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PNG in the News
PM's health a secret -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110531/news03.htm
Can Australia prevent death by snakebite? -- http://giaman.com/pg/?352a01
Hybrid power brings high-speed Internet to PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6ab5a3
Far more than a load of rubbish -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c3d92f
Aid mission medics overwhelmed in PNG -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201105/s3225037.htm
Killing spree -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110531/news01.htm -- and -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110601/news06.htm
Killing spree murder linked to sorcery allegations -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8a7530
PNG police investigate weekend murders -- http://www.radioaustralianews.net.au/stories/201106/3232327.htm
PNG government says having an office in Brisbane an advantage -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=60850
Goroka Airport fence ripped off -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/19921
Ok Tedi mine suspends production -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201105/s3232023.htm
Former Miss PNG victim of porn bribe -- http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/26/3227147.htm
PX TV Commercial -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cIDx6-z_mAs
Rabaul -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/emjanda/5714849039
Tawali -- http://giaman.com/pg/?45a720
Lissenung Island Resort Kavieng -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8d38cf
Bombs Over Rabaul -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6Pi62UszI8
Bolumimski highway -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pUvq7X1BSWg -- Kavieng to Namatanai, New Ireland province.
Air Niugini P2-PXV -- http://jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=7116222&nseq=0
The PNG Church Partnership on Facebook -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8fc3cb
Morobe Tourism -- http://www.tourismmorobe.org.pg
PNG Tourism -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg
Festival season in PNG to spark Australian tourist interests -- http://giaman.com/pg/?74b26c
PNG Diving History -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2f8804
Colony was so close and yet so far -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8fd15c
Kavieng Leisure Destination -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3058ea
PNG Weather Forecast Maps -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a0965e
Patriots PNG on Facebook -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2b4427
Buk bilong pikinini -- http://bukbilongpikinini.org
Kerema kids build a raft -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLaPmCFWr8s
Kerema bride price ceremony -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhG2v2ezgNA
Kimbe -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a96a0d
Sydney Wantoks -- http://www.freewebs.com/wantok
Kedewas - Rugby Alotau -- http://giaman.com/pg/?759b16
Arthur Somare Sold PNG Out on LNG Deal -- http://giaman.com/pg/?231f4e
Relish, my Relish - Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0bb953
Chris Cobb: Walking tall in Kokopo -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ed4356
Madang Info Line -- http://hector-madanginfoline.blogspot.com
Educating Wendy -- http://educatingwendy.blogspot.com
Andrew's Ukarumpa -- http://pngandrew.blogspot.com
The Anuki Country Press -- http://theanukicountrypress.blogspot.com
Tribal Wife -- http://tribalwife.blogspot.com
In 1973 the National Airline was flying to Bulolo in Morobe province and now Air Niugini, using a Dash 8 100 aircraft, is again flying to Bulolo airport from Port Moresby. The Air Niugini service will operate every Monday and Friday. The Mining Town of Bulolo was Papua New Guinea's first major urban settlement.
New Lae School
Australian and United States military engineers have been putting the final touches to a newly improved school and water system in Lae. They've constructed new classrooms for Bubia Primary School that will house about 60 students.
Read more -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=60906
BSP Declares Dividend
Bank South Pacific (BSP) has declared a final dividend and share consolidation for 2010 at its annual meeting for shareholders. The board of directors declared a final dividend profit of 3.135 toea per share.
The PNG Nationwide Microbank has reached a major milestone. The bank has signed its 100,000th customer who is a 49-year-old widow and mother of four that operates a small coffee garden about two hours by road from Goroka, the Eastern Highlands provincial capital.
The bank has been operating going since 2004 now with the support of the Asian Development Bank.
Milne Bay Reef Study
A study has been made by an international team co-led by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, of three coral reefs near Papua New Guinea which are bathed in bubbles of carbon dioxide from volcanic vents. The results suggest the diversity and resilience of coral reef ecosystems will be severely reduced as the pH of oceans declines, due to rising carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.
A health official says the millions of foreign aid dollars being poured into the health sector are being misdirected. The director of PNG's National AIDS Council Secretariat, Wep Kanawi, says while there has been significant improvements in dealing with infectious diseases and mortality rates, resources are not being channelled effectively into rural areas.
PNG Health Department & GFATM
The embattled PNG Health Department has taken a step back in its administering of funds from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).
GFATM is an international financing institution that invests the world's money to save lives. To date, it has committed US$21.7 billion in 150 countries to support large-scale prevention, treatment and care programs against the three diseases.
Bumper Coffee Crop
PNG's bumper coffee crop earns big export dollars -- http://giaman.com/pg/?10aa8c
PNG coffee boom puts pressure on processors -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a76cb1
From the 14th of June this year Airlines PNG will expand its network. Madang will benefit from daily flights ex Lae plus connections to Port Moresby and overseas. Mt Hagen ex Port Moresby will now see up to 12 flights per week.
Heavy vehicles were recently banned for a short period from the Poreporena freeway in Port Moresby after yet another crash. The section of the road at the bottom of Burns Peak on the town side has become known by Port Moresby residents as the "deadman's corner". Police were diverting trucks and semi-trailers at roadblocks set up at the Hohola and Konedobu roundabouts until the ban was lifted -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/19968
The Poreporena freeway connects downtown Port Moresby and the wharf to the airport.
The ban produced a many pages in the local newspapers. Here are few links for further reading. Transport companies in Port Moresby angry at police ban on key road -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=60839
A/g PM backs freeway ban -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/19840
The freeway is not the only hill in Moresby where accidents happen -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110531/news02.htm
Freeway ban ignored -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/19926
Ban triggers fuel shortage -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/19974
National Broadband Network
The PNG government is considering a detailed strategic plan for a national fibre optic broadband Internet network.
Squatters Told to Leave
The inhabitants of a squatter settlement in Madang town have been given until the weekend to leave, or face forcible eviction.
Australian diver missing in PNG
Aussie Surgery for Goroka Girl
Thanks to the Children First Foundation Elvin Kumuli from Goroka has undergone open-heart surgery at Epworth Hospital in Richmond, Victoria, Australia. Ms Kumuli was diagnosed with Fallot's Tetralogy, a condition that left her gasping for breath after even the shortest exercise. She could not walk more than 20m without discomfort because not enough blood could reach her lungs to get oxygen.
Mining Boom Riches
The liquefied natural gas (LNG) project is expected to propel the country's economic growth rate to a robust eight per cent this year. The project, led by US energy giant Exxon Mobil, is the largest investment scheme in PNG's history.
Gold, oil, copper and other mineral deposits account for nearly two-thirds of the country's export earnings. It is estimated that reserves of natural gas amount to more than 225 billion cubic metres.
See also -- http://giaman.com/pg/?231f4e
How can PNG fight the resource curse? -- http://giaman.com/pg/?91682e
A smoking ban in Public Motor Vehicles (PMVs) is scheduled to come into effect at the start of 2012 but the Land Transport Department say the no smoke ban in public transport has been in place for a long time and they will go ahead and fine people caught smoking in PMVs. Smoking has been banned on aeroplanes for many years.
The penalty for smoking inside a PMVs is an on the spot fine of K500 or the smoker can be referred to the police and then charged under the Motor Traffic Act Regulation.
Milne Bay Cricket
The Grand Final of the Milne Bay Dulux Regional Championship has been played in Alotau with regional champions being crowned in the Men's, Women's Championship and a Local Junior competition.
Women - Divinai defeated Ahioma
Junior - Garuahi def Maiwara
Men - Ahioma def Alotau
The government is reported as saying the preparation for the 2011 National Population census in July is progressing well. The govt hopes to be able to count every living person in PNG and have the main count commenced on the night of 10th and ended by the 17th of July. The census has already been delayed by a year due to a lack of government funding and support.
The Mining Minister, John Pundari, has presented a cheque for K61,720 to the Pacific Adventist University (PAU) to begin initial work on the establishment of a radiation monitoring facility. Once the facility is established it will be able to gather baseline data on ambient levels of background radiation in an attempt to monitor possible fallout from man-made and natural sources of radiation.
Papua New Guinea Business Coalition Against HIV & AIDS (BAHA)
Phone: +675 325 9228
Fax: +675 323 5596
BAHA is a non-profit organisation representing the private sector effort to address HIV & AIDS in PNG.
Angoram High School
Two classrooms have been gutted by fire at the Angoram High School in East Sepik. The provincial police commander has been reported as saying a suspect had been detained and was being questioned at the Wewak police station.
Australia Destroys Illegal Boats
The Australian Department of Immigration has destroyed the boats used by around 130 people who sailed from PNG to Australia in December claiming Australian citizenship. The department says destroying the boats is a warning to PNG citizens not to try to enter Australia illegally.
Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates do change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.
Walk Against Corruption - Sunday 12th of June
Warwin High School Cultural Day - 13th of June
Kontu / Tembn Shark Calling, New Ireland - 29th June - 2nd July
Warwagira Cultural Show, Kokopo - 29th June - 5th July
National Mask Festival, 6th - 9th July
Birding in Paradise, 12th - 22nd July -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8b315c
Miss Melanesia Australia 2011 - The Irish Club, Brisbane, 16 July 2011
Malagan Show, New Ireland, 22nd - 24th July
National Book Week -- 1st to 5th of August
Crocodile Festival, Ambunti - 9th & 10th August
Mount Hagen Cultural Show - 13th & 14th August -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f0b247
Full Pacific Games - French president Nicolas Sarkozy is set to officially open the XIV Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, on the 27th of August.
Kokoda Challenge -- 27th of August
2011 Garamut Festival in Wewak -- 2nd & 3rd of September
Goroka Show, 16th - 18th September - see -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110426/hpost02.htm -- and -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg/viewservices/News.aspx?Pop=1&rqEventID=58
Morobe Show - 15th & 16th October
Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau: 4th - 6th November
National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012
2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain province
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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