PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jul 2013

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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

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with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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Crackdown on police brutality halting police work --

Rethink on child detention signalled --

Newcrest to Cut About 150 Jobs at PNG Mine --

PNG PM congratulates Rudd --

More moves in PNG against no confidence motions --

By-election called in PNG after ruling on original winner's age --

Expensive to do business in PNG --

PNG Govt. owes people of Bougainville --

Relatives of missing scientists still waiting --

Bank warns of LNG risks --

Head of UNESCO in PNG arrested, charged --

A vital highway, long regarded as the single most important road in PNG, is slowly being destroyed by landslides --

Misc. Links

PNG Domain Name Registry --

Kokopo Beach Bungalows --

Lae to Goroka --

Growing market in PNG capital for child prostitution --

Port Moresby Country Club --

Record-setting PNG artefact has Savage roots --

ANL and Agility join forces in PNG --

The Beaches Kokoda Trek --

Coral Sea Hotel Web site --

Walindi Resort & M.V. FeBrina --

PNG Images

UPNG Maprik students --

RAN in PNG --

Millions lost in Lae Microbank --

Ramu Hydro Power 2 project --

Gerehu Diabetic Clinic Opens --

Maprik MP visits UPNG Maprik Students --

Jurgen Freund's underwater photographs --

PNG Blogs

Sherron Lewis from the Lae --

The Masalai Blog --

Malum Nalu --

Ramu nickel mine: A photo essay --


News Items

Amendment to Section 124 And 145

Hon. Sam Basil, MP, Deputy Leader of Opposition has called on the Prime Minister to withdraw his Governments proposed Amendments to the Constitution in particular Section 124 (Calling of Parliament and Meeting) and Section 145 (Votes of No Confidence). It is claimed these are a step towards uncensored corruption, gagging of parliament and anarchy.


Female Police Superintendent

Commissioner for police Tom Kulunga announced the appointment of the first women to be appointed to a senior position in the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary.

She is Superintendent Joanne Clarkson, who has been elevated to the Assistant Commissioner Reforms position. It's a new position that caters for the reforms currently taking place within the constabulary.


Westpac Outstanding Women Awards

Westpac is offering the chance for three female tertiary students/adult workers who wish to return to study in PNG to each receive a K6,000 Grant to pay for education-related expenses.


PNG Power

PNG Power has celebrated 50 years since starting operations on the 1st of July 1963 as the PNG Electricity Commission (ELCOM).

PNG Power has put up new security lights for Sabama Market and the Community.

PNG power has also donated two computers and a printer to the Gerehu police station. The state-owned power utility also installed security lighting outside the police station and new switches and cables to restore power within the building.



Power in PNG

Rainbow Power Company in Nimbin, Australia, has signed a deal to provide renewable electricity to more than 3500 homes in 49 villages in PNG. Each of the 49 villages will be provided with a three-phase solar system with battery storage that will be distributed via a mini grid.


Sir Hubert Murray Stadium

The historic Sir Hubert Murray Stadium has recently been acquired by the Government through the compulsory acquisition process. It is believed that the Stadium was previously under a trust deed for the purpose of providing residents a recreational facility but since being used for the staging of the South Pacific Games in the 70's in Port Moresby, the Stadium has never been maintained.


MKA evicted --

Air Niugini

The acting chief executive of Air Niugini Simon Foo has been confirmed as CEO of the airline.
Foo recently became acting CEO after Wasantha Kumarasiri was appointed managing director of the Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC), which oversees the operations of state-owned entities such as Air Niugini.

Air Niugini introduces online check-in --

Charge More Police

A PNG judge says police must consider additional charges against officers accused slashing the Achilles' tendons of 74 men last month.


Fishing in PNG

Australian rugby union player Nathan Sharpe retired from international rugby at the end of 2012 as the most capped Super Rugby player in history. The first thing he did after his final match was fly to Papua New Guinea for a fishing trip.


Kevin Rudd Junior Awaits Call

A five-year-old Papua New Guinean boy named after Kevin Rudd says he's happy his namesake has become Prime Minister again and is waiting for a phone call from 'Big Kev'.


HMAS Tobruk Arrives in Wewak

HMAS Tobruk has arrived in Wewak in the East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. Over 100 embarked personnel travelling with HMAS Tobruk are bringing medical, dental, veterinary and engineering assistance to the township. Volunteers from HMAS Tobruk's crew will also refurbish sports facilities, war memorials and public buildings.


PNG Dodges AIDS Bullet

Here is a good news story from Papua New Guinea: Australia's nearest neighbour has dodged the bullet of what the World Health Organisation feared could become an AIDS pandemic as deadly as those which have devastated parts of Africa.


Qantas Freighter

Qantas Freight has announced it will introduce a weekly freight service between Australia and Papua New Guinea commencing today the 6th of July 2013. The flight between Cairns, Brisbane and Port Moresby will be operated by a Boeing 737-300F aircraft, offering 15 tonnes of cargo capacity each way.


Port Moresby - Townsville

Peter O'Neill says he plans to re-establish direct flights between Townsville and Port Moresby by the end of the year. He says he is going to ask his state airline to start a direct route between Port Moresby and Townsville.


Old Age Pension

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has asked his party to consider a new disability and old age pension by 2016. He also flagged laws to mandate the amount of parliamentary sitting days and to have opponent's list no-confidence motions three months before a vote. For almost 13 years Bougainville residents have sought to hold the mine's parent company, Rio Tinto, responsible for human rights abuses and deaths relating to a blockade.


Asylum Centre

A permanent processing centre for asylum seekers on Manus Island is set to be completed in January. A spokesman for the construction company said the site would be able to house women, children, families and "other vulnerable groups".


PNG Education

THE education standard in Papua New Guinea since 1993 has dropped and continues to do so at an alarming rate. The impact this is having on the country is severe. Frank Evans of Sandaun Provincial Administration stated that the National Department of Education need only look at the results for this year's exams to see there is a crisis.


Rio Tinto Case Dismissed

A US court has dismissed a long-running human rights case filed against Anglo-Australian mining company Rio Tinto, relating to its mine in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville.


Brutal Killings

Four Chinese have been stabbed to death in a bakery in Port Moresby, with one reportedly beheaded and the others dismembered in an attack condemned as "brutal and cowardly" by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill.


Chinese in PNG issue statement condemning Monday killings --

Northern man charged with murder --

Essar Projects Wins PNG Contract

Dubai-headquartered Essar Projects Ltd (EPL) has secured construction projects in Papua New Guinea and the closer to home Abu Dhabi worth a combined $140m.


Daru Hospital

The Queensland Government in Australia has committed to providing the expertise to build a hospital in PNG. The Queensland Government made the promise to help build the hospital at Daru during the Peter O'Neill's recent visit to Townsville.



Google PNG

PNG now has its own Google Search site. Internet users using the Google search engine will now be redirected to Google Papua New Guinea.



The India Under-19 team posted a comprehensive 71-run victory over Papua New Guinea in a friendly match ahead of their tri-series games against counterparts from Australia and New Zealand.


New Zealand Under-19 259 for 9 (McClure 78, Hodgson 71, Morea 4-44) beat Papua New Guinea Under-19 126 (Hodgson 3-17, Carter 2-9) by 133 runs.


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.

National Mask Festival 17th - 21st July 2013, Kokopo, East New Britain

PNG800 Bike & Hike - 2nd July - 19 July 2013 --

PNG Trade Fair in Honiara - July 2013

Hiri Moale Festival - July 2013

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

East Sepik Crocodile Festival -- 6th - 7th August 2013

Mt. Hagen Cultural Show -- 17th - 18th August 2013

Goroka Show 14th - 15th August 2013 --

National Canoe & Kundu Festival -- Nov 2013

Christmas Day - 25th December 2013

Boxing Day - 26th December 2013

New Year's Day -- 1st January 2014

Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 --

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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