PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Jun 2014

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News Items

Air Niugini

After last month's plans to cut staff numbers the national airline, Air Niugini, is now dropping plans to sack up to 250 workers.


Airlines PNG

Airlines PNG has modified its Dash 8 aircraft so pilots are unable to make the mistake that caused a fatal plane crash in Papua New Guinea three years ago. The company has acknowledged that pilot error contributed to the accident in Morobe Province but says other factors were also at play.

The report said the crash would not have happened if Transport Canada, the regulating authority for the plane's manufacturer, had adopted previous recommendations to require 'beta lockout' devices to be installed to stop accidental reversing while a plane is in flight.


PNG Acts on Illegal Fishing

The National Fisheries Authority has stepped up in its efforts to comply with the recent 'yellow card' issued by European Union to Papua New Guinea relating to illegal fishing in our waters. Recently, the authority launched its inshore patrol craft Gabut in Vanimo, West Sepik, to protect the country against illegal fishing.


Boost for fisheries in PNG's West Sepik --

Protests Begun

Protests have begun in PNG, coinciding with the opening of parliament. The protestors are calling on Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to step down over corruption allegations. Over 1000 people staged a recent protest in Port Moresby in defiance of a ban by the country's police chief.


No Protest march: PNG Acting Police Commissioner Vaki --


Worst Paid Journalistic Job

Rowan Callick who answered an advert for the world's worst paid journalistic job has been recognised for his service to journalism by gaining an OBE in PNG's Queen's Birthday list. The job was information officer for the Church of England in PNG. After working 11 years in PNG he has ended up in Australia.


Jailed, Bailed, Knighted

Tom Kulunga, OIC of PNG Constabulary, has been jailed then bailed and knighted in the recent Queen's birthday honours list.


PNG LNG Project

ExxonMobil in May 2014 shipped the first cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the $19 billion Papua New Guinea LNG project ahead of schedule. Production from the first train started in April which is one of an anticipated five-phase project. Phase 2 is expected to begin in 2017 and phase 5 is projected to begin around 2024.


Soldiers Burn Houses

Soldiers have burned down nine houses and destroyed several others in Kilakila village in Port Moresby. National Capital District Police say investigations have been launched into the attack on the village.


Support for Sam Koim

There has been an out pouring of support for corruption fighter Sam Koim. Mr Koim former chairman of PNG's corruption busting Investigative Task Force Sweep has apparently been dismissed after his investigations got too close to Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.


Sam Koim vows to keep probing high-level corruption in PNG --

New Transport Minister

Gazelle MP Malakai Tabar has been sworn in as the new Transport Minister by Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio, witnessed by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and National Alliance Party Leader Patrick Pruaitch with all other NA Party MPs. Tabar said he accepted the ministry and would do his best to maintain the transport ministry.


Measles Alert

A passenger recently arriving from Port Moresby into Brisbane, Australia has come down with measles. Australian authorities are attempting to track people she may have come into contact with since her arrival.


Gay Refugee Resettlement

The treatment of gay refugees has been condemned in a statement to the United Nations Human Rights Council. Melbourne-based legal advocacy organisation the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) presented a statement to the Human Rights Council, identifying an Australian Government policy that would see LGBTI refugees resettled in Papua New Guinea (PNG), where homosexuality is criminalised.


New Mammals Discovered

One of Australia's first crowd-funded scientific expeditions might have uncovered three new species of previously unidentified mammals in the Torricelli mountain range in the remote north-west of PNG.


O'Neill to Fight

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has launched a legal fight against a warrant for his arrest on fraud allegations which he claims are "politically motivated"


Justice System Hangs in Balance

Assistant Commissioner for Crimes Thomas Eluh has been suspended recently after earlier releasing a media statement in which he warned that PNG's criminal justice system was hanging in the balance after PM O'Neill disbanded the country's main anti-corruption body, as well as sacking the attorney general and deputy police commissioner.


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PM Should Resign

Opposition leader Belden Namah has called on Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to resign. Mr Namah says Mr O'Neill's actions are disgraceful and humiliating to the people of PNG. He says sackings of senior police officers are not proper or lawful.


PM should step aside, says Somare --

PNG Ready

National Capital District (NCD) Governor Powes Parkop says Port Moresby is ready to receive people from Melanesian countries for their 5th Festival of Art and Culture. "The festival is a celebration of Melanesian arts, culture and music and I am looking forward to a successful celebration," said Parkop.


Countries that have confirmed participation for the festival include PNG as host country, Fiji, Solomon Islands, West Papua, Timor Leste, New Caledonia, Vanuatu and Torres Strait.

Solomon Islands Ready

Solomon Islands is ready to participate at the upcoming 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture in PNG. The festival opening ceremony will begin on the 28th of June in Port Moresby and will run for two weeks ending on the 11th of July.


Fiji Ready

Fiji will be sending a 100 member contingent of artists, performers and musicians for the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture.


Welcome to Kaibola

The warm welcome at PNG's Kiriwina Island leaves cruise passenger Paul Rush smiling. Milne Bay province is a South Seas paradise that constantly tests the limits of one's credibility and reason.


Participation Seen as Key

Participation is how the Catholic Church is kept alive in the wilds of the Western province, despite many physical, economic and cultural challenges.


Fake Harry Fools Girls

Matthew Hicks says he felt bad lying to the girls on a reality show by pretending to be Prince Harry. I went through this week of 'Harry school' where I had to practise all the skills he's got, like horse-riding for polo. I must be the only bloke who dyes his hair ginger. Mr Hicks was born in Papua New Guinea where his father, Roger, worked as a computer programmer.


Vale Doc Neeson

Doc Neeson, the confrontational charismatic front man of Australian rock band The Angels has died after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 67. He was studying to become a teacher when he was drafted into the Australian army in the late 1960s. But he avoided the Vietnam War when the army became aware of his education training. He was sent to Papua New Guinea to teach the Pacific Island Regiment.


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.

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts, 28 June - 11 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, 6 September 2014 --

Goroka Show, 13 - 14 September 2014

Independence Day, 16 September 2014

Linguistic Society Conference Divine Word Uni 17 - 19 September

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 --

Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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