Prime Minister Peter O’Neill

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Kapi Natto to create Super League for soccer

TWELVE soccer associations in the country are standing together to create a new national competition to be known as the Super League.

PM O’Neill pays tribute to two outstanding media icons

PNG is changing, says PM in Christmas message

This was what Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said in his Christmas message to the country.

“This is a time for families and friends, and to give thanks for all the good that we have in our lives.

“Christmas is also an important time when we can put aside our differences, and share in the goodwill of our communities.”

The PM says ours is a Christian nation, built on Christian values and governed through care and compassion for our fellow men, women and children.

PNG’s diplomatic ties ‘fruitful’

Acting Foreign Affairs Secretary, William Dihm, said this success has resulted in stronger connections which will lead to positive results.

He stated this during the briefing of the diplomatic community on the 2017 General Elections and APEC 2018 yesterday.

“We’ve had a fruitful year and we (now) have stronger connection. And I think it’s a win-win situation for your side and our side by having that kind of benefit,” said Dihm.

PNG can expand Japanese tourism: PM

The Prime Minister made the statement while extending his best wishes and thanks to the outgoing Ambassador of Japan to Papua New Guinea, H.E. Morio Matsumoto.

“There is a lot of interest from Japanese tourists to come to Papua New Guinea.

“This is for cultural visits, and importantly, visits to memorials and resting places for Japanese military personnel who died in World War II.”

The PM says PNG will always extend its highest respect for Japan’s war dead and the monuments that have been erected to honour their memory.

US senators call on O’Neill to end illegal land grabbing

They have also called on the government to pull out police presence protecting the interest of logging companies and to hold accountable those who have broken laws.

US Senators Patrick Leahy (Vermont), and Jeff Merkley (Oregon), both signed the letter dated December 7th, 2016, conveying their concerns after receiving information that more than 50,000 square kilometres of land has been leased by the government to foreign backed companies.

NEC approves call-out for PNGDF in Hela Province

“These problems have the potential to impact on the upcoming election as well as the operation of important projects in the area.

“Cabinet has approved a call-out the PNGDF to support Police to conduct security operations in Hela Province.

“Police will have full powers to ensure law and order and to deal with people who seek to cause trouble.

“This includes the immediate arrest of people seeking to initiate violent acts or make threats against Government officials or projects in the province.

O’Neill thanks US military for support

Meeting with United States Navy Admiral Harry Harris, Commander of the United States Pacific Command, in Port Moresby this week, O’Neill said APEC security is a joint operation for every APEC host economy.

He says cooperation is taking place with security partners at the highest level.

The thousands of international visitors who visit Papua New Guinea in 2018 will experience one of the most diverse cultures in the world in a secure environment that will enable important discussions to take place.

OC asks to add more materials for reference

The application was moved by Ombudsman Commission Lawyer Vergil Narokobi, which resulted in the court deferring the hearing of the actual reference to a later date.

The application asked the five-man Supreme Court bench to allow the Ombudsman Commission to include additional materials or facts into the reference book, to assist the court in its deliberation.

Filed on Oct 26 this year, the application asked the court to add three sets of facts containing materials which the Ombudsman Commission says is necessary for the full court to have.

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PM O’Neill: Papua New Guineans have been the Perfect FIFA Hosts

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, has praised the public’s participation at the FIFA Under 20 Women’s World Cup Tournament that ended in Port Moresby on Saturday.

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PM O’Neill: Papua New Guineans have been the Perfect FIFA Hosts

O’Neill said the citizens of Papua New Guinea have been the perfect hosts for the football world and outstanding ambassadors for the nation.

"It is not the Government that hosts our FIFA World Cup, it is the people of the great Independent State of Papua New Guinea that has hosted this FIFA World Cup and you have all done us proud,” the Prime Minister said.

"The players and officials from around the world have been so impressed with our hospitality, our culture and and our friendship.