PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Apr 2017

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A sample of EMTV News (9th April, 2017) --

United Arab Emirates (UAE) and PNG set for two T20 matches on same day to conclude series --

Shaiman Anwar shines as UAE beat PNG by 30 runs in 2nd T20I --

PNGFA presents 24 soccer balls to Wewak --

National Airports Corporation Farewells Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare --

NCD Farewell for Grand Chief Sir Michael Poorly Planned and Executed --

Strengthening agribusiness in Papua New Guinea --

'Keep PNG great' farewell message from the Grand Chief --

Omili Primary School Opens New Classrooms with Assistance from Lae District and School Administration --

Misc. Links

How Kavieng got its 'overseas' wharf in 1917 --

Health info for travellers to PNG --

Wiki Travel PNG --

A Trail of Murder and Revenge in PNG --

Hotels in PNG from Trivago --

PNG Travel -- http://

Dive Adventures PNG --

Save the Children --

New types of lighting can reduce energy costs in Pacific Islands --

Witch Hunting in Papua New Guinea --

News Items

Aussie PM Visits

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has wrapped up his visit to Papua New Guinea, leaving behind uncertainty over the resettlement of refugees when the Manus Island detention centre closes later this year.

MSN --

PNG trip not a pre-election endorsement of PM, says Turnbull --

Malcolm Turnbull accused of "dangerous" interference in PNG politics --

The Turnbull visit that went off the track - more revelations --

Aussie Firms in PNG

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says almost 5000 Australian businesses and companies are operating in PNG. He said during a business breakfast in Port Moresby yesterday the two-way trade between the two countries was valued at A$5.8 billion (K13.7 billion).

The National --

Water Police Under-resourced

Royal PNG Constabulary (RPNG) water police are in dire need of resources and manpower to patrol and monitor strategic areas in the country, officer in charge of water police David Kela says. He said during a recent workshop in East New Britain that water police earlier had five boats allocated to Vanimo, Madang, Lae, Kimbe and Alotau but only two of those were operational at the moment.

The National --

Morobe Patrol Post in Huon Gulf District Established as Police and Maritime Surveillance Centre --

Lae Police

Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, says the police force is looking at building a new police station for Lae. The current station is one of the oldest in the country.


Gerehu Level 5 Hospital

The Health Minister has revealed the government's plans to build a new hospital in Gerehu to cater for the suburb's growing population. He said it would be built to level 5 hospital standards, meaning more specialists and equipment to meet the growing demand from Port Moresby's population.


Refugees Don't Want PNG

Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, says refugees currently on Manus Island prefer to be resettled elsewhere to PNG. O'Neill made this comment during a joint media conference in Port Moresby with his Australia counterpart Malcolm Turnbull.

Meanwhile, the Manus Island detention centre will be closed before Halloween but the Australian Federal Government plans to keep the Nauru immigration detention facility open indefinitely as an enduring deterrent to people smugglers.

PNG Today --

PNG counting on Australian help on Manus closure challenge --

Lae Public Transport

At least 120 Public Motor Vehicle buses have been impounded in Lae as they were not roadworthy. Lae Metropolitan Commander Chief Superintend, Anthony Wagambie, says there are too many un-roadworthy buses driven around the city which are putting passengers and commuters lives at risk.


ICC Cricket

United Arab Emirates (UAE) have defeated PNG by 9 wickets in the ICC Intercontinental Cup 2015-16-17 match, at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Yahoo --

Ross Taylor: Helping to improve cricket in Papua New Guinea --

Moresby Snooker

The Port Moresby Snooker Open has cued off on Thursday and will finish on Easter Monday.


Solar for New Ireland

A deal for New Ireland to import the most advanced technology in electronics, space and solar systems in a joint-venture contract agreement has been reached with a large state-owned Chinese Enterprise.

The contract, worth nearly K25 million, was signed between CETC International Company Limited and New Ireland Development Corporation, the business arm of the New Ireland Provincial Government.

PNG Today --

PNG Tennis Ranking (Apisah)

PNG tennis player Abigail Tere Apisah has had the most successful month of her young career, notching up quarter-final appearances in two of her last five tournaments and climbing into the world top 400.

Radio New Zealand --

National Game Fishing Titles

Anglers from around the world have converged on the small Papua New Guinean town of Madang for the 2017 National Game Fishing Titles hosted by the Game Fishing Association of PNG. This is 42nd National Game Fishing Titles.


Manus Tension

About 60 asylum seekers on Manus and guards have come to blows in a running battle as the governments of PNG and Australia meet in Port Moresby to discuss refugee resettlement. The riot, sparked by poor food quality, followed another fight last month when barriers were erected around kitchens, slowing the serving of meals.

Radio New Zealand --

Manus Island detention centre shot at by Defence Force members, detainees say --

Snooker Open

The 2017 Port Moresby Snooker Open is currently underway at Lamana. The semi-finals and finals will be held at the Q club on Easter Monday.


PNG Elections

According to the deputy governor of Hela province there is a need to beef up security before the coming National Elections. The elections period officially starts later this month with two months of campaigning before a two-week polling period commencing in late June.

Radio New Zealand --

Chinese Government Gives 133 vehicles for 2017 National Elections --

West Papuan Granted Citizenship

Over 1,000 West Papuan Refugees in Western Province are now Papua New Guinea Citizens. Part of a National Policy, the refugees were given special consideration by the National Government to be granted citizenship.


Linguistically Diverse Country

PNG holds the record of being the most linguistically diverse country on the planet. On the map created by the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh's Kazimierz J. Zaniewski that focuses on the level of linguistic diversity of every country, Papua New Guinea garnered a linguistic diversity index of 0.99 because of the whopping number of 820 different languages spoken in the country, according to Matador Network at --

Travelers Today --

Stations of the Cross

Over a thousand Catholic faithfuls have taken part in the Stations of the Cross walk in Port Moresby. Despite the scorching heat, both young and old took to the city streets to mark the crucifixion of Christ.


Wewak Catholic Faithful Take Part in the Station of the Cross --


Founding father, Sir Michael Somare, says Bougainville should not break away from PNG. Sir Michael still believes that Bougainville is very much a part of Papua New Guinea, a country he led into independence.

One PNG --

Vale Josepha Kiris

One of Papua New Guinea's most respected women leaders, Josepha Kiris, who many people knew as Josepha Kanawi, died last week. Ms Kiris, a former Secretary of the PNG Law Reform Commission, was a driving force behind the criminalisation of wife beating and a constant voice urging the PNG government to acknowledge the skills and experience of senior female public servants by elevating them to executive roles in national agencies.

Keith Jackson & Friends: PNG ATTITUDE --

Police Given Human Rights Training

Twenty-four police officers, including six women taking part in a four day human rights training workshop in Goroka. The participants from nine districts in the Eastern Highlands province were encouraged to respect human rights in their personal as well as professional lives, and reminded that human rights starts at home.

Radio New Zealand --

Eastern Highlands University City

Plans are underway for the University of Goroka (UOG) to establish a proposed university city. UOG is committed to building a university city over the next 20 years. UOG Chancellor Joseph Sukwianomb explained that the city will provide for an alternative environment for a university to grow.

PNG Today --


Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare has been taken back to the house at Konedobu, where all the planning and meeting took place in preparation for Independence. There, he was given a final walk to the "cabinet room" where a handful of elite Papua New Guineans then sat, brainstormed ideas and pushed for Independence.

Loop PNG --

Biggest Moresby Family

Imagine having 37 children. That is the number of children in Colin Pake's home. But, only two are his own, the other 35 are the unfortunate and under privilege children that Pake and wife accommodates. Based at Gerehu stage 4, Port Moresby, the couple aim to provide basic human necessities such as food and nutrition for healthy bodies, clean water and access to medicine, shelter and love and education.

Loop PNG --

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.

Easter Monday - 17 Apr 2017

Australia PNG Business Forum & Trade Expo 14 - 16th May in Port Moresby --

Queen's Birthday - 12 Jun 2017

National Remembrance Day - 23 Jul 2017

Independence Day - 16 Sep 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup from the 24th of September to the 1st of October, 2017.

PNG Games have been postponed to 18 Nov 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 Dec 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 Dec 2017

2018 - APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit to be held in Port Moresby --

Port Moresby Craft Markets - Laguna Hotel - 1st Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), PNG Arts - 2nd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Holiday Inn - 3rd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Ela Beach - 4th Saturday of the month (6 am to 12 pm)

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