PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Feb 2009

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Women have suffered in silence in PNG --

Expat Teachers for Enga schools --

Tok Pisin article - Giaman diabetes marasin --

New Ireland Province receives K19.88mil --

OceansWatch returns to PNG --

Adventure on Australia's doorstep --

Four dead, 7 critical in bus crash --

Have camera, will travel for Martin --

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Saving Kokoda --

Rapid Deforestation --

Asaro mudmen to firedancers --

Goroka Show --

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Dena Archibald arrives in PNG --

The Hornbill and the PNG Flag --

The Bi-cynical-ist has reached Bougainville --

Kundiawa to Madang by Road --

Second World War 1939-45 --

PNG Travel and Info Blog --

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How to win friends and influence people, PNG style: Madang Province --

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Tanorama -- -- Tanorama provides specialist consultants, facilitators, trainers, researchers and project managers for development projects throughout PNG.

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Four Corners: A Journey into the Heart of PNG --

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New Zealand High Commission --

High Commission of Malaysia --

PNG hands over final instalment for Solomon Islands High Commission --

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News Items

Lae Tuna Plant

Frabelle (PNG) Ltd is teaming up with two international companies to build a tuna processing plant on a 20-hectare property at the Malahang industrial centre in Lae, Morobe province. Philippine-based Century Canning Corp and Thailand-based Thai Union Corp are joining Frabelle in the venture. Once completed in a year the new facility will process 350 tonnes of raw tuna a day.

50 Year Sentence

A man from Ewasusu, Kokoda, in Oro province has been sentenced to 50 years in jail with hard labour for the murder of National Forest Service officer Jerry Kaiulo, at the Omsis Forest Research Station, 50km out of Lae along the Wau-Bulolo Road. The murderer suspected Mr Kaiulo of being a sorcerer after a co-worker suffered severe headaches and dizziness. The judge deducted two years, 11 months and 19 days Okore spent in remand, and he will serve 47 years and 11 days with hard labour in prison.

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Sorcery Out of Hand

Highlands divisional police commander Simon Kauba has said that sorcery-related killings were not a problem in the Western Highlands province in the past but had now become a major problem. Five people suspected of practising sorcery have been killed since late last year. The victims were three women and two men. The men included one who was burnt to death last weekend, while his father is fighting for his life in hospital after being chopped in the same incident.

see -- -- and --

Buai Ban

Port Moresby City Hall is taking steps to ensure everyone knows about the betelnut ban in the city. The ban on selling buai (betelnut) in public places came into effect last month and is being executed this month. The ban will affect a large part of the population in the nation's capital, especially those living solely on income from the sale of buai. The ban has been imposed in a bid to keep the city clean due to the irresponsible attitude of chewers and vendors. The ban will remain in place until buyers and sellers change their attitude and habits.

Last Day in Kikori

Read about Elisabeth Hesse's last full day in Kikori at --

Kapuna Hospital provides the only medical care for some 15,000 people in an area where there are no roads and all travelling is by boat. Infectious diseases are particularly common in this region, including malaria, TB, and HIV complications. The hospital is also known for obstetrics care, and for its malaria and HIV prevention efforts. The hospital is located in a remote area on the southwest peninsula of the country (Gulf Province, PNG). The region is marked by tropical forest and the Purari River delta.

School Subsidy

The National Government is ready to disburse half of the K143 million in school fee subsidies for this year. The schools must furnish to the Education Department in Port Moresby a report of their enrolment figures for this year before the funds are released.

Gun Found at Airport

Security guards have discovered a gun concealed in the handbag of a women about to board a flight to Brisbane with her husband. Under Civil Aviation laws all guns must be declared and handed in for safe carriage in the cargo hold of the aircraft not carried on board. The gun had slipped through the metal scanner at the main entrance of the international terminal at Jackson Airport undetected. An Air Niugini official praised the efforts of security guards at the international departure lounge in detecting and confiscating the gun, and offloading the woman.

Alternative Airport

Further on from the last issue where one airport was being considered as an alternative airport for East New Britain a total of five areas have been put forward. The East New Britain provincial administration has chosen three sites out of the five areas as possible alternative emergency airstrips to the volcanic ash fall-plagued Tokua airport. The provincial administration has not released the names of the three alternatives.

Air Niugini flights to Tokua airport in East New Britain province resumed on Friday (13th Feb). A heavy downpour helped to wash accumulated ash off the runway. Air Niugini has had to suspend its flights to Tokua twice this year due to volcanic ash being blown onto the runway. Due to the unpredictable nature of volcanoes and wind direction the airport may be closed again in the future.

Aid Given

The PNG Government has given A$2 million (K4 million) to the Australian government for disaster relief in Queensland and Victoria. The Govt has also committed K100,000 towards the floods in the Solomon Islands. Barrick (Niugini) Ltd has pledged A$100,000 (K200,000) towards the Victorian bushfire appeal set up by the Australian Red Cross. Donors can make a secure online donation through the Red Cross website --

The Governor-General, Sir Paulias Matane, led the PNG Appeal for the Australian Fire Disaster Victims with a personal contribution of K1,500. So far there have been 181 confirmed deaths and over 1,000 houses lost as a result of the bushfires.

RIP - Marcel Smits

Waiting for Relief

Victims of high seas along the coastline and islands of Wewak around the 9th of December last year are still waiting for promised relief assistance from the Government. The tidal swell destroyed properties and the livelihood of residents living close to the coast.

Carterets Island

In what could be a world first villagers from the Carterets Island are relocating to the Bougainville mainland possibly due to climate change. Carterets Islanders have been hard hit by recent high tides which have hit many coastal parts of the country.

A taskforce has been set up to address climate change issues in PNG.

ABG Acting President

Autonomous Bougainville Government President, James Tanis, has announced the appointment of South Bougainville MP and Minister for Churches and NGOs Laura Ampa as acting president while he and his deputy, Ezekiel Massat, attend the Joint Supervisory Body (JSB) meeting in Port Moresby. Mr Tanis, through the JSB meeting today, will be presenting a document to the Prime Minister, requesting that all former North Solomons provincial government laws be reactivated.

Plane Shopping

The CEO of Air Niugini has gone on a trip looking at what planes are available around the world for the future use of the airline. The Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch and State Enterprises Minister Arthur Somare are also travelling with the CEO.

Sleepy Aide

Justice Nicholas Kirriwom has jailed his Associate for falling asleep during a court hearing between the State and a person accused of murder. Justice Kirriwom also expressed disappointment that there was no court attendant in the courtroom to help after his associate was sent to the cells.

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The secret is out - SP Green has been brewed in China since last November due to the SP Brewery currently upgrading its production facilities in Port Moresby and Lae. The brewery announced its K90 million upgrade in February 2008. SP Brewery has previously used a sister brewery in Vietnam called the Hatay Brewery to brew its product. SP Brewery chairman Joseph Tauvasa announced that the upgrading of both facilities was needed to meet the overwhelming demand for PNG's internationally recognised beers.

Keystone Cops

Criminals in Madang knocking off the entire weekend takings of K85,000 from a major supermarket were lucky recently when police could not pursue them due to a lack of fuel. Provincial police commander Chief Insp Anthony Wagambie Jr attributed the fuel problem to the closure of all Government accounts last December, which would remain in force until next month. He said police were helpless as they didn't have fuel to pursue the criminals.

Chinese Workers Set Free

Chinese workers who were arrested last year for not have valid work permit documentation have been freed as the reason given for not having the correct paper work was due to the Labour and Industrial Relations department not processing the paperwork quick enough. This has caused a few red faces amongst the politicians who had made special dispensation to the Ramu Nickel project to allow the workers to come in on tourist and business visa while the correct visas were processed.

Chief Magistrate John Numapo handed down the decision to free the workers at the Madang District court after finding that the workers were brought into the country to work under a PNG government to Chinese government agreement.

Ramu Nickel Project

Ohmart Vega -- -- have been awarded a contract to supply radiation-based level and density systems to the Ramu Nickel Project. The company will supply radiation-based continuous level detectors, vapour condensation density detectors, radiation sources as well as service support to the project. Commissioning of the project will begin this year.

Aussie Rules Recruits

The Suncoast Power AFL team has several players recruited from PNG. The players are Amua Pirika, Emmanuel Tupia, John Vogae and Peter Labi. Joining them this season is new PNG import Gary Kiele

see --

Tribal Fight Deaths

Five people have died and two are in the Goroka Hospital with serious injuries in a tribal fight between the Nagamie clan and Bogerigu clan in a remote district of the Eastern Highlands. The attack came despite a peace agreement signed in August last year.

Karkum Conservation Area

The Turtle Island Restoration Network's Sea Turtle Restoration Project and the people of Karkum Village recently launched the new Karkum Conservation Area in Madang Province, a common turtle nesting site of the critically endangered Western Pacific leatherback turtle species...

see full story at --

Coming Events

Symposium on Sea Turtles - to be held in Brisbane, Australia between the 17th and 19th of February.

Oceania Snooker and Billiards titles in Port Moresby from the 20th to the 29th of March.

PNG Institute of Engineers national conference -- 2nd and 3rd of April.

34th Games Fishing Association PNG National Game Fishing Titles - Madang - from the 3rd of April to 13th of April - see --

PNG Kickboxing Association has postponed its world title fight -- 25th April.

ANZAC Day - 25th April

Arafura Games - 9 to 17th of May --

The International Cricket Council (ICC) East Asia Pacific (EAP) Under 19 Cricket Trophy tournament will be held from the 1st to the 7th of June

5th National Tourism Conference -- June (date to be confirmed) - to be held at Madang Resort Hotel.

Tolai Warwagira from 8 to 14 July and Mask Festival from 15 to 18 July at Kokopo East New Britain

PNG Remembrance Day - 23rd July

45th Medical Symposium - Port Moresby - sponsored by the Pacific International Hospital from the 1st to the 5th of September.

31st October and the 1st of November - Morobe Show - see --

National Elections - June 2012

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