PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Mar 2016

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FIFA has fined and warned the PNG soccer federation for failing to play the second leg of a women's Olympic qualifying playoff. FIFA's disciplinary panel imposed a 10,000 Swiss francs ($10,100) fine, but no suspension from future competitions.


Australia's Own Apartheid

Read about Australia's treatment of the people of PNG in an article written by Ron Crocombe, the late Pacific academic and commentator, in 2009.


Snake Warning

Parents have been warned to keep a close watch over their children when outdoors as snakebites are particularly common at this time of year. The Charles Campbell Toxinology Centre based at Port Moresby General Hospital is urging parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of venomous snakes.


PNG Death Penalty

Pressure from Australia led to PNG shelving its plans to reintroduce the death penalty for serious crimes. Last month, the ABC reported Prime Minister Peter O'Neill had quietly announced plans to shelve the plans.

Dr Eric Kwa, the secretary-general of the Constitutional and Law Reform Commission, told a law reform conference in Melbourne that he had been tasked by the PNG government with investigating the most efficient ways to execute prisoners.


Aussie Smartraveller Advisory Service

The Aussie Smartraveller Advisory Service continues to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in PNG. Higher levels apply in some parts of the country. Visit the link below for updated information.


Money Laundering

Parliament has enacted five laws to act as a legal framework for implementing financial sanctions against persons or entities connected with terrorists financing and proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

  • Criminal Code - Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Amendment Act 2015
  • United Nations Financial Sanctions Act 2015
  • Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Financing Act 2015
  • Proceeds of Crime - Amendment Act 2015 and
  • Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Amendment Act 2015


Highlands Highway

Sumkar MP and veteran Highlands Highway trucking operator Ken Fairweather says the highway and adjoining Ramu Highway are in their worst state in 40 years. Fairweather, who owns Kutubu Transport (formerly Pagini), said yesterday his company was losing up to K1 million a month because of regular problems along the highway.


Pride of PNG Awards

City Pharmacy Limited (CPL) has launched its 10th Pride of PNG Awards for Women Initiative in Port Moresby. The awards are part of CPL's efforts to empower women, through recognising their contribution towards the country's development.


Fishing Titles

Trukai Industries has renewed its platinum sponsorship of K35,000 to support the Fishing titles being held by the Game Fishing Association of PNG. this month.


Somare Announces Retirement

PNG's first Prime Minister, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, has announced he is retiring from politics. Sir Michael led PNG for 19 years as Prime Minister and is turning 80 next month. Sir Michael was the country's first prime minister from 1975 until 1980, then again from 1982 to 1985, and from 2002 to 2011.


Ok Tedi Rock Fall

A man has died at the Ok Tedi mine, forcing operations to be suspended less than two weeks after they were restarted. Ok Tedi Mining Limited said the worker was caught in debris from a rock fall on the mine's western wall. The company said PNG authorities had been notified of the man's death.


Moresby Roadworks

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop says major road redevelopments in Port Moresby in the near future will include the Tokarara-Waigani traffic lights section.


Indonesian Police Destroy PNG Marijuana

The Papua Police narcotics unit has destroyed 2.2 kilograms of marijuana smuggled from PNG at a recent event in Jayapura, Papua. Jayapura has become a popular place for the distribution of marijuana from Papua New Guinea, and in many cases, it is bartered with electronic goods, fuel and stolen motorcycles. Marijuana is smuggled via both land and sea routes in border areas.


Sepik Level Drops

The level of Mighty Sepik River has dropped in the last two days following 2 very hot sunny days after continuous rains last week.


Japanese Establishment

The newly appointed Petroleum and Energy Minister, Ben Micah, is going on his first overseas trip as head of the ministry today. Minister Micah is travelling to Japan, to discuss the establishment of downstream processing industries in PNG. He will also visit Singapore for the National Liquefied Gas Conference.


Yangoru Mobile Police

The Governor General, Sir Michael Ogio has officiated at the signing ceremony of an K18.2 million contract between Eastern Highlands Company, Pacific Building Industries Limited and the State for the construction of the Yangoru Police Mobile Barracks in Yangoru-Saussia District.


Disappearing Language

Unserdeutsch, or 'Our German', one of the world's rarest languages, is being kept alive in Australia, spoken by just a handful of families. "Unserdeutsch is a contact language, like all creoles are contact languages, and shares features with PNG pidgin, German and English but it has its own characteristics as well," said Professor Peter Maitz from the University of Augsburg. "The most important thing is it's the only German-based creole worldwide we know of, so this is really a unique language and unfortunately a dying language, so this is the last chance to document it."


Future Leaders Summit on Security

Thirty young leaders from military forces and government security agencies across the Pacific region will converge on Port Moresby this week to attend the inaugural Future Leaders Summit on Security in the South Pacific.


Water to Australia

PNG will soon be exporting fresh water from the Highlands via a 1,500 km pipeline to Queensland, Australia, under an ambitious new plan approved by the O'Neill Government.


Australian Aid

Opposition Leader Don Pomb Polye has rolled out a red-carpet treatment to the Australian government for providing K1.2 billion aid package to PNG for economic growth and poverty alleviation. The Opposition Leader said when he was the Works, Transport and Civil Aviation minister in the past government, the people of Australia always financially supported PNG so that 'our people can have better road networks and transport system in the country.'


Wet Season

The National Weather Office has confirmed that the country will be experiencing the wet season from March until May. Assistant director of the National Weather Office, Jimmy Gomoga, said the El Nino conditions were slowing down and by June the country would return to its normal conditions both in the ocean and the atmosphere.


Bougainville Chief Secretary Dumped

Controversial Chief Secretary of the Bougainville Administration has been terminated from office. Monovi Amani, who only served ten months before being suspended for alleged misconduct in office, was officially removed from office on last week by the Bougainville Senior Appointments Committee.


Will PNG Go Bankrupt?

Commentary by Jay Ban -- This week I want to share some insight on what PNG might experience if it goes into bankruptcy. This article comes as the country faces financial hardship as a result of years of mismanaged public funds and corruption.


Dengue Cases Detected

Six more people have contracted the dengue virus, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in NCD to 11, according to the Health Department.


The PNG Institute of Medical Research has confirmed the presence of a dengue outbreak in Kiunga, Western province. The defence against the mosquito-borne diseases is for people to apply mosquito repellent, wear suitable clothes covering the body and sleep under mosquito nets during daylight hours and use window screens where possible.


Basil Welcomes Micah

Deputy Opposition Leader and Pangu Pati Leader Sam Basil has commended People's Progress Party Leader Ben Micah for making a bold step to announce his party's alignment with PANGU Pati.


Basil: I'm in constant communication with PPP leader --

Expat Teachers

The Government will employ mathematics and science teachers from India and other countries to fill vacancies in secondary schools, Acting Education Secretary Dr Uke Kombra says. Kombra said the exercise had started with schools in Southern Highlands.


Mt. Hagen City Commission

The newly enacted Mt.Hagen City Authority has started its operation as a municipal government. After the appointment of its Chief Executive Officer, Leo Noki, by the National Executive Council, the Authority has met with concerned stakeholders in Mt.Hagen.


PNG Power

Part of PNG Power Limited's (PPL) 15 year development plan is the formulation of the Ramu System Power Development Master Plan and the Lae area Distribution Network Improvement Plan.



Nasfund, PNG's superannuation fund of choice, has experienced a net profit loss of approximately K200 million over the 2014/2015 fiscal year. According to figures disclosed, a K107.55 million shortfall comes from the figures K258.45 in 2014 and K150.9 million in 2015.


Piracy on the Increase

According to Northern provincial police commander Chief Insp Lincoln Gerari - Sea piracy is on the rise along the border of Morobe and Northern (Oro) provinces.


New Basamuk Piggery Project

A new piggery project in Rai Coast district of Madang province, funded by Mineral Resources Authority (MRA), has been officially launched and handed over to the Basamuk women group on the 6th of March 2016.


Vale Sir Koitaga Mano

One of the last-surviving members of the First House of Assembly in 1964 has died. Sir Koitaga Mano, who served three terms from 1964-1977, died recently at Kudjip General Hospital in Jiwaka province.


Coming Events

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41st running of the 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)

The ABU Pacific Media Partnership Conference 2016 - 24 to 27 August in Port Moresby --

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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