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PNG in the News
MCC cheerleader summonsed for contempt of court -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a6d3c1
Villager holds up MCC pipeline in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?008a6f
Kidnapped teen rescued -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20101004/news01.htm
German painter captured images of Rabaul -- http://giaman.com/pg/?56df61
IOM Launches Counter-Trafficking Programme in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1079d3
Hidden Valley important for Harmony -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f254e9
New Gold -- http://goldinvestingnews.com/7885/new-guinea-new-gold.html
Chimbu elders tell police to 'shoot to kill' h'way robbers -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/13093
Guides killed while helping police -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20101005/news04.htm
Ben Howard -- http://benhowardpng.blogspot.com
Weir in PNG: Madang Holiday! -- http://www.weirinpng.com/2010/10/madang-holiday.html
PNG interview with Beth Whitman -- http://www.tipsfromthetlist.com/29641.html
Tembari Children's Care -- http://tembari.blogspot.com
My PNG experience -- http://giaman.com/pg/?14ef56
Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) -- http://www.vsa.org.nz/blog/category/project-friendship
Reminders of Conflict in Paradise -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6304cb
Malum Nalu: Memories of Independence Day in PNG - 1975 and 1976 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?110057
PNGexposed Blog -- http://pngexposed.wordpress.com
Misc PNG links
Gerehu Community Sustainable Art Education Program -- http://www.gerehuarts.com/index.html
PNG Oz Tours -- http://pngoztours.com
Kisim Piksa -- http://journal.davidhempenstall.com
Badili Club -- http://www.badiliclub.com
Staring Down My Demons - Reader's Digest -- http://www.rdasia.com/staring-down-my-demons
Tawali Resort in Alotau -- http://giaman.com/pg/?08ab07
24 hours in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?347d1d
My journey into the coffee business sent me to New Guinea! -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f23773
Primitive instincts mask the pop of the new -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a48c35
Boianai Village, Milne Bay -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3c1627
Diving Papua New Guinea: Is It Safe - Should I Go There? -- http://giaman.com/pg/?db6818
Video Survival Guide to Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c22c38
Rambo Nation - PNG highlands -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nPq9RlswiM
80 historic images of Rabaul (East New Britain province) from 1933 in the collection of the National Library of Australia -- http://www.nla.gov.au/apps/cdview?pi=nla.pic-an20237763-1
An early Michael Somare cartoon -- http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn3602947 -- still a jigsaw puzzle.
Bill Skate Cartoon -- http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn4739512
Lonely Planet PNG Images -- http://www.lonelyplanet.com/papua-new-guinea/images
Raskols -- http://stephendupont.squarespace.com/exhibitions/raskols
Huli Wigmen, Goroka Show -- http://www.youtube.com/user/ingetjetadros
Mount Hagen show -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/bertrandlinet/5019753549
PNG Slide Show -- http://tripwow.tripadvisor.com/tripwow/ta-00a7-beaa-7bc8
Mt Hagen Hospital
Mt Hagen General Hospital has had to close its out patients department and turn away the sick. The hospital, in the Western Highlands, has had to take drastic action after the attempted rape of a nurse over the weekend. The CEO of the hospital, Dr James Kintwa, said staff had closed the outpatient department in protest over an attack on the nurse. Kintwa added that this was not the first time such an incident had happened at the hospital.
See -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/13097
49,000 years ago
Around 49,000 years ago a study has found people who lived in PNG's Ivane Valley (in the remote highland region) were highly adaptable and at the forefront of global colonisation. A team from New Zealand, Australia and PNG has uncovered campsites buried by volcanic ash where people made stone tools, hunted small animals and gathered high energy nuts during the last ice age - the Pleistocene - 15,000 years before so-called modern humans colonised Europe.
Full story -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f72373
Western Province Vanilla
Farmers in the Middle Fly electorate of Western Province are keen to grow and maintain vanilla but more help. Over 2000 farmers are either actively involved in vanilla or showing interest in the crop.
Full story -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20101005/news05.htm
Moresby Car Thefts
National Capital District (NCD) police have reported that three to four vehicles are stolen every day in Port Moresby / NCD. Police report cars are being stolen from drivers at gateways to properties, at traffic lights and other areas where vehicles stop and some criminals are obtaining duplicate keys and stealing the unattended vehicle. Motorists have been warned the criminals are usually armed with firearms and other dangerous weapons. Police also warn keys could be copied when vehicles are being serviced.
Clinton to Visit
The US Embassy in Port Moresby has confirmed Secretary Clinton is expected to visit PNG in November. However, for security reasons, the embassy has not disclosed her itinerary.
Full story -- http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201009/3025526.htm
ILS a Step Closer
The K3 million instrument landing system (ILS) for Port Moresby's Jackson Airport has successfully passed its factory acceptance test in the USA by PNG Civil Aviation and Selex Systems Integration. The equipment is now in the process of being shipped to PNG installation later this year. The replacement of the exiting more than 10 year old ILS is part of the K2 billion civil aviation development investment programme.
Cult Leader Guilty
After four years cult leader Steven Tari Nangimon Garasai, known as "Black Jesus" has been found guilty of four out of six counts of rape by the National Court and will be sentenced by Justice David Cannings in Madang.
Full story -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20101004/news06.htm
Wabag Fish Farming
The fish farmers of Enga Province have received K400,000 from the National Fisheries Authority. There are 500 fish ponds in the province and the first 16 applicants who requested funds from the National Fishery Authority shared the funds. Agriculture and Livestock officer Pinganoma None told the farmers to use the funds to improve the ponds and expand the industry in Enga.
Bus Safety Campaign
The safety campaign competition, initiated by Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited (MVIL) in March this year, for Public Motor Vehicle (PMV) drivers has seen almost half the 3000 registered bus drivers eliminated from the campaign even though a yellow card, single warning system had been implemented. Out of the thousand or so drivers who enrolled from around Port Moresby not one made it through the campaign. To police the competition MVIL was able to equip itself with speed cameras and breath testing equipment.
The 15 winning drivers (none from Port Moresby) flew to Australia and were able to watch the recent Australian National Rugby League Grand Final in Sydney.
MVIL is the sole company responsible for PNG's insurance and registration.
See -- PNG bus drivers win NRL grand final tickets -- http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/09/30/3025970.htm
See also - Rugby League - PNG style -- http://www.abc.net.au/correspondents/content/2010/s3027871.htm
Mobiles Fight Crime
Madang Provincial police commander Supt Anthony Wagambie Junior says the use of mobile phones by citizens and police has been an effective medium in combating crime. Wagambie said police mobile numbers were given to the public while police had informants located all over the province supplying information about armed hold-ups, break-ins and other activities directly with the police.
A small, single propeller, charter plane recently made an emergency landing on a beach in Milne Bay. It is believed the five Victorian scuba divers on board are all okay and the plane is undamaged. The plane was on its way from Tufi to Alotau (Gurney Airport).
PNG's rough terrain and harsh landscape with unpredictable weather make for difficult flying conditions, but underfunding and a lack of political will have also marred PNG's aviation safety record.
See - Malum Nalu: Five Australians safe in Milne Bay -- http://giaman.com/pg/?cca2fd -- and -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100928/news01.htm
New Halt on Mine Waste
The owners of the Ramu nickel mine have agreed to give a legal undertaking to put a new halt on the marine waste dumping plans until a court hearing on the 15th of October. This means the construction of the marine waste dumping system is once again on hold and the court will decide on the 15th whether to extend that any further.
See -- http://giaman.com/pg/?428120
Kandep Tribal Fight
Since 2003 around 75 people have died in tribal conflicts in the Kandep area of Enga province. Many others are nursing serious injuries using local herbal medicine due to many health centres being destroyed during the various fights. Locals want the government to declare a state of emergency in area before the 2012 National elections. It has been reported in the Post Courier that six tribal fights involving 31 council wards in the Mariant constituency have escalated into the Lower Wage and Lai constituencies.
Full report -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20101001/news02.htm
Arson Attempt at Gas Site
The National newspaper has reported that trucks and heavy machinery were torched by local villagers at an Exxon quarry near Kaiam in the southern Gulf province of Kikori. Energy giant ExxonMobil refused to confirm reports of the arson attack on its 15-billion-dollar gas project saying only that police were probing an unspecified incident.
ExxonMobil holds a 33.2 percent stake in the project with partners Oil Search Ltd (29 percent), the PNG government (16.6 percent), Santos Ltd (13.5 percent), Nippon Oil Corp (4.7 percent) and local landowners (2.8 percent).
Full news report -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/12959
See also - K2 billion for LNG security -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20101005/news01.htm
In addition - Yawari backs Agiru on LNG and stability -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/13096
Papua New Guinea has sent 119 athletes to the 19th Commonwealth Games currently being held in Delhi, India. England has sent 124 and Australia 87. The Papua New Guinea National Olympic Committee is responsible for the country's participation in the Commonwealth Games.
Chimbu Botany Show
The Chimbu Botany Club recently received K10,000 for the staging of the third Chimbu Botany Show currently being held in Kundiawa. Over 60 environmental groups, individual, the Coffee Industry Corporation, schools, Port Moresby-based groups and other organisations are taking part in the event. The show aims to promote preservation of endangered plant and orchid species. The club is a subsidiary of Sangamanga Cultural Environmental Project (SCEP).
Morobe Agricultural Show - 23rd and 24th October -- http://www.morobeshow.org.pg
PNG Kumuls vs Australia - Sydney - 24th October
Air Niugini will be celebrating its 37 years of operation on the 1st of November.
National Canoe Festival - Alotau, Milne Bay province - 5th to 7th of November
Air Niugini staff reunion will be held on Sat November the 13th, 2010 at the Rydges Oasis, Caloundra, Queensland, Australia -- http://www.angreunion.co.nr
Pacific Queen Quest - PNG - 21 to 27 November -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5fe6ce
11th Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - 6th to 8th December, 2010 - Hilton Hotel, Sydney -- http://giaman.com/pg/?aefb78.
Arafura Games - 7 - 14th of May 2011 -- http://www.arafuragames.nt.gov.au
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 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
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