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PNG sorcery-related killings described as 'silent epidemic' -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e1f007
UMC Energy Says PNG Site Survey Proceeding to Plan -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6e7e5a
Pacific Games Council optimistic over NZ/Aust vote -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d67aca
Sport: Pacific Games Council happy with progress in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d4aa2f
High Arctic signs a new contract in PNG -- http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20131220-907580.html
PNG parliament's speaker justifies removal of cultural artefacts -- http://giaman.com/pg/?337247
PNG is deepening its engagement within APEC -- http://giaman.com/pg/?aec392
History made as PNG league player recruited directly to Penrith -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b7fbe4
Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association -- http://www.pitia.org/board.html
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WWII: Rescue at Rabaul 'PBY Blister Gunner' -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9cda16
Outdoor Sculpture Garden in San Francisco -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6dd68f
Bougainville mine -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5157d9
Hunting tree kangaroos in the mountains -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4b3ca3
New e-ID card
The National Research Institute says it is working to address the public's concerns their privacy will be breached by a new government electronic identification card system.
The Barramundi's coach has called on the government to invest significant funding into cricket. The PNG men's team won the inaugural South Australian Premier League Twenty20 title at the weekend, an event featuring a number of top internationals from around the world.
The Ombudsman Commission (OCPNG) is reviewing its laws to assume prosecution powers so that it can investigate and prosecute, Chief Ombudsman Rigo Lua said.
Branchless banking, mobile banking, mobile "wallets", innovations in financial services are seeing thousands of poor and low-income people use their mobile phones to enter the financial system for the first time; to open accounts, get paid, save money and begin to move out of poverty.
New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan is calling on the owner and operator of the giant Lihir gold mine to pack up and leave New Ireland. He said this during a recent press conference, adding that the province was sick of the deceit, arrogance and incompetence the mining company has demonstrated since it took over Lihir.
Civil Servant Pay Rise
Civil servants will get 7.5% pay increases annually for the next three years under an agreement signed in Port Moresby recently. The agreements represent significant improvements in the terms and conditions of public servants over the next three years starting in 2014.
Air Niugini's Chief Executive Officer, Simon Foo said 2013 was challenging with new initiatives for the airline such as acquisition of new aircraft and cabin fitting and upgrading for some of their aircraft. He said the airline has also improved a lot on its on time performance. We are happy and moving in the right direction", Foo said.
Drought Inaction Frustrates Church
An official of PNG's Lutheran Church says he's increasingly frustrated with the lack of action on a serious drought which has reportedly led to several deaths on an island in Madang province.
Bridge Linking Provinces Damaged
The Bora Bridge, linking the road between Lae, Madang and the Highlands Highway was damaged recently.
Medicine Funding Withdrawn
Australia has withdrawn funding for a program that supplies medicine to PNG health centres due to safety concerns. In June, the PNG government removed crucial quality-control criteria and later awarded the contract to a local company linked to a Chinese supplier of sub-quality drugs.
Investigators Promise Swift Action
The man in charge of a police team heading to Wewak in Papua New Guinea to investigate the alleged rape of an 18 year old girl by local policemen says they can take swift action once they're on the ground. The investigation will also look into the alleged beating and detention of the president of a women's group who, with members of the girl's family, went to lay an official complaint.
Governor of PNG's East Sepik appeals for calm in Wewak -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ea7085
President John Momis of the Autonomous Bougainville Government appealed for Filipino expertise and capital to help rebuild his resource-rich island-province ravaged by almost a decade of civil war.
Coffee Farmers Needed
The managing director of one of PNG's main coffee exporters says the industry needs more famers.
Manus Sex Video
A PNG politician says asylum seekers detained on Manus Island have appeared in a pornographic film with local girls. The island's outspoken MP, Ronny Knight, says the detention centre is 'out of control' and he will show the clip to Australian officials.
Fears for Gay Refugees
Amnesty International REFUGEE advocates have raised fresh concerns about LGBTI asylum seekers on Manus Island. Homosexuality remains illegal in PNG, with same-sex relations punishable with up to 14 years jail. Since July when then- Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, introduced a policy of resettling all refugees arriving by boat in either Manus Island or Nauru, the population at the Manus facility has tripled to over 1000 people.
Heavy Landing Craft
Australia will gift a heavy landing craft to Papua New Guinea next year under increasing military and maritime ties. The vessel, at about 150 feet long, have a crew of 13 and can carry a typical load of 175 tons up to 1,300 nautical miles, powered by two GE diesel engines.
'Financial Scheme' Terrorists
Prime Minister O'Neill's Office has received reports that PNG is a victim to 'Financial Scheme' terrorists. According to a media release, the PM's Office has been made aware of the presence of fraudulent Agents and Marketing Representatives of International Media and Publishing Companies in the country.
Australian Federal Police
The final contingent of Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers has arrived at Jackson International Airport. The 10 officers will be working alongside their counterparts in community policing operations in Port Moresby and Lae under the PNG-Australian Policing Partnership (PNG-APP).
PNG Government's agreement to accept Australia's involvement in the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Countries (APEC) meeting may mean serious breaches to the national interests of the country. former PNG ambassador to the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Brain Yombon Copio said that this was a sign of incapability of the government which had voluntarily put its hands up to play host to this high profile regional meeting.
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Today - 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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