PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6th Jun 2010

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Neo Melanesian English
akis axe
bagarap break down/worn out
bagarapim spoil
banara bow
banaras bows and arrows
birua/tupela i bam/bagarap accident
hama/hamarim hammer
masket/raifol/gan gun
rop bilong banara bowstring
spia/supia spear
supia bilong banara arrow
supia I gat huk barbed arrow or spear
supsup bilong banara pronged arrow
supsup fish spear
tamiok tomahawk

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PNG in the News

Gold buyer shot dead inside airport departure lounge --

Oro-bly wrong --

Miners and maritime workers back Bougainville women at Rio AGM - The mine was the source of a 10 years civil war, economic devastation and 10,000 deaths. --

K2bil needed to upgrade port facilities --

Bill to protect investor's interest and Government --

Scientists and lawyers say that the amendment passed last Friday in Parliament will strip Papua New Guineans of their right to their land --

Friday's act was a low act --

PNG's Health Department says people may be dying due to lack of testing equipment --

PNG Supreme Court suspends finance minister Pruaitch --

16 new MPs take up posts in Bouganville --

Kapris names pollies in court -- -- He named the three politicians as recently suspended Treasurer and Finance Minister Patrick Pruaitch, Correctional Services Minister Tony Aimo and Deputy Speaker of Parliament Francis Marus.

Explorer rows towards Madang --

Briton Roz Savage gets rock star's welcome after row across Pacific --

PNG Blogs

PNG Tourism Blog --

SP Lager --

Flight to Madang --

Malum Nalu: Revival of East New Britain Orchid Society --

Milne Bay - islands of love --

Mount Hagen's renowned World Famous Cultural Show --

Safe in Alotau --

The Soaring Spirit - Roz Savage -- -- and also -- -- and - A chat with Rita Savage, mum of Roz Savage --

Ken and Una in PNG --

Misc Links about PNG

Roz Savage, Ocean Rower -- -- see where Roz is --

Rabaul facebook page --

Alotau Travel Guide --

Deacon's Reef, Milne bay PNG --

Ports of PNG --

Wantura --

The Papua New Guinea Medical Board (PNGMB) --

Bomana War Cemetery --

The volcanoes of Kimbe Bay in PNG --

Goroka Show --

Goroka Coffee --

Moving up the value chain --

World Expo - Pacific Joint pavilion - PNG --

Destiny rests in their hands --

QANTASLINK Expands link to Port Moresby --


News Items

Don Bosco Tech School

Don Bosco Technical School has opened its new information technology building and launched its website. The double-storey building holds six computer laboratories, a conference room and lecture rooms. The website will provide information on academic programmes, student and parent affairs and alumni and news.

Lissenung Island Resort Competition

Help save our seas and win a trip to Lissenung Island Resort, Kavieng, New Ireland Province

The Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) has announced a competition to win the dive trip of a lifetime! The prize includes seven nights accommodation at Lissenung Island Resort and airfares to Kavieng, Papua New Guinea. This fabulous prize is worth over AU$9000 and includes:

One return airfare flying Air Niugini from Sydney, Brisbane or Cairns to Kavieng

Seven nights accommodation and three meals a day at the stunning Lissenung Island Resort

Five days of diving (includes two dives per day) exploring the beautiful surrounding reefs

If you are not yet a diver, the prize includes a PADI open water dive course

Over AU$5000 worth of dive gear generously donated by Scubapro / Uwatec Australia

> Angelique Amon
> Lissenung Island Resort/Lissenung Diving
> P.O. Box 536, Kavieng 631
> New Ireland Province
> Papua New Guinea
> Phone: +675 7234 5834
> Skype lissenungdiving

PNG Graffiti

NCD operations commander, Superintendent Andy Bawa, says anyone caught making graffiti or defacing a public property will be made to either repaint the whole property or clean the whole mess under police supervision. He has also urged the public to make citizen arrest on anyone committing this offence in their respective areas.

read full story --

Air Niugini Increases Fares

Air Niugini has raised the fuel surcharge for domestic flights by K10 this month. This has taken the domestic surcharge to a total of K115. Air Niugini said that the international surcharge was not affected because overseas fuel prices were cheaper and had not changed since last January.

Hospital Funding

Hospitals around PNG are screaming out for adequate funding. Eastern Highlands provincial government adviser John Sari said many people were dying every day in hospitals across the country due to lack of proper medical equipment.

see Post Courier article --

Air Niugini Cadet Pilots

Air Niugini will send seven cadet pilots for training in Australia next month in an effort to bolster its fledgling pilot numbers.

full article --

Yama's Payout

The long drawn out saga over the payout to Madang businessman Peter Yama is heading back to court yet again. Department of Justice and Attorney-General secretary Dr Lawrence Kalinoe, acting for the state through lawyer Peter Donigi, is seeking to establish the validity of the payout and whether due legal processes were followed.

East New Britain Rice

With the ever increasing price of goods from the trade stores, especially rice, the Kokopo District of East New Britain province has taught people how to grow and harvest rice. The Low External Input Sustainable Upland Rice Farmers Training Program was started by the district and aided by the Organisation of Industrial, Spiritual and Cultural Advancement (OISCA) Rabaul Training Centre to train people in the district.

Girua Bridge

The Girua Bridge near Popondetta in Oro province has collapsed again. This is the third time the bridge has given way. The provincial administrator, Owen Awaita, has been prompted to build a permanent bridge under the proposed AusAID development package for major infrastructure in the province. The bridge's foundation was weakened by recent rain.

Angau Memorial Hospital

The Post Courier reports Dr Francis Bannick of Lae's Angau Memorial Hospital as saying urgent help is needed to save the lives of hundreds of patients still waiting for results from laboratory tests taken last September.

National Broadcasting Corporation

The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) is facing serious financial problems. It owes K7,185,520 to Internal Revenue Commission (IRC) and K2,981,435 in superannuation contributions to Nambawan Supa. Overall it owes over K18 million to various establishments. Memafu Kapera, the acting managing director of the NBC, admittedly told an NBC staff meeting that the K18 million credit default had left NBC in a dire financial situation, where it might not be able to meet some of its obligations.

see also - Ealedona refutes claims --

Torture in PNG

A United Nations team in PNG to investigate torture, ill-treatment, inhuman treatment and punishment has been subjected to a verbal assault by a National Intelligence officer while visiting Buka. The violent incident has been reported to the Deputy Police Commissioner who has promised to take appropriate disciplinary measures. The team travelled to the country's major prisons and police lock ups and conducted confidential interviews where they found systematic beatings of detainees upon arrest or within hours of detention, including interrogation. Widely practised methods include beatings with car fan belts, bush knives, gun butts, iron rods, wooden sticks, stones, punching and kicking, used mainly to punish and to establish authority.

New Nominations for GG

As the term of the current governor-general expires on the 29th of June this year nominations have been called for the position of GG. This is the second attempt this year. The first attempt failed when mistakes were found on the nomination forms of the three people vying for the position. The three original nominations were from existing incumbent Sir Paulias Matane as well as Sir Pato Kakaraya and Roy Yaki.

MPs learn to fill forms --

Aussie Security Update

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller advisory service has issued an update to the Travel Advice for PNG. The advice has been reviewed and reissued. It contains new information in the Summary (Fighting in Bulolo town, Morobe Province). The overall level of the advice has not changed.

Visit the Aust Smartraveller web site --

Civil Aviation Changes

Parliament has approved the set up of two new State-owned companies dealing with Civil Aviation. They are called the National Airports Corporation Limited (NAC) and the Papua New Guinea Air Services Limited (PNGASL). Parliament also approved the setting up of the Civil Aviation and Safety Authority of Papua New Guinea (CASA PNG). The amendments to the Civil Aviation Act are to separate commercial and regulatory functions.

New Book

Look out for a new book about to be published in July. It's called Not a Poor Man's Field - The New Guinea Goldfields to 1942: An Australian Colonial History. Foreword has been written by Ross Garnaut, Chairman of Lihir Gold. While the story of how the Morobe goldfields developed is at the core of the book, it goes a lot further, using the goldfields as a prism through which the author views the colonial experience including how Australia administered NG under the League of Nations Mandate. He also looks at black-white encounters from both perspectives. The book will be available in the University of PNG Bookshop, though the date is uncertain at this stage.

Wara Blong Life

Advance notice of Oxfam's Wara Blong Life online project

PNG schools are invited to take part in this fun, interactive classroom project which takes place in term 4. Wara Blong Life (Water for Survival) is a 9-week, year 1 to 10, project, based on the Technology, Social Studies and Health and Physical Education curricula.

The aims of the project are to encourage 'out of the square' problem solving in a 'real world' context. Working in collaboration with Kenyan and New Zealand schools, students both design a method of washing hands that requires very little water and develop health education materials.

Teachers and students are fully supported for the duration of the project with background resources, an e-teacher and experts in the field.

for more info --

SP Sports Awards

Sportsman of the Year: Rarua Dikana (Cricket)

Sportswoman of the Year: Dobi Mea (Powerlifting)

Sports Reporter of the Year: Andrew Molen (Wantok)

Technical Official of the Year: Lakani Oala (Cricket)

Coach of the Year: John Ovia (Cricket)

Sports Administrator of the Year: John Chan (Billiard & Snooker)

Best Sportsperson with a Disability: Elias Larry (Athletics)

Distinguished Services to Sports: Howard Lahari (Billiard & Snooker)

Junior Female Athlete of the Year: Abigail Tere-Apisah (Tennis)

Junior Male Athlete of the Year: Raymond Haoda Junior (Cricket)

National Performance Award: Hitolo Kevau (Powerlifting)

Team of the Year: PNG Kumuls (Rugby League)

Coming Events

Chimbu Plant Show - 4th of June

Morobe Yam Festival - 5th of June

PNG Corporate Games - 10th - 13th of June

Waghi Cultural Show 12th and 13th of June

Second National Touch Championships -- 1st to the 4th of July at the Takubar sports field in Kokopo, East New Britain province.

PNG Census - 11th to the 17th of July

National Mask Festival, Rabaul - 14th - 18th of July

Malagan Show - 14th - 27th of July

Remembrance Day - 23rd July

Mt Hagen Show -- 13th - 15th of August

2010 Medical Symposium 29th of August to the 3rd of September. (Wewak)

19th Pacific History Conference, Pacific at the crossroads - University of Goroka - 12th to 16th of September

Independence Day - 16th September

Goroka Show -- 17th to the 19th of September --

Morobe Agricultural Show - 23rd & 24th October --

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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