PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 May 2015

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Air Niugini

Air Niugini has taking delivery of its first Fokker F70 - P2-ANR Construction Number (MSN) 11578. This was previously operated by KLM Cityhopper as PH-KZG. The first passenger flight with Air Niugini, Peter O'Neill, has christened the latest fleet addition with the name "Mt Hagen."


Queenslander Daniel Nisbet has won the Morobe Open following a three hole playoff --

Josh Cabban has taken out the 2015 South Pacific Export Papua New Guinea Open.


Internet Penetration

The Mobile Network Operators (MNOs)-Bemobile/Vodafone and Digicel are both expected to expand their coverage footprints in 2014/15 as they increase the network cells adding to their 3G/4G coverage. In the satellite and submarine communication systems there has been renewed interest as additional satellites are in the planning and the submarine network across the Pacific extends with another link coming to PNG from the Solomon Islands.


Kumul's Beaten

The PNG Kumuls went down to the Fiji Batis 22 - 10 in Rugby League Pacific Test Match. Boosted by all NRL stars the Batis showed their class in the first half by outclassing the Kumuls with 18 - 0 lead. Melbourne Storms star Marika Koroibete was outstanding with a double that helped Fiji overcome PNG in a historic rugby league Test on the Gold Coast.



PNG is in an area where earthquakes are recoded nearly every day. Some are bigger than others and cause damage and possible tsunami's. Others are hardly felt but still make a needle on a machine respond. A recent 7.5 magnitude earthquake off the coast triggered a tsunami alert in the Pacific after striking the New Britain region.

The earthquake struck at a depth of 42km (26 miles), about 130km (80 miles) south of the town of Kokopo, the US Geological Survey reported, after issuing varying estimates of the quake's power.


Officials warn coastal villages to take extra precautions --

Ceilings give way as Kokopo feels earthquake --

Electoral Reform

MPs are considering legislation that would require political parties to ensure that at least ten percent of their candidates at a general election are women, or face de-registration.


Ex Journalist Wows PNG

Former Fiji journalist, Elina Turaga Onno - who moved to PNG 17 years ago, has continued to wow crowds at Bernard Fong's Beehive club in Port Moresby as a singer. Onno's music career started picking up shortly after composing and releasing a song Natuqu in 2009. She is originally from Mualevu Village in Vanuabalavu, Fiji.


InterOil Corporation

InterOil Corporation has announced it filed its Notice of 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders. It has also filed its Annual Report which includes its Annual Information Form and its audited annual consolidated financial statements for the fiscal year ended 31 December 2014


Fiji Cup Bid

PNG coach Mal Meninga believes the example set by the PNG Hunters in the Intrust Super Cup is the blueprint for other Pacific nations to improve their standing in international rugby league.


Paraka Report

The National Court has issued an order to prevent a Commission of Inquiry report into payments made to legal firms by the state, from being tabled in parliament.


Digicel Social Media

Digicel has launched for a limited time, a new pre-paid data plan, 'Social Passes', that offers huge savings on data and access to free social media, including unlimited Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, PNG Loop and 30 days of free access to Rdio, a popular music streaming site.


Milne Bay

The Ballarat (Victoria, Australia) Clarendon College PNG Project team are encouraging Ballarat residents to purchase a baby bundle for a new mother in Milne Bay in honour of their own mum this Mother's Day.

Team leader Sandra Sanders said the idea of the baby bundles was to encourage women in the province to give birth in a medical facility. She said many women in the region chose to give birth in their home villages instead of travelling to a specialised facility, for reasons including tradition, poverty and long distances. However, this carried serious and sometimes fatal risks.

"One in 20 PNG women die in childbirth - it's one in 20,000 in Australia," she said.


Death Penalty Opposition

The Catholic archbishop of Port Moresby, John Ribat, says the recent executions in Indonesia underline why Papua New Guinea should not go ahead with reactivating the death penalty.


King James Bible

Tens of thousands of people gather in Papua New Guinea to mark the arrival of a rare 404-year-old King James Bible donated by an American missionary.

A delegation of PNG politicians and religious leaders escorted the first edition King James Bible from the US state of Indiana to its new home in PNG's parliament.


PNG Union complains about Bible collection --

PNG PM welcomes arrival of bible --

League Bilong Laif

The League Bilong Laif program has joined forces with Buk bilong Pikinini (BbP) to run a trial school holiday clinic combining rugby league and reading activities for children enrolled at a BbP library. The trial took place during the recent school holidays at the library located at the University of PNG in Port Moresby.


Manus Island

Conditions at the immigration detention centre on Manus Island are improving, but it is "a disgrace" that not one refugee has been resettled into the Papua New Guinea community, the Australian Federal Opposition says.


Crown Prince Visits

Crown Prince Sheikh Mohamed Bin Hamad Al Sharqi from United Arab Emirates has been welcomed to PNG by Foreign Affairs Minister Rimbink Pato.


BSP Credit Rating

The Bank South Pacific Group has maintained its Standards and Poors ratings assessment of B+.


Antelope Flow Testing

InterOil Corporation has begun flow testing at the Elk-Antelope gas field in Papua New Guinea as part of the field appraisal. The Antelope-5 flow rate is constrained by reservoir engineers to a maximum test rate of about 70 million standard cubic feet a day.



Police in the autonomous region of Bougainville are still searching for 19 prisoners who recently escaped from the Buka police jail.


Disability Awareness Workshop

Port Moresby 2015 has held a disability awareness workshop aimed at helping the Organising Committee increase their knowledge of people with disabilities ahead of the Pacific Games.


Hospital Poroman Foundation

Founder of Hospital Poroman Foundation, Mrs Janet Sios, has said rural women face many challenges, including lack of access to health services and awareness which their urban counterparts take for granted.


Swimming Event Test

Port Moresby 2015 have held an open water swimming test event as preparations continue ahead of the Pacific Games.


Invading PNG - Pinoy Style

Read about the history of the first Filipinos to reach PNG right up to the modern day by Alfredo P. Hernandez.


Tribal Violence

Deputy opposition leader, Sam Basil, says the national government needs to step in to solve problems that spark tribal clashes around the country.



More than 2% of PNG forests have been felled, with forestry concessions covering most of the country.


Remote Clinics

Two Adventist clinics have opened in remote areas ofthe country to support communities with little or no basic medical care. One is located at Bahula village in the Morobe province and the other is at Arufi village in Western province.


Pacific Games

The Oil Search Pacific Games Relay has travelled down the Fly River to the remote government stations of Aimbak and Suki, on the way to Daru. At each stop the Relay team and mascot Tura handed out community partner UNICEF Pacific Games piksa buks and crayons to the local schools to be used as teaching tools.


137 to lead volunteers --

Toea Wisil prepares for Games --

Tough preparations for PNG Pepes --

Pacific Games Swimming Packages Sold Out at BSP --

Port Moresby 2015 chief executive Peter Stewart has confirmed that testing of the Pacific Games venues is set to take place across three days in June, with preparations due for completion by the 31st of May.

As many as 3,000 athletes from 23 nations are due to compete across 28 different sports at this year's two-week long Pacific Games. The games begin on the 4th of July.


Blas confident Guam will win medals --

Port Moresby 2015 chief hails efforts of Pacific Games staff --

Games Relay in New Ireland --

Coming Events

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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 held in September

Pacific Islands Forum meeting will be held in Papua New Guinea in September

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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