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Rape incident sees daughter behead father -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20130614/news06.htm
PIH denies allegations -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/51193
Witch hunts in PNG linked to jealousy -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ff2b7e
Indonesia to Explore Energy Ties With PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9a6f54
Teacher in Papua New Guinea was tortured and beheaded for witchcraft -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ecf74a
PM to meet Newcrest executives -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8dcb58
PNG judge launches inquiry into reports police slashed ankles of men -- http://giaman.com/pg/?84c996
Students in sex trade -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20130614/news01.htm
PNG police yet to decide on Chinese on Bougainville -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=76547
Nautilus shares sold -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0635c3
Air Niugini -- http://www.au.fcm.travel/airlines/air-niugini
SeaDream II to Explore Papua New Guinea in 2014 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?46f22c
Airline Ratings Tracks Airline Safety & Services for 425 Airlines -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ad666b
Betel Nut Radio -- https://www.facebook.com/betelnutradio
PNG's Muslim population grows 500 per cent in ten years --
Travellers can soak up PNG culture during festival season -- http://giaman.com/pg/?40e65a
Tree Kangaroo Conservation -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ce8592
PNG Photos 1972 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?79e7ab
More photos -- http://www.galenfrysinger.com/papua_new_guinea.htm
Pictures of PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3e35fa
More images -- http://www.travel-images.com/png.html
Yet more photos -- http://www.pbase.com/chris67/papua_new_guinea
Combatting family and sexual violence in PNG: -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6oluV6DC2ss
Doini Island Paradise -- http://skerah.com/new/?p=777
British expats in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1e9dc8
The Mountain by Drusilla Modjeska -- http://giaman.com/pg/?58ae69
Death Penalty Reinstated -- http://giaman.com/pg/?cc6b62
Cairns / Rabaul Direct
In its bid to promote tourism Air Niugini has opened up a new direct service between Cairns, Rabaul and Cairns on a trial basis. The inaugural service operates every Monday and Friday.
Oil Search has made a potentially sizeable oil find near its producing SE Mananda field in the Southern Highlands. The company said logs indicated the Mananda-6 well contained two separate oil columns, one of 18 metres in the Toro formation and the other of 40 metres in the Imburu and Digimu formations.
The biggest fish processing plant in the region has opened in Lae. The plant is an investment by Thai Union, the world's biggest fish processor. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says the opening of the Majestic Seafoods plant could create close to 7,000 jobs.
Smoking in Public
Smoking in public places has been banned, according to the National Executive Council (NEC).
These include all:
- Public motor vehicles (PMVs) and taxis;
- Government vehicles and boats including those used by the armed forces;
- Terminals and aeroplanes (other than private charters);
- Restaurants, cafes, shops (including betting shops and supermarkets and stores);
- Enclosed locations in hotels, clubs and bars (except in open areas or in hotel rooms designated for sleeping and/or for smokers);
- Offices and any enclosed working environment both public and private; and
- Educational facilities.
Deputy Police Commissioner Simon Kauba has announced the reward for information leading to the recapture of William Kapris has been increased to K50,000. A reward of K50,000 has also been offered for convicted killer, Walimini.
Bougainville president, John Momis, says his government is in a joint venture with a Port Moresby businessman to have a sea-going ferry built in China. The ferry will fill the gap left by the sinking of the Rabaul Queen early last year.
A team of eight Australian adventurers will cycle approx. 700 km through some of the roughest terrain in PNG during July to raise funds for a multi-purpose women's domestic violence refuge in the Lae. The ride will be followed by a 100 km trek over the legendary Kokoda Trail.
Police and primary school students have fought in Wabag, Enga province, leaving a number of students hospitalised and the town police station damaged. The town came to a standstill for about an hour before order was restored by a visiting PNG Defence Force unit with the support of community leaders.
2013 Oceania Cup
The 2013 Oceania Cup will be Papua New Guinea's second consecutive defence of the Oceania Cup having initially won the trophy in 2009.
Service Station Damaged
Police have reported damage to a service station in Goroka by passengers and drivers on tulaittulait buses travelling through from Madang and Lae recently. Eastern Highlands provincial police commander David Seine Jnr blamed the incident on the extended trading hours of alcohol and the presence of people from other provinces squatting in Goroka.
Air Niugini Sponsors Kumuls
The National Airline has signed an agreement to sponsor the PNG Rugby League Kumuls for the next five years. Air Niugini Deputy Chairman Sir Fred Reiher and Team Kumul Director Mal Meninga jointly signed the sponsorship agreement.
The Jayapura city administration is working in conjunction with the Indonesian Consulate in Vanimo, Papua New Guinea (PNG), to hold the Pinang Festival at the Skouw marketing point on Saturday with the theme, "Tradition Unites Friendship".
Fiji Firms Keen on PNG
About 15 new companies from Fiji have expressed interest in venturing into PNG following a recent trade mission. Fiji High Commissioner to PNG Romanu Tikotikoca said most of the Fiji companies were planning further trips to Port Moresby to pursue business arrangements with local partners.
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says a new Chief Ombudsman will be officially appointed very soon. The position was left vacant following the death of former Chief Ombudsman, Chronox Manek, in October last year.
Ombudsman appointments delay a worry -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/51410
State of Origin
Security will be boosted in the National Capital during the second State of Origin clash in Australia, after violence flared between supporters during the first clash.
Senior judge David Cannings has been attacked near the Madang Country Club by a group of youths. The newspaper, The National, reports that the Madang-based judge was returning to his home in Kalibobo when a group of youths stopped his car at gunpoint, assaulted him and took his vehicle.
Common motive ruled out -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=76763
Russian born photographer Vlad Sokhin has been documenting the results of this violence against women since 2012 through a project called "Crying Meri". (Meri is Tok Pisin for women). He shares his portraits of the victims and shares their stories, as they were told to him.
Maternal and Child Health
PNG is racing against time to improve its maternal and child health status as set out in the United Nations millennium development goals by 2015.
The Cairns Chamber of Commerce in Australia is working closely with the PNG and Australian Governments to work out specific details on shipping North Queensland cattle to PNG. The original concept of swapping aid money for cattle in countries including Indonesia, has met with a lukewarm response from the Australian federal government.
40 Hour Famine
New Zealanders have raised more than $65 million since the 40 Hour Famine began 39 years ago. Proceeds this year will go to Papua New Guinea where hunger leads to anaemic mums, malnourished children and the second worst child death rate in the Asia-Pacific region. A quarter of all children under the age of 5 years are suffering from diarrhoea, which is a life-threatening illness. Access to good health services, clean water and proper sanitation therefore is critical.
Papua New Guinea's A$20 billion LNG project is only months away from yielding dividends, but already a new group of global prospectors are lining up to commence a second project of similar nature. French giant Total Oil and Australian Oil Search - both familiar with potential riches in the vast PNG fields - are talking up their chances of a new liquefied natural gas project in the Gulf of Papua even before the flagship LNG project gets off the ground.
Vale Simon Nigi
The provincial police commander for the new Jiwaka province has been killed in a motor vehicle accident. It is believed Supt Simon Nigi was driving the vehicle when it ran off the road near Sigiri Mountain, Jiwaka. Police are yet to establish the cause of the accident.
Police commissioner, Toami Kulunga, has told his senior officers they could be replaced by foreigners if they fail to establish their authority over their subordinates.
Mobile banking is being made available in a pilot project for vendors at Gerehu market in the National Capital. The new system will make it safer for women at the markets.
PNG Fire Service
PNG Fire Service will hold its annual provincial commanders' meeting in Mt Hagen from the 24th of June through to the 28th of June. The theme is "Strengthening service delivery: a provincial focus".
Pacific Series Netball
Netball coach Annie Iamo says the country's second place finish in the Pacific Series is a big boost to their hopes of qualifying for next year's Commonwealth Games.
Marine Industrial Zone
The Marine Industrial Zone is back on track after opponents withdrew legal action. The Zone will see up to 10 fish canneries, a port complex and other industrial developments on land around the Madang Lagoon.
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.
2013 Oceania Cup - 6th July 2013
National Mask Festival 17th - 21st July 2013, Kokopo, East New Britain
PNG800 Bike & Hike - 2nd July - 19 July 2013 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ccf5e7
PNG Trade Fair in Honiara - July 2013
Hiri Moale Festival - July 2013
Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013
2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)
East Sepik Crocodile Festival -- 6th - 7th August 2013
Mt. Hagen Cultural Show -- 17th - 18th August 2013
Goroka Show 14th - 15th August 2013 -- http://epictomato.com/inspiration/the-goroka-show-papua-new-guinea
National Canoe & Kundu Festival -- Nov 2013
Christmas Day - 25th December 2013
Boxing Day - 26th December 2013
New Year's Day -- 1st January 2014
Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014 -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20130322/news05.htm
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.
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