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2013 December (27)

Papali’itele Peter ‘Fats’ Momoe Fatialofa (1959-2013) The news of Papali’itele Peter Fatialofa’s death hit me with the same force as a “coconut tackle”, as some of my esteemed media colleagues would say. Fatialofa was the man who captained Samoa’s national rugby team onto the world stage in their historic World Cup debut in 1991. There, the big man rose to…
Perene has a school, thanks to Sisim Sometimes it only takes one determined person to bring about dramatic transformation. Olokolas Sisim, of the Pamosu language community, is such a man. In 2000, Sisim attended a literacy course run by SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics) in PNG and was inspired to start a school for his community. Perene is a remote…

Minimum wage to go up?

The stage is set for Papua New Guinea to increase its national minimum wage next year, in a move which is seen as providing much-needed redress for the country’s labour pool. The decision to consider revising the rate of pay, which has remained untouched for the past five years, forms a key part of the government’s plans to create a…
It’s no denying that Vodafone is world number two in the business of mobile phones—even in the Pacific—but all that is about to change. News was abuzz in the telecom industry late November that the carrier—which has carved a household name in practically every continent—Africa, Asia, America, Europe and the Pacific region—is about to off-load part of its wireless stake…

Deadline looms for PNG

Oil Search will find out this month if the Papua New Guinea government can raise $1.68 billion to avoid giving up its 14.6 percent stake in the company to an Abu Dhabi state-owned wealth fund, which could then expose the company to a takeover tilt. If the PNG government is forced to give up its blocking stake in the Port…

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