PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Jun 2016

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Neo Melanesian

"Pidgin English"

Tok Pisin English
baksait bilong lek calf of leg
baksait back (rear)
baksait; bek back
daun / tamblo / tambolo down
fran front
gaden garden
hap san i kamap / or es east
insait long in / inside of
insait inside
kambek / kam bek come back
long bek backwards
nem name
not north
sait / hapsait side
saut south
wes west
nem bilong mi my name is
mi no save I do not understand

Webster's Online Dictionary
with Multilingual Thesaurus Translation


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PNG and New Caledonia Draw on Day 2 of OFC Nations Cup --

Principal attacked for 'closeness' with girls --

Agricultural Innovation Highlighted at Workshop --

PNG judge seeks dismissal of case against him --

Japan, PNG leaders hold talks in Nagoya --

PM O'Neill assures Solomon Islands PM of safety of students studying in PNG --

Rabaul MP Dr. Allan Marat lashes out at PM O'Neill --

PNG's Worst Prime Minister Ever - PM Peter O'Neill --

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Nature Park goes Green for World Environment Day --

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Vatican high priest says PNG fulfils dream of Pope Francis --

PNG urged to establish mission in Geneva --

Earthquake: 117km SSW of Kokopo --

Agiru died a 'struggling governor' --

PNG footballers in charge of their own destiny --

News Items

ACP Meeting

Telikom PNG is providing reliable and high speed Wi-Fi service for delegates attending the Africa Caribbean Pacific meeting in Port Moresby. Over 500 delegates from the Asian, Caribbean and Pacific states are using Telikom's WiFi technology.


Angola at ACP Heads of State, Government Summit --

Mugabe in Port Moresby --

ACP targets transformed global role for future --

Well Done PNG

Prime Minister Peter O'Neill says the Africa Caribbean Pacific leaders' summit was "fruitful", as accolades poured in from the United Nations and heads of State for the country's successful hosting of the event. O'Neill said the country should be proud despite that short time it was given to host such a major international event.


ACP Wives Experience PNG --

Homebrew Arrest

16 students from two secondary schools in Port Moresby have been arrested and charged for possession of homebrew. 14 female students from Gordon's Secondary School and two male students from Tokarara Secondary were held in police custody at the Boroko Police Station.


Top Bougainville cop warns public not to produce homebrew --

Students Return to Parliament

PNG students will have rallied again in Port Moresby in anticipation of a parliamentary vote of no confidence in the Government of Peter O'Neill and a hearing of the National Court.


Sensitive Sepik Copper Mine

A feasibility study for the first large-scale copper and gold mine in Papua New Guinea's environmentally-sensitive Sepik River catchment suggests it will be even bigger than expected.


The Sepik is one of the largest wild river systems left in the Asia Pacific.

Removal of Cultural Items Illegal

The controversial removal of cultural objects from Papua New Guinea's Parliament building, by the Speaker, has been declared unlawful. The court concluded the removed objects were protected under the National Cultural Property (Preservation) Act.


Rugby League Ratings

PNG who will host a group in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, were the big winners after the recent southern hemisphere international weekend, moving up three places to eleventh in the new world rankings.


Protestors Allowed to Stay

Protesting university students have won the right to stay on their campuses while a court considers their eviction. The University of PNG council had given the students 48 hours to leave its two campuses in Port Moresby, after it suspended the semester and called in police to quash long-running student protests against the government.


University Council lifts suspension, students to resume studies --

Somare Censures Police

Former PNG Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has censured the police for arresting protesting students at the behest of politicians.

PNG students have been staging forums around the country as part of their awareness campaign to explain why they're calling for the Prime Minister to step down.


Free jailed Wewak students now, says PNG opposition leader --

Unforgettable Kokoda Trek

Tamworth's Debra Bath has conquered the Kokoda Track, using every ounce of strength she had and raising more than AUD $16,000 along the way for a cause close to her heart.


Teachers Without Pay

Around 200 teachers from elementary, primary, secondary and TVET institutions in East Sepik province have not been paid last week.


Finance Minister Welcomes Moody's Outlook

James Marape has highlighted the positive comments about PNG's economy from a Senior Analyst in the Sovereign Risk Group for Moody's in Singapore.


School Eye Testing

A School Screening project is currently underway in primary schools to identify students with eye problems and educate them about eye-care. The project is an initiative of PNG Eye Care and is funded by the US embassy.


Case Looms Against Paska

Former Secretary General of the PNG Trade Union Congress, is believed to have breached a court order preventing him from representing the unions in the country.


Indonesian Incursion

Defence Minister Dr Fabian Pok has revealed that Indonesian soldiers cross the PNG-Indonesian border while pursuing criminals without knowledge of the international marker.


Travel Air to Return

Travel Air, popularly known as Mangi Lo Ples, is to recommence full operation in PNG soon under new owners, Trans Global Investment and Trading from Indonesia. The airline will use 3 Fokker 50 and 3 Boeing 737-300 aircraft.


Segeyaro to Reserve Grade

Penrith (Australia) hooker and former PNG international James Segeyaro, has been dropped to reserve grade, fuelling speculation he's headed for an early exit from the Australian NRL club. The 25-year-old was left out of Coach Anthony Griffin's squad that took on Melbourne at AAMI Park recently.


No Confidence Motion

The PNG opposition says it has the numbers and will file a motion of no confidence in the government. Previous attempts have been struck down because of inconsistencies and for lacking the required number of signatures.


Courts to decide validity of no confidence motion --

Strategy for Development of Statistics

PNG is to implement a statistics strategy to address data collection and collation so the information is readily available to Government departments, senior analyst Rosemary Matawai says.


Department of National Planning and Monitoring --

Why PNG Needs Good Statistics --

Brutality Against Journalists

A plain clothes police officer working at the Boroko Police Station juvenile office in Port Moresby has assaulted a TV Wan female journalist and two National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) reporters. TV Wan chief editor Glenda Popot condemned the action of the officer as her reporter was only doing her job and she should not have been treated in such a manner.


HIV Responsibility

Maternal health technical adviser Dr Lahui Geita says HIV must be everybody's responsibility and should be implemented in emergency planning.


Abide by Law on Manus

According to the general-secretary of the PNG Greens Party, Andrew Kutapae, Greens parties throughout the Asia-Pacific region are appalled at the way Australia's asylum seeker-processing centres in PNG and Nauru have been violating human rights.


Deep Sea Mine

Opponents of an experimental deep sea mining project off PNG's northern coast have called on investors to withdraw their support. Canadian company Nautilus Minerals wants to tap into the mineral-rich waters to extract gold and copper.


Marianville Golden Jubilee

Marianville Girls Secondary School has recently celebrated its Golden Jubilee. Marianville Secondary was established in 1966 by the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Catholic Nuns. Since 1966, the school has educated over 7,000 young women from all parts of the country


Pini in Top Form

Veteran Papua New Guinea swimmer Ryan Pini is in the form of his life just months out from the Olympic Games and says no one is more shocked than himself. Pini has qualified for three events in Rio and says he is feeling as good as at any point in his career.


Sister-City Concept Plan

Port Moresby has signed a new sister-city concept with China's Shenzhen city to enhance multi-faceted collaboration.

National Capital District Governor, Powes Parkop, and the Mayor of Shenzhen City, Xu Qin, signed a Memorandum of Agreement recently in Shenzhen City, China.


Unrecovered War Casualties

The Australian Army's Unrecovered War Casualties unit is currently investigating up to 50 cases, most involving WWII servicemen killed in Papua New Guinea.


Wewak Power

Load shedding will no longer be an issue for the people of East Sepik Province as PNG Power Limited has installed four new Aggreko generators to boost the generation capacity of Wewak town.


PNG Firefighting

Being a fire fighter in PNG can be challenging - "Between all the confusion, staff say they had to drive to the fire station to alarm fire marshals after making several calls to Boroko Fire Service. However, found out that the fire truck had mechanical problems, and the Waigani Fire Service would attend to it."


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.

3rd Trade Pasifika - 2016 in Port Moresby

Australia Future Unlimited Tertiary Education Roadshow June 2016 - Port Moresby --

The National Mask Festival -- -- July 13 - 17 Rabaul

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

Pacific Youth Leaders (PYL) Basketball Camp 2 - 11 of September 2016 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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