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OFC Youth Tournament set to kick-off in Port Vila

The U-18 tournament is being organised with UEFA through the UEFA Assist Programme, with the focus not on winning a title, but on the development aspects an international event can provide.

The aim is to positively impact the players, coaches and referees and enhance their performance on and off the field, to provide experience, inspire learning and to improve performance at an international level.

Business Link Pacific Portal to launch across the Pacific in unique four-country event

The Business Link Pacific Portal is an innovative online platform designed to connect quality business advisors with small and medium-sized growing businesses in the Pacific.  

To mark the launch of the Portal, Business Link Pacific are co-hosting four launch events, one in each country, which are open to small and medium sized businesses and free to attend.  

Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s Sydney pools confirmed

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said today the format of the pools would ensure key rivals face each other in the fast-paced, action packed short form of Rugby League.

During the official launch of the tournament Monday in Parramatta, it was revealed that:

PNG super jumper Annie ToPal aims for gold

The 23-year-old is based in the US where she trains, but is back in the Pacific to compete in three separate events at the Pacific Games.

She surprised everyone at the 2015 Games to win bronze in the triple jump, but she’s hoping the medal she walks away with in 2019 is gold.

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'I am coming for you' - PNG PM vows to find Highlands killers

At least 10 women and five children were massacred in Hela Province, in a suspected revenge attack which reportedly left the victims mutilated and unrecognisable.

After news broke on Tuesday Mr Marape said it was one of the saddest days of his life and vowed to use "the strongest measures in law" against the killers.

On Facebook, the Prime Minister said the killings, which took place in his electorate, were led by gunmen from the Haguai, Okiru and Liwi tribes.

Pacific nations to host future Tests in new 10-year rolling calendar

RLIF CEO Nigel Wood confirmed on the eve of Saturday’s opening round of Oceania Cup matches between New Zealand and Tonga at Mt Smart Stadium and Samoa and Papua New Guinea at Leichhardt Oval that the international body wanted to play games in the Pacific islands.

An RLIF meeting in Singapore earlier this month agreed that the Oceania Cup would be staged mid-year and at the end of the season on an annual basis, except in 2021 and 2025 when the World Cup is held.

7.5 quake rattles Papua New Guinea's Rabaul

The magnitude 7.5 tremor struck about 11pm Tuesday, local time (1am Wednesday, NZT) at a depth of 10 kilometres, according to the US Geological Survey.

It was centred about 40 kilometres off the coast of New Britain island, which sits in an archipelago to the north of the New Guinea mainland.

"It was very, very violent," said Frank Kilaur, a sergeant at the Rabaul police station, who said the town's electricity had been cut off.

"At the moment there's no damage, but we have to wait until daylight, we're in pitch black right now."

Vote of No Confidence motion filed by PNG Opposition

Speaker Job Pomat, in a press conference after the sitting, said he will now allow due process to take place.

“I have received it. When parliament meets on the 28th (May), it will look at this notice, after it goes through the process of the Private Business Committee,” Pomat said.

He explained that Parliament may not necessarily vote on the 28th but with the motion notice given yesterday afternoon, this will go for the notice paper when parliament next meets.

Magnitude 7.2 quake hits eastern Papua New Guinea, no injuries reported

The epicenter of the strong quake was 127 km (79 miles) below the surface, the USGS said, in a region some 66 km southwest of the town of Lae at the eastern edge of the mountainous country.

The fire department in Lae said no one had yet called in to report damage or injuries so far following the quake.

The USGS-linked Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said there was no threat of a tsunami after the quake.

     

Shock ministerial resignations rattle PNG government

This time the attack came from within. At midday, local time, Mr O'Neill's finance minister James Marape, who is also the deputy prime minister, announced his sudden resignation. He will continue as a backbench MP.

Hours later, Mr O'Neill's defence minister, Solan Mirisim, also resigned. Mr Mirisim is yet to make a statement, but his resignation has been confirmed by several media outlets. Two people with close ties to the PNG government also confirmed the resignations to RNZ Pacific.