PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Dec 2011

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Neo Melanesian English
laik want
laikim love
famili family
lain group / line / queue / family
lain bilong Jisas disciples
lait bright / light
lap laugh
laplap sarong or wraparound / loincloth / cloth
lapunold person
laulau Malay apple
laus louse
liklik small / tiny / little
diwai pole / wood (timber) / tree
diwai kros cross
dokta medical assistant / doctor
dring / dringim drink
haus moni bank
pas / leta letter
stori story

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PNG in the News

Senior cop suspended for smuggling brew --

Someone else is in my seat: Chief --

We are PNG's government: O'Neill --

PNG crisis shifts as forces back O'Neill --

Michael Somare beaten, but defeat would not be the Melanesian way --

Witch hunts on the rise --

How a bunch of loafers led the fight for PNG's heart and sole --

PNG Images

Wewak VSAT Install --

The Pool at the Wewak Boutique Hotel --

At the Wewak Yacht Club --

Some black & white photos from Gerehu --

A glimpse of PNG. West New Britain Province --

Flight Into Yesterday - a film from the 1960's --

1986 Goroka Sing-Sing --

PNG Blogs

Relaxing in Madang --

Goroka Show --

PNG Photo Blog --

Geoff's Outrigger --

Malum Nalu --

Somare Defiant --

PNG Misc Links

POM Motorbikes --

Hotel Poroman --

Bank of Papua New Guinea --

PNG School Books --

Act Now PNG --

Jasons --

A Runaway Economy Spikes the City's Skyline --

News Items

Donations Will Save Women's Lives

The Coloradoan reports PNG has the second highest maternal and infant mortality rate in the Asian Pacific. What is shocking is that 9 out of 10 of these deaths could be prevented with improvements and investments to health care systems. How would it feel if you were able to save the life of a mother, halfway around the world, for as little as $1?


Guest Workers Scheme

Australia will introduce a permanent guest worker scheme for citizens of poor neighbouring countries to address staff shortages in agriculture to start on the 1st of July. The countries whose nationals will be allowed to take part in the scheme are East Timor, Kiribati, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu.


Bank Ordered to Pay Yama

Bank South Pacific has been ordered to immediately pay over K4 million with interest back dated to 2000 to Madang businessman Peter Yama. The court battle has taken almost 11 years as it began on the 25th of August 2000 in the National Court.


Pik Dok Movement

PDM or Pik Dok Movement is a fun and laughter orientated group that can be found on facebook at --!/groups/146238365465814/ -- Pik Dok Movement is a phrase used to describe bikhet pasin blo yumi ol PNG.

Record Budget Passed

The government of Peter O'Neill has passed PNG's largest budget ever of 10.5 billion kina ($A4.6 billion) capping a tumultuous fortnight in the Pacific nation. Treasurer Don Polye said the 2012 budget was a record for the country and 13 per cent higher than the 2011 budget compiled by the government of Sir Michael Somare


Budget rollout to start next month --

Mt Hagen Crime Wave

Criminals in Mt Hagen have taken advantage of the security vacuum left by police personnel recently deployed to Port Moresby.


Deep Sea Tailings

The Supreme Court has given the green light to Ramu NiCo to operate its deep sea tailings placement system (DSTP) at its nickel and cobalt refinery at Basamuk, in Raicoast district, Madang.

-- -- and --

PNG Ramu nickel mine to operate in full swing in 2013 --

Online Opinion

Evisceration of reserve powers causes chaos in PNG --

Read more "The constitutional mess is the direct result of hastily drawn up Constitution which attempts to codify too much but which takes away one of the most important checks and balances on the politicians, the reserve powers".

World AIDS Day

BAHA PNG reports World AIDS Day 2011 was a great success as 52,448 employees registered to Wear Red with 200 companies and organisations around the country registered to hang red on the day.

Horizon Oil Hits Gas

Horizon Oil from Australia has hit gas in the Elevala-2 well on licence 21 in Western province. Horizon operates the well with a 45% stake while Talisman Energy holds 40% and Kina Petroleum the remaining 15%.


Denistry Dedication

Two dentists in New Zealand have received the prestigious New Zealand Dental Association (NZDA) Outstanding Young Dentist Award. One of the dentists travels as a volunteer to PNG and other Pacific islands, to provide dental treatment for remote communities.


Santa Visits Alotau Hospital

Santa has visited the children's ward of Alotau hospital bringing cheer to the patients. The sponsor, Alotau International Hotel manager Miami Shome, the chief executive officer of the Alotau General Hospital Billy Naidi, provincial administrator Henry Bailasi and staff from the hotel who sung Christmas carols, accompanied Santa.

PNG Logging

Logging companies are continuing to invest in controversial land leases in the country despite a moratorium on development, while a Commission of Inquiry takes place.


Meningococcal Disease

A National Cpaital District meningococcal disease outbreak, mainly in Hanuabada, has been brought under control with a technical team tracing the contacts of the cases and providing suitable antibiotics.


Government Update

The Governor-General, Sir Michael Ogio, has sworn in Peter O'Neill as the PNG's Prime Minister. Governor-General Sir Michael Ogio said that following further advice, he had concluded that his earlier decision to swear in the Somare regime over a week ago was wrong.


Graduates Look For Work

130 students, recently graduated from Australia, are looking for employment in PNG. The Office of Higher Education has appealed to industries, provincial governments, companies and individuals to employ the PNG graduates.


Kokoda Track Walk

Nine people, led by Fr Denny Bray Guka and John Derrick Eroro, from the Gona Holy Ghost church in Oro province are walking the Kokoda Track to raise money for their new church building at Gona village. The church congregation aim to raise K500,000 to rebuild the old church building which had served them for more than 50 years.


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.

New Year's Eve - 31 Dec 2011

New Year's Day - 1 Jan 2012

Ride the Rivers Enduro - 24 and 25 March 2012

National Elections - Scheduled for June 2012

2012 PNG Games - Kokopo, East New Britain

Olympic boxing qualifying tournament - April 2012

2012 Milne Bay Critter & Adventure Expeditions with Bob Halstead & Graham Abbott
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 17th April 2012 to 29th April 2012
Milne Bay-Critters-Milne Bay: 1st May 2012 to 13th May 2012
Alotau-Adventure Diving-Kimbe Bay: 15th May 2012 to 30th May 2012

Mt Hagen Show - 11th and 12th of August 2012

Samarai and Milne Bay Reunion - Rydges Oasis Resort, Caloundra, Australia between the 7th and 9th of September 2012 -- --

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Full Pacific Games - PNG 2015 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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Updated 16 Jan 2012

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