Alotau Dive Log
A list of current aircraft on the PNG P2 register can be found at -- http://www.casr.gov.pg/Aircraft.html -- A list of older aircraft can be found at -- http://www.michie.net/balus -- If you have any updates to this historical list please let the owner of the web site know.
The new franchise owner of Goroka Lahanis, the Bintangor Trading company, has said that they will renew the lucrative sponsorship package next year depending on the team's performance this year. -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/032007/sports4.htm
Updated PNG Blogs
PNG Namba Wan Trophy
PNG Namba Wan Trophy Limited (NWTL) was established in October 1989. They have a web site located at -- http://www.pngnwtl.com/
If you are looking for the history of PNG then a good place to start is the Wikipedia free encyclopaedia as well as the other links below.
-- http://www.michie.net/balus/px-history.html (Air Niugini - not complete)
-- http://www.michie.net/balus/cg-history.html (Airlines of PNG - very incomplete!)
If anyone can add to the Air Niugini or the Airlines of PNG (Milne Bay Air) history please send an email to this newsletter and I will pass it on. Does anyone have a picture of the MBA Gruman Goose?
If you have the bandwidth then I recommend viewing the video located on the Air Niugini Japanese site -- http://www.air-niugini.co.jp/vtr/index.html -- produced by the Tourism Promotion Authority.
PNG Toursim Promtion Authority -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg
BERASO -- The Company has been established to explore and implement the opportunity for environmentally sustainable tourism in the gulf province between Kikori and Baimuru. The aim of the company is to establish and develop tourism, tourism related businesses and infrastructure in the area. -- http://beraso.com/gpage.html
PNG Society of Eminent Scholars and Professionals -- http://www.vortexpng.co.nr
Expat Expert -- http://www.expatexpert.com/ -- An interesting site for "expats"
Official Air Niugini -- http://www.airniugini.com.pg -- http://www.air-niugini.co.jp
Unofficial Air Niugini -- http://www.airniugini.co.uk
Airways Hotel -- http://www.airways.com.pg
Avis Rent a Car -- http://www.avis.com.pg
Bank South Pacific -- http://www.bsp.com.pg
Budget Rent a Car -- http://www.budget.com.pg
ConXions -- http://www.conxions.com.pg
Coral Sea Hotels -- http://www.coralseahotels.com.pg
Daltron Electronics -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Hastings Deering -- http://www.hastingsdeering.cat.com
Kina Securities Limited -- http://www.kina.com.pg
KK Kingston -- http://www.kingston.com.pg
Kokoda Trekking -- http://www.kokodatrail.com.au
Lihir Gold Mine -- http://www.lihir.com.pg/
NCS -- http://www.ncs.com.pg
Oil Search -- http://www.oilsearch.com
Ok Tedi Mining -- http://www.oktedi.com
PNG Department of Mining -- http://www.mineral.gov.pg/
PNG Institute of Banking and Business -- http://www.ibbm.com.pg
PNG Surfing -- http://www.surfingpapuanewguinea.org.pg
PNG Trekking Adventures -- http://www.pngtrekking.com.pg
PNG Web Hosting -- http://www.pngwebhost.com
Rimbunan Hijau Group of Companies -- http://www.rhpng.com.pg/
TE PNG -- http://www.tepng.com
UMW Niugini -- http://www.umw.com.pg
Walindi Resort -- http://www.walindi.com
Don't forget to look at Jane's Oceania Home Page Newsletter. The objective of this Newsletter is to promote worldwide the Pacific Islands and, in particular, the island people. In addition, the intention of the Newsletter is to aid in the preservation of our island culture, history, genealogy, mythology, ethnology, customs, rituals and lifestyles.
For further information about Papua New Guinea, please visit -- http://www.janeresture.com/png_home/index.htm
Also remember to visit the Photos and Scenery section of the PNGBD web site -- http://www.pngbd.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?s=2b50796e7559b377645cb20821c512c3&forumid=57
The Bulolo and Wau road has been closed to all traffic following a landslide that has blocked four sections of the road. There is a concern that some of the landslides may have been caused by illegal mining activities in the area. An employee of a contractor engaged to fix the earlier problem late last year was crushed in his bulldozer when a huge boulder fell on the machine.
An avalanche at Dangale area, on the northern part of Manam Island, has killed four people and left a fifth person seriously injured. Madang Regional MP and Health Minister Sir Peter Barter has said "The valleys are very dangerous and I am appealing to everyone not to venture into any of the valleys as there are huge quantities of ash and mud deposited on higher slopes and after heavy rain that has been experienced, the mud and loose material becomes a major risk for anyone venturing into the potential path of an avalanche."
As reported in the Post Courier
Two-way trade between Australia and Papua New Guinea stands at A$3.7 billion (K8.7 billion) and Australia continues to export a wider range of goods and services to PNG than any other country at a cost of about A$1.4 billion (K3.3 billion) last year. The investment Promotion authority (IPA) has revealed that PNG exports to Australia have been growing steadily from A$1 billion (K2.4 billion) in 2001 to A$2 billion (K4.7 billion) at the end of 2006.
see -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20070321/business01.htm -- for full article
A trucking company based in Goroka has decided to shut down its operations until the Highlands Highway is repaired. An East West truck was robbed of its load after it became bogged along the highway near the Waghi valley of the Western Highlands province.
With the elections around the corner the East Sepik Province has received a gift of K600 million from the National Executive Council (NEC). The "gift" was to thank the people of East Sepik for contributing immensely to the development of PNG. The "gift" will be used to fund a K102 million upgrade of the Boram airport to international status; re-gravel and seal the Coastal Highway from Hawain in East Sepik to Vanimo, West Sepik for K300 million; upgrade the Brandi-Kaup-Angoram road; upgrade the Hayfield airstrip in Maprik, East Sepik and the Tadji airstrip in Aitape, West Sepik province to cater for Dash 8 aircraft; and upgrade the Wewak wharf.
Critics have said the airport upgrade project would be uneconomical as many of the Air Niugini planes leaving from Boram airport are returning to Port Moresby virtually empty.
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Patrick Mara, Chief Executive of PNG Power, has indicated that PNG Power will spend K500 million of internally generated funds for capital and operating expenditure over the next five years.
It appears as if parts of the Swamp Ghost, an old B17 Flying Fortress, have disappeared from where they were stored in Lae. Customs officials have claimed that they have just been presented with export paperwork for a shipment dated the 17th of February. The shipping company has denied that there were any Swamp Ghost in the container shipped to Brisbane, Australia claiming the parts were from another old World War II aeroplane.
The Global Fund for TB, malaria and AIDS has allocated $US21 million (K62 million) to help PNG in its fight against Tuberculosis (TB) this year. The funds are earmarked to be used over a period of five years, however, they can not be released until after the elections in July. It is estimated that more than 20,000 people already have the disease in the country.
The Koitabu land owners of Jackson's Airport have agreed to give the National Government a two-day extension, added to the five working days previously requested on top of the 14 days threat issued on the closing down of the Jackson's airport. The threat, issued by the Koitabu's of Iarogaha clan from Korobosea village, was to close down the Jackson's airport unless the National Government was willing to pay K1.5 million to the customary landowners for the use of the aerodrome land earlier this month.
The Post Courier has reported that Churches in the Sandaun Province are against any moves to open the highway linking Vanimo and Jayapura, in the Papua province of Indonesia. -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20070320/news06.htm
A deal to create a 1.8 kilometre six-lane road from Waigani / June Valley traffic lights to Boroko Motors has caused a stir amongst the ruling National Alliance Party. The Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Transport and Civil Aviation, Don Polye, has said the K36 million road project in the National Capital District is invalid and will be cancelled. He has said that it is a waste of money when there are better things needed to be done with the money. Mr Polye is also worried that the money assigned for the project may be diverted to elections campaign funds. The Port Moresby Chambers of Commerce and Sir Mekere Morauta have also condemned the awarding of the contract.
The road contractor has hit back by saying that everything is above board and the project was tendered for through the correct channels.
The first unofficial Air Niugini flight via Honiara in the Solomon Islands to Nadi in Fiji has been completed successfully with regular flights starting next Friday the 30th of March (2007). The company has also announced that it will start direct flights from Rabaul to Cairns in Australia in the near future and that it is considering direct flights from other PNG centres.
Mining and Environment and Conservation officials are tight lipped about possible pollution of two rivers in Central province. It has been claimed that both the Auga and Angabanga Rivers have been polluted by a nearby mining operation that does not have a tailings dam.
The Australian Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs, Alexander Downer, has told more than 200 business executives from Australia and PNG that Australia was keen to see the "publication of the Moti report's recommendations" before the annual PNG-Australia ministerial forum was reconvened. The forum has already been cancelled once due to the handling of the Moti affair. Australia is keen to see results because PNG laws were broken.
American Servicemen Repatriation
The remains of American servicemen killed in plane crashes in the country during World War II are on their way back to families in the United States after a successful jungle recovery operation -- http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=255401
Waran Coffee Plantation will be launched in the next couple of weeks by the Waran Coffee Growers Association. The plantation, planted with 40 hectares of Arabica coffee, is managed by five clan groups on customary land with a total membership of 700. The association's next goal will be to set up a wet coffee factory for processing ripe coffee berries. Waran village is located east of Lae and there are no road links people travel to the city by boat which takes six days and air travel is provided by North Coast Aviation. Kabwum is reportedly the leading coffee growing area of Morobe but access to markets has been denied because of lack of infrastructure.
32nd Gaming Fishing Association of PNG titles will be held from the 1st to the 4th April
May Coffee Festival 2007 - cancelled due to 2007 National Elections.
Tufi Cultural Show, Oro Province -- 9th to the 11th June
National Mask Festival, Kokopo - East New Britain Province -- 12th to the 15th of July
International Orchid Spectacular -- 5th and 6th of August
Lukim PNG NAU Tourism Expo -- 9th to the 11th September
National Tourism Conference -- 12th September
Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby - National Capital District -- 15th to 18th of September
PNG 30th Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September
Morobe Show, Lae -- 4th to 5th of November
The Milne Bay Canoe and Kundu (drum) festival is to be in November.
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