PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 May 2013

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Lae students to return to school following death on bus --

Police charge three suspects in killing of Lae teenager --

Report of boycott by university students with PNG Government --

PNG mulls death penalty for sorcery killings --

New Court System for Lae City --

Catholic Church says no to death penalty --

Rape victim evacuated --

Call to legalise brothels --

PNG to support SL at CHOGM --

Sharing a cracker of an adventure --

University of Goroka Planned Petition - EM TV --

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MV Rabaul Queen Investigations Nearing End in PNG --

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Shell tipped to take stake in InterOil's Papua New Guinea LNG project --

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Police kill 12 year old girl --

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Keith Kassulke from HQ to XB via PNG --

News Items

PM to Sue

The Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill has threatened to sue the opposition leader, Belden Namah, and journalist Scott Waide from PNG television station EMTV for defamation.


Namah challenges PM to go to court --

Manus Island

Australian Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor has rejected claims from a former staff member that the Manus Island Asylum Centre was a "disaster". The Minister did concede that the medical facilities at the centre were lacking when it was first set up, but he says the facilities have since improved.


Canyon Exploration

The fourth 2013 Sport New Zealand Hillary Expedition, Gradient and Water is ready to paddle the unpaddled canyons of the Chimbu River - one of the more challenging wilderness kayaking runs in the world.


Sorcery Violence

Deputy Opposition Leader Sam Basil says the nation is attracting bad publicity around the world over its lack of interest in protecting vulnerable persons who are being killed and tortured on accusations of being sorcerers.


Palm Oil Expansion

The executive director of the Centre for Environmental Law and Community Rights has objected to the idea of another palm oil producer establishing itself in the country.


PNG Power

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the PNG Government have signed two loans that will help boost electricity access rates in Port Moresby to 74 per cent and extend the city's power grid to an estimated 3,000 low-income households. The loans were signed at ADB's 46th Annual Meeting in New Delhi, India.


Lae Buses

The Lae public was left stranded at bus stops all over the city recently after PMV owners withdrew their services following the burning of two buses in separate incidents.


Rape Suspects Arrested

PNG Police have arrested and charged four men over the gang rape of an American woman. The men were arrested during a recent dawn raid on a village on Karkar Island off PNG's north coast.


Chikungunya Virus

A mosquito-borne virus called Chikungunya is continuing to spread around the country. The virus was first detected in Sandaun province last June and has now been reported in Madang, West New Britain, East New Britain, Morobe and Eastern Highlands. The mosquitoes that spread Chikungunya are the "day-biting" kind, and are also known to transmit dengue fever.


Avoid mozzies to avoid chik fever --

90 per cent of population at risk of malaria --

Smartraveller Advisory

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller advisory service has altered their Travel Advice for PNG.

Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution"

Change Summary:

It contains new information under Summary and Security and safety: Crime (increase in reported incidents of sexual assault). The overall level of the advice has not changed.


Walk Against Corruption

Registration is Now Open for the Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption

Date: Sunday 26th May 2013
Time: 5:30 am to 6:00 am to assemble
Venue: Jack Pidik Park, 5 Mile, National Capital District

Contact Transparency International PNG (TIPNG):

Phone: +675 320 2188 or +675 320 2182

Nationwide 'Haus Krai'

A national day of mourning is planned mid-May to highlight the violence and suffering of women through rape, murder and claims of witchcraft.


Haus krai going international --

ANG Reunion

The 40th Anniversary Air Niugini Staff Reunion Web Page is now up and can be viewed at


PNG Golf Open

The 2013 South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Golf Open has A$137,500 on offer for professionals. The event is now a part of the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series which comprises of over 200 events. The Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series plays an important part in the development of Australia's Professional Golfers whilst also growing the game at a grass roots level by engaging an estimated 48,000 amateur golfers each year.


Papadatos holds firm at PNG Open --

In what has been an exciting end to the 2013 South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open, kiwi professional Pieter Zwart has come from one shot behind to claim the 2013 South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open.


Firing Squad

Following a number of high-profile killings related to sorcery, PNG's government is pushing for the South Pacific nation's first execution and says firing squads would be a humane and inexpensive method.


Pacific Islands Conference

PNG will host the Pacific Islands conference of leaders next year which Prime Minister Peter O'Neill chairs. O'Neill yesterday met the president of the East-West Centre based in Hawaii, Dr Charles Morrison, in Port Moresby to discuss the leaders meeting in 2014.


Mining Project Objection

Over 18,000 villagers in the Oro Province have objected to an Australian mining company getting a two-year extension to their permit to explore for gold in their 360,000 hectare area.


Coral Reefs

SeaWeb, an international, nonprofit, communications organisation dedicated to creating a culture of ocean conservation, has said it is important to understand coral biology and ecology because living creatures beneath the water depend on each other.


New Local Level Govt

The old Bialla local level government in West New Britain has been split into Central and East Nakanai.


Air Niugini Robbed

The Air Niugini Sales Office in Lae was robbed recently by more than six men. The sales office was closed for the rest of the day.


Newcastle Disease

The PNG Government has declared Sandaun or West Sepik province "a disease area" following the detection of the contagious Newcastle bird disease in the PNG-Indonesia border villages of Wutung and Musu and the provincial capital Vanimo.


Panguna Mine

Landowners of the Panguna Mine in Central Bougainville have reaffirmed their stand that they want the mine to be reopened. The assurance was delivered by an executive member of the United Panguna Mine Affected Landowners Association.


Aussie Touring Cars Masters

PNG is being represented in the Australian Touring Car Masters Championship by driver Keith Kassulke. Keith flies in from PNG for the events. Kassulke is supported by Air Niugini. The championship showcases Australia's best touring cars from the pre-1976 era.


Madang to Hagen

New Zealand army engineers are to help the Papua New Guinea Defence Force to build a new road connecting the coastal city of Madang with Mt Hagen in Western Highlands.


ENB Library

Former prime minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu and Gazelle MP Malakai Tabar have put their support behind the call for a public library in East New Britain. Sir Rabbie has reminded the province's parliamentarians that a public library is an important institution. He said since the volcanic disruption of Rabaul town there a library is yet to be built and is optimistic the ENB provincial government and relevant bodies have plans in place for a replacement.


Gillard to visit PNG

Aussie Prime Minister Julia Gillard is set to visit PNG this week. She is expected to arrive on Thursday and return to Australia on Saturday.


Maprik Water Supply

A Chinese-built state-of-the-art water pumping system has been implemented in Maprik. The system pumps a total of 1000 litres of water per second from a river near the Maprik health centre into an 80-metre water pipe that contacts to a 500,000 litre tank located at the water treatment plant site facility. The system supplies about 6000 residents of the town.


PNG - Indonesian Extradition Treaty

Papua New Guinea's Attorney General and Justice Minister Kerenga Kua has told Indonesia that an extradition treaty should be ready for signing next month.


Nauru Students Pulled Out

Five students from Nauru have been pulled out of the University of Goroka by the Nauru Government amid concerns protests there could escalate. The five Nauruan students had been taking secondary teacher training courses on scholarships provided by AusAID.


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.

Biggest Morning Tea - May --

PwC Corporate Challenge - Sunday 19th of May 2013, in both Port Moresby and Lae

Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption - 26th May 2013, Jack Pidik Park, 5 Mile

2013 Oceania Cup - June 2013

Hiri Moale Festival - July 2013

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Goroka Show 2013 --

Christmas Day - 25th December 2013

Boxing Day - 26th December 2013

New Year's Day -- 1st January 2014

Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 --

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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