PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jun 2017

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Garden 'thief' in Lae gets hand chopped off --

Malaysian's case set for trial --

Telikom PNG has acquired capacity from PNG Data Co's fibre optic cable between Madang and Port Moresby --

Prolific Gunemba rides atop PNG's wave of success --

Alotau couple are proud home owners --

Solomon Islands 'Conman' arrested --

First Anti-doping Program in PNG held in Port Moresby --

PX Safety --

Bougainville to take PNG Govt. to court over money woes --

Clinics Running on Empty --

Misc Links

New airline connection: City's Asian link sealed --

Taklam Lodge and Guesthouse --

Not PNG but flying in nearby Papua in Indonesia --

Montevideo Maru remembered --

East Sepik province map --

Bibiko Farm & Guesthouses (Milne Bay) --

Pacific Family Health Journal --

News Items

Flames National Coach

A multiple sclerosis diagnosis in childhood robbed Jonathan Ila of the chance to become an elite player, but he has just been named national coach of the PNG Flames (PNG national women's team) ahead of the AFL International Cup.

Australia Plus --

Air Niugini Kokoda Cup

The inaugural Air Niugini Kokoda Cup was launched in a colourful ceremony on Sunday (28th May) at the National Football Stadium in Port Moresby, coinciding with the Queensland Intrust Cup round 12 match between SP PNG Hunters and Townsville Blackhawks

Air Niugini Media

El Nino Coming

The people have been warned to brace themselves for another El Nino-induced drought soon, similar to one two years ago which badly affected thousands of citizens.

The National --

Plan ahead for El Nino, Guina says --

Manase Calls Out Polye

Candidate for the Kandep open seat Alfred Manase has raised concerns over the fact that sitting MP and Opposition leader Don Polye is yet to visit his constituencies in Kandep. Mr Manase believes Mr Polye is too afraid to front up to the people who are angered by his failure to deliver on promises and fulfil pledges that he had made during the previous election.

Post Courier --

Hela Health Logo

An eight-year-old school girl's ability to connect the traditional culture of Hela with modern health care themes has landed her a K500 cheque from a logo competition. Grade 4 student, Jesmine Armitage, surprised many when her logo design was selected by the Hela Provincial Health Authority (HPHA) ahead of 24 other submissions.

Legend FM via facebook --

James Chalmers High School

The University of PNG's Milne Bay Students Union (MBSU) in collaboration with the Milne Bay Province Community in Port Moresby are coming together to raise funds for a remote high school in the Milne Bay province. Money generated from fundraising efforts to be put towards assisting the teachers and students of James Chalmers Memorial High School (JCMHS) located in the Fife Bay area of the Milne Bay province.


EHP Violence

Eastern Highlands Province has reported its first election related violence that resulted with one person dead and two others injured in the small town of Henganofi.

TV Wan News --

Trukai Fun Run

North Queensland Cowboys and Queensland forward, Matt Scott is set lead the Trukai Fun Run in Port Moresby on the 11th of June. He will be joined by another Cowboys favourite, retired Australian and Queensland centre/winger, Brent Tate.

Loop PNG --

Evacuated Islanders Facing Shortages

Over 800 people evacuated from the volcanic island of Manam are facing food shortages on the mainland. The islanders were evacuated after the eruption alert level for the Manam volcano was raised to stage three in late April.

Radio New Zealand --

Out of Date Products

TV Station EMTV has discovered fruit juice with an expiry date in February still being sold on the shelves of a Port Moresby Supermarket. Despite warnings from Health Authorities some shops in Port Moresby continue to sell food items past their best-before dates.


Aussie Rules Results

After five rounds of footy the Lamana Dockers lead the Port Moresby competition. Accounting for Concept Koboni in Round 4 and Oilmin Kokofas in Round 5 their unbeaten run continues however the Cats trail them only by percentage as they defeated the Gereka Bombers and Concept Koboni in the two rounds.

World Footy News --

Kavieng Tourism

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has assured the people of Kavieng that his government will promote massive tourism developments in their district and province if it is re-elected.

The National --

Maybank Robbery

The six men found guilty of the 2013, K6 million, Maybank robbery have been sentenced to a total of 130 years in jail. They were convicted of conspiring and stealing. When handing down the sentence, Justice Salika said it was a serious crime where K5.9 million was stolen, over K1 million used and K4.4 million not recovered.

Post Courier --

Taskforce Sweep

Former PNG prime minister and independent candidate for Moresby North-west, Sir Mekere Morauta, has undertaken to help restore the processes and machinery of good governance, transparency and accountability if elected in this election. Sir Mekere promised to do this by re-instating the Peter O'Neill government abolished investigative Task Force Sweep team and properly fund all state law enforcing agencies including the Police Fraud Squad, Ombudsman Commission, Office of the Auditor General and State Solicitor's office.

PNG Today --

A Tale of Two Towns

East New Britain is the largest island in the New Guinea Islands and is a leader in terms of tourism in the country. Rabaul was the capital but that was moved to Kokopo, 30kms away, following the volcanic eruption in 1994 which devastated the colonial town and surrounding areas.

The National --

2017 Elections

The name Okuk is making an appearance in the 2017 National Elections. Port Moresby Northeast seat hopeful Carl Okuk has been encouraged to follow in his father's footsteps. Mr Okuk assured the people that since he was the son of a great leader, he would continue from where his father left. "If my father can bring change, it's not hard for me," he said. Post Courier --

Mt Hagen, Western Highlands - More than 500 people from a council ward in a rural LLG in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands province, are upset with the Electoral Commission for duplicating their names in another council ward. Post Courier --

PNG Politics: Vanimo Green district no more home to PNG Party --

Stop your blame game: President --

Young PNG Exhibits in Australia

PNG artist Ambane Siune has exhibit some of his work at the Lismore visitor information centre in the Australian state of New South Wales. Ambane recently participated in an exhibition - Nine Mile Smile - in Brisbane at the Royal Queensland Art Society alongside many other PNG Artists.

Echo Daily --

Church Sets Trends

In a first of its kind, a church group is taking the lead to educate Papua New Guineans that resolving death compensation claims is not all about money.

Post Courier --

Internet 4G LTE

PNG owned telecommunications company, Telikom, is regaining market share through its 4G LTE network. It's understood that Telikom will concentrate on the network and not handsets cutting significant cost on device inventory and distribution.


International Business Summit

The 2017 PNG International Business Summit will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia on the 22nd and 23rd of August. Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce and Industry chief executive officer David Conn said developments in Port Moresby ultimately determined the future of the rest of Papua New Guinea.

The National --

Bank South Pacific has given K60,000 toward the staging of the Summit -- -- BSP has been the major sponsor of the event since 2010.

Lae Police Toll Free Number

Police in Lae have introduced a toll free number for emergencies. Lae Metropolitan Superintendent, Anthony Wagambie Jnr, thanked Digicel for the partnership with the police to fight crime in Lae city. The number to call in emergencies is 7090 3300. The call will only be free of cost if called from a Digicel number.

Loop PNG --


The Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, has said claims by a single opposition member that he would cancel APEC cannot be taken seriously. "Hosting an APEC meeting is a very effective way to promote tourism and culture in regional centres, as well as encourage skills transfer and local capacity development."

Post Courier --

Lae Drug Trade

The main market places around Lae city in Morobe are becoming hot-spots for illegal drug trading, a magistrate says. Lae District Court Magistrate Pious Tapil said people have reported witnessing this illegal trade at markets from Nadzab Airport all the way to the Lae main market and other suburban markets.

The National --

Aini Tries Again

Former Kavieng MP, Martin Aini, is giving it another shot at the Kavieng Open seat this year, under the endorsement of thePeople's National Congress (PNC) Party. Aini who was once a member of Pangu Pati, is confident that he has joined the best party, PNC, who will continue to run the country well, if they form the next government.


Lae Papuan Compound

The Post Courier has reported a playing field for the Papuan Compound community in Lae is alleged to have been fraudulently attained by a known title holder. Long-time Community leader and resident of Papuan Compound John Rosso in the week expressed disappointment in the way the piece of land that has been the community's icon since the 1950s to have been allegedly claimed by a known company in collaboration with the department of lands and physical planning.

Post Courier --

Chamber of Mines and Petroleum

Greg Anderson has been replaced by FORMER University of PNG Vice-Chancellor Prof Albert Mellam as the executive director of the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum. The council announced the appointment to replace Anderson who was at the helm of the resource industry association for 28 years.

The National --

Doctor Beaten By Police

A resident doctor at Port Moresby General Hospital Labour ward has been beaten by policemen. The doctor is now nursing serious injuries which will stop him from working at the Labour Ward. Senior doctors at Port Moresby General Hospital say the matter will not be taken lightly. It will be taken to the Police Commissioner for the matter to be addressed.


Femili PNG

Femili PNG has opened a new office in Lae, Morobe province. Newcrest made a generous donation of K200,000 to Femili PNG in March 2017 which was used to renovate the office space. Femili PNG is a local NGO based in Lae that runs a Case Management Centre (CMC) to assist survivors of family and sexual violence access the services they need.

Loop PNG --

Port Moresby Soccer

Round two of Port Moresby Soccer Association games has seen most new team performing above average. For example new team Global Gurupweu had a great defensive match against Mariners FC to win 1-0 after a penalty goal in the last minute of the game.

Post Courier --

Port Moresby Beachfront

The development of Ela Beach in Port Moresby is expected to be completed by August 2018. Cardno engineering manager Johann Mouton said the project began four months ago and was in the reclamation stage which should be completed by December.

The National --

Desperate Race Against Tumour

A group of good Samaritans is racing against the clock to bring a three-year-old from PNG to Australia to treat him for an extremely rare but curable form of cancer that is devouring his face.

News Australia --

Local Port Moresby Dairy

Agro Industry says an investment of US$40 million (K120 million) would not have been undertaken on the dairy farm outside Port Moresby if the company had not performed any due diligence. The farm is expected to start operations in October and will include both raw and processed milk.

Post Courier --

Townsville Blackhawks Shock

The Townsville Blackhawks mid-season woes have gone from bad to worse after suffering a club record 42-4 loss to the PNG Hunters in Port Moresby. The Blackhawks have never experienced a loss like this before.

Townsville Bulletin --

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.

Port Moresby Billiards and Snooker Association (POMBSA) Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held at 4pm on Sunday 4 June 2017 at the Lamana Q Club in Port Moresby.

Queen's Birthday - 12 Jun 2017

National Remembrance Day - 23 Jul 2017

PNG International Business Summit - 22 and 23 August - will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia

National Darts Championships Alotau from the 8th through to the 18th of September.

Independence Day - 16 Sep 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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