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Relief to remote PNG islands coming slowly after Cyclone Ita -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2f0749
Bougainville emergency chief calls on people to help themselves -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e64abb
Aftershocks in Bougainville after quake raises landslip fears -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c0f00e
Atoll folk sell seaweed while awaiting help -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ba5b02
PNG government to appeal judge's refusal to disqualify himself -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a369b3
No progress to cut sorcery killings in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a3e9b2
PNG crime agencies told to enforce new penalties -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0255bd
Manus Island rioters moved to luxury resort as taxpayers foot the bill -- http://giaman.com/pg/?76c1df
Two dead in violent attack on settlers and students in Lae -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3f76eb
The Papua New Guinea Constabulary Band in Australia 1996 -- http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmK7FJGxbN8
Grass Roots Disaster Preparedness in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0203b1
John to walk in the footsteps of Diggers -- http://giaman.com/pg/?16208c
The Coinage of New Guinea -- http://giaman.com/pg/?01b961
Radio broadcaster Jane Belfield became a voice of optimism for PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c0a68b
Kimbe Bay -- http://giaman.com/pg/?78eebb
Violence reduction program in Moresby's Bomana jail -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b27e27
Frank Trimmer's unique wartime sketches shed light on hardships of life in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?299794
Comparing the education systems of China and PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?81b619
Risk and Reward in the Land of the Unexpected -- http://giaman.com/pg/?00f9f5
Address Policing to Curtail Corruption -- http://giaman.com/pg/?306421
Flaws in Ramu NiCo pollution denial -- http://giaman.com/pg/?628f0f
Rimbunan Hijau evicts Bumbu residents in Lae -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f1c73e
Flexible Open Distance Education
Questions are now raised on how a privately owned Flexible learning institution has been operating in a government premises in Lae. Sources who wished to remain anonymous, want the Provincial Government to clarify this. They said, the institution is not part of the Lae Community College, or the Flexible Open Distance Education centre.
The Organising Committee for next year's Pacific Games in Port Moresby are confident there will be no further budget blowouts. PNG were awarded the hosting rights in 2009 but delays early in the process saw construction and planning fall close to two years behind schedule.
Pacific Games organisers focused on doing basics well -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ff0913
Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship
The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for citizens of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Read more by clicking on the link below.
The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2015 J. William Fulbright Graduate Scholarship Program for citizens of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. The scholarship pays for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. One Fulbright scholarship recipient will be chosen for his or her academic merit and leadership potential. Only online applications will be accepted this application cycle.
Domestic servitude, forced labour and sexual slavery or forced prostitution are most common and serious forms of exploitation of human trafficking in PNG. These forms of human trafficking may not be seen as serious because they are also entwined in PNG's cultures, for instance; forced marriages and domestic servitude.
Corruption, weak governance, and powerful timber barons are illegally stripping the forests of Papua New Guinea, according to a new report from the Chatham House. The policy institute finds that 70 percent of logging in PNG is currently illegal, despite the fact that 99 percent of land is owned by local indigenous communities.
Deep Sea Mining
The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off PNG - when a wrangle over terms is solved.
Undersea Miner Resolves Dispute -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b8bbe6
BSP completes landmark transaction to fund States equity in Solwara 1 -- http://ow.ly/i/5lljG/original
PNG Ministers Criticised
There has been criticism of a push by two ministers to deport the executive director of the PNG Institute of National Affairs, Paul Barker. The Post Courier reports the National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, and the Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Mao Zeming, want him out of PNG.
IPIC a Win-win
The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) was a win-win deal for the country that left no debt when concluded, says Sir Michael Somare.
PNG Forest Governance
A British think-tank says PNG could improve its forest governance by negotiating a Forest Partnership Agreement with the European Union (EU).
First Missionaries Honoured
Catholics in PNG honoured the evangelisation, 80 years ago, of the remote interior of the nation's main island by making a pilgrimage in the steps of its first missionaries. "After 80 years, the Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Mount Hagen felt it is time to say thank you and to acknowledge all the blessings from God through the missionaries," said Paul Petrus, a social researcher and a layman of PNG.
Newcrest Axes Jobs
Newcrest Mining at Lihir Island in New Ireland province has axed over 200 jobs. The decision has come along with a host of other cost cutting measures by the company. The Melbourne-based gold miner, one of the world's biggest, said it cut 208 jobs across a range of roles at its Lihir site from January to March. Newcrest said it also eliminated another 32 vacant roles at the site, its most expensive to operate.
Taskforce Sweep: New Allegations
Member for Komo Margarime, Francis Potape, was set to appear at the Waigani National Court on the 25th of April for paying himself K60,000 as sitting allowance while chairman of Komo Margarima Joint District Priority and Budget Priority Committee.
Rouna 2 Clean-up
PNG Power Chief Executive Officer Chris Bais, said a recent shut-down at Rouna 2 Power station just outside Port Moresby was mainly to remove debris. Water was totally drained out of the pond to allow PNG Power Employees to safely access the screens for cleaning and after four hours of thorough clean-up, the generators and water supply was restored.
Namah Slams Media
Opposition Leader Belden Namah has slammed the media for not publishing issues raised by him and says from now onwards he will take issues against the government to the streets. He named the Post Courier, The National and EMTV as not carrying his stories and giving issues very little time on air.
NCD Referral Hospital
The St John's Gerehu District hospital will soon be given referral hospital status for the National Capital District. Serving 500-600 patients daily, the hospital last year treated an accumulative 625,000 patients on record.
The border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) in Skouw Wutung remains open, after it was temporary closed for the Indonesia legislative election, despite armed civilians instigating yet another shooting incident.
UK Foreign Travel Advice -- https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/papua-new-guinea
PNG, Indonesia set for border talks -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9c6216
Anti-Graft Independence Vital
The Peter O'Neill-led government has passed legislation to create an Independent Commission Against Corruption. The Governor of Oro province, Gary Juffa, says the country's new anti-graft commission must be truly independent if it is to work.
An inquest into the missing scientists from the Institute of Medical Research has concluded that some are probably dead and the others are either dead or alive.
BSP Aims to Expand
Despite the challenges in the country, Bank South Pacific remains the leading commercial bank in the country and region and aims to expand its foreign investments, a bank official says. Business development and asset finance head Jodi Herbert said as part of its recent major developments, the bank committed K100 million (US$36.14 million) as working capital for a leading mining company.
Better Oil and Gas Management
PNG and the United States both have huge natural resource endowments and face difficult challenges in managing those resources wisely, particularly in areas where communities manage land resources in common. Both nations have recently applied to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, an international effort to "follow the money" that is being spent and used in the extractive sectors.
PNG police have detained 180 people after a witch hunt that left six people dead, including two children. Witnesses say one man killed was an innocent bystander on his way to work, while two children under the age of five were also reportedly killed.
Oil Search Health Foundation
The Oil Search Health Foundation has conducted a five day training session for Personal Development teachers on Sexual and Reproductive Health.
PNG will join the top 10 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exporting countries in seventh place when the first shipment of LNG is exported around mid-year. In 2013 Japan, with an import total of 87.8 million tonnes per annum, was the largest buyer of LNG.
Governor Calls for End to SABLs
A former governor of Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province, Francis Koimanrea, has urged the government to scrap the controversial Special Agricultural Business Lease system. Under the SABL concept, over 70 long term land leases around PNG have been issued on behalf of landowners to foreign investors purportedly for agriculture projects but in effect mainly for logging.
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says controversial land leases abused by the timber industry will be cancelled. Mr O'Neill said all Special Agricultural and Business Leases, or SABLs, are under review and that those abused for forestry will be revoked.
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PNG Hunters vs Manly Seagulls 10 - 11 May, Kalabond Oval, Kokopo, ENB
5th Melanesian Festival of Arts, July 2014
Rabaul Mask Festival, 16 - 21 July 2014
Remembrance Day, 23 July 2014
Wewak Crocodile Festival, 5 - 7 August 2014
National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2014
PNG Medical Symposium, September 2014 - to be held in Goroka
Dedication of Plaque Commemorating Battle of Bita Paka, Saturday 6 September 2014 -- https://www.facebook.com/events/560048074067522
Goroka Show, 13 - 14 September 2014
Independence Day, 16 September 2014
PNGAA Symposium, 17 - 18 September 2014 -- http://www.pngaa.net/news/Symposium.htm
Morobe Show, 11 - 12 October 2014
Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 7 - 9 November 2014
6th PNG Games - Lae - November 2014
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014
Christmas Day - 25 December 2014
Boxing Day - 26 December 2014
Full Pacific Games - PNG 4 to 18 July 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.
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