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Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop welcomes visiting agriculture experts -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5e3dd2
Australian, PNG ministers meet to strike resettlement deal -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a14f65
William Duma, removed PNG petroleum and energy minister, is 'proud' to call Australian business man and politician Clive Palmer his friend -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8fd06c
UN official to investigate unlawful killings in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a6a3f6
PNG - Indonesian border incursions set to continue says retired General -- http://giaman.com/pg/?42881c
Speculation key PNG prison officials killed -- http://giaman.com/pg/?84a464
Artefacts case heads to court -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/64941
Priest's trial to start -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/64935
Port Moresby ex-pats kick on after 50 years -- http://giaman.com/pg/?92e02b
PNG government probes deaths of two top officials -- http://giaman.com/pg/?837bd8
Ryan Sheales, a media and communications consultant from Melbourne, launched -- http://www.sorryasylumseekers.com -- in a bid to humanize an issue that is often overshadowed by political debate.
Flying the Giant Pigeon Dash-8-100 - In the Cockpit -- http://giaman.com/pg/?25ab89
PNG -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Papua_New_Guinea
Welcome To Kiriwina -- http://news.pngfacts.com/2013/11/welcome-to-kiriwina.html
Skerah's mobile website -- http://m.skerah.com
PNG Hunters promotional clip -- http://giaman.com/pg/?167d0c
General PNG Images -- http://www.travel-images.com/png.html -- http://www.pbase.com/chris67/papua_new_guinea
Lonely Planet images of PNG -- http://www.lonelyplanet.com/papua-new-guinea/images
The cheapest bbq lobster in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d5e29f
Cuscus -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9fd94a
Archbishop saw rioting coming -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a59f93
Confusion surrounds visa ban -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d1c613
Who is Gabriel Magyari? -- http://giaman.com/pg/?56d820
Francis gets his new wheels, thanks to PNG Attitude readers -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1ab80e
PNG Hunters Victory
PNG;s historic Intrust Super Cup debut ended in remarkable and joyous scenes at Dolphin Oval yesterday with a 24-18 victory over Redcliffe that sent shock waves through the competition and made a nation go "crazy."
Rising PNG rugby star leads the way -- http://giaman.com/pg/?14e0c1
Pressure is on PNG-bound Cutters -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d79734
Ecolodge in Top 10
An ecolodge in PNG has been named by Lonely Planet as one of the top ten eco-stay places in the world for 2014. Nuli Sapi, owned by cousins Maniana and Isiah Mwado, is made up of four traditional bush material bungalows in Logeia Island in Milne Bay.
Saudi-based Red Sea Housing Services Company has signed a SR75 million ($20 million) contract with the PNG Government for the construction and development of housing units for the local police force.
PNG Television Series
A film clip for an upcoming PNG television series has been launched by ABC International. Central Giants, the series, will be produced in Port Moresby through a partnership between ABC International and PNG's National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC).
Charity Worker Accused
A PNG local employed by the Salvation Army has been accused of being a key assailant in the attack that resulted in the death of Iranian asylum seeker Reza Barati, according to staff employed at the Manus Island detention centre.
Judge to Tackle Manus
Justice David Cannings has announced he will visit Manus to investigate whether asylum seekers are being afforded their rights under PNG's constitution. The news comes as the Australian Greens prepare to get Labor support to set up a Senate inquiry into the recent riot on Manus Island.
Australian Website Offers Apologies to Asylum Seekers -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c3eb10
40,000 New Homes
The PNG National Housing Corporation has announced it will build 40,000 new homes in Port Moresby to alleviate a massive housing shortage. But researchers say just building thousands of homes is not the answer, and until policies surrounding the release of state land are overhauled the problem will not be fixed.
Hydroelectric Project Shelved
Australia-based Origin Energy has reportedly decided not to proceed with its plans of a $5bn Purari River hydroelectric project in PNG. Industry analysts think that the company's decision was based on uncertainty around ownership structures.
A $10 million maternal and child health initiative in Papua New Guinea (PNG), led by the UTS World Health Organization's Collaborating Centre for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Development (WHO CC) and funded by the Australian Government, is beginning a new phase this year. Maternal health services in PNG continue to be hard to access. Eighty seven per cent of the population live in rural or remote areas, amongst mountainous and rugged terrain.
Interim president and chief executive officer of Nautilus Minerals, Mike Johnston, has said the Canadian company still intends to develop the Solwara-1 deep sea bed mining project, despite terminating its agreement with the PNG Government.
Agriculture Project - PPAP
The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors have approved an additional US$30 million for the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP), Papua New Guinea's single largest agriculture initiative, which will benefit up to 60,000 coffee and cocoa farmers and their families. he World Bank's Board of Executive Directors approved an additional US$30 million for the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Project (PPAP), Papua New Guinea's single largest agriculture initiative, which will benefit up to 60,000 coffee and cocoa farmers and their families.
Edie Creek Mine
Niuminco has restarted pilot mining at its Edie Creek mine in Papua New Guinea after receiving a 10 year renewal of mining lease ML 144. The company has also acquired a 100 per cent interest in Exploration Licence EL 1365 that adjoins to the north and west an Exploration Licence held by Morobe Mining Joint Venture, which in turn surrounds Niuminco's Edie Creek mining leases.
Vale Maria von Trapp
The last Von Trapp singer, who served as missionary in PNG, has died at 99. Maria Franziska von Trapp passed away after spending her life as a performer alongside her six siblings, and later as a lay-missionary with her step-mother in Papua New Guinea.
PNG Helps Fiji
Papua New Guinea says it will provide PGK 50 million to help Fiji hold democratic elections later this year. PNG's officials have visited Fiji to discuss how the grant, announced by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill last year, will be used.
Oceania Snooker Championships
PNG women's snooker champion Geua John has withdrawn from the Oceania Championships to be held in Albury, NSW (Australia) from the 29th of March through to the 6th of April due to personal reasons.
Rabaul Shipping Company
Court proceedings for Rabaul Shipping Company owner Captain Peter Sharp and others in the Kokopo district court have been set for the 20th of March. The case is in relation to the sinking of the passenger ferry MV Rabaul Queen in rough seas off Finschhafen on the second of Feb, 2012.
A World Bank report states that Papua New Guinea coffee is among the best in the world but that production continues to be declining. "PNG's coffee is achieving growing recognition internationally - with one of its growers last year bagging third place in a global taste competition. Yet PNG is not widely known as a coffee-producing nation, mainly because it is responsible for only around one percent of the world's coffee," the report said.
Koranga Mining Lease
Kibush Capital Corporation has announced the signing of a Joint Venture Agreement with the leaseholders of Mining Leases ML296-301 and ML278 located at Koranga, Wae, PNG. The leases cover approximately 26 hectares of Alluvial Resource and are located in an area that has been producing gold since 1920.
PNG received a major boost to its fast emerging tourism industry; figures recently released showed a healthy 35 percent increase in visitor arrivals from the U.K. An expansion in both international and domestic aviation is ensuring easier access. Air Niugini, the National Carrier, has regular services from Singapore, Hong Kong and other Asian and Australasian hubs.
According to PNG Treasury Minister, Don Polye, Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) will drive growth in PNG this year with the ExxonMobil-led PNG-LNG Project on track to begin exporting in the second half of 2014. The PNG Sovereign Wealth Fund will be the sole beneficiary of the government's natural resource windfall.
Australia - PNG Network
An new online resource has been launched to help improve relations between Australia and Papua New Guinea. The Australia-Papua New Guinea network, to be run by the Sydney-based Lowy Institute, will use a website to connect businesses and not-for-profits between the two countries.
The Bank South Pacific Group has posted a net profit of K436.8 million for 2013. The consolidated operating profit for 2013 before tax was K607 million, up 11.3 per cent from an operating profit of K543.3 million in 2012.
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Perth PNGAA Reunion 11 April 2014 at Air force Home Village Complex, Bull Creek 11.30am to 2.30pm
Softball championships in Kokopo, April 2014
5th Melanesian Festival of Arts, July 2014
Rabaul Mask Festival, 16 - 21 July 2014
Remembrance Day, 23 July 2014
Wewak Crocodile Festival, 5 - 7 August 2014
National Day of Repentance, 26 of August 2014
PNG Medical Symposium, September 2014 - to be held in Goroka
Dedication of Plaque Commemorating Battle of Bita Paka - Saturday 6 September 2014 -- https://www.facebook.com/events/560048074067522
Goroka Show, 13 - 14 September 2014
Independence Day, 16 September 2014
PNGAA Symposium, 17 - 18 September 2014 -- http://www.pngaa.net/news/Symposium.htm
Morobe Show, 11 - 12 October
Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 1 - 2 November
6th PNG Games - Lae, November 2014
International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - 25 November 2014
Christmas Day, 25 December 2014
Boxing Day, 26 December 2014
Full Pacific Games - PNG, 4 to 18 July 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.
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