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Port Moresby Map
Here is a link to a map submitted by reader Jim Cormack
Should Michael Somare Retire?
I notice that this survey has attracted a few survey takers. The current results, as this newsletter is produced -
Retire = 86 (83%)
Do not retire = 17 (17%)
A woman, suspected of cannibalism, was set on fire at a village near Mount Hagen recently. Read the full story at -- http://www.missionandjustice.org/?p=5060 -- and -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20070501/news08.htm
PNG Language Resource
Dive Boat Web Sites
http://www.bomatu.com/MVTiata.htm -- MV Tiata
http://www.chertan.com/ -- MV Chertan
http://www.febrina.com/ -- MV FeBrina
http://www.pngtourism.org.pg/png/export/sites/TPA/diving/mvpsport.htm -- MV Paradise Sport
http://www.mvgoldendawn.com -- MV Golden Dawn
http://www.peterhughes.com/star/Star_dancerindex.shtml -- MV Star Dancer
If you have a blog about PNG then let me know -- PNGNews-queue [@] pnggossip.com
Check out the Steel Industries web site located at -- http://www.steelindustries.com.pg/
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
If you want to find a Yahoo Group that deals with Papua New Guinea then I recommend that you visit this link -- http://groups.yahoo.com/search?query=papua+new+guinea&submit=Search -- with any luck you will find a whole list of groups that may interest you.
The Yahoo regional directory on PNG is located at -- http://dir.yahoo.com/Regional/Countries/Papua_New_Guinea/
Official web site of the PNG National Olympic Committee -- http://www.oceaniasport.com/png/
PNG Forest Conservation News -- http://forests.org/png
The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce website can be found at -- http://www.pomcci.org.pg
The Web Site for the PNG Institute of Directors gives an excellent introduction to PNG company law and related governance issues it can be found at -- http://www.pngid.org.pg
PNG Institute of Accountants -- http://www.pngia.org.pg
Rimbunan Hijau (PNG) Group -- http://www.rhpng.com.pg/
UMW heavy equipment supplier -- http://www.umw.com.pg/
The main PNG Tourism website can be found at -- http://www.pngtourism.com.pg
The Milne Bay Tourism website can be found at -- http://www.milnebaytourism.gov.pg
The Morobe Tourism website can be found at -- http://www.tourismmorobe.org.pg
An interesting web site dealing with Rimbunan Hijau, PNG's biggest logging company can be found at -- http://www.rimbunan.forests.org.au -- It makes interesting reading if it is up. Last time I checked it was down.
Off-Season Rugby League
A 370 metre submarine power cable has been laid between the mainland of PNG and Kranget Island in Madang Province. The K700,000 power project was funded by Madang Open Member Alois Kinglsey. The project also includes the cost of transformers and wooden poles to distribute the power supply to the more than 3000 people on the island.
Telikom PNG has reached the magic 1 million figure for the number of calls from subscribers on a Friday using its GSM Network. Friday is the busiest day for the mobile network. Telikom did not indicate how many calls failed during the busiest period.
New Ireland Drugs
Police recently uprooted 251 marijuana plants and 422 seedlings from the Lelet area in Central New Ireland after receiving a tip-off. Many people in the province assumed that marijuana was being imported from the highlands of PNG and not being grown in amongst cocoa nurseries, patches and houses in their own province.
Sustainable Development Program
The PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd (PNGSDP) has launched a new company logo to raise awareness on the company's efforts on strategic sustainable development programmes initiatives.
Eda Ranu Payment
Timothy Bonga, the outgoing chairman of Eda Ranu, who has resigned to contest the coming elections has received a large payout that has been questioned by a person also contesting the elections. The Mineral Resources Development Corporation Boss, Francis Kaupa claims the payout could be a high as K1.5 Million. The General Manager of Eda Ranu says the payment is not in that league although it is in excess of a previously estimated figure.
Since PNG gained independence in 1975 from Australia, there have been 30 Commission of Inquiries into various subjects. It would seem that the inquiries have been a waste of time because most of the recommendations from these inquiries have never been implemented by the respective leaders and designated officers especially the bureaucrats and public servants.
The Prime Minister has promised K50 million to upgrade the roads in Lae. Sir Michael Somare made the commitment, when launching the National Agriculture Development Plan at the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium recently. The money for the roads will come from increased foreign exchange reserves.
The Morobe Governor, Luther Wenge, has warmly welcomed the announcement and said it should stop the whining from politicians such as Lae MP Bart Philemon and the Lae Chamber of Commerce.
The new Generation Party leader Bart Philemon has accused the Prime Minister of "buying votes" with the allocation of K50 million for the upgrading of the roads in Lae. The former finance and treasury minister has said that he would have preferred the PM had left it until after the elections, not on the eve of the elections.
The president and founder of the People's Progress Party Sir Julius Chan has also been critical of the K50 million allocation for Lae roads. He described it as a "stupid decision by a stupid government".
Sir Michael Somare has travelled to Wewak, the provincial capital of East Sepik, to nominate for the coming elections -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/050407/nation2.htm
Government sources have revealed that cheques totalling almost K90 million were paid to Members of Parliament after Parliament rose on Tuesday for the polls. -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/050407/nation1.htm -- The monies were paid out despite a direction from the Ombudsman Commission requiring that no payouts be made unless MPs fully account for previous funds received, and followed the proper procedures to apply for the funds.
Gari Baki, the Police Commissioner, has said the payment of more than K140,000 of provincial government funds allegedly paid to two police officers in the Southern Highlands province as "improper and dubious". He said normally such huge funds donated for police operations must conform to the principles of the Finance Management Act before they are channelled through the commissioner's trust account for disbursement. The payments in question were made out to two policemen and were made on the eve of this year's general election.
The Chief Executive Officer of Goroka Hospital in PNG's Eastern Highlands province says malaria outbreaks in the area have increased in recent times due to climate changes. The CEO says the hospital has sent a medical team to the Lufa area to help treat those affected by a malaria outbreak which has claimed at least 10 lives and seen around 600 hospitalised for treatment. Years ago malaria outbreaks were very rare in the Highlands due to the altitude.
Court of Appeal
The outgoing National and Supreme Court judge Justice Sir Kubulan Los has called for a separate Court of Appeal to be set up. Sir Kubulan also called for judges to be allowed to go for training and be able to refresh their minds.
Many people have been complaining that there is not enough to distinguish between the K100 note and the K2 note since the release of new notes by the Bank of PNG. Some people have mistakenly handed over a K100 note thinking it was K2. Other people have deliberately tricked sellers into accepting a K2 note thinking they were getting a K100 note especially at night.
President of the Medical Society of PNG, Dr Mathias Sapuri, has said that it costs the country K20 million a year to treat gun-related injuries. He said that "the problem we have with gun-related violence is much bigger than HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis or any other disease".
Public servants including the Southern Highlands administrator William Powi were recently locked out of their offices in Mendi. Security forces in the town locked the main entrance into the seven-storey Agiru centre after a commotion in town created by supporters of former acting provincial administrator Alphones Hayabe and Mr Powi.
Port Moresby Speed Limit
The blanket Port Moresby speed limit is 60 Kilometres per hour (about 37 miles per hour) but motorists regularly flaunt that limit along the Poreporena Highway that links Port Moresby Jackson's airport to downtown Port Moresby cutting through part of Burns Peak. The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) has said it would not impose that rule along the highway as it has been built to a much higher standard than the other roads in the city. The NRSC did not, however, say what speed limit would be suitable for the highway. There was also no comment from police. The highway, opened several years ago, has very quickly become one of the busiest roads in the National Capital cutting many minutes off the trip from the airport to town.
Residents of Goroka are in shock after the slaying of seven people in the town recently. There was mayhem in the town recently when thousands of people, including women and children ran in all directions to get out of the way of armed tribesmen, who went on a war path in retaliation soon after a member of their tribe was axed to death.
Coffee Pest Invasion
The Coffee Berry Borer is only 80 kilometres away from the border of PNG with Indonesia. If the pest was to get across the border it would threaten one of PNG's major export earners. It would also have a catastrophic effect on the country's revenue and budget forecasts, and cut off income to more than 400,000 households in the 13 provinces that depend on coffee. In the past the country has suffered from potato leaf blight in 2002 and cocoa pod borer in 2005.
Tufi Cultural Show, Oro Province -- 9th to the 11th June
Sepik Iron Man Contest -- 11th of June 2007
National Mask Festival, Kokopo - East New Britain Province -- 12th to the 15th of July
Mt Hagen Show - August 2007 -- http://eventsuk.britishairways.com/sisp/index.htm?fx=event&event_id=31325 -- First held in 1964, the Mt Hagen Show moved from its original site in Mt Hagen itself to the Showgrounds after independence in 1975.
International Orchid Spectacular -- 5th and 6th of August
Lukim PNG NAU Tourism Expo -- 9th to the 11th September
National Tourism Conference -- 12th of 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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