PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 May 2011

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PNG in the News

PNG commits K10 million for Japan recovery --

Momis' plan for weapons --

Porno probed --

Corps Security agrees sale of PNG operation to G4S --

Somare recovering in Singaporean hospital --

Severe water, power cuts hit Moresby -- -- also --

Pressure mounts on Barrick Gold's 'destructive' mining in PNG --

Team PNG contingent largest to New Caledonia --

Australian Greens Leader wants inquiry into undersea mining --

Arthur Somare's case deferred --

'PNG needs free media' --

PNG Images

P2-PXV - Air Niugini - Boeing 767-341 --

Lae to Goroka and Mt Hagen --

A look at the new Adventure Park outside Port Moresby --

Skeletons and the giant rat - Mt Hagen --

P2-ANB - Boeing 757 --

P2-ANP - Dash 7, 1982 --

Rabaul Images --

Rabaul Video --

Simpson Harbour --

Raw PNG Politics --

Govt Ministers offended --

The Travel Bug - diving into PNG --

Oxfam mentoring local youth --

Misc PNG Links

Exotic Port Moresby Airport --

Act Now PNG --

"Immensely Readable" World War II Survival Tale --

Loloata Resort --

Typical Shipping at Rabaul --

Walindi Resort --

Mt Hagen Climbing Trek --

MV Febrina --

Kokopo Beach Bungalow Resort --

Welcome to the most exclusive club in the world --

Tawali Resort, Milne Bay --

Ulumani Treetops Resort, Milne Bay --

PNG Blogs

From Kerema to Port Moresby --

The Stephenson's in PNG --

Marine Life PNG --

The Masalai blog --

Malum Nalu --

Expat PNG --

Rabaul Daily Photo -- -- hasn't been updated for a while

Big PNG Truck --

News Items

Special PMV Service

A special women only PMV service has commenced in Port Moresby. The Indian Association of PNG has donated a K90,000 25-seater bus for the exclusive use of women. NCD Governor Powes Parkop said that if the pilot project was successful, more female-only PMV's would operate in Port Moresby.


New Judges

The National and Supreme Court now has four new judges sworn in by the acting Governor-General Sir Salamo Injia.


Maternal Mortality Rate

The PNG maternal mortality rate was reported as increasing to 733 per 100,000 live births in 2006 from 370 in 1996. It is now estimated to be 773 deaths for every 100,000 live births. This is one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the Asia-Pacific region.

Cholera Reaches New Ireland

The first case of cholera has hit New Ireland and health officials are advising people to take precautions to ensure there's no spread of cholera in the province.


Sogeri Electrical Surge

A power surge has caused extensive damage to hundreds of thousands of kina worth of appliances and equipment at Sogeri just outside Port Moresby. The local high school lost 30 computers in its computer lab and all of the electrical appliances in the nearby teachers' accommodation. Televisions, microwaves, fridges and other electrical items were also damaged at Sogeri Lodge.



New MD for OTML

The giant mining company, Ok Tedi Mine Limited, has appointed a new managing director. In a media statement, OTML said the new MD, Nigel Parker, had been the company's chief financial officer and general manager commercial since 2006.

Lakiemata Jail

There has been a walkout of seven prisoners on remand for serious crimes from the Lakiemata Jail in West New Britain province. Provincial Police Commander Chief Inspector Richard Mulou was concerned that the breakout appears to have been facilitated by negligence on the part of warders on duty who failed to lock the gate to the cellblock.


Logohu Awards

The Post Courier has published a list of those who will be conferred and awarded PNG Honours (Logohu). Three people will be made Grand Companion of the Order of Logohu (GCL) - Sir Brian Barnes, Sir Peter Barter and Sir Akepa Miakwe.

For a complete list --


The first round of the Under 16 Queensland (Australian Football League) state championships has been played and the PNG Binatangs have already had a win.

PNG 11.8 (74) defeated the highly rated South East QLD Bushrangers 5.4 (34)


Illegal Tobacco Trade

The Government and the tobacco industry have been concerned about the illegal trade of tobacco in the country. To try and counter the illegal trade PNG Customs and British American Tobacco (PNG) Limited have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to allow both parties to share information and work together to address the illegal trade and other related issues.


Coffee Prices

The current price of Robusta coffee is at K4 per kilo dry bean while Arabica coffee is at K7 per kilo.

UPNG Graduation

1180 people have graduated from the University of PNG. Almost 100 graduated with masters degrees in business, medicine, science and the arts. The School of Medicine and Health Sciences will graduate 35 new doctors out of 200 graduates in various divisions and more than 160 will graduate with a Bachelor of Science. The 56th graduation ceremony was held at the Drill Hall on the Waigani campus.


Five Star Casino

Investors and shareholders have been assured by the Commerce and Industry Minister, Gabriel Kapris, that the Port Moresby five-star casino / hotel will be completed by end of November allaying fears that the hotel had run into serious financial difficulties.


Drinking Problem

The deputy leader of the opposition, Bart Philemon, says the country's problems with alcohol cannot be addressed on a piecemeal basis.


Arafura Games

Athletes taking part in the Arafura Games in Darwin Australia will have their K1000 levy fees paid by the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB).


Team NCD off to Arafura --

PNG leads way --

Kimbe Mayor Arrested

Kimbe town mayor Nick Tupi has appeared in the Kimbe district court to answer charges relating to the alleged murder attempt of a 26-year-old man.


Taiwanese Sentence Increased

A Taiwanese national with a U.S. passport, who was commissioned by the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2006 to help facilitate a deal to establish diplomatic ties with PNG has had his sentence increased over the embezzlement of US$30 million in Taiwanese diplomatic funds.


Walk Against Corruption

Transparency International (PNG) Inc (TIPNG) is hosting the annual Walk Against Corruption on Sunday the 12th of June 2011 at Jack Pidik Park, 5 Mile in Port Moresby. 5:00 am arrival for 6:00 am start. The walk is also being held in Kokopo, Kimbe, Alotau and Madang.

Contact Hane Toua, Events Coordinator on 320 2188 or email

Another University

A groundbreaking ceremony has been held for the proposed Lutheran church's Lutheran University of Papua New Guinea at the Martin Luther Seminary in Lae, Morobe province.


Armoury Robbed

Criminals have stolen three assault rifles, two shotguns, a gas gun, 39 rounds of 5.5mm ammunition, 20 rounds of SG bullets and two short-range projectiles from the Southern Highlands provincial jail armoury. 91 prisoners were also released.


Baki Dismissal Unfair

An independent investigation has found the Prime Minister and National Executive Council may have been wrong to suspend the former police commissioner Gari Baki.


Kandep Landslide

A landslide in Enga province has cut off 50,000 people from Kandep district off from the rest of the province. People there have been forced to walk 10km from Kandep station to Lien and 400m further down to catch PMV's to Wabag.


Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates do change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.

Arafura Games - 7th to 14th of May --

Lik Lik Diwai Tourism Festival - 20th May

Wahgi Sing Sing - June

Walk Against Corruption -- Sunday 12th of June

Warwin High School Cultural Day - 13th June

Kontu / Tembn Shark Calling, New Ireland - 29th June - 2nd July

Warwagira Cultural Show, Kokopo - 29th June - 5th July

National Mask Festival, 6th - 9th July

Birding in Paradise, 12th - 22nd July --

Miss Melanesia Australia 2011 - The Irish Club, Brisbane, 16 July 2011

Malagan Show, New Ireland, 22nd - 24th July

Crocodile Festival, Ambunti - 9th & 10th August

Mount Hagen Cultural Show - 13th & 14th August --

Full Pacific Games - French president Nicolas Sarkozy is set to officially open the XIV Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, on the 27th of August.

Goroka Show, 16th - 18th September - see also --

Morobe Show - 15th & 16th October

Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau - 4th - 6th November

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

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