PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Oct 2009

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PNG in the News

PNG opposition boycotts recall of parliament over legal issues --

PNG Scouts attend Malaysian meet --

ABBA fever hits UOG campus --

Mega tuna plant plans in PNG draw lively protests --

Poor sanitation blamed for continued PNG outbreaks --

Huli Helicopter pilot --

Dysentery outbreak kills two children in PNG highlands --

The spread of Islam in Melanesia --

PNG Blogs

Never give up on your dream! --

Kokopo 2010: Upgrading of the Existing Vunapope to Takubar Road -- -- see also --

Dustin, Sarah, and Abigail: Two Weeks in Ukarumpa --

Malum Nalu: World Bank has conflict of interest on Bougainville --

PNG - A culture in transition --

Hermit Crab Survives Earthquake --

Jane Tompsett's diary from PNG --

Matt in PNG - Mt Wilhelm --

China: It's A Foreigners' Thing --

Today in Lae --

Poverty Reduction in Small Communities --

Random Links

PNG Language Resources --

Tok Ples Baibel --

SIL International --

Ambogo Sawmill Popondetta 1989 --

PNG Tourism Promotion Authority --

National Statistics Office Website --

Travel Advice for travellers to PNG from the Aussie Government --

Caving in PNG

Summer Caving in PNG --

Caving in PNG --

National Geographic - PNG caving --

News Items

LNG Under Threat

Over 200 landowners from the Southern Highlands province have met up at the ExxonMobil HQ in Port Moresby and caused damage by smashing glass. The angry landowners also demanded the ExxonMobil executives return the Benefit Sharing Agreement (BSA) agreements signed in Kokopo, East New Britain so that they could be burnt. The leaders said they were suspicious that ExxonMobil had secretly signed agreements with other landowner companies without the knowledge of the affected landowners.

LNG Web Site --

See also --

Bougainville Bridges

Next year the Japanese government will fund 15 new bridges in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville at a total cost of K95 million. Construction has been scheduled to start in January next year. The bridges will be constructed between Kokopau in North Bougainville and Arawa in Central Bougainville.

Buka Home Brew

Authorities in Buka say the illegal making and consumption of homebrew is undermining the province. Consumers are happy to pay for the homebrew as they say it is the cheapest way of getting drunk quickly but it shows disrespect to the law makers in the province who are trying to maintain law and order in the society.

European Aid

The European Commission has approved K2.6 million to help victims of cholera, dysentery and influenza outbreaks in the country. The funds will be managed by the Commission's humanitarian aid department and are likely to be channelled through non-government organisation such as Doctors Without Borders, the World Health Organisation and UNICEF.

Rabaul Tavurvur Volcano

Based on analyses of satellite imagery, the Darwin VAAC (Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre) reported that on 15, 18, and 20 October ash plumes from Rabaul caldera's Tavurvur cone rose to altitudes of 2.7-3 km (9000-10000 ft)

Highlands Highway

The Highlands Highway at Aviamp in the newly declared Jiwaka province has become a hotspot for trouble. Public motor vehicles and trucks have been targeted by young men carrying illegal firearms. Local villagers have taken advantage of the situation and also rushed to loot the trucks. Police are investigating the looting.

See also - New provinces' bill passed --

Global Hand Washing Day

Over 25,000 students took part in celebrations for Global Hand Washing Day. A recent outbreak of cholera and dysentery in PNG has underscored the importance of teaching proper hand washing in the country's schools.

Full story --

Golf Course Diplomacy

Leaders from PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu have met recently in Fiji to take part in the Ratu Mara Somare Cup golf challenge. Prime Minister Somare has said the weekend of golf is the equivalent to a "Melanesian Ashes series" as the 22 carat gold kundu (drum) trophy, worth thousands of dollars, never leaves PNG regardless of the cup's outcome.

Mobile Rates

The Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) has decreased the interconnection rate between telephone providers. The slight decrease is still seen as being expensive when compared with international interconnect rates. Telikom's bemobile has launched an appeal against the ICCC ruling. Presently Digicel PNG has 80 percent of mobile telephone users around the country. Due to this Digicel can manipulate the market by having cheap rates between their own customers while charging a higher rate for people wanting to connect into the Telikom PNG network.

PNG Anglican Church

Reuters has reported that disaffected Anglican Dioceses in PNG may switch to Roman Catholicism under a new constitution offered by the Pope. The Vatican has approved a document known as an "Apostolic Constitution" which paves the way for conversion while allowing Anglicans to maintain certain traditions.

Chris Luxton, general secretary of the Papua New Guinea Church Partnership in the United Kingdom insists this is untrue, that the province values its relations with the Anglican Communion too much to go. Mrs Luxton is adamant that the Province wanted to move closer to Rome as Anglicans, not to actually become Roman Catholic.

Full Reuters news article --

"We don't want to go to Rome!" --

PNG Anglican Church History --

Port Moresby Anglican web site --

Coffee Earnings

Coffee Industry Corp chief executive, Ricky Mitio, is predicting that coffee export earnings should reach record highs this year. He is confident earnings will exceed the record K500 million mark set last year. The cash crop of coffee affects 400,000 households and more than 2.5 million rural people around the country. Coffee production in PNG is mainly from smallholder farmers who make up 80 percent of the total 1.1 million bags produced.

Amelia Earhart Mystery

With the release of the movie "Amelia" recently there have been many stories about Amelia Earhart and her disappearance after leaving Lae in July 1937 bound for tiny Howland Island in the Pacific Ocean on her attempt at an around-the-world flight. Even long after her death, Amelia Earhart remains one of the world's most celebrated aviators and a symbol of power and success.

Here is a link to one theory by Dave Billings who has spent considerable time attempting to locate Amelia's wreck that he says was discovered by an Australian WWII patrol in East New Britain but as the wreck was not a war wreck it was ignored. --

Here is another theory - Death by Parallax? --

Yet another --,amelia.article

Another link of interest --

Another Jail Escape

487 prisoners from Baisu jail near Mt Hagen have managed to escape from custody. This is over 50 percent of the jail population although the jail was initially built to hold around 300 prisoners. All the escapees were quickly rounded up after warders fired warning shots into the air and at prisoners but no one was killed or injured. The prisoners escaped to protest over not being given food for two days.

See also - Aimo reinstates food supplier --

School Food Shortage

Children attending school in the remote Kaintiba and Kotidanga districts of the Gulf province may have to stop attending school due to a lack of food. The food shortage is currently affecting over 1000 students from more than 20 primary schools in the area.

Illegal Entry

Police and immigration officials have been warned to be on the look out for people from African and Arabian countries attempting to enter PNG via the border post near Vanimo. Police have recently charged an African for trying to enter PNG with out a visa. Provincial police commander Chief Insp Sakawar Kasieng said the man came in through the border post where police and customs officials apprehended him when he could not produce a valid visa.

Buai Ban

Students and teachers attending primary and secondary schools in 20101 may face a total ban on betelnut / buai, cigarette and alcohol consumption during school hours and inside school facilities. It has even been suggested that teachers with long hair or dreadlocks will be asked to have their hair cut.

Seacology Prize

Filip Damen, a customary landowner and community organiser and a Wanang villager from Madang Province, has won the 2009 Seacology Prize for his efforts in helping conserve the forest around his province.

See --


The PNG Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) has rejected an application by InterOil Corp to purchase an aviation fuelling business in the country. InterOil was attempting to buy an aviation fuelling business located at the Jackson International Airport, in Port Moresby owned and operated by Shell Oil Products (PNG) Ltd. The ICCC said the move could substantially hurt competition in the market.

Full story --

Independent Consumer & Competition Commission --

Lae Power Problems

Under the shadow of a new outbreak of cholera, residents in the capital of Morobe have being faced with frequent power outages and no water to many parts of the city.

Full story --

Coming Events

Pink Brunch 2009 - RPYC - 9am - 11am - supporting all touched by breast cancer - 27th October 2009

PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum 2009 Seminars 27th to the 30th of October -- -- or --

31st October and the 1st of November - Morobe Show - see -- -- and --

6th to 8th of November - National Canoe and Kundu Festival, Milne Bay --

All Nations Women's Group - PNG Annual Bazaar at the Holiday Inn, Port Moresby - 7 November 2009

National Arts and Craft Exhibition - 13th - 15th of November

PNG Games in Port Moresby from 18th to 29th of November

World Aids Day -- -- 1st December 2009.

AFLPNG Talent Camp will be held in Goroka with 120 under 17's, 15's, and 13's present -- 4th to 6th of December 2009

AFLPNG - PNG Scholarships/Under 18 Trials will be held in Australia. 8 x U18s are hoped to be provided with Country Queensland, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Scholarships. -- February 2010

Women in Mining and Petroleum Conference - 22nd - 24th March 2010 - to be held at Divine Word University in Madang.

25th April 2010 - World Malaria Day. Malaria affects 90 per cent of the PNG population.

World liquefied natural gas (LNG) summit - Mid 2010

11th Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - 6th to 8th December, 2010 - Hilton Hotel, Sydney - -- This web site is out of date showing information abut the 2008 conference.

Pacific Mini Games - New Caledonia 2011.

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

Pacific Games - PNG 2015.

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