PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Feb 2015

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University of Goroka

The School of Science and Technology at the University of Goroka has added new high technology equipment worth approximately K0.5 million to their Research Laboratory for students to use.


Melanesian Aviation Partnership

Three airlines in the Pacific have agreed to work together to develop and promote partnership in aviation services that can be beneficial to the Melanesian countries.

Air Niugini, Air Vanuatu and Solomon Airlines signed an initial agreement in Honiara, Solomon Islands last week to enter into a Tri-partite Code share arrangement on the Port Moresby/Honiara/Port Villa route.

-- PX Press Release

P&O Pacific Dawn

The P&O cruise ship Pacific Dawn has recently left Brisbane for Milne Bay on cruise number W508.

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Capacity 2020 passengers 
Length 811ft / 245mts 
Built 1991 
Decks 11 
Max Speed 22.5 knots 
Weight 70,285 tonnes


Street Kids

The governor of the National Capital District has expressed concern at the growing number of street kids in the country's capital, Port Moresby.


Lae Electricity

One of the two K140 million generators bought from Israel will start operating in Lae soon but there is no guarantee it will eradicate the electricity supply problems there, an official says.


Lae Bans Street Vending

The capital of Morobe province has banned street vending in key parts of the city of Lae. The mayor has directed the Lae community police unit to conduct foot patrols to enforce the ban.


Student Visas Ready

The PNG Immigration department in Port Moresby has approved visas for some of the Solomon Islands students studying at Divine Word University (DWU) in Madang


Wewak Marijuana Arrest

Two men are in police custody and thousands of kina worth of marijuana has been confiscated during a dawn raid conducted by Wewak police at the Makon village just outside Wewak town.


School Cults

Premium biscuit maker, the Lae Biscuit Company, has thrown its support behind the walk against school fights and cult practices among schools in Lae city.


PNG's Insurance Market

A projected rise in home ownership, along with increasing demand for private health coverage are among the forces expected to drive growth in Papua New Guinea's insurance sector. However, competitive pressures and global risks may also hamper the industry during the course of the year.


City Traffic Plan

The Government plans to streamline the public transport system in Port Moresby, allowing fewer taxis and buses to operate, Transport Minister William Duma says.


EMTV Purchase Disputed

The Opposition is against the Government's acquisition of private television network EMTV through Telikom PNG at a cost of K27 million.


Real PNG Life

An Aussie reveals what life is really like in PNG. Linda Honey has been living in PNG since 1996. An Aussie originally from Queensland she tells of the hidden beauty of Australia's closest neighbour.


Death Penalty NOT an Option

The death penalty is not a solution to crime and the Catholic Church in PNG will not support its implementation, a spokesman says.


Aussie Arrested in Madang

Police in Madang have arrested an Australian for allegedly possessing an unlicenced firearm and ammunition. They believe that he illegally entered the country last year.


Aust to Back PNG

Minister for Tourism, Arts and Culture, Boka Kondra, says there is strength and confidence in working in partnership with Australia to develop culture and tourism activities of the country.


Polye Told to Produce Numbers

The Government has challenged the Opposition Leader Don Polye to produce numbers in Parliament, if he's serious about moving a no-confidence motion.


Haus and Home

Haus & Home - Episode 53 2015 covers Valentine's Day Gift ideas, the making of banana fritters and more. Watch the online episode by clicking on the link below.


BSP Keravat

The local and business community in Keravat, East New Britain province, have given praise to BSP for providing banking services in the community. This is because time and money is saved by not having to travel into Rabaul or Kokopo to do banking.


BSP Chief Visits PNG Envoy

The Bank South Pacific's chief executive officer, Robin Fleming, has paid a recent courtesy call on the PNG High Commissioner to Solomon Islands, Fred Yakasa.


Top visiting BSP officials meet Solomon Islands Prime Minister --

Economy Stable

PNG Finance Minister James Marape maintains that the Papua New Guinea's National Government's economy is stable and not broke.


Parliament Staff at Risk

Dr Jack Amana, a renowned Heart Specialist in the country, has revealed that Staff working at the PNG National Parliament are among some of the highest risk candidates for lifestyle diseases.


Police Train in Australia

Twelve police officers are in Australia for training under the Mekim Senis police placement programme. The placement provides learning opportunities and a chance for the officers to observe the skills and behaviours required to support the development goals of the PNG police force.


The Story of Mathilda

Mathilda Patrick is a 26 year old woman from Iapiyu, a small village in the Gulf Province on the southern coast of PNG, three hours walk from Kanabea, the regional centre. In 2011, she was successful in obtaining a scholarship from the European Union to study at Bomana Teachers' College. After two years of dedication to her studies, Mathilda graduated as a primary school teacher in November 2013.


State Expects Windfall

Government expects a windfall of about K430 million when Sime Darby acquires New Britain Palm Oil Limited (NBPOL)


The Prime Minister, Hon. Peter O'Neill CMG MP, has welcomed Sime Darby's acquisition of New Britain Palm Oil as a vote of confidence in the Papua New Guinea growing economy.


Cancellation of Leases Halted

The cancellation of controversial flawed land leases in Papua New Guinea has been halted, leaving traditional landowners unsure of when they will get their land back.


BSP School Kriket

The Ahioma Cricket Association of Milne Bay staged a pioneer junior cricket championships competition from the 17th of December to the 31st of January this year.


Highlands Highway

PNG Works Minister Francis Awesa says, he is ready to in PNG Defence Force if people along the Highlands Highway are blocking the road. He warned the people of Kainantu in Eastern Highlands to allow contractors and Works Department to clear a landslip blocking the highway or be dealt with by the army.


Ice Women Jailed

A Papua New Guinean woman has been sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in jail for smuggling almost four kilograms of methyl amphetamine, or ice, into Australia.


Southern Highlands Budget

Oil and gas-rich Southern Highlands has recently presented its K366 million budget for 2015 to Treasurer, Hon. Patrick Pruaitch, CMG, MP.


Potape Seeks Bail

Jailed Komo-Magarima M-P, Francis Potape, is seeking bail pending his judicial review application. Mr Potape was sentence to five years imprisonment earlier this year, on one count of conspiracy and two counts of misappropriation of over 300-thousand Kina.


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  16 Feb 2015
Updated  26 Feb 2015

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