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Eye specialists needed in PNG

Ophthalmology is the branch of medicine that deals with the anatomy, physiology and diseases of the eyeball and orbit.

The country has only 8 national ophthalmologists or eye specialists.

Given the total population of almost 8 million people, this means one ophthalmologist to a million people.

“And this is very alarming,” says ophthalmologist Dr Amyna Sultan, director of Pacific International Hospital.

She also offers lectures and assists in training ophthalmology residents at UPNG’s school of medicine.

First independence anniversary without our flag designer

The late Susan Karike-Huhume passed away on the afternoon of April 11 at the Port Moresby General Hospital.

In 1971, at the tender age of 15, the late Karike-Huhume played a major role in contributing to the identity of this country.

During that time, the country was preparing for independence so the government invited all Papua New Guineans to enter a designs competition to help find a PNG flag.

Major events this month

Various shows line the month, giving visitors the opportunity to witness tribal traditions in an explosion of colour and sound.

Throughout the country, each province will stage a show to celebrate their unique culture.

Following are events captured by the Tourism Promotion Authority:

Enga Show

This annual cultural show will be from 15th-17th September, 2017.

PNG and Solomon up for ‘Battle of the Wantok’

Basketball players and supporters in Honiara are anticipating the friendly match to be full of actions

Described as “Battle of the Wantok” both teams will play three matches and the winner will receive a trophy sponsored by KSS Southern Flames.

KSS Southern Flames are the three-time reigning champions of the PNG Men’s Basketball League (PMBL 2014 /2015/2016) and have been invited by the Solomon Islands Basketball Federation (SIBF) to play against the men’s national squad in their build up towards the up-coming FIBA Melanesia Cup in PNG, later in September.

Pacific squads confirmed for OFC U-19s Women’s Championship

Kicking off just over a year after the 2016 OFC U-17 Championship – and only a few months after the FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Papua New Guinea – there are many familiar faces coming to Auckland this July.

Defending champions New Zealand have recruited an army of international experience for their attempt at a sixth-consecutive title including Malia Steinmetz, Grace Jale, and goalkeeper Anna Leat – who will offer senior international football experience to Gareth Turnball’s squad having already been in the mix for the New Zealand national women’s team.

Husband of breast cancer victim shares their story

That’s the question Arthur dreads being asked by his daughter, Tania.

Almost four months after Tania’s mother passed away, Arthur is still trying to figure out exactly how he can explain this to his daughter.

“I partially blame myself for not fighting hard for her,” he says, reflecting on how his partner died.

They were only dating in 2015 when Francisca first mentioned about a very small painless lump in her left breast.

She had said it hurt only when pressure was exerted directly on the lump.

Farming PNG premieres today

Farming PNG outlines the potential of agriculture in PNG through film in a 75-minute documentary, putting together the moments of a visual journey along the country’s agricultural sector.

The film is presented by Steven Woodhouse, who is an agronomist with decades of experience working in the agricultural sector from the Highland regions of PNG to the New Guinea Islands region.

​PNG prepares for potential El Nino occurrence

A two-day workshop is underway in Port Moresby following several global and regional climate agencies’ predictions of a potential occurrence of El Nino in the second half of 2017.

The El Nino could bring drier than normal conditions to PNG.

The 2015 and 2016 El Nino caused widespread drought and frost in PNG, which affected an estimated 2.4 million people, with 480,000 people impacted by severe food shortage.

O’Neill thanks US for help in health care delivery

The Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has expressed Papua New Guinea’s appreciation and gratitude to the United States Government for its ongoing healthcare engagement and in logistical support for APEC Papua New Guinea 2018.

PM O’Neill made the remarks during a courtesy call from the United States’ Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, H.E. Catherine Ebert-Gray, in Port Moresby.

Everyone is crying out for Gelato!

Everyone in Port Moresby have been screaming Gelato since the Italian Gelato opened on May 2, Tuesday.

Gelato is pretty much ice cream but is different from ice cream.

How?

Gelato is the Italian word for Ice cream. That’s what makes it ice cream.

But what makes it different from ice cream is what’s used to make it and how it’s made, says owner Elisa Cragnolini.