Internet Service Providers
Daltron -- http://www.daltron.com.pg
Data Nets -- http://www.datanets.com.pg
Datec -- http://www.datec.net.pg
Global Technologies -- http://www.global.net.pg
Learn to make dishes from Papua New Guinea featuring coconut, fruit,
vegetables, and fish.
PNG info on PNG research level books, articles on PNG -- http://www.pngbuai.com/
PNG Tourism Promotion Authority -- http://www.pngtourism.org.pg/
More links to information about PNG -- http://www.uga.edu/cuda/PNG.html
PNG Business Directory -- http://www.pngbd.com
PNG Tourism Directory -- http://www.pngbt.com
PNG Information -- http://www.pnginfo.com
Port Moresby Rotary -- http://www.pomrotary.org.pg
PNG Department of Health -- http://www.health.gov.pg
PNG Institute of Medical Research -- http://www.pngimr.org.pg
PNG Orchids -- http://www.orchidspng.com
Maps of Milne Bay -- http://uk.multimap.com/index/PP68.htm
-- this is for drilling down to places such as Wedau.
The Tawali Resort is located on a volcanic bluff overlooking the clear
protected waters of Milne Bay and accessible only by boat. The Tawali
Resort web site can be located at -- http://www.tawali.com/tawali/
Considering walking along the mainland coast of Milne Bay then here
is an article that may interest you -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/wamira.html
-- It covers a walk from East Cape to Wamira Village just near Dogura
Taklam Guest House
The Guest House, actually it is now called Taklam Lodge and Tours,
was originally located in Rabaul but was relocated to Kokopo after the
twin volcanic eruptions destroyed Rabaul in 1994. They commenced operations
in 1990 offering a home away from home service. A web site is located
at -- http://www.taklam.com.pg/
New Guinea Traders
New Guinea Traders have a website located at -- http://www.newguineatraders.com
-- the company is a limited liability corporation importing green arabica
coffee beans. Originally established by Aarlie and Larry Hull for the
purpose of helping indigenous Papua New Guineans realise a greater return
on their labours and a more equitable profit from the magnificent natural
resources of their country.
Morobe (Lae) Links
Morobe Tourism Bureau -- http://www.tourismmorobe.org.pg
Lae Chamber of Commerce -- http://www.lcci.org.pg
Lae International Hotel -- http://www.laehotel.com.pg
Melanesian Hotel -- http://www.coralseahotels.com.pg
Melanesian Arts Centre -- http://www.melanesianarts.com.pg
Morobe Show -- http://www.morobeshow.org.pg
Rain Forest Habitat -- http://www.habitat.org.pg
Village Development Trust -- http://www.global.net.pg/vdt
Former Prime Minster Sir William (Bill) Skate has died in a Brisbane
Hospital. Sir William was medi-vac'd from the Port Moresby General Hospital
on a midnight mercy dash to Brisbane. On arrival his condition deteriorated
and finally his family made a decision to turn off the life support
equipment. He was pronounced dead soon after at 8:55am on the 3rd of
January at the Wesley Hospital. A state funeral is being arranged. His
body will be flown to PNG from Brisbane on a government chartered aircraft
tomorrow (Sat 7th Jan 2006)
Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels
Here is a poem written about the efforts of the PNG "Fuzzy Wuzzy
Angels" during the Second World War by Bert Beros. The Fuzzy Wuzzy
Angels played a key part in the defeat of the Japanese Imperial Force
especially along the Kokoda track.
Many a mother in Australia when the busy
day is done
Sends a prayer to the Almighty for the keeping of her son
Asking that an angel guide him and bring him safely back
Now we see those prayers are answered on the Owen Stanley Track.
For they haven't any halos only holes slashed in their ears
And their faces worked by tattoos with scratch pins in their hair
Bringing back the badly wounded just as steady as a horse
Using leaves to keep the rain off and as gentle as a nurse
Slow and careful in the bad places on the awful mountain track
They look upon their faces would make you think Christ was black
Not a move to hurt the wounded as they treat him like a saint
It's a picture worth recording that an artist's yet to paint
Many a lad will see his mother and husbands see their wives
Just because the fuzzy wuzzy carried them to save their lives
From mortar bombs and machine gun fire or chance surprise attacks
To the safety and the care of doctors at the bottom of the track
May the mothers of Australia when they offer up a prayer
Mention those impromptu angels with their fuzzy wuzzy hair.
- Bert Beros
Colin from Scotland is after work in PNG. Here is a copy of the email
he sent to the PNG Gossip Newsletter -
From early 2000 to late 2001 I was working as a plantation manager
in the highlands, I enjoyed living and working there and was bitterly
disappointed to be retrenched due to the decline in coffee prices. I
am happily married to a Madang Meri and we both have a strong desire
to return to PNG, I am aged 41 currently living in Scotland, I have
experience and a degree in agriculture, I also have experience of construction
and transport industry. I was held up twice and threatened many times
but got along well with many people both local and expatriate.
I am willing to contribute to our flights and relocation expenses
and also willing to have a go at anything, including long term prospects.
I hope that someone out there is looking for someone like me.
Please write to this newsletter if you any news for Colin.
Port Moresby Hospital
Nurses have returned to work at the Port Moresby General Hospital in
compliance with a court order obtained by the government last week.
The nurses have returned but only on the condition that a review is
made of their work conditions.
Air Niugini Boeing
The Boeing B767 operated by Air Niugini has suffered from a nasty wind-shear
incident on final approach into Sydney airport recently. The aircraft
was not able to land in Sydney and had to return to Brisbane. The aircraft
has been out of action for almost a week as a full engineering review
is being made of the aircraft. With the B767 out of action the already
hectic Christmas - New Year schedule has been completely turned upside
down. The company has been trying to source another aircraft overseas
with little luck.
At the moment Air Niugini is using all aircraft possible to ferry passengers
to either Cairns or Brisbane losing great sums of money in the process.
The Fokker F100 has been making several trips to Brisbane as well as
the regular scheduled flights to Cairns. Bombardier Dash 8 DCH8 aircraft
have also been heading for Cairns with passengers. To make matters worse
the Fokker F100 I went down to Cairns on Wednesday morning suffered
an Auxiliary Power Unit failure on arrival in Cairns meaning that power
was not available for the air-conditioning and to start the engines
for the return trip. Fortunately there are several methods for jump-starting
the aircraft so it was not stranded in Cairns. The one that brought
me back yesterday (Thursday) appeared to be functioning okay.
Wind Shear or microburst is described as a drastic change in wind speed
or direction over a short distance - usually at a low altitude. (landing
or take off)
The operators of Go Lotto have decided to stop telecasting the live
draw on television. Lotto players will now have to check the newspapers
the following day for results. Players are also invited to attend the
draw in Port Moresby.
The Kanudi based company that supplies some of the electricity that
PNG power distributes to consumers in Port Moresby has had a computer
failure. Nothing serious except that the computer is needed to automatically
switch the power into the PNG Power grid. Until an expert is flown over
from Korea the company will not be able to supply power to Port Moresby
so PNG Power has had to start rationing power to residents of the town.
PNG Power currently can only supply 57 Megawatt (MW) of power for the
city - 39 MW from the Hydro scheme and 18MW from the Moitaka thermal
power plant. Normally the city consumes around 78MW during weekdays
(8am to 4pm)
HF Internet Radio
Datanets -- http://www.datanets.com.pg
-- has for many years been able to supply access to the Internet over
High Frequency radio. Many missionaries living and working in remote
areas of the country have access to the Internet using this method and
it is expected that more will missionaries will join up to use the service.
The service is not only for missionaries as it has been reported previously
that a grade six student living outside Goroka and away from the usual
telephone lines has also been able to use the service to seek donor
assistance for his village people.
A full-page advert was taken out in the local papers complete with
Telikom logos announcing plans for the future. A day or so later another
advert was taken out saying that the first advert was not authorised
by the Board of Telikom. The few remaining consumers that had any faith
left in Telikom are now wondering if Telikom has any idea of what is
going on in the real world of communications in PNG. The announcements
of increased Internet bandwidth and upgraded mobile phone communications
now appear to be little more than just a figment of the imagination
of some Telikom executives.
NCDC Christmas Tree
The Christmas tree set-up at the Four-Mile roundabout by the National
Capital District Commission was hit by lightning on New Years day and
put out of action. Up until that happened many people had been stopping
in the intersection to take pictures of the tree. The Christmas star
maintained by the PNG Defence Force managed to survive the severe electrical
storm and continues to shine across the town from Signal Hill within
Murray Barracks. Hitron, the provider of overseas Television broadcasts
to many Port Moresby residents lost half of its channels for the night
until reset the next day. -- http://www.hitron.com.pg
The Governor of Madang, James Yali, is currently being held at the
Beon Jail in Madang under remand waiting sentencing after being convicted
of rape. He shocked everyone by gaining release from jail to attend
to a provincial government meeting to pass the K52million Madang Budget.
He attended the meeting and was then escorted back to jail. According
to many people this has made a complete mockery of the justice system
in PNG. Mr Yali has been convicted of raping his 17-year old sister-in-law
in a court of law.
Over 80 percent of the population of PNG is unemployed. The education
system has been blamed for this large number many of them school dropouts.
Even university degree holders are reported as roaming the streets looking
for a job. Of course many people are also gainfully employed doing subsistence
farming at a village level.
Currently patients in the country who are suffering from tuberculosis
(TB) have to take 14 tablets a day for three months to combat the disease.
This often discourages the patient from completing the treatment. TB
Specialist, Dr Camillus Bana-Koiri, has said that the 14 tablets could
be combined into two tablets. The combined dose tablets are not available
in PNG because the Health Department has not imported them.
K8.7 million has been allocated in the 2006 budget to pay outstanding
allowances for village court officials throughout the country. The money
will be channelled through the Department of Justice and transferred
to the individual provinces. The allowances for 12,205 village court
officials and land mediators have been outstanding since 1997. The total
outstanding amounts to about K30 million but the remaining balance would
be paid progressively as funds become available.
Sir Pita's Lawsuit
The courts have dismissed Sir Pita Lus's lawsuit against the lawyers
that represented him in his petition over his lost seat in Parliament.
Sir Pita was seeking in excess of K1 million from the law firm citing
professional negligence against the firm. Sir Pita was also ordered
to pay costs for the defendant.
Dame Carol Kidu
Dame Carol has been awarded an honourary doctorate from the University
of Queensland in recognition of her contribution to social development
and women's rights in the country.
PNG Tourism Directory
Don't forget to visit the new PNG Tourism Directory located at -- http://www.pngtd.com.
-- A recently opened sister site to the PNG Business Directory -- http://ww.pngbd.com
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