PNG Gossip Newsletter - 6 Nov 2016

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bas bus
bipo before
diwai tree / wood / plant / stick etc.
gude good day
gut nait good night
hap ret urple (from "half red)
hariap hurry up
haus moni bank (from "house money)
haus sik ospital (from "house sick)
kaikai food / eat / to bite
kakaruk chicken
kisim get / take
pikinini child
raskol thief / criminal
solwara cean (from "salt water)
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taun town
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PNG Kapuls to play Iran and Malaysia --

PNG LNG Invests over K1 Million in Modern Health Facility for Hela Province --

Water PNG to Connect Madang District's Siar, Nagada, Riwo and Malmal Villages --

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News Items

Telikom Launches 4G

PNG State own Telecommunication Company, Telikom has introduced 4G high speed internet services to PNG. The company is calling on customers who are using, Citifon services, mobile fixed wireless Telephones, EVDO Internet Dongles,  Mifi and tablets  to bring in their products and go to the Telikoms main office (Telikom Rumana) and swap for 3G/4G sim cards. The company says, they are also giving out free smart phones for every swap their customs are doing.


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Busu Bridge Boana

Morobe Provincial Works manager Morobe administration Charlie Sindang says it will take another three-weeks for the repairs to the damaged Busu Bridge in Boana to be completed.


Wewak City

Wewak town is expected to become a city soon, Mayor Charles Malenki says. He said Wewak was among a number of other towns in the country that were expected to take on city status.


Wewak not ready to be a 'city' --

Apisah Wins in Singapore

New South Wales (Australia) junior talent Violet Apisah won the prestigious WTA Future Stars title in Singapore and has earned warm praise from an Australian great. Violet Apisah, who represented her native PNG at last year's Pacific Games in Port Moresby winning a silver medal in the mixed doubles, took out the Under-16 WTA Future Stars title in Singapore, defeating Indian Shivani Amineni in straight sets.


Air Niugini

The National Airline has celebrated its 43rd birthday on the 1st of November. Air Niugini commenced operations on the 1st November 1973 when the first Fokker F27 Friendship lifted off Jacksons Airport on a flight to Lae, Rabaul and Kieta.

Air Niugini has named one of its Fokker F100's "Rabaul". This is the second F100 aircraft to be named, after another was named "City of Lae" some time ago. Air Niugini has previously also named three of its Fokker 70 aircraft "Mt Hagen", "Hoskins" and "Alotau".

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Air Niugini has recognised its long-serving employees with awards as it prepares to celebrate its 43rd anniversary --


A new Qantas daily service between Brisbane and Port Moresby will target the resource sector. The new service replaces Qantas' previous, turboprop-operated service between Cairns and Port Moresby, and is timed to enable business travellers to arrive in Port Moresby at midday, take meetings in the afternoon or next morning, and return the next afternoon.


Jimmy Drekore Wins Award

Jimmy Drekore, from Chimbu, has received the World of Children Health Award for 2016 in New York, USA. Jimmy Drekore is the founder and chief executive officer of the Simbu Children's Foundation. He was recognised for his work in helping rural Papua New Guinean children access medical care.

Drekore was among five people chosen from thousands of nominations for this year's awards.


FIFA Tickets

Tickets for the FIFA Under 20 Women's World Cup have gone on sale. In Port Moresby, tickets are being sold at the Waterfront Foodworld, Boroko Foodworld, Eurosports Vision City and Okari Haus Boroko. In Lae, tickets are on sale at the Zero City Supermarket.

Prices are as low as K15.00 for both the grand stand and outer stands at the National Football and Sir John Guise stadiums. The Bava Park and PNG Football Stadium grand stand is K10.00 and Outer Stand is K5.00.


NCD Soccer Fans Ready for World Cup --

Tony Abbott Visits PNG

Former Australian PM, Tony Abbott, has flown to Port Moresby where he will meet PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill and a group of Australian Federal Police officers deployed to the Pacific nation during his time as prime minister.


Former Australian PM Visits Boroko Police Station --

Healthcare Delivery

Healthcare Delivery in PNG is often difficult even in the cities but often almost impossible in rural areas. Health officers in the most remote parts of the country speak of the challenges they face while serving the community health centres.


InterOil Antelope-7

Drilling is underway at InterOil's Antelope-7 well. InterOil holds a 36.5375% interest in the well. Total E&P PNG Limited has a 40.1275% interest, Oil Search has 22.8350%, and the remaining is held by minority parties.


New Talent Show

One hundred and forty-three individuals and groups have tried out for a new talent show at the Murray Barracks Sports Complex. More talent is expected to participate in the second audition to be held at the Murray Barracks on the 5th of November.


Cigarette and Alcohol Tax

Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch when presenting the 2017 Budget in Parliament said the 2017 Budget will increase the alcohol indexation cap from 2.5 per cent to a fixed rate of 5 per cent biannually while the tobacco excise base rates will have a one-off increase.


2017 National Budget flags business tax changes and cuts to infrastructure, education and health spending --

Dual Citizenship

The recent approval of dual citizenship for eligible citizens has been mooted as being able to encourage investment in the country. Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Rimbink Pato, says the Dual Citizenship Act will help in realising the country's development aspirations through trade and investment; and in effect, increase positive socio-economic indicators for health, employment, education and literacy.


Somare Will Be Recognised

Due recognition will be given to Papua New Guinea's founding father, Sir Michael Somare, Parliament has been told. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill said Parliament and the country recognised the huge contributions by Sir Michael and others like Sir Pita Lus and that "none of us can fill their shoes".


Digicel Has New CEO

Digicel has announced the appointment of Brett Goschen, as the new Chief Executive Officer of Digicel PNG Limited.


Morobe Police Say Sorry

Morobe police commander Augustine Wampe had apologised to the family members of a detainee who was killed during a police station fire in the province last week.


PNG's Cardinal

PNG's cardinal-elect, John Ribat, 59, archbishop of Port Moresby, believes his appointment highlights the pope's wish for Catholics to be treated equally from all parts of the world.


Election Nomination Fee Increase

The PNG Government is planning a national election nomination fee for next year of K10,000 or US$3,150. Currently the nomination fee is K1,000 but the government has indicated a need to offset a lack of funds for the Electoral Commission ahead of next year's five-yearly general elections.


Koki Market

The Koki fresh fruit and vegetable market is aiming to become a model market in Port Moresby with a clean and safe environment.


Boroko Market to be used by Gordon Market Vendors --

First Home Ownership Scheme

BSP (Bank South Pacific) has funded loans with a total value of K160m, for first home buyers under the National Government First Home Ownership Scheme (FHOS).

BSP's General Manager Retail, Paul Thornton says, "The FHOS is now considered a catalyst for growth in the housing market. The market has been attractive to property developers who started building homes and offering them for sale in and around Port Moresby."


2018 APEC Security

A joint Task Force conference on security planning for the 2018 APEC summit has been held in Port Moresby. Security agencies involved in this conference include the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary, PNG Defence Force, Correctional Officers, Fire and Emergency personnel and members of the Australian Police and Defence Force.


Landslide Buries Boys

Two boys have died when they were buried alive by a recent landslide in Mt Hagen, Western Highlands, A boy and a girl were pulled out of the rubble alive. Twelve others managed to flee from their homes when the landslide struck around 10pm at Ward Six, Kandep Compound in New Town.


PNG Malaysian Assoc. Donates

The PNG Malaysian Association (MAPNG) has presented a cheque for K110,000 to the Port Moresby General Hospital CEO, Mr. Grant R. Muddle.


PNG Party Lae Base

The PNG Party will set up its base in Lae to cater for candidates in Morobe wanting to contest the 2017 general election, Morobe branch president Khay Takiseng says.


Port Moresby Court Complex

The 2017 Budget has allocated K80 million for the construction of a Court Complex in Port Moresby.


Lae Coal Power Plant

The Morobe Provincial Government says it is conducting its own due diligence tests on a National Government driven proposal to establish a coal-fired power plant in Lae City.


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.

Port Moresby Craft Markets - Laguna Hotel - 1st Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), PNG Arts - 2nd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Holiday Inn - 3rd Saturday of the month (9 am - 2 pm), Ela Beach - 4th Saturday of the month (6 am to 12 pm)

Kundu and Kenu Festival on now in Alotau, Milne Bay Province - November, 2016

2016 8th FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup tournament 13 November - 3 December, Port Moresby --

14th Papua New Guinea Mining and Petroleum Investment Conference - Hilton Hotel in Sydney from 5 to 7 December 2016

Christmas Day - 25 December 2016

Boxing Day - 26 December 2016

New Year's Day - 1st January 2017

Petroleum and Energy Summit - 2017

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

Good Friday - 14 Apr 2017
Easter Sunday - 16 Apr 2017
Easter Monday - 17 Apr 2017

Queen's Birthday - 12 Jun 2017

National Remembrance Day - 23 Jul 2017

Independence Day - 16 Sep 2017

Pacific Mini Games - Vanuatu 2017

Christmas Day, Monday 25 December 2017

Boxing Day, Tuesday 26 December 2017

2018 - APEC (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) summit to be held in Port Moresby --

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