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Ongoing Moti Saga
Somare to testify -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=30183
Somare testifies -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20070223/news06.htm
Flower Pot Man
United Nation's International Children's Fund web site -- http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/papuang.html
Magic Moments Photo Blog -- http://magicphotoblog.blogspot.com/2006/11/papua-new-guinea.html
The Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce web site is located at -- http://www.pomcci.org.pg
The PNG Institute of Directors has a website located at -- http://www.pngid.org.pg
Boroko Motors -- http://www.boroko-motors.com
Ela Motors -- http://www.elamotors.com.pg
Hertz Hire Cars -- http://www.leasemaster.com.pg
Freeway Motors -- http://www.freewaymotors.com.pg
The Association of Superannuation Funds PNG (ASFPNG) has a website located at -- http://www.asfpng.org.pg -- ASFPNG is an industry body established in 2002 by interested industry participants with the common goal to protect superannuants retirement savings within a regulated environment whilst fostering a competitive industry.
Jane's Papua New Guinea web site -- A pictorial insight with comments on Papua New Guinea traditional culture, art and history. Contains a series of excellent photographs and can be located at -- http://www.janeresture.com/png_home/
If you are interested in PNG Orchids then I suggest visiting -- http://www.orchidspng.com -- this is another web site with layout and design by Wolfgang H. Bandisch.
Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Data Nets -- http://www.online.net.pg
Datec -- http://www.datec.com.pg
Global Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. In more than 160 countries worldwide, approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 30,000 Rotary clubs. The Port Moresby Rotary Club has a website located at -- http://www.pomrotary.org.pg -- Do not forget to visit the official Rotary Against Malaria website as well -- http://www.ram.com.pg
The four ex-soldiers from Fiji have abandoned Noah Musingku at his camp in Tonu, in Siwai, Bougainville and surrendered to police in Buka. Apparently the four have abandoned all hope of receiving the one million dollars promised to them by Musingku to train his army and provide security at his camp in Tonu. Autonomous Bougainville Government President Joseph Kabui said their surrender was the result of the hard work by the ABG and village chiefs.
The four Fijians have been formally charged in the Buka district court by police over allegations of training an illegal army in the Tonu, Siwai area. -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20070223/news07.htm
State of Emergency
The government has failed to muster enough votes to extend the State of Emergency (SoE) in the Southern Highlands province during the present session of Parliament. The National Executive Council (NEC) stepped in and extended state of emergency in the Southern Highlands for another nine months. Attendance by members during the current sitting of Parliament has been very poor and in most cases sittings have been starting late due to a lack of members.
Hotelier Sir Bob Sinclair has taken issue over the reported move by the Government to invite a Korean firm to develop a major US$35 million five-star hotel project in Port Moresby. Sir Bob is part owner of the Lae International Hotel. He is also a contesting the Morobe regional seat this year under the banner of the New Generation Party. Sir Bob said the government should give the opportunity to Papua New Guineans in the first instance to build, own or operate a hotel in PNG. The Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare has since denied the awarding of the project to any company, while three senior government ministers - Paul Teinsten, David Basua and Gabriel Kapris - denied any ulterior motives in their push for the hotel project.
Fisheries Credit Facility
The local fishing industry in Morobe has taken a leap forward recently with the launching of the Fisheries Credit Facility by the National Fisheries Authority (NFA). Morobe was identified as the first province to put to trial the scheme -- http://toabaita-authority.blogspot.com/2007/02/toata-molea-leads-solomon-delegation-to.html
The National Agriculture Quarantine Inspection Authority (NAQIA) has been operating without an appointed Managing Director since Andrew Yamanea's contract expired in October last year.
Enhanced Co-operation Programme
The reduced Enhanced Co-operation Programme (ECP) will undergo a review when the programme finishes. Sir Michael Somare said that there were still some areas where overseas assistance is required because qualified Papua New Guineans were lacking the necessary skills.
The deadline for registering to vote in this year's National Elections is Wednesday the 28th of February but the Papua New Guinea Chamber of Commerce and Industry has said that many workers have not been able to register because elections officials were "out on awareness programs" and employers were not letting voter have time off work to register. Chamber president Michael Mayberry said this concern was raised by members from Port Moresby, and he feared the same might be the case in other parts of the country.
Electoral Commission Chief, Andrew Trawen, has said this year's National Elections will have both international and domestic observers however he did not disclose full details on how the groups will be involved.
The Electoral Commission has also decided to stick to the old time frame of conducting elections as follows: Seven days nomination period: 5th to the 10th of May; eight weeks preparations and campaign period 4th of May to the 30th of June; 11 days polling period; 30th of June to the 10th July 2007.
A tribal clash in a village near Wabag, Enga province has claimed the lives of two people and another admitted to the hospital in critical condition. Acting provincial police commander Insp Martin Lakari said tribal fighting was one of the major impediments to development in the province. He said the fighting was continuing. He feared nearby tribes would join the melee and appealed to their leaders to intervene and stop it from spreading.
Lihir Gold mine has forecast that gold production will increase to between 800,000 and 830,000 ounces this year, boosted by the commissioning of its flotation circuit.
It has been reported that as much as K4 million to K5 million is being circulated each week at the Mt. Hagen Market inside the new K7.5 million market complex. The new market has quickly become the one-stop-shopping centre for all garden produce in the town. The market is so popular that many big catering companies operating in mining centres throughout the country were buying fresh produce in bulk at the market's wholesale section. Many people are benefiting from the market. The vendors are able to sell their produce quicker and get home earlier however the sellers are crying foul over high fees charged by the management of the market. The sellers are being charged a fee of K2 per square metre. Market management said the fee covered public facilities such as water supply, toilet, electricity and telephones and also catered for the many employees working fulltime keeping the market clean. It is estimated that it costs K80,000 a month to run and maintain the market.
An incomplete market building has been left idle for another one that is undergoing construction on Daru Island in the Western province. The one undergoing construction is being funded by South Fly MP Conrad Haoda from his taxpayer funded electoral funds. The incomplete market was funded to the tune of K180,000 by the National Government. It was left incomplete and idle after funds were misused by a local contractor between the 24th of December, 1999 and the 31st of March, 2000.
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) will be in the country for one week from tomorrow (27th Feb) to play two 50-over matches and one Twenty20 match at the Amini Park in Port Moresby. This is the second of such a visit, MCC visited the country in 2003 where they played and won two matches against PNG and a combined Central province team.
Accompanying the team will be English test wicket-keeper Geraint Jones who recently toured Australia with the English test team. Jones is not a stranger to PNG as he was born in Kundiawa, Chimbu province.
Indonesia has announced it is ready to open its cross-border road with Papua New Guinea, saying it is proof of the bilateral cooperation between the two countries. During a recent visit to a border post at Skow Wutung in Jayapura in the easternmost province of Papua, Indonesian Home Minister Mohammad Ma'ruf said the opening of the road would be of great benefit to residents with relatives in the neighbouring country and promote bilateral interests, particularly through the exchange of commodities, thus boosting the economies of both countries.
Annual Fun Run
The PNG Sports Federation and Trukai Industries are aiming at raising about K460,000 during this year's nationwide Trukai Fun Run. This target is K100,000 more than last year's total of K360,000 due to the Pacific Games coming up shortly. The fun run will be held on Sunday, the 3rd of June, in 14 centres - Port Moresby, Lae Rabaul, Kokopo, Madang, Wewak, Mt Hagen, Goroka, Kavieng, Kimbe, Alotau, Tabubil, Lihir, and Porgera.
The number of mobile phone users continues to grow around the country. David Waterhouse, the CEO of Telikom PNG, has told a news briefing that they now have 140,000 mobile phone subscribers and on the busiest day of the week, Friday, 800,000 calls are connected, with the busiest hour being from 11am to 12pm when 42,000 calls are currently being connected. Mr Waterhouse said under its 2007 mobile rollout programme, they have identified 54 new locations nationwide on top of the 35 that are already in place.
Some of the new locations are Alotau, Buka, Bulolo, Iagifu in Southern Highlands, Kupiano in Central province and Yangoru in East Sepik. Tabubil already has mobile phone link while Lihir and Porgera are also coming on line.
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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