Papua New Guinea - The National - Editorial

Suffering people deserve better

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The National, Friday July 25th, 2014

 LESS than two months after Lutheran Shipping ceased its century-old services to the coastal areas of Morobe, the people of that vast province are feeling the pinch of this most unfortunate de

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We salute all our national heroes

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The National, Thursday July 24th, 2014

 AMID the solemn proceedings in bright and windy conditions at Remembrance Park, in Port Moresby, yesterday morning, many might have noticed the absence of a familiar face who would have laid

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Let all fight the scourge of drugs

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The National, Tuesday July 22nd, 2014

 THE reported increase in drug trafficking and other illegal activities, especially in the Highlands and Southern regions and along our international borders, is cause for grave concern.

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Chance for athletes to make mark

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The National, Monday July 21st, 2014

 FROM a sports perspective, the next 12 months are going to be the busiest for Papua New Guinea athletes. 

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Time to relook at betel nut ban

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The National, Friday 18th of July, 2014

 NOT so long ago, we said that the total ban on the sale and chewing of betel nuts in the National Capital District was a total flop.

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Time to take road safety seriously

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The National, Thursday July 17th, 2014

 THE illegal and dangerous practice of motorists running red lights at traffic light intersections is becoming rampant in the National Capital District.

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Time for capital to clean up its act

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The National, Wednesday July 16th, 2014

 AS far as capital cities in the Pacific region go Port Moresby would have to be ranked on the lower rung in terms of cleanliness. 

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Need for audit of arts festival

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The National, Tuesday July 15th, 2014

 THE recently-ended Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture has not lived up to expectation. 

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Japan, PNG reaffirm strong ties

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The National, Monday July 14th, 2014

 PRIME Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan has just completed a very brief but highly successful visit to Papua New Guinea.

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All media carry a great responsibility

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The National, Friday July 11th, 2014

 FREEDOM of the media is enshrined in our national Constitution.

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State must help SOES

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The National, Wednesday July 9th, 2014

 IT is heartening to see that Post PNG has started a sub­sidiary business aimed specifically at handling the movement of medium to large freight throughout the country.  

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Games preparation cutting it fine

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The National, Tuesday July 8th, 2014

 LAST Friday, July 4, marked exactly one year to go for the 2015 Pacific Games opening ceremony in Port Moresby. 

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For the greater good of the country

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The National, Monday July 7th, 2014

 PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill’s decision to withdraw his appeal in the Supreme Court against the National Court’s refusal to stay a warrant of arrest against him is commendab

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Arts festival ineptly managed

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The National, Friday 4th of July, 2014

 WE should have had an inkling about the level of preparedness, professionalism and competency organisers of the Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture possessed last week. 

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Residents must conserve water

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The National, Wednesday June 25th, 2014

 IT IS truly a shocking fact that 95 million litres of precious water – more than half the quantity supplied to the city of Port Moresby – is unaccounted for.  

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Rural doctor decline a worry

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The National, Tuesday June 24th, 2014

 A recent revelation by the Papua New Guinea Society of Rural and Remote Health that there has been a dramatic drop in the number of doctors attending to the rural masses is a worrying trend.&

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Fun Run shows we can back a cause

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The National, Monday June 23rd, 2014

 PAPUA New Guineans can and do support causes. 
Over the last six weeks there have been a number of walks, runs and marches that the public has got behind. 

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Police must uphold legal process

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The National, Friday June 20th, 2014

 FOUR weeks ago Papua New Guinea was the toast of the global energy sector when the first shipment of 80,000 tonnes of liquefied natural gas left on the Spirit of Hela for Japan.

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More eyes on our borders

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The National, Thursday June 19th, 2014

 BATAS Market at the PNG-Indonesia border outside of Vanimo town in West Sepik was a trading hub before skirmishes between the Indonesian armed forces and West Papua rebels forced its closure.

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Airline workers deserve a better go

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The National, Wednesday June 18th, 2014

 NATIONAL carrier Air Niugini’s move to lay off 250 workers makes one wonder whether the state-owned airline is really justified in this course of action. 

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Leave our recreational land alone

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The National, Tuesday June 17th, 2014

 THE acquisition of sports and recreational land in the National Capital District by commercial interests has been brought to the fore recently. 

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Ministers need to push harder

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The National, Monday June 16th, 2014

 IT IS imperative that cabinet ministers take the lead in driving the Government’s development agenda.

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We cannot afford not to listen

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The National, Friday June 13th, 2014

 PAPUA New Guinea’s fisheries sector has been riding a huge wave of success in the past two years.

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No care for those at care centres

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The National, Thursday June 12th, 2014

 MORE than 2,000 Papua New Guineans of mostly Sepik origin have been living in makeshift shelters in care centres in the Bulolo district of Morobe for almost four years.  

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Confidence in police eroding

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The National, Wednesday June 11th, 2014

 CLAIMS by a Port Moresby businessman that police officers, reservists no less, raided his premises on Saturday and took K28,000 in cash and 150 cartons of beer are worth investigating.&n

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Walk against corruption a long one

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The National, Tuesday June 10th, 2014

 PAPUA New Guinea in many regards is a vibrant democracy that is considered a growing third world economy. 

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Tragedy highlights danger on roads

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The National, Friday 6th June 2014

 THE tragic death of a man on one of Port Moresby’s busiest roads early yesterday morning highlights the imminent dangers that thousands of pedestrians face in the nation’s capital

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There has to be another way

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The National, Thursday June 5th, 2014

 A CENTURY-old PNG story supposedly came to a sad ending this month when Lutheran Shipping, the flagship of Kambang Holdings Ltd went into voluntary liquidation.

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Better disciplined, better equipped

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The National, Wednesday June 4th, 2014

 PAPUA New Guinea Defence Force Commander Gilbert Toropo candidly admitted over the weekend that the country’s armed forces are, to a point, hopelessly inadequate to carry out their duti

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Potential workforce must be built

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The National, Tuesday June 3rd, 2014

 TWO contrasting points of view last week on the need for skilled workers in Papua New Guinea shows that while the country’s indigenous workforce has the potential to fill a good number

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