PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Nov 2017

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Undersea cable deal with PNG inked amid concerns over Chinese influence in the Pacific --

Nearly 75 years later, Connecticut native still searching for father's remains --

PNG election report shows extensive voter disenfranchisement --

Amelia Kuk primed for PNG debut after Jillaroos snub --

International Rice Research Institute team to be deployed to PNG to train farmers on sustainable rice production --

Newcrest Royalties on hold --

Let's keep Lae City clean --

Women's Rugby League World Cup set to start in Sydney --

Residents honour those who served --

Port Moresby Governor to consider offering settlement residents title --

Company keen to run Moresby transport system --

Misc Links

Why the World War II invasion of Rabaul has been left out of the Australian national story --

Sister of war: The Australian nun who survived a POW camp --

Captain's Run --

Snooker --

Whats on Port Moresby --

Building trust across cultures --

'Survivor, Rabaul volcano town' --

Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary --

Eruption of Tavurvur volcano, Rabaul, East New Britain --

News Items

Gas Powered Generator

The National Executive Council has approved a 57.78 megawatts gas-powered electricity generating project to be constructed near the Liquefied Natural Gas site outside Port Moresby. The announcement was made by the Minister for Public Enterprises and State Investments, William Duma, on the 10th of November during a ground-breaking ceremony for the Kilakila substation in Port Moresby.

Loop PNG --

Govt seals K375m power project --

APEC Gavel

PNG has been officially handed the Gavel to host the APEC Summit in 2018 at the closure of the 2017 APEC Summit in Vietnam.

Post Courier --

PNG is now officially an APEC hosting nation after Prime Minister Peter O'Neill met with all the 21 APEC economy leaders in Da Nang, Vietnam for the 2017 Summit --

Chile officially announces its attendance --

APEC 2017 committed to supporting regional prosperity --

Power Projects On Hold

Power projects for two districts in PNG have been put on hold due to the unavailability of land. PNG Power Ltd (PPL) acting CEO, Alex Oa, says the projects for Kavieng in New Ireland Province and Alotau, Milne Bay Province, have been stalled while the land issue is addressed.

Loop PNG --

The state power entity currently has a Power Purchasing Agreement with Oil Search for the biomass fuel project in Markham, Morobe Province, to supply the Ramu power grid with 30 megawatts of power --

Oro's Girua Airport to Power Up --

Community Health Work

Health services in PNG are mainly provided by Community Health Workers (CHWs), who have two years of training provided by Health Colleges, after which they are allocated their aid post roles, usually to rural or remote areas. Encouragingly, many of the young graduates are eager to serve the communities of PNG and have a genuine passion for their work. However, once working in the rural aid post, CHWs find themselves battling with an irregular and unreliable supply of health care products, lack of access to continued professional development, professional isolation and lack of support.

Relief Web --

Lae Christian School of Tomorrow

The Lae Christian School of Tomorrow (LCST), operated by the Bible Church, has teamed up with Markham Culverts Limited and the governor of Morobe Province to give an early Christmas present for the destitute youth of the province with a ground-breaking ceremony signifying commence construction of a new four in one double storey classroom for semi-literate and illiterate youth.

Post Courier --

Manus Detention Centre

Refugees occupying the former detention centre on Manus Island say police have destroyed shelters and tipped out stored rainwater. About 600 men are refusing to leave the centre on the island's naval base, despite the PNG government threatening to use force to evict them.

Radio New Zealand --

Reuters - Asylum-seekers get 24-hour reprieve from camp eviction --

PNG destroys refugee shelters at Manus immigration centre -- - How can the crisis on Manus Island be resolved? --

PNG ups pressure on refugees to leave Australian camp --

Gerehu Hospital

The Indian Association of PNG has given K300,000 towards the rehabilitation of the Gerehu Hospital in Port Moresby. The donation was part of funds raised by the association to donate to charity organisations.

Post Courier --

Belden Namah Tribunal

The tribunal set up to hear allegations of leadership misconduct made against Honourable Belden Namah MP for Vanimo - Green River has entered a fifth day. It is expected the MP for Vanimo - Green will be called to the witness box for cross-examination.

PNG Today --

Namah to explain PNG Supreme Court incident to tribunal --

Hired Police Vehicles Vital

The Crime rate in Lae would increase dramatically if all the vehicles hired by Lae police are to be returned, says Lae law and order chairman Sam Oyaya. He was responding to Police Commissioner Gari Baki's directive for all vehicles hired by police across the country be returned to respective hire companies by the end of this month.

The National --

Rugby League World Cup

Lachlan Lam scored two tries on debut as PNG overwhelmed the United States 64-0 to advance unbeaten into the quarterfinals of the Rugby League World Cup.

Fox Sport --

Australia And Papua New Guinea Seal Rugby League World Cup Quarter Final Spots --

PNG crowd impresses international rugby league heavies --

British Explorer Missing

British explorer's family fear for his safety after he went missing in a remote jungle in PNG while searching for a lost tribe of headhunters for a BBC documentary, his agent has said.

UK The Telegraph --

Snake Road Car-Jacking

Australian media have pounced on video footage that was posted on the PNG Expat Facebook pages. The footage is of an Australian family who were travelling down snake road in Sogeri, just out of Port Moresby.

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A Kiwi Expat in PNG --

Boas Bros to Lead PNG

Kumuls coach Michael Marum has retained the combination of Boas brothers Ase and Watson for Sunday's rugby league World Cup quarterfinal against England.

The National --

7th PNG Games

Team NCD has now confirmed a total of 341 athletes to the games in West New Britain. Most of the competing athletes are from team sports such as Cricket, Netball, and Volleyball.


Kuwait Ambassador Presents Credentials

The Kuwait Ambassador, to Australia, Najeeb Al-Bader, has presented his credentials to the PNG Governor General, Sir Bob Dadae.

Kuwait News Agency --

PNG Tuna Industry Policy

The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, has asked Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to help Mindanaoan fishermen by reconsidering a policy against foreign fishermen operating in the southwestern Pacific country, Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol said.


Police Reservist Dies

A PNG police reservist was killed and a number of houses burnt down in a violent incident in Port Moresby recently. Police have revealed the reservist was attacked by drunk youths who had been fighting early in the morning at 3 Mile.

Radio New Zealand --

RWC Sevens

Two more qualifiers have been confirmed for Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco with Papua New Guinea's men and women booking their tickets through the Oceania Rugby Sevens Championship in Suva, Fiji. They will join the men's and women's teams of New Zealand, Australia and Fiji as well as Samoa's men at the showpiece tournament, which takes place at AT&T Park in San Francisco, USA, from 20-22 July next year.

World Rugby --

Students Prepare for Australia

Ninety Australia Awards Scholarship awardees from across the country a have gathered in Port Moresby to prepare for their studies in Australia next year.

Post Courier --

Remembrance Day Melbourne

Remembrance Day for World War II veteran Alan "Kanga" Moore is an uncomfortable occasion that brings back "nasty" memories. Mr Moore, 96, served at Kokoda, and on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month each year he pushes through pain to honour his mates at memorial services.

News --

Indonesian Train PNG Police

Five Indonesian police officers are in Papua New Guinea to help train local police in preparation for the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation meeting. These officers are to provide training in small fire arms use and intelligence sharing to help PNG manage security when it hosts APEC next November.

Radio New Zealand --

Uni Students Clean Highway

University of Goroka's (UOG) Volunteer Cleanathon exercise is one way to unite like-minded Papua New Guineans to build a prosperous, united nation, Chancellor Joseph Sukwianomb says.

The National --

Cremation Looms

Cremation looms as burial site shrinks. Port Moresby city is finally facing the inevitable of where to bury its dead considering the Nine Mile cemetery is about to refuse taking any more "ground" burials.

Post Courier --

Abel Officiates at EPC

Deputy Prime Minister and Member for Alotau, Charles Abel, was given a traditional Kiriwina welcome when he officiated at the EPC games last weekend at the Bisini Colts Oval. Abel said it was his first time to visit the tournament and was happy to hear of Alotau teams participating in this year's tournament.

PNG Today --

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.

7th PNG Games - West New Britain - 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

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco - 20 - 22 July 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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