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Oceania Anglican churches look to build regional cooperation for mission -- http://giaman.com/pg/?80fe37
Refugee in hiding on Manus Island after allegedly being duped into resettlement promotion -- http://giaman.com/pg/?183605
Doctors must be allowed to speak freely on detention centre conditions -- http://giaman.com/pg/?66aea5
The camps where Australia sends -- http://giaman.com/pg/?17e240
Government in UK for outreach to investors -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ac6ef6
The NRL's League Bilong Laif program improves PNG kids' reading skills -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3ded1d
Positive Outcome for Women in Bougainville -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d3de8e
Air Niugini Cadets depart for Pilot training -- http://giaman.com/pg/?950738
Prioritising Basic Education and Global Competence -- http://giaman.com/pg/?319b45
Capital Market and Port Moresby Stock Exchange to be opened to Greater Competition -- http://giaman.com/pg/?db5877
Tufi Village Stay -- https://www.airbnb.com.au/rooms/5069578
Rotarians Against Malaria -- www.ram.rawcs.com.au
Eating human brains helped tribe resist disease, research shows -- http://giaman.com/pg/?48deba
WWII veteran unable to shake memories of Kokoda Track battle -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1ae025
Royal flying doctor retires after 15 years of service -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2f12fd
Humble Rotary Awards Highest Recognition to T&T Salvage -- http://ourtribune.com/article.php?id=18669
Will Genia's parents put Brisbane home up for sale -- http://giaman.com/pg/?26b398
Where are they now: Peter Carey -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2743a2
New Ireland choir to travel to US for SDA event -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/89542
Jungle training: portrait of a Papua New Guinea school - in pictures -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1c75cf
21 striking photos of the world's largest tribal gathering -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f3c433
Illegal Migrants Deported
Nearly 150 illegal migrants have been deported from Papua New Guinea to Indonesia. The migrants in West Sepik province were working for a palm-oil company without proper permits for up to two years.
Queen's Birthday Honours
Many people have been honoured in the Queen's birthday honours list 2015. Three people have been awarded KNIGHTS BACHELOR - they are
Justice Warwick Andrew. Formerly Judge in the National and Supreme Courts. For services to the community and the judiciary.
Kosta George Constantinou, OBE. For services to sport tourism, banking and to the community.
Andrew Sean Trawen, CMG, MBE. Commissioner, Papua New Guinea Electoral Commission. For public service.
Pacific Games Relay
The Oil Search Pacific Games Relay has continued on its trip around the country. The official Games Baton has now visited the Gulf province. The relay has also made visits to Dogura and East Cape, Milne Bay province. East Cape is the most eastern part of the island of New Guinea.
Immigration Officers Charged
Three immigration officers who allegedly beat up a refugee saying "This is our country" have been arrested in Papua New Guinea.
Pacific Angel Exercise
The Pacific Angel 2015 Exercise, conducted in Goroka by PNG and USA, has concluded after seven days of civic assistance projects that provided medical care for 3,859 patients, refurbished three schools for 3,000 students and helped two local hospitals overhaul their ability to respond to emergencies.
Pacific Angel is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance operation conducted in the Pacific area of responsibility to support U.S. Pacific Command's capacity building efforts. The humanitarian and civic assistance program is aimed at improving military-civilian cooperation between the U.S. and Pacific partners.
First Home Ownership
The First Home Ownership Scheme is a joint initiative between GoPNG and BSP, and provides access to all Papua New Guineans to flexible and affordable financial arrangements to enable them to own their own home. To date, BSP has funded a total of 25 loans at an amount of K 8.4million. Most of these are in the NCD. At the moment BSP has over 800 loan applications that are going through processing for eligibility for loan.
Mass Prison Breakout
Poor policing and the slow court process has been blamed for a mass prison breakout from Buimo Jail near Lae. 68 inmates recently escaped from the jail in broad daylight.
Probe begins into mass prison break -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/89568
Send Hope NOT Flowers
Canberra, AUSTRALIA, charity Send Hope Not Flowers has helped turn Papua New Guinea's shocking maternal death rate around by using "mother and baby gifts" to encourage village women to access a supervised birth at health centres throughout Milne Bay province. This has resulted in an 80 per cent increase in the number of mothers receiving medical assistance during labour.
BSP Brand Ambassador
Sprint queen Toea Wisil has signed up as BSP's brand ambassador for another two years. The agreement is timely and was well received by Wisil who is preparing for a medal showdown at the Pacific Games in July. Toea who has represented BSP as the brand ambassador since 2012, is now hard at training for the 2015 Pacific Games.
Bougainville Cabinet Takes Shape
The re-elected Autonomous Bougainville Government President, John Momis, has announced part of his caretaker cabinet. President Momis announced that Patrick Nisira would continue as vice President of the autonomous Papua New Guinea region. He also presented the new member for Peit, Josephine Getsi, who is the first woman to be elected a member of parliament in an open seat, as his caretaker government's choice of women's representative.
Lihir Mine Reopens
Operations at the Lihir Gold Mine have re-started after heavily armed police flew to the island. Newcrest Mining confirmed the gold mine shut down for approximately 36 hours and called the landowner's action "illegal" under an agreement signed in May.
The Lihir gold mine is located in an extinct volcanic crater and is believed to be one of the world's largest gold deposits.
East Sepik Project Funds
Opposition MPs continue to ask questions about how US$18 million meant for an agricultural project in East Sepik was spent.
The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) Bill is to be tabled in Parliament at the next sitting following Gazettal.
Caritas Secondary School
A gymnasium valued at K10 million has been opened at the Caritas Secondary School in Port Moresby. Sports Minister Hon. Justin Tkatchenko said the gymnasium will be used to host Table Tennis, Boxing, Taekwondo and Body Building during the Pacific Games.
-- http://news.pngfacts.com/2015/06/caritas-secondary-school-opens-gypnasium.html ***
Walk Against Corruption
About 3000 people have marched on the streets of Port Moresby in the ninth annual Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption held recently.
Road Running in POM
The top two runners in the Port Moresby Road Runners Endurance Challenge managed to avoid each other in the recent Seven-Mile meet, making it difficult to assess their form with only one race left in the annual points series.
Hospital Resumes Services
The Modilon hospital, in Madang, is expected to resume services after a week's closure in protest over the kidnapping of and assault on two doctors.
Church Fights Witch Killings
The Catholic Church in PNG is trying to curb so called "witch Killings" in the country, which are reported to be claiming up to 150 lives a year. The Church is striving to curb the witch hunts before they reach crazed proportions similar to those seen elsewhere in the world in previous centuries.
Bank Blocks State Fraud
A Papua New Guinea bank says its checks and balances have stopped 47 million US dollars' worth of fraudulent payments from the government system in the past 18 months.
PNG looks to penalise commercial banks -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7d0918
Pacific Games 2015
15 top Australian weightlifters are set to take part in the soon to be held Pacific Games in Port Moresby. The Team includes Commonwealth Games athletes Malek Chamoun and Erika Ropati-Frost (nee-Yamasaki).
Doveton's Puna Nooroa to represent Australia at Pacific Games for touch rugby in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?460019
Strongest ever weightlifting field for Games -- http://giaman.com/pg/?031007
Games medical help the best -- http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=309787
PNG athletes given cash incentives to win gold -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ea6f2e
Stadium set for opening -- http://giaman.com/pg/?728c9d
Three venues to be renamed for Games -- http://giaman.com/pg/?27438e
Hunters Win Again
The PNG Hunters have made it seven in a row and remain in fourth place in the Queensland Cup in Australia. The Hunters remain two points behind overall leaders Townsville.
Five successful young Papua New Guineans departed this week for their pilot training program at the PPT Flying School in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales, Australia after signing their contracts with Air Niugini.
PNG is to go up against Netherlands in a four-day first-class Intercontinental Cup 2015-17 in Amsterdam due to start today (16 June). The Intercontinental Cup is a pathway to Test cricket.
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MV Ammari visiting PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b0355c Ship Locator -- http://ywamships.org.au/ship-locator/
Port Moresby Road Runners Endurance Challenge Final Round - 28th of June 2015
Pacific Games - PNG 4 to 18 July 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
Remembrance Day, 23 July 2015
National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2015
PNG Medical Symposium, usually held in September
Pacific Islands Forum meeting will be held in Papua New Guinea in September
Goroka Show, September 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dad899
PNG Independence Day, 16 September 2015
Morobe Show, October 2015
Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, November 2015
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015
Christmas Day - 25 December 2015
Boxing Day - 26 December 2015
Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby
2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will be the 8th edition of the tournament (Port Moresby) -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_FIFA_U-20_Women's_World_Cup
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.
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