PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Apr 2015

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Four accused of witchcraft in Papua New Guinea's highlands; Locals threaten to burn them to death --

Tuition Fee Free Funds paid to schools --

Aust volunteer health workers giving hope to remotest villagers --

PNG Hunters come from behind to bury Burleih Bears 38 - 32 --

Cutters co-captain will play for PNG --

Donors influence development decisions --

Tribal fight in PNG sparked by pig theft leaves 10 people dead --

19 Criminals escape Bougainville cell --

PNG investor eyes Guadalcanal Gold Ridge mine --

Students killed in car accident at Wara Bun Bridge in Jiwaka Province --

Misc. Links

They watched and warned and died so that we might live --

Vale John Stuntz: "Manly boy" dedicated life to PNG --

Americans' Gut Bacteria Lack Diversity, Researchers Find --

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Indonesian Student Called PNG Poorest and Uneducated Country --

EM TV Hot Spot - Episode 9, 2015 --

Nets and Knowledge to Protect Every Household --

News Items

Air Niugini

Air Niugini has taking delivery of its first Fokker F70 - P2-ANR Construction Number (MSN) 11578. This was previously operated by KLM Cityhopper as PH-KZG. The first flight for this Fokker F70 was on the 7th of November 1996.

Five-year Country Partnership

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a five-year country partnership strategy with PNG. The Country Partnership Strategy's first Country Operations and Business Plan makes available over K1 billion in resources to PNG.


Early-warning System

UNDP in partnership with the Office of Climate Change and Development will start developing early-warning systems for inland and coastal flooding to enable local communities to cope with the floods and enhance country's capacity to adapt to flood-related risks. The initiative will be implemented in five selected provinces: East Sepik, New Ireland, Morobe, Northern Province and Madang.


POM Street Kids

Homeless children on Port Moresby streets will be removed in the lead up to the Pacific Games.


PNG Music Awards

18 awards were given away at the recent 11th Yumi FM PNG Music Awards held at the Lamana Gold Club in Port Moresby. 10 artists performed on the night.


Poultry Ban

An indefinite ban has recently been imposed on the importation of raw chicken from Australia. Agriculture and Livestock Minister Tommy Tomscoll says the decision was made following ongoing concerns about potential health threats.

The Secretary of PNG's Poultry Industry Association, Keith Galgal says his association is delighted that the ban is now in effect. Mr Galgal says one in four households is engaged in poultry production and the ban will support hard working small holder farmers.


Australia works with PNG on poultry ban --

Westpac Consolidates

The Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, said Westpac Bank will play an increasingly important role in PNG's ongoing economic growth and infrastructure expansion.


Global Water

World leaders have been urged to take stringent measures to protect fresh water sources, because the globe will one day face a water crisis. State Enterprises and Investments Minister Ben Micah says he will be pushing for the Government to take water issues in the country more seriously.


Second Gas Project

First shipments from a new LNG project in Papua New Guinea operated by Total are expected in 2021, a top executive involved in the project said. The project will become the second in the country, after ExxonMobil began exports last year from its $19 billion PNG LNG project.


BSP Higaturu

The Bank of South Pacific has recently opened a sub-branch at Higaturu in Oro (Northern) province. The bank anticipates that this sub-branch will ease the burden on its main branch in Popondetta as it will have the ability to process loans, cheque deposits, Mobile banking registrations and an ATM on site. It will also perform traditional functions like deposits, withdrawals and account openings.

West Sepik Governorship

Confusion exists over the election of Vanimo-Green MP Belden Namah as governor of West Sepik. It is claimed the election was improperly held and is therefore illegal. The Deputy Prime Minister Leo Dion says he is studying documents and currently it is unclear who is governor but the law does say a member of the National Parliament should fill the position.

Dion, the minister responsible for Inter Government Relations, said he was studying documents alleging that Namah "hijacked and abused the legitimate and democratic process of the election of a provincial governor."


Bible Truth

Parliament Speaker, Theodore Zurenuoc's six-person parliamentary delegation to the United States to take delivery of a Holy Bible gifted by the US state of Indiana has cost the taxpayer more than K65,000 in airfares alone.


400 year old bible to come to PNG --

Aussie SmarTraveller

The Australian Govt's SmarTraveller website has released a new advice about PNG mainly dealing with the elections that will be held in the Autonomous Region Bougainville between the 11th of May and the 8th of June 2015


Internet Rates Slashed

Telikom has cut its retail costs on internet rates by more than 50 per cent for customers.


Seafloor Mining

Canadian company Nautilus Minerals is once again gearing up to become the world's first deep sea miner of gold and copper at its Solwara 1 site in Papua New Guinea. The company has recently let contracts with global giants from Britain's Rolls Royce through to engineering firms, shipbuilders and specialist part makers in China, Germany Italy and more.



Puma Energy, Papua New Guinea's major fuel supplier, has today pledged ongoing sponsorship of the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) medical ship MV YWAM PNG. The ship will travel to remote communities in PNG to address isolation and medical infrastructure challenges and deliver primary health care, optometry, dentistry and training services to vulnerable communities.



The South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open is now the richest tournament to be played on the Choice Hotels PGA Pro-Am Series, with the Morobe Open presented by Coca-Cola coming in a close second.


Jacks of Fiji

One of Fiji's biggest clothing retailers, Jacks of Fiji has opened an 800-square-meter space featuring spaces to be used for exciting merchandise mix on apparel and accessories plus corporate sales on company uniforms outlet in PNG. The company has gone into partnership with Port Moresby-based City Pharmacy Limited and will open its new retail business, Jacks of PNG in Waigani.


De la Salle Secondary

De La Salle Secondary School in Port Moresby is improving its behaviour and academic marks, school principal Samuel Ume says.

The school started just after the end of World War II on the 25th of Feb 25, 1946 by the De La Salle Brothers as a primary school with 83 male students.


Better Than Cash Alliance

The Government has joined the Better than Cash Alliance and committed to making all payments through electronic channels, including all government salaries and social protection payments. This move made PNG the first Pacific nation to join the Alliance. As a member, the Government will leverage electronic payments and increase security, transparency, and convenience for its people.


New School Book Released

University of Canberra scientists have released the third children's book in what has become a popular series promoting environmental conservation of the Kikori lowlands and the Lake Kutubu catchment, Papua New Guinea.


See also - Saving Piku -- PNG's Pig Nosed Turtle --

PNG Ports

PNG Ports Corporation Limited (PNGPCL) has spent up to K400 million over the last three years on developmental works at various ports around the country despite some of them not being profitable.


Kokoda Track

A group of wounded veterans was among the hundreds of hikers tackling the Kokoda Track recently in the lead-up to Anzac Day.


ANZAC Day Madang

Over 2,000 people attended the 100th Anniversary Anzac Dawn Service in Madang held at the Coastwatchers Memorial and WW2 Memorial to those who served in the Australian Infantry, the Coastwatchers, Navy RAAF. A simple Gun Breakfast was provided to all that attended on the site of the Lighthouse whilst ex-servicemen were invited to a more formal breakfast at the Coastwatchers Motel.


Lest We Forget

ANZAC Day and the Pacific --

In memory of all those who have died for any country with special recognition of those who lost their lives in Papua New Guinea.

Ol i no ken kamap lapun olsem yumi olgeta husat i stap yet kamap lupun... Skin bilong em i no les long taim em i olpela, na ol yia bai i no kotim em Long taim san i go daun na long moningtaim tru Bai yumi i holim ol long tingting bilong mipela.

Mipela i no ken lusim tingting long em.

The "Ode of Remembrance" is an ode taken from Laurence Binyon's poem, "For the Fallen", which was first published in The Times in September 1914.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.

On Anzac day, Pacific countries reflect on their role in war --

Back in the cockpit --


The mood for more autonomy is growing among the provinces.


Central government has failed provinces, says Governor --

Fraudulent Customs Cases

Customs, has registered a total of 28 fraudulent cases related to its operations in the country.


Police Suspended

Six police officers in Port Moresby have been suspended for the assault of betelnut vendors in a Central Province market.


Govt called on to improve police funding --

Pacific Games

The Oil Search Pacific Games Relay has travelled down the Fly River to the remote government stations of Aimbak and Suki, on the way to Daru. At each stop the Relay team and mascot Tura handed out community partner UNICEF Pacific Games piksa buks and crayons to the local schools to be used as teaching tools.


137 to lead volunteers --

Toea Wisil prepares for Games --

Tough preparations for PNG Pepes --

Pacific Games Swimming Packages Sold Out at BSP --

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.

MV Ammari to visit PNG in 2015 --

Pacific Games - PNG 4 to 18 July 2015 --

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2015

National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2015

PNG Medical Symposium, usually held in September

Pacific Islands Forum meeting will be held in Papua New Guinea in September

Goroka Show, September 2015

PNG Independence Day, 16 September 2015

Morobe Show, October 2015

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, November 2015

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015

Christmas Day - 25 December 2015

Boxing Day - 26 December 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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