PNG a step down in global HDI

This is a step down from the previous ranking of 153 in 2015, according to the HDI Report 2016 titled ‘Human Development for Everyone.’

According to the report produced by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) the current ranking places PNG equally ranked with Zimbabwe but ahead of regional neighbors Solomon Islands (156) and Mauritania (157).

PNG’s ranking is categorized under the ‘Low Human Development’ group.

More than K150 million in royalties paid

According to Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) mining activity in five projects generated K158.11 million.

The resource companies to have contributed are Simberi Mine (New Ireland), Hidden Valley (Morobe), Ok Tedi (Western Province), Porgera (Enga), and Lihir (New Ireland).

The following are royalty payments made by the resource companies.

New Ireland receive K69.8 million in royalties

Following the release of its fourth quarter report for the year, Newcrest Mining Limited has paid in total K69, 877, 823 million.

The royalty has been divided according to the 1996 Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the National Government, to the New Ireland Provincial Government (NIPG), the Nimamar local level government (NLLG) and the Special Mining Lease (SML) landowners who are represented through the Lihir Mining Area Landowner Association (LMALA).

Top 10 NRL Fantasy performances of 2016

They were the individual displays that benefited their side and gave NRL Fantasy coaches lucky enough to own each player a huge points boost. Just two players hit triple figures in NRL Fantasy 2016, and one winger even made the list twice.

How many of the following players will you include in your side when the official Fantasy game of the NRL opens for 2017 in the coming weeks?

Top five centres in the NRL

Whether they're providing the final pass for their winger or bustling their way through for a four-pointer, these are the best centres in the business as voted by the NRL.com team.

2016 successful for Cancer Foundation


Marketing and Fundraising manager, Hayley Chown, informed  Loop PNG  that the PNGCF had launched new programs and increased educational  material output during the year.

“It has been a successful year. We launched our schools program, we launched our office and communities workshops, so we have managed to educate.

“I was looking at the figures for biggest morning tea and we doubled the amount of education materials that we put out from 2015 to 2016 so and the amount of morning tea’s we hosted as well.

PNGNOC clarifies issues on acquittals

A report in The National newspaper of November 11, 2016 stated that the 2015 Pacific Games Organising Committee failed to acquit K11million of funds in 2013 and that the Auditor General did not audit the financial statements of the company.

President of the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee, Sir John Dawanincura responded that all due processes were followed in the acquittal of the funds.

Digicel Cup launched in style

The event was attended by sponsors and the country’s rugby league community, including the PNG Rugby Football League, PNGNRL and Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko.

In receiving the Cup back from Agmark Gurias captain Nelson Daplen, PNGRNL chairman Sudhir Guru acknowledged Digicel PNG’s continuous support to the country’s premium rugby league competition.

Digicel Play CEO Nico Meyer said Digicel PNG was happy to continue its partnership with the PNGNRL for the sixth consecutive year.

Happy New Year: Big Ben Chimes In 2016 For UK

Occasional spells of rain failed to dampen the spirits of revellers gathering in central London for a vibrant midnight show featuring about 12,000 fireworks - and producing 50,000 projectiles.

As in previous years, the London Eye was the focal point of the pyrotechnic extravaganza, which could be seen for miles around.

Performers led the crowds in a lively, rock-inspired rendition of Auld Lang Syne as the fireworks came to an end.