PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 May 2015

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PALM summit stresses maintaining maritime order --

Opposition leader Don Polye calls for ban lift --

O'Neill calls for Australian intervention in Myanmar Rohingya crisis --

Bougainville begins sorting out papers for counting --

Woman leader in Bougainville calls for Open counting --

PNG vice chancellor calls for end of Lae polytechnic's students' strike --

PNG Court refuses Ben Micah's request for review --

PG and Palau leaders meet in Tokyo --

Digicel announces its support for the PNG Women in Business Expo --

Lewas grateful for Samoan match-play --

PNG threatens to cut medical aid to refugees who fear release --

'Copter not registered in PNG, CASA says --

PNG man gets 50 years for burning wife to death --

Misc. Links


Bougainville 24 --

Shed men hear about life in PNG --

A first for Oceania --

"When he managed to get his first sum right, tears of joy rolled down his cheeks" --

New Zealand is putting Pacific relationships at risk --

Digicel brings Samsung Galaxy S6 to PNG --

League Bilong Laif staff on importance of women in league --

PNG Trade Expo 2015 Attracts Public --

PNG Images

The smoked mummies of PNG --

PNG Visit --

Couple making a difference --

Nauru and PNG responsible for maintaining order in Australian-run detention centres, Tony Abbott says - video --

News Items

Travel Ban on Australians

Bougainville's president has called on Papua New Guinea to overturn a travel ban on Australians, saying it breaches the spirit of the peace agreement giving the island autonomy.


PNG bans Australians from travelling to Bougainville --

He said, she said, as PNG and Australia wrangle over Bougainville mission --

World Muaythai Kickboxing Title

Lee Henry Garap from PNG is going up against world Muaythai Kickboxing champion Umar Semata from Uganda on the 4th of September.


Pacific Games

Australia has selected its first group of athletes to compete at this year's Pacific Games in Port Moresby.

Australia and New Zealand have been invited to contest the Pacific Games for the first time this year, in four sports: sailing, tae kwon do, weightlifting and rugby sevens.


National Gaming Control Board to list of platinum sponsors --

Pacific Games Relay

The Pacific Games Relay has passed through Tufi in Oro province. The Relay was welcomed by four different Tufi sing sing groups upon their arrival at Tufi airport with one group performing a wild dance around the airport. The relay has visited a number of World War II sites, including Kokoda, Isurava and Buna, in Oro Province.


Commemorative Coins and Notes

The Bank of PNG has released commemorative coins and banknotes to celebrate the Pacific Games and PNG's 40th anniversary. The 10 Kina banknote and 50 Toea coin will commemorate the Pacific Games and the K20 banknote will mark PNG's 40th independence.

The K10 note has an overprint of the Pacific Games logo, while one side of the 50 toea coin has the Games Logo, in colour. The K20 note, will have PNG's signatory Bird of Paradise emblem embedded on the note, commemorating 40 years of independence.


Maladina Guilty

Former National Provident Fund (now Nasfund) boss Jimmy Maladina has been convicted of misusing K2.65 million belonging to the Fund.


Hunters Beat Townsville

The PNG Hunters have defeated the Townsville Blackhawks 22 - 16 at the Jack Manski Oval in round 11 of the Intrust Super Cup. This is the Hunters fifth win in a row.


Bougainville Wary of Mining

Bougainvilleans, at the grassroots level, fear a return to large-scale mining on the island will lead to similar forms of inequity that was shown when the mine was operating in the past. In the past only 1.4 percent of the estimated two billion dollars in revenue went to local landowners.


40 years after independence, PNG can be more than a quarry --

Vocal Fusion Winner

A long standing member of the Bougainville music community, Morris Opeti (often known as Morris Opiri), has been announced as the winner of the Vocal Fusion reality competition hosted by television station EMTV.


Court Reform Plan

Opposition leader, Don Polye, has hit out against the government's plans to establish a new Court of Appeal, saying it will only exacerbate existing problems.


REDD+ National Capacity

The PNG Government has welcomed the next chapter in building its capacity for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+). The new Forest Carbon Partnership Facility project launched by the Office of Climate Change and Development and the United Nations Development Programme in PNG will focus on developing national REDD+ strategy and set out the country's vision for REDD+ implementation.


Students Explore Panguna

Bougainville 24 reports a science class of grade 12 students from Arawa Secondary School have travelled to the former Panguna Mine for a geology excursion.


PMIZ Project Will Proceed

The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O'Neill CMG MP, has assured the people of Papua New Guinea that the Government is fully committed to develop the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone (PMIZ) project in Madang Province.


Frieda River Project

The Chinese company behind the takeover of PanAust Limited is set to move quickly on the copper miner's prize asset, with a preliminary funding deal for the Frieda River project.


Polish Missionary Shot

A Polish missionary in Papua New Guinea has had to have emergency surgery after being shot in a recent attack in the country. The missionary was flown by helicopter from his parish in Timbunke to Madang hospital for treatment.


Tribal Clash Injuries

A man has an arrow lodged in his eye socket after a tribal fight in the suburbs of Port Moresby. Police said 12 people were injured by arrows during a clash between rival ethnic groups from Chimbu and Goroka, who have now reside in Port Moresby. The clash occurred about a kilometre from the Jackson's international airport.


Moody's Affirms PNG's Rating

Moody's Investors Service has affirmed Papua New Guinea's B1 foreign currency (FC) and local currency issuer ratings and changed the rating outlook to negative from stable.


University Partnership

Central Queensland University in Australia wants to build closer ties with Papau New Guinea's University of Technology, with a view to expanding higher education and vocational training opportunities in PNG.


Improved IP Link

Telikom PNG is building one of the largest IP microwave links, to replace an old system that has been in operation for more than 26 years.


Gangs Reconcile

Over 50 rascals have apologised to the city of Popondetta and promised to seek better lives. Community leaders and members congratulated the young men on their decisions and encouraged them to support one another as they left behind high-risk behaviours.


TB Treatment

The treatment of tuberculosis (TB), a highly infectious but curable disease that leads to fever, fatigue, chronic cough and possibly death if left untreated, requires swallowing many tablets over a long period of time.

TB in PNG is a national emergency. PNG has the highest rate of tuberculosis in the Pacific region, where 60 percent of new cases originate, according to the World Health Organization.


Fair Trade Coffee

Coffee drinkers increasingly don't want to be implicated in exploiting the Third World and the planet so are interested in their daily dose of coffee being "green". Fair Trade-certified coffee beans from Okapa, PNG are roasted, ground and imbibed in many countries including New Zealand, the US, UK, Australia and parts of Europe.


BSP Loan Rates

Bank South Pacific (BSP) has reduced its Personal Loan interest rate from 36% fixed rate down to 31%, a decrease of 5 percent. Personal Loans do not require security and are therefore 100% unsecured.


Bird Watching is Sleeping Giant

Bird watching and orchid gardening in PNG could be a tourist winner if handled correctly. About 75 percent of the PNG landmass is covered with tropical rainforest giving an edge to all kinds of animal species and spectacular landscapes for tourism attraction.


PNGHRI National Conference

Bank South Pacific (BSP) has continued to back the Papua New Guinea Human Resource Institute (PNGHRI) with the Silver level sponsorship of K10, 000 towards PNGHRI National Conference to be held this week from the 26th - 28th May.


Ex Chopper Pilot Missing

An ex-Pacific Helicopters pilot who used to work in PNG has gone missing in New Zealand.


Kina Group Okay

The Bank of Papua New Guinea has given its approval to the Kina Group to buy Maybank PNG on the understanding that it will expand its branch network around the country.


Financial stalwart to become nation's fourth bank --

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

2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will be the 8th edition of the tournament (Port Moresby) --'s_World_Cup

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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