PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Jun 2011

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aiglas spectacles
ailan island
ailan Manam Manam Island
amamas / hamamas happy
kol / kolpela cold
kom comb
komputa computer
kon corn
misis woman / wife
misis kwin queen
mowa lawnmower
muli lemon
stua / stoa store / shop
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PNG in the News

Scholar fascinated by other cultures --

PNG dad spared boat ride with girl's body --

PNG contract for Rotorua construction firm --

Port Moresby governor says no culture of detention in PNG --

Court challenge for Madang PMIZ --

Community concerns at Madang cannery --

PNG Supreme Court to hear challenge to Abal and Amet appointment --

Small to medium sized business help in PNG --

New Chinese-built urban centre for Bougainville --

Somare to leave intensive care --

PM likely to step down --

PNG Blogs

PNG Shillings --

The Albatross In Port Moresby --

PNG Gossip Blog --

Adam and Julie Martin --

Carteret Islanders -- -- some of the world's first climate refugees.

Sigabaduru --

Lainim long Hailans --

Nancy Sullivan --

Malum Nalu --

Come visit PNG --

PNG Images

Goby Face in Milne Bay --

Port Moresby Stilt Houses --

PX Planes --

P2-ANG at Brisbane --

Pictures of PNG and Indonesian Papua --

Learning the Ropes in Kimbe Bay --

Kokopo --

Rabaul --

Mt Hagen --

Tribal Face Paints --

Images from the History of Medicine -- -- 1st Field Hospital, Milne Bay

Diving 4 Images --

Air Niugini - Sydney Film Festival --

Vanimo Surfing --

Misc PNG Links

Water in PNG --

PNG Gold --

Australian High Commission in PNG --

PNG Country Tours --

Higgins makes it in harsh highlands conditions --

PNG - Rabaul --

News Items

Operation Open Heart

Operation Open Heart (OOH) has been running for many years (started in 1993) and it is estimated that over 500 children have had their life extended thanks to OOH.

Barrick PNG has donated K10,000 to the OOH Foundation to support the life-saving event set to begin next month. This brings the total contributions for this year's operations to K400,000. Specialists from Australia are expected to arrive in Port Moresby on the 23rd of July to commence the open-heart surgery.

Rugby League Expansion

The expansion of the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) has been put on hold until maybe as late as 2015. With a new broadcast deal to be in place from 2013, bidders have been lining up to become the new sides in the competition. PNG, Perth, Brisbane, Ipswich in Queensland, the NSW Central Coast, Central Queensland and Wellington have expressed an interest in joining the NRL from 2013.

Project HOPE

Project HOPE conducts land-based medical training and health education programs in many countries including PNG. Project HOPE was created in 1958. The organization is dedicated to providing a lasting solution to world health problems. Its focus is providing medical assistance and education to people around the world so they can better care for themselves.


Malaysian 'Assassinated'

A Malaysian has been shot dead while driving in the capital Port Moresby. Acting Deputy Police Commissioner Fred Yakasa has said in a statement "We have reason to believe that this was an assassination due to the manner in which the shooting was carried out".


Asian gangs operate in PNG --

Hidden and Neglected

The Doctors Without Borders/Médecins San Frontières (MSF) report, Hidden and Neglected: The medical and emotional needs of survivors of family and sexual violence in PNG, highlights the urgent, unmet medical and emotional needs of survivors of family and sexual violence in the country,

Read the report --

The report presents the experiences of MSF's patients. It is based on first-hand testimonies of staff and survivors, and on previously unseen medical data.

Pacific Games Village

The Pacific Games will be held in PNG during 2015. The University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) will be used to accommodate participating countries as the Games Village. A development plan is in place to construct 10 new halls of residence for 3,000 people, seven international standard sports facilities, and a Great Hall with a capacity of 3,000, in addition to the already approved and funded new Law and Science buildings.


Son of a/g PM Charged

The adopted son of acting Prime Minister, Sam Abal, has been charged with murdering a waitress, whose body was found at the politician's home with her throat slit.


Police fear payback for a/g PM -- -- The cultural practice of payback has a long tradition in the South Pacific's most populous island nation, with a murder victim's clan often taking out revenge on the killer or his family.

AusAID Donation

The Australian Government, through AusAID, has donated four million textbooks for PNG schools. AusAID is spending K350 million to supply and transport the four million textbooks over a five-year period to schools around the country.

Kongo Coffee Donation

Kongo Coffee, from Chimbu, has donated coffee to relief workers in devastated cities in the north of Japan that were badly affected by the earthquake and tsunami disaster in March. The Post Courier reports the cartons have been received by Machida Crane Lions Club and distributed to five cities.

Digicel and APNG Partner

Digicel PNG has partnered with Airlines PNG (APNG) to provide Customer Care and Call Centre services to APNG under a one-year contract.


Airline extends services to NGI --

Petroleum and Energy

It has been claimed the Dept of Petroleum and Energy is in serious trouble due to being under staffed, out of money and having too much work to do.


WWII Pilot Buried

U.S. Army Air Corps 2nd Lt. Richard S. Ryrholm, a World War II fighter pilot, shot down in 1943, has finally been laid to rest at the Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Arlington, USA. Ryrholm was shot down while flying over present-day PNG.


Mercy Works

In the PNG highlands, the Mercy Works Goroka and Mt Hagen programme is helping communities tackle troubling levels of poverty. One of the programme's guiding principles is to respond to all people without discrimination.


Slush Fund

The Catholic Bishops Conference warns that there are increasing signs of the so-called slush fund being used by MPs for electioneering and personal profit. The Conference has called for an end to the current system of allocating constituency development funds for MPs to distribute.


Aussie Travel Advice

The following Australian Travel Advice for PNG has changed or been added since the last update.


Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution"

The advice has been reviewed and reissued. It contains new information in the Summary and under Safety and Security: Local Travel (in June 2011, there were a number of recent violent incidents in Central and Southern Bougainville) and Civil Unrest/Political Tensions following recent murders in the town of Popondetta in Oro Province, law and order has deteriorated. The potential for more violence exists). The overall level of the advice has not changed.

PNG warnings after violence --

Kokoda track boss says tourists can avoid Popondetta danger --

Police Helping Car Thieves

It has been claimed in Parliament members of the police force have been collaborating with criminals in car thefts and receiving ransom payments. It has been claimed there are over 50 cars stolen every day in Port Moresby. Deputy PNG party leader and member for Anglimp-South Waghi Jamie Maxtone-Graham said he was one of the victims of such car thefts after his vehicle was stolen by criminals and only returned after he paid them a ransom.


Kimbe Netball

A pallet load of netball gear courtesy of Netball Victoria (Australia) has made its way to Kimbe, West New Britain province. The gear became available after a recent re-brand of the Netball Victoria logo. The Booroondara Netball Association in Victoria also managed to secure an ultra sound machine.

Ramu Court Case

A decision is expected soon in the long-running battle by local landowners against various aspects of the Ramu nickel/cobalt mine. It is too early to say whether the Ramu decision will set a precedent, but disposing of unwanted ore has been a thorny issue in PNG since the case of BHP Billiton's Ok Tedi operation and the downstream effect of its mining.


Growing opposition to PNG's Pacific Marine Industrial Zone --

PNG / US Deal Renewed

The National Museum and Art Gallery has renewed an agreement with the United States army with the aim of recovering and identifying Americans who lost their lives during the Second World War. More than 2,000 Americans are believed to have died in PNG during the Second World War.


Minister axes museum board --

Cabinet Reshuffle

The acting Prime Minister, Sam Abal, has implemented a radical reshuffle of members of the PNG cabinet. Mr Abal removed Treasurer Peter O'Neill and gave the job, which includes the Finance Ministry, back to Patrick Pruaitch.


Abal's future with National Alliance uncertain --

Lonely Planet Podcast

Last year Beth Whitman travelled around PNG and Lonely Planet followed her journey. Download her podcast --

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.

Kontu / Tembn Shark Calling, New Ireland - 29th June - 2nd July
The Shark callers of Kontu (1982) --

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

National Book Week -- 1st to 5th of August

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.

Kokoda Challenge -- 27th of August

2011 Garamut Festival in Wewak -- 2nd & 3rd of September

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

Morobe Show - 15th & 16th October

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

Lae Game Fishing Club Billfish Tournament - 13th Nov

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

2012-Milne Bay Critter & Adventure Expeditions with Bob Halstead & Graham Abbott
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 17th April 2012 to 29th April 2012
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 1st May 2012 to 13th May 2012
Alotau-Adventure Diving-Kimbe Bay: 15th May 2012 to 30th May 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

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