Welcome to the Papua New Guinea Gossip - 31 Aug 1998. A very special welcome is extended to any new readers. If you have comments or suggestions to make then please e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 local PNG currency is called Kina and toea.
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
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.
The following page is worth a mention. Please take a look at some real news items from Papua New Guinea.
PNG Post Courier - Newspaper
They have a daily column called "The Drum" which is an even better source of Gossip than this newsletter!
Do not rely on the information contained in the PNG Gossip Newsletter.
It is possible that the information could be out of date or horribly inaccurate.
Port Moresby (POM) weather
One reader has asked the following question: -
What's the weather like over there? (PNG)
Well to answer that I can probably truthfully say that the temperature will most likely be about 30 to 32 degrees Celsius during the day and will probably drop to somewhere near 20 degrees during the night. The reason I can say that is because that is the temperature range for Port Moresby for about 350 days of the year. A couple of days a year the temp drops to below 20 but in the whole time the temp has been recorded it has not reached the magical 100 degree Fahrenheit on the other end of the scale in Port Moresby. The records go back for about 100 or so years. Because of the "high" temperatures it is pleasant when it rains.
With the weather being the way it is it is usually forgotten about in conversations. Can you imagine a conversation that doesn't bring up the subject of weather?
PNG weather details (from Yahoo)
"The University This Week" newsletter had an article on the donation of Computer equipment by DG Computers. The computers will be used to encourage students to enhance their learning capability.
- The price of a newspaper - The Post Courier available Monday to Friday sells for 70 toea. What is a toea worth? Well 100 toea make up the Kina and the Kina is worth about 40 US cents. Aug 1998
- The weekly newspaper, The Independent, cost 60 toea and is very good value.
- Tesco 420g beans in tomato sauce on special for 75t at Stop and Shop.
- 60g Mars bar K1.75
- The price of a loaf of bread varies from shop to shop but expect to pay approx. K1.50 per loaf.
- Petrol is approve 82.5 toea per litre. There is no discounting of petrol.
- A box of 10 diskettes will cost around K30.
- A trip on a bus will set you back 50 toea. That cost is a per trip cost so if you hop off one bus and onto another it will double the cost of your trip. The buses can usually seat 25 people and run to no fixed timetable. They do, however, have a set route to follow.
- A 500ml plastic bottle of coke will cost K1.00 at most shops in Moresby although it can be purchased cheaper.
- An overnight stay in hospital will cost you less than K20.00
More on airfares from the previous edition. All from Port Moresby
- to Lae 187 miles K139 one way
- to Rabaul 496 miles K276 one way
- to Mt Hagen 321 miles K193 one way
- to Goroka 264 miles K167 one way
- to Gurney 223 miles K143 one way
The Australian Govt. has reluctantly given PNG an advance on the budget aid support, totalling AUD$59.2 million.
Port Moresby (POM) Freeway
The Port Moresby "freeway" exits, which have been closed off with temporary drums, are now being closed off permanently due to safety reasons.
POM Freeway with Burns Peak on the left
The chairman for health and community development services and president for the Pihi Womens Association (Nahau Rooney) has claimed that the K500,000 relocated from the Manus Provincial Govt. budget to the World sea kayaking championships has not been spent wisely.
Diana Tin fish
RD Tuna Canners Pty Ltd will be selling their "Diana" brand of tin fish nationwide this week. Is this appropriate one-year after the death of Princess Diana?
PNG media related sites
- Post Courier Newspaper -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg
- The National Online Newspaper-- http://www.thenational.com.pg
- Chin H Meen (Music) -- http://www.chmsupersound.com
- EM TV (Television) -- http://www.emtv.com.pg
- Hitron (Cable TV) -- http://www.hitron.com.pg
- Pacific View Multimedia http://www.pvm.com.pg
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