PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Aug 2015

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Ok Tedi facing precarious future --

PNG mine to move laid-off employees --

Hunters 14 consecutive wins a history in QLD cup --

Farming leads Tom to PNG --

AP satellite tracking helps Indonesian navy find, seize Thai ship carrying slave-caught fish --

Refugees forced to choose between PNG resettlement or 'custody in new prison' --

Infants lack protective levels of RSV-neutralizing antibody --

Colorado pilot brings medical help to PNG --

PNG defends import ban --

Misc. Links

Starting a business in PNG --

Killer Coconuts in Australia --

Tapa --

All female crew takes to the skies --

Stella Magazine --


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PNG Embroidery --

PNG Defence Force -

Victory of the Pacific: Remembering when 'Yanks went crazy --

The Pentagon is still searching for lost WWII veterans --

Solar A Key To PNG Electrification --

Widowhood Brings an Uncertain Future --

PNG Images

Underworld wonder! The stunning network of chambers and caves beneath Papua New Guinea's lush mountains --

News Items

PNG Claims Indonesian Village

PNG has claimed Indonesian territory in Papua with its soldiers ordering local people to lower the Indonesian Red-and-White flag. It is claimed 14 uniformed Papua New Guinea soldiers had arrived in Yakyu village in Merauke regency, Papua and ordered residents to lower the Indonesian flag.


Chief of staff of the PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) Colonel Mark Goina has denied the Indonesia border incursion --

ASOPA Teachers Reunion

20 members of the Australian School of Pacific Administration (ASOPA) cadet education officers' class of 1964-65, along with partners, will descend on Sydney in early September to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their 1965 graduation.


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New Snake Species

Reptile expert Mark O'Shea has made history - by discovering an entirely new species of venomous snake in the remote Star Mountains of PNG. Despite fangs full of toxin, the snake only eats giant worms. The snake was actually discovered by a villager in 1969, but was misidentified as a different species.


Fuel Drops

Prices of petrol, diesel and kerosene have decreased this month due to the drop in crude oil prices, according to the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission.


Direct Air Links

Charles Abel has been reported as saying that Cabinet has endorsed direct flights linking Australia with the capitals of PNG's Milne Bay and Western Highlands provinces.


Somare's Payout

The government has paid over PGK 2 million in compensation to former Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare for his "illegal removal from office" in 2011. The payment was listed in PNG's Mid-Year Economic and Fiscal Outlook (MYEFO) report. Sir Michael office said two further claims were still pending.


PNG's mid-year budget estimate --

Economy Needs Shakeup

The leader of the Opposition, Don Polye, says the government is insolvent and is already cutting funding to key sectors. This comes amid wide criticism of the Peter O'Neill Government's handling of the economy and predictions of a 20 fall in revenue and a widening deficit.


Amateur Radio P29VTT

Ewen Templeton, VK3OW is currently active from Papua New Guinea as P29VTT working on the High Frequency (HF) Bands



Polio and Measles-Rubella

In a landmark step to help accelerate the global eradication of polio and protect its children against measles and rubella, PNG has introduced the inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) into its routine immunisation programme and launched a nationwide measles-rubella vaccine (MR) campaign.


Koki Footbridge

the Member for Moresby South and Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko and NCD Governor Powes Parkop have officially opened the K2.7 million Foot Bridge at Koki. A similar bridge at Hohola is almost completed.


PNG Cricketers in Greenvale

PNG International Tony Ura will not be able to play for Greenavle in Victoria, Australia, but the club's disappointment has been offset by the signing of former Sydney Sixers Big Bash League rookie Charles Amini.


More Suspects Arrested

Police officers have been able to apprehend two more suspects linked to a rape incident at Mt Diamond.


InterOil Wahoo Well

InterOil Corporation have announced that the Wahoo-1 sidetrack operations had not intersected a carbonate reservoir and that the company intends to plug and abandon the well.


InterOil Announces Q2 2015 Results --

Exxon Mobil Scholarships

Margaret Maipa Yagas , the first Papua New Guinean recipient of the ExxonMobil funded Baylor College of Medicine International Pediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI) Scholarship, will commence a Masters in Public Health (MPH) at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston, Texas, USA.

The scholarship is an initiative from a public private partnership between ExxonMobil PNG, BIPAI, National Department of Health and the University of Papua New Guinea's School of Medicine and Health Sciences.


Besta Tournament

Lae Football Association have confirmed fourteen men's and seven women's teams will take part in the Momase leg of the PNG Football Association Besta tournament. The games will be played at the LFA Grounds and the Sir Ignatius Kilage Stadium.

The teams confirmed by the local organising committee are Madang FA, Lahi, Wewak, Lae FA, Ramu Sugar, Wau, Watut, Walium, Boana, Rungken, Bufa, Morobe South, Wampar and Situm FA.



Many recipes in Papua New Guinea use Aibika - here is an explanation of what Aibika is.

Aibika Hibiscus (Abelmoschus) manihot, Aibika is also known as, Bele (Fiji) Pele (Polynesia) and Ailan kapis (Vanuatu).

A perennial in the tropics or an annual in cooler climates Aibika bears edible leaves on plants reaching 2 metres (6 feet) in height. Pale yellow flowers 15 centimetres (6 inches) across with dark centres make Aibika another attractive background plant. The leaves have a high level of leaf protein, iron, potassium, magnesium and calcium. They are eaten raw as salad, or mixed with other vegetable in a stew or as a cooked green vegetable. Aibika should not be cooked longer than 5 minutes and turned only once. The flavour is sweet and mucilaginous. Flower buds are consumed either raw or cooked.

Give aibika a sunny location and moist soil, and it will be happy. As summer heats up, aibika will flourish.

Relief For Manam Islanders

Children falling sick --

The government has released US$88,000 in relief funds for Manam islanders affected by a volcanic eruption. There has been an urgent need for relief supplies following the eruption of the volcano on Manam Island two weeks ago.


Porn Savvy Nation

According to google trend results PNG features at the top of a list of countries searching for porn. PNG has low rates of internet usage but has the greatest percentage of searches for the words "porn" and "pornography" compared to other google searches by internet users in the country.

Top ten countries searching google for 'pornography':

  • Papua New Guinea
  • Zimbabwe
  • Kenya
  • Botswana
  • Zambia
  • Ethiopia
  • Malawi
  • Uganda
  • Fiji
  • Nigeria

Google Trends --


The PNG Constitution celebrated its 40th birthday yesterday. (15th August).


PNG among countries with unbroken constitution --

Counterfeit Goods

PNG is struggling to address the issue of counterfeit goods being brought into the country through the borders and also protect the local manufacturers who have their products duplicated.


Clan Wars Hinder Development

For the past two years, the Red Cross has devoted enormous quantities of resources to helping people caught up in ongoing fighting in at least four of the province's eight districts, providing temporary shelter, access to medical care, water and food supplies. Traditional warfare has existed in Papua New Guinea, home to a population of 7.3 million and an estimated 1,000 different ethnic and linguistic groups, for thousands of years.

The cumulative cost of both the destruction and displacement from dozens of small-scale clan wars occurring across the country includes the undermining of human development and entrenchment of hardship and inequality in rural families and communities.



Some of the weather details around PNG.

Penrith Panthers Officials Visit

A delegation from the Penrith Panthers NRL team is set to visit PNG. PNG Rugby Football League chair Sandis Tsaka says the national body has been in talks with Penrith for close to 12 months and is looking at forming a long-term partnership.


BSP Send Workers to Solomons

Two of Bank South Pacific's (BSP) PNG based staff members have been appointed to management roles in BSP's Solomon Island operations.


BSP Community Projects

Sports plays a significant role as it encourage children to live healthy and active lifestyles, and BSP is doing its part in encouraging these, through its Community Projects. BSP Wabag and Wewak branches delivered two projects respectively.


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.

2015 Oceania Rugby Union Cup -- 22 - 30 August in Port Moresby.

National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2015

PNG Medical Symposium, usually held in September

Pacific Islands Forum meeting will be held in September

Goroka Show, September 2015 --

PNG Independence Day, 16 September 2015

Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival - mid-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) --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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