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Match schedule set for FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ OFC preliminary competition

The tournament will determine which nation will represent Oceania in the FIFA intercontinental play-off in June 2022, from which the winner earns a spot at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ finals.  

A standalone match between the two lowest-ranked OFC nations, Tonga and the Cook Islands, will be held on March 13 to determine who qualifies through to join Group A and contest the preliminary competition. 

Group A, which will be made up of the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Tahiti and the qualifying match winner, will have its first Match Day on March 17. 

NCC Release COVID-19 Update

The NCC also highlighted in their latest statistics that Delta cases have not increased since the last count of 627.

From latest COVID-19 update from the NCC, Papua New Guinea recorded 11 COVID-19 infections on Friday 31 December 2021, increasing the total confirmed cases to 36,190.

The NCC confirmed that the new cases were recorded in Northern with seven, East New Britain two, while Central and Western Highlands recorded one each.

As of December 31st 2021, 35,515 persons have recovered from the virus, while the dead toll remains at 590.

2021 A Dark Year For PNG

“I feel I owe the nation an apology. I acted in good faith to humbly resign in May 2019 thinking that the change that was asked for would be youthful and move us forward faster than my government could.

“I have, like you, been bitterly disappointed in the performance of the Marape-led Government over the last 31 months.

“He said economically we are in one heck of a mess with debt at over K51 billion and no plan to increase income except to tax our people more.

Free Ambulance service for Papua New Guineans

Chief of Ambulance Service Commissioner Rigona Rita says the ambulance service will not charge any fee to a Papua New Guinean who needs life-saving emergency medical assistance and transportation to a government hospital.

Commissioner Rita says the Ambulance service will not charge any fee because the Government partly funds the Ambulance services. However, the funding does not cover the whole cost of providing the service.

Organic, Fairtrade Papua New Guinea Bar Showcases PNG Cocoa Farmers

With fewer than 200 bars available, the chocolate is made from organic, Fairtrade beans grown by the Yangoru Cocoa Development Project, based in Wewak, in the remote northern region of East Sepik province. A collaborative farming initiative, 529 small scale farmers grow cocoa beans, supporting a community of more than 2600 people. The co-operative became certified in 2020, and cocoa is their main source of income.

Ensure your services are accessible: Officer

Service provision and supports are often inaccessible in rural areas and there remains a pervasive lack of understanding of how to provide services to persons living with a disability by service providers across the country.

Advocates are working to ensure access to services and information is improved and persons living with a disability are not left behind.

The National Youth with Disability Network is Papua New Guinea’s leading network supporting young persons with a disability.

Draw Set For FIFA World Cup 2022

The OFC qualifiers will be played in a mini-tournament format featuring eight teams and consisting of a round-robin group stage, semi-finals and the final.

Prior to this, a single qualification match will be played between Tonga and the Cook Islands – the two lowest-ranked OFC teams in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking, for the right to take part in the preliminary competition mini-tournament.

All matches will take place in Qatar from March 14-30th 2022.

Vaccines don’t make people sicker if they get COVID

As Papua New Guinea struggles with COVID, Australia must step up its ‘vaccine diplomacy’

Is the emergency assistance Australia offers enough in a country whose health infrastructure was already under siege before the pandemic?

An ancillary question is whether Canberra’s “vaccine diplomacy” in the Indo-Pacific is losing ground against an aggressive Chinese push to make available its Sinovac and Sinopharm vaccines across the region.

COVID-19 Effects To Continue: Treasurer

Treasurer, Ian Ling-Stuckey stated this in the 2022 Budget Strategy Paper released recently.

Mr Ling-Stuckey highlighted that the loss in business and income will manifest in reduced corporate income tax earnings next year as filings for 2021 assessable year become payable in 2022. 

He said despite the moderate improvement in the domestic economic activities, a sizeable reduction in corporate income taxes is therefore, expected from earlier estimates. 

However, there is estimated to be a recovery in international trade and GST with the economic recovery.