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PNG in the News
Madang disaster office lack resources -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20111017/news02.htm
ADB & partners help improve health system -- http://giaman.com/pg/?90874c
Forging links with Port Moresby vital for Cairns and PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?466e2a
PNG PM talks about leadership and relationship with Australia -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201110/s3338603.htm
PNG forests provide source for new antibiotics -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201110/s3344593.htm
Aussie Ollyroo hopeful also considers PNG Soccer -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a5bf96
'Six million kina man' arrested -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20111024/news01.htm
PNG Gold -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e47e59
PNG Association Australia -- http://pngaa.net
Wendy Clark PNG photos 1951-67 -- http://www.wendyclarke.com/Adobe%20album%20New%20Guinea/index.html
Walindi Plantation Resort -- http://www.walindi.com
Malolo fabrics -- http://www.malolofabrics.com
Port Moresby -- http://portmoresby.com
Kokoda Track Foundation -- http://www.kokodatrackfoundation.org
Sick no good -- http://giaman.com/pg/?54b4c5
Rapopo Plantation Resort -- http://www.rapopo.com/node/63
Goroka Show Video -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lSED8nLZ5ss
Moses Tau - Paradise -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ApaKO-5i7y0
Mt Hagen to Wabag - many roadside photos -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ff44b9
PNGBD Photos -- http://www.pngbd.com/photos
Trek Earth PNG Photos -- http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/Oceania/Papua_New_Guinea
West Taraka Photos -- http://gallery.trupela.com/index.php?cat=32
Kokoda Challenge Race 2011 -- http://kokodachallengerace2011.blogspot.com
Rural poverty in remote PNG -- http://blog.care.org.au/2011/10/20/rural-poverty-in-remote-png
Lower Your Expectations --- http://www.portmoresbyblues.com
PNG Blogs -- http://www.pngblogs.com
PNG Exposed Blog -- http://pngexposed.wordpress.com
PNG to the digital age -- http://giaman.com/pg/?387b6a
19 years and counting -- http://www.nancysullivan.typepad.com
Educating Wendy -- http://www.educatingwendy.com
Water in PNG -- http://www.oxfam.org.au/blogs/2010/10/water-in-papua-new-guinea
Uniting World Blog -- http://unitingworld.org.au/blogs/tag/papua-new-guinea
Today in Lae -- http://inwildeboer.blogspot.com
On the 24th and 25th of March 2012 the people of Morobe and parts of the Highlands will see two days of motorcycle racing through the most challenging terrain in PNG followed by a week of various length trail rides.
For more info -- http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=17043579
A 27 year old from the Southern Highlands will make history when she becomes the first female police motorcyclist. Esther Kende will graduate from the Bomana Police College with eight other colleagues as a professional traffic motorcyclist. This will bring the number of police motorcyclists to 12.
Stick to road rules to avoid accidents -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/24516
Morumbi Oil & Gas
Morumbi Oil & Gas has reported it is about to commence an exploration program on its 341 sq km property near Popondetta in Oro province.
Aerial and satellite mapping of PNG is a challenge due to the ground is obscured for up to 90% of the year. Geoimage, a privately owned Australian company and an award winning supplier of satellite imagery, is getting around that difficulty by using ClearView TM technology and existing Landsat satellites to map the country.
Australia has the flying doctor service to serve remote communities but PNG Nurses at Kapuna Hospital will soon have at least 20 mountain bikes to travel throughout the Lae river delta delivering primary health care, doing referrals and providing education to villagers about preventing Aids, malaria, hepatitis and cholera.
Police say seven people have been gunned down and several others wounded in a tribal fight in PNG's Enga province this week.
Violence in PNG
A Facebook page called Papua New Guinean's Against Violence has gone viral. Since going live on the 5th of October this year, over 5,500 people have joined the group, which aims to raise the profile of Domestic Violence in PNG.
Somare Mentally Fit
The PNG Supreme Court has found the former Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, to be mentally fit and never "of unsound mind" despite having serious health problems.
Thirty detainees, have escaped from the Jomba Police cells in Madang province. 11 of the escapees are charged with crimes including rape, murder, possession of firearms and ammunition. Four police officers have been suspended over the incident.
Australian and New Zealand military personnel are hoping to train members of the PNG Defence Force in methods used to clear ordinance left over from the Second World War.
WWII Remnants Found
The New Zealand Navy has located several World War II wrecks in Rabaul's Simpson Harbour using 3D sonar imagery onboard the Navy's hydrographic ship, HMNZS Resolution. The images captured included an apparently intact Japanese Zero fighter in 18 metres of water and at least two other previously unchartered ships.
Porgera Tribal Fight
A fight between different clans near the Karik airstrip in Enga Province has resulted in the death of nine people and three others seriously injured. Police reinforcements have moved into the area. Karik is the main airstrip for the Porgera mine.
CARE Australia has released a bleak report about poverty in the Obura-Wonenara district of the Eastern Highlands province, which is a result of collaboration between CARE Australia and the Australian National University's Development Policy Centre. The report highlights the ongoing issue of disadvantage in an area, which is home to 15 percent of the country's population.
Huawei Technologies of China will be the developer of the Integrated Government Information System Network (IGIS Net) project. Read more -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20111024/news03.htm
Telikom joins K5.8m project -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/24520
The Governor General His Excellency Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, GCL, GCMG, KSt.J has married his Solomon Island bride Esmie Ereoli in a first ever state wedding. About 170 guests including government officials, state dignitaries, church members and the Bougainville community were present to witness the event held in Port Moresby at St Mary's Cathedral. The bride will now be known by the title of Lady Esmie and will make her home at Government House, Konedobu.
Aussie Police to Return?
The Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, has said Australia will provide a range of training and support services to improve the capabilities of the police in PNG. PNG PM, Peter O'Neill and Ms Gillard also agreed on a plan to place AFP members with the RPNGC. The elections are just around the corner and police discipline issues and corruption are often seen as major problems especially during elections in PNG. Private security companies have flourished in the country often taking over much of the ordinary policing duties
Oceania Badminton Development Manager Nadia Bleaken has just returned from a 10 day Promotional Roadshow visit to Port Moresby. Nadia was happily surprised with the amount of badminton already being played throughout the country, and the level of play seen in the clubs in Port Moresby.
The PNG Australia Alumni Association (PNGAAA) was incorporated in 2006 and is made up of PNG graduates from Australian educational institutions as AusAID scholarship holders or as privately sponsored students. The PNGAAA is holding its first inaugural dinner on the 26th of November at the Crowne Plaza Ballroom in Port Moresby. For more details contact Veavu Ilagi, Event Coordinator -- firstname.lastname@example.org -- Phone: +675 321 1766
The United Nations has recently celebrated 30 years of partnership with the PNG Government following the opening of the first United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) office in PNG in 1981.
After the unfortunate crash of the Airlines PNG Dash 8 between Lae and Madang the Australian Government Smartraveller advisory service web site has reviewed and reissued its advice. It now contains new information under Airline Safety. The overall level of the advice has not changed.
Experts examine plane's engines -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/24535
'Over speed' may have caused crash -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20111021/news02.htm
18 identified -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/24480
The Madang tragedy: crash that shocked a nation -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3e8111
Pilot saw smoke, attempted emergency landing -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=63786
Prime Minister cancels proposed merger following PNG plane crash -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=63777
Tributes Come In
The tributes are coming in for those unfortunate people who met their fate on the APNG flight from Lae to Madang. My thoughts and prayers are with all those who are going through the grieving process. Here are a few other links that may be of interest -
Facebook Page -- http://giaman.com/pg/?04e7da
A special memorial has been held in PNG for the people who died in the plane crash. -- http://www.abc.net.au/news/2011-10-15/png-mourns-plane-crash-victims/3573118/
PNG crash pilot 'lives to fly' -- http://giaman.com/pg/?759053
Heroes of Madang's plane rescue ops -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/24461
Contaminated Fuel Ruled Out
Investigators have ruled out contaminated fuel as a possible cause of the Airlines PNG crash that recently killed 28 Papua New Guineans near Madang. A memorial service has been held at Divine Word University in Madang for the 11 family members who died while flying to attend the graduation of six students, and for the other 17 crash victims.
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.
National Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau, Milne Bay province: 4th - 6th November
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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