PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26th Oct 2010

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banis ribs / fence / wall
bel belly
bikpela big
bilas traditional clan clothing
bilum string bag
han bilong pisin wing
han bilong siot sleeve
han arm / hand
kaukau sweet potato
liklik little
man man
meri woman
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pikinini child
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PNG in the News

PNG demanded apology for upside down flag at the recent Commonwealth Games --

Kingsgate eyes Mt Kare gold project in PNG --

Call for women's rights in Papua New Guinea getting louder than ever --

Wenge locked in office --

Grade 10 results shocking --

Soldier's remains found after MIA 67 years --

PNG government wants Garnaut team out --

Prominent PNG doctor rejects super hospital plan --

Sheedy switches codes for a day --

Landowners oppose mine --

No doctor left at Tari hospital --

Blogs about PNG

Reviving Tekadu's transport and communication services --

Wewak --

Diving around Kavieng and PNG --

Over 100 landowners want to join Ramu mine case --

LNG Watch --

Ben Howard --

ANZ, Westpac, Australia - the world is watching --

Malum Nalu: Fright of a lifetime --

Malum Nalu: Captain Timothy Narara tames the A380 'beast' --

Misc PNG links

PNG Wood Industries --

Conservation International Melanesia --

Tekin Bound --

Christian Outreach Centres --

Papindo Trading --

PNG Politics --

A collegial beginning --

Country diary: PNG -- -- The Guardian

PNG Images

Rabaul --

Cycling for Climate Solutions --

Goroka --

Performers in tribal costume at the Mt Hagen Highland Show --

Pictures of Mount Hagen --

Carrying goods to market in Alotau --

Stock video footage of Port Moresby - sample available --

P2-ANB --

P2-PXT --

Yumi Piksa --

Kavieng witchdoctor - New Ireland --

News Items

Vale Joseph Kingal

Young spiritual leader, Joseph Kingal from the Western Highlands, has died in an accident near the Zumim bridge in the Markham Valley of Morobe province. He was the head of The Word, The Spirit and The Cross evangelistic ministries based at Omili, Lae.

See - A nation mourns --

Also - Plea to God -- -- and --

See also --

Untouched Paradise

If what you are searching for is an unforgettable experience, then head to PNG for an amazing experience. PNG is a land of exploration where you can take pleasure in awe-inspiring sights as you immerse in a truly unique culture that you cannot experience anywhere else in the world. --

Drug Trade

PNG Police say they believe a high-profile drug syndicate involving foreigners is operating in the country. Police are urging the Government to increase the penalty for drug traffickers to more than 10 years. They also believe a syndicate is operating between PNG and Australia. The Post Courier reports police in Yonki in the Eastern Highlands province are confiscating about 200,000 US dollars worth of marijuana every month from travellers using the highway between Lae and Madang.

See --

Mt Hagen Airport Closed

Mt Hagen's Kagamuga airport was recently taken over by disgruntled landowners. They invaded the airport and controlled the gates until police arrived and took charge of the situation. Locals are demanding K1.5 million in compensation from the State after it is alleged police shot a teenager from the Yamka Pepka tribe. The victim, 19-year-old James Paraka, is recovering in the Mt Hagen General Hospital

Non Stop Travellers Visit

Emil Schmid, 68, and Liliana Schmid, 69, from Switzerland, have been travelling for 26 years in their 1982 Toyota FJ60 Landcruiser troop carrier. They recently travelled along the Transgogol and Okuk highways in PNG adding to the distance that they have already clocked up around the world. They have now clocked over 66,000 kms.

See -- -- and associated pages.

Wafi-Golpu Study

Harmony Gold Mining Co. and joint-venture partner Newcrest Mining Ltd. will go ahead with a prefeasibility study at the Wafi-Golpu copper-gold project in PNG and expect it to be completed by early 2012. Initial studies indicate the area could contain 30 million ounces of gold and 8 million metric tons of copper.

PNG Rainforests

A letter in Nature from seven top scientists warns that Papua New Guinea will lose all of its accessible forest in just ten to twenty years.

Full news report --

Police Deployment

Police currently deployed to the task of providing protection to VIP's and MP's are being recalled to do their core policing functions. This action will complements earlier instructions to stop police personnel working as private security guards and aims to further increase police visibility in the community. Police protecting the current and former governors -general, the prime minister and his deputy, the opposition leader, and the chief justice are exempt from the recall.

Salvation Army

Ten years ago there was no Salvation Army presence in the Sepik area of PNG but today the Army's work is growing more quickly there than in any other part of the country. The latest step forward for work in the area - the first Sepik District Congress, held in Wewak - included the enrolment of 17 soldiers.

Full report --

Palm Oil Production Doubles

Global production of sustainable palm oil has doubled so far this year, meaning that buyers have access to more palm oil than ever before that was produced without damaging biodiversity.

Full story --

Deep Sea Mineral Mine

In a highly controversial move PNG has given the go-ahead for a deep sea mineral mine that will extract materials such as copper, zinc and gold. It is feared by scientists and indigenous people that the mine will damage local marine life.

Full report --

Chinese Copper Mine

Marengo Mining Limited says a Chinese firm will secure financing for its flagship project in PNG, which could become one of the world's largest copper mines.

See --

Sr. Regina Castelino

Sr. Regina Castelino belongs to the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate, popularly known as PIME. Currently in India to do spiritual renewal courses and promote vocations since April 2010 she will return to PNG in January 2011.

Read more and see photos from Kiriwina --

Rugby League

The PNG Kumuls played the Australian Kangaroos recently. Here is a comment from one of the sporting commentators. "Remember, these are players who earn upwards of 60 to 70 cents a game playing against millionaires."

See --

The Kumuls were defeated 42 - 0 by the Aussie Kangaroos. There were seven different tryscorers in all with Willie Tonga grabbing a double, prodigal son Lote Tuqiri the only member of the Australia backline not to find the line.

PNG Cricket Enlists Help

PNG Cricket has confirmed the participation of Sri Lankan cricketer, Muttiah Muralitharan, for the annual Twenty20 Legends Bash in December. Muralitharan will be part of a group of eight international cricket personalities who have agreed to help promote Cricket PNG’s annual "Don’t drink and drive" awareness program.

The other stars are PNG national coaching director Andy Bichel, former Australian Test and one-day spinner Brad Hogg, veteran Tasmanian batsman Michael Di Venuto, Test legends Craig McDermott, Greg Ritchie, Chennai Super Kings coach Steve Rixon and English cricketer Adam Hollioake.

See - Cricket's 'Don't drink and drive' promo backed --

Queen's Birthday Awardees

New knights, speaker Jeffery Nape and moderator of United Church in PNG Rev Samson Lowa, were among 112 Papua New Guineans who were recently awarded medals by Governor General Sir Paulias Matane.


Morobe Province IT

Balob Teachers College offers a two year Diploma in Teaching Primary program for both school leavers and non school leavers who wish to pursue their career in teaching at Primary Schools throughout Papua New Guinea. The College provides every opportunity for students to develop their skills in teaching and learning using wide range of resources which includes ICT tools.

See --

Miss South Pacific

The Miss South Pacific pageant has been launched in Port Moresby by 2009 Miss Hibiscus and the reigning Miss South Pacific, Fiji's Merewalesi Nailatikau. The pageant will be held in Port Moresby from the 22nd to the 27th of November. Girls from ten South Pacific countries (Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Kiribati and PNG) will be taking part in the pageant.

Coming Events

Air Niugini celebrates its 37th birthday on the 1st of November.

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

Rugby League Four Nations Series -
New Zealand vs PNG - 30th October
England vs PNG - 6th November

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

Pacific Queen Quest - PNG - 21 to 27 November --

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

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

Rabaul "Kimawai" -- July 2011

Mount Hagen Cultural Show -- 13th and 14th of August 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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Created 26 Oct 2010
Updated 6 Nov 2010

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