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Games standard very high says PNG Chef de Mission

“The Mini Games standard set here is very very high.”

Waiwai was the chairperson of the Games Organising Committee of the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby, PNG and Chef de Mission for Team PNG at last year’s Rio Olympic Games.

“You can just feel the hype when you get into the airport.

“Athletes going to enjoy their stay here and the people are very helpful and very friendly,” said Waiwai.

Team PNG was also given a rousing welcome at the airport by fellow countrymen and women leaving and working in Vanuatu.

Pacific Tests confirmed for Origin period

Six nations will compete during a three-match festival at Campbelltown Stadium on June 23. Tonga, Samoa, Lebanon and Papua New Guinea will be joined by two further teams to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

NRI conducts research on referendum

Vice-President Raymond Masono welcomed the research team to Bougainville on Friday (Nov 10) and thanked the Speaker for taking a proactive approach to informing Members of Parliament.

“Bougainville needs to be strategic and learn about how other societies have gone about these democratic exercises,” Masono said.

“Right now Bougainville Members are busy preparing their constituencies – we want them to disseminate factual and neutral information about the referendum to help people make an informed decision.”

Win or bust for Samoa, Papua New Guinea

A win or draw against Scotland in Cairns tonight would be enough for Toa Samoa to squeak into the quarter finals as the third-ranked team in Group B.

The fifth-ranked Samoans were guilty of basic errors against both New Zealand and Tonga.

Captain for the day Sam Tagataese said they need to execute when they have possession.

Eye specialists needed in PNG

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eyeball and orbit.

The country has only 8 national ophthalmologists or eye specialists.

Given the total population of almost 8 million people, this means one ophthalmologist to a million people.

“And this is very alarming,” says ophthalmologist Dr Amyna Sultan, director of Pacific International Hospital.

She also offers lectures and assists in training ophthalmology residents at UPNG’s school of medicine.

First independence anniversary without our flag designer

The late Susan Karike-Huhume passed away on the afternoon of April 11 at the Port Moresby General Hospital.

In 1971, at the tender age of 15, the late Karike-Huhume played a major role in contributing to the identity of this country.

During that time, the country was preparing for independence so the government invited all Papua New Guineans to enter a designs competition to help find a PNG flag.

Major events this month

Various shows line the month, giving visitors the opportunity to witness tribal traditions in an explosion of colour and sound.

Throughout the country, each province will stage a show to celebrate their unique culture.

Following are events captured by the Tourism Promotion Authority:

Enga Show

This annual cultural show will be from 15th-17th September, 2017.

PNG and Solomon up for ‘Battle of the Wantok’

Basketball players and supporters in Honiara are anticipating the friendly match to be full of actions

Described as “Battle of the Wantok” both teams will play three matches and the winner will receive a trophy sponsored by KSS Southern Flames.

KSS Southern Flames are the three-time reigning champions of the PNG Men’s Basketball League (PMBL 2014 /2015/2016) and have been invited by the Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF) to play against the men’s national squad in their build up towards the up-coming FIBA Melanesia Cup in PNG, later in September.

Pacific squads confirmed for OFC U-19s Women’s Championship

Kicking off just over a year after the 2016 OFC U-17 Championship – and only a few months after the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea – there are many familiar faces coming to Auckland this July.

Defending champions New Zealand have recruited an army of international experience for their attempt at a sixth-consecutive title including Malia Steinmetz, Grace Jale, and goalkeeper Anna Leat – who will offer senior international football experience to Gareth Turnball’s squad having already been in the mix for the New Zealand national women’s team.

Husband of breast cancer victim shares their story

That’s the question Arthur dreads being asked by his daughter, Tania.

Almost four months after Tania’s mother passed away, Arthur is still trying to figure out exactly how he can explain this to his daughter.

“I partially blame myself for not fighting hard for her,” he says, reflecting on how his partner died.

They were only dating in 2015 when Francisca first mentioned about a very small painless lump in her left breast.

She had said it hurt only when pressure was exerted directly on the lump.