PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Feb 2007

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PNG Accommodation

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The Kumul Adventure Resort Hotel is a new hotel in Enga Province has a write up on the TPA site -- -- and can be contacted by Fax/Phone: (675) 542 1615 and Email:

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News Items

TB Association

Boroko Rotary Club has donated a new bus to the National Capital District TB Association. The bus will be used as a mobile treatment van for TB patients, supervising medical treatment and transporting volunteers to attend to TB patients. The bus will be used on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to visit urban clinics around the National Capital.

Vessels Destroyed

two Indonesian fishing vessels seized by fisheries officials and the police on Dec 27 and 29 in Daru, Western province, and Orokolo in the Gulf province respectively have been set alight by fisheries officials and the national surveillance team. The 26 fishermen from the boats were arrested and charged, found guilty and sentenced to jail at Bomana just outside Port Moresby. A fisheries official said that by taking this step they would be discouraging illegal fishing in PNG waters.

5-Star Boroko Hotel

Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Paul Tiensten has announced that a five-star hotel, a first for the country, would be constructed at the Department of Works Plant and Transport yard at Four Mile. The hotel, to be known initially as Centheim Hotel, will cost US$35 million and consist of 300-400 rooms, an international convention centre, and an entertainment centre with a licensed casino strictly for foreigner and genuine national business persons and other world-standard facilities. Mr Tiensten said "the hotel aims to develop the tourism potential in PNG and facilitate international conferences and workshops, increase earnings in foreign currency, boost economic activity and generate employment and exchange of knowledge and transfer of skills."

Queen Elizabeth 2

On of the world's largest ocean liners - the majestic Queen Elizabeth 2 will be visiting Rabaul on the 1st of March, 2007. Refurbished in 1999 QE2 offers graceful decor reminiscent of yesteryear and operates 3 classes: Grill, Caronia and Mauretania for cabins and restaurants rated: luxury, premier and superior. QE2 passengers tend to be discerning 50+ and British and American. It has a total of 982 cabins and crew of 1016. The Cunard owned and operated cruiseliner is scheduled to arrive at Rabaul's Simpson Harbour with approximately 2000 tourists at 8am and depart at 5pm.

Police Commissioner

The recently appointed Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, has been committed to stand trial in the National Court over charges of causing disaffection in the police force. Mr Baki was charged under Section 163 of the Police Force Act for allegedly causing disaffection among members of the police force and was suspended as the deputy police commissioner (Operations) last year. He was appointed Police Commissioner by the National Executive Council while the charge was pending. Mr Baki said he would continue to perform his role and not step aside.

NCDC Payments

Payments of over K900,000 by the National Capital District Commission to a security firm has been questioned. Sources said senior managers put pressure on staff to facilitate the release of the money. Documents revealed that the security contract was approved by the NCDC Board without proper tender processes being followed.

Wrong Payment

Two payments made between 2005 and 2006 amounting to about K500,000 have been paid to the wrong person in the Western Highlands. It is claimed that the two cheques were paid to a solicitor representing the people affected by a police raid. The Mt Hagen National Court in 2000 ruled in their favour and ordered the State pay them K959,281.39 in compensation. The acting Solicitor-General, David Lambu, has said he would not entertain any further claims that were dealt with by previous Solicitor-Generals.

Telikom ISP

It would seem that Telikom PNG is trying to become a retailer as well as a wholesaler of Internet Services. The Information Technology Suppliers Association (ITSA), on behalf of the Internet Service Providers (ISP's), has described Telikom's wholesale price of its broadband service to end users as a backward step for a developing country such as PNG. The ISP's have requested the unbundling of these broadband products by Telikom as is required by law to allow them to continue providing the best possible level of service to internet users in PNG, by way of fair and uniform competition.

Chinese Diplomat

The PNG ambassador to China has been recalled to PNG but is ignoring the call by his superiors. The recalled ambassador been charged under the Public Service Management Act by the Foreign Affairs and Trade Department for "illegal dealings". The charges relate to allegations of "illegal dealings" with Chinese nationals, especially in the issuing of visas and other travel documents to some Chinese, who were deemed illegal immigrants by PNG officials.

Moti Affair

Joseph Assaigo, the former Director of the Security Coordination and Assessment (OSCA), has filed papers in court admitting his involvement in the flight of Julian Moti from PNG to the Solomon Islands. He is challenging a decision by the National Executive Council to dismiss him from office and claims that he was only acting upon orders he had received from the Prime Minister, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare.

Frontier Gold

Frontier Resources Ltd has announced the discovery of a gold anomaly that is six times larger than the Kodu copper-gold deposit near Port Moresby, where there is an inferred resource totalling 507,000 tonnes of copper equivalent. Frontier plans to commence drilling of the prospect in the second quarter of this year.

Cheshire Homes

The Indian Association has donated K10,000 to Cheshire homes in the National Capital. The money will be used to help complete renovations that are currently underway at the home in Hohola. The Indian Association of PNG was established 27 years ago to foster relationship between PNG Citizens and the Indian Community in times of natural disasters, famine and other worthy causes.

International Singsing Festival

Lae, PNG second largest city, will play host to the International Singsing Festival in March 2007. The song and dance festival aims to use PNG's rich traditional and contemporary culture and arts and the abundant biodiversity as the medium to unite the identity of the people and raise awareness on issues of importance to their natural environment and well-being. The festival will start with a three-day seminar from March 20-22 followed by the actual singsing festival from 23rd to the 26th of March.

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Traffic Lights

The traffic lights at the Holiday Inn (Islander / Boroko Motors) intersection at Waigani in Port Moresby have been out for ages inconveniencing the travelling public. It doesn't appear that anyone in authority must use that road to get to work otherwise we would have seen some action on the lights ages ago.

POM General

Thanks to the efforts of the Sri Lankan community in PNG the Port Moresby General Hospital now has access to more than one cardiograph machine. The President of the Sri Lankan-PNG Friends Foundation, Wasantha Kumarasiri, handed over the equipment to Dame Carol Kidu during a brief ceremony at the Sir Buri Kidu Heart Institute recently. It is estimated that 20 patients a day will be monitored by the new equipment.

HIV / AIDS Report

An independent report by the Australian think-tank, the Centre for Independent Studies, has predicted that a million people will die of HIV/AIDS in PNG if the Government does not tackle the problem head on. The rapid rise of those infected has been attributed to PNG's low baseline of general health, with a population already debilitated by a variety of diseases. The low status of women has also been mentioned as another factor. Australia has a direct interest in PNG's HIV/AIDS epidemic because an ever increasing number of PNG nationals are accessing the Queensland (Australia) health system in the Torres Strait islands and on Cape York.

Stop n Shop Erima

The Stop n Shop supermarket at the entrance to Jackson's airport burnt down last weekend - 11th Feb 2007. The store was totally gutted by fire and a serious loss to the City Pharmacy group of companies, which owns the chain of supermarkets.

PNG's Frankfurt Office

Ruediger Knospe has headed the PNG Tourism office in Frankfurt for many years. The office also acts as a sales agent for Air Niugini making it easier for those wanting to visit PNG. The office has developed an exciting new website featuring PNG Tourism in some of the major European languages such as Polish, Russian, Frence, Italian and German. If you are in Europe and need help on PNG then Ruediger Knospe, who has 18 years of PNG experienc, along with his six very enthusiastic staff all excited about selling PNG will be able to help you. Email -- -- -- Ph: (+49) 69 634 095 Fax: (+49) 69 631 3332

Coming Events

National Surfing Titles in Vanimo in mid-February 2007.

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 32nd 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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