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U20 Kapuls go down 4-1 against New Caledonia

In the second half it was all New Caledonia as PNG tried to survive chances to Watrone and Ausu to preserve their lead.

In the 56th minute New Caledonia found a perfect combination when Lakae failed to collect a loose ball as New Caledonians leveled the scores at 1 all.

Minutes later New Caledonia found a chance to extend their lead from a direct penalty when Bran Ausu was brought down in the box before Thomas Gope-Fenepej duly converted the penalty as NCL took the lead for the first time, 1-2 in the second half.

ACP leaders agree to build Long Term Fund

ACP president and host Prime Minister Peter O’Neill revealed this in his closing remarks to the 8th ACP heads of states and government meeting in Port Moresby.

 “This summit has been fruitful and insightful. The decision we have taken today are to take us forward in the repositioning the ACP group.

ACP leaders praise PNG for hosting summit

In thanking the government of PNG for the successful hosting of the Summit, Sierre Leonie Vice President Dr Victor Bockarie Foh said Papua New Guinea can be seen as very far on the map but it is so close to the ACP member countries.

 “I think the people of PNG are very friendly and their hospitality and behaviour for keeping the city clean and looking after us.

” He said it is not easy to host such summits but PNG have shown the true development in the country by hosting this successful gathering.

PNG says help is close for Tongan Games

Financial problems and political infighting have plagued early preparations for the games.

PNG Football could face sanctions after qualifying withdrawal

New Zealand won the opening leg 7-1 in Lae on Saturday and will represent Oceania at the Olympic Tournament in Rio after PNG pulled out.

FIFA were notified of PNG's withdrawal when the squad did not receive the required visas to enter New Zealand for the return match.

Tkatchenko meets Tonga PM and team``

And Pohiva has revealed that Tonga needs about K500 million (US$165.7 million) to host the next Pacific Games in 2019.

Tonga’s annual budget is about K650 million (US$215.4 million)and with a population of about 120,000, they can only do little to support themselves.

The Tonga PM is in Port Moresby to follow up on a pledge by his PNG counterpart last year to help fund Tonga’s preparation of the Games.

Sports and Tourism Minister Justin Tkatchenko met the visiting prime minister and his delegation who arrived on a commercial flight.

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‘Spies’ get PNG marching orders

In a substantial blow to diplomatic relations between Australia and its former colony, PNG has gone ahead with a threat to end contracts for foreigners brought in to the nation’s public service.

There had been 33 Australian public servants seconded to various PNG departments including officials from the Tax Office, Customs, the Auditor-General, the Ombudsman, Treasury and Finance.

Miss PNG crowned Miss Pacific Islands 2015

Havora was crowned queen of the regional beauty pageant in the Cook Islands yesterday. She also won the Best Sarong and Best Talent categories.

PNG has never won an international or regional crown since the first Miss PNG Eva Arni who went on to win the "Miss Asia" title in 1975.

First runner up is Miss Samoa, Ariana Taufao who also won the Best Interview category.

Second runner up, Miss Tonga, Brittne Fuimaono also took home the Miss Photogenic and Miss Social Media titles.

The other winners are:

Third runner up: Miss Fiji, Zaira Begg

Digicel celebrates family this Christmas

Digicel is once again bringing families and the Pacific’s greatest musical talent together with an upbeat new version of their hit song ‘We Are Family’. This new rendition is a cheerful Pacific Christmas music collaboration, available to all Digicel customers across the company’s six Pacific countries. 

Drought-stricken Pacific nations to brace for likely disease

Disaster officials in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and Tonga have reported this week that the situation is already bad and they are expecting it to get worse.

Australian agricultural scientist, Mike Bourke says remote areas such as those in Vanuatu's south, worst affected by Cyclone Pam, will need attention, particularly with treatment of disease.