PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Feb 2016

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nem name
baksait back (rear)
baksait bilong lek calf of leg
baksait / bek back
daun / tamblo / tambolo down
fran front
gaden garden
hap san i kamap / or es east
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insait long in / inside of
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long bek backwards
not north
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saut south
wes west

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New Deputy Police Commissioners

The Papua New Guinea Government has appointed former Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner, Alan Scott as one of the deputy commissioners in the Papua New Guinea Royal Constabulary. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill announced this while welcoming the appointment by National Executive Council (NEC) of three Deputy Commissioners in the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary (RPNGC).

PM O'Neill said the people of the nation have made their opinions clear that they expect better from police and the appointment of the three Deputy Commissioners is another step in instituting reform.


Oil Search Loan

Six banks are pitching to refinance a $1 billion loan underpinning Papua New Guinea's 10 per cent stake in ASX-listed Oil Search. PNG acquired the shares at $8.20 each, while the stock closed recently at $6.90.


Language Hunt

Environmentalists, biologists and insect experts shake the world when a plant or animal species is endangered or prone to extinction, but who does it for the one thing that carries culture and identity - language.


YWAM Returns

Medical ship, the MV YWAM PNG, has returned to PNG waters for another medical mission, but this time in the form of a bigger and newly refitted shipping vessel. The 60 metre long and five storey vessel is complete with a dentistry and a day procedure unit for cataracts surgeries, while additional mobile teams will run primary health care and optometry clinics ashore.


Momis Told To Be More Conciliatory

Veteran Bougainville politician, Sam Akoitai calls for a more conciliatory approach from Bougainville's ABG over funding row with Port Moresby.


Momis: No More Excuses --

Secondary Students Suspended

Several Grade 10 students at Kila Kila Secondary School, in Port Moresby, have been suspended for two days due to fighting with the new grade 9 students.


Health Worker Despair

Papua New Guinea's Catholic Health Services is facing difficulty in accessing drugs to cope with serious TB and malaria problems in Western Province as the government cuts funding.


Police Commander to Visit Malalaua

The head of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, Gari Baki, has responded to the lack of transport concerns raised by Malalaua Police in Gulf. Commissioner Baki told EMTV News that he will direct the Southern Divisional Commander to visit the rural command and assess the situation.


Social Issues Affect PNG Economy

Social issues are affecting PNG's Economy and there remains a need for a holistic approach to be given in addressing social security of individuals to promote economic sustainability within households in communities and the country as a whole.


Fraudulent Accident Claims

Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited (MVIL) is teaming up with the Police and Port Moresby General Hospital to address fraudulent claims. According to MVIL's investigation into 135 claims in Central province in 2015, 60 claims were confirmed to be potential fraudulent.


Drought Affects 2 Million

The PNG National Disaster Centre estimates the severe El Nino-driven drought currently affects 2 million people around the country. In a population of 7.3 million, 87 per cent live outside urban centres; most are subsistence farmers.


Food distribution to frantic PNG communities 'patchy' --

See also - El Niño takes its toll on agricultural output --

Operation Open Heart

Operation Open Heart (OOH) is held annually and for this year there will be two scheduled visits. The first is currently underway and the next will be held in July. A total of 19 Australian medical professionals have been in Port Moresby since Sunday February 7th. Six Papua New Guinean specialists including Noah Tapaua, Dr Elisabeth Alok, Dr Cornelia Kilalang, Professor Nakapi Tefuarani, Professor Sir Isi Kevau and Dr Jack Amina.

BSP has made a donation of K100,000 to OOH.


Forces Re-Furbish College

Members of the three disciplined forces will use the re-furbished Joint Services College in Lae for cadet training.


Black Bass Could Help PNG

Scientists say sport fishing for the Niugini black bass could benefit the people of PNG but only if biologists learn more about the species first.


Police Hunt Chinese National

Police in Port Moresby say they are on the hunt for a Chinese national who is implicated in a massive fraud investigation. Police say Zhou Qianbin has failed to appear in court for the last two weeks. Mr Zhou is alleged to have stolen over a million kina from his employer, along with his wife, Ge Jiao Jiao who police believe has fled the country.


ICRC Signs Agreement

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the PNG Government have signed a Headquarters Agreement. ICRC Head of Mission Mr Lefevre says that ICRC had been in operation in the country without this formal agreement and now that it has been formally sign it will boost ICRCs work in PNG to go a step further in helping the people of PNG.


Rethink Tertiary Requirements

The opposition leader, Don Polye, says the government needs to re-think its tough new tertiary entry requirements. He said the government raised the grade point average required, but he asked if this was because it was running out of money.


School Baptises 97 Students

Ninety-seven students from the Kama Adventist Primary School have been baptised after their school offered a year of Bible studies, the South Pacific Adventist Record reported recently. The school is located in Goroka the capital of the Eastern Highlands province.


Manus Refugee Update

All asylum seekers on Manus who are determined not to be refugees will have to leave the country, according to foreign minister Rimbink Pato. He confirmed that 514 of the asylum seekers on Manus Island have had their refugee status determined, more than half of those at the Regional Processing Centre.

In a press release, Mr Pato said 472 of those processed had been determined to be refugees and were "free to depart from the processing centre and commence settling in PNG". Rimbink Pato added that the government is working to resolve the status of West Papuan refugees who he said comprised more than 90% of refugees in PNG.


Questions over refugee resettlement efforts in PNG --

New US Ambassador Arrives

U.S. Ambassador-designate Catherine Ebert-Gray has arrived in Port Moresby following her 9th of December 2015 confirmation by the United States Senate and her swearing-in as the U.S. Ambassador to Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and the Solomon Islands on the 22nd of January 2016.

The ambassador-designate is scheduled to present her credentials to the Governor General of Papua New Guinea, Grand Chief Sir Michael Ogio at Government House in Konedobu on the 23rd of February.


From PNG to Poland

Brisbane teacher and missionary Sarah Bunting believes her love of the Church and the words of Pope Francis are guiding her next big challenge. She has started raising money to send 15 youths from Alotau, Milne Bay province to World Youth Day in Poland in July.


Correctional Service Commissioner

The Correctional Service Commissioner, Michael Waipo, is adamant that he has not been removed from his position. Commissioner Wapio made this remarks following unrest between members of the Correctional Service, on the recent appointment of an acting commissioner.


SP Sports Awards

SP Brewery has once again maintained its support of sport in the country by recently launching the 2016 SP Sports Awards witnessed by respective representatives from various sporting codes and the PNG Sports Foundation including the Olympic Committee.


Hunters Rugby League

The Hunters are looking forward to bigger crowds when the new Queensland Cup rugby league season kicks off next month. After two years in Kokopo, the Hunters have shifted their home-base to Port Moresby.


Public Servant Housing

Land along the newly constructed Gerehu to Nine-Mile road has been made available as 1,734 blocks of land for public servants. The land will be given to qualified public servants through a raffle system. The scheme will be paired with the first home ownership scheme that the government has with the BSP Bank where K200 million has been given to the bank by the government for Papua New Guineans to access housing loans at a lower rate of interest.


Popondetta Updates

Link PNG has resumed flights to Girua airport, Popondetta. The airline added additional services to cater for the backlog of passengers.


Workers from Queensland Civil Engineering Company Canstruct have been helping in the province. As many as 75 workers from the Brisbane-based developer have downed tools and are currently helping the relief effort by constructing makeshift wet crossings and temporary roadworks in the province.


Japanese Ambassador Visits Lae

The Japanese Ambassador to PNG his Excellency, Morio Matsumoto, has visited Lae for two days to inspect projects that involved the Japanese Government.


Death Sentence

A man from the Gulf province has been sentenced to death by hanging for the "unnecessary cold blooded murder" of four Chinese nationals in Port Moresby. The National Court sentenced Keith Lasi-Aira of Ihu village to death by hanging after he viciously attacked and chopped three men and a woman to death with a bush knife in the early hours of the 24th of June 2013.


PX Boeing 757-200

A Boeing 757-200 Loftleidir-Icelandic jet will be based in the capital Port Moresby for the next 12 months and will be operated by Icelandic pilots om behalf of Air Niugini. The plane will be used to service Nadi, Fiji.


Oceania Cruises

Oceania Cruises has announced several new additions to its line-up of dessert offerings including fine chocolates from Papua New Guinea.


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.

3rd Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

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

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

Christmas Day - 25 December 2016

Boxing Day - 26 December 2016

New Year's Day - 1st January 2017

Surfing Association PNG - World Surf League tour championship in January 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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

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