PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Aug 2013

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Killer Smoke Blows Through Pacific Islands --

Humanitarian Day celebrated --

Dodging the bank robbers to tap growth in PNG --

Port Moresby school ups fight against bullying --

Kas: PNG Mining Act out of date --

Money goes mobile in frontier market --

Friction a sign of distrust between PNG and Bougainville --

PNG MP arrested --

Filipino national flees after kidnap ordeal --

Police make huge drug haul --

Former Defence Minister killed in attack --

Misc. Links

National Research Institute --

Power package for pumps on LNG contract awarded --

Turtles, PNG, culture, and biology --

Digicel seeks to reach isolated areas --

Teacher says bullying has far-reaching consequences --

Vanimo Surf Lodge --

Tok Pisin phrasebook -

Dive into beauty --

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PNG Blogs

Stunned New Irelanders 'do not own resources under Solwara 1 --

PNG solution illegal, court will hear --

PNG solution deepens Australian neo-colonialism --

Manam Volcano Sends Ash 15000 Feet into air --

PNG part of Qld? Nearly happened; would've been ugly --

Vice Mining Minister Arressted --

News Items

Port Moresby Water

The National Capital could be facing a severe water shortage in coming months. Residents in are being urged to conserve water as the city's main water source, Sirinumu Dam, is critically low.


Lincoln University

Lincoln University in New Zealand has expanded its involvement in providing educational outcomes to the people of PNG by signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Sohe electorate of Oro (Northern) province. The MOU captures the priorities of the Sohe District Development Plan in building human resource capabilities, promoting and investing in primary sector enterprises, and creating business opportunities for the local community.


Seabed Mining

The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) is concerned about seabed mining. Managing Director of NFA Sylvester Pokajam said the government should not allow it to proceed as there are no legislations on it. Rather more awareness should be carried out to educate the people on the impacts of the project.


Labour Ward Under Water

Nurses at the maternity ward of Madang's Modilon Hospital have had to stand in water recently to deliver babies following a downpour.


MV Rabaul Queen Owner Arrested

Captain Peter Sharp, owner of the ill-fated MV Rabaul Queen, has been arrested and charged with the alleged manslaughter of 162 people and one count of sending an unseaworthy vessel out to sea.


PNG polis i sasim MV Rabaul Queen bosman --

Rabau Queen Owner out on Bail --

Three more charged over sinking --

Maritime Port Overhaul

PNG's plan to increase capacity at its maritime ports is set to focus on Port Moresby and Lae, where demand is highest as a result of the LNG construction boom. Demand has risen steadily at Lae, which acts as a gateway to the Highlands. The port, which is PNG's principal commercial hub for the off-lying island provinces, was responsible for 51% of all national container traffic from 2009 to 2012.

Talks are currently under way between PNGPCL and Australia's Curtain Bros (CB) on the possibility of relocating POM's port to the 71-ha man-made Motukea Island. With established facilities capable of accommodating oversized PNG-LNG equipment, Motukea Island is an attractive option. The site already acts as a hub for ship maintenance and construction facilities, as well as accommodating PNG's expanding Customs operations.


Importing Electricity

PNG is to import electricity from Indonesia. Vanimo will buy 2 megawatts of electricity from a power plant to be built with a capacity of 2x10 MW in the Indonesian Papua province. The two countries, PNG and Indonesia have signed a cooperation agreement on the purchase of power from the Jayapura branch of the state electricity company PLN.


PM Called on to Resign

Kundiawa Gembogl MP Tobias Kulang, a member of the opposition, has called on Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to resign because of the "illegality" of the Manus asylum seekers' deal with Australia.


O'Neill: Manus not neglected in development --

Mt Hagen

The city of Mt Hagen recently came to a standstill with the echo of gunshots and teargas as sporadic student clashes erupted between Hagen Park and Mt Hagen Secondary Schools. Several clashes erupted in various corners of the city especially from St Paul's cathedral all the way to the Pope's oval.


Kagamuga and Highway Closed

Kagamuga airport was closed, the Highlands Highway blocked and the main taps on the central reservoir supplying Mt Hagen with water were turned off by LLG candidates and their supporters yesterday. The closure of these vital government installations were executed by presidential candidates in the Hagen Rural LLG and their supporters in response to Electoral Commissioner Andrew Trawen's declaration last Thursday, failing 19 LLGs in the highlands.


Roadblocks cleared --

PNG police quell Mt Hagen tensions --

Huge Gas Find

Queensland, Australia mining magnate Clive Palmer says he has discovered one of the world's largest gas fields off PNG. The asset could be worth in excess of $US35 billion and is potentially one of the world's largest gas fields. Mr Palmer said his company spent more than $50 million to explore an area of more than 3000 square kilometres.


Hohola Independence Cup

Hohola Off Season League is set to kick off another season next month with a tournament during independence celebrations.


Pacific Islands Triathlon Championship

Athletes from Pacific Islands nations have taken part in the third Pacific Islands Triathlon Championship held on Saturday in Port Moresby. The event was advertised as one of the biggest gatherings of the year for Oceania's triathletes.

The first Pacific Islands Triathlon was held near Nuku'alofa waterfront on the 5th of December 2011 when over 40 triathletes took part. --

Cyclist Christian Carling ready to defend title --


Research by James Cook University has shown that oil palm is often a screen for logging in PNG. The Institute of National Affairs (INA) executive director Paul Barker agreed when asked to comment on the report by the Post-Courier, saying developers used the SABL policy to "circumvent" the requirements of the Forestry Act, which would have ensured the sustainable management and harvesting of timber and landowner forest management agreements with the PNG Forest Authority.


Travel Advice

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller advisory service advises the following Travel Advice for PNG has changed or been added since our last update.

Change Summary: It contains new information under Entry and exit (Australians seeking to visit PNG for purposes other than tourism or business, and all Australians arriving in PNG by vessel, must apply for a visa in advance of their arrival) and Where to get help (emergency travel documents cannot be issued by the Honorary Consulate in Lae. Contact details for the Honorary Consulate in Lae have also been updated). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Papua New Guinea.


Drug Resistant HIV

Janet Gare from the PNG Institute of Medical Research has said there is evidence of HIV Drug Resistance in Papua New Guinea. The findings was results of 210 consented people living with HIV (PLHIV), recruited from ART prescribing sexual health clinics in two towns of high HIV burden provinces in PNG: Mt Hagen and Goroka. The study is the basis of a PhD program for Janet Gare.


Remote Solar Power

Rainbow Power Company (RPC) based in Nimbin, Australia, will partner with PNG energy supplier Western Power to provide consultancy, training services and solar equipment to areas along the Fly River in Western Province. Just under 34,000 people in 49 villages will receive power through the project.


Fake Degree's

Citizens have been warned against buying fake degrees from non-existent institutions. The warning came from Higher Education and Research, Science and Technology Minister David Arore following a recent newspaper advertisement by an educational institution.


Compulsory Education

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says Education will be compulsory for all school-aged children from next year. --


Only 30% of women in PNG are breastfeeding their babies in the first six months, according to health records.


PNG has been hailed as one of the first countries in the world to promote breastfeeding.


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.

National Covenant Day -- 26th August 2013

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Milne Bay Provincial Day -- 7th September 2013

3rd annual Bilum Festival, Goroka -- 11th and 12th of September

Goroka Show September 2013 --

National Canoe & Kundu Festival -- Nov 2013

ICC tournament, Dubai -- Nov 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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