PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Mar 2014

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Treasurer Sacked

Treasurer Don Polye and the Labour and Industrial Relations Minister Mark Maipakai have been sacked from cabinet by Prime Minister O'Neill. The PM said the removal of Polye, who is also chairman of the World/Bank/IMF board of Governors, came as result of him "causing instability in the Government" while the decommissioning of Maipakai as Minister was done to "preserve the integrity and public confidence of the Government after he was arrested and charged by police" - a matter which is now before the National Court.


The real reasons why Duma and Polye were sacked --

Loan Unconstitutional

The Opposition is urging the Prime Minister to resign, after slamming the three-billion Kina loan deal, between the Government and U-S-B bank in Singapore. Mr. O'Neill signed off on an agreement with the private bank, to secure the loan to buy back 10 per cent shares of Oil Search. Opposition Leader, Belden Namah said the loan is unconstitutional and not in the best interest of the State and its people.


PDF Book

R. Wally Johnson. Fire mountains of the islands: a history of volcanic eruptions and disaster management in Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. ANU Press, December 2013.

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InterOil Drilling

Drilling and Production reports InterOil has commenced drilling at the Bobcat-1 exploration well in petroleum prospecting license 238, located in the Gulf province following the approval of the drilling plan by the PNG Department of Petroleum and Energy.


Australian PM to visit

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says he is looking forward to welcoming his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott to the country. It will be Mr Abbott's first official visit to the PNG since becoming Australia's prime minister last year.


Manus Island the focus of Abbott's PNG trip --

Churches Concerned

Church leaders in both Australia and Papua New Guinea are voicing discontent with Australia's policy of processing asylum seekers at offshore camps with conditions condemned by human rights groups.


Smare Young Global Leader

PNG business executive, Anthony Smare, has won world recognition, being announced recently in Switzerland as a Young Global Leader for 2014. Those honoured already include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, Google co-founder Larry Page and British Prime Minister David Cameron.


Rugby Security

Former Australian SAS soldiers shadowed every move of Mackay Cutters players and Intrust Super Cup referees when the Queensland rugby league took an ultra-cautious plan for the debut game played in PNG.


Mining Wildlife Management Area

A small Australian mining company has found 'bonanza' grade gold deposits at Crater Mountain in PNG and has lodged an application for a mining licence. But locals are concerned that the plan includes mining one of PNG's most important wildlife reserves and they are calling on the PNG government to live up to its obligations to protect the country's biodiversity.



InterOil has announced it has started drilling the Wahoo-1 exploration well in PNG following approval by the Department of Petroleum and Energy. Wahoo-1 is the second of four exploration wells InterOil plans to drill in the Gulf province over the next 12-15 months.


2015 Pacific Games

The 2015 Pacific Games organising committee and the Pacific Games Council have expressed great satisfaction at the outcome of the first ever All Sports meeting held in Port Moresby to prepare for the delivery of the sports competitions during the Pacific Games in 2015.


LNG Project

The giant ExxonMobil liquefied natural gas project in PNG is months ahead of schedule and is expected to deliver first gas by mid-year.


IT Revolution

According to Public Enterprise Minister Ben Micah, PNG is on the brink of an information technology revolution. Micah said the revolution of data will be through the commercialisation of the first PNG fibre network by the end of this month that will link from Madang into Lae and the Highlands region, including the LNG project area.


Hospital in Dire Straits

Maprik provincial hospital in the East Sepik province is operating just an outpatients and a labour ward after 17 clinical staff were retrenched. The wards closed are the paediatric, adult and mothers wards.


Suspects Escape

Suspects allegedly involved in the K6 million G4S robbery escaped from custody recently. The suspects were at the Waigani Committal Court for mention but escaped while being led to a police truck for their transfer.


Escaped prisoners given ultimatum --

PNG Hunters

Article about PNG Rugby League and the emergence of the Hunters --

Hunters winning over rugby league fans in the Queensland Cup on and off the field --

Hunters praised for lifting standards --

Mackay Cutters unforgettable experience in Kokopo --

Hughie back to fire Capras against Hunters on weekend --

Culture shock of footy in PNG --

Betel Nut Raid

An early morning raid by police netted a vehicle carrying 12 50-kilogramme bags of nuts into the city from Porebada Village, Central province.


High Capacity Network

Telikom is rolling out a High Capacity Network (HCN) around the country and will deploy the first HCN microwave link between Madang and Hagen. This link will provide over twenty times the current capacity, be fully IP-based, and provide a more efficient means to carry broadband traffic.


Australian National Touch Competition

Papua New Guinea has proven to be the surprise package in the National Touch Competition underway at Coffs Harbour. They can't take the trophy home this time but have proven to the Aussie side they'll be back even stronger for the World Cup next year.


PNG Charcoal Industry

Researchers from the University of Adelaide in South Australia are helping to develop a charcoal industry in the country. Rural communities in PNG are almost entirely dependent on firewood for their cooking and heating but charcoal is cleaner to burn and lighter to carry.


PNG Games

For the first time since the commencement of the PNG Games, AFL PNG will be participating in this year's PNG Games thanks to the Host Organising Committee.


AFL PNG out to reach 50,000 kids --

Hydro Project

A memorandum of understanding announced recently will allow for the construction of a long-discussed small hydropower project on the Divune River in Oro province. Funding for the project will come from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) via its Town Electrification Improvement Program (TEIP).


Maprik BSP

The people of Maprik District will now be able to do their banking closer to home instead of embarking on the long, expensive and sometimes dangerous journey into Wewak to do their banking. BSP opened a sub branch on the 13th of March 2014, two years after the last branch was forced to close in 2012.


Manus Island Unrest

The Australian Broadcasting Commission has obtained audio recordings made inside the Manus Island detention centre before and after the deadly violence last month. The recordings suggest protests in the days leading up to the riot were noisy but non-violent.


Ex PNG Cricket Coach

Peter Anderson, the former PNG coach, has been appointed by the Afghanistan Cricket Board as the new coach of the Afghanistan National Cricket Academy on the 11th of March. He will take up his role on the 15th of April and will be based at the Academy in the Kabul Cricket Stadium.


UniTech Student Boycott

A student leader at the University of Technology in Lae is adamant that students will not return to classes unless the former vice chancellor, Dr Albert Schram, is re-instated.


A reply to Minister Gore --

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.

Alliance Française AGM, 4 April 2014 at 5:30pm at Ela Beach Hotel, Ela Beach Room

Perth PNGAA Reunion, 11 April 2014, at Air Force Home Village Complex, Bull Creek 1:30am to 2:30pm

Softball championships in Kokopo, April 2014

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts, July 2014

Rabaul Mask Festival, 16 - 21 July 2014

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2014

Wewak Crocodile Festival, 5 - 7 August 2014

National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2014

PNG Medical Symposium, September 2014 - to be held in Goroka

Dedication of Plaque Commemorating Battle of Bita Paka, Saturday 6 September 2014 --

Goroka Show, 13 - 14 September 2014

Independence Day, 16 September 2014

PNGAA Symposium, 17 - 18 September 2014 --

Morobe Show, 11 - 12 October 2014

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 7 - 9 November 2014

6th PNG Games - Lae - November 2014

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2014

Christmas Day - 25 December 2014

Boxing Day - 26 December 2014

Full Pacific Games - PNG 4 to 18 July 2015 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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