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PNG in the News
PNG heads of departments have no work plan -- http://giaman.com/pg/?297e6c
PNG Dulux Challenge Concludes in Morobe -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4d76b9
PNG tragedy shatters family -- http://giaman.com/pg/?cd38a1
Vintage plane lifts vet's spirit to sky -- http://giaman.com/pg/?51b03f
PNG Cricketers off to Great Start at Arafura Games -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d78780
Huge Honour for Dikana at Arafura Games -- http://giaman.com/pg/?52496c
Madang students demand removal of Gav Stoa settlement -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2f1868
Fuel Prices in Port Moresby Continue to Rise -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3eb5b7
Somare recovering from more heart surgery -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5c8a50
Somare retirement talk premature -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0ae8d8
Malaysian puts big investment into PNG shopping -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201105/s3216540.htm
PNG in Dubai 2008 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWJCWxSYF_0
Popondetta -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a73aa1
Haus Tambaran Maprik -- http://www.panoramio.com/photo/52140702
PNG sing-sing -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LQuXoo9TtE
Rabaul -- http://www.asiatravelhi.com/tag/rabaul
PNG dance -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOu-AiEd9sY
Goroka Images -- http://musique-monde.appspot.com/Goroka/Images
Madang -- http://www.travelasiap.com/tag/madang
Popondetta Map -- http://www.maps11.com/map_p/Popondetta.html
Destinations PNG Images -- http://www.facebook.com/destinationsairniugini?sk=photos
Ukarumpa -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jG9V76FT28c
Misc PNG Links
CHM Supersound -- http://chmsupersound.com
Lissenung Island Resort -- http://www.lissenung.com
The sights and sounds of Milne Bay -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c3e2db
Jackson's Airport Information -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3c1862 -- and -- http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/05/04/idUK239984710720110504
Napatana Lodge -- http://www.napatanalodge.com
Surfing in PNG -- http://www.driftmagazine.co.uk/index.php/archives/7707
Kalibobo Village Resort -- http://www.kalibobovillage.com
Historical fiction, Days of Port Moresby -- http://turtledove.wikia.com/wiki/Port_Moresby
PNG Tourism -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg
Melanesian Online Diary -- http://melanesianwayz.blogspot.com
PNG Exposed -- http://pngexposed.wordpress.com
Swit Moa - Finding Joy in PNG -- http://joyellen.wordpress.com/2011/05/02/swit-moa
The Giant PNG Rat -- http://www.cheryl-morgan.com/?p=6208
PNG Tourism -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg/Blog
Malum Nalu's Blog -- http://malumnalu.blogspot.com
New Opposition Leader
Belden Namah, the MP for Vanimo-Green, has been elected unopposed to head the PNG Opposition. Mr Namah is a former soldier in the PNG Defence Force. He takes over from former prime minister and PNG Party leader, Sir Mekere Morauta who has relinquished the leadership role.
Australia has announced its biggest aid package ever to PNG since independence - K1.2 billion - up by K65m from the previous year. Australian High Commissioner to PNG Ian Kemish said the increase aid demonstrates Australia's long-term commitment to help PNG.
Kapris Names Names
Convicted bank robber William Nanua Kapris has named ministers Patrick Pruaitch and Tony Aimo and Deputy Speaker Francis Marus as his "allies".
Ministers say Kapris lying -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/19279
Stolen millions gone missing -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110513/news02.htm
Manu Autoport Ransacked
The Inter-Oil fuel service station in Korobosea near the Malaoro Market has been ransacked by a group of PNG Defence Force soldiers from Taurama Barracks. A formal complaint has been lodged with the police quoting the damage bill to be more than K5 million.
PNG police seek soldiers identity involved in riot -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a8258c
WA Premier Backs PNG Plan
The premier of West Australia has welcomed an Australian Federal Government proposal to establish a regional processing centre for asylum seekers in PNG. The premier says a facility in PNG would ease the pressure on immigration detention centres at Christmas Island and Villawood.
See also - New boat arrivals will go to Malaysia under Labour U-turn on asylum-seekers -- http://giaman.com/pg/?841239
Bensbach Wildlife Lodge
Bensbach Wildlife Lodge is located on the Bensbach River, the last river westwards before reaching the Indonesian province of West Papua. Bensbach is a paradise for fishermen with the river packed with fish especially barramundi in fact it is renowned as one of the Barramundi capitals of the world. The lodge is also surrounded with literally thousands of head of deer grazing the plains, descendents of small herds introduced more than fifty years ago by the Dutch in West Papua. The lodge has been built from locally available materials and is located less than 100km inland from the river mouth.
Three Malaysian lumberjacks, who were allegedly cheated by their employer in PNG, have been rescued and returned home.
Malaysian interests control many of the logging companies run in PNG.
PNGDF Air Wing
Australia and New Zealand are helping to revamp the PNG Defence Force's Air Transport Wing. A team of nine Australian Army and Air Force personnel and two New Zealand Air Force engineers are working with their PNGDF counterparts to conduct a review of what is required for the revamp. The visit follows a visit by two senior RAAF officers last month to help refine the syllabus and select candidates for PNG-funded basic flying training that will start shortly in Australia.
Ramu Sugar Back
After a break from shop shelves Ramu Sugar is back.
Device Technologies in Frenchs Forest, New South Wales, Australia has donated two cardiac defibrillators to Manly-based Australian Doctors International. The doctors recently travelled to New Ireland Province to personally deliver the equipment and ensure hospital staff could use it correctly. New Ireland Province is an isolated island region and tourist surfing destination that has 10 local doctors for 160,000 people.
The family of Royal Australian Air Force squadron leader John Francis Jackson, after whom Jackson Airport, in Port Moresby is named, have recently visited for the first time.
See also - why is Port Moresby airport called Jackson's Field? -- http://www.michie.net/png_faqs/05293807_1.shtml#02173274
Operation Open Heart
The 2011 Operation Open Heart has been launched. Pledges of over K400,000 have already been received from business houses, individuals and families for the annual event.
The programme brings heart specialists from Australia to work with local doctors and nurses. It has saved 780 lives in the last 16 years.
Poi Gold Copper Project
MIL Resources has revealed some encouraging results from trenching at the Poi gold copper project in PNG, with the discovery of a new gold anomaly.
MAF Sets Aussie Record
To help mark the 60th anniversary of MAF's first ever flight on the 7th of May 1951 to Madang MAF pilot, Ron Watts, has set an Australian record for the number of aircraft landings in one day, taking off and landing 102 times from Illawarra Regional Airport on the 7th of May.
MAF is a Christian based organisation currently operating nearly 130 aircraft in 30 countries.
Second Operation for Sir Michael Somare
After complications from his first operation, Sir Michael Somare, has had to undergo another operation putting into question his political future.
The PNG constitution stipulates the prime minister be elected by the full parliament, which will happen if and when Sir Michael - who has shown a unique capacity to unite a disparate team and keep a coalition in office - formally concedes that he cannot return.
See associated story - PNG meets to appoint new leader with concerns Somare may not return to office -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d004a3
National Alliance Party blasted -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110513/news01.htm
Somare retirement talk premature -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0ae8d8
The Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society (POMCRS) is hosting a "biggest morning tea" function on Tuesday the 31st of May. POMCRS has invited businesses in the national capital to participate in this event by hosting a morning tea at their office on the day. Businesses can register for "PNG's Biggest Morning Tea" via email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 180 2009.
2011 Morobe Golf Open
Pre-tournament favourite and defending champion Heath Reed has birdied his final hole to edge out New Zealander Josh Carmichael and win back-to-back Coca Cola Morobe Open titles. The professional golfers will now head to Port Moresby Golf Club for the South Pacific Export PNG Open.
PNG Open -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b457f1
Paediatric HIV Programme
The PNG government is this year scaling up its paediatric HIV/AIDS programme, with a national strategy to combat parent to child transmission.
Digicel PNG has introduced 3G Broadband in Port Moresby, Lae, Mt Hagen and Kokopo at a rate of 33t per MB during peak hours (8am - 8pm) and 25t per MB during Off Peak hours (8pm - 8am and all day on the weekend).
Digicel PNG BroadBand -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIrqvPmonmY
Port Moresby General Hospital
Friends of Infant Nurseries Association (FINA) in Port Moresby has donated K5,000 worth of medical supplies to the Port Moresby General Hospital paediatric ward. The supplies included chloramphenicol, flu cloxacillin, Pentavite drops, Panadol, vallergan syrup, feeding tubes and gloves.
Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates do change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.
Lik Lik Diwai Tourism Festival - 20th May
Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society (POMCRS) inaugural "biggest morning tea" - Tues 31st May.
Wahgi Sing Sing - June
Walk Against Corruption - Sunday 12th of June
Warwin High School Cultural Day - 13th June
Kontu / Tembn Shark Calling, New Ireland - 29th June - 2nd July
Warwagira Cultural Show, Kokopo - 29th June - 5th July
National Mask Festival, 6th - 9th July
Birding in Paradise, 12th - 22nd July -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8b315c
Miss Melanesia Australia 2011 - The Irish Club, Brisbane, 16 July 2011
Malagan Show, New Ireland, 22nd - 24th July
Crocodile Festival, Ambunti - 9th & 10th August
Mount Hagen Cultural Show - 13th & 14th August -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f0b247
Full Pacific Games - French president Nicolas Sarkozy is set to officially open the XIV Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, on the 27th of August.
Goroka Show, 16th - 18th September - see -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110426/hpost02.htm -- and -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg/viewservices/News.aspx?Pop=1&rqEventID=58
Morobe Show - 15th & 16th October
Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau: 4th - 6th November
National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012
2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain
Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012
Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013
Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
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