PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Mar 2014

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Homage to fallen heroes --

Churches meet to improve services --

Australia looking for other Pacific nations to resettle Manus detainees --

Future of Manus Island asylum seekers unclear as Peter O'Neill says most are not 'genuine refugees' --

Hunting the Pride in PNG --

New probe of PNG detention centre --

PNG released Indonesian police officer Nuryamin --

PNG Misc Links

Five exotic honeymoon destinations - Doini Island Plantation Resort --

Reunited --

Tkatchenko commits K150,000 to United Church --

PNG NGO - locals are being force into submission by police over LNG project --

Area man delves into rainforest conservation --

USQ students celebrate their cultures in harmony --

'Savage Harvest: A Tale of Cannibals, Colonialism, and Michael Rockefeller's Tragic Quest for Primitive Art ' by Carl Hoffman --

Vivid memories of Spring Bluff march 72 years on --

Mixed reaction to PNG carvings legal case --

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Badili, 3 Mile Hill, Taurama, Boroko - Port Moresby --

'Rambo' tops list of popular films in PNG Highlands --

MAF-PNG, flying to Lake Kutubu, 1960 --

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O'Neill is lying about the UBS loan --

News Items

Loan on Hold

The controversial K3bn loan has been put on hold. The Ombudsman Commission has directed the State to freeze the processing of the K3 billion loan from the UBS Investment Bank "to ensure compliance with relevant laws and guidelines". The K3b loan to buy a stake in Oil Search Ltd was signed by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in his capacity as acting Treasury Minister on March 11. He had sacked Treasurer Don Polye the previous day for refusing to sign the loan documents.


Namah congratulates Ombudsman Commission --

Why I didn't sign K3b loan deal: Former PNG Treasurer Polye --

Pruaitch returns as PNG Treasurer --

Aussie PM Visits

Tony Abbott has arrived in Port Moresby for his first visit to PNG as the Australian Prime Minister. The official state visit is at the invitation of PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and aims to focus on economic issues.


Economic issues the focus of Tony Abbott's PNG visit --

Microwave Link

Telikom PNG has invested about K53 million in a microwave transport system to support its rollout of the national broadband network (NBN). The project would create a Telikom highway between Port Moresby and Lae.


International Training Institute

The International Training Institute has recently celebrated its 15th anniversary in Port Moresby.


Popondetta Earthquake

There has been an unverified report of an Earthquake: M 4.7 - 11km SW of Popondetta in Oro (Northern) province and 129km ENE of Port Moresby.


TB Testing Machine

Patients at Kundiawa general hospital will soon be able to get the results of a tuberculosis test within two hours rather than the week it currently takes. Last year the hospital bought a new TB geneXpert machine for K70,000.


Drug resistant TB multiplying in PNG --

Asylum Seeker Rights

Asylum seekers have told a PNG court they were not made aware of their right to free legal representation, as the judge refused to allow an Australian lawyer to represent 75 detainees at the inquiry. During the fourth day of hearings into human rights obligations at Australia's detention centre on Manus Island, the court has heard transferees were not told of their right to free representation under PNG law.


Coffee Export Licence

The Obura-Wonenara district in Eastern Highlands is the first in the country to receive a coffee exporting licence under a new approach taken by the Coffee Industry Corporation (CIC). The license, issued to the Obura-Wonenara District Coffee Federation, enables the growers to export their coffee directly overseas.


Tumbuna Sing-Sing Experience

Award-winning adventure tour operator Journeys International has announced a new, more intimate experience with the Huli Wigmen of PNG. The Tumbuna Festival is an annual sing-sing held in the lush Paiyagona Valley. The Huli Wigmen are the iconic native people of PNG. This clan resides in the Southern Highlands and consists of approximately 150,000 members.


Changing Kundiawa

Once a filthy town Kundiawa the capital of Chimbu province is changing, slowly but surely, under new management.


New Migration Laws

PNG's Foreign Affairs Minister, Rimbink Pato, has confirmed that the review of PNG's migration legislation is nearing completion and will be announced soon. The new migration laws will drive growth and connect the country to the outside world once ready, he said.



Former MP, Arthur Somare, has been appointed to the PNG Sustainable Development Program Board by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. Chairman of the programme, Sir Mekere Morauta, says the appointment of Mr Somare is of no legal effect.


Safety Record Under Microscope

Port Moresby, which has one of the highest rates of violence in the world, is one of five cities to be targeted by the United Nations for its Safe cities program.


Police Dog Attack

Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary Deputy police commissioner is calling for people to come forward if they have any information about a widely circulated video showing a man being mauled by three police dogs in Port Moresby.


PNG Edge report and video of incident --

PNG quango wants action on reducing police brutality --

Tiensten Apologises

Pomio MP, Paul Tiensten, has apologised to the country's people, as well as his family and friends, for misappropriating public money. In November last year, the former planning minister was found guilty for misappropriating 10 million kina, or US$3.6 million.


StretPasin Funded

The National Development Bank (NDB) has allocated K15 million to its subsidiary National Development Bank Investment Ltd (NDBIL) for the rollout of StretPasin business incubation programme (SPBIP). The popular StretPasin store scheme will be reintroduced under the medium enterprise category, which will require an initial capital outlay of K1 million per operation


Mining & Energy Corruption

The United States and PNG are on course to join the leading world initiative to combat corruption in the energy and mining industries. The Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative board has approved PNG's application for EITI candidate status at a meeting in Oslo. PNG has three years to implement the EITI standard, which aims to ensure more transparency of payments to the government from the oil, gas and mining companies in the country. PNG Transparency International executive director Emily Taule welcomed the decision.


Rabaul Queen Trial Deferred

The court case into the sinking of the Rabaul Queen has been adjourned until April.


ANZ Assessment Welcomed

An assessment of the country's economy by the ANZ Bank has been welcomed by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill. The assessment said the economic growth for PNG in the medium term was likely to rise, with current account pressure easing in the second half of 2014, and foreign reserves remaining adequate.


Ethnic Clashes

Three people have died in a series of ethnic clashes in the PNG capital, Port Moresby. The National newspaper reports one man from Enga died when Engans and people from Goilala clashed after getting involved in a dispute between two neighbours.


A Thief on the Run

Media Statement to Mainstream Media by Member for Vanimo-Green and Opposition Leader Hon. Belden Namah:
A Thief on the Run, a Mad Man Running this Country: Rise Up Now Against This Madness.


Ipatas: Do not listen to lies --

Weaving Circle

The Pacific Women's Weaving Circle Brisbane is managed by Stephanie Donigi. Inspired by and using the same model of the original Pacific Women's Weaving Circle (Melbourne), which was established by artists Maryann Talia Pau and Lisa Hilli.


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.

Brisbane based PNG activity - 29 March, fundraising mumu and barbecue in Roma St Parklands commencing at 9.00am. Also meet and greet the PNG SP Hunters.

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 11.30am 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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