PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16th May 2010

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
akis ax, axe
tamiok tomahawk / axe
diwai tree / wood (timber)
diwai kros cross
han bilong diwai branch of tree
het bilong diwai crown of tree
lip / lip bilong diwai leaf
pikinini bilong diwai / prut fruit
rop / rop bilong diwai vine
katim diwai i pundaun fell a tree
katim gras cut grass
katim i pundaun / pundaunim cut down
katim long akis/tamiok chop
katim marit annul a marriage
katim tok interrupt

Webster's Online Dictionary
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PNG in the News

Chan team calls on Somare to resign --

Bill for women in Parliament --

PNG and Indonesia Border Visited --

Pope's oval in tatters --

PNG Health Minister believes cholera in Port Moresby contained --

WHO says unclear if cholera in PNG capital under control --

Cholera scare grips hotels --

Ela Beach declared no-go zone --

Kapris tape leaked as 'part of politics' --

Man power moves bogged plane --

PNG locals in Kokopo given a financial opportunity --

Emergency flight diver recovering -- -- and --


Blogs about PNG

Message In a Bottle Project - Kavieng --

Western Highlands Province: "Bad marriage made me murder my four children" --

Little Green Palai: A Tale of Two Protests --

New computer lab for University of Goroka --

The Papua New Guinea Time Traveller's Log --

Back in Ukarumpa and Introducing Melissa --

Magical lure of the Highlands --

Wake Up PNG --

Complicated PNG --

Misc PNG Links

Pacific Outlook, April 2010 --

PNG White Pages --

PNG Yellow Pages --

Telikom PNG --

BBC PNG Profile --

PNG Travel Guide --

Asian Development Bank and PNG Fact Sheet --

Roz Savage, Ocean Rower -- - see where Roz is --

PNG Health Contacts --


Lae Game Fishing Association --

Game Fishing Association of PNG --

PNG Images

Trobriands --

Goroka Street Preacher --

Half face close up --

Catalogue of PNG images at Flickr --

Goroka --

Ben's Travelling Site Goroka Show --

Ben's Travelling Site Mt. Hagen --

Take Great Pictures --

Papouasie --

PNG Rivers --

TV Advert for soap --

Kokopo market photos --

Launch of the MV Siddy --

News Items

Airlines PNG

Airlines PNG has announced that it is wet leasing a Lockheed L100 Hercules to provide outsize cargo lift for the PNG liquefied natural gas project.

Full story --

Media Barred From Trial

The media has again been barred from attending the trial at the Port Moresby courthouse against William Nanua Kapris. The media ban, according to court house security, was ordered by National Court judge Justice Panuel Mogish. Police personnel and the public were also barred when the court convened at 9.30am.

full news report from The National --

see also --

Commerce and Industry Minister, Gabriel Kapris, says the real name of the criminal in spelt KAPIS and not the same as his name.

Court registrar denies barring media --


How many people are affected by malaria each year? Approximately 300 million people worldwide are affected by malaria and between 1 and 1.5 million people die from it every year.

There have been recent cases reported in Australia of blood donors returning to Australia from PNG after walking the Kokoda Track and many weeks later coming down with malaria. The tests carried out by the blood bank at the time of donation failed to show up the malaria. Fortunately the fresh blood components from the donors were recalled before transfusion. Current malarial screening tests performed at the time of donation fail to identify the problem.

Police ID Cards

Members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary will receive a new identification card. All members of the force will be required to carry the ID card at all times whether in plain clothes or uniform while on duty. The public have the right to refuse them entry or to allow them into their premises if the police do not produce the new ID cards.

Operation Open Heart

the annual operation open heart programme (OOH) has been launched in Port Moresby. OOH has enabled Papua New Guineans with heart problems a chance at surgery to fix the problem. Since 1993 over 600 patients have been treated. Patients are currently being screened at the Port Moresby General Hospital. Operation Open Heart covers open and closed heart surgery. So far a total of K735,000 has been pledged by business houses and government bodies.

see --


a ground-breaking ceremony has been held at Kupiano in Deputy Prime Minister Sir Dr. Puka Temu's Abau electorate for a PGK6 million [US$2 million] district treasury office. The two-story building will be built by the Finance Department under it's District treasuries rollout program which will see the construction of modern treasury offices, staff houses, banking and postal services in all 86 districts in the provinces.

Full Story --


Young tennis players from PNG are taking part in the International Tennis Federation West Pacific Qualifiers currently being held in Fiji. In the U14 category Pool B second seed Papua New Guinea's Matthew Stubbings defeated top seed CJ Begg. Eddie Mera and Marcia Tere-Apisah are also taking part from PNG.

Westpac PNG

The Westpac bank previously known as the Bank of New South Wales has celebrated 100 years in the country.

See story from the Post Courier --

Air Niugini

The National Airline has been allocated K30 million out of the Government's 2010 budget. State Enterprises Minister Arthur Somare said the amount went to the purchase of a new aircraft under a new re-fleeting exercise for the national flag carrier. Mr Somare said with government assistance the fleet had grown to 15 including six F100s, three Dash 8-300s (50 seats), three Dash 8-200s and two Dash 8-100s. He said two new Dash 8Q400 aircraft will arrive in July and September to take the domestic fleet to 17 -- a 78 per cent increase in the fleet size in four years and a spending of $US154 million adding value to the airline.

PNG Association of Australia

Mr Dennis Doyle has been elected President of the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia following the retirement of Mr Riley Warren AM. With a global membership of 1600 the Papua New Guinea Association of Australia (PNGAA) is a dynamic association for people with an interest in contemporary and historical events in Papua New Guinea.

The PNGAA works to strengthen Australia's close relationship with Papua New Guinea.

Mr Doyle, who has close family connections with Papua New Guinea, has an extensive background in senior management, international relations, IT and business development.

He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. --

Aussie Surgeons Help ENB

A group of surgeons from Australia are at St Mary's Vunapope Hospital, in East New Britain, to treat patients who have abnormalities like club feet, deformed feet and fractured bones.

full story from the Post Courier --

Moresby Buses

The new 70-seat buses for workers in Port Moresby will begin a one-month trial free-service from 6:30am to 9:30am and 2:30pm-7pm. Governor Powes Parkop says he is putting the buses on the road to make commuting safer, hygiene friendlier and more accessible in the city, especially for women and children.

full Post Courier article --

Australian Rugby League

Will the Manly Sea Eagles play another team from the Aussie National Rugby League competition in Port Moresby? It is believed Manly could earn upwards of AU$300,000 to shift one of two home games the club is permitted to play away from Brookvale Oval in the Australian state of New South Wales. Sea Eagles boss, Graham Lowe, recently visited Port Moresby to open discussions with PNG.

Family Centres Close

Two family support centres in the Eastern Highland province have been shut down due to lack financial support. The centres are located at the Goroka Base General Hospital and the Kainantu Rural Hospital. United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA) country representative Asger Ryhls hoped the government would provide financial support in the 2011 budget.

Ramu Mine Impact

An unpublished report from the Scottish Association of Marine Science says that the submarine tailings disposal by the Ramu nickel mine could have widespread environmental impact. The report has been allegedly commissioned by the PNG Government.

full story from Ramu Nickel Mine Watch --

Sogeri Lodge

Sogeri lodge is owned and operated by the former CEO of the Kokoda Track Authority, Warren Bartlett. Sogeri Lodge was opened on the 1st March 2009. It comprises of comfortable budget accommodation near the start of the Kokoda Track if trekking from Owers' Corner.

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Coming Events

World liquefied natural gas (LNG) summit - Mid 2010

Chimbu Plant Show - 4th of June

Morobe Yam Festival - 5th of June

PNG Census - 11th to the 17th of July

National Mask Festival, Rabaul - 14th - 18th of July

Malagan Show - 14th - 27th of July

Remembrance Day - 23rd July

Mt Hagen Show -- 13th - 15th of August

2010 Medical Symposium 29th of August to the 3rd of September. (Wewak)

Independence Day - 16th September

Goroka Show -- 17th - 19th of September

Morobe Agricultural Show - 19th - 23rd October

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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