PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6th Nov 2010

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binatang insect
bulmakau / kau cattle
dok dog
hukim pis catch fish
kumul bird of paradise
pepes butterfly
pik pig
pis fish
pisin bird
pukpuk crocodile
pusi cat
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rokrok frog
snek snake
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PNG in the News

PNG introduces mobile phone lottery --

A new pidgin SDA hymnbook has been introduced in Mt Hagen in the Western Highlands province of PNG --

PNG in quandary over gas project --

Clinton visit raises hopes for embattled Pacific women -- -- see also --

Clinton Condemns 'Culture of Violence' Against Women --

Work resumes on Ramu Nickel mine's waste pipeline --

PNG minister vows action to curb gun smuggling --

Adventure on the atolls --

PNG is ranked one of the disaster prone countries in the Asia-Pacific region --

South Seas Tuna factory, Wewak --

Tamioks name to get the axe --

Ord Valley rice leaves on ship bound for PNG --

PNG interim crash report says airstrip was bad --

Trek on a Trail of War --

PNG Blogs

Patriots PNG Tokaut Tokstret --

Da Dogs Playground --

Jamie Maxtone-Graham --

A PNG Mumu --

MedicBoy --

Matt in PNG - Japanese surrender --

A British Tea Party - Ukarumpa Style! --

The Monpi Suite --

Weaving the web in PNG: Life in Madang --

Bulolo Live --

MAF Vehicle Shed (Mt Hagen) --

Lucy's Travel Log - Goroka and Prayer --

The Devine Happenings of Jacob and Beth: Goroka University --

My PNG Life --

PNG Images

Ukarumpa Carnival --

Betelnut Sales in Port Moresby --

Soldiers --

Photographs of the 1934 visit to Mount Hagen --

Goroka Show -- -- and --

Milne Bay Squid --

Hello from Madang (pdf) --

Birding PNG --

Kavieng Nusa Island --

Kerema Digital Cameras --

Kerema kids build a raft --

Kokoda --

Misc Links

Kokoda Track Authority --

East New Britain Tourism --

Tufi --

Rabaul Centenary - Facebook --

The Pacific Gas shipwreck -- -- one of the best wrecks to dive on in PNG.

Mt Hagen Golf Club --

PNG Ports --

PNG Association of Australia --

PNG Planning department website --

Wau Adventures --

New Ireland Tourism --

PNG Trekking --

Trans Niugini Tours --

Kokopo Beach Bungalows --

News Items

Expedition Class

After a month in the wilderness of Tasmania Expedition Class is visiting PNG again arriving in Port Moresby on the 31st of October with the first in country destination supposed to be Tari. Due to civil unrest that did not happen. A trip to My Hagen and then a drive to Tari was the alternative offered after the plane to Mendi was full.

For more trip highlights --

See also - Tari airport shut --

Vale Paul Igag

Well known PNG ornithologist, Paul Igag, has died. He was internationally recognised for his work in the Crater Mountain area of Eastern Highlands province. His work about the increasingly-rare birds of paradise has been featured on a BBC documentary hosted by international environmentalist David Attenborough.

New Book About Bulolo

A spectacular new history book on the history of the famous Wau/Bulolo goldfields of Morobe province was launched at the Crowne Plaza in Port Moresby last Friday. Guests included Bulolo MP Sam Basil and mining and business leaders

See --

Women Soldiers to SI

Two female soldiers are part of the 13th contingent of PNGDF soldiers that left Port Moresby yesterday for deployment as part of the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI). Both are drivers with the force support battalion, Murray Barracks.

See --

Lae Cancer Walk

Lae Golf Club lady members have raised K11,000 towards the cancer ward at Angau Hospital in Morobe province. Club captain Peter Boyd said a total 45 children and 30 adults walked the golf course to raise funds. The walk will become an annual event.

BSP Raises Fees

People using the services of Bank South Pacific to look after their money can expect increased fees for the service. In some case there will be fees were previously there were none. Some of the fees are - kundu savings account, K3 monthly fee would be charged for dormant accounts, teller service fee for deposit and teller service fee for EFTPos, while K4 would be charged for every withdrawal, automatic teller machine (ATM) services, 50 toea will be charged for ATM balance enquiry; 75 toea for ATM withdrawal, ATM phone top up and ATM funds transfer-withdraw. The bank will also charge K15 for ATM withdrawal using visa card and K1.50 for ATM balance enquiry for visa card.


PM Rejects Super Hospital

Sir Michal Somare has directed that no more public funds be used to pay for the Pacific Medical Centre project. He has directed Health Minister Sasa Zibe to redirect any funds committed to improving current public health services.

See --

In addition - Scrap plans to build Pacific Medical Centre --

Drink Driving Campaign

South Pacific Brewery has injected K1 million to address drink driving problems in the country. Over the next two months a 30-second television drink-driving campaign infomercial will be aired on the local television station - EMTV.

Phone Lottery

A lottery, licenced by the National Gaming Control Board (NGCB) and to be operated using mobile phones, has been condemned by many including women and church groups. Employers who provide mobile phones to employees are also concerned about the issue.

Hidden Valley

Hidden Valley finds opportunities for Morobe locals - Fiona Asok and Jason Lengeto are both employees at the Hidden Valley gold mining project in the Morobe province of Papua New Guinea. Hidden Valley is owned and run by the Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV), in which Harmony has a 50% share. Both Fiona and Jason grew up in the local community.

Full news report --

Golden Chainsaw Award

Environmental lobby group Greenpeace has given the PNG government its Golden Chainsaw award for failing to protect the country's rainforests.

It also released a report arguing PNG should not be given money to save its forests under the United Nations' Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation plan.

Previous recipients of the Golden Chainsaw include Malaysian and Brazilian logging companies.

Much of the logging in PNG is being carried out by Malaysian companies.

A letter in Nature from seven top scientists warns that PNG will lose all of its accessible forest in just ten to twenty years.

See --

Senior Policeman Arrested

The former Superintendent of Operations in Port Moresby, Anderson Bawa, has been accused of being paid by telecommunications company Telikom PNG, for providing private escorts without the Police Commissioner's approval


Eda Ranu

Eda Ranu has said the cost of supplying water to the settlements and urban villages in Port Moresby costs the company K10 million annually. On average, Eda Ranu releases 145 million litres of water per day to the city of which 35 million litres goes to settlement areas.

Vale Paul Pora

Elder statesman, Paul Pora, has passed away at the age of 66. He is survived by his four wives and 17 children and many grandchildren and great grandchildren. Hundreds flocked to Sioni Kami Memorial Church in Port Moresby to pay their last respects.

Newcrest Defends Ocean Disposal

Newcrest Mining has defended the 15-year-old practice of deep ocean disposal of tailings from the Lihir goldmine in New Ireland province at its annual meeting. Newcrest acquired the mine in a recent $9.5 billion takeover of Lihir Gold.

Barrick Gold Accused

The operator of Porgera Gold mine, Barrick Gold, has been implicated for its alleged involvement in "sustained and flagrant violation of environmental protection". The Montreal based Canadian online news The Gazette reported last Friday "heavy metal pollution, especially mercury build-up from Barrick's Porgera mine in Papua New Guinea, was an egregious case in point".

See - Canadian mining companies need tougher rules --

Hidden Valley Mine

One of the joint venture partners in the just-commissioned Hidden Valley gold mine, an open-pit, gold-silver mine and processing plant, in Morobe province has admitted that there are "higher-than-expected" sediment levels in the Watut River. The admission came about as Morobe Mining Joint Ventures, made up of Harmony and Australian partner Newcrest, started paying compensation to affected villagers along the Watut River and as Bulolo MP Sam Basil called on villagers not to accept the payouts.

See --

Four Nation's Rugby League

New Zealand has beaten the PNG Kumuls 76-12 in Rotorua, New Zealand. The 14-try loss equalled PNG's record 64-0 loss to the Kiwis at the same venue in 1996. The best for the Kumuls were Aiton, Yere, Nixon Kolo and Michael Mark. The halftime score was 46-0.

2010 Kumuls not up to scratch --

Coming Events

National Canoe Festival - Alotau, Milne Bay province - 5th to 7th of November

Rugby League Four Nations Series - England vs PNG - 6th November in Auckland.

Air Niugini staff reunion will be held on Sat November the 13th, 2010 at the Rydges Oasis, Caloundra, Queensland, Australia --

Pacific Queen Quest - PNG - 21 to 27 November --

11th Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - 6th to 8th December, 2010 - Hilton Hotel, Sydney --

Arafura Games - 7 - 14th of May 2011 --

Rabaul "Kimawai" -- July 2011

Mount Hagen Cultural Show -- 13th and 14th of August 2011

Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

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