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PNG Trade Minister says PNG 'not interested' in PACER Plus trade with Australia -- http://giaman.com/pg/?605382
Sport: PNG Hunters players under injury cloud -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d5b430
Lae Police Capture Suspect of Woman's Murder -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6dd0d8
ExxonMobil calls for resolution in PNG dispute -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ee064f
Madang Water Police On The Go -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dcf189
Manus Island inquiry needed into abuse of asylum seekers: Refugee Action Coalition - http://giaman.com/pg/?a593e7
MP: I did not use road funds -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5fb535
50,000 leagues under the sea: Deep sea mining and the world of tomorrow -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0bbf5e
Stop the deep sea mine -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9173dc
PNG visa and Crossing from Jayapura to Vanimo and back -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d9e413
Manus Island refugees want body of drowned Pakistani man sent home -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a6fda2
Chinese Medical Team Donates Kits and Offers Services -- http://giaman.com/pg/?01aee1
PNG banks on inclusion -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f6198f
Students visit Parliament, return home with K50,000 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f132e3
Milne Bay Islands
Studies indicate that the Kuyawa and Munuwata Islands of Milne Bay are on the verge of being stripped of their food and water resources at the mercy of climate change.
Air Niugini has taken delivery of a 4th F70 aircraft registered P2-ANU. It arrived early August and will add more capacity to their fleet serving domestic and regional routes.
Nambawan Super Airfares
The 160,000 members of Nambawan Super Limited (NSL) can now enjoy discounted airfares following an agreement with Air Niugini. The two-year agreement to July 2018 will enable contributing NSL members up to 15 percent discount, and members of the retirement savings account 45 percent discounted air fares with Air Niugini.
New Lae Nasfund Office
National Superannuation Fund (Nasfund) has opened a new office at Top Town in Lae. At the opening was the Nasfund Chief Operating Officer, Warwick Vele.
Lupari in Denial
Isaac Lupari recently put out a statement as chairman of the Mineral Resources Development Corporation (MRDC) board denying that the State-Owned Enterprise had funded the Government camp in Alotau but Social Media begs to differ.
A vehicle plunging into a drain outside the Games Village in Port Moresby at midday recently, sparkied concerns by residents over reckless driving.
Governor Released on Bail
Ati Wobiro, the Governor of Western province, has been granted bail on medical grounds.
Australian rice growers could lose thousands of tonnes in sales - equal to almost a third of their revenues - if a plan by the PNG government to launch quotas aimed at fostering a local rice industry goes ahead.
West Papuans Grateful
After many years without a permanent home, West Papuan refugees have been allocated land for resettlement in Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby.
More than a thousand West Papuans, some of whom have been in the country for more than 30 years, squat on land in the Rainbow settlement as well as in Hohola and Waigani within the National Capital District.
Fiji Trade War Looming
The Trade, Commerce and Industry Ministry of PNG will be looking at taking serious trade measures against Fiji on its refusal to accept imported products and commodities from PNG into the Fijian Markets. The Minister also had talks with Agriculture Minister Tommy Tomscoll to ban imported Chicken from Fiji as the first trade measure to be taken once cabinet approves the Ministry's submission.
PNG will stop trading with Fiji because it has been putting up unnecessary trade restrictions on PNG products, according to Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru. -- http://giaman.com/pg/?df4f01
Pacific trade war looms as PNG warns Fiji to shape up -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b364af
The Priest Who Serves
In the deep Melanesian jungles, a native PNG Catholic priest walks miles through the deep thick forests. He scales the country's steep mountainous terrain to reach his remote flock and serve in the poorest parishes every weekend. The PNG government has not been to the region in more than 40 years, since independence in 1975.
Madang Home Brew
Many students are getting locked up by police in Madang for drinking home brew and misbehaving in public.
PNG Censors Documentary
Actor Sarah Snook has spoken about her involvement in a controversial documentary that was heavily censored after a politician took court action against the film.
Coffee and Cocoa Delayed
Over 7,000 bags of coffee and cocoa are sitting on a ship at Lae's main wharf. Bags of coffee and cocoa from Wasu in Tewai-Siasi District were loaded onto Lady Zeming, a Morobe Coast Shipping Services vessel. An officer from Morobe Coast Shipping said they were not aware of the circumstances behind the delay.
Guns Pose Election Threat
Retired Major General Jerry Singirok said he was concerned the proliferation of illegal guns in PNG will threaten security during next year's general election.
PNG Recovering From Drought
The World Food Program (WFP) says more than 200,000 are still in need of food aid in the PNG highlands as the region continues its slow recovery from the most severe El Nino-related drought in decades.
Internet Gaining Speed
Increased investments in telecommunications infrastructure are set to improve PNG's internet capacity, extending coverage across the country and paving the way to roll out 4G.
Despite PNG having mobile service coverage of 80% of the country from early 2016, some services are limited due to slower operating speeds, with many rural regions only having access to 2G technology.
ANZ has rolled out the goMoney digital channel + cash merchant network in PNG, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, signing up nearly 150,000 customers between 2013 and the end of 2015. The mobile technology enables customers to make cash deposits and withdrawals with their bank accounts at cash merchants and conduct transactions directly on their mobile phones.
ANZ goMoney is a mobile banking service that allows customers to access their ANZ accounts securely from their mobile phone.
Disgruntled Highlands landowners are threatening a shutdown of the country's major LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) project. The project's gas conditioning plant in the Hides area of Hela highlands province remains locked by landowners protesting that the government owes five years' worth of project commitments worth hundreds of millions of dollars. It has emerged that more landowner groups from LNG Project areas in neighbouring Southern Highlands province have joined the Hela landowners in their protest.
Cruising on Ponants le Soleal
Read about cruising through Indonesia and PNG on Ponant's Le Soleal
Reuters Train PNG Journalists
The United Nations in PNG and the Media Council are delighted to announce that a week-long journalist training will be conducted by the world-top journalist organization, Thomson Reuters.
According to reports the organisation is able to train up to 15 well-committed and motivated PNG journalists. The training will take place between the 29th of August and the 2nd of September this year.
Chicken Distribution Successful
The monthly distribution of day-old chicks to youths in communities by the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG) has seen a major impact in a notorious community in Port Moresby.
Zenag Chicken is partnering with DJAG to supply chicks which this month saw 18 boxes containing about 50 chicks each given to Morata, Dogura, Sabama and a youth group in Morobe.
Police Save Sorcery Victim
Police in Enga province say they have saved a woman who had been accused of sorcery from certain death. Provincial commander Superintendent George Kakas said the woman from Kaiap village had been accused of using sorcery to kill another woman who died while giving birth a month ago.
Eda Ranu Gets Tough
Eda Ranu is to take a tough stance against illegal users of water and sewerage services in Port Moresby, acting chief executive officer Dr Fifa Matainaho says.
Nature Park Cultural Day
The Port Moresby Nature Park is set to host its first cultural day on the 3rd of September. The day will be staged in partnership with the National Cultural Commission, the National Museum and Art Gallery and the National Agriculture and Research Institute (NARI).
Association Donates Water Pump
The Tete settlement in Port Moresby will now have access to water, thanks to the Malaysian Association of PNG (MAPNG) and the Four Square Church. The Patron of MAPNG and also the Malaysian High Commissioner to PNG, Datuk Jilid Kuminding opened the water project recently and handed it over to the community.
Conservation International (CI) has had a presence in Papua New Guinea (PNG) for the past twenty years. It has always been CI's strategy to eventually phase out of direct implementation in PNG in order to foster custodianship among Papua New Guineans. CI began this process some time ago, and took a major step on 30 June 2016 when CI formally closed its national office. The next day, on July 1, 2016, an independently established, locally managed, environmental NGO: Eco Custodian Advocates (ECA) was opened in CI's place. ECA is fully independent of CI and managed directly in PNG. The prior staff of CI-PNG have transitioned also, thus bringing years of experience gained though CI. Equipped with a new and empowered vision, ECA is ready to make an impact.
Over 50 ExxonMobil PNG (EMPNG) volunteer bookworms helped to deliver over 6000 books to 25 schools within PNG LNG project areas in Hela, Southern Highlands and Central provinces for National Book Week.
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Port Moresby Craft Markets - Laguna Hotel - 1st Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), PNG Arts - 2nd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Holiday Inn - 3rd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Ela Beach - 4th Saturday of the month (6 am to 12 pm)
The ABU Pacific Media Partnership Conference 2016 - 24 to 27 August in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?473731
Pacific Youth Leaders (PYL) Basketball Camp 2 - 11 of September 2016 in Port Moresby
2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament 13 November - 3 December, 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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