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Remember that this mailing list is mainly meant for people who have an interest and already know a little bit about the people and geography of Papua New Guinea. The PNG Kina, which is mentioned from time to time, is currently worth about 31 - 33 United States cents but varies on a daily basis.
For those who are not so familiar with the geography of Papua New Guinea I suggest taking a look -- http://maps.expedia.com/ -- and then click on the find a map option. Go to this link for a quick start to a link to a map of Port Moresby. -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/pom-map.html
Also remember that the accuracy of the information in this newsletter should not be relied upon - it is, after all, a gossip newsletter.
If a longer URL in this newsletter appears to be broken, please manually cut and then paste the link into your browser.
If you are really keen on finding out what the Kina is worth a currency converter, for most world currencies, can be located at -- http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/moni.html. -- The daily rate for Kina from several banks in PNG can be found on the PNG Business Directory -- http://www.pngbd.com
If any reader is interested in seeing some fine photo's of Papua New Guinea then I suggest taking a visit to http://www.ioa.com/~tatanua/home.html where you'll see pictures from the Goroka show.Pictures of Kanengara village
men in traditional celebration costume and a Haus Tambaran in Guvenmas village under construction as well as another couple of pages.
Kina falling fast
The PNG Kina has fallen to an all time low and although the government is attempting to stop the fall it seems to be able to do little to even slow it let alone stop it. The Kina is hovering around the 40 US cent mark.
PM Visits Oro
The Prime Minister visited Oro Province recently and was given a rousing welcome. The PM committed K500,000 to build a coffee mill at Afore Station in the Owen Stanley Ranges.
The recent out of court settlement with Sandline has produced fears that money will yet again be pruned from essential services such as health and education. The Minister of State, Sam Akoitai has assured the people of PNG that this will not be the case.
World War II Relics
Villages in Morobe Province are angered by what they claim to be the illegal removal of relics left over from the Second World War. This follows the return visit of two expatriates who collected various relics in a trip they did in 1997. Apparently the expats had negotiated with a person who they considered to be the legal landowner but the villagers are now questioning who that legal landowner was.
Yet another breakout of prisoners has occurred. This time it is from the Beon jail in Madang where 16 convicted criminals and 11 remandees escaped LAST Tuesday.
Opposition Leader Bernard Narokobi has congratulated the Agriculture Secretary (Utula Samana) for drafting a major food policy for PNG. Mr Narokobi said that PNG is becoming a dumping ground fro waste products from overseas and that current food laws are incomplete, insufficient or inappropriate.
The people of Lihir recently heard that 60 per cent of money raised by the Miss PNG quest enables the Red Cross to carry out humanitarian programs throughout PNG. Miss PNG, Heni Oala, said this whilst addressing a recent fundraising dance in aid of Miss Lihir Gold Limited.
I hope any mothers reading this had a good mother's day and didn't have to work too hard around the house or office.
Coral Sea Classic
PNG Yacht, Karnevil, with skipper Laurie Needham overcame huge odds and an expensive list of damage to score a deserved class line honours win in the recent Shell Coral Sea Cairns - Port Moresby classic yacht race. John Cadwallder's Victorian trimaran Avatar snatched a thrilling line honours win the 455 nautical mile race.
Governor Kas was released from jail last week after a successful appeal in the Supreme Court. He was in jail for five months after being jailed by the National Court for offences relating to interfering with an aircraft here.
Speaker's Power Play.
The speaker of Parliament, John Pundari, is convinced that he can play a major role in the formation of any new government if a vote of no confidence against the present government of Bill Skate goes ahead in July.
Mr Pundari was accompanied by West Sepik Governor John Tekwie, Chimbu Governor Simeon Wai, Robert Sakias (Telefomin MP), Henry Smith (Goroka), Eddy Saweni (Aitape-Lumi) and Opis Papo (Lagaip-Porgera) when he made this announcement recently. Mr Pundari said the country needed honest and genuine leaders with the interest of the people at heart and not those who amass wealth using their position of authority and influence at the expense of the ordinary grassroots.
Air Niugini's recently released schedule show the RJ70 aircraft as being available as from the 10th. At one stage this last week Air Niugini was down to only two operating F28 aircraft! Hopefully this new craft will help take some pressure of the present fleet.
A site worth visiting, especially if you are into diving is -- http://www.walindi.com
The Independent (now closed down)
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