PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 May 2014

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O'Neill Applauds AusAID Abolition

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says he agrees with the Australian Government's decision to abolish Australia's aid agency, AusAID. Mr O'Neill said the decision to cut AusAID is one of the most important changes to take place in PNG's increasingly strong relationship with Australia.


Midwifery Target

The president of PNG's Midwifery Society says she is not optimistic that Australian Government aid will provide 500 new midwives by next year. The Australian Government has been offering up to 500 scholarships to study midwifery in PNG since 2011, but the Pacific Adventist University Midwifery School in Port Moresby takes only 20 per year.


Lae Students Charged

14 students have been arrested and charged for fighting in Lae as part of a crackdown on public violence.


Hit and Run Accident

An Australian woman hit a young girl in Port Moresby recently but kept on driving to the bank's offices before reporting the incident. "Clearly this was a terrible situation and our staff member's wife reacted in exactly the way she was taught by PNG security experts," the bank said. The driver said "I'm saddened that I lived in a country that I loved where it was too dangerous to stop".


THE Party Members Resign

Three cabinet ministers and another member of parliament have resigned from the Triumph Heritage Empowerment, (THE) Party. Registrar of Political Parties and Candidates says the four members of Triumph Heritage Empowerment Party who wish to defect are still technically in that party.


No White Flag

There will be no white flag waved by PNG when they face unpredictable Solomon Islands in the OFC match. Wynton Rufer - Oceania Player of the Century - who takes charge of the young PNG side, is aware that the Solomon's outfit is a tough opponents but he is far from ready to concede defeat.


Koniel in top form for PNG -- -- PNG defeated Solomon Islands 2-0 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Bishops Urge Govt to Protect Life

The text of the letter, sent to Fides Agency by the Communications offices of the Episcopal Conference, recalls the good relations and the fruitful partnership between Church and state in the field of social services, health and education. Remaining faithful to the most important ministry, which is the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus Christ, the Bishops bring to the attention of the community crucial issues "for the spiritual and material welfare of society".



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First Refugees Recognised

11 asylum seekers have had their refugee claims recognised while 15 have been refused at the Manus detention centre. Those found to be refugees were from Iran, Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.


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Popondetta Hospital

In the Australian press recently, journalist Mike Steketee wrote an interesting article about PNG entitled "In Popondetta, life and death are dealt with in a tin shed". Popondetta Hospital's present day struggles are nothing new. Read more by clicking on the link below.


Archaeologist Receives PNG Honour

New Zealand Professor, Glenn Summerhayes, has had his contributions to the archaeology of PNG formally recognised by the Government. Professor Summerhayes has been officially made an Officer of the Order of Logohu. The Logohu is the bird of paradise, the official national symbol of PNG since its independence.

Professor Summerhayes has worked on PNG archaeology for 30 years, looking at evidence of early human inhabitancy. His work pushed the date of early humanity in PNG back to 50,000 years ago, rather than the previously accepted dates of 30,000 to 35,000 years ago.


Burning Rabaul 1944

General George Kenney's vow to burn down Rabaul began with the positioning of three dozen B-17s from Mareeba to Port Moresby on October 8. The planned mission called for total efforts by both the 19th and 43rd Bomb Groups, which would coordinate their attack to follow a preliminary raid by RAAF Catalinas. Thirty-six Fortresses were scheduled to participate, making it the largest Allied bombing effort yet attempted in the Pacific. A follow-up attack was also planned for the night after. Read more by clicking on the link below.


New Deputy PM?

The leader of The New People's Progress Party, Ben Micah, is tipped to become the country's new Deputy Prime Minister as part of a major cabinet reshuffle expected to take place soon. The other contenders are Treasury Minister Patrick Pruaitch and Fisheries Minister Mao Zeming.


Extra Guards Sought

Weeks before violence erupted at the Manus Island Detention Centre, security firm G4S made urgent attempts to secure extra guards. The request was ignored / rejected by the Australian immigration department. One asylum seeker was killed in a riot shortly after the request.


POM Container Wharf

A new state-of-the-art container examination facility in Port Moresby will help the PNG Customs Services process cargo.


Abortion Pressure From Outside

Christian leaders - clearly respected in PNG - have issued a warning of "outside" forces seeking to push abortion in the country.


AE1 Search

Australia's first submarine, AE1, disappeared off the coast of the Duke of York Islands on the 14th of September, 1914. The submarine was last seen by the destroyer HMAS Parramatta at 3.20 pm on the 14th east of Duke of York Island when she was supposed to head for the base at Rabaul. Experts believe the boat may have struck a reef near Mioko Island and sunk with all hands. Earlier this month Prince William unveiled a memorial to the AE1 and AE2 at the British Submarine Museum. Australia's most enduring military mystery - the disappearance of AE1 at the start of World War 1 - could be solved in September when a five-day search will be undertaken by a navy mine hunter.


Oil Palm Giant Loses Case

The National Court has declared two leases held by Malaysia-based Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad null and void, and ordered the government to cancel the licenses to convert nearly 40,000 hectares of rainforest and community forest for oil palm plantations.


Tere-Apisah Advances Tennis Semi-finals

Tere-Apisah, a senior from PNG, has advanced to the semi-finals of the NCAA singles championship with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 win over Beatrice Capra in Athens. Tere-Apisah, a two-time All-American, has advanced farther in the championship that any individual in any NCAA tournament in Georgia State's school history.


Regency Mines

Regency Mines has applied for a nickel and gold licence in PNG, in the light of the upsurge in nickel prices following the Indonesian ban.


Oil Search

Oil Search's share price has increased by nearly 80% in the past five years, making it one of the best performers in the Australian stock market, an official said.


Police Torch Houses

60 families in Port Moresby have been left homeless after police allegedly torched their properties.



An 18-strong PNG team has lined-up on the starting blocks at the Oceania Swimming Championships in Auckland, as the country ramps up preparations for next year's Pacific Games. The squad is a mix of local swimmers from Moresby and Lae, while the other half is based in Brisbane.


Coming Events

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5th Melanesian Festival of Arts, July 2014

Rabaul Mask Festival, 16 - 21 July 2014

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2014

Wewak Crocodile Festival, 5 - 7 August 2014

National Day of Repentance, 26 August 2014

PNG Medical Symposium, September 2014 - to be held in Goroka

Dedication of Plaque Commemorating Battle of Bita Paka, 6 September 2014 --

Goroka Show, 13 - 14 September 2014

Independence Day, 16 September 2014

Linguistic Society Conference Divine Word Uni 17 - 19 September

PNGAA Symposium, 17 - 18 September 2014 --

Morobe Show, 11 - 12 October 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 - 25 December 2014

Boxing Day - 26 December 2014

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

Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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