PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Feb 2013

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
akis axe
bagarap break down / worn out
bagarapim spoil
banara bow
banaras bows and arrows
birua /tupela i bam/bagarap accident
dokta medical assistant / doctor
hama / hamarim hammer
masket / raifol / gan gun
pinis end / finish
rop bilong banara bowstring
spia/supia spear
supia bilong banara arrow
supia I gat huk barbed arrow or spear
supsup fish spear
supsup bilong banara pronged arrow
tamiok tomahawk
volkeno volcano

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with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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News Items

Gun Purchase Denied

The Speaker of Parliament, Theo Zurenuoc, denies the purchase of bought 32 guns and 10,000 rounds of ammunition for parliament. Mr Zurenuoc says parliament does not need guns. "As head of the parliament, to fix up security systems in parliament, I have never considered the purchased of any firearms whatsoever."


Raft Crosser Rescued

A man attempting to sail from PNG to Australia on a raft made of twigs and sticks has been rescued after being washed up in mangroves on Saibai Island in the Torres Strait, a treacherous stretch of water that lies between the two countries.


Free Education

The head of a privately-funded think tank in Papua New Guinea says development assistance and time are needed for the government to reach its target of free education for all pupils.


Cervical Cancer Survey

A large-scale survey of cervical cancer will be launched later this month in PNG, where more than 1,500 women die of the disease each year.


New Attorney-General

The new attorney-general has set is sights on targeting corruption. Kerenga Kua, says he wants to ensure transparency in the fight against corruption in PNG.


PNG Politics

Are cracks beginning to show in the Government's various alliances? What is ahead in 2013 for the Prime Minister and the coalition government? Opposition Leader, Belden Namah, seems set to make 2013 the year of throwing a spanner in the workings of the government.


Lae Kidnappings

Police in Lae are gathering information on what appears to be a trend in which vehicles are stolen and people kidnapped. This follows a recent attempted kidnapping of a nurse as well as other cases last year.


Ipatas Cup

The Ipatas Cup Eastern challenge scheduled to be played in Goroka had to be played in Lae due to continuous violence in Goroka. Twelve teams from Goroka have been battling for the top spot to qualify for the Northern Challenge to be staged in Madang.

EMTV report --


PNG has started well in the East Asia Pacific Twenty20 cricket championship currently being held in New Zealand.


PNG cricket's family affair --

Taskforce Sweep

Thieves have ransacked one of Taskforce Sweep's offices in Port Moresby, stealing computers and possibly files detailing its investigations. Radio Australia reports that in the early hours of the morning, around 20 men jumped over the high fence surrounding the building that houses the Department of Justice in Port Moresby. They tied up three security guards, prized open the heavy steel gate that's supposed to protect the buildings entrance, and then smashed through a wooden door into the Taskforce's administration office.


US Aid

The United States of America via its US Agency for International Development has given PNG Red Cross 50,000 US dollars to support disaster relief efforts in Morobe and Oro provinces.


Future Resource Demand

PNG could reap K80.1 billion annually, six times current levels, by 2030 because of an anticipated growth in global demand for its resources.


Mining Offer Rejected

An undisclosed private equity group has made a low-ball $A13 million cash offer for three Papua New Guinea copper-gold projects shared by Barrick and explorer Coppermoly.


No Confidence Vote

PNG Parliament has voted to extend a ban on votes of no confidence to 30 months into a government's five-year term. The bill passed into law in PNG's single House of Parliament on the 4th of Feb with a vote of 90 to 14, well above the 74 votes needed to make the constitutional change.


The opposition has vowed to launch a legal challenge to the constitutional change which increases the grace period protecting a newly-elected Prime Minister from a no-confidence vote.


Budget Deficit Funding

The Treasury Minister, Don Polye, has said the government will borrow up to K2.6 billion both domestically and internationally to fill the deficit in the 2013 budget. The government anticipates raising K1.6 billion locally while looking overseas for the remainder of the budget shortfall.


Travel Warning

A possible Tsunami after a nearby earthquake saw the Australian Smart Traveller site issue a warning and then cancel a short while later. Better safe than sorry. Hope our other South Pacific neighbours are all okay.


Ferry Disaster Anniversary

On the first anniversary of PNG's worst maritime disaster, families of the victims say they are still looking for answers. At least 140 people died when the Rabaul Queen passenger ferry sank in rough seas off the country's north coast on the 2nd of February 2012.



PNG police minister promises full scale police investigation into Rabaul Queen --

Engineer's dad: The whole thing is a joke --

Fishermen Return Home

Three Indonesian fishermen from Kampung Hamadi, Jayapura, Papua, returned home recently after being stranded in waters off PNG for five days.


Are MP's at Work?

PNG's 111 parliamentarians, often portrayed by members of the public as corrupt and lazy, are being brought into line by the new Speaker, with a new system that will require them to clock-in.


Komo Landslide

A large landslide has occurred at the new Komo airfield in Papua New Guinea's Hela province.


Exam Results Re-examined

Final results for students in schools implicated in the Grade 12 examination cheating scandal have been reprocessed, Education secretary Luke Taita said.
However, certificates and results of students identified for cheating will be withheld until investigations are completed.



PNG born Abigail Tere-Apisah has the potential to be the next big thing in tennis. She is currently attending Georgia State University (GSU) in the USA majoring in exercise science. The head coach for women's tennis at GSU has described Abigail as one of the more talented players on the tennis team.


Maritime Safety

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) in conjunction with the PNG Government have signed a loan worth $41.5 million to fund the Maritime and Waterways Safety Project which will help improve navigational aids, allowing ships to travel more safely through PNG's largely unchartered and often unsafe waters.

ADB, based in Manila, is dedicated to reducing poverty in Asia and the Pacific through inclusive economic growth, environmentally sustainable growth and regional integration.


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.

Rabbitohs to play PNG Kumuls -- 9th of Feb 2013

Skerah Extreme Kokoda Trek - 6th to 13th of April, 2013

2013 Oceania Cup - June 2013

Hiri Moale Festival - July 2013

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Goroka Show 2013 --

Christmas Day - 25th December 2013

Boxing Day - 26th December 2013

New Year's Day -- 1st January 2014

Full Pacific Games - PNG 4th July to 18th July 2015 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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