Warning: PNG web sites
seem to come and go. The fact of life is that it costs money to host a
web site and there is not much return on the outlay to most businesses
in PNG. If you do click on a link and use the services or even have some
comments to make then please contact the people at the relevant web site
and let them know so they at least know that someone has gained some
value from their efforts. If you are so inclined them mention that you
heard about them from this web site. -- The PNG Gossip
Mention of a website or
service does not necessarily mean that this newsletter endorses the
website or service
Miscellaneous Web Sites
Bishop Brothers Engineering has a web site at -- http://www.bishopbros.com.pg/
Curtain Brothers a major civil construction company has a web site
A single page for Lohberger Engineering can be found at -- http://www.lohberger.com.pg/
The Markham Group of Companies have a web site located at -- http://www.markham.com.pg/
PNG Dockyard -- http://www.pngdockyard.com.pg
The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce website is located at -- http://www.pomcci.org.pg
The Milne Bay Tourism website can be found at -- http://www.milnebaytourism.gov.pg
Papua New Guinea Institute of Accountants -- http://www.pngia.org.pg
Rotary Club of Boroko and Papua New Guinea -- http://www.rotary.org.pg
Friends of the Disabled Association -- http://www.foda.org.pg
University of PNG -- http://www.upng.ac.pg
Bank of Papua New Guinea -- http://www.bankpng.gov.pg
PNG Business and Tourism Directory
PNG Business and Tourism Directory -- http://www.pngbd.com -- This web site is
probably the most useful stopping point for anyone interested in finding
out more about PNG. Many businesses use the web site on a daily basis to
find out the foreign exchange rate as the rates, on the web site, are
updated by all the major PNG banks on a regular basis throughout the
working day but the web site offers more than that. The best way to find
out what it has is to visit the site.
Internet Service Providers
Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Nets -- http://www.datanets.com.pg
Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg
Arthur Strachan (Lae) -- http://www.arthurstrachan.com.pg
21 -- http://www.century21.com.pg/ --
Real Estate -- http://kohoyrealestates.tripod.com/
Hooker -- http://www.ljhooker.com
Real Estate -- firstname.lastname@example.org
RE -- http://www.sre.com.pg/
Professionals -- http://www.theprofessionals.com.pg
PNG Institute of Directors
The PNG Institute of Directors has revamped its website with the help
of an AESOP Volunteer, Peter Griffin. It is an excellent introduction to
PNG company law and related governance issues it can be found at -- http://www.pngid.org.pg
National Statistical Office
The National Statistical Office has a web site located at -- http://www.nso.gov.pg
Ever wondered what is the population of various PNG towns? -- http://www.citypopulation.de/PapuaNewGuinea.html
-- makes a reasonable guess considering the last census held in PNG was
in the year 2000.
Can solar cookers save PNG Trees? Mrs Jenni Lean, the only female
chief executive of an oil exploration company in the male dominated
industry in the country, said she would like to introduce this simple
technology to the women and children of Papua New Guinea so that it
could save them time from collecting firewood. The technology uses
sunlight, aluminium foil and cardboard boxes to reflect heat onto pots
Port Moresby Hospital
As mentioned previously the Port Moresby General Hospital has had to
cut back on services being offered to the public due to limited staff
working around December and January. During this period operations would
be only done only for emergency cases while any other non-urgent
operation would be deferred until the hospital had enough doctors to
cope with the high number of operations that they normally have to do. A
number of wards have also been closed and patients have been moved to
selected wards where there are nurses working.
An amount of K8.7 million has been allocated to pay outstanding
allowances for village court officials throughout the country. The
allowance for 12,205 village court officials and land mediators has been
outstanding since 1997 after Parliament passed the Organic Law on
Provincial and Local Level Governments in 1995. The total outstanding
claim for village court officials since 1997 to 2004 was about K30
million, but the remaining balance would be paid progressively when
funds were made available.
The festive season has taken it toll on the output of this
newsletter. The newsletter normally runs at about 20,000 characters in
plain text format but this one is considerably less than that. For those
that celebrate -- Merry Christmas and for those that don't -- have an
enjoyable time over the coming few week
The careless use of mercury, cyanide, benzene, gasoline and
detergents by individual miners has become a concern for Department of
Mining and other stakeholders. Due to the lack of knowledge about the
products being used there are for example cases of the pots used to
refine gold in having the mercury poured out and the same pot then used
to cook food.
Motor Cycling Santas
The 2005 Motorcycle Toy Run down the Magi Highway by 20 riders has
proved to be a huge success. This year, the Port Moresby Off-road
Motorcycle group and the Port Moresby Traffic Police on their shiny new
motorcycles joined the road riders. Santa Clause arrived on a BMW
motorcycle to the surprise and delight of children and onlookers along
Retiring National and Supreme Court judge Justice Don Sawong has said
that the time has come for the three arms of government to critically
examine and review the structure of the judiciary. He suggested a "three
tiered" high court system comprising the National Court, Court of Appeal
and Supreme Court. The present system see the Supreme Court inundated
with many unmeritorious appeals that only create a workload that the
court cannot handle. The proposed Court of Appeal should be used for
this purpose leaving the Supreme Court as the final court that would
only deal with constitutional issues and development of new principles
or areas of law.
Foreign exchange reserves held by the Bank of PNG have reached an
all-time high of just over K2 billion. The reserve was sufficient for
5.3 months of total and 7.3 months of non-mineral import cover for the
East Papua Soccer
The Eastern Papua Soccer Cup was won by Simla who successfully
defended their title for a second consecutive year with a 2-1 grand
final win over Yabwau at Bisini Park. In the women's division,
undisputed queens Nim continued their reign after defeating LSC 2-0.
Local Business Growth
The Treasurer, Bart Philemon, has said that the Government will look
at formulating deliberate policies next year to enable local businesses
to grow. He said the growth of local businesses was a critical element
of building the essential blocks for economic take off. Mr Philemon also
said that a stable investment climate was a necessary condition for the
economic growth of the country.
A forty-strong contingent from the Brisbane Lions Aussie Rules Club
has walked the Kokoda Trail. PNG born star fullback, Mal Michael, said
that he never expected the Kokoda Track to be an easy undertaking but he
said he was not prepared for the full enormity of the Kokoda challenge.
Mal Michael is one of only two players playing on the premier AFL list
to hail from PNG. The other is St Kilda's James Gwilt.
The following has been received from Justin Karcher.
I will be taking on the role of CEO and Executive Director of AFL in
PNG as at January 1st 2006. The AFL in Australia is paying me but
certainly not in comparison with what I would like to be paid! The
position only requires approx. 15 hours per week during season and much
less in the off-season.
I took the position as I wish to work for the AFL in either Brisbane
or Cairns in 2-3 years time and the AFL has suggested 2 years running
all PNG's AFL affairs would be a very good stepping stone. My main areas
of focus will be junior development (as it is now as a volunteer), and
building PNG's profile in Australia.
I have my own company and work permit and a number of business
activities registered with IPA - Consulting, Marketing/Sales, Event
Management, Imported Beer, Wine, and Spirits consultant, and Real Estate
management. If you need any contract work in the above fields done in
2006 please feel free to contact me -- email@example.com -- or on
phone numbers 323 5500, 325 4772, 325 8614.
Season's greetings to you all.
Trade Winds Liquor Ltd
PO Box 1
Ph - (675) 686 0549
Ph - (675) 323 4666
Fx - (675) 323
email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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It appears that Kimbe police have taken matters into their own hands
and demanded payment for outstanding disaster allowances during the Mt
Pago eruption. The police threatened to throw administration workers out
of their offices, forcing the provincial government to pay them K50,000.
In September, another group of policemen barricaded the entrance to the
Bomana Police College just outside Port Moresby to press demands for
allowances for working during the 30th Independence anniversary
celebrations, the royal visit by Princess Anne and the Melanesian
Spearhead Group meeting in Port Moresby. They prevented residents,
including their immediate superiors, from entering the premises until
their demands were met.
Four people had to swim for at least two hours before reaching the
safety of land after a boating mishap in rough seas off East New
Britain. Another six men did not reach the safety of the shore until the
next day. The 19-foot banana boat was on its way from Kokopo to Molot in
the Duke of York Islands when it overturned in bad weather.
Tok Pisin Classes
PNG Development services are offering Tok Pisin classes primarily
targeted at expatriates who want to be able to communicate with their
workers. The classes are run on-demand, the minimum group size is 4.
Classes can be 2 hours per day x 5 days (consecutive or weekly) OR -
one and a half days intensive. Please contact PNG DEVELOPMENT SERVICES
LTD for further information.
Ph/Fax (+675) 325 4860 / 323 4518 / 325
3043 / 686 8917
E-mail -- email@example.com
Scott Farrell -- firstname.lastname@example.org --
has made the following request
I live in California, USA and often read your PNG Gossip newsletter.
I have a gallery in Sacramento and I used to purchase from a young man
by the name of Casmiro who eventually sold his business (with the
assistance of an Australian School teacher) to someone else. I have lost
contact with Casmiro and was wondering if you had any idea of how to
I purchased masks and figures from Casmiro several years ago.. and
while I've found other people to buy from... no one knows my tastes and
picks as good items as Casmiro.
THANK YOU IN ADVANCE!
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Tony Kendal has made the following request
I have a painting by Jade (65) of a New Guinea warrior. A friend of
mine also has two paintings by Jade.
From my research, I believe Jade was an Australian who lived in PNG
during the 1960's. She painted in the Rubal, Tipini, Port Moresby
I am seeking information on Jade and possibly her whereabouts
If anyone has information regarding Jade, could you please contact me
at -- email@example.com.
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Here is another request ...
After having done a search of the internet, I found the information
about the DC-3 aircraft that is displayed prominently adjacent to the
Air Niugini office at Jackson's airport in Port Moresby. I was
originally interested since I share the name of the pilot, Larry
Blackman, for whom the aircraft was named.
Do you have any information about the career of Larry Blackman that
you would be able to send? It was inspiring to find such an accomplished
pilot, with the same name as mine, just prior to my starting my own
pilot training. I understand that he was associated with Air Niugini, as
well as having been a C-47 pilot of many thousands of hours during WWII.
Thank you for your time and assistance. Perhaps I shall have to plan
a trip to your area soon.
Sincere Best Regards,
Larry Blackman - Write to Larry c/- this
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The Police Commissioner has authorised a reshuffle of key posts
within his police force. The changes are to implement some of the
recommendations of the Police Review Report. The reshuffle has seen
several Assistant Police Commissioners moved around and the National
Capital District / Central command position abolished and taken over by
the Southern Regional Command.
National Capital District police have said that they will adopt a
zero tolerance attitude to drunkards over the festive season. It is
highly likely that anyone found drunk and disturbing the peace will be
locked up behind bars for the night.
Ryan Pini has managed to swim into the silver medal of the 50-metre
backstroke event at the Queensland Swimming Championships recently. Pini
also managed to beat his idol, Michael Klim, home in the 100-metre
butterfly. Pini has sacrificed a whole school year to maximise his
training for the Commonwealth Games to be held in Melbourne, Australia
in March 2006. If his present form continues he will have a few of the
Australian swimmers worried about gaining a medal position.
Christmas - 25th December 2005
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games -- March 2006.
8th of April to the 16th of April 2006-- National Game Fishing
PNG 31st Independence Anniversary - 16th September 2006
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