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PNG: Daru COVID-19 spike prompts fears

A COVID-19 spike in the remote Papua New Guinea town of Daru has raised concerns on both sides of the Australia-PNG border. Four people have died, including a doctor, prompting the local hospital to scale down operations in case of a rise in coronavirus admis
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PNG: Daru COVID-19 spike prompts fears

A COVID-19 spike in the remote Papua New Guinea town of Daru has raised concerns on both sides of the Australia-PNG border. Four people have died, including a doctor, prompting the local hospital to scale down operations in case of a rise in coronavirus admissions.

PNG: Government worried about OilSearch-Santos merger

The Papua New Guinea government is voicing concerns about a deal that would see one of the country's biggest companies, Oil Search, merge with with Australia's Santos.
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PNG: Government worried about OilSearch-Santos merger

The Papua New Guinea government is voicing concerns about a deal that would see one of the country's biggest companies, Oil Search, merge with with Australia's Santos.

PNG student desperate to finish final year of school 'at home' in Queensland

The last few months of school should be memorable, but Queensland boarding student Aryan Machiah will probably only experience them through a screen.
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PNG student desperate to finish final year of school 'at home' in Queensland

The last few months of school should be memorable, but Queensland boarding student Aryan Machiah will probably only experience them through a screen.

Fears independence celebrations may cause a surge in COVID cases

People are coming together in PNG to celebrate the anniversary of gaining independence from Australia. But health officials fear gatherings could cause a spike in COVID cases. PNG Correspondent Natalie Whiting reports.
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Fears independence celebrations may cause a surge in COVID cases

People are coming together in PNG to celebrate the anniversary of gaining independence from Australia. But health officials fear gatherings could cause a spike in COVID cases. PNG Correspondent Natalie Whiting reports.

PNG: Health officials worry that celebrations could see spike in COVID-19 cases

Health authorities in Papua New Guinea are concerned that Independence day celebrations taking place across the country could drive up COVID-19 case numbers.
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PNG: Health officials worry that celebrations could see spike in COVID-19 cases

Health authorities in Papua New Guinea are concerned that Independence day celebrations taking place across the country could drive up COVID-19 case numbers.

PNG: 12 dead after drinking stolen methanol

A senior health official says twelve people have died and more than a hundred are seriously ill after villagers in PNG's eastern highlands province consumed stolen methanol.
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PNG: 12 dead after drinking stolen methanol

A senior health official says twelve people have died and more than a hundred are seriously ill after villagers in PNG's eastern highlands province consumed stolen methanol.

PNG: Rock bottom vaccination rates put international standing at risk

Widespread refusal by many in Papua New Guinea to even acknowledge the need for COVID-19 vaccinations could see the country become a pariah state. PNG's vaccination rates are tiny, and there is real concern within the government taskforce that as a result, th
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PNG: Rock bottom vaccination rates put international standing at risk

Widespread refusal by many in Papua New Guinea to even acknowledge the need for COVID-19 vaccinations could see the country become a pariah state. PNG's vaccination rates are tiny, and there is real concern within the government taskforce that as a result, the country could be cut off from Australia and the rest of the world as borders open up.

PNG: No wins yet for Barramundis, but coach upbeat about World T20 prospects

Back to back to warm-up defeats mean PNG are off to a slow start ahead of their T20 World Cup debut next month, but new coach Carl Sandri is confident that his players will be alright on the night. He says it will take time to get their mojo back after nearl
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PNG: No wins yet for Barramundis, but coach upbeat about World T20 prospects

Back to back to warm-up defeats mean PNG are off to a slow start ahead of their T20 World Cup debut next month, but new coach Carl Sandri is confident that his players will be alright on the night. He says it will take time to get their mojo back after nearly two years without competitive international cricket.

In WWII, a PNG chief offered this digger a wife for his bagpipes. He kept the pipes

When Burnie's Terrence Rigney went to war, he took his bagpipes. His beautiful letters home are still around to tell his story.
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In WWII, a PNG chief offered this digger a wife for his bagpipes. He kept the pipes

When Burnie's Terrence Rigney went to war, he took his bagpipes. His beautiful letters home are still around to tell his story.

PNG: Women can use the courts to stop family abuse, so what is stopping them?

Papua New Guinea's justice system needs better resourcing and training to deal with a rise in the number of women seeking family protection orders, experts say.
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PNG: Women can use the courts to stop family abuse, so what is stopping them?

Papua New Guinea's justice system needs better resourcing and training to deal with a rise in the number of women seeking family protection orders, experts say.

A country with less than 2pc of its population vaccinated from COVID is on Australia's doorstep

Australian health workers in PNG say vaccine hesitancy has become so extreme they've been threatened with violence if they bring doses into some communities.
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A country with less than 2pc of its population vaccinated from COVID is on Australia's doorstep

Australian health workers in PNG say vaccine hesitancy has become so extreme they've been threatened with violence if they bring doses into some communities.

'Blood would be spilled': Health workers in PNG face death threats as vaccine hesitancy takes hold

Australian health workers in PNG say vaccine hesitancy has become so extreme they've been threatened with violence if they bring doses into some communities.
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'Blood would be spilled': Health workers in PNG face death threats as vaccine hesitancy takes hold

Australian health workers in PNG say vaccine hesitancy has become so extreme they've been threatened with violence if they bring doses into some communities.

PNG: Businesses lose employees, travel applications denied as calls for business travel bubble grow

There are calls to urgently establish a business travel bubble between Australia and Papua New Guinea, as companies raise concerns over the economic strain of international border closures.
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PNG: Businesses lose employees, travel applications denied as calls for business travel bubble grow

There are calls to urgently establish a business travel bubble between Australia and Papua New Guinea, as companies raise concerns over the economic strain of international border closures.

PNG: Private security firms blurred public safety role

New research suggests private security firms in Papua New Guinea are playing an increasing role in providing public safety, but remain largely unregulated.
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PNG: Private security firms blurred public safety role

New research suggests private security firms in Papua New Guinea are playing an increasing role in providing public safety, but remain largely unregulated.

Pacific: Financial turmoil for aviation sector sparks call for overhaul

Pacific airlines that struggled to make a profit before the COVID-19 pandemic have plunged further into economic turmoil, prompting calls for industry reform.
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Pacific: Financial turmoil for aviation sector sparks call for overhaul

Pacific airlines that struggled to make a profit before the COVID-19 pandemic have plunged further into economic turmoil, prompting calls for industry reform.

PNG: Ethics training for bureaucrats had no impact but «you have to start somewhere»

Research has found Australian-funded ethics training for hundreds of PNG bureaucrats had no impact on their behaviour.
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PNG: Ethics training for bureaucrats had no impact but «you have to start somewhere»

Research has found Australian-funded ethics training for hundreds of PNG bureaucrats had no impact on their behaviour.

PNG: Crowdfunding solves road repair problem after decades of neglect

The main road from outlying villages to the provincial capital on Manus Island hasn't been repaired for decades, and lives have been lost as a result of not being able to access medical services. So now villagers have taken matters into their own hands with t
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PNG: Crowdfunding solves road repair problem after decades of neglect

The main road from outlying villages to the provincial capital on Manus Island hasn't been repaired for decades, and lives have been lost as a result of not being able to access medical services. So now villagers have taken matters into their own hands with the help of a crowd funding campaign.

'Child abuse and broken families': Tonga weighing up death penalty in fight against drugs

Amid growing social and health problems stemming from drug addiction, Tonga's Parliament is considering making serious drug offences punishable with death.
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'Child abuse and broken families': Tonga weighing up death penalty in fight against drugs

Amid growing social and health problems stemming from drug addiction, Tonga's Parliament is considering making serious drug offences punishable with death.

Ngaiire wants you to be brave

With the release of her long-awaited album ‘3’ singer-songwriter Ngaiire is putting her Papua New Guinean roots proudly and defiantly at the front and centre of her music. Ngaiire returns to Stop Everything in a conversation with BW covering music, mother
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Ngaiire wants you to be brave

With the release of her long-awaited album ‘3’ singer-songwriter Ngaiire is putting her Papua New Guinean roots proudly and defiantly at the front and centre of her music. Ngaiire returns to Stop Everything in a conversation with BW covering music, motherhood, home and breaking free of industry expectations. BW + BL discuss The Chair, the Netflix show starring Sandra Oh as Dr Ji-Yoon Kim, the first woman of colour to chair the English department at prestigious (and fictional) Pembroke University, and the minor feelings the series engenders. Also: The Croods enter the pandemic discourse; Kyle MacLachlan’s Aussie accent; will The Wiggles really go broke for going woke? Show notes: Ngaiire: http://www.ngaiire.com/ Sandra Oh on The Chair: https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2021/08/30/sandra-ohs-masterly-performance-of-empathy-in-the-chair Kyle McLachlan in hotel quarantine: https://twitter.com/Kyle_MacLachlan/status/1429920647564742667?s=19 The Wiggles Fruit Salad TV trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wII8eRBFiiw

PNG: Black market for abortion medication putting women's lives at risk

Women in PNG are putting their lives at risk to end unwanted pregnancies. So is it time to review PNG's abortion laws?
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PNG: Black market for abortion medication putting women's lives at risk

Women in PNG are putting their lives at risk to end unwanted pregnancies. So is it time to review PNG's abortion laws?

PNG: Opponents speak out at prospect of first executions for decades

A recent court decision has cleared the way for what would be the first executions in PNG in 70 years, but there's disquiet in the community, particularly from the influential churches, which are opposed to the death sentence.
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PNG: Opponents speak out at prospect of first executions for decades

A recent court decision has cleared the way for what would be the first executions in PNG in 70 years, but there's disquiet in the community, particularly from the influential churches, which are opposed to the death sentence.

Sonia's leg grew 16cm after life-changing surgery in Australia

Sonia Paua underwent medical treatment that sounds on paper like some kind of medieval torture. But now that she can walk without crutches for the first time in her life, the 20-year-old says it was all worth it.
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Sonia's leg grew 16cm after life-changing surgery in Australia

Sonia Paua underwent medical treatment that sounds on paper like some kind of medieval torture. But now that she can walk without crutches for the first time in her life, the 20-year-old says it was all worth it.

PNG: UBS asked to repay 'excessive profits'

The Australian branch of international investment bank UBS is being asked to repay tens of millions of dollars to Papua New Guinea, after a royal commission in the country was told the bank «preyed» on the «poor country».
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PNG: UBS asked to repay 'excessive profits'

The Australian branch of international investment bank UBS is being asked to repay tens of millions of dollars to Papua New Guinea, after a royal commission in the country was told the bank «preyed» on the «poor country».

Errol Flynn's hellraiser visit to Rockhampton was one of broads, bruises and booze-ups 

Five years before launching his swashbuckling movie career, Errol Flynn ran amuck in cities and towns along Australia's east coast during a six-month voyage from Sydney to New Guinea.
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Errol Flynn's hellraiser visit to Rockhampton was one of broads, bruises and booze-ups 

Five years before launching his swashbuckling movie career, Errol Flynn ran amuck in cities and towns along Australia's east coast during a six-month voyage from Sydney to New Guinea.

B-boy Fly 40 grew up in a shanty town. Now he's ready for his chance to compete at the 2024 Olympics

The Tokyo Games might be over but it's just three years to Paris 2024, when breakdancing will make its Olympic debut. For some Pacific nations, its inclusion may be their only hope for Olympic glory.
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B-boy Fly 40 grew up in a shanty town. Now he's ready for his chance to compete at the 2024 Olympics

The Tokyo Games might be over but it's just three years to Paris 2024, when breakdancing will make its Olympic debut. For some Pacific nations, its inclusion may be their only hope for Olympic glory.

Australia: Pilot pushes for PNG's Hevilift to pay up

Time is running out for an Australian pilot to be paid the $AUD5.6 million in damages he is owed from the PNG aviation company, Hevilift. Bruce Towers was working for the PNG-owned company Hevilift in 2006 when his chopper crashed in the PNG Highlands.
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Australia: Pilot pushes for PNG's Hevilift to pay up

Time is running out for an Australian pilot to be paid the $AUD5.6 million in damages he is owed from the PNG aviation company, Hevilift. Bruce Towers was working for the PNG-owned company Hevilift in 2006 when his chopper crashed in the PNG Highlands.

North Queenslander dispelling COVID-19 myths in remote PNG

A Townsville nurse is helping to dispel vaccine myths in Papua New Guinea as locals fear they will «lose their arm» if they have a COVID-19 vaccine.
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North Queenslander dispelling COVID-19 myths in remote PNG

A Townsville nurse is helping to dispel vaccine myths in Papua New Guinea as locals fear they will «lose their arm» if they have a COVID-19 vaccine.

PNG: Kapuls' Tommy Semmy out to prove his worth with A-League Jets

PNG international Tommy Semmy is on trial with Newcastle Jets and hoping to become his country's first representative in Australia's A-League.
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PNG: Kapuls' Tommy Semmy out to prove his worth with A-League Jets

PNG international Tommy Semmy is on trial with Newcastle Jets and hoping to become his country's first representative in Australia's A-League.

PNG: Government urged to scrap dual salary system

Opponents of the country's dual salary system are urging Prime Minister James Marape to scrap it as part of his campaign to take back Papua New Guinea. Research demonstrates that professionals in PNG can be earning up to nine times less than expatriates emplo
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PNG: Government urged to scrap dual salary system

Opponents of the country's dual salary system are urging Prime Minister James Marape to scrap it as part of his campaign to take back Papua New Guinea. Research demonstrates that professionals in PNG can be earning up to nine times less than expatriates employed to do the same or similar work.

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