PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Sep 2012

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"Pidgin English"

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balus aeroplane / airplane / pigeon
bateri battery
bensin petrol / gasoline
bikpela big
bikpela tru enormous
bilas finery / jewelry
blakbokis flying fox
blakpela black
bokis wailis wantem piksa television
botol bottle
brada brother
bratasusa brothers and sisters / siblings
bruk broken
brukim break
buk tambu bible
bun bone
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PNG in the News

O'Neill's new path for PNG --

Poet and firebrand finds herself in good company --

AusAID builds classrooms in Madang --

New PX in-flight kit --

Ward development program underway in Rabaul --

Australia says it's not behind Manus media ban --

Gun Violence a Growing Concern --

Papua New Guinea's future depends on Australia --

Dash 8 resumes service --

Misc PNG Links

NICTA -- -- National Information and Communications Technology Authority.

Battle of Milne Bay --

Aussie diggers return to Milne Bay --

Mt. Hagen Festival --

PNG Cars! --

City Mission PNG --

Do you believe everything you read? --

Neglect causing Madang Highway PMV's problems --

PNG Images

Ukarumpa women's centre --

Mask Festival - Kokopo --

Safe Cities: Port Moresby, 2012 --

Before Kokoda there was Rabaul. -- -- See the promo for the documentary that follows Charlie during his first ever visit to Rabaul, a visit that gave him a greater understanding of the War in the Pacific and the origins of the Kokoda campaign.

Goroka Show --

Diggers remember Milne Bay --

Port Moresby Rugby Union Pre Finals --

Goroka --

Madang Boys --

Mt Hagen --

Air Niugini --

AOG Jubilee Celebrations Maprik PNG --

PNG Blogs

Newcastle Nurses Return From Port Moresby --

Shark Callers --

The Ukarumpa Warriors --

Around the world with Lucy & James --

Mangi Tari --

News Items

Five Year Plan

Prime Minister O'Neill has outlined the government’s plan for the next five-years to move the country forward.  He said he knows the way forward is not going to be easy.  He says there is nothing to hide and there will be nothing hidden.


Wewak Tuna Canners

The revenue of Wewak-based tuna loiner and canner South Seas Tuna Corporation (SSTC), has been reduced by more than 50% since it began operations in 2004. The company exports 850 metric tonnes of frozen loins and 160 metric tonnes of fishmeal per month.


Sea Mining Transparent - Nautilus

The chief executive officer of Nautilus Minerals says the Canadian-based company is committed to an open and transparent approach to its Solwara 1 deep sea mining project in PNG. The CEO, Stephen Rogers says that they're confident the project's closed system of mineral extraction will minimise damage in surface waters from mining the seabed.


Fiji's Pearl Resort

The Mineral Resources Development Company (MRDC) in conjunction with Petroleum Resources Kutubu has made a significant investment in Fiji through the purchase of the iconic Pearl South Pacific Resort together with an 18-hole golf course for K34 million. The resort boasts an area of nearly 200 acres and offers guests the majesty of a tropical island environment with uniquely-designed suites and exceptional service standards. It is located 40 minutes drive from Suva and two hours drive from Nadi International Airport.


PNG Vanilla

PNG Vanilla is exported around the world. New Zealand company Equagold is one such company taking advantage of buying vanilla from a co-operative of growers in PNG. Equagold directors Ross and Dianne Appleton says it was a no-brainer when the Torricelli Growers Co-operative, in the Sundaun province, invited Equagold to become involved with its scheme. A total of 500 growers are involved. Under the scheme, they earn about $5000 a year. Normally they would earn a tenth of that.


Kandep Problems

Since the elections there has been friction in Kandep, Enga province between rival political supporters. More police have now been deployed to prevent further destruction and killings.

Media Ban Bad

Deputy Opposition leader Sam Basil has said banning foreign journalists from entering the country is a bad sign for a vibrant democracy and could send wrong signals to the international community


PNG lifts ban on foreign journalists --

Sedition Charges

The sedition charges against Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia and Justice Nicholas Kirriwon and charges of interfering with political liberties against senior police officer Fred Yakasa will, according to Prime Minister Peter O'Neill, be dropped. The three men were arrested and charged by police on a complaint laid by the Prime Minister during the impasse about a month before the 2012 National Elections.


Copra Prices Plummet

The price for copra has dropped causing concern for PNG producers. The situation is desperate for farmers in Madang province who are not able to switch to more lucrative crops. Local governments in the copra-growing regions of New Ireland and Milne Bay have begun providing financial support to copra farmers.

The average price per metric tonne of copra is now just over US$700, down from US$1,500 last year, according to the latest figures from the Bloomberg financial news service.


PNG Photo Commission

The Independent Traveller and Wanderlust magazine have once again teamed up to present the Travel Photo of the Year competition, with the winners getting the chance to see their shots printed in the Independent Traveller and Wanderlust, as well as receiving a photo commission to Papua New Guinea.


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Disputed Returns

The elections have been declared and now losing candidates from around the country are disputing the results. Over 20 candidates from the Rigo Open seat have filed a joint petition under the 'Rigo Rights Group' to challenge the win by Ano Pala in the court of disputed returns.


23 MP's petitioned --

Poll 'Free but not Fair' --

Pacific Forum

The 43rd Pacific Islands Forum in Cook Islands has been hailed a success by PNG. Prime Minister O'Neill gave PNG's view on the review of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, the Fiji issue and how PNG re-emphasised the need for the country to remain committed to an early return to parliamentary democracy by 2014.


2015 Pacific Islands Forum

PNG will host the Pacific Islands Forum in 2015. The Solomon Islands may consider hosting the 2014 forum. Mr O'Neill announced that the Government will set up a committee to prepare and look at hosting the 2015 PIF meeting.


Library Upgrade

The PNG Institute of Public Administration (PNGIPA) has engaged Softlink, a leading global provider of Integrated Library Management Software solutions, to set-up and install a Library Management System for the PNGIPA library. The software system will allow the library to go on the world wide web enabling everyone to see.


Rabaul Queen

A Commission of Inquiry into the sinking of the Rabaul Queen ferry has found it was not seaworthy, unsafe and should never have departed on its final voyage. The commission found the ship's owner, Captain Peter Sharp, demonstrated that he had little or no respect for people, including those in authority.


Australia's Nebulous Borders

Australia has sovereignty over Kussa, a small island in the Torres Strait, that is only a couple of hundred metres from Papua New Guinea's shore at low tide. Australian possessions such as Christmas Island are much closer to Indonesia than Australia.


Smart Traveller Update

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade's Smartraveller advisory service has reported the following Travel Advice has changed or been added since the last update (2 Aug 2012 14:39:42 EST):


Current Advice Level: "High degree of caution"
Change Summary: It includes updated information and under Safety and security: Civil unrest/political tension. The overall level of the advice has not changed.


As part of a three year commitment by BSP the bank has donated K15,000 to AFL PNG. The money will be used to help promote the sport in the country.

Digicel School Buildings

Mobile telephone company, Digicel, has provided a new double classroom for the Hawai Primary School in Manus province. The double classroom valued at K95,000 will allow an extra 80 students to attend the school. The package also included office space, 20 double desks, a water tank two kit showers and a two toilets.

Hawai is 20 minutes by powerboat from Lorengau.

Medical Symposium

The 48th medical symposium is underway at the Gateway hotel in Port Moresby. The Department of Health is calling on all resource sector partners to provide health impact assessments as part of any mining. Many countries and some in the region already have laws enacted to make this mandatory.

PNG Birthday

PNG celebrates its of independence from Australia on the 16th of September. Preparations are well underway in many schools and organisations around the country. If you are in PNG then September is one of the best months to see PNG culture at its best.

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.

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

Rugby League PNG vs Aust Prime Ministers' XIII - 23rd September, Port Moresby

Simbu Agricultural Show 26 - 27th of September at the Dickson Oval in Kundiawa.

Imotiva Kokoda 2012, Walk for a Cause - 9th October 2012 --

IOTA tour -- 19th October to the 4th November 2012 -- --

Fifth PNG Games, Kokopo, East New Britain - 17th to 30th November 2012

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

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

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

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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