PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Sep 2016

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Kokoda attack: Accused men to apply to have charges dismissed; still waiting for day in court --

Lack of policy framework delaying geothermal energy development --

16 Piracy Suspects Caught at Border --

InterOil Reminds Shareholders of 19 Sept Voting Deadline for ExxonMobil Transaction --

Basil responds to Media reports about Pangu Pati --

Tip of the iceberg life of stealing public funds by sir Michael Somare? --

Project BRA takes off in PNG --

Qantas PNG plans under IASC scrutiny --

PNG is not independent of corruption: Juffa --

Bank Leumi to finance dairy farm --

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Independence Day - 16 September

After being ruled by three external powers since 1884, Papua New Guinea gained its independence from Australia in 1975. Elections in 1972 resulted in the formation of a ministry headed by Chief Minister Michael Somare, who pledged to lead the country to self-government and then to independence. PNG became self-governing on December 1, 1973 and achieved independence on September 16, 1975.

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PNG prepares to mark 41 years of independence --

PNG gives citizenship to 24 foreigners --

Fijian Poultry Opposed

The PNG Poultry Industry Association (PIA) strongly opposes the importation of fresh chicken meat and eggs from Fiji


Fiji-PNG trade spat has reportedly ended --

Flight Path Warning

The PNG Civil Aviation Safety Authority says housing developments around Port Moresby Jackson International Airport are in breach of Civil Aviation safety rules


National Airport Corporation

A new seven member board has been appointed by the National Executive Council, to head the National Airport Corporation (NAC). The board comprises of deputy chairman Jerry Agus who is the shareholder nominee and chief executive officer of the Tourism Promotion Authority, current managing director for PNG Country Tours, Wako Napasu, Michael Koison who is the aviation representative, and government representatives Secretary for Transport Roy Mumu and Secretary for Treasury Dairi Vele.


Vale Sir Michael Curtain

Sir Michael Curtain, owner of civil engineering and construction company Curtain Brothers Limited, has passed away in Townsville just before PNG's 41st Independence Anniversary. The late Sir Michael Curtain, passed away at 3:30pm on Sunday Sept 11, 2016 in a hospital in Townsville, Australia.


Sir Michael started the Curtain Group along with his brothers Dan and David Curtain in the country in October 1966 with the commencement of operations by the company known as Curtain Bros Papua New Guinea Limited.

Buimo Prison

Prison insiders and senior prison officers at Buimo prison in Morobe province continue to point out that the escape of prisoners in February was the result of ongoing protests over food rations and the general state of conditions inside the Buimo prison.


Fiji 'values PNG ties'

It has been reported by the Fiji Times that Fiji values its relations with PNG and all its trading partners and takes measured and concerted approach to swiftly address any issues, impediments or misunderstandings that may arise, says Fijian Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya.


Fiji-PNG trade spat has reportedly ended --

Health Survey Training

Over 40 health officers in Lae are being trained on how to collect, analyse and disseminate data on health related issues. The health workers will represent Morobe Province in a Demographic and Health Survey.


Goroka Trains Personnel to Collect Health Statistics --

Solar Mamas Farewelled

Solar Mamas from PNG who attended the Barefoot Solar Engineers Pacific Retraining in Tailevu have been farewelled.


Kokoda Foundations

The Kokoda Memorial Foundation was formed in 1998 to build and maintain memorials along the Kokoda track to tell a story so when you get to a place like Imita Ridge you can actually read and see what happened during the Second World War.

Aside from building memorials the foundation also hopes to aid local Papua New Guineans with basic infrastructure.


Brisbane high school students take on gruelling trail with Kokoda Youth Foundation --

PNG Poverty

In PNG, 28% of the population lives below the national poverty line.

For every 1,000 babies born in PNG, 45 die before their first birthday.

In PNG, only 19 in 100 people use improved sanitation facilities.


Woman Stabbed at Gordons

A woman has been stabbed at the Gordons Bus Stop with a knife in an attempt to snatch her bag.


Indonesian Rice

A dispute has broken out between Australia and PNG after the government in Port Moresby floated a plan to give an Indonesian company near-monopoly control of PNG's rice market in return for a major investment in domestic rice production.


Air Niugini

National airline, Air Niugini has come on board to support the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup to be held in Port Moresby from November to December this year. --

U20 Women's World Cup on Track --

A major advance in Port Moresby's regional 'hub' role --

Twelve young Air Niugini engineers have returned home from New Zealand with their Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) certificates after successfully completing their four year engineering cadet program at Air New Zealand Training institute, based in Christchurch, New Zealand.


New Port Moresby to Chuuk and Ponpei air service on Air Niugini --


PNG Air has welcomed its latest ATR 72-600 aircraft, Alpha Tango Charlie. The aircraft has made its maiden voyage to Vanimo. PNG Air Vanimo was confident that the services will increase capacity. The plane has also flown to Daru.


Oil Search

Oil Search has announced a number of changes to the board and board sub-committees. Mel Togolo, CBE, for instance, has been named the new Director of the Company, effective 1 October 2016. He will replace Bart Philemon, who will retire on 30 September 2016.


Oil Search to gain 40 percent stake in PNG's offshore licences from Gini Energy --

Fooey - The ABC Dog

The ABC's Port Moresby bureau only has a few staff members: me, the local producer Joy, Nick the caretaker, four security guards and Fooey, the ABC dog. Fooey is paid in dry dog food and tinned fish and she is well worth it. Every night she aggressively protects the ABC house from the stray dogs which wander along our street, as well as the occasional foolish cat.


Potape Named Hela Governor

The Provincial Assembly of Hela has elected Francis Potape as its new governor. The Komo-Magarima MP was elected by nine assembly members with the remaining four members all absent, including rival MP Philip Undialu and finance minister James Marape.


Improving Literacy in PNG

To improve literacy rates in the country, the Department of Education with support from the World Bank has established more than 21,000 classroom libraries across Papua New Guinea.

More than a third of Papua New Guineans are illiterate, with the majority living in rural communities without access to government services such as education.

A new literacy program is helping to improve reading and learning skills in schools.

More than 21,000 classroom libraries in all 22 provinces of PNG will have received reading books by end of 2015.

World Bank Article --

Bougainville Video at Aravira Primary School --

Walk for Peace

As many as 10-thousand people walked for peace in the Papua New Guinea capital. The governor of Port Moresby says the Sunday morning event was planned as a stand against violence in the country following a brawl at a rugby league match which left an innocent bystander dead.


How Much is a Shower?

PNG is the world's most expensive place to take a shower, with the cost of a typical eight-minute rinse approaching $3.50 - or a whopping 70 percent of an average person's daily income, according to data highlighting inequalities in access to water and sanitation worldwide.


After PNG, the most expensive countries to have a shower are India ($0.92), Madagascar ($0.92) and Denmark ($0.70).

Port Moresby General Hospital

Port Moresby General Hospital has converted some of its Children's Outpatient Clinic into a Children's Emergency Department.


New Lae Clinic

Lae businessman Sir Bob Sinclair has opened a new clinic at the Ward Two council area. Named the Sir Bob Sinclair Clinic it will serve people in Ward Two from the City of Lae who previously had to travel to the city to seek medical treatment there. The building cost over K350,000.


New Ireland

A new health system has been introduced into the province of New Ireland on the 12th of September, 2016. The formal declaration of the Provincial Health Authority (PHA) took place in the province's Kavieng Hospital in front a capacity crowd. The occasion also culminated with the opening of the state of the art Operating Theatre and X-Ray suite and provincial medical store and the swearing in of the new PHA Board.


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.

Port Moresby Craft Markets - Laguna Hotel - 1st Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), PNG Arts - 2nd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Holiday Inn - 3rd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Ela Beach - 4th Saturday of the month (6 am to 12 pm)

Goroka Show 2016 - Goroka: 16 - 18 September

Independence Day - 16 September

Pasin Tumbuna Day - 23 September at Port Moresby Nature Park --

2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament 13 November - 3 December, 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

Good Friday - 14 Apr 2017
Easter Sunday - 16 Apr 2017
Easter Monday - 17 Apr 2017

Queen's Birthday - 12 Jun 2017

National Remembrance Day - 23 Jul 2017

Independence Day - 16 Sep 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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

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