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Life Insurance: Market Update -- http://giaman.com/pg/?09542b
Ngaiire leaves 'bizarre' Idol behind -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7b1535
1229 asylum-seekers -- http://giaman.com/pg/?964ebd
Netball - One club, one goal -- http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/2003429/one-club-one-goal
New Year's Day and the history of time -- http://giaman.com/pg/?332012
Hawke government docs reveal risk of war between PNG and Indonesia -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8d01dc
PNG leader takes axe to cultural heritage -- http://giaman.com/pg/?db3729
Living standards to improve in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1e7891
Lae Fire -- https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BdG2okFCEAA-rPV.jpg
Ramu Nickel circus continues at "MOA signing" -- http://giaman.com/pg/?520f43
Charlie Brown Christmas -- http://tribalwife.blogspot.com.au/2013/12/charlie-brown-christmas.html
The irony of Mt Hagen -- http://malumnalu.blogspot.com.au/2014/01/the-irony-of-mt-hagen.html
Time for Lae to rise from the ashes -- http://giaman.com/pg/?51d5f0
Blank Slate -- http://www.hyattmoore.com/blank-slate/2014/01/01/papua-new-guinea
Betel Nut Ban
PNG is imposing a total ban on the sale of betel nut in the capital Port Moresby from Jan 1 to counter the negative impact of betel nut chewing and spitting. The move comes after a partial ban was introduced late last year when betel nut could only be sold at wholesale markets in the city.
Days to clear buai stock -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/62082
Roadblocks start of city betel nut ban -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/62083
PNG Power Limited says consumers will pay more for the electricity they use from this month. The cost of electricity went up by 5.9 percent on the 1st of January.
PNG: a Guide
PNG offers virgin rainforest, unexplored mountain terrain, a fascinating history and world-class diving. Click on the link below for a guide to PNG.
Coppermoly Copper Exploration
Coppermoly has raised AU$840,000 to fund exploration of its tenements in PNG and repay outstanding convertible notes due for repayment on the 21st of January 2014.
Nine Die of Hunger
Nine islanders from drought-stricken Long Island in Madang have reportedly died after they ate sago because there was no other food available. Long Island is located east of Madang. Over 5,000 people who live in three villages have been missing out on basic government services for years, mainly because of communication problems.
Help on the way for PNG's drought-stricken Madang province -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1f5702
Battle of Milne Bay
Plans are afoot for a unique memorial commemorating one of the most crucial battles in Australia's history to be built in the heart of Moruya, Australia. A Moruya RSL Sub Branch committee has formed a proposal for a memorial to the Battle of Milne Bay in 1942.
Australian Country Cricket
Some of the best cricketers from Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Samoa and Fiji will have the chance to test their skills when they take part in the Australian Country Cricket Championships this week in Canberra.
Captain John Stanwix
Memories from a pioneer of the sky. In a 60 year career piloting planes and helicopters, Captain John Stanwix has ventured through previously unchartered areas of Papua New Guinea, Antarctica and Australia.
While steadily encroaching deforestation has significantly reduced forest cover in many parts of the world, about 70 percent of the rainforests in PNG remain intact. This provides an opportunity for conservationists to save endangered species before it's too late. The solitary Matschie's tree kangaroo is one such example, endemic to the Huon Peninsula.
Medical Aid Cuts
Australia's Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has defended Australia's decision to withdraw $AU38 million worth of medical aid to PNG and says the government will only agree to fund the multi-million dollar health program for PNG if there's a fair and transparent tender process.
Quality checks on drugs -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/62070
Beer Sale Fine
Police in Maprik, East Sepik province, have arrested a local businessman for selling alcohol, which is banned in the province.
World War II - Flatwoods USA
"We never celebrated Christmas," said Pat Guariglia, 92, of Flatwoods of his Army service during World War II. "We never had a chance. It was just another day." Christmas 1943 found Guariglia on Goodenough Island, off the southeast coast of Papua New Guinea in the Solomon Sea.
Police Modernisation Program
Acting Police Commissioner and Chief of Police Operations, Simon Kauba says, the police modernisation program, launched in April 2013, will be fully implemented, this year. Mr. Kauba says public safety will be the first priority with more policing of towns, cities and communities.
Nepali Found Dead
A Nepali man has been found dead in Port Moresby. The deceased had come to PNG for employment. He used to work at a nearby hotel and had been living with his wife. He apparently committed suicide.
Vale Ben Moide
Ben Moide has died at the age of 91 on the 30th of December, 2013. He passed away at the Saint John's Gerehu hospital in Port Moresby. The late Moide served in the Papuan Infantry Battalion fighting alongside Australians in the battle of Kokoda during the Second World War. He leaves behind 7 children, 45 grandchildren and 46 great grandchildren.
PNG operator Telikom says it has invested in training its engineers to meet demand from internet users, the National reported. With evolving technology, Telikom PNG said it must ensure its staff are fully trained to deliver the right network service across each of its technologies. The five-day course was offered by Telefocal, an international telecommunications training provider.
Steven Kukuna Kari has set a new Commonwealth Junior Weightlifting Record in the Men's 85kg event held recently. Kari, from the Oceania team, broke his own previous record of 184kg set in June 2012 with an impressive clean and jerk of 185kg, to the applause of the crowd.
It seems that a break for freedom around PNG is the norm rather than an exception especially around any public holidays. Over 30 prisoners remain on the run in the southern highlands, after a mass breakout during Christmas celebrations. At total of 42 prisoners escaped from the Buiebi jail just outside of Mendi late on the weekend, but six have since been recaptured.
Destinations for 2014
With its tribal cultures, volcanoes and huge tracts of rainforest, Papua New Guinea is one of the world's last great frontiers.
Manus Police-Army Clash
The Australian-run detention centre on Manus Island was gripped with chaos and confusion during a violent clash between the police mobile squad hired to secure the centre and the PNG defence force, internal Australian Immigration Department documents show.
A large fire has destroyed a warehouse in Lae holding medical supplies. The fire began in a building belonging to G4S security services. It is believed the flames began in the file room.
Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.
Remembrance Day - 23rd July 2014
Independence Day - 16th September 2014
National Day of Repentance - 26th of August
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - 25 November 2014
Christmas Day - 25th December 2014
Boxing Day - 26th December 2014
Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.
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