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PNG News Links
Games security tightened -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/78085
Pacific expansion to be a legacy of Rugby League Four Nations success -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2f0289
PNG moves to allay asylum seeker safety concerns ahead of Manus Island releases -- http://giaman.com/pg/?50328a
PNG PM admonished over spending -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bb145d
PM: Russia navy poses no danger -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/78084
Families of victims killed during the Bougainville war finally lay their loved ones to rest -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dc9cb7
PNG 'not putting health, education first' -- http://giaman.com/pg/?415b0c
PNG failing to record domestic violence cases -- http://giaman.com/pg/?619495
Read the latest edition of Manus i go het! -- http://www.png.embassy.gov.au/pmsb/media.html
CIO Moves to Australian Catholic Super -- http://giaman.com/pg/?078c28
PNG has two different worlds -- http://giaman.com/pg/?58bc28
Inspired Reading in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e7e001
Tales of the Unexpected -- http://giaman.com/pg/?066281
Archive film footage of Air Niugini covering the period 1974 to 1981. The film features Captain John Holmes and follows flights in DC3, F27 and F28 aircraft. -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmiEluEp6FM
Polaroids from Weed-Growing Highlands -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e542bc
Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill has been referred to a leadership tribunal over a controversial loan to buy shares in the nation's biggest company Oil Search. Mr O'Neill stood by the decision to buy the shares and take out the loan and says the allegations against him are political.
A leadership tribunal is a quasi-legal forum that must be approved first by the ombudsman, then the public prosecutor and finally the chief justice. -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1e04df
Fifteen Members of Parliament are being investigated for white collar crimes which include official corruption. One of them, Maprik MP John Simon, has been with two counts of false pretence and 38 counts of official corruption.
Vale Barry Hocking
Sue Ryan has advised that ex-Air Niugini employee Barry Hockings has passed away after a 6 1/2 year battle with cancer.
-- Via Bruce Currie in Cairns
Vale Ralph Conley
Air Niugini has advised the passing of its first CEO, Ralph Conley at the age of 96. Mr Conley joined Air Niugini from Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) in 1973 as the pioneer General Manager, the position is now known as Chief Executive Officer.
PNG - Thailand Trade
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and PNG PM, Peter O'Neill, plan to double their nations' bilateral trade by 2017.
PX Plane Attacked
A man who wielded a bush-knife and stormed an Air Niugini flight intending to stop a female passenger from travelling has been arrested by police at Hoskins airport in West New Britain province. PNG's Civil Aviation Safety Authority is investigating how the man was able to access a restricted area of the airport.
Angau Emergency Doctor
The only specialist physician at Angau Hospital as well as the chief doctor for the Momase and Highlands regions' accident and emergency unit is still unattached at the hospital after almost 10 months. He has revealed that he intends to leave the post since he has been unattached for too long.
Quality Water Systems
Water PNG Limited will continue to provide quality and safe water supply and sewerage storage systems throughout its branches.
Govt Worker Controls
The National Executive Council has endorsed a proposed public service time and attendance system policy to manage uncontrolled absenteeism of large numbers of public servants.
Manus Bridging Visas
PNG has insisted that a permanent agreement on resettlement of refugees is still being determined but has signalled temporary concessions for those held in Manus Island detention centre by offering them bridging visas and "cultural training".
United Nations panel challenges Australia asylum stance -- http://giaman.com/pg/?829622
Asylum seekers on Manus Island turn to marijuana -- http://giaman.com/pg/?06faac
Tuna Warning Status
PNG should know by December this year the status of its yellow card warning placed by the European Union on the National Fisheries Authority six months ago.
Primary School Gets Subsidy
The Madang Provincial Government has committed to ensuring the education systems in the province are prioritised and well catered in line with the government's fee-free policy.
An ILO report on Child Labour in PNG reveals that prostitution is an important means of economic survival for many female children and young women. Commercial sexual exploitation of children in the country is rampant, both in the urban areas, where it is particularly widespread, and in rural centres, where there are large mining, fishing and logging sectors.
Doctors Without Borders
The tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in PNG is among the highest in the world, prompting Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to launch a response to reach the most-affected communities.
The project's progress has been significantly hampered by the poor condition of the roads. After months of rain, the dirt roads between Kerema and PNG's capital Port Moresby have turned to deep clay mud in many areas, leading to delays in construction at the hospital.
Vast changes have been made within the Port Moresby General Hospital since the arrival of Grant Muddle as the chief executive officer in 2012.
Funds Required for Execution Chamber
The Government needs about K700 million to build facilities for an execution chamber, Correctional Services Commissioner Michael Waipo says.
Church against killing of criminals -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c9ad68
Researcher: Death penalty can increase crime -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/78076
A National Court enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the brutal murder of a person suspected of being a sorcerer has revealed the body laid in the Mount Hagen Hospital morgue for nine months before a woman personally intervened to ensure a proper burial was given. The coroner's office also failed to provide a certificate of death.
One Day International Cricket
Cricket Australia is keen to organise a match against Papua New Guinea, recently awarded one-day international (ODI) status. PNG recently achieved something no other national cricket side has done - winning their first two ODIs.
More cricket news - Vanua bowls PNG past Hong Kong in three-day game -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4ac6b7
Fighting Zones Declared
Two electorates in Hela province have been declared fighting zones after the latest deaths in ongoing tribal fighting.
PNG police lack manpower to fight escalating tribal violence in Hela province, commander says -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e9f338
PNG 1st Lady Speaks in Denver
Lynda Babao O'Neill has addressed 1,800 guests at Project C.U.R.E.'s annual First Ladies Luncheon in Denver.
Project C.U.R.E. has had a presence in Papua New Guinea for 10 years, and president Doug Jackson said that for every dollar given at the luncheon, Project C.U.R.E. will be able to deliver $20 worth of medical supplies to clinics and hospitals there.
Project C.U.R.E (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) -- http://projectcure.org
Father, Son Escape Death
A father and his son escaped death recently at 5 Mile in Port Moresby when out walking along the side of National Broadcasting Cooperation (NBC) fence when a car missed them by an inch and crashed into the fence.
The Morobe Liquor Licensing Board has banned the trading of alcohol by retailers and licensed dealers on weekends during the PNG Games in Lae.
The Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Broome has arrived in Port Moresby to participate in Exercise PARADISE with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.
Exercise PARADISE coincides with 40th anniversary celebrations for the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Maritime Element (PNGDF- ME). It follows the PNGDF's successful apprehension of a number of vessels for fisheries and other infringements in the Exclusive Economic Zone, which is an area off PNG's coast over which PNG has special rights regarding the exploration and use of marine resources.
Rural Doctors Needed
In PNG, where nearly ninety per cent of people live in what's defined as rural areas, there's still a shortage of doctors to help the sick.
NBPOL Privatisation Unlikely
Sime Darby Bhd's proposed privatisation of plantation firm New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (NBPOL) may not materialise after the PNG government indicated its intention to up its stake in NBPOL.
NBPOL produces palm oil in PNG and the Solomon Islands. The firm has 77,000ha of oil palm plantation, 12 palm oil mills and one refinery each in PNG and Liverpool in the UK.
2015 Pacific Games
The Pacific Games Council said in a news release that it accepts some of the venues for the 2015 Pacific Games won't be fully completed in advance.
Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes be cancelled. Of course, I may also put down a wrong date.
Sixth BSP PNG Games - Lae - 16 to 29 November 2014
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014
Christmas Day - 25 December 2014
Boxing Day - 26 December 2014
MV Ammari to visit PNG in 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b0355c
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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PNG Media Related Sites
The following sources are used to help find items for this newsletter -
Post Courier Newspaper -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg
The National Online Newspaper -- http://www.thenational.com.pg
PNG Business Directory -- http://www.pngbd.com
PNG Tok Pisin -- http://www.tok-pisin.com
EM TV (Television) -- http://www.emtv.com.pg -- and of course some of the articles come from contributions from readers and other web sites such as -
National Broadcasting Corporation -- http://www.nbc.com.pg
Wantok Radio -- http://www.wantokradio.net
Tree House Productions -- http://www.treehouse.com.pg/treehouse__productions.htm
Chin H Meen -- http://www.chmsupersound.com
Hitron (Cable TV) -- http://www.hitron.com.pg
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