PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Jul 2014

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News Items

Social Media Warning

The Minister of Communications and Information Technology has issued a public warning about a threat of radicalism on social media. The newspaper, The National, reports Jim Miringtoro as warning people to be aware of scams, lies and other misleading information appearing on some social media sites.

New HIV Cases

PNG has recorded 2,172 new HIV cases. There are currently 31,945 people living with HIV in the country.


Turtle Rescue Program

Lissenung Island Resort has been actively relocating turtle eggs from Ral Island near the resort, which is a turtle magnet when it comes to laying eggs. Unfortunately, the locals know that too, so they head over there to collect the eggs and eat them.


BSP Helps Paralympic Committee

BSP has handed over a cheque for K100,000 plus merchandise towards athlete preparations and participation in various international para-sport events in 2014. Part of the funding has been spent on supporting a training camp ahead of the team's participation in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.


Geothermal Policy

In a recent news piece, New Zealand has agreed to assist and provide help in geothermal policy matters to the government of PNG.

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Air Niugini

Air Niugini has opened a sales office in Honiara, Solomon Islands.


Financial Inclusion Expo

The Financial Inclusion Exposition has been held from the 16th - 20th July 2014 in Kokopo, East New Britain province.


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Life-saving Vaccines

UNICEF ambassador Keeley Hawes and Flying Scot Jane McCormick went to PNG to see how UNICEF is helping children get vaccinated. They met two-year-old Jacintha, who lives with her family in a remote village in PNG.

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Commonwealth Games Swimming

Ryan Pini, who won gold in the 100 metre butterfly at the 2006 Melbourne Games and a silver medal in the same event in Delhi four years later, is confident his compatriots are ready for the spotlight at the 20th Commonwealth Games currently underway in Scotland.


Clinton to Visit Goroka

Former U.S President Bill Clinton was supposed to have visited Goroka to view an HIV lab and treatment centre as well as meet with expecting parents but reports say he skipped the visit.

Clinton, who last visited PNG in 2006, was on a tour of India, Vietnam, Indonesia, PNG and Australia to visit the work of the Clinton Foundation and give a speech at the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.


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Manus Probe

A spokesperson for the Salvation Army in Australia says it has still not been approached by the PNG police months after the riot at Australia's Manus Island Detention centre which led to the death of an Asylum seeker.


ANZ Wins Award

ANZ has welcomed the announcement that it won the global award for Best Digital Channels Strategy under the prestigious 2014 Retail Banker International Awards.


Remembrance Day

As PNG marked its Remembrance Day on the 23rd of July, in Australia the service of thousands of Papua New Guineans in the Australian military will go unnoticed. At Remembrance Park in Port Moresby, services will take place in front of a statue immortalising Raphael Oimbari, the "fuzzy wuzzy angel" of George Silk's 1942 photograph, whose bronze likeness leads a wounded Australian soldier to safety.

PNG's Remembrance Day serves, therefore, as a reminder that Australian soldiers have hailed not just from Sydney and Melbourne, but also from Port Moresby and Rabaul.


Kokoda Trek for Oxfam

Rebecca Farrell in Australia is calling for sponsorship to complete the Kokoda Trail for Oxfam Australia. She is aiming to raise AU$25,000 between now and when she leaves for PNG in April 2015. Email for details.


Southern Highlands Floods

The Disaster Coordinator in the Southern Highlands province says more money is needed in order to help up to 40 thousand people affected by recent heavy floods. Martin Pat says villages have been swept away by landslides, food gardens lost, and houses and roads washed away by the floods that have killed at least four people.


HIV/AIDS Faith Healing

Some revivalist churches in PNG are promoting prayer as a substitute for medication to those with HIV, according to human rights groups. PNG is a deeply Christian society, and most mainstream churches are trying to improve attitudes to those living with HIV.


Petrol Colour

According to InterOil the colour of petrol will change from the current colour to red commencing next month. The company said: "The main reason is adoption of common colour that is widely used around the world. The colour coding product is primary for easy identification and safety reasons."


Ngaiire Spreads her Wings

Soul singer Ngaiire's (pronounced nyrie) latest single is a contemporary take on the '80s synth pop hit Broken Wings by Mr Mister. Collaborating with composer and producer Nick Wales, the song is lifted from a new Australian feature film called Around The Block. Ngaiire lived in PNG until she was 16.



Solar Energy

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Arizona State University have partnered to train local trainers and technicians to install, operate, and maintain clean energy systems in the Pacific Islands. The program, called Vocational Training and Education for Clean Energy or VOCTEC, has established a partnership with the PNG University of Technology (Unitech) in Lae to deliver solar energy training.


Grace Period Law

The combined applications by Opposition Leader Belden Namah and former Chief Ombudsman Chief Ila Geno challenging the constitutionality of the amendment made by Parliament on motions of no confidence is fixed for hearing on the 27th of August. Namah's application challenges the constitutional validity of the amendments.


Youth Heart Disease

Sir Buri Kidu Heart Institute reports more young people are being diagnosed with heart problems. It comes after a 26-year-old patient suffered a heart attack.


Weightlifter Trainers

PNG Weightlifter Fred Oala has had to borrow a pair of trainers to compete in the Commonwealth Games. The 17-year-old's pair of hand-me-downs held together by yellow tape finally fell apart just days before his event, the men's 56-kilo competition.


Free Health Policy

A major study of health centres has raised concerns about the future effectiveness of the PNG government's free health care policy.


Chinese Medical Ship

China has announced that its navy will send a fully-equipped medical ship to PNG in September as part of a 500 million US dollar programme to enhance bilateral relationships.


Bed Donation

Hydraulic and manual beds replaced at the John Hunter Hospital in Australia will be donated to PNG. The old beds are being packed into containers and are expected to be shipped to the Alotau District Hospital and clinics in Milne Bay in September. The second-hand beds are still in much better condition than many PNG hospital beds.


Coming Events

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De la Salle Cultural Show - Saturday 26 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 2014

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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