Miss PNG Quest
If you are interested in the Miss PNG Red Cross quest then here are
a couple of links to sites that carry information about the quest. --
-- and -- http://misspapuanewguinea.tripod.com
-- Also near the bottom you will find a list of all the previous Miss
2 Worlds, 1 PNG
Read an interview with Gorethy Kenneth, the chief of staff (news director)
at the PNG Post Courier conducted by JOHN BORDSEN, the Travel Editor
of the Charlotte Observer in USA.
Other PNG Links
If you are interested about the history of Papua New Guinea then a
good place to start is the Wikipedia free encyclopaedia
as well as the other links below.
Operation Open Heart
Operation Open Heart has completed at the Port Moresby General Hospital
with 64 patients being operated on. This figure surpasses the previous
record of 53 operations achieved last year. The cost of the operations
has been valued at approximately K5 million if the same operations were
to be carried out in Australia. An operation for an individual is valued
at between K60,000 to K80,000 but can increase to K100,000 if there
are any complications.
The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) has launched the
"Partnerships for Civil Society Adult Education Initiatives"
project in PNG, which is jointly funded by the Government of the United
Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) and the ADRA
office in the United Kingdom.
for more info see -- http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/fromthefield/219487/115559094890.htm
-- Additional information about ADRA can be found at -- http://www.adra.org
See also Language Identity -- http://www9.sbs.com.au/radio/index.php?page=wv&newsID=140490
A mob of more than 50 men assumed that a plane that had brought a group
of highlands politicians to Enga province would take the mob back to
Moresby free of charge. The crew of the Airlines PNG plane were placed
in a life-threatening situation as the men rushed into the plane to
take a "free ride" to the big city. As is fairly typical for
a flight arriving at Wapenamanda Airport 1,000 of people met the flight
to greet their governor, who had just escaped being dismissed from office
for misconduct. Riot police had to use force to remove the people from
the plane. Over 40 of the mob had been arrested and will appear in the
Mt Hagen District Court.
Milne Bay Library
It has been announced that the Milne Bay Governor, Tim Neville, will
spend K100,000 of taxpayers' money this year to buy books for the Alotau
Public Library. A small team of Friends of the Library and funds from
Mr. Neville helped to renovate the Alotau library recently. He also
announced that the government would spend K3.5 million to build a new
public library for Alotau and the people of Milne Bay.
Other countries have troubles keeping trespassers out but be warned
trespass in PNG and risk being shot. The shooting of an Indonesian trespassing
on PNG soil recently has caused uproar in Jakarta. Ten fishermen allegedly
fishing about 12 kilometres inside PNG waters tried to escape after
a joint police and Defence Force team fired a warning shot at them.
When they tried to escape the team fired them upon and one fisherman
lost his life and two others were wounded. The wounded men are recovering
at the Vanimo Hospital after being operated on to remove pellets from
The leader of the PNG Opposition, Mr. O'Neill and the Indonesian Government
has slammed the killing. Mr. O'Neill has called on the government to
conduct an investigation immediately to look into the shooting and inform
the appropriate authorities as to what actually happened.
Indonesia seeks more information on shooting of fisherman -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=26040
Indonesia summons PNG diplomat over border shooting -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/s1712641.htm?Indonesia
UPNG - Vanimo
People in Sandaun province are now able to gain a direct entry into
University of PNG (UPNG) through distance education following the establishment
of an open learning centre in Vanimo. The University of Papua New Guinea
(UPNG) has set up the new centre and a memorandum of agreement has recently
been signed between UPNG and Don Bosco technical secondary school.
Divine Word University in Madang has announced that they will be conducting
a medical degree from next year specifically designed to produce doctors
for the rural areas of the country. The degree program for "rural
doctors" will use Madang's Modilon Hospital as the training hospital.
The other degree programme run by the University of PNG is based in
the same vicinity as the Port Moresby General Hospital in the National
Coffee Industry Threat
The K300 million per annum coffee industry is under threat from a past
called the coffee borer. The pest's scientific name is hypothenemus
hampei and it has been found within 50 kilometres of the PNG border
in the Indonesian province of Papua. The coffee borer is a serious pest
found in Africa, South America, Central America, South East Asian countries
and new Caledonia. The pest is following on the heels of potato blight
and the cocoa pod borer both recent introductions to PNG with dire consequences.
hypothenemus hampei -- http://www.invasive.org/browse/subject.cfm?sub=5004
A document paving the way for the Govt, a Chinese resource developer
(Metallurgical Construction Corp - MCC) and relevant joint venture partners
has been signed paving the way for the development of the Ramu nickel
project in Morobe province by the end of this year. The deal grants
MCC a 10-year tax holiday as incentive to kick-start the project.
Disgruntled landowners from Arona crippled the highlands and parts
of Momase recently by taking over the Yonki Dam and shutting down the
supply of hydro generated electricity. The landowners are claiming compensation
for destruction of their traditional land and villages. The matter is
the subject of an ongoing court battle between PNG Power and the landowners.
Parts of the Arona valley were flooded to create the Yonki dam in the
See also -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/081406/w6.htm
Trukai Industries have opened a K9 million upgraded rice packing and
blending mill. Over K4 million of that figure was paid to local PNG
suppliers and contractors. The upgraded facility will provide capacity
for other markets in the South Pacific and is equal in quality to that
in Australia. It will also allow for the processing of locally grown
rice if local suppliers can ramp up production to provide sufficient
quantities of rice.
Why Do We Get Sick
Advert - Why Do We Get Sick? If you want to know the answer to this
question then I suggest a visit to the following web site run by a man
married to a PNG lady. -- http://whydowegetsick.com -- or ask for more info by sending email to -- info[@]whydowegetsick.com
Inadequate Food Supply
The Agriculture Minister, Sasa Zibe, has said that a rapidly increasing
population is a threat to the country's food supply. Food production
is growing at 2.1 percent per anum and the population is estimated to
be growing at 3.1 percent per anum. To increase production the Minister
said that poor infrastructure, law and order problems, land tenure systems,
trans-boundary pests and disease, poor extension services, lack of rural
credit and inadequate capacity building would all need to be overcome.
Also see -- http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/bulletins/rnzi/200608141037/786c30d
Police Commissioner Investigated
Police Commissioner, Sam Inguba, is being investigated over allegations
he blocked a police inquiry into an alleged fraud involved one point
four million US dollars.
See also -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/081406/nation3.htm
Previous Miss Red Cross Winners
The following people have won the title of "Miss PNG"
+ 1974 Miss Eva Arni was the first holder of the title "Miss PNG"
- Eva went on to win the Miss Asia Title.
+ 1975 Miss Eau Suve. Eau went on to win the "Best Traditional
Dress" award at the Miss Asia Quest.
+ 1976 Miss Sayah Karukaru
+ 1978 Miss Angeline Tukana
+ 1979 Miss Milly Misbut
+ 1980 Miss Mispah Alwyn
+ 1981 Miss Jennifer Abaijah
+ 1982 Miss Moi Eli
+ 1983 Miss Shannel Bray
+ 1984 Miss Patricia Mirisa
+ 1985 Miss Carmel Vagi (Miss Communications)
+ 1986 Miss Anna Wild
+ 1987 Miss Harriet Warren
+ 1988 Miss Erue Taunao
+ 1989 Miss Joycelyn Leahy
+ 1990 Miss Nellie Ben (Miss Ok Tedi Mine)
+ 1991 Miss Marcia Muir (Miss PNG Motors)
+ 1992 Miss Jennifer Lemeki (Miss Big Rooster)
+ 1993 Miss Sharon Onsa (Miss City Pharmacy)
+ 1994 Miss Tania Doyle
+ 1995 Miss Imanakone Sioa (Miss NCDC)
+ 1996 Miss Rita Stegman
+ 1997 Miss Lisa Linibi
+ 1998 Miss Helai Oala
+ 1999 Miss Roberta Ali
+ 2000 Miss Ephreddie Jubilee
+ 2001 Miss Olivia Wilson
+ 2002 Miss Yaku Ninich
+ 2003 Miss Cynthia Asi Central (Miss MRDC)
+ 2004 Miss Ashwin Samson (Miss Warehouse)
+ 2005 Michelle Pala (Miss Porebada Primary School)
+ 2006 Miss PNG Red Cross 2006 Coming Soon
The Institute of PNG Studies Exploratory Workshop - sometime in September
Price Waterhouse Coopers Walk for Life Challenge -- 3rd September 2006
42nd PNG Medical Symposium will be held in Madang from the 4th to the
8th of September 2006 -- http://www.medsymp.org.pg
PNG 31st Independence Anniversary - 16th September 2006
Hiri Hanenamo Quest and Hiri Moale Festival - 16th September 2006
Goroka Show, Eastern Highlands -- 16th and 17th of September 2006
Kiwi Ball - The fabulous ball held by the Kiwi's will be held on the
28th October this year. This year the New Zealanders hope to have a
five-piece band to entertain the crowd
Morobe Show, Lae -- November 4th and 5th
Milne Bay Kundu and Canoe Festival, Alotau -- 6th to the 12th of November
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