An expat leaking information? This could be bigger than we see.

In Parliament this week, Member for Usino-Bundi, Jimmy Uguro, questioned the Minister for Mining, Johnson Tuke about an expatriate working for the Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) leaking confidential information to mining companies.

This question has been making rounds around my brain since hearing on radio and then reading about it again this morning (https://postcourier.com.pg/mining-minister-queried-expat-leaking-confidential-info-data/)

The minister used them the term ‘leaking‘ but I would have used the word ‘corporate espionage’ to describe it – and by all definitions, it is.

Some people might think I am being melodramatic but it is exactly that – he has been trading information – for what exactly, I am not sure. But I’m pretty sure monetary or other enticements were used.

While the issue was brought to the attention of the mining minister, other leaders need to take this seriously and approach it from a broader perspective. If the accusations are true, and this expat is leaking information, then the implications are far wider than corporate espionage.

MRA is a government entity and the actions of this expat is in fact, against the government and people of the country. It is espionage. Then the implications of these leaks have to be considered also.

How has these leaks affected government dealings with mining companies? And how has it affected the country as a whole? And if he has leaked mining information, then what else?

There is also a high probability that this person may have also disclosed other information to third parties which we are not aware of. This needs a thorough investigation.

Now, I am not saying this person is guilty. That is for the Courts to decide. However, this allegations cannot be taken sitting down, and if true then this person is a security risk to the country and appropriate action needs to be taken.

Missing Child Found – Tanza Igila

The missing child Tanza Igila has been found and is back with her family. Her father took to Facebook to share the news and thank those who helped.

Her father, Dickson Igila said she was found near Hohola fuel station, quite a distance from where she was lost.

Good morning my beloveds… Firstly my greatest thank you to the Father above for keeping safe and bringing back my daughter.
She was actually kidnapped inside the car n taken away .
However, thru your prayers and your support in sharing this post made it possible in locating my daughter. Thank you all… Thank you so much…

– Dickson Igila, father

Mr Igila also shared a photo of his daughter at home.

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Missing Child – Tanza Igila

This child has been reported missing and her parents (father) has taken to Facebook to enlist the help of the community to find her.

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She is two (2) years old and was last seen seen at the Gordon Fuel Station around 3pm on the 19 of August.

A reward is being offered for information that leads to her safe return.

If you have seen this child or know where she is then contact her father on this number (+675) 7626 2943

Please help by sharing this information.

The History of the Karen (Parrot) Clan of the West Coast of Manus Island

I am a descendant of the Green Parrot. That is according to my late granduncle (Bubu) Paul Tulu-Sibobwe Bobwaleu.

Bubu Paul was one of the last elders who knew the history of our ancestors. He was an authority and was often consulted with regard to this. As my ancestors did not have written language, history and knowledge was passed down orally and it was fortunate that before he passed away, my uncle had him record our history – the history of the Karen clan on cassette tape.

A couple of weeks ago I converted the tape into digital format and I’m sharing it so this knowledge and history is not lost.

The audio is in the Babon/Nyindrou language.

The Neglected Spice Market

The spice industry, much like the nut (galip) market, is one that the government has not invested enough resources to develop. Unlike the extractive industry, the benefits do now come immediately. However, in the long run, it can be sustained long after our oil wells have dried or the all the gold and copper is gone.

These videos originally aired on EMTV’s Olsem Wanem relates the struggles that these industries are faced with, but is also shows us the potential within these industries to build the country’s economy.

On the Awareness Trail – Kupiano Secondary School

Yesterday, my colleagues and I traveled to Kupiano Secondary School in Central Province to do awareness on the National Online Application System (NOAS). We were accompanied by media representatives from Post Courier, EMTV and Kundu 2.

Kupiano is approximately 4 hours drive from Port Moresby – in good weather.

Our trip was supposed to have started at 9am and we would arrive at 1pm and return by 4pm. Unfortunately, logistical issues pushed our time table back at least 30 minutes.

The Road to Kupiano

The road to Kupiano is the Magi Highway, which leads out of Port Moresby from 6 Mile and the road is sealed most of the way. However, that is not to say it has been maintained all the way.

There parts of the road that make you wish you could fly instead of drive. However, that all changes when you reach the Abau District at its smooth sailing. I can say Sir Puka did a great job – but the seal road ends at Upulima Rubber Plantation – and then its back to the dirt road.

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Racing against time we went through the dirt road like we were in a rally. Of course, we could not stay too close to our lead vehicle without inhaling road dust and we couldn’t put up the windows because the air-condition was not working. Yikes!

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We arrived at Kupiano at 1:30pm.

Fortunately,we arrived safely around 1:30pm at Kupiano Secondary School and rested until 2pm to give time to the students to have their lunch and for the hall to be prepared.

The National Online Application System (NOAS)

Our visit to the school was to conduct awareness on the how students will get to apply for spacing into tertiary institutions this year. In the last couple of weeks we have visited some school in the National Capital District (NCD) – on their invitations.

It is important for people to be mindful that Secondary Schools do not fall under jurisdiction of the Ministry and Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology (HERST). They fall under the wings of the Department of Education (NDoE) which our department works closely with.

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The application is a translation of the paper based School-Leaver Form (SLF) into a web based system that students can access with any device that has a browser.

On the application, the students can put in their choices of tertiary programs and institutions and once the Grade 12 external examination results are uploaded, they will have a window of opportunity to either make changes or leave their choices as is.

Now, I’m not going to delve further into what or why we decided to do this, but if you are interested or need more information then please email studentsupport@dherst.gov.pg

On Our Return

We ended our session with students at around 4pm, started our journey back to Port Moresby. But before we started out our driver Sebastian asked Bridget to say a word of prayer.

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Sebastian – on our way to Kupiano.

The prayer was short and simple – but it came with blessings – more than once, as we found out along the way.

The first vehicle left a few minutes head, but we stayed back waiting for the EMTV crew to interview the school’s Deputy Principal. We caught up with them along the road buying diesel. We also stopped and got a few liters of fuel. It was not long before we saw the fruits of our first blessing.

They say the Lord works in mysterious ways and I guess I saw his workings that day. Just before we departed Kupiano, our colleague Otto came and asked if Bridget could get in with us.

She was pregnant and our vehicle had proper seats and was more comfortable. So we had an extra passenger. She was also the one who prayed for our safe return.

As a result of having Bridget with us, our driver Sebastian had to dial down on the speed which meant we were tagging behind our colleagues at least 5 – 10 minutes.

As we approached the bridge at Inuma, we saw the first vehicle on the other side with everyone out and Otto under the car trying to place the jack and lift one side so they could replace a punctured tire.

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They punctured the first tire at Inuma bridge.

We stopped and tried to help only to find out that we, our vehicle, did not have a jack or any tools. Then a few minutes later a PMV came with some good Samaritans who helped us.

I believe Bridget gave them some money as thanks – and we were back on the road.

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The PMV that helped us along the way.

We arrived at Gaire’s famous market at around 8pm. We stopped for refreshment and the flour-fish tasted great (its a lie, I ate cookies and drank Gold-Spot Lime). We we started for the shelter of our homes in the big city.

This time we took the lead and sped off, leaving the other vehicle behind. We had just reached the outskirts of Tubuserea when I got a call from an unregistered number. It was Jackman – and they had another puncture – so we sped back to help them.

When we arrived, help was already there in the form of a bus from the Community Development guys – one of them being Otto’s cousin.

We helped them by replacing their tire with our spare and we headed back to the city. This time driving slowly and cautiously.

Our Blessings

The first blessing was that we were driving behind when the first incident occurred. If we have not, then they would not have been able to contact us due to the poor network or not network coverage in certain parts of the area.

Now, the second time they had a puncture, there was network coverage and they were able to contact us.

It’s true! The Lord works in mysterious ways.

Anyway, we arrived safely and I got home around 10:15pm.

Is There Really a Thing Called ‘Unlimited’ Minutes and Downloads?

There seems to be a trend in marketing by the telecommunications companies who are selling ‘unlimited’ call/talk time and downloads for a period of time. As great as these packages may sound, it is rather misleading and needs to stop.

Firstly, lets tackle the issue with unlimited calls (some people even refer to them as ‘free call’ which is also wrong). Calls are measured in time (seconds, minutes, hours,days, etc) which is a constant (yet) and it is linear. This means that putting unlimited and minutes in the same line is a direct contradiction. If I have unlimited talk time then it should not end after an hour, week or month. It should be unlimited!

There are some who may argue that the unlimited refers to the number of calls you can make. However, that is also false as these calls fall within the confines of the time period you buy. Its like buying and then trying to pour 10 liters of milk into a 5 liter container. No matter how much you try, the container will always only take 5 liters.

So when you are buying a week’s package plan with ‘unlimited calls/minutes’ for a week, you are actually buying 10080 minutes – and not the ‘unlimited’ advertised. The same reasoning also applies to data or download, but you also have to consider internet speeds into the equation.

If you are downloading at 5Mbps, then unlimited downloads for a week is actually 3024GB of data (which is quite large). However, the point is it is not unlimited and actually has a maximum point in which it stops.

Now, I’m not discouraging people to subscribe to these packages, but I think the term ‘unlimited’ is misleading and should not be used in advertising and promotions.

It’s time to stop this unlimited bullshit!