PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Apr 2013

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
pipia rubbish / scraps
meri woman
pipia meri garbage women
pinga finger
pinga bilong fut / lek toe
plasta adhesive / sticking plaster
pilo cushion / pillow
polis police
polis stesin station (police)
polisman policeman
politisen politician
praipan frying pan
prairais fried rice
pukpuk crocodile
pulim win breathe
pundaun fall down
rabisim denigrate / make fun of
rabisman poor man
raifol / gan rifle
rais rice
renbo rainbow
resa razor
rokrok frog

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Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel lost to heaven --

Eight 'witches' murdered in PNG --

PNG ship owner cut corners, focussed on profit - former worker --

Ex-PM hails 'success' of Ok Tedi, PNG trust fund --

Police arrest Sepik robbery suspect --

Fiji delegations arrive in PNG --

Earthquake strikes off PNG --

Large group of escaped prisoners on the run in PNG --

PNG ship owner cut corners --

Police urge bus owner to accept responsibility for crash --

Duban funds UPNG Madang Students --

Compulsory school up to Grade 10 from 2014 --

Misc PNG Links

Schoolboys Ends Goroka Camp --

World Vision to double aid in East Timor and the Pacific --

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Catholic Bishops meet in Madang --

Builder Barry Kirby's labour of love in PNG --

PNG Binatangs electrify Cairns --

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Madang In Focus --

Australian Court Sentences Export Defendant to Good Behaviour --

Mumu Mamma; Goroka --

Another Port Moresby community is bulldozed --

News Items

Swamp Ghost

After much wrangling the B-17 Flying Fortress that became known as the "Swamp Ghost" now has found a new home at the Pacific Aviation Museum on Oahu, Hawaii.



Kundiawa BSP

BSP (Bank South Pacific) has installed two new ATMs at Kundiawa. This bring the total number of machines in Kundiawa to seven.


Sovereign Wealth Fund

The Bank of PNG deputy governor Benny Popoitai is confident that the sovereign wealth fund (SWF) will be up and running before first LNG exports next year.


2015 PNG Games

EM TV has reported Madang is gearing up for the 2015 PNG Games. Team Madang aims to collect more medals. No delays will stop the province from winning.



New Highlands Uni

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has disclosed the Office of Higher Education will begin preparatory work for a new university in the Highlands region. He said 17,000 students completed Grade 12 last year but only 4,000 could be fitted into the higher education system, which was a major concern.


UPNG Graduation

Over 2000 students have graduated in various fields of studies with Masters, Honours, Bachelor Degrees and Diplomas from the University of Papua New Guinea.

Unitech Graduation

1043 students graduated at the 45th University of Technology (Unitech) graduation. The university awarded 427 Diplomas, 80 Advanced Professional Diplomas, conferred 512 Degrees, five Graduate Certificates, seven Graduate Diplomas and 13 Masters Degrees.

Unitech graduation was successful --


UPNG MBA Alumni Association Launch:

Date: Friday 26th April 2013

Time: 5:30 pm to 11:30 pm

Venue: Grand Palace Restaurant, Phone: 324 1844 or 72095001 / 72348512

President - Stephen Sallun

Executives - Charlie Gilichibi (Vice President), Patrick Urum (Treasurer), Ruse Tamarua (Secretary), Salome Rihatta, Leonie Sallun, Timothy Irinaya, Stephen Damien, Kevin Luana, Joe Ben

Aussie Federal Police

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) will continue to support the PNG police, AFP assistant commissioner Mandy Newton says. Newton told The National last Friday that AFP had 16 officers working with PNG police.


Fiji Trade Mission

Investment Fiji is expecting high returns as a result of its trade mission to PNG. PNG is looking to Fiji for its tourism development, manufacturing and textile, mining and development of its service industry


Desperate Journey

PNG girl's desperate jungle journey by wheelbarrow, canoe and rusty lorry to find antidote after deadly snake bite



There have been calls by human rights activists in the autonomous province of Bougainville to remove guns from the community.


Dry Dock

The Curtain Brothers' multi-million kina dry dock facility on Motukea Island outside Port Moresby is expected to open by the middle of next year. According to Curtain Brothers' general manager Justin McGann it is the biggest single project outside the mining sector. The dry dock will be about 300 metres long, 48 metres wide at the door, 57 metres wide at the base and have a base level of minus 10 metres.


Sasol Pulls Out

South Africa's Sasol, the world's biggest producer of motor fuels from coal, is pulling out of its five year natural gas exploration project in Papua New Guinea.


Nepal - PNG Ties

Nepal and PNG have established diplomatic relations. Charles W. Lepani, High Commissioner of PNG to Australia and Rudra Kumar Nepal, Ambassador of Nepal to Australia have recently signed a joint communiqué t that effect.


New Sports Magazine

A new online sports magazine is set to be officially launched on the 19th of April. It will cover top tier PNG sports, sponsorship and sports marketing.


PNG-Aust Ties

Australian High Commissioner to PNG, Deborah Stokes, says there is a special relationship between both countries, despite growing Asian influence in PNG.


South Pacific Cup

The PNG Binatangs lived up to pre-tournament favouritism and completed an unbeaten run through the South Pacific Cup Aussie Rules tournament to take out the 2013 South Pacific Cup.


Routine Water Cuts

Cuts by the provider of water to Port Moresby, Eda Ranu, are to carry out routine repair and maintenance work at the Mt Eriama treatment plant just outside the National Capital. The work is vital to avoid the machinery breaking down altogether leading to major water problems in the city


POM Golf

The Port Moresby Golf Club can now be called Royal Port Moresby Golf Club. The club is second in the country to receive the title from the Queen. His Excellency Governor General of PNG, Sir Michael Ogio and wife lady Essmay, Patron of the Port Moresby Golf Club, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare were present at this royal naming event.


Highlands Highway

A broken down truck along the Highlands Highway is often seen as a gift of cargo by people passing by. A truck that recently broke down at six-mile near Goroka in the Eastern Highlands didn't suffer as the local youth refrained from removing parts (such as tyres, windscreens, batteries) to sell to other motorists.

PX Pilot Training

High ranking officials from the Civil Aviation Authority (CASA) have visited Coffs Harbour to find out more about the city's role in training Air Niugini pilots.


Human Trafficking

The first report on the trafficking of people in PNG has found adults and children are being pushed into sexual exploitation, forced labour and domestic servitude.


PNG Sorcery Act

Prime Minister O'Neill said he hopes to have the PNG Sorcery Act dismantled during the current session of parliament but acknowledged it will likely take longer. PNG has come under increased international pressure to repeal the act, which critics say is being used as a defence by people accused of killing alleged sorcerers.


Amnesty critical of PNG police in sorcery cases --

Lutheran Centenary

Lutherans throughout the Finschhafen District in Morobe Province have celebrated the 100 years anniversary of arrival of the missionaries in the area. The four-day event attracted Christians throughout Finschhafen District as well as other parts of Morobe to Silimana village for the celebration.


Rules for Political Parties

PNG cabinet has rejected a proposal by the nation's registrar of political parties that would force small parliamentary parties to amalgamate with larger ones. According to the PNG electoral commission, there are currently 21 political parties and 16 independents in PNG's 111-member, single House of Parliament.



More Escapees

Forty-four prisoners on remand have broken out of Buimo jail, outside of Lae, Morobe, just a month after 48 prisoners escaped from neighbouring Madang's Beon jail.


NCD Roads

the national executive council has approved K400 million to improve and develop the six major roads in the National Capital District.


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.

UPNG MBA Alumni Launch - 26th April 2013

PwC Corporate Challenge - Sunday 19th of May 2013, in both Port Moresby and Lae

Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption - 26th May 2013, Jack Pidik Park, 5 Mile

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 --

5th Melanesian Festival of Arts - July 2014 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby.

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