PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16th Aug 2010

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"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
break down / worn out
bai buy
baim buy / rent
baksait / bek back
baksait bilong lek calf of leg
banis fence / ribs / wall
bikpela big
bikpela man adult
bikpela tru enormous
bilum string netbag
bipo before / former / formerly
bipo long taim before
blut blood
blut i kamap bleed
brukim break
buk book
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PNG in the News

Five Aussie security solution and communications technology suppliers firms eye PNG market --

Cholera outbreak continues in PNG --

Robbers dig up PNG grave --

EHP puts money on road links --

Cairns to PNG air price war --

PNG to Cairns air price war --

InterOil May Reduce Stake Sale in Papua New Guinea Oil Reserves --

Govt tells public servants "give the Chinese whatever they want" --

Cue Energy Resources, an oil and gas exploration and production company with a focus on Southeast Asia and Australasia has completed the sale of its interest in PRL8 in Papua New Guinea, or PNG, for $5.14 million in cash to Talisman Energy Niugini. - Full story --

Up-Close: In their footsteps --

Outback PNG relies on Spirit of Paradise and Samaritan Aviation --

PNG Blogs

Western Highlands Province: Somare defers Hagen visit --

PNG Moments with the Myers --

Warakamb; PNG -

Serving an Awesome God... in Lae, PNG --

Keith Jackson's PNG Attitude --

Andrew's UKARUMPA --

Nineteen years and counting in PNG --

Living Water Mission --

Madang Night at Divine Word University --

cloudpng@Port Moresby --

Tartan Tales: Shopping in Ukarumpa --

Misc PNG Links

Islands of Fun - PNG -- -- or --

Travel destinations: Kwaloa Village --

PNG Sustainable Development Program --

Wantok Newspaper --

The Slone Wantok Corpus --

One Thousand One Papua New Guinean Nights --

Corporate Transport --

PNG Holidays --

Errol Flynn Biography --

PM's Web Site --

Driftwood boutique resort, Milne Bay --

Patriots PNG --

PNG Images

PNG - The Perfect Wave - Surf Travel --

On location in PNG --

Kiting near Moresby --

PNG Advantage, Business Promotion --

Kinavai Ceremony at Kokopo Beach - East New Britain --

Madang Spirit of God Christian Crusade --

Aircraft from PNG --

Mt Hagen --

News Items


Over 1200 junior footballers including 17 teams from Brisbane and 24 teams from regional Queensland including a team from PNG will participate in Queensland's premier junior rugby championships on the Sunshine Coast for the State Junior Rugby Union competition for U13 to U17 players held from 20th to the 22nd of September. The PNG under 16 team will be participating in the event. There are 26 PNG players and 4 PNG officials.


Cheshire Home

Staff at the Cheshire Disability Centre in Hohola, National Capital District have received a donation of 15 mobile phones to from mobile phone company bemobile. Bemobile CEO, Stuart Kelly said he was pleased that the donation had helped in a big way especially motivating the centre's management to aim higher in providing proper care and education to children with special needs.

Hiri Moale Festival

The Hiri Moale festival will be staged from the 17th to the 19th of September to coincide with the PNG independence anniversary. The mayor and two young women from Townsville, Australia will lead a delegation aboard a traditional multi-hulled canoe known as a lagatoi. The festival re-enacts part of the Hiri (voyage) that the Motu Koita ancestors made up the Papuan Gulf in traditional times to trade. The Motuan men brought their clay pots and exchanged them for sago in the dry season when food was not plentiful.

Kapris Pleads Guilty

William Kapris has pleaded guilty to conspiracy and robbery of the Madang branch of Bank South Pacific (BSP). He pleaded not guilty to 13 counts of kidnapping, 14 counts of deprivation of liberty, and one count of receiving stolen property. His co-accused in the robbery pleaded not-guilty to all charges. A total of K2,407,315.35 was stolen from the Madang branch of the BSP on the 5th of July, 2008.


Kapris case adjourned --

Correctional Services Head

Correctional Services Minister, Tony Aimo, says it is only an idea to bring in a person from overseas to fill the top Correctional Services post. The Public Employees Association president, Michael Malabag, has expressed concern at the idea.

Full story --

LNG Works Halted

Landowners have stopped work on the multi-billion kina PNG liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Hides, Tari, Southern Highlands.

See --

See also - Work on LNG college halted --

46th Medical Symposium

Colgate-Palmolive has donated K10,000 towards the 46th Medical Symposium to be held in Wewak, East Sepik province from the 29th of August to the 3rd of September. The annual medical symposium is hosted by the Medical Society of PNG, with the aim of improving health care delivery and shaping the future health of the country. The theme for this year is "Lifestyle Diseases and Cancers"

See also --

Lawyer Charged

Lawyer Miglshi Giruakonda, with the office of the Public Prosecutor, has been told to pay the legal costs of two private lawyers out of his "own pocket" for failing to turn up in court recently. Deputy Chief Justice, Gibbs Salika, subsequently charged him with contempt in the face of the court and directed he appear to explain his absence.


Kokoda Crash Report

It has been over a year since an Airlines PNG Twin Otter crashed near Kokoda killing 13 people, including nine Australians who were planning to walk the famous track. The report into the accident, already in an advanced stage, should be available in November.

Kokoda crash pay-outs capped by PNG law --

Families visit crash site --

Patriots PNG

A group called Patriots PNG are trying to change the negative attitude of Papua New Guineans by encouraging people to take more pride in their country and to have a positive outlook on life.

Radio Australia Podcast --

Minister Charged

The newly appointed Culture and Tourism Minister, Guma Wau, has been arrested and detained for an hour before he was released on bail over the attempted murder of a 50 year old man in June before his appointment as Culture and Tourism Minister. Police have confiscated his licensed pistol, allegedly used in the attempted murder. Wau says he will deny the charge when he appears in the Kundiawa District Court later this month.

PNG Poverty

A book by the National Research Institute titled "Urban Poverty in Papua New Guinea" shows that many people from rural areas flock into towns and cities because of the attraction of bright lights or unrealistic expectation of employment. The research shows that the population growth in the city is at an alarming 4.6 per cent compared to the national population growth of 2.2 per cent.

See --

Poverty looms as challenge --

Air Niugini

The National Airline of PNG has appointed World Aviation Systems in Australia as its General Sales Agent (GSA) for Air Niugini passenger services in Western Australia. Wasantha Kumarasiri, the Air Niugini Chief Executive Officer, advised that Air Niugini is keen to expand its presence on the West Coast of Australia and explore the growing interest, both from the leisure and corporate market segments, in the unique and unspoiled beauty that is PNG.

2011 Operation Open Heart

The Royal Papua Yacht Club has donated K105,256 to Operation Open Heart (OOH). K90,000 was raised in donations by business houses and an auction netted about K16,000. OOH co-ordinator Johnston said the funds would assist in buying new equipment and whatever is left would be held for next year. She said with the trend in technology, new equipment would be needed at the refurbished operating theatres 1 and 4 which have ceased operation. She said scholarship schemes will also be looked to boost trainings for the local medical team.

PNG High Commissioner Attacks Aussie Coalition

The PNG high commissioner in Australia has made an attack on the Australian Coalition and endorsed the Gillard Labour government. High commissioner, Charles Lepani, has been reported in the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) as saying relations between PNG and the Coalition had been severely damaged by the former Howard government, and that the opposition had made little effort to repair them since its defeat in 2007.

An election is scheduled in Australia on the 21st of August.

Full story from the SMH --

See also - Vote Greens in PNG --

Australia a good neighbour: Abbott -- -- and --

MV Pacific Link

The MV Pacific Link, a 283 tonne vessel, part of the Youth With A Mission (YWAM) / Marine Reach Ministries, should now be in Gulf to conduct medical work in the province for two months. The MV Pacific Link will be based in Townsville, Australia, and would be travelling between PNG and Australia for some years. It will initially work in Gulf but there are plans to reach out to other provinces as well. The decision to start in Gulf was made after consultation with various people in PNG, including the Health Secretary Dr Clement Malau.


Mt Hagen Show

Mobile phone company, Bemobile, has presented a K10,000 cheque to the Mt Hagen Cultural Show executive. This gives Bemobile sole advertising rights and to have its own round house at the show and a tent for promotional displays.

See --

Pride of PNG Awards

Almost 400 nominations have been received by City Pharmacy Ltd (CPL) Group nationwide for the Pride of PNG Awards for Women this year. There are six medals to be awarded on the 20th of August for the six categories - bravery and courage, care and compassion, formerly disability category, young Papua New Guineans community spirit, education/role model and environment.

Coming Events

Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) newspaper - PNG Music by Bruce Elder - 20th August. Check the SMH website on the 20th --

Pool Party with John Wilshire and ESC - Taurama Leisure centre - 28th August 11:00 - 14:00

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

Sepik River Expedition - September 2010 --

2nd Middle Sepik Festival - Palimbe Village, East Sepik province - 10th - 11th of September

19th Pacific History Conference, Pacific at the crossroads - University of Goroka - 12th to 16th of September

Kokopo District Cultural Show, Kokopo, East New Britain -- 14th - 15th of September

PNG Independence Day - 16th September

Hiri Moale Festival -- -- (usually celebrated at the same time as Independence Day)

Goroka Show -- 17th to the 19th of September --

The Laughing Samoans -- 18th of September at the Crowne Plaza, Port Moresby, PNG

Morobe Agricultural Show - 23rd & 24th October --

National Canoe Festival - Alotau, Milne Bay province - 5th to 7th of November

Air Niugini staff reunion will be held on Sat November the 13th, 2010 at the Rydges Oasis, Caloundra, Queensland, Australia --

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

Arafura Games - 7 - 14th of May 2011 --

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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