PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Oct 2017

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News Items

South Korean Arrested

A South Korean has been arrested and charged with one count of stealing by false pretence. The South Korean was interviewed and charged at the Fraud office at Konedobu and later placed at Boroko police station cells; however he is out now on a K2000 bail and will briefly appear at the Waigani committal court before his case is transferred to Lae.

Loop PNG --

Aerial Mapping

Trans Wonderland (TWL) Data has been awarded a million-dollar international contract to undertake a super high-resolution 7.5 centimetre imagery and high density LiDAR over an estimated 3000 square kilometres across major urban centres in PNG.

The National --

Harmony Gold

Harmony Gold's recovery from a "near-death experience" a few years ago was further evidenced by its bold R4.1bn purchase of a suite of gold and uranium assets from AngloGold Ashanti and positioning the company to make a decision on what to do with the Golpu copper and gold project in PNG.

Business Live --

Manus Industrial Centre

A delegation, led by the Minister for National Planning and Monitoring Richard Maru, has visited a proposed industrial site on the West Coast of Manus Island to learn more about it. The delegation also included the European Union (EU) Ambassador Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos, National Fisheries Authority managing director John Kasu, Manus MP Job Pomat, Manus Governor Charlie Benjamin and officers from PNG Power, Water PNG and Telikom PNG.

The National --

MP to Take Govt to Court

The new MP for Madang plans to file court proceedings against the government for frustrating access to district funds for the opposition. Bryan Kramer said the legal case, in relation to the District Service Improvement Programme funds, will be against Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and department heads.

Radio New Zealand --

Lae Police

Residents of Lae now have a toll free number to ring the police. Chief Superintended Anthony Wagambie Jr says that the toll free number introduced in Lae has been working well. The free number is 7090 3300.

Rainy Lae --

Store Shut Down

A Bangladeshi owned trade store has been shut down by a joint government team after the owner failed to turn up to produce his passport, work permit and business-operating licence. Another store owned by another Bangladeshi was told to shut down its food bar after the team found filth in the kitchen. Both stores were operating in non-commercial areas in Port Moresby.

The National --

Besta Cup Finals

The Besta Cup finals will be held in Lae next month. Ten Teams (6 men's and 4 women's teams) will take part in the competition.

PNG Loop --

Elevala Villagers Treated

The Hohola Seventh-day Adventist Church health outreach team has screened and treated over 2000 villagers in in Elevala. Coordinator Sr Serina Tamita said at the programme site at Elevala United Church that it was organised by Hohola SDA church.

The National --

Stop and Shop WiFi

Customers visiting the Stop and Shop outlet at Konedobu in Port Moresby can now enjoy high speed internet service through Telikom's Wi-Fi network using their mobile devices, tablets and other electronic devices.


Women's Rugby League

Mount Hagen born Amelia Kuk has been included in the Oil Search PNG Orchids squad. The 24 year old debuted for the Australian Jillaroos in last month's curtain raiser to the PNG PM XIII vs Australia PM XIII game against the PNG Orchids in Port Moresby. Kuk joins fellow Queenslander Jazmyn Taumafai as the two overseas players into the PNG side.

Post Courier --

Vale Rosalyn Evara

The death of a journalist in PNG at the age of 41 has sparked a national debate about the country's continuing epidemic of violence against women, after graphic photographs were shown at her funeral. Port Moresby governor, Powes Parkop, reportedly ordered the woman's burial be deferred for a post mortem and investigation, overriding the initial wishes of Evara's mother, who later decided to formally request a post mortem.

The Guardian --


Sir Arnold Amet, former Attorney General and Minister for Justice of PNG has joined the growing opposition against Nautilus Minerals Solwara 1 deep sea mining project in the Bismarck Sea.

PNG Blogs --

Rugby League World Cup

The rugby league world cup will be played across three nations, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. It will kick off tomorrow - Friday October 27 in Melbourne between Australia and England.

The first match for the Kumuls will be the next day, Saturday 28th against Wales at the National Sports Stadium in Port Moresby.

PNG Today --

NID Delays

Morobe Province community development program advisor Kiun Kimbing has revealed the delay in issuing of national identification cards and birth certificates for Morobe based clients is due to the lack of security features for the birth certificates.

Post Courier --

Salesians Provide Tanks

As part of its Clean Water Initiative, Salesian Missions recently donated eight water reservoir tanks to the Don Bosco Secondary School in Araimiri, PNG. The school is located in a remote area without access to even the most basic necessities. The new water tanks give students access to clean drinking water. Prior to receiving the water tanks students would need to draw on unsafe sources for water, which were often the cause of health-related epidemics, especially during periods of drought.

Relief Web --

Rope Access

Rope Access is a job which is very rare and not very popular in PNG especially in the nation's bigger cities. It is a form of work positioning, initially developed from techniques used in climbing and caving, which applies practical rope work to allow workers to access difficult-to-reach locations without the use of scaffolding, cradles or an aerial work platform.

Post Courier --

Demonetized Currency

A Korean man was arrested and charged after he exchanged 10,000 kina worth of a demonetized PNG currency in Binondo, Manila. The currency had been demonetized in 2013.

World Cup Prep

The PNG women's rugby league team kick their World Cup preparations up a notch with a match against a Mayor's Invitational side in Northern Queensland. The Orchids were beaten 42-4 by Australia, in their first ever international match, in Port Moresby recently.

Radio New Zealand --

PNG poised to enjoy their best ever World Cup campaign --

Roadworthy Checks

The number of mechanically defective vehicles on the streets of Port Moresby has pushed the Constabulary to sanction road blocks to be set up and more traffic infringement notices to be issued.

Post Courier --

Manus Medical Centre

The healthcare provider for Australia's offshore processing regime, International Health and Medical Services has been contracted by the PNG government to stay beyond the closure of the Manus Island detention centre at the end of the month.

The Guardian --

Mendi Airport

The Mendi Airport remains closed after the main office at the terminal was ransacked. Airlines have been given permission to fly into the airport but at their own risk. It has been estimated that airport operations should resume in 2 to 3 months.

Loop PNG --

Korean Restaurant

Kiwa Korean Restaurant is a newly established restaurants in the country with an aim to serve real Korean food to the populace. The restaurant opened in January, early this year and is currently located between Geauta Drive and Cobon Street, Gordons.

Post Courier --

Taxi Driver Hides

The operator of a Taxi in Port Moresby has gone into hiding after a recent hit and run accident leaving a woman in her mid-40s fighting for her life."

Loop PNG --

Land Grabbing

Thorny issues relating to vagrancy and land grabbing were some of the issued highlighted by Southern region Governors after returning from a conference they held to discuss mutual issues in Alotau, Milne Bay Province.

Post Courier --

Morobe Show

The annual Morobe show with its focus on agriculture and livestock, industry and culture was a great opportunity to highlight how the PNG-Australia partnership is supporting the agri-business sector in the country.

Post Courier --

Economist Questions Bank Report

An economist says last month's Monetary Policy Statement by PNG's central bank was the worst it had produced in 10 years. A director of the firm Indo-Pacific Public Policy and Economics, Paul Flanagan, says the Bank of PNG is fudging the figures on its printing of money.

RNZ --

Manus Closure

PNG has set some preconditions for Australia to address and adhere to before the Manus Regional Processing Centre closes operation at the end of October.

Post Courier --

Highlands Highway

Plans are now in hand to improve the Highlands Highway, which links Mount Hagen with Nadzab Airport. The work is expected to cost US$700 million and the tender process will open shortly.

World Highways --

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.

War Canoe Festival - 27th and 28th of October, Alotau, Milne Bay Province

Rugby League World Cup 2017 - Wales vs PNG in Port Moresby - 28 October 2017 --

PNG Games have reportedly been postponed to 18 November 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017

New Year, 1 January 2018

Good Friday, 30 March 2018

Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018

2018 - APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit to be held in Port Moresby --

Oceania Men's and Women's Continental Hockey Qualification in Port Moresby in May 2018

Queen's Birthday, 11 June 2018

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2018

Mount Hagen Cultural Show --

Independence Day, 16 September 2018

Goroka Show --

World Tourism Day 2018, 27 September

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)

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