PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Nov 2017

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
biktaun city
brata brother
brukim break
glaman kid / joke
graun earth / ground / world
grile / skin pukpuk ringworm / tinea
grin / grinpela green
gris fat
gude good day
gumi inner tube
guria earthquake
gut / gutpela good
gut nait good night
haiskul high school
haiwe highway
halivim / helpim help
hallans / hailens highlands
hamamas tru enjoy
hamas how much/many
hangre hungry
hariap quick
harim hear / listen
kago baggage / cargo / goods
kantri country (nation)

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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Links PNG News Links
Misc Links The News
Languages of PNG PNG Population
Chinese Donates to APEC Refugees Escorted Out
PNG is Unique Prisoners Escape
Water PNG Shortwave
PNG Climate Manus Update
NCC Relocates Office Disciplined Forces Training Ends
World AIDS Day Three Years For False Pretence
Coming Events PNG Media Related Sites
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** PNG News Links **

Lunch & Learn: Women Miners as Change Makers --

ExxonMobil Evacuates Non-Essential Staff Highlands Due to Unrest --

Port Moresby to be transformed --

Out of our depth: deep sea mining (2) --

Lawyer slams removal --

Retirees’ payout to cost an extra K40m --

State backs shortwave to reach rural areas --

PNG facing development challenges --

PNG Hunters to play Broncos, Warriors in trial matches in Port Moresby --

Govt vows to rid duplication in SIP rollout --

PNG Ports took loans without following rules --

** Misc Links **

An Intrepid Traveler's Guide to Exploring PNG --

Townsville Airport seeing record numbers of passengers --

National Cultural Commission --

Bank of PNG --

Image of Eruption of Tavurvur volcano at Rabaul --

National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) --

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PNG Water --

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Living Water Mission --

Forest Industries Association --

NBC PNG TV Schedule --

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Out of our depth: deep sea mining (1) --


News Items

** Languages of PNG **

The languages of PNG number over 850. These languages are spoken by the inhabited tribal groups of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. In 2006, then Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare stated that "Papua New Guinea has 832 living languages (languages, not dialects)" making it the most linguistically diverse place on earth. Its official languages are Tok Pisin, English, Hiri Motu and PNG Sign Language. Tok Pisin, an English-based creole, is the most widely spoken, serving as the country's lingua franca. PNG Sign Language became the fourth official language in May 2015, and is used by the deaf population throughout the country.

Wikipedia --

** PNG Population **

The current PNG population is 8,317,369 as of Friday, November 24, 2017, based on the latest United Nations estimates.

The PNG population is equivalent to 0.11% of the total world population.

PNG ranks number 101 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density is 18 per Km2 (47 people per mi2).

The total land area is 452,860 Km2 (174,850 sq. miles). 12.6 % of the population is urban (1,039,693 people in 2017). The median age is 21.8 years.

WorldOMeters --

** Chinese Donates to APEC **

The Chinese Government has given K20 million to the Government to maintain the international convention centre which will be used for the 2018 APEC Summit.

The multi-million kina Chinese-aided International Convention Centre project in Port Moresby was funded and built by the Chinese Government.

Post Courier --

** Refugees Escorted Out **

One refugee was “escorted out” by government officials while 49 “left voluntarily” early yesterday morning as a police-led government team stormed into the decommissioned Manus regional processing centre. Police Commissioner Gari Baki said the 50 asylum seekers were “peacefully relocated” to the two new camps in East Lorengau.

The National --

** PNG is Unique **

Australia’s new Foreign Policy White Paper recognises Papua New Guinea as a very unique country, Foreign Affairs and Trade Minister Rimbink Pato said yesterday.

Mr Pato said that the 2017 foreign policy unveiled yesterday comprises eight chapters, one of which speaks about a shared agenda for security and prosperity in the Pacific, including an enduring partnership with Papua New Guinea.

Post Courier --

** Prisoners Escape **

Thirty-nine inmates have broken out of the Kerevat Prison in East New Britain. Kerevat police station commander John Hapot in Gazelle, East New Britain said they dug holes from four cells to get out of the cell block, then cut through the prison fence to make their getaway.

The National --

** Water PNG **

The Governor of the Eastern Highlands has been asked to talk to the Goroka Town Council about handing over the management of the water supply to Water PNG.

Loop PNG --

** Shortwave **

The Government plans to improve communication and the dissemination of information to the provinces using the shortwave radio network, says Communication, Information Technology and Energy Minister Sam Basil. “Shortwave is the way to go in PNG and we must not be moved by people who want us to support them put up FM stations,” he said.

The National --

** PNG Climate **

The main variable of PNG's climate is not temperature or air pressure, but rainfall. PNG's climate can be described as tropical climate, with the coastal plains averaging a temperature of 28°C, the inland and mountain areas averaging 26°C, and the higher mountain regions, 23°C. The area's relative humidity is quite high, and ranges between 70 and 90 percent.

Weather Online --

** Manus Update **

The Australian Government is aware that all men previously refusing to leave the former Manus Island Regional Processing Centre (RPC) have now departed the complex for alternative accommodation. The Australian Government welcomes this development. The PNG Government has been clear since mid-2016 that it would close the RPC.

Relief Web --

A refugee on Manus Island says he saw PNG police beat several men during the operation to clear the decommissioned detention centre - Australian ABC --

** NCC Relocates Office **

The NCC head office that used to be housed at Tabari House in Boroko has now relocated to Down Town Port Moresby at the MS House directly opposite the Port Moresby Police Station.

Post Courier --

** Disciplined Forces Training Ends **

The Public Order Management Tactical Trainer Qualifying program between the three discipline forces in the country and Australian Federal Police including New Zealand Police has officially ended at the McGregor Police Barracks. The purpose of the training was to teach officers crowd control especially rioting situations.

PNG Today --

** World AIDS Day **

Churches have commemorated the 2017 World AIDS Day with a worship service held at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Koki. The World AIDS Day 2017 Theme for the Churches in PNG is “securing our future now from HIV” focusing on children’s rights to prevention, testing, treatment and care and support.

Post Courier --

** Three Years For False Pretense **

The Waigani National Court in Port Moresby has sentenced a man to three years in prison for hiring a motor vehicle under false pretense

Loop PNG --

** 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.

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017

New Year, 1 January 2018

Good Friday, 30 March 2018

Easter Sunday, 1 April 2018

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

Oceania Men's and Women's Continental Hockey Qualification in Port Moresby in May 2018

Queen's Birthday, 11 June 2018

Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018 in San Francisco - 20 - 22 July 2018

Remembrance Day, 23 July 2018

Mount Hagen Cultural Show --

Independence Day, 16 September 2018

Goroka Show --

World Tourism Day 2018, 27 September

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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