PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Feb 2013

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin / "Pidgin" English
anien onion
blaksos / blakpela sos / soisos soya sauce
botol bottle
braunpela loli chocolate (candy)
draibisket cracker
honi honey
jem jam
kapti teacup
letis lettuce
abus meat
muli lemon / lime
painap pineapple
pis fish
popo pawpaw / papaya
skon scone
susu milk
switmuli orange
ti tea
tipot teapot

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Second Buk bilong Pikinini library to open in Lae --

Plans to make PNG's Kavieng an international airport --

Rabaul Gurias head off to meet Northern Prides in Cairns --

Nautilus CEO opens up on PNG dispute --

PNG to participate in Easter event --

Hospital staff rally for attacked PNG nurse --

PNG High Commissioner comments on Fiji constitution needs --

3000 plus police officers not insured --

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Investment Promotion Authority --

My life with the witch-burners --

Checkpoints reinforce PNG alcohol prohibition --

Love Patrol 5 launched in Port Moresby --

Milne Bay veteran meets an old friend --

PNG Real Estate - are rentals in Port Moresby decreasing --

Shady rest reviews --

Westborough Church Helps Bring New Testament to PNG --

Doctors Without Borders --

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Inspired by design - Western Highlands --

Trobriand Islands --

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Lae women to organize protest --

PNG Budget --

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Céline Rouzet on Papua New Guinea's Gas Boom --

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News Items

PX 40th Anniversary

Air Niugini celebrates its 40th birthday in November. A reunion is planned in Brisbane, Australia for the 2nd of November. It will be held at Riverside Receptions at 50 Oxlade Drive, New Farm, on Saturday the 2nd of November 2013. The function will commence at 1530, finger food/canapés etc. will be served from 1700 onwards and buffet dinner at 1930.

The cost for pre-dinner canapés and dinner is $75.00 per person and will need to be paid into the reunion account by 1st October 2013. If you are interested please contact the newsletter and I will email the relevant details to you.

A reunion web site will be set up soon.

Treated Mosquito Netting

A recent survey by the Institute of Medical Research in PNG (PNGIMR) has discovered that many people aren't using the free insecticide treated mosquito bed nets that have been distributed to almost 3 million people since the start of a program run by the Rotarians Against Malaria.

Health experts have warned that PNG could face an upsurge in malaria cases due to overly relaxed attitudes to the use of bed nets. According to PNG's National Health Information System, 500-700 people die annually from malaria - the country's second most common cause of hospital admissions, says the Department of Health.




Manus Asylum Centre

A legal challenge against the Australian-run detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island will go to the Supreme Court after lawyers dropped lower circuit court proceedings.


Air Niugini CEO

Air Niugini has announced to the traveling public that the airline Board has confirmed the appointment of Mr Simon Foo, CBE as the Acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the airline pending permanent appointment. Mr Foo has replaced Mr Wasantha Kumarasiri who has now taken up his new post as the Managing Director of Independent Public Business Corporation (IPBC).

Air Niugini CEO takes over IPBC --

Air Niugini Performance

Following a self-critique, Air Niugini has identified a number of shortcomings. Currently Air Niugini has a 45% on time performance. It had twelve million customer disruptions in 2012.


TB Fight

A new 22-bed ward at Daru General Hospital is part of the Australian governments multi-million dollar aid package to help fight against tuberculosis in Western Province. The ward is just one part of a broad range of measures the Australian aid agency, AusAID, is supporting to help PNG fight the disease.


Aviation Forum

An aviation forum to be held in Mt Hagen on the 7th and 8th of March will focus on PNG's rural airstrips. The forum will discuss the factors which contribute to poor airstrip conditions and look at models for repair and maintenance that will work for local communities and the operators that use these strips.


Court Rule Book

The Supreme Court of PNG has a revised and consolidated rule book effective from the 18th of January. It is titled Rules of the Supreme Court of Justice 2012. The rules superceded previous Supreme Court rules.


PNG Capsicums

PNG's subsistence farmers are being encouraged to turn to more lucrative markets. An ABC series focusing on the future of food production has now turned to PNG.


What To Do About 'Witchcraft'

Sermons, SMS and programs socialising children to reject violence: these are some of the responses that emerged from Papua New Guinea after our recent story in The Global Mail about the ongoing belief in sorcery - and its brutal consequences.


PNG/Indonesia Links Strong

Major General Jerry Singirok the former head of Papua New Guinea's Defence Force says the Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is displaying strong leadership on resolving issues about the border shared with Indonesia.


PNG asks Australia to help develop border with Indonesia --

Border Population Drift

The Opposition Leader, Belden Namah, has said many people living in his Vanimo-Green electorate have moved from the PNG side of the border to the Indonesian side due to better services provided by the Indonesian government.


Islanders Renovate Building

The Gaubin Lutheran hospital, a church building built by Australian Dr Edwin Tscarke and opened on the 4th of June 1967 at Karkar island (Madang) will undergo a full renovation. Full renovation is expected to cost more than K1.4 million.


PNG Origin Revived

The PNG Origin, a match played between the PNG Resident and PNG Internationals comprising those who play overseas, will be revived to select the best players to the World Cup in England this year.


HIV Figures

Two provinces in the Highlands have recorded almost double the number of new HIV cases in 2012 when compared with 2011. The Southern Highlands provincial monitoring, evaluation and surveillance team reported that 172 males and 259 females in Southern Highlands and Hela have contracted the virus.


Nazarene Hospital

The Nazarene Hospital located at Kudjip in the new Jiwaka province will soon be declared a public hospital. When declared a public hospital, it will assume the role of a provincial hospital in readiness for the Provincial Hospital Authority. This was announced by the Health and HIV/AIDS minister Michael Malabag during the 38th graduation of the Nazarene College of Nursing.


World Vision Programme

World Vision PNG has recently launched a 15-year partnership programme with the Morobe provincial government at the Lae International Hotel in Morobe province.


POM Snooker

The 2013 Pacific MMI Port Moresby Corporate snooker competition has begun. In the A Grade matches which start at 6.30 tonight, brother teams Starland Dragons 1 and 2 test each other out while GAL Top Shooters take on Sunbird Falcons at the Port Moresby Country club. Joey Chan's Team 1 includes Roger Ng, Barry Tan, Alexis Tam and the likes and may be a touch better than the Djorne Fong captained Team 2. The PNG champion has the backing of number two female player in the country Helen Samuel with Ong Ben Huat and Robin Boston Seeto.


Police Brutality Sackings

Eighty seven officers have been dismissed from the police force between 2010 and 2012 as the police hierarchy takes a tough zero tolerance stance on police brutality. Another 73 were demoted for similar reasons, according to an information paper presented to MPs at a police forum.


Namah Taken to Task

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill has instructed Government lawyers to initiate defamation proceedings against Opposition leader Belden Namah and his members for falsely and blatantly lying to the people of Papua New Guinea.


Debate hots up between PM, Namah --

Auditor-General Office

The Auditor-General Office is under investigation by various investigating agencies for procedural appointments and alleged "misdeeds".


Moresby Water

Thanks to the efforts of Moresby North West MP Michael Malabag and Moresby South MP Justin Tkatchenko several areas around Moresby will get water.


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.

PNG Aviation Forum in Mt Hagen on 7th and 8th of March

Skerah Extreme Kokoda Trek - 6th to 13th of April, 2013

2013 Oceania Cup - June 2013

Hiri Moale Festival - July 2013

Pacific Mini Games - Wallis and Futuna 2013

2013 Pacific Netball Series (hosted by Fiji)

Goroka Show 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 --

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

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Created 26 Feb 2013
Updated 6 Mar 2013

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