PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 May 2016

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but the exchange rate varies on a daily basis.

If you are really keen on finding out what the Kina is worth a currency converter for most world currencies can be located at -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/moni.html -- The PNG Business Directory also has daily rates based from a PNG perspective

Want to find out more about Papua New Guinea? Try searching at -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo -- and -- http://www.michie.net/png_faqs or try the PNG Business Directory located at -- http://www.pngbd.com. They are excellent places to look for information about the country.
For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look at -- http://maps.google.com -- and then clicking on the "+" to zoom in to the area of interest. Go to the following link for a quick start to a map of Port Moresby. -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/pom-map.html

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PNG News Links

Promising Development for Manam Islanders New Host Community -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0aa708

Trade Minister Richard Maru slams Fiji on denial of PNG products -- http://giaman.com/pg/?27a50f

Jaya Holdings to acquire PNG finance firm in reverse takeover --http://giaman.com/pg/?4b5b42

UPNG Students to Handover Petition to NCD Governor -- http://giaman.com/pg/?691ef9

UNIFORCE upset with Police presence at University campus -- http://giaman.com/pg/?71a848

Sacked PNG doctor worked in Australia's detention centres, Rabaul hospital -- http://giaman.com/pg/?302a4a

East Cape Road Rehabilitation Contract Signed -- http://giaman.com/pg/?d10f49

Family Distraught Over Death of Regina Morove -- http://giaman.com/pg/?3cecc3

Melbourne Storms look to sign PNG Hunters player Justin Olam -- http://giaman.com/pg/?14e4c4

Australia and PNG Talk Bilateral Relations -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c02fcf

PNG Party is Alive: Namah -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a9b8d1





Misc. Links

PNG an untouched paradise for surfers and explorers -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c9e0ea

Finally home: Remains of WW2 US soldier are returned to his native New Orleans after villager in Papua New Guinea stumbles upon his dog tag 74 years after death -- http://giaman.com/pg/?edea11

Tok Piksa - Episode 17, 2016 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?46bfd2

Prioritising Surgical Care on National Health Agendas: A Qualitative Case Study of Papua New Guinea, Uganda, and Sierra Leone -- http://giaman.com/pg/?16b2e0

Bishop Ambrose Kiapseni Celebrates Silver Jubilee -- http://giaman.com/pg/?0e584c

No Fortnightly Pay for PNG Foreign Mission Staff -- http://giaman.com/pg/?e547c2

Science Lacking In PNG Institutions -- http://giaman.com/pg/?219420

Complaint over sports commentators' 'racist' mangling of Pasifika names -- http://giaman.com/pg/?cf22a4

Oil Search and Total sign agreement regarding acquisition of InterOil assets in PNG -- http://giaman.com/pg/?385f64

Tickets selling for international football in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c9030c

PNG Air -- http://facebook.com/pngair/


News Items

Beware HopRocket

Read about HopRocket and beware. It appears to be no more than a fancy pyramid scheme. Unless you are a frequent long distance flyer you will be out of pocket to pay all the members upstream from you.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?ce7241





Kerema Secondary School

Kerema Secondary School has had to resort to asking for parents for pay fees to the school as donations to ensure the school remains open while it waits to receive the next trench of Tuition Fee Free (TFF) funds from the government. As a boarding school, the school needs K7,000 per week to ensure 229 boarding students are fed. The school has a total population of 458 students.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?10b10b





800 Baptised in PNG

Adventist Review reports over 800 people have been baptised after a three-week evangelistic series in PNG, and more baptisms are expected next month.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?caf272





World Environment Day

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?893cad

For the fourth consecutive year the Port Moresby Nature Park, in conjunction with partner BSP Bank, will celebrate World Environment Day on Saturday the 4th of June from 9 am - 3 pm.

Port Moresby Nature Park -- http://giaman.com/pg/?f87a5b





Youth Leaders Basketball Camp

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) has announced the first ever Pacific Youth Leaders (PYL) Basketball Camp to be held in Port Moresby, between the 2nd and 11th of September 2016.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?d40e0c





Government Warns Activists

The PNG Government has warned people attempting to commit illegal acts as part of attempts to hijack student protests that they will face the full force of the law.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?7508b2

Parkop receives students' petition -- http://giaman.com/pg/?ce1ff7

Protesting PNG students seek public support -- http://giaman.com/pg/?1e3326

Namah calls for PNG to remove PM -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2cfcb9





UPNG Staff Threatened by Students

Minister Malakai Tabar said the police had to be called in to the University of PNG (UPNG) as students were allegedly seen with bush knifes, painted faces and chanting war cries which he claims were threats to university staff.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?76d446





Mahatma Gandhi's Bust Removed

The High Commissioner to India, Tarcisius Eri, says the removal of Mahatma Gandhi's bust at the University of PNG campus by protesting students is outrageous.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?46bc38

Boycotting PNG University students remove Gandhi's bust -- http://giaman.com/pg/?dcf994





PM Will Not Resign

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has told protesting university students calling for his resignation he will not be stepping aside. Students at the University of PNG and the University of Technology in Lae had petitioned the Prime Minister after police occupied the University of PNG campus in Port Moresby, shutting down the boisterous demonstrations which had occupied the centre of the campus.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?544f41





ACP Meeting

Leaders from the 79 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States are expected in Port Moresby between 30th May - 1st June for the 8th ACP Summit of Heads of State and Government.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?2905aa





Rapist Sentenced

A 34-year-old man from Pomio district in East New Britain has been sentenced to 22 years jail with hard labour for raping a girl younger than seven years old.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?d35ef5





Muck Diving

What is "muck diving"? The phrase - coined by PNG scuba legend Bob Halstead to describe diving off the black sand beaches of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea - has gained currency among those drawn to "macro" life: small fish, molluscs and other creatures referred to as "critters".

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?758fb2

Wonders of PNG Diving -- http://giaman.com/pg/?c450b0





Chinese Copper Mine

China-owned PanAust Ltd. estimates it may take as long as two years to win approvals for its expanded $3.6 billion copper project in PNG as bigger rivals forecast a deficit of the metal by the decade's end.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?4d3665





OFC Nations Cup

New Zealand has the honour of opening the OFC Nations Cup tournament with a clash against Fiji on the 28th of May in Port Moresby.

OFC Nations Cup Fact Box

When: May 28 - June 11
Where: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
What: This will be the 10th edition of the OFC Nations Cup, the quadrennial international men's football championship organised by the Oceania Football Confederation. The winner of the OFC Nations Cup will qualify for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017 Defending champion: Tahiti (2012)

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?6ae09b





Madang Coffee

Over 500 local coffee farmers from the rural Simbai LLG in Madang, urgently need a serviceable road. Although the villagers were grateful to the Productive Partnerships in Agriculture Projects (PPAP) intervention to rehabilitate their coffee gardens, road access remained an obstacle to selling their produce.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?f5d2a3





Basketballer Heads to USA

PNG basketball player, Marty Leahy, is looking forward to making his debut on the US college circuit after signing a National Letter of Intent to play for the Hilltoppers at Western Kentucky University.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?0ad24a





Suburban Rugby League

Port Moresby Suburban Rugby League has gone into its third round of competition, with only the A grade component of the competition taking to the field thus far.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?43694a





Health Care Manual

The Baptist Union of PNG is spearheading a project to engage health experts in PNG to revise the Health Care Manual for Community Health Workers (CHWs).

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?71d26e





PNG Bullish on LNG Potential

A new wave of investments in PNG's energy sector could see some multi-billion Kina projects launched in the coming years, boosting the country's liquefied natural gas (LNG) output and providing employment to thousands.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?368305





City Highway Construction Halted

Police officers and concerned residents at the Tasion Barracks in Port Moresby have stopped a road construction running through their area for health and safety reasons. The road construction from 9 Mile via Gerehu to Downtown Port Moresby has seen power poles affected and dangerously hanging on the side of homes and sewage pipes broken.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?bfc026

Residents Block Road Construction between Gerehu and Nine Mile -- http://giaman.com/pg/?160f21





Refugees Locked Up

Two refugees were bashed by locals and locked up after a recent booze and drug-fuelled rampage on Manus Island. Provincial police commander Acting Superintendent David Yapu has ordered a crackdown on crimes by "foreigners" after a News Corp investigation revealed an illicit black market trade in Australian taxpayer-funded cigarettes, drug and alcohol abuse and sex with local girls.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?a0635f





Detainee Black Market

A reward scheme-turned-black market trade between detainees on Manus Island and town locals has left Australian taxpayers footing a $1.5 million bill each week. According to a detainee the 900 asylum seekers on Manus Island are rewarded with several free packets of cigarettes when they go on beach excursions, fishing trips or take language classes. Many then travel into the main township of Lorengau and sell the cigarette packets for up to $10 each, using the money to buy marijuana, alcohol and electronics.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?18856b





Gender-Smart Safety

The PNG Business Coalition for Women is collaborating with 3 of the largest companies in PNG to adopt Gender Smart Safety. New Britain Palm Oil Limited, Oil Search Limited, and St Barbara's Simberi Gold Company Limited are participating in a new training program that will help them improve safety for women on their worksites.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?6dcb8a





Vale Dr. John Kola

The Acting Vice Chancellor of the University of Goroka Dr. John Kola has passed away after collapsing at his family home at the university campus.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?9f78c9





Lae Radio Therapy Centre

The National Department of Health is seeking to improve and develop the Radiotherapy Centre located at Lae Angau Memorial Hospital. The current equipment at the facility is very old and there are issues of equipment failure, quality and safety.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?c5e0e2





Fortuna Online

Fortuna Online is PNG's largest online retailer. The company, a subsidiary of Vitis Industries, makes it easy for people in PNG to buy goods online for the home or workplace and have it delivered to the door.

They advertise that they do not stock fake reproductions on the site.

-- http://www.fortunaonline.net/





Cash is Critical in PNG

The PNG Trade Union Congress believes that cash flow issues in the country are more critical than any other issue at hand and is calling on relevant agencies to address the issue here and now. PNGTUC General Secretary John Paska made this remark amid on-going boycotts by tertiary students and attempts by civil society groups to protest in support of students for the PM to step down.

-- http://giaman.com/pg/?cfdf91





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.

3rd Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

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

Karkar Island Bilum Festival - 3 - 5 June -- http://giaman.com/pg/?50c167

World Environment Day - 5th June -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Environment_Day

Australia Future Unlimited Tertiary Education Roadshow June 2016 - Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?bf6585

The National Mask Festival -- http://giaman.com/pg/?2cc7f8 - July 13 - 17 Rabaul

The ABU Pacific Media Partnership Conference 2016 - 24 to 27 August in Port Moresby -- http://giaman.com/pg/?473731

Pacific Youth Leaders (PYL) Basketball Camp 2 - 11 of September 2016 in Port Moresby

2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament (13 Nov - 3 Dec, Port Moresby) -- http://giaman.com/pg/?18525e

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 -- http://giaman.com/pg/?a3e64e

Do you have an event that you want advertised? - Use the submission form located at -- http://www.pnggossip.com/misc/ctc.html




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