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PNG in the News
BSP Kainantu branch remains closed for fear of more PNG robberies -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=41290 -- and of course -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20080805/news02.htm
An earthquake with magnitude 5.7 occurred near Rabaul at 15:16:58.00 UTC on Aug 4, 2008 -- http://earthquake.usgs.gov/eqcenter/catalogs/cap/at00786301
After our stay at Loloata, we headed back to the airport and checked in for our flight to Rabaul to board the Star Dancer. -- http://forum.scubatoys.com/south-pacific/15983-trip-report-star-dancer-png.html
PNG leader warns condoms 'sin,' claims HIV cure -- http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=acEj93SR3hsw
Amelia Earhart -- http://kellyisbetterthanmichelle.blogspot.com/2008/08/amelia-earhart.html
ICCC Web Site
The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) has a web site. The website will hopefully help the ICCC carryout a greater awareness of consumer rights and business responsibilities under the provisions of the ICCC Act and other relevant legislation. The website can be found at -- http://www.iccc.gov.pg
National Disaster Centre
Can be found at -- http://www.pngndc.gov.pg
Air Niugini -- http://www.airniugini.com.pg
Airlines of PNG -- http://www.apng.com.pg
Blogs about PNG
Unforgettable Salamaua -- http://malumnalu.blogspot.com/2008/07/unforgettable-salamaua.html
Memories of the Black Cat Trail -- http://malumnalu.blogspot.com/2008/07/memories-of-black-cat-trail.html
World's Longest Flight -- http://screamsfromthepinkcollarghetto.blogspot.com/2008/07/worlds-longest-flight.html
Thomas Shacklady - Composer of Papua New Guinea's National Anthem -- http://malumnalu.blogspot.com/2008/08/thomas-shacklady-composer-of-papua-new.html
Port Moresby has been described as a hole you have to step through to get wherever you're going in PNG in this article -- http://commonsenseandwhiskey.typepad.com/commonsenseandwhiskey/2008/07/destination-pap.html
Read more about Moresby -- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Moresby
Raskol gangs rule world's worst city -- http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/sep/22/population.davidfickling
Diocese of Port Moresby, Anglican Church -- http://portmoresby.anglican.org/
A database of photographs, descriptions and locations of WWII wreckage remaining in Port Moresby -- http://www.pacificwrecks.com/provinces/png_moresby.html
Other links about Port Moresby -- http://www.galenfrysinger.com/port_moresby.htm -- http://www.janeresture.com/png_moresby/index.htm -- http://www.pomsox.com.pg/ -- http://www.pomcci.org.pg/
The Newsletter wishes the entire PNG contingent the best for the Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Commonwealth Gold medallist Ryan Pini will be the PNG flag bearer.
See -- http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-3854-0-0-0&sID=40513&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=6133689
Telikom PNG has organised a special deal for Olympic athletes representing PNG in Beijing. Twenty mobile phones, each with a credit of K200, have gone to the Olympic Games with the PNG team, so that athletes and managers can be in contact with family and supporters at home, for encouragement and support.
Cynthia Howell is writing a biography of a man called Carl Winter who owned copra plantations on Rabaul from about 1912 until 1918 when they were confiscated. He was German by birth but a naturalised Australian citizen. Cynthia cannot find out any thing about his time in what was then German New Guinea. Has anyone any ideas of where she could look?
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Telikom PNG has reduced international calls charges to 79 toea per minute off peak. International SMS text messages are now priced at 40 toea per message sent, no matter how remote the destination. Telikom customers can now send SMS's to 102 countries world wide, 73 of which are in both-ways contact. The domestic rate for a SMS text message is 22 toea for each message.
Greencom the third mobile phone service provider in PNG, is awaiting word from its international partner before it can progress any further within PNG.
The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) has reported Police in the National Capital District have arrested another key suspect of the twin bank robberies in Madang and Gulf Provinces.
see -- http://www.nbc.com.pg/news/articles/2008/07/29_Police_question_another_suspect_over_BSP_robberies.htm
The Australian Governor General, Major General Michael Jeffery has returned with his wife to the Taurama chapel where they were married more than 40 years ago. This will be his last visit as the Australian Governor General as he retires from the position in five weeks.
see -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/080508/nation2.php -- and -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/080508/nation11.php -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/080408/nation8.php
PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) is commencing a major rehabilitation project for the coastal wharf, the 'new' overseas wharf and pavement repairs at Buka. This project will be funded significantly by the Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP) and the Government of Australia at the cost of more than K3.6million. Business will continue as usual at the Buka Port with a contingency plan in place for all vessels currently using the coastal wharf.
Lissenung Island Resort
Here is a news item that will be of interest to anyone who is thinking of visiting the Lissenung Island Resort. The item is a little old but I am sure it is still very relevant.
At the Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange 2008 (BFTE), held during the first week of June on the Coral Coast in Fiji, Lissenung Island Resort won the prestigious Air Pacific Tabua Marketing Award for best promo DVD! BFTE is an annual tourism trade show attended by wholesalers from all over the world who come to talk to tourism operators from the South Pacific, finding out what's new. Over 600 delegates attended the event this year, which is a great turn-out.
This year's PNG delegation included 13 operators from various sectors of the tourism industry, such as bird watching, trekking and diving. Taking up 6 small booths to make one big one for all operators, our booth scored second prize in the Best Booth Competition, for the second year running. They say its third time lucky, so we just have to win next year! The PNG Tourism Promotion Authority also got awarded for all their efforts by taking out the first prize for Best Internet Website in the National Tourism Office category.
see -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg
and -- http://www.lissenung.com
Daffodil Golf Challenge
The Oil Search Ltd sponsored Daffodil Cup Corporate Golf Challenge is on again. This year's event will be held on the 22nd of August at the Port Moresby Golf Club, featuring a four-man Ambrose event. The challenge, a premier event on the Port Moresby golfing calendar, is the major fundraising event for the Port Moresby Cancer Relief Society which is a non-profit organisation that runs on charitable donations.
Team registration fees for the Daffodil Cup Challenge is K2,000 per team, and those wishing to register their team and/or donate prices can contact Rigani Thoa or Rosie Kurua on telephone 3225599 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com; or the POM Cancer Relief Society on email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, Ruth Waram, the organising committee chairperson can be contacted on (+675) 3225599, 3225538 or mobile 6838531.
Also visit -- http://www. skerah.com
Three men are still missing at sea after the boat they were in capsized in the waters of the Saint George Channel between East New Britain Province and Namatanai in New Ireland Province on Thursday last week.
Read about Papua New Guinea's medicine women in this article by Malum Nalu - Her products are selling well all over the country, with Popondetta, Lae, Port Moresby and Madang leading the charge. "I have reports from people in high places, especially ladies, who have opted to use our products," Mrs Bate tells me.
see -- http://malumnalu.blogspot.com/2008/07/papua-new-guineas-medicine-woman.html
The USNS Mercy has sailed into Fairfax Harbour to begin a two-week operation that will include provision of free medical care for Papua New Guineans. The crew and medical staff aboard the 230-metre vessel were greeted by the US ambassador, Leslie Rowe, and local leaders such as the National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop and Health Minister Sasa Zibe. Officers from the ship will also be travelling to Popondetta to open two health facilities being built by the US navy officers.
see also -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/080508/nation3.php
Wewak Overseas Wharf
the proposed Overseas Wharf Extension at the Wewak Port in the East Sepik Province has been delayed due to the process of releasing funds from the National Government. Engineers have estimated the port extension project to be in the vicinity of K47 million. The port of Wewak has been experiencing an annual growth of between 25-35 per cent.
A full copy of the press release can be found here -- http://pnggossip.com/pnginfo/pngp001.html
The PNG Ports Web Site can be found at -- http://www.pngports.com.pg/
Extra correctional officers have been flown in from around the country to guard recaptured escapee William Kapis and 36 others.
see -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/080508/nation6.php
The dinghy operator accused of being involved with robbing more than K800,000 from the Kerema Bank South Pacific (BSP) branch in Gulf province has been charged by police. He has been charged with armed robbery and receiving K3,000 of the stolen money, and breaching an earlier bail.
Former PNG chief justice and current governor of Madang Province, Sir Arnold Amet, says education and generational change are the key to ending sorcery related killings, not legislation.
see -- http://deberigny.wordpress.com/2008/07/24/sorcery-as-a-mitigating-factor
Enga Cultural Show
Over K200,000 has been given to the Enga Cultural Show committee to assist with the 14th Enga Cultural show to be held in Wabag starting this Friday. The money will be used to pay the 28 singsing groups from the Highlands region, one group each from Karkar Island, Madang and Morobe provinces
Miss PNG Red Cross
The Quest, an annual event, not only raises funds for Red Cross but recognises and promotes the attributes, intelligence and talents of young Papua New Guinean women. If you would like to know more about the Quest you can check out e-Suite 33 on -- http://www.skerah.com
Kidnappers at Large
It is steadily picking up the pace in Mt Hagen, Lae and recently has been practiced in Port Moresby . Justice Timothy Hinscliffe, late last year sentenced a couple from the Western Highlands to four years, after convicting them of kidnapping
see -- http://pnginformedia.blogspot.com/2008/07/kidnappers-at-large.html
New F100 for PX
Air Niugini has recently taken delivery of its sixth F100 aircraft. It is expected that the new aircraft will enter service as son as possible to help relieve the problems of flight cancellations and restore customer trust in the national airline.
Starting this Friday - Engan Cultural Show.
30th August, Casino Night at the Aviat Club in Port Moresby.
Goroka Show held on the 13th and 14th of September 2008. See -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ff9344
PNG Tourism Expo -- September
Hiri Moale Festival -- September
PNG Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September
16th September - NBC to launch its National TV Station.
Medical Symposium -- September 2008 -- http://www.medsymp.org.pg
Morobe Show -- 18th and 19th of October -- the Show is held on the weekend closest to the full moon in the month of October each year in Lae, Morobe Province. -- http://www.morobeshow.org.pg
Milne Bay Canoe Festival -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ab7f63 -- always held during the first weekend in November.
2008 Kokoda Reunion Dinner - Friday, 7 November 2008 - Parliament House, Macquarie Street, Sydney.
Anti Corruption Day - 9th December 2008
Arafura Games - 9 to 17th of May 2009 -- http://www.arafuragames.nt.gov.au/
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