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Kokoda Women on the March -- http://www.kokodawomenonthemarch.com/
RAF in New Britain and PNG, 1942 - 44
Tree House Village EcoResort -- http://www.treehouse.com.pg -- the world's largest living Tree House.
The website for Ulumani Tree Tops Guest Haus located at Waga Waga in Milne Bay can be found at -- http://www.pngbackpacker.com
PNG Department of Health -- http://www.health.gov.pg
Westpac bank -- http://www.westpac.com.pg
Bank South Pacific -- http://www.bsp.com.pg
Bank of PNG -- http://www.bankpng.gov.pg
Blake Dawson Waldron -- http://www.bdw.com.pg
Niugini Electrical -- http://www.niuelec.com.pg
The Markham Group of Companies -- http://www.markham.com.pg
Heli Fix Helicopters -- http://www.helifix.com.pg
Heli Niugini -- http://www.heliniugini.com.pg
Regional Aviation Group -- http://www.hevilift.com.pg
Keynote Music -- http://www.keynote.com.pg
Designscope Architects -- http://www.designscope.com.pg
PNG Transport -- http://www.pomtrans.com.pg
PNG University of Technology Home page -- http://www.unitech.ac.pg
University of PNG -- http://www.upng.ac.pg
PNG in the News
Oro governor defends PNG funds transfers into his account -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=37529
Oro disaster, a leadership test -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/011808/My_say.htm
Two Indonesian students charged with illegal entry -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/011708/Nation%2010.htm
Another cyclone predicted in March -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/011708/Nation%203.htm
HIV testing kits in short supply -- http://www.missionandjustice.org/hiv-testing-kits-in-short-supply-png/ -- and -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/011708/Nation%205.htm
Investigation into involvement of police in clan clash -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/s2141934.htm
PM urged to focus on his hometown -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/011808/letters%205.htm
PMV strike leaves passengers stranded -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/012508/Nation%205.htm
Teachers upset over postings -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/012508/Nation%2013.htm
AusAID to give free condoms -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/012308/Nation%205.htm
Censorship Act outdated -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/012308/Nation%204.htm
4 dead in house fire -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/012308/Nation%201.htm
Cops deployed to protect oilfields -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/012208/Nation%204.htm
http://www.airlink.com.pg -- (blank page only)
Lack of funds stall crash investigations -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/012208/Nation%203.htm
The Chapman's in PNG -- http://chapmanconnection.com/blog
Robbery in Goroka -- http://koenvanbremen.blogspot.com/2008/01/robbery-in-goroka.html
Malum Nalu's Blog -- http://malumnalu.blogspot.com/2008/01/png-success-story-on-internet-fuzzy.html/
'Twas the Summer of Force Majeure -- http://pacificjimbo.blogspot.com/2008/01/twas-summer-of-force-majeure.html
Youth Outreach -- http://huisingh.blogspot.com/2008/01/youth-outreach.html
About Nindibari Community -- http://gv8341png.blogspot.com/2008/01/about-nindibari-community.html
Crocodile - A spiritual animal for Sepik People. Many Sepik people believe that they have originated from crocodiles. It is told that a woman who married a crocodile had children with ... read on for the rest of the story -- http://pngtourismnews.blogspot.com/2008/01/crocodile-spiritual-animal-for-sepik.html
The following links are courtesy of Bill Purcell. By coincidence I mentioned his site above in the "Balus" category. His site deals with more than aviation so take a look at -- http://www.billpurc.com -- before viewing the National Geographic pages he has found dealing with PNG.
Coral Reefs of PNG By Jean-Michel Cousteau -- http://tinyurl.com/yq92xd
Caving in PNG -- http://tinyurl.com/2d2rhm
An OzJet aircraft used by Airlines of PNG recently had problems and needed to return to Port Moresby. -- http://www.news.com.au/couriermail/story/0,23739,22995950-3102,00.html -- and -- http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/01/03/2131194.htm?section=justin
A violent confrontation between security guards and employees has left the Panakawa veneer company in Western Province in chaos. The confrontation resulted in the destruction of a police post and many garden houses belonging to the employees.
There are more than 800 languages spoken in Papua New Guinea, and even more traditional songs and dances. Papua New Guineans love to share them at the two-day-long "cultural shows" that are held around the country every year.
Listen to an Audio Postcard: Celebration in Papua New Guinea by Skye Rohde -- http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=7851373
PNG - China Trade
The volume of trade between PNG and China has surpassed the 500m US dollar mark during the first 10 months of last year, pointing to firming economic ties between the two countries.
Read the full story -- http://tinyurl.com/26rwnp
Orion PNG Expedition
The passenger ship Orion often cruises through PNG waters. Here are a couple of reports about the cruises.
Telikom PNG Ltd CEO Peter Loko has announced that interconnection between Digicel and B-Mobile has been deferred to next Thursday, to give his company time to come up with an effective pricing structure for subsidiary B-Mobile.
See -- http://www.pacificmagazine.net/news/2008/01/24/mobile-phone-interconnection-delayed
Digicel boss, Kevin O'Sullivan, has said that the PNG Government's NetCo-ServCo model as enshrined in the Information, Communication and Telecommunication (ICT) policy will not help competition. He said "I don't think - and I am not commenting on Telikom - that that model in general provide that impetus to create competition in any country". Mr O'Sullivan said this at the Institute of National Affairs and Asian Development Bank-organised public forum held recently in Port Moresby, while responding to queries whether that model was suitable for PNG.
PNG Porn Ring
An Australian man is wanted in PNG for his alleged involvement in the production and distribution of pornography exploiting local schoolgirls.
See -- http://news.theage.com.au/perth-man-wanted-in-png-over-porn-ring/20080124-1nx9.html
Some of the traditional landowners want Moresby's Fairfax harbour waterfront relocated to nearby Tatana Island. This would pave the way for the existing site to be turned into a recreational waterfront in the long run as well as a tourist wharf.
popular PNG international, Stanley Gene, the 'Peter Pan' of rugby league, will mark a decade of service to the British game on Sunday insisting he has no plans for retirement.
World's Tuna Capital
PNG's Fisheries Ministry is focused on making PNG the world's tuna capital, with the establishment of the Madang marine industrial park.
See -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=37597
Several large companies in Port Moresby are now using their standby generator sets during the peak power period to help PNG Power balance the electrical load. Under the arrangement, PNG Power is compensating the companies with an offset to their fuel price as they produce electricity using their own generators.
Who is Kevin Conrad?
US born Mr Conrad is a modern "mouse that roared" who represented PNG's stand at the recent climate talks in Bali, Indonesia.
See -- http://tinyurl.com/ypkuv8 -- for report to find out more.
PNG police are warning would-be illegal gun makers to be prepared to face the full force of the law.
See -- http://www.niufm.com/?t=3&View=FullStory&newsID=2780
Hear -- http://www.niufm.com/site_resources/library/News/Lito/WED_23JAN08/png_guns.mp3
It has been claimed by senior staff members, speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of their jobs, that Parliament is in chaos. The members also called for an independent audit of the books and investigations into the Parliament's accounts. The National Executive Council (NEC) is reported to have discussed the fate of Speaker Jeffery Nape as it was concerned about the running of Parliament. It agreed that he should be sidelined. The NEC however does not have the authority to sideline the Speaker.
Traffic Registry Scam
A computer, printer, camera and other equipment, believed to be used in the production of driving licences and issuing registration certificates for vehicles in Lae has been confiscated by the Morobe Administrator Mana-supe Zurenuoc and security officers at the Lae Traffic Registry. Two officers have been suspended pending an investigation into how the equipment was being used.
2008 Schools Fees
Education Secretary Dr Joseph Pagelio has announced this year's maximum school fees recommended by the National Education Board (NEB).
The NEB had recommended the following maximum fees per child this year
elementary prep to grade 2 - K90
grades 3 to 5 in the lower primary schools -- K150
grade six to eight in the upper primary schools - K230
At the secondary and vocational centres: grades seven to 10 - K750 for day students; K1100 for boarders; Grade 11 and 12 - K800 (day students) and K1300 for boarders and K80 per subject for students at the Flexible Open Distance Education (FODE).
It has been announced that students who cannot afford to pay the fees will be allowed to make payment in kind as an alternative to cash. This can include students working on school maintenance at weekends or during their holidays and parents providing labour or building materials or food for boarding students.
Illegal Telikom Connection
A shop owner has been arrested over the alleged illegal connection of Telikom services. A Telikom spokesman said it was known there were some people, including foreigners, involved in the illegal practice of using other people's phone numbers to make calls freely locally and overseas.
Results from tests had proven that cement, although more expensive, was ideal for some of the roads around Lae and the money that was allocated for the road projects should be used to get the best work done at cost. Morobe Governor Luther Wenge said countries in Asia were using cement on their roads and there is no reason why this could not be done in PNG.
National Intelligence Organisation
Concerns have been expressed about the effectiveness of the National Intelligence Organisation. The organisation, under the Prime Minister and National Executive Council, has been said to be lagging in its security operations, especially in the field of illegal entry into the country and border security operations.
This was sent to me by a friend in Australia.
What a team, the PNG national under-19 cricketers about to head to Malaysia for the World Cup! But not all cricket fans are delighted. One family name crops up with the captain and two other players (two are brothers, the third is unrelated), plus the team manager and the chairman of selectors, all bearing the same surname and all but one from the same extended family. The highways and byways of Central Province are buzzing with debate.
Well, lets see, the Amini family springs to mind when it comes to cricket in PNG but I hear that a junior member of a family in Brisbane is doing very well in the local cricket competition. Maybe it has something to do with the Amini bloodlines in that family as well? Well done Jordan!
4th February 2008 -- Official opening of PNG Legal year.
Coffee Festival, Goroka, Eastern Highlands -- May
40th anniversary of the PNG Institute of Medical Research - between the 18th and 22nd of June 2008 in Goroka
Tolai Warwagira Cultural Festival - July 9 - 15 2008 - Rabaul, East New Britain
14th National Mask Festival - July 16 - 19 2008 - Rabaul, East New Britain
Hiri Moale Festival - September
PNG Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September
Medical Symposium - September 2008
Morobe Show, Lae - October 2008
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