Tribute to late Dr William Gabriel Tagis

Earlier this month, my former boss Dr William Gabriel Tagis died as a result of cancer. He most probably contracted cancer some years back but the lack of specialists and equipment meant that it was not diagnosed until earlier this year, and by then it was already at Stage 3.

His funeral service is today at the Catholic Church in Waigani. Unfortunately, I won’t be around because I have to travel to Manus today for holidays. However, I have created a video that will be shown during the ceremony.

Here is it. I hope I have done this Tagis justice with this.

Disappointed! Is the Word for Today

I’m feeling disappointed at myself after reading the news about a Papua New Guinean TAFE student in Cairns, Australia arrested and charged for attacking and stealing from a young woman going about her morning walk. There are several reasons for this; however, the biggest one is the thought that I may have recommended this person as eligible for study abroad.

The alleged perpetrator may have been a batch of the government’s TVETSS program which my department is facilitating – and this person may have been one of the students I interviewed.

I cannot be certain because we went through a lot of applicants in one week and I guess you can’t remember every one of them. If I had interviewed him then I’m disappointed with myself for not being able to catch on to his behavior.

Normally I can tell based on appearance and presentation people whose minds are not ready to meet the outside world. It’s pretty easy; all you have to see is the person’s presentation, and body language. Of course, I always take into account that being interviewed can make people nervous.

I am also disappointed that this person has smeared the good work that the department and government has been doing. The scholarship has cost the government quite a lot of money and as a privileged citizen should have been grateful. Instead he opted to attack a woman and steal her phone – but I fear his intentions may have been more animistic disgusting.

Now, I’m going to stop my rambling here, but I assure you, the next time I go into an interview I will be very critical with my assessment.

Why Taps Ran Dry this Weekend

If you are a Port Moresby resident, you may have noticed the taps running dry suddenly last weekend. I’m sure frustrated residents had something to say about Eda Ranu and its services. However, it was not a planned event like many would assume.

According to Eda Ranu’s Facebook page, a main trunk at 17 mile burst resulting in low pressure or no pressure in some areas.

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The water and sanitation company also released a water rationing schedule.

EMERGENCY SHUT DOWN – RATIONING SCHEDULE
Effective:10/12/16-11/12/16
Consumers are advised that due to a water main trunk burst early hours of this morning water rationing will be carried out throughout the city while the problem is been addressed. Please adhere to the schedule below and ensure to store water for usage during this period. EDA RANU sincerely apologises for any inconveniences caused.
Area 1
Morata, 8 Mile, 9 Mile, Moitaka, McGregor Barracks, NASFUND, Bomana, Malolo Estate, Laloki

Area 2
Gerehu stages 1-7, Rainbow, Curtain Bross, Porebada, Roku, East West, Baruni

Area 3
Tokarara, Burns Peak, PNG Power HQ, North Waigani, UPNG, Admin College, Forth Banner, PTC Village, Laguna, Vision City, Stanley Hotel, June Valley, Hohola, Murray Barracks

Area 4
Erima, Wildlife, Garden Hills, 2mile, Pari, Taurama, Kilakila, Sabama, Horse Camp, Gordon Ridge, Rabia, Boroko,Gabutu, Badili, Kaugere, Koki, Hanuabada, Konedobu

Time ON/OFF AREAS
6:00am-12:00MD
OFF
AREA 1 & AREA 2

6:00am-12:00MD
ON
AREA 3 & AREA 4

12:00PM-6:00PM
OFF
AREA 3 & AREA 4

12:00PM-6:00PM
ON
AREA 1& AREA 2

6:00PM -12:00MD
OFF
AREA 1& AREA 2

6:00PM -12:00MD
ON
AREA 3 & AREA 4

12:00MN-6:00AM
OFF
AREA 3 & AREA 4

12:00MN-6:00AM
ON
AREA 1& AREA 2

NOTE: 3 Mile Resevoir will be in full operation to supply Port Moresby General Hospital and Pacific Internal Hospital

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I hope this explains the water situation.

Congratulations Bruce and Chinou!

A big congratulations to (now legally recognized) brother –in-law (tambu) Bruce Kusunan and my cousin sister Chinou Bokame on officially becoming husband and wife in the eyes of God and the Government.

The pair tied the knot at Nature Park today.

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Ms Chinou Bokame and Mr Bruce Kusunan, standing before the pastor.

The ceremony was beautiful and the food was exceptional. However, the entertainment was absolutely spectacular. I loved it and so did all your other guests.

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As I said, the entertainment was spectacular and everyone had fun.

I don’t have much to say in terms of advice. However, I can tell you from experience that marriage is not a stroll in the park. There will be ups and downs; tears and emotions, but always try to control your tongue.

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Chinou and Bruce officially walking away as husband and wife.

Never let anger control your tongue.

Anyway, wishing you a happily ever after.