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Wantok Weekly 05.11.12

Regular Activities Aerobics – Body Attack Classes Monday & Wednesday 5:30pm Stadium Gym Entry is K10 Circuit Classes Tuesday & Thursday 8:15am Stadium Gym Entry is K10 Saturday Morning Runs Saturdays, 6:00am Weekly runs starting from Lae Yacht Club or Golf Club & looping around town. Run is for all levels & includes security escort. For further information please contact Christy King on 7284 3706 or email: king.christiana@gma

Quote of the Week “Few of us get anything without working for it.” William Feather

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apua New Guinea has recently been featured in the world news as Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall touched down in Port Moresby on Saturday, kicking off their 13 day tour of Australia, New Zealand and PNG. The country has been abuzz with excitement and anticipation, and hundreds lined the streets as Prime Minister Peter O’Neill prepared to roll out the red carpet for the royal couple’s arrival.

Upcoming Events 15 November: Lunch of the Month The tables will be set for the upcoming LOTM. High Tea will be served! Theme: High Tea Location: Jan Edwards home (Bumbu Road) Time: 12 noon Cost: K50 members, K60 non-members We also have Jules Collins in town. Jules will be selling jewellery on the day. Prices will be in AUD and can be purchased with cash (Kina or AUD), cheque or credit card. Please note, there is no off street parking and only limited spaces on the side of the road. It would be a good idea to come in groups where possible. The golf club is just across the road so maybe meet there and then come in one car. Please BYO alcohol. Tickets are now on sale at Brian Bell. Be quick though, we have a limited number of tickets and they will sell fast!

They were welcomed with a 21-gun salute and spent their time in PNG visiting small villages. As their last official act in Port Moresby, Prince Charles and Camilla laid a wreath at the Ela Beach War Memorial, before chatting with diggers who took part in the Kokoda campaign in World War II. They have now traded PNG’s notoriously humid heat for Longreach in Australia where there is a dry 39 degree swelter!

16 November: Lioness Club Meeting/Event Lioness Club of Lae cordially invite you to meet with us at the playground end of the Lae Yacht Club, on Friday 16th November at 4pm. This is a thank you / information afternoon for all the women who have helped up with our Kaipot / Ice Cream deliveries over the past year, and also an information session for anyone who might be interested in joining us in the future. You don’t have to be a Lioness member to get involved with our Kaipot/Ice cream programme. So if you’d like to meet some wonderful women, and help out our community, come along on the 16th and meet us! Any queries, please ring Ella Hall on 7263 3619.

General Information Roda’s Organic Produce Please note this delivery service is still on hold until further notice. For a copy of the product / price list, please email Davina at

Lae Explorer’s Club Review “Gone to the Dogs” By Barbara Ohlen His jet-black hair was short and sparse on his immense frame. He held his head at a proud tilt, with an air of contempt and superiority. His joints showed obvious signs of his age and lifestyle. He was not handsome, but rugged and muscled. He was an old hand at this and he bounded onto the field and put everything into his performance. His name was Goliath, and he was a Great Dane working for Guard Dog Security canine section. And I knew one thing for certain – there is no way I wanted to meet him on a dark night anywhere!

From puppies these dogs are trained daily, some specialised and worked by only one handler, others trained to respond to whoever holds the leash. And that training requires them to react to certain commands. Jenny Smith, the force behind the “force”, won’t give away any of her secrets on how they achieve such effective training, but assures us it is not done by starvation or inciting violent behaviour. Her job puts her in charge not just of the dogs on site at 11 mile, but also throughout PNG. She supervises the breeding programme, selection and training, and personally provides a vet service for the dogs as well. But this tough and determined lady has a soft side as well, there is a geriatric section at the back of the main kennels where dogs are retired in a comfortable space and get to enjoy their last days in peace. The site is impressive; there are kennels everywhere, approximately 300 dogs at any given time. 20 odd Lae Explorers wandered around the kennels checking out the dogs, some were even brave??! enough to put their hands through the mesh and pat them. We eventually made it out to the training field, which was set

with various items of doggy equipment – ramps and rings, and the show began with half a dozen dogs run out on the leash with their trainers, to display their prowess over the obstacle course. Jenny gave us a bit of a talk on the procedure, and we were warned not to shout and definitely not to run!

Then two or three different agitators (yep – that’s what they do) would run out onto the field in various different rigs that were all very well padded, and agitate furiously. Actually, running was a slight exaggeration, stumble out with haste is probably more appropriate, as this padding was thick and hampered movement. These guys were hilarious and threw themselves into their acting roles, being the criminal or the thug. The smiles gave them away though. Why they were smiling beats the bejeepers out of me, because of course the next thing is various parts of their anatomy are clamped tightly between a couple of jaws that can exert 1200kg of pressure. We were presented with a few different scenarios, a man with a stick, another that had a gun (orange plastic OK!) and another came out on a quad bike and attacked the dog and trainer. Then Jenny joined in and became the victim of a bilum snatch, but the day was saved by a big Alsatian who ran down the culprit. We were then treated to a final parade of handlers and dogs.

Oh, I nearly forgot to mention, a couple of volunteers from the audience got the opportunity to become apprentice agitators. Rod Claven was wedged with some difficulty into a stunning outfit of padded trousers and jacket and then literally thrown to the dogs. A snarling whirlwind of fangs fur and fury then attached itself to his arm, for quite some time, until he was finally coaxed off again by his handler. Ella Hall then rushed into the fray muttering something about the “Michelin Man”, only to be attacked in the same manner. She was told to raise her arm to help the trainer get the dog to release her, however with that much Alsatian attached to her she found it an impossible task. On talking to both of them of their experience they had fairly identical things to say about it. The suit is extremely hot to wear, it was supremely smelly, and you definitely knew that a dog was seriously attached to your anatomy. These guys had put this show together over the previous weeks and were exceptionally proud of what they managed to achieve. They were all out there enjoying their work while entertaining the rest of us and this was very obvious. Thanks Jenny for a great afternoon and an insight into what goes on behind the growly barks of the city’s working dogs.

Interesting Facts – PNG Papua New Guinea consists of the eastern half of the island of New Guinea – the island of New Britain, New Ireland, Bougainville and around six hundred smaller islands, north of Australia. Papua New Guinea is also one of the least explored countries of the world, culturally and geographically. Many undiscovered species of plants and animals are thought to exist in its interiors. The Kuk Early Agricultural Site, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2008, consists of swamps in the highlands of New Guinea. It has been discovered that the land has been drained, possibly for as long as ten thousand years. Evidence of agriculture dates back to six and a half thousand years ago.

On this day in history 1605: Gunpowder Plot; Catholics try to blow up English Parliament. Plot uncovered & leader Guy Fawkes hanged 1838: Honduras declares independence of Central American Federation 1895: 1st US patent granted for auto (George B Selden) for gasoline driven car 1925: Mussolini disbands Italian socialist parties 1935: The game "Monopoly" was introduced by Parker Brothers Company 1951: US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site 1953 - Nobel prize for physics awarded/appended on Frederik Zernicke 1955: The Vienna State Opera House in Austria formally opened. 1971: Bolivia passes death penalty for political kidnapping 1987: Iceberg twice size of Rhode Island sighted in Antarctic 1994: Space probe Ulyssus completes 1st passage behind the Sun

Recipe of the week

• 1 long red chilli, seeded, thinly sliced • 1 teaspoon sesame oil Method Combine ginger, garlic, barbecue sauce, sugar, 1/4 cup soy sauce and rice wine in a glass or ceramic bowl. Add chicken. Toss to coat. Refrigerate for 2 hours (see note).

A sweet sticky Asian-inspired marinade brings this colourful chicken noodle stir-fry to life. Ingredients • 2cm piece fresh ginger, peeled, finely chopped • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon barbecue sauce • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • 1/3 cup soy sauce • 2 tablespoons shao hsing (Chinese cooking wine) • 600g chicken breast fillet, thinly sliced • 2 tablespoons peanut oil • 1 cup each Roasted red onion, Roasted capsicum, sliced, and Roasted carrot (see related recipe) • 1 head broccoli, cut into small florets • 450g packet fresh hokkien noodles

Place carrot on prepared trays. Drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes or until browned and tender. Set aside to cool completely. See To Freeze.

Heat a wok or large, deep frying pan over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil. Swirl to coat. Stir-fry chicken, in batches, for 3 to 4 minutes or until browned all over and just cooked through. Transfer to a bowl. Heat remaining oil in wok. Stir-fry onion, capsicum, carrot and broccoli for 5 minutes or until vegetables are heated through. Return chicken to wok. Stir-fry for 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Place noodles in a heatproof bowl. Cover with boiling water. Stand for 2 to 3 minutes or until tender. Drain. Using a fork, separate noodles. Drizzle with sesame oil and remaining soy sauce. Toss to combine. Serve stir-fry with noodles. Related Recipes Roasted Capsicum 6 medium red capsicum 6 medium green capsicum 1 tablespoon olive oil

Sticky Chinese Chicken

Roasted Carrot 2 kgs carrot, peeled, cut into 1cm thick slices 1 tablespoon olive oil

Halve each capsicum. Remove and discard seeds and membrane. Cut each half into 4 slices lengthways. Place capsicum on prepared trays. Drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast for 30 to 35 minutes or until browned and tender. Transfer capsicum to a heatproof bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Set aside for 10 minutes. Peel and discard skin from capsicum. Set aside to cool completely.

Roasted Red Onion 2kgs red onions, cut into wedges 1 tablespoon olive oil Place onion on prepared trays. Drizzle with oil. Season with salt and pepper. Toss to coat. Roast for 40 minutes or until browned and tender. Set aside to cool completely.

Notes: Sticky Chinese Chicken Allow 2 hours marinating time. You can freeze uncooked chicken mixture. Place in a large snap-lock bag. Remove excess air and seal. Freeze for up to 2 months. Thaw in fridge overnight.

Wantok Weekly 05.11.12  

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