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MANY people will agree that Papua New Guineans are becoming their own worst enemies. The traditional rivalry between clans, tribes and ethnic groups has spilled over into the political arena, the employment sector and the business environment. Professional jealousy has reared its ugly head in our society.
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MANY successful citizens are now feeling the pain of their gain as their envious countrymen and women plot to undermine or destroy their political and professional careers and their business ventures. In recent years, many successful Papua New Guineans have become victims of this modern-day rivalry that is threatening to thwart the country’s development and growth, especially its human resource.
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THE Conscription Crisis of 1917 was a political and military crisis in Canada during WWI that was precipitated by the military’s failure to create units for French-speaking forces. Instead the French-Canadian volunteers were assigned to various English-speaking units. Witnessing what they perceived as the mistreatment of the first contingent, many French-Canadians elected not to volunteer, leading legislators to pass a conscription act.
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THE Ottoman Turks conquered Albania around 1400 and ruled the country for more than 400 years. It was not until the end of the Balkan War that Turkish rule was abolished and a proclamation of independence was issued in 1912. Although Serbia showed intentions of annexing a large part of Albania in order to gain an outlet on the Adriatic, the move was opposed by Austria-Hungary, Italy, and the Albanians.
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AFTER the East Timorese declared independence from Portugal on November 28, 1975, it took over two decades to fulfil the promise of freedom. Their plans were foiled by Indonesia, which carried out its own occupation of its neighbour between 1975 and 1999. Observances for the November 28 anniversary honour the veterans of the independence movement. State leaders and other dignitaries usually participate in a parade, and the president of the country often bestows medals of honour to distinguish individuals who fought for the country’s freedom.
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A STONE Age settlement submerged off the coast of Sweden has been comprehensively mapped for the first time. Modern-day fishermen have been getting their nets stuck on stumps under the water around Hanö Bay for years, but only recently has the site been fully explored using multibeam echo sounder technology, a type of sonar system. The area has now been mapped and the results published in the journal Quaternary International.
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QUOTE of the day: Novels so often provide an anodyne and not an antidote, glide one into torpid slumbers instead of rousing one with a burning brand. – Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)
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