Bug out – Are you Ready?

EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

Do you understand how important it is to be prepared and react in an event of an emergency!

Often in the stress of an emergency situation we tend to forget some of the basics. This can be such a stressful time and your desire to help in a hurry mysteriously “fogs” your brain of the basics. That’s why it is so important to know some of the basics of emergency response.

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Let us remind ourselves on some of the basics that each of us should know about:

  •  What is your emergency plan?
  •  What number(s) will you contact during an emergency?
  •  Do you know where to meet if you are displaced?
  •  Do you have a basic first aid kit?
  •  Do you know how to perform First Aid?
  •  Do you know how to perform CPR?
  •  Do you have a bug-out kit or a survival pack and what to put in it?71g5AQRXLEL__SX425_.jpg

These are just a few things that each of us should know in an emergency situation. We aren’t all necessarily first aid responders, but we can certainly help and may be called upon to do such if a person close to you has a traumatic event.

Think about what we have just read here today. I’d even suggest that you have this discussion at home and with your family.

 

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Cyber bullying resulted in first suicide case

By Kane Spencer

Such facebook pages as seen from the pictures below are just examples of what has affected a young girl. There are hundreds of them on Facebook. Some of these pages are believed to be administered by non PNG citizens. There are also groups with explicit sexual content that has widely influenced rape and incense.

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The authors of these Facebook signboards pry on other people’s private accounts and snip pictures or posts to photoshop memes, comments and gossip in the name of popularity without any regards for the consequences it can have.

It grieves one to think about the first known suicide as a consequence of cyber bullying. Pricilla Waim, from Hagen Central in Western Highlands, pictured, drank gramoxone (chemical used for killing weeds) on Monday evening (16/07/19) and was rushed to the Gerehu General Hospital where she died.

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Young people are mostly vulnerable to these form of exposure especially: girls, musicians, first time users of social media networks like facebook and illiterate people.

For those who have Facebook accounts, here are 5 things you can do to protect yourself from cyber bullying:

1. Don’t accept friend requests from people you don’t know. Just because they have an appealing profile picture, you should always check their wall for information about them.

2. Setup up your security and privacy settings to friends and try to avoid public exposure. You won’t get many likes on your latest status or prize winning picture but that’s what privacy is.

3. Be careful about what pictures you upload. Look at it first, the surroundings and what you would not normally show to the public it should remain that way. Eg. What you do in your bedroom does not have to be shown to the public. But if you’re in a public place then be careful of people who might take pictures of you: Like under the table, in a bar or in the bush somewhere.

4. Look after your phone and use a security password or pattern. Most pictures are taken from stolen or lost mobile phones. Step up in data protection. If you don’t know then find someone who can teach you.

5. Lastly, be responsible and mature in taking selfies and uploading your status. Status updates once or twice in an hour can be considered to be excessive Facebook syndrome. But there are some people who post every second minute.

Facebook is a good way to make friends and find people who have common interests. Just be careful and if you stick to the 5 points mentioned above, you should be ok.

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Baby among group lost at sea

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By DOROTHY MARK

EIGHT people, including a five-month-old baby and a six year-old girl, are still missing between Karkar and Bagbag islands in Madang after rough seas capsized the dinghy they were travelling in.
The eight, five of whom werechildren, were part of a group of 11 who left Bagbag Island for Karkar Island on Friday when they encountered rough seas; three survivors managed to swim to shore.
One of the survivors, Saul Yau, 18, from Sara village on Bagabag Island, said he was operating the boat when they encountered rough seas off Karkar where he allowed a more experienced operator to steer the boat.

Yau said the boat capsized after being bombarded by several large waves.

“I had no choice but to start swimming for the shore,” he said.

“There were 11 of us but only three of us got to the beach.”

Search party leader Bul Malu said the three survivors swam about 2km to the shore to Mumuk point at Kubam village, Karkar and walked to Katom village and alerted villagers. Malu said dinghies from the area abandoned their Friday business to take part in the search.
The search was conducted as far as Kulili last Friday and the same happend on Saturday but they still could not locate any of the missing persons. Malu said the eight missing were a five-month-old infant, a six year-old girl, a mother, a 12-year-old boy, an intending candidate for ward one in Bagabag, a village recorder, a high school student from Anul High School on Karkar and a primary school student from Abisan Primary.
Sumkar MP Chris Nangoi assisted with the search.  Nangoi urged small boat operators from Karkar and Bagabag to take precaution when travelling by sea.
He said people in the province needed to exercise caution when travelling by boat, especially during bad weather.

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Chinese surveillance near PNG expanding as Australia and US begin Manus Island naval upgrades

Source: ABC Australia

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Key points:

Chinese ships deployed to waters near Manus Island as Australia and US announce naval base upgrades

The vessels are among a fleet increasing its surveys around the Philippines, Palau, Guam and Japan

Experts believe the information could be crucial in any future maritime conflict

The deep-water Chinese scientific surveys are part of Beijing’s unprecedented oceanographic research of the Western Pacific, in an area experts believe could be crucial in any future maritime conflict with the US.

Military analysis of GPS satellite data reveals two Chinese research vessels entered PNG’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) north of Manus Island, just weeks after US Vice President Mike Pence announced a joint redevelopment of the ageing Lombrum naval base.

The ships involved, the Ke Xue and Hai Ce 3301, are part of a two-dozen strong Chinese “Distant-Ocean Research fleet” that has conducted expansive maritime surveys around the Philippines, Palau, Guam and Japan over the past two years.

According to a December 23 report seen by the ABC, the “even spacing between legs in Papua New Guinea’s EEZ indicates bathymetric data collection” taking place.

Senior Australian and American military officials acknowledge the oceanographic surveys are entirely lawful, but believe the civilian ships are also gathering invaluable data for future defence operations.

“The information gained for resource purposes has dual use for military purposes,” one long-serving Australian defence official has told the ABC, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

“Establishing the baseline data around what the seabed is made out of, what the seabed terrain is like, the salinity and what thermal layers exist in the water is useful for mining but it also helps determine the acoustic conditions for submarine operations.

“You can hide under thermal layers and you are harder to locate amongst the clutter of rocky jagged sea beds — throw in measurements of ambient noise levels of the ocean from, of all things, snapping shrimp in tropical waters, and you start to build a really useful set of mission planning data.”

Officially the Australian Defence Department is saying little about the Chinese oceanographic activity, except to note that “our region hosts a high volume of maritime traffic, including military and other state vessels, from a range of nations”.

“International law permits the conduct of marine scientific research in international waters, within certain parameters, provided that activities do not infringe on the rights of other states or unjustifiably interfere with other legitimate uses of the sea,” a department spokesperson told the ABC.

 

Beijing insists missions are scientific and entirely lawful

China’s military has received a lot of attention in recent years for its activities in the South China Sea and beyond the “First Island Chain”, which stretches from Taiwan down to Malaysia and Vietnam.

Now Chinese civilian ships are increasingly being deployed beyond the mostly US-aligned “Second Island Chain”, and according to the US Naval War College the scale of Beijing’s investment in these operations now dwarfs that of any other country.

A US Naval College report from November 2018 concludes “China’s out-of-area oceanographic research activities raise a number of concerns for US policymakers”.

In response to questions from the ABC, China’s Foreign Ministry insists its rapidly expanding oceanographic mapping activities are all conducted within international law and are helping global scientific understanding.

“China’s oceanographic, scientific research in the Western Pacific is totally in line with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and made contributions to maritime scientific study,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said.

“We hope every country can put in perspective China’s scientific research activity and refrain from disturbing the normal cooperation for maritime research and study between China and other countries,” he added.

 

Retired admiral says Chinese surveys on similar scale to USSR’s operations

A retired two-star admiral who once headed Australia’s Border Protection Command believes Chinese mapping of the world’s oceans is now on the same scale as Soviet maritime operations during the height of the Cold War.

“It’s very similar to the pattern of Soviet Union behaviour in the 1960s, 70s and 80s and the Soviets’ knowledge of the world’s oceans was really quite enormous,” says Rear Admiral James Goldrick.

The former naval officer, who is now an adjunct professor at the Australian National University’s Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, says the full extent of China’s maritime surveys in this region is still not known.

“Chinese naval intelligence gatherers will not be shining a (GPS satellite) beacon, they’re not required to by law, and of course it’s quite possible some of the government-owned ships aren’t always radiating on their beacons to show where they are and who they are.”

Australian army engineers deployed to Manus Island to begin naval base upgrade

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Last month, Defence chiefs from Australia and Papua New Guinea met in Canberra to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, which will guide the joint upgrade of the Lombrum Naval Base.

In late February, members of the Australian Army’s 19th Chief Engineer Works unit began working with PNG counterparts on initial master plans for the soon-to-be-developed facility.

The Federal Government says the increased cooperation at the PNG Defence Force base in Manus Province is a “natural extension of our longstanding and collaborative Defence partnership”.

The scale of the US commitment is not yet clear and last year Mr Pence did not say how much money the Trump administration would contribute to the project, or whether American vessels would be permanently based at Lombrum.

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Madang calls for review of Ramu nickel mine deal

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The world class Ramu Nickel project that integrates mining, beneficiation and refining is located in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. It is composed of laterite open-pit mining, 135km slurry pipeline, high pressure acid leaching, deep sea tailings placement (DSTP) as well as a number of supporting facilities. The Project produces nickel/cobalt intermediate product, in which the aggregate nickel metal accounts for 31,000 tones per year and cobalt 3,000 tones per year. The large scale construction commenced in 2008 and by early 2011 the construction was substantially completed.

 

THE Madang provincial government is now calling for a review of the memorandum-of-agreement (MoA) of the Ramu nickel mine in Madang as soon as possible.  Governor Peter Yama said yesterday that the revised MoA had lapsed last November.

He said the MoA entailed negotiations between all the affected stakeholders and was important as it complemented the head agreement – the mining development contract.

Madang provincial government lawyer Ben Lomai said:

 

“How can we regulate the relationship between the joint venture, the State, the Madang provincial government, the four local level governments within that area and the landowners?

 

“All the obligations, requirements and benefits are all encompassed in the MoA.

 

“If you remove the MoA, how can the Ramu joint venture operate by using the head agreement, which is the mining development contract?

 

“That’s why it’s important to have the MoA in place.”

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Transgogol Killings Must Stop

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Issue: #0319-4

Article contributed by Robert Mukoi

I am prompted to put out my view regarding the acts of killing and beheadings around the Transgogol area of Madang. Most of the killings were very gruesome and barbaric in nature.  Many of these killings were unreported because the villagers and local leaders are terrified of being the next target if the murderers were reported. The latest killing at Sehan village claimed the lives of an upcoming leader and his beloved wife and child is an example.

The Madang Provincial Government must convene a meeting immediately or make this issue become an agenda in the next Assembly to seriously discuss and make funding available to carry out a State Of Emergency Operation in the entire Transgogol area. Police must set up posts around Mawan, Utu, Bigawa, Sehan, along the Wali and Transgogol Road line for the SOE. Ample funding must be given to track down, arrest, prosecute and after these actions, awareness must be carried out.

The locals will never come out of the village to report because once they do so, not only that person but his/her entire family will be the next target. But if the police can live among them for a prolonged period of time to hunt down every individual member of these groups to completely eradicate this killing culture, people will cooperate. All these killers are known to the community.

The Late Mr. Kawas Kori, assisted in apprehending a known killer last year. When that person escaped from custody, he returned with his henchmen and not only killed Mr. Kori but also his family. This is a classic example of what I’m talking about. The Sehan community and the entire Transgogol are further traumatized and in shock.

Can the Provincial Government convene immediately and fund an SOE? Or do we wait for more lives to be lost?

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Madang in the next 10 to 15 years

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Issue: #0319-2

Madang Governor Peter Yama has stated that Development in Madang will be booming in up coming years.  This was announced during the launching of major projects in the province that would change Madang in terms of economic development.
Major projects in Madang involving the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone has potential to provide employment for 30,000 people including Yandera mine project, Kurumbukari mine extension, Ramu Block One timber and the Airport Upgrade project.
A four lane speedway is another project associated with the Madang airport upgrade that will pass through DCA compound, Kubai junction, Govsto and Divine Word University connecting up with Modilon Road and Coronation Drive.  There is already a design in place for the road network and extension to the Madang airport will also boost tourism activities in the province.
Madang airport will undergo a major facelift at a cost of K77.5 million and with the recent commissioning of the new fire trucks in the beginning of February, it will compliment the airport upgrade project and a scope planned to cater for international flights and Boeing 737 aircrafts in the near future.
In particular, the new Madang airport will have a two-storey terminal building, improved facilities, a new security system and a bigger flight control tower among other things. It will extend to where the old Lutheran Shipping compound is and to the back of James Barns and the old Air Niugini Compound.
Project contractor HBS construction is recruiting personnel for the pavement upgrading, new terminal infrastructure and associated works in a Joint Venture with ESSAR projects; a Dubai-based engineering, procurement and construction company.
Machinery have already arrived at Madang Port on-board a Bismarck Maritime ship for the airport upgrade and according to Civil Aviation Minister, Alfred Manase, the project would take 18 months to complete.  He said separate meetings were held with the provincial government, stakeholders and landowners of areas surrounding the airport area.
Settlers on Madang Island, Ulifun, Bilia and Karanget Islands who are in the landing flight path have been advised in advance to relocate.  Settlements around the development area include DCA, Kubai and Govsto where the four lane road will pass through, were given part payments in 2018, compensating for the forced eviction exercise in December 2003. Recipients were advised to relocate to make clearance for development to take place.
Also with the expansion comes the announcement of a Police Mobile Base that will be set up at Mugil, North Coast Road and 2000 low-cost homes for average wages earners.  The homes would be constructed at potion 119c, near the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone Centre.
The onus now falls onto Madang Communities to prepare for change and embrace development in what we hear, say and do.
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