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Additional Fokker 100 for Air Niugini -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dcb42d
PNG rape claim prompts police to close ranks -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=81283
PNG police arrest family, supporters of alleged Wewak rape victim -- http://giaman.com/pg/?016ab5
Call for leadership over PNG sorcery violence -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=81246
MP says road improvements in rural PNG should be priority -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=81166
Major road improvements set to transform PNG capital -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=81153
Pauline O'Connor goes back to Milne Bay -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1e452e
Manus Island asylum-seeker processing to begin in February -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7f009a
Australian resident Marty Brown sends 140 surfboards to children in PNG - http://giaman.com/pg/?eb429c
Private companies in PNG to fight against malaria -- http://giaman.com/pg/?de726d
Disturbing report of rape in Wewak -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4d4473
SABL Case Study No.9 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f39a27
Phallic stone tools found -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1e2ecd
Oil Search in Talks to Join InterOil's Gas Project -- http://giaman.com/pg/?116798
ExxonMobil Funds Papua New Guinea Health Initiative -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2c1f36
Madang Governor depends on developer's scientific research on deep sea tailings -- http://giaman.com/pg/?78e925
The PNG Barramundis have well and truly made their mark on cricket's new South Australian Premier League by taking out the 20-20 Cup with a win over Northern Territory Strike.
A US $315 million road improvement programme in Port Moresby is expected to transform Papua New Guinea's capital but not everyone believes the government is spending money in the right place.
The penalty for Pomio MP and former Planning Minister Paul Tiensten has been deferred to January next year. Tientsen, who was found guilty of dishonestly approving a K10 million (US$4 million) to a controversial Airline company owned by Kokopo businessman Eremas Wartoto, will appear before the court on the 28th of January to hear his submission on a penalty.
Are Witches Real?
A health worker says the suggestion that sorcery is a creation of people's minds is simply untrue.
Clear medical reports essential to prevent PNG sorcery-related violence -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2e5b4d
PNG Defence Chief
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says the process to select a new Defence Force Chief to replace Brigadier General Francis Agwi is underway.
Parliament contractors have chopped off the top of an intricately carved totem pole to begin its dismantling in defiance of a personal intervention by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. The country's founding PM Sir Michael Somare Thursday called on Speaker Theo Zurenuoc to resign for destroying Papua New Guinean culture and vowed to get a court order to restrain him from causing further damage until Parliament returns in 2014.
PNG ministers demand sacking of parliament speaker over vandalism -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4c801b
PNG Looking for Pinoy Teachers
PNG's Department of Education urgently need teachers and lecturers and is considering Filipinos to fill in the jobs, Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz said recently. Baldoz said qualified teachers may earn from PNG Kina 52,759 to PNG Kina 47,489, or the equivalent of P844,144 to P758,224 per year.
Plane Crash Report
Air safety authorities in PNG have released a preliminary report into a plane crash that killed an Australian trainee pilot last month.
Drug Mule Charged
Police have busted a Nigerian scam that involved drugs from PNG and actual Nigerians living in Auckland and Manawatu. They are warning of the dangers of being sucked in by scams after a 68-year-old victim was arrested after being recruited to allegedly smuggle 1.5kg of methamphetamine from Port Moresby.
National Financial Inclusion Strategy
Treasurer Don Polye has launched the National Financial Inclusion and Financial Literacy Strategy 2014-2015 at the annual Financial Inclusion Expo organized by the Bank of PNG on the 5th of December, 2013. Treasure Don Polye, who was recently elected as Chairman of Board of Governors of the IMF and the World Bank, acknowledged His Excellency Martin Dihm, the European Union Ambassador to PNG and Minister Stuart Schaefer of the Australian Government's Department of Development Cooperation in PNG, for their funding support to the Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) - a joint programme of the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and partner to Bank of PNG for the development of the country's 1st National Strategy on Financial Inclusion.
Kula Gold has reached a key milestone for its wholly-owned Woodlark Island Gold Project with the receipt of Approval in Principle for the Environmental Permit.
The Family and Sexual Action Committee says a plan to introduce women-only buses in Port Moresby is not the answer to helping women feel safer.
WCB Resources Ltd has announced that it has obtained the initial 30% interest in the Misima Island Project.
InterOil has announced that the PNG Department of Petroleum and Energy has approved the Company's application for Petroleum Retention License 39, which includes the Triceratops discovery.
Total to buy stake in InterOil PNG assets for up to $3.6 billion -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7b0cdb
Solar Powered Recharge
According to ABC's Pacific Beat -- http://giaman.com/pg/?583bc8, -- a pilot project of 30 mobile phone recharging stations has been launched at Hula, situated around 3 hours away from PNG's capital, Port Moresby. The stations are very simple units, consisting of a single solar panel and a box containing batteries. Up to 20 phones will be able to be charged simultaneously. The units will also incorporate an LED light for night-time security. The stations will be operated and maintained by locals as a small business venture and users will pay a small fee to recharge their phones.
Aussie Military Heritage
Australian Prime Minister must build military heritage legacy closer to home. A commemorative centre alongside the Bomana Commonwealth War Cemetery just outside of Port Moresby, for instance, may be a suitable place to build a legacy and to reinforce the ties with our kin in Papua New Guinea.
The inaugural Port Moresby Fashion Week has been hailed as a success.
Australian Federal Police and PNG's top corruption fighting body have signed an agreement to work together to bring corrupt officials to justice. The head of Taskforce Sweep, Sam Koim, says corruption will be the main focus and intelligence information, the main tool.
Illegal Miner Killed
At least one person has died after a confrontation with police at the Porgera gold mine in Enga province. There are rumours and speculation that a second person was injured but this has not been able to be confirmed.
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Christmas Day - 25th December 2013
Boxing Day - 26th December 2013
New Year - 1st January 2014
Remembrance Day - 23rd July 2014
Independence Day - 16th September 2014
New Year's Day - 1st January 2014
National Day of Repentance - 26th of August
Christmas Day - 25th December 2014
Boxing Day - 26th December 2014
Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.
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