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          NICTA orders mobile operators to share towers      Cache   Translate Page      
(Telecompaper) Papua New Guinea regulator National Information and Communications Technology (Nicta) has ordered mobile phone operators to share towers, especially...
          Australian troops in PNG for APEC      Cache   Translate Page      
Australian Special Forces soldiers have quietly been deployed to Papua New Guinea before the APEC meeting of world leaders.
          Star Solutions All-IP CDMA Network Solution Enables Telikom PNG to Launch X'Cess Fixed Wireless Services      Cache   Translate Page      

Star Solutions, a global supplier of wireless solutions based on All-IP network architecture, is supplying its All-IP CDMA Network solution to Telikom PNG, the Incumbent Fixed Line Communication Service Provider in Papua New Guinea. The All-IP CDMA Network enables Telikom PNG to deploy voice and broadband data services over an IP based next generation network (NGN).

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Epigonus okamotoi (Perciformes: Epigonidae), a junior synonym of E. draco, with new distributional records for E. atherinoides and E. lifouensis in the West Pacific

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Epigonus okamotoi Fricke, 2017 was originally described on the basis of a single specimen collected from New Britain, Papua New Guinea during one of the exploratory cruises (campaign: MADEEP) in 2014 organized under the Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos program. However, there are no clear differences in the meristic and morphometric characters between the holotype of the new species and specimens of E. draco Okamoto, 2015, including two additional specimens of the species found in the ichthyological collections in the NTUM. The genetic distance (p-distance) between the two “species” at the COI locus was negligible. Accordingly, the holotype of E. okamotoi is considered to be a specimen of E. draco, and the former nominal species is reduced to a junior synonym of E. draco. In addition, we rediagnose and report new distributional records for E. atherinoides (Gilbert, 1905) and E. lifouensis Okamoto & Motomura, 2013 in the West Pacific.


First record of Gauguin's blunt-nose lizardfish, Trachinocephalus gauguini Polanco, Acero & Betancur 2016 (Teleostei: Synodontidae) outside the Marquesas Archipelago

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Trachinocephalus gauguini Polanco, Acero & Betancur, 2016 was described based on eighteen specimens collected from off the Marquesas Islands, the only location where this species has been recorded until now. Through morphological and molecular examination of Trachinocephalus specimens collected from an exploratory cruise conducted in June 2014 under the Tropical Deep-Sea Benthos program along the northern coast of the New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea, we demonstrate the presence of this species in Papua New Guinea waters. This new record suggests a wide distribution for this rarely collected species in the western Pacific Ocean.


Two new species of stargazers of the genus Uranoscopus (Teleostei: Uranoscopidae) from the western Pacific Ocean

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Two new species of stargazers in the Uranoscopus albesca species-complex of the family Uranoscopidae are described from Papua New Guinea, which shares among other characters a concave posterodorsal margin of the pectoral fin. Uranoscopus brunneus n. sp. is described from a single specimen from off southwestern New Britain, and is characterised by lower edge of preopercle with 8 spines; labial fimbriae poorly-developed; anterior nostril with a long tubiform valve, posterior nostril a slit-like pore; supracleithrum with a sharp spine at rear end and five small spines inside; dorsoposterior margin of pectoral fin concave; 62 oblique scale-rows along the sides of the body in adult; pectoral-fin membranes dark brown. Uranoscopus kishimotoi n. sp., described from a single specimen from West Sepik Province, is characterised by the lower edge of preopercle with 3 spines; no labial fimbriae; both anterior and posterior nostrils with long tubiform valves; supracleithrum with a sharp spine at rear end and one additional small spine inside; dorso-posterior margin of pectoral fin concave; 59 oblique scale-rows along the sides of the body in adult; upper pectoral-fin membranes pale, lower membranes brown. The distribution of the species in the U. albesca species-complex is discussed.


A new species of sinistral flatfish of the genus Chascanopsetta (Teleostei: Bothidae) from off Papua New Guinea, western Pacific Ocean

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Left-eyed flounders of the genus Chascanopsetta Alcock 1894 (Bothidae) occur in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans at depths ranging from 120 to 1500 meters. They possess some unique features in bothid fishes including a strongly compressed and elongated body and a tremendously large mouth. Currently, nine species of Chascanopsetta are recognized, and three of them (C. micrognatha Amaoka & Yamamoto 1984, C. lugubris Alcock 1894 and C. prognatha Norman 1939) are distributed in the West Pacific. We collected 25 specimens of Chascanopsetta during 11 biodiversity expeditions carried out mainly in the West Pacific. Among them, eight specimens taken off Papua New Guinea present morphological features that differ from those of the three nominal species known in the West Pacific. In this study, we examined these eight specimens of unknown affinity and compared their morphology to that of specimens of other congeneric species. Results of these comparisons showed that these specimens represent an undescribed species of Chascanopsetta, named herein, C. novaeguineae sp. nov.. The new species resembles C. elski Foroshchuk 1991, which is known only from the Saya de Malha Bank in the western Indian Ocean, in having a high number of gill rakers (> 13). However, the combination of the following characters further distinguishes C. novaeguineae sp. nov. from C. elski: longer jaws, narrower interorbital width, and number of pseudobranches (21–25 vs. 26–27). The DNA sequences from the mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit I (COI) gene from C. novaeguineae sp. nov. and other species were obtained and compared to confirm its taxonomic status and to infer its tentative phylogenetic position within the Chascanopsetta.

          More severe penalties proposed for betelnut chewing and smoking in PNG      Cache   Translate Page      
New tough penalties have been proposed in Papua New Guinea for people who chew betel nut, smoke or spray paint in public places.
          All children in PNG under 15 to be vaccinated against polio      Cache   Translate Page      
All children in Papua New Guinea under the age of 15 will be vaccinated against polio as the government expands its campaign to rein in an outbreak.
          Sport: PNG Hunters a welcome addition to Qld rugby league      Cache   Translate Page      
The Papua New Guinea Hunters are expected to commit to the Intrust Super Cup for another four years, the Queensland Rugby League says.
          Digicel inks infrastructure deal in PNG      Cache   Translate Page      
Digicel has agreed an infrastructure deal, understood to be valued in the tens of millions of euro, with Papua New Guinea's Western Province. It will see PNG Sustainable Development Programme (PNGSDP) and Digicel cooperate to upgrade telecoms towers, expanding coverage, deploying 'LTE' high-speed wireless communication and offering managed services.
          PNG get Australian support to fight polio outbreak      Cache   Translate Page      
Australia will provide $US7million to help Papua New Guinea fight infectious diseases including polio.
          Waikato doctor Rebekah Lamb looks to make a difference in Papua New Guinea       Cache   Translate Page      
A Waikato doctor is about to fulfil a promise made to the children of Papua New Guinea.
          Digicel to deploy LTE infrastructure in Western Province of Papua New Guinea      Cache   Translate Page      
(Telecompaper) The Western Province of Papua New Guinea, in partnership with Digicel, has launched a Sustainable Development Programme (PNGSDP)...
          Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You, thru Dec 16      Cache   Translate Page      
The Hearst staff and 14 UC Berkeley freshmen have co-curated a global selection of objects that depict human faces in different ways. The exhibit asks: Why and how do crafting traditions of the world so often incorporate human faces, and how do people respond to those faces? Objects such as West African helmet masks and Roman sculpture illustrate varying conceptions of the “ideal” face, while Japanese tobacco boxes and ancient Peruvian portrait jars raise the question of what a facial expression can mean. Additional objects, including Chinese bamboo figurines and Caroline Mytinger’s paintings of Papua New Guineans, represent the contrast between portraying faces of one’s own ethnic group versus those of another. Visitors are invited to examine the way they themselves depict and interpret faces in their everyday lives. This timely exhibit cultivates critical thinking about crucial issues such as stereotyping, representation and misrepresentation, and snap judgments.

Alongside the exhibit, the Hearst Museum will be continuing its monthly Lounge Lecture series. These lectures, hosted in the cozy Lounge of Anthropological Discoveries, will focus on topics related to the exhibit and give visitors the opportunity to learn and discuss in an intimate and casual space. Featured speakers include Ken Goldberg, who will speak about the history of “the uncanny”, and Paul Koudounaris, who will speak about global death and funerary practices. In addition to lectures, the Hearst will also be hosting a variety of hands-on and performance events ranging from caricature drawing workshops to Maori song and dance demonstrations.

Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology Visitor Information:

102 Kroeber Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720

Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m, to 6 p.m.

Gallery Admission:
$6 general admission
$3 non-UC Berkeley students, UC Berkeley alumni, 65+
Free for all UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff; 18 & under

(510) 643-1191

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          Papua New Guinea polio outbreak rises to 12, Vaccination campaign expanded to cover all children aged up to 15 years      Cache   Translate Page      

On 11 September, two additional polio cases were reported from Eastern Highlands Province in Papua New Guinea, bringing the outbreak total to 12. The distribution of confirmed cases is as follows:  four in Eastern Highlands, three in Morobe, two in Enga, two in Madang and one in the National Capital District. Papua New Guinea’s National Department […]

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          Aussie Mining Outlook: Better Than You Think      Cache   Translate Page      

The royal commission’s latest findings reveal that CBA’s life insurance division, for one, regularly ignored the advice of its doctors and denied legitimate claims to save money. The horror stories just keep coming here.

You’re going to like them even less if you’re a retiree. Banks are slashing deposit rates for savers to try and lower their funding costs.

You might have heard most of them have boosted their mortgage rates recently, too. This widening spread is likely to buffer their profits if they can hold it.

However, for those still hanging onto a large cash balance, sources of income are becoming as scarce as credibility across corporate Australia.

This could drive more money into the share market.

High prices, to high dividends?

I suppose the least we could say for the market action since August is that it has brought values lower.

That can make for a more attractive entry price if you think the outlook for the market is reasonably bright for the near future.

I’m one of those people.

It’s quite possible that a lot of this money – if this suggestion is correct – could flow to the big Aussie miners first. The banks are off the boil and Telstra needs to spend up for the arrival of the 5G network.

Even then, such a suggestion still might sound strange.

Trump’s trade war rhetoric has battered them down recently. The S&P/ASX300 Metals and Mining Index is down 11% this quarter.

But the BHP Billiton Ltd [ASX:BHP] and Rio Tinto Ltd [ASX:RIO] already have reasonable yields, and the commodity space, in parts, is really firing.

The Australian reported on Tuesday that thermal coal exports were at a record in July. Coking and thermal coal combined are currently Australia’s top export.

That’s not all. LNG spot prices hit a four-year high this week, too. Queensland’s LNG exports in August were at their strongest in seven months.

Australia’s opportunity around LNG is unlikely to slow down anytime soon.

China’s projected demand could double between 2017 and 2020, and they’re prepared to secure it.

Case in point: Qatar’s state-owned gas company has signed a 22-year supply deal to PetroChina.

The Chinese are also now likely to use Australia, Qatar and Papua New Guinea as suppliers over the United States.

That’s not all.

Russian sanctions and Brazilian environmental concerns have slashed the available supply for alumina and sent its price up 60% this year.

Graham Kerr of South32 Ltd...

          PNG - Australia partnership supports local road maintenance contractors      Cache   Translate Page      
Australian High Commission

Small and medium sized businesses are crucial to the delivery of maintenance on Papua New Guinea’s national road network. 

Australia is continuing to work with the Department of Transport, Department of Works, National Roads Authority, and the Department of Commerce and Industry to strengthen the local contracting industry.

During a series of Australian sponsored workshops in Mt Hagen and Madang last week, Kia Gorabi from the Department of Commerce and Industry Construction Industry Unit reflected on the challenges and opportunities for SMEs in the road sector.

Participants of the workshops recently held in Mt Hagen and Madang.

“The government relies on local contractors to deliver essential work. 

"It’s great to be able to provide support to small businesses on the ground. 

"These workshops have focused on improving understanding of technical, financial, business, and contractual aspects of work in the road sector.

“Road works provide jobs for a range of skill levels in communities along the highways. 

"Good roads are vital for the private sector and act as a catalyst for economic growth.”

Amex Sipatu works for a small contractor that has been operating for seven years.

 “Running a road contracting business is complex and competitive. 

"This workshop has helped me to improve my operations and understand how to grow my business and avoid the most common pitfalls.

“I also enjoyed the opportunity to discuss the challenges with officials from government departments in our sector,” Amex said.

Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor Benedict David was pleased that Australia was able to support these workshops. 

“Our focus on maximising opportunities for local contractors and communities is a big part of our support for infrastructure development in Papua New Guinea.

“Many of these projects are delivered by Papua New Guinea businesses and these workshops are an important way to maximise local participation in the development of growth enabling infrastructure,” David said. 

In partnership with Australia through the Transport Sector Support Program, the Department of Works delivered more than K60 million worth of road maintenance works in 2017. 

These works were delivered by 70 different local contractors.

          The great timber heist, illegal logging and tax evasion in Papua New Guinea      Cache   Translate Page      
The great timber heist, illegal logging and tax evasion in Papua New Guinea
Papua New Guinea's rainforest, the third largest in the world, is being ... hunting, fishing and gathering, people are highly dependent on the forests for ...

          East Asia and the Pacific: Papua New Guinea National Day      Cache   Translate Page      
Press Statement
Michael R. Pompeo
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
September 13, 2018

On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my sincerest congratulations to the people of Papua New Guinea in celebration of your 43rd National Day on September 16th.

The United States considers Papua New Guinea a close partner and values our coordination on advancing a free and open Indo-Pacific. We applaud your efforts as this year’s APEC host and look forward to a productive Leaders’ Week in November. We wish you continued success as we work together to expand security cooperation, increase women’s involvement in political and economic spheres, and deepen our commercial engagement.

We appreciate your leadership as the largest of the Pacific Island nations, and look forward to strengthening our friendship in the years to come.

The Office of Website Management, Bureau of Public Affairs, manages this site as a portal for information from the U.S. State Department.
External links to other Internet sites should not be construed as an endorsement of the views or privacy policies contained therein.

          The science behind power of words      Cache   Translate Page      
Solomon Islands consist of six major islands and over 900 smaller islands in Oceania lying to the east of Papua New Guinea and northwest of Vanuatu. There is a famous myth that when natives of Solomon Islands want to cut down an enormous tree that seems d
          Comment on Papua New Guinea loses another Vice Chancellor by Albert Schram      Cache   Translate Page      
Let me respond to Dr. Telue's false allegations. As you can see on my LinkedIn profile, I served in executive positions with board accountability for over 6 years total as Acting Center Director of School for Field Studies (based in Beverley MA, USA), as Academic Director (PVC academic) at Zudy University (Maastricht Netherlands) and as Development and Research Funding Officer accountable to the Research School board at Maastricht University (top #5 in THE ranking of young universities). The issue is moot in any case because the Sevua Investigation clearly established in 2013 that I had been lawfully and regularly appointed. The issue was brought up again in 2018 for purely political reasons. The government decided foreign Vice Chancellors were too much of a risk, exposing the joint criminal enterprise or mafia-like organizations that some PNG universities have become. In fact, Dr. Telue himself was an active participant when in November 2017 he came to the Administration Building with a fake court order and in company of armed police, trying to evict the Vice Chancellor. I helped him to find a graceful exit and establish himself, but he still enjoys attacking me with false allegations.

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