PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jun 2011

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Neo Melanesian English
nem name
baksait back (rear)
baksait bilong lek calf of leg
baksait; bek back
daun / tamblo / tambolo down
fran front
gaden garden
hap san i kamap / or es east
insait inside
insait long in / inside of
kambek / kam bek come back
long bek backwards
not north
sait / hapsait side
saut south
wes west
nem bilong mi my name is
mi no save I do not understand

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with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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PNG in the News

PM's health a secret --

Can Australia prevent death by snakebite? --

Hybrid power brings high-speed Internet to PNG --

Far more than a load of rubbish --

Aid mission medics overwhelmed in PNG --

Killing spree -- -- and --

Killing spree murder linked to sorcery allegations --

PNG police investigate weekend murders --

PNG government says having an office in Brisbane an advantage --

Goroka Airport fence ripped off --

Ok Tedi mine suspends production --

Former Miss PNG victim of porn bribe --

PNG Images

PX TV Commercial --

Rabaul --

Tawali --

Lissenung Island Resort Kavieng --

Bombs Over Rabaul --

Bolumimski highway -- -- Kavieng to Namatanai, New Ireland province.

Air Niugini P2-PXV --

Misc Links

The PNG Church Partnership on Facebook --

Morobe Tourism --

PNG Tourism --

Festival season in PNG to spark Australian tourist interests --

PNG Diving History --

Colony was so close and yet so far --

Kavieng Leisure Destination --

PNG Weather Forecast Maps --

Patriots PNG on Facebook --

Buk bilong pikinini --

Kerema kids build a raft --

Kerema bride price ceremony --

Kimbe --

Sydney Wantoks --

Kedewas - Rugby Alotau --

PNG Blogs

Arthur Somare Sold PNG Out on LNG Deal --

Relish, my Relish - Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel --

Chris Cobb: Walking tall in Kokopo --

Madang Info Line --

Educating Wendy --

Andrew's Ukarumpa --

The Anuki Country Press --

Tribal Wife --

News Items

History Repeats

In 1973 the National Airline was flying to Bulolo in Morobe province and now Air Niugini, using a Dash 8 100 aircraft, is again flying to Bulolo airport from Port Moresby. The Air Niugini service will operate every Monday and Friday. The Mining Town of Bulolo was Papua New Guinea's first major urban settlement.


New Lae School

Australian and United States military engineers have been putting the final touches to a newly improved school and water system in Lae. They've constructed new classrooms for Bubia Primary School that will house about 60 students.


BSP Declares Dividend

Bank South Pacific (BSP) has declared a final dividend and share consolidation for 2010 at its annual meeting for shareholders. The board of directors declared a final dividend profit of 3.135 toea per share.


Nationwide Microbank

The PNG Nationwide Microbank has reached a major milestone. The bank has signed its 100,000th customer who is a 49-year-old widow and mother of four that operates a small coffee garden about two hours by road from Goroka, the Eastern Highlands provincial capital.

The bank has been operating going since 2004 now with the support of the Asian Development Bank.


Milne Bay Reef Study

A study has been made by an international team co-led by the Australian Institute of Marine Science, of three coral reefs near Papua New Guinea which are bathed in bubbles of carbon dioxide from volcanic vents. The results suggest the diversity and resilience of coral reef ecosystems will be severely reduced as the pH of oceans declines, due to rising carbon dioxide emissions from the burning of fossil fuels.


Rural Health

A health official says the millions of foreign aid dollars being poured into the health sector are being misdirected. The director of PNG's National AIDS Council Secretariat, Wep Kanawi, says while there has been significant improvements in dealing with infectious diseases and mortality rates, resources are not being channelled effectively into rural areas.


PNG Health Department & GFATM

The embattled PNG Health Department has taken a step back in its administering of funds from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM).


GFATM is an international financing institution that invests the world's money to save lives. To date, it has committed US$21.7 billion in 150 countries to support large-scale prevention, treatment and care programs against the three diseases.

Bumper Coffee Crop

PNG's bumper coffee crop earns big export dollars --

PNG coffee boom puts pressure on processors --

Airlines PNG

From the 14th of June this year Airlines PNG will expand its network. Madang will benefit from daily flights ex Lae plus connections to Port Moresby and overseas. Mt Hagen ex Port Moresby will now see up to 12 flights per week.


Truck Ban

Heavy vehicles were recently banned for a short period from the Poreporena freeway in Port Moresby after yet another crash. The section of the road at the bottom of Burns Peak on the town side has become known by Port Moresby residents as the "deadman's corner". Police were diverting trucks and semi-trailers at roadblocks set up at the Hohola and Konedobu roundabouts until the ban was lifted --

The Poreporena freeway connects downtown Port Moresby and the wharf to the airport.

The ban produced a many pages in the local newspapers. Here are few links for further reading. Transport companies in Port Moresby angry at police ban on key road --

A/g PM backs freeway ban --

The freeway is not the only hill in Moresby where accidents happen --

Freeway ban ignored --

Ban triggers fuel shortage --

National Broadband Network

The PNG government is considering a detailed strategic plan for a national fibre optic broadband Internet network.


Squatters Told to Leave

The inhabitants of a squatter settlement in Madang town have been given until the weekend to leave, or face forcible eviction.


Diver Missing

Australian diver missing in PNG




Aussie Surgery for Goroka Girl

Thanks to the Children First Foundation Elvin Kumuli from Goroka has undergone open-heart surgery at Epworth Hospital in Richmond, Victoria, Australia. Ms Kumuli was diagnosed with Fallot's Tetralogy, a condition that left her gasping for breath after even the shortest exercise. She could not walk more than 20m without discomfort because not enough blood could reach her lungs to get oxygen.


Mining Boom Riches

The liquefied natural gas (LNG) project is expected to propel the country's economic growth rate to a robust eight per cent this year. The project, led by US energy giant Exxon Mobil, is the largest investment scheme in PNG's history.

Gold, oil, copper and other mineral deposits account for nearly two-thirds of the country's export earnings. It is estimated that reserves of natural gas amount to more than 225 billion cubic metres.

See also --

How can PNG fight the resource curse? --

Smoke Ban

A smoking ban in Public Motor Vehicles (PMVs) is scheduled to come into effect at the start of 2012 but the Land Transport Department say the no smoke ban in public transport has been in place for a long time and they will go ahead and fine people caught smoking in PMVs. Smoking has been banned on aeroplanes for many years.

The penalty for smoking inside a PMVs is an on the spot fine of K500 or the smoker can be referred to the police and then charged under the Motor Traffic Act Regulation.

Milne Bay Cricket

The Grand Final of the Milne Bay Dulux Regional Championship has been played in Alotau with regional champions being crowned in the Men's, Women's Championship and a Local Junior competition.

Women - Divinai defeated Ahioma
Junior - Garuahi def Maiwara
Men - Ahioma def Alotau


July Census

The government is reported as saying the preparation for the 2011 National Population census in July is progressing well. The govt hopes to be able to count every living person in PNG and have the main count commenced on the night of 10th and ended by the 17th of July. The census has already been delayed by a year due to a lack of government funding and support.

Radiation Monitor

The Mining Minister, John Pundari, has presented a cheque for K61,720 to the Pacific Adventist University (PAU) to begin initial work on the establishment of a radiation monitoring facility. Once the facility is established it will be able to gather baseline data on ambient levels of background radiation in an attempt to monitor possible fallout from man-made and natural sources of radiation.


Papua New Guinea Business Coalition Against HIV & AIDS (BAHA)
Phone: +675 325 9228
Fax: +675 323 5596

BAHA is a non-profit organisation representing the private sector effort to address HIV & AIDS in PNG.

Angoram High School

Two classrooms have been gutted by fire at the Angoram High School in East Sepik. The provincial police commander has been reported as saying a suspect had been detained and was being questioned at the Wewak police station.


Australia Destroys Illegal Boats

The Australian Department of Immigration has destroyed the boats used by around 130 people who sailed from PNG to Australia in December claiming Australian citizenship. The department says destroying the boats is a warning to PNG citizens not to try to enter Australia illegally.


Coming Events

Note: please verify any date mentioned as dates do change and events can sometimes get cancelled. Of course I may also put down a wrong date.

Walk Against Corruption - Sunday 12th of June

Warwin High School Cultural Day - 13th of June

Kontu / Tembn Shark Calling, New Ireland - 29th June - 2nd July

Warwagira Cultural Show, Kokopo - 29th June - 5th July

National Mask Festival, 6th - 9th July

Birding in Paradise, 12th - 22nd July --

Miss Melanesia Australia 2011 - The Irish Club, Brisbane, 16 July 2011

Malagan Show, New Ireland, 22nd - 24th July

National Book Week -- 1st to 5th of August

Crocodile Festival, Ambunti - 9th & 10th August

Mount Hagen Cultural Show - 13th & 14th August --

Full Pacific Games - French president Nicolas Sarkozy is set to officially open the XIV Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, on the 27th of August.

Kokoda Challenge -- 27th of August

2011 Garamut Festival in Wewak -- 2nd & 3rd of September

Goroka Show, 16th - 18th September - see -- -- and --

Morobe Show - 15th & 16th October

Canoe and Kundu Festival, Alotau: 4th - 6th November

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain province

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

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