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.

Bakani defends Government’s economic status

Speaking at the 32nd Australia-PNG Business Summit in Cairns recently, Bakani said in most instances critics are being misrepresented.

He said the new nominal Gross Domestic Product data released by the National Statistical Office (NSO) at end March 2016, showed that the size of the economy is much bigger than earlier estimated.

“We have a very long streak of GDP growth lasting for the last 14 years. In the last five years 2010 to 2015, Nominal GDP grew from K38.6 billion to K64.2 billion, a growth of 69% or on the average by 13.8% per annum.”

Time to tax Tobacco: A dreaded killer in PNG

Smoking affiliated diseases range from cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, pulmonary diseases, lung cancers, oral cancers and many more.  Cigarette and tobacco smoking which is an addictive social lifestyle practice is truly a global dilemma in terms of healthcare burden and associated costs.