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PNG in the News
Scholar fascinated by other cultures -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a7fd2d
PNG dad spared boat ride with girl's body -- http://giaman.com/pg/?9bdaba
PNG contract for Rotorua construction firm -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ca7956
Port Moresby governor says no culture of detention in PNG -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=61231
Court challenge for Madang PMIZ -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f509e8
Community concerns at Madang cannery -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dfac0b
PNG Supreme Court to hear challenge to Abal and Amet appointment -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=61321
Small to medium sized business help in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?5f19cb
New Chinese-built urban centre for Bougainville -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201106/s3242984.htm
Somare to leave intensive care -- http://australianetworknews.com/stories/201106/3252016.htm
PM likely to step down -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110624/news01.htm
PNG Shillings -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8912f5
The Albatross In Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e0cef1
PNG Gossip Blog -- http://pnggossip.blogspot.com
Adam and Julie Martin -- http://www.martinpng.com/index.html
Carteret Islanders -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1e0ab5 -- some of the world's first climate refugees.
Sigabaduru -- http://sigabaduru.blogspot.com
Lainim long Hailans -- http://studyinpapua.blogspot.com
Nancy Sullivan -- http://www.nancysullivan.typepad.com
Malum Nalu -- http://malumnalu.blogspot.com
Come visit PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2d5fd6
Goby Face in Milne Bay -- http://www.flickr.com/photos/tonywublog/5831265668
Port Moresby Stilt Houses -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bb2cae
PX Planes -- http://giaman.com/pg/?28f13b
P2-ANG at Brisbane -- http://jetphotos.net/viewphoto.php?id=7128805
Pictures of PNG and Indonesian Papua -- http://www.scaruffi.com/monument/papua/index.html
Learning the Ropes in Kimbe Bay -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVuHpAgYJIg
Kokopo -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxoCx44MVYw
Rabaul -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwMtC4RD9g
Mt Hagen -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2evYUajZRU
Tribal Face Paints -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ea1310
Images from the History of Medicine -- http://giaman.com/pg/?7e49a8 -- 1st Field Hospital, Milne Bay
Diving 4 Images -- http://diving4images.com/galleries/by-area/papua-new-guinea
Air Niugini - Sydney Film Festival -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3de7a2
Vanimo Surfing -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2siNtnBSMco
Misc PNG Links
Water in PNG -- http://www.oxfam.org.au/blogs/2010/10/water-in-papua-new-guinea
PNG Gold -- http://www.pnggold.com
Australian High Commission in PNG -- http://www.png.embassy.gov.au
PNG Country Tours -- http://www.countrytours.com.pg
Higgins makes it in harsh highlands conditions -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c271e6
PNG - Rabaul -- http://www.earthcheck.org/en-us/wp/rabaul.aspx
Operation Open Heart
Operation Open Heart (OOH) has been running for many years (started in 1993) and it is estimated that over 500 children have had their life extended thanks to OOH.
Barrick PNG has donated K10,000 to the OOH Foundation to support the life-saving event set to begin next month. This brings the total contributions for this year's operations to K400,000. Specialists from Australia are expected to arrive in Port Moresby on the 23rd of July to commence the open-heart surgery.
Rugby League Expansion
The expansion of the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) has been put on hold until maybe as late as 2015. With a new broadcast deal to be in place from 2013, bidders have been lining up to become the new sides in the competition. PNG, Perth, Brisbane, Ipswich in Queensland, the NSW Central Coast, Central Queensland and Wellington have expressed an interest in joining the NRL from 2013.
Project HOPE conducts land-based medical training and health education programs in many countries including PNG. Project HOPE was created in 1958. The organization is dedicated to providing a lasting solution to world health problems. Its focus is providing medical assistance and education to people around the world so they can better care for themselves.
A Malaysian has been shot dead while driving in the capital Port Moresby. Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Fred Yakasa has said in a statement "We have reason to believe that this was an assassination due to the manner in which the shooting was carried out".
Asian gangs operate in PNG -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201106/s3247917.htm
Hidden and Neglected
The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins San Frontières (MSF) report, Hidden and Neglected: The medical and emotional needs of survivors of family and sexual violence in PNG, highlights the urgent, unmet medical and emotional needs of survivors of family and sexual violence in the country,
Read the report -- http://giaman.com/pg/?be2154
The report presents the experiences of MSF's patients. It is based on first-hand testimonies of staff and survivors, and on previously unseen medical data.
Pacific Games Village
The Pacific Games will be held in PNG during 2015. The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) will be used to accommodate participating countries as the Games Village. A development plan is in place to construct 10 new halls of residence for 3,000 people, seven international standard sports facilities, and a Great Hall with a capacity of 3,000, in addition to the already approved and funded new Law and Science buildings.
Son of a/g PM Charged
The adopted son of acting Prime Minister, Sam Abal, has been charged with murdering a waitress, whose body was found at the politician's home with her throat slit.
Police fear payback for a/g PM -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ac761d -- The cultural practice of payback has a long tradition in the South Pacific's most populous island nation, with a murder victim's clan often taking out revenge on the killer or his family.
The Australian Government, through AusAID, has donated four million textbooks for PNG schools. AusAID is spending K350 million to supply and transport the four million textbooks over a five-year period to schools around the country.
Kongo Coffee Donation
Kongo Coffee, from Chimbu, has donated coffee to relief workers in devastated cities in the north of Japan that were badly affected by the earthquake and tsunami disaster in March. The Post Courier reports the cartons have been received by Machida Crane Lions Club and distributed to five cities.
Digicel and APNG Partner
Digicel PNG has partnered with Airlines PNG (APNG) to provide Customer Care and Call Centre services to APNG under a one-year contract.
Airline extends services to NGI -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/20509
Petroleum and Energy
It has been claimed the Dept of Petroleum and Energy is in serious trouble due to being under staffed, out of money and having too much work to do.
WWII Pilot Buried
U.S. Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Richard S. Ryrholm, a World War II fighter pilot, shot down in 1943, has finally been laid to rest at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington, USA. Ryrholm was shot down while flying over present-day PNG.
In the PNG highlands, the Mercy Works Goroka and Mt Hagen programme is helping communities tackle troubling levels of poverty. One of the programme's guiding principles is to respond to all people without discrimination.
read more -- http://www.mercy.org.au/newscentre/view_article.cfm?loadref=40&id=1004
The Catholic Bishops Conference warns that there are increasing signs of the so-called slush fund being used by MPs for electioneering and personal profit. The Conference has called for an end to the current system of allocating constituency development funds for MPs to distribute.
Aussie Travel Advice
The following Australian Travel Advice for PNG has changed or been added since the last update.
Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution"
The advice has been reviewed and reissued. It contains new information in the Summary and under Safety and Security: Local Travel (in June 2011, there were a number of recent violent incidents in Central and Southern Bougainville) and Civil Unrest/Political Tensions following recent murders in the town of Popondetta in Oro Province, law and order has deteriorated. The potential for more violence exists). The overall level of the advice has not changed.
PNG warnings after violence -- http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/06/21/3249497.htm
Kokoda track boss says tourists can avoid Popondetta danger -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201106/s3250876.htm
Police Helping Car Thieves
It has been claimed in Parliament members of the police force have been collaborating with criminals in car thefts and receiving ransom payments. It has been claimed there are over 50 cars stolen every day in Port Moresby. Deputy PNG party leader and member for Anglimp-South Waghi Jamie Maxtone-Graham said he was one of the victims of such car thefts after his vehicle was stolen by criminals and only returned after he paid them a ransom.
A pallet load of netball gear courtesy of Netball Victoria (Australia) has made its way to Kimbe, West New Britain province. The gear became available after a recent re-brand of the Netball Victoria logo. The Booroondara Netball Association in Victoria also managed to secure an ultra sound machine.
Ramu Court Case
A decision is expected soon in the long-running battle by local landowners against various aspects of the Ramu nickel/cobalt mine. It is too early to say whether the Ramu decision will set a precedent, but disposing of unwanted ore has been a thorny issue in PNG since the case of BHP Billiton's Ok Tedi operation and the downstream effect of its mining.
Growing opposition to PNG's Pacific Marine Industrial Zone -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/pacbeat/stories/201106/s3245076.htm
PNG / US Deal Renewed
The National Museum and Art Gallery has renewed an agreement with the United States army with the aim of recovering and identifying Americans who lost their lives during the Second World War. More than 2,000 Americans are believed to have died in PNG during the Second World War.
Minister axes museum board -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20110623/news06.htm
The acting Prime Minister, Sam Abal, has implemented a radical reshuffle of members of the PNG cabinet. Mr Abal removed Treasurer Peter O'Neill and gave the job, which includes the Finance Ministry, back to Patrick Pruaitch.
Abal's future with National Alliance uncertain -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/20519
Lonely Planet Podcast
Last year Beth Whitman travelled around PNG and Lonely Planet followed her journey. Download her podcast -- http://fb.me/Sl7On0y6
Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates do change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.
Kontu / Tembn Shark Calling, New Ireland - 29th June - 2nd July
The Shark callers of Kontu (1982) -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTbyViHY3Ls
Warwagira Cultural Show, Kokopo - 29th June - 5th July
National Mask Festival, 6th - 9th July
Birding in Paradise, 12th - 22nd July -- http://giaman.com/pg/?8b315c
Miss Melanesia Australia 2011 - The Irish Club, Brisbane, 16 July 2011
Malagan Show, New Ireland, 22nd - 24th July
National Book Week -- 1st to 5th of August
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 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
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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