PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6th Apr 2010

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PNG in the News

Air Niugini goes global for energy support --

New Ireland Governor, Sir Julius Chan, says the Government is filthy rich but its people continue to live in saksak houses, no medicine, dilapidated schools and totally forlorn. --

Bomb scare stops work at bemobile --

Madang Surfing Club receives surf boards --

PNG Blogs

Crime and Corruption in PNG --

The waters surrounding PNG are exotic and still vastly unexplored --

ICT Development in Morobe Schools, PNG: New Laptops issued --

Ancient Art Show Material Discovered By MadDog --

Little Green Palai --

Euralia Paine: Nambawan Super wins land case at Malolo Estate --

Men Don't Cry that Easily - the Masalai blog --

Living Water Mission --

Misc Links

Papua New Guinea Institute of Biological Research --

Making Pregnancy Safer --

Kokoda's rain falls in sheets --

PNG Mining Industry --

How dangerous is Port Moresby? --

Tawali Resort - The Adventure of Getting to the Middle of Nowhere --

Originally a half way house between the family's plantation across Ataliklikun Bay and Rabaul town, Kabiara started as a resort in 2003 --

Images of PNG

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Ben's Travelling Site Goroka Show --

Ben's Travelling Site Mt. Hagen --

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PNG Rivers --

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Kokopo market photos --

News Items

Around the World

A plane similar to ones being flown in PNG by MAF is about to embark on an around the world trip starting from Bendigo in Victoria (Australia). The plane, a GA8-TC Airvan manufactured in Australia by Gippsland Aeronautics in Morwell Victoria, being flown by Ken Evers 33 and Tim Pryse 51, will depart from Bendigo Aerodrome on a day to be determined in May bound initially for Norfolk Island. Pilot Ken Evers grew up in PNG.

The trip is to draw attention to malaria, the world's most common infectious, mosquito-borne disease, claiming over a million lives annually. Most victims are those least able to afford preventative drugs or treatments. Many victims are from PNG.

For further details about Ken and Tim's epic journey and an opportunity to donate online to MAF, go to --

Operation Christmas Child

From darkness to light. Lost in the slums of PNG, the Dark Street was known for its nightly gun fights as rival gangs battled each other and the police. Mothers would lay awake listening and wondering if their older children would come home, and how many more minutes before the baby woke again from the noise.


QantasLink Gains Approval for PNG

The Qantas QantasLink brand has been given approval by the Australian government to operate direct non-stop services to Papua New Guinea, and has been allocated 888 seats, or 12 weekly services with a 74-seat Bombardier. Approval has also been given for Qantas to use its Jetstar brand on the route if need be.

Air Niugini and Airlines PNG also fly on the route, which is expected to see major growth over the next few years due to a major boost in resource projects in PNG

Qantas plans to launch the services in July this year.

Doctors Without Borders

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has completed a seven month-long emergency cholera intervention in PNG. PNG's first cholera outbreak in 50 years started in Morobe province in July 2009. In October, cholera was detected in the northern province of Madang, followed by another outbreak in East Sepik where the disease spread like wildfire in settlements along the Sepik River. As of 1st March, more than 2,100 cases have been confirmed nationwide. Fifty people have died.

Full report --

Ramu Nickel Project

Radio New Zealand International reports four landowners' associations from the region where the huge Ramu nickel mine is being developed in PNG say they strongly back the project.

Full story --

Horseman Dies

Max Armstrong who is recorded as the last mounted horseman in the Australian Army; he rode an officers charger for transport in New Guinea, has died on the 24th of Feb 2010 at the age of 100.

Full story --

Mafia Funding Politicians

PNG's most notorious criminal, William Kapris, has alleged that triads are sponsoring political candidates for PNG's next elections.

Full story --

TB Drug Research

There are high hopes that research could lead to the first new drug in 50 years for the deadly disease tuberculosis. According to the World Health Organisation one-third of the world's population is infected with the bacteria that cause the disease. Once a person is infected the disease can lie dormant - and untreatable - until it attacks.

Full story --

Women in Mining Conference

The 2010 Women in Mining and Petroleum Conference was recently held in Madang. Ramu NiCo Management (MCC) Ltd president Luo Shu said women in PNG can contribute significantly to the nation's development if they strive harder with commitment and dedication in their respective professions. She said women in mining impacted areas must strive to be leaders, while mining companies must not only focus on extracting and enhancing the values of the minerals.

Women in Agriculture Conference

A three-day PNG Women in Agriculture Conference has been held in Morobe province. Women in PNG involved in the agriculture industry say the country's deteriorating road network, and the lack of markets, is affecting them.

Full story from the Radio Australia: Pacific Beat web site --

Vale Don Clarke

Don Clarke of Clarke's Pharmacy of Rabaul and Kavieng and President of the Rabaul Historical Society died recently in Brisbane at the age of 81.

Full story at ASOPA --

PNG - Japan

Prime Minister Michael Somare and the Japanese Prime Minister, Yukio Hatoyama, have agreed to launch negotiations on a bilateral investment accord with a view to boosting Japanese investment in a country rich in natural resources. Tokyo hopes to secure a stable provision of natural resources, including natural gas and copper, by promoting Japanese companies' investment in PNG, while PNG hopes to tap the capital that may be provided by the companies.

Bougainville Elections

Seventy-four candidates have so far nominated for the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG) general election since writs were issued.

Full story --

Solomon's Firm Completes PNG Job

Tropic Glass and Aluminium, a 100% Solomon owned and operated company, has completed glazing work at the new "Gazelle" International Hotel in Kokopo, East New Britain. The International hotel has 52 guest rooms, a casino, night club, restaurant, 4 bars and huge conference facilities and swimming pool amenities.

New POM Hotel

Kumul Hotels Limited has announced a plan to build a 200 room hotel and 86 apartments at the current site of the Holiday Inn hotel in Port Moresby. The development at Holiday Inn would allow it to cater for 600 guests at one time with its target group being middle to high level income earners in the country. Shareholders of Kumuls Hotel Limited include Nambawan Super 55 percent, Melanesian Trust Services 26 percent and InterContinental hotels Groups who own 18 percent.

Mobile Interconnect

Digicel was recently forced to sever its interconnection services given the mobile company had provided the service in good faith to both companies without payment for nine months. Digicel has said the company could not be expected to keep providing services indefinitely when bemobile was unwilling to even engage in discussions about mobile interconnection and outstanding payments.


Softball teams from around the country have gathered in Kokopo for this year's National Softball champions hip. Twenty-nine teams (16 men and 13 women) from around the country including East New Britain Province will be participating in the championships which were scheduled to start on Good Friday and end on the 5th of April.

Typhoid Suspected in Hagen

Classes at the Mt Hagen Technical College in Western Highlands province were suspended recently due to a suspected outbreak of typhoid. According to unconfirmed reports from student sources, about 60 students contracted what they believed to be typhoid.

Full news report --

Kokopo Market

The new K12.3 million Kokopo Market has been officially opened by East New Britain Governor Leo Dion. The event corresponded with the opening of the K22.8 million Kokopo internal road project funded by PNG Sustainable Development Program Ltd.

full news report --

Coming Events

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

8th May, PNG Reunion, Gold Coast Australia --

World liquefied natural gas (LNG) summit - Mid 2010

Chimbu Plant Show - 4th of June

Morobe Yam Festival - 5th of June

PNG Census - 11th to the 17th of July

National Mask Festival, Rabaul - 14th - 18th of July

Malagan Show - 14th - 27th of July

Remembrance Day - 23rd July

2010 Medical Symposium 29th of August to the 3rd of September. (Wewak)

Independence Day - 16th September

Morobe Agricultural Show - 19th - 23rd October

11th Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - 6th to 8th December, 2010 - Hilton Hotel, Sydney --

Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games -- Kokopo, East New Britain

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015

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