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Korean Medical Experts Provide Medical Care to Patients -- http://giaman.com/pg/?26eebb
Jomba Clinic Closed -- http://giaman.com/pg/?84064d
Polye describes PM O'Neill's Sepik plain funding as 'political gimmick' -- http://giaman.com/pg/?638303
PNG court wants resettlement plan for Manus Island detainees -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ac9fb0
All knotted up at HIBT -- http://giaman.com/pg/?194b3a
Survivor calls on Rabaul Shipping & Management to take responsibility -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4f9d8d
Westpac customers move to electronic channels -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3bd135
Two primary school students win Westpac's 2016 Education grant -- http://giaman.com/pg/?08932d
West Papuans in PNG grateful for land allocations -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e4d183
Catholic Bishops Conference Hails Government -- http://giaman.com/pg/?00c512
Young Morobeen Flies High
He may be too young to drive a car but Perth teenager Shane Tido is perfectly comfortable flying a small plane. Shane became WA's youngest solo pilot when he took off for his first solo flight on his 15th birthday.
Potential PNG Pukpuk
The 2016 Export Rugby Championship is said to be the breeding ground of future PNG Pukpuk players. Over the past two rounds, a gush of talent has surfaced, impressing national coach, Sydney Wesley.
Big Squatter Settlement
According to a survey of world cities by the Intelligence Unit of The Economist 2014, Port Moresby is one of the world's least liveable cities (ranked 139 of 140 cities rated).
Is the above statement and rating misleading and unacceptable at least to its residents? Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bc3b59
A local company at Timini Village in Morobe Province has become the first in the region to sign a one year waste removal contract with Wafi-Golpu Project.
Betel Nut Checks
Police will set up road blocks to check whether people are chewing betel nut and will impose fines of up to K500 after the public largely ignored a ban on the addictive habit.
Despite a ban on selling and chewing in public, including hefty on-the-spot fines of close to the monthly wage, most sellers "could [not] care less", according to the Post-Courier newspaper. Some sellers have reportedly been beaten by authorities but have continued to trade.
New research into ways to stop Betel nut chewing -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6c4c86
Mt Hagen Cultural Show
For a unique festival experience, head to Mt Hagen to experience a "sing-sing", a gathering of different tribes who demonstrate their distinct culture, dance and music in a riot of sound and colour. The Mt Hagen Cultural Show is one of the largest sing-sings in PNG, with performances from more than 100 tribes, all dressed in body paint and tribal dress of feathers, leaves, shells and tusks.
Youth Excellence on Stage Academy
Kasek Galgal, a Physics tutor at the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) and band member of music group, Barefoot, departed Port Moresby on the 30th of July to represent PNG at the Youth Excellence on Stage Academy ASEAN in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Nagada Settlers Clash
The Madang Provincial Administrator, Daniel Aloi, has met with the Nagada settlers again, with the presence of the Madang police following the recent ethnic clash that happened due to the death of a Sepik man.
2017 General Elections
The PNG General Elections are scheduled for 2017. Many people are disillusioned with the current government so will be out to win a seat in Parliament in 2017. Retired PNG Defence Force Commander, General Jerry Singirok has indicated he will contest this time around.
Sogeri National High School
Sogeri National High School has entered into a sister-school arrangement with the Sendai Ikuei Gakuen High School in Japan. The sister-school arrangement is expected to promote people-to-people exchanges between Japan and PNG.
UniTech to Resume
The University of Technology in Lae says classes will resume on 29th August and continue until 9 December. The academic board said students would be expected on the campus on 24th August for registration, then there would be two weeks spent revising the interrupted semester one, running through to the 11th of September.
PNG Govt wants students back in class -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d4f08f
University of PNG Resumption Announced -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3819a0
University to Expel Students
According to the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Technology in Lae students who committed criminal acts during recent unrest will not be allowed to continue with their studies.
'Get Into Rugby' Program
Five schools from Rigo Coast and others from Port Moresby have taken part in a school rugby festival organised by the Papua New Guinea Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) at Sir John Guise Stadium recently.
International visitor arrivals to the Solomon Islands rose in May. One of the many reasons given for the increase is the recent introduction of a tripartite codeshare agreement between Air Niugini, Solomon Airlines, and Air Vanuatu.
September is set to be a busy month for many sports around the country. Many sporting codes hold their national championships around the Independence long weekend.
Oil Search Foundation
Oil Search has committed K185 million (US$56 million) to the Oil Search Foundation.
The Oil Search Foundation is a development partner in PNG delivering signature programmes and grant management solutions to support the national development agenda in the areas of health, leadership and education, and women's protection and empowerment.
Coconut Oil Exports
East New Britain province has emerged as a leader in downstream processing of the humble coconut. Despite challenges in the local industry, the Kokonas Indastri Koporesen (KIK) is optimistic that more coconut Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) can tap into exports markets, and ultimately raise the reputation of PNG coconut products.
Juffa Backs Evictions
Oro Governor Gary Juffa has supported calls by Provincial Police Commander Lincoln Gerari to remove settlers at Guba settlement formerly known has Bangoho Settlement. Juffa said unemployed vagrants were a problem nationwide and were indicative of laziness and the handout mentality and he would not tolerate this on behalf of his people.
Marum's Term Extended
Incumbent PNG LNG Kumuls coach Michael Marum has been confirmed to guide the national rugby league team into the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. PNG Rugby Football League chairman Sandis Tsaka said his Board ratified the appointment of Marum as PNG LNG Kumuls coach at a recent meeting.
Momase Regional Qualifiers
The draw for the 2016 Momase Regional Qualifiers for the Besta Cup has been released, with over 24 teams in both the men's and women's divisions confirmed to participate. Tournament organisers said the Momase qualifiers are the biggest event on the Besta Cup calendar, and they are confident of the standard of the competition.
Sister Province Relationship
The New Ireland and Milne Bay provinces have forged sister province relations, which is a first for PNG. Sir Julius Chan, Governor of New Ireland, and the Governor for Milne Bay, Titus Philemon, made the announcement at the recent New Ireland Day celebrations.
New Ant Species
Researchers have discovered two new ant species whose members look same as dragons from popular drama series 'Game of Thrones'. What makes these tiny creatures resemble huge dragons? They have large and distinctive spines, but don't have fire-breathing capabilities like dragons, as per the research team.
The two ant species found in the tropical rainforests of PNG and Fiji have been named after the dragons of the TV series. The given names are: Pheidole drogon and Pheidole viserion.
Fury Over Rio Tinto
The government in the autonomous region of Bougainville is to press the global mining giant, Rio Tinto, on several fronts after it divested itself of its majority shareholding in Bougainville Copper Ltd.
Hunters Survive Scare
The PNG Hunters still remain unbeaten at home after defeating the defending premiers Ipswich Jets in an entertaining and tight affair in Port Moresby recently. In the end, a penalty goal from Hunters playmaker Ase Boas in the 77th minute proved to be the difference.
National Swimming Championships
Boroko Swimming Club, who ran its club carnival recently, are currently training in preparations for the upcoming swimming championship in September. The national championship will see clubs from around the country as well as overseas based swimmers taking part.
PNG Police to investigate Milne Bay hostage hoax -- http://giaman.com/pg/?863247
PNG police chief decries killing of constable -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1c9505
PNG Air confirms Alotau robbery -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2affc6
Alotau Still Safe and Authorities Vow to Ensure Public Safety -- http://giaman.com/pg/?13dc75
Tourist boat cancels Alotau tour -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d466fb
Abel: Alotau Under Control -- http://giaman.com/pg/?aa2d1b
PNG Government warns Online media for airing false information -- http://giaman.com/pg/?97f86b
POM Netball Competition
Monier Paramana have recently taken the Port Moresby Netball Grand final by 46 points to 41 over Snax Mermaids, at the Rita Flynn complex.
Governor Wobiro Seeks Bail
Jailed Western Province Governor Ati Wobiro submitted in his bail application at the National Court today that he had a serious heart condition and it was stressful to be locked up at the Bomana prison facility.
High Performance Sports Centre
The PNG Sports Foundation and the High Performance Centre of Excellence (HPCE) have recently established an agreement to move the high performance sport to Lae, Morobe province. The Momase region will be the second region in the country to see a centre established, since the establishment of the HPCE in Port Moresby covering the Southern region. This event was cemented after negotiations took place between the PNG Sports Foundation and the PNG High Performance Centre of Excellence.
Star Mountain Plaza
Progress on the new Star Mountain Plaza in Port Moresby has been positive according to reports by Mineral Resources Development Company. The project is about 15 per cent into the overall budget comparing this expenditure to the actual progress overall much to expectation.
West Papuan City Needed
The governor of the Nation's Capital, Powes Parkop, says more needs to be done to accommodate West Papuan refugees in the country.
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Port Moresby Craft Markets - Laguna Hotel - 1st Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), PNG Arts - 2nd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Holiday Inn - 3rd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Ela Beach - 4th Saturday of the month (6 am to 12 pm)
PNG Art Evolution Exhibition - 14 August at 9:00 am at the Royal Papua Yacht Club, Port Moresby. Theme: Retrieving the Past, Shaping the Future through Art
The ABU Pacific Media Partnership Conference 2016 - 24 to 27 August in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?473731
Pacific Youth Leaders (PYL) Basketball Camp 2 - 11 of September 2016 in Port Moresby
2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament 13 November - 3 December, Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?18525e
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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