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US, UK announce sanctions targeting Hamas

The U.S. Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) spearheaded this action, targeting Hamas officials and exposing Iran's support mechanisms for both Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

The designations, aligned with the U.K., aim to safeguard the global financial system from exploitation by Hamas and its supporters. Secretary of the Treasury Janet L. Yellen emphasized the commitment to work with partners, including the U.K., to disrupt Hamas's funding sources and prevent further atrocities.

UK extends support

The funding will be utilized to tackle anti-microbial resistance (AMR).  AMR is responsible for the deaths of 1.2 million people globally, making it a leading cause of death around the world, higher than HIV/AIDs and malaria.

The Fleming Fund programme in PNG, implemented by the Burnet and Doherty Institutes, has spent around K20 million since 2019 refurbishing human and animal health laboratories in Port Moresby, Lae, Mt Hagen, Goroka and Rabaul, establishing strong AMR surveillance systems and training Papua New Guinean micro-biologists. 

UK Assists Victims Of Violence

This funding will be used to encourage local solutions that aim to prevent future conflict and build sustainable peace. 

Focusing on Southern Highlands and Hela Provinces, these activities are being implemented in partnership with UNDP and civil society under the United Nations Highlands Joint Programme for Peace and Development. 

This funding will provide communities with access to small grants to rebuild livelihoods and community infrastructure. 

K2m worth of medical equipment

The equipment, procured by the World Health Organisation in PNG and aimed at breathing and respiratory needs, includes a portable x-ray machine, patient monitors, resuscitation sets, ventilation bags and oxygen masks.      

It is the latest in a programme of UK support to the health sector in Papua New Guinea, which also aims to build capacity and provide lasting value for future generations.  

PNG Orchids documentary praised

The film premiered this week (8 April) in London’s Covent Garden district, the cultural hub of the city, and had to be moved to a bigger cinema screen after attracting a near sell-out audience. Most had never had the opportunity to watch a film about PNG.

UK commits to EPAs after Brexit

The United Kingdom Minister for Trade Policy, George Hollingbery, said this while briefing ACP Trade Ministers on Brexit.

PNG was represented at the October 25th meeting by the Papua New Guinea Ambassador to ACP and EU, Joshua Kalinoe.

At the meet, Hollingbery advised Ministers that UK will honour the existing Economic Partnership Agreement that ACP countries have with EU.

Accordingly, priority for UK is to work with existing parties to trade under the current EPA until similar Agreements are negotiated and implemented after 2021.

Amean, Puara to play in UK

Barrow, who compete in the Betfred Championship: English League, managed to entice 27-year-old Amean and 28-year-old Puara to sign under a one-year contract.

In a phone interview with Puara, the PNG Hunter was excited about the move, saying he signed on having taken into consideration the welfare of other players to move up in the ranks.

Puara, who was the first player to reach a hundred games for the PNG Hunters, expressed excitement at what lays ahead of him in a few months’ time – a new international contract.

ANG engineers internationally-accredited

The engineers successfully completed five years of training and received their licences in a ceremony in Port Moresby on 10th Oct, 2017.

This licence, granted by the UK Civil Aviation Authority, is recognised worldwide and now allows these young Papua New Guineans to be able to certify the completion of maintenance on United Kingdom registered aircraft. They could even easily convert their UK licences to an Australian or New Zealand (NZ) licence and certify for Australian or NZ aircraft.

UK Porn ID checks set to start in April 2018

The April 2018 goal to protect under-18s was revealed as digital minister Matt Hancock signed the commencement order for the Digital Economy Act, which introduces the requirement.

But details as to how the scheme will work have yet to be finalised.

Experts who advised ministers said the targeted date seemed "unrealistic".

The act also sets out other new laws including punishing the use of bots to snatch up scores of concert tickets, and mandating the provision of subtitles on catch-up TV.

 

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Brexit: EU says it doesn't want to 'punish' Britain for leaving

"Brexit is punitive enough," said Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

The EU nevertheless set out a tough set of principles for Brexit negotiations. They offer the possibility that trade talks could begin before the UK leaves -- but only after "sufficient progress" is made on the complex task of untangling Britain from the EU.

In her letter triggering the UK's formal exit from the EU, British Prime Minister Theresa May had asked for a parallel approach from the start.