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PNG funeral home asked to stop open fire body burning -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=76952
PNG police ponder charges against funeral home -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=76995
Somare says MSG must serve the region -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3de042
Women's football comes into focus -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3c34c6
PM on trade mission to Jakarta -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fcf627
ANZ, IPBC close deal -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20130621/news07.htm
PNG ruling party to hold national convention this week -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=77012
Kids removed from Manus Island may have better chance at processing -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=77007
Air Niugini -- http://www.airniugini.com.pg
Brian Bell -- http://www.brianbell.com.pg
Coral Sea Hotels -- http://www.coralseahotels.com.pg
Online PNG -- http://www.online.net.pg
Avis -- http://www.avis.com.pg
Kina Corp-- http://www.kina.com.pg
Destinations PNG -- http://www.destinations.com.pg
PNG Ports -- http://www.pngports.com.pg
SeaDream Yacht Club to Sail Papua New Guinea in 2014 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0aad18
Rabaul 1914 -- http://www.navy.gov.au/history/battle-honours/rabaul-1914
Keep out! - Papua New Guinea -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GpqiHzxld6U
Madang fights for the right to Chromite -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b2ddd
The Flysolomons Sports & Rec Club are travelling to PNG to compete against Air Niugini teams. Fly Solomons will defend their title against Air Niugini. They are sending netball, touch rugby, darts and soccer teams.
All eleven crew members of the Mundi Navigator barge have been rescued by tug boat Go Rigel 80 nautical miles northwest of PNG's capital, Port Moresby. One person is reported to have sustained a non-life threatening injury.
New Airline Agreements
Solomon Islands and Fiji stand to benefit from a new Air Services agreement signed by Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. The agreement will allow the utilisation of the Boeing 737 aircraft and travel from Nadi through Honiara, Moresby and then on to Bali.
Indonesia has signed an agreement on air transportation with Papua New Guinea. Through the agreement, Indonesia will open a direct flight route from Jakarta to Port Moresby. The Jakarta-Port Moresby route will be available twice a week.
New Air Niugini schedule effective 22nd June to 26th October 2013. Check uploaded schedules on -- http://www.airniugini.com.pg/flight-information/flight-schedule/
National airline restricts flights to two centres -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/51866
Melanesian Spearhead Group
Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare has praised the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) as a "vibrant and successful" organisation when he appeared as a guest at a recent summit of the MSG. In his speech, Somare acknowledged "there is strong and growing support among the MSG peoples for West Papua's membership to MSG and West Papua's aspirations to self-determination."
A government report into recent unrest at the University of Technology in Lae will not be made public. The acting minister of higher education, Don Polye, says the inquiry's report is not a public document and will not be made public.
A specialist with the Royal Melbourne Hospital, Dr Suman Majumdar has been reported as saying "one of the things that fuel TB everywhere is a weakened health system, poverty, vulnerable people and I think that is the driving factor".
New Chief Ombudsman
PNG has a new Chief Ombudsman. Former Public Service Commission chairman Rigo Lua, from Kapari village in Abau District, Central province, has taken over from Ombudsman Phoebe Sangetari who has being acting in the position for more than 12 months after the then Chief Ombudsman Chronox Manek died in 2011, after a long illness.
After more than four years banking services in Kerema, Gulf province, are to be restored. BSP closed its doors in 2008 after its branch in Kerema was subjected to a robbery where a substantial amount was stolen. Work on the new Rural Branch will commence later this month and expected to be completed before the end of 2013.
The treasury department is considering a recommendation to regulate house prices in the country. Treasurer Don Polye says he has asked his department to examine a recommendation by PNG's Independent Consumer and Competition Commission to regulate the nation's housing market.
New Britain Palm Oil
Kulim in Malaysia is set to take over the remaining shares in New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL). The company already owns 50% of NBPOL. NBPOL is currently listed on the London Stock Exchange and the Port Moresby Stock Exchange.
Bougainville Foreign Investment
PNG's autonomous region of Bougainville will introduce new laws governing foreign investment, aimed at preventing newly arrived foreigners from dominating small business.
Anglican Board of Mission reports that Bishop Clyde Igara from Dogura diocese was elected June 14 as the new archbishop of the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea.
Route to Jackson's Airport
An upgraded alternative route has been proposed to and from Jacksons International Airport. Morea Tobo Road between Six-Mile and the Airport will be upgraded to four lanes and other associated feeder roads will also be upgraded to allow for the free flow of traffic.
Parkop: K3mil to repair damaged road -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/51810
South East Asian Airlines could be another airline to fly to PNG. If successful in its bid the airline said 720 seats would be used for the Clark to Port Moresby route and another 720 seats would be for Manila to Port Moresby. It plans to use Airbus A319 and A320 planes.
HeviLift, 50% owned by landowners in PNG, has successfully broken into the Indonesian and Asian market. The company's fleet includes fixed and rotary wing aircraft.
PNG Ports Stevedores Mess
PNG Ports has opened a new stevedore's mess. The initiative is part of PNGPCL's modernisation program to provide a safe and healthy environment for maritime workers especially stevedores to be served decent meals. Meals can also be purchased by other port users or PNGPCL staff at reasonable prices.
Prostitutes Not Protected
The founder of WeCare working with vulnerable young women and children in Port Moresby says growing numbers of young sex workers are not using protection.
The Nasfund Contributors Savings and Loan Society (NCSL) has gone into a new age of savings in PNG by introducing biometric identification services for its members. The NCSL is a subsidiary of Nasfund and has more than 65,000 active members. NCSL in its drive for better service delivery to its members has introduced a self-service touch-screen system at its Boroko branch in Port Moresby.
ADB Chief Visits PNG
The Asian Development Bank president Takehiko Nakao will arrive in PNG on the 24th of June to visit project sites and discuss its assistance programme with government officials.
Komo airfield, part of the PNG liquefied natural gas project, has seen the first landing of an Antonov AH-124-100 aircraft. The airfield will provide a gateway for large equipment to be transported to the Hides gas conditioning plant that will treat the natural gas and condensate. The Antonov-124 cargo aircraft that made the airfield's maiden flight will now be used to deliver the large equipment required for the operation of the plant. About 70 trips in total will be required to transport the equipment.
The runway is 3.2 km long x 45 m wide.
AFLPNG QLD Championships
AFLPNG's under 14 Coca-Cola Binatangs have departed for the Gold Coast in Queensland to participate in the 2013 Queensland State Championships. The squad of 27 Young boys has been drawn from the Highlands (Goroka and Mt. Hagen), Islands (Kimbe/Hoskins and Kavieng), Northern (Lae and Kainantu) and Port Moresby. Selection was via the Coca-Cola National Championships held in November last year at Lae's Igam Barracks.
Malaysian Envoy Bids Farewell
The Malaysian High Commissioner to PNG, Datin Seri Blanche Olbery, has paid a farewell visit to Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio before leaving the country on the 29th of June.
Border Economic Zones
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says that land issues along the PNG-Indonesian International Border will be seriously looked into and solved by the Border Economic Zones. Mr O'Neill made this undertaking after his return from a two-day State Visit to Indonesia with some of his Government Ministers, top bureaucrats, businessmen and women including members from Papua New guinea Chamber of Commerce and landowner companies involved in resource industries.
AIDS Fights Back
The provincial health authority and the Western Highlands Provincial AIDS Council have expressed concern at the HIV/AIDS virus showing resistance in first line patients who are on antiretroviral (ART) drugs.
Australian Military in Wewak
Australian military doctors are finding it a little confronting working at the general hospital in Wewak, Papua New Guinea, as part of a joint US-Australian military aid mission
Lawyer Jailed for Contempt
A lawyer has been jailed for nine months for contempt of court in what might be the first case of its kind as attempts are made to clean up the legal system. Justice Derek Hartshorn who presided over the matter said: "A term of imprisonment will serve as a warning to others, especially lawyers, that court orders must be obeyed and that there are consequences for non-compliance."
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
Maprik district cultural and agricultural show - September 2013
National Canoe & Kundu Festival -- November 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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