Where Do the Children Play?

The Christmas lights at Jack Pidik Park
The Christmas lights at Jack Pidik Park. Source: www.panoramio.com

My post title “Where Do the Children Play?” is a question that we must all be asking the government and relevant authorities today after the Supreme Court awarded Jack Pidik Park to the TST Group of Companies.

Jack Pidik and another recreational zone, Unagi Oval, has been the subject of a long court battle between the National Capital District Commission (NCDC) and corporations looking to turn the land into commercial zones. However, the Supreme Court’s decision gives a bleak outlook on things.

The current government has no power to do much because the courts have already made a decision and from the way things are going, Unagi could also be lost to corporations.

According to the Pacific Business Review, Jack Pidik Park will be transformed into a mega mall like Vision City; another piece of land whose title is questionable.

Governor Parkop is doing all he can do to prevent recreational lands being rezoned and bought off by large corporations. However, it is a mammoth task and he cannot do it alone.

The good citizens of the country, elites and students need to become proactive and voice our concerns regarding the rezoning and selling of state owned land.

At the current trend, Port Moresby could be owned by corporations, in a few years, whose only interest is profit.

This will mean no more Christmas lights, markets, parades, afternoon soccer games, touch rugby, driving lessons and other activities that we have taken for granted. In fact, we will be forced to pay to these lands which were once used for free.

SO WHERE DO OUR CHILDREN PLAY NOW THAT ALL THE RECREATIONAL LAND IS BEING BOUGHT OFF?

PS: “Where do the children play?” is the title of British folk singer Yusef Islam’s song. He would be known to many of you as Cat Stevens.

Fiji – Born and Raised II (The Rebirth)

Fiji - Born and Raised II (The Rebirth)
Fiji – Born and Raised II (The Rebirth)

George ‘FijiVeikoso’s latest album Born and Raised II (The Rebirth) contains 17 tracks of the Fijian’s unique style of music. His distinct style blending rhythm & blues, reggae, hip-hop and pop creates a listening experience that is both food for the soul and ears.

Rusty Old Steam Pipes soulfully touches on the crime and punishment and Fiji belts out an acoustic rendition of Cats in the Cradle.

Other tracks to look out for include Lonely Days (featuring J Boog), Love of My Life, Auright (featuring Irie Love) and I’ll Be There.

Facing the Force of the Mighty Rangers

I fully support Governor Parkop’s attempt to clean the city. However, I believe we can do better than employing a bunch of thugs under the guise of city rangers.

Their actions only inflame any ill feelings vendors have against the governor and his regime.

I took this video at around 1:30 today at the Office of Higher Education car park.

The man, as brave as he was, is foolish to try and take on the might of the rangers all alone.

Masalai blog

Australia’s new High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea, Ms Deborah Stokes, arrived in Port Moresby on Monday 18 March.  Ms Stokes replaces Mr Ian Kemish, who finished his posting to PNG on 1 March.

Ms Stokes was welcomed to PNG by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Chief of Protocol, Mr Jimmy Ovia, DFAT Protocol Director, Ms Barbara Mimino and the Australian Deputy High Commissioner, Ms Margaret Adamson.

‘I am delighted to be in PNG at a very exciting time’, Ms Stokes said.

She said she wanted to meet people from all walks of life to gain an understanding of the opportunities and challenges facing Papua New Guinea.

Ms Stokes said that Australia and PNG have a very strong bilateral relationship, based on a shared history, strong people-to-people links, and deep trade and economic ties.

‘I look forward to continuing the work of previous High Commissioners in promoting economic…

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PNG Power EasiPay Shutdown

PNG Power Ltd logoPNG Power will be shutting down its EasiPay service from Saturday 10PM (March 2) to Sunday 6 AM (March 3) to allow maintenance work to be conducted on the system.

This shutdown will affect Digicel’s EasiPay system.

Customers are encouraged to purchase their units before the shutdown.