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Puara jets off today to trial with Rabbitohs -- http://www.pngloop.com/2015/01/02/puara-jets-today-trial-rabbitohs/
Bishop Bonivento's service to the country recognised with national award -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d851df
Police arrest couple for importing firecrackers -- http://giaman.com/pg/?df50ea
Rough justice for PNG's dangerous criminals -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d4de48
The PNG Constabulary Band in Australia 1996 -- http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmK7FJGxbN8
Air Niugini schedule -- http://www.airniugini.com.pg/flight-information/flight-schedule
Kimbe Bay -- http://giaman.com/pg/?78eebb
International Education Agency -- http://www.iea.ac.pg
Surveying birds in Milne Bay -- http://giaman.com/pg/?450dbe
PNG Institute of Medical Research -- http://www.pngimr.org.pg
Frank Trimmer's unique wartime sketches shed light on hardships of life in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?299794
Sunrise at Madang Resort Hotel -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fb6cb4
Catalogue of PNG images at Flickr -- http://giaman.com/pg/?575f48
Bougainville Time Zone
From Sunday the 28th of December 2014, the Bougainville Time Zone comes into effect. From this date Bougainville will be an hour ahead of the rest of PNG.
The Fiji Men's Hockey team is set on winning gold at the 2015 Pacific Games.
Fiji is aiming for the ultimate best; and in the sporting code of hockey, for which they are defending regional champions after winning the Pacific Cup last month, players and officials alike are adamant that they have the winning formula to bag gold.
The Games organising committee is confident the event will be delivered as planned.
Kavieng Port Storage
According to the contractor, Lims Construction Ltd (Lims), the storage facility was completed on time and is being prepared for commissioning. It will soon be handed over to PNG Ports Corporation Limited's (PNGPCL) Kavieng Port management for use.
Philippine Airlines (PAL) is looking at flying to Papua New Guinea to accommodate the growing number of passengers. The Philippines Star reported that PAL has filed an application for re-allocation of additional entitlements on the Manila - Port Moresby from the unutilised seat entitlements previously allocated to budget airline Cebu Air Inc. (Cebu Pacific).
Witch Hunts Displacing Dozens
In an interview with Radio Australia, Ruth Kissam, youth coordinator for the Western Highlands provincial government, said that witch hunts in the country are a serious problem and "a matter of national urgency".
Couple killed in PNG for allegedly practising sorcery
Catholic Bishop Declares War on 'Witch Hunters' -- http://giaman.com/pg/?cb9db6
Lega Siaka Named in Aussie Team
Papua New Guinea cricketer Lega Siaka has been named in the Australian Prime Minister's XI for the annual one-day match next week. Siaka, 22, will become just the fifth overseas player to represent the Aussie PM's XI when he takes the field against England at Canberra's Manuka Oval on the 14th of January.
Expat Found Dead in Lae
An expatriate businessman has been found dead at his home in Lae, and police have not ruled out murder as a possible cause.
The body of the Singaporean, identified as Tan, was found at his Eriku suburb home. Tan, the owner of Morobe Stationery Company, had been operating in the province for more than 20 years.
Free Land Titles
The Government will give out 2000 land titles in Port Moresby free of charge to ordinary Papua New Guineans to build affordable homes, National Planning Minister Charles Abel has indicated.
Air Niugini pilots have signed new contracts with the airline. This follows the completion of a successful negotiation between the pilots and Air Niugini
Michael Learns to Rock
Fans of Michael Learns to Rock throughout the country are anticipating watching their favourite band of all time perform live for the first time in PNG's Capital Port Moresby this month.
The Danish pop/soft rock band will hit the stage on the 17th of January at Gold Club, Lamana Hotel.
Tuna Not Human Bodies
Investigators say the reports of dead bodies being stored in a wrecked fishing boat off Bougainville are inaccurate. Reports said the bodies of 3 men had been found in the freezer of the abandoned fishing vessel.
But an assessment team which travelled to the island on Monday found that the suspected bodies on the freezer trays were large yellow fin tuna that were the size of adult human beings.
2015 to be Challenging
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says Papua New Guinea is prepared to make progress in 2015, despite global downturn in leading economies.
"There will be challenges, particularly as the larger economies around the world face difficulties, but we are working to insulate people and businesses in our country from these complications."
Polye raises Concerns on PNG's Economy -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e6576f
O'Neill says Polye is "Simply Wrong" -- http://giaman.com/pg/?202906
New research claims a combination of naphthoquine and artemisinin drugs could be highly effective in treating malaria in kids. The new research was conducted by University of Western Australia
The RSPCA in Port Moresby has new state of the art digital x-ray machine valued at K200,000. The RSPCA raised the money needed for the machine by hosting two main fundraisers in 2014.
Cabinet Papers 1988-89
Australian Cabinet was warned that the triggers for a military coup in Papua New Guinea had been identified as Australia's position as a close friend and adviser was under challenge 13 years after the Melanesia nation gained independence.
Honiara and Nadi Flights
Fiji-based Discount Flight Centre, general sales agents (GSA) for Air Niugini, managing director Sashi Singh said Air Niugini has started operating a direct return service between Honiara and Nadi. The first flight began on Christmas Eve and will continue weekly.
Residents in the Dei District of the Western Highlands province have received relief supplies just before Christmas to help them cope with the aftermath of huge floods last March.
An Archaeological Association conference held recently in Cairns, Australia focused on PNG Archaeology.
The recent three-day conference marked the Australia Archaeological Association's (AAA) 37th meeting.
Skul Bilong Yu
The link will take you to a video / episode of Skul Bilong Yu on EMTV that features highlights of carols by candlelights staged by schools in Port Moresby, and the Christmas and New Year's message from the PNG Education Secretary, Dr. Michael Tapo.
The annual? jail breakout by prisoners has seen a warder wounded when 33 prisoners escaped from Baisu Prison near Mt Hagen.
Remandee dies escaping from Jomba police cells in Madang -- http://giaman.com/pg/?142d99
Micro Solar Changing Lives
A tiny solar power system in a remote location of PNG can make a massive change in the lives of the people that get to use the energy produced.
Digicel, a mobile phone provider operating in PNG, has distributed 500 free tablet devices to schools across the nation so students can access a "virtual library".
The virtual library is "housed" in Digicel's Port Moresby Data Centre and is fully accessible offline - the tablet devices have been fitted with a unique, secure SIM card, allowing the tablet device to use a dedicated network pathway to connect to the library.
Schools participating in the pilot phase include: Sevese Morea Primary and Gordons Secondary in Port Moresby, Sir Tei Abal Secondary in Wabag, Mendi Primary in Mendi, SDA Primary in Kavieng, Kubalia High School in East Sepik and Hagita and Cameron Secondary schools in Alotau.
The Bulolo once ferried passengers from Australia to PNG. The Bulolo was the Australian cruise ship that became a battleship and led the fleet on the D-Day landings, turning the tide of World War II.
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.
MV Ammari to visit PNG in 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b0355c
Pacific Games - PNG 4 to 18 July 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
Remembrance Day, 23 July 2015
National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2015
PNG Medical Symposium, Usually September 2015
Goroka Show, September 2015
PNG Independence Day, 16 September 2015
Morobe Show, October 2015
Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, November 2015
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015
Christmas Day - 25 December 2015
Boxing Day - 26 December 2015
Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.
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