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PNG in the News
Govt fails to have challenge quashed -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d52e24
Devastating PNG rainforests -- http://news.mongabay.com/2010/1021-hance_png_forests.html
Threats to the livelihoods and environment of PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?86dffd
Exorbitant rentals affect nationals -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20111027/news08.htm
SP Brewery has launched responsible service communication materials to tackle underage drinking and alcohol serving -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/24855
Air Niugini sacks two -- http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=184898
Lae in chaos -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20111104/news01.htm
PNG Engineering -- http://www.pngengineering.com
US Travel Advice -- http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_996.html
PNG White Pages -- http://www.whitepages.com.pg
PNG Yellow Pages -- http://www.yellowpages.com.pg
Telikom PNG -- http://www.telikompng.com.pg
Lae Game Fishing Association -- http://www.laegamefishing.org.pg
Game Fishing Association of PNG -- http://www.gfa.com.pg
Port Moresby Game Fishing Club -- http://www.pmgfc.org.pg
PNG Recipes -- http://joyellen.wordpress.com/2011/08/05/png-recipes
More PNG recipes -- http://giaman.com/pg/?86a386
Wycliffe PNG -- http://mnnonline.org/article/16425
Dogura Cathedral photo -- http://www.panoramio.com/photo/9584983
Image from Madang 1945 -- http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/OG3330
Kauri trees in Popondetta town -- http://www.panoramio.com/photo/30510573
Ansett Boeing 727-77QF VH-RMS at Port Moresby -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/leap1/3149100176
Flight into yesterday - a film from the 1960's -- http://www.youtube.com/?v=7Al0IGcEPHI
Wuvulu from the lagoon -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/snakesanddoves/2588787830/
George Telek -- http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=111975712202097
The Road to Kerema -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTaoDUQJX0E
Following the Way - 40 min documentary -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=bsEMznsUkqE
Skerah on YouTube -- http://www.youtube.com/user/skerah
Stamps 'n Things: PNG Frama Vending Machine Stamps -- http://giaman.com/pg/?915cf2
Complicated PNG -- http://complicated-png.blogspot.com
Max & Kaure in Alotau -- http://maxnkaureinalotau.blogspot.com
Lae School and Clinic Shut Down
Haikost Primary School and the Clinic have had to shut recently due to an upsurge of crime in the 2 Mile area of Lae in Morobe province.
PNG police put down riots in Lae -- http://australianetworknews.com/stories/201111/3355582.htm
RSPCA Paws Walk
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) will be holding a walk on Sunday, 13th of November at the Sir John Guise stadium. The walk will start at 6am and end around 9:30am and everyone is invited even those without their ‘best friends’.
William Parkinson, the Managing Director of Communications Fiji Limited, the parent company of PNG FM Ltd, has said Paradise Cinemas at the Vision City complex in Port Moresby is in the final stages of construction and is expected to open late December or early January next year. The multiplex cinemas will have the most advanced digital equipment available in the country.
Mainland Holdings, the owners of Tablebirds, have set up an K80 million chicken processing plant in the Port Moresby suburb of Gerehu. The investment by Mainland Holdings will create over 300 jobs, create business opportunities for hundreds of small commercial chicken farmers and also has the potential to reduce the cost of chickens in the supermarket. Mainland has bene quoted as saying the company is currently air freighting chicken from Lae to Port Moresby at a cost of K3.37 per kilogram.
Dash 8's to be Modified
Following preliminary investigations all Dash 8 series 100, 200 and 300 operating in PNG are to have modifications made to the aircraft and have more frequent inspections and tests on the propeller governor and power lever systems. Airlines of PNG have c;aimed a component failure on the aircraft caused the propellers to go too fast resulting in both engines failing. PNG Civil Aviation and Safety Authority (CASA) says this is inaccurate because an investigation is not complete. CASA chief operating officer John Bromley said a preliminary report into the crash did not cite component failure.
As more information becomes available the Civil Aviation Authority of Australia and other authorities around the world might apply the same airworthiness directive to include other operators of Dash 8.
see full article -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/24768
and -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20111028/news01.htm
Propellers probably caused fatal crash -- http://giaman.com/pg/?891adf
Wreck Found Near Rabaul
A rusting wreck found in Simpson Harbour while searching for unexploded munitions is believed to be a wreck from World War II. The wreck appears to be a one or two man midget submarine.
Simpson Harbour serves the town of Rabaul, which was a major WWII Japanese military base on the northeast coast of PNG. Japanese midget submarines were transported by ship or larger submarines and used covertly to infiltrate enemy targets including Pearl Harbor in Hawaii and Sydney Harbour.
Greenpeace Entered Illegally?
It has been claimed that the MV Esperanza, operated by Greenpeace, has entered the country illegally by sailing directly to Pomio in East New Britain rather than being cleared by Customs in Port Moresby.
Greenpeace warned to stay out of Pomio -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/24765
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Upgrades to Vanimo airport and wharf are not high on the list of jobs to be carried out by the PNG Govt.
So far there thirty competitiors have expressed an interest in bringing their motorcycles to PNG from from overseas to take part in the enduro to be held in and around Lae in March next year. For more info contact Peter Boyd from the Morobe Motorcycle Club (Lae) by using the general contact form located at -- http://pnggossip.com/misc/ctc.html
PNG Gold is looking at the possibilty of purchasing New Guinea Gold Corp. Both companies are focused on exploration and mining activities in PNG.
Post Courier in Trouble
A local compnay has referred the Post Courier to the Independent Media Standards Committee of the Media Council of PNG for what is claimed an inaccurate report about Greenpeace on the Pomio area of East New Briatin.
The Pomio district administrator has been quoted in The National newspaper as saying the visit by Greenpeace had failed to seek formal approval from police and the provincial government before going to the district to stage its protests. -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/24835
The latest class of pilots from PNG studying to get their wings in Coffs Harbour are well on their way to becoming commercial airline pilots.
The 9th of December is the date set for PNG to find out whether the government of Peter O'Neill legally took over from the Michael Somare led govt. This will hopefully conclude months of legal wrangling over the events that took place on the 2nd of August after 70 MPs decided to dump the Somare government and elect Peter O'Neill.
The Australian Government Smartraveller advisory service web site has reviewed and reissued its advice. It contains new information in the Summary and under Civil Unrest/Political Tension (possibility of further violence in Lae). The overall level of the advice has not changed.
Mora Mora Vocational Centre
The Mora Mora Vocational Centre in Kimbe, West New Britain province has been expanded and renamed the West New Britain Technical College. The chair of the new college’s board, Williamson Hosea, says they expect up to 300 students from around the country to study at the school from next year.
Concerns have been expressed that PNG is not prepared for the elections just around the corner. The Australian government is reportedly making military preparations to evacuate its citizens if things get out of hand during the elections, which are scheduled for June 2012.
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.
Lae Game Fishing Club Billfish Tournament - 13th November -- http://www.laegamefishing.org.pg
PNG Australia Alumni Association Dinner - 26th November - Crowne Plaza, Port Moresby
World AIDS Day - 1st December
Ride the Rivers Enduro -- 24 - 25 March 2012
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
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
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