. 

Bueno added that he felt sad they will be leaving PNG soon. 

Brazil still improving, says Coach

The Brazilian ladies bowed out of the world cup yesterday after losing to Japan 3-1 in the quarterfinals played in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.    

Translated by a translator, Bueno said, heading into the match, they knew Japan would be a tough team to play as they play fast and are a defensive team.    

“They scored in the first end of first half, and in the second half we needed to score that is why we were open.”

Nicollete Ageva makes history to score PNG's first goal

PNG is currently behind Korea DRP 4-1 at halftime in the last round of Group A matches.

Ageva scored a memorable goal 12 minutes into the game to level the score 1-1.

Korea DPR was the first to score six minutes into the game through forward Un Sim Ri to open up the score board 1-0.

PNG bounced back to score its first goal in the tournament through Ageva.

Ageva made a clear shot sweeping the ball past the defenders' goal keeper straight through the net surprising many fans.

The crowds got onto their feet cheering the home team on.

PNG and South Korea match underway

Top team South Korea, in red   is led by captain Un Hwa Kim.

The PNG side in yellow is being led by captain Yvonne Gabong.

A crowd of 5,449 is out to support the home team.

Many fans on the stands have expressed support for the PNG side despite their two previous loses.

The Koreans will be hoping to score a big margin tonight but PNG is also out to put pressure and maintain their defense.

PNG takes on favourites South Korea in last round

PNG will take on favourites South Korea in the final match of Group A tonight (Sunday, November 20) at the National Football Stadium, Port Moresby.

The visitors have nothing to lose in Sunday’s game but PNG will be hoping to at least score a goal in the tournament on home soil.

Unbeaten North Korea is leading the group points ladder while PNG is yet to secure a win and put a mark on the score board.

In PNG’s previous encounters, the host nation was humiliated by Brazil in their first match 9-0 and defeated by Sweden 6-0 in the second match.

PNG loses its 2nd match to Sweden

 In the earlier pool match, Korea DPR defeated Brazil 4-2, to remain the unbeaten team in Group A.

Sweden striker Blackstenius bagged a double to make host, PNG, trail 2-0 at half-time, and added another double in the second half to increase her match tally.

Sweden substitute Johanna Kaneryd and Anne Anvegard also scored a goal each in the match.

The home girls failed to play basic soccer with many passes going astray, giving the visitors a stroll in the park in front of 9, 123 spectators.

Sweden leads PNG 2-0 at half time

With a capacity crowd cheering the host country, PNG, inaccurate passes by the girls in the first 45 minutes gifted Sweden with all the ball possession.

 Blackstenius scored on the 8th and 42nd minutes using her height and size to her advantage.

The PNG side was starved of ball possession and had themselves to blame with many poor plays in their own half.