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PNG cuts spending, raises taxes to tackle economic downturn -- http://giaman.com/pg/?76b07e
Simbu Governor wants fight against cancer seriously addressed -- http://giaman.com/pg/?07a2f8
Watch Peter O'Neill explain how APEC's priorities reflect PNG's priority of sustainable and inclusive development -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b6c89c
English Legend Alex Scott inspires PNG youngsters -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c8ab37
Alex Scott participates in the Walk for Life -- http://giaman.com/pg/?02bb61
Alaskan miner searches for gold in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b4a706
Madang's leaders need to work together -- http://giaman.com/pg/?338b5f
Kavieng wards get trucks, tractors -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2aac3b
Sentence dismissed for 13 mutiny soldiers -- http://giaman.com/pg/?acb44b
Deep sea mining plans for Papua New Guinea raise alarm -- http://giaman.com/pg/?53f74a
POM Racquets 2016 Mixed Doubles Squash Tournament -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fda71b
Bail refused for Wobiro, Gumoi and May -- http://giaman.com/pg/?71d891
101 year old pilot reunited with PNG WW II Plane -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7933f7
Kiunga Hospital undergoing changes -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ea38f9
PNG Minerals body says Solwara 1 consultations ongoing -- http://giaman.com/pg/?72f961
Call for transparency around PNG seabed mining project -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c5731a
Buses to combat sexual harassment in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bcd9ed
Business PNG - Episode 41, 2016 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6291dc
Adventures in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e4e4b6
Here's a list of overseas destinations PNG passport holders can visit without the hassles of a visa -- https://goo.gl/nRhfgW
Colgate Palmolive Aids PNG Foundation for Women's Cancer -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5ddd79
Port Moresby General Hospital Facebook page -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a589b4
PNG is Australia's Closest Neighbour, But the Treatment of Women is Worlds Apart -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1d79d7
Chalkies on the frontline in PNG's battle for knowledge -- http://giaman.com/pg/?973f57
Don't believe everything you may have heard about Air Niugini. It punches above its weight -- http://giaman.com/pg/?efb41c
Queen recognises Australian project helping to make PNG forestry industry more sustainable -- http://giaman.com/pg/?33fb30
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.
Federated States of Micronesia Flights
The national flag carrier, Air Niugini, will commence flights to the Federated States of Micronesia on the 3rd of December. It will be operating two return air services a week, every Wednesday and Saturday, from Port Moresby to Chuuk and Pohnpei.
Shooting Hoops in PNG
Port Moresby has caught basketball fever. The Taurama Aquatic and Indoor Centre has been seeing a lot more visitors lately thanks to the Basketball Federation of Papua New Guinea's (BFPNG) Twilight Basketball program.
PNG hides some of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. The volcanoes of the island nation have produced some of the largest eruptions in the past few millennia. Dakataua, Pago, Billy Mitchell have erupted in the last 10,000 years, while Rabaul, Tavui, Ulawun, Lolobau, Lamington, Karkar, Manam and Long Island have all experienced numerous VEI 4 eruptions over that time span. A VEI 4 eruption is a smaller volcano that have erupted at least 0.1 cubic kilometres at a time.
World Cup Boost
The economy of Port Moresby has been given a K25 million boost by hosting of the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Cup Soccer championship. The beneficiaries include service providers such as hotels, PMV buses, private hospitals, motor dealers, caterers, tourism, art and craft and small and medium enterprises alike and more than 1000 youths, contracted to help.
Rabaul Queen Trial Funding
The Finance Secretary Dr. Ken Rangan, Treasury Secretary Dairi Vele, Justice Secretary Dr. Lawrence Kalinoe and Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari, have all been ordered to appear in court at the Rabaul Queen Trial. Kokopo National Court presiding Judge, Terence Higgins ordered the four men to appear at the Kokopo National court on the 30 November, to explain why the Rabaul Queen trial was not adequately funded as directed by the Justice Minister, Ano Palo, in June.
Where Did LNG Profits Go
Part 1 - brief explanation how gas and oil is formed, explored and developed -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d289c3
Part 2 - brief history and background of the Project -- http://giaman.com/pg/?376822
Part 3 - brief on the parties or companies behind the Project including the resources that underpin it -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d387bf
Part 4 - brief discussion on the five main agreements or contracts between the LNG Project Companies, PNG Government and the Landowner Groups -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a6eff0
Part 5 - the series continues -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7a1538
Air Niugini has taken delivery of a fifth Fokker 70 aircraft. The aircraft is currently awaiting completion of regulatory approvals and paperwork from CASA PNG prior to commencing operations. Air Niugini is expecting another four Fokker 70 aircraft during 2017, to take the total up to nine aircraft.
Air Niugini currently has a total 25 aircraft including B767, B737, F100, F70, Q400 and Dash 8. The Dash 8s are operated by its subsidiary company, Link PNG.
Air Niugini's appeal will go for relisting -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3fc9ce
Air Niugini outsources Kieta Sales Office -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c91c20
Market Transit Lodge
A proposed transit lodge to be built within the Koki Market premises will provide safe and clean housing to those who travel to the nation's capital from the Central province to sell their goods in Port Moresby.
Oro Bridges Reconstruction Project
The Oro Bridges Reconstruction Project is set to be completed this month following the completion of restoration work to four bridges destroyed by Cyclone Guba. The project is a landmark achievement for the Department of Works symbolising the strong economic and strategic partnership between Australia and PNG.
Longest Two-lane Bridge in PNG, the Kumusi Bridge Opened -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a6c844
East New Britain Police Accommodation
PNG Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, has officiated at a ground-breaking ceremony for new police accommodation in East New Britain province.
Australian Army Loadmaster
Fresh out of training, newly-qualified loadmaster Australian Army Corporal (Cpl) Betty Latumahina is getting accustomed to steamy tropical rainstorms surrounding Nasouri Airport while deployed on Operation Fiji Assist. Cpl Latumahina was born in PNG.
Mal Meninga Explains
Mal Meninga explains why he dumped a coaching job with PNG to coach the Australian team.
Aussie LNG Tax
With Australia's budget deficit worsening, following PNG's lead in taxing liquefied natural gas (LNG) may help Australia bring in more revenue from natural gas, sooner than the present taxation system.
O'Neill Visits Cuba
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has visited Cuba on an official visit to the country. He was welcomed at José Martí International Airport's Terminal 1 by Cuban Deputy Foreign Minister Rogelio Sierra Díaz. During his stay he held official talks with Army General Raúl Castro Ruz, President of Cuba's Councils of State and Ministers.
Peter O'Neill arrived in Havana from Lima, Peru, where he attended the XXIV Summit of Leaders of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum.
Marine Industrial Zone
The PNG government is planning to get its Pacific Marine Industrial Zone project up and running in Madang Province in the first quarter of 2017. This is according to the vice minister in charge of the project Anton Yagama who is also the MP for, Usino Bundi.
Election Laws Condemned
Corruption watchdog, Transparency International (PNG) Incorporated, has condemned the proposed changes to election laws describing them as "undemocratic and unconstitutional". TIPNG chairman Lawrence Stephens issued a news statement yesterday condemning the proposed changes which would be tabled in Parliament in January. The Government wanted the changes to be approved so that they could come into effect in time for the 2017 National Election.
Tax Evasion Crackdown
The Oro Governor, Gary Juffa, has called on the government of PNG to crack down on tax avoidance in the forestry and fisheries industries as well as in the property and consultancy areas of businesses. Mr Juffa said he would also propose a sugar tax in a private members bill in January.
A ceremony has taken place at the Vatican to elevate the 17 new Cardinals. Only 16 of the new Cardinals were present for the ceremony. Archbishop John Ribat of PNG was one of them. Thirteen of them are under 80 and therefore eligible to take part in the next secret conclave to elect the new Pope, the head of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics. They are known as cardinal electors.
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has welcomed the commitment of fellow APEC Leaders to strengthen food security around the region, which he said will benefit both the people and food producers of PNG. Mr O'Neill said climate change and extreme weather pose a major challenge for food production and food security, and APEC Leaders have instructed officials in their respective countries to be proactive in dealing with this threat.
Budget Black Hole Found
Former Deputy Commissioner for Customs, Kessy Sawang, says she has uncovered a multi-billion dollar mistake in the government's 2016 National Budget which amounts to an 'unbelievable breach of the Constitution'. She said the discrepancy meant the PNG National Government had engaged in unlawful spending.
Hagen to Jayapura
PNG Air has been given the green light to commence flights to Jayapura in neighbouring Indonesia. PNG Air's Chief Commercial Officer, Paul Abbot, revealed the airline plans to start a tri-weekly service in February next year. National carrier Air Niugini indicated earlier this year that it was also considering re-introducing a service to Jayapura.
Goroka to Host Athletics Meet
Athletics PNG has endorsed Goroka Athletics Association to conduct the Bank South Pacific (BSP) Highlands Athletics Championship at the National Sports Institute in Goroka from 25 to 27 Nov.
New Log Export Tax Rates
PNG's Forestry Industry Association says increasing the tax could jeopardise many of the 15,000 local jobs the sector is understood to directly provide.
Flights to Goroka Cancelled
PNG Air yesterday announced that due to the damage to the runway at Goroka in Eastern Highlands, the airline has cancelled scheduled services to the port until further notice. In a statement, PNG Air said the damage had reached a level that the airline felt it posed a significant safety threat to operations.
Flights to Goroka operational -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f967ab
World Cup Goal
PNG has created footballing history, scoring their first ever goal at a FIFA tournament, as they bowed out of the Under 20 Women's World Cup with a 7-1 defeat against North Korea in Port Moresby. The goal was scored by Nicollete Ageva -- http://giaman.com/pg/?13066a
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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)
2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament now until 3 December, Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?18525e
14th Papua New Guinea Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - Hilton Hotel in Sydney from 5 to 7 December 2016
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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