PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Oct 2016

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hap ret urple (from "half red)
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PNGSDP case against State underway in Singapore --

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News Items

Police Force Birthday

The Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary has marked 128 years of its existence. The Constabulary began as two separate forces in German New Guinea and British Papua. In June 1888, the pre-war German administration established a police force. In 1891, the British established another force in British Papua. Governor, Sir William McGregor, later ordered the amalgamation of the German and British forces after the war.


Madang Evictions

The Madang government says the eviction of families from a piece of land last week was necessary because it had been earmarked for development. Madang Governor Jim Kas said part of the land occupied by squatters had already been allocated to police to build accommodation for its officers.


94-year-old Evicted

A ninety-four year old man and his family have been evicted from their home of sixty years, in Port Moresby.


Segeyaro Nominated For Trojan Try

Leeds Rhinos star James Segeyaro has been nominated for the Trojan Try of the Month for September.

Each month on the Super League official website, the fans have the chance to vote for the best try scored from a list of 10 contenders. Segeyaro has been nominated for his 85m interception effort in the first half against the Centurions that helped secure top spot for the Rhinos in the Super 8s Qualifiers.


Highlander Cheated in Bougainville

A betelnut buyer from the highlands region was cheated by a Bougainvillean and lost K1200 of his hard earned cash.


Estonian Diplomatic Ties

PNG has established diplomatic ties with Estonia. Estonian Ambassador to Australia Andres Unga and High Commissioner of Papua New Guinea in Australia Charles W. Lepani have established diplomatic relations between Estonia and Papua New Guinea. Also, Ambassador Unga met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Papua New Guinea Rimbink Pato, who was on a visit in Canberra.


Kina Continues Slump

The Kina dropped by 9.5 per cent in a space of 12 months. The Bank of Papua New Guinea Governor Loi Bakani stated in its Monetary Policy Statement for the month of September 2016. The Kina rate also depreciates against the Australia Dollar (AUD) over the same period by 17.3 per cent to AU$0.4110.


Townsville Direct Flights

A Townsville missionary organisation has thrown its weight behind a push for direct flights between Townsville and Port Moresby, saying hundreds of their volunteers would use the service each year. At the moment they fly from Townsville to Cairns, then from Cairns to Port Moresby, before taking a third flight to the region where the organisation is working.


Cuban Foreign Doctors

A concerned doctor has slammed the announcement by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to bring in Cuban doctors to work in the public health sector throughout the country.


Mercy Mission

Townsville ophthalmologist Dr Bill Talbot has helped to restore the sight of a 17-year-old boy during a mercy mission to a remote village in PNG.


Polye Leading Recount

Opposition leader, Don Polye, appears to be leading in a recount in his Kandep constituency. The recount of ballot boxes from the 2012 election in the Kandep district was ordered by the Supreme Court after a stalled trial and a series of appeals by the runner-up, Alfred Manase.


U18 Basketball National Championships

Both Port Moresby Basketball's Team one, and Daru, have qualified for the semi-finals of the U18 National Championships.


Creepy Critter Week

Port Moresby Nature Park will be once again be hosting its popular school excursion program 'Creepy Critter Week' from Tuesday 25 to Friday 28 October for junior grades 1-4. Creepy Critters Week was launched last year with over 1,000 students from 7 schools attending the program.


PNG Internet Prices

The National Research Institute (NRI) in partnership with Deloitte Touch Tohmatsu have released a report on the high internet costs in PNG. According to the report, there are multiple factors that contribute to high internet costs in PNG.


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NCD Land Board

National Capital District (NCD) Governor Powes Parkop says the NCDC does not have a Land Board in place which has resulted in the sale and allocation of certain portions of land in NCD without proper consultations from the National Capital District Commission.


West Sepik Electricity

The Governor of West Sepik, or Sandaun Province is calling for the national government to help connect Vanimo's electricity grid with neighbouring Indonesia. Indonesia has linked up power from the capital of Papua province, Jayapura, to Wutung at the border with PNG.


Miss Hiri Hanenamo 2016

A grade 11 student from Marianville Secondary School has won the 2016 Miss Hiri Hanenamo quest. Marianville student Olive Tau who hails from Hanuabada and Gabagaba, was recently crowned Miss Hiri Hanenamo by Minister for Health Michael Malabag.


Airline Online Check-in

Air Niugini passengers on both domestic and international flights have been encouraged to make use of the airline's online check-in system in order to avoid long queues and time spent at the check-in counters at the airport.

Air Niugini is currently running a promotion for online check-in passengers to go into a draw for a chance to win 2 return tickets to Pohnpei, Federated States of Micronesia.


FIFA Under 20 Womens World Cup

Work at the grounds for the Womens World Cup (Bava Park and the PNG Football Stadium) is progressing well towards the October deadline set for the FIFA Under 20 Womens World Cup.


PNG Rainforests

PNG's rainforests are being torn down at an alarming rate, and the people whose lives depend on them are facing intimidation and abuse when they try to speak out, says Global Witness. Since 2011 Rimbunan Hijau has exported timber worth around US$ 70,000,000 from a small community in the Pomio area - enough to fill the Empire State Building


Phones Against Corruption

The "Phones Against Corruption" PNG initiative has received a global GovInsider Innovation Awards as the "best citizen engagement" project. The project was recognized as one of the most innovative public sector practices from across Asia.


Lae Hospital Construction

Australian builders are being asked by the Australian Turnbull government to take a carefully designed masterplan for a new AU$400 million hospital in PNG's second largest city, Lae, and do their best with a budget of only AU$170 million.


2017 Public Holidays

New Year's Day Sunday 1 January 2017
In lieu of New Year's Day falling on a Sunday, Monday 2 January 2017 will be a public holiday.

Good Friday, Friday 13 April 2017
Easter Saturday, Saturday 14 April 2017 Easter Sunday, Sunday 15 April 2017
Easter Monday, Monday 16 April 2017

Queen's Birthday, Monday 12 June 2017

National Remembrance Day, 23 July 2017
In-lieu of Remembrance Day falling on Sunday, Monday 24 July 2017 will be a public holiday.

The National Repentance Day, Saturday 26 August 2017

Independence Day, Saturday 16 September 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017

Kumuls Change Plans

PNG plans to tweak its preparation for the Rugby League World Cup as a result of the proposed changes to international eligibility rules. The PNG Prime Minister's 13, made up primarily of players from the Digicel Cup domestic competition, were thrashed 58-0 by a shadow Australian side in Port Moresby last month.


Why not broadcast the Prime Minister's XIII in Australia? --

Ela Beach Development

A multi-million Kina grand plan has been unveiled by the National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, for the redevelopment of Port Moresby's popular recreational area, Ela Beach. China Harbour has been awarded a K45.23 million contract to reconstruct Ela Beach Road as a four-lane road and build 300 car parks.


Parties Must Promote Women

Dame Carol Kidu says political parties now to boost the number of women in parliament. Dame Carol said PNG could not be called a representative democracy while half of its population only had a 2.7 percent stake in parliament.


Refugee Help Requested

PNG calling on the international community to help it resettle the hundreds of refugees at the Manus Island detention centre.


PNG minister says 'refugee transit centre' on Manus Island will remain open --

War-time Tourism

Adventure Kokoda owner, Charlie Lynn, says Wartime tourism has the potential for the country's financial growth in the tourism sector. This is because the country is the custodian of war time history sacred to the heritage of Japan, Australia and United States of America.


PNG Relaxes Ban for Aussie Tourists

The National Government will be following up on discussions with Australia and New Zealand next month for visa-on-arrival to be granted to PNG citizens. Foreign Affairs Minister, Rimbink Pato, said this when announcing the removal of the ban on visa-on-arrival for Australian passport holders.


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.

Port Moresby Craft Markets - Laguna Hotel - 1st Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), PNG Arts - 2nd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Holiday Inn - 3rd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Ela Beach - 4th Saturday of the month (6 am to 12 pm)

Morobe Show, Lae - 15 to 16 October

2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament 13 November - 3 December, 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

Good Friday - 14 Apr 2017
Easter Sunday - 16 Apr 2017
Easter Monday - 17 Apr 2017

Queen's Birthday - 12 Jun 2017

National Remembrance Day - 23 Jul 2017

Independence Day - 16 Sep 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017

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

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