My media training class where asked to do podcasting. So what is vodcasting??

According to WikipediaVideo podcast (sometimes shortened to vidcast or vodcast) is a term used for the online delivery of video on demand video clip content via Atom or RSS enclosures. The term is an evolution specialized for video, coming from the generally audio-based podcast and referring to the distribution of video where the RSS feed is used as a non-linear TV channel to which consumers can subscribe using a PC, TV, set-top box, media center or mobile multimedia device.”

So my small class which I have been facilitating for media training armed with a digital camera started to take short clips of them to upload onto youtube as part of their training. But because we there are 10 of them… we decided to make just one video and combine smaller ones together. I decided also to add a few pictures I took on my trips around PNG so it gives a PNG flavor to the video. While the final product was not as impressive…. due to lack of better video editing software… I was able to upload something.

There has been an interesting discussion also on Masalai blog about Government TV and my good friend Badira has suggested that digicams and camcorders would be easily accessible to young people who would produce short clips and make content out of it to be aired on TV. So maybe this is the first step towards such activities….a crash course on social media. 

I was one of the many Papua New Guinean die-hards of soccer at the Loyd Robson oval to watch our Woman National Team take on the might of New Zealand ferns. The winner of the two teams will be representing Oceania at the Woman’s World Cup.

We cheered and screamed and shout to push and support our woman… but it seems they wern’t interested or maybe they underestimated their own capabilities. Our gurls seem to have lost the soccer match even before they took the field. There was no desire in the strikers to run at the opponents defenders. When they lost posession they all moved back and no one wanted to force the opponent to make a move. Now I’ve been to bisini and I’ve seen the PMSA teams play…. I note that, its the same tactic being used.

What is wrong with our coaches? Have they lost vision or even creativity? No wonder we get hammered when we play against Solomon Islands, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia. Why can’t we change the style of playing? Why can’t we start doing the simple things correct by play short passes instead of longer one and not going anywhere? Its really disappointing to note that…. the woman’s team where trying to hit the long balls when they don’t have height in front.

Now… I was glad that we didn’t conceed more than 2 goals… but I am utterly disappointed about the style of play that our clubs are adopting… its just not suiting and not working.  And to top off the disappointment is when our girls stating to play alittle dirty when they where 2 goals down.

What happened to “Fair Play” ? If you where beaten by a better side… work harder and try next time…. its embarrasing already to see them kick the opponents and pull their shirts and not even apologising or helping them off the ground.

Lets be creative… look at the south americans… we may learn a thing or two.

Traveling in PNG

Posted: March 8, 2008 in Information, Out n About, Technology

The youth social media training with MediaSnackers have introduced me to a new site called Animoto. This is site is a place where you can upload your pictures and it will create a video of them. It can also factor in music for your folders so you can have a slide-show of pictures with music.

 Anyway… this interesting site has prompted me to upload pictures of my trips to Manus, Goroka, Wewak and Miline Bay so I can share with people. The short video is only 30 secs long as longer versions will costs a few cents.

 Well, hope you enjoy the pictures!

Okay.. okay… I can’t seem to embed Animoto on wordpress…. so I’ll just make a short video and upload to youtube for viewing.

Laters people

Following my post on the Tingim Yut Kompetisen on a national level, https://yutok.wordpress.com/2007/12/05/world-bank-launched-grant-competition/, the global competition is also calling for applications. It’s theme is on sustainable agriculture. I have copied and paste the information for you all to read.

http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/OPPORTUNITIES/GRANTS/DEVMARKETPLACE/0,,contentMDK:21617862~pagePK:180691~piPK:174492~theSitePK:205098,00.html

What is DM2008? 
The 2008 Global Development Marketplace competition (DM2008) seeks proposals on the theme of Sustainable Agriculture for Development.Applications are accepted through March 21, 2008 and will undergo rigorous review by more than 200 development experts. About 100 finalists will be announced in June and will be invited to World Bank headquarters in Washington, DC in late September to vie for grants in person at the DM2008 Marketplace event.

This competition offers a unique opportunity to turn your innovative idea for sustainable agriculture in developing countries into reality. If selected, your idea could receive up to US$200,000 in grant funding for implementation over two years. Click here to review the competition brochure.

Proposals are welcome from all development innovators—civil society groups, social entrepreneurs, private foundations, government agencies, academia and the private sector. See the eligibility criteria for more details.

Proposals must address one of the following three sub-themes:

1. Linking Small-Scale Farmers to Input-Output Markets
Farmers are defined broadly to include those who make a livelihood through crops, livestock, agro-forestry, fisheries or aquaculture. Well-functioning agricultural markets can reduce the cost of food and uncertainty of supply, thereby improving food security for both poor and non-poor households. Better markets also result in higher net returns to farmers, derived from reduced post-harvest losses, lower transaction and transfer costs, access to a broader base of consumers and potentially greater value addition. By contrast, inefficient markets and institutional constraints impede growth and lead to welfare losses for smallholders, threatening their competitiveness and often their survival.

Linking small-scale farmers to better markets requires productivity-enhancing change at the farm level that will make their products more attractive to buyers in terms of quality, consistency of supply and price. It also requires institutional innovation in the marketing system that will reduce delays, costs, service gaps, information asymmetries that prevent both availing of opportunities and achieving better market trust and reputation. Ultimately such changes reduce risk.

Under DM2008, proposals for institutional and organizational innovation in marketing systems are sought primarily for: (i) financial and business development services that expand opportunities for more efficient technology adoption and resource allocation by small-scale producers and market agents; (ii) effective producer organizations that can reduce transaction costs and improve efficiency in the marketing chain; (iii) innovations that improve the access of small-scale producers and market agents to transport services, physical markets, telecommunications and electricity in ways that improve supply chain logistics; and (iv) improved sourcing and selling arrangements such as contract farming that will increase access to more lucrative value chains.

2. Improving Land Access and Tenure for the Poor
Land is the key asset for hundreds of millions of poor around the globe who work in agriculture. Land and the resources derived from it is the primary source of not only nutrition and income, but identity, wealth and credit access. Thus, the nature of rights to land and resources (including common property and aquatic resources) and the way in which they are documented and can be exchanged are key determinants for and sustainable agricultural development as well as improved livelihoods for those in the rural sector.

This sub-theme seeks out innovative, low-cost and scalable ways to strengthen access to and improve productive use of land by the poor, especially women. These include: (i) legal aid/awareness campaigns and increasing access to records of land and aquatic rights through private-public partnerships to enhance transparency and reduce corruption; (ii) local resource mapping and registration to develop and codify arrangements for effective use of common property resources in a way that benefits the poor; (iii) decentralized settlement of conflicting land claims in post-conflict settings; (iv) local negotiation to allow regularization of existing occupation by marginal or poor populations or access to land through implementation of reform legislation for land and aquatic rights, or through land markets; and (v) technical and other support to enable those received land through such mechanisms to make the most productive use of it.

3. Promoting the Environmental Services of Agriculture in Addressing Climate Change and Biodiversity Conservation

Agricultural development and environmental protection are closely intertwined. The reliance of agriculture, forestry and fisheries on natural resources means that they can create beneficial and detrimental environmental outcomes. The impact of these activities can be local (agriculture is often the largest water user, for example) as well as global (contributing, for example, up to 30 percent of greenhouse gases). Improvements in agricultural and forestry practices can thus have beneficial impacts at multiple levels: agriculture’s large environmental footprint can be reduced, farming systems made less vulnerable to climate change and agriculture harnessed to promote more global environmental improvement and produce gains locally as well. However, there are often trade-offs between local incentives and global goals.

This sub-theme seeks to elicit innovative systems that ensure local gains to battling the global environmental problems of climate change and biodiversity conservation. Innovations are sought in the following areas: (i) development and production of sustainable biofuels; (ii) methods to scale up payments to ecosystem services; (iii) increased local incentives and benefits to the poor in payment for environmental services schemes; (iv) enhancement of community-level adaptation to climate change in rural areas; (v) reducing the contribution of agriculture and fisheries to greenhouse gases; and (vi) sustainable use and promotion of biodiversity at the local level.

  • Key Dates 

    • March 21, 2008: Deadline for all proposals
    • June 23, 2008: Finalists announced
    • July 28, 2008: Finalists’ proposals due
    • September 24-25, 2008: Marketplace & Knowledge Exchange

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.

The Bank of Papua New Guinea (BPNG) is concerned increasing fuel prices could trigger inflationary pressures in the economy.

 

Speaking in the bank’s Spetember 2007 quarterly economic bulletin published recently, PNG Governor Wilson Kamit said whole the country’s macroeconomic conditions generally remained favourable the fuel prices increase was a concern.

 

He added that the Somare government large fiscal surplus and an increase in government-operated trust accounts could also affect the price of basic goods.

 

What strikes me interesting was that the Governor of Central Bank did not raise any issues when the Somare Government increased funding. Almost everyone was all taking it with much appreciation and no one was concerned.

 

I remember about the same time, I made a posting ‘Is there too much money in the economy?” to caution the government about the possibility of “Cost-pull” inflation. It too the good Governor at least 4 months to realize the effect of the surplus budget. I think the Governor should wake up and start acting instead of reacting.