PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Aug 2015

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"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
abus meat
ansa result / answer
ansarim to answer
antap high / summit / up
apinun afternoon / evening (early)
apinun good afternoon
bosman boss
botol bottle
braunpela loli chocolate (candy)
lapun old
maus mouse
meri woman
muli lemon / lime
mun month
Ogas August
painap pineapple
pen pain
pis fish
popo pawpaw / papaya
ripot report
sik sick / illness
taim time
wik week

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Arrest warrant issued for treasury secretary Diari Vele over Israeli turbine purchase --

Kokoda Track landowners demand fee for access to battlefield sites --

Brother of late bank robber to sue state --

U.S. Entrepreneurship Expert to Lead Workshops for Women in Port Moresby and Lae --

PNG offers market expansion --

Kina Securities to list on ASX and Port Moresby Exchange --

PNG to recruit retired Fiji teachers --

United States and PNG Strengthen Defence Partnership --

Tari Secondary School receives sports equipment from BSP --

Misc. Links

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Digicel PNG announces purchase of ICT provider --

Port Moresby to Host 2015 FORU Oceania Cup --

Narasirato's PNG trip a success --

One Wild First Descent on Papua New Guinea's Beriman River --

Fund aids grandsons of anthropologist who died in Dutchess County crash --

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News Items

Heart Doctor

Elizabeth Alok, a mother of a two-month-old baby, has become the first Papua New Guinean woman to join the training program to become a cardiothoracic surgeon.

-- Post Courier

Motukea Port Opens

The Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill has officially opened Motukea Port. The Port will eventually replace the existing port in Port Moresby.


Out of Touch

In most other places, other than PNG, this sort of thinking has long gone -- "The court considered that the girl was partly to blame for the offence" and when you consider the age of the girl how could you blame her even in PNG? I think the court is out of touch with reality.


Asylum Seeker's Fate

Asylum seekers who have been denied refugee status on Manus Island have been told they will be deported "as soon as practicable" in new documents issued by Papua New Guinea's Immigration and Citizenship Service Authority.


PNG police hold off on threat to storm Manus Island detention centre --

Drugs, alcohol ban at Manus Island after alleged rape --

Book: Imperium

Christian Kracht's novel "Imperium" tells the story of a vegetarian nudist with control-freak tendencies who tries to found a commune in German New Guinea in the early 20th century. Complications ensue.


Volcano Awakens

There are reports children have been injured, and homes and crops destroyed, following a volcanic eruption on Manam Island in Madang province. Scores of houses, food gardens and water sources were also destroyed, while two of the three schools, Boisa Elementary and Baliau Elementary has been shut down indefinitely.


Dramatic satellite footage has emerged of the Manam Island volcano erupting. The 1,807-meter high volcano produced a major eruption in 2004, killing five people and displacing thousands. The island was evacuated after that eruption, but many residents have since returned to the island.


'Slave Ship' Detained

Authorities in PNG have detained a foreign vessel allegedly crewed by forced labourers on the international border with Australia in the Torres Strait. Six Cambodians were among the eight trafficked fishermen rescued from the Thai-owned cargo ship.


PNG checks for more 'slaves' on seized ship --

Hunt is on for 33 slave ships off coast --

Best Pacific Games

The recently held Pacific Games in Port Moresby have been called the biggest Pacific Games yet and according to the Pacific Games Council president Vidya Lakhan the best games ever.


Port Moresby stint an experience to remember --

International Cricket

Cricketing is developing rapidly in PNG. PNG's senior men's team attracted many eyeballs from all over the world after their recent good showing at the international circuit. However, the Barramundis (PNG's senior men's team) are yet to host international cricket at their homeland. But now it seems the day is not very far away when this Pacific island will play their first international match at home.


POM Housing Project

The Minister of National Planning Charles Abel last week presented a cheque of K5 million to NCDC to commence major civil works on the planned housing and land program at Gerehu Stage 3B in Port Moresby.


InterOil Results

InterOil will release its financial and operating results for the second quarter 2015, before the market opens for trading on the 13th of 2015. The full text of the news release and accompanying financials will be available on the company's website at --


Ok Tedi Mine

The Institute of National Affairs Director says the Ok Tedi Mining Limited announcement for a temporary shutdown comes at an "awkward financial time" for PNG. Earlier, while speaking on the closure of Ok Tedi Mine, the Prime Minister said the government is aware of the issues at hand.


INA Director Speaks on Ok Tedi's Closure --

Air Niugini

Fourteen airline cadets including seven females have successfully joined Air Niugini last month under the Airline Management Graduate Scheme and are now attached with ANG Operations Division.


Airlines PNG

The Samoan Prime Minister has invited the Papua New Guinea carrier Airlines PNG to land at Faleolo Airport, connecting Samoa to Los Angeles and Hong Kong.


Anglican Remote Chaplaincy - Pivo

An Anglican chapel dedicated to Saint Francis will shortly be dedicated in the village of Pivo - one of the most remote villages served by the Anglican Communion. And the diocese of Port Moresby in the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea, is also building an elementary school and an education centre providing adult literacy skills.

The Anglican Church of PNG has been sending members of the Melanesian Brotherhood to this community for the past two decades.


Crater Gold

Crater Gold has encountered bonanza grade gold while continuing underground development at the High Grade Zone project in Crater Mountain (PNG).


HOPE Helps Nurses

Project HOPE staff member Kenly Flanigan and HOPE volunteer nurse Kim Kancir have helped lead a workshop on updated CPR techniques. Many of the nurses at the hospital hadn't renewed their CPR certification in many years. So the information they were receiving was brand new. Kim and Kenly worked as a team to instruct everyone on infant and adult CPR.


PNG Eyes Firearm Ban

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says officials are drawing up legislation that would outlaw firearms, and he thinks they should be removed from both civilians and the police.


Soldiers in Court

Four Defence Force soldiers have appeared in the Waigani committal court in Port Moresby charged with attempted murder of a student.


40 Years of Independence

The United States Embassy in Port Moresby will commemorate the fortieth anniversary of Papua New Guinea's independence and the rich tapestry of relations between Americans and Papua New Guineans by sharing forty reflections from forty people over a forty day countdown to Independence Day on September 16, 2015.


Is PNG Broke?

Is PNG broke? Is it on the verge of a Greek style fiscal crisis?

The projected budget deficit has been revised up, hitting 9.4 per cent, which is more than double last year's deficit and getting close to the 12.3 per cent figure which helped tip Greece into meltdown last year.


PNG's mid-year budget estimate --

PNG Power Broke

Public enterprises minister, Ben Micah, says the country's electricity provider, PNG Power, is broke and in deep cash flow shortage. Mr Micah says that last year, PNG Power had an overdrawn bank account of 14 million US dollars, and has only managed to recoup 6.5 million from outstanding power bills and other costs.


Acting GG's Appointment Queried

The Governor of East Sepik, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, has asked why the Speaker of Parliament or the Chief Justice did not take up the acting role as clearly stated in the Constitution while Governor General Sir Michael Ogio, is away on official duty in the Cook Islands.


Red Cross

In West New Britain the work of Red Cross volunteers has been particularly important since severe storms linked to tropical cyclone Pam swept through the province four months ago, leaving many people in need of humanitarian support.


Biogas Plant

The engineering and design work has been concluded for Clean Energy Solutions Pacific's 2-MW biogas power plant in PNG. California-based Viaspace was awarded the job in May. It was in charge of the design of the biogas facility and its grass receiving areas, storage, fuel feeding, primary and secondary anaerobic digesters and generators, among others.


Aid Money Wasted

Australian aid money to PNG is being wasted on "middlemen", such as lawyers and consultants, Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says. "As a developing country we don't want handouts, we don't want Australian taxpayer money wasted and we don't want boomerang aid," he said.


PNG to ban foreign advisers claiming they could be spying, make local staff lazy --

Human Rights Inquiry Stopped

An inquiry established by a judge to look into allegations of Human Rights abuses at the Manus Asylum Detention Centre has been stopped.


National Development Bank

National Development Bank (NDB) Managing Director, Mr. Moses Liu has said the Small to Medium Enterprise sector will be affected if the government does not give funding to the Bank to cater for loans.


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 Day of Repentance, 26 August 2015

PNG Medical Symposium, usually held in September

Pacific Islands Forum meeting will be held in September

Goroka Show, September 2015 --

PNG Independence Day, 16 September 2015

Kutubu Kundu and Digaso Festival - mid-September 2015 --

Morobe Show, October 2015

Alotau Canoe and Kundu Festival, November 2015

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015

Christmas Day - 25 December 2015

Boxing Day - 26 December 2015

Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

2016 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup will be the 8th edition of the tournament (Port Moresby) --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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