PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Aug 2011

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glas bilong kapten binoculars
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PNG in the News

Fisheries Remains Key to Pacific Trade Negotiations --

U19 Cricket World Cup: Wake-up call as Ireland mauled by PNG -- -- Scotland finish top, PNG and Namibia qualify --

Near neighbours, worlds apart --

PNGSFOC receives bus --

O'Neill initiates investigation into National Planning and Monitoring Department --

Kula Gold hits more high grade gold at Woodlark --

Heavylift's new era on PNG run -- --

Alcohol, Drugs In School --

O’Neill govt is dividing the loot: Arthur Somare --

Misc Links

The European Shareholders of Bougainville Copper --

List of schools in Port Moresby --

Newton Theological College --

Radio Milne Bay, 3365 kHz --

Port Moresby Forecast --

The Namorong Report --

PNG Defence Force --

Malaysian High Commission Port Moresby --

PNG Images

Following the Way --

Video of PNG mixed in with others --

Soft coral with fish swimming --

The world's strangest festivals - in pictures --

PNG Blogs

Sampla Tok Tok --

PNG Marine Life --

Andrew's Ukarumpa --

Only in PNG --

News Mate PNG --

Bulolo Live: Morobe helicopter crash leaves three dead --

Goroka Show gets more support --

News Items

AFL International Cup

The PNG Mosquitoes are set to defend their AFL International Cup title between the 12th and 27th of August in Sydney and Melbourne, Australia. The Mossies are the defending champions after a come from behind win over New Zealand in the 2008 finals at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, after finishing runner up to Ireland in 2002, and then to New Zealand in 2005.

For the first time the women's PNG Flame team will be taking part in an international tournament. The women will be battling against Canada, USA, Australia Indigenous side, New Zealand and Ireland for the women's IC11 show down. --

Game Day 1 - reports --

New Govt

Sixteen relatively unknown MPs have been allocated their first ministerial portfolios in the new Government of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. -- -- A complete list is shown below.

Peter O'Neill - Prime Minister
Belden Namah - Deputy Prime Minister; Forestry and Climate Change
Don Polye - Treasury and Finance
Sam Basil - National Planning
Bart Philemon - Public Service
William Duma - Petroleum and Energy
Ken Fairweather - Housing and Urban Development
Moses Maladina - Implementation and Rural Development
Charles Abel - Trade, Commerce and Industry
David Arore - Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology
Dr Allan Marat - Attorney General and Justice
John Boito - Internal Security
Guma Wau - Defence
Sai Sailon Beseo - Correctional Services
Job Pomat - Fisheries
Ano Pala - Foreign Affairs and Immigration
Sir Mekere Morauta - Public Enterprises
Theo Zurenuoc - Education
Sir Puka Temu - Agriculture and Livestock
Thompson Harokaqveh - Environment and Conservation
Sali Subam - Sports
Martin Aini - Labour and Industrial Relations
Byron Chan - Mining
Jim Miringtoro - Communication and Information Technology
Steven Kama Pirika - Bougainville Affairs
Andrew Mald - Community Development; Religion and Family Affairs
Mark Maipakai - Inter-Government Relations and District Development
Francis Awesa - Transport and Works
Puri Ruing - Civil Aviation
Lucas Dekena - Lands and Physical Planning
Jamie Maxtone-Graham - Health
Benjamin Philip - Tourism, Arts and Culture
Wake Goi - Assisting the Prime Minister on Constitutional Matters

Seats for Women

Radio Australia has reported that PNG risks more social unrest if highly anticipated legislation is not passed before next year's general elections, the country's corruption watchdog has warned.


Falcon Jet For Sale

The new government of Peter O'Neill has given instructions to Air Niugini to arrange the sale of the government's K120 million executive Falcon jet as part of a cost-cutting exercise to counter the blowout in the cost of running government. The new PM said it cost the nation K120 million to buy it and K22 million a year to operate it. He also promised to impose strict controls on domestic and international travels by ministers and departmental heads.


O'Neill sets work plan --

O'Neill, has vowed to introduce free education up to Year 10, create a centralised medical supplies base, rebuild the nation's core highways, extend the key airstrips in Port Moresby and Lae and rebuild the army and police.

Fuel Increases

The petrol price for July was K3.55 toea per litre but customers in Port Moresby would be paying a retail price of K3.59 toea per litre, an extra four toea for the month of August. Diesel will sell for K3.08 toea per litre and kerosene will be K2.98 toea per litre. Prices at other centres will depend on the cost of transporting the fuel.

PNG Business Directory Listing

PNGBD would like to let you know that they are currently in the process of upgrading their Business Directory which will replace the existing Business Directory. Therefore all business will have to create an account and add their details to the database. The new system provides better functionality and is a huge improvement on the old system.

Visit the PNGBD site for more information --

Govt Cautioned

Dame Carol Kidu, the MP for Moresby North-West, has said the intention by the new govt to provide free education was commendable except it did not cater for teacher training and construction of new classrooms for increase enrolments. She said the Government should be careful in what it promised to the people. On corruption, she cautioned MPs using rhetoric saying some Members in Government were already implicated in the Finance Inquiry.


Arthur Somare advises regime to await court ruling --

14th Pacific Games

Over 300 athletes from Team PNG have recently met at the Sir John Guise Arena in Port Moresby for a one-day workshop as part of the preparation for the 14th Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, between the 27th of Augusta and the 11th of September.


The National Gaming Control Board has fulfilled its commitment to Team PNG by injecting K684,000 to help pay for the athletes levy fees to the New Caledonia Games.

Helicopter Crash

A twin-engined helicopter, (P2-RUH) operated by Lae-based Manolos Aviation, has crashed in Morobe province. The helicopter was returning to Lae when it went missing between Mumeng and Wafi. A statement from the office of the Civil Aviation has confirmed that there were three people on board the helicopter. Unfortunately, there were no survivors.



Motorcycle Club Enduro

The Port Moresby Motorcycle Club, based out of the Car Club in Waigani, Port Moresby, will be holding its second Off-road Night Enduro for Motorcycles. Club president Peter Jackson said: "We test-drove this event for the first time last year and it seemed popular so we added it to our regular racing calendar for this year."


Islanders Back Centre

People living on Manus Island have been reported as being delighted to hear the island's mothballed detention centre is a step closer to being reopened. Manus Island hotel owner Ken Kuso says everyone on Manus will welcome the PNG government's support for Australia's proposal.


PNG offers Aussie PM an asylum lifeline --

Mixed feelings in PNG to detention centre reopening --

Parkop slams Manus plan --

PNG Census

Former Census taker, Ben Kiele, says PNG has lost the plot in the 2011 census. Mr Kiele said the 2011 Census is a failed one because the senior management officers of the National Statistical Office are not well versed experienced in conducting previous census and surveys.


Hooked on PNG

Fisherman Brad Anderson has returned from PNG after winning the chance to fish with the cast and crew of Foxtel's LifeStyle program, "Mark Berg's Fishing Addiction". Brad said "anyone who wants a unique fishing experience - get over to PNG".


Morobe Road Accidents

Within 30 hours 13 people have died in two separate road accidents at Sasiang Farm in Morobe. The accidents occurred along the Markham plains in Morobe while the vehicles were travelling to Lae from Mt Hagen (Western Highlands) and Madang respectively.


Fish Canneries

Three fish canneries are set to open in PNG and it is expected that 20000 people will be employed as a result in Lae, Morobe province.


Govt Loyalty

The heads of the police and the defence forces have both come out separately to confirm their support for the O'Neill led government to help dispel a rumour they supported a coup.


Namah: Forget it rumour mongers --

PNG police quell coup rumours --


The people of Kaliai/Kove Local Level Government in the Kandrian-Gloucester electorate were all smiles last week following presentation of three different cheques totalling K200,600 to boost transportation in the area.


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.

Milne Bay Day - 20th of August 2011

Full Pacific Games - French president Nicolas Sarkozy is set to officially open the XIV Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, on the 27th of August.

Kokoda Race Challenge - 27th of August

2011 Garamut Festival in Wewak - 2nd & 3rd of September

Goroka Show, 16th - 18th September - see -- -- and --

36th Independence Day Celebrations - Celebration Lawn, Roma Street Parklands, Brisbane Saturday 17th September 2011 10:00

PNG Christian Music Festival, Port Moresby - 17th September

Morobe Show - 15th and 16th October

Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau: 4th - 6th November

Lae Game Fishing Club Billfish Tournament - 13th Nov

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

2012 Milne Bay Critter & Adventure Expeditions with Bob Halstead & Graham Abbott
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 17th April 2012 to 29th April 2012
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 1st May 2012 to 13th May 2012
Alotau-Adventure Diving-Kimbe Bay: 15th May 2012 to 30th May 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

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