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NCD short of cemetery space -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=79522
Port Moresby hospital to conduct further mass burial -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=79442
Call in Port Moresby for people to claim dead relatives -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=79448
PNG Sustainable Development Program fails court bid -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f4300c
PNG authorities urged to publish monthly bulletins on claimed bodies -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=79557
Innovative mobile phone project monitors understanding of HIV AIDS messages in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8e0694
PNG bilateral partners threat PNG Defence Force: Commander Agwi -- http://giaman.com/pg/?da7790
Aussie PM's XIII beat PNG 50-10 in league match -- http://giaman.com/pg/?253834
Adventist Charity Arm Thanked Teachers -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9719aa
Paradise Cinema, Port Moresby -- http://www.paradisecinemapng.com
PNG High Commission UK -- http://pnghighcomlondon.weebly.com/index.html
Balus - Papua New Guinea Aviation -- https://www.facebook.com/PNGBalus
Helifix Helicopters -- http://www.helifix.com.pg
Absence of voluntary expatriates creates vacuums -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/57174
Overview of Peace Building Fund support to PNG -- http://www.unpbf.org/countries/png
Father, daughter trek PNG jungle to flesh out family war link -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1babff
Baby scales given a second life in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d39869
New road ends isolation for PNG town -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f421eb
Healing Seekers: PNG, Crocodile People, Sago, and Betel Nut --
New Domestic Apron for Jacksons -- http://giaman.com/pg/?090102
Adventist Charity Arm Thanked Teachers -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9719aa
Kundiawa town is sitting on a fiery time bomb -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dd6d62
Federation backs Ok Tedi mine takeover -- http://giaman.com/pg/?534248
Bringing Mr Pip to life -- http://ramumine.wordpress.com/2013/09/29/bringing-mr-pip-to-life
The Insatiable Nautilus -- http://ramumine.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/the-insatiable-nautilus-2
West Papuan Asylum Seekers Deported to PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?08664a
Work has begun on an eight-storey, 60-room residential apartment building at Jackson's Airport for Air Niugini staff. The project is expected to reduce Air Niugini's outlay on accommodation costs of more than K3 million. The new building will be built next to the company's head office and will be constructed by Matrix Constructions PNG. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2015.
New PX Boeing
Air Niugini has taken delivery of a new Boeing 737 800 Next Gen. Reg P2-PXE S/n 33024. This is Air Niugini's 3rd Boeing 737. With the arrival of P2-PXE, the airline now has the flexibility to operate six weekly flights to the Philippines with two and four flights to Cebu and Manila respectively. The plane was officially welcomed to the fleet on the 1st of October 2013.
Black Cat Suspects Charged
Six men, five from Bitoi and one from Salamaua, have been charged with three counts of wilful murder, numerous counts of attempted murder, grievous body harm and armed robbery after a recent attack along the Black Cat Track. The youngest of the suspects is a 19-year-old and the oldest is about 27 years of age.
Black Cat murder accused appear in PNG court -- http://giaman.com/pg/?816951
Three Brisbane men will be among the first trekkers back on the Black Cat Trail after the massacre -- http://giaman.com/pg/?93eef2
Online Visa System
After years of complaints, a new online visa system has been launched for Papua New Guineans seeking temporary business or tourism travel to Australia. The online visa will not allow business travellers to work in Australia, but permits activities such as attending conferences, negotiations and exploratory business visits.
PNG Tourism Gold
The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority's (TPA) recently won Gold at the Pacific Asia Travel Association 2013 Gold Awards, in China. TPA Chief Executive Officer, Peter Vincent, says the gold awards were a boost for the organization, which receives limited government funding, for marketing and promoting PNG abroad.
In September 2013 the estimate for gross domestic product (GDP) growth was lowered by the Bank of Papua New Guinea to around 5 per cent from the Peter O'Neill government estimate of 6.1 per cent.
The extent of fraudulent pharmaceuticals in the Melanesian islands is unknown, but the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has reported that 47 per cent of anti-malarial medicines tested more widely in the South East Asian region are fake.
In PNG a 2011 study of counterfeit and sub-standard medicines by Goethe University in Germany and the University of PNG found that all 14 samples of the antibiotic amoxicillin and anti-malarial drug amodiaquine taken from five registered pharmacies in the capital Port Moresby were defective.
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NCD Betel Nut Ban
A ban on the sale of betel nut (buai) has come into force in Port Moresby but locals are defying the prohibition saying it will affect business. Despite the opposition to the prohibition, National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop said betel nut chewing was a filthy, unhealthy habit with the ban to remain in place.
Betel nut sellers in Port Moresby say they'll defy sale ban -- http://giaman.com/pg/?83b1dc
Ban on betel nut gets backing -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/57195
No more chewing at police headquarters, Kulunga warns -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/57259
The PNG Institute of Medical Research (PNG IMR) had hoped to have its new offices in Madang funded by the PNG Sustainable Development Program's shareholding in OK Tedi but now that the government has taken control of the mine this could all be up in the air.
PNGIMR's Madang branch carries out the bulk of the Institute's vector-borne disease research including world-class research on malaria, one of PNG's leading causes of morbidity and mortality.
All-national staff at PNGIMR -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20131004/news08.htm
Palaeontologists from Museum Victoria, Australia and the Smithsonian Institution have rediscovered what they claim are the oldest sirenian fossils ever found in the Indo-Pacific region. The 12-million-year-old fossils - vertebrae and ribs - were discovered in the Selminum Tem cave in the Hindenburg Range of Western province, more than 30 years ago, but remained unstudied.
Helifix has secured a contract with ExxonMobil to have a fixed wing aircraft observe the gas pipeline in the LNG project. The company will provide a Cessna Grand Caravan to carry three passengers including the pilot to observe the 420-kilometre gas pipeline from the LNG site to Omati in Gulf province.
PNG LNG Freight
In one of its biggest-ever air logistics projects, Volga-Dnepr Airlines completed 88 cargo flights carrying more than 6,000 tonnes of equipment to supply the ExxonMobil-operated PNG LNG Project.
Village House Fire
A fire has gutted a home at Mata village, near the Highlands Highway in Sinasina-Yongumugl district, Chimbu. One boy died in the fire and two were severely burnt. It is believed the fire started from a lit candle after the electricity supply to the house was disconnected.
Madang Governor Jim Kas has begun the reclamation of provincial government-owned land on the outskirts of the town my driving a bulldozer through squatter huts which had sprung up in the area.
Madang governor denies personally bulldozing squatter settlement -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f4f18f
Lae-Nadzab Super Highway
A four-lane highway between Lae city and Nadzab has been estimated to cost K800 million. The first 8 kilometre stretch between Bugandi roundabout, in Lae, and the Wau Road Junction is estimated to cost K285 million.
Atolls Food Crisis
Tasman Islanders are facing a severe shortage of food due to the lack of regular shipping services around Bougainville. All the canteens on the island have run out of basic goods like rice and biscuits.
Deep Sea Mining
The controversial deep sea mine - Solwara 1 - to be operated by Nautilus Minerals looks it will go ahead after an international arbitrator had ruled in favour of the mine, and compelled the PNG government to keep to its end of a joint-venture agreement. The arbitration was conducted in Sydney, Australia, under the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law's arbitration rules.
Beautiful Tufi is a colourful coffee table book about the people, culture and life at Tufi in the Oro province of PNG. The book paints a picture of the peoples' daily tasks, special occasions, their surroundings and history, and how they combine their old traditions and ways with adaptations and preparations for the future.
A former education secretary in Papua New Guinea, Dr Joseph Pagelio, says the country is facing a reading crisis.
PNG Mine Workers Overseas
The slowing of Australia's mining boom has led to big job losses but it seems Papua New Guineans working in Australia are defying the trend and holding on to their jobs.
Security Firm Standoff
A stand-off between Guards from two-security firms in Lae caused disruption to traffic on Friday (4 Oct) at Lae's top town police station. Both security companies have since resumed business and they assured the general public and business houses that the problem won't affect operations and matters are being resolved.
Banning Other Faiths?
Fr. Giorgio Licini PIME - PNG/SI Catholic Bishops Conference says banning other faiths is not only against the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations but also discriminates among citizens on a ground that should never be reason for discrimination: personal faith.
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Air Niugini 40 Year Anniversary Staff Reunion, Brisbane - 2nd November 2013. Details and bookings available through this website. -- http://www.angreunion.co.nr
National Canoe & Kundu Festival -- November 2013
ICC tournament, Dubai -- November 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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