PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Oct 2014

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Hagen Fire

Fire has completely disfigured the country's third largest city and the highlands region's trade centre, Mt Hagen, on Wednesday night, 22nd October. Many shops in Mt Hagen city closed their doors for business in fear of looters and opportunists while police are closely monitoring the situation.


Fire chief praises fire fighters --

Police Deny Shooting

Acting police commissioner Martin Lakari, denies his men shot a man in Mr Hagen. He says the man's injuries were consistent with a beating at the hands of looters, and an investigation has begun.


Anti-Corruption Hotline

Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has announced a hotline will be set up for people to report incidents of police brutality. The prime minister's announcement comes amid a deepening split between officers in the capital Port Moresby, between policemen apparently loyal to Mr O'Neill, and the fraud squad.


Gender Equity

A survey undertaken by the Australian National University and PNG's National Research Institute has found the proportion of female teachers, principals and health workers working in Papua New Guinea has increased significantly in the past decade.


FIFA Women's World Cup

PNG is aiming to defy the odds when FIFA Women's World Cup Canada 2015 four-nation tournament qualifying gets underway from the 25th to the 29th of October. The task is significant, but not insurmountable. A home ground advantage will be a bonus for PNG.


U20 Womens World Cup

PNG Football is vying to host the FIFA Under 20 Womens' World Cup in 2016. The President of the PNGFA David Chung says hosting the tournament will put PNG on the football world map and present opportunities for exposure and recognition of the nation's female players who have always ranked highly in the Pacific.


Legal Innovation

Dr Melissa Demian has just spent a month in the country as part of the project 'Legal Innovation in Papua New Guinea', funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council. Dr Demian's research focuses on access to the Village Court system in the southern coastal communities of Milne Bay province. While they are not geographically remote, the largest challenge for these communities is infrastructural.

A Village Court sitting must include a minimum of three magistrates, and in a region with no roads, this means bringing magistrates and disputing parties together in one location by boat. The provincial government has provided boats and outboard motors for the purpose, but disputants must themselves provide the fuel, a prohibitive constraint for rural Papua New Guineans with limited income options and indeed no nearby fuel depot.


Link PNG

Air Niugini has announced its new budget subsidiary, Link PNG, will commence scheduled operations on the 1st of November. Airline Board Chairman, Sir Frederick Reiher, told a press conference in Port Moresby last week that Link PNG is part of Air Niugini's restructuring and is aimed at making domestic air travel more accessible to the local population.

Captain Daniel Wanma will be the Chief Executive Officer of the new company.


-- Link PNG (Unofficial History Page)

Air Niugini

Air Niugini is about to ramp up its flights today (26 Oct) in time for the peak period over the festive season.

The airline has also announced it will restart Q400 flights to Hoskins today. The runway length has been extended up to 1,365 metres. Since maintenance work on Hoskins airport started mid last year, Air Niugini has been operating into Hoskins using the Dash 8 classics.

Lihir Flights Suspended

Air Niugini has indefinitely suspended scheduled flights to and from Lihir, located about 900km north east of Port Moresby in the country's New Ireland Province. In a statement, the carrier said the suspension "is due to certain insurance issues that need to be resolved between the airport owner, New Crest Mining Ltd, its insurance company and Air Niugini."


Cricket PNG

The PNG Barramundis is set to make history next month, playing its first ever One Day International (ODI) series from the 8th to the 9th of November in Townsville, Australia against arch rivals, Hong Kong.

An unofficial three day match will be played at the same location against Hong Kong starting on the 11th of November.


PNG will become the 23rd country in the world to play in an ODI match.


The BSP First Home Ownership Scheme (FHOS) is a partnership initiative between the Government of PNG and BSP to create a pathway for Papua New Guineans to have access to specially structured loans to acquire their first home.


Making Saksak

Mother and son making saksak, a traditional PNG food made by cooking sago flour in bamboo.


Lovely Vanimo Beach

This lovely beach is just one of many in Vanimo.


Miss Choice Travels

Miss Choice Travels, Nadya Parascos, who is contesting the 2014 Miss South Pacific Pageant PNG, aims to empower women through arts and culture. This is the whole reason why she is participating in the pageant.

As an art dancer and someone who has a love for fashion, she aims to showcase different designs which ties into promoting tangible and intangible cultural heritage.


New Police Buildings

Visiting Australian Federal Police Commissioner, Andrew Colvin and Royal PNG Constabulary Deputy Commissioner, Administration, Awan Sete officially opened two new buildings for 60 staff at Boroko police station.

The K4 million buildings were delivered through the PNG-Australia Policing Partnership and funded by the Australian Federal Police.

Life Changing Surgery

Thanks to Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) surgeons in Melbourne, Australia will perform further life changing surgery on a PNG Boy. Bradley Bola suffers from Crouzon Syndrome, a condition that creates a premature fusion of bones in the skull and results in abnormal growth of the head and face.



Ginigoada Business Development

In 2001 Dame Carol Kidu brought together a group of interested people to start the Ginigoada Bisnis Development Foundation, to raise funding to bring direct practical help to the unemployed young men & women in the community.


Gerehu Market

Port Moresby's Gerehu Market is reopening after more than three years of reconstruction.


Exceptional Women Wanted

The U.S. Embassy is encouraging people in PNG, Solomon Islands, and Vanuatu to nominate exceptional women for U.S. Secretary of State's International Woman of Courage Award. This award honours women who are making history in their countries and communities. The U.S. Embassy encourages nominations of awesome women who have worked to better their societies, fight discrimination or strife, resolve conflicts, as well as those who have taken risks to run for office or break down barriers in order to promote positive change.


Robots in PNG

OpenROV, an open-source underwater robot that is incredibly adaptable and expandable, is being built in PNG as part of a Marine Science Short Course.


OpenROV is a low-cost underwater robot for exploration and education --

Vale Gough Whitlam

The man that was instrumental in giving PNG its independence from Australia in 1975 has died in Australia. Former Australian Prime Minister Gough Whitlam passed away at the age of 98 on Tuesday the 21st of October.

Papua New Guinea's first prime minister, Sir Michael Somare, was a secretary in a local trade union when Mr Whitlam and other Labour members, then in opposition, visited him in his home town of Wewak in 1969.



InterOil Corporation has announced that the Raptor-1 well in Papua New Guinea has intersected 200 metres of the Kapau Limestone target zone, with wireline logs indicating the presence of hydrocarbons


PNG Merger for MCR and Allcom

Two of PNG's ICT services vendors, MCR and Allcom, have merged to make the new company one of the largest ICT providers in the region.


Missing Person Policy

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) applauds the decision of the Autonomous Bougainville Government to unanimously adopt a policy on clarifying the fate of people who went missing during the crisis that affected this island from 1989 to 1998.


Plane Crash Report Released

An initial report on last month's fatal plane crash in PNG says the pilot requested an alternate landing arrangement after losing visibility, but it may have been too late. The PNG Accident Investigation Commission says the pilot in command was told to proceed to landing, after he requested use of the radio-controlled Instrument Landing System.


Betel Nut Ban

The National Capital District Commission says it will not back down on its betel nut ban enforcement programs. A ban on betel nut sales in Port Moresby began this year as part of plans to clean up the city and clamp down on crime associated with betel nut sales and alcohol abuse.


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.

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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