PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Jul 2017

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Counting in Enga begins after delay --

Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) forum --

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PNG Named as One of the Most Dangerous Countries for Women--

Earthquake strikes PNG --

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News Items

Vale Peter Loko

Peter Loko, Country Leader at General Electric (PNG), has passed away. He started his career in 1983 with Telikom or PTC as it was known at the time). He has spent time at Telikom PNG, Kalang Radio, and Yellow Pages PNG. He was also a past president of Boroko Rotary. He served as the Chief Executive Officer of Telikom PNG for a bit over 3 years from April 2009.


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Observers Criticise Poll

International election observers have called for an urgent review of 'all aspects' of Papua New Guinea's electoral process in an interim report about the tumultuous national poll. Their report follows the resignation on Sunday of the PNG Electoral Commission's constitutionally required Election Advisory Committee (EAC) over lack of access to data to help determine if the poll is free and fair.

SBS Australia --

Water Workers Paid

Following a recent sit-in protest by Water PNG workers in Lae, outstanding payments to salaries, which were allegedly cut, have been paid. The sit-in protest came after senior staff at the Lae branch of the water service provider claimed they were paid only K50 last fortnight.

Post Courier --

PNG Swimming

PNG Swimming has hosted its first ever swimming camp in Port Moresby for the BSP National Squad that took place on the 25th to 30th of June in Port Moresby. The camp delivered the best opportunity for the swimmers to improve their swimming in a positive and healthy learning environment.


Judiciary Workshop

A week-long workshop for the Staff of the National Judiciary Services has been held at the Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby. The PNG Judiciary Information Technology Workshop for all judges, associates, registry clerks and IT is an annual event that is aimed at properly equipping the National Judiciary Staff with appropriate skills on data management system using the latest technologies available.

Loop PNG --

Officials Attacked

An election observer was punched and had his cell phone smashed, and other observers were harassed in separate incidents involving security officers in Port Moresby. The incidents have raised the concern of Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato who has written to Police Commissioner Gari Baki to deal with the issue which he said "do not reflect well" on the country.

The National --

ATM Theft

Two former employees of the Bank South Pacific (BSP) have appeared at the Waigani Committal Court over allegations of stealing money from Automatic Teller Machines (ATM's) in the National Capital District.

Loop PNG --

Ela Beach Trees Uprooted

More protected trees have been uprooted along Ela Beach to make way for the redevelopment of the beach front. Traffic along Ela Beach to Downtown had to be diverted, while heavy machinery and workmen carefully worked away until the trees were felled. One onlooker, said that it was very sad to see the trees been removed as they were part of the iconic land mark where families would sit while enjoying the sea breeze and shade.

Post Courier --

Basketball All Stars

The national training squad will be preparing for the Melanesia Cup slated for September this year.

Post Courier --

World Population Day

A range of partners including the Departments of National Planning and Monitoring, Department of Health, Oil Search Foundation, Marie Stopes, the United Nations and senior diplomats celebrated World Population Day recently (July 11, 2017) under the theme 'Family planning, empowering people, developing nations," Oil Search reports.


World Youth Skills Day

Work Link, a nationally owned company, participated at the World Youth Skills Day celebration at Koki Market, Port Moresby to promote its human resource services. Managing director of Work Link, Rutis Clytus, said Work Link is a human resource firm but also offers different trainings that people can take on.

Post Courier --

Robber Shot in Kimbe

A man has been shot and killed by police on election security operations in West New Britain. The man was part of a gang that was involved in an armed robbery in Kimbe.

PNG Today --

Parallel Imports

Plans are being mooted by the European Union Trade Project for a policy for the country on parallel imports. The proposal stems from issues that have risen recently in PNG and brought to the attention of the Department of Trade Commerce and Industry (DTCI). PNG does not have a policy in place to guide this type of trade.

Post Courier --

Electoral Advisory Committee

A member of the electoral advisory committee which has resigned midway through Papua New Guinea's national election says they had to pull out to protect the integrity of the committee. The committee has resigned only a month into its job, indicating the Electoral Commission has not allowed them access to information they require to perform their assessment of the election.

Radio New Zealand --

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Project Runway

Models for the Pacific Balanced Fund-sponsored Miss Pacific Islands Pageant PNG (MPIP PNG) Project Runway brought sassiness, style and attitude to their rehearsals recently. Project Runway will host a presentation of a number of local designers' creations on Saturday, August 12, at the Crowne Plaza hotel in downtown Port Moresby.

Post Courier --

Electoral Process Maturing

PNG is a young democracy which is learning from past experience and maturing in the process, Governor-General Sir Bob Dadae says. Sir Bob said since the introduction of the Limited Preferential Voting system in 2007, people had realised the need to work closely with each other on who to vote for.

PNG Today --

ITI Graduation

Almost 300 students have graduated from the International Training Institute (ITI) during its 50th graduation recently at the Kaugere, Foursquare Church; in Port Moresby.

Post Courier --

High Arctic PNG Activities

High Arctic Energy Services is pleased to provide an operational and financial update on its International Operations in Papua PNG. Following several contract extensions in relation to heli-portable rigs that are managed for a significant customer, High Arctic is now in a position to provide additional details on developments towards solidifying its position as the leading drilling services provider in PNG.

Global Newswire --

Rubber Industry

Lack of government support for the rubber industry in the cape Rodney area of Central province has seen production reduce significantly over the last 20 years.

Post Courier --

PNG Coffee

Five years after opening the first of three Duffy's cafés in Port Moresby, owner and entrepreneur Travers Chue is preparing to expand overseas, marketing Papua New Guinea specialty coffee and premium health products. They plan to kick off very modestly in China with one store, which will be approximately 150-200 square metres.


Climate Change

The National Research Institute (NRI) says that PNG is not well equipped to manage adverse impacts of climate change even with lessons learnt from past incidents. Senior research fellow and programme leader Prof Eugene Ezebilo told a group of participants in a research presentation in Port Moresby that government agencies responsible for managing natural disasters were not prepared well enough to adapt to climate change.

The National --

Deep Sea Mining

The Deep Sea Mining Campaign, an organization based in Australia and Canada, has been following the saga of Solwara 1, proposed by Nautilus Inc. for offshore PNG that continues to seek financing year after year since 2011.

Huffington Post --

Call to stop deep sea mining --

PNG Sex Education

The UN Population Fund says it will be promoting the implementation of sex education in PNG in an effort to address some of the issues the country is facing. The UNPF's Koffi Kouame said the country's population growth rate was about 3.1 percent and every 25 years the population doubles.

Radio New Zealand --

Fire Station Gets Help

The Gerehu Fire Station has sought and found assistance to fix its fire equipment to prepare for next year's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum. Station commander superintendent John Gareresi told The National that their 24m aerial platform snorkel (fire truck) had not been in operation for more than 12 years.

The National --

Martyn Namorong Censured

A former prime minister has come to the defence of blogger Martyn Namorong. Mr Namorong has been restrained from publishing defamatory remarks about the Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato. Sir Mekere Morauta says court action taken by Mr Gamato is ridiculous.

Radio New Zealand --

Blogger Restrained by Court - Post Courier --

Soldiers Will Be Discharged

Five soldiers who were arrested in Kundiawa for illegal possession of ammunition and K5,000 cash near the counting centre are facing dishonourable discharge from the force.

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.

National Remembrance Day - 23 July 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 8 September through to 18 September 2017.

Independence Day - 16 September 2017

The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup from 24 September to 1 October, 2017.

PNG Games have been postponed to 18 November 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 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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