PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26th Aug 2010

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
belisi calm / peaceful
bung maket market
bung wantaim unite
bungim painim meet
bungim wantaim pack
daun / tamblo / tambolo down
dua door
dua i go ausait exit
fran front
gaden garden
hap san i kamap / or es east
haus marasin pharmacy
haus marit married quarters
haus moni bank
insait inside
long bek backwards
nem name

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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PNG in the News

Qantas PNG flights hurting local carrier --

PNG's second biggest mine considers a deep sea tailings system --

PNG group says Australia aid doesn't trickle down to the Papuan provinces --

Opposition predicts no liquefied natural gas (LNG) project for PNG --

Noise could sound the death knell of ocean fish --

Millions 'lost' in cross border trade in PNG --

Revelations that six children burnt to death --

Matane re-election case adjourned --

Bicycles for Kerema cops --

PNG Blogs

IT's Not a Job: Catching Up - Ukarumpa --

Another day in paradise --

Papua New Guinea Blogs --

New Dawn on Bougainville --

WHP - Somare cancels Mt Hagen trip again --

PNG Tourism News --

Christy's Musings: Getting ready for the village --

Melbourne to Port Moresby --

Madang Info Line: Ramu workers go on strike --

Kisap PNG - OLPCs in the Classroom --

Mining Minister wants government to control the NGOs --

Becky's PNG experiences: Hagen Cultural Show 2010 --

Price rise hits families --

Finding Joy in PNG --

Port Moresby - Cost of Living --

Misc PNG Links

Ukarumpa --

Adventure Traveller Mecca with Butler and Health Club --

PNG University of Technology --

The Office of Higher Education has a web site located at --

Explore PNG --

Papua New Guinea - a recap. Travel Insights 100 by Beth Whitman --

A school unlike the others - Highlands Christian Grammar in Mt Hagen --

If a Country Sinks Beneath the Sea, Is It Still a Country? --

PNG Images

Hiri Moale Festival --

Alotau - Milne bay --

Rabaul: Jewel of the Pacific --

Final frontier --

If you seek a true cultural explosion of colour and sound then take the opportunity to go to one of the regular festivals such as the Goroka or the Mt Hagen shows --

A sign at Jackson's Airport --

Air Niugini F100 into Brisbane --

Travelling from the Siassi Islands to Tami Island through the Vitiaz Straight, Morobe Province --

Goroka - Greeting From Papua New Guinea --

Village Life --

Port Moresby to Isurava via Kokoda -- -- See the pictures from walking the Kokoda track.

Madang Protest 2010 --

Wigwoman --

Kawai's Gallery --

News Items

Convention Centre

The Chinese government has signed a design contract to build an international art convention facility adjacent to Parliament House at Waigani in the National Capital District. Contract documents have recently been signed with the Department of National Planning and Monitoring.

Keravat Jail Escape

Several prisoners have escaped from the jail at Keravat after cutting through two iron bars in their cell. The escape, by three convicted murders, has baffled the authorities who are still trying to find out what was used to cut the iron bars. They escaped in the early hours and then cut the wire fencing and took off even though four guards were on duty that time.

PNG Taro for NZ

PNG taro may soon be on sale at the giant Auckland food market in New Zealand. Trials are currently underway by Bris Kanda Incorporated in the Markham Valley of Morobe province. Auckland market is where Pacific island countries like Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and others export tonnes of garden produce from taro to yams, bananas, coconuts, sweet potatoes or kaukau and vegetables of all kinds to the huge demand of the thousands of Pacific islanders who live in that city and other parts of New Zealand.

Gold Miners Merge

Australia's two biggest gold miners, Newcrest Mining Ltd. and Lihir Gold Ltd have merged. Lihir shareholders recently approved the deal, valued at more than 10 billion Australian dollars (8.9 billion US dollars), at a vote in Port Moresby. The merger makes them the world's fifth largest gold producer, with mines in PNG, Indonesia, Australia and Africa.

Babies for Sale

Single mothers in East New Britain are selling new born babies at the Kokopo market for money to meet their daily needs. According to the mayor of Kokopo, Albert Buanga, the transaction had been between K100 and K150 per baby.

Full story --

Tension Surround Chinese in Ramu

The PNG Govt has stood down two lawyers from the Ramu mine injunction case for refusing to follow orders from the Chinese mine owners. The lawyers had been representing the Department of Conservation.


Malaria Research

Luminex Corporation has donated the first commercial unit of its newly launched MAGPIX Multiplexing System to PNG. The instrument will be used onsite in the country to progress malaria research at the PNG Institute of Medical Research. Malaria is a leading cause of death in PNG and is a significant public health challenge.

Luminex created the MAGPIX system with facilities such as the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research in mind. The instrument is compact - comparable in size to a desktop computer - and weighs less than 18 kg. It is easy to install out of the box and can be deployed anywhere in the world.

See --

Mt Hagen Show

The recently held Mt Hagen Cultural Show saw colourful tribes getting together and competing against each other to be the best of the best in the cultural groups. Many tourists came from around the world to see the annual festival.

Morobe Violence

Police are finding it difficult to contain recent fighting in Morobe province due to reduced numbers. Morobe police commander Chief Superintendent Peter Guinness has confirmed that fresh fighting had flared in Bulolo, Tewae-Siassi and 4-Mile in Lae over the recent weekend.

See --

Also - 1 dead in Bulolo unrest --

In addition - 400 in Bulolo resign in fear --

UNAIDS boss visits PNG

Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibe, is visiting PNG for two days. It is hoped that Mr Sidibe's visit will help PNG to renew its commitment towards HIV, particularly at the highest level.

Full story --

The Department of Health and National AIDS Council Secretariat estimated that HIV/AIDS prevalence in the country is 0.92 per cent with an upward trend. The latest estimate is based on an analysis conducted in 2009 using most recent data across the country.

Proposed Airline Merger

Transport and Works Minister Don Polye has proposed the merger of the National Airline - Air Niugini, with Airlines PNG. Airlines PNG said a merger with Air Niugini was a possibility, but it rejected suggestions by government sources that its financial situation was precarious.

Any such merger would have a detrimental impact on Air Niugini's safety record, force it to pay higher insurance premiums and severely threaten its recent record of good profits. Air Niugini chief executive officer, Wasantha Kumarasiri, said a merger was not under consideration. Kumarasiri later said the merger proposal was the prerogative of the government as the shareholder to deal with it, and he did not want to comment.

Full story -- -- and also see --

Arthur Somare opposes proposed merger --

Airlines PNG acquires new aircraft --

Judge's Jail Visit

Judge David Cannings has visited Beon jail in Madang and inspected it to check claims of human rights abuse and mistreatment by prisoner and bank robber William Kapris.

Full story --

See also - Kapris' trial need more money --

DWU Goes Solar

Divine Word University is investing in solar power. Under the solar project, phase one would include the installation of solar-powered street lights. The street lights at the Madang campus are part of a three-year project that will cover all Divine Word campuses.


School Cult

A "generation cult" activity in schools on the 27th of April, 2007 has seen the senseless and tragic death of a student. Deputy Chief Justice Gibbs Salika said the "generation cult" or paitim bros rubbish had been going on in schools, especially in the national and secondary schools, for many, many years.

Full story --

Medical Journal

The PNG Medical Journal has gained sponsorship from the Australian government's aid programme, AusAID, until December 2012. The agreement extends a partnership commenced in 2007. The Journal is produced twice a year at an estimated cost of K180,000. The PNG Medical Journal has been an important source of information on health issues and discoveries over the years in particular to policy makers and planners. The journal is also available at the Medical Societies website --

Health system revamp to take longer --

Coming Events

The Sydney Morning Herald (SMH) newspaper was to do an article on PNG Music by Bruce Elder on the 20th of August but I could not find it. Not sure if they published it on that date or not so but keep checking the SMH website --

Ela Beach Craft Market - IEA Tafe, Ela Beach - Port Moresby - 28th August

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) --

Air Niugini International Cricket Super Series - 1st to the 5th of September - Port Moresby --

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 35th Annual PNG Independence Day Celebrations in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - 18th of September 2010.

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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