PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Feb 2015

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Police force labelled incompetent --

Human Rights Clinic Teams with Scientists to Investigate Conditions at Gold Mine --

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News Items

US Small Grants Program

The US Ambassador's Small Grants Program deadline is rapidly approaching. The deadline is the 13th of Feb at 4:30pm PNG time.

The overall objective of this round of the Ambassador's Small Grants Program is to increase the capacity of community based organizations in Papua New Guinea to effectively work within their communities to reduce women's HIV vulnerability associated with alcohol abuse and violence against women and girls.


Death Penalty

13 people on death row are expected to be executed this year after Cabinet endorsed the proposed guidelines for the implementation of death penalty, it has been revealed. Cabinet approved the guidelines for the three modes of punishment - death by hanging, administration of anaesthetics followed by injection, and death by firing squad.


Churches Oppose Death Penalty

The Church Leaders Council has reiterated its opposition to the death penalty, saying no one but God has the right to end a person's life.


New Colonels

The Defence Force will now have four new branch heads that will support the commander in implementing his 2015 intent and priorities of the force. The four new colonels are Siale Diro, Wenzel Esekia, John Rakatani, Dominic Bolongor and Ben Siria.


Games Security

The public and the Government expect the Defence Force to provide adequate security during the Pacific Games in July, commander Brig-Gen Gilbert Toropo says.


Vale Daniel Mona

The member of Goilala, Daniel Mona, has died. He died in hospital in the Philippines. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has expressed his sorrow at the untimely passing of the MP. "I am deeply saddened by the untimely passing of a promising young leader who was an active supporter of our government on the floor of Parliament."


Police Motorcycles

The Chinese Embassy has donated 20 motorcycles to the police force to help in their work.

Last year China donated 10,000 sets of uniforms.


Madang Legal Year

The legal year has been opened officially on Madang with the theme "to serve without fear or favour".


Cooking With Gas?

Hamish McDonald asks "Will the benefits of Papua New Guinea's first LNG project and wider economic boom empower locals?" One person doing the asking is Charles Lepani, the PNG high commissioner in Canberra and former head of Port Moresby's National Planning Office. He sees "a yawning gap or chasm between policies and politics on the one hand in Papua New Guinea, and the will and capacity to spend PNG's increasing wealth on the priorities that will bring about qualitative change in the lives of our people, particularly the rural majority."


Hybrid Rice

A private company and a local government in Papua New Guinea are keen on growing Philippine-sourced hybrid rice as a field trial being done by SL Agritech is dispelling the belief that rice cannot be grown in that country.


US Ambassador Visits Lae

U.S. Ambassador Walter North has visited UniTech in Lae, Morobe Province. He spoke with the first year students as part of the University of Technology 2015 Orientation Ceremony.


UPNG Academic Year

The University of PNG will start its new academic year on the 16th of March with arriving at the university on the 1st of March.


Manus Refugees

Papua New Guinea has granted refugee status to 30 Manus Island detainees as efforts continue to return most asylum seekers held there to their home countries. Another 80 who have had their applications rejected intend to appeal


Media Niugini Limited

The parent company of EM TV, Media Niugini Limited, is now 100 per cent PNG-owned. Telikom PNG, through the Independent Public Business Corporation, now owns 100 per cent of shares in Media Niugini Limited.


EM TV, under Media Niugini Limited, is Papua New Guinea's longest-running television network.

Melanesian 'Oppression'

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has promised to do more to speak out on behalf of Melanesians in Indonesian West Papua.

Apart from Vanuatu, governments in the Pacific have been slow to speak out on human rights abuses in West Papua, especially after Fiji was instrumental in getting Indonesia admitted as an observer at the Melanesian Spearhead Group of nations.


Lae Water Shortage

Lae, is facing a major water crisis after a bore pump broke as a result of frequent power blackouts in the city.


Wet Season

A weather forecast has explained that the country was currently experiencing the peak of the wet season and this may continue for the next three months with possible moderate cyclone and heavy rains.


Rabaul Queen Case

Three years on from the Rabaul Queen inter-island ferry disaster in Papua New Guinea, court proceedings against the ship's owner Peter Sharp and four others are yet to be determined.


No Police Compo

A senior officer says police will not pay the medical expenses of people injured during the clash with Hanuabada villagers last month


Kokopo Taxi Service

The increasing demand for taxi services over the years in Kokopo has ensured that the existing service is one of the fastest growing in this town.


Canoe Team

The Papua New Guinea Men's Outrigger Canoeing Team returned from the Australian National Springs title in Queensland, Australia with a Gold Medal and two bronze medals.


Public Servants Warned

Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika has warned Government officials, MPs and public office holders not to dip their fingers into public monies. Salika said a single act of dishonesty destroys all the good work one has done.


New Malaria Treatment

Australian and Papua New Guinean researchers say they have discovered a treatment that completely cures one of the most common strains of malaria worldwide. But the treatment still needs to be assessed and approved by the World Health Organisation and the Papua New Guinean government.


New Court Complex

Chief Justice of PNG Sir Salamoa Injia told a gathering at the ground breaking ceremony of the new National and Supreme Court complex in Waigani, Port Moresby that the construction would be completed in time for the APEC meet in 2018 and he would be happy to invite the President of US Barrack Obama to view the new construction.


Madang / Goroka Highway

An alternative highway to connect the Eastern Highlands province to Madang has been launched. The 53 kilometre road will run from the Dunantina Local Level Government area in Henganofi to Ramu. It has been estimated the road will take six months to complete. People along the route have been warned not to demand compensation unnecessarily from the state during the construction phase.


Westpac Vanimo

Westpac Bank has installed a new Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) outside a local branch in Vanimo.

The new ATM facility is located outside the new Vanimo Supermarket. The supermarket also contains a Westpac branch, allowing customers to apply for personal loans or cards and conduct a range of banking transactions.


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.

MV Ammari to visit PNG in 2015 --

Pacific Games - PNG 4 to 18 July 2015 --

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2015

National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2015

PNG Medical Symposium, usually September 2015

Goroka Show, September 2015

PNG Independence Day, 16 September 2015

Morobe Show, October 2015

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, November 2015

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015

Christmas Day - 25 December 2015

Boxing Day - 26 December 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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Created  6 Feb 2015
Updated  16 Feb 2015

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