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PNG in the News
Student dies in road mishap -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100104/news08.htm
Moresby residents are lazy - Davis -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100105/news09.htm
Chamber worries about Rabaul roads -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100104/news11.htm
Bulolo mayor tells cop to shoot his brother -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/4707
New bridge for Jimi -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100105/news08.htm
Historical UFO encounter by Anglican Missionary at Boianai (about 25km west of Dogura) in Milne Bay province recounted -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8228ef
Island Meri -- http://islandmeri.wordpress.com/
Time is getting away -- http://www.trupela.com/2010/01/04/time-is-getting-away
Plenty in Port Moresby -- http://grdurand.com/blogger/2010/01/plenty-in-port-moresby.html
Kokopo International Hotel -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0450f5
Mission PNG: A Day of Rest -- http://missionpng.blogspot.com/2010/01/day-of-rest.html
PNG Cars -- http://pngcars.com
PNG Engineering -- http://pngengineering.com
PNG Orchids -- http://www.orchidspng.com
PNG Plants -- htp://www.pngplants.org
National Capital Botanical Gardens -- http://www.ncbg.org.pg
Mudmen -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/mudmen1.html
Site of old reservoir (Port Moresby) -- http://wikimapia.org/14942897/Site-of-old-reservoir
Earthquake at the end of the year -- http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Quakes/us2010raah.php
Alotau photos -- http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=alotau&w=all
Markham Bridge near Lae in 1978 -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/40472422@N06/4197271436
Mt Hagen -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/1567358521
Goroka Show -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/torstenhildebrand/4039265315/in/pool-84196260@N00
Mt Hagen -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/rietje/4125142662/in/pool-84196260@N00
Kerema Child -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/saskatchewanpirate/4209970503
Ela Beach -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/tway76/4123444847/in/pool-84196260@N00
Vale Henry Kila
PNG's first internationally qualified insurer and insurance broker, Henry Kila, has died at the age of 58. Mr Kila was also a leading sports personality. Mr Kila was a founding member (since 1995) and president from 2006 of Business Council of PNG, managing director of South Pacific Insurance Advisors Ltd.
He was president of PNG Sports Federation and National Olympic Committee (2000-03) and capped an illustrious involvement in diverse sporting codes such as softball, rugby league and rugby union including a stint as a commissioner with PNG Sports Commission around September 2003.
Full report -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100105/news04.htm
New Years Honours
Sir Frederick Bernard Carl Reiher, KBE, CMG, has been awarded the Order of St Michael and St George
KCMG for services to public administration, commerce and the development of PNG's National Awards system - Logohu. Does this mean he is now Sir Sir Fred?
Full Story -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100104/news05.htm
I couldn't help but notice the following from Motley Fool "PNG could become the next major exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas, considering that InterOil found the world's largest reservoir of gas there (it has even been certified by Guinness World Records!)"
Full article -- http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2009/12/28/tomorrows-monster-stocks.aspx
The PNG Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) has extended Air Niugini's code share agreement with the Australian airline Qantas.
Morobe Plane Crash
A light aircraft crashed into a mountain located between Gumbum and Tunam villages, three hours from Boana in Morobe province, just before the New Year. Six people on board perished while the pilot is fighting for his life in a hospital in Cairns, Australia. The Civil Aviation Authority will carry out investigation into the accident.
See - Transport to probe crash -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/4612
Also - Pilot of crashed plane recovering in Brisbane -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/4650
Prasada Rao, chief of the UNAIDS team for Asia and the Pacific says the AIDS pandemic in PNG is pushing the health system to near collapse. UN reports show the growth in numbers of new cases have increased exponentially, from 21 per cent in 1984-1989 to more than 99 per cent in 2008. The UN estimates there are 54,000 people living with HIV in PNG.
This time of year with many regular donors on holidays the blood bank struggles to keep up with the demand for blood products. The blood bank collects 600 to 1,000 bags of blood every month, averaging 150 bags a week. The St John Blood Bank has appealed to the public to remember that it is vital to have adequate supply in stock at all times as you never know when you will need that blood to save yourself.
There has been an attempt to murder a Malaysian business man around 3:30pm on the 2nd of January. Two Chinese nationals from Fujian province have been arrested for the murder attempt. Only one of the two has a permit to work in the country.
Full story -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/4653
See also - Chinese duo charged with attempted murder -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/4702
Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Awan Sete said apart from three murders and the murder attempt mentioned above there was a significant reduction in armed hold-ups and motor vehicle thefts compared to the same time last year.
Full story -- http://giaman.com/pg/?47e0de
A drunken brawl overflowing from a local night club at MMS Lodge has caused a mini-riot in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands. One person died, four others received serious gun wounds and two hamlets were burned down over the New Year weekend. The police have been criticised for a slow response and not being impartial.
Full story -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20100104/news03.htm
See also - Serious crimes drop: Yakasa -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/4700
Members of MU Australia in Melbourne visited 5 parishes in Popondetta, PNG in November last year.
Read the report here -- http://www.mu.org.au/mumelb_nov09_p1a.pdf -- or just visit the mu web site at -- http://www.mu.org.au/
Matupit Islanders near Rabaul, East New Britain province are not happy with the relocation plans offered to them and have said they will not be moving to the proposed resettlement area at Sikut. It appears the main concerns are over the size of the block of land offered and the lack of infrastructure.
Mining in PNG
The Mines Inspection division of the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) was busy last year as it tried to ensure all mining laws were followed and no employee's lives were put at risk during the operation of the mines. Last year the Ramu Nickel/Cobalt mine and Simberi mine had their operations suspended as the two operations failed to comply with laws and regulations covering the mining industry in the country. Operators in 2010 can expect the same treatment to be given without fear or favour. Failure to comply will result in the shutting down of operations costing millions of Kina until the legal and practical requirements are fully satisfied and are up to PNG standards.
Tari General Hospital
Following the sudden evacuation of the international medical team from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) - Doctors Without Borders - from Tari General Hospital recently security has now been increased at the hospital. The evacuation followed a series of attacks by drunkards on MSF staff and patients. MSF has warned that unless the authorities in Tari do something about improving security at the hospital, MSF would not return to Tari.
Top Ten PNG Adventures
The following list has been compiled from information located at -- http://giaman.com/pg/?cb9465 -- It may not represent the opinion of everyone but it does make interesting reading.
10. Climb an Active Volcano
9. Ride a Secret Surf Break
8. Scuba Dive Kimbe Bay's Undersea Pinnacles
7. Hunt for Artefacts in the Sepik River Valley
6. Spend the Night in a Sepik Family House
5. Hike the Historic Kokoda Track
4. Scale Mt. Wilhelm, PNG's Tallest Peak
3. Dance with Highland Tribes at the Country's Largest Sing-Sing
2. Spot the Elusive Bird of Paradise
1. See the Skull Caves of Milne Bay
Visit the web site mentioned above for details of the top ten.
Thirty-five mainly low-risk remandees overpowered their guards and escaped from the Jomba police station in Madang last weekend however two were murder suspects. The offenders took advantage of a single policeman locking the cells after their evening meal. Once out it was easy for them to overpower the remaining two policemen. Thirty-two other remandees remained in their cells.
AFLPNG - PNG Scholarships / Under 18 Trials will be held in Australia. 8 x U18s are hoped to be provided with Country Queensland, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Scholarships. -- February 2010
Women in Mining and Petroleum Conference - 22nd to the 24th March 2010 - to be held at Divine Word University in Madang.
25th April 2010 - World Malaria Day. Malaria affects 90 per cent of the PNG population.
World liquefied natural gas (LNG) summit - Mid 2010
16th September - Independence Day
11th Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - 6th to 8th December, 2010 - Hilton Hotel, Sydney -- http://giaman.com/pg/?aefb78
Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011
National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012
2012 PNG Games -- Kokopo, East New Britain
Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013
Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015
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