PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Apr 2016

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Police recapture accused Manus Island detainee murderer --

Who is UK firm Adam Smith International working for in PNG? --

Corruption a social disease hindering progress: Sir Paulias --

Desperate O'Neill Appoints the "Snake" Lupari to Head PDC (Public Debt Committee) --

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Misc. Links

A family left their modern life to move to Enga and live with a remote tribe --

Go behind the Scenes of RGG EDU as They Prepare for a Documentary in PNG --

Food shortage leads parents to 'sell children for rice' --

World Malaria Day 2016 --

Simple sewing project provides confidence to school girls --

Digicel Play transmits with new satellite dishes --

News Items

Kiunga Plane Crash

An Australian pilot, from Sydney, is among 12 people who were killed when a Britten Norman-Islander plane crashed as it tried to land at Kiunga in Western province from Oksapmin, emergency authorities say. The PNG Civil Aviation Safety Authority is carrying out an investigation into the crash.


Supreme Court Judge Detained

A PNG Supreme Court judge has been arrested and charged with corruption. Bernard Sakora was arrested by members of the country's fraud and anti-corruption squad as he left his Port Moresby home. In a brief statement, the police said the charge was related to a payment Mr Sakora received from a lawyer at the centre of the scandal surrounding alleged illegal payments to the firm Paraka Lawyers.

It has been alleged that Sakora received K100,000 from a law firm for the sale of a second-hand motor vehicle.


PM's Lawyer Charged

Anti-corruption police in PNG have charged the Prime Minister's lawyer, Tiffany Twivey, with perverting the course of justice. Twivey was taken into custody at Jackson's Airport when she recently returned to PNG.

Twivey has been representing Prime Minister Peter O'Neill in his attempts to stop the anti-corruption officers executing an arrest warrant for him.


See also --

PNG Fraud and Anti-Corruption Squad closes in on Prime Minister --

Attorney General Detained

National and Anti-corruption detectives have arrested and charged the country's Attorney-General Ano Pala. Pala was picked up and taken in for questioning by the Fraud squad at Jacksons International Airport in Port Moresby on his recent arrival from Brisbane.

Pala denied the charges and told reporters outside the cell that he was paying the price of being an honest leader.

This is the second time PNG's fraud squad has arrested the Attorney-General.


Illegal Immigrant Removal

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said an inter-government team has been established to be led by the Foreign Affairs Department to visit all provinces throughout the country to check on illegal migrants conducting businesses and also foreigners conducting businesses reserved for nationals.


Rabaul Queen Case

The managing director of Rabaul Shipping in Papua New Guinea, Peter Sharp, has pleaded not guilty to the charges of manslaughter and for sending an unseaworthy vessel out to sea.

Mr Sharp is on trial in the Kokopo National Court over the 2012 sinking of the MV Rabaul Queen when more than 170 people drowned off the Morobe coast.


Rabaul Queen Trial: PNG ferry owner's manslaughter charges reduced --

Digicel Cup 2016

The 2016 Digicel Cup Rugby Competition sees the season start throughout the country tomorrow, Sunday 17th April. This is the sixth year Digicel have sponsored the running of the competition.


Madang Ethnic Unrest

Additional police have been deployed to Madang from Lae after houses and vehicles were destroyed as people from the Sepik and Western Highlands residents set up roadblocks in the town.


Pacific Marine Industrial Zone

The Pacific Marine Industrial Zone project in Madang, will have a town to cater for workers at the project, PNG Department of Trade, Commerce and Industry Secretary John Andrias says.


61st UPNG Graduation

Over 1260 students have graduated from the five faculties of the University of Papua New Guinea. The graduation was conducted over two days due to the large number graduating. Minister for Agriculture and Livestock Tommy Tomscoll told UPNG graduates that their success was PNG's success. UPNG vice-chancellor Prof Albert Mellam has urged graduating students to seek ways to be successful in this transforming and demanding era of industrial revolution.


Write your own chapter, graduates told --

Ramu Ops Suspended

Operations at the Ramu nickel plant, in Papua New Guinea, have been suspended following a fatality.


Expat Doctors Needed

Health Department secretary Pascoe Kase says the country needs foreign doctors to cater for the current shortage in the country. He said the University of Papua New Guinea (UPNG) School of Medicine was not producing enough doctors, forcing the department to recruit foreign doctors as an interim measure.


Catholic Bishops Meeting

Twenty Two Catholic Bishops from PNG and Solomon Islands recently gathered at St. Anthony's Pilgrim House, in Vanimo for their Annual General Meeting (AGM)


New Southern Highlands Footbridge

People living between the boarders of Nipa-Kutubu, Mendi-Munihu and Imbonggu districts in Southern Highlands now have a new footbridge. The Komb footbridge serves school children, teachers and health workers and more than 5000 people. Komb footbridge working committee chairman Huk Wellin said the working committee received K5000 and completed the footbridge.


Sea Piracy

Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, says the Morobe patrol post area will be the first civilian centre to develop into a police maritime base. This base will address incidences of sea piracy between the borders of Morobe and Oro provinces.


Diabetes Concern

A health official says diabetes will be ranked a major killer disease in the world by 2030


Athletes talk diabetes --

Annual Growth Rate

The IMF's World Economic Outlook has estimated PNG's annual growth rate this year will be 3.1 percent. Last month Prime Minister Peter O'Neill publicly stated that the nation's annual GDP growth rate was 9.2 percent. Which figure is correct?


See also page 191 of pdf --

Air Wreck Treck

A group of Morobe villagers hope to lure tourists through an "air wreck trek" which explores World War 11 relics. Bandong villagers in Wain-Erap, Nawaebin Morobe hope that adventurers and tourists will come to explore war relics and the untapped bio-diversity left uncovered near the Sarawaget Range.


Dengue Fever Outbreak

Dr. Mathias Sapuri, a senior PNG medical doctor says the dengue outbreak is moving toward an epidemic stage and people must take precautions of the virus. Sapuri said there were 37 confirmed cases of dengue virus infections at Port Moresby General Hospital and urban clinics in the National Capital District. Two deaths were also reported at the general hospital due to dengue.


Health Minister on Dengue Fever --

Sapuri joins Australian doctors' society --

Highlands Highway

The Highlands Highway was recently cut off after heavy rain caused flooding of the Mangyang River at the Arafira village in Markham, Morobe. Traffic to Lae and Madang and the Highlands region was unable to pass. Morobe Works project engineer Danny Philip said it would cost between K50,000 and K60,000 and two days to repair the road.


Pini Wins Gold

Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Ryan Pini, has won gold at the recently completed Australian National Championships swimming in the Men 50 LC Metre Butterfly at the SA Aquatic and Leisure Centre in Adelaide, Australia.


Sir Michael Somare

80 year-old Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare says his lifelong dream for the country was fulfilled when "we started with peace" during Independence in 1975.


Tony Voutas returns briefly for the Chief's 80th birthday --

Oceania Football Championship

Auckland City FC have survived late drama to claim a 2-1 win against Lae City Dwellers in their Oceania Champions League clash on the outer oval at North Harbour Stadium.


Mt Hagen General Hospital

Over 400 staff at the Mt. Hagen General Hospital resigned from duties including medical doctors, nursing officers, community health workers and allied health workers. They are blaming the Health Minister for the mass resignation.


PNG Hunters

A last second field goal has given the PNG Hunters a dramatic 11-10 victory against the previously unbeaten Townsville Blackhawks in the Queensland Cup rugby league clash in Port Moresby. The Hunters are now level with the Blackhawks and Burleigh Bears with five wins each from six matches but remain third overall on points.


Air Niugini Hoskins

Air Niugini has unveiled its third Fokker 70 aircraft. It will be named "Hoskins". The naming of the aeroplane will coincide with the PNG Games in November which West New Britain is hosting.


This brings the Air Niugini fleet to 24 aircraft including Boeing, Fokker 100's, Q400's and now the Fokker F70's. Air Niugini also leases seven Dash 8 aircraft to its subsidiary company, Link PNG.

Air Niugini Official Carrier for PNG Games --

Dual Citizenship

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Hon. Rimbink Pato, said that the recent passing of the Dual Citizenship Bill in Parliament concerns the consequential amendments made to the Constitution and the Citizenship Act which will enable the grant of dual citizenship to person as qualified under the criteria set out by these amendments.


World Malaria Day 2016

On the 25th of April each year people across the globe take part in a wide range of activities to mark World Malaria Day. For half the world every day is malaria day - a day to keep up the fight against this killer disease. The World Malaria Day web site is a communication and advocacy platform for civil society north and south to showcase your work, share resources, engage in dialogue, contribute views, ideas and events to mobilise the world against malaria.


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 Golf Open - end of April 2016

3rd Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

12th Festival of Pacific Arts 22 May to 4 June 2016 (Hagatna, Guam)

Australia Future Unlimited Tertiary Education Roadshow June 2016 - Port Moresby --

The ABU Pacific Media Partnership Conference 2016 - 24 to 27 August in Port Moresby --

2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament (13 Nov - 3 Dec, Port Moresby) --

Christmas Day - 25 December 2016

Boxing Day - 26 December 2016

New Year's Day - 1st January 2017

Surfing Association PNG - World Surf League tour championship in January 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby --

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