PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6th Feb 2010

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"Pidgin English"

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ai eye
aiglas spectacles
aipas blind
banis ribs
banis fence
banis wall
bel belly
bel i pas constipated
belhevi regret
belisi calm (person)
bratasusa brothers and sisters
bratasusa siblings
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pas stuck
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PNG in the News

PNG 'shamed' in Solomons --

Seven car thieves shot and wounded by Wau police --

Cholera "going from bad to worse" --

The first case of cholera has been reported in Papua New Guinea's capital Port Moresby --

Ode to Madang --

Greenwashing the palm oil industry --

Goroka Grammar School --

School fees a struggle for parents in WHP --

PNG TPA Garamut Newsletter Issue 01 - January 2010 --

PNG Blogs

A great blog by Rickson Lis --

One step forward and three backwards --

Cow(s) on the loose --

The Brogden's, Missionaries In The Southern Highlands --

PNG road trip - Hagen and surrounds --

Malum Nalu --

East Kerema Rural Local Level Government --

PNG People - West New Britain --

The Ukarumpa Post Office --

Will the Ramu mine be another big rip off? --

The Freys in PNG: Crocodile for dinner --

Misc Links about PNG

Sunday Chronicle PNG Sports --

Battle of Rabaul (1942) --

Scuba Diving the Hidden Wonders of PNG --

You can calculate the distance in kilometres from Goroka to other points of the Earth (if you know the Latitude and Longitude of the location) --

Ex-Kiap Network - unissued 5/- stamp --

Funny travel problems? --

The indictment of Lae: beyond the green zone --

Breaking Bows and Arrows --

The Futuristic Datec Experience --

PNG Images

The Only Harley Davidson in Madang at the Coastwatchers Monument --

B-25 Mitchell attacked Japanese bases at Rabaul --

Tab Island Madang, PNG --

PNG Photos --

Helicopter view of Port Moresby thanks to Datec PNG --

PNG National Soccer League --

A glimpse of PNG. West New Britain Province --

Fokker F27 P2-TFK Kieta 1973 --

Mt Hagen Kagamuga Airport --

Air Niugini Douglas DC3 P2-SBD --

SIL Aviation PNG fleet --

DC3 P2-SBL Pt Moresby --

Mudmen --

Reviews and photos of Papua New Guinea attractions posted by real travellers and locals --

Looking across Napa Napa --

PNG Restaurants --

Random PNG Links

Headhunt Revisited --

Post PNG --

Culture Crossing - PNG --

Skerah Agencies --

Huli Wigmen -- -- and then compare with this one of US President Obama --

PNG Stamps --

Papua New Guinea: The Final Frontier? --

Port Moresby Chamber of Commerce --

PNG Explorer --

TreeHouse EcoResort and Expedition Diving --

Kokopo Beach Bungalow --

Vanimo Village Reef --

Still Waiting - Who will follow? --

News Items

Survivor Reunited

The Solomon Star reports about a lost sailor, a PNG teacher, reunited with his family after being lost at sea for 15 days when his canoe ran out of fuel.

Full news item --

Farewell "Kopex" Town

After an overnight trip to Duke of York Islands, we are back at Kokopo. This was the last day at East New Britain and we strolled around the town.


Boera and Porebada Clash

A fight between people from Boera and Porebada over the ownership of a piece of land in Central province has left four people dead and two critically injured. Developers of the PNG Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) Project have planned to build a liquefaction plant on the land. The plant, storage and loading facilities are estimated to cost US$7 billion to build.

Students attending Redscar High and Porebada Primary School in Central Province from Boera village are badly affected by the fight between Porebada and Boera villages. Although the academic year has begun many students are in hiding with their parents after they deserted their village when the fight broke out.

PNG police probe killings near Port Moresby --

Interplast Surgery

Two plastic surgeons and associated staff from Interplast in Australia have performed two operations at Mt Hagen General Hospital, Western Highlands province. A local trainee plastic surgeon, Dr Morath Maire, assisted with the operation. The team has conducted 66 programmes in PNG since 1985 and as a result 3,663 patients have had consultations and 1,915 received surgery.

See --

See also - Deformed hands corrected --

and also --


Several schools in Bogia in the Madang province have been closed over fears of a possible cholera outbreak in the area. The Bogia Holy Spirit High School, Bogia Catholic and Bogia Admin primary schools have been suspended for two weeks and will resume on the 14th of February.

Pruaitch Allegations Investigated

A tribunal has been set up to look into allegations of misconduct in office committed by the Member for Aitape-Lumi Open and Minister for Finance Patrick Pruaitch. Mr Pruaitch was referred to the Public Prosecutor for prosecution by the commission for 10 categories of misconduct allegations on the 22nd of July.

full news item --

Pruaitch welcomes probe --

Highlands Highway Cut Again

The Highlands Highway has been cut off by a landslide in the Nebilyer area of Western Highlands province. It is expected that it will take over a week to clear the landslide and fix the road to allow traffic to pass through again.

see also --

SP Brew

Ian Brooks, from Townsville in Australia, has reported the sighting of SP Lager at his local Dan Murphy's liquor store. Dan Murphy's is owned by Woolworths.

New Zealand Help

The YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association) has received help from the New Zealand High Commission. The High Commission has donated K47,914 as part of the New Zealand government's international aid and development program's assistance for all small project schemes. The money would be used to renovate three training rooms which had been in a poor and run down condition since the 1990s.


Health workers and teacher scheduled to take up postings in remote the Goilala district of Central province are stranded in Port Moresby after Airlines PNG, the third level airline operating flights in the district, halted flights to the area. Airlines PNG commercial manager Colin Whelan said flights to all ports in Goilala had been suspended indefinitely for safety reasons. Airstrips in Goilala do not meet the minimum safety standards set by the airline.

The airline has also suspended all Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) subsidised flights to airstrips along the Kokoda Track.

2010 Population Census

The 2010 National Population and Housing Census will be conducted from the 11th to the 17th of July. Preparatory work is underway by the National Statistical Office.

Rugby League

The PNG bid to become part of the Australian National Rugby League has received a boost of K1.5 million from Coca-Cola Amatil. The massive sponsorship by Coke follows on the heels of a donation of K900,000 worth of travel fares from Airlines PNG for bid officials.

Gulf Province

The Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika has blasted Gulf province leaders, accusing them of deserting their people for the bright lights of Port Moresby.

Full story --

Sepik River Suffers

A prolonged dry spell has dried up all fresh water sources and the mighty Sepik River - used by communities along the banks for cooking, drinking and washing is unsafe.

full news item --

The mighty Sepik --

Hagen Provincial Headquarters

Work on clearing the remnants of the burnt down Kapal Haus in Mt Hagen will commence shortly so that work can start on a new provincial headquarter building. Construction of the building expected to cost K30 million would start this month and it is expected to be completed in 2012. Another project set to start along with the provincial HQ building is the upgrade to the Kagamuga airport terminal, cargo bay and car park.

Clan Killings

Fighting has claimed 16 lives over the past week at villages near both ends of a planned 600km pipeline down which will flow Papua New Guinea's great new economic hope, its $16.5 billion gas project.

full news item from The Australian --

Defence Water Disconnected

Houses at Tokarara belonging to the PNG Defence Force (PNGDF) have had the water supply disconnected. The PNGDF owes approximately K4.6 million in outstanding bills to Eda Ranu.

Full report --

Air Niugini

Air Niugini is adjusting its service to Kuala Lumpur and Singapore starting from the 28th of March 20101.

There will be 1 weekly Port Moresby - Singapore - Kuala Lumpur - Port Moresby and 1 weekly Port Moresby - Singapore - Port Moresby using a Boeing B767

PX392 POM 1445 - 1905 SIN
PX393 SIN 2230 - 0700+1 POM

PX392 POM 1445 - 1905 SIN
PX397 SIN 2230 - 2320 KUL 0020+1 - 0910+1 POM

Coming Events

AFLPNG - PNG Scholarships / Under 18 Trials will be held in Australia. 8 x U18s are hoped to be provided with Country Queensland, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Scholarships. -- February 2010

Women in Mining and Petroleum Conference - 22nd to the 24th March 2010 - to be held at Divine Word University in Madang.

International kickboxing tournament - Kundiawa - 26th - 28th of March. --

25th April 2010 - World Malaria Day. Malaria affects 90 per cent of the PNG population.

World liquefied natural gas (LNG) summit - Mid 2010

PNG Census -- 11th to the 17th of July

16th September - Independence Day

11th Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - 6th to 8th December, 2010 - Hilton Hotel, Sydney --

Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games -- Kokopo, East New Britain

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015

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PNG Media Related Sites

The following sources are used to help find items for this newsletter -

Post Courier Newspaper --

The National Online Newspaper --

PNG Sunday Chronicle --

PNG Business Directory --

PNG Tok Pisin --

EM TV (Television) -- -- and of course some of the articles come from contributions from readers and other web sites such as -

National Broadcasting Corporation --

Wantok Radio --

Tree House Productions --

Chin H Meen --

Hitron (Cable TV) --

Religious Television Association --

PNG Media

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Updated 16 Feb 2010

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