PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Nov 2014

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nambis seaside / beach / coast
namel middle
natnat / moskito mosquito
nau now
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nius news
niuspepa newspaper / magazine
nogat no
olgeta completely / all
olgeta man everybody
olgeta samting everything
olsem wanem how
opim open
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Old Air Traffic COntrol Tower at Jacksons
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Games security tightened --

Pacific expansion to be a legacy of Rugby League Four Nations success --

PNG moves to allay asylum seeker safety concerns ahead of Manus Island releases --

PNG PM admonished over spending --

PM: Russia navy poses no danger --

Families of victims killed during the Bougainville war finally lay their loved ones to rest --

PNG 'not putting health, education first' --

PNG failing to record domestic violence cases --

Misc. Links

Read the latest edition of Manus i go het! --

CIO Moves to Australian Catholic Super --

PNG has two different worlds --

Inspired Reading in PNG --

Tales of the Unexpected --

PNG Images

Archive film footage of Air Niugini covering the period 1974 to 1981. The film features Captain John Holmes and follows flights in DC3, F27 and F28 aircraft. --

Polaroids from Weed-Growing Highlands --

News Items

PM Referred

Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill has been referred to a leadership tribunal over a controversial loan to buy shares in the nation's biggest company Oil Search. Mr O'Neill stood by the decision to buy the shares and take out the loan and says the allegations against him are political.

A leadership tribunal is a quasi-legal forum that must be approved first by the ombudsman, then the public prosecutor and finally the chief justice. --

MP's Investigated

Fifteen Members of Parliament are being investigated for white collar crimes which include official corruption. One of them, Maprik MP John Simon, has been with two counts of false pretence and 38 counts of official corruption.


Vale Barry Hocking

Sue Ryan has advised that ex-Air Niugini employee Barry Hockings has passed away after a 6 1/2 year battle with cancer.

-- Via Bruce Currie in Cairns

Vale Ralph Conley

Air Niugini has advised the passing of its first CEO, Ralph Conley at the age of 96. Mr Conley joined Air Niugini from Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) in 1973 as the pioneer General Manager, the position is now known as Chief Executive Officer.

PNG - Thailand Trade

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and PNG PM, Peter O'Neill, plan to double their nations' bilateral trade by 2017.


PX Plane Attacked

A man who wielded a bush-knife and stormed an Air Niugini flight intending to stop a female passenger from travelling has been arrested by police at Hoskins airport in West New Britain province. PNG's Civil Aviation Safety Authority is investigating how the man was able to access a restricted area of the airport.


Angau Emergency Doctor

The only specialist physician at Angau Hospital as well as the chief doctor for the Momase and Highlands regions' accident and emergency unit is still unattached at the hospital after almost 10 months. He has revealed that he intends to leave the post since he has been unattached for too long.


Quality Water Systems

Water PNG Limited will continue to provide quality and safe water supply and sewerage storage systems throughout its branches.


Govt Worker Controls

The National Executive Council has endorsed a proposed public service time and attendance system policy to manage uncontrolled absenteeism of large numbers of public servants.


Manus Bridging Visas

PNG has insisted that a permanent agreement on resettlement of refugees is still being determined but has signalled temporary concessions for those held in Manus Island detention centre by offering them bridging visas and "cultural training".


United Nations panel challenges Australia asylum stance --

Asylum seekers on Manus Island turn to marijuana --

Tuna Warning Status

PNG should know by December this year the status of its yellow card warning placed by the European Union on the National Fisheries Authority six months ago.


Primary School Gets Subsidy

The Madang Provincial Government has committed to ensuring the education systems in the province are prioritised and well catered in line with the government's fee-free policy.


Child Prostitution

An ILO report on Child Labour in PNG reveals that prostitution is an important means of economic survival for many female children and young women. Commercial sexual exploitation of children in the country is rampant, both in the urban areas, where it is particularly widespread, and in rural centres, where there are large mining, fishing and logging sectors.


Doctors Without Borders

The tuberculosis (TB) prevalence in PNG is among the highest in the world, prompting Doctors Without Borders / Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) to launch a response to reach the most-affected communities.

The project's progress has been significantly hampered by the poor condition of the roads. After months of rain, the dirt roads between Kerema and PNG's capital Port Moresby have turned to deep clay mud in many areas, leading to delays in construction at the hospital.



Vast changes have been made within the Port Moresby General Hospital since the arrival of Grant Muddle as the chief executive officer in 2012.


Funds Required for Execution Chamber

The Government needs about K700 million to build facilities for an execution chamber, Correctional Services Commissioner Michael Waipo says.


Church against killing of criminals --

Researcher: Death penalty can increase crime --

Sorcery Enquiry

A National Court enquiry into the circumstances surrounding the brutal murder of a person suspected of being a sorcerer has revealed the body laid in the Mount Hagen Hospital morgue for nine months before a woman personally intervened to ensure a proper burial was given. The coroner's office also failed to provide a certificate of death.


One Day International Cricket

Cricket Australia is keen to organise a match against Papua New Guinea, recently awarded one-day international (ODI) status. PNG recently achieved something no other national cricket side has done - winning their first two ODIs.


More cricket news - Vanua bowls PNG past Hong Kong in three-day game --

Fighting Zones Declared

Two electorates in Hela province have been declared fighting zones after the latest deaths in ongoing tribal fighting.


PNG police lack manpower to fight escalating tribal violence in Hela province, commander says --

PNG 1st Lady Speaks in Denver

Lynda Babao O'Neill has addressed 1,800 guests at Project C.U.R.E.'s annual First Ladies Luncheon in Denver.

Project C.U.R.E. has had a presence in Papua New Guinea for 10 years, and president Doug Jackson said that for every dollar given at the luncheon, Project C.U.R.E. will be able to deliver $20 worth of medical supplies to clinics and hospitals there.


Project C.U.R.E (Commission on Urgent Relief and Equipment) --

Father, Son Escape Death

A father and his son escaped death recently at 5 Mile in Port Moresby when out walking along the side of National Broadcasting Cooperation (NBC) fence when a car missed them by an inch and crashed into the fence.


PNG Games

The Morobe Liquor Licensing Board has banned the trading of alcohol by retailers and licensed dealers on weekends during the PNG Games in Lae.



The Royal Australian Navy patrol boat HMAS Broome has arrived in Port Moresby to participate in Exercise PARADISE with the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

Exercise PARADISE coincides with 40th anniversary celebrations for the Papua New Guinea Defence Force Maritime Element (PNGDF- ME). It follows the PNGDF's successful apprehension of a number of vessels for fisheries and other infringements in the Exclusive Economic Zone, which is an area off PNG's coast over which PNG has special rights regarding the exploration and use of marine resources.


Rural Doctors Needed

In PNG, where nearly ninety per cent of people live in what's defined as rural areas, there's still a shortage of doctors to help the sick.


NBPOL Privatisation Unlikely

Sime Darby Bhd's proposed privatisation of plantation firm New Britain Palm Oil Ltd (NBPOL) may not materialise after the PNG government indicated its intention to up its stake in NBPOL.


NBPOL produces palm oil in PNG and the Solomon Islands. The firm has 77,000ha of oil palm plantation, 12 palm oil mills and one refinery each in PNG and Liverpool in the UK.

2015 Pacific Games

The Pacific Games Council said in a news release that it accepts some of the venues for the 2015 Pacific Games won't be fully completed in advance.


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.

Sixth BSP PNG Games - Lae - 16 to 29 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.

Do you have an event that you want advertised? - Use the submission form located at --

PNG Media Related Sites

The following sources are used to help find items for this newsletter -

Post Courier Newspaper --

The National Online Newspaper --

PNG Business Directory --

PNG Tok Pisin --

EM TV (Television) -- -- and of course some of the articles come from contributions from readers and other web sites such as -

National Broadcasting Corporation --

Wantok Radio --

Tree House Productions --

Chin H Meen --

Hitron (Cable TV) --

PNG Media

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