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Soldiers confront cops at 4-Mile -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d0f7e7
Sydney money managers lose $10 million of PNG taxpayer funds -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f86f63
Government takes serious look at order on deportation -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/79186
Gateshead Thunder's PNG imports excited to play for Stanley Gene -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7fdbbb
Pini misses out on semis -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c3c231
West Papua summit delegates stranded -- http://giaman.com/pg/?04226c
Zurenuoc: Parkop is not a Governor -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/79194
UNHCR urges Aust to release child refugees -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4dc609
"Grace" realized my potential: Pias -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fe0324
PNG Mining and Petroleum Conference -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d8d23e
No cost to donate blood -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/79187
Many photos can be found at this site -- http://www.vladsokhin.com/work/crying-meri
"Guavas and Bananas, Living Gay in PNG" -- https://vimeo.com/87629545
IMF Cautions PNG
With the liquefied natural gas (LNG) production and exports starting in PNG the resource sector growth is projected to surge next year. But PNG has been cautioned that spill over to the rest of the economy may be more limited. This is from the executive board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).
6th PNG Games
The sixth PNG games have come to a close. The final results are being tallied up but it would appear Morobe province came in first with the National Capital District second and Central third.
Resource Wealth Conversion
The United Nations Development Programme says it's not too late for PNG to convert its resource wealth into sustainable benefits for its citizens' wellbeing.
Nadzab Held Up
Staff and passengers at PNG's second biggest airport were held up while waiting for an early morning flight recently. A group of 30 men with guns and machetes kept passengers captive for about two hours while they ransacked offices. -- http://giaman.com/pg/?407476
Australian officials say the men armed with pistols, rifles, homemade guns and machetes descended on Nadzab airport, about 40 kilometres from the port town of Lae.
Locals shocked by hold-up -- http://giaman.com/pg/?49437d
Building Flaws Worrying
Non-Compliance and lack of enforcement is said to be lacking in the country's building industry, with concerns being raised that this is a "disaster waiting to happen".
Religious Freedom Celebrated
Thousands of people from various Christian denominations marched in Port Moresby in an Adventist-organized celebration of the religious freedom that they enjoy on the South Pacific island nation.
Two PNG cricketers are honing their sills in the Canberra (Australia) first-grade competition. Jack Vare and PNG teammate Assad Vala are using the stint as vital preparation for their PNG's attempt to qualify for the 2016 Twenty20 World Cup.
Reporting Gone Downhill
The reporting on Papua New Guinea issues is said to have gone downhill in the year since the Australian Associated Press closed its PNG bureau.
The National Airline, Air Niugini, has taken delivery of a Boeing B767 aircraft to be used while one of its B767's is in for maintenance. The aircraft is fitted with 247 seats, including business and economy class.
Niugini Aviation owned by Roxon and Ruth Undi from the resource rich area of Ialibu in the Southern Highlands has three aircraft. They bought (or leased) their first Cessna 206 six seater aircraft from the Seventh Day Adventist Church. The airline's operating licence was approved in 2013. Some rumours have gone around to say this airline is currently grounded and planes are parked at Jackson's next to the Aero Club. Many of the companies flying in PNG have similar names.
Two Papua New Guinea men who spent five months adrift at sea in a small boat have been released from hospital in the Federated States of Micronesia. 54-year-old Michael Bolong and 28-year-old Ambros Wavut left Lihir Island in PNG's New Ireland province in July, but ran out of fuel and were caught in a storm.
Telikom Transmitter Upgrade
Telecommunication customers in the Highlands region will reportedly soon benefit from improved voice, internet and data services after national fixed line incumbent Telikom PNG commissioned a new link between Madang and Mount Hagen. According to local press source The National, the high capacity network (HCN) link forms part of a major project being undertaken by Telikom PNG under which it aims to overhaul its national transmission network, with the new connection expected to replace a 20-year-old legacy radio link connecting the Highlands provinces into Lae and Madang.
Oil and Gas
Arbitration talks taking place in London could have a major influence on the future development of Papua New Guinea's oil and gas industry.
Bilateral Aid Effectiveness
On 4 December 2014, the Australian Senate referred the following matter to the Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee for inquiry and report by 26 November 2015:
The delivery and effectiveness of Australia's bilateral aid program in PPNG.
The closing date for submissions is 27 March 2015.
Committee Secretariat contact:
Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee Department of the Senate
PO Box 6100
Canberra ACT 2600
Phone: +61 2 6277 3535
Fax: +61 2 6277 5818
A ceremony was held recently to mark the commissioning of the Landing Craft Heavy HMPNGS Lakekamu into service with the Defence Force (PNGDF).
HMPNGS Lakekamu was formerly the Royal Australia Navy Landing Craft Heavy HMAS Labuan, which was decommissioned from Australian service at a ceremony in Cairns last month.
HMPNGS Lakekamu has been named after the Lakekamu River, in Gulf Province, south-western Papua New Guinea, and is the first PNGDF vessel to bear that name.
Talisman Asset Bid
Oil Search Ltd has bid more than US$300 million (K787m) to buy Talisman Energy's assets in Western, a move that could accelerate an expansion of the Pacific nation's flagship gas-export facility, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Aussie and PNG PM's Meet
The Prime Ministers of Papua New Guinea and Australia have had an opportunity to discuss bilateral issues when they meet in Canberra recently.
PM O'Neill said he and the Australian Prime Minister have a good working relationship and have regular contact.
IPLC Service Launched
Digicel Business has launched its International Private Leased Circuit (IPLC) Service with key clients at the 13th Papua New Guinea Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference held at the Hilton Hotel in Sydney.
Head of Business Solutions for Digicel Pacific, Gary Cobain said, "Customers were the driving force behind the business growth and continued investment in new products and services such as the IPLC service."
The new opposition leader, Don Polye, says the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's economic management will be his government's undoing.
Don Polye recently replaced Belden Namah as opposition leader after bringing his Triumph, Heritage Empowerment Party over to the opposition ranks and more than doubling its number of MPs.
High Arctic Deal
High Arctic has signed a two-year deal with InterOil for a second heli-portable drilling rig in PNG.
New Caledonia Export to PNG
New Caledonia may be on the way to making its first export to Papua New Guinea. This is in the textile industry and by one of its small to medium enterprise (SME) which participated in the just concluded Second Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Investment Roadshow and Trade Fair in Port Moresby.
New Immigration Detention Centre
It is believed Australia is building a new immigration detention facility at Bomana, near Port Moresby, that PNG officials say is specifically for asylum seekers currently on Manus Island.
Australian Federal Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, said "I can confirm that the Department will be building an immigration transit facility in Papua New Guinea,"
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has distanced his country from moves to exclude Australia and New Zealand from the Pacific Islands Forum.
"Crying Meri" Launched
Photojournalist Vlad Sokhin has risked his life to document and raise awareness of gender and sorcery-related violence in Papua New Guinea. One of the results of his work, which he has undertaken since January 2012, was the book Crying Meri: Violence Against Women in Papua New Guinea.
The Crying Meri book was launched in September 2014 at Visa Pour L'Image photojournalism festival in France and in PNG's Parliament House in Port Moresby on the 24th of November, 2014 - the day before White Ribbon Day, promoting the campaign to stop violence against women.
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Christmas Day - 25 December 2014
Boxing Day - 26 December 2014
MV Ammari to visit PNG in 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b0355c
Full Pacific Games - PNG 4 to 18 July 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.
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