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Parkop promotes PNG as investment and tourism hub

Governor Parkop said the visit by the Russian navy officers in their warship was historic, conveying his warm welcome to them.

During a dialogue hosted yesterday in Parliament, he commended them for showing interest in the city which is hosting the APEC Leaders’ Summit in November.

Mr Parkop said the visit was a testament of Moscow placing value in the Indo-Pacific region.

He added that the countries had a long history dating back to the settlement of Russian scientist and traveler Nikolai Miklouho-Maclay in the country from 1846 to 1888.

PNG to attend water polo conference

The Conference will take place at the InterContinental Budapest and will include worldwide water polo experts, Sport Movement, Sports Business Experts and other relevant personalities from different fields linked to sport.

President of PNG Swimming Inc, Liz Wells, said it is hoped that with Murphy’s direction, water polo will grow in Papua New Guinea and the region as per the FINA and Oceania Swimming Association direction.

France, PNG ties strengthened

He said with the Papua LNG project construction phase on focus, the engagement between the two countries will continue to grow. 

“Our Government is working with French company TOTAL S.A. and other partners to advance Papua New Guinea’s next major gas project,” stated PM O’Neill.

“This project will inject billions of dollars into our economy, and employ and train thousands of Papua New Guineans.

“All parties will continue to advance the Papua LNG project and create new jobs for our people.”

K8 billion trade volume in 2017

This was revealed by Deputy Chief of Mission of the Chinese Embassy, Yao Ming.

He said economic cooperation between PNG and China has grown over the last few years since the state visit by Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, in 2016.

Since then trade has increased under the guidance of both countries leaders.

“Bi-lateral relations between both countries have proceeded very well and fast, especially in the area of economic cooperation, our two countries trade volume reachedUS$2.8 billion in 2017,” said Deputy Ambassador Ming.

Nene Macdonald’s PNG pledge as NRL dream edges closer

Calls for the NRL to expand into Port Moresby are growing louder by the year, given the island nation’s love of rugby league and ability to produce athletes.

Australian coach and league legend Mal Meninga has led the charge, while other figures such as Matty Johns and James Graham have backed PNG entering the world’s best competition.

Infrastructure upgrade for schools

All these will be possible after Tuesday’s contract signing between Ambassador of Japan to Papua New Guinea, His Excellency Satoshi Nakajima, and head teachers from Kil, Kinjibi primary schools and Tatana Elementary School.

These three schools are successful recipients of the grant assistance for grassroots human security projects under Japan’s official development assistance program in PNG.

Palais begin selection trials

A late inclusion trying out for a spot in the Palais team was young touch footballer Gemma Schnaubelt.

Schnaubelt first featured at the 2017 National Touch Championships.

She played for the Brisbane based team and was recently invited by the PNG 7s team to try out.

She is the daughter of Namatanai MP Walter Schnaubelt.

She arrived from Brisbane this afternoon before taking the field.

A little jetlagged, Schnaubelt joined the rest of the players in the selection trials under head coach John Larry.

PNG all set for Darts Championships

Team Manager, Goasa Geita said the one men’s and two women’s teams have prepared well and ready to take on the challenge of going up against participating countries including Tonga, Fiji and hosts Vanautu.

“We have vast experience in the team in the likes of current men’s singles champion, Ikau Karo and Sandra Hekau and Rarua Henao who won gold for Team Central at the recent PNG Games in Kimbe.

“We’re ready to go and are confident we will bring back good results from Vanuatu.”

All Manus detainees eligible to seek damages - lawyer

Last week, the PNG Supreme Court upheld the right of Manus detainees to seek damages for the breach of their constitutional rights including the deprivation of liberty.

The ruling followed the court's decision in April 2016 that their detention was unlawful.

In September, the Australian government agreed to pay $US50 million in compensation to Manus detainees, and it was suggested men receiving that payout would not qualify for further damages.

But the lawyer Ben Lomai said that was not so.

Security a concern for Tourism

Speaking at the Ready China Workshop on Wednesday, Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy to PNG Liu Linlin, said PNG can offer Chinese Tourists new experiences from the rest of the world.

However, this can only be achievable if PNG improves its security issue.

Counsellor Linlin informed tourism stakeholders today that millions of Chinese tourists have travelled various parts of the world and are continually looking for new experiences.

He said PNG offers that however several key areas need to be addressed. The most important being security.