PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Jul 2017

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ai eye
aiglas spectacles / glasses
aipas blind
banis fence / ribs / wall
bel i pas constipated
bel belly
belhevi regret
belisi calm (person)
bikpela man adult
bikpela big
bratasusa brothers and sisters / siblings
dinau borrow / debt
foto / poto / piksa photo
han bilong pisin wing
han bilong siot sleeve
han arm / hand
haus bilong wasim klos laundry
haus kuk / hauskuk / kisen kitchen
haus building / house / hut
kago cargo / goods / baggage
kagoboi porter
nem name
pas leta / letter
tokwin rumour
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Last chance for Buang FC --

PNG rebel football competition criticised --

26 Seats Decided --

PNG election vote count trudges on with more controversy --

'Sorcery' delays Papua New Guinea election count --

Who will be Papua New Guinea's prime minister? --

Micah upset over defeat --

Misc Links

Up against a killer - CERVICAL cancer --

The brutal Kokoda Campaign was WWII's hell on earth for Aussie diggers --

Nabak-Kawa Landowners Association Registered after 25 years --

Right Products, Right Price - Osram Lights --

2017 World Aquatics Championships --

Mt Giluwe First Traverse --

Push to immortalise Townsville's war heroes --

Business Council pays respect to Loko --

Deported Doug trying to return to PNG --

News Items

Aeronautical Maintenance Engineer

Catherine Bowa, 30, struck a first for women when she graduated this week as PNG's first female military aircraft maintenance engineer. Bowa thanked God for her achievement so far. She also thanked the PNG Defence Force, the training command of PNGDF, the directorate of Technical Air Services and Air Transport Wing, especially the admin hierarchy that planned the training programme.

The National --

Aussie Soldiers Farewelled

Australian troops helping to support the PNG National Elections have been farewelled at a small function held at the Port Moresby PNGDF Air Transport Wing at Jacksons Airport. PNG Defence Force Chief of Operations Colonel Sialle Diro on behalf of the PNGDF Commander Brigadier General Gilbert Toropo said that PNGDF and the people of PNG are very grateful for the support the Australian Defence Force has provided. In return, Australia Defence Force Joint Task Force Group Commander Lieutenant Colonel Travis Gordon also thanked the PNGDF saying that it is was an honour to serve PNG; this election is one of the key National Events of Papua New Guinea.

Post Courier --

Manus Closure Timeline

The Australian federal government's immigration detention centre on Manus Island will close by the end of October, Australian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has revealed.

Australian SBS --

Blindness in PNG

Research has discovered 20,746 people suffering from total blindness in both eyes within the country. The study also found almost 68,000 people were blind in at least one eye.

Loop PNG --

Election Violence

A teenager has died in a Southern Highlands hospital following election-related violence in the prime minister's electorate. Two others were seriously injured in the violence which was sparked when tensions spilled over after a peace ceremony between the factions failed.

Radio New Zealand --

Violence in Wabag --

Police defuse bomb threat in Kavieng --

Two men are dead and another is fighting for his life after a brutal election-related fight near the counting centre in Goroka, Eastern Highlands province --

Rampage in Finschhafen --

Horizon Oil

Horizon Oil is pleased to advise that it has increased to about 28% its interest in the total certified resources contained in PNG's Western Foreland fields of 2.0 - 2.5 tcf gas and 60 - 70 million bbls of condensate. The company and partner Repsol now operate all the licences and hold 70% of the total gas resource to be aggregated to underpin the proposed 1.5 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) Western LNG project, facilitating the planned multi-licence development in one of the world's premier locations for LNG developments.

Oilfield Technology --

Gold Mountain

Gold Mountain has entered into an agreement to acquire a 70% interest in the "Abundance Valley" gold and platinum prospective tenement in PNG.

Proactive Investors --

HIV Increase

A new United Nations AIDS (UNAIDS) report on the global HIV epidemic has found new HIV infections in Papua New Guinea have increased by 4 percent between 2014 and 2016. At the same time, the country has experienced a significant improvement in its HIV treatment coverage with 52 percent of all people living with HIV accessing life-saving antiretroviral medicine.

Post Courier --

Hidden Supply Road

According to a report a team of Australian researchers is exploring an obscure road built by the Japanese army during World War II in PNG. The hidden supply road running parallel to the Kokoda Track could have changed the face of the war. --

See also The Archaeology of WWII --

Election Official Arrested

The assistant returning officer for Nahorawa, in the Raicoast area of Madang province was arrested on Wednesday afternoon by police for tampering with ballot boxes.

Post Courier --

Senior election official from Moresby Northeast arrested --

Saving Lives in PNG

No Roads to Health foundation has a common goal of improving the health outcomes of the Papuan New Guineans living along the Kokoda Track.

It is especially focused on the child and maternal health, where the mortality statistics are some of the worst in the world. One in twelve children die before the age of five. There are 10,000 paediatric deaths per year in PNG. A PNG mother has a one in 20 lifetime risk of dying in pregnancy.

Sunshine Coast Daily --

PNG Failing Ocean Program

Dr Raphal Mana, biological science lecturer at the University of Papua New Guinea has revealed that PNG has failed to register its commitment in protecting its ocean.

Post Courier --

Voting In PNG

Read about how easy it is to vote in PNG. The writer had been in PNG for not very long and was offered the opportunity to vote in the 2017 elections. A local tells the writer he can get as many ballot papers as he wants, and assures him it will be easy for a foreigner to vote.

Australian ABC --

Scrutineers Rescued

Eleven scrutineers, including three female students have been rescued after their dinghy capsized between Siassi Island and Sialum in Morobe province.

Post Courier --

Tsunami Preparedness Project

A new tsunami preparedness project is set for five coastal schools in PNG. The schools are in East New Britain, East Sepik, Bougainville, Milne Bay and on Manus Island. PNG is one of 18 countries taking part in the one-year project.

Radio New Zealand --

Fish Farming Technology

The people of Morobe province will soon benefit from a new fish farming technology that has been successfully tried out in Lae.

Post Courier --

Tomato Ban

PNG's electoral commissioner has gone to court to stop a critical blogger from mocking his name as the country goes to the polls. Patilias Gamato won the order against blogger Martyn Namarong, who referred to him as "Tomato", and was accused of posting an image of the election chief with a tomato for a head. Mr Namarong denies ever posting the doctored image.

The Nation --

NCDC Vendors Not Happy

Some informal vendors are set to defy National Capital District Commission's plans to remove people who cook or sell food, betelnut and other goods in public places like bus stops and traffic lights in Port Moresby.

Post Courier --

Deepening Political Crisis

Following the recent resignation of PNG's Electoral Advisory Committee (EAC), the crisis surrounding the country's parliamentary elections has intensified. It has been reported that the resignations are further evidence that Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's government is trying to cling to power through fraud. The EAC operated for less than a month. Legislation establishing the body was passed following discredited elections in 2002. However, nothing was done to set up the EAC until two weeks before this year's poll.

World Socialist Web Site --

Be Mindful of Your Diet

Lack of proper management of one's diet and lack of awareness are the main causes of diabetes in Papua New Guinea, according to doctors. This was revealed by secretary of the Diabetic Association in PNG, Dr Joyce Sauk during a cheque presentation by the Malaysian charity organization in Port Moresby.

Post Courier --

Oil Search

Papua New Guinea-focused Oil Search said it is sticking with 2017 production guidance despite output in the second quarter slipping due to planned maintenance at its operations and Exxon Mobil Corp's PNG LNG gas-export facility.

The Australian --

Association of South Pacific Airlines

Chief executive officer of Nauru Airlines, Geoff Bowmaker is the new chairman of the Association of South Pacific Airlines. Mr Bowmaker takes over the reins from Air Niugini's CEO and outgoing chairman Simon Foo who has held this role since 2015.

Post Courier --

Drug Dealer in Court

A man from the Eastern Highlands has appeared in the Boroko District Court after he was detained by NCD Police for possession of dangerous drugs. He was allegedly caught with 30 Kilogram of marijuana.

Loop PNG --


The tourism sector is one of the world's fastest growing industries and in the Pacific Islands it is recognized as an important driver of economic growth and employment opportunity. For the big picture Papua New Guineans can start looking at tourism differently. This is a very dynamic industry, and help is available - an agency of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat called Pacific Islands Trade & Invest (PT &I) Australia that facilitates Pacific Islands export and investment.

Post Courier --

Can I fly a drone in PNG?

Yes, you can fly an unmanned aircraft vehicle (UAV) in PNG but you will need authorisation to do so. You will also need some form of authorisation to fly a manned aircraft! For more information and details of how to contact the relevant authority visit this link -- -- There are penalties for flying an UAV without authority.

Michie.NET --

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.

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.

Rugby League World Cup 2017 - Wales vs PNG in Port Moresby - 28 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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