PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Nov 2009

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PNG in the News

K2.2m disappears from the Tewai Siassi account --

PNG inquiry hears claims of Asian crime --

Queuing up in the sun for Australian visas is no fun --

Carbon sale on --

People and Power, PNG Style --

New Guinea adventure --

Relief for landslide-affected in PNG's Bulolo --

Survival of the fittest in Lae --

Wewak's forgotten heroes --

Home of the brave --

Charley Boorman on machetes in Papua New Guinea and why he travels with baby wipes --

A local hero, one of many --

'Demon worshipper' slaughters family --

PNG Blogs

Milne Bay Canoe Festival --

Alotau, Milne Bay Canoe Festival --

Kokopo 2010 --

Ken and Una in PNG --

Highland Happenings --

Rabaul PNG & Air/Sea Rescue off Rockhampton --

The Cheung's of Rabaul/Kokopo --

Private charter plane from Port Moresby to Goroka --

David Parker Photography - East New Britain --

Curious Things at my Ukarumpa House --

Stephs most excellent australian adventure: Kerema -- -- Not there yet

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PNG Association of Australia --

TokPisin Net --

PNG White Pages --

Bemobile Musik Festival --

Send Money Pacific --

Vanimo at daylight on Flickr --

Mingende Mount Hagen on Flickr --

Miss South Pacific Pageant 2009 --

PNG - World War II memories --

Coffee beans - Mount Hagen --

Old man in Kokopo --

Superangel --

News Items

Pacific Cup

The PNG Kumuls have won the inaugural Pacific Cup in Port Moresby. They defeated the Cook Islands in the final 42-14. The Kumuls have now qualified for next year's Four Nations rugby league tournament.

WWII Remains Identified

Army investigators have identified remains found in PNG as belonging to two Australian diggers who were killed in World War II. The remains were recovered from the battlefields around Buna, Sanananda and Popondetta.

Full story --

Madang Health Issues

A public health emergency is possible for PNG's Madang province --

See also --

The World

The MV The World is scheduled to visit PNG from the 29th of November to the 2nd of December. The World has been reported as being the world's only private residential cruise ship. It is owned and operated by the US-based company ResidenSea with some 150 residents and guests on board. The cruise ship offers residential options and rental travel experiences for the wealthy traveller.

Nambawan Super

A new six-storey office complex, estimated to cost K60 million, will be constructed for Nambawan Super along Hubert Murray Highway near Murray Barracks. The building will use "green" technology to become "Environmentally Sustainable". There will be a ground floor consisting of lobby and retail space, on top of this there will be five levels of commercial office space and below two levels reserved for off street parking.

Sandaun Cult

A cargo cult has begun operating in the Empi, Netwond and Minepaka villages of the Walsa local level government in the sub-district of Imonda in Sandaun province. Acting provincial police commander Insp Augustine Laho said there are more than 30 villagers believed to have already joined the cult. He said the cult movement started about five months ago but reports of its establishment and growing influence only reached police in Vanimo recently.


The PNG Institute of Medical Research (PNGIMR) reports that pneumonia is a very serious preventable disease that occurs in PNG. It is in fact more serious than malaria, but receives very little attention. According to national health statistics (National Health Plan 2000-2010), pneumonia is the leading cause of death in PNG - 19.4 deaths per 100,000. It is the leading cause of death in children under 12 months of age and second only to malaria in children under five. A study in Goroka by PNGIMR scientists estimated that deaths from pneumonia in children less than six months of age to be 250 deaths per 100,000.

Ramu Nickel Mine

An executive from the Ramu Nickel Mine's developer says it is highly likely that the expected output from the mine will be delayed until June of 2010. The project was delayed due to the PNG government halting the construction work in the middle of 2008 due to health and safety concerns.

Nickel from the mine is destined to supply stainless steel mills in China.

Plastic Bag Ban

As from the 1st of December the importation of non-biodegradable plastic bags will be banned. Environment and Conservation Minister Benny Allan said "While it was initially intended to ban all forms of plastic bags, it was ultimately decided to limit the ban to non-biodegradable plastic shopping bags in order to ensure local plastic bag manufacturers were not affected, which would have led to a loss of local jobs." The ban will be enforced by way of a Customs (Prohibited Imports) (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulation.

Kokoda Track

The numbers of visitors to the Kokoda Track have dropped by 27 per cent this year. The year has been a bad one for the track with four Australian trekkers; three men aged 55, 38 and 26, and a 36-year-old woman, dying while walking the track and a fatal plane crash on the 11th of August at Kokoda. Despite the incidents mentioned it is felt that the global financial crisis has affected the number of people walking the track.


Tim O'Sullivan, from Lihir Gold Limited, has won this year's bemobile sprint triathlon challenge held recently at Ela Beach in a record time of 1 hour 7 minutes and 48 seconds. The first female runner in the event, Susan Pini, managed to finish fourth overall.

Lufa - Eastern Highlands

Lufa Secondary School in the Eastern Highlands has been allocated K3 million by the National Government to improve the school's infrastructure. From the funds, the school will build two 40-bedroom dormitories for the male students for K600,000, two double-classrooms worth K508,000 and a classroom for K167,000. A new science laboratory will also be built at a cost of K250,000. The school will also buy computers, books, a generator and a motor vehicle with the money as well as having the school road repaired.

VIP's Pelted

Angry locals in Tari have stoned and booed a team of senior Government ministers and Members of Parliament paying a visit to the town on their way to Nogoli for the opening of the Hides PDL 1 licence-based benefits sharing agreement (LBBSA)


Female Fire Fighters

The PNG Fire Service is about to graduate women fire-fighters for the first time in the 35 year history of the fire service. Fire Services have already identified women for the next training intake.

full story --

University of Goroka

Two senior bank officials from China have visited the University of Goroka and met with Pro-Vice Chancellor (administration) Dr James Yoko to appraise possible lending arrangements to complete the remaining stages of the student dormitory. The University is attempting to improve dormitory facilities for students. The two officials will meet with senior executives of the Department of Finance, Treasury and National Planning as part of the appraisal discussions before returning to China.

The current stage one seven-floor dormitory at the University is being constructed by China's Guangdong Foreign Construction Company and will cater for 336 students. Stage One is expected to be completed towards the end of next year.

Gothic Funk Nation

The Gothic Funk Nation is accepting submissions for the third issue of its arts journal, The Paramanu Pentaquark. Published biannually online and by CD-ROM, the journal is an eclectic collection of music, painting, photography, poetry, and prose that runs a line from the evocative to the visceral. Selected works exhibit an experimental execution, emotional intensity, and the urgency of communication; this is not a project given to passive pessimism or reluctant daydreams. Issue #2 may be viewed online for free at --

The new issue will be published this upcoming February, and art in any medium may be submitted online at -- -- Submissions will be considered as Images, Sounds, or Words, and artists will be notified of our decision within two months. In addition to publication, accepted artists will receive a free copy of a limited print CD-ROM of the third issue, and an invitation to present their work at an official launch event hosted in Chicago.

The Gothic Funk movement was conceived in November 2004 as a series of parties that framed social intimacy as a point of origin for the creative impulse. Subsequent efforts have included public epistles, artistic projects, two monthly reading series, and more parties.

To submit your work, please visit --
To peruse the second issue of the Paramanu Pentaquark, please visit -

For more information on the Gothic Funk Nation, please visit --

Coming Events

PNG Games in Port Moresby from 18th to 29th of November

World Aids Day -- -- 1st December 2009.

AFLPNG Talent Camp will be held in Goroka with 120 under 17's, 15's, and 13's present -- 4th to 6th of December 2009

AFLPNG - PNG Scholarships / Under 18 Trials will be held in Australia. 8 x U18s are hoped to be provided with Country Queensland, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Scholarships. -- February 2010

Women in Mining and Petroleum Conference - 22nd - 24th March 2010 - to be held at Divine Word University in Madang.

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

World liquefied natural gas (LNG) summit - Mid 2010

11th Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - 6th to 8th December, 2010 - Hilton Hotel, Sydney -- -- This web site is out of date showing information abut the 2008 conference.

Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015

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