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PNG in the News
PNG leaders commit to national growth -- http://giaman.com/pg/?82a5f4
Carteret islanders will be relocated to Tinputz on mainland Bougainville, 10 families at a time -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ddbee0
See also -- http://www.alertnet.org/db/blogs/53806/2008/08/18-102449-1.htm -- and -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/200809/s2372185.htm
Police shoot dead three robbers -- http://giaman.com/pg/?aca35e
Volcanic ash blankets PNG's Rabaul -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/200809/s2366334.htm
Bogia and the North Road -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a8fbb6
Education Web Sites
PNG Education Institute -- http://www.pngei.ac.pg
Ela Murray International School -- http://www.elamurray.ac.pg
Goroka Grammar -- http://www.gorokagrammarschool.ac.pg
Institute of Business Studies -- http://www.ibs.ac.pg
Institute of Banking and Business Management -- http://www.ibbm.com.pg
International Education Agency -- http://www.iea.ac.pg
Korobosea and Boroko East School -- http://www.koroboro.ac.pg
Pacific Training Academy -- http://www.pta.com.pg
PNG Basic Education Development Program (BEDP) -- http://www.pngbedp.com
PNG Curriculum Reform Implementation Project -- http://www.pngcurriculumreform.ac.pg
PNG International Training Institute -- http://www.iti.ac.pg
PNG Maritime College -- http://www.pngmc.ac.pg
PNG University of Technology (Lae) -- http://www.unitech.ac.pg
Tabubil International Education Agency School -- http://www.tis.ac.pg
The International School of Lae -- http://www.tisol.ac.pg
University of Goroka, Eastern Highlands -- http://www.uog.ac.pg
University of PNG -- http://www.upng.ac.pg
Goroka Show -- http://www.trupela.com/albums/thumbnails.php?album=148
Goroka Show -- http://damonlisa.blogspot.com/2008/09/visitors-goroka-show.html
Goroka Show -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/kahunapulej/2861752976/
Popondetta -- http://politburo.net/?p=21
Madang -- http://www.messersmith.name/wordpress/wp-content/front_yard_panorama_web.jpg
Rabaul -- http://giaman.com/pg/?051fd6
I dream of untouched paradise and pristine waters -- http://giaman.com/pg/?adb886
Close Up - Mt Hagen man -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/kahunapulej/2861691986/
Wonenara -- http://giaman.com/pg/?62e177
Smyths in PNG's Web log -- http://smythsinpng.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/september-14-2008/
Jeff left yesterday to climb Mt. Wilhelm, the highest peak in PNG -- http://pairografs.blogspot.com/2008/09/on-his-way.html
It has been quite a process trying to find a second hand car in Mt Hagen -- http://mattinpng.com/2008/09/22/worth-the-wait/
Backyard vegetable gardening in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f33e32
Looks like coconut, smells like coconut must be ...fuel? -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bc9974
Conserve or Preserve - The Green Dragon -- http://giaman.com/pg/?706ec7
Sydney Wantoks -- http://www.freewebs.com/wantok/index.htm
Painim Wantok -- http://www.wantok.info
Wantok Musik Foundation -- http://www.wantokmusik.org
Wantok Photography -- http://www.wantok.co.uk
Wantok Radio Light -- http://www.wantokradio.net
Liverpool Wantok -- http://liverpoolwantok.blogspot.com/
More on Papuan languages -- http://www.arts.usyd.edu.au/research_projects/delp/papuan.php
Ministry of Inter Government Relations -- http://www.igr.gov.pg
Discover one of the last untouched wildernesses in the Pacific -- http://www.driftwoodpng.com
Guided adventures in PNG -- http://www.wildpng.com
Kimbe Bay Hotel -- http://www.kimbebayhotel.com/
Walindi Plantation Resort -- http://www.walindi.com
Mahonia Na Dari -- http://www.mahonia.org/
Scuba Divers Adventure -- http://www.papuanewguinea.net
Rabaul Hotel -- http://www.rabaulhotel.com.pg/
Security Plus -- http://www.securityplus.com.pg
Books About PNG
Hans's Posterous -- http://hans.posterous.com/
One Thousand One Papua New Guinean Nights -- http://thslone.tripod.com/1001PNGnights.html -- also see -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/1001.html
Always Hungry, Never Greedy: Food and the Expression of Gender in a Melanesian Society -- http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0881337765/papuanewguineaww
Malinowski's Kiriwina: Fieldwork Photography 1915-1918 (Hardcover) -- http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0226876500/papuanewguineaww
Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands Travel Guide -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b84651
Lonely Planet is selling PDF copies of individual chapters of travel guides. A PNG sample about History, Culture and Diving can be found here for as little as US$2.00 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?91ad9d
Ross Eastgate has written to say that if anyone wants a copy of the Monckton book (or any other book on PNG and the Pacific) Bill McGrath's Pacific Book House on the Gold Coast can oblige. Bill is a former Kiap from the Southern Highlands.
Website -- http://www.pacificbookhouse.com.au -- and e-mail -- mcgrath @ pacificbookhouse.com.au -- Telephone -- +61 7 5539 0446 or Facsimile -- +61 7 5538 4114
Records keeping track of K100 million in public funds for the National Forest Authority (NFA) have gone missing according to the Auditor General's office. No records have been kept for the period 1999 - 2005. The Department of Finance has been blasted by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) for not providing help to the NFA.
It seems that the National Housing Commission is not much better -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20080925/news02.htm
PNG has come in at the top of the Corruption Perceptions Index for the Pacific. It is perceived as being the most corrupt country in the region. The index further indicated that internationally, PNG is ranked among the 30 most corrupt countries in the world with no real indications of improvement in governance.
see -- http://giaman.com/pg/?005002
see also -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20080925/view01.htm
Air Niugini has suspended its flights to Narita, Japan. Chief Executive, Wasantha Kumarasiri, said with the continuous increase in jet fuel price and its impact on all airlines in the world, Air Niugini cannot continue to provide services to and from commercially unviable routes. Air Niugini has been making significant losses on the Japan route since the resumption in 1997.
Francis Kompoan, from East New Britain, has become the first paralympian from the Pacific to win a medal at the Paralympic Games. Francis, 22, finished second behind Australian Heath Francis in the final of the T46 100 metres at the Bird's Nest Stadium. He was PNG's flag bearer at the Games' opening ceremony.
see also -- http://giaman.com/pg/?716888
More than half a million women lose their lives annually as a result of complications from pregnancy or childbirth of which 99% of the deaths happen in developing countries.
see -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/092308/nation8.php
An initial payment of K11,500 has been made to build lagatois in preparation for the coming Hiri-Moale Festival. Builders from Manumanu have received K4500 for a three-hulled lagatoi and Porebada was allocated K7000 to build a four-hulled canoe. The money was paid by the National Capital District Commission. The Hiri-Moale Festival will be held on the 25th of November this year.
Pipe Networks has cleared one of the last major hurdles in its plan to build an optic fibre network between Sydney, Guam and Papua New Guinea with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) granting it landing rights in Guam. The link would provide 10Gbps on the PNG-Guam route and 10Gbps on the PNG-Australia route. The link will terminate in Madang and Telikom PNG Limited will own the cable station in Madang.
see -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5496e9 -- and also -- http://www.itwire.com/content/view/20669/127/
see also - Telikom to link PNG -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20080925/news05.htm
Louisiades Rally 2008
The inaugural Louisiades Rally 2008 from Australia to Misima Milne Bay province, has got underway with 26 luxury yachts setting sail from Cairns on Saturday. The Louisiades Rally is a tourism initiative aimed at promoting sustainable tourism in the remote islands off PNG by getting tourists on private yachts to visit the pristine outlying islands of the Louisiade archipelago and spend time with the local communities.
see -- http://giaman.com/pg/?54899e
The Lutheran Church of PNG is undertaking a major rural electrification program that will cover the country. According to the church, the project will not only light up rural communities in PNG but also promote awareness on climate change. The rural electrification project would begin in the Kol area in the Western Highlands Province.
see the Post Courier report -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20080925/news04.htm
Five people arrested in Enga province recently have dug a hole in the concrete floor of the Wabag police cell and escaped by crawling out of it during the early hours of the morning. It is believed the escapees used an iron rod or a knife to dig the hole over a three day period.
The government-funded National Television Service (NTS) has been launched as an independence gift to the people of PNG. Large screens were set up in Goroka, Mt Hagen, Rabaul and Port Moresby for people to watch the new service of mostly pre-recorded programs. The first program to be screened was Yumi Yet - a documentary about Independence Day celebrations in 1975.
see -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9b0327
PNG has been named by the United Nations as one of five focus countries to take part in the testing of the Geneva Declaration on Armed Violence and Development programs.
see -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20080919/news15.htm
Trails, Tracks and WWII
Black Track Trail --
Kokoda Trail --
The Kokoda Track Foundation has been established in recognition of the assistance given to the Australian Diggers during the Pacific War from 1942 - 1945 by the people of PNG including the 'Fuzzy-Wuzzy Angels' and the Koiari and Orokaivean people living along the Kokoda Track. The Foundation has a web site located at -- http://www.kokodatrackfoundation.org
see also -- http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200608/s1725250.htm -- and -- http://www.kokodatrail.com.au/forums/index.php?showtopic=218
The Kokoda Track - Do's and Don'ts -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4894de
Shaggy Ridge -- http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-battles/ww2/shaggy-ridge.htm
The Buna, Gona and Sanananda Campaigns -- http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-battles/ww2/gona-buna-san.htm
Bougainville -- http://www.diggerhistory.info/pages-battles/ww2/bouganville.htm
With over 800+ languages it seems that PNG is heading to that number of provinces. The National Government has allocated K2.5 million in this year's supplementary budget to undergo preparations to establish a Hela Province, separate from the Southern Highlands. As it is some provinces have less than the population of Port Moresby if you are to believe the census figures from the year 2000.
Australian health authorities warn of PNG HIV cluster -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/200809/s2367237.htm
Papua New Guinea's national carrier causes concerns -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dbbfe8
It has become part of the culture of people living along the Highlands Highway to loot any trucks or vehicles that gets into difficulties along the road. Recently a truck destined for the highlands overturned near the Wara Simbu bridge below the town of Kundiawa and although police attempted to guard the truck so the contents of frozen goods could be transferred to other trucks, the cargo of lamb, chicken, fish, shrimp and squid was stolen by people along the highway.
Chimbu provincial police commander Supt Joseph Tondop has been quoted as saying "every time there is a breakdown, people like to loot. Why do they want to rob and gain from somebody else's misfortune?"
International Orchid Show -- 4th and 5th of October
Morobe Show -- 18th and 19th of October -- the Show is held on the weekend closest to the full moon in the month of October each year in Lae, Morobe Province. -- http://www.morobeshow.org.pg -- and -- http://malumnalu.blogspot.com/2008/09/morobe-show-on-again.html
Sprint Triathlon -- 1st of November at Ela Beach, Port Moresby
Milne Bay Canoe Festival -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ab7f63 -- always held during the first weekend in November.
International Conference on Deep-Sea Mine Tailings Placement (DSTP): Madang Resort between the 4th and 7th of November, 2008
The Greatest Adventure Challenge - Coast to coast challenge. Bike ride, walk, bike ride. Buna to Port Moresby via the Kokoda Track from the 6th to the 14th of November 2008.
2008 Kokoda Reunion Dinner - Friday, 7 November 2008 - Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney.
Hiri Moale Festival -- Chairman of the Motu Koitabu Assembly Miria Ikupu said the festival which is the premier cultural event of the city and coincides with the country's Independence celebration in mid September was deferred to between the 7th and 9th of November, to allow proper planning and preparation due to the recent Motu Koitabu elections.
Anti Corruption Day - 9th December 2008
Inaugural Madang Golf Classic February 2009 sponsored by Airlines of PNG
34th Games Fishing Association PNG National Game Fishing Titles - Madang - from the 3rd of April to 13th of April 2009.
see -- http://www.gfa.com.pg
Arafura Games - 9 to 17th of May 2009 -- http://www.arafuragames.nt.gov.au/
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