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Air Niugini to link Vanuatu, PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bdcffc
Zijin Mining to invest $298 million in Porgera Gold Mine of Barrick Gold - http://giaman.com/pg/?df8a60
PNG speaker's move strikes sad note for Chan -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b0a4f7
Gold Mountain acquiring stake in PNG gold and platinum assets -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3f0bcd
Viaspace unveils 2-MW biogas deal in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?df74c6
Digicel PNG warns of scam text messages -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d77125
Jayapura builds co-operation with PNG's Sepik centres -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d36679
PNG pledges $3.7 million to create regional office on Palau -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3ad478
Refugee 'bashed' by guards on Manus Island for missing transit centre curfew -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6c498d
Moresby businesses call for an end to police road blocks -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3cba31
CASA wants skilled workers -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/88972
PNG not told of Australia's plans to open diplomatic post in Bougainville, Aussie DFAT head says -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dcbdf1
Paradise Cinema Port Moresby -- https://www.facebook.com/paradisecinemapng?_rdr
Monitoring the Vulnerability and Adaptation of Coastal Fisheries to Climate Change - Northern Manus Outer Islands - Assessment Report No. 2, April - June 2014 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d15d6d
'Bougainville': from punchline to looming issue for Australia -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7dc59c
Doco aims to expose 'aid and development' profiteering -- https://www.greenleft.org.au/node/59139
University of Technology -- http://www.unitech.ac.pg
Brother of Anglican martyr in appeal -- http://giaman.com/pg/?25ae89
Tropicair PNG -- http://www.tropicair.com.pg/
PNG Issues New Commemorative Coins, Banknotes -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bc92d3
Booths on sale for Hagen Show -- http://giaman.com/pg/?24bdcb
Sorcery and Sexism in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?787014
Artists And Adventurers Reveal Rare Insights Into PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a6c9f8
Goroka Show -- http://giaman.com/pg/?71dba5
The country where rapists are proud and happy to pose for photos -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d6e3a0
Ozone Action Poster
World Environment Day was yesterday - the 5th of June. As part of the celebrations there is a poster competition for children between 13 and 18 that ends on the 12th of June. The topic / theme of the poster is "Protect the ozone layer, Protect Life". Here is a link to a document / flyer about the competition. -- http://www.pnggossip.com/stories/wed-2015.html
Ozone Day Poster Design Competition
National Ozone Unit
Conservation & Environment Protection Authority PO Box 6601, Boroko, NCD, PNG
Link -- Ozone Day Poster Design Competition
Solving Sorcery Beliefs
A missionary in the highlands of the country says the medical profession can help police in spreading awareness about human disease, to counter sorcery beliefs.
A 600 metre bridge near Jackson's airport has been opened in Port Moresby. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill officially cut the ribbon and opened the K165 million bridge built near Jacksons Airport on the 31st of May. The flyover has been completed just in time for the 2015 Pacific Games.
PM O'Neill also renamed the Kookaburra Flyover as the Kumul Flyover to it as being truly Papua New Guinean.
Trukai Fun Run
The annual Trukai Fun Run will take place after the official opening of the Pacific Games. The run will be held on the 5th of July just before the start of the triathlon events.
The fun run has been an annual event around the country for the last 32 years and this is the 16th year that Trukai has supported the event.
Pacific Games Relay
The Oil Search Pacific Games Relay has reached Lae after travelling through the Nawaeb District of Morobe province. The relay finished at the Sir Ignatius Kilage stadium with the Baton being taken on a final lap of honour by the Snax Tigers rugby league team before being handed back to Oil Search ambassador Bart Philemon, who accepted the Baton and departed by helicopter.
The Relay has made its way to Milne Bay. The Baton was handed over to Milne Bay Provincial Governor, Titus Philemon, at Gurney airport.
Pacific Games News
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has announced the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, will open the Pacific Games. The Games Organising Committee (GOC) was pleased that a member of the royal family would open the 15th Pacific Games in Port Moresby on the 4th of July.
Fijian Pacific Games athletes dominate weekend competition -- http://giaman.com/pg/?85332a
Team PNG will move into the Games Village on the 28th of June, one week before the Pacific Games Opening Ceremony, chef de Mission Richard Kassman has said. Some sports will start competitions before the Games opening ceremony and they are soccer, swimming and triathlon.
Games security a top priority -- http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=308063
PNG sets target -- http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=307710
Australia excited to make Pacific Games debut -- http://giaman.com/pg/?479e11
Bishops: Maintain city image after games -- http://giaman.com/pg/?aec86b
Men's Softball Axed
Due to a lack of entries Men's softball has been axed from the Pacific Games. The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) has admitted the sport's cancellation was "disappointing". Only hosts PNG put forward a team for the men's competition and Port Moresby 2015. The women's tournament will go ahead as planned.
Papua New Guinea's police commissioner wants to review an arrangement that provides for Australian Federal Police (AFP) to be deployed to the Pacific island nation.
A new law making marriage under the age of 18 illegal is expected to be tabled in parliament soon.
The Prime Minister has expressed his confidence and appreciation for the work of the Safe Motherhood Alliance of Papua New Guinea and their work to reduce maternal mortality in the nation.
Students who were on strike in Lae have returned to classes after reaching agreement in their dispute with management over the Institute's crumbling infrastructure.
Madang Resort has been recognised as one of the 'Top Performing Resort Hotels' by Travellers on the World's Largest Travel Site.
Founded in 2010, the Certificate of Excellence award honours hospitality businesses that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor.
Australian Ban Firm
The Foreign Affairs Minister says the country is standing firm on a travel ban imposed on Australians to the autonomous region of Bougainville.
PNG foreign minister announces lifting ban on Australians travelling to Bougainville -- http://giaman.com/pg/?872bbc
International SOS and Tropicair
An alliance has been formed between International SOS and Tropicair creating the largest skilled and responsive medical evacuation service in PNG. International SOS have more than 350 medical and operational staff on the ground in Papua New Guinea, 86 percent of which are Papua New Guinea nationals.
International SOS is the world's leading medical and travel security risk services company. They care for clients across the globe, from more than 850 locations in 92 countries.
Saving and Budgeting
BSP is helping more people in the country to acquire the culture of saving and budgeting so they can manage their finances much better. By being able to budget and save, people can alleviate and reduce some of the stress involved in managing money better, spend within means, and eventually save for a special occasion.
Betel Nut Confiscated
A record haul of Betel nut has been confiscated in the run up to the Pacific Games. Police have recently confiscated a record 1,000 bags of betel nut in a dawn raid in Hanuabada. No one was arrested in the raid, which police say was part of a clean-up effort ahead of next month's Pacific Games.
Seafarers Found Safe in PNG
Six Filipino seafarers who jumped for their lives after their vessel sank off the coast of Papua New Guinea are now safe.
Land Monitoring System Established
A Satellite Land Monitoring System laboratory has been established at the Office of Climate Change and Development in Port Moresby.
Indonesia-PNG Extradition Treaty
An MP says there's no reason for West Papuan refugees to fear for their safety after the country ratified an extradition treaty with Indonesia. Attorney General, Ano Pala, says the treaty is important as criminals have been using the porous border between the two countries for smuggling and other illegal activities.
Air Niugini / Vanuatu
Vanuatu and PNG have discussed the air space between and potential investments between Port Moresby and Port Vila and PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill suggested connecting the two Melanesian Countries by air.
Lae City Dwellers have claimed the Telikom National Soccer League after beating Madang 4-1 in the grand final.
For more on Papua New Guinea football visit -- http://www.pngfootball.com.pg
Global Year of Action
2015 is the year of global action. This is the year when countries will shape and adopt a new development agenda that will build on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). This is also the year when they will reach a global agreement on climate change at the Paris Climate Conference.
Walking Fish Worry Australia
Scientists from James Cook University (JCU) have been closely monitoring the movements of the climbing perch from PNG, which has already reached the Torres Strait Islands of Boigu and Saibai.
The Government is working on a plan to reduce internet costs in the country soon, according to Communication and Information Technology Minister Jimmy Miringtoro.
PNG Not Broke
Minister for Finance, James Marape denies the government can't pay its bills following allegations the budget is under stress.
The Aussie Govt. Smarttraveller website has offered the following change for PNG - The Papua New Guinea Government has announced that the restrictions on Australians travelling to Bougainville have been lifted (see Local travel). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Papua New Guinea overall. We continue to advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Porgera Township in Enga Province in the Highlands.
Vale Tony Huai
Retired, Brigadier General - Tony Huai passed away recently (third week of May).
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 visiting PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b0355c Ship Locator -- http://ywamships.org.au/ship-locator/
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 held in September
Pacific Islands Forum meeting will be held in Papua New Guinea in September
Goroka Show, September 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dad899
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
2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will be the 8th edition of the tournament (Port Moresby) -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_FIFA_U-20_Women's_World_Cup
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.
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