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Tok Pisin English
akis axe
bagarap bugger up / broken / to break down
bun nating bone nothing / a very thin person
dai pinis die
em nau! great! fantastic!; literally 'him now!'
em tasol that's all
glas bilong kapten binoculars
glas bilong lukluk mirror
glas glass
gras bilong fes grass belong face / beard
hamamas happy
haus sik hospital
hausboi / hausmeri servant
het i pen headache
kilim i dai pinis kill
maus gras mouth grass / moustache
yu mekim wanem? what are you doing?
yusim use

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20 teams for basketball national champs --

2017 National Elections --

'We crossed 11 rivers with water up to our necks to do our job' in PNG ballot --

Doctor's assault: Police officers need to own up --

Tubal refutes rumours of his death --

Dwellers leading National Soccer League competition --

Shipping vessel rescues 7 missing at sea for two weeks --

Strict regulations on 2015 Pacific Games venues usage --

Former Lord Mayor of Mt Hagen firearm application refused --

Environment care part of agenda at pastoral meet --

'Peaceful' Enga ready for voting in spite of bias claim against officials --

Lae police chief confirms 'students' set fire to PNG ballot papers --

Symposium to look at health --

Misc Links

FSM president vows to continue to support Air Niugini --

24 hours in Moresby --

Morobe Liquor Ban --

The Lady Vanishes Igniting 80 Year Old Mystery --

Coconut Oil Declared Not Healthy; Is PNG at Risk of Heart Diseases? --

Western H'lands schools to start classes --

K1 Coin Shadow --

Empty Pom streets, markets --

'Mud Men' reveal tradition of wearing terrifying masks to intimidate enemies --

Not in PNG but close by in Indonesia - One Crazy and Dangerous Airplane Landing --

PNG Real Estate --

Ela Murray School --

News Items

Trilateral Malaria Project

The trilateral malaria project by Australia, China and PNG sets out to eliminate malaria in the country, according to Central Public Health Laboratory director Dr Evelyn Lavu. Lavu said through the partnership, the Australian government committed K8 million which would be used to support Australian, Chinese and PNG scientists to collaborate on malaria diagnosis and research.

The National --

Somare Votes

For the first time East Sepik Governor Sir Michael Somare has voted for candidates other than himself in the regional seat during polling in Wewak.

The National --

Konedobu Clinic

The Bank South Pacific (BSP) has donated two water tanks with a combined volume of 10,000 litres to the Lawes Road clinic at Konedobu in the Moresby-south electorate. The clinic serves more than 16,000 people from Konedobu and the surrounding communities of Badili, Koki, Town, Hanuabada, Tatana and the Baruni villages.

Post Courier --

Kumul Petroleum Holdings

Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited (KPHL) is moving forward to establish the Gas fired 58 Mega Watt power generator outside Port Moresby.

Loop PNG --

Election Concerns

One woman has every reason to be concerned for whom to vote and what will become of her and women like herself once the election fever dies out and leaders get elected into Parliament. Nancy Paul, an informal vendor from Erava in the Southern Highlands Province makes her living selling fried eggs.

Post Courier --

Voting delay an 'embarrassment, humiliation', former NZ governor-general says --

Gun Shots fired to disperse Crowd --

Dry Weather Expected in NGI

According to the National Weather Service Assistant Director, Jimmy Gomoga, some areas of the New Guinea Islands region will experience dry weather in the next few weeks because of a change in weather patterns.

The National --

Star Optical Clinic

The Star Optical Clinic at Gerehu accepts patients from all over Port Moresby. The Clinic, located at the Gerehu General Hospital, has been in operation since last year offering direct optical and optometric services.

Post Courier --

School Vaccinations

According to Boroko Rotary Club president Russell Jackson, the first phase of cervical cancer vaccination in primary schools in the National Capital District was a success. He said through Rotary International's support and the Boroko club's own funding, K986,000 has been raised, which was enough to vaccinate 28,000 girls in Port Moresby's three electorates.

The National --

Aviation Industry Competition

PNG Air chairman and chief executive officer Muralee Siva says competition is good and in the case of aviation, in a country of seven to eight million people, choice is a must.

"Monopoly does not drive change, they encourage complacency. Change which benefits all is driven by competition but competition requires the market to actively support this concept for it to succeed," he remarked.

Post Courier --

Bebego's Murderer Sentenced

A former public servant was yesterday sentenced to 25 years in prison for the murder of his colleague in the National Capital District three years ago. The court found Pokea guilty of the murder of Dennis Taylor Bebego at the Foreign Affairs Department office in Waigani on the 5th of July 2014. The Waigani National Court, presided by Justice Nicholas Kirriwom, ordered that Billy Sapsi Pokea, from Sumea village in Mendi District, Southern Highlands, serve 22 years at the Buiebi prison in Mendi. The two years and 11 months he spent in custody at Bomana prison in Port Moresby were deducted from the sentence.

The National --

Madang Water

Landowners and settlers of the Furan to Panim road in Madang Province have threatened to close the town water supply over continuous lawlessness in the area.

Post Courier --

New police vehicles for Madang --

Mobile Squad Removed

PNG Blogs reports that PM O'Neill has intervened in the election process in Pangia after he called Police Commissioner Gary Baki to personally remove a Mobile Police unit. The unit, usually stationed in Wabag, was helping with security in the Prime Minister's electorate of Ialibu Pangia.

PNG Blogs --

Moresby Elections

Police in Port Moresby have arrested the city's election manager for carrying a large amount of cash, on the same day voting in the capital was suspended. The PNG Electoral Commission said the vote had been delayed because it did not pay the workers their "camping allowances".

Current PM, Peter O'Neill, is hoping voters will overlook economic problems and corruption controversies to give him a second term.

ABC Australia --

Polling in NCD didn't go ahead as planned --

Gamato on Elections

The PNG Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato says the elections are not a failure as records show that more than 50 percent of the voter population in districts that voted have cast their votes. Gamato insisted yesterday that the National Election was on track despite some minor issues in some parts of the country.

Post Courier --

Common roll to be addressed after the election --

Arawa Road Accident

A family of seven, including five children, have been involved in a vehicle accident recently when going from Buka to Arawa in a 10 seater bus. The vehicle the family were in collided with another vehicle belonging to PNG Power Limited.

Loop PNG --

Flag Designer Abandoned

PNG flag designer, Susan Karike Huhume left the world three months ago but she is yet to be laid to rest; her body is still waiting at Dove Funeral Home in Port Moresby. The family of late Susan are devastated; they have been let down by the Prime Minister's Department who promised a State Funeral for the flag designer.

Post Courier --

Lost Common Roll Names

Polling across the country commenced on Saturday 24th June and was set to end on Saturday 8th July. One issue that appears to be common among many polling stations across the country is that many voters cannot locate their names on the common roll even if they have previously voted in the same electorate and at the same polling station.


Yama not registered to vote in Madang --

52 students missed out on voting --

More university students' names not on PNG electoral roll --

Almost 500 eligible voters missed out in Wewak--

Lady Kamit among many with no name on roll --

Oro Homes Razed

A series of "pay-back" attacks has left 17 homes devastated in the Haena hamlet just outside Sairope village in Northern (Oro) Province. According to Officer in Charge of the Internal Investigations Unit, detective senior inspector Charles Winuan, 13 of the homes were set alight by officers from both the Popondetta Highway Patrol and PNG Correctional Services.

Post Courier --

Women's Basketball Title

Three Moresby teams are all geared up for the PNG women's basketball championship in Port Moresby. It is toss-up between Port Moresby, National Capital District and Lae as the favourites for the crown while Daru are the dark horses.

The National --

K1m Catering Deal

Landowner companies Raibus Limited and National Catering Services (NCS) have signed a K1 million agreement to provide catering services to the Madang-based nickel and cobalt mine. The joint venture collaboration took about a year to conclude, to provide services for the RamuNiCo-managed project sites at Kurumbukari mine in the Bundi LLG, and Basamuk refinery in Rai Coast.

Post Courier --

Basketballers Looked Sharp

The Port Moresby Basketball Team was seen to be ramping up its preparations for the PNG All Stars championships held recently.


UOG Operation Grant

The Western Highland provincial government has delivered an operation grant of K100, 000 to University of Goroka Highlands regional campus in Mount Hagen.

Post Courier --

PNG Air to be ATR Operator

Regional airline, PNG Air, has taken delivery of its 6th brand new ATR aircraft. PNG Air is continuing its plans to phase out the Dash 8 aircraft it has been operating and to become 100 per cent ATR operator in the long term, improving its operating economics.

Pasifik News --

Goroka Show

Preparations for the Goroka Cultural Show are underway. The Goroka Show sponsors meeting was held at the Bird of Paradise hotel in Goroka recently. The chairlady of Goroka Show Mrs Keryn Hargreaves told more than 10 sponsors for this year's show that preparations are under way, with all the different activities planned.

Sponsors already on board to sponsor the three day show this year are Eastern Highlands Provincial Government, MVIL, MTSL,TPA, Coral Sea Hotels, PNG Japan, Home State, RD Tuna, SP Brewery, Ramu Sugar, Ela Motors, MRA and Mapai Transport.

Post Courier --

Departure Tax

A Madang tour operator has raised concerns over the revised departure tax, which came into effect on the 1st of January this year and has asked for clarification from the government. The fees were revised from K30 to K114 (US$9 - US$35).

PNG Today --

Legatees Train for Trek

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has joined with Legacy to prepare 26 Junior Legatees to trek the historic Kokoda Track. The group will set off on the Kokoda trek from Popondetta in the Oro Province of PNG on 28 August, which falls in Legacy Week.

PS News --

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 Remembrance Day - 23 July 2017

PNG International Business Summit - 22 and 23 August - will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre in Australia

National Darts Championships Alotau from 8 September through to 18 September 2017.

Independence Day - 16 September 2017

The FIBA Melanesian Basketball Cup from 24 September to 1 October, 2017.

PNG Games have been postponed to 18 November 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017

2018 - APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit to be held in Port Moresby --

Port Moresby Craft Markets - Laguna Hotel - 1st Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), PNG Arts - 2nd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Holiday Inn - 3rd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Ela Beach - 4th Saturday of the month (6 am to 12 pm)

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