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Kokoda's Charlie Lynn is back in business

| Australian Associated Press

Kokoda Track - Generated with AI - 31 December 2023

SYDNEY - A major Kokoda Track tour company is back in action after a court overturned a ban on it taking groups on the historic pilgrimage.

Adventure Kokoda's commercial tour operator's licence was cancelled in April following a dispute involving trekking fees, legal documents show.

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Politicians are not to blame for every stuff-up

| Academia Nomad

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The people will gain much power in Papua New Guinea when they vote for politicians because of merit not how much money they give away (Generated with Bing AI, 30 December 2023) AI, 30 December 2023

PORT MORESBY – We can’t blame the Papua New Guinea government for everything. Here are some other culprits.

If you look at the reforms, good or bad, in PNG, you can generally pin them on multilateral institutions, either the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank.

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Christmas: A time to weigh up God’s plan


SilSil Bolkin - author, essayist & devoted servant of the PNG people

PORT MORESBY – Jesus, the only son of God, was born into a poor family in a small town. Indeed, he was born in a shed meant for animals.

God allowed his son to be born in a cowshed because he wanted the world to know His son was a gift to everyone, not just the rich and powerful.

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Transparency's season of collaboration

| CEO, Transparency International PNG

Voting (Generated by AI  24 December 2023)

PORT MORESBY - As the end of 2023 settles, it’s time to turn the page and raise the sails of anticipation for the year ahead.

But before embarking on a new year, we should take a moment to reflect on our small wins and learnings that propelled us through a season of collaboration, advocacy and unwavering momentum.

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Honouring the life of Sir Hubert Murray


| Extracts of a letter from Mr Greenshields to Australian environment minister Tanya Plibersek, and copied to foreign affairs minister Senator Penny Wong and arts minister Tony Bourke MP

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MILLSWOOD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA - This article is based on a letter I recently wrote requesting the Australian government to consider including the grave of Sir John Hubert Plunkett Murray in Australia's List of Overseas Places of Historic Significance.

In the above photo, taken in 1907, Murray is seen with a member of his staff at Government House in Port Moresby.

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About quality coffee & struggling authors


Mathias & Ingrid
Mathias Kin and Ingrid Jackson travelling in Simbu's misty mountains. It's 2017 and PNG's second literary revival is in full blossom. But with the death of the remarkable literary leader, Francis Nii, in 2019, the revival stalled

KUNDIAWA - My brother is into coffee. Well everybody in Simbu grows the crop.

But my brother goes further to produce quality ground coffee in the village.

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Oz & PNG people diverged 47,000 years ago

Nature Briefing | Edited extracts
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Australian Indigenous elder in the area near Alice Springs (Generated with AI  16 December 2023 at 6.38 am)Australian Indigenous elder in the area near Alice Springs
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CANBERRA - Indigenous communities from the north and centre of Australia are some of the most genetically distinct people on the planet, according to studies published today in the journal, Nature.

Indigenous Australian communities have the highest rate of genetic variation outside people in Africa.

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The saga of climate expert Alfred Rungol


Alfred Rungol

NOOSA, QLD - On Tuesday 31 October, an unusual full page advertisement appeared. It advised of the reinstatement of Alfred Rungol to his job as a divisional general manager of Papua New Guinea’s Climate Change and Development Authority (CCDA).

Rungol’s responsibilities include CCDA’s international negotiation and reporting obligations as well as the measurement and verification of PNG’s climate change efforts. That’s quite a role in a country with an economy that is so resource-dependent.

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Wera Mori, senior Simbu politician, dies at 65


Wera Mori (Facebook)
Wera Mori served in a number of senior portfolios until his sacking in 2022 for abandoning Pangu, the governing political party (Facebook)

CHUAVE – The death has been reported of former Chuave MP and minister, Wera Mori, at the age of 65.

After his death, there was rioting and arson which caused significant destruction of property and the closure of the Highlands Highway.

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These mozzies are ancient, male bloodsuckers

| New York Times | Science

Impression of oldest known fossilised mosquitoes. Their sharp, elongated mouth is covered in tiny toothlike bristles. Unlike every mosquito that feeds on blood today - these sweet little critters are male (Generated with AI)

NEW YORK - Every single mosquito that’s ever bitten you has been female. For them, a meal of blood is the ultimate girl dinner. This is because the only female mosquitoes have mouth parts capable of piercing skin.

But insects found trapped in amber, described in a study just published in the journal Current Biology, suggest that male mosquitoes may have once been bloodsuckers too.

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