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PNG in the News
PNG soldiers storm W. Sepik Police Commander's home -- http://giaman.com/pg/?daac9c
New Road Stabilizer Being Trailed in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ee8d26
Songwriter Patti Potts Doi receives APRA payment -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b6fe03
Fraud squad in Lae in dire need of vehicle -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110204/news07.htm
US Airmen Missing in Action from WWII Identified -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0bff35
PNG police says presence of security guards at Porgera add to crime -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=58721
PNG state broadcaster moves into TV -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201102/s3136819.htm
Opposition: PM explain -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110211/news01.htm
Panguna landowner upset at lack of consultation by Bougainville President -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=58680
It's time Somare allegations were addressed -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4f3266
Malum Nalu's Blog -- http://malumnalu.blogspot.com
cloudpng @ Port Moresby -- http://cloudpng.blogspot.com
Today in Lae -- http://inwildeboer.blogspot.com
Jane Tompsett's diary from PNG -- http://janeinpng.wordpress.com
Western Highlands Province -- http://whponline.blogspot.com
Ramu Nickel Mine Watch -- http://ramumine.wordpress.com
Nineteen years and counting in PNG -- http://nancysullivan.typepad.com
Papua New Guinea Blogs -- http://www.pngblogs.com
Madang - Ples Bilong Mi -- http://www.messersmith.name/wordpress
Little Green Palai: DSTP matter begins in Madang -- http://giaman.com/pg/?66e09a
Bulolo Live -- http://bulololive.blogspot.com
Misc PNG Links
Misc PNG -- http://wn.com/Papua_New_Guinea_kina
Revising the Mihalic Project -- http://www.mihalicdictionary.org
Sanctum: Review By Bawnian-Dexeus -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0fc896
Cave diving movie not that deep -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9a9182
The Nature Conservancy in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9c17b6
Act Now PNG -- http://www.actnowpng.org
Mt Hagen Handicraft Group -- http://www.hagenhandicrafts.com
Diving in PNG -- http://equatordiving.com/PNG.html
New Ireland Tourism -- http://www.newirelandtourism.org.pg
Wantok Radio -- http://wantokradio.org
What to do in and around Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1a4249
Theory links Pacific migration to Asia -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9cbf38
Flying Crusaders -- http://giaman.com/pg/?57105e
Flying with Air Niugini - P2-ANC -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izrJ2w7ITag
Air Niugini Fokker F100 -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/shebalso/5428250759
Air Niugini Boeing B767 -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/shebalso/5428860036
Trobriand Islanders -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmwsbbOzGkY
Kokopo market -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/mytripsmypics/4045382151/
PNG in the '70's -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c68b37
Goroka -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/ingetjetadros/5389246875
Goroka -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a72dc2
PNG Scotts -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/the_png_scotts
PNG Photo Library -- http://www.pngphotolibrary.com
Tourism Images -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg/ImageGallery
New Ireland -- http://www.ida.liu.se/~g-robek/PNG-NiuAilan.htm
Moko Moko dance from Goroka -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IAQ2jqt8Lpc
Travel Advisories Update
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has issued a new Smartraveller advice updating the previous one issued on the 3rd of January this year. Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution"
Change Summary: The advice has been reviewed and reissued. It contains new information in the Summary and under Safety and Security: Crime (car-jacking and robbery can occur throughout Papua New Guinea at any time) and Civil Unrest/Political Unrest (Ethnic disputes continue to flare up around the country). The overall level of the advice has not changed.
Birth Mortality Rate
PNG's birth mortality rate is very high. For every thousand babies born, approximately 75 die before their fifth birthday. Five women die in childbirth daily but the figures vary. The official figure from the United Nations is 253 per 100,000 live births but it is as high as 733 in some areas of the country. In comparison Australia's maternal mortality rate: 8.4 per 100,000 live births - PNG's rate is about 30 times that.
Coastal shipping vessel, Kokopo Chief, is going into dry dock in March to ensure all requirements are met for compliance with certification of the vessel with the Lloyds "Class Register". The dry docking is a routine matter and the Papuan Chief, Island Chief and Highland Chief have already been re-certified.
Suspect Murderer Arrested
Former chief-of-staff to the Prime Minister, 44-year-old Dr Theo Yasause, has been arrested and charged with the murder of Aquila Emil a PNG rugby league legend. Police have alleged he shot and killed Emil during an argument outside the Lamana nightclub in Port Moresby at around 3am.
Dr Yasause was the chief of staff to Prime Minister Michael Somare in 2007 and 2008.
Aussie Helicopter Pilot Missing
An Australian from the Brisbane area has been missing since late on the 13th of Feb when the helicopter he was piloting crashed in the Bismark Sea 36km south of Manus Island, in PNG's north. Consular officials from the Australian High Commission in Port Moresby are liaising closely with local authorities and the man's employer.
GG Election Disputed
Ronald Rimbao, a person who nominated for the position of the Governor General, is disputing the election process that saw Michael Ogio elected to the position in January this year. Through his lawyer Mr Rimbao contends that Parliament should not have met at all and determine the election of the Governor-General, when he had already lodged an appeal in the Supreme Court over the nomination process but Acting Speaker Francis Marus refused to entertain the matter.
Yumi Lukautim Mosbi
Yumi Lukautim Mosbi (YLM) is a model for coordination of urban safety & crime prevention activities through Provincial Government partnering with law & justice sector agencies, statute authorities, the private sector and community. Yumi Lukautim Mosbi - You+Me Looking after Port Moresby
The National Airline has increased airfares by K10.00 due to an increase in its fuel surcharge for both the domestic and international sectors. Air Niugini chief executive officer Wasantha Kumarasiri said the cost of fuel had risen steadily and, since the last fuel surcharge for the international sectors, Air Niugini had absorbed about K1.5 million per month for fuel while an estimated K800,000 per month was spent on the domestic sectors. Air Niugini said it would re-adjust its fuel surcharges should the crude oil prices decrease.
Frank Farina, a former coach of the Australian Socceroos, has been appointed to coach the PNG Men's Football team. Mr Farina was born on the 5th of September 1964 in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. He is no stranger to PNG having spent part of his childhood in the country.
Further reading -- http://giaman.com/pg/?989da2
Farina confirms role -- http://giaman.com/pg/?fdf058
A Solomon Islander, Eddie Omokirio, has been appointed to coach Milne Bay's Eastern Star team. Eastern Star is one of the teams participating in the Telekom national soccer league in PNG.
Eaglewood Energy Inc., Calgary, said it has an indicated gas-condensate discovery at the Ubuntu-1 exploratory well 17 km east of the undeveloped Ketu and Elevala gas-condensate discoveries in PPL 259 in PNG.
Boost for PNG Health
Casey Hospital in Victoria, Australia, has sent a midwife to Vanimo hospital to help train locals. The midwife spent two weeks helping to teach doctors, nurses and midwives to try to cut the high infant mortality rate in the country.
Australian Rugby League
The battle for Brisbane has reached toxic levels with the incumbent powerhouses, the Broncos, joining forces with the PNG bid team in a move that will harm the chances of the consortium rallying for a second club in the city. The Broncos were adamant the commercial association had no connection to the bid for a rival Brisbane team.
Full news report -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e2bb15
Lihir Magistrate Slams Drivers
Lihir district court magistrate Bruce Tasikul has said the numbers of deaths caused by motor vehicle accidents in the country have increased significantly because people no longer have any respect for traffic rules.
Revising the Mihalic Project - This is a collaborative project to revise the 'Mihalic' - you can help if you speak, read, grew up with, research or have anything to do with Tok Pisin - and it is in its early stages.
North Bougainville By-election
Elections will be held in May for the North Bougainville seat following the election of Michael Ogio, the encumbent, to the Governor General post in January. Writs will be issued on the 21st of March and nominations will close on the 28th of March.
Ogio will be officially sworn in as the 9th PNG Governor General in May when Parliament resumes.
WWF-Australia has said several species including tree kangaroos and wallabies, collectively known as macropods, could become extinct over the next ten years if nothing is done to conserve them and their habitat. These species are endangered principally by human activities, such as unsustainable logging and hunting. There are 72 species of macropod throughout Australia, Papua New Guinea and the Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua.
Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates do change and events can sometimes get cancelled.
Interplast - 21st of February to 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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