Bougainville fury over Rio Tinto grows

The company split its shares between the autonomous provincial government and the national government in Port Moresby.

But Bougainville is furious that it was not given all the shares, and that Rio Tinto said it is was no longer obliged to do anything about the damage caused by the Panguna mine, which sparked a civil war that lasted through the 1990s.

The province hoped to reopen the mine as a way to generate revenue should it vote to become independent from PNG after a referendum scheduled for 2019.

Team PNG contingent depart for Rio

The Team that left today included Judo athlete, Raymond Ovinou and his coach, Richard Glied, Boxer, Thadius Katua and his coach, Joe Aufa, Weightlifting Team Manager, Winis Tua and Team PNG Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Bernie Amof.

Their trip to Rio will take a day before meeting up with the rest of the Team there.

The Opening Ceremony of the Olympics will be on August 5th, 2016.


Singapore beat PNG to keep series alive

Singapore needed the win and coach Joanne Loo stuck to her guns, making few changes to her team for game two.

This proved to be the right decision as Singapore raced to a 25-14 lead at the break.

With the more experienced Japerth Tulapi rested, the shooting duties for PNG were given to Naomi Lankan and Naoley Manta, who struggled to get points on the board.

Singapore capitalised on weaknesses in PNG’s midcourt and turned this into points through shooters Lee Pei Shan and Maughan Mackenzie.

PNG economy plans unrealistic: ADB

ADB’s Pacific Department biannual economic report; the Pacific Economic Monitor indicated that without further fiscal consolidation, PNG is likely to miss its fiscal targets.

ADB country director Marcelo Minc said the budget formulation needs to become more focused on delivering services.

He said improving infrastructure and enabling private sector participation remains central to achieving broad based, inclusive and sustainable economic growth.

“For instance increasing export competitiveness in the fisheries sector could help expand jobs.”

Innovative mobile microinsurance providing crucial safety net for Papua New Guineans

These new microinsurance products have managed to do away with the usual lengthy paperwork processes, preliminary health checks and identification associated with some traditional insurance products.  Subscription via text message leads to enrollment and periodic insurance premiums are set up for automatic, deductions.

ACP leaders agree to build Long Term Fund

ACP president and host Prime Minister Peter O’Neill revealed this in his closing remarks to the 8th ACP heads of states and government meeting in Port Moresby.

 “This summit has been fruitful and insightful. The decision we have taken today are to take us forward in the repositioning the ACP group.

ACP leaders praise PNG for hosting summit

In thanking the government of PNG for the successful hosting of the Summit, Sierre Leonie Vice President Dr Victor Bockarie Foh said Papua New Guinea can be seen as very far on the map but it is so close to the ACP member countries.

 “I think the people of PNG are very friendly and their hospitality and behaviour for keeping the city clean and looking after us.

” He said it is not easy to host such summits but PNG have shown the true development in the country by hosting this successful gathering.

USA leading 3-0 at half-time in U-20 women's friendly

The three-time winners of the U-20 women's FIFA World Cup found the back of the net in the 10th minute after Kelcie Hedge slotted one through.

Two more goals came off the boot of striker Ashley Sanchez scoring in the 12th and 16th minute of the first half.

ACP leaders arrive in PNG

The summit will start today 30th May – 1st June.

The Summit will discuss the future of the ACP Group as a revitalised cohesive force advocating the interests of its member states in the international arena. 

Discussions will take into consideration recent key international developments, including Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals, issues of migration, climate change and the fight against terrorism.

West Papua activist testing PNG PM's invitation

Peter O'Neill has spoken of the need to speak out about human rights abuses in neighbouring Indonesian territory, and last week told a radio talkback programme that West Papuans are welcome in PNG.

But Benny Wenda, who lives in exile in Britain, has been denied entry into PNG twice in the last year.

Mr Wenda, who is the spokesperson for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua, said he was trying to apply for a visa to enter PNG to attend an upcoming Melanesian Spearhead Group summit.