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PNG in the News
US WWII airman's remains return home -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0809c7
No new NRL team for 'at least six years' -- http://giaman.com/pg/?36e07a
Dry spell hits ENB villages -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110127/news11.htm
Police accused of hiding evidence in rape case -- http://giaman.com/pg/?662bbf
Adviser injured in Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6ac4b6
Red Cross nurse frustrated at cholera outbreak -- http://giaman.com/pg/?783dc0
Pregnant wife of expat raped -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/16128
Concerns over homebrew consumption -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/16102
PNG proposes new plan for European trade deal talks -- http://australianetworknews.com/stories/201102/3129237.htm
KANGE NGA KONA -- http://pngemmiyet.blogspot.com
PNG Andrew -- http://pngandrew.blogspot.com
Papua New Guinea Blogs -- http://www.pngblogs.com
Port Moresby -- http://berkiesramble.blogspot.com/2011/01/port-moresby.html
The need for a new preschool classroom -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c09a69
PNG Informedia -- http://pnginformedia.blogspot.com
Nineteen years and counting -- http://nancysullivan.typepad.com/my_weblog
The Ramblings of John & Sheena -- http://johnandsheena.co.uk/blog/?cat=78
PNG Exposed Blog -- http://pngexposed.wordpress.com
The strength of women farmers in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?682fc8
Finding Joy in PNG -- http://joyellen.wordpress.com
Misc PNG Links
Wild PNG -- http://wildpng.com
Air Niugini Airbus diecast miniature -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8cf648
Jasons PNG -- http://www.jasons.com/papua-new-guinea
Rapopo Plantation Resort is conveniently located between Kokopo and Tokua Airport -- http://www.rapopo.com
Airlines PNG -- http://www.apng.com
Air Niugini -- http://www.airniugini.com.pg
Boroko Motors -- http://www.boroko-motors.com
Credit and Data Bureau -- http://www.cdb.com.pg
Conservation International Melanesia -- http://www.cimelanesia.org.pg
Internal Revenue Commission -- http://www.irc.gov.pg
Walindi Plantation Resort -- http://www.walindi.com
Loloata -- http://www.loloata.com
Madang Cultural Day -- http://giaman.com/pg/?eef7fa
Village water supply Sogomi village, near Goroka Eastern Highlands Province -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0e1a87
Mud men -- http://www.travellerspoint.com/photos/stream/photoID/1209797/
PNG Images -- http://www.pbase.com/chris67/papua_new_guinea
PNG Postcards -- http://www.janeresture.com/png_home/postcards.htm
PNG Travel Photos -- http://www.bugbog.com/gallery/gallerypng/pngdoor.html
PNG Culture -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5f44b8
Telita Cruises -- http://www.telitacruises.com/gallery.htm
Diving PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?75a70d
Kevin Glennon -- http://www.kevin-glennon.com/gallery.html
Rabaul Volcano -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Her8njlGtQI
Shopping in Kainantu -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sFsRCvPgsn4
Languages are disappearing from PNG. Several languages are down to having less than a handful of speakers. Along with the disappearance of the language the Smithsonian Natural History Museum is concerned about the loss of crucial local knowledge. The Smithsonian's offered to work with PNG's National Museum to document and protect endangered languages.
Here is a list of endangered languages -- http://www.sil.org/pacific/png/endangered.asp
SIL (Summer Institute of Linguistics) suggest that there are two languages that have probably already been lost and they are Abaga and Aribwatsa. Follow the links in the above link to read more.
Road Safety Campaign
A road safety program that identified safe Public Motor Vehicle (PMV) drivers last year is underway again in 2011. Last year 15 lucky PMV drivers won a four day trip to Australia part of the trip was being able to watch the 2010 National Rugby League Grand Final live. Hundreds of PMV drivers from around the country are expected to sign up.
Last year every driver that entered in Port Moresby was disqualified.
Blind for Life
From the Post Courier - A young mother is completely blind because of injury inflicted by her abusive policeman husband in a violent three-year marriage that ended in November last year.
Full story -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110201/news01.htm
Rotary Overseas Medical Aid for Children
The East Keilor Rotary club in Melbourne, Australia is hosting 7-year old Gregory Jack from Siakeu Village on remote tropical Panaeati Island east of the mainland of PNG while he undergoes medical procedures to correct a genetic disorder called Crouzon syndrome. His condition had left his skull and facial bones unable to expand as he grew, and he had been unable to close his eyes.
Moonee Valley Weekly news item -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ef434d
In 2010 BAHA helped to assist 74 organisations in the development of HIV policies. BAHA publishes all workplace policies on their web site at -- http://www.baha.com.pg -- Ok Tedi Mining Limited (OTML) has renewed its sponsorship to PNG BAHA with two hundred thousand kina (K200, 000.00) to assist its key activities. Over the last four years a total of K800, 000.00 has been donated by OTML to BAHA to support its work for the fight against HIV and AIDS.
There are fresh concerns over the outbreak of cholera in the country. The majority of the cases were in poor settlements in Lae City, with one on Mandok Island in the district of Siassi. -- http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201101/3124345.htm
Gordon's Market Closed
One of the main markets in Port Moresby had to be closed due to ethnic violence over the recent weekend. The National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, officially closed the Gordon's Market indefinitely and condemned the clash that claimed several lives. The market closure has affected the innocent people who use the market to earn their living in the city. The governor called on both sides to stop the fighting.
Yakasa shames those involved in clash -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/16120
MPs condemn killings in Moresby -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/16119
Peace ceremony held in POM -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=58534
Post Courier - The Drum
Here is a very relevant item especially since the elections are just around the corner
In addition, the media, shame on us, for promoting this grand standing politics being played by our politicians. Now that the 2012 campaign is approaching, we must be very careful with how we report on MPs delivering services to their voters. We have to ban the use of the word "donate" in our stories when we report on MPs are giving money from their grants. It's the people's money channelled through them.
And another from The Drum
Is it Gordons or Gordon? Last night we consulted the telephone directory and other literature available and settled with the spelling Gordons, with an S at the end. In the morning, our reporters had an argument; some said the place should be spelled with an S while other said no. And our Big Pat settled the issue. It's GORDON and NOT Gordons. It was Gordon's Estate, owned by an expatriate family that lent its name to the present day Gordon's suburb and Gordon's Police Barracks.
Gold Panners Arrested
Police from Porgera have rounded up and arrested 45 locals after they were caught panning for gold along the river used by the mine for tailings. The National reports that a group of fully armed men surrounded the area and arrested men, women and children, including school students, as they were panning for gold along the waste tailing river; the police then locked them up in cell.
InterOil LNG Plan
Explorer InterOil Corporation and its joint venture company Liquid Niugini Gas have signed follow-up agreements with Energy World Corporation (EWC) on the construction of a liquefied natural gas plant in PNG.
Businesses and trucking firms along the Highlands Highway are losing valuable goods to looters who take advantage of drivers who stop along the side of the road to buy food or go to the toilet. Song Trading Limited recently lost goods worth more than K190,000 after a container was looted near Aviamp Tea Estate in South Wahgi district of Jiwaka Province. Police are investigating the incident and are confident that the suspects will be arrested soon.
New BSP Chairman
Kostas Constantinou has been appointed to be the chairman of Bank South Pacific after Noreo Beangke stepped down during a recent special board meeting of the directors. Constantinou had been a director of BSP since April 2009. He is a prominent businessman in PNG and is chairman of Airways Hotel and Apartments Ltd, Airways Residences Ltd, Lamana Hotel Ltd, Hebou Constructions (PNG) Ltd, a director of Gazelle International Hotel Ltd, Heritage Park Hotel Ltd in the Solomon Islands and Grand Pacific Hotel Ltd in Fiji. Constantinou was also a director of POMSoX-listed Airlines PNG Ltd and ASX-listed Oil Search Ltd.
Beangke will remain as a director of the bank.
New studies of Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) evidence has shown interaction between the islands of Southeast Asia and the Pacific is far more complex than previous accounts tended to suggest and the study paves the way for new theories of the spread of Austronesian languages.
Read More -- http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-02/uol-gsu020111.php
PNG Doing Indonesia's Work
Powes Parkop, the governor of the National Capital, has accused the government of using a security operation along the border with Papua to do Indonesia's dirty work.
Sun Come Up Film
The "Sun Come Up" film about the plight of the islanders on PNG's Carteret Islands has been nominated for an Oscar. The film covers the serious consequences of Earth's changing climate on the Carteret Islands where Islanders have had no choice but to move to higher ground. The Islands are expected to be under water by 2015.
Sanctum is a 1 hour 49 minutes film, set deep underground in the caves of Esa'ala in Milne Bay province, telling the story of a handful of explorers - some experienced, some novices - trapped underground when a cyclone floods "the largest unexplored cave system in the world".
See also - Actors need funds to attend preview of another film called "Dschungelkind" (Jungle Child) -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/16241
Trailer -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1mwHVao7Mg
Seaweed Marine PNG, a company run by Malaysian Peter Hong Hi Chung, has been granted a one-year trial to farm seaweed in Milne Bay province. If the trial is successful then the company would be willing to invest more than K30 million in the industry in the province over the next 10 to 15 years. The farming of seaweed could be the next big thing for the largely maritime province.
Man Vs. Wild
The Discovery Channel has announced a new season of MAN VS. WILD starring Bear Grylls. Each of the new episodes presents Grylls with challenges in the wilderness unlike ever before. One episode shows Grylls risking his life and limb climbing crumbling volcanic cliffs and leaping over a 100 foot death drop on a dangerous desert island in PNG.
Check Discovery Channel for viewing times -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1deac6
Trukai Industries has donated a monthly supply of 50 kilos of brown rice to City Mission. The partnership between Trukai and the City Mission is now into its sixth year.
There is a new man heading the Oceania Football Confederation. David Chung from PNG now heads the organisation after president Reynald Temarii was suspended by FIFA amid allegations of improper conduct during the World Cup bidding process.
Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates do change and events can sometimes get cancelled.
Interplast - 21st of February - 4th of March -- http://www.interplast.com.au
International Women's Day (IWD) - 8th March 2011 - The first IWD was run in 1911 so 2011 sees the IWD Global Centenary.
National Surfing Titles - 16th to 25th March
National Game Fishing Titles - 16th to 25th March
Arafura Games - 7th to 14th of May -- http://www.arafuragames.nt.gov.au
Lik Lik Diwai Tourism Festival - 20th May
Wahgi Sing Sing -- June
Warwin High School Cultural Day - 13th June
Kontu / Tembn Shark Calling - New Ireland - 29th June - 2nd July
Birding in Paradise 12th - 22nd July -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8b315c
Warwagira Cultural Show - Kokopo - 29th June - 5th July
National Mask Festival - 6th - 9th July
Malagan Show - New Ireland - 22nd - 24th July
Crocodile Festival, Ambunti - 9th & 10th August
Mount Hagen Cultural Show - 13th & 14th August
Goroka Show - 16th to 18th September
Morobe Show - 15th & 16th October
Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau - 4th to 6th November
Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011
National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012
2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain
Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012
Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013
Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
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