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PMVs in ENB sell Post-Courier newspaper -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20130801/news04.htm
Almost 1500 bound for PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?aa14bf
University of Goroka expels 400 students -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5e0b98
Claims PNG police investigation into Rabaul Queen has stalled -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=77914
Political urgency gives rise to a new (air) cargo cult -- http://giaman.com/pg/?83260b
Gay asylum seekers will be sent to PNG despite threat of imprisonment -- http://giaman.com/pg/?70ee9d
Coppermoly PNG plans hit a hurdle -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ea051b
Gas helps lift PNG growth to 6.1pc -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b278ce
Dept. of Labour and Industrial Relations: National Employment Division -- http://www.ned.gov.pg
PNG Reunions -- https://www.facebook.com/groups/pngreunions/
Kokoda Trail / Tufi Resort Combo -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2fca4c
Papua New Guinea: 'Like everywhere you've never been' -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bef450
Koare Konda Community Forum -- http://www.koarekonda.com/
Exhibition at the Moresby Arts Theatre Bar launching -- http://giaman.com/pg/?392ab2
Operation Open Heart PNG 2012 - YouTube -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nOmHYyrfvYE
A village elder in the Highlands plays a traditional musical instrument -- http://twitpic.com/d604dx
Tribesmen jewels -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d2e7af
Not Victims, Not a Shanty Town -- http://newmatilda.com/2013/08/01/not-victims-not-shanty-town
Sun rise in Madang -- http://t.co/5jHzuhSSVX
Underwater life in PNG -- http://twitpic.com/d5zx48
Sago preparation -- http://twitpic.com/d5zo8q
Love animals? -- http://twitpic.com/d5zug5
PNG provides an unparalleled mix of natural beauty & cultural diversity -- http://www.twitpic.com/d5fa78
Fisherman At Sunset -- http://twitpic.com/d606k0
Lending a hand -- http://ohi.org.au/papua-new-guinea/2013/07/29/lendingahand/
PNG welcomes additional cruise ship programs - Keith Jackson -- http://giaman.com/pg/?47fe75
Two Tumbuan New Ireland Masks Donated to PNG National Museum and Art Gallery -- http://giaman.com/pg/?db9cfb/
Welcome to PNG - a dump in the Coral Sea -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fe86bc
PNG PM Peter O'Neill attacks Tony Abbott over 'untrue' aid claims -- http://giaman.com/pg/?63a530
The aid implications of the PNG solution: what isn't, is, and might be happening -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e75896/
Kokopo and Rabaul -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fea831/
A government official in West New Britain, Steven Raphael, says the operators of the Rabaul Queen which sank off Morobe last year are continuing to put people's lives at risk.
PNG is a bird watchers paradise! There are many locations throughout PNG where you can see the beautiful species of birds in Papua New Guinea, including the different species of the famous Birds of Paradise - found only in PNG.
Rudd's Plan Will Fail
Elder statesman, Sir Michael Somare, has denounced Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's asylum-seeker deal, accusing Mr Rudd of using his country as a dumping ground for displaced people. Sir Michael said he also did not share Mr Rudd's and Mr O'Neill's confidence that the arrangement would stop the boats. "These people are desperate to get to Australia and to live the lifestyle Australia provides and I believe they will keep coming," he said.
Opposition challenges asylum deal -- http://giaman.com/pg/?109b83/
Fiji criticises Australia's asylum seeker deal with PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e0bacc
Lae Chamber of Commerce favours asylum-seeker deal -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8fd9f8
PNG's bishops denounce refugee agreement -- http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=18562
UNHCR troubled by PNG asylum deal -- http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2013/s3811623.htm
The Law Council of Australia has expressed concern over the Australian Government's recent announcement of a Regional Settlement Arrangement with PNG. -- http://giaman.com/pg/?034123
Australia's decision to send asylum-seekers to its struggling Pacific neighbour Papua New Guinea will cost the government about Aus$1.1bn (US$980mn) -- http://giaman.com/pg/?02601c
Australians funding PNG's feared cops -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c0b5da
Dispute Over PNG Payments
PNG and the Australian Government, led by Kevin Rudd, are at odds over what new infrastructure Australia will pay for as overseas aid under the controversial asylum-seeker deal. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has said Australia will pay for the upgrade of a highway into the port city of Lae and the construction of new law courts in the capital, Port Moresby. But Australia says it has agreed only to ''scoping studies'' into the work.
Vale Joe Kanekane
Joe Kanekane, 44, has passed away on the 14th of July after suffering a heart attack at Tabubil General Hospital. He was the PNG Media Council President. His achievements included directorship of the PNG Law and Justice Sector Secretariat (PNG LJSS).
Asylum Centre Expansion
A major logistical effort was under way in Port Moresby yesterday to ship heavy equipment, tents and supplies to Manus Island in order to rapidly expand the Papua New Guinea detention centre.
Beggars an Eyesore
Beggars in Kokopo town, East New Britain, are becoming an eyesore, according to an online survey.
With businesses expanding and many developments happening in the town and province, beggars are increasingly become an unwelcome sight.
Acting National Court Officials
Three acting National Court judges have been sworn-in for 12-month terms. They are Kewai Kawi-iu from Dermibat in Manus, Steven Oli from Irupara village in Rigo, Central, and Regett Marum, from Rabaul in East New Britain.
Road Accidents Increasing
Road accidents in the country have increased considerably and drastic action must be taken to address them, National Road Safety Council executive director Nelson Terema says.
Fifty well trained and experienced Federal police from Australia will be in Papua New Guinea to mentor local police. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said that this was one of the government's strategies to address law and order issues in the country.
More needed in cop exchange -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20130805/news09.htm
Twenty three people have reportedly died during a recent road accident involving a Public Motor Vehicle in Wewak. It was alleged that the passengers were on their way to Wewak town when the accident happened.
Hagen Hospital Upgrade
The Papua New Guinea government has committed more than 217 million US dollars over the next four years for the rebuilding of Mt Hagen General Hospital to a level six trauma specialist hospital.
PM's Charity Gala
Tina Arena, one of the Australia's most revered singers, has performed at the Prime Minister's Charity Gala held at the Dynasty Restaurant. The Gala was to celebrate the PM's first 12 months in office. K3.86 million was raised for charities in the country through the PM O'Neill Foundation.
Operation Open Heart Surgery
The annual Operation Open Heart (OOH) surgery program has commenced in Port Moresby. The OOH team hope to be able to complete 30 operations within a week.
OOH coordinator Professor Nakapi Tefuarani said the operation has gained the country's recognition in terms of the government's K2 million annual funding.
Operation Open Heart involves a team of medical and health specialists including surgeons, anaesthetists, physiotherapists, intensive care and operating theatre nurses and technicians who all donate their time, skills, expertise and money to travel from Australia to Papua New Guinea to join forces with their local counterparts to perform cardiac surgery on Papua New Guineans.
PNG and Solomons
Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo has highlighted the importance of building a strong private sector relationship between Solomon Islands and PNG. In a brief courtesy call to his office by the PNG trade minister Richard Maru yesterday, Mr Lilo said it is important for the Solomon Islands to look to its Melanesian brothers like PNG to increase the dimension of trade.
According to the PNG Ports Corporation Ltd (PNGPCL) work on the K45 million Alotau Port development is progressing well and should be completed on time for the first cruise liner expected to berth in November. The development project is supported by the Milne Bay provincial government and Governor Titus Philemon. The Milne Bay provincial government is spending K3 million as counterpart funding for the project being undertaken by the National Fisheries Authority.
Australian Chief Visits PNG
The Australian Chief of the Defence Force (CDF), General David Hurley, AC, DSC, and his wife Mrs Linda Hurley have visited PNG from 1 to 3 August in support of the enduring PNG-Australia defence partnership. This was General Hurley's inaugural visit to PNG as CDF, and he took time to meet with PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) troops in Port Moresby and Wewak.
Aust defence chief signals more help -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/53875
PNGDF needs good admin -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20130805/news18.htm
Companies Scent Offshore Gold
Western Australia-based Decmil, a company previously little known outside the mining industry, has picked up a government deal worth at least $150 million to build quarters on Manus Island for an initial 600 asylum seekers and another 200 staff at a permanent site, away from the naval base where the present tent city sits.
Missing IMR Researchers
It has been over two years since Gibson Gideon, Tania Oakiva, Lydia Petrus, Leonard Vavana and George Dogoya from the PNG Institute of Medical Research went missing in the waters of West New Britain. The government may have forgotten these five but their memory lives on in the hearts of family, friends and co-workers.
Eagle Boys Pizza
Eagle Boys has partnered with Port Moresby based retail company CPL Group to bring the brand to PNG. The pizza franchise's first store is located in the Port Moresby suburb of Central Waigani, and a second is set to open outside CPL Group's Stop and Shop supermarket in the city centre at the end of August.
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Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013
2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)
East Sepik Crocodile Festival -- 6th - 7th August 2013
Mt. Hagen Cultural Show -- 17th - 18th August 2013
Goroka Show 14th - 15th August 2013 -- http://epictomato.com/inspiration/the-goroka-show-papua-new-guinea
National Canoe & Kundu Festival -- Nov 2013
Christmas Day - 25th December 2013
Boxing Day - 26th December 2013
New Year's Day -- 1st January 2014
Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014 -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20130322/news05.htm
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.
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