PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Oct 2014

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Lethal Injection Ruled Out

The PNG government has ruled out lethal injection as it continues to determine how to apply the death penalty. While the death penalty has never been outlawed in PNG, the government controversially revived it for violent crimes last year after a string of sorcery-related murders.


Soccer Friendly

PNG, tied in 199th position on the FIFA world rankings, recently met the Philippines Azkals (ranked 134th) in a friendly match at Rizal Memorial Stadium. At full-time, the score was 5-0 in favour of the Azkals. This was the first international friendly between the two countries.


PNG's highest ranking was 160th in June 2004.

Pacific War Relic Search

The Dawn Princess has recently cruised though PNG waters passing through Brisbane, Alotau, Doini Island, Kitava Island (one of the Trobriand group) and Rabaul. It then went on to Honiara in the Solomons, Luganville, Champagne Bay and Port Vila in Vanuatu and finally Noumea in New Caledonia before returning to Sydney. All places well known during the Second World War.


Rugby League Adoration

A recent trip to PNG by members of the Australian Prime Minister's XIII Rugby League Team saw the players amazed by the complete adoration for anything Rugby League related. The game truly is a religion in PNG.


Aussie PM's XIII defeats PNG 34-16 --

Gay and Transgender

PNG's gay and transgender community finds safety in Hanuabada village


Pacific Games Sponsor

Daltron has signed up as a gold sponsor of next year's Pacific Games. The deal will see the communication technology firm providing the computer hardware for the Games, as well as onsite technical assistance for technology applications in venues during Games time from the 4th to 18th of July.


Plantation Sustainability

A new research project led by the University of Melbourne aims to make the PNG forestry industry financially sustainable and bring social and environmental benefits to the developing nation. The project "Enhancing value added wood processing in Papua New Guinea" will investigate how improvements to the local wood processing industry, technical ability and know-how can help PNG increase employment and income for local communities and create flow-on improvements in infrastructure, social services, education and environmental sustainability.


Accused Priest Hospitalised

An Australian priest has been hospitalised in PNG after it emerged he was preparing to return to Australia amid child abuse allegations. He has denied the allegations of abuse, but has also ignored a 2011 suspension from PNG's Catholic Church by simply refusing to leave his rural parish and overstaying his visa.


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PM Hon. Peter O'Neill has welcomed the commitment of Total to advance to Elk-Antelope LNG project in PNG. The PM received an update on Total's national engagement from company executives, which included Total's VP Arnaud Breavillac, during their visit to PNG.


Moresby Arts Theatre

The Moresby Arts Theatre celebrates its 100th birthday this year, 40 of those years have been at the Moresby Arts Centre in Waigani


Outstanding Warrants

A national court judge says there are about 4000 outstanding warrants of arrest, some dating back 20 years. The Post Courier reports court judge Justice Panuel Mogish saying court issued bench warrants are hardly ever executed, and it's the biggest problem they have in the criminal justice system.


Surfboard Campaign

As part of a community surfing campaign called 'Operation Drop In', The ABC in Newcastle is collecting surfing equipment, then packing a freight container full with the gear and shipping it to PNG. Once it arrives, the Surfing Association of Papua New Guinea (SAPNG) will distribute the donations to communities in need.


PNG Chancery to Open

The PNG Government through its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) in Port Moresby says the PNG High Commission Chancery building in Honiara, is likely to open next year.


Cebu Arrest

A Papua New Guinean was arrested over the weekend for allegedly trying to rape a 20-year-old motel employee in Cebu City.


PNG Specialists

Australian and New Zealand travel agents can now gain confidence in selling Papua New Guinea as a destination thanks to the new trade micro-site and online training.


Conquering Kokoda

Conquering Papua New Guinea's Kokoda Track, has always been on Campbelltown resident Amanda Lauric's bucket list. In August this year she was given the opportunity after her employer, the Campbelltown Catholic Club, funded for her trip.


Turning on Smiles in PNG

Many people know how to put a smile on people's faces, but putting smiles on a nation is a challenge of another magnitude. Rising to that challenge is Novocastrian oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr Barry Reed, who is working to reduce pain and suffering for children in Papua New Guinea.


Student Appeals to Aussies

Sick PNG student appeals to Immigration Minister Scott Morrison to stay in Australia to continue dialysis but an application for an extension to her visa failed because she was no longer able to study.


New Eye Clinic

The Fred Hollows Foundation says up to a thousand people a year will be able to have their sight restored when a new operating theatre opens in the country in November. The Executive Director of the Foundation in New Zealand says the existing eye clinic at Modilon Hospital in Madang province has been renovated and the new operating theatre next to it will expand the capacity to treat avoidable blindness.


Pig-nosed Turtles

The unique freshwater turtles have pig-like snouts and flippers like marine turtles, and their cuteness has made them popular as pets. But that's created a black market industry of turtle smuggling.


Tuna Deal

Pacific Island nations have secured a US$90m tuna deal with the United States of America. It is believed to be the world's most lucrative fishing access agreement. The deal was secured in the final minutes of a three-day negotiating session in Hawaii.


SA Outbacks Cricket

The South Australian Outbacks cricket team recently took on PNG in Australia. In the end the Outbacks went down by 11 runs, still having eight balls remaining when the last batsmen were dismissed.


Pacific Games

An Australian from Forster in NSW, will be timing the Pacific Games triathlon next year. After 23 years in the corridors of Club Forster, Murray Verran, a self-made event manager, could not be happier, as until one year ago he had been sitting on the unemployment heap of the over 50s.


Piracy in PNG

A yacht owned by Australian Kerry Stokes has been boarded by thieves while in PNG near Krangket Island, close to Madang.


Telikom to Buy EMTV

Telikom PNG and Fiji Television Limited (FTV) have signed a memorandum of undertaking in relation to the acquisition of Media Niugini Ltd (MNL), the PNG subsidiary of FTV which owns local television network EMTV.


Telikom PNG also recently acquired Datec PNG Limited, which a leading ICT business.

World Bank Chairmanship

PNG Treasurer Partick Pruaitch has formally hand over chairmanships for the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. Minister Pruaitch has handed over to his successor German Rojas, Minister for the South American nation of Paraguay.

The Minister said it was an honour for Papua New Guinea to serve as chairman for these two boards in the past year, especially in heading the 188-member organisations.


NBC Staff Assaulted

National Capital District Metropolitan Police Superintendent Andy Bawa has confirmed that three National Broadcasting Corporation workers were sexually assaulted when their bus was held up by a group of armed men at Morata.


Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates change and events can sometimes be cancelled. Of course, I may also put down a wrong date.

PNG Human Rights Film Festival Bougainville, - on now - 10 - 20 October --

Fast Five Netball - 19 October --

Oro Tapa and Tattoo Festival, Independence Oval in Popondetta - 26 October

Bougainville Arts and Craft Festival - 4 November 2014

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 7 - 9 November 2014

Sixth PNG Games - Lae - November 2014

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014

Christmas Day - 25 December 2014

Boxing Day - 26 December 2014

MV Ammari to visit PNG in 2015 --

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

Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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