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    By GRACE TIDEN THE Rabaul District rural electrification program is making progress and more areas are expected to have power supply soon. Phase two of the program has commenced, according to Rabaul District works supervisor Bernie Wogan. He said a total of K3 million had been used so far in implementing the...

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    By Michelle Steven DEI MP Wesley Nukundi presented a cheque of K1.6 million to the chief executive officer of Hardware Haus Richard McGyguinness last week Thursday. Mr Nukundi, on behalf of the Member for Mul Baiyer Lumusa Koi Trapp, said that the money would be used...

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    By EPHATA SAMUEL AWAL Impex International Holdings from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will invest in the Manus free trade sone (MFTZ) project. The Dubai company has been in negotiations with the Industrial Centres Development Corporation (ICDC) to inject US $1 billion (K3.5 billion)...

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    PACIFIC GAMES By KILA NAO Construction of facilities for the 2015 Pacific Games is on target and will be completed by June 2015. That was the message from Sports and Pacific Games Minister, Justin Tkatchenko at a media gathering at the new Aquatic centre construction...

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    CANBERRA: The federal government has issued a blunt warning to Labor and the Australian Greens as it prepares to introduce its carbon tax repeal bills to parliament. “Do not stand in the way of the will of the people,” Environment Minister Greg Hunt told ABC radio on Wednesday. Prime...

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    THE O’Neill Government is on track to fulfil a major policy platform when it introduces the Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) bill in the National Parliament in this session. The fact that the proposed tabling of this bill comes just over 12-months after the election of the Peoples National Congress (PNC)-led Government confirms its commitment to its voters and Papua New Guineans generally. However, the proposed establishment of an institution that the Government thinks will play a critical role in...

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  • 11/13/13--16:10: Association elects officers
  • By EPHATA SAMUEL FILIPINOS in Port Moresby turned out numbers last month to exercise their rights and elect their Filipino Association of PNG officers. “We were surprised with the number of people that attended. This was...

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  • 11/13/13--16:10: Civil servants must improve
  • PUBLIC servants in Madang have been challenged to conduct a self-assessment of themselves and if they feel they are no longer able to perform effectively and efficiently, they must leave. This challenge was from a leader in the civil society in the province following a no-show by representatives from...

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    By DAVID LORNIE THE co-author of an Australian special report on Bougainville says his country needs to increase its support to the Autonomous Region in the lead up to referendum. Dr Karl Claxton of The Australian Strategic Policy Institute who co-authored the report with Institute Executive Director Peter Jennings, told this newspaper that “there are enough concerning signals to...

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    By Mal Taime Travelling by tyre tubes across the “snakey” Wahgi River in Manda, Jiwaka Province, will become the thing of the past. People now have access to a proper banana boat, thanks to local MP Joe Koim who purchased the boat through the district grant. The Manda people have frequently had problems with...

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    By ANCILLA WRAKUALE PRODUCING local chicken feed is the solution to reducing high chicken prices in the country, says Minister for Trade, Commerce and Industry Richard Maru. Maru said this in parliament when during question...

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    RUGBY LEAGUE By EPHATA SAMUEL Twenty-year-old Albert Wellington was a stand out for the PNG Kumuls at their World Cup campaign in England. And Wellington’s super performance is proof of the five year Kumul development program which started early this year. Kumuls coaching director Mal Meninga and head coach Adrian Lam revealed this at a media conference in Port Moresby after their return from an...

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    PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has fired off a salvo in what should be a first test for Australia’s two month-old Liberal government. “The agreement is very clear and this is a blatant abuse of trust,” the PM said yesterday in response to concerns by the Manus Open MP Ronny Knight that ordinary Papua New Guineans were not benefiting from the Australian-funded Manus regional processing centre. The PM told the National Parliament that the agreement he signed with the then...

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  • 11/14/13--17:42: Border patrols boost ties
  • The village of Sigabaduru is on the southern coast of Papua New Guinea’s Western (or Fly River) Province and is less than three kilometres from the Australian island of Saibai. We went there in quite speedy tenders launched from a patrol boat, the Australian Customs Vessel Holdfast Bay. Unlike Saibai which has a wharf, electricity and running water, Sigabaduru - a village of 850 to 1,000 people - has no electricity, no running water and no wharf. That meant wading ashore. Once on the beach Grant Smith, the Australian Federal Police officer who was in the team, handed over his gun to his PNG counterpart, a policewoman who held it until he was ready to return to Australian territory....

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  • 11/14/13--17:42: Tolais to rock for Milne Bay
  • East New Britain musicians have arrived in Port Moresby and are ready to rock the Country Club this Friday to raise funds for a health centre in Milne Bay Province. This was made possible by a non government organisation, the Hospital Poroman Foundation. Many may be asking why New Guinean Island...

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    By GRACE TIDEN A SEA wall is currently under construction at the Watom Island government station in East New Britain Province to safeguard the local level government office and staff houses. The LLG office building which was officially opened few years ago is located about six metres from the sea. The effects of climate change is being...

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  • 11/14/13--17:42: Reforms difficult
  • By SIMON KESLEP YNAMICS of successful public sector reform in Papua New Guinea are not understood completely, although the barriers to reform have been extensively mapped. Director-General of the Office of Higher Education David Kavanamur said this when giving his presentation yesterday at the 7th Huon Seminar. He said their aim is to help improve understanding of these...

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  • 11/14/13--17:42: Leader praises NGO member
  • By MEROLYN TEN DWU journalism student A PROMINENT leader in Jiwaka Province has commended Green Hill Rotarian Club member of Australia, Frank Goi, for the initiative he had taken to deliver needy assistance to the...

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    SAILING By KILA NAO FORMER PNG hobie cat champion Upu Kila is facilitating a week long sailing course for the elite squad members at the Royal Papua Yacht Club in Port Moresby. Since moving to Sydney, Australia in 1992, Kila’s sailing career has gone from strength...

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    CERTIFIED practicing accountants (CPA) around the country were given a real professional boost last week at their PNG and Australia joint annual conference. Members of the CPA had the opportunity to listen to high calibre international and local speakers at a...

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  • 11/18/13--16:36: Budget for ordinary people
  • THE 2014 National Budget set to be handed down in Parliament tomorrow will be “tight” according to Prime Minister Peter O’Neill. This would reflect the drop in global commodities in gold, copper, oil and agricultural produce which is starting to impact on Government revenue estimates as the countdown starts to the end of the year. According to the PM the deficit in the 2014 National Budget will be below 6 per cent and borrowing under 35 per cent of...

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  • 11/18/13--16:36: Fresh spy claims surface
  • JAKARTA: The Australian government must explain itself over claims it tapped the phone of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, his wife and senior ministers, Jakarta has insisted. The deputy chairman of the Indonesian parliament’s foreign affairs and defence committee, T.B. Hasanuddin, warned on Monday of the potential for an explosion in anti-Australian sentiment as a result of the allegations. Documents obtained by the ABC and...

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    NCD Governor Powes Parkop has commended Port Moresby Nature Park following the launch of their new main entry precinct last week, which includes a café, souvenir and flower shops. Having the opportunity to officially open the new precinct and later enjoy a coffee and cake on the spacious new café deck area, Governor Parkop said the area was as good as you would find anywhere...

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  • 11/18/13--16:36: PM announces new initiatives
  • By ROSALYN ALBANIEL-EVARA THE establishment of a social security system and national service are among initiatives the O’Neil-Dion government will embark on. Prime Minister Peter O’Neil announced this at a campaign rally for ousted MP and former Police minister Nixon Duban at the Bates Oval in Madang last week. Mr O’Neil said his government would be looking at implementing...

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    By JINA AMBA All women in Papua New Guinea should have a vision and mission to be successful and make a difference in this country. This was the message from Guest Speaker Elizabeth Bradshaw during the Notre Dame Secondary School...

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    By LAWRENCIA PIRPIR THE Keravat jail is the fourth out of 21 rehabilitation institutions across Papua New Guinea to be on par with the national payment system. This was a historical milestone for the Correctional Service in decentralising its financial powers to Keravat jail commanding officer Superintendent Margret Garap and her team that includes administration officers Sergeant Himson...

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  • 11/19/13--17:52: K315.8m for Games
  • PACIFIC GAMES By EPHATA SAMUEL A total of K315,800,000 will be invested in the 2015 Pacific Games. Treasurer Don Polye announced this when presenting the 2013 Supplementary Budget in addition to the 2014 national Budget handed down in Parliament yesterday. “The 2013 Supplementary Budget contains a number of saving measures...

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    IT IS another record budget for the Government eclipsing K15 billion but one that will be in deficit for the second year running. Total expenditure for next year is estimated to be K15.44 billion against total revenue and grants estimated at K12.7 billion, set against a budget deficit of K2.3 billion which equates to 5.9 or about 6 per cent of the GDP. The maintenance of macroeconomic stability, addressing of implementation issues to ensure speedy flow of funding to the provinces, integration of...

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  • 11/19/13--17:52: Spying backlash
  • Indonesia’s president says ties with Australia have been “damaged” by reports that Canberra spied on his phone calls and those of his ministers. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said it was a “hurtful action” and that Australia had “belittled” the row....

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    By JACOB POK Goilala MP Daniel Mona paid close to K30,000 over the week to various schools in the nation’s capital as well as in Central Province as project fees for Goilala students. Mr Mona said recent allegations over management issues in the district was the work of rival losing candidates and their supporters who were trying to spoil the good work he was doing for his...

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  • 11/19/13--17:52: Kase: Food safety essential
  • By VANESSA SAUN and BRIDIE VERE MAYS DWU Journalism Students In Papua New Guinea, the responsibility of food safety is divided among several agencies with overlapping authority. “This situation has led to a disjointed strategy for the protection of human health from food-borne diseases,” said the Secretary for Health, Pascoe Kase...

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    By Jina Amba Hard work and commitment always results in being rewarded and this happened last Friday when the two dux students of Fr Peter Secondary School (Fatima) in Jiwaka Province received one laptop each during their graduation. Dux for science...

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  • 11/19/13--17:52: Raluana to get water
  • A K750,000 water reticulation project for the people of the Raluana Local Level Government area in Kokopo District has already been approved and will be rolled out soon. East New Britain Governor and Kokopo MP Ereman Tobaining Junior revealed this recently, saying that the...

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    By MELISSA MARTIN THERE is greater demand for microfinance or formal lending services to clients particularly in the informal sector in Papua New Guinea. Banks in PNG have very high liquidity but they are not lending small increments to households regardless of so many people willing to pay back. Financial diaries are a great method for finding economic information of a person/client such as...

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  • 11/20/13--17:49: Fashion biz expands
  • PACIFIC fashion has a huge place in the international fashion industry so fashion designers in the region need to take ownership of their cultural expressions in order to develop lucrative economic opportunities for their traditional art. The Chairman of CPL Group, Mahesh Patel, said fashion as retail business was important for any economy and Papua New Guinea was no different. He made the comments as he launched a partnership to stage the Port Moresby Fashion Week...

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  • 11/20/13--17:49: We’re ready. . .
  • SOCCER PAPUA New Guinea opens up it’s four-nations Under 23 MNC Cup campaign against unknown Maldives at the Gelora Bung Karvo Stadium in Jakarta today (6.30pm PNG time). PNG and Hekari FC star Koriak Upaiga leads a host of PNG’s cream of youth talent that is likely to form the basis of the 2015 Pacific Games team. The Maldives, a...

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    ENSURING funding from the Government’s K15 billion budget gets to trickle down to our rural communities appears to be the main concern for ordinary Papua New Guineans. Interviews by our reporters in Lae, Kokopo and Mount Hagen point to concerns that PNG’s rural population continue to miss out on vital services despite the handing down of consecutive record money plans by successive governments in recent years. “We can get the biggest slice of the cake but I hope basic...

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    The man in charge of the clean-up at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant says growing stores of contaminated water from the site will eventually have to be dumped into the sea. In an exclusive interview with the ABC, the chairman of the Fukushima Monitoring Committee, Dale Klein, has also admitted there are likely to be more blunders and...

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    By JESSICA KOAE DWU journalism student SOUTH Pacific Brewery, the biggest brewer and distributer of alcohol beverages, continues its fight against alcohol abuse through in-house responsible service of alcohol (RSA) training for employers of its customers. The training is mainly...

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    By ROSALYN ALBANIEL-EVARA THE Manam Resettlement Program has been described by one community leader from Bogia, as a “push and kick start program”. Joe Viaken, from Andarum in Bogia’s Yawar Local Level Government, blasted the program, saying work is progressing at snail’s pace, especially at the proposed project site at Raptuk. He said following the grand flag-raising ceremony by a team of officials from the Madang provincial...

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  • 11/20/13--17:49: US envoy visits Duke of York
  • By MICHAEL WARTOVO US Ambassador to PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu Walter North received a rousing traditional welcome when he visited the Duke of York Islands in East New Britain Province early this week. The ambassador and his delegation left Kokopo on Tuesday morning and were received by the Duke of York Local Level...

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  • 11/20/13--17:49: Highway patrol gets facelift
  • By MAL TAIME THE Kudjip-based highway patrol police in the Jiwaka Province is getting a major facelift with its infrastructure facilities from PNG LNG project. Esso Highlands is funding the construction of five double duplexes for the barracks and work is expected to be completed early next year. The construction of the new facilities will boost...

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  • 11/21/13--18:24: Talisman signs agreement
  • TALISMAN Energy, one of the most active petroleum explorers in Papua New Guinea, yesterday signed the extractive industries transparency initiative memorandum of understanding in Port Moresby yesterday. The petroleum company signed the MoU as one of seven industry representatives of this newly established tripartite...

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    IT IS nothing short of blatant murder with more reports coming out from Southern Highlands Province on the massacre of 17 people. The use of military-issued hand grenades and firearms appear to be at the centre of this carnage, which means the loss of 17 Papua New Guineans who had the potential to contribute to the development of this country. The lack of respect for human life in tribal fights in the Highlands region is sickening and intolerable. How much more can ordinary Papua New...

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  • 11/21/13--18:24: Chung signs soccer deal
  • SOCCER By FRANK GENAIA FC President and FIFA Vice-President David Chung has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Indonesian Football Association President Arifin Husin Djohar in Jakarta. Chung, who is in Jakarta with the Papua New Guinea U-23 team in his other role as Papua New Guinea Football Association President, signed the MoU on Wednesday and believes it is the start of a long-term relationship which will see future youth teams head to...

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  • 11/21/13--18:24: Marshall knocks Japan, Aust
  • The Marshall Islands’ Climate Change Minister has lashed out at Australia and Japan for cutting their carbon reduction targets at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Warsaw. Tony de Brum says his country will be one of those that suffers the most from global warming and says Australia and Japan are setting a bad example. The...

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  • 11/21/13--18:24: Jiwaka education to progress
  • By Mal Taime EDUCATION will not be an issue in the Jiwaka Province next year, and that is good news for students and parents. Acting provincial education program manager Erwin Us has given priority to the issue to ensure all students in Jiwaka Province receive a formal education. Recently this newspaper ran a story stating that the Grade 11 intake for Jiwaka Province next year will face problems with enrolments due to the limited spaces available...

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  • 11/21/13--18:24: Health posts go rural
  • THE communities of Bubuleta and Gurney on the fringes of Alotau town will be the first in the country to benefit from a new community health post initiative. The two communities will get new community health posts under the Rural Primary...

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    By VANESSA SAUN ATTEMPTS by the Government to prepare a comprehensive national urbanisation policy for Papua New Guinea have been tried in the past but without full conviction, a workshop was told in Lae. Urbanisation in PNG has become a major issue of concern given the symptoms of social and economic disorder such as crime, unemployment,...

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    By NICOLE JOANNES THE West New Britain Provincial Government and the Cocoa Board of Papua New Guinea have signed a memorandum of agreement to implement the freight subsidy project in the province. Under this project the Cocoa Board will assist cocoa growers in selected areas to meet transportation costs to get their cocoa bags to the provincial...