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Tkatchenko under fire over PNG's Rugby League Ranking -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5fab72
Tkatchenko blasts Don Polye over his calls to abandon Rugby League in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1f0252
Official complaint yet to be registered by victim of 'Condom Video' -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d4812b
Fuel for power cost K184m this year -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/100613
Lae's New Year Babies -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ea5102
Pundari exposes officials -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/100623
Atiyafa on limited rural police presence concern -- http://giaman.com/pg/?28d320
Barter Praises PNG Air -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fad56a
Police Officer arrested for smuggling betel nut into Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d17873
Sir Michael warns Sepik People -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3df69a
The apathy and ennui of the Papua New Guinean people -- http://giaman.com/pg/?53e6b3
Direct testimonies - More Sorcery Accusation Related Violence -- http://giaman.com/pg/?86d2ac
Book Kissim Savvy -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4c00f9
Nuku is one of the four districts of Sandaun Province -- http://www.nukudistrict.gov.pg
Mundiya Kepanga on a bike at Burning Man festival, Black Rock City, Nevada -- http://giaman.com/pg/?93c2f7
Defender of New Guinea's hidden life -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7ffd6c
Mt Eliza war veteran part of first battalion to engage Japanese at Kokoda -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0a3a5a
This may be old news but as the 2017 elections approach it may make interesting reading to review it. Papua New Guinea's most notorious criminal, William Kapris, has alleged that triads are sponsoring political candidates for the country's next elections.
PX Helps Cheshire Homes
Air Niugini staff, mostly from the Corporate Quality and Safety Department, have raised funds through their social club to cater for children with special needs at Cheshire Homes.
Bougainville Threatens Legal Action
Bougainville president Dr John Momis has told the autonomous region's parliament that his government will take the PNG government to court if it continues to fail to meet its financial obligations. Dr Momis said many millions of dollars is due to Bougainville according to the terms of the peace agreement that formally ended the civil war and which was concluded with PNG in 2001.
PNG's Perceived 'Weaknesses'
Concerns for Papua New Guinea's ability to take care of its own domestic problems caused the Australian cabinet to develop new guidelines for handling Australia's closest northern neighbour.
"The course of PNG's development has significant implications for Australia given its crucial strategic location for us. Problems between PNG and Indonesia could complicate our own relationship with Indonesia. Indonesia's opinion of Australia is shaped by, inter alia, its assessment of our ability to protect shared security interests in PNG," said Defence Minister Robert Ray and Minister for Foreign Affairs Gareth Evans in a submission to the cabinet.
Police Conclude Operations
Police in Port Moresby have concluded a joint festive operation conducted with road safety officers and the Transport Department.
Thousands of scouts from around Australia and across the world have descended on Appin, south of Sydney, for the 2016 Australian jamboree. Papua New Guinean scout leader Lohia Kauna said he was slightly overwhelmed by the scale of the event.
Moresby Lights Up
Port Moresby was illuminated with a magnificent display of fireworks as residents farewelled 2015 and welcome the 2016 New Year.
Huli Meets US of A
French photographer Marc Dozier has captured a stunning series of portraits featuring Papua New Guinean Huli chief Mundiya Kepanga in some of America's biggest cities.
Soldiers Withdraw From Hela
The PNG Defence Force has withdrawn a platoon serving in Hela after two of its members were shot dead recently by locals, Hela police commander Michael Welly says.
Soldiers Face Mutiny Charges
Eleven soldiers from the PNG Defence Force Support Battalion have been charged with munity for allegedly refusing a directive from the military headquarters in Port Moresby. The soldiers had been deployed to Tari in Hela about 17 months ago and were supposed to have returned to Port Moresby earlier.
PAL Finds Potential in PNG
Philippine Airlines, unfazed by the reputation of the 137th-ranked country (out of 140) in the Economist Intelligence Unit's liveability index, sees potential in PNG and has commenced flights to the country with the inaugural flight touching down on the 18th of December in Port Moresby.
PAL operated in Jackson Airport between 1977 and 1986.
Police Adopt New Model
Police in Port Moresby are rethinking options to provide better services to the public and are adamant on making changes to the current model of policing they are using in the Nation's Capital Port Moresby.
Top 5 2015 PNG Events
EMTV has nominated 5 major event for PNG during 2015. They are
- XV Pacific Games
- Pacific Islands Forum 2015
- 40th Independence Anniversary
- Winning Bid for Women's U-20 World Cup
- Winning Miss South Pacific 2015 Title
Male Free Bus
Female bus commuters in Port Moresby can now catch a free women-only bus funded by Australian Aid and the UN, as 90 per cent report they have experienced some form of violence while using the public transport system.
Sirinumu Level Dropping
The water level at the Sirinumu Dam outside Port Moresby continues to drop but authorities have assured residents that there is no cause to panic. The dam is approximately at 1/3rd of its capacity.
Expert Reflects 2015
According to the Executive Director of the Institute of National Affairs Paul Barker, in 2015 various adjustments were made in the budget, various reductions were made to avoid building up of the levels of debt, way beyond the budgeted levels of debt but again there were concerns where some of the areas that had some budget cuts were priority areas of public expenditure.
New Hela Governor
Komo-Margarima MP Francis Potape has been sworn in as the new Hela Governor by the provincial assembly in Tari. He replaces Hela regional MP Anderson Agiru who was unsuccessful in trying to get the National Court in Port Moresby to block the meeting of the assembly.
Potape : I am not a criminal -- http://giaman.com/pg/?87fa02
No Bougainville Disaster Relief
The Bougainville Disaster Office has not received any funds or assistance from the National Government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government to help people in the Atolls suffering from the drought caused by the El Nino weather in the country.
Economic Boom to Crisis
PNG is a land of contrasts. 2015 started with the prospect of PNG having the highest GDP growth rate in the world at over 21 per cent. It finished in crisis management and cash shortages.
Students Killed in Crash
Four Seventh-day Adventist students died and another 11 were injured when the 36-seat vehicle that they were riding ran off the road near Wewak. A joint funeral for all five students has been scheduled for the 7th of January in Wewak.
Driver faces seven charges -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/100762
Three policemen have been arrested in Port Moresby - two of them for sex-related offences. The third was arrested for allegedly impounding a city resident's car for no apparent reason and crashing it.
World Surfing Event
Tupira Surf Club in Madang Province has been confirmed to co-host the inaugural Surfing Association PNG-World Surf League tour championship in January 2017
United States Military Academy
The U.S. Embassy and the Defense Attaché Office in Suva, Fiji are pleased to announce that Papua New Guinea has been selected by the U.S. Departments of Defense and State to nominate up to six (6) candidates to compete for admission to the United States Military Academy (USMA) Class of 2020, which enters on 27 June 2016.
Foreign Advisors Terminated
The services of about 33 foreign advisors seconded to government departments have been terminated as announced by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill last year. Personnel Management Secretary John Kali said yesterday the services of all foreign advisors seconded to the Government departments have ended.
Waiting for Handcraft Funding
The PNG Women's Handcraft Cooperative Society is waiting proposed funding of K10,000 that was approved by the member for Moresby North-west in 2014.
Taiwan Trade Office
PNG has opened a Trade Office in Taiwan which will strengthen exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in areas such as trade, business, investment and tourism. The opening ceremony was presided over by Tommy Kambu Kunji, PNG's first representative to Taiwan.
An official says the MV Kimbe Queen that ran aground off the coast of East New Britain recently is still stuck on the reef. The vessel ran aground on the 23rd of December on a reef near Talele Island in Lassul Bay, west of Rabaul. Over 60 people, including children, were rescued by a fishing vessel and transported back to Rabaul.
Usino Bridge Collapse
Traffic along the highway between Madang, Morobe and the highlands provinces has been cut off by a collapsed bridge in Usino. Engineers are on site assessing the damage
Voting for a Lamb Flap
Getting people to vote sensibly is a bit like selling bicycles to fish. It's akin to getting elephantine heaps of humanity to stop their non-stop consumption of fried food and Coca Cola.
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.
Women Not Witches Tour - Wabag and Mendi (Jan & Feb 2016) -- https://www.facebook.com/seedstheatregroup/
Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby
2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament (Port Moresby) -- http://giaman.com/pg/?18525e
12th Festival of Pacific Arts 22 May to 4 June 2016 (Hagatna, Guam)
Christmas Day - 25 December 2016
Boxing Day - 26 December 2016
New Year's Day - 1st January 2017
Surfing Association PNG-World Surf League tour championship in January 2017
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a3e64e
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