PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Sep 2013


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banis ribs / fence / wall
nambis seaside / beach / coast
namel middle
natnat / moskito mosquito
nau now
narapela other / another one
nius news
niuspepa newspaper / magazine
nogat no
olgeta completely / all
olgeta man everybody
olgeta samting everything
olsem wanem how
opim open
opis / ofis office
paia fire
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Polygamy ups AIDS cases in PNG --

Man killed during fight with in-laws --

UPNG student murdered --

An attack at dawn --

'Amendments defeat spirit of Constitution': PNG lawyer --

Total of seven charged over PNG's Rabaul Queen disaster --

Misc. Links

Kokoda Trail Hotel --

Bougainville creates own mining dept --

Image woes bad for PNG tourism --

The $US19 billion PNG LNG Project is expected to produce over nine trillion cubic feet of gas to sell during its 30-year -life. --

'Hell on earth' took terrible toll --

Bold and beautiful - Artist Profile: Ngaiire --

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Mr Pips kick off in New Zealand --

Xzannjah interview --

Korobosea International's cultural day --

Korobosea 2013 Independence Celeb --

Revenge PNG Style --

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PNG Blogs

Namorong Report - Are we coming of age as a nation? --

Will there an opportunity for Belden Namah to serve 7 million Papua New Guineans? --

Remembering the great leaders who built PNG --

Kemar Roach worries Big Bash side with 'sudden appearance' in Papua New Guinea ahead of CL T20 --

Health in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia: changes since 1990 and likely causes --

News Items

Write for Peace

Keith Jackson's PNG Attitude has put up K500 towards 'write for peace' and the completion now has a name - "The Annual Val Rivers Write for Peace Prize". The Essay and Poetry Contest is for those people who are both writers and thinkers. The K500 is for the best piece of writing designed to promote a peaceful and harmonious Papua New Guinea. For this first year of the prize, writers are asked to submit essays, articles or poems on the subject, "A good life for the people. Is there a Melanesian way?"

The winner of the K500 prize will be announced on Australian Remembrance Day (also known as Armistice Day or Poppy Day) at 11 am: the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marking the end of World War I in 1918 and commemorated since in Commonwealth countries.



38th Independence Anniversary

PNG celebrates 38 years of Independence today (16th September).


Dual Citizenship

Papua New Guineans will be able to hold dual citizenship from next year.


Satellite PNG

Public Enterprise Minister Ben Micah has told Parliament PNG will launch its own communication satellite by 2017-2018 if everything goes as planned.


Australian Rugby League

The Australian Rugby League Commission has named 18 players in the Holden Kangaroos' World Cup train-on squad. Players from the train-on squad will also be selected to represent the Australian Prime Minister's XIII team to play PNG in Kokopo on Sunday, the 29th of September.


Adult Literacy

PNG education advocacy network is calling on the Government to recognise adult literacy programs as a strategy for holistic integral human development.


Management Reject PM's Criticism

The former management board of Goroka Base Hospital has denied Peter O'Neill's accusation that 12 million US dollars allocated for the hospital's refurbishment had been misused.


Vale John Anis

Former Mr PNG title holder and five-time power lifting gold medalist John Anis from Kumdi in the Western Highlands province, was brutally murdered in Goroka last week. Mr Anis was traveling with four other men in a hired vehicle to Goroka in the Eastern Highlands Province recently when he was shot at point blank range by one of the men sitting behind him inside the moving vehicle.


Black Tuesday

The tourism industry is reeling from the brutal attack on a group of trekkers walking the Black Cat Trail in the Morobe Province. According to sources close to the incident, the visitors were attacked at 4.30 pm on Tuesday by three men with one armed with a 303 rifle and two carrying bush knives who later fled into the bush. The porters were killed when they tried to defend the trekkers with one partially decapitated and another dying from a gunshot wound.


O'Neill condemns attack on trekkers


PNG says bandits 'deserve death penalty' --


Villagers given deadline to hand over suspects --

Black Cat Trail

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This advice was last issued on Tuesday, 10 September 2013. It contains new information in the Summary and under Local travel (an attack on a trekking party on the Black Cat Track in Morobe Province resulted in the death of several locals and injuries to foreign trekkers. You should avoid the Black Cat Track until police have concluded their investigation). We continue to advise Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in Papua New Guinea.


Anti-Betel Nut Campaign

Powes Parkop, the Governor of the National Capital District, has stepped up campaign to ban betel nut in the city he governs. Mr Parkop says betel nut chewing and spittle in public is "unhygienic" and cleaning up the red spittle is costing the city significant money.


Quarantine plan to choke betel nut trade --

Deadly combination of lime and betel nut --

Livelihoods at risk as betel nut ban in Port Moresby pursued --


The country is pushing ahead with plans for a national broadband network (NBN) that will improve internet speeds and prices, marking a "transformative leap" for the country. It is estimated that users pay up to 200 times as much as their Australian counterparts for access to the Internet.

Consultant Sundar Ramamurthy, from Invoc Pty Ltd, has previously predicted consumers will see the benefits of lower prices and better access by mid-2014.


Innovated Pneumonia Treatment

PNG will be the testing ground for a new invention designed to overcome the challenges of treating pneumonia patients in remote areas.

Pneumonia is one of the major health problems in the developing world, killing more children than any other illness.


Goroka Land Registration

A land registration exercise is underway in Goroka to free up land so the town can grow. Goroka MP and former cabinet minister, Bire Kimisopa, says they have been encouraging landowners to register their land and also getting the local authority to demarcate land that might be suitable for an expansion.


PNG's Eastern Highlands capital positions itself for growth --


An International Monetary Fund (IMF) Mission has concluded the 2013 Article IV Consultation with Papua New Guinea. The team met with the Minister for Treasury Don Polye, Bank of Papua New Guinea (BPNG) Governor Loi Bakani, members of Parliament, and other senior public officials, as well as representatives from the private sector, think tanks and development partners. Staff from the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank joined the mission.


PNG Treasurer selected as chairman of World Bank and IMF --

PNG Cricket

PNG recently received a taste of cricket Caribbean style when current and former West Indian stars participated in the annual Cricket PNG Don't Drink and Drive Legends Bash in Port Moresby.


Dwayne Bravo to promote cricket in PNG --

O'Neill Congratulates Abbott

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has sent a congratulatory message to the new Australian Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott. Mr O'Neill offered to meet with Mr Abbott "on the margins" of the Asia-Pacific Economic Forum meeting in Bali in early October.

PNG is Australia's largest aid recipient to the tune of $A500 million a year.


PNG awaits Abbott's move --

Chikungunya Virus

A Chikungunya outbreak was first detected in Papua New Guinea in June 2012 in Vanimo. Since then, cases spread to East New Britain province, New Ireland, Morobe, Eastern Highlands, West New Britain, Madang, Chimbu, National Capital District, Jiwaka and Manus provinces. It is also suspected to have occurred in Oro and Southern Highlands provinces, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).


According to the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, Chikungunya fever is a viral disease transmitted to humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes.

Poker Machines

A new minimum bet of K100 has been introduced for players of poker machines. The decision to increase the amount for minimum bet from K50 to K100 is to discourage low-income earners and those in the informal sectors from getting into gambling, said the National Gaming Control Board.


PNG Consul General in Sydney

Sumasy Singin, the new PNG Consul General in Sydney, is getting involved in his first assignments abroad. One of his first official chores as PNG's top diplomat to the NSW state capital is guest speaker at the independence church service, which will be followed by lunch in the church hall.


BSP Mobile Banking

BSP Mobile Banking allows you to use your mobile phone to conduct certain banking functions without having to visit a branch or an ATM. It allows you to do the following, directly from your mobile phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Aussie Police

A group of 50 Australian police officers will be the first to arrive in PNG before Christmas as part of the exchange programme between the two countries. Mr O'Neill said on top of that group the Australian Federal Government has agreed to fund a further 150 policemen which Australian Prime Minister Abbott confirmed will be coming.


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.

Sogeri Mini Show -- 16th to 18th September

National Canoe & Kundu Festival -- November 2013

ICC tournament, Dubai -- November 2013

Christmas Day - 25th December 2013

Boxing Day - 26th December 2013

New Year's Day -- 1st January 2014

Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 --

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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