PNG Gossip Newsletter - 16 Nov 2015

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
bikbus dense bush
bilasim skin body decoration
dai pinis die
em nau! great! fantastic!; literally 'him now!'
em tasol that's all
hallans / hailens highlands
haus sik hospital
hausboi / hausmeri servant
het i pen headache
hukim pis catch fish / fishing
husat who
kago cargo / goods / baggage
kagoboi porter
kilim i dai pinis kill
kilim injure
kilman murderer
malolo rest / relax
sanguma / puripuri sorcery / witchcraft
susu milk

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Can PNG Air Help Spur Tourism in Papua New Guinea? --

National Football Stadium Ready for 2016 --

UN Criticizes Australian Refugee Policy --

Two found guilty over Australian's murder --

A Frontier Emerging Market --

Visa on arrival at several PNG International Airports --

Villagers get asthma from New Guinea forest fires --

New Zealand won't appeal Olympic tournament disqualification --

Misc. Links

Beckham is a True Ambassador --

Local Scientists Invite Government for More Dialogue --

Red Cross Special Education Centre--

Helping children and mothers in need in Alotau --

An entry in the 2015 Rivers Award for Writing on Peace & Harmony --

PNG Tourism --

Record Evangelistic Series Yields 424 Baptisms --

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Trobriand Island Girl Dancing --

Olsem Wanem - Episode 35, 2015 --

Sports Scene - Episode 38, 2015 --

News Items

Drought Crisis

An estimated one-third of the population of PNG, the most populous Pacific Island state, is now suffering from the country's worst drought this century and experts predict El Nino's influence will carry on through March 2016.


Allison Sudradjat Awardee

Pamela Toliman from the PNG Institute of Medical Research has won an Allison Sudradjat prize.

Allison Sudradjat was the Minister Counsellor in Indonesia for the Australian Agency for International Development, AusAID. She died tragically on the 7th of March 2007 as a result of a plane crash in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. --

Improving Justice for Children

Police and legal professionals will be better prepared to investigate and prosecute crimes concerning children, following a 'Pikinini Witness Workshop' held recently in Port Moresby. The workshop involved 22 Australian and police officers and prosecutors, working together to strengthen investigative, interviewing and examining skills. Since the introduction of the Lukautim Pikinini Act in 2014, there has been increased recognition that vulnerable witnesses, particularly children, require special care and consideration when their evidence is given to police and in court.


New Colombo Plan

Education will remain a key bilateral understanding between PNG and Australia. Australia's Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, says it's a people-to-people focus. The New Colombo Plan will give equal opportunity to Australians to study and work in PNG.


Canterbury Bulldogs Rebuild School

Thanks to players from the Canterbury Bulldogs in Australia two school buildings on tiny Enuk Island, which is located 850 kilometres from Port Moresby, have been repaired and rebuilt. While in PNG, the players have also conducted coaching clinics and promoted the importance of education, healthy lifestyles and respect for women and children, for whom it has only recently become compulsory to attend school.


Police on Alert

Police in Lae, PNG's second largest city, remain on alert after a mass protest against foreigners left one person dead and several others injured. Lae Chamber of Commerce president Alan McLay said the protest was aimed at illegal street vendors, including Chinese traders.


City returns to normal --

PNG teachers' college close early because of riots --

Woman Killed By Stray Bullet

A woman has been shot dead at Kakandetta in Popondetta, Northern Province. According to eyewitness in the province she was preparing food for her sons' Grade Eight graduation at Resurrection Primary School when the incident occurred. She was killed by a stray bullet fired from a police issued firearm.


PNG Power Exec Arrested

The suspended Chief Executive Officer of PNG Power, John Mangos, was arrested today over fraud and corruption charges. Mangos turned himself in at the National Fraud and Anti-Corruption officer today with his lawyer, where he was questioned over the allegations of misappropriation and false pretence.



PNG Air (CG, Port Moresby) has outlined its planned ATR72-600(C) operations following the delivery of its maiden aircraft of the type to Port Moresby.


PNG Air Design Attracts Locals --

PNG AIR to continue provide best air service --

25 Years Loyalty with PNG Air --

Juffa Commends Kouza

EMTV - Northern Governor, Gary Juffa, has commended Lae Open member, Loujaya Kouza, for standing up for the churches. His comments come after Loujaya Kouza was sacked from the People's National Congress Party.


Aussie Scholarships

Over 120 Papua New Guinean future leaders have completed preparations for an opportunity of a lifetime - undertaking a scholarship for study in Australia in 2016. Since 1996, more than 2000 Papua New Guineans have studied in Australia on scholarships. Australia Awards promote knowledge, education links and enduring ties between Australia and PNG and are part of Australia's commitment to providing education opportunities to improve living standards and stimulate economic growth.


Land Reform Arrests

Two more officers have been arrested and charged today in relation to the misappropriation of the Land Reform Trust Fund. Vavine Walo and Simeon Andrew will be facing similar charges as those laid against the former lands secretary, Romilly Kila Pat.


Rugby League Bilong Laif

Former Canberra Raider and PNG Kumul Mark Mom, who is now In-Country General Manager for the NRL in Papua New Guinea, says an NRL-run development program has the potential to improve social cohesion and gender relations in the Rugby League-mad nation.

To date, League Bilong Laif has reached more than 32,000 participants (48 per cent female) and trained more than 800 teachers (61 per cent female) from more than 80 schools.


NCD Boxing Ready

With the National Boxing Championships to be held in New Ireland later this month, the National Capital District (NCD) boxing organisation will be hosting the second of its sparing competitions to prep fighters for the event.

NCD will be aiming to send the best squad that it has, knowing that stiff competition will come from the New Guinea Islands region in AROB and also from the Kairuku Amateur Boxing Association as well.


Conflict Islands

The Conflict Islands are billed as a "rare, untouched marvel" and it's set to become the newest travel hotspot for Aussies. From June, the P&O Pacific Jewel will become the first cruise ship to call at the untouched Conflict Islands as part of its Papua New Guinea itineraries. It's part of a landmark partnership with eccentric entrepreneur and passionate conservationist Ian Gowrie-Smith, a British-based Australian who owns the islands.


Vege Ban Backfires

A ban on the importation of vegetables has had to be modified after a severe shortage of many vegetables has left consumers struggling even to get onions. It is now possible to import "bulb" onions, tomatoes and capsicums but only from Queensland (Australia). The importation of "Irish" potatoes, "round" cabbages, carrots, pumpkins, peas, zucchini, eggplant, pak choi, French beans, lettuce and celery is still banned.

Supermarket managers decry veggie ban --

Cancer Awareness

Almost 200 people, both men and woman, attended the Men's Cancer Awareness Workshop held recently at the Grand Papua Hotel in Port Moresby. The workshop was hosted by Professor Olver, cancer researcher, bioethicist and medical oncologist. Professor Olver is also a member of the Advisory Council for Cancer Australia.


POM Airport Stores

Fijian retailer Prouds has described the opening of arrivals and departures stores at Port Moresby Jackson's International airport as a major highlight. The stores were officially opened by Prime Minister Peter O'Neill on following a National Airports Corporation upgrade.


12th Pacific Festival

The 12th Festival of Pacific Arts will be held in Hagatna, Guam from the 22nd of May through to the 4th of June 2016. Since 1972, delegations from 27 island nations around the Pacific have come to exchange their cultures at each festival of Pacific arts.


Outrigger Paddling

The paddlers of the Konedobu Kanu Klab start arriving by PMV (bus), utes and on foot from 4:30pm for another training session. Jack, the Captain, is one of the first to arrive and he goes about supervising the launching of the outrigger canoes. Read more by clicking on the link below.


Waigani Artefact Market

Janet Janet Sape, PNG Women in Business Founder, in partnership with the CPL group of companies has organised a place for women to market their artefacts without having to worry about the cost of renting a place. CPL has reserved half of Waigani Central's upper car park purposefully for businesswomen to market their artefacts on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.


Resurrecting WWII Planes

Rebuilding a plane after it has been left in the jungles of PNG for 70 years has been made easier with the use of a HandyScan Laser scanner that allows a 3-D model to be made of any object. The scanner can acquire about half a million points per second. The scanner can often replaces 40 hours with a slide rule and engineering software building a digital 3-D model of the object.


Madang Calls for Sea Law

Kalibobo Vendors Association chairman Alphonse Gumakeli says Madang urgently needs the implementation of the Small Craft Act to monitor the movement of criminals at sea.


Vale Brian Low

Brian Buik Low CBE, a former British High Commissioner, to PNG has died. He was involved in the infamous Sandline affair, a political scandal that became one of the defining moments in the history of PNG. Sandline International was a private military company, based in London, which was involved in conflicts in Papua New Guinea, having a contract with the government under the then Prime Minister Julius Chan.

He died on the 28th of October 2015 after a short illness.


Vale William Harrison

Former Director of Music (Band Master) of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, RPNGC, William Thomas Harrison MBE, has died on the 18th October 2015 aged 81.

PNG National Anthem for Voice & Piano --

Kina Securities

Following the recent acquisition of Maybank PNG, Kina Securities has launched its new banking brand in the nation's capital, Port Moresby. This completes both an eventful and successful year in which the company marked its transformation as PNG's fourth largest bank.


Dinghy Found

Two boatmen have been found safe and well in a Papua New Guinea village two days after they went missing in a dinghy in the Torres Strait. The PNG nationals ran into trouble between Saibai Island, which is close to the PNG mainland, and the tip of Cape York on Wednesday.


Miss Pacific Islands PNG

What used to be known as the Miss South Pacific Pageant promoting tourism and Pacific women beauty changed its name in 2014 to the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant.

The change was first raised in 2011 when board members of Papua New Guinea and Hawai’i presented their views on the issue in Apia during the Miss South Pacific pageant that year. Their concerns were that Papua New Guinea and Hawai’i were not in the South Pacific zone, yet they have always participated in the competition.

Miss Pacific Islands PNG for 2015 / 2016 is Abigail Havora
1st Runner-Up Shamilla Paliwa (Miss Garamut)
2nd Runner-Up Mary Konobo (Miss PNG Air Services)
3rd Runner-Up Takeiti Helen Vetali

250 Tonne Monsters Ready

Three 250 tonne mega machines, to be used by Nautilus Minerals to chew up the seafloor in PNG, have been unveiled. The three pieces of equipment - a bulk cutter, an auxiliary cutter and a collection machine - are now due to be taken to an unnamed location for testing in shallow waters before they loaded onto a specially built vessel and deployed in the Pacific Ocean. --


Rabaul Queen Trial

A trial date has been set for the owner and four others over their alleged role in the Rabaul Queen inter-island ferry disaster in Papua New Guinea, which killed at least 173 people in 2012.


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.

National Boxing Championship, 18 - 22 November 2015 (Kavieng)

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, 25 November 2015

PNGAA Christmas lunch in Perth - 11:30am 27 November at RAAF Association, Bull Creek Drive, Bull Creek - $25 head - RSVP --

Christmas Day - 25 December 2015

Boxing Day - 26 December 2015

New Year's Day - 1st January 2016

Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament (Port Moresby) --

12th Festival of Pacific Arts 22 May to 4 June 2016 (Hagatna, Guam)

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby --

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