Digicel PNG Foundation invests K11.2 million in PNG

This was revealed yesterday during the launching of the Foundation’s 2014-2015 Annual Report at the Digicel Learning Centre in Port Moresby.

Foundation Board Chairman, Douveri Henao said the Foundation had continued its support to its focus areas of access to basic education, basic health, community building, services for people with special needs and addressing violence.

The Foundation’s key achievements included:

Digicel celebrates family this Christmas

Digicel is once again bringing families and the Pacific’s greatest musical talent together with an upbeat new version of their hit song ‘We Are Family’. This new rendition is a cheerful Pacific Christmas music collaboration, available to all Digicel customers across the company’s six Pacific countries. 

UBS Papua New Guinea 'deal': respected figures question PM Peter O'Neill's role

The former leaders called a press conference in Port Moresby on Monday afternoon to slam Mr O'Neill for "bulldozing" the UBS arrangements through government agencies and exposing the PNG people to "huge" risks and costs.

PNG judicial independence queried

The lawyers, Greg Egan and Terence Lambert, were preparing to represent PNG investigators in a major fraud case against the Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill.

But they were blocked from entering the country, apparently on instruction from Chief Migration Officer Mataio Rabura.

An executive member for the Law Council of Australia, Morry Bailes, says he is disturbed by the reports.

U20 World Cup spot up for grabs for Oceania women

PNG replaced South Africa as World Cup hosts in March, gifting them automatic qualification and a second berth for Oceania.

Hosts Tonga face a tough test in today's opening match against defending Oceania champions New Zealand, who have been on an unbeaten run since 2002.

Coach Penateti Feke was a part of the Tongan team at July's Pacific Games.

She's selected four of her teammates from that event, while nine have experience from last year's Under 20 tournament.

Solomons mission to improve PNG border regulation

Solomon Islands Police, National Security and Correctional Services Commission secretary, Wilson Orisi, says the mission, to be led by MP Jimmy Lusibaea, will travel to the Shortland Islands, Gizo and Munda.

He says problems at the border have developed because the area has been left unattended by agencies such as police, immigration, customs and quarantine for some time.

Mr Orisi says the border has allegedly been violated by criminals and the Commission wants to learn about people's experiences regarding both illegal and legal crossings.

Fiji eyes strengthening ties with Papua New Guinea

In extending Fiji's well wishes to PNG on its 40th independence day celebration, the Fijian prime minister highlighted the progress the Melanesian state has made and the importance of its ties with Fiji, Fiji's Department of Information said Tuesday.

Since gaining independence, the two nations have enjoyed close relationship of mutual respect and friendship which was further cemented through their membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group, Bainimarama told his PNG counterpart Peter O'Neill in the congratulatory message.

Papua New Guineans urged to be strong

This was his message during the official flag raising ceremony of the 40th Independence Anniversary at the Independence Hill in Port Moresby.

 “We have been through it before; we have learnt from our past experiences your government today as acted dizzily by delivering relief to all communities as we speak, food as have been delivered,” O’Neil says.

He added that as the nation celebrates its 40 years of nationhood it’s not time for point scoring and playing politics.        

“Climate is a big problem in our country and region.”

Greenpeace calls for investigation into illegal fishing by Taiwanese ship

“We are still tracking the Shuen De Ching No.888 and we have supplied all our information to the nations where the ship might pull into their ports, including Papua New Guinea, Nauru and Fiji.

“We think it is vital for Pacific nations to investigate this ship to show that illegal fishing will not be tolerated, particularly as the region tries to develop a sustainable fisheries industry,” said Lagi Toribau, Greenpeace Australia Pacific Global Tuna campaigner from aboard Greenpeace's Rainbow Warrior ship.

Fiji-PNG builds business rapport, Pearl Resort Opens New 210 Room

Marape was in Fiji over the weekend and says they are hoping more investors will find opportunities in Fiji.

PNG businesses have already invested in two of Fiji’s top hotels, the Grand Pacific and the Pearl South Pacific Resort.

“Relationships between nations are built on many aspects and lately one of the fundamental aspects of those relationship is business, commerce, trade and PNG and Fiji has seen a growing rapport in as far as various exchanges are concerned.”