PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Mar 2012

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"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
disaipel disciple
diwai tree / wood (timber)
diwaikros / diwai kros cross
dok dog
dokta doctor
dua door
dukduk ritual costume representing a spirit
glas glass (substance)
glas bilong kapten binoculars
glas bilong lukluk mirror
gut well / healthy
haiwe highway
hanwas / klok watch
haus lotu temple
kai bar / kaibar takeaway food bar
kaikai food
kaukau potato / sweet potato
klia clear / empty

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PNG in the News

Sir Michael Somare says PNG needs immediate election to end unconstitutional acts --

Carr says he was wrong on PNG --

PNG MP commends Carr over comments --

Carr has "white man's burden", says Mundine --

A quake hit about 62 kilometres from the Eastern Highlands provincial capital Goroka and 324km from the national capital Port Moresby at a depth of 105km. Goroka resident Stanley Gareke says traffic came to a halt and panicked workers fled from buildings as the ground shook strongly for around a minute. --

PM O'Neill indeed in Gulf Province; Kerema --

Alcohol abuse growing in PNG Western Highlands --

PNG too strong for Danes --

Over the wicket: Cricket no longer a strange sport --

Port Moresby's growing pains --

PNG team in NRL could be a better bet --

Misc PNG

Trans Marine --

Port Moresby Forecast --

PNG Namba Wan Trophy Limited (NWTL) was established in October 1989. They have a web site located at --

NASFund --

Lohberger Engineering --

Hotel Poroman --

Bank of Papua New Guinea --

PNG School Books --

Double anguish for landslide survivors --

PNG Blogs

Stamp my passport - please --

Why are we building a Korean Hotel in residential Madang? --

PNG Photo Blog --

Andrew's UKARUMPA --

Moresby's giant potholes disrupt everyday living --

PNG Images

A game of cricket in Port Moresby --

Officers at a tea party in Rabaul --

Wewak VSAT Install --

Photos near Lae Creek on the island of New Britain --

News Items

Judiciary Bill

A bill introduced into Parliament to allow for the suspension of senior Supreme and National Court judges has been controversially passed. Only seven MP's voted against the bill including Opposition Leader Dame Carol Kidu. Deputy Opposition Leader, Sam Abal, said the "Judicial Conduct Bill 2012" threatens to damage the democratic principle of the independence of the three arms of government.


Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has given a Sunday night address to the nation to explain his government's controversial new powers to suspend judges, after several thousand demonstrators took to the streets in Port Moresby. The university students say they are prepared to defy police orders in their protest against the Judicial Conduct Bill. --

Namah calls for PNG chief justice to resign --

PNG students demand axing of judge-ban laws --

Locust Attack

The outgoing moderator of the United Church, Sir Reverend Samson Lowa, has said PNG is being stripped of wealth by locusts saying "you all know what they are" despite PNG being a land of milk and honey.

Pirates in POM

Water police have said they are unable to respond quickly to any report of pirate activities in Port Moresby's Fairfax Harbour. The police do not have port facilities and need to moor their boat off the coast causing delays when responding to distress calls. A small Royal Papua Yacht Club vessel was recently terrorised by a group of armed men in a dinghy. Police have warned sailors to be cautious in and around the harbour especially at night.

IEA TAFE Website

The International Education Agency has launched a new website that will provide access to information about all the courses offered and relevant application forms etc. The site will have updated information about what is taking place at the four TAFE campuses located at Port Moresby, Lae, Mt Hagen and Kimbe.


Digicel Towers

Digicel has received a first payment of K500,000 from local Alotau MP, Charles Abel, to help toward the construction of two telecommunications towers to serve communities outside of Alotau Milne Bay province. One tower will be built at Bonarua on the Suau coast and the other at Rabaraba sometime later this year.

Digicel has helped with the funding of a double classroom valued at K85,000 for the Kanampa Elementary School in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province.

Digicel claims to cover over 4.5 million people in PNG and aims at constantly improving on this figure. It also has over 700 mobile fone towers around the country.


PNG Power

A new PNG Power board of directors has been sworn in. The new board was welcomed and congratulated by Tony Koiri, the Chief Executive Officer of PNG Power.


Ships Set on Fire

Bougainville ex-combatants off the coast of Buka recently set several ships alight. The MV Kopra I, MV Kopra II and Solomon Queen were recently impounded a month ago after the sinking of the MV Rabaul Queen and subsequent loss of many lives off the coast near Finschhafen in Morobe province. The Solomon Queen was the first vessel to be set alight followed by the other two. --

According to ex-combatants the three ships will now be sold as scrap metal to cover loss of lives from the MV Rabaul Queen.

PNG releases funds for ferry disaster inquiry --

Bougainville leader says ship owner ignorant in not meeting compensation demand --

Women in Business Summit

Four prominent Cairns businesswomen have been selected to be guest speakers at the Women in Business summit in PNG. As a new generation of PNG women continue to step into the business world, the Cairns contingent will be on hand at the three-day summit to offer guidance, share their personal success stories, answer questions and help kick start business ideas.


Amelia Earhart

Clinton vows search for 'heroine' Amelia Earhart. In one of aviation's most enduring mysteries, Earhart took off from Lae, in what is now Papua New Guinea, while attempting to circumnavigate the globe via the equator in 1937 and was never seen again.


Lutheran University

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of PNG (ELCPNG) has been granted permission to operate a private University similar to the Divine Word University operated by the Catholic Church and the Pacific Adventist University run by the Seven Day Adventists.

Wewak Petrol Outlet

InterOil has opened an ultra-modern service station in Wewak, East Sepik province. East Sepik has become the first province to receive a state-of-the-art service station from InterOil Products Ltd under a partnership arrangement with a local company Hungo Ltd. InterOil general manager Peter Diezemann said with the economy booming in all parts of the country, they were proud to have established the best service station in Wewak.


A320 from Honiara

Solomon Airlines will launch its A320 return service from Honiara to Port Moresby tomorrow (27 March) with a return fare of K1799 including tax. Visit the flysolomons web site at -- -- for further information.

Kokopo Stadium

Plans are in place for a state of the art sporting complex to be built for the Niugini Islands (NGI) region in East New Britain province at Kokopo.


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Arms Build Up

Police chief from the Highlands, Teddy Tei, has said he is concerned over the build up of arms on the eve of the 2012 elections. He said he was not aware of any immediate conflict in the highlands but intelligence suggested people were buying illegal firearms mostly to defend themselves from attack. Tei is confident of a peaceful 2012 election.

Former Police Commissioner, Gari Baki, has cast doubts on the overall security prepartions for the National Elections saying they are lagging behinbd the prearations for the 2007 Elections.

First TB Forum

PNG has held its first ever tuberculosis forum in Port Moresby. The theme of the meeting was that no one should die from TB and called on people to help stop the disease. The forum was attended by provincial health advisors from across the country and was hosted by the Minister for Health and HIV AIDS Jamie Maxtone-Graham.


Electoral Rolls

Waka Goi, the Minister assisting Prime Minster O'Neill, has told Parliament the Government is expecting the release of the Preliminary Electoral Rolls by the end of this month.

Coming Events

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

57th UPNG Graduation - 30 March 2012

44th UniTech Graduation - 13 April 2012

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

2012 Milne Bay Critter & Adventure Expeditions with Bob Halstead & Graham Abbott
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 17th April 2012 to 29th April 2012
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 1st May 2012 to 13th May 2012
Alotau-Adventure Diving-Kimbe Bay: 15th May 2012 to 30th May 2012

South Pacific Export PNG Golf Open - May 2012?

Walk Against Corruption -- 27th May 2012

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012 - will they be postponed?

Solomon Islands welcomes you to the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts -- -- From 1 to 14 July 2012,

Mt Hagen Show - 11th and 12th of August 2012

Samarai and Milne Bay Reunion - Rydges Oasis Resort, Caloundra, Australia between the 7th and 9th of September 2012 -- --

Fifth PNG Games, Kokopo, East New Britain - 17th to 30th November 2012

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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