Madang - Ples Bilong Mi -- http://www.messersmith.name/wordpress/?p=140
Indulge in the Rainforest - Kaveve Nature Walk -- http://pngtourismnews.blogspot.com/2008/03/induldge-in-rainforest-kaveve-nature.html
Computer Companies in PNG
Able Computing -- http://www.able.com.pg
Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Data Nets -- http://www.datanets.com.pg
Datec -- http://www.datec.com.pg
Global Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg
HT PNG (formerly High Tech Industries) -- http://www.hightech.com.pg/
Synergy -- http://www.synergypng.com/
PNG Religious Sites
Anglican Church of PNG -- http://portmoresby.anglican.org
Catholic Church of Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands -- http://www.catholicpng.org.pg
Pioneer Bible Translators -- http://www.pioneerbible.org.pg
Religious Television Association -- http://www.rtapng.com.pg
Ukarumpa Alumni -- http://www.ukarumpa.net
Ukarumpa Mission Station -- http://www.ukarumpa.com
United Pentecostal Assemblies of PNG -- http://www.upcpng.org
Blogs about PNG
Rabaul Volcano, Papua New Guinea - by John Seach -- http://volcanolive.blogspot.com/2008/03/rabaul-volcano-papua-new-guinea-john_22.html --
Madang - Ples Bilong Mi - What Colour IS IT? -- http://www.messersmith.name/wordpress/?p=173 -- and -- http://www.messersmith.name/wordpress/?p=166
Easter - Serving an Awesome God... in Lae, PNG -- http://anvanderheide.blogspot.com/2008/03/easter.html
Tribal dispute, the market, and more on my first day off -- http://benkumor.blogspot.com/2008/03/tribal-dispute-market-and-more-on-my.html
Amelia Earhart: You have to think like a pilot -- http://www.bilerico.com/2008/03/amelia_earhart_you_have_to_think_like_a.php
Getting Warmed Up -- http://greerfamilypng.wordpress.com/2008/03/25/getting-warmed-up/ -- and -- http://missionarymommy.wordpress.com/
Photographs of stores in Mt Hagen -- http://wwpngnhm.com/blog/2008/03/19/stores-located-in-mt-hagen
Dentist Trip - MAF style -- http://witwatw.blogspot.com/2008/03/dentist-trip-maf-style.html -- see also -- http://witwatw.blogspot.com/2008/03/wewak-fun.html
Don't play with chillies....it's a lot like playing with fire!!! -- http://anvanderheide.blogspot.com/2008/03/chilli-adventures.html
PNG in the News
PNG to review national games -- http://www.abc.net.au/ra/news/stories/200803/s2197702.htm?tab=sport
Former PNG military boss sees no UN role for PNG troops -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=38755 -- "The PNG Defence Force
s, in its current state, cannot participate in international peacekeeping operations. Period." - Jerry Singirok
Australia boosts tsunami detection in Coral Sea -- http://www.reuters.com/article/latestCrisis/idUSSYD77774
East Orange WWII pilot's remains found in PNG -- http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2008/03/east_orange_wwii_pilots_remain.html -- http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=11775
PNG village brokers peace with clean water access -- http://giaman.com/pg/?62cada
Lazy Public Servants Warned About Bad Habits -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8ff63c
Micro bank opens its sixth branch in Lae -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/032008/nation6.htm
Bougainville facing food shortage -- http://www.mvariety.com/?module=displaystory&story_id=8852&format=html
Tickets are now on sale for the 21st of June 2008 SP Bikpela Pati to be held at the Gold Coast Convention Centre. If you are interested you may purchase your tickets on line at -- http://www.pngreunion.com -- or by sending a registration form (available on the web page) along with your cheque, MasterCard or Visa details to PO Box 384, Palm Beach Qld 4221
An international flight had to be diverted to Cairns instead of being able to land at Jackson's International Airport recently due to poor lighting caused by vandalism to lights. Air Niugini confirmed that Flight PX 9, inbound from Manila and due to land at 4:50 in the morning, was diverted to Cairns, Australia, due to poor lighting on the runway. The plane, an airbus leased from White Airways of Portugal, returned to Port Moresby about six hours later during daylight hours. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) confirmed that eight of runway lights had been damaged by vandals.
CAA chief executive officer Joseph Kintau said two people have been arrested in connection with the incident, and are in custody awaiting police charges.
104 Year Sentence
Two men have been sentenced to a total of 104 years in jail for their part in an attack on a businessman and the rape of his wife and daughter two years ago. One man was jailed for 53 years and the other for 51 years.
The man receiving the longest sentence of 53 years received 15 years for armed robbery, 20 years for the rape of the coffee buyer's wife, and 18 years for the rape of the daughter. The other man sentenced to 51 years received 15 years for armed robbery, 18 years for aiding the rape of the man's wife and another 18 years for helping in the daughter's rape. Justice Les Gavera-Nanu ordered that their sentences would be served cumulatively, which is after each other. Justice Gavera-Nanu said he decided to impose cumulative sentences because the crimes were serious.
Welsh scientists believe they are close to developing a new vaccine and treatment for one of the world's most deadly diseases. Academics at Swansea University believe a breakthrough in their research into malaria could save millions of lives.
See -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e3ef88 -- for full story
City Pharmacy has posted a profit of more than K5 million for 2007. In its announcement to the Port Moresby Stock Exchange the company said it posted a net profit after tax of K5,087,046 in 2007, or 17.47% better than the net of K4,330,935 it achieved in 2006.
Francis Kalukal from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia writing to The National newspaper has said that Digicel is slowly but surely losing its edge compared with the time it introduced competition in the telecommunication industry in PNG. -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/032008/letter3.htm
see also -- Digicel seeks to keep own call gateway -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/031908/biz1.htm
The nine-mile cemetery just outside Port Moresby is full and will soon close its gates to the city's dead. National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop has said that "we will now have to look for other land for the cemetery."
The National Museum and Art Gallery at Waigani is now open. Museum director Simon Poraituk said with the installation of the new air-conditioning system, the humidity in the building is excellent. The museum is open from Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 3.30pm and is closed on Saturdays unless prior arrangement have been made, while on Sundays it is open from 1pm to 3pm.
You may like to visit other pages about the PNG National Museum
Alotau Canoe Festival
Take a look at this video of the Canoe Festival from Alotau, Milne Bay Province -- http://www.immersivemedia.com/blog/?p=90
PNG's telecommunication authority (Pangtel) has been without a board for almost 3 years and all its executive powers assumed by an acting chief executive whose own appointment in April last year has been deemed as questionable by some. The acting CEO position is being challenged in court by Pangtel's former legal officer Paul Amaiu, who had been sacked.
The town of Lae and surrounding areas suffered a blackout for 18 hours during the Easter period. It stretched from Sunday morning until after midnight and marred an otherwise mellow Easter weekend in Lae. In some parts of the city, the blackout was for more than eight hours but in areas including the Buimo Rd. residents were without electricity from Sunday 8am until early Monday morning.
On the 9th of April this year the Prime Minister, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare will celebrate his 72nd birthday. It will be a double celebration for him he will also celebrates 40 years of continuous active participation in politics since 1968.
The Agriculture and Livestock Restoration Programme in Oro province will receive an earmarked K33.2 million over a five-year period. The Government believes this is the way forwards towards improving and empowering the rural population affected by Cyclone Guba in the province.
New Morobe Police Commander
Long-time police investigator Supt Peter Guinness has taken over from Chief Insp Augustine Wampe as the provincial police commander (PPC) of Morobe Province. Supt Guinness said his first task was to organise police operations for the local level government (LLG) elections next month and that other provincial command matters would be addressed after the LLG election operations.
Motu Koitabu Council
The Motu Koitabu council (MKC) will have four additional electorates carved out before elections which will be conducted simultaneously with the local level government elections throughout the country next month. The Council used to have a 10-member-council established under the National Capital District Commission Act but that act has been repealed and now it will have 16 elected members and three nominated members.
Local level government (LLG) councillors in the Western Highlands province have called on the National Government and the Electoral Commissioner to do away with the council elections.
Lae urban local level government has engaged 10 young men from the six wards in the city to mow the lawns in their respective wards.
Kimbe town was the site of gun fights over the Easter weekend, with police exchanging fire with suspected criminals in one incident, and with their own colleagues in another.
see -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/032508/nation1.htm
The National Executive has approved the terms of reference (TOR) to set up a 2008 Minimum Wages Determination Board to review the minimum wage of K26.95 set many years ago.
Bomana War Cemetery
The visit by the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, to Bomana War Cemetery was of special significance to the Aussie PM because he spent some time alone at the grave of Lt. George Parkinson. A 25-year-old lieutenant who was killed in action during August 1943, fighting the Japanese at Buna, on the coast of Oro Province. The girlfriend Lt. George left behind in Australia would later marry some one else and have children. One of them was Kevin Rudd. So the Aussie PM had reasons quite apart from prime ministerial respect and duty, to pause and reflect at the War Cemetery.
Kokoda Reunion Dinner: Parliament House, Melbourne - Friday 28 March 2008
March -- Canadian Indian chief to visit Eastern Highlands to start cultural exchange programme.
9th of April 2008 -- Sir Michael Somare turn 79
Coffee Festival, Goroka, Eastern Highlands -- May
Australia PNG Trade Expo - 4th to 6th of May
2008 Sepik Iron man -- Queen's birthday weekend (8th of June)
40th anniversary of the PNG Institute of Medical Research - between the 18th and 22nd of June 2008 in Goroka
Tolai Warwagira Cultural Festival - July 9 - 15 2008 - Rabaul, East New Britain
14th National Mask Festival - July 16 - 19 2008 - Rabaul, East New Britain
PNG Tourism Expo -- September
Hiri Moale Festival -- September
PNG Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September
Medical Symposium -- September 2008 -- http://www.medsymp.org.pg
Morobe Show -- 18th and 19th of October -- the Show is held on the weekend closest to the full moon in the month of October each year in Lae, Morobe Province. -- http://www.morobeshow.org.pg
Milne Bay Canoe Festival -- always held during the first weekend in November.
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