PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Nov 2014

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Amid PNG killings, calls for more police in Port Moresby --,-calls-for-more-police-in-port-moresby

PNG Reach WT20 Qualifier --

PNG hopeful more WWII weapons can be retrieved --

Major fraudster nabbed in PNG, deported to China --

Man gets two years for stealing K15,000 --

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The singing diva of the Trobriand Islands --

Drawing Back the Curtain on PNG's Hotel Scene --

Growth as Pacific tourism heats up --

Rainforest summit more 'hot air' than progress, environmentalists say --

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News Items

Women's Micro Bank

The Women's Micro Bank in PNG has been ranked one of the 50 leading women companies from the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).


NCD Bus Stops

Over 200 bus stops will be built throughout the National Capital District over the next two years at an estimated cost of over K5 million. Each bus stop will cost K60,000 and this will be met by the sponsors who will be given naming rights for two years as part of their advertising strategy.


Gordons Market Shut

Police had to close the Gordons market in Port Moresby recently after an officer was stabbed to death there.

Market to open with tight security --

Policeman Charged Over Assault

A policeman has been charged with assault and other charges after an attack on a woman in Gordons in Port Moresby.


Illegal Logging

Earth First Journal has reported that as much as 70 percent of logging in PNG is currently illegal, despite the fact that 99 percent of land is owned by local indigenous communities.


PNG Cricket

Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu have both played well at the East Asia Pacific Men's Cricket Trophy in Lismore, New South Wales.


G20 Meeting

Speaking at the recent Dinner for Foreign Ministers of G20 Nations, PNG's Foreign Minister, Hon. Rimbink Pato OBE LLB MP, presented the nation's perspective on a number global economic engagement issues affecting Pacific Island States.


Flying Dinosaurs

Some people believe that at least one kind of pterosaur (flying dinosaur) still lives in the tropical wilderness of PNG.


Port Moresby Power

Residents of Port Moresby have been receiving electricity from newly a installed gas turbine at Kanudi. The gas turbine is supplying 24 megawatts into the Port Moresby system.


Bryan Kramer Arrested

PNG businessman arrested over assassination plot --

The MP for Madang, Nixon Duban, says his complaint against businessman Bryan Kramer alleging a conspiracy to kill is not politically motivated. Mr Kramer and MP Duban both contested the Madang Open seat in 2012, the result of which Mr Kramer disputed, leading to a by-election last year.


PNG social media poster denies PM's leak claim --

Getting a PNG Visa

What information is needed to get a visa to enter PNG? All people visiting PNG for work, business, study or tourism purposes must have an entry permit/Visa to enter the country. Some countries can obtain a visa on arrival

  1. All Pacific countries
  2. All Western European countries
  3. All Americans
  4. New Zealand

Other countries need to get a visa before hopping on the aeroplane or ship to visit PNG. This includes

  1. Australia
  2. All Eastern European countries
  3. All South East Asian countries (Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc.) Except for Philippines, and Malaysia
  4. All African countries
  5. All Middle East countries


Boat Passengers Survive

A boat carrying 21 men and 42 bags of dried cocoa beans recently capsized in rough seas near Madang, but the passengers managed to reach shore safely, the operator says.


Top PNG Destinations

Port Moresby
Mt Hagen and Mt Wilhelm


Buai Smugglers Drown

Four people drowned in the Laloki River while trying to smuggle betel nuts into the city, police say. Laloki police station commander Inspector Willie Hoiba said there had been a rise in criminal activities in the Sabusa and Laloki areas since the ban on betel nut sale in Port Moresby last year.


Microfinance Expansion Project

The Microfinance Expansion Project aims to provide financial education to 120,000 people across PNG by the end of 2017 and supports the financial and social empowerment of women.


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PNG Soldier Dies in NZ

An inquiry is being held into the death in February 2011 of a PNG soldier at the Linton Military Camp in New Zealand. The soldier was in New Zealand for a military engineering course at the Barracks' school of military engineering.


New Hotel Planned for Kiunga

Kiunga in Western Province is set to have a new hotel after a signing ceremony was held between Steamships Trading Company Limited and Ok Tedi Development Foundation yesterday in Port Moresby.


Francis Awesa Referred

Minister for Works and Implementation, Francis Awesa, has been referred by the Ombudsman Commission to the Public Prosecutor for alleged misconduct in office.


PNG History

The prehistory of Papua New Guinea can be traced back to about 60,000 years ago when people first migrated towards the Australian continent. The written history began when European navigators first sighted New Guinea in the early part of the 16th century.


Medical Vessel Fundraising

A dinner, sponsored by by InterOil Corporation and hosted by Youth With a Mission (YWAM), has raised K6.19 million in cash and pledges to go towards a new medical vessel to serve remote regions of PNG.


Ramu Highway

A PNG owned company will upgrade and seal 9.2km portion of the Ramu Highway in Madang province. The company was given 12 months to complete the project.


Polye Joins Opposition

Former Treasurer Don Polye has officially joined the opposition, bringing three government MPs across with him. Governor of Eastern Highlands province, Hon. Julie Soso is part of the team that has joined the opposition ranks.


2015 Budget

Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has handed down the 2015 budget, and a supplementary budget for 2014.


Government releases budget increasing funds for MPs electorates --

Army Happy With Budget

Defence Force commander Brigadier-General Gilbert Toropo is happy with what they have been allocated in the 2015 budget, saying they want to be fully prepared for major events in the country starting next year.


NIO Unhappy With Budget

Gari Baki, director general of the National Intelligence Organisation, is very disappointed that the top intelligence network he heads has been allocated a mere K5.9 million in the 2015 budget. He had asked for K15 million.

He said the request for a major increase was because there were plans for NIO as well as preparations for the upcoming 2015 South Pacific Games and the 2018 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit which would involve leaders of 21 nations.


Tribal Fights

Over 100 security personnel, from the police and defence force, have been deployed to Hela province in an effort to stop tribal fighting that has plagued the area. 21 people were arrested on the first day of the operation


Bishop says tribal fight causing chaos --

Pacific Islands Forum

PNG has welcomed Fiji's return to the Pacific Islands Forum. Fiji was suspended from the Forum in 2009.


Shipping Containers for PNG

Another 13 container loads of goods are destined for PNG. Wantok International was established back in 2006 and collects and ships education and medical supplies to PNG.


Pay Cheques Bounce

About 300 teachers in Western Highlands on the manual pay system have not received anything in the past three fortnights after their cheques bounced.


PRL Clubs Fined

Two PRL clubs have been fined for the recent actions of their supporters in disrupting the semi-final match that was abandoned at the 76th minute


Somare Files Law Suit

East Sepik Governor Sir Michael Somare has filed a K205 million civil law suit against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and the State in relation to political events three years ago.


Somare bid for damages seen as excessive --

Wabag Conflict

Police have managed to stop a tribal conflict, which forced the closure of business in Wabag, Enga recently.


Coming Events

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

Sixth BSP PNG Games - Lae - finishes 29 November 2014

Christmas Day - 25 December 2014

Boxing Day - 26 December 2014

MV Ammari to visit PNG in 2015 --

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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