PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 May 2016

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Promising Development for Manam Islanders New Host Community --

Trade Minister Richard Maru slams Fiji on denial of PNG products --

Jaya Holdings to acquire PNG finance firm in reverse takeover --

UPNG Students to Handover Petition to NCD Governor --

UNIFORCE upset with Police presence at University campus --

Sacked PNG doctor worked in Australia's detention centres, Rabaul hospital --

East Cape Road Rehabilitation Contract Signed --

Family Distraught Over Death of Regina Morove --

Melbourne Storms look to sign PNG Hunters player Justin Olam --

Australia and PNG Talk Bilateral Relations --

PNG Party is Alive: Namah --

Misc. Links

PNG an untouched paradise for surfers and explorers --

Finally home: Remains of WW2 US soldier are returned to his native New Orleans after villager in Papua New Guinea stumbles upon his dog tag 74 years after death --

Tok Piksa - Episode 17, 2016 --

Prioritising Surgical Care on National Health Agendas: A Qualitative Case Study of Papua New Guinea, Uganda, and Sierra Leone --

Bishop Ambrose Kiapseni Celebrates Silver Jubilee --

No Fortnightly Pay for PNG Foreign Mission Staff --

Science Lacking In PNG Institutions --

Complaint over sports commentators' 'racist' mangling of Pasifika names --

Oil Search and Total sign agreement regarding acquisition of InterOil assets in PNG --

Tickets selling for international football in Port Moresby --

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News Items

Beware HopRocket

Read about HopRocket and beware. It appears to be no more than a fancy pyramid scheme. Unless you are a frequent long distance flyer you will be out of pocket to pay all the members upstream from you.


Kerema Secondary School

Kerema Secondary School has had to resort to asking for parents for pay fees to the school as donations to ensure the school remains open while it waits to receive the next trench of Tuition Fee Free (TFF) funds from the government. As a boarding school, the school needs K7,000 per week to ensure 229 boarding students are fed. The school has a total population of 458 students.


800 Baptised in PNG

Adventist Review reports over 800 people have been baptised after a three-week evangelistic series in PNG, and more baptisms are expected next month.


World Environment Day


For the fourth consecutive year the Port Moresby Nature Park, in conjunction with partner BSP Bank, will celebrate World Environment Day on Saturday the 4th of June from 9 am - 3 pm.

Port Moresby Nature Park --

Youth Leaders Basketball Camp

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has announced the first ever Pacific Youth Leaders (PYL) Basketball Camp to be held in Port Moresby, between the 2nd and 11th of September 2016.


Government Warns Activists

The PNG Government has warned people attempting to commit illegal acts as part of attempts to hijack student protests that they will face the full force of the law.


Parkop receives students' petition --

Protesting PNG students seek public support --

Namah calls for PNG to remove PM --

UPNG Staff Threatened by Students

Minister Malakai Tabar said the police had to be called in to the University of PNG (UPNG) as students were allegedly seen with bush knifes, painted faces and chanting war cries which he claims were threats to university staff.


Mahatma Gandhi's Bust Removed

The High Commissioner to India, Tarcisius Eri, says the removal of Mahatma Gandhi's bust at the University of PNG campus by protesting students is outrageous.


Boycotting PNG University students remove Gandhi's bust --

PM Will Not Resign

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has told protesting university students calling for his resignation he will not be stepping aside. Students at the University of PNG and the University of Technology in Lae had petitioned the Prime Minister after police occupied the University of PNG campus in Port Moresby, shutting down the boisterous demonstrations which had occupied the centre of the campus.


ACP Meeting

Leaders from the 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States are expected in Port Moresby between 30th May - 1st June for the 8th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government.


Rapist Sentenced

A 34-year-old man from Pomio district in East New Britain has been sentenced to 22 years jail with hard labour for raping a girl younger than seven years old.


Muck Diving

What is "muck diving"? The phrase - coined by PNG scuba legend Bob Halstead to describe diving off the black sand beaches of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea - has gained currency among those drawn to "macro" life: small fish, molluscs and other creatures referred to as "critters".


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Chinese Copper Mine

China-owned PanAust Ltd. estimates it may take as long as two years to win approvals for its expanded $3.6 billion copper project in PNG as bigger rivals forecast a deficit of the metal by the decade's end.


OFC Nations Cup

New Zealand has the honour of opening the OFC Nations Cup tournament with a clash against Fiji on the 28th of May in Port Moresby.

OFC Nations Cup Fact Box

When: May 28 - June 11
Where: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
What: This will be the 10th edition of the OFC Nations Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship organised by the Oceania Football Confederation. The winner of the OFC Nations Cup will qualify for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017 Defending champion: Tahiti (2012)


Madang Coffee

Over 500 local coffee farmers from the rural Simbai LLG in Madang, urgently need a serviceable road. Although the villagers were grateful to the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Projects (PPAP) intervention to rehabilitate their coffee gardens, road access remained an obstacle to selling their produce.


Basketballer Heads to USA

PNG basketball player, Marty Leahy, is looking forward to making his debut on the US college circuit after signing a National Letter of Intent to play for the Hilltoppers at Western Kentucky University.


Suburban Rugby League

Port Moresby Suburban Rugby League has gone into its third round of competition, with only the A grade component of the competition taking to the field thus far.


Health Care Manual

The Baptist Union of PNG is spearheading a project to engage health experts in PNG to revise the Health Care Manual for Community Health Workers (CHWs).


PNG Bullish on LNG Potential

A new wave of investments in PNG's energy sector could see some multi-billion Kina projects launched in the coming years, boosting the country's liquefied natural gas (LNG) output and providing employment to thousands.


City Highway Construction Halted

Police officers and concerned residents at the Tasion Barracks in Port Moresby have stopped a road construction running through their area for health and safety reasons. The road construction from 9 Mile via Gerehu to Downtown Port Moresby has seen power poles affected and dangerously hanging on the side of homes and sewage pipes broken.


Residents Block Road Construction between Gerehu and Nine Mile --

Refugees Locked Up

Two refugees were bashed by locals and locked up after a recent booze and drug-fuelled rampage on Manus Island. Provincial police commander Acting Superintendent David Yapu has ordered a crackdown on crimes by "foreigners" after a News Corp investigation revealed an illicit black market trade in Australian taxpayer-funded cigarettes, drug and alcohol abuse and sex with local girls.


Detainee Black Market

A reward scheme-turned-black market trade between detainees on Manus Island and town locals has left Australian taxpayers footing a $1.5 million bill each week. According to a detainee the 900 asylum seekers on Manus Island are rewarded with several free packets of cigarettes when they go on beach excursions, fishing trips or take language classes. Many then travel into the main township of Lorengau and sell the cigarette packets for up to $10 each, using the money to buy marijuana, alcohol and electronics.


Gender-Smart Safety

The PNG Business Coalition for Women is collaborating with 3 of the largest companies in PNG to adopt Gender Smart Safety. New Britain Palm Oil Limited, Oil Search Limited, and St Barbara's Simberi Gold Company Limited are participating in a new training program that will help them improve safety for women on their worksites.


Vale Dr. John Kola

The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Goroka Dr. John Kola has passed away after collapsing at his family home at the university campus.


Lae Radio Therapy Centre

The National Department of Health is seeking to improve and develop the Radiotherapy Centre located at Lae Angau Memorial Hospital. The current equipment at the facility is very old and there are issues of equipment failure, quality and safety.


Fortuna Online

Fortuna Online is PNG's largest online retailer. The company, a subsidiary of Vitis Industries, makes it easy for people in PNG to buy goods online for the home or workplace and have it delivered to the door.

They advertise that they do not stock fake reproductions on the site.


Cash is Critical in PNG

The PNG Trade Union Congress believes that cash flow issues in the country are more critical than any other issue at hand and is calling on relevant agencies to address the issue here and now. PNGTUC General Secretary John Paska made this remark amid on-going boycotts by tertiary students and attempts by civil society groups to protest in support of students for the PM to step down.


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)

Karkar Island Bilum Festival - 3 - 5 June --

World Environment Day - 5th June --

Australia Future Unlimited Tertiary Education Roadshow June 2016 - Port Moresby --

The National Mask Festival -- - July 13 - 17 Rabaul

The ABU Pacific Media Partnership Conference 2016 - 24 to 27 August in Port Moresby --

Pacific Youth Leaders (PYL) Basketball Camp 2 - 11 of September 2016 in Port Moresby

2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament (13 Nov - 3 Dec, 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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