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PNG in the News
Medical Catch 22 keeps Somare as leader -- http://giaman.com/pg/?727265
PNG ruling party waits for foreign doctors report on Somare -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=61873
PNG top cop says not to bribe police -- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-07-18/png-bribery-police/2799424
Woman faces charges over Moresby land deal -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/21326
Eight missing at sea -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110721/news11.htm
Harmony says Wafi-Golpu resource grows to 1bn tons -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ccae13
Lack of basic infrastructure hurting Kundiawa -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=61928
PNG wants to call shots on reopening Manus centre -- http://giaman.com/pg/?40622c
Air Niugini sign agreement with Air France/KLM -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d1a3e7
Rudd to hold asylum seeker talks with PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8fdddc
Bedigan Sisa - Sindaun Isi -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7N0d0JQxEA
Pros and cons of mobile phone use in rural PNG -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201107/s3275930.htm
Jason's PNG Travel Guide -- http://www.jasons.com/papua-new-guinea
PNG Media Stats -- http://www.nationmaster.com/country/pp-papua-new-guinea/med-media
Strengthening Political Parties as Institutions of Democracy -- http://www.ippcc.gov.pg/conference/Kokopo%20conference%20Program.pdf
CIA World Fact Book, 2004 - PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d3506a
Port Moresby -- http://www.portmoresbyblues.com
Uncertainty reigns as Somare's return in doubt -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5b20b7
PNG Cars -- http://pngcars.com
Victoria Cross for Sale -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a67476
PNG Orchid News -- http://www.orchidspng.com/index.html
PNG Tax Office -- http://www.irc.gov.pg
Media Council of PNG -- http://www.pngmediacouncil.org
St Margaret's Hospital Newsletter Oro Bay -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8acad2
Archdiocese of Mt Hagen -- http://giaman.com/pg/?b350ce
Port Moresby Views -- http://giaman.com/pg/?168a31
Kaugere, Port Moresby -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YbCUVN__cQ
Port Moresby street fight from a distance -- http://vimeo.com/26349630
Kavieng -- http://giaman.com/pg/?51c4dc
A blog that has not been updated recently still provides great photos to view -- http://savepng.blogspot.com
PNG Beaches -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f12aed
Mask Festival -- http://daveandrosie.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/kokopo-mask-festival.pdf
H56 PNG House -- http://espace.library.uq.edu.au/eserv/UQ:12929/RH_HC_01.tif/oi=1
Blogs about PNG come and go. Some are updated on a regular basis and others haven't seen any activity for ages. Hopefully the ones mentioned below have had some sort of recent update.
Tribal Wife -- http://tribalwife.blogspot.com
The Masalai blog -- http://masalai.wordpress.com
Malum Nalu -- http://malumnalu.blogspot.com
PNG Gossip -- http://pnggossip.blogspot.com
PNG Blogs -- http://www.pngblogs.com
PNG Mine Watch -- http://ramumine.wordpress.com
Dave and Rosie -- http://daveandrosie.wordpress.com
ICT & Innovation Expo
The National ICT Authority (NICTA) and Bank of PNG (BPNG) will be exhibiting at the 2011 ICT and Innovation Expo from Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August at the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium. NICTA and BPNG's participation as regulators beside other roles they play in their respective industries is a welcome sign of the solidarity for the ICT ecosystem coming together to showcase the importance and impact of ICT in our country.
Doctors Without Borders
After a 10-year absence, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has returned to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. There are currently only 10 qualified doctors and one functioning hospital for the approx 200,000 population of Bougainville. Eight of the doctors are in Buka leaving two to serve the rest of the province.
Trio to offer PNG medical aid -- http://giaman.com/pg/?003434
I find it hard to believe Eaustina and Eaustocia, the Bosin twins from Bougainville, celebrated their 15th birthday in May. The last 15 years has flown by so quickly. The twins were born conjoined (joined from chest to navel, with their livers attached) and were separated soon after birth at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.
-- http://giaman.com/pg/?b96d22 -- http://www.borokorotary.org/ROMAC.html
Another couple of links
- and a video link - http://aca.ninemsn.com.au/article/8276218/miracle-conjoined-twins-return
PX Fuel Surcharge
Air Niugini has reduced the fuel surcharge on domestic routes by K10.00 except for Port Moresby-Buka and Rabaul-Lihir sectors. The decrease will apply to any tickets issued on or after the 20th of July. Air Niugini chief executive officer, Wasantha Kumarasiri, attributed the drop in price to cheaper crude oil on the world market. Air Niugini has also decreased international fares on most international sectors except for Hong Kong, Narita in Japan and Manila in the Philippines.
PINA -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ffade6
Air Niugini has also supported the Rotary Black Tie Ball in Lae -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d2f489
Air Niugini has announced it will temporarily suspend its Wednesday services to Narita, Japan from the 7th of September. The Saturday service will remain as per the schedule although it is expected to incur a K14 million loss per annum based on current market conditions. -- http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=175830
The first national census in 11 years has been extended to allow for parts of the country running behind schedule to catch up.
More hurdles delay PNG census -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201107/s3274385.htm
Endangered Pig-nosed Turtle
The population of the endangered pig-nosed turtle in PNG has declined steeply over the past 30 years. The unique reptile has no close relatives and has become an international conservation icon. The pig-nosed turtle is found only on the island of New Guinea - and in a few rivers in northern Australia.
Six Papua New Guineans have been confirmed as new heads of overseas missions by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration - Ano Pala.
The Kokopo National Court has sentenced five men to death by hanging for killing eight people at sea. Goroka resident judge Joseph Yagi sentenced four brothers to a total of 400 years in jail for the brutal killing of three people they had accused of sorcery.
Players from PNG had an impact at the under-16 National Championships recently held in Blacktown, Sydney, Australia.
Theodist has been appointed exclusive distributor of Position Partners complete product range in PNG. Theodist will offer the full suite of Topcon survey, GPS, machine control and laser equipment, from software through to robotics and RTK solutions.
Theodist, with offices in Port Moresby and Lae, has sold survey equipment in PNG for over 30 years.
-- http://www.positionpartners.com.au -- http://www.theodist.com.pg
The new airline in PNG, Travel Air, will be based in Madang and will operate between the Mamose and New Guinean Island regions and the Port Moresby. Travel Air has taken over the premises previously occupied by Airlink including the hangar and terminal facilities in Madang
See also - Sir Mekere queries Air Niugini's K30m -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110721/news05.htm
Morobe Gold Drilling
Newmont Ventures has started drilling at the Hide's Creek development in Morobe province -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9c6d71
InvesGold Limited, an American multi-national company in the gold refinery business, has joined hands with PNG to establish a gold refinery in Lae, Morobe province -- http://ramumine.wordpress.com/2011/07/23/lae-to-set-up-gold-refinery
Post Courier Under Fire
Rupert Murdoch came under fire from one of the furthest flung corners of his empire on Tuesday, with Papua New Guinea's acting prime minister accusing one of the media baron's papers of trying to oust him. Sam Abal said he had observed "the appalling conduct of journalists in manufacturing stories and demonstrating clear leanings towards determining political outcomes"; in comments carried by rival paper The National.
Murdoch's Australian division News Limited owns 46 percent of the Post-Courier.
In a power battle within the National Alliance (NA) party the acting prime minister, Sam Abal, has been suspended by his party for two months for "wilfully acting in a manner prejudicial to the interest of the party". However almost at the same time Highlands region members of the party voted Mr Abal to be the new deputy leader of the region.
Abal said in a statement the NA highlands parliamentary wing ignored his suspension notice because it was legally flawed under the party constitution.
Attorney general downplays ructions in ruling NA -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=61978
Medical Society Donation
The PNG Medical Society has received a computer and multi function printer package from Premier Biomedical Engineering Services to help the society carry out its administrative duties more efficiently.
The annual PNG Medical Society Symposium will be held later this year in Kimbe, West New Britain province.
Drug Shortage Kills
A shortage of drugs has been blamed for the death of nine people in West New Britain's Kandrian- Gloucester district. Authorities fear many more may be at risk if the Government does not act immediately. A local member of parliament has purchased K120,000 worth of medical drugs from Kokopo but these have yet to be dispatched to the affected locations.
Kokoda Track Trek
The Victoria (Australia) Police Kokoda Program with 16 Moonee Valley students and members of Victoria Police has just finished. Follow the journey -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bae12d
Fish Origin Dispute
A fishing row has surfaced between Melanesian neighbours PNG and Vanuatu - over ownership of fish caught in PNG waters by Vanuatu flagged vessels of convenience.
Mining Environmental Impact
PNG's mining and petroleum developers say they aim to minimise the negative social and environmental impacts their operations have on the country.
Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.
Wantok Concert @ Balcony, 153 Elizabeth St, Brisbane -- 30th July
National Book Week - 1st to 5th of August
ICT & Innovation Expo - Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August 2011 - Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium, Waigani
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 Race 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
PNG Christian Music Festival, Port Moresby - 17th September
Morobe Show - 15th & 16th October
Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau: 4th - 6th November
Lae Game Fishing Club Billfish Tournament - 13th Nov
National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012
2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain
Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012
2012 Milne Bay Critter & Adventure Expeditions with Bob Halstead & Graham Abbott
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 17th April 2012 to 29th April 2012
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 1st May 2012 to 13th May 2012
Alotau-Adventure Diving-Kimbe Bay: 15th May 2012 to 30th May 2012
Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013
2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)
Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
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