PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Mar 2018

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gaten garden
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namba number
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News Items

Quake Hits PNG

Over 30 people have died when landslides covered remote hamlets close to where the quake struck, some 560 kilometres northwest of the capital, Port Moresby


Quake Toll

The death toll from the strongest earthquake to strike PNG's rugged interior in almost a century has climbed to 31 and would probably rise further, officials said, as damage to roads, runways and phone lines slowed relief efforts.

Reuters --

The magnitude 7.5 quake rocked the rugged Southern Highlands province some 560 km northwest of the capital, Port Moresby, triggering landslides, damaging mining, gas and power infrastructure, and cutting communications.

Australian SBS --

Magnitude 6.0 aftershock rattles PNG - The Australian --

Pruaitch Highlights PNG's Potential

Opposition Leader Patrick Pruaitch said the hosting of the APEC Summit will showcase PNG's potential in the dynamic Asia Pacific region, and allow other Pacific island nations to participate.

Post Courier --

Energy Plans Mooted

Houses-which do not have access to electricity, but are within on-grid and off-grid-are set to benefit under the National Rural Electrification Roll-out plan in the country, according to the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and Energy, Honourable Sam Basil. Mr Basil also announced bringing in independent power producers for competition tailored towards the people's benefit.


Madang Seat Recount

The Waigani National Court has ordered a recount of the Madang regional seat after finding that the inclusion of an unqualified candidate had affected the election results. Justice Terence Higgins also asserted that the Electoral Commission was at fault for allowing an unqualified candidate to contest the election.

The National --


The Independent Consumer and Consumption Commission (ICCC) is seeking assistance from the APEC Committee to change mandatory laws for business acquisition in the country. ICCC is taking part in discussions on APEC member countries' Competition Policy and Law Group Meeting.


APEC Modernizes Anti-Corruption Controls --

Gurney Airport

The National Airports Corporation (NAC) has signed a K60.6 million contract with Chinese company Sinohydro for the expansion of Gurney Airport facilities in the Milne Bay province. Funded under the Asian Development Bank with counterpart funding from the government of PNG under the civil aviation development program (CADIP), the expansion will include a new terminal plus extension of the runway by another 200 meters that will enable a Fokker 70 aircraft to land.

Post Courier --

Codeshare Could Affect Virgin Flights

Virgin Australia says that approval for Air Niugini (PX) and Qantas (QF) to expand their codeshare arrangements on Australia-Papua New Guinea routes would jeopardise the viability of its own Brisbane to Port Moresby flights.

Australian Aviation --

MRO Hanger for PX

Air Niugini (PX) has confirmed it will be constructing hangar facilities at Port Moresby Jacksons International Airport that will allow it to carry out its own heavy Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) checks.

Airline CEO, Simon Foo, said "This will reduce overseas expenditure as well as build the PNG Engineering staff capacity".

CH Aviation --

Education Between APEC Countries

As part of the greater discussion on Human Resource Development, member economies discussed specifically Education and the need to prioritise the sector. According to Co-Chair of the working group, heavy emphasis is placed on cross-border education, strengthening quality assurance and training of human capital. Education is considered a pillar of society and a major priority for APEC-member economies.


Ilimo Milk

The country's dairy producer Ilimo Farm is on the roll with its full cream milk at half price in Port Moresby's major supermarkets. A month since it hit the shelves, Ilimo dairy milk is already selling well in Port Moresby, according to operator Innovative Agro Industries director Ilan Weiss.

Post Courier --

State to Pay for Human Right Breaches

The National Court has ordered the State to pay four individuals a total of K42,400.80 for breach of their human rights by police 10 years ago in Port Moresby. Justice David Cannnigs handed down the decision on the assessment of damages at the Waigani National Court in favour of Michael Wafi , Efete Max, Petrus Magabe, and Samuel Arawe following a successful trial that determined that the State as the employer of the police officers was liable for the breaches.

Post Courier --

Supplies Running Out

Hela province's governor, Philip Undialu, said supplies are running critically low after the province was cut off from the outside world by the quake, which triggered massive landslides and flattened buildings.

Radio New Zealand --

Barrick Comments on Earthquake Impact

Barrick Gold Corporation has confirmed that the power generation facility that supplies electricity to the Porgera Joint Venture mine experienced significant damage during the 7.5 magnitude earthquake that struck PNG recently. Based on an initial assessment, Barrick does not expect this event to impact production to an extent that would require a revision to the Company's consolidated 2018 gold production guidance of 4.5-5.0 million ounces.

Global News Wire --

The Salvation Army Prepares Response to 7.5-magnitude Earthquake --

Works Dept Clear 19 Landslides/ --

Exxon LNG Plant

Exxon Mobil's liquefied natural gas export project may remain shut for six weeks after an earthquake rocked the country's remote highlands, which are home to the venture's upstream gas supplies, according to UBS Group AG. The LNG plant, which accounts for about 3 percent of global production, lies roughly 600 kilometres (370 miles) from the epicentre of the earthquake and exported about 7.8 million tons of the fuel last year to buyers in Japan, China and Taiwan

Insurance Journal --

Is PNG Digital Revolution Ready

Barely 20 per cent of the population have access to the internet, which is appallingly slow, and very expensive. The establishment of even the most basic internet infrastructure and basic mobile phones can link villagers to markets, and to a better knowledge of market prices. Look through the eyes of a government official or a subsistence coffee-grower in Lae, and it becomes clear why they can get excited about the transformative potential of the digital revolution, however modest it is compared with the revolutions we are seeing in South Korea or mainland China.

South China Morning Post --

Escapees Still At Large

Four women are still on the run in Western Highlands Province, in what has been quite possibly one of the first ever escapes by female prisoners from jail in PNG. Reports show that the four dug their way under the fence of the Baisu correctional facility just outside Mt Hagen early last month. Furthermore, efforts to apprehend them in the past month have been unsuccessful.

Post Courier --

Hilton Port Moresby

Hilton announces John Lucas as General Manager for the Hilton in Port Moresby - Hilton will manage the newly built hotel and the Kutubu Convention Centre as part of the Star Mountain Plaza development, on behalf of Mountain Plaza Ltd.

Hospitality Net --

Gas to Boost Power

While the country continues to boost the role of renewables in line with long-term sustainable energy targets, gas-fired generation is also set to increase in order to meet current shortfalls in electricity supply.

Oxford Business Group --


Task force gets hands dirty to clean up for APEC. The public in Port Moresby, especially street vendors, have been urged to maintain cleanliness in the city as it plays host to lead-up events of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation leaders meeting in November.

The National --

Ipatas Cup

The Sir Danny Leahy Oval was a hive of activity recently, with the opening matches of Coca-Cola Ipatas Cup (CCIC).

Post Courier --

Banab Bridge

Bag-snatching and fights at the collapsed Banab Bridge in Madang have escalated and police are being outnumbered there, a provincial official says. Recently a Filipino foreman working on the bridge construction site was stabbed by a local youth during his lunch break.

The National --

Jaws of Life

The Rotary Club of Port Moresby has given the Jaws of Life to Police in PNG because they always respond first to accidents, disasters and emergencies.

Loop PNG --

Expat on the Run

A Bangladeshi man is currently on the run in Port Moresby after he is alleged to have walked out of a local supermarket with about a quarter of a million kina.

Post Courier --

Diploma Program

James Cook University in Australia has provided a pathway for the learning, offering diploma programs with the International Training Institute. The university's international marketing manager Tara Taylor was in Port Moresby recently to launch the partnership program.

Post Courier --

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.

11th March - 1st round QRL 2018 season. PNG Hunters kick off their premiership defence against Ipswich Jets --

PNG Petroleum & Energy Summit - 19th to 21st March 2018 in Port Moresby --

43rd National Game Fishing titles from 23rd March to 1st April 2018 in Lae, Morobe province.

Good Friday, 30th March 2018

Easter Sunday, 1st April 2018

Commonwealth Games - 4th April 2018 - 15th 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, Monday 11th June 2018

July 2018 - 6th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture - Solomon Islands

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco - 20th - 22nd July 2018

Remembrance Day, Monday 23rd July 2018

Mount Hagen Cultural Show --

Independence Day, Sunday 16th September 2018

Goroka Show --

World Tourism Day 2018, Thursday 27th September

Christmas Day, Tuesday 25th December

Boxing Day, Wednesday 26th December

New Year, Tuesday 1st January 2019

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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