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Doctors did not ask for asylum seeker's transfer to Australia -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2af6c5
Airport a possible factor in Manus Island evacuation delay -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ffa2ae
Refugee 'awful colour' after treatment delay -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d9fd39
Water supply/sanitation study published for PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ae03b1
Immigration officials routinely ignore medical advice on detainees, inquest told -- http://giaman.com/pg/?aa139b
Yu Em Khax hunts for talents in Kokopo -- http://giaman.com/pg/?16b741
Pacific Women's Sports Leadership Program to kick off in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?215c98
Claim New Zealand company owed $500k by PNG government -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d6741e
New Zealand doctor restores sight of 6-year-old Trobriand Islander -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d6090e
New simulation rooms for Divine Word University medical training -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fa64b3
PNG Seasonal Climate Outlook -- http://giaman.com/pg/?364d51
Esa'ala cave -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0cc870 -- and -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2d5b51
Papua New Guinea Kumuls -- http://giaman.com/pg/?073e3d
Remarkable Fishing PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1e6de6
Team USA meets PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7ee309
Orange Port Moresby with 200 fans -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4937e6
Watch kayakers attempt a first descent of the beautiful and fierce Beriman River in PNG - Video via Redbull -- http://giaman.com/pg/?358c39
The Huli - Singing in the rain forest -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3cee6e
PNG: Visitors to a distant world -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bba634
US Marines Train PNGDF Police
The United States Marines Task Force Koa Moana is providing training for the PNG military police regarding security operations for the 2018 APEC meeting. The areas of training are personal check-points, motorcade security operations, personnel control, crowd control and general police functions
A 26-year-old Milne Bay man has been arrested for people smuggling following a seven-month investigation.
Hiritano Highway Accident
An accident along the Hiritano Highway has left over 20 injured, with two believed to have died when a Public Motor Vehicle (PMV) heading towards Kerema collided head on with a semi-trailer. The injured passengers were rushed to Port Moresby for treatment.
Exxon Denies Police Hire Claim
The multi-national oil and gas company running PNG's LNG project denies a suggestion that it hires police to guard its operations. Exxon says it plays no role in the conduct of police operations, and nor does it "hire" police or employ "LNG security police".
LNG Landowners Threaten Violence
Landowners at PNG's biggest resources project are threatening to create "chaos" if the PNG Government does not honour a deal to give them equity. The operator of the PNG LNG project, ExxonMobil PNG, declined to comment.
Off the record in PNG rumours are swirling around the reasons for the sacking of CEO Bob Cutmore. Talk is that Cutmore was ditched for more political than performance reasons, as was stated. The CEO was apparently on the verge of unearthing some alleged dodgy dealings during an audit, so the board decided to ditch him pronto.
Rabaul Queen Trial
The PNG government has made available $US 230,000 to progress the MV Rabaul Queen ferry disaster trial. The judge had summoned top officials to explain the non-allocation of funds to the police and Public Prosecutor's Office to ensure the completion of the trial.
Lae Police Manpower too few to control street vending: Wagambie -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ad1bc4
Lae Police Carry out Community Awareness at Primary Schools -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dc4100
Lae Police and City Council start foot patrols -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ed36dc
Wanted criminal dies from gunshot injuries -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d8d342
Lae Peddle Power Cyclist Club Seeks Financial Support -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1d49f2
PNG Health Sector Suffering, says Lae Emergency doctor -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6f6e65
Badili Hardware Opens Lae Branch -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c06b6a
Norton Rose Fulbright
International law firm Norton Rose Fulbright has extended its Australasian practice network into PNG with the opening of a new office amid what it describes as a "surge in energy, mining and infrastructure work" in the region.
Facebook Behind a Loss of Culture
The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority (PNG TPA), in its call to embrace the many cultures of PNG, tagged modern influences, such as social media platforms, as a factor behind the loss.
Facebook page about PNG Office of Tourism, Arts & Culture -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6c7165
O'Neill Takes on Facebook
Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, says Facebook has become a tool of disruption in some societies. Mr O'Neill made the comment at the APEC meeting in Peru last week where he questioned the Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg, on what his company is doing to manage misinformation and messages of hate.
Voter Registration Begins
Enrolment of eligible voters in the National Capital District in preparation for the 2017 national election officially commenced today. More than 800 enrolment agents will be out in the 12 wards in the capital city to update the NCD Roll for the next 14 days. City residents are to look out for enrolment teams who will be visiting their areas during this period of time to check their names and details on the Roll and register.
The Eastern Highlands Governor Julie Soso has presented K150,000 to the Goroka campus of International Training Institute recently. The money was to subsidise Eastern Highlands students studying information technology and business management courses at the International Training Institute (ITI) Goroka campus opposite Mount Sion Inclusive Education Centre outside the town.
Milne Bay Provincial Education Division through its funds has supplied resource books for selected elementary schools in Milne Bay Province, to help elementary teachers teach Phonics at elementary schools plus support the new Standard Based Curriculum.
Milne Bay Province is one of the first provinces in the country to support the new Standard Based Curriculum that is being rolled out by the National Department of Education, to improve literacy levels.
Air Niugini's Fokker services into Hoskins airport in West New Britain will resume this Saturday 03rd December in time for the peak travel season, following completion of maintenance work on the runway.
-- PX Press Release
Universal Air Travel Plan -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fb8139
FIFA U20 Women's World Cup
Korea DPR have won the U20 Women's World Cup for a second time, beating Équipe de France de Football 3-1 in an enthralling final held in Port Moresby. An electric atmosphere was created by the capacity crowd and the players responded in kind with an up-tempo contest.
Watch the video highlights of the game -- http://giaman.com/pg/?263d7f
The French FIFA U-20 team visit Fisherman's island -- http://giaman.com/pg/?eb4afc
PNG successfully hosts FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c0f781
Politician Justifies Police Burning House
An MP has defended police action after officers burnt down several houses while looking for murder suspects in the highlands.
A recent report published by WaterAid states that PNG is the most expensive country in the world when it comes to water. According to the 2016 report, Papua New Guinea has 60 per cent of its population - which constitutes to 4.5 million people in Papua New Guinea who do not have access to safe water, the highest of all countries.
No Pressure on Miss PNG
PNG scored a first in the region last year when Abigail Havora was crowned Miss Pacific Islands. Tonight, Kellyanne Limbiye, 23-year-old from Papua New Guinea, will set out to seek a repeat of the feat at Tuanaimato during the grand finale of the Pageant. Ms. Limbiye said she has been preparing for the Pageant for some time now and she is ready. She says she is honoured and happy to be in Samoa and admits that Samoa is far more than what she expected.
Murder Suspect Released
A man from Jiwaka Province, John Kopi, has been released on a K2,000 District Court Bail in Minj, for attempted murder. Minj District Court freed the suspect after the court found out that the arresting officer, Senior Sergeant John Gurep and the Prosecutor failed to produce enough evidence to prosecute John Kopi.
Siniu Takes Pride in Achievement
Deslyn Siniu, an iconic figure in PNG women's football, has revelled in the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup being held in PNG.
Mt Hagen Technical College Graduation
A total of 230 students have graduate in five different trades from the Mt Hagen Technical College. The school is urging Government to keep their promise to turn Hagen Tech into a Polytechnical College.
UN Official Visits PNG
The Executive Director for UN Women Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who is also the UN Under Secretary General has arrived in PNG as part of her travels to mark the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence. This would be the Executive Director's first visit to the country.
PNG Man Charged in Melbourne
A young PNG man who admitted to getting angry very easily has appeared in the Melbourne Magistrate's Court over the murder of the mother of an old school friend.
Catholic Dioceses Celebrates 50
The Catholic Diocese of Lae in Morobe province has celebrated its golden anniversary in November. The historical celebration took place at St. Mary's Primary School grounds. The Apostolic Nuncio of PNG and the Solomon Islands, Archbishop Kurian Matthew Vayalunkal was the main celebrant and several PNG Bishops and priests concelebrated the Holy Eucharist.
Townsville Catholics attend Mass celebrating Port Moresby archdiocese's 50th -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4571e6
Angau Marks World AIDS Day
Anua Moriri Day Care Centre, located at the back of Lae's Angau Hospital have reported that they successfully delivered 80 babies born without HIV to mothers living with the HIV.
Police to get Cameras
PNG's police commissioner, Gari Baki, says all police vehicles in the capital, Port Moresby, will be installed with dashboard cameras.
World Vision Eye Care
Thanks to the efforts of Madang based World Vision office, partnering with the Fred Hollows Foundation, an institution providing quality eye care in the Asia, Africa, and the Pacific, a total of 1,745 men, women and children got their eyes checked and glasses issued to help their sights, right at their doorsteps, a first of its kind exercise in the province.
Philippines Government on Notice
The Philippines government has been put on notice to ban its fishing companies from operating in PNG waters says Minister for Trade Commerce and Industry Richard Maru.
Lae's Front Line Police
A senior Police officer in Lae says the RPNGC has encountered so many problems relating to command and control at the supervisory level due to the lack of knowledge and skills by frontline supervisors. Assistant Commissioner of Police for Northern Region, Peter Guinness, says these problems arise especially at the stations and section levels.
MP's Dismissal Confirmed
The Post Courier reports that a three-man Supreme Court bench dismissed the appeal and discharged the stay order over the dismissal of the MP for North Fly, Boka Kondra. It's unlikely that the North Fly seat will have a by-election to fill the vacancy, as PNG's general elections are due by next June.
Top 21 Travel Destinations
PNG has made it as one of the top travel cultural destinations in the National Geographic list of countries to visit. Most of the countries listed are in the American and European content. PNG appears to be the only country from the Pacific.
New Housing Tax
From next year workers living in employer provided accommodation face a tax increase on the commercial market value of the accommodation. The change was announced in last month's Budget.
New Madang Lodge
Hundreds have witnessed the opening of the new Kikri Lodge owned by Simon Berum. He started off as coffee buyer, set up a beer store, operated PMV buses in Lae and built the MMS Lodge in Mt Hagen before establishing the Kekri Lodge in Madang.
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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)
14th Papua New Guinea Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - Hilton Hotel in Sydney on now until 7 December 2016
Madang music festival - 11 - 18 December - It is expected to feature popular artists including Barike, K-Duman, Lista Laka, Shazzy, Demas Saul and Pati Doi.
Christmas Day - 25 December 2016
Boxing Day - 26 December 2016
New Year's Day - 1st January 2017
Men's and Women's Longboard World Championship Tour Tupira Surf Resort, Madang province - 18th - 25th March 2017
Petroleum and Energy Summit - 2017
Good Friday - 14 Apr 2017
Easter Sunday - 16 Apr 2017
Easter Monday - 17 Apr 2017
Queen's Birthday - 12 Jun 2017
National Remembrance Day - 23 Jul 2017
Independence Day - 16 Sep 2017
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017
Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017
2018 - APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit to be held in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a3e64e
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