PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6th Sep 2010

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
kakaruk chicken / rooster
pait fight
paitim beat / beat up / hit
pawa strength / force / power
pe wages
pikinini baby / child
piksa film (movie show)
pisin bird
plaua flour / flower
raskol rascal / criminal
raun round
raunwara lake
rot road / street
rot way / choice
sapos suppose / if
sapota supporter
sapotim support

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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PNG in the News

Profiles of People Living with HIV in PNG --

Churches mobilise to fight HIV in Papua New Guinea --

O'Neill promises pay rise for public servants in 2011 --

Predicting Coral Bleaching in Kimbe Bay --

Gene wins case against Halifax --

HMAS Tobruk Arrives in PNG -- -- and --

Clough Curtain gets PNG work orders --

Major commitment by PNG government to fix Lae city roads --

Newcrest Mining debuts on PNG stock exchange --

Politics is killing the world's children --

PNG Blogs

Sorcery, challenging for all --

Metzger's Papua New Guinea --

IT's Not a Job --

Erin in PNG --

Papua New Guinea Adventure --

Bulolo Live --

Serving an Awesome God... in Lae, PNG --

Two Helicopters --

Matt in PNG - Weekend away --

Women and business --

Hired guns secure their fortune in PNG --

Kokoda Trekking Blog --

Hoboken Cupcake: Leaving on a jet plane --

How to win friends and influence people, PNG style: SP Lager --

Misc PNG Links

PNGCP's New Website -- -- The PNG Church Partnership based in the United Kingdom is a voluntary agency through which the Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea (ACPNG) and the Church of England related to each other.

Edmund Rice Foundation - Wewak --

PNG Satellite maps --

Air Niugini Super Series --

Air Niugini --

PNG Cricket --

Destinations PNG --

PNG Business Directory and Forum --

New strategy to combat malaria in PNG --

A new book by Michael Waterhouse recently launched in Australia titled - Not a Poor Man's Field - The New Guinea Goldfields to 1942: An Australian Colonial History will be launched in Port Moresby on the 15th October. - Link to flyer with an order form - click here.

Michael Waterhouse has an Arts degree from Sydney University with a major in Anthropology, and an Economics degree from the
Australian National University with a major in Economic History. He has been a Senior Adviser in the Commonwealth Treasury, Chief
Manager, Retail Banking Strategy in Westpac, and has consulted to many businesses.

Michael has close family ties to the pre-war goldfields, his grandfather having been a pivotal player in their development, as a director
of the largest gold-mining company, Bulolo Gold Dredging, and the biggest airline, Guinea Airways.

PNG Images

Anglicare: Working in our Community --

Hypselodoris bullockii --

Saturday Morning Fever - In Port Moresby City --

Air Niugini Boeing 767-300ER P2-PXV --

Port Moresby Street Scenes 1992 --

Beth Whitman's photo gallery of PNG --

Milne Bay --

Kavieng Reflections --

News Items

Vale Col Bubner

Col Bubner from Airlink and North Coast Aviation days in PNG has recently passed away in the cancer ward of Cairns Base Hospital, Australia 71 years.

Finance Dept Inquiry Report

Those who have been waiting for the Full COI Report into the Department of Finance are now able to read to full report which has now been published online at PNGEXPOSED. The document stretches to over 800 pages so it could / will take a long time if you have a slow connection to the internet.

Wind Power Project

A wind energy project, jointly funded by the Chinese and the PNG government, will help the Duke of York Islanders in East New Britain province. Other joint projects include a double classroom and a new school library.

Rugby League

David Gallop, the Chief Executive of the Australian National Rugby League (NRL) organisation, has accepted an invitation to visit Port Moresby early next year to appraise the bid by PNG to compete in the NRL by 2015. Mr. Gallop will appraise the PNG bid firsthand but says there are significant hurdles to clear before a team can enter the NRL.

The Melbourne Cup has been described as a race that stops the nation of Australia when it is run but Rugby League stops PNG. NRL is followed fanatically in PNG.

Snooker Titles

Bank South Pacific (BSP) is sponsoring the 2010 PNG men's snooker titles for the eighth consecutive year. This year's BSP men's national titles starts on the 9th of September with the minor titles and the top group take to the tables on the 16th of September for the major title at the POMCC, Aviat and Car clubs.

Aussie Travel Update

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller advisory service has issued an update including the recent fighting in Bulolo town, Morobe Province.

Book Donation

Books going to Ramu schools in PNG will benefit from a hefty donation of books from the library of St Mary's School at Boyup Brook. --

APNG Sign Charter Deal

Airlines PNG (APNG) has entered into a new agreement with Lihir Gold Limited (LGL) to operate charter flights ferrying passengers and freight from Cairns. The airline also announced an expansion to its fleet with a state-of-the art ATR 72-500 aircraft which later this week will begin charter operations for LGL.

New Coadjutor

The Holy See recently announced the appointment of Bishop John Ribat MSC, a member of the Papua New Guinea MSC Province, as Coadjutor Archbishop to Archbishop Brian Barnes OFM of Port Moresby.

Misima Plane Crash

A twinjet Cessna Citation (P2-TAA) has skidded off a wet Misima runaway in Milne Bay province and crashed into coconut palms, bursting into flames, killing three Australians and a New Zealander. A New Zealander, also an Australian permanent resident, escaped a fiery death when he was thrown from the plane. The sole survivor has been evacuated to Australia. Aviation Minister, Benjamin Poponawa, has promised a full and thorough investigation into the air crash.

Islanders were in mourning as they turned up at Bwagaioa station to say goodbye to four expatriates who were killed in the recent plane crash --

Black box flight recorder retrieved --

Survivor tells of terrifying crash --

Teen freed crash pilot --

Rumour has it that the Misima airstrip is limited to planes with a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 5,700 Kg. I wonder what is the weight of a Cessna Citation?

Ramu Nickel Mine

It is likely that the Metallurgical Corp of China (MCC) will delay the start-up of the Ramu nickel mine until the end of the year, six months later than previously anticipated. Construction of the mine has been delayed due to health-related safety concerns.

See --

See also - Chinese covering up the truth about delays --

Ramu Nico, the Chinese State owned company developing the Ramu nickel mine in PNG, has had another bad day in court. --

Somare's K40 million bribe - see the evidence - Ramu Nickel Mine Watch --

Air Niugini Timetable

Air Niugini is adding a 10th weekly service on the Port Moresby to Cairns route. New frequency operates on Tuesdays (Wednesdays from Cairns). In addition, 2 of the 10 weekly flights have switched from Fokker 100 to Dash8-Q400. Air Niugini has also increased the Port Moresby - Mendi service from 3 to 5 weekly flights

Revised Schedule is available here --

Mt Hagen Bowls

The Akis Mixed Fours Bowls is being held in Mt Hagen at the Mt Hagen Bowling Club and sponsored by Mondo Merchants with the National Gaming Control Board as the co-sponsor. Over 80 bowlers from 20 teams throughout the country are taking part in the competition. Bowlers will compete for a total of K15,000 in prizes.

Manam Island

Manam Island in Madang province has gone to a Stage 1 over recent seismic activities however at this stage there is no real cause for concern. The situation has been closely monitored by an officer from the Rabaul Volcanic Observatory (RVO) since early August and reports indicate activity has decreased slightly.

Bautama Medical Centre

Central City to be located at Bautama will feature modern buildings and facilities, shopping centres, accommodation and amenities for the general public as well as a lavish private hospital. The government will obtain overseas financing from China and Japan to help fund its share of the project. In April, Mathias Sapuri, the Chairman of the PNG Medical Board, said the new hospital would be sustained without using the Government's funds that were earmarked for existing hospitals. Currently Central City only has a handful of houses despite millions of Kina being spent so far.

Mingende Rural Hospital

Catholic health services in Chimbu have received K2 million from the national government to upgrade the Mingende Rural Hospital.

Coming Events

Sepik River Expedition - September 2010 --

2nd Middle Sepik Festival - Palimbe Village, East Sepik province - 10th - 11th of September

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

Kokopo District Cultural Show, Kokopo, East New Britain -- 14th - 15th of September

PNG Independence Day - 16th September

Hiri Moale Festival -- -- (usually celebrated at the same time as Independence Day) --

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

The 35th Annual PNG Independence Day Celebrations in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia - 18th of September 2010.

The Laughing Samoans - 18th of September at the Crowne Plaza, Port Moresby, PNG

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

National Canoe Festival - Alotau, Milne Bay province - 5th to 7th of November

Air Niugini staff reunion will be held on Sat November the 13th, 2010 at the Rydges Oasis, Caloundra, Queensland, Australia --

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

Arafura Games - 7 - 14th of May 2011 --

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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