PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Aug 2017

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The elections may have come and almost gone but these elections will linger on for months or possibly years to come and not a couple of weeks. The new Prime Minister elect is Peter O'Neill but there is a pending court case over whether his election is valid or not. Many other seats are still pending an outcome and for some seats it would appear a couple of candidates have been announced as being the winner. Two into one seat does not go so those results may prove to be interesting.

It also appears there are no clear figures on the number of eligible voters in an electorate and the actual number that have voted of course this could just be fake news thrown into the system to confuse matters even more than what they are already.

Constitutional crisis averted --

2017 Election News --

Sunday Voting

There is a dispute that has been taken to court over polling in the Prime Minister's electorate (Ialibu-Pangia seat) that was held on a Sunday.

Stanley Liria, who was in the race for the Ialibu-Pangia seat in Southern Highlands Province, through his lawyer, filed an application before the Supreme Court on July 17 asking the court to decide if voting on Sunday breached the Constitution. The application also asked for a combined interpretation of section 50 and section 55 linked to section 130 of the Organic Law of National and Local Level Government Elections.

Post Courier --

Where are the Women?

Not one female was elected to represent the people of PNG.

The United Nations Development Programme has joined the Registrar of Political Parties, the Chief Ombudsman and the highest polling female candidate in the national elections to call for political leaders, governments and voters to commit to real change to progress female participation in politics, after no women were elected to Parliament.

Post Courier --

Air Niugini

There may be no women in the new PNG parliament but the National Airline, Air Niugini, has appointed its first female general manager for one of its subsidiary, Property and Facilities. Bonai Pepena Wala has worked with Air Niugini for 24 years in areas such as finance and human resources. She was Air Niugini's human resource manager change management.

The National --

Air Niugini Opens Latest Paradise Lounge in Hoskins --

Air Niugini resumes flights into Mt Hagen --

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Bougainville's Panguna Mine

Moves to re-open the Panguna copper mine on Bougainville are gathering momentum. Funding the re-opening is a key concern, however, says Bougainville President, John Momis. Could one of the global mining majors get involved? Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL) is currently advertising for a local Bougainville-based manager, and are looking at the payment of K14 million in rent and compensation that was owed to the 812 customary clan groups who own the blocks of land within the mining lease areas.


Woman to Ref Hunters

There may be no women in the new PNG parliament but a woman is to referee the PNG Hunters in the Queensland Rugby League game to be held in Port Moresby. 30-year-old Belinda Sleeman, from Rockhampton, was also the first female to officiate an NRL match between West Tigers and Cronulla Sharks back in 2014.

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Lack of Transparency Condemned

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) has condemned the lack of transparency and adherence to proper process in the 2017 National Election. In a statement, TIPNG chairman, Lawrence Stephens said, "This election Papua New Guinea witnessed double declarations plus questionable declarations in a number of seats indicating a level of undue influence on Returning Officers".

Post Courier --

Water Shortage

People in Gulf are experiencing food shortage after king tides hit the province. Gulf Governor Chris Haivetta said that an official report has already been sent to the prime minister. Haivetta has also called on the Gulf communities in Port Moresby and around the country to assist the people in the villages. The province is on high alert as another king tide is expected to hit their shores in the next couple of days.

The National --

Commodity and Financial Markets

Oil prices recover and coffee and cocoa up: a monthly review of Papua New Guinea's commodity and financial markets.


Madang Man to Stand Trial

The Waigani Committal Court has committed Jeffery Sheekiot of Madang to stand trial in the National Court for his part in the killing of a Salle Naime of Tatana Village in Moresby Northwest. He will be listed on August 28 in the National Court.

Post Courier --

Lightning Kills One

People in Madang have been urged to stay away from tall trees during rain after lightning struck 14 people, killing one, in Bundi recently. The incident occurred last month at Quimbana village about a five-minute walk from Bundi station. The 13 injured people are recovering.

The National --

Tooth Brushing Day

Students at the Bosco Technological Institute in Boroko, Port Moresby, helped promote National Tooth Brushing Day. The institute, in collaboration with Colgate-Palmolive PNG, says it values oral health care as an important aspect of personal well-being. Not only it will boost self-esteem but it also prevents dental diseases.

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Abel Acknowledges Mistakes

Newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister Charles Abel has acknowledged that mistakes have been made but continued humility and commitment of improving on those mistakes will continue to maintain the Government's stance on listening to the people of PNG.

Post Courier --

Operation Open Heart

Oil Search has chipped in K10,000 towards the Operation Open Heart Programme which has begun in Port Moresby. The programme is made possible by volunteers comprising cardiac specialists, hearts surgeons, anaesthetists and nurses who travel to PNG from Australia and Singapore to perform open heart surgery mainly on children and young adults.

The National --

Aussie Rules

The PNG Mosquitoes' quest to win back-to-back AFL International Cups has started off on the right note after the team overcame Nauru in a hard-fought lead-up match at Dauth Park, Gold Coast recently.

Post Courier --

No Basic Drugs

Sialum Health Centre in the Tewai-Siassi district of Morobe has been without basic medical drugs for the last three months after the contracted supplier stopped its service.

The National --

Mt Hagen Hospital Charges

Mt Hagen Hospital has started charging its patients minimal fees for the supply of drugs and other services due to a shortage of essential medical supplies and equipment. The National Department of Health which is responsible for supplying drugs to all hospitals throughout the country has been unable to supply most of the drugs requested.

Post Courier --

Expatriate Killed

A young business man from Bangladesh has been killed by criminals in Lae recently. Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jnr confirmed that the Bangladeshi was jumped by armed gangsters and was shot and killed near his residence.

The National --

Alliance Not Deterred

The 46-strong Alliance coalition called a media Conference after the election of the Prime Minister. Member-elect for Aitape Lumi, Patrick Pruaitch, said the Alliance has heard the cry of the people unfortunately it has not mastered the numbers to form Government.


Limbless Body Found

The body of a man was discovered at the back of the Lae Biscuit factory along Speedway in Lae recently. Lae Metropolitan Superintendent Anthony Wagambie Jr said the body was found by residents nearby after a foul smell was coming from the area where it was found.

The National --

Government Will Change, Says Basil

PANGU Pati leader and Bulolo MP Sam Basil says the recently formed government will not last long as the strong opposition side will change it before long. He said one of the things the team in opposition were aiming to do was change the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates to make sure candidates did not change political parties.

The National --

Career Expo

Nineteen young Lihirians attended careers expo recently in Kokopo, East New Britain. The expo was an eye-opener for them as they begin to pursue career opportunities. The students from the Newcrest Lihir-run Work Ready Institute (WRI) were funded by the Newcrest-Lihir's human resources team's learning and development section aimed to expose the students to career opportunities, cultures, tourism and professional networks.

The National --

PNG Power Sit-in

PNG Power Limited (PPL) workers have been on a nationwide sit-in protest over outstanding grievances including the removal of overtime pay. The workers gathered at the PPL headquarters recently and blocked off the two main gates demanding that the board and management address them.

The National --

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.

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.

Rugby League World Cup 2017 - Wales vs PNG in Port Moresby - 28 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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