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A Review of the Kokoda Trail Attack -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3e532f
Juffa slams Arore for not being useful and intelligent -- http://giaman.com/pg/?05e749
Oro Youths Surrender -- http://giaman.com/pg/?08d408
Police investigate torture of women accused of witchcraft -- http://giaman.com/pg/?318366
PNG drought: A desperate need for food in drought-ravaged Western Province -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b1d98d
Lack of co-ordination hampers PNG drought relief -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6ca936
Capital Rugby Union Pre-Season into Round Two -- http://giaman.com/pg/?95c857
Australian man found dead in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ae2b2b
What If the Australians Had Lost the Kokoda Trail Campaign? -- http://giaman.com/pg/?eaf62f
SpeedCast and O3b Networks Expand Connectivity in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?456f5e
Australian retailer selling PNG goods -- http://passion4png.com.au/ -- also visit them at E-Shed Markets in Fremantle, Western Australia. +61 430 426 826
Top up a Digicel PNG phone from Australia -- https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/en-PG/
PNG - Australia Relations: Historical Links and Lessons from the Past -- http://giaman.com/pg/?10fde2
Nevada couple serves in PNG -- http://www.nevadadailymail.com/story/2266803.html
City Mission PNG - Haus Ruth -- http://www.citymission.com.pg/ruth.html
Who owns traditional arts? -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3e89cb
No Proper Sexual Violence Statistics -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e252ab
Christian mission pilot to return with to PNG after losing right leg -- http://giaman.com/pg/?384fd9
Disaster Boss Kidnapped
The Madang Disaster Director, Rudolph Mongalee, was held captive overnight before being released the following day. He said his kidnappers asked him why his Department is giving too much attention to the Manam Islanders, and not everyone else.
Air Niugini has scored well at Airline Ratings. The airline scored 5/7 in the safety rankings and an impressive 6/7 in the product rankings. For its First Class product category, the review highlighted Air Niugini's "Superior meal/snack service with beverages". PNG Air and Travel Air do not feature in the reviews.
El Niño Effect
During 2015, much of rural PNG has been harshly impacted by a severe drought and, at a number of very high altitude locations, by repeated frosts. The impact is similar, but not identical, to that of the major 1997 drought and frosts. The El Niño associated drought had a major impact on water supply in very many parts of PNG.
PNG urged to prioritise drought response -- http://giaman.com/pg/?85f715
Ok Tedi Operations
According to Treasury secretary Dairi Vele OK Tedi Mining Limited is expected to resume operation in March.
Ok Tedi Law Suit
Sir Mekere Morauta has begun legal proceedings, in the Supreme Court of Papua New Guinea, seeking to have the Ok Tedi Tenth Supplemental Agreement Act 2013 declared unconstitutional and invalid. Sir Mekere has brought the case as a private citizen because he believes there are serious Constitutional flaws in the Act, and that it is harsh, oppressive and unjust.
Mining Boom Bust
The PNG government has finally admitted that PNG's revenue surge has ended. As long as PNG's mining boom lasted, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill could build parliamentary support by allocating constituency funds to each Member of Parliament's (MP) district.
PNG's tourism ministry will spend 1.5 million US dollars promoting tourism to Milne Bay and East New Britain provinces. The new tourism minister, Justin Tkatchenko, says PNG needs to look at its own backyard first and make tourism more viable before promoting it on the world stage.
Anglican Archbishop Visits Norwich
The Anglican Archbishop of PNG, Clyde Igara, was reunited with ten pilgrims from the Diocese of Norwich during his recent visit to the United Kingdom to attend the Primates meeting organised by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Kikori Rural Hospital
ExxonMobil PNG Limited (EMPNG), operator of the PNG LNG project recently visited the Kikori Rural Hospital in the Gulf Province and donated a fully kitted ambulance.
Flow Test at Antelope-5
Port Moresby Stock Exchange has been advised by Total E&P PNG Limited, operator of Petroleum Retention License 15 in the Gulf province that the second planned extended well test has commenced at Antelope-5.
Noticeable Stock: Inter Oil Corporation -- http://giaman.com/pg/?809383
Kumul Petroleum Gives to Charity
Kumul Petroleum Holdings has presented a total of over K75,000 to three charity organisations (PNG Cancer Foundation, Cheshire Home and Life PNG Care) to support their charity work.
UB 40 Visits POM
The popular British reggae band UB40 visited PNG recently with the lead singer Ali Campbell, Singer Astro and keyboardist Mick performing for two nights in Port Moresby. This trip is UB40's second trip to the country after their performance in 2014 at the Lamana Gold Club.
Power Transmission Line Inspection
PNG Power Ltd (PPL) is conducting an Airborne Integrity Inspection of all transmission lines apparatus within the city's power grid. PPL has engaged Aeropower, an Australian based company to conduct the line integrity inspection.
Aviation Smuggling Concern
An increase in aviation smuggling of contraband items has law enforcement agencies concerned. Airport Police Station Commander, Robert Wane, warned the public not to involve themselves in such activities. Commander Wane said airport police will tighten measures after seeing the rise in smuggling of marijuana, betel nut and mustard.
Divine Word Uni Vice-Chancellor
Prof Cecilia Nembou has made history by becoming the first female Vice-Chancellor of a university in Papua New Guinea. Nembou takes over at Divine Word Uni from foundation president and Vice-Chancellor Fr Jan Czuba whose term expired after leading the institution from the start in 1996 when it transited from the former Divine Word Institute into a university.
Prime Minister Recognised
Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has received an award in recognition of his contribution to the management of Papua New Guinea's economy, and towards the advancement of higher education in the nation.
Electoral Commission Awareness
The elections are just around the corner so the PNG Electoral Commission has been invited to Port Moresby Grammar School in the National Capital District to give an awareness teaching staff of the School on Electoral Rolls and Enrolment of Voters in Preparation for the 2017 National Elections.
Judge Cautions Lawyers
Acting Judge Salee Koeget has cautioned lawyers at the National Court to correctly interpret laws and advise their clients on their legal positions. His Honour said laws must be interpreted and applied according to the facts of the case, and lawyers must explain clearly to their clients, the legality of their cases.
POM Softball Competition
The Port Moresby Men's Softball Competition is now in full swing, with its first round of matches. There are 9 teams registered in the competition and will have two rounds before the finals will be played.
NRL in PNG
Will there ever be an Australian NRL match played at the newly renovated / revamped National Football Stadium (formerly Lloyd Robson Oval)?
PNG National Football Stadium -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ee4572
NZ'd Funded Electricity Projects
The Government of New Zealand has provided additional financing of K7.4 million to expand the electricity grid in rural areas of PNG.
Traffic authorities in Port Moresby impound about 500 vehicles per year, according to a Traffic Inspector employed with the Central Provincial Transport Authority. Traffic Officer Mr. Kirip says private motor vehicles, PMVs, engaged in the business of charging fees for public transport, usually account for the bulk of impounded vehicles.
Four young Central Province ladies have graduated with a Diploma in Aviation after a successful 20 months training at the Nelson Aviation College in New Zealand.
- Selina Kule from Makerupu and Kaparoko villages
- Marie Auka from Kapari Viriolo village in Abau,
- Gail Gela Rivu from Viriolo and Paramana villages, and
- Siolima Walo from Hula
Police Recruits Financial Training
Over 270 recruits at the Bomana Police Training College have completed a Westpac Bank financial training workshop. The college management believes the workshop will train recruits, to make economic decisions when they pass out from Bomana. The training covered a range of basic knowledge on savings, budgeting and spending.
Fruit and Vegetable Ban on Hold
The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce has welcomed the prime minister's commitment to consultation on the issue of the ban on importing fruit and vegetables. But they are unsure what the announcement of a three month moratorium on the ban actually means.
Calls from business to sack PNG's agriculture minister -- http://giaman.com/pg/?31aa8d
Permit opened to all -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/101844
The Story Behind The Vegetable Import Ban -- http://giaman.com/pg/?70604a
Off Season Rugby League
Ninety-two teams have registered with the Bomana off Season rugby league competition, which has kicked-off in the Moresby North east electorate. These teams are competing in the A and B grade divisions.
Security Guard Permit
From the 5th of February all Security Guards will have to have a permit entitling them to work. Penalties will be charged against private security companies employing unpermitted or untrained security guards after this date.
Kokopo Fire Station
At the Kokopo Fire Station the only equipment that is operational is a die-cast Rhino model fire engine, given to the Kokopo fire brigade by the PNG Fire Service in 2008.
Apisah's in Tennis
Violet Apisah, born in PNG and representing Australia, has recorded a first round win in the girls' draw of the Australian Open.
An older article about the Apisah sisters -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fc2f26
Abigail Tere-Apisah prepares for the World Class Asia-Pacific Tennis League -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5cefb3
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Women Not Witches Tour - Wabag and Mendi (Jan & Feb 2016) -- https://www.facebook.com/seedstheatregroup/
Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby
12th Festival of Pacific Arts 22 May to 4 June 2016 (Hagatna, Guam)
2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament (November, Port Moresby) -- http://giaman.com/pg/?18525e
Christmas Day - 25 December 2016
Boxing Day - 26 December 2016
New Year's Day - 1st January 2017
Surfing Association PNG-World Surf League tour championship in January 2017
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a3e64e
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