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A group of 17 young Australian missionaries have left PNG over the weekend, satisfied after completing three weeks of outreach program in the country.
The youths were from the Come to Jesus Church in Sydney Australia who basically visited PNG Four Square Churches to share their experiences and faith with fellow Christians in PNG.
The team during their stay have visited 5 towns, 22 villages, 14 churches, 19 services, 4 markets, and 6 schools, in Eastern Highlands, Madang and Central provinces.
They were given the opportunity to showcase dances, dramas, facilitate kids program, evangelised at the market places, preaching word of God, pray for the sick, and share their testimonies on how Jesus had changed them.
When NBC news caught up with them at the Jacksons Airport on their departure, they said, one thing the team wants to leave PNG with is the presence of God and the word of God.
They said they truly satisfied with their trip as they feel the presence of God in the country, through the kind of hospitality provided by the people, unlike other countries they have visited.

NBC News


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PNG has sent off its largest contingent of Government officers for Foreign Service Training in New Zealand.
The 32 officers are from the Department of Prime Minister and National Executive Council, Immigration and Citizenship and Foreign Affairs and Trade.
The group will be in Wellington for the 3-week training.
The training is the first of its kind, organized between the two countries.
The foreign service training is a requirement for the Department of Foreign Affairs and is normally held in the country to train officers with foreign service skills.
However, this time, Department of Foreign Affairs with the assistance from New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade intends to modernize the Department through building PNG Foreign Service capacity and performance hence this training in NZ.
An integral component of this training in NZ is to build staff skills in key areas of communication, negotiations and Trade, a tradecraft that is often required of diplomats.
The FSTP is a 20 weeks program spread over 9 months, and that 32 officials are the first batch to undergo training in New Zealand. Apart from building the capacity of the Foreign Service Officers it also enhances the relationship between this two countries.
Out of the group, 14 are females.
PNG Foreign Service Training Program Manager Mr Bill Olmi has thank both PNG and New Zealand governments on behalf of the trainees for the funding assistance and their support in getting this first training off the ground.
The program manager before departing said, its a great opportunity for the young and up coming foreign service officers as they will receive an in-depth and advanced training from experts in New Zealand.
Wife of Prime Minister Linda Babao and DFAT Secretary Bill Dhim who were at the airport were proud of the large number of females taking part in the Foreign Service training overseas.

Segeyaro in as Penrith Panthers fight for top 4 finish

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PENRITH hooker, James Segeyaro has been named  for Sunday's  blockbuster against Vodafone Warriors. Segeyaro missed Panthers' last two games  after  he travelled to his native Papua New Guinea following the passing of his father.

The Panthers have lost their last two games without their regular hooker James Segeyaro. The Panthers have now named a strong squad including live wire hooker, James Segeyaro. A win for Penrith will maintain their position in the top four.

For the NZ Warriors, it is do or die game. A win for Warriors will put them in the finals playoffs and a loss will end their campaigns for finals run.

Solomon Islands new Police Chief outlines priority, challenges

Posted by Niugini Nius | September 1, 2014 | Posted in

Solomon Islands new police chief Frank Prendergast says developing the leadership of the local police will be his key task over the next two years.
The Australian officially took up his new job last Friday, after taking his oath in office before Governor General Sir Frank Kabui.
“Leadership is the key to the future of the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and it must start with the most junior constable,” Mr Prendergast said during a welcome parade at the Rove Police Headquarters.
“Developing the leadership of the RSIPF will certainly be my key task over the next two years,” he added.
An officer of 28 years with the Australian Federal Police, Mr Prendergast said the police need to be accountable for its actions and committed to service, and their duty.
“We need to be proud of ourselves and what we stand for,” he told his officers.
“Policing is not an easy profession and because of this we cannot accept poor behaviour or performance.
“Equally, we should always recognise, acknowledge and reward good behaviour and performance.
“We must above all show leadership – both within the RSIPF and the community.”
Mr Prendergast said the RSIPF have a number of challenges ahead of it, one of which is ensuring peace and order at the upcoming national elections.
“We also need to focus on preparing the RSIPF for the eventual withdrawal of the PPF.
“This means focusing on the development of leadership at all levels of the RSIPF.
“It means working hard to ensure that the back of house functions of the RSIPF such as finance, HR, and logistics are functional and sustainable.”
The police chief said the RSIPF need to ensure that the community and other stakeholders have confidence in the force.
“To aid in the development of that confidence, I intend as a priority for my senior officers to meet with as many community leaders and groups as well as other stakeholders as possible on an ongoing basis to ensure we understand and are appropriately responsive to community concerns and issues.”
Mr Prendergast was named for the position in mid-July and arrived in the country this week.
The position had been vacant since the beginning of the year when his predecessor was forced to quit amid controversy over his age.
Mr Prendergast's appointment has drawn criticism from various local groups and members of the public but parliamentarians and government officials, including a former Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare, welcome the choice.
By SOLOMON LOFANA - Solomon Star

Sexually transmitted infections high in PNG

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Dr.Andrew Vallely
PAPUA New Guinea has one of the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections of any country worldwide, according to Dr Andrew Vallely.

 These outcomes include cervical cancer, pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, miscarriage, still birth, preterm birth and low birth weight.

During his presentation at the 50th Annual Medical Symposium titled: Sexual and reproductive health at the crossroads; new tools offer new hope, he noted that new research is dramatically improving our understanding of the epidemiology of these infections among men and women at different levels of sexual risk in PNG.

However, this has also highlighted the limited progress made in bringing these infections under effective control despite several decades of public health interventions.

Dr Vallely said with the availability of new tools for prevention and control, such as polyvalent, HPV vaccines and innovative, easy to use and highly accurate point of care diagnostic tests, provide an opportunity to significantly improve sexual and reproductive health during the next 10 years. Gynecologist Professor Dr Glen Mola. from the School of Medicine and Health Sciences of the University of Papua New Guinea, said: "From a health context point of view, how we tackle reproductive health from more than any other health issue will determine whether PNG succeeds or fails as a nation."

"Unless we control HIV our health systems could collapse and the disease could wipe out both the elite and working class of our country," he said.

Speaking as the head of sexual and reproductive health research unit at the PNG institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR), Dr Vallely said these infections are associated with significant adverse sexual and reproductive health outcomes.
PNG Today / Post Courier

World Bank to increase support for small islands states

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APIA, Samoa: The World Bank Group has announced that it will increase its support for disaster and climate resilient development in small island developing states from US$145 million per year to about US$190 million and work with partners towards a Small Island States Resilience Initiative.

The initiative is designed to serve the unique needs of small islands with tailored technical expertise and funding to build resilience and deal with the impacts of climate change. It builds on the World Bank Group’s existing small islands program, and is about finding ways to cut through the red tape.

Making the announcement in Apia today, Rachel Kyte, World Bank Group Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, said, “As some of the most threatened people and places on the planet, small island nations are stepping up their efforts to deal with climate change. This Initiative is designed to address the specific needs of small islands and make it easier, faster, and simpler to access funding to deal with resilience and climate change.”

The Small Island States Resilience Initiative is a response to requests of island leaders who have asked the international community for increased and improved assistance in the face of mounting disasters and climate change – which stifle growth prospects and can sometimes threaten their very existence.

Two thirds of the countries with the highest disaster losses relative to GDP are small island states – with average annual losses between 1 and 9 percent of GDP. These averages hide extremes – sometimes a single disaster can overwhelm an island’s entire economy. Losses of this magnitude are an enormous burden on a country’s budget and fiscal position, with serious consequences for growth and development prospects.

In addition, island nations often have to deal with fragmented donor support that creates an unnecessary burden on government capacity. Samoa, for example, is currently managing 14 different projects on climate and disaster resilience. The Solomon Islands is managing 22.

“Our hope is that this Initiative will help pool donor resources available now, reduce transaction costs, allow for economies of scale across countries, and, above all, lay the ground work for direct country access to global climate funds,” said Kyte.

The announcement was made during the UN Conference on Small Island Developing States, taking place in Apia, Samoa, from September 1-4, 2014.

PNG Hunters aim for better in 2015

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PAPUA New Guinea Hunters coach Michael Marum is determined to see his side make the Queensland Cup finals next year.

After finishing just outside of the top five this season, the 40-year-old said he was intent on making the finals by learning from their debut season.
“We won’t make the same mistake by leaving it till the end (to make the finals) next year,” Marum said.
“Obviously results didn’t go our way in the final round of the Q-Cup and that’s what happens, but in 2015 we definitely want to be in the top five well before the season ends.”
The Hunters finished sixth on the ladder in 2014, a point outside a finals spot, and the side came agonisingly close to making the playoffs in its first year in Australia’s leading second tier rugby league competition. The South Pacific Brewery-sponsored Hunters were a breath of fresh air for the Queensland competition piquing the interest of Queensland fans as well as being a big draw with the transplanted PNG community in the state.
The Hunters played 24 matches, winning 14 and losing nine with one draw.
Their biggest win was a 56-12 belting of the Burleigh Bears in Round 21, while they suffered their heaviest defeat at the hands of the Tweed Heads Seagulls 60-28 in Round 19.
Marum said the team would disband for a well-deserved break this week before reuniting in November for pre-season training.
Several Hunters have been earmarked for Q-Cup awards with winger Garry Lo set to bag the competition’s leading try-scorer award after finishing the regular season with 24 touchdowns.
Forward Willie Minoga is in the running for the People’s Choice Award after being nominated by the Hunters staff. Fans can vote for their player by entering the Queensland Rugby League website: www.qrl.com.au.


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