300 West Papuans declare loyalty to PNG

Deputy Chief Migration Officer, Esther Gaegaming, said this during the World Refugee Day commemoration in Port Moresby.

The Melanesian people who occupy the other half of the land mass with PNG had lived illegally in the country for decades, escaping persecution from their homeland.   

Gaegaming said the ceremony was held last week where 300 West Papuans, who have been granted citizenship, were chosen from the nationwide registration.   

“They have been leaving with us for decades under an agreement that was not formalised.

More visitors despite lift on visa-on-arrival


CEO of the Manufacturers' Council of PNG, Chey Scovell, said this during the Australia-PNG Business Council Forum in Port Moresby.

Scovell said it was revealed during the ‘No Border’ session of the forum that the lifting of the visa-on-arrival did not have the expected effect on Australian visitors' numbers.

“In the forum last year we were saying it’s going to be good and well and cut down on the numbers, it didn’t happen," he said.

Resettlement doubt inflames Manus tension


About 60 asylum seekers and guards came to blows in the running battle, as the governments of PNG and Australia met in Port Moresby to discuss refugee resettlement.

GG Easter Message: Positive thinking and living

“On this special occasion, we are reminded of the greatest teacher in the world and the enormous sacrifice he has made on behalf of mankind,” said Governor General Bob Dadae.

“Some 2,000 years ago, the Son of God came into this world with one purpose and that is to reconcile us to God by means of his death as a sacrifice for our sins. 

Article 50: May signs letter that will trigger Brexit

Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president Donald Tusk later.

In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister will then tell MPs this marks "the moment for the country to come together".

It follows June's referendum which resulted in a vote to leave the EU.

Mrs May's letter will be delivered at 12:30 BST on Wednesday by the British ambassador to the EU, Sir Tim Barrow.

China sees potential in PNG Table Tennis


Consular of the Chinese Embassy in Port Moresby, Wang Gengshen said China is a super power in table tennis and he hopes that one day PNG can have a world class athlete to compete against them and other world champions.

“China is the best in the world in Table Tennis and with our skills and experience we can be able to support PNG athletes and coaches through exchange programs and training,” said Gengshen.

Internal connectivity must be agenda

National Research Institute Director, Dr. Charles Yala, said this on Thursday (March 16th) during the 2nd Sub-Regional Workshop on Connectivity Development in Port Moresby.

Yala said the challenge for PNG was to rethink and reshape the country’s trajectory after 40 years of mismanagement of the country’s windfalls in the past.

He said to achieve this was to open the country to the rest of the Southwest Pacific through internal and external connectivity.

PNG go down to NZ in stoppage time

Over 1,000 spectators turned up to watch the semi-final at Stade Mahina in a nail-biter that finished with Oliver Whyte breaking PNG hearts by scoring in the 94th minute of play to win 2-1.

New Zealand were one up in the third minute when PNG’s Aben Pukue attempted to clear a cross but found the back of his own net.

But PNG equalised through Barthy Kerobin to end the first half with the score at 1-1.

Both sides were neck and neck in the second half and the match looked certain to end in a draw.

PNG beat hosts Tahiti 2-1 at OFC U-17 Championship meet

Tahiti took a 1-0 lead just 10 minutes into the first half when an unmarked Eddy Kaspard fired one past PNG’s keeper Graham Berigami.

Kaspard came close to scoring his second just minutes later when he attempted to head the ball into the nets from a cross.

Both sides battled on and went into half time with Tahiti still in the lead.

It took 71 minutes for PNG to finally get on the board through the boot of Jonathan Allen who equalised and put PNG right back in the game.

PNG to take on Tahiti in U17 championships

PNG went down 3-2 to New Caledonia in the round one match last Saturday and then settled for a 3-3 draw with Vanuatu on Wednesday this week.

The match will kick off at 7pm local time (3pm PNG time, Saturday)

The Group A standings:

New Caledonia (4), Tahiti (4), Papua New Guinea (1), Vanuatu (1).

The Group B standings:

New Zealand (6), Fiji (4), Solomon Islands (1), Samoa (0).

The OFC U-17 Championship will run from February 11-24.

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