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PNG Invites Thais To Invest In Energy Projects -- http://www.bernama.com.my/bernama/v7/wn/newsworld.php?id=983922
Port Moresby police chief warns about scamming threat -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=79727
Taiwan boosts economic relationship with PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?99963c/
PNG Government tackling shortage of thousands of teachers -- http://giaman.com/pg/?03aca4/
PNG opposition to sue over government's Ok Tedi takeover -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=79725
'Vampire' father eats daughter's flesh in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9a0872/
PNG Officials Move Papuan Activists -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d1ff4d/
HIV AIDS trend shifts in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5a349a/
Qld firm to build bridges over troubled PNG waters --
Mending the ties that bind -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6fad27/
Bilums and Baskets -- http://giaman.com/pg/?43b8f5/
One of the most expensive cities in the world -- http://giaman.com/pg/?67b47f/
One of the most dangerous cities in the world -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dd5728/
PNG Said in Funding Talks with Citigroup, Barclays on Oil Search -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4683f5
From Fiji to PNG -- http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=247788
Why Are Male Marsupials Dying From Sex? -- http://giaman.com/pg/?29c0f1
Call for help with funeral costs in PNG cities -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b79dd3
Where Is that PNG Village? -- http://thslone.tripod.com/where-is-that-PNG-village.html
Rural Village Water -- http://giaman.com/pg/?45c8f9
Bride Price - PNG Style -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQtlYuIJOa0
Sir Hubert Murray Stadium demolished -- http://skerah.com/new/?p=1628
Chris Willson Photography Blog -- http://giaman.com/pg/?eb3d31/ -- and -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4386a7/
PNG is a country now torn apart between greed and ignorance -- http://www.pngblogs.com/2013/10/papua-new-guinea-is-country-now-torn.html
I killed the PNG Government's puppet BHP and will do it again -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e95925
The Crocodile Prize Winners for 2013 are --
Short Story - Leonard Fong Roka - Farewell My Bougainville Prophetess
Essay - Francis Nii - If Dekla Says Papua New Guinea is Eden, Then It Is!
Poetry - Lapieh Landu - I am woman
Short Story - Charlotte Vada
Poetry - Michael Dom
Essay - Emma Wakpi
Heritage - Lorraine Basse
Student -Angeline Low
Women's - Imelda Yabara
Lifetime Contribution - Russell Soaba
Short Story - Jeffrey Febi
Poetry - Jimmy Drekore
Essay - Martyn Namorong
Women's Literature - Lapieh Landu
see also - Bougainville writer wins top PNG award -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b830f8
The Bank of Papua New Guinea's quarterly economic bulletin released last week said the kina depreciated against most major currencies, except the Australian dollar which it appreciated by 3 per cent as a result of Australian dollar weakening against US dollar. The bank said the depreciation against these currencies was mainly due to the combined effect of high domestic import demand and lower foreign exchange inflows.
Unsurprisingly a youth unemployment survey conducted in six urban areas has discovered that there is a large number of unemployed youth in cities and towns. Out of a total of 318 respondents, 44 per cent arrived in towns and cities in search for a job while 33 per cent migrated for study. More than half of the respondents were primary and secondary school drop outs and just over 10 per cent had tertiary qualifications. Interestingly, only 32 per cent of the youth in the survey were employed while 68 had no formal jobs.
The plight of women enduring horrific violence in PNG has captured the heart of former Wagga student Courtney Price. Courtney has co-funded the youth-led, not-for-profit organisation Meri Toksave, which aims to address violence against women in PNG by improving information accessibility of services and support for women, empowering women and partnering with men.
The recent attack on a group of Australian trekkers in Papua New Guinea sent ripples of fear through the country's tourism industry. The story received massive media attention here in Australia, which is PNG's main tourism market. Papua New Guineans say the Australian media's focus on the bad things about the country is unfair, but bad publicity isn't the tourism industry's only problem.
Read more (click on Transcript) -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b26fe5
The Nakaku Primary School in Middle Fly, Western province has nearly 300 students who, for the first time, can now study in lit classrooms and use computers and printers thanks to the delivery of a solar power system. For a good story about the logistics required to deliver the solar panels and batteries to the site click on the link below.
The anti-corruption group, Transparency International Papua New Guinea, says it is very concerned with the manner of recent constitutional changes by the government.
There are early indications that Port Moresby is already starting to look cleaner, after a betel nut ban was introduced in PNG's capital.
Door not totally shut on betel nut sales in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?720cba
Law to ban betelnut may be flawed -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20131010/news02.htm
Australian Federal Police (AFP) say they are still investigating after a woman was allegedly found trying to import a commercial quantity of drugs from PNG. An AFP spokesman says it is still unknown who the drugs were for.
Marijuana Drug Bust
PNG police in Kerema, Gulf province have intercepted eleven bags containing 84.5kg of marijuana possibly destined for overseas or for gun trading. According to the National Drug and Vice Squad this was the biggest haul of marijuana discovered so far.
LNG Grants Misused
Over K500 million (US$189 million) for PNG's Infrastructure Development Grants (IDG) and High Impact Infrastructure Projects (HIIP) meant for the LNG project areas has been misappropriated and abused.
In 2018 PNG will host the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. It is an extraordinary coup for PNG to host the summit to be attended by the world's most powerful leaders from countries including the US, China, Russia, Indonesia and Japan. PNG's can-do Prime Minister Peter O'Neill pulled off the coup in the final hours of the APEC meeting in Bali on Tuesday evening.
Trek Across PNG
In March 2014 two intrepid British travellers are planning the first ever unsupported crossing from Vanimo to Daru. The six month expedition will be made into a feature length documentary. The pair will also be raising money for international charity Childfund. By providing support to its immunisation patrols, these offer essential vaccinations to babies and children in the inaccessible rural areas.
See also -- http://www.pngexpedition.com
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Progress in Paradise
With resources dwindling around the world, Papua New Guinea is a tempting location for would-be explorers. But getting the most out of the country is difficult. The country's mineral deposits are extensive, and include gold, nickel, silver and copper. It also has large amounts of oil and natural gas. But none of these resources are easy to reach, and the country has poor infrastructure which slows down any work there.
K6.3 Million Robbery
The Royal PNG Constabulary are investigating a K6.3 million (US$2 million) robbery in Port Moresby in which an officer of a security company escorting the money to a bank held up his colleagues. The money belonged to MayBank.
Nautilus Minerals Banned from Manus
Manus MP Ronnie Knight says Canadian miner, Nautilus Minerals, is banned from the province.
DX PNG - P29VNX
JA1NLX transmitting as P29VNX will be active from Lissenung Island IOTA OC-008, Papua New Guinea, 1 to 6 December, 2013.
PNG rugby league's high performance director Mal Meninga has come out swinging against the local media over what he describes as ill-informed and derogatory statements.
PNG League defends national set-up -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=79664
PNG cricket history has been created as two players have signed to play in Australia's Big Bash League. Star opening batsman Assad Vala and leg spinning all-rounder, Charles Amini have created history for Papua New Guinea and the East-Asia Pacific region by being the first players to be signed by Australian franchise teams in the T20 Big Bash League.
The European Union, United Kingdom and France are following closely the debate in PNG about the death penalty.
PNG Customs and police in Eastern Highlands carried out an operation to discourage illegal wine-making in Unggai-Bena district. The team raided the area and confiscated brewed products, equipment used and items following a tip off.
Westpac Women's Awards
Fourteen women have been unveiled as finalists for the upcoming 2013 Westpac Outstanding Women Awards, to be held at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby today (16th October).
The five award categories are as follows:
* PricewaterhouseCoopers private sector award: Anthonia Apurel, Patronilla Paisi and Angelyn Baker.
* Steamships public sector award: Dr Dinah Dovana-Ope, Rose Singadan and Dr Mobumo Kiromat
* SP Brewery entrepreneur award: Sarah Shelley, Ruth Wollie and Michaeline Sovek
* Trukai community award: Maria Linibi, Cecilia Kuman and Penny Sagembo.
* Winsome Nenewa and Doris Cheryl Mondo Mulas were nominated for IBBM young achiever's award.
PNG's newly-appointed minimum wages board will start conducting public hearings in Mendi, Southern Highlands, to review and set wage determination for the country. The national wage rate set in 2008 was K2.29 (0.86) per hour and handed down in January, 2009.
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Air Niugini 40 Year Anniversary Staff Reunion, Brisbane - 2nd November 2013. Details and bookings available through website. -- http://www.angreunion.co.nr
National Canoe & Kundu Festival - November 2013
ICC tournament, Dubai - 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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