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Wantok Weekly 26.03.12

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, 5:45am Weekly runs starting from various venues in Lae. This run is not for the faint-hearted as it is fast paced & is anything from 12km to 21km long. Please contact Rhys Griggs for more info at: Art & Craft Group First & third Tuesday of each month. 9am until noon at the Lae International Hotel. Come anytime. Bring your own work or join in with some of the organized activities. The hotel has kindly given us the space free of charge as long as we order something to drink.

Please keep emailing through your events, meetings, groups, announcements, items for sale or wanted, helpful hints & tips, photos, recipes etc.

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s the month of March comes to a close, so too does my first month of living in Lae, and what a whirlwind it has been. With so many events on the calendar it was hard to keep up with what was going on. There seems to be something for everyone and plenty of opportunity for us to keep active and engaged in the community. Mother nature has certainly been active too and judging from the recent downpours, it seems that the rainy season is well and truly sneaking up on us. And those potholes seem to be getting bigger and bigger! We also experienced an earthquake, which places a reminder that PNG lies within the “Ring of Fire”, a zone stretching around the Pacific Rim where about 90% of the world’s quakes occur. On the 22nd of March, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck roughly 62kms from Goroka. There were no reports of major damage and most of us in Lae probably just felt a bit of a rumble as Mother Nature released some steam. What I found interesting was the talk around town and an article in the newspaper following the event that the earthquake had in fact been predicted prior to the 22nd of March. Baffled, I jumped straight on to Google to research on how such a prediction could occur. What I found were several blogs and articles, produced by pseudo-scientists, (ie. Not the real deal!), indicating that over the past few years, the big earthquakes that have struck have been found to follow a pattern, allowing one to predict when the next mega quake is coming. The pattern is being called the 188 day cycle. Email to

28 Feb 2010: An 8.8 magnitude rocked Chile 188 days later, 4 September 2010: A magnitude 7.1 earthquake jolted Christchurch, NZ 188 days later, 11 March 2011: Japan was devastated by a 9 magnitude quake 188 days later, 15 September 2011: 6.0, 6.2 and 7.3 magnitude earthquakes struck NZ, Japan & Fiji respectively 188 days later, 22 March 2012………another mega quake? Armed with the above theory, is there any truth to the 188 day cycle? O is it complete madness? You be the judge………

Upcoming Events 27 March 2012, Lioness Meeting 12:30pm at the Lae Yacht Club. Come along to find out what the Lionesses are all about. Volunteer projects include delivery of ice cream and Kai Pots to Angau Hospital. 30 March 2012, Piwi Fishing 4:30pm – 6:30pm at the Lae Yacht Club. ALL KIDS WELCOME. Parental supervision required. Prizes, food & drinks provided!

6 – 9 April 2012, Easter Long Weekend 12 April 2012, Lunch of the Month 12:30pm at the Lae International Hotel. All ladies welcome. Tickets will be on sale at Brian Bell two weeks prior to the event date.

“What you don’t see with your eyes, don’t witness with your mouth”. (Jewish Proverb, anonymously supplied)

Recipe of the Week

Zucchini Frittata Serves 4 100g Pumpkin chopped into sml pieces Extra virgin olive oil spray 6 eggs Thank 2 medium zucchini, grated you Jill 120g fetta Gunn Salt for the Cracked black pepper receipe! 50g fresh basil, shredded Preheat oven to 180 – 200 degree celcius. Place pumpkin into an oven proof dish and spray with extra virgin olive oil spray. Roast for 30 minutes or until the pumpkin is golden brown. Allow to cool. Whisk together the eggs, salt and pepper. Combine with zucchini, fetta and pumpkin. Pour mixture into a lamington tin that has been lined with non-stick baking paper. Sprinkle with basil and bake for 20 minutes or until set. Remove from oven. Allow to cool slightly before removing from the pan. Cut into squares and serve with a mixed salad.

General Announcements ART & CRAFT GROUP – NOTE FROM JILL GUNN It was a great turnout for the first day. I am sorry that I was suddenly unable to attend and so the promised needle felting demonstration was improvised by Rachel. The next day is Tuesday 3rd April and there will be a chance to see more on how "needle felting" works and a demo of "scrumble" which is free form crochet & knitting. I promise if you can knit or crochet even just a little … can do this! Please call me on the following number if you need more info, Jill Gunn 73104542 PLAYGROUND PROJECT FOR UNITECH DONATIONS / VOLUNTEERS N EEDED The Department of Architecture & Building at the Papua New Guinea

University of Technology will be designing and constructing a children’s playground by the students of Architecture from 30 March to 5 April.

Photo of the Week Anyone for crab?

The Project aims to challenge the preconceived notion that learning happens within the four walls of the classroom maintaining the creative uses children apply in their everyday activities while providing a culturally relevant and educational environment. In addition the project will explore Sustainable Design practices by emphasizing the use of used and recycled materials, such as tires, timber, crates, tin, etc. If you are willing to assist our students' efforts in building healthier, sustainable communities, we are seeking donations in the form of used/recycled building materials, volunteer time (especially those with construction expertise during the building process) and of course funds for those materials that will have to be purchased. Please contact Molly Felde for more information. Or click on the below link: 038_Master%20Class%202012_1.pdf FIRST AID TRAINING C OURSE If you would be interested in undertaking a first aid training course please email your interest to me at There are two options I am looking into: 1) First aid training by an accredited agency where you receive a certificate – cost roughly $200-$250 per person 2) General first aid training by an Australian Registered Nurse, no certificate & no cost. Please also let me know what your preferred training option is.


Since we live in a country that regularly experiences seismic activity, it is important to refresh your knowledge on what to do in the event of an earthquake. Please familiarize yourself with the following guidelines produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (U.S. Department of Homeland Security). Before an earthquake The following are things you can do to protect yourself, your family and your property in the event of an earthquake. * To begin preparing, you should build an emergency kit and make a family communications plan. * Fasten shelves securely to walls. * Place large or heavy objects on lower shelves. * Store breakable items such as bottled foods, glass, and china in low, closed cabinets with latches. * Fasten heavy items such as pictures and mirrors securely to walls and away from beds, couches and anywhere people sit. * Brace overhead light fixtures and top heavy objects. * Repair defective electrical wiring and leaky gas connections. These are

potential fire risks. Get appropriate professional help. Do not work with gas or electrical lines yourself. * Install flexible pipe fittings to avoid gas or water leaks. Flexible fittings are more resistant to breakage. * Secure your water heater, refrigerator, furnace and gas appliances by strapping them to the wall studs and bolting to the floor. If recommended by your gas company, have an automatic gas shut-off valve installed that is triggered by strong vibrations. * Repair any deep cracks in ceilings or foundations. Get expert advice if there are signs of structural defects. * Be sure the residence is firmly anchored to its foundation. * Store weed killers, pesticides, and flammable products securely in closed cabinets with latches and on bottom shelves. * Locate safe spots in each room under a sturdy table or against an inside wall. Reinforce this information by moving to these places during each drill. * Hold earthquake drills with your family members: Drop, cover and hold on. During an Earthquake * Drop, cover and Hold On. Minimize your movements to a few steps to a nearby safe place and if you are indoors, stay there until the shaking has stopped and you are sure exiting is safe. If Indoors * DROP to the ground; take COVER by getting under a sturdy table or other piece of furniture; and HOLD ON until the shaking stops. If there isn’t a table or desk near you, cover your face and head with your arms and crouch in an inside corner of the building. * Stay away from glass, windows, outside doors and walls, and anything that could fall, such as lighting fixtures or furniture. * Stay in bed if you are there when the earthquake strikes. Hold on and protect your head with a pillow, unless you are under a heavy light fixture that could fall.

In that case, move to the nearest safe place. * Don’t use a doorway except if you know it is a strongly supported, loadbearing doorway and it is close to you. Many inside doorways are lightly constructed and do not offer protection.. * Stay inside until the shaking stops and it is safe to go outside. * Do not exit a building during the shaking. Research has shown that most injuries occur when people inside buildings attempt to move to a different location inside the building or try to leave.

only to be killed by falling debris from collapsing walls. Ground movement during an earthquake is seldom the direct cause of death or injury. Most earthquake-related casualties result from collapsing walls, flying glass, and falling objects.) If in a Moving Vehicle * Stop as quickly as safety permits and stay in the vehicle. Avoid stopping near or under buildings, trees, overpasses, and utility wires. * Proceed cautiously once the earthquake has stopped. Avoid roads, bridges, or ramps that might have been damaged by the earthquake.

* DO NOT use the elevators.

If Trapped Under Debris

* Be aware that the electricity may go out or the sprinkler systems or fire alarms may turn on.

* Do not light a match.

If Outdoors * Stay there.

* Cover your mouth with a handkerchief or clothing

* Move away from buildings, streetlights, and utility wires.

* Tap on a pipe or wall so rescuers can locate you. Use a whistle if one is available. Shout only as a last resort. Shouting can cause you to inhale dangerous amounts of dust.

* Once in the open, stay there until the shaking stops. The greatest danger exists directly outside buildings, at exits and alongside exterior walls. (Many fatalities from earthquakes occur when people run outside of buildings

* Do not move about or kick up dust.

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