PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26th Nov 2010

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
bikbus dense bush
bilasim skin body decoration
dai pinis die
em nau! great! fantastic!; literally 'him now!'
em tasol that's all
hallans / hailens highlands
haus sik hospital
hausboi / hausmeri servant
het i pen headache
hukim pis catch fish / fishing
husat who
kago cargo / goods / baggage
kagoboi porter
kilim injure
kilim i dai pinis kill
kilman murderer
sanguma / puripuri sorcery / witchcraft
susu milk

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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PNG in the News

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PNG MP attacked by armed youths --

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Up to 100 dead in PNG cholera outbreak --

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News Items

Special Economic Zone

The International Finance Corporation's (IFC) proposal to establish a special economic zone (SEZ) in PNG has caused concern. The IFC claims the SEZ would boost PNG's attractiveness to foreign investors, however PNG-based bloggers fear that, "the zones are notorious for low wages, inhuman living and working conditions and other human rights violations.


Miss South Pacific

Contestants from around the South Pacific have arrived in Port Moresby for the 2010 Miss South Pacific contestant. The contestants have signed a petition for presentation to the PNG Parliament in support of the 22 reserved seats for women.

Miss PNG - Rachael Sapery James
Miss Tonga - Mafi Tu'inukuafe
Miss Aotearoa - Angela Cudd
Miss American Samoa - Cindy Silao
Miss Solomon Islands - Fuatino Malasa
Miss Cook Islands - Joyana Meyer
Miss Niue - Maria Mitimeti
Miss Tokelau - Meleka Mativa
Miss Samoa - Jolivette Ete
Miss Fiji - Sera Tikotikoivatu
Miss Hawaii - Pomaikai Klein

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Port Moresby Hospital

Beds are in short supply for women at the Port Moresby General Hospital. It also lacks proper facilities and has a shortage of midwives due to a lack funding. According to unit nurse coordinator, Sister Jennifer Piakalyia, the number of women giving birth in a day is between 40 and 50, but there were not enough beds available, forcing some of the women to sleep and rest in the corridors and in the reception area of ward 10.

Pacifica Marine Sold

Pacifica Marine, a marine cargo inspection and surveying company operating in PNG, has been acquired by Intertek, a leading global provider of quality and safety solutions.

Pacifica Marine is located in the National Capital and provides survey, inspection and marine insurance related services, including bulk cargo inspection, hull and machinery surveys, and loading and discharge supervision and inspection.

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Buai Skyrockets

The price of betelnut has increased dramatically with a shortage in Port Moresby. Some chewers are paying K1 for one nut or 50t for half a nut.

Betelnut (areca catechu) is the seed of the areca palm which grows in much of the tropical Pacific, Asia and parts of east Africa. The palm grows to 15 meters in some parts of PNG and it has dark green leaves, a ringed trunk and has fragrant, scented white flowers. The fruit is the size of a hen's egg measuring about 50mm (2 inches) long and contains a seed about the size of an acorn. The fruit is usually green in colour, then as it matures it turns orange in colour.

It is claimed by the PNG Medical Society that chewing betelnut kills over 2000 people in PNG a year.

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Who was Frank Fenner?

Frank Fenner, alongside the more often-cited DA Henderson, helped oversee the eradication of smallpox.

He worked on malaria in Papua New Guinea during the second world war, then helped discover the basics of the immune system, the distinction of self from non-self, a concept that still informs immunology even though it has had to be modified. Some thought he should have shared in the 1960 Nobel awarded for that research to colleague MacFarlane Burnet and others.

For his work in combating malaria in PNG he was made a Member of The Order of the British Empire in 1945.

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No Confidence Motion Ousted

The opposition's no-confidence motion was declared defective. To make matters worse three of the opposition members have defected to the government ranks.

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PNG Languages

If you are interested in PNG languages then you may have some fun finding them at the Language Museum web site. For example the Wedau language of Milne Bay province is documented at-


Young Aussie's Tells Frightening Story

One of four young Australians tied up during a frightening kidnap ordeal in Papua New Guinea chewed through clothing used to bind them so they could escape their gun-toting captors.

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ANGAU Hospital

Dr John Niblett has returned to work at PNG's only cancer unit at the ANGAU Memorial Hospital in Lae, Morobe Province. He was away for approx six months while his contract was renewed. The hospital was without an oncologist during this time He said the delay in his return was beyond his control. The cancer unit has one registrar, but requires two or three more. There is also a need for six radiation therapists.


Robbery Case Closed

The state has finally closed its case into the K3.2 million Madang Bank South Pacific robbery in 2008 by alleged bank robber William Nanua Kapris.

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PNG Cricket Squad

The PNG Cricket Squad for 2010-11 has been named. They are: Rarua Dikana (captain), Chris Amini (vice-captain), Tony Ura, Hitolo Areni, Raymond Haoda, Junior Jacob Mado, Chris Kent, Vani Vagi Morea, Kila Pala, Pipi Raho, Assad Vala, Kopena Arua, Jack Vare, Inoa Baeau, Loa Nou, Joel Tom, Kapena Arua, Jason Kila, Vali Albert, Heni Siaka, Willie Gavera.

Lawyer's Graduate

64 students comprising of 42 males and 22 females have graduated as lawyers at the Legal Training Institute (LTI) in Port Moresby.

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Speaker Faces Legal Action

The Post Courier reports that the speaker of the PNG parliament, Jeffrey Nape, is facing legal action for an alleged constitutional breach.

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Corporal Punishment

Corporal punishment is being re-introduced in Madang town and starting in February, school children found outside of their school grounds will be lashed with cane. The beatings will be carried out by members of the Madang Urban Youth Council to instil discipline in the children and to send them back to their classrooms.

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National Budget

Parliament has passed a record K9.3 billion national budget for next year. The budget, handed down by Finance and Treasury Minister, Peter O'Neill, was debated for six-hours before being passed. Community Development Minister, Dame Carol Kidu, has slammed the government for lack of funding, saying it may force the department to close.

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Coming Events

AFLPNG Talent Camp -- 3rd December in Goroka

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

Pepsi ICC World Cricket League Division 3 - 22nd -29th January 2011

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

Wahgi Sing Sing -- June 2011

Rabaul "Kimawai" -- July 2011

Mount Hagen Cultural Show -- 13th and 14th of August 2011

Morobe Show -- October 2011

Canoe and Kundu Festival -- November 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

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Updated 6 Dec 2010

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