PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Jul 2011

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PNG in the News

Medical Catch 22 keeps Somare as leader --

PNG ruling party waits for foreign doctors report on Somare --

PNG top cop says not to bribe police --

Woman faces charges over Moresby land deal --

Eight missing at sea --

Harmony says Wafi-Golpu resource grows to 1bn tons --

Lack of basic infrastructure hurting Kundiawa --

PNG wants to call shots on reopening Manus centre --

Air Niugini sign agreement with Air France/KLM --

Rudd to hold asylum seeker talks with PNG --

Misc Links

Bedigan Sisa - Sindaun Isi --

Pros and cons of mobile phone use in rural PNG --

Jason's PNG Travel Guide --

PNG Media Stats --

Strengthening Political Parties as Institutions of Democracy --

CIA World Fact Book, 2004 - PNG --

Port Moresby --

Uncertainty reigns as Somare's return in doubt --

PNG Cars --

Victoria Cross for Sale --

PNG Orchid News --

PNG Tax Office --

Media Council of PNG --

St Margaret's Hospital Newsletter Oro Bay --

PNG Images

Archdiocese of Mt Hagen --

Port Moresby Views --

Kaugere, Port Moresby --

Port Moresby street fight from a distance --

Kavieng --

A blog that has not been updated recently still provides great photos to view --

PNG Beaches --

Mask Festival --

H56 PNG House --

PNG Blogs

Blogs about PNG come and go. Some are updated on a regular basis and others haven't seen any activity for ages. Hopefully the ones mentioned below have had some sort of recent update.

Tribal Wife --

The Masalai blog --

Malum Nalu --

PNG Gossip --

PNG Blogs --

PNG Mine Watch --

Dave and Rosie --

News Items

ICT & Innovation Expo

The National ICT Authority (NICTA) and Bank of PNG (BPNG) will be exhibiting at the 2011 ICT and Innovation Expo from Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August at the Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium. NICTA and BPNG's participation as regulators beside other roles they play in their respective industries is a welcome sign of the solidarity for the ICT ecosystem coming together to showcase the importance and impact of ICT in our country.

Doctors Without Borders

After a 10-year absence, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), has returned to the Autonomous Region of Bougainville. There are currently only 10 qualified doctors and one functioning hospital for the approx 200,000 population of Bougainville. Eight of the doctors are in Buka leaving two to serve the rest of the province.


Trio to offer PNG medical aid --

Bosin Twins

I find it hard to believe Eaustina and Eaustocia, the Bosin twins from Bougainville, celebrated their 15th birthday in May. The last 15 years has flown by so quickly. The twins were born conjoined (joined from chest to navel, with their livers attached) and were separated soon after birth at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

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PX Fuel Surcharge

Air Niugini has reduced the fuel surcharge on domestic routes by K10.00 except for Port Moresby-Buka and Rabaul-Lihir sectors. The decrease will apply to any tickets issued on or after the 20th of July. Air Niugini chief executive officer, Wasantha Kumarasiri, attributed the drop in price to cheaper crude oil on the world market. Air Niugini has also decreased international fares on most international sectors except for Hong Kong, Narita in Japan and Manila in the Philippines.


Air Niugini has also supported the Rotary Black Tie Ball in Lae --

Air Niugini has announced it will temporarily suspend its Wednesday services to Narita, Japan from the 7th of September. The Saturday service will remain as per the schedule although it is expected to incur a K14 million loss per annum based on current market conditions. --

National Census

The first national census in 11 years has been extended to allow for parts of the country running behind schedule to catch up.


More hurdles delay PNG census --

Endangered Pig-nosed Turtle

The population of the endangered pig-nosed turtle in PNG has declined steeply over the past 30 years. The unique reptile has no close relatives and has become an international conservation icon. The pig-nosed turtle is found only on the island of New Guinea - and in a few rivers in northern Australia.


Missions Abroad

Six Papua New Guineans have been confirmed as new heads of overseas missions by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Trade and Immigration - Ano Pala.


Hanging Sentence

The Kokopo National Court has sentenced five men to death by hanging for killing eight people at sea. Goroka resident judge Joseph Yagi sentenced four brothers to a total of 400 years in jail for the brutal killing of three people they had accused of sorcery.


Aussie Rules

Players from PNG had an impact at the under-16 National Championships recently held in Blacktown, Sydney, Australia.


Theodist PNG

Theodist has been appointed exclusive distributor of Position Partners complete product range in PNG. Theodist will offer the full suite of Topcon survey, GPS, machine control and laser equipment, from software through to robotics and RTK solutions.


Theodist, with offices in Port Moresby and Lae, has sold survey equipment in PNG for over 30 years.

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Travel Air

The new airline in PNG, Travel Air, will be based in Madang and will operate between the Mamose and New Guinean Island regions and the Port Moresby. Travel Air has taken over the premises previously occupied by Airlink including the hangar and terminal facilities in Madang

See also - Sir Mekere queries Air Niugini's K30m --

Morobe Gold Drilling

Newmont Ventures has started drilling at the Hide's Creek development in Morobe province --

InvesGold Limited, an American multi-national company in the gold refinery business, has joined hands with PNG to establish a gold refinery in Lae, Morobe province --

Post Courier Under Fire

Rupert Murdoch came under fire from one of the furthest flung corners of his empire on Tuesday, with Papua New Guinea's acting prime minister accusing one of the media baron's papers of trying to oust him. Sam Abal said he had observed "the appalling conduct of journalists in manufacturing stories and demonstrating clear leanings towards determining political outcomes"; in comments carried by rival paper The National.

Murdoch's Australian division News Limited owns 46 percent of the Post-Courier.


Abal Suspended

In a power battle within the National Alliance (NA) party the acting prime minister, Sam Abal, has been suspended by his party for two months for "wilfully acting in a manner prejudicial to the interest of the party". However almost at the same time Highlands region members of the party voted Mr Abal to be the new deputy leader of the region.

Abal said in a statement the NA highlands parliamentary wing ignored his suspension notice because it was legally flawed under the party constitution.


Attorney general downplays ructions in ruling NA --

Medical Society Donation

The PNG Medical Society has received a computer and multi function printer package from Premier Biomedical Engineering Services to help the society carry out its administrative duties more efficiently.

The annual PNG Medical Society Symposium will be held later this year in Kimbe, West New Britain province.

Drug Shortage Kills

A shortage of drugs has been blamed for the death of nine people in West New Britain's Kandrian- Gloucester district. Authorities fear many more may be at risk if the Government does not act immediately. A local member of parliament has purchased K120,000 worth of medical drugs from Kokopo but these have yet to be dispatched to the affected locations.


Kokoda Track Trek

The Victoria (Australia) Police Kokoda Program with 16 Moonee Valley students and members of Victoria Police has just finished. Follow the journey --

Fish Origin Dispute

A fishing row has surfaced between Melanesian neighbours PNG and Vanuatu - over ownership of fish caught in PNG waters by Vanuatu flagged vessels of convenience.


Mining Environmental Impact

PNG's mining and petroleum developers say they aim to minimise the negative social and environmental impacts their operations have on the country.


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.

Wantok Concert @ Balcony, 153 Elizabeth St, Brisbane -- 30th July

National Book Week - 1st to 5th of August

ICT & Innovation Expo - Friday 5th and Saturday 6th August 2011 - Sir John Guise Indoor Stadium, Waigani

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 Race Challenge - 27th of August

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

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

PNG Christian Music Festival, Port Moresby - 17th September

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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