PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jun 2013

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
akis axe
bagarap break down / worn out
bagarapim spoil
banara bow
banaras bows and arrows
bilum string bag
birua / tupela i bam / bagarap accident
dokta medical assistant / doctor
hama / hamarim hammer
masket / raifol / gan gun
pinis end / finish
rop bilong banara bowstring
spia/supia spear
supia bilong banara arrow
supia I gat huk barbed arrow or spear
supsup fish spear
supsup bilong banara pronged arrow
tamiok tomahawk

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Madang industrial zone to go ahead after legal action withdrawn --

Malabag flew into Goroka to end dispute --

New start for Goroka Hospital, says PNG's Doctors Association --

PM O'Neill is pressing ahead with defamation proceedings against Opposition Leader --

Homeless in Port Moresby on the rise --

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News Items

Death Penalty

PNG Parliament has given a resounding aye to amendments to the Criminal Code Act to raise penalties for serious crimes including stealing and misappropriation. The death penalty will apply for crimes such as aggravated rape, sorcery-related killings and robbery with violence.

Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, said Parliament overwhelmingly endorsed the Government's package of new laws to deal with rising crime.

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MPs: Death penalty not the answer -- //////////////

Death Penalty a Step Back

The United Nation's human rights office has criticised PNG for reviving the death penalty, saying it was a backwards step and would not deter crime in the poverty-stricken Pacific nation. PNG's parliament recently passed laws allowing execution by a range of methods, including hanging, electrocution, lethal injection, and firing squad.


PNG death penalty 'state-sponsored violence' - Caritas --

William Kapris Reward

An award has been offered for the capture of William Kapris. Kapris has been on the run for almost two weeks since he broke out of the Bomana jail, near Port Moresby, with two other prisoners. Corrective Services Commissioner, Martin Balthasar, has announced a $US4,500 reward for any information that leads to Kapris' capture.


Air Niugini Anniversary

Bill Moore has clarified the costing arrangements for the 40th Anniversary ANG Reunion to be held in Queensland, Australia.

There has been some confusion over the Registration Fee. The Registration Fee was put in place to pay all the costs associated with organising a function of this size. It is not a deposit on the dinner/function which is quite separate.

Total cost per person is therefore:

Registration $10

Function/Dinner $75

Top 10 New Species

The top 10 new species list was announced recently by the International Institute for Species Exploration at Arizona State University. The 2013 list included the smallest vertebrate on Earth - a tiny frog from PNG. The frog was discovered near Amau village.


Small-to-Medium Enterprises

Managing Director of the National Development Bank (NDB) Moses Liu says only about 10% of small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in Papua New Guinea are owned by locals.

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Port Moresby Electricity

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the PNG Govt. have signed a project agreement to implement the Port Moresby Power Grid Development Project which will boost access to reliable electricity in PNG's largest urban centre, Port Moresby.


Climate Change "Refugees"

The 1,500 residents of Carteret Island, an atoll of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville are fast becoming the world's first climate change refugees.


InterOil Board

InterOil Corporation has announced the nomination of Sir Wilson Kamit CBE for election to the Board of Directors. In addition, Isikeli Taureka will join InterOil as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Government Relations. Executive Vice President Christian Vinson, who has led InterOil's corporate development and PNG government relations efforts since the Company's inception, will retire in June.


Kayakers Conquer Chimbu River

It's third time lucky for four adventurers from New Zealand, who've been the first to kayak the treacherous canyons of a remote PNG River. The kayakers spent two years preparing for the 50km expedition along the Chimbu River in PNG's Simbu province.


Police Violence

Policemen have inflicted their own punishment on a group of people in Port Moresby. Reports say the group had not committed an offence and were returning to their settlement after police had earlier stopped them from confronting people at another camp when the group was then allegedly attacked by another squad of police armed with bush knives.


Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart's disappearance may no longer be a mystery. A team of researchers from The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) have discovered an anomaly in sonar images off a remote island in the central Pacific.

There have been claims previously that the plane had possibly been found in PNG.


Ramu Agri-Industries Sacks Workers

PNG agricultural company, Ramu Agri-Industries has sacked more than 250 oil palm workers over claims they staged an illegal strike for better wages and improved working conditions.


Border Reopened

The stretch of border between PNG and Indonesia has reopened after the Indonesian Consulate in Vanimo lobbied the PNG government in Port Moresby.


Grand Pacific Hotel

The Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva, Fiji, is nearing completion. It is a joint venture between National Superannuation Fund of PNG, CGA Properties and the Fiji National Provident Fund.


Sorcery Under Microscope

A three day conference addressing witchcraft and sorcery killings in Melanesia is underway at the Australian National University in Canberra.


The conference has heard that sorcery-related attacks and killings are on the rise and spreading from Papua New Guinea into the rest of the Pacific.


PNG Rugby League

After numerous false starts, the Papua New Guinea Rugby League Federation is poised to finally elect a new permanent administration. Board members will be appointed for a three year term.


Minister Loses Seat

The police minister and Madang MP, Nixon Duban, has been ousted from parliament following a successful court challenge to his election at the 2012 poll. Justice Gavara-Nanu said there was sufficient evidence and ordered the 2012 national elections for the Madang Open seat null and void.


Wartoto Faces More Charges

Eremas Wartoto has been charged with additional fraud offences - this time for allegedly misusing funds intended to rehabilitate agricultural plantations.



Marine Industrial Zone

Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister says the government wants the planned Pacific Marine Industrial Zone in Madang to be a fully-fledged industrial park.


Tolukuma Gold Mine

The Government is serious about upgrading the operations of the state-owned Tolukuma gold mine, according to Goilala MP Daniel Mona. He said Prime Minister Peter O'Neill had taken a personal interest in ensuring that problems faced by mine workers and others were addressed.


Aussie Journalist Detained

An Australian journalist and a local fixer and cameraman were detained at the Manus Island asylum seekers processing centre, despite getting the approval of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill to visit the facility.


Daru Wharf

After being closed for almost six years the trestle wharf at Daru has been reopened. Work at the wharf took about three months to complete and cost more than K10 million. It was funded by the PNG Sustainable Development Programme, PNG Ports and Curtain Brothers.


2015 South Pacific Games

PNG officials insist that progress in plans to host the 2015 South Pacific Games, which the leadership hopes will showcase the country's development, are on track. However, security arrangements and the scale of work still to be done constitute formidable challenges.


2013 Oceania Cup

The Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU) has announced the 2013 Oceania Cup schedule, which this year doubles as a Rugby World Cup 2015 regional qualifying event to be hosted in Port Moresby commencing on July 6.


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.

2013 Oceania Cup - 6 July 2013

PNG Trade Fair in Honiara - July 2013

Hiri Moale Festival - July 2013

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

East Sepik Crocodile Festival -- 6th - 7th August 2013

Mt. Hagen Cultural Show -- 17th - 18th August 2013

Goroka Show 14th - 15th August 2013 --

National Canoe & Kundu Festival -- Nov 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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