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PNG in the News
PM Pledges Fealty to Australian Government, Mining Investors -- http://giaman.com/pg/?44ea14
Asian Development Bank Financing to help develop the Lae Port -- http://shareholdersunite.com/mybb/showthread.php?tid=2269
Lae student in recovery from brutal attack -- http://giaman.com/pg/?24a843
PNG's Western Province set for gas boom -- http://giaman.com/pg/?4c9890
Guo Wenqing Inspects MCC Ramu -- http://www.mccchina.com/ENGLISH/ShowArticle.asp?ArticleID=16497
The Ramu Nickel Cobalt Mine is reportedly "here to stay", in the words of Mining Minister -- http://giaman.com/pg/?799b8f
Air Niugini customer service on Twitter -- http://skerah.com/article_business.php?id=480
Ela Motors -- http://www.elamotors.com.pg
Carr pays tribute to our PNG war dead -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3aee5e
3260 KHz Radio Madang -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDddnTl0HGQ
Architects -- http://www.bapng.org.pg
Kavieng Surf -- http://leamap.com/kavieng-surf
San i kamap lo Madang by Jason Daniels -- http://365project.org/bobfoto/365/2012-12-03
Bulk Carrier Vessel - Port Moresby -- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Y5j8i2_MSI -- http://www.shipspotting.com/gallery/photo.php?lid=1698983
Sing Sing preparation -- http://giaman.com/pg/?304dc2
Genairco seaplane shipped to Rabaul -- http://giaman.com/pg/?816198
Kiwi Expat in PNG -- http://kiwiexpat.com/2012/12/04/fishermans-island-port-moresby
KUTh Energy signs deal to push PNG development -- http://thinkgeoenergy.com/archives/14148
Port Moresby among top 30 most expensive cities in the world -- http://giaman.com/pg/?245013
The most expensive rental property in Port Moresby -- http://skerah.com/article_lifestyle.php?id=479
Christina Violaris learning centre opens in Alotau -- http://giaman.com/pg/?11a295
IEA 2013 School Dates
Term One 22 Jan - 27 Mar
Term Two 20 Apr - 21 Jun
Term Three 15 Jul - 20 Sep
Term Four 2 Oct - 6 Dec
IEA produces 700 graduands -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20121214/news23.htm
Maternal and Child Health
Australia's Foreign Minister, Bob Carr, has announced funding to improve PNG's maternal and child health -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=72667
New IMR Office
The PNG Institute of Medical Research (IMR), based in the Eastern Highlands provincial capital of Goroka, has set up an office in Alotau, Milne Bay province. IMR also has offices and laboratories in Madang, Wewak, Maprik and Port Moresby, plus study sites in Hides, Hiri West, Karkar Island, Balimo, Arawa and Kikori.
More Money for PNG
Australia's Foreign Minister has announced an extra AUD$20 million to tackle tuberculosis in Papua New Guinea's remote Western Province. The Australian Greens Party says the package is a sweetener in return for the PNG Government reopening a detention centre on Manus Island, where Australia's sending asylum seekers for processing.
Vale Sik Kambaua
The Australian Broadcasting Commission has lost a long time member of the team in Port Moresby. Sik Kambaua, the wife of the long-serving PNG staff member Kawage Kambaua. Sik Kambaua had been a welcome fixture in the ABC's PNG offices for 40 years. She'll be especially missed by the families of correspondents who've served in Port Moresby because of the kindly way she welcomed them to their new home.
The 21st Papua New Guinea - Australia Ministerial Forum (MINFOR) has been held at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby on 6 December 2012.
Eastern Highlands Governor, Julie Soso, says she plans to introduce legislation outlawing the practice of polygamy. Concerns over the link between polygamous marriage and violence against women have been echoed by international groups including the United Nations' Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
Rich & Poor Gap
The gap between the rich and the poor in PNG seems to be getting wider. The recently released 2013 National Budget foreshadows a significant scaling up of funding to priority sectors of health, education, law and order, and infrastructure. In line with its current PNG Country Partnership Strategy the ADB aims to work together with the PNG Government to implement its planned infrastructure investments (including support for road, seaport, and airport rehabilitation and improvement; community water transport; and renewable power generation), private sector development, and regional cooperation.
Coppermoly Drilling in PNG
Coppermoly has announced the commencement of diamond core drilling on the Nakru-01 copper-gold system on New Britain Island.
Coppermoly in negotiations for sale of PNG tenements -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3dfb38
A controversial practice known as "digital repatriation" is being used to return Papua New Guinea's famous Malagan masks to communities in New Ireland province. A digital version offers a link to the past and an ability to strengthen cultural identity.
The Australian government appears more concerned with the profits of private companies rather than the welfare of people in Papua New Guinea.
Island Sun Report Untrue
PNG High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Brian Yombom-Copio is seeking legal suit against Island Sun Newspaper for what he described as "defamation of character". The envoy said the report from the newspaper was damaging and he asked for an apology or will seek legal action. The Solomon Star understands Police are waiting for approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to continue their investigation into the traffic accident.
Taskforce Rausim Alien has arrested six Bangladeshi men accused of being in the country illegally. The men have been accused of working illegally at a trade store in Hanuabada village, Port Moresby. According to the taskforce the ring leader of the group has been using ghost companies and documentation to obtain PNG work and entry permits for unskilled Bangladeshis.
According to former Lae MP, Bart Philemon, there are about 680,000 children who do not go to school in the country. He also said this means between two to three million Papua New Guineans out of a population of over seven-million are illiterate. According to the 2011-2012 census over half the population are aged between 7 - 21 years of age. Mr Philemon is the patron for the Buk Bilong Pikinini project.
PMGH Emergency Ward
Work on the Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH) emergency ward has received a boost of K5 million from the government. The hospital has also received a K1 million donation from the new hospital chairman - Sir George Constantinou.
Locally owned Paradise Tailoring has supplied new uniforms to prisoners throughout the country in a concept that went from thought about to supplied in under a year all for under a million kina. The uniforms will make it easier for warders to identify prisoners.
A Unique Proposition
From a bustling modern city to remote villages nestled in the world's largest unbroken rainforest, Papua New Guinea is a country of extremes. In exploring the rugged island's diverse culture, Christine Cornege contemplates her place in the world.
read more -- http://www.nzherald.co.nz/travel/news/article.cfm?c_id=7&objectid=10853127
While the photograph has not been taken in PNG but in West Papua the dog could be seen in PNG. The photo is one of the only photographs ever taken of a wild New Guinea singing dog, an exceptionally shy and rare animal from the highlands of New Guinea.
The price of fuel has decreased in December. In Port Moresby, the retail price for petrol decreased from K3.41 per/litre to K3.36, diesel from K2.94 to K2.89 and kerosene from K2.86 to K2.79. The decrease was attributed to the decrease of crude oil price in the international market last month.
The information and communications technology (ICT) regulator for PNG has recommended the principal fibre-optic connection be made available to all internet service providers (ISPs) for direct sale as broadband products with the aim of opening up the internet market. However, state-owned Telikom says it needs more one-on-one consultation with the body and that at least one more fibre-optic cable is needed to meet the country's ICT ambitions.
Nasfund Board Pay rise
It has been reported that Nasfund board directors will be paid K1,162 million in annual directors' fees next year. However, Nasfund CEO Ian Tarutia last night said the new fee structure was recommended by an independent review and was still "work in progress", yet to be approved by shareholders.
PNG Stamp Album
The 24th edition of annual stamp album has been launched by Post PNG. This year, 500 copies were produced featuring 11 topics ranging from flora and fauna and arts to marine life, sports and others.
Public Service Minister Charged
MP for Abau and Public Service Minister, Sir Puka Temu, has been charged by police for interfering with state witnesses in a civil case against him.
US PNG Relations
The newly appointed US Ambassador to PNG, Walter North, said that the bilateral relationship with PNG is very important along with the relationship with Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands. "The US Government will continue to contribute towards Women's Empowerment such as response to gender based violence, enhancing Pacific Partnership between Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and PNG," North said in a press conference in PNG.
PNG Rugby League
Australia's Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Richard Marles has announced a three year, AusAID-funded program in Papua New Guinea for Rugby League
Rugby Union in Oceania
The road to Rugby World Cup 2015 for Oceania teams will begin in PNG in June 2013 after the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) announced that the PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) will host the 2013 Oceania Cup in Port Moresby.
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.
Christmas Day - 25th December 2012
Boxing Day - 26th December 2012
New Year's Day -- 1st January 2013
Rabbitohs to play PNG Kumuls -- 9th of Feb 2013
2013 Oceania Cup - June 2013
Hiri Moale Festival - July 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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