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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 somewhere around 31 - 32 United States cents but varies on a daily basis.
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.
Sites to visitThe price of bread has risen to about K2.50 for a 560 gram loaf. This has prompted me to add a PNG recipe as well as a web site or two about PNG food. The Rim Journal - http://www.rimjournal.com - has a recipe about Sepik River Patrol Curry located at http://www.rimjournal.com/recipes/mains/sepik.htm. Take a detour to this site and not only learn about PNG but other areas of the world. Some of the recipes covered are Alamos lime pie | Blue corn posole stew | Boiled peanuts or soybeans | Chargrilled Atlantic salmon | Chutneys | Eggplant parmesan | Flo Chang's fish recipes | Lemon basil salsa | Pasepa Swann's Fiji curry | Pie crust | Sepik River patrol curry | Slow-roast lamb | Smoked salmon soufflé with dill | Spice pumpkin pie | Sweet potato spread | Sweet rice | Tamale pie | Winter squash: acorn maple | Winter squash: butternut ginger
Chicken Taro Bake
- 4 cups sliced chicken
- 3 cups taro leaves
- 3/4 cup coconut milk
- 3 cups water
- 3 chicken stock cubes
- cooking fat
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons sweet soy sauce
- Wash taro leaves and simmer in 2 cups of water (2 stock cubs added)
- Cook the leaves for 45 minutes to one hour.
- Drain and cover with coconut cream
- Remove from heat and set aside
- Brown chicken in oil and soy sauce
- Add 1 cup salted water (1 stock cube added) and cook over a low flame until chicken is tender.
- Drain stock and taro-coconut mixture.
- Bring to boil and serve on hot rice.
Rather than take up space here more recipes can be found starting at http://www.michie.net/pnginfo/recipe1.html.
Moresby Arts TheatreThe MAT is staging a Kevin West adaptation of the classic 60's Stanley Kubrick - Peter Sellers film - Doctor Strangelove. The production will be held at the Moresby Arts Theatre from the 23rd of May to the 26th of May and then from the 30 May to the 2 of June. For those in Moresby tickets will cost K30 and will be available from the Ela Beach Hotel.
MVILThe Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited is set to be sold through a competitive international tender.
Postage StampsThe rate of postage within the country has risen to 35 toea except for mail within a province which stays at 25 toea per letter. Overseas postage rates have also increased.
Road WorksWorks to the value of K40 million are to be overseen by two foreign companies. The work is to be carried out in Central, Oro, Morobe, West New Britain, East New Britain and Manus provinces.
TraumaIt has been reported that trauma is the highest cause of requiring surgery in the country. It caters for 30 percent of patients in Port Moresby and as high as 40 percent in the Highlands. The most common cause of trauma is assault followed by motor vehicle accidents. The common cause of death from trauma was due to head injuries.
Breech BirthsThe incidence of a mother having a breech birth is higher in women from the Mamose and New Guinea Islands than other regions of PNG. A five-year study, at the Port Moresby Hospital, has revealed that women from these provinces run a higher risk than other women.
PNG HealthWatching the news and reading the newspapers shows that PNG often has the sophisticated technology that allows people with serious problems such as heart diseases to be diagnosed. Unfortunately the medical infrastructure does not allow these people to be treated other than long stays in hospital whilst relatives attempt to raise the thousands of Kina necessary for overseas trips and operations. It might seem callous but previously a person remained relatively happy and died - now they are diagnosed and worry for years until they die. Who knows possibly the worry has even contributed to the shortening of their lifespan even further. This could hardly be called a great step forward in medicine? I suppose that the "big people" can go overseas and receive treatment but the grass roots people have no choice other than worry. I suppose you have to give every one a fighting chance!?
Community HealthThe General Secretary of the Community Health Workers Association, Jack Suao, has claimed that most community health workers (CHW) around the country are employed as casual workers. The CHW's perform extremely well in often very trying conditions yet receive little recognition for what they do.
ElectionsStrange things are happening around the country. The local press are advertising roadwork tenders supposedly funded by politicians. They are mentioning donations by prominent people. People who haven't been seen for many years are calling press conferences. Ah! Wait! An election is coming isn't it! That says it all. It is the time of promises and most likely a few free handouts with no strings attached. (well not many strings!!??)
Indonesian BorderThe border post at Wutung, on the Irian Jaya border is to become an international port of entry.
Madang SquattersGargari squatters evicted from their makeshift shacks in Madang have been urged to return to their home provinces by a police spokesman.
RiceLae based firm, Whitecorner Machinery, has been contracted by the National Agricultural Institute (NARI) to build a rice huller. This is believed to be the first by a national company. The company has also recently completed 100 coffee pulpers for coffee growers in the Yangoru area of East Sepik.
State of OriginAlthough it is an Australian competition the whole of PNG stops when the Aussie states of Queensland and New South Wales play their annual Rugby League competition. Air Niugini has tried to cash in on this by offering cheap flights and three nights twin share accommodation to Sydney for devoted fans. The price includes one match ticket per person all a for reasonably low price of K1070.
Eco-forestryThe Eco-forestry Forum has launched an information booklet on small-scale saw milling which contains basic information on topics that are relevant to the use and maintenance of a small scale sawmill. The booklet is available free of charge from the forum at PO Box 590, Kimbe, West New Britain.
Moitaka SpeedwayThe speedway season is well and truly underway. The racing is being held on Saturday afternoons at the Moitaka showgrounds. Car range in size from four cylinder Mazda's to eight cylinder Ford vehicles. Some of the cars have been modified so much that it is difficult to see what the vehicle started life as.
Illegal AliensFive Chinese men who landed illegally in Kimbe over two years ago have finally been apprehended working on a chicken farm at 17 mile just outside Port Moresby. One man was deported recently and the other four are awaiting trial on the 24th of May.
Lae - Independence DriveAusAid has help to fund many road projects undertaken by Barclay Brothers in Lae to slowly but surely rid Lae of the name of Pothole City of PNG. Bitumen and Civil Engineering have also given a face-lift to Lae's Independence Drive which was supervised and funded by the Lae City Council to the tune of K185,000. Port Moresby has quickly sunk low enough to catch the title of Pothole City. It seems that whilst major road reconstruction works are being undertaken on the National Capital no work is being done on existing roads.
Ela Beach HotelThe Ela Beach hotel http://www.elabeachhotel.com.pg is revamping its old Ace of Clubs by refurbishing it along with giving a new name - Tropo's. The official opening has been scheduled for the 23rd of April but like most things will be open to the public before then.
- Alotau International Hotel -- http://www.alotauinternational.com
- Coral Sea Hotels -- http://www.coralseahotels.com.pg
- Ela Beach Hotel -- http://www.elabeachhotel.com.pg
- Haus Poroman Lodge -- http://www.hausporoman.com.pg
- Kaivuna Resort Hotel -- http://www.kaivunaresort.com
- Kulau Lodge -- http://www.global.net.pg/kulau
- Lae International Hotel -- http://www.laehotel.com.pg
- Lissenung Island Resort -- http://www.lissenung.com
- Loloata Resort -- http://www.loloata.com
- MV Febrina Dive Boat -- http://www.febrina.com
- Nusa Island Retreat -- http://www.nusaislandretreat.com.pg
- Pinelodge Resort was http://www.pinelodge.com.pg
- Sandaun Motel -- http://www.sandaunmotel.com.pg
- Walindi Resort -- http://www.walindi.com
MV SankamapAn undertaking has been made to make a final payment of K370,000 sometime this month so that the MV Sankamap can be returned to Bougainville. The money is part of the K1 Million put together by the National Government and AusAID for the refit of the vessel.
Distance LearningLong Distance Education is receiving top priority this year. It has been reported that in a country with a population of somewhere around 4 million as many as 2 million children and adults are not able to benefit from gong to school. It is anticipated that a higher focus on distance learning would be able to help these people.
Cabinet ReshuffleDue to yet another reshuffle the following is now the cabinet line up in the PNG government. Be warned it will be changed frequently between now and the elections if past experiences hold true.
- Prime Minister - Mekere Morauta
- Deputy PM - Michael Ogio
- Agriculture - Muki Taranupi
- Bougainville Affairs - Moi Avei
- Civil Aviation - John Tekwie
- Communications - John Kamb
- Corrective Institutions - Henry Smith
- Culture and Tourism - Sir Pita Lus
- Defence - Kilroy Genia
- Education - Dr John Waiko
- Environment and Conservation - Herowa Agiwa
- Finance - Andrew Kumbakor
- Fisheries - Ron Ganarafo
- Foreign Affairs - John Pundari
- Forests - Michael Ogio
- Health - Tommy Tomscoll
- Home Affairs - William Ebenosi
- Housing - Ludger Mond
- Justice - Puri Ruing
- Labour and Employment - Chris Haiveta
- Lands - Charlie Benjamin
- Mining - Peter Ipatas
- Petroleum and Energy - Roy Yaki
- Physical Planning - Charlie Benjamin
- Planning - Andrew Kumbakor
- Police - Jimson Sauk
- Privatisation and Corporatisation - Vincent Auali
- Provincial and Local Govt Affairs - Iairo Lassaro
- Public Service - Philemon Embel
- Rural Development - Andrew Kumbakor
- Special Envoy on Multilateral Financial Relationships - Sir John Kaputin
- Trade and Industry - Tukape Masani
- Transport and Works - Alfred Pogo
- Treasurer - Sir Mekere Morauta
Opposition LeaderDue to the prolonged illness of the Opposition Leader Bill Skate the shadow minister for Infrastructure development Thomas Pelika has been appointed as the acting Opposition Leader.
PNG media related sites
- Post Courier -- http://www.postcourier.com.pg
- National -- http://www.thenational.com.pg
- Chin H Meen -- http://www.chmsupersound.com
- EM TV -- http://www.emtv.com.pg
- Hitron -- http://www.hitron.com.pg
For anyone who has read this far I couldn't resist adding another recipe using ingredients found in Papua New Guinea.
Baked Sweet Potato
- 3 Cups mashed sweet potato or Kau Kau
- 3 Tablespoons butter
- 3 Tablespoons finely sliced onions
- 3 eggs
- half teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon milk
- salt and pepper to taste.
- After mashing the cooked sweet potato, mix in the butter, onion, milk, cinnamon, salt and pepper.
- Separate the egg whites from the yolks.
- Beat them separately.
- Fold the egg yolks into the mashed potato followed by the egg whites.
- Place mixture in a greased baking dish.
- Brush the top with butter and bake in the oven with the dish placed in a pan of water for 35 to 40 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius. (325 degrees Fahrenheit)
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