PNG web sites seem to come and go. The fact of life is that it costs
money to host a web site and there is not much return on the outlay
to most businesses in PNG. If you do click on a link and use the services
or even have some comments to make then please contact the people at
the relevant web site and let them know so they at least know that someone
has gained some value from their efforts. If you are so inclined them
mention that you heard about them from this web site. -- The PNG
of a website or service does not necessarily mean that this newsletter
endorses the website or service
The Rosetta database contains information about languages spoken in
PNG -- http://www.rosettaproject.org
An interesting web page dealing with the overprinting of PNG stamps.
-- and the reason why it was done at great haste by commercial printers
within the country.
Aust Govt Travel Warning
The following has been extracted from the Australian Government Smart
Traveller website and although targeted at Australians is relevant for
all visitors to the country -- Australians in PNG are advised to
exercise a high degree of caution. Crime rates are high, particularly
in the capital Port Moresby. Crime is opportunistic and can occur anywhere
and at anytime. The full article can be found at -- http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/zw-cgi/view/Advice/Papua_New_Guinea
Education Related Links
Ela Murray International School -- http://www.elamurray.ac.pg
Institute of Banking and Business Management -- http://www.ibbm.com.pg/main.html
Institute of Business Studies -- http://www.ibs.ac.pg/
International Business Institute -- http://www.ibs.com.pg
International Education Agency -- http://www.iea.ac.pg
Korobosea and Boroko East School -- http://www.koroboro.ac.pg
Pacific Training Academy -- http://www.pta.com.pg
PNG Basic Education Development Program (BEDP) -- http://www.bedp.sagric.com/
PNG Curriculum Reform Implementation Project -- http://www.pngcurriculumreform.ac.pg
PNG International Training Institute -- http://www.iti.ac.pg
PNG Maritime College -- http://www.pngmc.ac.pg
PNG University of Technology (Lae) -- http://www.unitech.ac.pg
POM Institute of Matriculation Studies -- http://www.pims.ac.pg/
Tabubil International Education Agency School -- http://www.tis.ac.pg
The International School of Lae -- http://www.tisol.ac.pg/
University of Goroka, Eastern Highlands -- http://www.uog.ac.pg
University of PNG -- http://www.upng.ac.pg
Divine Word University -- http://www.dwu.ac.pg
Living and Working in PNG
Here is an excellent article about living and working in PNG -- http://www.sagric.com.au/jobs/asf/More-about-PNG.pdf
-- Please take the time to have a look at the information.
Wamira Village Info
A photograph of Wamira village [group of children palm frond weaving]
taking in 1921 by Frank Hurley -- http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn3356456
Here is another picture this time a spearman of Wamira once again taken
in 1921 -- http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-vn3307490
Walk to Wamira Village -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/wamira.html
Dive Boat Web Sites
-- MV Tiata
http://www.chertan.com/ -- MV Chertan
http://www.febrina.com/ -- MV FeBrina
-- MV Paradise Sport
-- MV Golden Dawn
-- MV Star Dancer
Moore Printing have recently added a new A2 size printing press to
their stable -- http://www.moore.com.pg
The PNG Institute of Valuers and Land Administrators -- http://www.pngivla.org.pg/index.htm
The PNG chapter of Transparency International -- http://www.transparencypng.org.pg
Kenmore group of companies -- http://www.kenmore.com.pg
ConXions -- http://www.conxions.com.pg
(also Ericsons PNG)
PACOM -- http://www.prosec.com.pg/pacom.
PNG Pacific Mobile Communications -- http://www.tiare.com.pg
PNG Telecommunications Authority -- http://www.pangtel.gov.pg
PNG Telikom -- http://www.teklikompng.com.pg
RAD-TEL Communications Sales and Services -- http://www.radtel.com.pg
TE PNG -- http://www.tepng.com
Matryx -- http://www.matryx.com.pg
Life Insurance Corporation (PNG) Limited -- http://www.lifeinsurancecorp.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
PNG Squash International
The Number One seed Azlan Iskandar of Malaysia triumphed over second
seed Cameron Pilley of Australia in the final of the 2005 Steel Industries
PNG Squash International in a hard fought five game encounter that was
almost a repeat of the 2004 final.
For full results and stories about the PNG Squash International go
to the following web site
The famous Post Courier Column "The Drum" has been
in the electronic age for sometime now. For all of those people who
are familiar with The Drum you can now email titbits of gossip
to -- firstname.lastname@example.org --
or you can still send a facsimile message to +675 320-1781. For those
not familiar with The Drum then I suggest taking a look at the
Post Courier website located at -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg
-- and follow your nose to "The Drum".
Gabagaba - Kwikila
The section of the Magi Highway between Gabagaba and Kwikila both in
Central Province is being upgraded and sealed. So far workmen have been
able to seal about 6 and half kilometres of the road. The Magi highway
connects the South East coastal section of Central Province to Port
Moresby. Many people commute daily to Port Moresby for work and selling
items at the city markets.
Contrary to popular belief not all highlanders want compensation. Recently
a tribe in the Western Highlands Province rejected a compensation offer
for a tribesman hacked to death by a rival clansman rather they have
requested that the person suspected of murdering the deceased be handed
over to the police. They have said that this will help maintain law
and order in the region.
A judge has warned that the application of customary compensation should
not be used to allow a guilty person to escape judicial punishment.
According to Justice Panuel Mogish the use of customary compensation
to allow a person to escape punishment is tantamount to attempting to
pervert the course of justice. (A crime under section 136 of the Criminal
Code Act). The judge also said that paying compensation does not automatically
guarantee the accused the right to a non-custodial sentence.
The Bank of PNG expects to appoint a liquidator to take over the affairs
of the Workers Mutual Insurance (PNG) Limited very soon. The Bank is
waiting on a court decision before proceeding. It is claimed that initial
investigations revealed that the company is grossly insolvent because
of a systematic misappropriation over several years. It is also claimed
that a former senior manager of the company has sent money overseas
to a private company.
Professor John Reeder in charge of the Institute of Medical Research
(IMR) based in the Eastern Highlands, has said that DNA finger printing
is being used to help track one of PNG's major killers -- the HIV Virus.
Preliminary findings of the nation-wide mapping of the HIV virus spearheaded
by the IMR show that where the use of condoms has been resisted, either
for religious, cultural or some other reason, there is an increase in
the rate of infections. Professor Reeder said more of the findings of
actually tracing and tracking the HIV virus based on its DNA may be
revealed at the PNG Medical Symposium to be held in Goroka in early
A politician is trying to have the law that dismisses office holders
if they are found guilty of misconduct in office changed so that it
excludes politicians. The Lagaip-Porgera MP has proposed amendments
to Section 27 of the organic law on Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership.
The amendment would require the vote of a two-third majority of MP's
on the floor of Parliament to become law. Other constitutional office
holders would still be sacked if found guilty of misconduct in office.
Alarm bells should be ringing but this has been given very little attention.
It looks like that Sir Michael Somare may be on the way to achieving
something that has not happened before and that is running for a full
term as an elected Prime Minister. Previous Prime Ministers including
Sir Michael have had to contend with votes of no confidence motions
on the floor of Parliament that have sometimes been successful in ousting
the prime office holder. Work is underway by the Electoral Commission
to stage the 2007 Elections. They are looking at the 2002 elections
to see what problems were encountered and how they can be solved. The
elections will be the first full election that uses a limited preferential
voting system rather than the "first past the post" system
used in previous elections. The limited preferential voting system,
only introduced since the 2003 elections, has only been used in by-elections
to date in PNG.
It has been reported that a child possibly as young as 12 has been
seen armed and fighting in a tribal fight between the Fomu and Aifos
tribes in the Kainantu region of the Eastern Highlands province. According
to an American Missionary in the area the young boy has been seen with
an American-made pistol in his possession. The missionary said that
there were about 700 high-powered weapons being used in the tribal fight.
Languages of PNG
PNG has three national or official languages -- they are Hiri Motu,
Tok Pisin and English. Overall in the whole of PNG the number
of languages listed equals 832. Of those, 823 are living languages and
nine are considered to have become extinct in the last fifty years as
some groups are absorbed into others and more influence is exerted by
tok pisin speakers to make it a truly national language for the country.
What has the main shareholder of the Microsoft giant got to do with
PNG? The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded the largest scientific
grant in the history of PNG to the Goroka based Institute of Medical
Research. The Gates Foundation has committed $US2.58 million to enable
the Institute to asses the potential of a new malaria treatment for
the children of PNG. The new treatment includes the ongoing distribution
of insecticide-impregnated mosquito nets and the intermittent treatment
of children with common anti-malarial drugs even if no symptoms are
showing. Although the distribution of nets is already happening in PNG
the use of common anti-malarial drugs has not been tried in PNG although
it is proving to be effective in Africa.
Operation Open Heart
Volunteer Doctors and Nurses from Australia have been farewelled at
a function held at the Grand Palace Restaurant Port Moresby in their
honour. Since the inception of Operation Open Heart over 400 PNG people
have benefited from the volunteer program. The program this year involved
60 doctors and support staff, 44 of who came from Australia donating
their labour free of charge.
The people of Tari in the Southern Highlands can now use their Electronic
Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale (EFTPOS) cards in Tari rather than having
to travel to Mt Hagen and back. The Bank South Pacific has installed
EFDTPOS machines at a service station operated by a local businessman.
Melanesian Spearhead Group
The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) meeting in Goroka has come to
an end. The MSG is keen on establishing a regional security force. They
also agreed on a regional air services agreement and a revised trade
agreement. The MSG covered a wide range of issues ranging from political
to security, trade and economic matters as well as social concerns.
A beautification program has been introduced in Alotau to ready the
town for the 30th anniversary of Independence. Prizes are being donated
by Conservation International to help encourage residences and businesses
to tidy up the town. Winners of the various categories for best residential,
school and business will win prizes such as gardening equipment, a live
pig and educational materials.
Girls Friendly Society
What is the Girls Friendly Society? GFS or the Girls Friendly Society
is a large worldwide organisation within the Anglican church which works
mainly with young women, teaching them life skills, empowering them
for leadership roles both within the church and community and encouraging
them in their faith in Christ.
Previous Miss Red Cross Winners
The following people have won the title of "Miss PNG"
- 1974 Miss Eva Arni was the first holder of the title "Miss
PNG" - Eva went on to win the Miss Asia Title.
- 1975 Miss Eau Suve. Eau went on to win the "Best Traditional
Dress" award at the Miss Asia Quest.
- 1976 Miss Sayah Karukaru
- 1978 Miss Angeline Tukana
- 1979 Miss Milly Misbut
- 1980 Miss Mispah Alwyn
- 1981 Miss Jennifer Abaijah
- 1982 Miss Moi Eli
- 1983 Miss Shannel Bray
- 1984 Miss Patricia Mirisa
- 1985 Miss Carmel Vagi - Miss Communications
- 1986 Miss Anna Wild
- 1987 Miss Harriet Warren
- 1988 Miss Erue Taunao
- 1989 Miss Joycelyn Leahy
- 1991 Miss Marcia Muir
- 1992 Miss Jennifer Lemeki
- 1993 Miss Sharon Onsa
- 1994 Miss Tania Doyle
- 1995 Miss Imanakone Sioa
- 1996 Miss Rita Stegman
- 1997 Miss Lisa Linibi
- 1998 Miss Helai Oala
- 1999 Miss Roberta Ali
- 2000 Miss Ephreddie Jubilee
- 2001 Miss Olivia Wilson
- 2002 Miss Yaku Ninich
- 2003 Miss Cynthia Asi - Central (Miss MRDC)
- 2004 Miss Ashwin Samson - Miss Warehouse
- 2005 Miss ?????
Medical Symposium -- 5th to 9th of Spetember
PNG 30th Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September 2005.
Hiri Moale Festival -- 15th to 18th of September 2005.
Goroka Show -- Independence Weekend (17th - 19th September)
Tufi Cultural Show -- 17th - 19th September
Morobe Show, Lae -- 15th and 16th of October 2005
The Milne Bay Canoe and Kundu (drum) festival will be held between
the 4th and 6th of November this year.
Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in March 2006.
2006 - April 8th to the 16th -- National Game Fishing Titles
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