PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Jun 2011

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin
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

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PNG in the News

Rudd urged to visit PNG to rescue asylum-seeker deal --

Rudd rejects PNG visit for asylum deal --

Visits to Grand Chief Somare Banned --

Father's nightmare wait to take daughter's body home to PNG --

B'ville women call for war relics clean-up --

Port Moresby urbanisation project gets go ahead --

Aussie miner eyes PNG projects --

Using plastic as condoms --

Corpse found in a/g PM's yard --

New Ireland raises renewed concern at impact of sea dumping of mine tailings --

Neo-Colonialism in the Torres Strait --

PNG Images

Port Moresby Show, Moitaka Showgrounds, 1983 --

Air Niugini F100 taxing to Brisbane --

PNG Map --

SP Musik Festival in Pictures --

PNG Flag --

Fidelma Wangesa carries wood and water --

Alotau, 2007 --

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PNG in Canberra --


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PNG Industry News --

News Items

PNG History Dying

Dr Jonathan Ritchie, from the Alfred Deakin Research Institute in Melbourne believes somebody should be collecting the stories of Papua New Guineans involved in the independence era. Many of the people involved have already died.


Rising Sea Levels

Whal Island in Manus province continues to be threatened by rising sea levels. Members of the community from Whal Island, especially mothers, appealed to the provincial and national governments to help them fight the adverse effects of climate change.


Queen's Birthday Honours

Former minister of state, senior public servant, diplomat and secretary-general of the Pacific Forum, Noel Levi has been awarded a knight bachelor in the Queen's Birthday Honours. Ninety-three other people were also recognised in this year's honours list announced recently by Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio.


OTML Loses Millions

The Ok Tedi Mining company (OTML), operating in Western province, has been reported as losing K14 million a day in production due to a ruptured of waste pipeline that carries pyrite concentrate.


Walk Against Corruption

Over 2,400 anti-corruption campaigners walked the streets of Port Moresby in Transparency's International PNG "Walk Against Corruption". Common slogans on placards seen during the walk were "vote out corruption, don't support it; report it".


Madang Subic

Officials from Madang would like to develop Madang along the same lines as the former military base Subic in the Philippines. Deeply impressed with what they saw in Subic, Madang officials noted that the Subic Bay Freeport could serve as a model for a special economic zone that they are planning to create in the province.


Women's Bowls Suspended

Last month the PNG Sports Federation and Olympic Committee (PNGSFOC) had to suspend the PNG Women's Bowls Association for 60 days. It is understood that at the association's special general meeting (SGM) on the 31st of October, unauthorised persons purporting to represent member associations attended and voted.


Lax Labour Laws Blamed

A brutal murder in PNG has been linked to work conditions complaints. Police and Labour and Employment officers have cited complaints related to pay as the reason why the Chinese nationals were attacked and killed.


Road Funding

The World Bank in conjunction with the national government has signed a US$43 million agreement to fund the rehabilitation of selected national and provincial roads in PNG. PNG will provide US$10 million as counterpart funding. Ten provinces will be covered under the programme - Central, Gulf, Western, East and West New Britain, Manus, Oro, Morobe, Madang and Milne Bay. Work will start on the Hiritano Highway in Central and the Kerema-Malalaua Highway in Gulf.

Mobile Fone Concerns

Concerns have been raised in PNG about social issues with mobile phones and the Internet. Archbishop Douglas Young from the Mt Hagen Catholic Archdiocese says he sees both the good and bad impacts of these technologies every day.


PNG Stamps

The manager of the Post PNG Philatelic Bureau -- -- has said most of the stamps from PNG were collectors' items in demand around the world. The sale of stamps to collectors is a good form of income for Post PNG. From 2007 the bureau has made close to K1.3 million.


Cabinet Members Sacked

The acting Prime Minister, Sam Abal, has dismissed Foreign Minister Don Polye and Petroleum Minister William Duma from Cabinet.


Abal: Sacking is now official --

Polye, Duma deny sacking --

Wenge speaks out in support of acting PM --

Polye told to accept sacking --

Jiwaka Sports News

Jiwaka province has sets it sights on attending the next PNG Games. Jiwaka will send its own contingent to participate in the 2011 PNG Games in Kokopo, East New Britain province.


Arthur Somare Must Face Tribunal

The National Court has announced Public Enterprise Minister Arthur Somare must face a corruption tribunal. Somare is charged with misusing district support grants that are administered through MPs, and with failing to submit several years of returns, as did his father. He battled for five years to prevent a leadership tribunal being established to hear his case.


National Sports Institute Fire

A grandstand, built in the 1960's at the National Sports Institute, in Goroka, Eastern Highlands has been burnt to the ground. The blaze jumped to a nearby round-house dormitory about 5 metres away where students from the Solomon Islands, studying at the University of Goroka, were living.


Kundiawa By-election

Writs have been issued for the Kundiawa Gembogle by-election. Tangil Okuk, son of the late Sir Iambakey Okuk is expected to nominate as a National Party candidate. Other high profile candidates are expected to nominate.

High Arctic Contract

High Arctic -- -- has been awarded its largest contract to date to supply rig matting and related support services for the drilling program of a major operator in PNG.


Clean Water

World Vision and the Australia-New Zealand Bank (ANZ) have signed an agreement to provide a simple water filtration system to disadvantaged communities in and around Port Moresby. The partnership allows for World Vision to train ANZ Bank staff in basic hygiene and sanitation awareness programmes so they can use their volunteer leave to help communities and become accredited World Vision volunteers.


$11m for HIV Prevention

The Australian Government is providing AU$11 million to help stop mothers in PNG passing HIV to their babies. Overall, Australia funds 60 per cent of the country's response to the disease. PNG has the second-worst HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Asia-Pacific region behind Thailand.

National Census

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has presented computers, mapping equipment and stationery supplies to help with the coming national census. This is the second year that the UNFPA has delivered equipment costing more than K200,000 to support the 2011 National Population and Housing Census.


Boram Airport Closed

Air Niugini had to suspend flights to Wewak's Boram airport recently after a fight between local people and a resident outside the airport spilled over into the airport area with locals throwing rocks and others missiles such as bottles onto the runway. The rocks were a safety risk to aircraft and passengers.


Bautama Murders

Four suspects have been detained over the Bautama killings outside Port Moresby two weeks ago. The suspects have been charged with wilful and attempted murder respectively and were detained at Boroko police station.

Mt Diamond school set to resume classes --

Judge Castigates Politicians

A former judge of the National and Supreme Courts says politicians aren't acting in accordance with the constitution. Lawyer Nemo Yalo says there aren't the check and balances within parliament and members don't mind taking advantage of that.


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.

Kontu / Tembn Shark Calling, New Ireland - 29th June - 2nd July
The Shark callers of Kontu (1982) --

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

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

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