PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Aug 2011

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PNG in the News

Arthur Somare fights PNG misconduct charges --

WWII Airmen Missing Since '43 Coming Home --

Gender sensitisation workshop in the Diocese of Popondota: --

PNG warned of 'African' politics --

British expat murdered in PNG --

IFC and PNG Courts Promote Mediation to Resolve Business Disputes --

Scientist warns thousands of species may be affected by Ramu mine waste --

PNG banks reject new gov't banking requirements --

Warm welcome from a chilly highland town --

Bonga’s rude salute --

Misc Links

Paradise High School, Port Moresby --

Sample of Tok Pisin Bible --

Goroka Lahanis --

Saving snake bite victims --

Kairuku Hiri Web Site --

PNG Industry News --

Heli Niugini --

Helifix Investments --

Pacific Helicopters --

Bita Paka War Cemetery --

Our Port Moresby --

Wali Hits - Beautiful Madang --

PNG Images

Goroka --

Kokopo --

Milne Bay --

Lahanis Image Gallery --

Lizard Fish --

Madang Harley --

PNG Blogs

The only Harley in Madang --

LNG Watch --

Expat PNG --

Compound Mayhem --

Big PNG Truck --

Posey's Path --

Bulolo Live --

News Items

Anti Graft Pledge

Anti-corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) says that PNG's 2007 ratification of the UN Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) has had little impact on the country's fight against graft.


New PM

PNG has a new prime minister after disgruntled government MPs joined forces with the opposition to have the office declared vacant due to the ongoing illness of political veteran Sir Michael Somare. The job has gone to former treasurer Peter O'Neill, who was elected on a vote of 70 to 24 after a number of government members joined the opposition in a parliamentary coup.

Sir Michael, 75, has been in politics for almost 50 years and became his country's first prime minister on independence in 1975. His family have said they made a decision for him to retire without consulting him as he was too ill.

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The new prime minister represents a constituency in the Southern Highlands, where ExxonMobil and the state are developing a multi billion kina liquefied natural gas (LNG) project, due to come on-stream in 2014.

Are There 2 PMs?

Does PNG have two PM's? Sam Abal, the man who lost his job on the 2nd of August, seems to think so. Abal delayed the swearing in of O'Neill at government house on Tuesday by announcing he would mount a court challenge against speaker Jeffery Nape's decision to declare the prime ministership vacant - the move that allowed the vote to install O'Neill to come to pass.

There is no doubt the decision will be challenged in the courts. - Abal: Two PMs now -- --

Amet loses bid to fight O’Neill --

Aussie Friendly Cabinet

The new PM is pulling together his cabinet and many of the faces appear to be an Australia-friendly line-up. The team includes former foreign minister Don Polye, who had supported the re-establishment of an asylum-seekers' assessment centre on Manus Island.


O’Neill names caretaker team --

Asylum Seeker Deal

PNG is seriously considering an asylum-seeker deal with Australia, with the government in Port Moresby likely to make a decision on the plan at cabinet level within weeks.


Cairns - Port Moresby Freight

A weekly cargo shipping service between Cairns and Port Moresby will be launched on the 19th of August. The first shipment to Port Moresby, to be carried by the MV Southern Tiare and capable of carrying 62 containers, will include fresh produce, building materials, machinery and project work equipment such as portable lighting systems. The back load to Cairns will include a helicopter, a crane and a flourmill being sent to Cairns for repairs, copra meal stockfeed and timber.


Milne Bay Tank

According to a news report in the Australian Canberra Times the Australian War Memorial is rebuilding one of the Type 95 Ha-Go Japanese tanks used during the battle of Milne Bay.


Wrecks of Taisyo Maru & Type C Ha-62-76 Midget Submarine --

Ramu Mine

Landowners have secured another injunction preventing a mine from dumping millions of tonnes of waste into the sea -- -- this is after the National Court of Madang refused to grant a permanent injunction against the deep-sea disposal plans and removed a previous temporary injunction. --

Prior to the new injunction Reuters reported that Australian miner Highlands Pacific expected to start production at its minority held Ramu nickel and cobalt project by the end of 2011 after a court in PNG lifted a months long injunction. --

New Zealander Recounts Attack

The New Zealander, who was recently shot with two arrows while bathing in a PNG river, has told of his attack. You can read about it by clicking on the link --

Hiri Moale

Air Energi Pacifica Ltd (AEPL) has presented K15,000 in sponsorship towards the Hiri 2011 Moale Festival. The Hiri Moale Festival will be held from the 16th to the 18th of September in Port Moresby, National Capital District.

Dying Languages

Languages from the world's greatest linguistic reservoir are disappearing in a tide of indifference. It has been claimed New Guinea (PNG and Indonesian Papua) have over 1000 different languages with many having less than 1000 speakers. PNG alone claims over 800 languages. Many of the newer generation do not speak their traditional language preferring to use a language that they can communicate with people outside their village. Languages are dying out as the older generation dies. It is difficult to document some of the languages, as they are purely oral and not readily able to be documented.




NASFUND Membership

The first half of the year has seen a boom in NASFUND membership. NASFUND active membership has increased over 8 per cent from 140,545 to 151,882. The increase of 11,337 members brings the total inactive and active membership of NASFUND to 346,667 members - The largest membership in PNG. Employer growth has also jumped dramatically by 5 per cent with an additional 92 employers joining NASFUND over the last six months bring to 2,035 contributing establishments.

Salim Moni Kwik

Post PNG's Salim Moni Kwik (SMK) service can now use mobile phone technology to send money. MobileSMK will remove the paper from the equation of sending money around the country. Post PNG's chief executive officer Peter Maiden said customers could transfer monies using their mobile phones anytime, anywhere. It is also cheaper and easy for customers to receive and send money.

The SMK service has been around for 40 years starting with being able to send postal money orders using fax machines, and in 2008 as an automated on-line point-of-sale system.

Aussies Visit Panguna

The Australian High Commissioner to PNG accompanied by the Head of AusAID in PNG and three other colleagues from the High Commission have visited the Panguna No Go Zone. This courtesy was extended to the Australian Government by General Chris Uma of the original government of Me'ekamui, the group that continues to man the checkpoint at the entrance to the zone.


International Cricket

A mind-boggling tenth-wicket stand of 67 off 65 balls in the ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier lifted the PNG Under-19s team to 204, a score they managed to defend easily against Kenya Under-19s at New Strabane Park, to register their second win in five games.


Compound Burnt

Police burnt down a compound belonging to the Central provincial government at 14-Mile, outside Port Moresby, because residents there were suspected of harbouring criminals.


Operation Open Heart

Operation Open Heart (OOH) has received Internet modems, five fixed wireless handsets and K100 worth of Rait top-up cards to assist the work of the team from Telikom PNG. The Australian co-ordinator for OOH said these gifts presented by Telikom would provide them with a service where they can call their loved ones back at home.


Qantas has donated 50 back-packs to Operation Open Heart (OOH) patients.

Aim is local cardic team --

Food Shortage Funding

Money promised two years ago to help alleviate food shortages on the Trobriand Islands is still outstanding. Chief John Kasaipwalova, a member of the Trobriand Islands Council of Chiefs and also the program director for food security, has called on the Milne Bay Governor, John Luke Critin, to release the promised K1 million kina. Chief Kasaipwalova said the islanders would need at least 400 tonnes of yam seedlings to survive.

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.

PNG Music Awards, Port Moresby Country Club - 6th August

Crocodile Festival, Ambunti - 9th & 10th August

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

Milne Bay Day - 20th of August 2011

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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