PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Nov 2011

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PNG in the News

Missing K96m found in Aussie bank --

Constitutional Crisis --

PNG lawyer warns of dangerous precedent --

TB treatment for PNG nationals to continue --

Dad whips daughter to death --

Nine Jiwaka people killed --

East New Britain women urge PNG government to grant province autonomy --

16 days of Activism Against Gender Violence in the Pacific --

Misc PNG Links

Progress in Papua --

Voice of Melanesia --

Papua New Guineans singing the Sh’ma --

Dance the Milne Bay Way --

PNG Market Place --

Diving Milne Bay --

Kokopo Coming Alive with Live Bands --

Australia's closest neighbour --

A Million Different Journeys - Milne Bay --

Ulumani --

Complaints Process, Ethics Highlighted in Defamation Case --

PNG Images

Ash City Children --

Ramu Valley from Mount Otto --

Beetle and Butterfly --

PNG Blogs

Friends of Papua New Guinea Blog --

APNG Accident --

Namorong Report --

Motorised bicycles in Moresby --

Lealea --

Andrew Ukarumpa --

Lower Your Expectations --

Catherine Mal and family guilty of murder --

Arthur Somare under investigation for loss of K76m --

News Items

Equality and Participation

The Equality and Participation Bill, which guarantees 22 seats to women at the next national election, was passed into law by a vote of 72 to 2 on the 23rd of November. Within minutes of the law being passed, about 50 women - many wearing the PNG colours of red, yellow and black - sang and danced outside parliament.


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Jiwaka Province Questioned

The formation of the Jiwaka province will be challenged in the Mt Hgen court. The Anglimp council wants parliament to postpone the creation of Jiwaka province until at least 2013 because of disputes among councillors on the proposed provincial boundaries.


Report ready on new provinces --

PNG Power & Telikom Link

Telikom will lease fibre-optic capacity from PNG Power. PNG Power has installed fibre-optic infrastructure on much of its high voltage transmission network around the country. PNG Power uses its fibre network to provide system control communications between generation facilities and load centres across the country. This only uses a small amount of the overall capacity of the fibre network and Telikom will be able to use some of the excess capacity.


Mt Hagen Show

The Mt. Hagen Show has normally been held for many years on the third weekend of August. The 2012 show will however be held on the second weekend of August - the 11th and 12th of August 2012 and will revert back to the third weekend in August from 2013 onwards.

New Moresby Hotel

A cutting edge hotel by the name of Grand Papua Hotel has opened in Port Moresby featuring iPad check in facilities. Each room features a 32-inch LCD cable TVs and wifi connection. The hotel is close to Ela Beach. --

The new hotel is a member of the Summit Hotels & Resorts network --

Night Flowering Orchid

A mysterious new orchid, on the island of New Britain, blooms for one night only, opening around 10 pm and closing at 10 am. The new species, Bulbophyllum nocturnum, is the world's first orchid that flowers only at night. Scientists are uncertain why the orchid only opens at night, however they believe the flower may be pollinated by night-flying midges.


PNG celebrates world orchid awards --

Lae Liqour Ban

A liquor ban has been imposed in Lae after the recent riots in which a number of people were killed and hundreds of homes destroyed.


Dilemma for homeless victims of Lae riots --

Wewak Hospital

The Wewak Hospital is without an X-ray machine. Read more --

Free online version of Sepik Blu Longpela Muruk! --

Laloki Psychiatric Hospital

The Laloki Psychiatric Hospital has been described by the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as a national disgrace. PAC chairman, Ma­lakai Tabar, said Laloki was more like a prison than a hospital, with poor water and sanitation facilities, a serious threat to patients and workers who were likely to contract diseases due to the poor health facilities.


Acting Health Secretary, Pascoe Kase, told the PAC the Laloki mental hospital needs K175 million for maintenance.

BAHA Donation

The PNG Business Coalition Against HIV/AIDS (BAHA) has received a K50,000 donation from the charity arm of the Rimbunan Hijau Group of Companies. BAHA is the key organisation that represents the PNG private sector response to HIV/AIDS by facilitating information sharing, permitting economies of scale in the development of workplace HIV/AIDS products and services and creating a strong front for public policy debate and advocacy.


Don't forget World AIDS day on the 1st of December --

Lawyers Graduate

70 trainee lawyers have recently graduated from the Legal Training Institute. A study conducted by the South Pacific Law Society revealed a ratio of one lawyer for every 10,000 people in PNG.


Work begins on K30m law school block --

Telikom Electronic Bills

Telikom PNG is now able to offer electronic bills to its customers. The electronic bill is intended to cut down the time a custrmer spends waiting for bills and also aims to reduce the volumes of billing pages posted to customers.


Tiensten Disqualified

Jeffery Nape, the speaker of parliament, has announced the disqualification of former planning minister, Paul Tiensten, as a Member of Parliament because it is claimed he had missed three consecutive sittings of parliament, a constitutional trigger for disqualification.

The disqualification has triggered moves by the opposition to have the speaker arrested and charged with contempt of court because his powers to suspend ministers are currently under the Supreme Court's microscope because he tried to dump former Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare from his seat, using the same three sitting rule.


PNG Gold Corp

PNG Gold Corporation has announced assay results from 31 recently completed diamond drill holes on its Imwauna Project, Normanby Island, Milne Bay Province, eastern PNG. The results re-affirm the high grade nature of the deposit. The mineralized zone graded 3.0 g/t or more in 65% of the holes while eleven holes (35%) intersected zones assaying greater than 10.0 g/t Au. There is no strong correlation observed between grade and thickness, although the thickest zones (i.e. those greater than 4 m wide) all grade between 5 and 15 g/t Au.

Imwauna exploration drill hole locations can be viewed at --

BSP (Bank South Pacific)

BSP customers in Goroka now have three new Automatic Telling Machines (ATMs) to do their banking safely and conveniently. The new ATMs were opened at the University of Goroka (UoG) and the New Century Shop at West Goroka, bringing the total machines in Goroka to 9. BSP has the largest ATM network in PNG with 220 machines and plans to have 250 by year end.


BSP has reluctantly had to close its branch in Maprik in East Sepik Province as the building it operates from has been "condemned".


BSP has delivered 35 projects this year --

Ramu Nickel

The Chinese owned nickel producer RAMU NiCo has released a second sustainability report on its yet-to-be-commissioned mine at Kurumbukari in PNG.


Madang Corporate Cricket

Madang has recently seen the succesful staging of a 'Corporate Cricket Challenge" tournament. The tournament was played at Yabong Oval and featured eight teams playing in a round robin event and the top 2 teams (highest run rate) played off in the final event.


PNG's Carbon Footprint

The Office of Climate Change and Development's Adaptation Director is calling on PNG residents to return to their ancestors' traditional and environmental lifestyles to lessen the impact on climate change.


Rugby League Rankings

International Rugby League ratings as at November 2011. PNG is currently rated number four in the world but both France and Wales are very close behind.

1 Australia 1,406.59pts,
2 New Zealand 991.56,
3 England 799.47,
4 Papua New Guinea 260.49,
5 France 246.08,
6 Wales 245.16,
7 Fiji 145.35,
8 Samoa 123.19,
9 Tonga 82.07,
10 Scotland 75.39,
11 USA 65.86,
12 Ireland 64.28

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.

PNG Australia Alumni Association Dinner - 26th November - Crowne Plaza, Port Moresby

World AIDS Day - 1st December

Ride the Rivers Enduro -- 24 - 25 March 2012

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

Mt Hagen Show - 11th and 12th of August 2012

Samarai and Milne Bay Reunion - Rydges Oasis Resort, Caloundra, Australia between the 7th and 9th of September 2012 -- --

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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