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PNG in the News
PNG suspect held in Aussie murder probe -- http://giaman.com/pg/?51992c
PNG seizes tanker with suspected stolen oil -- http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=1072525
PNG needs skilled workers -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100618/news24.htm
MP Wau pressed trigger, say locals -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/10098
No pistol, only sticks and stones: MP Wau -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/10094
Pacific Niugini extends copper mineralisation at Mt Hagen JV -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1540f1
PNG visitors 'bring problems' to Torres Strait -- http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/06/18/2931175.htm
Remembering missionary Dr. Stephen Lutz -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1a243f
Nasfund ventures into aviation fuel -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/10083
Former NSW coach Phil Gould visits PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?85515c -- and -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f84bbd
PMGH receives timely donation -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/10236
PNG 'out of step' on Papua says Vanuatu MP -- http://australianetworknews.com/stories/201006/2934975.htm
PNG must reform tax to leverage resources -- http://giaman.com/pg/?83a41e
Where's all the PNG money gone? -- http://giaman.com/pg/?48dc48
Cloud PNG -- http://cloudpng.blogspot.com
Tekin Bound - http://tekinbound.blogspot.com
Roz Savage in Madang -- http://giaman.com/pg/?64dbd3
Ramu Nickel Mine Watch -- http://ramumine.wordpress.com
Back in Wewak -- http://janeinpng.wordpress.com/2010/06/23/back-in-wewak-2/
KANGE NGA KONA -- http://pngemmiyet.blogspot.com
Frank Hurley Photograph Collection -- http://australianmuseum.net.au/Frank-Hurley-Photographs/
Flick River -- http://www.flickriver.com/search/papua+new+guinea/
Manam Island / Volcano -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f38330
Michael & Lori Johnson's PNG Photo Gallery -- http://worldenglishbible.org/johnson/gallery/index.htm
School of Trevally in Wewak -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/aey/4708440493/
Fish Photos -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0a401e
Bibiko Farm Photos -- http://www.bibikofarm.com/photo-albums
Air Niugini B767 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081c3e
Battle of Milne Bay video -- http://giaman.com/pg/?04a27c
Kokopo Market -- http://wikimapia.org/16657996/New-Kokopo-Market
Misc PNG Links
Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates Commission -- http://www.ippcc.gov.pg
Allcom PNG -- http://www.allcompng.com.pg
Arui Mountain Treks & Tours -- http://www.aruitreks.com
Big Rooster -- http://www.bigrooster.com.pg
Central Supply & Tenders Board -- http://www.cstb.gov.pg
Century21 Real Estate -- http://www.century21.com.pg
Esselars Training Solutions -- http://www.esselars.com.pg
Game Fishing Association of PNG -- http://www.gfa.com.pg
Hargy Oil Palm -- http://www.hargy.com.pg
Hitron -- http://www.hitron.com.pg
Internal Revenue Commission -- http://www.irc.gov.pg
Kwila Insurance Corporation -- http://www.kwilainsurance.com.pg
Lamana Development -- http://www.lamdev.com.pg
Rimbunan Hijau (PNG) Group -- http://www.rhpng.com.pg
Royal Papua Yacht Club -- http://www.rpyc.com.pg
Select PNG -- http://www.selectpng.com
South Pacific Brewery -- http://www.sp.com.pg
TNT Air Cargo -- http://www.tnt.kenmore.com.pg
Tufi Resort -- http://www.tufi-experience.com
Vanguard International -- http://www.vanguardpng.com
BSP Tennis Programme
BSP, PNG's largest Bank, has recommenced the BSP Regional Tennis for Schools Programme that proved to be such a resounding success all around PNG with thousands of school children and their teachers last year. Last year over 12,000 students and teachers took part in the BSP Tennis Programme.
See -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/tennis201006.html
The Bank of Papua New Guinea has adopted the Misys Opics Plus v3.0, Misys Opics Risk Plus and Misys Eagleye systems. The solutions will deliver enhanced efficiency and visibility in its reserves management operation and increased automation and management control of credit, market and operational risks.
The integrated front-to-back system will provide for easier reconciliation and regulatory reporting. Mr Loi Martin Bakani, Governor, Bank of Papua New Guinea, said: "We were keen to modernise our infrastructure in order to gain greater transparency, operational efficiency and risk management across our reserves management operations.
Misys is a leading multinational software company providing software solutions and services to the financial services and healthcare sectors. -- http://www.misys.com
New Anglican Archbishop
The provincial council of the Anglican Church of PNG (ACPNG) has elected the Rt. Rev. Joseph Kopapa, bishop of Popondota diocese, as its new archbishop and primate. Kopapa, who comes from Tufi District in Oro province, succeeds the former primate, James Ayong, who retired in 2009. He is the fifth Archbishop since the Church's independence from the Province of Australia.
The ACPNG has five (5) Diocese and the Bishops from these Dioceses who are also members of the House of Bishops of the Province of PNG are eligible for election.
A fight at the Fr Peter (Fatima) Secondary School in Banz, Western Highlands has seen at least 40 students sustaining injuries. The fight broke out early one morning between the Western Highlands and Jiwaka students over a stolen mobile phone.
Classes suspended over clash -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100624/news10.htm
Hagen cops stop all-out ethnic clash -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/10244
Another school fight at Morobe's Salamaua Secondary School -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/10246
Bibiko Farm and Guesthouses
If you are interested in staying in Milne Bay I have been told that Bibiko Farm and Guesthouses is well worth a stay. Bungalow accommodation will cost you 60 PGK per night and this is approximately 20-25 USD, 25-30 AUD subject to currency fluctuations. This Includes:
- Village food for dinner
- Guides to nearby attractions including hiking to waterfalls
- Airport transfer
- free Bibiko Bus to town if you catch it on its route
For more information please visit -- http://www.bibikofarm.com
In PNG, they learned to navigate by the stars. But after six weeks in Australia learning to handle commercial vessels, 12 young men from Papua New Guinea can also steer by GPS, if need be.
The men are in Australia to obtain their coxswain's ticket to work on motor vessels, in a program sponsored by their local MP, Francis Marus.
Milne Bay Pageant
A Southern Highlands girl has entered the annual Miss Milne Bay pageant. It is believed this is the first time an entrant has come from outside the province. Merlyne Kipa, 20, is from Kagua in the Southern Highlands and she is being backed by the New Guinea community in the province.
Labour Ward Renovated
The renovations at the Port Moresby General Hospital labour ward have been completed and the mothers to be are happy with the cleanliness and comfort of the ward.
see -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100616/news13.htm
New Political Party
Powes Parkop, the governor of the National Capital District, has launched a new political party called the Social Democratic Party. Mr Parkop, a long time human rights activist, went into Parliament in 2007 as an independent, but says he had always realised that to get things done he would need to work within a party, and this has spurred him to form one.
Pilot Wins Award
An Air Niugini student pilot has won the Sir Donald Anderson Trophy for female pilots in Australia. 21-year-old cadet first officer Rhoda Jane Ilave, who recently graduated from Air Niugini's cadet training course for pilots and engineers won the trophy, sponsored by the Australian Civil Aviation Safety Authority. It is awarded annually to three women pilots with the highest aviation exam results over the past year. Air Niugini chief executive officer, Wasantha Kumarasiri, said yesterday Ilave's achievement was not just for Air Niugini but also for PNG.
The award commemorates a man who made a distinguished contribution to Australian aviation after World War II, holding the position of Director-General of Civil Aviation for almost 17 years.
Independent Public Business Corporation's (IPBC) Minister Arthur Somare has recently announced that Air Niugini will become a 20-aircraft airline in the not too distant future.
Cost of Living
The cost of living index for Port Moresby has been rated as at April 2010 using New York as the base city. The indexes are calculated using the prices for specific quantities of the same goods and services in each location, based on expatriate spending patterns across 13 broad categories. To understand the rating you will need to visit -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5cfd67 -- and / or search -- http://xpatulator.com/
Tokyo is the overall most expensive place in the world for expats and is rated as #1. Port Moresby is ranked as #25.
Kagasten Building Burnt
A landmark of Madang town, the Kagasten Building, burnt to the ground recently despite the efforts of firemen and 20 student seamen from the PNG Maritime College. The fire-fighters managed to save adjoining buildings including the two-storey Papindo shopping complex.
Culture Heritage Awards
2010 Awards Entries for Culture Heritage Conservation
- Dogura's Cathedral of St. Peter and St. Paul, Milne Bay
- Rev. Charles William Abel Memorial Church, Milne Bay
- Samarai Island, Milne Bay
Fight at Lihir
One man is dead and three houses have been torched on Lihir Island, New Ireland province, following a clash between Sepik settlers and Tabar Islanders. According to reports, a man from Tanga was suspected of killing a Sepik man resulting in the Sepik people in the vicinity of the Lihir Gold mine burning down three houses belonging to the Tanga people.
Sumkar MP Ken Fairweather has quit the government in protest over environmental law changes that protect a controversial Chinese-run nickel mine.
'Fairweather did right by quitting government' -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/10182
New NZ High Commissioner
Marion Crawshaw is the new New Zealand High Commissioner to PNG. Cramshaw recently presented her letter of introduction to the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare. Crawshaw is a career diplomat who has previously been posted as deputy high commissioner to the Solomon Islands, deputy representative to the OECD in Paris, as well as to Suva and Rome.
Plane Skids Off Kikori Strip
It has been reported that a Twin Otter (P2-EMO) rumoured to be owned by owned by Airlines PNG and on lease to Star Mountains skidded off the runway while attempting to take off from the Kikori airstrip. Fortunately the plane was stopped by a mound of earth otherwise it would have plunged into a ravine at the end of the strip.
Kikori lies in the delta of the Kikori River at the head of the Gulf of Papua in Gulf province.
The Works, Transport and Civil Aviation Minister, Don Polye, has announced funding of K20 million for infrastructure development in the newly declared Jiwaka province. Polye announced the funding for two roads into Jimi and renovation of all existing airstrips in Jiwaka.
Jiwaka tribe pledges to cooperate -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/10171
Second National Touch Championships -- 1st to the 4th of July at the Takubar sports field in Kokopo East New Britain province.
Organic Law on Political Parties and Candidates Commission Conference - Alotau International Hotel, Milne Bay province - 12th - 16th July 2010 -- http://www.ippcc.gov.pg/2010conference.htm
PNG Census - 11th to the 17th of July
National Mask Festival, Rabaul - 14th - 18th of July
Malagan Show - 14th - 27th of July
Remembrance Day - 23rd July
Mt Hagen Show -- 13th - 15th of August
2010 Medical Symposium 29th of August to the 3rd of September. (Wewak) -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100607/news29.htm
19th Pacific History Conference, Pacific at the crossroads - University of Goroka - 12th to 16th of September
Independence Day - 16th September
Hiri Moale Festival -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9463fc -- (usually celebrated at the same time as Independence Day)
Goroka Show -- 17th to the 19th of September -- http://gorokashow.com/
Morobe Agricultural Show - 23rd & 24th October -- http://www.morobeshow.org.pg/
11th Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - 6th to 8th December, 2010 - Hilton Hotel, Sydney -- http://giaman.com/pg/?aefb78.
Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011
National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012
2012 PNG Games -- Kokopo, East New Britain
Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013
Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015
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