PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 May 2016

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"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
akis axe
bagarap break down / worn out
bagarapim spoil
banara bow
banaras bows and arrows
bikpla big
birua /tupela i bam/bagarap accident
dokta medical assistant / doctor
gat got
memba member
nambawan number one
ofisa officer
opim open
pilai play
pipal people
planti plenty
ples place
statim start
tru true
wari worry

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Bank South Pacific committed to developing PNG's SME sector --

Political shenanigans: Could the Chief Justice be involved? --

ADB To Increase Access To Electricity In Rural Areas --

Morobe Governor Kelly Naru: Turbulent Times Ahead --

UNICEF and Department of Health Embark on Training Health Workers --

Central govt. launches new monitoring system --

Misc. Links

Raskol Gangs Make Port Moresby Most Dangerous Place -- p://

Kokoda Trekking --

US, Papua New Guinea share shame on maternity leave --

Pato explains Dual Citizenship Bill --

Time for Australia to Reconsider PNG Aid --

Israeli Genealogical Website Helps Tribes in Papua New Guinea Preserve Their Histories --

Next Generation Policy To Counter Economic Headwinds --

PNG's Struggle With Domestic and Sexual Violence --

The hypnotic ritual --

News Items

Job-seeker Becomes Governor

For Sasindran Muthuvel, the first Indian-origin Governor in PNG, it has been an eventful journey since he left Sivakasi in Tamil Nadu in search of livelihood over 20 years ago and arrived here after seeing a job advertisement


Vale Anderson Agiru

Hela governor Anderson Agiru has died at the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby.

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Late Agiru Funeral Continues in Port Moresby --

Progress in Hela

Peter O'Neill and the MPs from Hela and Southern Highlands have vowed to continue the projects started by the late Anderson Agiru, assuring the people that appropriate Government funding will be provided.


LNG project assured support --

Province progressing well, says official --

Detention Centre Illegal

PNG's Supreme Court has ruled Australia's regional processing centre on PNG's Manus Island was illegal because it amounted to holding people against their will. The operator of the centre, Transfield Services, said it was awaiting further guidance from the centre operator, PNG Immigration, as well as the company's client, Australia's Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


Australia won't take back Manus Island asylum seekers --

PNG and Australia at loggerheads over 905 Manus detainees --

Refugee Limbo

Officials from Australia and Papua New Guinea are still working on a plan to deal with the closure of the Manus Island detention centre and the fate of hundreds of asylum seekers.


Refugees in Detention Centre Demand Compensation --

PNG Loan Plan

The two Australian banking pillars that boast outposts in PNG find themselves right in the middle of negotiations between the national government and the World Bank over a $US300 million loan needed to ease a gathering foreign exchange crisis.



Gold Coast Titans highest point scorer, David Mead has been named as captain of the PNG LNG Kumuls for the Pacific Test against Fiji Bati at the Pirtek Stadium in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.


Air Niugini Training

Twenty five (25) managers from various sections within Air Niugini had the opportunity to attend a weeklong emerging leaders' program aimed at providing knowledge, strategies and practical techniques to effectively lead their staff.


Moody's Downgrades PNG Ratings

The credit ratings agency Moody's has downgraded PNG's foreign currency and local currency issuer ratings from B1 to B2. Moody's says heightened balance of payments pressures have put strains on foreign currency reserves and will continue to do so for two years.


Polye Steps Down

Opposition leader Don Polye has stood down from the position after the national court set aside his 2012 election over disputed ballot boxes. Sam Basil is to be the new opposition leader after Mr Polye announced he respected the court decision and would step aside.


Basil takes over as Opposition leader --

Fraud Office Update

Police Commissioner Gari Baki has been directed by the PNG Courts to reopen the National Fraud Office.


Damaru takes police chief to court --

US Embassy Security Message

The U.S. Embassy in Port Moresby informs U.S. citizens that the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a travel notice for Papua New Guinea regarding the Zika virus. It is strongly recommended that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Papua New Guinea enrol in the Department of State's Smart Traveller Enrolment Program (STEP) at -- -- to receive the latest security updates.


Link PNG

Air Niugini has announced the appointment of Mr Bruce Alabaster as the new General Manager of its subsidiary company, Link PNG taking over from Captain Daniel Wanma who was responsible for overseeing the start-up of the new subsidiary company.


Madang Open

Digicel will sponsor the 2016 Madang Golf Open. As part of the sponsorship, Digicel has donated PGK 20,000 to the Madang Golf Club.


Indian Presidential Visit

Indian President Pranab Mukherjee returns home after 6-day tour that included PNG --

India, Papua New Guinea signed four agreements to deepen bilateral relations --

India offers technology, manpower --

Mukherjee pays respect to 'unknown' Indian soldiers of WW II --

Kimbe-Hoskins Highway to get upgrade under 100M Credit agreements between PNG and India --

FIFA Venues on Track

FIFA's Local Organising Committee and the PNG Sports Foundation are working hand in hand to ensure the successful delivery of the U20 Women's World Cup this November. Despite the lack of physical evidence, on both the PNG Football Stadium and Bava Park in Port Moresby, Executive Director of the PNG Sports Foundation, Peter Tsiamalili Jnr, has given his assurance that all venues will be ready for delivery to the Local Organising Committee (LOC) by the 13th of August.


PNG Media

The Media Council of Papua New Guinea (MCPNG) has appealed to government institutions and individuals to respect the role of the media and allow journalists to report without fear or favour.

Queries on the work of the MCPNG should be sent to the email address --


Students Not Allowed to Protest

University students will not be allowed to stage a protest march over their call for the prime minister to resign, according to the country's police command. Police Chief of Operations, Deputy Commissioner Andrews, said the students had not properly sought permission to hold a protest.


UPNG suspends classes for a week over PM protest --

Students call for PM's resignation --

Boycott of classes at university enters day four --


BSP has launched its new branding campaign for 2016 reinforcing its commitment to its customers and communities in which it operates. Following recent acquisitions of Westpac operations in Solomon Island the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga, BSP has shown its values in the 30 second TV adverts that capture BSP's culture with a core focus on values and families in uniting to build the banks Pacific brand.


Review of Lands Act

Minister, Benny Allan, has announced that the first workshop on reviewing the 1998 Lands Act will be held in Port Moresby, for the Southern Region this month followed by Hagen for the Highland's region, Kokopo for the New Guinea Islands and Lae for the Momase region.


Bomana Police Graduation

272 police recruits have graduated from the Bomana Police College. Out of the 272 graduands there were 37 females and 23 police recruits from Bougainville who were supported through AusAid and the Australian Federal Police (AFP).


Rural Area Policing

Member for Bulolo, Sam Basil says more police officers need to be stationed in rural areas to ensure police presence is felt throughout the country.


Milne Bay Provincial Assembly

Alotau is celebrating after the opening of the new K9 million provincial assembly building and the K5 million administration office complex.


Melanesian Hotel

The Melanesian Hotel and Apartments have been temporarily closed so that the site can be redeveloped. The redevelopment plan is aligned with Coral Sea Hotels' commitment to continuously improving its properties across the country.

The Melanesian Hotel originally opened in 1965.


Markham Clash

Over 10 people have been massacred in a fight in Markham between two ethnic groups that started after a drunk Markham Valley Secondary School student was assaulted at the Mutzing Market. The fight was between the Amari and Atzera people of Markham.


Tree Kangaroo Summit

Port Moresby's Nature Park has recently hosted the International Tree Kangaroo Summit 2016 in the nation's capital. Other countries including USA and Australia have previously hosted this bi-annual event, and for the first time, PNG, through its Port Moresby Nature Park hosted the event.


Chewbacca Beetle

Scientists have discovered a new beetle in PNG and named it after Star Wars character Chewbacca. The scientists called the species Trigonopterus chewbacca not because of its size, but due to its colour and hair-like growth that covers its limbs.


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.

SPADA - South Pacific Airline Darts Association - 2016 Fundraising Dance - 7th May at the Lamana Gold Club.

3rd Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

12th Festival of Pacific Arts 22 May to 4 June 2016 (Hagatna, Guam)

Australia Future Unlimited Tertiary Education Roadshow June 2016 - Port Moresby --

The ABU Pacific Media Partnership Conference 2016 - 24 to 27 August in Port Moresby --

2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament (13 Nov - 3 Dec, Port Moresby) --

Christmas Day - 25 December 2016

Boxing Day - 26 December 2016

New Year's Day - 1st January 2017

Surfing Association PNG - World Surf League tour championship in January 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby --

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