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Editorial, Normal
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The National, Thursday 25th April 2013

 THE Fiji Police band has been performing at various places to promote how community policing in Fiji is done. In Fiji, the band would receive food in appreciation when it performed in local communities. Tuesday’s gig at the PNG Power office saw them receive K2,020 in cash after a donation box was passed around during the band’s lunch-hour show.  

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THE only female in the nine-member Fijian Police band is Raijieli Malimali. Vosota Raijieli!!

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AN advertisement in yesterday’s newspaper caught the attention of a reader. One could say blame the gremlins but it’s in print. In the classifieds on page 37, there is a unit for rent in Boroko at K170,000 per week. Maybe it was a typo, that rate is definitely unbeatable and unbelievable.

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AN irate Digicel customer can’t wait to join the new Vodafone bemobile company after another frustrating experience on Sunday. He went to the Digicel office at Vision City and asked for a K10 top up. He gave a K20 note. The girl serving him said: “Sorry no change. And banks are closed today.”  She directed him to the next shop. So disappointing.

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CITY residents are questioning why potholes occur very quickly even if it is a new road. It has also been observed by some that pot holes are often just largely filled with loose grave and sealed with a thin layer of bitumen mix. The city residents deserve an explanation from the authorities on this.

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GETTING the best health care is something we all want for our children and ourselves too.  Every day in PNG, children and adults are losing their lives from treatable and preventable illnesses such as pneumonia, malaria, tuberculosis, diarrhoea, among others.  Major factors contributing to these deaths are lack of proper diagnosis and treatment. 

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THIS is where medical research comes in and this is what the PNG Institute of Medical Research (IMR) does. Just as humans change their lifestyles, so too the lifestyles of micro-organisms over time. Often this affects the response of a virus, or bacteria, or parasites to drug treatments as they can become resistant to these drugs. We need to constantly monitor these diseases, the drugs that are used to treat them and the interventions used to control them to ensure we deliver the best health care possible.

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THIS issue still remains unanswered by the authorities on how much effort they are putting in to give serious consideration to ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The appropriate policies are in place to respect the rights of the disabled. They just need implementation.

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