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Revamped PNG National Maritime Safety Authority website launched

Admin | 11:34:00 PM |
SHIPOWNERS, seafarers, shipping firms, the Government, coastal communities and other stakeholders in the maritime industry now have access to vital information at their fingertips.

This is thanks to the National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA) which last Friday re-launched its re-designed website.

The website www.nmsa.gov.pg, was launched in a small yet significant event held at the Stanley Hotel in Port Moresby.

In attendance was Transport Secretary Roy Mumu, who stood in for the Minister Malakai Tabar, NMSA chairman Peter Humpreys, chief executive officer Paul Unas, Korean Ambassador Kwak Boom-soo, and PNG Accident Investigation Commission chief CEO, Captain David Inau.

The new-look website was built by NMSA’s ICT department with the help of Alpha Plus, a local web designing and advertising company based in Port Moresby.

Mr Unas said a lot of thought and effort had gone into revamping the organisation’s old website to bring it to its new look.

Mr Unas said a review had been undertaken on the organisation and a key area that had been identified was ICT and the need for it to be keep abreast of changing times and trends, particularly in the ICT sector.

He said a lot had been invested in this aspect of business and he was proud NMSA had now ticked off on this priority thanking everyone involved in building the system.

The website boasts a modern look and is more user friendly.

Some of the main features highlighted by NMSA ICT manager Lena Korugl include:

 Ship registration and ship safety;
     Information on sea farer qualification;Environment;
Navigation – which covers among others its navigational aids;
Search and rescue- which can be used in situations of distress, includes its radio network;
Legislations – under this NMSA has introduced a blog as well for interaction on legislation thus encouraging networking and collaboration;
 Small craft– have video’s on small craft safety messages;
 Corporate information on NMSA as an organisation; and
 Contact details where if in instances where someone is lost, people can send an emailwhich be received immediately.
Ms Korugl said NMSA realises the role social media plays and has introduced platforms including Twitter, Facebook LinkedIn as well.

YouTube is another platform it will be launching into soon with its safety and environment protection messages. Post Courier

Information technology the way forward for PNG , Donnelly says

Admin | 11:18:00 PM |
INFORMATION technology revolution leads to all other innovation says Telikom PNG CEO Micheal Donnelly   at the opening of Datec new facility opening at Telikom Rumana building.
“The core of this is the ability to communicate and develop your ideas and it is adopted in put to use industries to help it become innovative from a business investment point,” he said.
“And at the end of the day, you become productive and your staff become more skilled and ready to do more things quicker.”
National Training Council director Kinsella Geoffery commended Datec for doing, making and becoming part of this global era of making sure that our human resource are capable of doing work that is related to digital age.

Telikom PNG extends 3G/4G Network in the Highlands

Admin | 7:38:00 PM |
TELIKOM PNG is conducting a swap exercise for its customers in Mt Hagen and Kundiawa to switch to the company’s 3G/4G network service.
The exercise involves sales teams assisting active CDMA customers in getting their devices and SIMs swapped for a SIM and handset compatible with the 3G/4G network service.
Telikom PNG national business development manager Bill Wartovo said the exercise would progress to other Highlands centres.
“We have commenced our 3G/4G rollout in the highlands to include Mt Hagen and Kundiawa in Chimbu. I am sure we have excited customers in these centres that will get a taste of a real LTE network,” Wartovo said.

Wikileaks is offering tech firms CIA files first

Admin | 6:24:00 PM |
Technology firms will get "exclusive access" to details of the CIA's cyber-warfare programme, Wikileaks has said.

The anti-secrecy website has published thousands of the US spy agency's secret documents, including what it says are the CIA's hacking tools.

Founder Julian Assange said that, after some thought, he had decided to give the tech community further leaks first.

"Once the material is effectively disarmed, we will publish additional details," Mr Assange said.

US federal agencies have launched a criminal investigation into the release of the documents.

In response to the revelations, CIA spokeswoman Heather Fritz Horniak told the BBC: "As we've said previously, Julian Assange is not exactly a bastion of truth and integrity.

"Despite the efforts of Assange and his ilk, CIA continues to aggressively collect foreign intelligence overseas to protect America from terrorists, hostile nation states and other adversaries."

Microsoft told the BBC: "We've seen Julian Assange's statement and have not yet been contacted.

"Our preferred method for anyone with knowledge of security issues, including the CIA or Wikileaks, is to submit details to us at secure@microsoft.com so we can review information and take any necessary steps to protect customers."

In the first tranche of leaks, Wikileaks alleged that the CIA had developed what Mr Assange called "a giant arsenal" of malware to attack "all the systems that average people use".

Tech firms, including Google and Apple, have said that they are developing counter-measures to combat any malware that the CIA may have developed.

Mr Assange said that his organisation had "a lot more information on the cyber-weapons programme".

He added that while Wikileaks maintained a neutral position on most of its leaks, in this case it did take a strong stance.

"We want to secure communications technology because, without it, journalists aren't able to hold the state to account," he said.

Mr Assange also claimed that the intelligence service had known for weeks that Wikileaks had access to the material and done nothing about it.

He also spoke more about the Umbrage programme, revealed in the first leaked documents.

He said that a whole section of the CIA is working on Umbrage, a system that attempts to trick people into thinking that they had been hacked by other groups or countries by collecting malware from other nation states, such as Russia.

"The technology is designed to be unaccountable," he said.

He claimed that an anti-virus expert, who was not named, had come forward to say that he believed sophisticated malware that he had previously attributed to Iran, Russia and China, now looked like something that the CIA had developed.

"The type of attack system corresponds to a description we published of that attack system unless of course China has already got hold of these parts of the CIA arsenal and is using it to pretend to be the CIA," said Mr Assange.

He said that the intelligence agency could potentially be causing the tech industry "billions of dollars of damage".
Source: BBC

Papua New Guineans warned of Scam via Mobile Phones

Admin | 8:02:00 PM |
Sam Kumbagerin from Maprik, East Sepik Province has become another victim of PNG’s increasing number of scam tactics in the city using mobile phones.

“The scammer asked me for personal details with regards to my BSP bank accounts, pin numbers, birth certificate numbers and other very private and personnel details,” said Kumbagerin.

BSP Chief Executive Officer Robin Fleming  told the Post Courier that BSP is not in the practice of ringing customers and asking them to deposit funds into any accounts other than the customers own accounts.

“BSP regularly warns customers about the risks associated with responding to scam text messages, scam emails or accessing bogus websites and to exercise the highest level of security with their banking details, online banking, their cards and their PIN numbers,” said Fleming.

“Our relationship managers do contact customers in the normal course of our customer interaction but as a matter of policy these discussion never involve customers placing deposits into accounts other than their own and no transaction is completed without written confirmation from the customer” said Fleming.

He added that BSP customers should never divulge their banking details to anyone they do not know. Post Courier

Satellite technology for safer skies in PNG

Admin | 12:58:00 PM |
Papua New Guinea Air Services Limited today launched a new project that will greatly improve the safety and reliability of aircraft landing at major airports across the country.

The Global Navigational Satellite System (GNSS) project will produce new instrument approach charts and enable satellite-based navigation at up to
45 airports and airstrips, greatly improving safety and air traffic management in the country.

Captain Ted Pakii, CEO and Managing Director of Air Services Limited (PNGASL), was excited about the introduction of this ground-breaking technology.

“The transition fromground based navigational aids to this satellite based technology will greatly improve the reliability and accuracy that is lacking with ground based infrastructure in our country.
“The GNSS project isa key element of our very comprehensive modernization program. The project marks a significant leap forward in the provision of air navigation services in PNG. PNGASL will now be using advanced technology to enhance the safety of flight operations throughout Papua New Guinea’s airspace. The project is another excellent example of the value of our long-term partnership with Australia.”

Given PNG’s rugged terrain, the aviation sector plays a critical role in keeping businesses and communities connected. GNSS-based approaches will also help to reduce aircraft emissions and fuel costs by enabling improved and more efficient flight paths.

Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor, Benedict David, noted the broader benefits of the project for PNG’s economy.

“The Papua New Guinea and Australia partnership is pleased that this investment will align Papua New Guinea’s aviation sector with international standards and support significantly safer skies.

“The project is also expected to reduce business costs for airlines and increase the competitiveness of the domestic aviation industry. This is crucial to improving supply chains for fresh produce and promoting tourism,” Mr David said.
Funding for this upgrade to aviation technology is being provided by the Australian Government at an estimated cost of K8.1 million and forms part
of Australia’s broader partnership to support PNG’s aviation sector delivered through the Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP).
Papua New Guinea Air Services Limited today launched a new project that will greatly improve the safety and reliability of aircraft landing at major airports across the country.

The Global Navigational Satellite System (GNSS) project will produce new instrument approach charts and enable satellite-based navigation at up to
45 airports and airstrips, greatly improving safety and air traffic management in the country.

Captain Ted Pakii, CEO and Managing Director of Air Services Limited (PNGASL), was excited about the introduction of this ground-breaking technology.

“The transition fromground based navigational aids to this satellite based technology will greatly improve the reliability and accuracy that is lacking with ground based infrastructure in our country.

“The GNSS project isa key element of our very comprehensive modernization program. The project marks a significant leap forward in the provision of air navigation services in PNG. PNGASL will now be using advanced technology to enhance the safety of flight operations throughout Papua New Guinea’s airspace. The project is another excellent example of the value of our long-term partnership with Australia.”

Given PNG’s rugged terrain, the aviation sector plays a critical role in keeping businesses and communities connected. GNSS-based approaches will also help to reduce aircraft emissions and fuel costs by enabling improved and more efficient flight paths.

Australian High Commission Minister Counsellor, Benedict David, noted the broader benefits of the project for PNG’s economy.

“The Papua New Guinea and Australia partnership is pleased that this investment will align Papua New Guinea’s aviation sector with international standards and support significantly safer skies.

“The project is also expected to reduce business costs for airlines and increase the competitiveness of the domestic aviation industry. This is crucial to improving supply chains for fresh produce and promoting tourism,”
Mr David said.
Funding for this upgrade to aviation technology is being provided by the
Australian Government at an estimated cost of K8.1 million and forms part
of Australia’s broader partnership to support PNG’s aviation sector delivered through the Transport Sector Support Program (TSSP).