PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Apr 2014

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Relief to remote PNG islands coming slowly after Cyclone Ita --

Bougainville emergency chief calls on people to help themselves --

Aftershocks in Bougainville after quake raises landslip fears --

Atoll folk sell seaweed while awaiting help --

PNG government to appeal judge's refusal to disqualify himself --

No progress to cut sorcery killings in PNG --

PNG crime agencies told to enforce new penalties --

Manus Island rioters moved to luxury resort as taxpayers foot the bill --

Two dead in violent attack on settlers and students in Lae --

Misc. Links

The Papua New Guinea Constabulary Band in Australia 1996 -- http//

Grass Roots Disaster Preparedness in PNG --

John to walk in the footsteps of Diggers --

The Coinage of New Guinea --

Radio broadcaster Jane Belfield became a voice of optimism for PNG --

Kimbe Bay --

Violence reduction program in Moresby's Bomana jail --

PNG Images

Frank Trimmer's unique wartime sketches shed light on hardships of life in PNG --

PNG Blogs

Comparing the education systems of China and PNG --

Risk and Reward in the Land of the Unexpected --

Address Policing to Curtail Corruption --

Flaws in Ramu NiCo pollution denial --

Rimbunan Hijau evicts Bumbu residents in Lae --

News Items

Flexible Open Distance Education

Questions are now raised on how a privately owned Flexible learning institution has been operating in a government premises in Lae. Sources who wished to remain anonymous, want the Provincial Government to clarify this. They said, the institution is not part of the Lae Community College, or the Flexible Open Distance Education centre.


Pacific Games

The Organising Committee for next year's Pacific Games in Port Moresby are confident there will be no further budget blowouts. PNG were awarded the hosting rights in 2009 but delays early in the process saw construction and planning fall close to two years behind schedule.


Pacific Games organisers focused on doing basics well --

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2015 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program for citizens of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. Read more by clicking on the link below.


Fulbright Scholarship

The U.S. Embassy is pleased to announce the 2015 J. William Fulbright Graduate Scholarship Program for citizens of Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu. The scholarship pays for up to two years of graduate study in the United States. One Fulbright scholarship recipient will be chosen for his or her academic merit and leadership potential. Only online applications will be accepted this application cycle.


Human Trafficking

Domestic servitude, forced labour and sexual slavery or forced prostitution are most common and serious forms of exploitation of human trafficking in PNG. These forms of human trafficking may not be seen as serious because they are also entwined in PNG's cultures, for instance; forced marriages and domestic servitude.


Illegal Logging

Corruption, weak governance, and powerful timber barons are illegally stripping the forests of Papua New Guinea, according to a new report from the Chatham House. The policy institute finds that 70 percent of logging in PNG is currently illegal, despite the fact that 99 percent of land is owned by local indigenous communities.


Deep Sea Mining

The world's first deep sea mining robot sits idle on a British factory floor, waiting to claw up high grade copper and gold from the seabed off PNG - when a wrangle over terms is solved.


Undersea Miner Resolves Dispute --

BSP completes landmark transaction to fund States equity in Solwara 1 --

PNG Ministers Criticised

There has been criticism of a push by two ministers to deport the executive director of the PNG Institute of National Affairs, Paul Barker. The Post Courier reports the National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, and the Fisheries and Marine Resources Minister, Mao Zeming, want him out of PNG.


IPIC a Win-win

The International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) was a win-win deal for the country that left no debt when concluded, says Sir Michael Somare.


PNG Forest Governance

A British think-tank says PNG could improve its forest governance by negotiating a Forest Partnership Agreement with the European Union (EU).


First Missionaries Honoured

Catholics in PNG honoured the evangelisation, 80 years ago, of the remote interior of the nation's main island by making a pilgrimage in the steps of its first missionaries. "After 80 years, the Catholic faithful in the Archdiocese of Mount Hagen felt it is time to say thank you and to acknowledge all the blessings from God through the missionaries," said Paul Petrus, a social researcher and a layman of PNG.


Newcrest Axes Jobs

Newcrest Mining at Lihir Island in New Ireland province has axed over 200 jobs. The decision has come along with a host of other cost cutting measures by the company. The Melbourne-based gold miner, one of the world's biggest, said it cut 208 jobs across a range of roles at its Lihir site from January to March. Newcrest said it also eliminated another 32 vacant roles at the site, its most expensive to operate.


Taskforce Sweep: New Allegations

Member for Komo Margarime, Francis Potape, was set to appear at the Waigani National Court on the 25th of April for paying himself K60,000 as sitting allowance while chairman of Komo Margarima Joint District Priority and Budget Priority Committee.


Rouna 2 Clean-up

PNG Power Chief Executive Officer Chris Bais, said a recent shut-down at Rouna 2 Power station just outside Port Moresby was mainly to remove debris. Water was totally drained out of the pond to allow PNG Power Employees to safely access the screens for cleaning and after four hours of thorough clean-up, the generators and water supply was restored.


Namah Slams Media

Opposition Leader Belden Namah has slammed the media for not publishing issues raised by him and says from now onwards he will take issues against the government to the streets. He named the Post Courier, The National and EMTV as not carrying his stories and giving issues very little time on air.


NCD Referral Hospital

The St John's Gerehu District hospital will soon be given referral hospital status for the National Capital District. Serving 500-600 patients daily, the hospital last year treated an accumulative 625,000 patients on record.


Border Reopened

The border between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG) in Skouw Wutung remains open, after it was temporary closed for the Indonesia legislative election, despite armed civilians instigating yet another shooting incident.


UK Foreign Travel Advice --

PNG, Indonesia set for border talks --

Anti-Graft Independence Vital

The Peter O'Neill-led government has passed legislation to create an Independent Commission Against Corruption. The Governor of Oro province, Gary Juffa, says the country's new anti-graft commission must be truly independent if it is to work.


Inconclusive Inquest

An inquest into the missing scientists from the Institute of Medical Research has concluded that some are probably dead and the others are either dead or alive.


BSP Aims to Expand

Despite the challenges in the country, Bank South Pacific remains the leading commercial bank in the country and region and aims to expand its foreign investments, a bank official says. Business development and asset finance head Jodi Herbert said as part of its recent major developments, the bank committed K100 million (US$36.14 million) as working capital for a leading mining company.


Better Oil and Gas Management

PNG and the United States both have huge natural resource endowments and face difficult challenges in managing those resources wisely, particularly in areas where communities manage land resources in common. Both nations have recently applied to join the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, an international effort to "follow the money" that is being spent and used in the extractive sectors.


Sorcery Attack

PNG police have detained 180 people after a witch hunt that left six people dead, including two children. Witnesses say one man killed was an innocent bystander on his way to work, while two children under the age of five were also reportedly killed.


Oil Search Health Foundation

The Oil Search Health Foundation has conducted a five day training session for Personal Development teachers on Sexual and Reproductive Health.


LNG Export

PNG will join the top 10 Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exporting countries in seventh place when the first shipment of LNG is exported around mid-year. In 2013 Japan, with an import total of 87.8 million tonnes per annum, was the largest buyer of LNG.


Governor Calls for End to SABLs

A former governor of Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province, Francis Koimanrea, has urged the government to scrap the controversial Special Agricultural Business Lease system. Under the SABL concept, over 70 long term land leases around PNG have been issued on behalf of landowners to foreign investors purportedly for agriculture projects but in effect mainly for logging.


Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says controversial land leases abused by the timber industry will be cancelled. Mr O'Neill said all Special Agricultural and Business Leases, or SABLs, are under review and that those abused for forestry will be revoked.


Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.

PNG Hunters vs Manly Seagulls 10 - 11 May, Kalabond Oval, Kokopo, ENB

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts, July 2014

Rabaul Mask Festival, 16 - 21 July 2014

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2014

Wewak Crocodile Festival, 5 - 7 August 2014

National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2014

PNG Medical Symposium, September 2014 - to be held in Goroka

Dedication of Plaque Commemorating Battle of Bita Paka, Saturday 6 September 2014 --

Goroka Show, 13 - 14 September 2014

Independence Day, 16 September 2014

PNGAA Symposium, 17 - 18 September 2014 --

Morobe Show, 11 - 12 October 2014

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 7 - 9 November 2014

6th PNG Games - Lae - November 2014

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014

Christmas Day - 25 December 2014

Boxing Day - 26 December 2014

Full Pacific Games - PNG 4 to 18 July 2015 --

Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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