A recent article about PNG that appeared in the online edition of The
Independent -- http://travel.independent.co.uk/ausandpacific/article341413.ece
Post Courier -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg
The National -- http://www.the
PNG Sustainable Development Program -- http://www.pngsdp.com
-- Morobe Tourism site
-- Milne Bay Tourism Site
-- Main Government Tourism Site
http://www.pngbd.com -- Papua New
Guinea Tourism and Business Directory
-- East New Britain Tourism Promotion Web Site
-- West New Britain Tourism Promotion Web Site
West New Britain
If anyone is looking for accommodation in West New Britain not far
from Kimbe, the provincial capital, then try Walindi Plantation Dive
Resort. Walindi is situated just ten kilometres from Kimbe on the road
to Talasea. Close to the Resort is the Walindi Nature Centre sponsored
by the owner of the resort. -- http://www.walindi.com
PNG Rugby League -- http://www.rleague.com/nations/png
PNG Aussie Rules -- http://www.afl-png.com
South Pacific Motor Sports Club -- http://www.spmsc.org.pg
The Motor Sports Club also has sub-pages dealing with -- go karting,
snooker, game fishing and speedway. Visit the -- http://www.spmsc.org.pg
-- web site and navigate from there.
Game Fishing -- http://www.gfa.com.pg
Royal Papua Yacht Club -- http://www.rpyc.com.pg
CyberMasta Web Design -- http://www.cybermasta.com
Port Moresby Stock Exchange -- http://www.pomsox.com.pg
National Capital District Commission -- http://www.ncdc.gov.pg
Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry -- http://www.pomcci.org.pg
South Pacific Motor Sports Club -- http://www.spmsc.org.pg
Rocky Roe -- http://www.rockyroephotographics.com
National Research Institute -- http://www.nri.org.pg
Avis PNG -- http://www.avis.com.pg
Boroko Motors -- http://www.boroko-motors.com
Ela Motors -- http://www.elamotors.com.pg
Freeway Motors -- http://www.freewaymotors.com.pg
Hertz PNG -- http://www.leasemaster.com.pg
Thrifty Hire Cars -- http://www.lamanahotel.com.pg/lamana_thrifty.html
SIL PNG -- http://www.pnglanguages.org
National Statistical Office -- http://www.nso.gov.pg
National Disaster Centre -- http://www.pngndc.gov.pg
David Keating has the following announcement to make about a reunion
of members of the Australian School of Pacific Administration
In November 1962 some 55 young men and women graduated from the Australian
School of Pacific Administration (ASOPA) after 2 years of training as
Cadet Education Officers on Middle Head, Sydney.
52 of those teachers commenced their careers in PNG in 1963.
In August 2007 we are planning a reunion of this group - it will be
45 years since they were last together.
David Keating is coordinating the reunion and can be contacted on --
email@example.com -- or
via snail mail --
PO Box 73
New Farm QLD 4005
Each council in Victoria has a Commonwealth country partner. The City
of Port Phillip's Games partner is Papua New Guinea. With the help of
Melbourne's PNG community and interested people from Port Phillip, the
council hopes that this partnership will lead to closer links between
PNG and the people of Port Phillip by raising local awareness, knowledge
and understanding of PNG culture and identity.
The PNGAAV represents PNG expatriates living in Melbourne. The Melbourne
PNG community is estimated at around 450 people, plus a few hundred
students studying at tertiary institutions.
Tok Pisin Classes
PNG Development Services are currently running Tok Pisin classes for
Port Moresby residents. The basic class that started today runs for
5 evenings between 5pm - 7pm at the PNG Development Services office
in Goroa Street, Gordons (directly behind Orica/Dulux - safe parking
available). Includes coffee and biscuits - meet new people, share a
few laughs. For details of when other classes will be run please call
their office manager Eileen on 325 3043 or e-mail us on -- firstname.lastname@example.org
settlers at 10-Mile just outside Lae have vandalised equipment belonging
to the short-wave service of Radio Morobe. As a result the radio station
has had to halt broadcasts to the rural areas of the province. The damage
caused to the transmitter is estimated as being about K20,000 to repair.
Tinputz FM on the island of Bougainville has also been put off the
air thanks to vandals who have removed wires from the transmitter. Tinputz
FM mainly relays broadcasts from Yumi FM and Nau FM.
An amount of K3 million has been approved for the upgrade of Tokua
Airport in East New Britain Province. The Civil Aviation Authority has
already spent K300,000 on non-compliance issues at the airport. The
airport was originally built to cater for domestic flights and it is
thought that some of the K3 million will be used to upgrade the facilities
so that it can take international flights.
The Post Courier has reported that three female reporters in Kokopo
were told by three officers of the town council not to report on any
negative aspects of the "Clean Kokopo" campaign that they
may hear from the public. This is after the paper reported that some
members of the general public had said that because there were no toilets
people had to relieve themselves in the bushes only to be booked by
young adults employed by the council.
Former Bougainville Premier, Leo Hannett has won the Regional Seat
of Bougainville. Mr Hannett polled a total of 59.39% of the vote beating
independent candidate Simon Pentanu (40.61%).
Check out the Electoral Commission Web Site for results -- http://www.pngec.gov.pg
-- and then follow the By-Election links -- http://www.pngec.gov.pg/byelectbougainvilleregional.html
Jeepney Bus Service
After a long wait a Jeepney from the Philippines is on the road and
picking up passengers in Port Moresby as a Public Motor Vehicle (PMV).
The jeepney is currently plying route number nine from Gerehu to Waigani,
Boroko, and on to Three-Mile.
The administration block at the Popondetta Secondary School has been
burnt down destroying student records, computers, school certificates,
personnel files, cheque books and furniture. The Popondetta fire brigade
was informed but there was little the service could do because of financial
Dr Wesley Kigaung has been re-elected as the head bishop of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in PNG. Dr Kigasung, from Aluki village, Bukawa in Morobe
Province said this would be his last term as head bishop.
Porgera Gold Mine
Only days after reopening due to a strike the Porgera gold mine has
been hit by vandalism. Vandals cut down a power pylon along the Hides
power transmission line effectively shutting down operations at the
mine. It has been estimated that the mine would lose about US$340,000
a day every time there was disruption to the mine operation. The Paiam
Hospital, government offices, schools, health facilities, businesses
and the homes of ordinary people have also been affected by the vandalism.
A freak accident in Oro province has seen the death of three churchmen.
The pastors and other passengers were travelling along the Oro Bay Highway
when a tree fell on the vehicle they were travelling in. Killed was
Anglican priest John Demesi, and two pastors from the Foursquare church.
Police have only released the name of one of the Foursquare pastors
- pastor Edi from Kerema. Father John's wife, also travelling in the
vehicle, was seriously injured in the accident and has had to have part
of her arm amputated on one side and part of her fingers on the other
side. Other passengers were treated for minor injuries at the Popondetta
hospital and then sent home.
Malaria is on the rise in Bougainville. The rate of Malaria and filariasis
is becoming a concern to the people of Bougainville. According to clinical
records the rate of malaria had increased and was causing a high death
rate in the province. Bougainville District Control Officer, Aloysius
Pukenei said that the same female anayfalisis mosquito transmitted both
malaria and filariasis.
A managing partner of Allens Arthur Robinson has said that any original
artistic or original artistic and literary works produced after the
1st of July 2002 automatically gives economic rights to the authors
(copyright owner) of such works. The copyright owner has exclusive right
to control the copying or reproduction of the original work including
after death through the next of kin for a total of fifty years.
Solomon Islands Robbery
The Royal Solomon Islands police are investigating the recent raid
by the Bougainvilleans on a logging camp on Ovau Island. PNG police,
on the island of Bougainville, say that they can not apprehend the criminals
that were suspected on being involved in the armed robbery because there
are no treaty arrangements between PNG and the Solomon Islands.
There is a border treaty between the two nations but it is not effective
due to a lack of surveillance and border liaisons.
Police are holding a man after attempting to smuggle samples of gold
out of Lihir early last month. The gold was detected in a routine scan
of luggage at the Kunaiye airport. It is alleged that the man, from
Chimbu province, had purchased the gold samples valued at over K70,000
from an unknown client for K100.
The first shipment of PNG kava to Fiji has been rejected. Fiji official
have said that PNG must improve the standard of kava it is exporting
if PNG wants to create a market in Fiji. According to Radio New Zealand
the first 5 tonne shipment contained skin peelings and had not been
dried well, so fungus and mildew had grown on the kava.
Criminals dressed as policemen and armed with two rifles have stolen
K200,000 from security men and bank officers who were restocking an
ATM at the North Waigani Stop 'n Shop supermarket. The criminals also
had a detachable blue light attached to the vehicle they used.
Landowners at the Gobe Oilfields have threatened to close down the
project. Police from Mendi and Port Moresby have been flown into the
area to protect the flow of oil. The landowners claim they have been
ignored when contracts have been awarded for the various spin-off activities
associated with the project in favour of foreign firms.
The Electoral Commissioner has said that the electoral roll is useless
with and he estimates that there are more than 2.2 million bogus names
on the roll. PNG has an estimated population of a little over 5 million
people yet the electoral roll has 4.9 million names on it. Also after
talking to eligible voters many people complain that their name is not
on the electoral roll. With the elections coming up rapidly in 2007
it is hoped that a new accurate roll can be prepared before that. One
province, Chimbu, has an estimated 176% over enrolment.
Breaking Bows and Arrows
A 2002 documentary about the South Pacific island of Bougainville has
won top honours at the 3rd Annual International Oceania Documentary
Film Festival in Tahiti. Breaking Bows and Arrows, a 52-minute documentary,
received the jury's Grand Prix at the recent awards ceremony held at
the Papeete Cultural Centre.
An inquiry by the Parliamentary referral committee has been told by
representatives of the Save the Children Fund and sex workers that there
are 53 known sites in Port Moresby where sex takes place.
The Civil Aviation Authority of PNG has warned of possible airport
closures due to the danger of collision from stray animals and people.
This follows a near-miss at Buka recently where an early flight into
the airport nearly collided with a stray dog and two people crossing
the runway on separate occasions. In the first incident the plane had
its wheels down and was ready to land but had to abort after detecting
a stray dog in its landing path. Five minutes later, as it prepared
to land a second time, the pilot had to abort again as a father and
his 12-year-old son were crossing the airstrip.
Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games -- March 2006.
8th of April to the 16th of April 2006-- National Game Fishing Titles
PNG 31st Independence Anniversary - 16th September 2006
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