|Trung Quốc bành trướng ảnh hưởng ở vùng Thái Bình Dương Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||Theo thông báo của thủ tướng Papua New Guinea Peter O’Neil hôm qua, 09/07/2018, nhân chuyến viếng thăm cấp Nhà nước ở Papua New Guinea, chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình muốn họp riêng với lãnh đạo các đảo quốc Thái Bình Dương, trước khi diễn ra hội nghị thượng đỉnh diễn đàn Hợp […]|
|Talasea Airstrip in Talasea, Papua New Guinea Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||
The South Pacific is littered with relics leftover from World War II. Military tunnels snake beneath tiny towns. Planes and equipment lie sunken beneath the water, cloaked in coral. Dense tangles of jungle hold more forgotten wartime treasures, like this abandoned airfield.
Originally built by the Australian army as a small landing strip, Talasea was occupied by both the Japanese and Americans as the second World War changed hands. Too small to accommodate fighter planes, the the airfield was used as an emergency landing strip in the later part of the war.
In early September 1944, the landing strip saw its final pieces of action. On September 3, 1944, an American B-25H bomber took off from Stirling Island with the objective of locating and destroying any remaining Japanese ships of the South Coast of New Britain. While the mission was a success, the B-25H aircraft incurred engine trouble, and rather than risk the flight back to its base, the captain made the decision to make an emergency landing at Talasea.
In a similar mission less than a week later, a Lockheed Ventura was dispatched to bomb a Japanese-occupied airstrip near Rabaul. The Lockheed's mission was successful, but one engine failed on the return journey. As the crew knew the plane wouldn't make it all the way back to base, they too made the decision to land at Talasea.
Shortly after the war ended, the airstrip at Talasea was abandoned. Palm oil plantations sprung up around Talasea in the 1960s, and nature gradually encroached around the planes. Today, the airstrip is virtually unrecognizable from its former runway glory.
But the land still holds tidbits of its wartime past, as both the B-25 bomber and Lockheed remain in their final resting places. While exploring on foot, make your way through the overgrown bush and you’ll reach the B-25H bomber, resting on its undercarriage atop a bed of lush greenery.
Fewer than 40 yards to the west lies the Lockheed Ventura. With the Allied star just about still visible on its side, you can still walk inside the plant-filled undercarriage and imagine the tight spaces where the pilots and crew would have sat.
|Taking research back to the community Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache|
My research has an urban focus and I undertook my PhD fieldwork in the ATS settlement in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. My thesis is available online at the ANU open access theses collection. During my PhD research, I discovered that academic writing is a difficult, long, and rigorous process because of the need to […]
|Comment on Open Hardware Takes Charge in Papua New Guinea by Jon Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||I am glad you came around, I thought you were going to give linguist a hard time for wanting to save a guy's house in his free time while also saving his language and culture. SIL linguists do great work. Searching Alibaba and eBay don't yield solutions for this particular problem. Perhaps the goal is to promote visibility to a global need so that it will get ripped off, and produced en masse so that a single days wage can afford a safe charging solution. To think of it, the info posted above could lead to a better product if detailed out on the project page, then your previous experience could benefit a wide swath of the world instead of just your car.|
|Banking Giant Standard Chartered Takes Stand Against Mine Waste Dumping Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache|
Standard Chartered has announced a full prohibition of financial services for clients practicing marine and riverine mine waste dumping. Standard Chartered adopted their policy shortly after the launch of the Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, joining Citigroup, which has also confirmed that it will no longer finance submarine mine waste disposal.
“We have long held the view that marine or riverine tailings disposal is not good industry practice, and we are proud to add it to our prohibited activities list,” said Amit Puri, Managing Director and Global Head of Environmental and Social Risk Management at Standard Chartered.
“We applaud Standard Chartered for taking a leadership role in ending ocean mine waste dumping. It’s dirty, unnecessary and wrong,” said Ellen Moore of Earthworks, a nonprofit organization which is coordinating the campaign. “Banks and financial institutions must actively take steps to ensure that they are not bankrolling the destruction of our oceans. I hope other banks follow the example set by Standard Chartered and Citigroup.”
The Ditch Ocean Dumping campaign, which includes 40 groups in 17 countries, is calling on financial institutions to divest from any project or company that employs aqueous tailings disposal.
Mining companies dump 220 million tonnes of mine waste directly into oceans, rivers and lakes every year: more waste than the United States puts into its landfills. While the outdated practice has been phased out in many parts of the world, new mining proposals in Papua New Guinea and Norway signal ocean mine waste dumping is being ramped up, not phased out.
By drawing a clear line in the sand against aqueous mine waste dumping, Citi and Standard Chartered are joining a growing movement of governments, companies, mine-impacted communities, and civil society organizations calling for an end to the practice.
At the 2016 conference of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, 51 of the 53 participating countries voted in favor of an international ban on ocean mine waste dumping and to develop a plan to stop ongoing dumping due to the irreparable destruction and degradation of marine environments.
The Ditch Ocean Dumping coalition includes Earthworks, Friends of the Earth Norway, Bismarck Ramu Group, MiningWatch Canada, and many others. More information is available at http://earthworksaction.org/campaigns/ditch-ocean-dumping
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|Young female architect building a career in construction Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache|
Australian High Commission
Stephanie Korokoro is building her career as a young architect by working on major construction projects supported by the Australian Government in Papua New Guinea.
A recent architecture graduate, Stephanie is a key member of the Planpac construction management team engaged to undertake refurbishment of the National Museum and Art Gallery (NMAG) in Port Moresby.
“The museum building is of great national significance to Papua New Guineans as it conserves and displays to the world our country’s rich and diverse culture and history,” said Stephanie.
“It has been a unique experience working on a major national identity project, alongside museum staff, designers and a range of specialists in artefact conservation and curation, to meet international museum standards.”
Originally from Bougainville and the eldest of eight children, Stephanie says her parents made sure both girls and boys in her family were given equal access to education, and were encouraged to pursue their passions.
In 2013, Stephanie obtained a degree in architecture from the University of Technology in Lae following a childhood interest in building design.
“I’ve always enjoyed designing and constructing my own DIY projects,” recalls Stephanie.
“I was inspired to become an architect after attempting to design and build my first cubby house as a child.”
Stephanie scored her first big construction project in 2015 after being with Planpac less than a year.
Appointed as part of the construction management team on the Arawa Hospital upgrade, she was responsible for overseeing 50 construction workers across the site – predominantly men.
Despite finding the project a challenge in the beginning, she learned how to gain the trust of the men reporting to her after seeking advice from her father.
“Taking my dad’s advice, I started volunteering on site to help the men out with bits and pieces, such as mixing cement for the floor slabs and helping to weld.
"Eventually the men realised that I was not an outsider and not only there to give out orders, but rather a team player working with them to deliver the project.
“I am also very grateful that I am part of such a supportive team of architects and construction managers, and that Planpac and the Australian Government are big advocates of gender equality.”
As Stephanie gains experience on different construction projects, she is also looking to the future.
In the next five years, she hopes to register as a licensed architect and pursue a degree in construction management, while helping other women aspiring to work in the same field.
The NMAG refurbishment and Arawa Hospital upgrade projects are supported by the Australian Government in partnership with the Government of Papua New Guinea through the Decentralisation and Citizen Participation and the Bougainville Partnerships respectively.
Both Governments are committed to mainstreaming gender equity and social inclusion across all aspects of Papua New Guinea’s development as reflected in Vision 2050.
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|Reynoldsburg man gets 5 years for bilking clients out of more than $1.4 million Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache|
COLUMBUS – A Reynoldsburg man was sentenced in U.S. District Court today to 60 months in prison for charges related to a $1.4 million investment fraud scheme that defrauded at least 44 individuals.
According to court documents, between July 2011 and June 2013, Edward J. Campbell operated an investment business known as Rosewood Consulting LLC in Baltimore, Ohio.
Campbell told victims their money would be invested through Rosewood Consulting into two types of investment programs: historical bonds issued by China and the exchange of Bougainville Kina – illegal currency from the autonomous region of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea – into U.S. dollars.
He told the investors he had access to a trading platform in which he could monetize gold-backed bonds issued by China in 1913 for a very high return.
Campbell offered to sell the bonds to investors for $10,000 to $15,000 each for a promised return on investment of anywhere from $50,000 to upwards of possibly $10 million per bond within 10 to 60 days.
Campbell also offered to exchange the Bougainville Kina, which he allegedly possessed, into U.S. dollars if the investors hired him for a $100,000 fee. The investors were supposed to receive a return of $1.5 million or more within 10 to 120 days.
Campbell told investors their investments were refundable if the returns were not paid within the provided timeframes. In addition, he told investors that he had prior success with these investment programs, was a former Navy SEAL, once worked in an investment house, had traveled internationally closing deals and he had nearly 600 investors.
The investigation revealed that none of the investors received the returns on their investments that Campbell promised.
Only a few of the 44 investors have been refunded the money they paid for his services and those refunds were paid for with other investors’ funds.
Campbell usually depleted the funds he received from investors shortly after receiving them, by using the funds for personal expenses, including the purchase of two automobiles and expenses at hotels and restaurants.
To appease investors regarding delays in paying them the returns on their investments, Campbell said their money was being held up by various United States agencies and or catastrophes to his family or other individuals who were important for these deals to be completed.
In one example, Campbell told investors his niece was a student and had been shot at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but later changed his story when the names of the school-shooting victims were released to the public. He also fabricated his attorney’s daughter had been in a motorcycle accident.
Campbell pleaded guilty on Sept. 21, 2017 to charges of money laundering and wire fraud. As part of his plea agreement, Campbell agreed to pay $1,408,854 in restitution.
|Polio Communication for Development (C4D) Consultant Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||Organization: UN Children's Fund|
Closing date: 18 Jul 2018
UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. To save their lives. To defend their rights. To help them fulfill their potential.
Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, every day, to build a better world for everyone.
And we never give up.
For every child,
Papua New Guinea achieved polio-free status in 1997 and certified in 2000. The last polio cases were reported in 1996 (n=4) in PNG. However, the country has been facing serious risk with very low routine immunization coverage that has been plateaued around 60 percent for more than a decade. The provinces and districts in the highlands region are specifically vulnerable to vaccine preventable disease outbreaks and already faced number of measles and pertussis outbreaks last year due to extremely low coverage (below 30%). PNG introduced IPV in 2017 and since then it has been available. On top of its complex operating context of inaccessibility, insecurity, inadequate cold chain network and outreach provisions, lack of vaccinators, the country is currently facing the challenges of earthquake emergency with huge backlog.
An Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) case was identified on 24 April in Morobe province in the highlands region and on 21 May a Vaccine Derived Polio Virus type-1 (VDPV-1) was isolated from the stool sample of the case. The AFP VDPV1 case is a 6-year old boy born in 2012 with a history of frequent travel. His family migrated from Eastern Highlands Province (EHP) in 2015 when the child was 3 years old and his last travel was during the 2017 Christmas. This province is 2nd largest in the country with high population density and mobility.
Full epidemiological, clinical and social investigations were done in the child's village and in the neighboring villages. As per the global protocol, 25 stool samples were collected and sent to Melbourne laboratory for further analysis (5 immediate contacts and 20 from the community). In addition, active search for other AFP cases was done and a mop up activities were done for U5 children in those villages.
On 20 June, the polio Regional Reference Laboratory (VIDRL) in Melbourne reported the isolation of VDPV1 from two more stool specimens. These specimens are from two healthy children from Morobe province who are not direct contacts of the index case. These children are 3-year old boy and girl.
In view of establishing the evidence of circulation of VDPV-1, the government of PNG, with support from WHO and UNICEF immediately started to prepare the outbreak responses. There will be a total of 4 rounds of polio vaccination campaigns. The 1st three rounds in three provinces (Morobe, Madang and EHP) and 4th round in 4 provinces (Morobe, Madang, EHP and NCD).Â The first round will start on 16th July 2018 and end on 27th July 2018 followed by the next round after 2 weeks.
The Communication for Development (C4D) is among the critical components of the polio outbreak response. A communication and social mobilization outbreak response plan based on available social data that identifies community knowledge/ perceptions, attitudes, practices and social identifies related to immunization practices, particularly OPV needs to be in place. Provincial and Districts communication plans should identify the most critical messages and influencers for social mobilization and behavior change communication, development of IEC materials, training of frontline workers to deliver these messages through effective inter-personal communication, and engagement of community leaders and use of mass media. The plan should prioritize targeting high risk areas / populations and systematic reporting on social indicators. It will be also important to identify media focal persons and develop media strategy to disseminate key messages talking points and media briefings based on a KAPB study.
How can you make a difference?
The polio C4D consultant under the overall guidance of Chief CSD and day to day supervision of the Immunization Specialist and C4D Specialist will provide technical, management and coordination support to the National Department of Health (NDOH) Immunization Team and Provincial Health Authorities (PHA) to accelerate the planning and implementation of C4D interventions at the provincial and district levels. The C4D consultant will contribute to the development of a polio C4D plan for each of the three provinces underpinning the technical response, and providing technical inputs to the overall response strategy including the implementation of the operational work plans, provision of advice/support to PHA and DHA, and collaboration with WHO, Church Health and other partners.
The Polio C4D consultant will work closely with the National Department of Health (NDOH), Provincial Health Authority/Office (PHA/PHO), WHO, Media, Church Health Services, NGOs and other partners, to support the implementation of at least four high quality integrated polio immunization campaigns in three high risk provinces (Morobe, Madang and EHP), plus the NCD. Following are the specific tasks:
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UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages all candidates, irrespective of gender, nationality, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of the organization.
Mobility is a condition of international professional employment with UNICEF and an underlying premise of the international civil service.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted and advance to the next stage of the selection process.
How to apply:
UNICEF is committed to diversity and inclusion within its workforce, and encourages qualified female and male candidates from all national, religious and ethnic backgrounds, including persons living with disabilities, to apply to become a part of our organization. To apply, click on the following link http://www.unicef.org/about/employ/?job=514465
|Open Hardware Takes Charge in Papua New Guinea Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache|
You probably don’t think much about charging your phone. Just find an outlet, plug it in, and wait a while. Can’t find a cable or wall wart? A rainbow of cheap, candy-colored options awaits you down at the brightly-lit corner drugstore.
This scenario couldn’t be further from reality in third world countries like Papua New Guinea, where people living in remote jungles have cell phone coverage, but have to charge their phones by hooking them up directly to cheap solar panels and old car batteries.
[Marius Taciuc] wants to change all of that. At the suggestion of his friend [Brian], …read more
|The Neanderthals and Denisovan hybrids who kept extinct humans' DNA alive Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache|| Neanderthals, Denisovans and other extinct humans live on inside our cells - but what was life like for the hybrid humans who carried their genes?
Until about five years ago, one feature united the ancient human species that once walked the Earth: all were well and truly extinct. The Denisovans vanished from Eurasia around 50,000 years ago and the Neanderthals some 10,000 years later, leaving only Homo sapiens. Others went the same way much earlier, leaving just a few fossils - if that - to tell their story. But we now know these species are not entirely gone. Traces of them are buried within my cells and yours.
By having sex with our direct ancestors, ancient human species made sure they left a genetic legacy that survives to this day, one with a greater significance than previously suspected. People of non-African descent inherit between 2 and 4 per cent of their DNA from Neanderthals; indigenous Melanesians get 3 to 4 per cent of theirs from Denisovans; and some hunter-gatherer groups in central Africa get a small proportion from species we haven't even identified yet - we just know they existed. Crucially, recent studies have revealed that if you combine all the ancient DNA in living humans, you could recover a sizeable chunk of the original genomes. A study published this year suggests about 10 per cent of the Denisovan genome is still "alive", mainly in people from Papua New Guinea. It also suggests that about 40 per cent of the Neanderthal genome can be put together from the bits living people carry. Joshua Akey of the University of Washington in Seattle thinks that figure may creep up with more research.|
|PNG leader expansive on Pacific trade during Fiji visit Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister, Peter O Neill, is optimistic Pacific countries can work together to create a free and more open trading environment.|
|Sport: PNG Lewas one win away from Women's World T20 Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||Papua New Guinea are one win away from the Women's World T20 Cricket Championship after reaching the semi finals of the qualifying tournament in the Netherlands.|
|Comment on Open Hardware Takes Charge in Papua New Guinea by bty Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||My local RC/modeling store has these BEC units (basically step down converters) that take anything from 0-30V in and 5V out (tunable with a little pot) at 10A max. They are about €15 here, and probably cheaper if you order them from some chinese online stores etc.|
|World In Sport for 11 July 2018 Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||
Papua New Guinea are one one win away from a place at the Women's World T20 Cricket Championship, Manu Samoa looks to seal their place at the Rugby World Cup while Papua New Guinea look to make a mark at the Sevens World Cup in San Francisco.
|7/11/2018: Sport: Metcalfe milestone in Ireland victory Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||CIARA METCALFE took her 100th international wicket in Amstelveen yesterday as Ireland cruised to an eight-wicket victory over Uganda and into the semi-finals of the World T20 qualifiers where they will meet Papua New Guinea tomorrow. Leg-spinner...|
|Global Business Certification for Gender Equality Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||Global Business Certification for Gender Equality Monday, 9 July 2018 Press Release: IFC First Company in the Pacific obtains Global Business Certification for Gender Equality Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, July 9, 2018 — IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has helped Papua New Guinea’s largest catering and camp management company, NCS, become […]|
|7/11/2018: Australia/africa: Summit in Pacific seen as sign of China push Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||China is planning a summit of Pacific island leaders in November, Papua New Guinea has revealed, as New Zealand warned yesterday Beijing was attempting to fill a “vacuum” in the long-neglected region. President Xi Jinping wants to hold the meeting...|
|Face to Face: Looking at Objects That Look at You, thru Aug 26 Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||For this Spring 2018 exhibit, entitled Face to Face: Looking at Objects that Look at You, the Hearst staff and 14 UC Berkeley freshmen have co-curated a global selection of objects that depict human faces in different ways. The exhibit asks: Why and how do crafting traditions of the world so often incorporate human faces, and how do people respond to those faces? Objects such as West African helmet masks and Roman sculpture illustrate varying conceptions of the “ideal” face, while Japanese tobacco boxes and ancient Peruvian portrait jars raise the question of what a facial expression can mean. Additional objects, including Chinese bamboo figurines and Caroline Mytinger’s paintings of Papua New Guineans, represent the contrast between portraying faces of one’s own ethnic group versus those of another. Visitors are invited to examine the way they themselves depict and interpret faces in their everyday lives. This timely exhibit cultivates critical thinking about crucial issues such as stereotyping, representation and misrepresentation, and snap judgments.|
Alongside the exhibit, the Hearst Museum will be continuing its monthly Lounge Lecture series. These lectures, hosted in the cozy Lounge of Anthropological Discoveries, will focus on topics related to the exhibit and give visitors the opportunity to learn and discuss in an intimate and casual space. Featured speakers include Ken Goldberg, who will speak about the history of “the uncanny”, and Paul Koudounaris, who will speak about global death and funerary practices. In addition to lectures, the Hearst will also be hosting a variety of hands-on and performance events ranging from caricature drawing workshops to Maori song and dance demonstrations.
Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology Visitor Information:
102 Kroeber Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturdays, 10 a.m, to 6 p.m.
$6 general admission
$3 non-UC Berkeley students, UC Berkeley alumni, 65+
Free for all UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff; 18 & under
Lounge Lecture Series – Third Thursdays*, 6-8pm
3/15: Ken Goldberg – Beyond the Uncanny Valley of the Dolls
4/19: Paul Koudounaris – Memento Mori: Lessons from a Decade Among the Dead
5/17: Gloria Nusse – Making Faces, Forensic Art and Facial identification
*6/14: Kelly Baur – Screening & Discussion of Weichanmu: Vamos a la Guerra
8/16: Sandra Sardjono – The Mythological Faces of Java
Hands On at the Hearst – Last Saturdays*
4/28, 11am – 12pm: Māori Mo Ake Tonu – Māori Performance
5/26, 10am – 1pm: Ernesto Olmos – Mesoamerican Instrument Making Workshop
*6/2, 1pm – 2pm: Daniel Barash -Shadow Puppet Faces! A Family Shadow Puppetry Workshop
6/30, 10am – 1pm: Vanessa Di Tullio – Sculpting the Human Face
7/28, 10am – 1pm: Jon Casey – Caricature Drawing Workshop
*8/2, 6pm – 8pm: Nick Ishimaru – The Faces of Japanese Performing Arts
Updated information about events is available at hearstmuseum.berkeley.edu/events
*Starred events occur outside the usual programming schedule.
|7/11/2018: THE NATION: Xi invites Pacific friends to talks Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache|
Chinese President Xi Jinping has invited Pacific Island leaders to a summit in Papua New Guinea ahead of November’s APEC meeting in Papua New Guinea. The move — a display of confidence in China’s growing relationships in the region — also sends a...
|7/11/2018: WEATHER & GAMES: TAKE THE CHALLENGE Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache||1 The Republic of Palau lies directly to the east of which country? (a) Guatemala (b) Papua New Guinea (c) Cuba (d) Philippines 2 In which two months of the year would it be appropriate to celebrate the Chinese New Year? (a) December and January (b)...|
|0101 KANU Cache Translate Page Web Page Cache|
0101 fuse field recordings from Papua New Guinea with guitar loops and sample drums to cinematic Post-Rock. Carl and Daniel von Rüdiger take you on a hypnotic voyage into an intriguing world of audio-visual loops. When the trip ends, you find yourself at a beginning, without knowing how you got there.