PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Feb 2018

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Wife shocked that dead hubby still on payroll --

26th Joint Advisory Council Meeting Commences in Port Moresby --

Water PNG going into Goroka --

Reliable Power for Lae City is top priority for New PNG Power leadership --

Kokopo welcomes online school --

Beware Of Fake News In Elections: PNG Editor --

Dekena intends to appeal dismissal --

What to expect at the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) summit --

West Papua seeks full MSG membership --

UN rights chief calls on PNG to safeguard Australia camp refugees --

Taiwan says 'insensitive' China playing politics with PNG move soon after quake --

Anthrax outbreak in PNG's Madang --

Nine PNG fishermen rescued after six days adrift in Torres Strait --

Australian company moves to start coal industry in PNG --

Misc. Links

Independent Consumer and Competition Commission launch redesigned website --

Kali wants Aussies to teach English in PNG --

PNG National Airports Corporation Closer to 2030 'Smart Airports' Goal with Rockwell Collins Contract Renewal --

'Missed a call from PNG? Don't call back' - Royal Gibraltar Police --

Are we too late to save the elusive birds of this PNG Island? - Ornithology Exchange --

Wikipedia - Prostitution in PNG --

Kingston Resources raises $4.3 million to advance gold project in Papua New Guinea - Mining Capital --

News Items

World Urban Forum

The Ninth session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from the 7th to 13th of February 2018. The National Capital District Governor Hon. Powes Parkop and his delegates represented PNG at the forum.

One PNG --

Billiards and Snooker

The Port Moresby Billiards and Snooker Association (POMBSA) has put a call out or more sponsors to come on-board for the 2018 season. The POMBSA also acknowledged the commitment of long-time sponsor Pacific MMI.

Goroka University Dates

University of Goroka (UOG) is set to conduct its orientation next week with registration the following week, Chancellor Joseph Sukwianomb, says.

The National --

Port Moresby General Hospital

Chinese Ambassador Xue Bing has shown China's continuous support in PNG by donating medical equipment to Port Moresby General Hospital. An endoscopic, worth around K100,000, was recently handed over to hospital staff by Mr Bing and the eighth China medical team in PNG.

Mr Bing said that in the health sector alone China provides annual grants and preferential loans to Papua New Guinea and co-operation in health was just only part of the overall relations that China has with PNG.

Post Courier --

10 Things to do in PNG

1 - Port Moresby
2 - Port Moresby Nature Park
3 - Varirata National Park
4 - Rouna Falls
5 - Kokoda Trail
6 - Rabaul
7 - Tufi
8 - Asaro
9 - Kanganaman
10 - Mt Giluwe and Mt Wilhelm

Travel starts at 60 --

Land Giveaway Program

The Department of Lands says its part in the free land giveaway program initiated by the National Planning Department has been completed when it signed 300 titles for citizens selected under the scheme.

Lands Minister Justin Tkatchenko said this when asked about the project that was announced by the then Minister for National Planning and now Treasurer Charles Abel in 2015, on the first few hundred selections made from the 2000 allotments set for Port Moresby.

Post Courier --

PNG Milk to Compete

PNG is reducing its reliance on imported milk with the availability of a new local supply. Ilimo Milk has arrived on Port Moresby supermarket shelves and free tastings were offered in selected stores. The milk is produced and processed at the Ilimo facility outside Port Moresby.

Radio New Zealand --

PNG-Kiribati Flight

PNG and Kiribati have entered discussions into a bilateral air services agreement, permitting direct flights between the two states, as well as using the Federated States of Micronesia as an intermediate point.

Blue Swan Daily--

Judges Needed

The PNG judiciary needs between 80 and 100 judges to deal with the increase in the number of cases coming before the courts, says Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia. He hopes that courts will undergo a restructure in the next two years.

Pacific Islands News --

New Sewerage Project

As a sign of appreciation and collaboration with the 2018 Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation Leaders' Summit calendar, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is set to open the Port Moresby sewerage system upgrading project alongside Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.

Post Courier --

62 Year Old Sentenced

A 62-year-old man from Aitape in the Sandaun Province will spend the next five years in hard labour at Buimo jail for sexually assaulting a minor. The man was 60 years old on 26 June 2016 when he sexually assaulted an 11-year-old girl in Lae, Morobe Province.

Loop PNG --

Kokoda Blockade

Landowners have closed off the famous Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea in protest against management of the historically important area. According to the newspaper, The Australian, a blockade was recently mounted at Sogeri, the start of the iconic World War II battlefield trek.

Radio New Zealand --

Landowners battle over whether to reopen the famous trek - ABC Australia --

PNG PM intervenes in Kokoda trail dispute --

Seafloor Mining

Minister for Mining Johnson Tuke is firmly committed to the National Government's decision to go ahead with the Solwara One project. Mr Tuke maintained the government has done its due diligence to the latter and Nautilus Minerals has complied per government regulations. He said this in response to what he termed were external groups that continue to undermine the decision made by the country.

Post Courier --

SABL Files Missing

Sixty special agriculture and business leases, SABLs, have gone missing from the archives of the PNG Department of Lands. The SABLs were found to have been illegally established three years ago but they have continued to operate, despite an outcry from landowner groups and community organisations.

Radio New Zealand --

Aliko and Ambai

Local PNG production, Aliko and Ambai is set to be shown on EMTV on the 18th of February. The story line tells of the lead character, Aliko, who lost her parents in an ambush attack and had her house burnt down in a tribal fight. She goes to live with her mother's brother in Goroka. Her wicked aunt and cousin, similar characters plucked from a Cinderella tale, soon force her to do all the work around the house and her only support is her new friend Ambai, and a young street-seller, Ethan.


Births and Deaths Registrations

A new health initiative is aiming to improving the civil registration system in PNG. The philanthropic agency, the Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative, is working closely with the PNG government to make registering details of births, deaths and marriages accessible for the vast majority of the population which lives in rural areas.

Radio New Zealand --

Refugees Return to Manus

Eleven refugees are now back in Manus province after receiving medical treatment in Port Moresby. According to reports, there were supposed to be 15 of them, however four of them absconded and remained back in Port Moresby.

Post Courier --

Opposition Contempt Case in Court

The cases of five opposition MPs in Papua New Guinea charged with contempt of court has begun in the Supreme Court. Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch and his fellow MPs Sir Mekere Morauta, Brian Kramer, Kerenga Kua and Belden Namah are all being accused of discussing the details of the case

Radio New Zealand --

SITA Improves Jackson's

Air transport IT provider SITA has deployed its AirportHub shared connectivity platform at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. The new solution provides airlines, ground handlers and other airport tenants with secure and reliable bandwidth, including wireless connectivity to access off-airport applications.

SITA AirportHub is currently operational at more than 440 airports and provides 7,000 customer connections around the world.

Passenger Terminal --

Airstrip Cone Markers Delivered

Rural Airstrip Agency says it delivered more than 500 airstrip cone markers to rural airports last year. The cone markers, coloured white and yellow, help pilots of small planes navigate PNG's many remote airstrips when landing and taking off.

Airstrips that received the cone markers include Fuma, Honinabi, Yehebi, Hesalibi, Kapal, Mougulu, Lake Campbell, Gubam, Kiriwo, Kondobol, Waiwoi Falls, Debepari, Elem, Fane, Woitape, Sopu, Esala'a, Wayao and Misima.

Radio New Zealand --

Trukai Fun Run

The 19th annual Trukai Fun Run has been officially launched by the Vice-Minister for Sports Wesley Raminai at the Royal Papua Yacht Club in Port Moresby. Raminai encouraged other corporate sectors to be involved and give their support to the Fun Run. Funds raised from this year's run will go towards sending Team PNG to the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast in April this year.

Post Courier --

Gulf-SHP Highway

Parliament has been told the K100 million Gulf-Southern Highlands highway is on hold because of disagreements between two landowner companies over who should be contracted to construct the road. Apparently there are only 12 kilometres of road to be completed.

Post Courier --

Ijivitari Petition Dismissed

The National Court in Popondetta has dismissed the petition disputing Richard Masere's election as Ijivitari member. It was dismissed for being incompetent. It was filed by losing candidate Sheldon Deilala, who alleged seven counts of bribery against Masere.

Loop PNG --

Oil Palm Roads

The National Government has for the first time allocated K20 million for roads in provinces developing oil palm. Treasurer and Deputy Prime Minister, Charles Abel, says the funding will be parked under the agriculture sector. He says this is to help the oil palm sector. Abel says the funding will cater for about 1,250 kilometres of roads identified around the country.


NFP Man Accused

Serious allegations have come to the fore about a provisional election candidate of the Fijian National Federation Party. A woman, who worked for former top Police officer Romanu Tikotikoca when he was the High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, has alleged Mr Tikotikoca raped her.

Fiji Sun --

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.

11th March - 1st round QRL 2018 season. PNG Hunters kick off premiership defence against Ipswich Jets --

PNG Petroleum & Energy Summit - 19 to 21 March 2018 in Port Moresby --

43rd National Game Fishing titles from 23 March to 1 April 1 2018 in Lae, Morobe province.

Good Friday, 30 March 2018

Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018

Commonwealth Games - 4 April 2018 - 15 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, Monday 11 June 2018

July 2018 - 6th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture - Solomon Islands

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

Remembrance Day, Monday 23 July 2018

Mount Hagen Cultural Show --

Independence Day, Sunday 16 September 2018

Goroka Show --

World Tourism Day 2018, Thursday 27 September

Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December

Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December

New Year, Tuesday 1 January 2019

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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