PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Dec 2015

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PNG health authorities warn of tuberculosis 'emergency' without promised funding --

BMobile-Vodafone announces "Bestie Pack" with Two Sim set --

Villagers eat clay and toxic mushrooms as severe drought hits --

President of NCDABA apologises to NCD Boxers for their Absence at Boxing Championships --

Former Wangaratta Warriors star and PNG Representative earns first start with US junior college basketball side --

Queensland, Australia, seeks Aussie federal help to build police station on Saibai Island in Torres Strait --

10 Pacific leaders speak out on climate change --

Chairman of PNG's national broadcaster is acquitted --

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Death By Coconut: A Story of Food Obsession Gone Too Far --

David Beckham plays football with kids on a muddy pitch in PNG --

Just in case you missed this old news item - First Official Climate Change Refugees Evacuate Their Island Homes for Good --

Islands may disappear, Obama says --

Investigation into missing scientists in PNG to reopen --

Haus & Home - Episode 46, 2015 --

El Niño Meets the Rain Forest --

Polye: Fire Risk A Threat To Investment In PNG --

News Items

Cardiac Bypass Surgery

51-year-old Madrias Legas, from Western Highlands Province, is claimed to be the first female in PNG to successfully undergo cardiac bypass surgery.



An estimated 32,000 people are living with HIV in the country, although there are thousands others living with the virus but do not know it, an official says.


A Rainforest Chorus

Researchers measure the health of Papua New Guinea's forests by analysing the ecological soundscape. In the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, sound is everywhere. Birds of paradise sing amid the canopy, mammals rustle along the forest floor, and frogs call to each other from their perches. Over everything, the insects' incessant buzzing creates a noise that fills any remaining gaps.



Tamani - Evoke your senses. Made in PNG, Tamani products offer face and body creams made from 100% organic oils and shea butter containing therapeutic grade essential oils blended with fragrance oils. A sample of products are Orange Chocolate Coffee Scrub, Himalayan Pink Rock Salt Lavender Scrub, Coconut Gardenia Body Butter and Lemon Meyer Body Cream. All Tamani products tamper proof sealed to ensure freshness and safety.

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Altered Visa Rules

Aussie tourists will be granted visa on arrival at Gurney airport and Mt Hagen, according to a Cabinet decision.


Police Confiscate Marijuana

Police have confiscated 25 kilograms of marijuana, a boat and other items following a recent arrest in Lae. Four of the six suspects have been arrested, while two have since escaped.


Alumnae Park

Divine Word University (DWU) is recognising its graduates over the years with an "Alumnae Park" dedicated to them at the main campus in Madang. Each year an alumnae member who does something exceptional or extraordinary for the common good of society will be honoured by having their name inscribed on the Immortal Alumnae Memorial Wall.


Anger at Police Violence

Family members of the three victims involved in a car chase in Port Moresby that ended with one soldier shot dead have condemned the actions of the police.


Wewak Police Disappointed

Police in Wewak, East Sepik Province, are disappointed with authorities for the manner in which 15 Vietnamese men were handled for illegal entry into PNG waters. The 15 Vietnamese men were in a boat, and were believed to be asylum seekers, anchored at Wewak earlier this month.


Vietnamese in custody in PNG --

Refugees Want to Die

Six hundred refugees and asylum seekers detained by the Australian government on Manus Island, part of Papua New Guinea, have written a letter to the Australian prime minister saying they want assistance to die.


Detainee refusing food may be evacuated --

Grade 6 Dropout a Mistake

National Capital District Governor Powers Parkop says the Grade 6 dropout system has been a "terrible mistake" over the last 40 years for which PNG is paying a heavy price.


Fortuna Online

Only six months since Fortuna Online went live, the online store already has 10,000 registered users. Fortuna Online makes it easy to buy goods online using various payment methods and free delivery service for purchases over K100.


Forex Impact a Worry

According to Bank South Pacific chief executive officer Robin Fleming the current foreign exchange market would have an impact on foreign direct investments in the country.


Unclaimed Bodies Mass Burial

52 unclaimed bodies, kept at Lae's Angau General Hospital Morgue, were transported in two trucks from the hospital to the second seven public cemetery before being laid to rest.


Birding in PNG

Read about Noah Strycker's first day in PNG where he catalogued 82 new birds for the day including a Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher and a Barred Owlet-Nightjar.


Sir Manasupe to Retire

The Government's top public servant, Chief Secretary Sir Manasupe Zurenuoc, says he has Parkinson's disease and will step down from the position in February.


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Dream Car Art Contest

Ela Motors has launched its Dream Car Art Contest, an initiative aimed at boosting some of its latest car models in their markets worldwide. The drawing competition will attract participation from school kids between the ages of 7-15 year olds.


Water Rationing in POM

Port Moresby water provider - Eda Ranu - will soon start rationing water in Port Moresby due to the falling water level at the Sirinumu Dam. The company has advised city residents to observe water rationing schedules as the exercise may continue for an indefinite period.


3000-plus illegal connections in capital --

Mt Hagen Airport

Mount Hagen International Airport at Kagamuga in the highlands of the country was formally reopened by Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill on Thursday, November 26, following the completion of a new PGK70 million international terminal.

Funds allocated for the airport upgrade had been a part of ADB's Civil Aviation Development Investment Program (CADIP) which intends to boost safety, accessibility, and reliability of air services in the country. Around 21 national airports are aimed to be improved under the CADIP in order to improve and ensure safe and secure all-weather air transportation.


Onion Shortage

Brown onions have been selling at almost PGK20.00 per kilogram at the RH Supermarket in Port Moresby. Bulb onions were recently allowed to be imported from overseas due to an acute shortage of locally grown onions and a demand that could not be met.


PX Signs Flight Centre Agreement

Air Niugini has signed a Preferred Partner Agreement with Australia's biggest travel agent, Flight Centre with the focus to deliver considerable benefits to the growing number of Australian travellers to Papua New Guinea.

Air Niugini operates a total twenty six (26) flights to Australia in a week including 13 to Brisbane, 11 to Cairns and 2 services to Sydney. These flights are operated using the Boeing 767, B738 and the Fokker 70 aircraft.


The airline has also unveiled a new look web site --

Alotau Stadium Opened

The people of Alotau now will enjoy the use of a new stadium opened recently in Milne Bay. The new stadium was named after Alotau's favourite son, the late Abona Gaige. The new Abona Gaige Stadium will be under the management of the Urban Town Pastors Fraternal. The stadium was built under joint funding by Alotau District and the PNG Sports Foundation.


Budget Flawed

The budget, rushed through Parliament early last month, could have been so much better. Given PNG's record deficit levels, fiscal consolidation was vital even before the fall in international commodity prices. However, the proposed expenditure cuts do not match the government's stated priorities of protecting health, education and infrastructure. And the cuts are excessive - more than even imposed on Greece as part of its structural adjustment program.


7th PNG Games

PNG Sports Foundation's Executive Director, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr has said that a budget of K10 million will be assigned for the rollout of the seventh PNG Games in Kimbe, West New Britain.


Police Chief Dismisses Reports

Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, says last week's fatal shooting of a soldier by police in Port Moresby has been misrepresented by the media.


Police and Army clash in Port Moresby --

Malaria Digs In

In one country, despite consistent successes in malaria control during the past 10 years, the ­disease remains rife, threatening all the efforts of its neighbours by providing a base for reinfection: Papua New Guinea, only a canoe ride away from Australia. In contrast, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, the only other Pacific countries with malaria, have moved ahead. The overwhelming size of the challenge has held PNG back until very recently, to trying to control the disease rather than wiping it out.


Fire Service

The PNG Fire Service has been notorious for its slow response time to fires in the nation's capital, however, Fire Chief Officer, Isaac Silas, highlighted that the service is deprived of manpower and equipment.


US Funding Opportunity

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby is pleased to announce another funding opportunity under the Ambassador's Small Grants Program. This funding opportunity is made possible by the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and is seeking to fund projects to combat stigma and discrimination (including violence) particularly associated with the key populations (KP) of female sex workers (FSW) and men that have sex with men (MSM) in Papua New Guinea (PNG).


Border Markers Found

Papua New Guinea Defence Force (PNGDF) soldiers have rediscovered three border monuments in Western Province during their 2015 border security operations.


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.

Christmas Day - 25 December 2015

Boxing Day - 26 December 2015

New Year's Day - 1st January 2016

Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament (Port Moresby) --

12th Festival of Pacific Arts 22 May to 4 June 2016 (Hagatna, Guam)

Christmas Day - 25 December 2016

Boxing Day - 26 December 2016

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby --

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