PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Feb 2015

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Can LNG continue to fuel Papua New Guinea's economic growth? --

Flyover bridge 80 percent done --

Week-long stand-off after death in PNG Police cells --

Catholic Church in PNG launches Child Protection Policy --

PNG NGO says money needed alongside law changes to protect kids --

Parkop Banking on Games to Elevate Port Moresby --

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PNG tops porn searches on Google, experts divided over link between pornography and violence --

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PNG Military Aviation

The Defence Forces Air Transport Wing (ATW) will buy four PAC 750 (Paciifc Aerospace) short landing and take-off aeroplanes suitable for rural airstrips. The aircraft will be inspected by the PNG Defence Force in New Zealand in Wellington.

In a recent interview, ATW's Director of Air Operations, Colonel Ron Hosea says in order to match the administrative instructions to increase manpower in the force, they would need at least a squadron of planes on roster.


Extreme Flying PAC 750XL --

Air Niugini Airfares

Air Niugini will be reducing its airfares for the second time this year on both domestic and international sectors, effective 1st March, 2015. Chief Executive Officer, Simon Foo said the further reduction in airfares is due to the continuous drop in crude oil prices on the world market, allowing the fuel surcharge to be further reduced.

-- PX Press Release

Twin Tower Joint Venture

The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea and IPBC have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to develop prime real estate in the Central Business District (CBD) of Port Moresby.

The MOU is the first step towards the landmark development. It was signed for and on behalf of the IPBC by Managing Director Wasantha Kumarasiri and Mr Erastus Kamburi, Chief Legal Officer, IPBC; and for and on behalf of the Anglican Church of PNG by Archbishop Clyde Igara and Mr John Francis Kaupa, Member of the Provincial Board of Trustees.

-- IPBC Press Release

Susu Mammas

Breastfeeding is an important reason why early childhood mortality in PNG is not higher than it was before. Susu Mama PNG supports the government initiative of encouraging mothers to give exclusive breastfeeding to their children during their first six months.


Moresby School Condemned

Classes at Butuka Elementary in the Moresby South Electorate of Port Moresby have has to be suspended following a notice from National Capital District Commission Health, condemning the elementary school for not having proper toilets and classrooms.

The school has been forced to construct a pit toilet, as a temporary relief measure.


Oil Search Profit

Oil Search Limited (OSL) has announced a record profit for the year 2014. The company announced a Net Profit After Tax (NPAT) of US$353.2 million, around K880 million.


PNG Languages

EM TV reports - there is not enough effort by the government to protect Papua New Guinean languages from becoming extinct. Out of 800 languages (in Papua New Guinea), half of that number has less than 2,000 speakers; that means half of our languages are threatened.



Rotokas Language

Which language or group of languages has the shortest alphabet? - Rotokas from the North Solomons. This is in fact the shortest of all languages in the world with 11 letters. These 11 are made up of 5 vowels and 6 consonants: A, E, I, O, U, B, G, K, P, R, T. It is spoken by about 4300 people.


Vale Dennis Gray

The Funeral Service for Dennis Gray, was held on, Mon. 23 Feb. at 1300 Hrs, at the, Chapel of the Great Northern Garden of Remembrance, 31 - 35 Tallowood Drive, Deception Bay, in Queensland.

Dennis, going by the handle of sixtiesrelic, will be missed on the PPRUNE forums.


Kondra Suspended

Tourism, Arts and Culture Minister Boka Kondra has been suspended by the Leadership Tribunal. Kondra, the Member for North Fly, received a letter from the Leadership Tribunal notifying him of his suspension.


Betel Nut

Powes Parkop, the Governor of the National Capital says his administration will establish a fleet of boats to monitor the seas around Port Moresby and intercept betel nut smugglers.


Pacific Games Baton

The 2015 Pacific Games Baton has recently been revealed at the Crown Plaza Hotel in Port Moresby. The baton, designed and created by well renowned Papua New Guinean artist, Gickmai Kundun, is symbolic of Papua New Guinea's rich and diverse cultural heritage.


The baton design depicts a kundu drum; and is made from Copper, representing one of Papua New Guinea's major resource commodities.

Security warning to be issued to teams on arrival in PNG --

The Pacific Games will be held in Port Moresby from the 4th through to the 18th of July.

Games Security Warning

A security warning will be issued to all Fijian teams on arrival in PNG. Pacific Games Council President Vidya Lakhan says from our perspective, security will not be an issue if you follow the instructions of the organizing committee.


PM: PNG will be ready

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is confident that the country will deliver "world class" facilities when the Pacific Games is held in Port Moresby in July.


PNG Games Volunteers

Volunteers are required for the 2015 Pacific Games. Applications will close 28th of February. Pick up an application form to volunteer at the BSP Kiosks in Vision City and Waterfront Konedobu.


Barrick Selling Mines

Barrick Gold Corp will be selling off two of its mines. One in Australia (Cowal) and one in Papua New Guinea (Porgera) to aid plans of generating cash that will help trim down some of its debt by $3 billion.



Northern Governor Gary Juffa has again vowed to continue his fight for ordinary Papua New Guinean's - the marginalised and unheard communities, irrespective of him being pushed to the Opposition or in the government.



Anitua Limited sells housing equipment such as paints and other handyman tools. Australian NRL sports ambassador and former North Queensland Cowboy Brent Tate officiated at the recent opening ceremony of Anitua Limited held at Six-Mile.


Vaki Pleads Not Guilty

Police Commissioner Geoffrey Vaki has appeared in court charged with contempt in relation to a warrant issued for the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill last year. Vaki through his lawyer John Griffin QC pleaded not guilty to the contempt charges before Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia in the National Court in Waigani.


PNG Corruption

Papua New Guinea has been given a corruption score of 25/100, where 100 indicates clean governance, in comparison to the world average of 43/100, by Transparency International.


Meet Miss PNG

Port Moresby Residents can join Miss PNG 2014, Grace Agatha Nugi, at the Port Moresby Nature Park on Saturday, 28th Feb from 9 am to 3 pm for a day of fun-filled activities to celebrate World Wildlife Day!

This is an initiative of the Port Moresby Nature Park.

-- World Wildlife Day Press Release

World Wildlife!

Vanuatu Farmers Benefit

Vanuatu farmers have benefited from PNG in raising their own chickens at village level for food security and income generation.


Lae Waterfront

The old Lae Yacht Club waterfront will be restored to its previous state, says John Kasu, the managing director of National Fisheries Authority.


Niukick Gala Day

AFL PNG is holding the Niukick Gala Day to be held at Murray Barracks AFL Oval, Port Moresby on the 28th of Feb from 9am to 2pm. Fun day of Footy School teams registration to be held on same day, kids make sure your sports masters are there to register your school for this year's competition.

-- AFL PNG Press Release


National ID Project

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has officially launched the Papua New Guinea national identity (PNGNID) project that he said will be of great assistance in planning and delivering government services. Mr O'Neill highlighted the importance of the program across the country from the largest cities to the most remote villages.


O'Neill first to enlist in ID system --

Nigerian Deported

A Nigerian believed to be living illegally in the country and married to a local woman has been deported. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration Rimbink Pato announced the deportation of a serial unlawful entrant to the country and suspected organized crime fugitive Mr Cedric Sedibe Nduduzie.


Child Protection Legislation

The government is amending its child protection legislation to give courts the ability to take a child away from its family.

Local reports say the Youth Minister Delilah Gore has said the change would allow children to be placed in foster care and hold parents accountable for their neglect.


Amnesty International Report

If you want to read the 2014 - 2015 Amnesty International Report click on the link below and select the language you want to read it in and then search the document for PNG.

The report says this about PNG - "There were further reports of violence against women and children, including as a result of sorcery accusations. Reports of unnecessary and excessive use of force by police persisted. There were reports of violence and sexual assault by police during a forced eviction near Porgera mine".


WASH Policy

The National Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Policy for 2015 - 2030 has bene launched by the National Planning and Monitoring Minister, Charles Abel. The policy focusses on service delivery of good drinking water, sanitation and the long term hygiene or behaviour that is able to bring change to the country.


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.

AFL Port Moresby - Niu Kick Gala Day - 28th Feb 2015

World Wildlife Day - 28th Feb 2015

Moresby Arts Theatre's production "The Princess Bride". March 19-21 and March 26-28 2015

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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