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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.
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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
A site worth visiting, especially if you are into diving is http://www.walindi.com whilst over in the New Britain area please take a look at http://www.snille.com/. This site has wonderful photographs of Rabaul after the volcanic eruption.
All government hospitals including aid posts country wide will grind to a halt on Friday due to lack of funds. Skeleton staff will look after emergency and in-patients whilst members of the Health Workers Federation are being urged to stay away to highlight the lack of funding. The president of the Federation has said that hospital staff were working at conditions dangerously below the code of ethics set by the medical board due to the lack of operational funds.
MBA Airlines of Papua New Guinea
New Airfares One Way
PGK285.00 Port Moresby-to Daru
PGK400.00 Port Moresby to Kiunga
PGK430.00 Port Moresby to Tabubil
PGK300.00 Port Moresby to Moro
PGK260.00 Tabubil to Mt Hagen
PGK252.00 Kiunga to Mt Hagen
PGK275.00 Daru to Kiunga
PGK310.00 Daru to Tabubil
PGK260.00 Kiunga to Moro (New Fare)
The Students Representative Council of the University Council of Technology in Lae has joined calls for the removal of the Prime Minister to restore hope for the people and confidence in the country.
The People's Action Party has added its voice to calls for Mr Skate to step down.
UPNG Radio Station
A FM Radio Station opened recently at the University of Papua New Guinea. The future of the station is already in doubt. This is due to the proposed closure of the Journalism Department at the end of this year. The frequency of the station is 98.5Mhz
The proposed closure will create one major problem. The library of the Divine Word University is critically short of journalism books and resources to cater for all students who will probably transfer from the UPNG course. An appeal, by the editor of the Post Courier, has gone out to Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere for people and institutions who have books they do not need to donate them to the Divine Word University for journalism students -
The focus of the course is on print media so they would welcome books dealing with every aspect of print journalism as well as books covering media law, ethics and other related subjects.
HIV / AIDS
A report, in the Independent newspaper, has stated that HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death at the Port Moresby General Hospital Ward and it is predicted that the figures will get worse in the next 12 months, according to the National AIDS Council (NAC),
The government has given its blessing on an 8.25% increase on products canned by Hugo cannery this will be in addition to the 11% approved on the 2nd of June. It would appear that the shock closure of the cannery has had the desired effect. It is a shame Air Niugini can't do the same thing.
The Bank of Papua New Guinea is introducing a polymer K50 note to replace the current one. It has several security features to help guard against counterfeiting.If anyone is interested a copy of the front and back of the notes are located at http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/monik50.html - Be warned the pictures of the banknotes are big and you might as well have a cup of coffee while you wait for them to load.
The Western Highlands Governor, Father Lak has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the recent sex scandal due to lack of evidence.
The Airline Engineering union is taking Air Niugini to court over non- payment of CPI increases for 1997 despite assurance from
management that these would be processed in August.
An Airlink Bandeirante crashed approx 19 kilometres outside Goroka last week killing all 17 passengers on board. All the bodies are now in the hospital morgue after a four man Australian army rescue team helped to retrieve them from the crash site.
The Independent (now closed down)
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