PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 May 2009

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balus aircraft/plane
kago cargo / goods / baggage
kagoboi porter
sip ship
haus building / house / hut
bensin gasoline/petrol
pas / leta letter
pisin bird
taun town
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raun round
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PNG in the News

The Head and Neck Surgery Unit from Goroka General Hospital has paid a visit to the Mt. Hagen General Hospital --

Historic dance a first --

Somare announces key PNG policy shift --

PNG supports Rudd's aid spending remarks --

New Guinea Gold Corp: drilling commenced at Mt Penck --

Sir Michael warns Kokoda Track is tough --

Quarantine team visits Rabaul to quell pests --

Panguna landowners want mine to re-open --

Sailing in paradise --

US pro hoopsters on a PNG mission --

PNG Blogs

Madang International School --

The Beaten Path - Saturday afternoon drive - Goroka, EHP --

Unforgettable Kavieng, New Ireland province --

Rabaul by night --

Raun Raun Theatre --

Digicel Foundation launches first Community Learning Centres in Goroka --

Blog entry from Kundiawa --

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Gospel songs etc --

Real Estate PNG --


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Replace Lapun Planes

Opposition leader, Sir Mekere Morauta, has called on Air Niugini to replace its aging fleet. A fleet blamed for frequent flight delays and cancellations. Sir Mekere called on the Prime Minister to abandon the purchase of the K128 million Falcon jet and use the money to help Air Niugini to buy new planes to replace its current stock of lapun balus or old aircraft.

see --

Sick Visit Australia

A man from Western Province has travelled for four days to seek medical attention for his niece in Cairns, Australia. Full report --

Somare Visits Australia

Sir Michael Somare has visited Australia's Parliament house and met with the Australian Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd.

Waigani Market

The National Capital District Commission (NCDC) has recently announced that it has committed K2.3 million towards the redevelopment of the Waigani market. The project is estimated to take up to seven months to complete.

The NCDC's long term vision is have Port Moresby set the standards as the gateway to the rest of the country by having clean and safe facilities for its residents, tourists and other visitors to enjoy and be proud of.

AusAID Money Misspent

Australian PM, Kevin Rudd, has admitted that money spent by the Australian government on PNG has been misspent on hiring consultants rather than delivering essential assistance in teaching, in infrastructure and in health services on the ground in villages throughout the country. The admission confirms a widely held perception in PNG about the real effectiveness of Australia's approximately A$400 million (K800 million) aid programme.

Yule Island Help Required

In the last edition Ross Eastgate requested help in recalling the name of the French missionary on Yule Island who left when World War I broke out to return to France, where he became a high-scoring fighter pilot. Tasol, mi lusim ting tim. Husat ianp long halipim mi?

Arthur has responded with the following answer -
"On the mainland, human carriers soon gave away to mules and horses. The horse caravans cannot be mentioned without the name of Brother Gendron who kept the supply route open for many years. Then came the tractors and trailers and trucks, and finally the first aircraft. The dream of Father Bounrjade, the famous pilot in World War I, was finally fulfilled!"

Arthur found this at Voice of Blessed Peter ToRot (History of the Catholic Church in) at -- -- Excellent website for history of Catholic Church in PNG

Walk Against Corruption

The walk will be held in Port Moresby and Kokopo on the 14th of June. The following is a list of corporate and individual leaders who will be putting action to words having registered teams to participate in the Walk.

British American Tobacco
Eda Ranu
Gadens Lawyers
Graffiti Signs
Institute of National Affairs
Investment Promotion Authority
JDA Wokman Ltd
Lihir Gold Limited
Mineral Resource Authority
Mirupasi Lawyers
Monier Limited 8. Lands & Physical Planning
National Research Institute (NRI)
PNG Motors
PNG Ports Corporation
PNG Power
UMW Limited

Kaugere School

Kaugere Primary School is celebrating its 50th anniversary. To coincide with the golden jubilee the school has announced a K6 million proposal for urgent rehabilitation of infrastructure will to be submitted to the National Capital District Commission (NCDC).

Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels

PNG's Fuzzy Wuzzy Angels, who risked their own lives to provided vital help to Australian troops in PNG during World War II, are to receive commemorative medallion from the Australian government. The medals will be made available to surviving angels or to their widows or widowers.

Approximately 55,000 PNG citizens served during the war and carried supplies, built bases and airfields and evacuated the sick and wounded during fighting.

Maritime Surveillance

The maritime unit of the PNG Defence Force and National Fisheries Authority (NFA) have signed an ongoing memorandum of agreement for greater surveillance. The ongoing MoA is aimed at meeting new challenges and establishing a strategic partnership to deal with maritime surveillance needs and emergencies.

On a related matter, Defence Force commander Cmdr Peter Ilau said a small Casa 212 plane used during the Sandline crisis operations would be tasked to the NFA for aerial surveillance.

Sandline Crisis --

Different Treks

Following the death of two Australians aged under 40 while trekking along the Kokoda Track in the leadup to Anzac Day tour operators are now suggesting other easier wartime treks for those Australians who may not be up to the Kokoda challenge. One such trek retraces the Lark Force's desperate escape from the Japanese occupation on the island of New Britain during the Second World War.

See --

Also --

Liquefied Natural Gas Project

A judge has indicated he will order the government to fly a group of dissident landowners to negotiations over the country's biggest resource project.

see --

Also - A PNG court has ruled negotiations over the country's biggest resource project can go ahead but they won't be legally binding.

see --

19 Gun Salute

Sir Michael Somare was greeted by a 19-gun salute when he visited Australia's Parliament House in Canberra. Under overcast skies, Sir Michael inspected the federation guard on the forecourt of parliament house. He has also met Victorian premier John Brumby and visited bushfire-affected areas in Victoria.

see --

Undersea Communication

Pipe Networks has started unrolling Australia's first international undersea cable link to be owned independently from large local telcos such as Telstra and Optus. The cable is being laid from Guam via Madang to Collaroy on Sydney's northern beaches. The link would provide 10Gbps on the PNG-Guam route and 10Gbps on the PNG-Australia route. Telikom PNG will own the cable station in Madang.

see -- -- and --

Madang Shootout

The sound of gunshots has sent people scurrying in Madang when police shot two men in the ankles they allege were connected to a robbery of an Islands Petroleum employee outside the Bank South Pacific in the town. Another man drowned while trying to swim away while the fourth alleged robber was arrested and is in police custody.

Robber drowns --

Alotau Clash

A clash between people from the Trobriands and Morima has left the usually peaceful town of Alotau, the provincial capital of the Milne Bay Province, in a tense state.

Porgera Houses Burn

Chairman of the Porgera Landowners Association, Mark Ekepa, reports police have burned 309 homes belonging to local landowners near the Porgera gold mine in Enga Province. Police Commissioner Gari Baki said he was not aware of the torching during the State of Emergency currently underway in the area.

see --

Vale Herea Amini

Cathi Taukuro has written with sad news to say her uncle who Amini Park was named after in Boroko has died. Herea Amini died of chronic kidney failure in the early morning on Good Friday. He won the first Cleland Medal for Australian Football League (AFL) or Victorian Football League as it was called in those days.

Amini Park is the headquarters of the PNG Cricket. The ground was named Amini Park in 1983 after Herea Amini, who was one of the first Papua New Guineans to play and administer the sport of AFL.

Philemon Joins The National

Retired Post Courier editor-in-chief, Oseah Philemon, has joined The National newspaper as regional editor. He will be based at The National's Lae bureau and will coordinate regional operations.

Coming Events

Arafura Games - 9th to 17th of May -- -- Arafura Games 2009 has an exciting line up of events across 26 sporting disciplines. For the first time at Arafura Games will include the sports of Darts and Muaythai.

Official opening on the 21st of May - St John Hospital, Gerehu.

Operation Open Heart - 21st of May - Port Moresby General Hospital

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.

2009 Pride of PNG Awards - celebrating the power of women -- nominations close on the 12th of June. This is sponsored by City Pharmacy but their website is out of date --

Walk against corruption - Port Moresby and Kokopo - 14th of June. The Governor General, Sir Paulias, a grand champion in the fight against corruption will lead the Walk Against Corruption in Kokopo, East New Britain province.

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

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

Trukai Olympic Fun Run - 12th of July.

PNG Remembrance Day - 23rd of July.

45th Medical Symposium - Port Moresby - sponsored by the Pacific International Hospital from the 30th of Aug to the 4th of September.

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

25th April 2010 - World Malaria Day. Malaria affects 90 per cent of the PNG population.

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012.

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