PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26th Sep 2010

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
akis axe
bagarap break down / worn out
bagarapim spoil
banara bow
banaras bows and arrows
birua /tupela i bam/bagarap accident
hama / hamarim hammer
masket / raifol / gan gun
pinis end / finish
rop bilong banara bowstring
spia/supia spear
supia bilong banara arrow
supia I gat huk barbed arrow or spear
supsup fish spear
supsup bilong banara pronged arrow
tamiok tomahawk

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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PNG in the News

The man with the magic hands --

RAMSI's PNG connection --

More Living Dinosaurs Report from PNG --

Tourists challenged to return to Goroka --

US court hears suit over Rio Tinto Bougainville mine --

PNG Blogs

Global Servant Ministries: Arrived in Ukarumpa --

Papua New Guinea Blogs --

Following the Freys: Trip to Lae --

Surprise Visit By Health Minister! --

Wok-abaut blo Grauchy-Dodo --

Malum Nalu: Police explain stop order --

cloudpng@Port Moresby --

Malum Nalu: Kundiawa water crisis 'unsolved' --

Educating Wendy: ROFL --

Misc PNG links

Is this statement from the PNG Politics Forum true? "the Chan family of Namatanai make the Somare's look like angels" --

Nancy Sullivan - Nineteen years and counting in PNG - What are the Scientologists doing inside Madang's Provincial Government HQ? --

Airlines PNG advert --

Air Niugini Advert --

The changing face of tribal warfare in the Highlands --

At the Shanghai World Expo 2010 PNG celebrates pavilion day --

Why can't we just get along in Papua New Guinea? --

What you should know before sailing to PNG --

PNG BizWeb Awards 2010 --

PNG Images

Hiri Moale 2010 --

Pip Goes Melanesian - Goroka Show --

Rabaul Then and Now --

Rabaul Cops --

Divine Word University cultural show --

Port of Lae --

PNG Images --

TF-FII. Boeing 757-208. (24760-281) --

Madang in photos - Penned in PNG --

Skerah on YouTube --

Portrait of a young woman wearing net head cover --

News Items

Sports Minister Attacked

Philemon Embel, the PNG Sports Minister, has suffered a broken ankle and is having to use crutches after being attacked by people in his Poroma, Southern Highlands province electorate. Mr Embel said the injury will prevent him from attending the Commonwealth Games meeting of sports ministers in New Delhi and the Four Nations rugby league tournament in Australia and New Zealand next month. The injury will also prevent Mr Embel from donating a 45-horsepower motor and 19-foot dinghy to Mt Musava, in his electorate consisting of 130,000 people with five local level governments.

Another Member of Parliament, Kerema MP Pitom Bombom, was chased, kicked and punched by up to 300 men and women as he disembarked from his plane in Gulf province. According to the Post Courier and The national newspapers, the assault came from constituents who accused Mr Bombom of lying to and failing them during his years in parliament.

See - Bombom confirms attack --

Export Crops

In 2008 export earnings from tree crops such as oil palm, coffee, cocoa, coconut, tea and rubber passed the K2 billion mark. Oil palm by itself earned K1 billion. An expected worldwide shortage of coffee beans this year should see an increase in coffee earnings.

Port Moresby Morgue

The Port Moresby Morgue is overfull. The Port Moresby General Hospital has requested relatives of the dead to make arrangements to remove the bodies as soon as possible. If relatives do not come forward the hospital will arrange a mass burial to clear the morgue. The fully packed morgue, a container, has bodies placed on top of each other. As there is no room for any more bodies relatives are being told to immediately take the bodies of their loved ones home or to the funeral home. Unfortunately the hospital has to clear space in the morgue while trying to show respect for the deceased.

War Relics Found

Relics from the Second World War have been found by settlers on Independence Day near a disused military airstrip at Saiwara in the Sogeri valley near Port Moresby. The names on the relics, tags and the spoons were believed to be of US senior military officers who were actively fighting to stop the advancement of the Japanese forces from capturing Port Moresby during the war.

Highlands Highway

Problems continue along the Kainantu section of the Highlands Highway. Police are unable to guarantee the safety of the travelling public and transport companies are concerned at the potential financial implication.

BSP Clean Streets

In one of the biggest nationwide cleanup initiatives undertaken by the Bank South Pacific (BSP) over 250,000 school children and people helped to clean their schools and communities recently. The clean-up programme was part of the BSP "go green" initiative, which is part of the "clean up the world" campaign.

See --

Hiri Hanenamo Queen

Out of 19 contestants 22 year old, Kaia Morea Hila, from Hanuabada took out the title of Miss Hiri Hanenamo for 2010 during the Hiri Moale festival. The contestants were judged on various things including traditional dress, cultural symbol for decorations, public interaction, confidence, public speaking and their understating of traditional culture and rituals.

Skerah Photos --

Ok Tedi Mine

After many years the Ok Tedi mine is looking at ways to prevent waste from flowing into the Ok Tedi River so that the life of the mine can be extended for another seven years. Ok Tedi is scheduled to close in 2013 but a feasibility study is being undertaken to push that out to 2022. The feasibility study is due to be finished by November. The company expects to finish consultations with communities and the government by the end of the year.

Ramu Mine Waste Disposal

Plaintiffs disappear in PNG waste dumping case --

PNG landowners abandon Ramu mine waste case --

New plaintiff's relatives threatened --

Mine dumping plaintiff worried for safety --

Reputation under threat in mine waste war --

A mine can now proceed to dump millions of tonnes of waste into the sea at Astrolabe Bay, near Madang after a legal battle to stop it was abandoned. The lifting of the injunction means the majority Chinese-owned mine can proceed with plans to dump 5 million tonnes of tailings a year into a deep-sea trench. -- -- The adding of a fourth plaintiff was denied although the judge said a new action may be brought.

The planned Ramu nickel mine has been plagued by problems and violent protests since PNG Prime Minister Michael Somare personally gave it the go-ahead in 2005.

Circumstances suspicious says judge --

Institute of Medical Research

The US Navy Medical Research Unit is searching for a new base in the Pacific and has shown interest in the PNG Institute of Medical Research in Goroka and the University of PNG's School of Medicine and Health Sciences in Port Moresby.

Army Poorly Funded

The PNG Defence Force infrastructure and assets throughout the country are falling apart. The PNGDF owes over K27 million to creditors with little hope of being able to pay the bill. The National Government has failed over many years to adequately fund the defence force. It has been estimated the PNDF needs K160 million to bail itself out of the present financial situation.

see --

The army records show vehicle hire alone cost K8 million, followed by the National Catering Services (NCS) which is owed K6.5 million, then PNG Power Limited with K3.6 million, then National Capital District Commission K2.8 million, Eda Ranu Limited K2.6 million, PNG Water Board with K1.8 million and Telikom PNG Ltd with almost K300,000 owed.

Pioneer Says PNG in Ruins

Donatus Mola, one of PNG's pioneer politicians from North Bougainville says "PNG em i bagarap pinis". --

Australia Pledges Aid

Australia has committed to contribute almost a quarter of a billion dollars to a global campaign to improve the health of women and children. $85 million will go to PNG and the Pacific. The United Nations estimates the global strategy could save 16 million lives by 2015.

See associated story - New approach to speed up progress on anti-poverty goals unveiled at UN --

Rudd: Maternal death rate not good in PNG --

Lae Unitech Issues

Students from the Sepik have attacked students from Chimbu at the Unitech campus in Lae, Morobe province. The Sepik students had petitioned the Unitech administration after the recent death of a first-year applied physics student and the injury of two others in a fight with students from Chimbu


See - Highlands students want end to year --

Goroka Show

The National Sports Institute oval in the Eastern Highlands Province was packed to capacity for the recent 54th Goroka Show. At the official opening of the show the deputy Prime Minister urged local tourists and the overseas visitors to continue to come to PNG to see displays and unique performances of cultural festivities and traditions.

see --

Rugby League

After the shock resignation of Adrian Lam, as the coach of the PNG Kumuls Rugby League Team, Stanley Gene has stepped in as coach for the coming Four Nations Series. Gene played in the last three World Cups for the Kumuls in 1995, 2000 and 2008. Gene's first task was to select the PNG Prime Minister's XIII to play their Australian counterparts in Port Moresby today. (26th Sep 2010).

see --

see also - Aiton to lead PNG against Aussie PM's XIII --

And --

Cholera Update

The threat of cholera has not gone away. Several villagers from Lea Lea village just outside the National Capital were admitted to the Papa clinic and Port Moresby General Hospital (PMGH). The National newspaper reports over 60 people were admitted to these centres and treated for cholera last weekend. New cases have also been reported at the Brown River and Goldie River areas along the Hiritano Highway.

Mathematics Competition

Marianville Secondary School has been announced as the winner of the 2010 Institute of Business Studies (IBS) Grade 12 Mathematics competition. The girls' school was crowned as the overall best performing school over 10 other participating schools from the National Capital District and Central.

See --

PNG Helps American Samoa

PNG has given assistance to American Samoa for recovery efforts in the U.S. territory following last year's deadly earthquake and tsunami. A cheque for 1 million New Zealand dollars was given to acting Gov. Faoa Sunia last week on behalf of the PNG people and Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare.

The magnitude 8.2 quake and resulting tsunami struck last September killing 34 people in American Samoa.

Coming Events

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

Air Niugini will be celebrating its 37 years of operation on the 1st of November.

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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