Kula – The Family of Tech Entrepreneurs

The Kula family – all very inspiring! A great family of entrepreneurs and ‘techy’ people- each inspiring the others. From teaching young children how to code with their coding classes,

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another taking lead in PNG ICT issues

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and ICT Entrepreneurs in QR Codes and more..

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and then we have one in Japan – as his story below!

Each have their own journey in entrepreneurship, in ICT and developing their passion and sharing this with others and contributing to PNG Digital world.

Always – look for opportunities – to travel, to experience the world outside the ‘box’ or as the article – the world ‘inside’ the box 😀

A story needed to be shared far and wide – to inspire our young people and each of us – to dream, vision and put into action for the benefit of others!

 


Source: ABC News

From Paramana to Osaka: a PNG expat’s life in Japan

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By Jemima Garrett

It’s a long way from the rural villages of Papua New Guinea to the hustle and bustle of Osaka, Japan, but Dr Raula Kula says he’ll always have close ties to his homeland.

“First and foremost, I think that I am a Paramana person … I see myself as the boy from Paramana,” Dr Kula told Pacific Beat, referring to his home village in PNG’s Central Province.

“Every time someone asks me – ‘Where is Papua New Guinea?’ – I think I am a representative of my country, of my province and where I am from. I never forget that.”

While Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his delegation are in PNG, Dr Kula, 33, is part of an adventurous group of Papua New Guineans going about their daily business in Japan.

Having lived in the United States and Australia, he is now working at Osaka University on cutting-edge computer software research, using the latest techniques for analysing big data.

‘The world in the box was so different to Port Moresby’

The inspiration for his travels started when he was just a little boy in his home village watching television.

“I really wanted to see what was out there, you know, see the world,” he said.

“I think that is what motivated me – that the world in the box was so different to what we had in Port Moresby.”

Seven years ago, Dr Kula answered a newspaper advertisement for research scholarships in Japan.

He earned his doctorate in software engineering at Osaka University and was offered his current position.

He says it’s exciting work, but there is a lot more to love about Japan: the food, the music, the culture and the history.

“I love the food, beautiful food. The second thing is the culture of being on time, accurate. They are so precise,” he said.

“The final one is safety-wise: here there is a sense of respect so you feel pretty safe.

“It is actually pretty scary, you could probably lose your wallet somewhere and it will still be there when you come back!”

In the event that his family and friends from PNG were to visit, Dr Kula says he would be sure to show them Japan’s famous hot springs.

“The public onsens, the spring baths, that is an experience,” he said.

“You actually go there and it is split between men and women but you have to bare it all! You just take off your clothes and you go in there and you enjoy the water.”

Hopes for future collaboration

Dr Kula has travelled back to PNG to help other indigenous entrepreneurs start up their own businesses.

He says he sees great potential for the Information and Communications Technology sectors in Japan and PNG to work together.

“I have spoken with some of the professors here (in Osaka) and they are very enthusiastic about collaborations,” he said.

“I think Papua New Guinea has a potential, really big potential, with all these projects going around and how the economy has shaped up.

“Actually there are really young vibrant entrepreneurs in ICT that are there, so I think they can make it happen.”

Dr Kula says living in Japan has broadened his mind and his experiences.

“I think with being out (of Japan) for so long, I can understand different cultures and how people react to things,” he said.

“After you get that understanding, I think you can relate to people more.”

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Advantages of ONLINE Learning

A great article that many school leavers and anyone who has the desire to pursue education – Opportunities available online. Compiled list of some of ICT Online Courses https://pngictmeri.wordpress.com/ict-courses-online/ that are available.
Wishing you and others all the best as we continue to educate and learn in today’s fast changing world.

Paura - the Digital Nomad

There are several problems with the traditional system of
education. First of all, you need to pay thousands per term to attend a
prestigious school. With all those budget cuts, busy classrooms, and course
shortages, you won’t always get the chance to study exactly what you want.

It’s no wonder why millions of students from all around the
world opt for online degree programs or take at least one college course
through an online platform. Online learning has to be the greatest revolution
in contemporary education. It made a huge change in the system and opened great
opportunities for everyone who wants to learn something.

Nevertheless, online education is still related to
stereotypes. People often think that online students are not smart enough for a
traditional college or university, they are lazy, and they don’t get “real”
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Celebrating Books and Education

Every August in Papua New Guinea, I think the first week or the last week for most schools, they celebrate Book Week.

A time where focus is on books and reading.

Schools come up with different activities such as colouring competitions, book character parades, quizzes and many more.

Our younger children attend Sacred Heart International School in Rabaul, East New Britain and since they’ve been at the school, they celebrate Book Month.

Every Friday in August, there is an activity that they do, which us parents have the privilege of attending and watching the children.

First Friday – Spelling Bee

Second Friday – Maths Showdown

Third Friday – Quizathon

Last Friday – Book Character Parade

(And if there is a 5th Friday) then they include a Talent Show.

They don’t just look at books but have a fun month of learning in all aspects.

This year and today, the 2nd Friday (16th August, 2019) is Maths Showdown.

Each grade, preschool through to Year 8 have their set of questions to answer in front of the audience.

The children from each grade are being selected in class to participate, about 10-15 students.

Every year they try to make it different and fun for the kids. This year, they are using huge Blackboards (green boards) to write their answers.

There’s a tally kept , eliminations take place till they get 3 top winners.

The exciting part of it – the winners get a prize for their efforts!

The even more exciting thing is EVERYONE gets goodies. Lollies, drinks…even us parents 😊

Last Friday was the Spelling Bee.

That was exciting.

There were different methods of spelling activities used for each grade.

Wordscape – like the game, Word Connect, 2Minute Spelling Challenge, Hang the word on the Line..

As a parent watching the kids participate and seeing the creativity put towards the learning is awesome.

The children look forward to it, even those who do not participate, they support their friends too.

Around Papua New Guinea, other initiatives also took place.

An exciting post on Facebook was by BukBilongPikinini and PNG Air who had some little people have an excursion to the planes and the support of PNG Air towards BbP Libraries.

These as posted on PNGAir Facebook Page.

Such an awesome experience it would be for the kids, some would definitely be inspired to become pilots, flight attendants and aircraft engineers 😊

In Manus, books donation to Manus Secondary School by a youth group took place

In a time of Digital Technology, mobile phones and computers — our attention span and concentration levels have dropped, as research says..but it’s good to see that books are being promoted and reading more than status updates encouraged.

We all have to keep doing our part to ensure our children receive the best education, be it at school or home.

But to get them to love books and love reading!

Not only fiction material but more non-fiction.

Reminds me of Dr Ben Carson Story – of you can, get a copy of his Book – The Gifted Hands and Think Big.

A little boy who was at the bottom of his class, encouraged by his mother to read books every day became one of the top and best neurosurgeons in the world.

Books are cool!

They can take you places, near and far.

Encourage your child and you too to read a book today!

7 Tips on Writing Poetry – W.D. Barry- Igivisa

A poet author friend of mine shared these tips on writing poetry on his Facebook page and told him I wanted to share it here too.
To all budding writers out there – some tips to help you out. Specifically for writing poetry but you can apply it to your writing type also. – Thanks Wardley.

Brother Wardley also has his book ABCDreams book published as part of the Crocodile Prize Awards back in 2016.


Tips On Writing Poetry

Hi friends, a while back I asked for your thoughts on what defines good poetry.

Many good answers were given; none of which are wrong. I have learned a lot and I’m sure you did too. This time, upon the request of a dear friend (Jacob Peterson Kuduon), I would like to share with you some tips on writing poetry.

Notice I said “tips on writing poetry”, not “tips on writing GOOD poetry”. Whether a poem is good or not depends on the individual.

We write and rewrite, then write and rewrite again, and repeat the whole process until we feel good about it. But that doesn’t make the poem any better.

So here are my tips on writing poetry. Take what works for you and pass on the rest.

1. Read.

There are no shortcuts to writing poetry. If you want to write poetry, you must first read poetry.

There are many poets out there whose works are incredible. Read and learn from the likes of William Shakespeare, Katherine Philips and Robert Frost who awed audiences around the world for many years. Read also local poets and see how they utilize the local context in their content. The local poets I would recommend are Russell B Soaba, Steven Edmund Winduo, Nora Vagi Brash, Jordan Dean, Michael Dom and our very own Caroline Evari. These poets are, in my opinion, the best in the business. I would not hesitate to defer to their expert opinion any time. You can also check out Keith Jackson’s PNG Attitude blog or Poetry PNG group on Facebook for quality local literature. Good reading precedes good writing.

2. Let the idea come to you.

Many times I have been guilty of forcing an idea onto paper. This doesn’t work, at least for me and I end up messing not just the poem but my mind as well. Let the inspiration hit you hard and mull over the idea for a while. Let it run through you veins and become a part of you. This allows you to translate it effortlessly onto the paper.

3. Decide on the form to write.

Once you have immersed yourself in an idea, decide on the form of poetry with which you will shape it. There are sonnets, haikus, rondeaus, terza rimas and many others. A lot of work nowadays is free verse. There’s nothing wrong with that. However, you might want to experiment with different forms to add variety to your work. Variety makes your work interesting.

4. Stick to the theme and be clear.

Every line should add something to and develop the theme. It is advisable not to squeeze many themes into one poem. If you’re writing on the tragedy of love, stick to that theme alone and make it stand out in your writing. Sometimes, you will think of a theme but as you write another theme emerges. It’s normal. It happens all the time. There is nothing wrong with having overlapping themes in the same poem. However, be sure to show how they connect. At the end of the poem, the reader should be able to see how the first line connects to the last thematically.

5. Use imagery simply and carefully.

I hate clichés for the life of me. Their overuse tends to dull and kill the poem altogether. Surprise the reader with an imagery drawn from an ordinary thing. The toothbrush left on an exercise book… how does it relate to your theme? Right now, I am looking at blue pants hanging on the clothes line. It tells me that the sky has turned upside down. Maybe the gods have decided to come at last! (Most of my poems have religious overtones so naturally I connect upside down jeans with the Second Coming.) Ridiculous, ay? That’s the point!

6. Be particular and choosy with words.

Know when, how and where to use a word. When I began writing, I thought writing in archaic English and using big words is poetic. How wrong I was! Poetry is not about big words and “KJV English”. It’s about the right words being used rightly. (I think I got that from Michael Dom.)

On this regard, apply the “Three S Rule”: be SIMPLE, be SURPRISING, and STOP.

Use simple words in surprising ways and stop to let the reader complete the poem in the space you created. I believe suspense is essential to good writing. As the saying goes, “less is more and more is less”. Saying little allows the reader to engage with your poem. Choosing your words carefully helps you share your thoughts and feelings confidently and clearly.

7. Revise.

No poem when published is finished. I still “update” the poems published in my book “ABC Dreams” in 2016. After you have written that last line, close the book and go for a walk. Come back and look at it the next day. You will be surprised at the number of garbage clogging the flow of the poem. It might be a word, a line or an imagery that makes it difficult to follow. Change and cut without mercy. Be your own toughest critic.

Never be content. Every poem, published or otherwise, is still a work in progress.

That said, enjoy the process.

Writing poetry should be a fun experience.

Play around with word and experiment with new ideas and forms. Takes risks in your writing. You become better by learning. Most importantly, develop your own style and stick to it. We’re not all the same and so logically we write differently. It will take time but once you discover your own style, writing becomes easier and more comfortable.

I am by no means an expert on this matter nor have I truly mastered the art. These are just some things I learned after years of writing poetry. Others writers will have their own ideas on how to write a poem. You must seek their opinion as well.

There is no right way to write a poem.

Poetry, like all art, is always evolving so we try to adapt to the changes to remain relevant.

Those who have followed me over the years will have realized that I have moved on from the long fixed forms to the much shorter forms and free verses. This is because contemporary poetry encourages the use of free verse. Whether free verse should be used to define contemporary poetry or not is an argument we shall leave to the experts.

For us amateurs and wannabes, we write to free the soul and make sense of the tragedy that life is.

Happy Writing!

Papua New Guinea’s First Neurosurgeon – Dr Esther Roibete Apuahe

Came across this story on Facebook shared by Senisim Pasin Page.

Papua New Guinea’s first neurosurgeon, Dr Esther Roibete Apuahe.

So many inspiring stories of our people that need to be shared through every platform and media.

Dr Apuahe’s encouragement to young girls is to remember that success comes with perseverance and determination.

“Nothing will be served to you on the silver plate, go out and make it happen for you. You are the only one who will decide your destiny. Reach for the sky, no one is a failure. And in all this, remember, nothing is impossible with God”.

(🗞Extract taken from Dec 4, 2014 “Parents’ investment bears fruit” via lorraineaspbae.wordpress.com)


Source: Townsville Hospital and Health Services Page

👩‍⚕️🧠 The Townsville Hospital invests in neurosurgery future for Papua New Guinea docs 🧠👩‍⚕️

The Townsville Hospital is training the next generation of Papua New Guinean neurosurgeons under the tutelage of neurosurgery consultant Dr Eric Guazzo and the neurosurgery department.

Dr Esther Apuahe is the first female Papua New Guinean national to train as a general surgeon and will be the third doctor to hone her skills in neurosurgery at The Townsville Hospital.

Having practised medicine in Papua New Guinea for 15 years and inspiring other women to follow in her footsteps along the way, Esther said she was thrilled to be taking the opportunity to learn at The Townsville Hospital.

Esther said the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons had made her training at The Townsville Hospital possible.

“I was awarded the Pacific Island Rowan Nicks Scholarship which enabled my year-long placement at The Townsville Hospital and I’m really grateful for that.

“I was working in one of the provincial hospitals in Papua New Guinea when two local neurosurgeons couldn’t continue to provide the service creating the opportunity for me to train in neurosurgery,” she said.

“It’s a wonderful moment to be continuing this journey at The Townsville Hospital and I’m extremely grateful to be doing this under the leadership of Dr Eric Guazzo and his team.

“I’m enjoying working in a well established neurosurgery unit and I’m hoping to learn the use of more advanced equipment.

“I’m also excited to further my knowledge on neuroanatomy, neurophysiology and neuroradiology and upskill my own
surgical techniques.”

Esther said she hoped to use the skills learned at The Townsville Hospital to benefit her community when she returned to Papua New Guinea.

“It is so generous of Eric and his neurosurgery colleagues to impart their vast knowledge and experience to help me to do this,” she said.

“The Townsville Hospital has always supported training Papua New Guinean neurosurgical trainees and Dr Eric Guazzo
has been one of the biggest contributors to neurosurgical training in PNG.”

Eric said he and his team were honoured to invest in the future of neurosurgery in Papua New Guinea.

“Every country should have access to well-trained physicians in a variety of specialities,” Eric said.

“Medicine is a continuous journey of learning and knowledge and we see sharing expertise with doctors such as Esther, who are passionate about providing critical health care specialities to their communities, as a part of our responsibility as doctors,” Eric said.

“Dr Apuahe is already a talented physician and her eagerness to further develop herself as a neurosurgery specialist is inspiring.

“As we found with Esther’s predecessors, this is a two-way learning process; we grow in our own knowledge from Esther, particularly learning from the way she manages the immense challenges of providing health care to her community.

“We are privileged to have the opportunity to play a part in developing the next generation of neurosurgery specialists in Papua New Guinea and it is incredibly rewarding.”

How To: Applying for Australian Visa Online – Papua New Guinea #Travel

Following the previous post : How To: Fill in a PNG Passport Travel Document Application Form  , here is how I applied for my Australian Visa for my recent travel to Brisbane, Australia.

Getting views from friends and families who  have travelled – the advise given was:

“Apply Online! It’s faster!”

I had already applied online for a visa, not mine though, assisting some of our young people from church who were travelling to attend a camp in Australia a couple of years back so I had already an online account created – but I can recall, it took a week to get the visa approved – unfortunately for some it was late for them to travel.

Before you apply online – you must know also that you will need to pay by Visa Card – so make sure you have  one or have access to someone who can assist you.

First – you will have to create an account  – an ImmiAccount through the Australian Government -Department of Home Affairs Immigration and Citizenship Website

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When you scroll down the page you will see:


Start an application

Read about the visa or citizenship in full before you apply. The step-by-step guide on each visa or citizenship page is personalised.

To start an online application:

  1. log in to ImmiAccount
  2. select ‘New Application’
  3. select the application from the list
  4. read and agree to the terms and conditions

Select ‘Save’ so you can continue anytime.


Click on the Link: ImmiAccount

and as it says in the next steps – click on  “Create ImmiAccount” and read and agree to the Terms and conditions.

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Fill in the rest of the information

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An email will be sent to your email address and it will ask you to verify and confirm.

Once done you can log in and start your application.

 

All the different types of Visas listed – choose the one that is necessary for your travel requirement.  For this post – we will look at the Visitor Visa Stream.

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Click on the Visitor Option will show you other options – we will go with Visitor Visa (600)

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There will be 19 pages which you will go through –
1/19 – Agree to Terms and Conditions [next]

2/19 – Current Location – Is the applicant currently outside Australia? Yes  –and other questions will drop down as below

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Current Location – Select Papua New Guinea
Legal Status – Select Citizen
Purpose of Stay – Select the appropriate Stream – Tourist Stream or Business Visitor Stream
List Reasons for visiting Australia – Business / Family Visit /Tourism / Religious Event
Give details ..
Group Processing – If your application is part of a group travel and if you are all applying together – Yes otherwise select No.
Special Category of Entry – No
[Next]

3/19  Fill in details as below – You must have your passport details handy.
If you select YES to National Identity Card – it will ask you to include NID Number and details – Have this handy also.

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4/19 – It will ask if Information you submitted in 2/19 – 3/19 is correct.
5/19 – Non-accompanying members of the family unit – List them (if any)
9/19 & 10/19 – Details of your stay in Australia (Length of stay, Dates, If you will be studying or visiting friends or family.
11/19 –
Visa applicant’s current overseas employment – If you are employed, list your employment details
12 – 14/19 – Funding Support – Details on how your travel and stay in Australia will be supported and funded.
15/19 – Health Declarations
16/19 – Character Declarations
17/19 – Visa History
18 -19/19 – Declarations

You will then look through and confirm information you have included.

You will need attach necessary documents as required.

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Polio Vaccination Certificate –  In East New Britain – Nonga Hospital only does on Thursdays – Otherwise you can get it done in Port Moresby.  I went to RH Clinic (Gordons) – cost K60.00 and took about 10 mins (1 min vaccine and 9 mins waiting)

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You will then pay your fee of AUD 145 – which amounts to about K400 (check exchange rates) and then you are set.  Once VISA is granted they will send an email to your email account telling you that your visa has been GRANTED!

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All the best!

Visa processing takes as noted from the site – 10days (minimum) but depending on how well your submission is and travel history – it can be processed much earlier.

Message if you need further assistance with online visa application – but hope this information helps someone.

Aren’t we rich already? | Rosa Koian’s take on the Marape vision for PNG

So true! We are rich already! I think it comes down to leadership and proper management – and this we see slowly taking place now. A healing is taking place over our country – we just have to take that pause moment and look at how far we have come – and see what we can do better to get that ‘richness’ overflowing out so people on the outside and us to people citizens can see that we are truly rich! God bless our PM and his team and all of us too as we work together to build a much healthier and wiser Papua New Guinea! Thanks for this post!

We all want change and we want that change to happen quickly.

Many of us feel deprived of certain opportunities and privileges and therefore miss or forget that we are rich already.

As a country we didn’t have to struggle to become an independent democratic nation.

Beyond that we are rich with our good Papua New Guinean ways, our cultures and traditions. Our people have in them various skills and talents that often are given freely. Our land holds rich mineral and natural resources that today in some parts of the country has become the cause our various divisions and tensions.

What we need is to appreciate this richness. Our constitution speaks of oneness, and respect for each other where we share equally the fruits out of our land and people. Yes we need to engage in the global spheres but our people are central to everything we want to…

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