IoD: cut taxes and red tape whatsapp Show Comments ▼ KCS-content TWO dozen policy changes to encourage growth could be made by the government at no extra cost to taxpayers, the Institute of Directors recommended today.The proposed reforms fall under 10 main areas for the coalition to focus on, the IoD said.The inherent tendency of governments to over-regulate requires a “game changer” in civil service pay and promotion structures, it said.“Only when the bureaucracy is given the incentive to slim down will it do so,” the report said. “The record of deregulation by governments of all persuasions is poor.”And tax reforms could be made without endangering fiscal consolidation, the IoD said.The 50p top rate of income tax “will raise little or no extra revenue.” The top band, which is supposed to be a temporary measure, “reduces the incentive to work, save and invest for the most entrepreneurial in our society,” the IoD said.The tax also deters wealthy, mobile individuals from locating in the UK. “We do not want to see the UK marked out as a high tax country,” the report stated.Small businesses and new start-ups must face fewer barriers to trade, such as red tape, the IoD argued. The report calls for a freeze in capital gains tax for new business and an annual investment allowance of up to £25,000 a year.The group has also called for a relaxation of restrictions on building on the green belt. As well as boosting the economy, “greater land release could also lead to lower land and house prices and greater affordability,” they said.“The government’s deficit reduction strategy is central to improving growth prospects,” said the IoD’s Miles Templeman, “but it also needs to reform the supply-side of the economy to boost the private sector.”IoD: 10 IDEAS FOR GROWTH1. Reform employment law: Employing people must be cheaper, especially for small and medium sized businesses.2. Encourage deregulation: Whitehall must incentivise civil servants to cut regulation. 3. Choice in public services: “Radical” reform of the public sector through market forces.4. Spend on infrastructure: Any profits from resale of the government’s banking shares to pay for infrastructure.5. End planning restrictions: Release land for development. 6. Localism: End national public sector collective pay bargaining. 7. Tax incentives: Scrap the 50p tax rate, the IoD says.8. Competitive energy policy: Clarify energy policy and scrap changes to air passenger duty.9. Corporation Tax Reform: Reduce the tax to 20 per cent.10. Fiscal tightening: Cut public spending to GDP ratio to 35 per cent by 2020. Sunday 6 February 2011 10:24 pm whatsapp Share Tags: NULL More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.com
Legal & compliance Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting The Swedish Football Association (SvFF) has hit out at the country’s gambling regulatory body Spelinspektionen for not prohibiting licenced operators from offering betting on a domestic club football competition, despite its warning of suspected match-fixing.Last month, the SvFF revealed that it had received reports of match-fixing in 13 games in Division 2 Södra Svealand and advised Spelinspektionen to implement a prohibitive ban on operators allowing betting on the competition.However, Spelinspektionen declined this request, saying that the Swedish Gaming Act does not support prohibitions or other such measures to combat the manipulation of sporting results. The regulator also said it is working to develop regulations that will address the SvFF’s concerns.The SvFF has now hit back, with its general secretary, Håkan Sjöstrand, saying the organisation does not agree with the regulator’s “narrow interpretation” of the Gaming Act.“It must be possible for the responsible authority to make quick decisions in more urgent situations of this kind, otherwise, this must be clarified in the legislation,” Sjöstrand said.The SvFF also wrote to a number of gambling operators in Sweden, requesting that they halt any betting on the division. Svenska Spel has already confirmed it is no longer allowing betting, while Bethard, 888 and Unibet have also indicated they will follow suit.“We hope that all serious companies will follow, despite the Spelinspektionen’s negative position,” Sjöstrand said. “We cannot wait for the authority to finalise its regulations or to change the law.”As a result, the SvFF has committed to adopting enhanced measures to safeguard Division 2 Södra Svealand from manipulation for the rest of the season. This will include increased monitoring of matches and intensified monitoring of the gaming market to detect any deviations.“We are forced to devote considerable resources to monitoring and other measures,” said Sjöstrand, who also urged authorities to join the organisation in the “fight” against corruption in sport. Email Address 5th August 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Online Gambling Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Swedish FA blasts regulator in football betting suspension row The Swedish Football Association (SvFF) has hit out at the country’s gambling regulatory body Spelinspektionen for not prohibiting licenced operators from offering betting on a domestic club football competition, despite its warning of suspected match-fixing. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter This came despite a $39.0m loss from the provision of gaming-related services, again due to the impact of Covid-19 on the operator. With the exception of mall activities, where revenue was up 88.5% to $14.7m, all other areas of the business saw revenue fall in the first three quarters of 2020. Regions: Macau It was not until late September that restrictions on entry from China’s mainland, Hong Kong and other locations to the Special Administrative Region were eased and visas once again issued. Limited transport to Macau and Covid-19 quarantine requirements, which are again only recently being eased, also hit visitation. Macau integrated resort operator Studio City International posted $98.2m (£75.0m/€82.9m) net loss for the third quarter, as performance continues to be hurt by continuing restrictions related to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic Finance Total non-operating expenses reached $103.1m, leaving a $331.7m loss before tax, down from a $16.9m profit last year. Studio City received $106,000 in tax credits in the, and also saw a $71.4m profit from participation interest, but this still left a net loss of $260.1m, compared to $12.8m in profit last year. Looking at Studio City’s year-to-date performance, total operating revenue for the nine months to 30 September was $25.5m, down 94.4% on last year. 5th November 2020 | By Robert Fletcher Studio City also reported $48.5m in non-operating expenses, including $30.0m in interest costs and an $18.5m loss on extinguishment of debt, which in turn led to a $121.1m loss before tax, compared to an $18.7m profit last year. Total operating revenue in the three months to 30 September amounted to just $900,000, a drop of 94.3% from $158.1m in the corresponding period last year. Rooms revenue plummeted 88.1% to $2.6m, food and beverage revenue slipped 73.1% to $4.6m and entertainment revenue 97.5% to $134,000. Revenue from service fees more than halved from $10.5m to $4.6m, while mall revenue to $5.2m, and retail and other revenue to $319,000. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Despite making savings across the business, the sharp drop in revenue led to an operating loss of $72.5m, compared to a $47.6m profit in Q3 last year. Adjusted loss before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) stood at $30.2m, down from a positive result of $90.9m in 2019. General and administrative costs were reduced by 56.8% to $15.2m, while food and beverage spending was also cut by 68.3% to $4.5m. The operator did receive $36,000 in income tax credit in Q3, and also benefitted from $22.9m worth of profit from participation interest, but it still posted a net loss of $98.2, in contrast to a $14.3m profit in the same period in 2019. Looking at costs for the quarter, total operating expenses stood at $73.5m, down 33.5% year-on-year. Tags: Finance Studio City Both gaming revenue and non-gaming income was all but wiped out by the Covid-19 crisis, which has caused tourism to Macau to largely dry up. Operating costs were down 26.0% to $254.1m, but lower revenue meant Studio City posted an operating loss of $228.6m for the period, compared to a $115.8m profit in 2019. Topics: Casino & games Finance Q3 results 2020 Gaming-related service costs climbed 29.8% to $7.4m, while savings were also made across rooms, entertainment, mall and retail. Depreciation and amortisation charges, meanwhile, were marginally up to $41.5m. Covid-19 restrictions lead to further losses at Studio City in Q3 Email Address As such, the provision of gaming-related services in Q3 generated a loss $16.5m, compared to $96.7m in revenue during Q3 last year.
Okomu Palm Oil Plc (OKOMUO.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2012 abridged results.For more information about Okomu Palm Oil Plc (OKOMUO.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Okomu Palm Oil Plc (OKOMUO.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Okomu Palm Oil Plc (OKOMUO.ng) 2012 abridged results.Company ProfileOkomu Palm Oil Plc manufacture and market Banga Palm Oil in Nigeria as well as a range of Noko 10 rubber bands. The company was established in 1976 as a Federal Government pilot project set up to rehabilitate oil palm production in Nigeria. At the time, the pilot project incorporated 15 589 hectares of which 12 500 hectares was planted with oil palms. In 1985, Okomu Palm Oil Plc installed a 1.5 tonne fresh fruit bunches/hour mill. The company was privatised in 1990 and has grown to become Nigeria’s leading oil palm company with some 14 000 hectares of land currently planted with palm oil trees and 8 000 hectares of rubber trees. By 2020, an additional 4 000 hectares of palm oil trees and 1 500 hectares of rubber trees will have been planted on the 33 000 hectares of private land owned by Okomu Palm Oil Plc. The company operates two 30-tonne/per hour oil mills and an additional two 30-tonne/per hour mills will be operational by 2020/21. Its technical partner, SOCFINAF (Luxemburg), has a 53.32% stake in the business. SOCFINAF (Luxemburg) was founded in 1912 and was the first industrial company to plant oil palm trees in Africa and Indonesia. Today, it has plantations and oil palm operations in Sierra Leone, Ghana, Cote D’Ivoire, Liberia, Nigeria, Cameroon, the DRC, Sao Time and Cambodia. Okomu Oil Palm Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Okomu Palm Oil Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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ArchDaily Projects Architects: Josep Ferrando Year Completion year of this architecture project Year: Photographs: Pedro Pegenaute Constructor:Promonord 23 SATechnical Architect:Alfonso VillarrealStructural Engineer:NB-35 BarcelonaCollaborators:Marc Nadal, Jordi Queralt, Xavi Cornejo, Ferran LagunaClient:Mike and NataliaBudget:600.000 €Architects In Charge:Josep Ferrando, Pere Joan Ravetllat, Carme RibasCity:BescanóCountry:SpainMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Pedro PegenauteText description provided by the architects. The position of the house on a topographic gap generates different relationships with its immediate environment. On one hand, the treetops are at the height of a handrail, on the other, the network of branches is a filter through which the living room overlooks. The basalt roof frames and highlights in black the views that reach different depths of field offering a range of situations for the dweller.Save this picture!© Pedro PegenauteSave this picture!ModelSave this picture!© Pedro PegenauteSave this picture!ModelAt some points, the inclination of the slabs points towards the horizon to blend the skyline of the building with that of the mountains in the background. At others, the wavy ledge frames the domestic courtyard.Save this picture!PlanThe proliferation of offset walls enhances diagonal relations between spaces. The extension of the walls and the roof slabs allows the design of the interior space to the outside, while trapping the framed landscape by creating lines that link the building to the site. Thus, the house appropriates the exterior space.Save this picture!© Pedro PegenauteProject gallerySee allShow lessVictoria Gate / ACMESelected ProjectsAlgotec Systems / Setter ArchitectsSelected Projects Share House in Bescanó / Josep FerrandoSave this projectSaveHouse in Bescanó / Josep Ferrando Spain Houses CopyHouses•Bescanó, Spain “COPY” House in Bescanó / Josep Ferrando CopyAbout this officeJosep FerrandoOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesBescanóSpainPublished on November 24, 2016Cite: “House in Bescanó / Josep Ferrando ” [Casa en Bescanó / Josep Ferrando ] 24 Nov 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Houses Projects Save this picture!© Derek Swalwell+ 14Curated by Paula Pintos Share North Melbourne Terrace / Eldridge Anderson Architects Photographs “COPY” Year: CopyHouses, Extension•North Melbourne, Australia 2019 ArchDaily Architects: Eldridge Anderson Architects Area Area of this architecture project Design Team:Scott Eldridge, Jeremy AndersonEngineering:P.J. Yttrup & AssociatesCity:North MelbourneCountry:AustraliaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Derek SwalwellRecommended ProductsResidential ApplicationsCymat Technologies Ltd.Hudson Valley Home, USA – Alusion™ Stabilized Aluminum FoamResidential ApplicationsLunawoodLunawood Thermowood Façade and Decking in Project ÖWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEAText description provided by the architects. The North Melbourne Terrace is a double volume alteration and addition to the rear of an existing single-story Victorian brick terrace house. The new additions take cues from the parameters of the existing building, whilst opening up the enclosed space to a generous social zone and northern light. Although the existing frontage and bedrooms play a key role within the total project, they remain largely as they were due to the scope and available budget focused on the new works at the rear. This includes a lower level bathroom, kitchen, and living space, as well as an upper-level bedroom and ensuite suspended through the exposed steel portal structure. Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellFrom the front, the project is set to maintain a modest street profile, hidden largely in the visual shadow of the existing silhouette. At the rear, the upper-level hood extends to promote privacy to and from adjacent properties, whilst elongating the footprint and directing the outlook to the rear of the site. A number of strategies were employed to provide an expanded sense of space from the modest footprint, as well as maximise value from the budget and achieve clear sightlines without the need for frosted glass or additional screens. This included the overall orientation of main areas towards the north where views could be directed over the rear lane towards the sky while inviting sunlight deep into the space in winter. In addition, the roof plane was folded down both sides of the upper level to promote an extruded sense of space and privacy by shielding view lines. Other strategies utilised the vertical alignment of wet areas, exposed primary structure, and internal spaces were kept open around the perimeter with darker elements toward the back of the space to enhance the graduated sense of depth within the limited footprint. Save this picture!ElevationsSave this picture!SectionsThe exposed structural bays set the rhythm for the project as they carry new loads to the ground, brace the existing walls, and provide a logical framework for lighting. Externally compressed sheet economically combines with the refined steel edges to create a precise and functional enclosure. Operable perforated panels over the ensuite windows articulate the simple form and enhance the dramatic interiors where darker tones of granite, bluestone, and custom formed concrete baths and basins emphasize the privacy of those spaces.Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellSave this picture!© Derek SwalwellAt the lower level sliding timber screens along the east and automated louvers on the north provide further privacy and solar adjustment. A full-width sun lounge reflects back on the living zone, and as the form gently tapers back and links through to an elevated side deck that continues through to engage with the terrace garden. The additions to the North Melbourne Terrace join a conversation with the existing house by inverting the enclosed and introspective format of the front into an open and optimistic space at the rear. It is an accommodating scheme that invites a heightened sense of contrast whilst providing a comfortable space for an individual owner, or a regular gathering with all their friends. Save this picture!© Derek SwalwellProject gallerySee allShow lessStone House / Dake Architectural DesignSelected ProjectsThe White House / Saola ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Area: 199 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeEldridge Anderson ArchitectsOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentExtensionMelbourneOn FacebookNorth MelbourneAustraliaPublished on April 22, 2020Cite: “North Melbourne Terrace / Eldridge Anderson Architects” 21 Apr 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
Michael Gilbert offers 14 more free white papers and reports Howard Lake | 27 June 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Technology US nonprofit technology thinker and practitioner Michael Gilbert has added another 14 white papers and reports to his growing list of free downloads. Issues covered include nonprofits and blogs, online donor cultivation, and the role of the executive director in nonprofit technology.Gilbert, publisher of Nonprofit Online News and other pioneering online resources and tools for nonprofits, offers an expanded range of his incisive, considered and occasionally iconoclastic writings on nonprofits, technology, new media, governance and management.He ably sums up in a single sentence for each paper what is on offer from these new downloads: Advertisement “A Practical Approach to Collaboration” presents an approach to inter-organizational cooperation that emphasizes function, rather than purpose. “Asking the Wrong Questions” is a critique of the technocentric method of technology planning that is in widespread use. “How to Write a Book in One Year” describes a basic approach to large scale writing discipline. “Nonprofits and Weblogs” presents a natural, integrative way for organizations to embrace personal publishing. “Online Donor Cultivation” presents a basic model for measuring and nurturing, in an online context, a donor’s readiness to give. “RSS Grants Channels” is the proposal for a new way of sharing foundation data that gave rise to the current Grantsfire project. “Seven Knowledge Management Mistakes” is exactly what it sounds like. “The HIMS Matrix” is a method for analyzing our communication with stakeholders to assess whether they feel heard. “The Mission-Resource Matrix” is a deceptively obvious framework for program evaluation and planning. “The Permeable Organization” is a manifesto calling for new organizational boundaries in the age of networks. “The Role of the Executive Director in Nonprofit Technology” explains how leaders can manage conversations about technology to better serve their organizational interests. “To Be Heard Above the Din”, by Samantha Moscheck, explains how spam threatens civil society and what organizations and funders can do about it. “Toward Network-Centric Philanthropy” is a report on insights from a survey of grantmakers on the RSS grants concept for sharing information. “Understanding E-Relationships”, by Michael Soper, calls on us to take more responsibility for managing the transitions in our relationships with our stakeholders. 19 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
522 total views, 3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 Mutual aid groups indispensible part of UK’s Covid response Mutual aid groups have been an indispensable part of the country’s response to COVID-19, according to research from the New Local Government Network.Its research suggests that local volunteer groups have directly supported a huge proportion of the millions of people shielding during the pandemic.During lockdown, mutual aid groups took on tasks such as shopping and medicine delivery as well as offering emotional support to people who were vulnerable and/or shielding. New Local Government Network’s report, Communities vs Coronavirus: The Rise of Mutual Aid, also found that key to the groups’ success was the involvement of working-aged people who were furloughed or had more time in their local areas.The small size of these groups was also key to their success, found the research. They were able to act more quickly and have a more positive impact than big, government-led schemes like the GoodSam NHS app.Local authorities also had a key role in supporting these groups by providing funding, coordinating volunteers or providing spaces. However, councils also had the potential to undermine efforts by being too disinterested or too controlling.The report recommends ways that these groups can continue to support their neighbourhoods and sustain a kinder, more collaborative society after the pandemic is over. This includes introducing flexible working practices to give these people “more time to be better neighbours” as the pandemic eases.Local government should also play a facilitating role. NLGN recommends. The government should fund this through a dedicated community support financial package, allowing councils to provide a platform for these groups post-Covid.MP for Devizes Danny Kruger has been asked by Boris Johnson to review how the government can make the most of the Voluntary and Community Sector in the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.In the foreword for the report, he says:“The essential finding of the crisis, detailed in this report, is that there exists a great reservoir of latent goodwill and community spirit which can translate into actual capability in times of crisis.“We need a new recognition by national and local government of the latent capability of communities; and an expectation – incentivised and even mandated by policy – that we must make use of this capability. This report provides vital evidence of the opportunity and helps point the way to a better model.”Simon Kaye, Senior Policy Researcher at NLGN and report co-author, said: Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis3 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. “The public response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been a source of much-needed hope. Thousands of spontaneous, voluntary mutual aid groups have emerged to support the most vulnerable people in our society. In many cases these groups have been able to help people far more rapidly and flexibly than traditional public services.“The mutual aid phenomenon is a powerful demonstration of the potential for community power in the UK. We now need to focus on how community collaboration can outlast this crisis and make our places more resilient in future.“For this to happen, lessons must be learnt. National government must resolve to empower localities and give people the free time they need to be better neighbours. Councils, meanwhile, must recognise the crucial role they can play and the make-or-break power they often wield over community groups.” 521 total views, 2 views today Melanie May | 17 July 2020 | News Tagged with: COVID-19 Volunteering
Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua Follow the news on Papua New Guinea Papua New GuineaAsia – Pacific News News Receive email alerts December 15, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Public media must be free of government pressure Help by sharing this information April 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders deplores yesterday’s suspension of Dorah Masseung, the executive news director of the country’s main public radio broadcaster, the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), as a result of presumed pressure from the authorities amid a political crisis. Her removal was followed by a directive from the station’s management requiring all reports on political or sensitive matters to be checked by two newly promoted members of the newsroom before being broadcast. “We call on the NBC management to reinstate Dorah Masseung,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Her sudden removal is symptomatic of political interference in the public media in the Pacific region. It is regrettable that NBC is being subjected to pressure over the content of its news coverage at time when Papua New Guinea is experiencing a major political crisis.” Reporters Without Borders also urges Michael Somare, who has just stood down temporarily as prime minister to answer charge of concealing his personal finances, to take a public position on Masseung’s suspension and to affirm his commitment to press freedom. According to the Post-Courier newspaper, NBC managing director Memafu Kapera removed Masseung and carried out other changes in the newsroom following complaints from Somare’s supporters that the station’s coverage of the political situation was too negative. Kapera has denied acting at the government’s request. Prime Minister Somare has often criticised the press in the past, accusing it of being biased against him. The Pacific Freedom Forum (www.pacificfreedomforum.org) has condemned Masseung’s dismissal as a violation of the public’s right to independent news coverage. Papua New Guinea is ranked 43nd out of 178 countries in the 2010 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. Papua New GuineaAsia – Pacific News Organisation News reporting hit by Internet blackout in West Papua News RSF_en Papua New Guinea: Government minister calls for two reporters to be fired over Covid-19 coverage August 12, 2020 Find out more to go further August 23, 2019 Find out more