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Lissenung Diving -- http://www.lissenung.com
Kavieng SCUBA Diving -- http://scubakavieng.com
The Dive Centre -- http://www.divecentre.com.pg
Telita Cruises -- http://www.telitacruises.com
Golden Dawn -- http://www.mvgoldendawn.com
Tufi Dive -- http://www.tufidive.com
MV Febrina -- http://www.febrina.com
Walindi Plantation Resort -- http://www.walindi.com
Dive PNG Manus -- http://www.divepngmanus.com
Aquaventures PNG -- http://www.aquaventures_png.com.pg
PNG is linguistically the most complex nation of the world. Over 800 languages are spoken in the country as summarized in Ethnologue: Languages of the World located at -- http://www.ethnologue.com/show_country.asp?name=PG
Here comes the rain in Alotau! -- http://maxnkaureinalotau.blogspot.com/2007/06/here-comes-rain.html -- http://maxnkaureinalotau.blogspot.com
The news links below are some of the ones that have come in since the last newsletter but due to work commitments I have not been able to review them. Some of them may be duplicates coming from different news sources.
The following links have not been looked at due to time constraints but they are about PNG so may be worthy of a look.
Pacific leaders go "on the road" -- http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/news/stories/s1967563.htm -- and -- http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=33354
Green Moon Rising -- http://www.pacificmagazine.net/issue/2007/06/29/green-moon-rising
Walking an extra mile - Vice Regal Trek along the Kokoda Trail -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062907/w1.htm
"Illegal army troops" held -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062907/nation1.htm
Death causes tension in Wewak -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062907/nation2.htm
Army officers learn writing skills -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062907/w6.htm
PNGDF Joint Forces commander of the soldiers engaged in the election operations Col Verave Mae said the Army is on alert -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062807/nation1.htm
Athletics meet attracts more than 300 to Lae -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062707/sports2.htm
Clinton programme begins on high note -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062607/nation3.htm
Where two worlds meet -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062607/w8.htm
Police in the Eastern Highlands province have ordered residents living in and around the town of Goroka to stay indoors after 10pm. See the full story at -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062707/nation4.htm
Lae city set for polls. Metropolitan commander Chief Superintendent Nema Mondiai said police strength in Lae would be beefed up by a mobile squad from Goroka during polling -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062707/nation3.htm
PNG police boss warns of election bribes -- http://www.theage.com.au/news/World/PNG-police-boss-warns-of-election-bribes/2007/06/25/1182623810367.html
Coffee group declares first dividend in four years. Mr Moyor, the chairman of the Watut Coffee cooperative in Bulolo, Morobe province said the dividend would be the first since PNGCGF started -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062907/business2.htm
Oro Governor Barney Hoivo passes away at 40 -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062507/nation2.htm
According to a report carried in the Melbourne, Australia Age Newspaper the PNG PM is giving bribes to voters so that he can retain power -- http://www.theage.com.au/news/World/PNG-PM-giving-bribes-to-retain-power-MP/2007/06/25/1182623778892.html
Sustainable and legal logging -- http://www.thenational.com.pg/062507/column6.htm
Ballot Boxes Stolen
As is usual with elections in PNG armed men have stormed a polling booth in Kopiago station and stolen four ballot boxes when polling began in the Southern Highlands last Saturday. Of course you could change the number of ballot boxes and the location and use this for many more boxes that will probably "go missing" during and after the elections.
In another major incident, members of the PNG Defence Force confiscated two stacks of ballot papers from supporters of a candidate near a polling booth in Mendi. It is alleged that several of these ballot papers were then used to vote.
There has been an announcement in the papers that the government has delayed the introduction of competitors for Telikom. The same article carried news about a split of Telikom into two companies. One company will look after the retail side of the business and the other will look after wholesale supply.
Lae Open Polling
After the closing of one-day polling for the Lae Open seat many voters were disappointed that time had run out and that they could not vote. In some locations where security was guaranteed the polling booths stayed open until 7:30pm but in less secure areas they closed at 6pm just before dark. The polling opened late following morning rain. Many of the booths opened after 9am, an hour after the scheduled start. Many other people were frustrated because their names were not on the common roll although they had registered. Many SDA voters failed to vote due to the polling booths only being opened on their Sabbath.
Fast Money Schemes
The Bank of PNG has once again placed advertisements in the local press warning people about fast money schemes as some candidates in the elections have informed voters that if they get elected into the National Parliament they will force the Central Bank to release monies and effect payments on theses schemes. The Bank warns that the claims being made are outright lies and that the central bank does not deal with fast money schemes and / or private individuals and does not issue guarantees or warranties. The bank advises that many unaware victims have lost their money and that the central bank is not going to recover money from the schemes.
Overall the start to the elections seems to be peaceful. As with previous elections in PNG voting scams still appear to be widespread. Despite applying indelible ink to the fingernail of those who have voted there are reports of people attempting to vote twice. Underage voting has also occurred. One 17-year-old girl was able to proudly display her ink mark, despite being a year shy of the legal PNG voting age. There have even been reports of people, including electoral officials, filling out ballot papers in bulk in favour of particular candidates, prompting police to seize some of the papers. Commissioner of Police, Gari Baki, said polling in the Southern Highlands province had been "overall pretty spot on"
PX Flight Malfunction
An Air Niugini Fokker F100 has had a pressurisation problem on a flight to Lae. Newspaper reports state that a water bottle burst and some passengers had blood coming from their ears.
The CEO of Air Niugini said the incident has been reported to the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Air Niugini Safety Manager and an investigation into the incident is continuing.
Air Niugini has apologised to the passengers and their families for the inconvenience caused by this incident.
see the news report at -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg/20070702/news07.htm
The Fokker F100 has been returned to service after successfully undergoing a complete examination of the pressurisation system and flying two test flights. Parts of the system have been removed from the plane and sent off for analysis to determine what caused the problem.
Book travel on Air Niugini services from the comfort of your own home 24 hours a day by visiting -- http://www.airniugini.com.pg
Kevin Yaxley, the General Manager at the Airways, has announced the opening of the new Health and Racquet Club at the Airways site at seven-mile, Jackson's Airport. The Airways is also building 67 luxurious suites, a retail arcade and a stunning new day spa. Visit the Airways web site located at -- http://www.airways.com.pg
The Silver Whisper is set to sail exciting itineraries around Asia for 2008. On the 1st of February 2008, the six-star Silver Whisper will sail from Sydney to Hong Kong and call at Bundaberg, Honiara, Madang and Wewak in PNG. See the press release at -- http://www.etravelblackboard.com/index.asp?id=66338&nav=5
PNG's Frankfurt Office
In the last edition I said that Ruediger Knospe and crew were the people to see about PNG in Europe. I also said that Ruediger had 18 years of experience in looking after tourists interested in PNG. Ruediger, on a quick trip to PNG, took time out to set the record straight and let me know that instead of 18 years he has more than 20 years of experience. Isn't it nice when someone comes all the way from Germany to let you know of errors in the newsletter? Thanks for the update on the number of years service also the fact that Colin Couston still reads the newsletter! Of course the block of chocolate brought all the way from Germany made from PNG ingredients helped to ease the pain of having to admit that I was wrong.
Arts and Crafts
If you are looking for Arts and Crafts in Port Moresby then there are two recommended locations-
Ela Beach Craft Market at Ela Beach of course held on the last Saturday of the month.
Port Moresby Grammar School Craft Market held at the POM Grammar on the second Saturday of the monthly.
There are also other locations around Port Moresby where you can purchase Arts and Crafts. If you are a visitor to Port Moresby or any other town in PNG then ask at your hotel or ask a local where you should go.
The Police Commissioner Gari Baki has paid a low-key visit to parts of Southern Highlands during the elections. Mr Baki urged the people to vote according to the laws of the country, adding that his security force members were just present to ensure that the people vote freely and honestly without tampering of the electoral processes including use of threats, intimidation, violence and undue influence.
Read the article from Australia about PNG - the untouched paradise. Here is just one paragraph from the article
Despite the over-used term "paradise" applied to many of its tourism products, PNG can claim to hold a wealth of untapped tourism potential, ranging from unexploited surfing reefs, unspoilt dive sites, genuine eco-tourism experiences and pristine white sandy beaches in spades.
see the full story at -- http://www.news.com.au/travel/story/0,23483,22002505-5006180,00.html
Daniel, in the United Kingdom, says the latest fashion in London is the meri blouse. It is becoming one of the biggest hit all the shops. I have also seen something similar mentioned on Australian TV as well as being the latest fashion statement for the modern woman.
PNG Web Hosting
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Remember there is no need to spend hours and hours learning HTML code or graphics editing. No need to worry about details with PNG Web Hosting. Let the tools such as the Joomla! or Mambo Content Management System, help you on your way. If that seems too much effort then there is also a "fill in the gaps" html web site builder available free of charge. So if you are looking for a permanent home for even just your email address then take a look at -- http://pngwebhost.com
Wahgi Cultural Show -- 10th - 12th of July.
13th National Mask Festival, Kokopo - East New Britain Province -- 12th to the 15th of July
Malagan Show, Kavieng -- 14th to 17th of July
PNG Remembrance Day -- 23rd of July
Mt Hagen Show - August 18th to 19th -- 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 PNG independence in 1975.
International Orchid Spectacular -- 5th and 6th of August
Milamala Festival, Trobriand Islands on the 11th of August
XIII South Pacific Games -- August 2007. To be held in Samoa
Lukim PNG NAU Tourism Expo -- 9th to the 11th September
National Tourism Conference -- 12th of September
Hiri Moale Festival, Port Moresby - National Capital District -- 13th to 17th of September
The Tourism Promotion Authority has the following to say about the popular annual Hiri Moale Festival.
It will be held at Ela Beach in Port Moresby and organisers say the event which depicts the historical significance of the Hiri trade between the Motuan people and their Gulf neighbours to the west will be bigger and better this year. As in the past, the symbol of the Hiri Moale Festivals today remains the giant double-hull Lakatois (canoes) which plied these waters risking many lives over many months to trade fish for food from the west. Today, the Lakatois (sometimes spelt lagatois) are sailed into Ela Beach by certain chosen villages accompanied by singing and dancing. A highlight of the Hiri Moale Festival is the Hiri Hanenamo or Hiri Queen quest.
PNG 30th Independence Day Celebrations -- 16th September
Goroka Show -- 16th to the 18th of September
National Cultural Commission Arts and Crafts Exhibition, Port Moresby -- from the 26th to the 28th of October
Morobe Show, Lae -- 27th to 28th of October
The Milne Bay Canoe and Kundu (drum) festival is to be held in November from the 2nd to the 4th.
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