Archive for February, 2008

Road Safety

Posted: February 28, 2008 in Information, Out n About
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I had an interesting morning today. Got out of bed… and decided to head straight for work without breakfast… well, thats ma usual anyway. So I was sitting in this bus for going Ela Beach and heading towards down… the bus was going on a crawl and I was getting edggy as I was standing on the door way…. when we reach Ela Beach hotel… it then hits me the reason for us crawling. There was a car accident right there!!

A small sedan had collided with a Large Dyna. An expatriate was driving that small sedan and the driver of the Dyna was from Central. Now the Dyna didn’t have scratches to it but the small sedan….it literally and truely defines “Kar bump”. What amazes me most was that, both drivers were not intoxicated. They were both sober….. so how did they managed to collide??

 

Road safety is very important…. never take your eyes of the road. Do not answer your mobile phones with driving. There can be many reasons to why this accident happens……. be definately its nothing to do with intoxication. I note that the driver of the Dyna was getting more of an earing bashing so I assume he was at the fault.

So maybe he was on the phone or talking to his passenger or even chewing a betelnut while driving… what ever it is…. he has alot sort out in terms of fixing the victims car.

Happy Friday! Don’t Fly when driving!

PNG Amini cricket team?

Posted: February 26, 2008 in Information, Out n About, Sports

I watched the game between PNG and India last week. This was the first match between Papua New Guinea and India. Naturally, I supported the Papua New Guinea team…. India started batting and made a very big run score…. it was PNG’s turn to bat and made less then 100 runs.

I was utterly disappointed but I guess Papua New Guinea is still learning to find its feet…

I then heard the commmentator making a very interesting comment about how the Papua New Guinea cricket team is filled with the Amini family. It has two brothers playing in the squad while the girls team had family members also involved. It got me thing that, maybe we should just change the name of the team to “PNG Amini cricket team”… anyway.. yesterday, a reader on post courier made a similar remark.

I am not alone!!

 

Young People in Papua New Guinea are taking on a Social Media Course. Thanks to Media Snackers, Pacifikayouth, Youth Action for Change and Yu Tok Oragnization, these youths are being taugh basic media tools via an online training. This training course started yesterday, 13th February and will run for 5 weeks.

The facilitators from Media Snackers are based in Europe and the participants are in Papua New Guinea and Tonga. This is a first time for such a training program to reach cross borders and it defies time difference for young people. It all shows the desire to learn social media by young people.

The program was initiated & organized by Pacifikayouth (formerly Youth for a Sustainable Future Pacifika) who have been empowering Pacific youth for four years through initiatives such as the Pacific Youth MDG Summit in 2005, the Pacific Youth MDG Toolkit in 2006 and advisory roles to key development organizations on youth policy.

MediaSnackers, who are coordinating the training with partners from the UK, Germany and Italy will focus on empowering the participants to think about sharing their local stories to a global audience. MediaSnackers Founder said. “It’s an honor to be involved in a such a unique project. Nothing like this has ever been done before and we’re looking forward to seeing, reading, watching and hearing the content which is going to be produced.”

The program is facilitated through the innovative online learning portal developed by Youth Action for Change who have won several global awards for their pioneering work.In Port Moresby, these enthusiastic youths took to the task in their first course and that was to create a weblog. “I am so excited about this blog course. I want to type and type and write about everyday stuff” says Everlyn. Other media tools and softwares to be taught and be used in the course are;– Skype
– Wikis
– YouTube
– Weblogs
– Flickr
– Podcasting/vodcasting

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“Today we honour the Indigenous peoples of this land, the oldest continuing cultures in human history.

 

We reflect on their past mistreatment.

 

We reflect in particular on the mistreatment of those who were stolen generations – this blemished chapter in our nation’s history.

 

The time has now come for the nation to turn a new page in Australia’s history by righting the wrongs of the past and so moving forward with confidence to the future.

 

We apologise for the laws and policies of successive Parliaments and governments that have inflicted profound grief, suffering and loss on these our fellow Australians.

 

We apologise especially for the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families, their communities and their country.

 

For the pain, suffering and hurt of these stolen generations, their descendants and for their families left behind, we say sorry.

 

To the mothers and the fathers, the brothers and the sisters, for the breaking up of families and communities, we say sorry.

 

And for the indignity and degradation thus inflicted on a proud people and a proud culture, we say sorry.

 

We the Parliament of Australia respectfully request that this apology be received in the spirit in which it is offered as part of the healing of the nation.

 

For the future we take heart; resolving that this new page in the history of our great continent can now be written.

 

We today take this first step by acknowledging the past and laying claim to a future that embraces all Australians.

 

A future where this Parliament resolves that the injustices of the past must never, never happen again.

 

A future where we harness the determination of all Australians,

Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to close the gap that lies between us in life expectancy, educational achievement and economic opportunity.

 

A future where we embrace the possibility of new solutions to enduring problems where old approaches have failed.

 

A future based on mutual respect, mutual resolve and mutual responsibility.

 

A future where all Australians, whatever their origins, are truly equal partners, with equal opportunities and with an equal stake in shaping the next chapter in the history of this great country, Australia “

 

 – Kevin Rudd, Prime Mininster of Australia

Danger on Air

Posted: February 3, 2008 in Health, Information
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Papua New Guinea with its geographical challenged landscape has made traveling for its citizens and visitors to the country more difficult. Most towns in Papua New Guinea are accessible only via air while others can be accessed by sea or by road. 

Whilst Papua New Guinean government is doing a lot in terms of road maintenance and rehabilitation to make them roadworthy and capable of handling a lot of load, there are some areas that are still currently being overlooked. However, I’ve drive on many of these highways in the Central Province, in Markham Valley and in East Sepik Province and I find it most heartening to seek road works being done on them. 

It just goes to show how much effort the government is doing in fixing the highways in Papua New Guinea. I also note that most wharfs are being upgraded and worked on.

But what I am unpleased of is that the states of our aircraft have not been improved. I believe its time Air Nuigin get rids of the Dash 8 or get new Dash 8’s. On several occasions, I flew in the Dash 8 to Goroka, to Lae, to Wewak and to Alotau. These areas are major tourists’ attractions. 

Dash 8 have lived its time and it should be done away or replaced with better Dash 8. Why am I complaining?? You would not imagine how much noise the Dash 8 makes, your ear drums would hurt so much, you will start to having running nose etc. That’s a health hazard. The department of health and Civil Aviation Authority should look in to these too. 

I hope the management of Air Nuigini takes note on these and replace the Dash 8 with new aircrafts.