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PNG Orchids documentary praised

The film premiered this week (8 April) in London’s Covent Garden district, the cultural hub of the city, and had to be moved to a bigger cinema screen after attracting a near sell-out audience. Most had never had the opportunity to watch a film about PNG.

UK commits to EPAs after Brexit

The United Kingdom Minister for Trade Policy, George Hollingbery, said this while briefing ACP Trade Ministers on Brexit.

PNG was represented at the October 25th meeting by the Papua New Guinea Ambassador to ACP and EU, Joshua Kalinoe.

At the meet, Hollingbery advised Ministers that UK will honour the existing Economic Partnership Agreement that ACP countries have with EU.

Accordingly, priority for UK is to work with existing parties to trade under the current EPA until similar Agreements are negotiated and implemented after 2021.

Amean, Puara to play in UK

Barrow, who compete in the Betfred Championship: English League, managed to entice 27-year-old Amean and 28-year-old Puara to sign under a one-year contract.

In a phone interview with Puara, the PNG Hunter was excited about the move, saying he signed on having taken into consideration the welfare of other players to move up in the ranks.

Puara, who was the first player to reach a hundred games for the PNG Hunters, expressed excitement at what lays ahead of him in a few months’ time – a new international contract.

ANG engineers internationally-accredited

The engineers successfully completed five years of training and received their licences in a ceremony in Port Moresby on 10th Oct, 2017.

This licence, granted by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, is recognised worldwide and now allows these young Papua New Guineans to be able to certify the completion of maintenance on United Kingdom registered aircraft. They could even easily convert their UK licences to an Australian or New Zealand (NZ) licence and certify for Australian or NZ aircraft.

UK Porn ID checks set to start in April 2018

The April 2018 goal to protect under-18s was revealed as digital minister Matt Hancock signed the commencement order for the Digital Economy Act, which introduces the requirement.

But details as to how the scheme will work have yet to be finalised.

Experts who advised ministers said the targeted date seemed "unrealistic".

The act also sets out other new laws including punishing the use of bots to snatch up scores of concert tickets, and mandating the provision of subtitles on catch-up TV.

 

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Brexit: EU says it doesn't want to 'punish' Britain for leaving

"Brexit is punitive enough," said Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

The EU nevertheless set out a tough set of principles for Brexit negotiations. They offer the possibility that trade talks could begin before the UK leaves -- but only after "sufficient progress" is made on the complex task of untangling Britain from the EU.

In her letter triggering the UK's formal exit from the EU, British Prime Minister Theresa May had asked for a parallel approach from the start.

PNG urged to link up with ‘UK coffee generation’

In an interview with Business Advantage PNG, PNG’s High Commissioner to the UK, Winnie Kiap, says PNG has to tap into a growing young population of coffee drinkers in the UK.

‘They are becoming a big nation of coffee drinkers because the young population now prefers to be identified with coffee than with tea.  It’s a coffee generation. So that’s the market that we have to target,” said Kiap.

The announcement by Kiap follows two successful trade delegations which have boosted awareness.

UK doctors encourage smokers to use E-cigarettes

That's according to the Royal College of Physicians, which has just published a report recommending smokers switch to E-cigs.

The docs want to quash the "increasingly common misconception" that vaping is dangerous, and said smokers should be "reassured and encouraged" to switch to the gadgets over traditional tobacco products.

This counters recent research that claimed E-cigarettes were no safer than normal ones. Researchers at the University of California claimed that the vapour from E-cigarettes damaged the smoker's DNA in ways that could cause cancer.

Driverless cars could hit UK roads as soon as next year

Chancellor George Osborne has told The Guardian that autonomous vehicles could hit British roads as early as next year.

"Driverless cars could represent the most fundamental change to transport since the invention of the internal combustion engine. Naturally, we need to ensure safety, and that's what the trials we are introducing will test," he said.

Sections of UK roads are expected to be closed off to allow trials to take place. These tests are in addition to the driverless car research already taking place in Bristol, Coventry, Milton Keynes and Greenwich.

Positive comments for PNG murals overseas

English artist Dale Grimshaw, who has painted these murals throughout the United Kingdom and Sweden, said the response he gets from the public is pretty amazing.

The murals show the faces of PNG men dressed in colorful traditional attire mainly from the Highlands Region.

His PNG murals have mainly been spread across the UK in places like London, Bristol and Cardiff.

Grimshaw has never lived in PNG but has a friend who visited the country and was inspired by the photographs and imagery.