PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Oct 2017

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News Items

Olympic Values Program

ExxonMobil PNG Limited has come on board for the second consecutive year as the major sponsor of the Olympic Values Education Program (OVEP).

Post Courier --

Hockeyroos Thrash PNG

The Australian Womens Hockey team, the Hockeyroos, have opened their Oceania Cup campaign in Sydney with a 23-0 wipe-out of minnows PNG.

SBS --

France have qualified for the next edition of the men's Hockey World Cup in 2018 after a gap of 28 years thanks to favourable results at the Oceania Cup, International Hockey Federation (FIH). France's place was confirmed when New Zealand defeated PNG --

City Mission Gives Blood

Lae City Mission came in numbers to donate blood to Angau General Hospitals Blood Bank Unit recently. 49 bags were collected from people at 11 mile who were more than happy and eager to donate blood.

Post Courier --

Scam Nets Over K100,000

A simple scam netted ex library boss, Jacob Hevelawa and his wife K118,000, but if the scheme had not been uncovered they could have gotten away with K1.3 million. Hevelawa's official title was Director General of the Office of Library and Archives (OLA).

PNG Investigate. Analyse. Expose --

International Day of the Girl

International Day of the Girl features 14 year old Vuina Guria from Port Moresby. Hear her tell how she would change the world. This video will be available until 12 Oct 2018.

ABC Australia --

BOC South Pacific

BOC, a member of The Linde Group, has opened its new K1.2 million Gas & Gear facility in Lae at an official ceremony attended by local dignitaries, customers and staff. Celebrating its 50-year anniversary in Lae this year, BOC has a strong presence in the region with other sites that include its national head office, oxygen filling and storage facilities, and a cylinder testing shop.

Gas World --

Education a Priority

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said that Education and Health was a precedence that the Government would continue to project money into the country whilst also ensuring the children of this country receive the best in education and health care.

Post Courier --

Diplomat Robbed in Moresby

A US Embassy official has been robbed at gunpoint in Port Moresby after being stopped at a police roadblock. A man in civilian clothes, who was with the police, got into the car, produced a pistol and took the American's phone and watch. The official was then forced to drive to an ATM and withdraw cash from his bank account.

Australian ABC --

NCD Flood

The heavy downpour of rain in the Nation's Capital District on the 10th of October came as surprise as many scurried to find shelter under bus stops and shop fronts. Residents awoke to inspect damages caused by heavy flooding. Several septic pipes and water sources within a number of houses in Badili were destroyed.

Post Courier --

Disaster Risks

Western Highlands and Simbu, like other Highlands provinces, are prone to many different hazards including floods, landslides, droughts and frosts. Communities in these provinces are regularly impacted by floods especially those living along the rivers and the flood plains. Infrastructure including the Highlands Highway is also regularly impacted by landslides and other calamities. In 2015/16, both provinces were affected by El Nino-induced drought and frost, especially people living in high altitude areas.

Relief Web --

Aircraft Maintenance Engineers

Two women are among the 21 Air Niugini aircraft maintenance engineers who have received their United Kingdom, European Aviation Safety Agency licences after completing five years of training. The license granted by the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority is recognised worldwide.

Air Niugini --

Air Niugini, along with the introduction of the new Sabre Corporation Passenger Services System, has implemented a mobile friendly website for booking flights.

Australia-Pacific Technical College

Over 200 Papua New Guineans proudly celebrated their achievements during the Australia-Pacific Technical College (APTC) graduation ceremony held at Port Moresby recently. The new graduates, including 53 women, join the 2500 Papua New Guineans who have graduated from APTC since its inception in 2007. The graduates received certificates in 17 different programs including carpentry, catering operations and early childhood education.

Post Courier --

Eda Ranu and PNG Water

The Minister for Planning and Implementation, Richard Maru will be making a submission to the National Executive Council for the merger of Water PNG and Eda Ranu.

Loop PNG --

Low-cost Housing in Demand

The high demand for affordable housing and accommodation in Port Moresby has resulted in the high costs houses, Professor Eugene Ezebilo says. Ezebilo is a Senior Research Fellow with National Research Institute.

The National --

Sunday Polling Petition Withdrawn

The election petition against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has been withdrawn by the counsel QC Greg Egan representing petitioner Stanley Liria. This means that the Prime Minister can now concentrate on running the country and the district without thinking to worry about any election related matter before him. Mr O'Neill's win for the Ialibu-Pangia open seat in the Southern Highlands province was challenged by runner-up Stanley Liria, who claimed that the election was conducted on a Sunday that is not allowed by Law.

Post Courier --

Miss Pacific Islands Pageantry

The National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) has donated K250,000 to the Miss Pacific Islands Pageantry (MPIP) PNG contest. Miss Pacific Islands PNG chairperson Molly O'Rourke thanked the NGCB for seven years of partnership.

The National --

PNG Ready for APEC

PNG has asked Australia to provide air security during next years APEC meeting in Port Moresby. In preparation, the Australian Air Force flew two F18 Super hornets into Port Moresby last week. The fighter planes flew back to Australia on Thursday after circling the city three times.

Radio New Zealand --

PNGDF Commander's Cup

Soldiers from around the country have converged at Murray Barracks in Port Moresby to participate in the PNGDF Commander's Cup. They have come from as far as Lombrum Naval base in Manus to Moem Barracks in Wewak, East Sepik down to Igam Barracks in Morobe then over to Goldie Training Depot, Taurama Barracks, Air Transport Wing and Murray Barracks.

Post Courier --

Remote Areas a Challenge

Speaking to the 10th APEC Transportation Ministerial Meeting in his district, Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Alotau, Charles Abel, highlighted relevant transportation issues in Milne Bay Province that are a reflection of transport issues around the country and the region.

Loop PNG --

Pocket Knife Law Needed

Sergeant Pirika Eafeara, a prosecutor at the Waigani Committal Court in Port Moresby says the government should implement strict laws to stop the sale of pocket knives in public markets and on the streets due to increasing crimes of wounding and murder before the court.

The National --

PNG Film Festival

The 8th annual PNG Human Rights Film Festival will be dominated by PNG films. The theme for this year's 8th festival is "Look. Know. Act" (Luksave na Kirapim wok) which aims to challenge the public to take action to increase respect for human rights in the country, in an individual capacity as well as in association with other.

Post Courier --

Manus Island Detainees

Manus Island detainees have written to PNG authorities pleading not to be forcibly resettled in PNG. With Australia closing its immigration detention centre at the end of the month, about 800 men will seemingly become the responsibility of the PNG government.

Radio New Zealand --

New Cabinet Ministries

Pangu Pati Leader Sam Basil has been rewarded a Ministry and his two party members are vice ministers for their move to join government.

The National --

It has been rumoured that Basil may also be handed the Deputy PM role.

Abel's 100-day Plan

The PNG treasurer says significant progress is being made towards restoring discipline and containing costs within government spending. As the halfway mark of Mr Abel's 100-day plan was reached recently, the treasurer told the newspaper, The National, that government salaries were now being reviewed.

Radio New Zealand --

Steamships MD's Cup

The Coral Sea Pirates lost 12 - 15 to the TPS Truckies after the Truckies sank two more tries in the final seconds, marking their first win record in the Steamships Managing Director's Cup at the Bava Park.

Post Courier --

Minister Targets Illegal Weapons

Police Minister, Jelta Wong, says the government is aiming to strengthen laws to prevent the build-up of illegal weapons. He said hundreds of extra police officers had been deployed to Southern Highlands and Enga to contain lingering unrest. Meanwhile, former PNG military commander Jerry Singirok said the solution to the country's gun problem was to empower the community.

Radio New Zealand --

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.

War Canoe Festival - 27th and 28th of October, Alotau, Milne Bay Province

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

PNG Games have reportedly been postponed to 18 November 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017

New Year, 1 January 2018

Good Friday, 30 March 2018

Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018

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

Oceania Men's and Women's Continental Hockey Qualification in Port Moresby in May 2018

Queen's Birthday, 11 June 2018

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2018

Mount Hagen Cultural Show --

Independence Day, 16 September 2018

Goroka Show --

World Tourism Day 2018, 27 September 2018

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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