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PNG obtain sucessful stay order on Ombudsman loan action -- http://giaman.com/pg/?316f4c
Canberra City winger Gimale Essacu dreams of playing for PNG on the world stage -- http://giaman.com/pg/?18c3a3
PNG Rugby League select team for Commonwealth Nines -- http://giaman.com/pg/?387ac1
PhD students 'thrilled' to rediscover mammal missing for 124 years -- http://giaman.com/pg/?697ea6
Australian soldiers ready to conquer more than the Kokoda Track -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d8507b
EU provides assistance to PNG producer -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c45de5
Pacific-American Climate Fund: Second Round of Grants Extended -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4c1588
Help Protect Our Ocean -- http://portmoresby.usembassy.gov/helpprotectocean.html
PNG Oil & Gas Report Q3 2014 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?adf104
Breeding Nemo: hopes the PNG community will benefit from moves towards sustainable aquarium trade -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4933b6
PNG Tribal Leader Takes in Subway and Empire State Building -- http://giaman.com/pg/?551c76
Amazing PNG -- http://www.pinterest.com/pin/268316090273909264/
Dreaming Awake -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6a0c45
Thief Hunters -- http://giaman.com/pg/?37da32
Mt Hagen -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c5886f
DXing PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3cda94
Culture in transition -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9c5983
A Special Queen's Birthday Interview With Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O'Neill [Satire Piece] -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ac6d91
US Drone Attacks on Rabaul, 1944 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c8de23
Feast or Famine -- http://giaman.com/pg/?752f80
Madventures in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7dac51
Ballarat College Helps PNG
Coloured tights and ties were the order of the day at Ballarat Clarendon College in Victoria (Australia) during a recent fundraiser for medical supplies to take to PNG. The school will send 18 students, three teachers and three doctors on a one-week trip to PNG on the 27th of June.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bfcc2d
PNG will host an international conference on Pure and Applied Mathematics in December 2014 with over 100 international participants expected to attend. Host University of Goroka has invited European and African math societies and reached out to some big names like Harvard and Oxford University.
Read more -- http://www.islandsbusiness.com/news/papua-new-guinea/5509/png-to-host-conference-on-math//
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has responded to criticism from Moody's ratings agency of his government's rising debt levels, saying it was borrowing "to bring forward vital services", including education and health.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c859d0
Betel Nut Smugglers Caught
Three people have been caught trying to swim across the Goldie River, just outside Port Moresby and the National Capital District, in an attempt to smuggle betel nut into the capital, Port Moresby.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8e9094
PNG Football Association
A year out from the 2015 Pacific Games a 30 man squad has been named to attend a PNG Football Academy camp which is being held in Lae from the 23rd to the 27th of June. It is hoped that football will gold at the games.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?094311
Porgera Houses Razed
Amnesty International says the people responsible for the burning of up to 200 homes in the gold mining town of Porgera must be held accountable. Amnesty is also calling for PNG authorities to provide emergency assistance to those people who have lost their homes.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a2ddda
A mine watchdog, Mining Watch Canada, says the operators of the Porgera gold mine in Papua New Guinea have ignored the advice of their own consultants on resettling villagers near the mine for the last seven years.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c2f2b0
The head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in PNG is calling for the Prime Minister to reconsider seabed mining.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?10996d
Deep sea mining questioned by Bismark Ramu Group -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a45bf8
Press in PNG - Book
A new book takes a look at the changing function of the media in PNG. It follows from 1950 to Independence in 1975
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d84b2d
PNG is home to six of the world's seven sea turtle species of which all but the flatback turtle come ashore to nest. Sea turtles have always been part of PNG culture providing meat, eggs and ornaments that hold special places in the PNG culture but would these animals be here forever? 15,120 turtles are killed in PNG each year
Read more -- http://bomaicruz.southernfriedscience.com/?p=819
Kulunga Granted Bail
Police Commissioner Tom Kulunga has been granted bail in a special night sitting of the Supreme Court, hours after being sentenced to 21 months in prison.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1a3706
A senior United Nations envoy has urged an "end to impunity" in PNG for sorcery-related attacks but rejected using the death penalty as punishment. PNG controversially revived the death penalty last year for violent crimes after a woman was stripped naked, tied up and set on fire in front of a crowd after being accused of sorcery.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?192873
Bond It Donates Shirts
Bond It, a manufacturer of sealants and adhesives, has donated thousands of rugby shirts to young people in the Simbu province of PNG. The company worked with The Stanley Gene Foundation to encourage supporters of the Huddersfield Giants in the UK to donate their old shirts.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c3822f
Attackers Still on Payroll
An Australian Senate inquiry has been told PNG nationals who took part in a deadly riot at the Manus Island detention centre may still be working at the facility.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?09feaf
Médecins Sans Frontières - Lae
The Family Support Centre (FSC) situated at the Angau Hospital in Lae, the second largest city in the country, provides medical and psycho-social care to survivors of family and sexual violence. The FSC is supported by Médecins Sans Frontières, which is an "international, independent, medical, humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural disasters and exclusion from healthcare."
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d5f7a9
The National Airlines Employees Association is planning to go on strike over Air Niugini's decision to lay off 250 staff. According to the president of the association, Theodorah Sapuri, the laying off of 250 workers is part of Air Niugini's value enhancement exercise to minimise costs.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8c215c
Lost Australian Soldiers Buried
The remains of two Australian soldiers killed by the Japanese near the end of Second World War have been laid to rest at the Bomana War Cemetery just outside Port Moresby after almost 70 years. Both were members of an eight-man Z Special patrol in what was called "operation copper" to Muschu Island in April 1945 which aimed to investigate Japanese naval guns which could imperil the allied landing planned for Wewak.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e56d05
The Aussie Foreign Travel Advice has issued an update for travel to PNG. The Current Advice Level is "High degree of caution". A summary of the change from the previous advice - this advice contains new information under Local travel (Bougainville). They advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Porgera township in Enga Province in the northern highlands and continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Papua New Guinea overall.
Read more -- http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Papua_New_Guinea
Military Cadets Pass Out
A total of 700 cadets have passed out from the Indian Military Academy. Papua New Guinea was included in the passing out parade.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ad75bb
EU Warns PNG on Illegal Fishing
The European Commission has delivered a formal warning to PNG over illegal fishing, a step that could lead to a ban on exporting to the European Union, the world's biggest fish importer. The warning, which was welcomed by environmental groups, puts PNG on the EU's "yellow list", which requires an improvement in monitoring and control of fishing practices.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a50c4e
Kauba Denies Violent Evictions
Deputy Police Commissioner, Simon Kauba, has rejected reports police violently evicted settlers from Paga Hill in Port Moresby recently. He says the Paga people were not thrown out in the cold but have been given a plot of land on which to rebuild their lives.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c14ae5
Chromite Deposit Discovered
Geovic Mining has announced the discovery of a chromite mineral sand deposit in the Bitoi river delta near Salus, Morobe province. Chromite occurs as heavy mineral sand deposits along the coast of Morobe province. The discovery has spurred the company to prepare for a drilling program that confirms further the geology of the deposits.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dc3501
AIDS Stigma Reduction
A community worker in Goroka says one of the key successes in helping reduce stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS has been using local volunteers who can speak the local language.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b17980
Draconian Constitutional Changes
A former Supreme Court judge in Papua New Guinea, Nemo Yalo, has described as draconian more proposed constitutional amendments relating to the position of Prime Minister and motions of no-confidence. The amendments will further restrict the opportunity for parliamentarians to remove a Prime Minister.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?95f7ea
Activist Locks Himself Up
A man from Manus Island, who willingly went behind bars to make a point about climate change, has been released from jail.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b7e47e
About 60 per cent of all natural disasters that strike Pacific Island countries are climate change related.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2a9f2a
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.
5th Melanesian Festival of Arts, 28 June - 11 July 2014
Rabaul Mask Festival, 16 - 21 July 2014
Remembrance Day, 23 July 2014
Wewak Crocodile Festival, 5 - 7 August 2014
National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2014
PNG Medical Symposium, September 2014 - to be held in Goroka
Dedication of Plaque Commemorating Battle of Bita Paka, 6 September 2014 -- https://www.facebook.com/events/560048074067522
Goroka Show, 13 - 14 September 2014
Independence Day, 16 September 2014
Linguistic Society Conference Divine Word Uni 17 - 19 September
PNGAA Symposium, 17 - 18 September 2014 -- http://www.pngaa.net/news/Symposium.htm
Morobe Show, 11 - 12 October 2014
Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 7 - 9 November 2014
6th PNG Games - Lae - November 2014
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014
Christmas Day - 25 December 2014
Boxing Day - 26 December 2014
Full Pacific Games - PNG 4 to 18 July 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.
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