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Milne Bay Links
If you want to learn about Milne Bay then I suggest visiting -- http://www.visitmilnebay.com/ -- be warned though that the loading of graphics will slow down your viewing of this site.
Milne Bay Tourism Bureau -- http://www.milnebaytourism.gov.pg/
Alotau International Hotel -- http://www.alotauinternationalhotel.com.pg
Bayviews Apartments -- http://www.bayviewsmilnebay.com.pg
Napatana Lodge -- http://www.napatanalodge.com
Driftwood Resort -- http://www.driftwoodpng.com/
Masurina Lodge -- http://www.masurina.com
Tawali Resort -- http://www.tawali.com
Dubious Mission to Tagula -- http://www.cruising-png.com/4BAGA.HTM
Milne Bay Estates -- http://www.mbe.com.pg
Milne Bay Military Museum -- http://www.milnebaymilitarymuseum.com/
Milne Bay: Overview -- http://www.ww2australia.gov.au/asfaras/milnebay.html
See also the following links
Here are a couple of links from Tom Sloane.
Here's a PNG website of interest -- http://www.stanford.edu/group/pngmp/contact.html
Also, this one (probably mainly of interest to linguists) -- http://tokpisin.org/
Black Cat Track -- http://www.blackcattrail.com/
PNG By Land: Last Stop - Tufi -- http://dive.scubadiving.com/members/tripreports.php?s=2961
Sepik River Kids -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/chooselight/2246355696/
PNG in the News
How a rainforest island was saved from destruction for palm oil -- http://www.peakoil.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=35748 -- and -- http://news.mongabay.com/2008/0212-hance_woodlark.html
Capturing the island was vital, because it put US forces within striking distance of Rabaul, the major Japanese base in the area. Of the 16 million American -- http://www.sunherald.com/447/story/352154.html
Kundiawa General Hospital faces acute fuel shortage -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/021508/nation_12.htm
Over 800 displaced in Telefomin -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/021508/nation5.htm
Central province man killed by armed gang in Lae -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/021508/nation40.htm
Airlines of PNG Advertisement -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgdUK53dFz0
Landing and takeoff at Fane -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2oB73Z767S8
Days of Goroka's lottery numbered -- http://tinyurl.com/2on6pb
PNG wants Aust teacher to face child porn charges -- http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/11/2159865.htm?section=world
Wewak water supply in peril -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/021308/nation8.htm
World War II Tank hunting in Kavieng -- http://www.zgeek.com/forum/showthread.php?t=73927 -- 11 min 55 sec of video -- http://tinyurl.com/2njo5z
Chaos in East Sepik Province over fuel -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/020808/nation7.htm
Kickboxing to host two major international fights -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/020608/sports%205.htm
Aussie Travel Advice
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The following Travel Advice has changed or been added since our last update
Papua New Guinea -- http://tinyurl.com/2jvc9z
Malaria kills approximately 1.2 million people a year -- http://www.who.int/tdr/publications/tdrnews/news79/artemisinin.htm -- The hunt for the next artemisinin.
The following comes from Anders Sundstrom.
Subject: PNG - travel stories from Sepik River and encounter with Huli Wigman in Tari
In 2006 I spent one month in this fantastic country and I can highly recommend a visit. If you want to read about our adventures in Tari, Milne Bay, Mt Hagen and Sepik - please have a look at -- http://www.sundstromtravel.com/15-travel-stories/9-papua-new-guinea/ --
and don't hesitate to contact me if you want additional information on how it is to travel in PNG.
If you haven't been there yet - go there!!
The PNG foreign affairs minister, Sam Abal, says his government is close to making a decision on a mine development that may impinge on the historic Kokoda Track. The Australian government is pushing for a World Heritage listing for the 96km track, which begins outside Port Moresby. -- http://www.thewest.com.au/aapstory.aspx?StoryName=459956
see also - A bond forged between Australia and its nearest neighbour, PNG, amid the carnage of war is in danger of unravelling in a bitter dispute over plans for a gold mine on the famed Kokoda Trail battlefield. -- http://www.nzherald.co.nz/category/story.cfm?c_id=359&objectid=10492737
and - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's proposed visit to Papua New Guinea (PNG) next month could be overshadowed by protesting landowners who want a copper mine near the Kokoda Track. -- http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/02/15/2163822.htm
Cruise Ship in Madang
Madang residents woke up to see a surprise visitor from USA on Saturday morning. A stunning 186m-long and 8-stories (decks) high tourist-boat berthed at the Madang harbour recently. It covered the entire harbour forcing other ships to wait outside until its departure. Silver Whisper, a Florida based tourist boat, sailed into the Madang lagoon with 315 American tourists and 294 crew members astonishing Madang residents.
Night landings at Lae's Nadzab airport have been halted following damage to the runway lighting by recent storms that have rocked Lae City and the surrounding areas.
Read about a trip to the Winza falls area with a couple of friends from Lae, Ialiabu, Wabag, Mt Hagen and Kundiawa on their school vacation -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/021308/wkender7.htm
Highway Washed Away
Heavy rainfall experienced recently in some parts of the Simbu province has washed away segments of the Okuk Highway.
A section of the road at Dugl near Mingende in the Kerowagi district, had one of its two lanes carried away by a landslide and the other lane is on the verge of eroding away if the rains persist.
At Mindima in the Kundiawa/Gembogl district, the road was carried down the mountainside by a big landslide and what was a straight road is now a curved one.
At Wara Tamba in the Chuave district, another big landslide has blocked off the traffic and needs urgent attention.
More Highway Problems
Continuous rain in the Daulo Pass area has triggered another massive landslip at Daulo Pass , cutting off the four highlands provinces and resources development projects in Enga and Southern Highlands provinces. The latest landslip is three times bigger than one a week ago which saw the flow of traffic come to a standstill for a week.
Public Motor Vehicles loaded with passengers destined for Lae and Goroka from Mt Hagen have to offload their passengers on the Chimbu side of the slip and passengers then are walking across to get on buses on the Goroka side to continue their journey.
A man from the Eastern Highlands has lost his fingers in an ethnic clash in the Western Highlands Province. See -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/021108/nation5.htm
The deputy principal of Mt Hagen Technical College has been attacked by locals who were frustrated that the college would not accept a local student for enrolment. See -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/020808/nation_10.htm
The Post Courier reports that (PNG) fisheries potential is huge but still under-developed says a Japanese fisheries expert. -- http://au.news.yahoo.com/080215/3/15umd.html
Business Coalition Against HIV & AIDS (BAHA) begins 2008 with a campaign to promote HIV testing, known in PNG as VCT. VCT is a combination of voluntary testing and counselling about the implications of HIV infection and how to avoid transmitting the virus. See -- http://www.baha.com.pg -- for a full listing of accredited VCT sites in PNG and for information on how you can develop a HIV workplace policy.
Relief items are finally on the way to the Rabaraba area of Milne Bay. The area was badly affected by Cyclone Guba that devastated nearby Oro province. The items included 20 bags of clothes weighing a total of 50kg and 26 cartons of clothes; kitchen wear and foot wear.
See also - K100,000 needed for hydro station in Rabaraba -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/020608/Nation%2014.htm
PNG Komodo Dragon?
The New Zealand Herald reports that a rogue Komodo Dragon has been terrorizing locals of Papua New Guinea's second largest city Lae. The dragon (or maybe two) had possibly escaped from an expatriate who was keeping it illegally at his home.
See -- http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/2/story.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=10491378
and -- http://knudsennews.blogspot.com/2008/02/there-be-dragons.html
No sign of dragon in Lae, hoax suspected -- http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23200331-23109,00.html
Just months ago, Nobbs and a couple of locals were walking down the western slope of a volcano at Rabaul when there was a 'huge explosion'. See --
http://tinyurl.com/2sljlx -- for the full article.
Mt Hagen Troubles
PNG Police Commissioner says two mobile squads deployed to Mt Hagen this week have helped bring the city's outbreak of ethnic violence under control. See the news story from Radio New Zealand -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=37906
Hundreds homeless after PNG clash in Mt Hagen. see -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=37840
It has been reported that K8 million is needed to upgrade the Goroka sewerage system. The Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Puka Temu, has announced that the Government has made a commitment to fast-track the upgrade to Goroka system.
East Cape is the eastern most tip of the main land of the island of New Guinea. It is 56 kilometres away from Alotau the capital of Milne Bay. Read about a trip to East Cape that appeared recently in The National newspaper. -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/020808/wkender8.htm
A PNG lawn bowler has been ranked ninth in the top ten world singles bowlers at the recently held World Bowls championships held in New Zealand. He became the first Pacific Islander to finish in the top 10 in the single events. The 30-year-old man from Goroka, Peter Juni, has been bowling since he was 15. New Zealand has been good for PNG bowlers. The best position by a PNG woman was when Geua Tau won gold at the 1990 Commonwealth Games held in Auckland, NZ.
Radio New Zealand International reports that the state of emergency has been extended in Oro province. See -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=37872
Unpaid Election Bills
Six months after last year's general elections some individuals and groups in Goroka claim they are still owed money by government -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/021308/nation6.htm
UPNG Student Fraud
Several University of PNG (UPNG) students have been caught altering registration fee receipts lodged at the bank. The students allegedly all deposited small amounts of money into the University's bank account and then altered the receipt given by the bank before presenting it at the University. For example a student deposited K2 and then altered it to read K2000 before handing it over to staff at UPNG. Due to the mad rush for registration the fraud was not immediately picked up by University staff.
Shoot To Kill
Police in the Eastern Highlands province have warned criminals that they will not hesitate to "shoot-to-kill" in the event of heavy encounters with criminals. Eastern Highlands provincial police commander Supt Teddy Tei issued the warning recently following a major break and enter into a Supermarket in the heart of Goroka town.
Two pilots have been seriously injured when their helicopter, a Bell 206 belonging to Islands Nationair, crashed while trying to land at a remote mining site in the Central Province. A rescue helicopter was able to airlift the two pilots to Port Moresby for treatment. The Civil Aviation Authority is investigating the cause of the crash.
Kokoda Reunion Dinner: Parliament House, Melbourne - Friday 28 March 2008
March -- Canadian Indian chief to visit Eastern Highlands to start cultural exchange programme.
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
Milne Bay Canoe Festival - always held on the first weekend in November.
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