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Helen Samilou, famous for her bravery towards discrimination due to her status as living with HIV/AIDS has been awarded the Papua New Guinea 2008 Award for International Women of Courage. 

This remarkable woman has defied all odds and has come out publicly with her status. She not only told everyone about her status but she has gone a step further by advocating for People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) and been a role model for many. Another guy, Peter Momo is also doing his part advocating and also warning people to be careful with their life.  

 

Helen was presented this award by Ambassodor Leslie Rowe in a closed ceremony held at the American Embassy on Wednesday morning. In attendance was Dame Carol Kidu, the first winner of the Award in Papua New Guinea.

Dame Kidu congratulated Helen but was ashamed the government of PNG did not do more for people like Helen and also was not present for the awards ceremony.

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.

Honorable Minister for Community Development, Dame Carol Kidu officially launched the new website for the Department in a low key ceremony at the Lamana Hotel last month. This website marks the effort of the secretary for the Department, Mr. Joseph Klapat and the Minister to promote the Department of Community Development.

During the launching of the website, the Minister thanks UNICEF, UN and UNIFEM for their continued support towards children, women and youths and to promote the activities of the Department. UNIFEM has approved funding of US300, 000.00 to the Department of Community Development for projects to address the issue of Violence Against Women and to make sure CEDAW is implemented in Papua New Guinea. 

The site also contains links to various documents that people may be interested in getting a copy. For instance, a copy of the Birth Registration Form can also be downloaded and filled in to email to the Department to avoid the hassle of long cues and empty office at times.

 

  Tingim Yut Kompetisen 2007 Launched  

Port Moresby, November 27, 2007 – The Tingim Yut Kompetisen 2007 will be launched at the Koroboro International School today. Youth groups and community organisations are encouraged to participate and submit their innovative proposals for community projects from all around PNG.

The Tingim Yut Kopetisen held last year received a record number of 820 proposals from around the country. The theme of this year’s Kopetisen is “Kamapim Komuniti”. The Tingim Yut Kompetisen is a nationwide search aimed at finding and funding innovative projects for the benefit of PNG’s young people.

It is an initiative of the World Bank in partnership with Air Niugini, Bank South Pacific, Coral Sea Hotels, Digicell, Divine Word University, NASFUND, Pacific Enterprise Development Facility, Koroboro International School, and the French Alliance. 

The main objectives of the competition are to identify workable, ground-level ideas that will help address PNG’s key development issues and to assist small organizations to develop proposals and seek funding. The competitive process will identify local innovators and provide donors with potentially new avenues to work effectively at the grassroots. Ideas that work well will be publicized and may serve as successful models for use elsewhere.

The Tingim Yut Kopetisen assessment process will include workshops to assist the finalists to fully develop their proposals. Through these workshops finalists will be encouraged to develop their skills in budgeting, project management, monitoring and evaluation etc.  There will also be displays of innovative ventures by young people who are already doing something within the community in Papua New Guinea.

A youth representative will also be a guest speaker talking about their experience as youth entrepreneurs . Proposals to be submitted to the World Bank and the closing date for submission of proposals will be Feb 29, 2008. The assessment of the submissions will take place in April 2008 with winning groups to be announced end of the month.

These groups will then be asked to nominate one person to attend a workshop at Divine Word University in Madang to develop more detailed proposals and learn about project planning and implementation. In early May 2008, a representative from all finalist groups will be brought to Port Moresby where they will display their project ideas at a public forum.

On the Award Day, a panel of distinguished Papua New Guineans will decide and announce the winners. Winning groups will have their projects funded for 12 months. To be eligible for consideration, recognized youth or community groups have to find partnering organizations then submit application that answers a set of questions about their project plans. 

For more information please contact:  Port MoresbyRex Paura 675-321 7111 Email: Rpaura@worldbank.org

Sex In Marriage

Posted: December 2, 2007 in Education, Health, Information, Talk Sex

Why are there so many divorce in Papua New Guinea?? Why are husband leaving their wife or wife leaving their husband? What is the cause for so many break-down in marriage? New couple weds…..you’d say “wow, this wedding is so perfect, this couple will be together till death do em’ part”. A year or two later….they couple separates and are with someone else. I have been muling over this delima for quite a while now…..

But I have come to a realization that maybe a lot of people in Papua New Guinea do not realise the magic of “Sex in Marriage” for a lasting relationships. I have vow to help young people, especially students to realise the importance of these issues and how it is all connected and inter-locked into HIV/AIDS if they are not carefull and take it for granted.

Anyway, I was reading a few blogs and I came across a message which I believe emphasis alot of message which I have been trying to get across and which I believe holds the key to lasting marriages. So let me cut & paste for you all to read.

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Sex according to Pastor Khathide (Ugandan)

A lot of people don’t associate sex with God – they associate it with Satan and darkness, as if sex weren’t holy. The bible is explicit when it comes to sex. Sex is holy within marriage, and there is no prescribed style.  

Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the missionary position is the only sexual style.

Not discussing sex in a relationship leads to divorce!!!!!. 

Pastor Khathide has counseled women who’ve complained: my husband treats me as if I were his brother. There was one who told him: I am tired of getting sex fortnightly, like a salary. Khathide told her she was lucky to be getting sex fortnightly, since some wives only get it on big days, like elections.  

Many husbands leave their wives to seek sexual pleasures in Hillbrow. Have you ever asked yourself what those wives have that you don’t. Wives have become very frigid and even sleep with their panties. If you’re a married woman, you should sleep naked and let your bum touch your husband.

Today you find men going out of their way to get a glimpse of a vagina. They page through magazines and even go to lingerie departments in stores hoping to see what’s hidden under panties, because their wives hide it from them.  Marriage is about being free with your body in front of your partner. A woman should parade naked and do some modeling to tempt her husband.

There are many married women who don’t know what their husbands’ penises look like. They only feel it when he enters her. They’ve never touched it, let alone see it, because the husband switches off the lights before undressing. A penis is a wife’s toy – she is supposed to play with it.  He blames couples for not making time for sex and complaining about being tired after a day’s work. You find many couples who’ve been sexually starved for years. God created sex for procreation and also for pleasure. You can’t marry and not have a good time in bed.  

WHO SAID YOU CAN ONLY HAVE SEX AT NIGHT?

Why can’t you drive home during lunch and have a quickie with your wife?

We’re all equal in sex – it’s not just about a woman satisfying a man. You have to satisfy each other. Have you ever seen a woman who has been satisfied? Have u noticed how she glows and becomes energetic?

May the Lord Bless you. This is the “Whole Truth, Nothing But The Truth” so God Help Us From The Beginning.  

 http://www.thenational.com.pg/112107/Nation%201.htm

By ISAAC NICHOLAS
THE majority of workers in the country will find more money to spend in their pay packets after the Government announced tax relief in the 2008 Budget.

Treasury and Finance Minister Patrick Pruaitch yesterday unveiled a record K8.9 billion money plan for 2008, which included tax relief for both workers and businesses.

Handing down the 2008 Budget, “Empowering the people of Papua New Guinea”, in Parliament yesterday afternoon, Mr Pruaitch said personal income tax threshold had been increased from K6,600 to K7,000.
He also announced a reduction in marginal rate of income tax from 25%-22% for people earning between K7,000 and K18,000 a year.This means, for example, a worker earning K18,000 per annum or above would receive a tax cut of K430 per year.


Business will also get relief with the Government’s continued effort to address impediments to doing business by abolishing stamp duties on borrowings, bills of lading, incorporation of companies, and, insurance policies.In addition, the Government will abolish the debits tax currently collected by banks as a small charge on every debt they processed.
This will benefit business and workers who operate bank cards to draw cash or do transactions.
Civil servants, as a result of the new wages agreement negotiated with Public Employees Association, will receive a general wage increase amounting to more than K1,000 a year together with other non-monetary benefits.

The 2008 Budget provides for total expenditure and net lending of K6.99 billion or 35.5% of GDP.
This includes total recurrent expenditure of K3.636 billion or 18.4% of GDP and a total development expenditure of K1.88 billion. Personnel emoluments again takes out the bulk of the recurrent expenditure with K1.5 billion due to increase in school teacher numbers, industrial awards for health officers, superannuation contributions and increase in staffing.

According to the total Government expenditure, total payments including total expenditure and net lending of K6.99 billion, amortization K1.99 billion and loan repayment of K4 billion brings the total expenditure to K8.99 billion.

Following the newspaper article about the husband ripping the baby off the wife’s womb….here is the respond from Mr. Ju the husband. It was on today’s courier.______________________________________________________________________________

She deserves to die: Hubby

ALLEGED wife beater Robert Ju says his traumatised wife, Toy Molly, is lucky to be alive.

Ju said the 20-year-old woman survived death, as the offence she allegedly committed warranted outright killing. Ju claimed the pregnant woman was one of two women raped at Kudjip tea plantations where her seven-month-old unborn baby was killed.

“She is lucky she’s still living today. In such cases (when a woman commits adultery or has been raped) she is axed to death and tribes go to war,” he said.

But she maintains Ju killed the baby by ripping it out of her womb.

Ju explained that in the Highlands custom, women, pigs and land were the major source of tribal conflicts as they remained valuable assets for a family or tribe. He claimed his partner had committed a terrible offence which was locally punishable by death.

But Ju says he was a good man who had forgiven his wife for her “crime”, adding he would welcome her back to live with him once she was discharged from the hospital.

However, Molly said she would live with her grandmother as she faced death.

The fugitive said the woman had initially provoked the beating and it was unfair for the police and community leaders to target him.

Police say Ju is still on the run and reiterated their call to villagers for co-operation in apprehending him to face charges.

Post Courier on Tuesday 2nd October reported a most bizarre story I’ve ever read. It was a case of most horrific inhumane behavior a human being (of which I am ashamed to call myself a human) could have ever done.

The story of a man beating his wife, putting his hand through her genitals and pulled out the baby. He then proceeds to pour hot water into her genitals and later forced her to go to sleep. I could not imagine the extent to which human beings can bring themselves to but this has sparked calls by various women groups and leaders to make a petition to the floor of the Parliament.

Let us all wear balck to work on Tuesday when Dame Carol Kidu presents her petition to the floor of Parliament.

“The second Post Courier article of today’s edition, also attached, recorded some of the reaction from the public condemning domestic violence,etc This incident is not an isolated one. There are many women and children out there who suffer this daily. As part of the need for the community at large to be informed of this cancerous behavior, and, which must be rid of, Minister Dame Carol Kidu, will be petitioning Parliament on Tuesday next week for proactive action to be taken against this sort of abuse. It has been proposed that a limited number ( as many as the parliament gallery will allow ) of people, men & women wearing black be in the gallery when Dame Carol is presenting the petition.”


Petition
Notes to the Petition:The Petition in relation to Violence against Women & children to be presented in Parliament on Tuesday in Parliament. It will be published on Monday’s Post Courier.

  1. That there is a general, pervasive feeling of dismay and helplessness about the increasing levels of violence in all sectors of society, particularly violence within the family which should be a safe haven for all people – women, children and men.We remind honourable Members of some recent horrific crimes : last week a young pregnant woman was repeatedly beaten by her husband who then forced his hand into her vagina and ripped the unborn child from her womb – she may survive but psychologically and emotionally she is scarred forever; three weeks ago a woman was chopped to death by her husband in Gordons market watched by Security Guards – nobody helped and now she is dead ; a few months ago a young girl was reportedly raped by 30 men; in November last year Josephine was tortured for days – burnt with hot stones etc etc by her husband and died after this horrific ordeal; recently an innocent woman was attacked by her drunk husband who chopped her left wrist causing it to hang off. As she reached out to hold the chopped wrist the husband then slashed her right elbow cutting off the main tendon and nerve system then slashed her across the right shoulder blade also cutting off the main tendon. She is now unable to go to work and is unable to feed herself nor do anything as the injuries sustained have disabled her for life.Sadly, these horrific crimes are occurring on a daily basis somewhere in PNG – many of them are never recorded and never reported but we all know they are happening.
  2. We, as concerned citizens, acknowledge that governments over the last ten years have made significant progress with legislative and policy reforms in the social sector but we are concerned that the implementation of these reforms needs far greater commitment from both government and civil society.

Your Petitioners therefore humbly pray that:

  1. The problem of violence in families and society at large be treated as a matter of national importance by this, the eight National Parliament, and we call on each Member of Parliament to make a personal commitment to advocate against and take action against violence in their electorates, particularly violence against women and children.
  2. The government provides the necessary financial and technical support to complete the work presently in progress with the drafting of the Family Protection Bill and for each member of this Parliament to provide leadership to ensure that the citizens of this country have their rights protected as stated in our Constitution, laws and international agreements.
  3. The government forms partnership with key stakeholders including ngos, faith based organizations, business community, educational entities, relevant statutory government authorities and donor partners to ensure affirmative action against violence.
  4. The government provides resources to enhance the capacity of responsible government agencies to implement existing laws to protect women and children.
  5. The government establishes additional facilities and improve existing Family Support Centres to provide care and support to women and children who experience violence, abuse and exploitation.
  6. The government institutes a register to record all instances of family and gender-based violence at hospitals, clinics and care centres run by non-government organizations and churches to be used as a basis of planning preventative and support measures.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound will ever pray.

Last time I posted something about accessing Email on HF Radio. Well, things have now changed. No longer can you just access email on HF Radio but you can also access broadband internet via the HF Radio. You can surf the net, watch TV, do Video Conference and so much more. This is all thanks to the Brilliance of one Papua New Guinean, Wilfred Amai.

 


Wilfred who owns Skylink Technology is putting Papua New Guinea at the Top of the World. PNG has now an alternative to satellite dish. Gone are the days of satellite, gone are the days of cables. PNG will go wireless and be the FIRST in the World to access Broadband via HF Radio. It is just as similar as using Email on HF Radio, but the only difference is SPEED.It is a thousand times faster and you can download a 34Mbytes data less than 3 seconds and the speed is increasing. He is working on developing the speed to reach Giga bytes per second. It seems impossible at first but Wilfred as discovered an innovative NEW technology that has been PATENT in Australia. No-one can copy his work.So the war is brewing now, as we have just made a presentation to Telikom and already Digicel is calling for another presentation.More to come!!

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Skylink:
SKYLINK Communication Limited is an IPA registered 100% Papua New Guinean owned company specializing in the research and development of innovative Communication Systems.

The main vision of the company is to develop and market a cheaper and more robust communication system that is user friendly and as an alternative to existing systems of telecommunication. The company derived its inspiration from the fact that PNG’s geographical and topographical setting rendered telecommunication in PNG very unreliable, ineffective and costly.

Rationale of behind the use of Ionosphere
The ionosphere is the upper most part of the atmosphere and is ionised by solar radiation. This gives ionosphere its property to refract radio waves such as short-wave. When using High Frequency bands, the ionosphere is utilized to reflect the transmitted radio beam. The beam returns to the earth’s surface, and then be reflected back into the ionosphere for a second bounce. The ionosphere in its sense acts as a satellite for Radio waves.


Ionosphere at 300km in the atmosphere will refract HF communication signals carrying large amount of data in real time improving on delay effects experienced by geo-stationary satellites at 36 000km.

The present invention relates generally to a data transmission system and in particular to a system for transmitting and receiving data at very high speed over a standard wireless HF communication link. Although HF radio frequency data transmission systems have been in existence for many years, no one has yet found a way to transmit large volumes of audio, video and data content in a real time, high speed environment. What that means is that this new invention can now enable people to send and access large volumes of data (through the internet) cheaply using the HF system everywhere, including rural areas.

This high speed communication system has also been developed to ensure the security of data communicated through the network, whilst redundancy has also been built into its systems so as to maintain uptime as much as possible.

Redundancy means having alternate routes for data traffic to be routed in the event of the default route malfunctioning. Redundancy also means having backup power in the likely event that main power goes off. It means building ‘intelligence’ into the network to enable it to automatically adapt to failing data traffic routes without human intervention i.e. the use of routers with automatically updated routing tables constantly determining the next best route.

In terms of compatibility, this communication system is compatible with all standard internationally approved equipment. This allows all types of computers and peripherals to be connected to the network. In fact, the system has been initially trialled in the presence of PANGTEL in January of this year, 2007, to ensure that it complied with regulatory standards of the use of the HF channel and that it didn’t interfere with other commercial users of the Radio Frequency Spectrum in any illegal way.

The trial involved downloading a 22 megabyte file in approximately 20 seconds using a narrow channel standard HF frequency at around 4.920 MHz. This translates into a speed of approximately 9 or 10 Mbps. This is more than 3,000 times faster than a commercial HF data transmission system. That is because commercial HF Data communication systems are only known to be able to work at speeds of up to around 24 kbps at the most. Apart from government and corporate dignitaries, there were also technical specialists from PANGTEL and other HF communications companies present at the trials to verify the system.

A year ago, I had the opportunity to attend the launching of the World Development Report for 2007 in Singapore. This launching coincided with the IMF/World Bank annual meeting for the year 2007. The Report was focused on young people and is titled Development and the Next Generation. This particular report is interesting as it recognizes the importance of young people and encourages governments to invest in youths.

What is World Development Report?
The World Bank’s annual World Development Report (WDR) is an invaluable guide to the economic, social and environmental state of the world today. Each year the WDR provides in depth analysis of a specific aspect of development. Past reports have considered such topics as the role of the state, transition economies, labor, infrastructure, health, the environment, and poverty. The reports are the Bank’s best-known contribution to thinking about development.
World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation.
So why is the World Bank interested in young people? Two simple reasons

Reason One

  • “There’s never been a better time than now for countries to invest in the next generation”

  • There has been an enormous progress over the past 30 years in terms of education world wide and the decrease in infant mortality

  • But this progress brings further challenges such as, “Are there enough jobs? Does the education prepare us for the daily lives? We encourage more primary education, but what about secondary education?”

Reason Two

  • We have the largest Youth Bulge ever

  • The youth bulge in the population pyramid due to decreasing fertility rate and growing aging population

  • Falling fertility rate leads to lower demographic dependence (a lot more working population) however this dependence will increase eventually in some countries due to the aging population.

  • Policies and institution matters- human capital and skills development

  • Which paths do developing countries follow?

The 2007 Report: Development and the Next Generation uses five transitional stages that youths go through in life and uses those transitional phase to find gaps for investment. These transitional stages are: Going to School, Staying healthy, finding a Job, Leaving home & starting a family and Exercising citizenship.

According to the World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation, developing countries which invest in better education, healthcare, and job training for their record numbers of young people between the ages of 12 and 24 years of age, could produce surging economic growth and sharply reduced poverty.

With 1.3 billion young people now living in the developing world-the largest-ever youth group in history-the report says there has never been a better time to invest in youth because they are healthier and better educated than previous generations, and they will join the workforce with fewer dependents because of changing demographics.

“Such large numbers of young people living in developing countries present great opportunities, but also risks,” says François Bourguignon, the World Bank’s Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics.

“The opportunities are great, as many countries will have a larger, more skilled labor force and fewer dependents. But these young people must be well-prepared in order to create and find good jobs.”

The World Development Report 2007: Development and the Next Generation use three lenses to look at social issues affecting young people around the world. Expanding Opportunity, Enhancing Capacities and providing Second Chances.

  • Opportunity to build skills and safe guard them e.g. education, relevance of the education system.

  • Opportunity to be heard, positive ways to make that mark e.g. Brazil’s consultation with youth before policies are made

  • Is there support for young people to help them make right choices? E.g. In Bangladesh there are bank accounts in the names of girls as they were willing to study and remain unmarried until they do so this has helped increase the enrolment rate of girls in terms of education. It was very successful.

  • Second chances to allow young people to get back on track and recover

  • To ensure that there are no parallel system for those who have succeed and those who fail.

  • Restoration rather than retribution

“Most developing countries have a short window of opportunity to get this right before their record numbers of youth become middle-aged, and they lose their demographic dividend. This isn’t just enlightened social policy. This may be one of the profound decisions a developing country will ever make to banish poverty and galvanize its economy,” says Emmanuel Jimenez, lead author of the report, and Director of Human Development in the World Bank’s East Asia and the Pacific Department.