PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jan 2010

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"Pidgin English"

Neo Melanesian English
ai eye
aiglas spectacles
aipas blind
banis ribs
banis fence
banis wall
bel belly
bel i pas constipated
belhevi regret
belisi calm (person)
bratasusa brothers and sisters
bratasusa siblings
han arm / hand
han bilong pisin wing
han bilong siot sleeve
pas stuck
pas / leta letter

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PNG in the News

Student dies in road mishap --

Moresby residents are lazy - Davis --

Chamber worries about Rabaul roads --

Bulolo mayor tells cop to shoot his brother --

New bridge for Jimi --

PNG Blogs

Historical UFO encounter by Anglican Missionary at Boianai (about 25km west of Dogura) in Milne Bay province recounted --

Island Meri --

Time is getting away --

Plenty in Port Moresby --

Kokopo International Hotel --

Mission PNG: A Day of Rest --

Misc Links

PNG Cars --

PNG Engineering --

PNG Orchids --

PNG Plants -- htp://

National Capital Botanical Gardens --

Mudmen --

Site of old reservoir (Port Moresby) --

Earthquake at the end of the year --

PNG Pictures

Alotau photos --

Markham Bridge near Lae in 1978 --

Mt Hagen --

Goroka Show --

Mt Hagen --

Kerema Child --

Ela Beach --

News Items

Vale Henry Kila

PNG's first internationally qualified insurer and insurance broker, Henry Kila, has died at the age of 58. Mr Kila was also a leading sports personality. Mr Kila was a founding member (since 1995) and president from 2006 of Business Council of PNG, managing director of South Pacific Insurance Advisors Ltd. He was president of PNG Sports Federation and National Olympic Committee (2000-03) and capped an illustrious involvement in diverse sporting codes such as softball, rugby league and rugby union including a stint as a commissioner with PNG Sports Commission around September 2003.

Full report --

New Years Honours

Sir Frederick Bernard Carl Reiher, KBE, CMG, has been awarded the Order of St Michael and St George KCMG for services to public administration, commerce and the development of PNG's National Awards system - Logohu. Does this mean he is now Sir Sir Fred?

Full Story --

Share Prices

I couldn't help but notice the following from Motley Fool "PNG could become the next major exporter of Liquefied Natural Gas, considering that InterOil found the world's largest reservoir of gas there (it has even been certified by Guinness World Records!)"

Full article --

Air Niugini

The PNG Independent Consumer and Competition Commission (ICCC) has extended Air Niugini's code share agreement with the Australian airline Qantas.

Morobe Plane Crash

A light aircraft crashed into a mountain located between Gumbum and Tunam villages, three hours from Boana in Morobe province, just before the New Year. Six people on board perished while the pilot is fighting for his life in a hospital in Cairns, Australia. The Civil Aviation Authority will carry out investigation into the accident.

See - Transport to probe crash --

Also - Pilot of crashed plane recovering in Brisbane --

Health System

Prasada Rao, chief of the UNAIDS team for Asia and the Pacific says the AIDS pandemic in PNG is pushing the health system to near collapse. UN reports show the growth in numbers of new cases have increased exponentially, from 21 per cent in 1984-1989 to more than 99 per cent in 2008. The UN estimates there are 54,000 people living with HIV in PNG.

Blood Donors

This time of year with many regular donors on holidays the blood bank struggles to keep up with the demand for blood products. The blood bank collects 600 to 1,000 bags of blood every month, averaging 150 bags a week. The St John Blood Bank has appealed to the public to remember that it is vital to have adequate supply in stock at all times as you never know when you will need that blood to save yourself.

Murder Attempt

There has been an attempt to murder a Malaysian business man around 3:30pm on the 2nd of January. Two Chinese nationals from Fujian province have been arrested for the murder attempt. Only one of the two has a permit to work in the country.

Full story --

See also - Chinese duo charged with attempted murder --

Moresby Murders

Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Awan Sete said apart from three murders and the murder attempt mentioned above there was a significant reduction in armed hold-ups and motor vehicle thefts compared to the same time last year.

Full story --

Mt Hagen

A drunken brawl overflowing from a local night club at MMS Lodge has caused a mini-riot in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands. One person died, four others received serious gun wounds and two hamlets were burned down over the New Year weekend. The police have been criticised for a slow response and not being impartial.

Full story --

See also - Serious crimes drop: Yakasa --

Mothers' Union

Members of MU Australia in Melbourne visited 5 parishes in Popondetta, PNG in November last year.

Read the report here -- -- or just visit the mu web site at --

Matupit Islanders

Matupit Islanders near Rabaul, East New Britain province are not happy with the relocation plans offered to them and have said they will not be moving to the proposed resettlement area at Sikut. It appears the main concerns are over the size of the block of land offered and the lack of infrastructure.

Mining in PNG

The Mines Inspection division of the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) was busy last year as it tried to ensure all mining laws were followed and no employee's lives were put at risk during the operation of the mines. Last year the Ramu Nickel/Cobalt mine and Simberi mine had their operations suspended as the two operations failed to comply with laws and regulations covering the mining industry in the country. Operators in 2010 can expect the same treatment to be given without fear or favour. Failure to comply will result in the shutting down of operations costing millions of Kina until the legal and practical requirements are fully satisfied and are up to PNG standards.

Tari General Hospital

Following the sudden evacuation of the international medical team from Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) - Doctors Without Borders - from Tari General Hospital recently security has now been increased at the hospital. The evacuation followed a series of attacks by drunkards on MSF staff and patients. MSF has warned that unless the authorities in Tari do something about improving security at the hospital, MSF would not return to Tari.

Top Ten PNG Adventures

The following list has been compiled from information located at -- -- It may not represent the opinion of everyone but it does make interesting reading.

10. Climb an Active Volcano
 9. Ride a Secret Surf Break
 8. Scuba Dive Kimbe Bay's Undersea Pinnacles
 7. Hunt for Artefacts in the Sepik River Valley
 6. Spend the Night in a Sepik Family House
 5. Hike the Historic Kokoda Track
 4. Scale Mt. Wilhelm, PNG's Tallest Peak
 3. Dance with Highland Tribes at the Country's Largest Sing-Sing
 2. Spot the Elusive Bird of Paradise
 1. See the Skull Caves of Milne Bay

Visit the web site mentioned above for details of the top ten.

Another Breakout

Thirty-five mainly low-risk remandees overpowered their guards and escaped from the Jomba police station in Madang last weekend however two were murder suspects. The offenders took advantage of a single policeman locking the cells after their evening meal. Once out it was easy for them to overpower the remaining two policemen. Thirty-two other remandees remained in their cells.

Coming Events

AFLPNG - PNG Scholarships / Under 18 Trials will be held in Australia. 8 x U18s are hoped to be provided with Country Queensland, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast Scholarships. -- February 2010

Women in Mining and Petroleum Conference - 22nd to the 24th March 2010 - to be held at Divine Word University in Madang.

25th April 2010 - World Malaria Day. Malaria affects 90 per cent of the PNG population.

World liquefied natural gas (LNG) summit - Mid 2010

16th September - Independence Day

11th Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - 6th to 8th December, 2010 - Hilton Hotel, Sydney --

Full Pacific Games - New Caledonia 2011

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games -- Kokopo, East New Britain

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015

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Updated 16 Jan 2010

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