PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jul 2011

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PNG in the News

Reopening Manus will complicate PNG-Australia ties --

Youth ambassador promoting cricket in PNG --

Legacy of PNG's charismatic Somare marred for some by last tenure as PM --

US to help Pacific on climate change issues --

Bougainville Copper responds to accusations --

Logging company fined K225.5 million for illegal logging --

PNG police hierarchy promise offending officers will be held --

Landowners talk about the impact of the PNG LNG project --

ICT centre opens at uni --

Arthur Somare suspended during inquiry --


Misc Links

Is Port Moresby Safe or Dangerous? --

Fall of Rabaul: 23rd January 1942 --

Kulau Lodge --

Tourist Guide to Port Moresby --

Original PNG Jokes --

A million different Journeys --

Weevils with Screw-in Legs --

Garrett honours grandfather he never knew --

PNG Images

April 1942 P-39 attacked the Japanese airfield at Lae --

Out There -- -- Sanko Maru dive near Kavieng.

Kundiawa Dancers --

Dendrobium limpidum orchid --

Kids play in a village near Port Moresby --

PNG Blogs

Andrew's UKARUMPA --

Marine Life PNG --

PNG & Aust Travel & Tourism Blog --

Nancy Sullivan --

PNG News --

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Tribal Warrior --

Malum Nalu --

News Items

UNRE Popondetta

The Popondetta campus of PNG University of Natural Resources & Environment (UNRE) has resorted to using Telikom x'cess phones to ease communication difficulties.


Rio Tinto Caused War

An affidavit written by Sir Michael when he was Opposition Leader in 2001 - and never made public - alleges that Rio played an active role in military operations that ultimately led to a civil war and blockade of the island in which 15,000 people died between 1989 and 1997.


Rio Says Claim it Funded PNG Military 'Completely Unfounded' --

Bougainville Copper defends involvement in PNG war --

Bougainville Copper responds to accusations --

World Cricket

An all-round performance from the PNG team carried them to a comfortable 38-run win over Vanuatu in the opening game of the ICC WCL East Asia-Pacific Region Division One Twenty20 tournament in Port Moresby. PNG followed up their earlier win in the day with another convincing victory, crushing Samoa by 77 runs.


Engan Tribal Fights

At least 30 people have been killed in sporadic tribal fights in Enga province over the past three months. Sparked by land issues, the fights erupted near the Laiagam station and Pilikambi High School where combatants are engaged in guerrilla type tactics using high powered weapons which include grenades.


2011 Hiri Moale Festival

Telikom PNG has presented a cheque for K50,000 to the Hiri Moale Festival organisers to secure naming rights for the event. The Hiri Moale Festival, showcases Central province through the hosts, the Motu Koita Assembly and coincides with PNG's Independence Anniversary celebrations during September.

Help Wanted

Mike Bird would like to get in touch with persons in PNG who are interested in the subject of UFO's. Mike is writing a book and wants to do a chapter on the Father William Gill Incident of June 26/27, 1959. He would like to find witnesses to this event.

Use the contact form --

Doctor Donates Blood for Patient

A volunteer doctor, with Australian Doctors International, has donated half a litre of blood to help keep a patient alive. The patient, a New Zealand anthropologist who was shot with arrows while trying to save his French girlfriend from being raped, was medically evacuated to Cairns in Australia. It appears the attacker, a tribesman who wanted to marry the French woman, turned aggressive when he was rejected.


Arrow victim back in hospital --

Warwagira and Mask Festivals

The Warwagira and Mask festivals have commenced on the streets of Kokopo in East New Britain.


Madang Maternity

Mothers from Madang, expecting to give birth at the Modilon Hospital over the next 4 weeks, are being told to go elsewhere due to the maternity ward being closed for renovations. The closest hospital is a 40-minute drive away at Yagaum with another suitable centre an hour away at Sek Mission hospital towards the north coast area. Many people do not have access to transport especially at the odd times babies tend to want to come into this world.

The work is scheduled to finish on the 27th of this month.

Foreign Advisers Make Millions

It has been reported that many Australian government officials are raking in millions. The combined salaries of a select group of AusAID-funded consultants - who offer advice to developing nations on everything from law and order to farming - totals millions of dollars a year.


Antivenom Gives Hope

New low-cost snake antivenom could empower countries such as PNG to produce their own antivenoms, putting an end to chronic antivenom shortages and unnecessary deaths. Researchers from the Australian Venom Research Unit (AVRU) at the University of Melbourne have collaborated with scientists from UPNG and the University of Costa Rica, to develop new antivenom against the lethal Papuan taipan.


Whooping Cough in PNG

Seven people, most of them young children, have died from whooping cough or pertussis in Madang province. The Secretary for Health says there's an outbreak of the contagious disease in Bogia and the dead are mostly less than five years old.


ICT & Innovation Expo

There will be a ICT & Innovation Expo held at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby on the 22nd and 23rd of July 2011. The National newspaper will have a special supplement to cover the event.

Website --
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PNG Doctors to Assess Somare

The government will send a medical team to Singapore to assess the health of Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare and his ability to continue as the country's leader.


Family Wants Sir Michael to Resign

The family of Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare want him to tender his resignation from the top job due to ill health. The announcement was made by his son Arthur at a press conference in Port Moresby. Somare underwent heart surgery in Singapore earlier this year. Since then his family has continually denied reports that he was seriously ill. The suggestion to resign comes just days after an affidavit surfaced in which he blamed Rio Tinto for starting the Bougainville war. If Sir Michael takes up the suggestion it will bring to an end a career spanning nearly 50 years and will potentially leave PNG politics in a state of flux.

The announcement has stirred debate and argument in PNG, with many feeling the decision is not one the family can make on Sir Michael's behalf.

Family not consulted --

Theresia Kumo, the director of the Sir Michael's media unit, says reports the prime minister had resigned were incorrect. She said Sir Michael's family was simply stating their position on his future to the public, and added that Sir Michael is still PNG's leader.


"PM's office not vacant" --

What the law says --

Sana: An autobiography of Michael Somare --

HIV Initiative

The Australian Government is extending a program to reduce the death rate of children from HIV in PNG to the Eastern Highlands. Australia's ambassador for HIV AIDS, Murray Proctor, says the initiative to reduce the transmission of HIV from mothers to their unborn babies was introduced in the Southern Highlands five years ago.


Goroka hospital achieves HIV milestone --

Murder, Mayhem mars Goroka --

Police Investigation Ordered

Police Commissioner Anthony Wagambie has ordered a full-scale investigation into the death of a student from the Kokopo Business College in East New Britain.


Kokopo incident condemned --

Popondetta Gang Foiled

Police have hospitalised a leader of a Popondetta gang after he was shot in the legs during an attempted armed robbery. Charges will be laid when the suspect is discharged from the hospital.


New Species Discovered

A frog with fangs, a blind snake and a round-headed dolphin are among more than 1,000 new species recently found on the incredible Melanesian island of New Guinea. WWF said the most extraordinary freshwater discovery was a 2.5-metre-long river shark found in Papua New Guinea that has since also been located in northern Australia.

The Island of New Guinea is divided between the Indonesian province of Papua in the west and Papua New Guinea to the east.


Climate Refugees

Carteret Islanders have been described as some of the world's first climate refugees. A documentary film, called Sun Come Up, released last year tells the story of the Carteret Islanders who have been called the world's first climate refugees. This remote chain of six small Pacific islands and the 1000 or so people who live there are fast losing ground to rising sea levels.

A trailer of the film --

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.

National Mask Festival, 6th - 9th July

Miss Melanesia Australia 2011 - The Irish Club, Brisbane, 16 July 2011

Birding in Paradise, 12th - 22nd July --

Malagan Show, New Ireland, 22nd - 24th July

8th International Orchid Spectacular - 23rd and 24th of July

National Book Week - 1st to 5th of August

Crocodile Festival, Ambunti - 9th & 10th August

Mount Hagen Cultural Show - 13th & 14th August --

Full Pacific Games - French president Nicolas Sarkozy is set to officially open the XIV Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, on the 27th of August.

Kokoda Challenge - 27th of August

2011 Garamut Festival in Wewak - 2nd & 3rd of September

Goroka Show, 16th - 18th September - see -- -- and --

Morobe Show - 15th & 16th October

Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau: 4th - 6th November

Lae Game Fishing Club Billfish Tournament - 13th Nov

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

2012-Milne Bay Critter & Adventure Expeditions with Bob Halstead & Graham Abbott
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 17th April 2012 to 29th April 2012
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 1st May 2012 to 13th May 2012
Alotau-Adventure Diving-Kimbe Bay: 15th May 2012 to 30th May 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

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