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PNG in the News
Police Chief makes "sudden" changes -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110929/news01.htm
Govt sacks Police Chief -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/23559
Australian owns Emirau Island -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110930/news05.htm
Micah denies Emirau Island sold -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20111003/news12.htm
Call to fix selected schools -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110929/news14.htm
Rudd pushes development ties with PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9cc80a
Kevin Rudd catches up with namesake -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7adbfd
Developing countries united under UN agency to counter deforestation -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ba1932
Highlands Pacific confident $1.5bn PNG mine will move ahead -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8539d9
PNG facing health crisis -- http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201109/3329397.htm
Man gets 20 yrs for Air Niugini pilot's death -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20111003/news04.htm
Pilot assists UPNG league clubs -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/23525
MPs cross floor -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/23692
Information and Communication Technology development in Primary Schools, Secondary Schools and Tertiary Institutions in Morobe Province. Visit -- http://ictmorobeschools.blogspot.com
Matt in PNG -- http://mattinpng.com
Melanesian Way -- http://melanesianway.blogspot.com
Namorong Report -- http://medicmangi.blogspot.com
PNG Warrior -- http://pngwarrior.wordpress.com
Bernard Sinai -- http://bernardsinai.wordpress.com/tag/lae
Trip to Madang -- http://michaelfam.blogspot.com/2011/09/trip-to-madang.html
Yum Cha In Port Moresby -- http://islandmeri.wordpress.com/2011/09/30/yum-cha-in-port-moresby
Manui Publishers -- http://manui-manui.blogspot.com
Kokoda Track Commemoration -- http://kokoda.commemoration.gov.au
Coffee Industry Corporation Ltd -- http://www.coffeecorp.org.pg
Papuan plumage preening so spectacular -- http://giaman.com/pg/?443c46
Trip to poverty-stricken community for God, not author -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fd4ce5
Gerehu on Facebook -- http://giaman.com/pg/?307b36
Papua New Guinea Scriptures -- http://pngscriptures.org/index.htm
PNG Academic and Research Network -- http://pngarnet.ac.pg
PNG Health Partnerships -- http://www.pnghealthpartnerships.org
Graphic Intervention: AIDS at 30 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?900e85
Road Belong Cargo -- http://giaman.com/pg/?942974
Madang Hotel review -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8a9f3e
Landowner matters unresolved at Ramu -- http://www.pngindustrynews.net/storyview.asp?storyid=2489253
Democratic Governance Program -- http://www.dgtp.org.pg
Strongim Pipol Strongim Nesen -- http://www.spsnpng.com
University of PNG -- http://www.upng.ac.pg
University of Technology -- http://www.unitech.ac.pg
Lutheran University of PNG -- http://lupng.org
Divine Word University -- http://www.dwu.ac.pg
Pacific Adventist -- http://www.pau.ac.pg
Goroka University -- http://www.uog.ac.pg
University of Natural Resources and Environment -- http://universityofvudal.blogspot.com
Catholic Theological Institute, Bomana -- http://www.cti.ac.pg/index.html
PNG - a country of adventure -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il_weWOWAcw
Milne Bay -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?&v=AEgJ2fIP2hc
Moresby's new Adventure Park -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5i4DUdYB7S0
Pope John Paul II -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4864a2
Tatok Tasi Dance from ARB -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UDOBUf4m1o
Telikom Cycling -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/350org/6187353139
The Post Courier has recently carried a picture of children wearing grass skirts and rag torn t-shirts. Is this the state of development in PNG after 36 years of Independence? The rich get richer and the poor still have nothing.
Looting Costing Millions
The looting of trucks along the Highlands Highway is costing millions of Kina a year. The managing director of Mt Hagen-based grocery wholesaler Dae Won Trading Limited said there had been a marked increase in the looting of containers on the Highway from Lae to Mt Hagen, especially at Daulo Pass, in the Eastern Highlands and Tumun in Chimbu.
Kainantu a ghost town -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20111004/news07.htm
PM Orders MRDC Probe
Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has directed Attorney-General and Justice Minister Dr Allan Marat to institute a special investigation into the alleged squandering of millions of kina of landowner monies by the Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC).
See -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110928/news01.htm
The Association of Superannuation Funds PNG (ASFPNG) has a website located at -- http://www.asfpng.org.pg -- ASFPNG is an industry body established in 2002 by interested industry participants with the common goal to protect superannuants retirement savings within a regulated environment whilst fostering a competitive industry.
Lutheran University Donation
The Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has presented a cheque for K2 million towards the building of the Lutheran University and another K4 million would be made available by the government in November or December this year.
National Capital Bus Service
A new bus service is being introduced in Port Moresby following the recent signing of a contract between the National Capital District Commission and local company, 15-Mile Smash Repair Ltd. The company said it would use buses on routes not served by the current bus services (PMV's). The company will use 11 buses each with a capacity to carry up to 70 people to cover the planned routes.
Many people want to walk the Kokoda Track and that is fine if you are in very good physical condition and can pass a relevant medical but there are other easier wartime treks for those who may not be up to the challenge of Kokoda. One such trek retraces the Lark Force's desperate escape from the Japanese occupation on the island of New Britain during the Second World War.
See -- http://giaman.com/pg/?32b0ce -- Also -- http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-battles/ww2/rabaul.htm
Many people in PNG trek on a daily basis to and from their village to the next village or to a medical centre or to a provincial town. One such walk is from Alotau to Dogura -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/wamira.html
Anton Kaupa Morua, PNG poultry manager the Christian Leaders Training College (CLTC -- http://www.cltc.ac.pg/) at Banz Campus, Mount Hagen, is undertaking an eight-week South Australian Crawford Fund traineeship at SARDI's Poultry Production Unit at Roseworthy Campus.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?33cb40
New low cost domestic airline, Travel Air, has taking delivery of two Fokker 50 aircraft out of a planned four to be based in Madang waiting for the launch of services by the airline. Travel Air is also planning to operate two Fokker 50 cargo planes from a separate base at Lae and is reported to be interested in acquiring single examples of both the 19-seat DHC-6 Twin Otter and 112-seat BAe RJ85.
The two Fokker 50's are -- P2-TAF, serial 20192 and P2-TAE, serial 20202
-- http://travelairpng.com -- not yet fully operational. Many pages are blank.
Samaritan Aviation offers a unique solution to what, in the past, was often a three to five day trek through rough jungle tracks and along long, winding rivers. Since 2010 they have utilized a small amphibious Cessna, called the "Spirit of Paradise", to land on the Sepik River and it's tributaries picking up woman in obstructed labour, children with snakebites and all other manner of medical emergencies. Then flying them to Wewak hospital on the coast for treatment.
Alotau, Milne Bay Pictures
Alotau, the capital of Milne Bay province, has been described as a sleepy country town. The great news about Alotau is that security is not normally an issue and you can wander around town at ease.
Alotau Images -- http://giaman.com/pg/?49453a -- and -- http://flickrhivemind.net/Tags/alotau/Interesting
Unions Oppose Airline Merger
Four Air Niugini Unions - National Airlines Employees Association, National Air Pilots Union, Flights Attendants Association and Aircraft Engineers Association all strongly oppose the idea of a merger with Airlines PNG. One of the unions - the National Airlines Employees Association says it believes the merger will displace local employees and not do any good.
The government recently gave in-principle support to a merger state-owned Air Niugini with the publicly listed Airlines PNG. The merger would make it one of the biggest airlines in the South Pacific Islands region.
Regulator to have final say in PNG airline merger -- http://australianetworknews.com/stories/201109/3327635.htm
William Duma, Petroleum and Energy Minister, says Canadian-based InterOil has been misleading major companies that are potential operators for the Gulf Province LNG Project.
InterOil shares tumble 17% after row on LNG project -- http://www.platts.com/RSSFeedDetailedNews/RSSFeed/Oil/7439571
PNG Loses Rugby
The PNG Kumuls went down 22 - 36 against the Australian Prime Minister's XIII team coached by Mal Meninga in front of an estimated crowd of 15,000 packed into Lae's 2000-seat oval.
Skipper's Body Found
Police say the body of a sailor found washed up on the isolated Purdy group of islands in Manus province has been identified as the skipper of the boat that went missing in August while carrying scientists from the Goroka based PNG Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR). The Manus Provincial Police Commander says a relative of the deceased has confirmed the identity of the body.
Vale Utula Samana & Hami Yawari
Former politician Utula Samana has passed away on the 2nd of October at his 6-Mile home just outside Lae, Morobe province.
PM saddened over Samana’s death -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20111004/news12.htm
Former Southern Highlands governor, Hami Yawari, has also passed away. He will be laid to rest at his Gesege village, Lake Kutubu today.
Hami Yawari farewelled -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/23690
Papua New Guinea, the Pacific Games soccer champions, have emerged as favourites to win the OFC Women's Olympic Qualifying tournament in March next year after earning an historic third title in a row at the 14th edition of the Games.
See also -- http://www.pngfootball.com.pg -- http://www.oceaniafootball.com
Canoe and Kundu Festival
Canoes and the Kundu drums are a significant aspect of the lives of the people of Milne Bay. Both the Canoe and the Kundu were widely used in olden times in ceremonies and rituals and were meticulously crafted from special woods under strict customs, to derive the best results and to appease the gods.
Read more -- http://giaman.com/pg/?527cb3
50 Days in Government
The first 50 days of the O'Neill - Namah government have seen reforms take off, including decisive action being taken to tackle corruption, public enterprises being cleaned up, and an 800 million kina (US$362 million) supplementary budget passed focusing on free education and infrastructure.
Read more - Keith Jackson & Co: PNG ATTITUDE -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1b3a58
Ear-bashing for Aussie Government
Callers to the FM 100 radio talk back program have described the Australian government's stringent immigration and visa application processing policies as being racist. Callers expressed frustration and anger over the strict policies that have denied some Papua New Guineans from travelling to Australia for holidays, study or to visit friends.
Call for a fair unbiased visa treaty between Australia and PNG -- http://bit.ly/pqhqsz
Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.
Morobe Show - 15th and 16th October
National Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau, Milne Bay province: 4th - 6th November
Lae Game Fishing Club Billfish Tournament - 13th November -- http://www.laegamefishing.org.pg
World AIDS Day - 1st December
National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012
2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain
Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012
2012 Milne Bay Critter & Adventure Expeditions with Bob Halstead & Graham Abbott
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 17th April 2012 to 29th April 2012
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 1st May 2012 to 13th May 2012
Alotau-Adventure Diving-Kimbe Bay: 15th May 2012 to 30th May 2012
Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013
2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)
Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
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