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Homage to fallen heroes -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/65830
Churches meet to improve services -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/65881
Australia looking for other Pacific nations to resettle Manus detainees -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6874e3
Future of Manus Island asylum seekers unclear as Peter O'Neill says most are not 'genuine refugees' -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f5a41f
Hunting the Pride in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5f2dd7
New probe of PNG detention centre -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3ccab0
PNG released Indonesian police officer Nuryamin -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b0b8dd
PNG Misc Links
Five exotic honeymoon destinations - Doini Island Plantation Resort -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a8be4b
Reunited -- http://giaman.com/pg/?52c23f
Tkatchenko commits K150,000 to United Church -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1f9496
PNG NGO - locals are being force into submission by police over LNG project -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e2884d
Area man delves into rainforest conservation -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c0658c
USQ students celebrate their cultures in harmony -- http://giaman.com/pg/?652025
'Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art ' by Carl Hoffman -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bc88a1
Vivid memories of Spring Bluff march 72 years on -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9756a1
Mixed reaction to PNG carvings legal case -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2a50de
Badili, 3 Mile Hill, Taurama, Boroko - Port Moresby -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FqeHunldttc
'Rambo' tops list of popular films in PNG Highlands -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0640f9
MAF-PNG, flying to Lake Kutubu, 1960 -- http://vimeo.com/89093118
PNG Images -- http://www.travel-images.com/png.html
PNG Images on Photo Bucket -- http://photobucket.com/images/papua+new+guinea
PNG Images on Pic Search -- http://www.picsearch.com/index.cgi?start=54&q=Papua%20New%20Guinea
O'Neill is lying about the UBS loan -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5acfbf
Loan on Hold
The controversial K3bn loan has been put on hold. The Ombudsman Commission has directed the State to freeze the processing of the K3 billion loan from the UBS Investment Bank "to ensure compliance with relevant laws and guidelines". The K3b loan to buy a stake in Oil Search Ltd was signed by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in his capacity as acting Treasury Minister on March 11. He had sacked Treasurer Don Polye the previous day for refusing to sign the loan documents.
Namah congratulates Ombudsman Commission -- http://giaman.com/pg/?515f38
Why I didn't sign K3b loan deal: Former PNG Treasurer Polye -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d81a8b
Pruaitch returns as PNG Treasurer -- http://giaman.com/pg/?eb56d9
Aussie PM Visits
Tony Abbott has arrived in Port Moresby for his first visit to PNG as the Australian Prime Minister. The official state visit is at the invitation of PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and aims to focus on economic issues.
Economic issues the focus of Tony Abbott's PNG visit -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f4f45c
Telikom PNG has invested about K53 million in a microwave transport system to support its rollout of the national broadband network (NBN). The project would create a Telikom highway between Port Moresby and Lae.
International Training Institute
The International Training Institute has recently celebrated its 15th anniversary in Port Moresby.
There has been an unverified report of an Earthquake: M 4.7 - 11km SW of Popondetta in Oro (Northern) province and 129km ENE of Port Moresby.
TB Testing Machine
Patients at Kundiawa general hospital will soon be able to get the results of a tuberculosis test within two hours rather than the week it currently takes. Last year the hospital bought a new TB geneXpert machine for K70,000.
Drug resistant TB multiplying in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ad32d8
Asylum Seeker Rights
Asylum seekers have told a PNG court they were not made aware of their right to free legal representation, as the judge refused to allow an Australian lawyer to represent 75 detainees at the inquiry. During the fourth day of hearings into human rights obligations at Australia's detention centre on Manus Island, the court has heard transferees were not told of their right to free representation under PNG law.
Coffee Export Licence
The Obura-Wonenara district in Eastern Highlands is the first in the country to receive a coffee exporting licence under a new approach taken by the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC). The license, issued to the Obura-Wonenara District Coffee Federation, enables the growers to export their coffee directly overseas.
Tumbuna Sing-Sing Experience
Award-winning adventure tour operator Journeys International has announced a new, more intimate experience with the Huli Wigmen of PNG. The Tumbuna Festival is an annual sing-sing held in the lush Paiyagona Valley. The Huli Wigmen are the iconic native people of PNG. This clan resides in the Southern Highlands and consists of approximately 150,000 members.
Once a filthy town Kundiawa the capital of Chimbu province is changing, slowly but surely, under new management.
New Migration Laws
PNG's Foreign Affairs Minister, Rimbink Pato, has confirmed that the review of PNG's migration legislation is nearing completion and will be announced soon. The new migration laws will drive growth and connect the country to the outside world once ready, he said.
Former MP, Arthur Somare, has been appointed to the PNG Sustainable Development Program Board by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. Chairman of the programme, Sir Mekere Morauta, says the appointment of Mr Somare is of no legal effect.
Safety Record Under Microscope
Port Moresby, which has one of the highest rates of violence in the world, is one of five cities to be targeted by the United Nations for its Safe cities program.
Police Dog Attack
Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Deputy police commissioner is calling for people to come forward if they have any information about a widely circulated video showing a man being mauled by three police dogs in Port Moresby.
PNG Edge report and video of incident -- http://giaman.com/pg/?19795d
PNG quango wants action on reducing police brutality -- http://giaman.com/pg/?565842
Pomio MP, Paul Tiensten, has apologised to the country's people, as well as his family and friends, for misappropriating public money. In November last year, the former planning minister was found guilty for misappropriating 10 million kina, or US$3.6 million.
The National Development Bank (NDB) has allocated K15 million to its subsidiary National Development Bank Investment Ltd (NDBIL) for the rollout of StretPasin business incubation programme (SPBIP). The popular StretPasin store scheme will be reintroduced under the medium enterprise category, which will require an initial capital outlay of K1 million per operation
Mining & Energy Corruption
The United States and PNG are on course to join the leading world initiative to combat corruption in the energy and mining industries. The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative board has approved PNG's application for EITI candidate status at a meeting in Oslo. PNG has three years to implement the EITI standard, which aims to ensure more transparency of payments to the government from the oil, gas and mining companies in the country. PNG Transparency International executive director Emily Taule welcomed the decision.
Rabaul Queen Trial Deferred
The court case into the sinking of the Rabaul Queen has been adjourned until April.
ANZ Assessment Welcomed
An assessment of the country's economy by the ANZ Bank has been welcomed by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. The assessment said the economic growth for PNG in the medium term was likely to rise, with current account pressure easing in the second half of 2014, and foreign reserves remaining adequate.
Three people have died in a series of ethnic clashes in the PNG capital, Port Moresby. The National newspaper reports one man from Enga died when Engans and people from Goilala clashed after getting involved in a dispute between two neighbours.
A Thief on the Run
Media Statement to Mainstream Media by Member for Vanimo-Green and Opposition Leader Hon. Belden Namah:
A Thief on the Run, a Mad Man Running this Country: Rise Up Now Against This Madness.
Read More -- http://giaman.com/pg/?60c08f/
Ipatas: Do not listen to lies -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9d9068
The Pacific Women's Weaving Circle Brisbane is managed by Stephanie Donigi. Inspired by and using the same model of the original Pacific Women's Weaving Circle (Melbourne), which was established by artists Maryann Talia Pau and Lisa Hilli.
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.
Brisbane based PNG activity - 29 March, fundraising mumu and barbecue in Roma St Parklands commencing at 9.00am. Also meet and greet the PNG SP Hunters.
Alliance Française AGM - 4 April 2014 at 5:30pm at Ela Beach Hotel, Ela Beach Room
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 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 2014
Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 7 - 9 November 2014
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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