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Questions on regional architecture block progress at Pacific foreign ministers meeting -- http://giaman.com/pg/?de64f5
Heritage Oil Fails to Find Gas at Kwila-1 Prospect -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8f596e
Beach Volleyball -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ea7330
Student death by illegal connection -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d91282 (login required)
Lawn Bowls -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b9f5b8
Cook Islands continue medal rush -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4869cc
Pini (PNG) Pursues Grangeon (TAH) For Most Swimming Gold at POM 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?194b79
Big Wins On the Road -- http://allafrica.com/stories/201507140154.html
PM O'Neill Praises Athletes and Public -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4fd2cd
Police remind motorists to follow traffic rules -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/91195
Tribal living in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?98be03
University of Canberra team helping PNG women lift farm profits -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0c0ef1
Seldom seen photos of PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f6850c
National Geographic PNG Photos -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f1ef28
PNG Faces -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ee01e0
Tribes and traditions -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6bc760
PNG Travel Pictures -- http://www.bugbog.com/gallery/gallerypng/pngdoor.html
An Aussie reveals what life is really like in Papua New Guinea -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bf9a96
Gossip Rocks - tribes and traditions -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fe982f
Former Miss Universe Australia and Cairns girl Erin Holland hikes Kokoda Track with former Miss World Australia Laura Dundovic.
Remembrance Day Holiday
Remembrance Day is 23rd of July. PNG Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Papua New Guinea to remember the members of our armed forces who have died on duty in World War I, World War II, and in general peace keeping and law and order engagements within PNG and abroad.
Oral Cancer Increasing
The Health Department's chief of dentistry, Dr Matupi Apaio, the only oral maxillofacial surgeon in the country, said they are seeing at least one case of oral cancer per week - a worrying trend.
Doctor supports betel nut ban -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/91254
Fund Boss To Be Sentenced
The former chairman of the National Provident Fund, Jimmy Maladina, has failed in his bid to have the Supreme Court stay his sentencing later this month.
Vale Harry West
The Papua New Guinea Association of Australia advises that long time President, Harry West, OAM, has died at the age of 93 years.
Loved and highly respected, Harry steered the PNGAA for 26 years until stepping back from his role as President, which he had held for 16 years, in 2008. In April 2008 he was unanimously voted an honorary life member of the PNGAA for outstanding and meritorious service to the Association, one of only 4 recipients in its 64-year history.
Rugby League 9's Gold
Papua New Guinea won gold at the Port Moresby 2015 rugby league 9's, defeating Samoa 38-10 in a gold medal match performance that underlined the host's superiority throughout the two-day event.
NZ Ejected From Olympic Qualifier
The Oceania Football Confederation disciplinary committee upheld a protest lodged by the Vanuatu Football Federation that claimed South Africa-born defender Deklan Wynne playing for New Zealand was not eligible to play in the match.
Report prior to disqualification - New Zealand downs Vanuatu to draw closer to Rio 2016 soccer dream -- http://giaman.com/pg/?836e41
Athletic Records Fall
Many records broken during the athletics programme at the Pacific Games.
Pacific Games Karate
New Caledonia and Fiji shared eight gold medals between them on the opening day of the Port Moresby 2015 karate competition at the Taurama Aquatic and Leisure Centre.
ICC World Twenty20 Qualifier Abandoned
Hong Kong's bid for redemption after their disappointing loss to Jersey in their opening match of the ICC World Twenty20 qualifiers did not even get off the ground on Monday. Persistent bad weather and a wet outfield forced the abandonment of their scheduled group A match against Papua New Guinea, without a ball being bowled, in Bready, Northern Ireland.
Jersey beaten by PNG -- http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/cricket/33499457
PNG hoping to be 'third time lucky' at T20 Qualifier -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a1ab52
Harmony Weighs Up PNG Options
Harmony Gold is assessing how best to extract value from its Golpu copper and gold deposit in PNG. The options around Golpu potentially range from an outright sale to unbundling the asset or separately listing it, with the option of Harmony retaining a stake in Golpu.
Orchids on Display
There are over 3000 species of orchids found in PNG and many were seen on display at the Sir Rabbie Namaliu Orchid Gardens at Parliament House in Port Moresby recently. The display of orchids has been going for many years.
USNS Mercy Visits Kokopo
A group of Sailors attached to the hospital ship USNS Mercy volunteered their time on the 6th of July to help students and teachers refurbish the Kopopo Secondary School during Pacific Partnership 2015. The volunteer event was one of several community outreach projects that took place in Kokopo during Mercy's port visit.
USNS Mercy completes mission in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?08ef23
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says PNG is on track to resettle a number of asylum seekers found to be refugees.
Ryan Pini Swimming
Swim King; Ryan Pini, continues his winning streak, raking in seven gold medals since day one of competition, and in the process, breaking two pacific games records.
Games Anthem Questioned
The modified version of the PNG National Anthem sang at the opening of the Pacific Games in Port Moresby has been declared a violation of the law by former chief justice Sir Arnold Amet.
A whole section of the anthem that acknowledges and gives thanks to the God of the Christian nation of PNG for His Kindness, His Wisdom and Love has been described as absolutely unconscionable.
Managing Deep Sea-Bed Mining
A group of scientists is asking international authorities to temporarily halt the approval of new underwater mining contracts until further environmental controls are put in place.
Girl Missing in Port Moresby
A sixteen year old girl has gone missing in Port Moresby after attending Pacific Games basketball match at the BSP Stadium in Waigani.
100,000 Meals Served
Over 100,000 meals have been served at the 2015 Pacific Games. In the middle of a lunch-time frenzy at the Athletes' Village on Sunday, the catering manager announced loudly and proudly that staff had just served meal number 100,000 of the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby.
The staff at the village serve an average of 3,000 people at every meal: breakfast, lunch and dinner.
After a hiatus shooting in PNG appears to be gaining some momentum again. The 2015 Pacific Games has helped to gauge the progress of PNG shooters. A least that is the vision of a long-time shooter at the Port Moresby Shooting Club, veteran Air Niugini pilot and member of the PNG men's shotgun team, Daniel Wanma.
Wanma said the Games enabled the Port Moresby Shooting Club to recruit young talent into the club that has been in existence for nearly 40 years, but which had seen little activity in the past 15 years.
Samoans Get One Back On PNG Hosts
Samoa has broken local hearts with a 9-7 victory over Papua New Guinea in the final of the Port Moresby 2015 Pacific Games mixed touch footy at the Bisini Grounds.
Women in Business Expo
Local Solomon Island products are being highlighted and displayed by members of the Solomon Islands of Women in Business Association (SIWIBA) in Port Moresby, at the Digicel PNG women in business expo and has attracted a lot of attention.
Gerehu District Hospital
The Gerehu District Hospital has had to scale down its operation due to many of the staff such as specialists, nurses and health extension officers are manning the clinic at the Games Village.
Australian RL State of Origin
There have been calls to scrap the live broadcast of the Australian Rugby League State of Origin matches in PNG due to the many violent outbursts that are erupting after matches, sometimes resulting in deaths.
Two separate by-elections are set to be run in PNG. One will be in Goilala after its MP, Daniel Mona, died of malaria in February and the other in West Sepik after seat had been vacant for two years. In 2013 the Supreme Court ruled out the 2012 national election victory of Amkat Mai and called for a by-election.
BSP Takes Over Tongan Bank
Bank South Pacific (BSP) has taken over the operations of the Westpac Bank of Tonga. The Westpac Bank of Tonga employees, who number around 76 in Nuku'alofa and Vava'u, including management, remain with the new bank.
BSP Group employs more than 4000 people across PNG and the South Pacific region.
Games Halfway Report
Games Organising Committee chief executive officer Peter Stewart is both happy and sad with how things are progressing at the halfway mark of the Pacific Games.
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MV Ammari visiting PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b0355c Ship Locator -- http://ywamships.org.au/ship-locator/
Pacific Games - On until 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) -- http://giaman.com/pg/?18525e
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.
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