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More fertile
Women in the Southern and Islands regions have a slightly higher fertility rate than those in the highlands provinces. Official statistics show that they have an average of 4.5 children compared to 3.8 for women in the highlands. No reason was given.
Family planning
Statistics released by the National Statistician reveal that only three in 10 married women in the country are using modern family planning methods such as implants and sterilisation. The other seven?
On average
PNG women have an average of 4.2 children, according to official statistics. It means that those who have more than four are above average.
Wrong day
The public gallery in Parliament yesterday was filled to capacity. Among them were about 40 ward councilors from Goilala in Central. Many might have been expecting the 2020 budget to be tabled yesterday. It will be done today.
Budget confusion
The Parliament House C Wing had a small crowd building up yesterday morning. Apparently no one had informed them that the budget lock-up would be today. A colleague from a government department was among the crowd. Communication broke down somewhere.
Missing children
Police have warned about the increasing number of children reported missing from their homes. Parents and guardians please be on the alert.
Rich pastors
So-called evangelists who have posh homes, flashy cars and even own private jets are making the news again in the overseas media. Such greedy individuals who use the church to make themselves rich and prosperous. No shame at all.
Thought for today
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.

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