PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Jan 2014

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Ialibu University

The Deputy Opposition Leader and Member for Bulolo, Mr Sam Basil has lashed out at the Government on its decision to establish a new university in the Prime Minister’s Ialibu District in Southern Highlands Province, claiming that the country does not need a new university at this point in time.



Power Cuts

Despite higher electricity bills power consumers have been warned to expect more power cuts this year.  PNG Power Limited, the country’s sole electricity supplier, sounded the warning after it imposed a 5.9% increase in tariff on electricity users from the first of January.


Rise in power tariff to hit PNG businesses --

Power rate rise on hold -- -- the postponement of the increase followed a direction from Public Enterprises and State Investment Minister Ben Micah.

Electricity supply in East New Britain has been restored after seven weeks of disruptions following the closure of the Warongoi Hydro Power station last month --


Rugby League

Whitehaven's latest World Cup star Larsen Marabe has received his visa and the countdown to his arrival at the Recre is underway.  The 27-year-old featured in two of Papua New Guinea’s three matches in the end-of-year tournament, and Haven are now looking at flight availability from Port Moresby.


Visa problem may wreck Hull KR signing of PNG pair --

Stanley Gene's boost for PNG --


Manus Island Investment

Local Manus MP, Ronnie Knight, has indicated Manus could be floating on a sea of Dubai investment dollars,



Swamp Ghost

A journalist investigates the controversy over the "Swamp Ghost," a B-17E Flying Fortress World War II bomber.  The Flying Fortress ran out of fuel on an ill-fated bombing mission in early 1942 and was ditched in a Swamp.

The name Swamp Ghost was coined when Australian troops "rediscovered" the plane on manoeuvres 35 years ago.



Smoking Rank

PNG has been ranked as the fifth highest smoking nation out of 187 countries with over 50 percent of the population classed as smokers.  According to American research the highest is East Timor with 61.1 per cent, Indonesia with 57 per cent, Kiribati with 54.4 per cent, and Armenia with 51.7 per cent.



ELK-Antelope Project

The Government will be meeting with InterOil and Total SA to set a time-line in fast tracking the LNG project in Gulf Province.  Minister for Petroleum and Energy William Duma said the ELK-Antelope project has been delayed for more than four years and since InterOil has selected an operator in Total SA, the Government expects the project developed quickly.



5-Mile to Erima

A section of the Hubert Murray Highway from 5-Mile to Erima in Port Moresby remains incomplete after construction began in October 2012.


Complete Lae roads on time --


Betel Nut Ban

Powes Parkop, the National Capital Governor, has received death threats over the ban of betel nut sales in Port Moresby.  Police have tightened security for the Governor and his family following the threats.  Mr Parkop says he won't be deterred from implementing the ban.



Moresby Rains

The first rain of the year has hit Port Moresby and the National Weather Service (NWS) says there is more expected.  Following the rain the temps and humidity have increased.  NWS say this year's wet season will peak towards the end of January into the beginning of February.



Lae City Mission

A former Chaplin of Lae City Mission, Simon Larry is appealing to the Lae Open MP and Youth and Development Minister, Loujaya Kouza, to support his Destiny Encounters Ministry.



Travel Air

Third level Airline Travel Air will serve Oro Province daily flying into Girua (PNP) airport.  Travel Air plans to also introduce services to Buka, Kiunga and Manus this year.



Kapuna Hospital

Nestled in the dense jungle of the Wame River, Kapuna Hospital serves over 30,000 people in Gulf province.  The hospital is trying to raise funds to buy an ultrasound. 



Island for Sale

Want to buy an island in PNG?  The Conflict Islands are for sale.  The third-largest island in the group, Panasesa, which has a 650-metre runway, is only a leisurely four-hour flight from Sydney.  The largest island, Irai, has 7000 metres of beachfront land and capacity for a 3000-metre jet runway.  The islands are able to be owned by non-PNG citizens through company structures and the 21 islands are divided into nine PNG companies.

The Conflict Islands were so named after their 1886 discovery by naval­survey ship "The Conflict".



6th PNG Games

Organisers of the 6th PNG Games have called for urgent funding to host the November event.  A submission has made to the National Government for funds and organisers are hoping that financial assistance comes sooner rather than later so work can begin on the venues as soon as possible.



Warrants Discarded

Controversial arrest warrants issued against Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill, and two senior government ministers have been thrown out by a district court in Port Moresby.  The warrants were deemed invalid because the legislation they were based upon was repealed in 2000, principal magistrate Lawrence Kangwia ruled, according to the Post Courier.  However, he said investigators were free to reapply for new ones and he refused an application to dismiss the entire complaint against the men.



Fiji Aid

PNG high commissioner to Fiji, Peter Eafeare, has been directed by the prime minister to begin negotiations with the Fiji Government to develop a framework and schedule as to how the $F37.7 million (K25 million this year, and K25 million next year) pledged by PM O'Neill will flow through to support the government and people of Fiji before and after the elections.



Noupan - North Bougainville

Noupan villagers in the Peit Constituency of North Bougainville are demanding 70-thousand Kina compensation, for the death of a youth in their area, last year.




National Superannuation Fund (NASFUND) members without bank accounts can no longer expect to be paid in cheques, especially their retirement money.  Members have been advised to open bank accounts to facilitate payment of benefits.



Sweep Team Unconstitutional

Opposition Leader and Vanimo Green MP, Belden Namah has described the Task Force Sweep Team as an illegal and unconstitutional body and is not serving its intended purpose.



Wewak Port

PNG Ports will spend K1.5 million this for improvements at the Port of Wewak to handle the increasing agricultural production from the cocoa and rubber sectors.  Development of the Wewak port is part of the ongoing commitment by PNG Ports to rehabilitate and upgrade infrastructure throughout its port network.



PNG Cricket

PNG specialist cricket coach Paul Strang has issued a warning to other teams in the World Cup cricket qualifying tournament.  "Their cricket skills are outstanding, the flair is huge and I would call them the banana skin team in the sense that we going to trip a few teams up," said Strang.


Teams welcomed with powhiri --

PNG outplay Kenya in 2015 World Cup Qualifier --


Tougher Drug Penalties

A police officer has warned that the laws have changed and those who cultivate, brew, sell and consume marijuana and homebrew will be dealt with severely.



Vale Ken Noga

Former Defence Force commander Brig-Gen (retired) Kenneth Koragita Noga has been laid to rest on the 9th of January.  He passed away peacefully in his sleep on the 4th of January 2014.




Coming Events

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5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014

Remembrance Day - 23rd July 2014

National Day of Repentance - 26th of August 2014

Independence Day - 16th September 2014

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, 7 - 9 November 2014

6th PNG Games - Lae - November 2014

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women - 25 November 2014

Christmas Day - 25th December 2014

Boxing Day - 26th December 2014

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

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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