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New fuel prices

According to the ICCC’s calculations, retail prices for petrol, diesel and kerosene will all decrease on average throughout PNG as of 08th July. The decrease in the retail prices is mainly attributed to the decreases in the crude oil prices and international sea freight in June.

The domestic retail fuel prices for this month are inclusive of the Import Parity Prices (IPP), domestic sea and road freight rates for the third quarter of 2019, the 2019 wholesale and retail margins, excise duty, and the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

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21 confirmed dead in Kenya’s DusitD2 hotel siege

Hundreds were forced to flee the bloodshed at the DusitD2 hotel and business complex on Tuesday.

Some 28 injured people have been admitted to hospital, and Kenya's Red Cross said 19 are still missing.

Somalia-based Islamist group al-Shabab said it was behind the attack, which triggered a 19-hour security operation.

President Uhuru Kenyatta said the siege ended with five jihadist attackers "eliminated".

Kenya has been a target for al-Shabab since October 2011, when it sent its army into Somalia to fight the jihadist group.

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Explosive eruption reported from Hawaii's Kilauea

Lava has been flowing for a month on the Big Island and it's now reshaping the coastline as it spills out to sea.

Hawaii Civil Defense reported the latest eruption caused a thick ash plume to rise 3000m above sea level.

The defense said communities downwind were highly likely to experience intense ash fall and volcanic gas emissions.

Locals were being warned to stay indoors with the windows closed as lava haze can cause lung damage as well as eye and skin irritations.

Drivers were also being cautioned to take extra care.

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Learning curve for Cowboys' Morgan

Morgan and Cowboys teammate Jason Taumalolo have been the stories to come out of the finals series in 2017, but they ran into a Storm outfit on top of their game in the decider and out on a mission to contain the pair.

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Central Regional to see 27 candidates contesting

Five more candidates nominated on the last day of nominations yesterday, with Sai Misina closing nominations at 2:45pm.

Running against the sitting governor Kila Haoda and 23 other male candidates are three female candidates, Rufina Peter from Goilala, Philomena Kassman from Kairuku-Hiri and Laeko Bala from Rigo.

Confirming these update, Election Manager for Central Province Kila Egaba said the nomination period in general was peaceful and hopes this carries through to the rest of the election period.

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McQueen set for history-making debut

This is before confirming his representative allegiance to England, hitting back at those who have questioned his right to make his Test debut against Samoa next weekend.

McQueen was on Monday night included in a 20-man England squad by coach Wayne Bennett to take part in next weekend's representative round, with his inclusion – along with that of Sharks forward Chris Heighington – receiving short shrift back in England from commentators who believe other Super League-based players were more worthy.

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Four Gurias players in Maprik United team

Coach of Maprik United, Bradley Simon said to have the four in Samuel Hamari, Billy Torea, Emanuel John and Jimmy Peter Jr in the team is definitely a big boost.

“Their experience will boost the team and I have no doubt a fairy tale is on the cards come this weekend.

“With the mixture of experience, youth and Maprik’s own raw talents, I sure can’t wait to watch them play,” said Simon.

Maprik United will play their first game against SSG Roosters this Friday at 9am.

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Hubert Murray Stadium to be completed by this year

Sports Minister Justin Tkachenko revealed that it has been an eye sore for too long.

Tkachenko confirmed that before the election, he would like to see everything started and in process to be finished off before the end of the year.

Funding for the stadium is from a Public Private Partnership of K120 million through the National Government and Curtain Brothers.

An outstanding K40m is the Government’s component of making sure that stadium is complete.

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President Obama ridiculed on Snapchat by daughter Sasha

The US leader said Sasha had recorded him discussing the social network at a family dinner and then quietly posted a reaction to her friends.

It is not the first time the president has discussed his 15-year-old's online activities.

In July, he said she also tweets, leading several media outlets to try to identify her account.

It remains secret.

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We still remain united, says Polye

This is the independence message from the Opposition Leader Don Polye on the country’s 41st independence anniversary.

He said this day, 41 years ago, our founding fathers charted a new destiny for this nation.

No other country parallels this achievement.

“Let us now learn from the past, analyse the present, and decide for the future. We must demonstrate that we are capable of managing our own affairs.

“It’s time now to take stock of how we as a nation have come this far and plan for the next 41 years.

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