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PNG in the News
PNG election winner too young to hold office -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5a67c0
PNG wants changes in Nautilus deal -- http://giaman.com/pg/?832f39
Madang air crash victims remembered -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0c5fd4
Robbery Increase in Alotau -- http://www.emtv.com.pg/home/latest-news/item/abel-s-crime-concern
Call to expand PNG capital infrastructure -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=71572
Kerema Clinic Closed -- http://www.pngfacts.com/1/post/2012/10/remote-kerema-clinic-closed.html
Drug Concerns in Lae -- http://www.emtv.com.pg/news-app/item/drug-concerns-in-lae
Judge orders NBC to appoint board -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/39961
PNG police up patrols at Port Moresby Gordon market -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a76e4b
PNG Government commits to big expansion in resourcing of police -- http://giaman.com/pg/?471a39
Major PNG industrial project on hold -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=71764
Misc PNG Links
ITI - Kimbe Campus -- http://www.iti.ac.pg/?page_id=194
Three new Aid Posts for rural Madang -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e45599
Effect of Tourism on Madang Province -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1de304
Service to mark 70 years since the Kokoda and Milne Bay campaigns -- http://giaman.com/pg/?068c45
PNG opposition leader apologises -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=71772
Australia boost rural health care in Madang -- http://www.png.embassy.gov.au/pmsb/05.html
AFL Port Moresby BSP premiership decided for 2012 -- http://www.worldfootynews.com/article.php/20121023001351829
Barike band of Rabaul - "Medley" 1981 -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWHW03RLLgY
Poppy at a Kokoda memorial -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d3eed0
Travel Bug hit Rabaul Market -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/globalcitizen01/8096791069
Raskols: Stephen Dupont's Portraits of Papua New Guinea Gangsters -- http://giaman.com/pg/?6df9b1
Fake Land Titles
Officers from the Morobe Provincial Lands Program have said they have come across two to three different title holders of land leases in Lae and on all occasions one or two of the titles have been proven to be fake. These titles have been issued by corrupt officials trying to make quick money. From now on titles will be cross check with the Titles Office in Port Moresby.
The visit by Archbishop Dr Rowan Williams saw him pay a visit to Dogura in Milne Bay province. The focus of his visit apart from the magnificent Dogura Cathedral was a visit to Kaieta where a monument has been erected to commemorate the arrival of the first Anglican missionaries Albert McLaren and Copland King on the 10th of August 1891.
-- http://giaman.com/pg/?6aa776 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?36d52f
Need to fix PNG health system -- http://sfluxe.com/2012/10/24/need-to-fix-png-health-system-archbishop/
Prince Charles's Visit
It has been reported that repairs to Port Moresby's roads have cost the country K9 million and the overall visit by Prince Charles will cost around K29 million. The National Capital District has spent over K243 million over the last four years on upgrading, sealing and rehabilitating the roads around the city.
Deputy Secretary Arrested
The Deputy Secretary for the Department of Community Development, Ms Anna Solomon has been charged with spreading false rumours against Secretary, Mr Joseph Klapat. A group of policemen from Hohola police station, armed with high-powered guns, forcefully entered a private residence at Korobosea without a search warrant or warrant of arrest and detained Mrs Solomon compelling her to go to Boroko police station.
Butibam Village Facelift
1.5km of drainage work and upgrading of roads in the Butibam-Hengali village, an initiative undertaken by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, is progressing well. Mr O'Neill has committed K1.9 million for the Butibam Storm Water drainage work and upgrading of roads in Butibam and Hengali villages.
New MAF Plane
Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF), based in Mt Hagen, has added another plane to its fleet. The plane, a Cessna Caravan was recently delivered to PNG on a solo flight from Mirmba in Queensland to Mt Hagen's Kagamuga airport by Captain Philip Sutter.
MAF is a not-for-profit team of aviation professionals providing air transport in places of deepest human need - remote places where flying is not a luxury, but a lifeline. For over 60 years, MAF has flown over jungles, mountains, swamps and deserts to bring thousands of men, women and children medical care, emergency relief, long-term development and Christian hope.
Yandera Copper Molybdenum Gold Project
Marengo Mining (ASX: MGO) continues to receive high grade assays from drilling at its Yandera Copper Molybdenum Gold Project in Madang province.
HIV War Not Over
The National AIDS Council Secretariat (NACS) has reported that PNG's national HIV prevalence peaked in mid-2000s (at 1.62% prevalence in 2006) but has since declined to 0.82%, based on the 2010 surveillance data. Wep Kanawi, who until recently spearheaded PNG's response to the epidemic, said the 'war' is not over yet for PNG but the signs now look more positive than before.
It has been reported the PNG inflation rate has dropped but prices in the stores do not reflect this. The Treasury Minister, Don Polye, said the Minister for Commerce and Industry is looking at possible reforms, including a review of taxation, to address the high costs of doing business in PNG. Mr Polye said the 2013 budget will help to cushion any fall-out from world economic uncertainties.
It has been reported that security company, G4S, has been offered the job of providing security on Manus Island for the asylum seekers.
Manusians promised role in asylum centre -- http://giaman.com/pg/?209754
Exporting Australia's Asylum Policies -- http://giaman.com/pg/?241041
Solomon's Doctor Shortage
There is a shortage of Doctors in the Solomon Islands due to opportunities in PNG. The Solomon Islands Ministry of Health is looking at ways to lure locals, who complete their medical studies in Papua New Guinea, back to the country to address a shortage of doctors there.
Solomon Island's Music
Many Solomon Island's musicians continue to dominate PNG airwaves and have done so for many years. Floyd Manata, a Solomon Islander based in PNG, said recent tours made by Solomon Island's artists boosted the popularity of Solomon Island's music in PNG. Mr Manata said Solomon Islands bands and artists have a lot of fans in PNG.
Melanesian Trustee Services
The three people accused of conspiracy to defraud and misappropriation of K5 million in the Melanesian Trustee Services Ltd case have been acquitted by the National Court in Waigani three and a half years after they were arrested and charged for allegedly misappropriating K5 million the property of the Pacific Balanced Fund (PBF) and conspiring with others to defraud the fund of K5 million.. Janet Sios, Vai Reva and John Naurawere were acquitted due to lack of evidence supporting the elements of charges made against them.
What Tribe Are You
The Papua New Guinea Tourism Promotion Authority has come up with a creative way for travellers to win a trip to PNG and dive deep into the rich culture. To participate, just check out the new What Tribe Are You?
K94 Million Owed
State land rents amounting to more than K94 million are owed to the Department of Lands and Physical Planning. The Lands and Physical Planning Minister, Benny Allan, has issued instructions for the immediate collection of outstanding state land rents and if they continue to fail to settle their rentals, steps will be taken to revoke the titles.
Lands minister directs officers to produce list of defaulters -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/39966
The Highlands Highway the life blood of the Highlands has been allocated K70 million by the government for immediate and short-term maintenance. Last month, the Australian government, through its PNG-Australia Transport sector support programme, agreed to give K95 million for the maintenance of the highway.
PNG has dropped tariffs against two out of three items imported from Fiji. The Prime Minister Peter O'Neill made the announcement to his Fijian counterpart Commodore Frank Bainimarama on his first trip as prime minister to PNG at the weekend.
G4S Security has been given a project estimated to worth K2.8 million to help eradicate crime in the city by the National Capital District's Safe City Initiative. The project has recently been launched by NCD governor, Powes Parkop, and the security company. The project will see G4S setting up a closed circuit TV security system. The 100 or so cameras will be wireless and any incidents will be responded to by G4S. Twenty cameras will be installed within the next few months and the contract will go for a period of three years.
Claims have been made by the Public Employees Association (PEA) that the National Broadcasting Commission (NBC) is plagued by corruption. Eleven senior employees were recently terminated for divulging information and discrediting the NBC. The PEA has taken up the case on behalf of the very senior officers who claimed there was official corruption, financial irregularities, mismanagement and intimidation of employees within the organisation.
The National Agricultural Research Institute exhibition and participation in the 2012 Goroka Show was the best in the public sector category, according to the Highlands Farmers and Settlers Association (HFSA) and Eastern Highlands Agriculture Society (EHAS), the two local associations which organise this world known annual event.
Australia has committed A$11 million to improve health infrastructure, treatment and public awareness of TB in Western province. Community outreach and advocacy activities continue in the province with 21 community health workers and 35 volunteers taking part. Steps by AusAID have already seen a reduction in the mortality of patients suffering from TB reduced from 25% to just below 5%.
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.
Milne Bay Music Festival -- 28th October 2012
IOTA tour -- 19th October to the 4th November 2012 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7fb078 -- http://www.p29ni.yolasite.com
Prince Charles Visit -- first week of November
Fifth PNG Games, Kokopo, East New Britain - 17th to 30th November 2012
PNG Australia Alumni Association (PNGAAA) Annual Dinner -- 23rd November 2012 6:00 pm to 11:30 pm
12th PNG Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference, Sydney Hilton Hotel - 3rd to 5th December 2012
Rabbitohs to play PNG Kumuls -- 9th of Feb 2013
Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013
2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)
Goroka Show 2013 -- http://epictomato.com/inspiration/the-goroka-show-papua-new-guinea
Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?081f78
Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017
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