PNG Gossip Newsletter - 26 Mar 2016

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
nem name
baksait back (rear)
baksait bilong lek calf of leg
baksait / bek back
daun / tamblo / tambolo down
fran front
gaden garden
hap san i kamap / or es east
insait inside
insait long in / inside of
kambek / kam bek come back
long bek backwards
not north
sait / hapsait side
saut south
wes west

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with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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Lae City Dwellers Return to a Rousing Welcome --

Locals graduate in Personal Viability training --

Police Prosecutors Needed to Tackle Increasing Crime Cases --

Protest ban in PNG capital stirs anger --

City Plan Did Not Dictate Development --

PNG Hunters change kick-off times after security concerns --

PNG Tourism seeks a boom --

Koki Vendors To Defend Land Title --

Grenade Found in Lae House --

Misc. Links

Volunteers Wanted: A Remote Tribe in PNG is Looking for 10 People to Join the Community --

Watch: Running PNG With Anna Frost --

Walindi Plantation Resort photos --

Wiping our arses on PNG's history --

The future of Papua New Guinea: old challenges for new leaders --

PNG in a changing world --

Chan has no regrets over handling of Sandline affair --

Excavating Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA from the genomes of Melanesian individuals --

Old 666 --

Cost of visiting PNG expensive: Tour operator --

'Law of the Jungle in PNG' confirms its second half line-up! --

News Items


FIFA have fined and warned PNG for failing to play the second leg of the women's Olympic qualifying playoff match. The PNG federation blamed visa issues for the withdrawal.


FIFA Under 20 Women's Football World Cup Draw --

World Language Ranking

Atlas & Boots have ranked countries in order of number of languages. The top five countries are

1 Papua New Guinea with a total of 839 languages, followed by Indonesia with 707 in second place and then 3 Nigeria 526
4 India 454
5 United States 422


Senso Daughters

Senso Daughters focuses on the legacy of the Japanese occupation of PNG during the Second World War. It is a legacy that arises from rape, starvation and terror. Sekiguchi's documentary lets the residents of PNG, especially the women, tell the story of their three years under Japanese Army rule.


Swire Ups PNG Coverage

Swire Shipping is launching a monthly direct call to Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea from New Zealand and Fiji, with effect from May 4, 2016.


Malaria in Madang

According to the Madang town clinic there were 471 malaria patients in the month of February this year in Madang.


Protest Ban In Capital

Police banned any protest march at the resumption of parliament in Port Moresby. This comes amid plans by a number of groups, including the Voice of Melanesia, to stage a peaceful march on parliament.


No Zika in PNG

The PNG Health Department says there is no Zika virus outbreak though there were confirmed cases of Zika virus.


Kidu Sues Film Company

Carol Kidu is suing independent Sydney film house Media Stockade she says seriously misrepresented her role in a Port Moresby property stoush. Worse, she says, the filmmakers secured her involvement in their documentary, as well as Australian government funding for it, under false pretences.


Homo Sapien History

Scientists have discovered that Homo sapiens - that's us - made more babies with the archaic human like species than first thought. Researchers have analysed DNA sequences from 35 people living on Northern Island Melanesia, off the coast of PNG. These Melanesians were found to have about 2 percent Neanderthal ancestry, plus an additional genetic contribution of about 2 to 4 per cent from Denisovans.


PNG Fund Raiser

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's Peoples National Congress Party (PNC) has raised over 6 million kina at the party's fundraising dinner held recently at the Sir John Guise Indoor Complex in Port Moresby.


PNG LNG Rated Highly

According to Ben Micah, Petroleum and Energy Minister, liquefied natural gas from PNG is rated very highly.


Koiari LLG School

Kailaki Primary School, a remote school in the Koiari LLG of Central Province, has received a new double classroom funded by the provincial government at a cost of K150,000.


Solomon Islands Football

The PNG men's football team has headed of the Solomon Islands for two friendly soccer matches. After the short stint by the team in the Solomon Islands, they will then prepare for a match against Korea on the 5th of May.


Man Shot By Police

It has been reported that a man in his early 20s, from Southern Highlands province, was shot and injured by a group of men on the Magi Highway, just outside of Port Moresby recently. It is alleged that the group of men are police officers.


Expensive PNG Property

Property in PNG especially in the National Capital can be expensive. PNG has one of the most unusual land law systems in the world. Upon attaining independence in 1975, virtually all land in PNG was placed under customary ownership. It is estimated that some 97 percent of land in Papua New Guinea remains customary land. These figures are relatively unique to Melanesia, with Vanuatu holding approximately 98 percent of its land under customary title, and Fiji holding 90 percent.

As such, the value of the tiny amount of alienated land that exists in PNG has skyrocketed. Property prices for non-customary land are exorbitantly high in PNG, with house prices currently hovering around USD$510,000.


Bougainville Roads

A recently completed K11.6 million roadwork project in Arawa employed local contractors and created local jobs. The resealing of town roads in Arawa complements other works in the area supported by Australia including four other roads in Arawa in 2012 and from Arakawau into Arawa, about 25km in total.


No-confidence Motion

The PNG Opposition has launched a new attempt to unseat the country's Government, the third time it has sought to hold a vote of no confidence in the Prime Minister since October last year. The PNG Government has labelled the motion a "waste of time".


Govt's Priorities Questioned

PNG's registrar of Political Parties, Alphonse Gelu, has questioned the government's method of prioritising legislation before the parliament. Dr Gelu said he was frustrated legislation he helped develop to revise the Organic Law on the Integrity of Political Parties and Candidates had not made it onto parliament's agenda before the 2017 election.


Kina Petroleum

Kina Petroleum Limited has announced that it will exit exploration license PPL 337 in PNG after failing to encounter commercial quantities of hydrocarbons. Following the evaluation of drilling results, Kina has concluded that "there is insufficient remaining prospectivity in the license to warrant further exploration work, particularly given the current oil price climate."


Constant Power Blackouts

Constant power blackouts in Papua New Guinea's main cities have been blamed by the prime minister on "human misconduct". The blame is being directed towards staff at PNG Power, amid a nationwide strike by workers over outstanding entitlements.


Girls' Cricket Program

Cricket PNG has officially launched the Girls Empowerment Through (GET) Kriket programme for the year at Amini Park on International Women's Day. The main aim of the GET Kriket programme is to increase female participation in playing hard ball cricket and empower young girls through educational sessions.


Cuts Won't Reduce Health

The PNG health minister has told parliament that public health will not be compromised by cuts of $US16 million dollars to the religious organisations that provide a large part of health services across the country.


Ports Mired in Controversy

The directors of the Ahi and Labu landowner companies in Morobe Province have said "The introduction of a new foreign partner with little or no PNG experience, at the expense of viable majority-owned PNG businesses, is an insult to all Papua New Guineans and contradicts oft-stated government ambitions to increase local participation in our nation's economy," after being excluded from a PNG Ports Corporation tender for terminal services.


PNG Seeks IMF Loan

Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill, says the country's central bank is trying to borrow $330 million ($US250 million) from the International Monetary Fund to help solve the country's foreign exchange problems. O'Neill said the loan would be used to clear the foreign exchange requests of major fuel and rice companies.


Ok Tedi Loss

It's been revealed, that PNG lost around 2-billion Kina, following the temporary shutdown of Ok Tedi Mine last August.


Cassava Beer

South Pacific Brewery wants to brew a new cassava-based beer, in a move that could be a boon for farmers in the country.


World's Worst Clean Water Access

PNG, where 60% of the population live without a safe water supply, has the poorest access to clean water in the world, according to a study released to mark World Water Day. A report on the state of the world's water showed Equatorial Guinea, Angola, Chad and Mozambique joining Papua New Guinea in the bottom five of a table ranking countries according to the percentage of households with access to clean water.


Crocodile Prize

There is no turning back. The Croc is going to live in Papua New Guinea and that's that. For its six-year life, the Crocodile Prize has been an evolving and moveable feast. Not quite making it up as it went along but close.


BMobile-Vodafone Expanding

Bmobile-Vodafone has opened another flagship store in Top Town, Lae, located at the Post PNG building complex. Marketing manager Deepak Khanna described the opening as a "big moment" for the company, that was until 2014, struggling to compete with rival Digicel.



Tuberculosis (TB) remains a major challenge to public health worldwide. In 2014, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that approximately 9.6 million people developed TB globally and about 480,000 were infected with multidrug-resistant TB strains.

Poor living conditions contribute to TB in PNG.


PNG Air Profit

PNG Air has recorded a "significant turnaround" in 2015 with a profit of K4.21 million, according to its report to the Port Moresby Stock Exchange. The airline directors said 2015 was a momentous year for the airline, with its first two new ATR 72-600 aircraft joining the fleet, and the airline re-branded as Papua New Guinea Air.


MP Travel Clampdown

Powes Parkop, governor of Port Moresby, says major savings are unlikely to be achieved as a result of new travel restrictions on civil servants and MPs.


Popondetta Water Woes

Popondetta town in Northern province urgently needs a backup water source to maintain its supply. Water PNG Popondetta Business Centre Manager, Kingsley Waike, confirmed with local TV station - EMTV - that there is only one source, which is the temporary dam that supplies the whole town area.


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.

41st running of the Game Fishing Titles, hosted by the New Britain Game Fishing Club, on now - 19 March to the 28 March --

PNG Golf Open - end of April 2016

3rd Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

12th Festival of Pacific Arts 22 May to 4 June 2016 (Hagatna, Guam)

The ABU Pacific Media Partnership Conference 2016 - 24 to 27 August in Port Moresby --

2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament (13 Nov - 3 Dec, Port Moresby) --

Christmas Day - 25 December 2016

Boxing Day - 26 December 2016

New Year's Day - 1st January 2017

Surfing Association PNG - World Surf League tour championship in January 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

2018 - APEC summit to be held in Port Moresby --

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