PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Mar 2016

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Night crossing not safe in Lae city --

News Items

Child Welfare Law Remains Uncertified

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has expressed his surprise to learn a key piece of child protection legislation, which would enable much needed anti-violence measures, has not been certified by his government.


Aussie Consulate-General's Lae Office

Australia is to expand its diplomatic presence in Papua New Guinea by setting up a consulate-general's office in Lae. The Australian government said the consulate-general will boost Australia's presence and bolster the growing trade and investment relationship.


Fiji Relief

Over four tons of relief supplies bound for Fiji has been airlifted from Papua New Guinea to assist the country recuperate after the devastating aftermath of Category 5 Cyclone Winston. State-owned airline, Air Niugini has transported 4.5 tons of supplies that included 225 boxes containing mattresses, tents and plastic rolls, which were donated by Japan International Cooperation Agency, JICA in Singapore.


Million-Year-Old Lizard

A lizard, believed to be a million years old has been discovered on Mussau Island, is one of the northernmost islands of PNG. The lizard lives in the dry coastal forests on the edges of Mussau. Juveniles are elusive, but as an adult the lizard is clearly unconcerned with standing out. It has a black body, bright yellow dot-like markings, a blue tail and a pale yellow tongue. It's a monitor lizard, the same family of lizards that include the famous Komodo dragon.


MV Kimbe Queen

The owner of the ill-fated MV Rabaul Queen, Peter Sharp, has been arrested again. His arrest comes after a two-week investigation led by Chief Sergeant Robert Wane following last December's grounding of Sharp's other passenger vessel, the MV Kimbe Queen.


The National Court in Kokopo has granted the captain of the stricken MV Kimbe Queen, Eugene Kautao, bail for K2000. Kautao was charged by police on for taking an unseaworthy vessel out to sea while owner Peter Sharp was charged with sending an unseaworthy vessel out to sea.


Violence Cases Unreported

Dr. Lincoln Menda, Medical Officer in Charge at Lae's Angau Hospital Family Support Centre, has revealed over ten family and sexual violence cases get reported to the support centre each day. He said while Morobe's Family and Sexual Violence Action Committee is doing the best it can to help survivors, many cases still go unreported.


PNG domestic violence victims lacking safe houses, legal protection --

Vale Steven Pirika Kama

South Bougainville MP and Bougainville Affairs Minister Steven Pirika Kama has died. It is believed he was buried in his village in Siwai around the 3rd of March.


Alotau Rural Housing

The rural housing project is continuing in the Alotau District in Milne Bay. Alotau MP, Charles Abel, says the housing scheme is set to improve people's standards of living, and encourage healthy lifestyles. It's not only the inland communities that are benefiting, outer islands of the district are benefiting as well.


PNG Lacks Resources for Refugees

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, has warned PNG does not have the resources to resettle the 916 refugees and asylum seekers currently in the Australian-run Manus Island detention facility.


Yama Wins Lawsuit

The Waigani National Court has ordered the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) pay K17.8 million to Yama Security Services Ltd in damages for breach of contract for more than 16 years. Justice Sir Bernard Sakora recently handed down the decision on the case that had been before the court since 1999.


PM Will Walk if Corruption Proved

Peter O'Neill has declared he will resign immediately as Prime Minister if evidence shows he has corruptly pocketed just one Kina. Papua New Guinea's anti-corruption watchdog issued a warrant for Mr O'Neill's arrest in June 2014.


Bank Officer Jailed

A former Bank South Pacific (BSP) officer who stole K688,000 from his employer has been sentenced to five years' imprisonment with hard labour by the Waigani National Court. He was sentenced to three years and five years on different charges but the court ordered they be served concurrently.


Teacher's Telephoning While Teaching

A complaint from an elementary student attending Coronation Primary School has led to a brief investigation being carried out by PNG Today.


Cancer a Death Sentence

Port Moresby General Hospital Oncologist, Dr. Arnold Waine, says for far too long the topic of cancer has been left undiscussed. Speaking at the PNG Women's Forum, Dr. Waine warned if there is no political support, women would continue to die.


Ramu Nickel Slurry Spill

A spill at the Ramu Nickel Mine has concerned locals especially after the slurry seeped into the water used for drinking and cooking.


Kainantu Urban LLG

Eastern Highlands has a woman town mayor in Councillor Lynn David who represents Ward 3 of Kainantu Urban LLG. David was sworn in as mayor of Kainantu recently at the Goroka district court house following the death of former mayor Jerry Mamati.


FIFA Assesses PNG Prep

FIFA's Chief Medical Officer Prof. Jirí Dvorák recently visited PNG to assess the progress of medical-related preparations for the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup which will be held in the country from 13 November to 3 December 2016. It was an opportunity to gather information regarding the health situation in the region and the condition of medical facilities as well as to initiate discussions with the authorities for the future implementation of FIFA's global health initiative "FIFA 11 for Health".


Nadzab International Airport

According to National Airports Corporation board chairman, Mal Lewis, the new Nadzab International Airport will have to be properly planned and constructed. Nadzab will be completely redeveloped over the next five years as an alternative international airport to Jackson at a cost of K692 million.

All 21 major airports in the country are being developed in K1.6 billion airport development project.


See also - Airports Corporation appoints new managing director --

Newcrest Reports Profits

The Newcrest group has recorded an underlying profit of US$63 million in the first half of 2016 with free cash flow of US$254 million announced for the period.


Air Niugini Honiara Office

Air Niugini has appointed Ms Leona Kilo from Hagus village, North Bougainville to manage its operations in Honiara, Solomon Islands. Ms Kilo has replaced Apisalom Kaili who has been relocated to the Head office to manage special projects. Leona will be there for the next two years.


GG Resumes Duties

Governor General, Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio, resumed duties today after being away for five months due to health reasons. Sir Michael Ogio underwent bypass heart surgery at the Raffles Hospital in Singapore last October.


Taekwondo President Visits

World Taekwondo Federation (WTF) President Chungwon Choue recently visited the Caritas Girls Technical Secondary School in Port Moresby during the Oceania Qualification Tournament for Rio 2016.



In 2016, BSP will deliver 45 community projects throughout Papua New Guinea, worth over K1.1 million. In 2015, BSP delivered 39 community projects nationwide.


More Funding Goes to Cities

A survey has revealed that funding for economic development programmes and institutions are more concentrated in Port Moresby and Lae than other centres.


Water Warning

A Penn State graduate student and a team of researchers have conducted an independent analysis of the water near the Porgera Joint Venture gold mine and found heavy metal levels exceeding safe drinking standards set by the World Health Organization.


Civil Servants Waiting

Public sector unions have expressed concern that the Papua New Guinea government has failed to pay public servants on time.


PNG Hunters

The Hunters have chosen the newly renovated National Football Stadium to be their home base for the 2016 Queensland Cup. The club shifted to Port Moresby in the off-season after two years playing in Kokopo.


Visa On Arrival

The government will take another look at reopening visa on arrival for Australians arriving in the capital of Port Moresby. Despite controversy surrounding the issue, Sports and Tourism Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, said it is a move that will encourage the growth of the tourism industry.


PNG Golf Open

After many years as a successful pro-am event, the Papua New Guinea Golf Open will become a fully-fledged tournament on the Australian PGA Tour. The event will be played at the Royal Port Moresby Golf Club at the end of April, which hosted last year's Pacific Games competition, and will have minimum purse of AU$140,000.


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.

41st running of the PNG Game Fishing Titles, hosted by the New Britain Game Fishing Club - 19 March to the 28 March --

PNG Golf Open - end of April 2016

3rd Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

12th Festival of Pacific Arts 22 May to 4 June 2016 (Hagatna, Guam)

2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament (13 Nov - 3 Dec, Port Moresby) --

Christmas Day - 25 December 2016

Boxing Day - 26 December 2016

New Year's Day - 1st January 2017

Surfing Association PNG - World Surf League tour championship in January 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby --

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