PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Jan 2018

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bia beer
bihain later
bulmakau beef
dokta doctor
gut nait good night
kaikai food
lephan left (hand)
lukim yu bihain goodbye
nogat no
raithan right (hand)
sik sick
skius excuse me
sol salt
tausen thousand
wara water
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Damaged Dash 8 tyre exploded in wheel bay --

POM Development Plan --

Ethnic clash at Koura Way --

Farming trees with communities to power PNG --

Government Vehicle Involved in Road Accident On Gerehu - Nine Mile Road --

Fetus Dump --

Papua New Guinea's forests are being destroyed --

Adventist Primary School has Record Graduation --

Trukai gives Rice for East Sepik Relief --

National Capital District's electoral boundaries need looking into --

Misc Links

Cave of Satoshi --

"The 3 little pigs" in Tok Pisin (PNG) Lik lik pik --

PNG Languages --

Market Meri --

Mereani Masani - BOSSMAN [Official VIDEO] | png music 2017 --

What is a KIAP? --

WW1 and WW2 naval warfare images colorized for first time

Missionary link to Milne Bay found --

News Items

Sorcery-Related Violence

Despite millions of kina being injected through various government programmes to minimise sorcery-related violence and even repealing the Sorcery Act 1971, sorcery-related violence has escalated in the country.

The National --

Miss Pacific Islands Scholarship

The Miss Pacific Islands Pageant Papua New Guinea (MPIP PNG) yesterday officially opened its 2018 scholarship fund for young Papua New Guinean women. The scholarship will be awarded to eight successful candidates and will cover the costs of their tuition fees for the 2018 academic year.

The Royal Papua Yacht club has assisted the scholarship fund with a donation of K5530.

Post Courier --

Vale Kato Ottio

Severe heatstroke may have caused the sudden death of Papua New Guinea rising Rugby League star Kato Ottio, who had recently signed with English side Widnes Vikings, hospital officials say. The 23-year-old former Canberra Raiders player died on the 9th of January from "a sudden health issue" while on a recent training run.

Yahoo News --

Super League club Widnes pay touching tribute to Kato Ottio ahead of funeral --

Vale David Tinemau -- PNG league shocked by second death --

Genetic Diversity

New genetic analysis of people living in Papua New Guinea shows a sharp genetic divide between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago that was likely determined by whether their ancestors lived a more nomadic life in the highlands or a more sedentary one in the lowlands. The genetic divide began at about the same time people began farming in the lowlands. In other parts of the world during the Bronze and Iron Ages, migration and innovations were the prime forces that shaped human evolution.

The National --

PNG Leadership Tribunals

PNG Leadership Tribunals will no longer have to follow strict rules of evidence when determining the truth of allegations against elected representatives and department heads. A Supreme Court decision on this matter follows a reference filed by PNG's Ombudsman Commission almost a year ago. The reference sought interpretations on the constitutionality of 2006 amendments to the country's Organic Law on the Duties and Responsibilities of Leadership.

RNZ --

PNG Volcanic Activity

The entire population of Kadovar island (591 people), located about 24km offshore from Wewak has been evacuated to neighbouring Brup Brup island due to the Island became active on 5 January 2018 with volcanic activity.

Relief Web --

Naval ship delivers supplies to villagers --

Air Niugini has had to reschedule some flights to and from Weawal due to the activity -- -- It is highly recommended that passengers travelling to Wewak should remain in contact with their Booking Agent or they may contact Customer Services, Port Moresby on 3273409 for updated information on flights to Wewak.

Volcano Chain Vents plausible --

Twins Born in Aitape and Wewak

A set of twins has had an interesting start to their life on this planet. One was born on Christmas Day and the other on Boxing Day. Not unusual, I am sure it happens frequently enough around the world. What adds a twist to this is the fact that one was born at the Raihu Hospital, Aitape, West Sepik and the other was born at the Boram General Hospital in the next province of East Sepik. Hope there is never a war between East and West Sepik!

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No Power in Parliament

Electricity was cut to Parliament house recently when a government cheque for K10 million bounced due to insufficient funds. Parliament had to use its back-up generator so that it could operate but only up until 2 pm every day when the gen-set was shutdown.

The National --

New Ireland Roads

International Builder and Road Construction Company, China Railway International Group has made inroad into New Ireland Province concluding two days of intensive discussions with the New Ireland Governor Sir Julius Chan and his Technical Team on the planned development of several major impact projects in the Province.


Confusing Tok Pisin

Elton Kili presents Confusing Tok Pisin (#PNGJokes). Tok Pisin is a creole spoken in Papua New Guinea (PNG), and it has rich vocabulary. However, when mixed with the different local accents becomes a recipe for laughter.

YouTube --

Elton presents "Enter the Dragon" (#PNGJokes) --

Lae Farewells Alan McLay

Hundreds of people gathered at a funeral service at the Cassowary Road United Church to bid farewell to long time kiap and Lae Chamber of Commerce and Industry President Late Allan Mclay.

One PNG --

Prisoners Removed From Hospitals

Prisoners receiving medical treatment in hospitals in Papua New Guinea's capital have been returned to jail after a directive from the prime minister. Peter O'Neill called for a cancellation of all 'Leave of Absences' for prisoners after reports rich inmates were paying people to manipulate the provisions so they could spend time outside of prison.

Radio New Zealand --

Easipay System Outage

PNG Power Ltd recently announced "There is currently a technical issue with Digicel's Easipay vending and PPL is awaiting the mobile company to sort out the issue. Customers are asked to purchase at the Easipay vending sites, through the bmobile network and through mobile banking."

PNG Today --

Stanton Albert Signed

The British super league club Widnes has signed Papua New Guinea Kumuls prop, Stanton Albert. The 22 year old Albert joins the Vikings from the PNG Hunters and will get the opportunity to play alongside brother and fellow international, Wellington Albert, who is also on the books of the Widnes club.

Radio New Zealand --

Escapees Back Behind Bars

Twenty-four prisoners who escaped from Kerevat Jail in East New Britain on the 22nd of December have been recaptured, according to a senior Correctional Services official.

The National --

APEC House on Schedule

Construction of APEC House in Port Moresby is on Schedule. APEC house will host one of the most important meetings ever held in PNG in November this year. The 21 Nations that are going to be here on that occasion will represent over 50% of global trade and 50% of the global GDP

One PNG --

APEC cruise liners secured, says O'Neill -- -- The three cruise ships, Pacific Explorer, Pacific Dawn, and Sea Princes are all operated by P&O Cruises Australia.

Tkatchenko content with APEC --

Chief Justice Attack Condemned

Tsak Valley leaders Dan Kakaraya and Francis Tanga have condemned the attack on Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, which was allegedly carried out by members of their Aluni tribe. The National newspaper said the incident - in which Sir Salamo was attacked while driving from Tsak Valley to Wapenamanda to return to Port Moresby - was apparently in relation to a recent sanguma (sorcery) case.

PNG Industry News --

No Fees for Madang Schools

All Government run schools in the Madang Province are not allowed to charge any school or project fees this year. Provincial Education Director Moses Sariki, says, this is because they do not have a Provincial Education Act that allows schools to charge fees for all TVET, elementary, primary, high and secondary schools in the province.

PNG Today --

Honey Organic Health Products

Local honey is being used in organic health products made by a small business in Port Moresby. Divine Management Services (DMS) uses the honey to make facial and body scrubs, shampoos and other organic health products. The business gets its honey from a beekeeper in Goroka, Eastern Highlands.

The National --

Cricket PNG

PNG threw away a solid start by losing all of their wickets for only 54 runs as their Under-19 World campaign began with a 10-wicket drubbing at the hands of Zimbabwe in Lincoln.

ESPN Cricket --

Aussie Police Called For

Senior PNG politician, Sir Peter Ipatas, has called for the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to once again be allowed to carry out investigations and help local officers address what he says is a "breakdown in law and order" in the country.

ABC 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.

Netball World Cup qualifiers - The trials are set to run from January 20th to the 21st at the Rita Flynn netball courts in Port Moresby. Trials will run from 8 am to 4 pm daily

11th March - 1st round QRL 2018 season. PNG Hunters kick off premiership defence against Ipswich Jets --

PNG Petroleum & Energy Summit - 19 to 21 March 2018 in Port Moresby --

43rd National Game Fishing titles from 23 March to 1 April 1 2018 in Lae, Morobe province.

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, Monday 11 June 2018

July 2018 - 6th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture - Solomon Islands

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

Remembrance Day, Monday 23 July 2018

Mount Hagen Cultural Show --

Independence Day, Sunday 16 September 2018

Goroka Show --

World Tourism Day 2018, Thursday 27 September

Christmas Day, Tuesday 25 December

Boxing Day, Wednesday 26 December

New Year, Tuesday 1 January 2019

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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