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WE detest such phrases used in speeches … “thing of the past”. Blackouts will be a thing of the past; walking to get water will be a thing of the past; and the list goes on. Reality is such will always exist regardless of what is said.
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INDEPENDENCE celebrations have come and gone. As in past years, wherever people congregated to celebrate, there was a spectacular show of unity in a diversity of colour, song and dance.
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CREDIT must be given especially to schools and colleges where thousands of young Papua New Guineans staged their own events to mark Independence Day. The young people under 30 were not around that Tuesday, Sept 16, 41 years ago when Australia lowered its flag for the last time and the newly-independent PNG hoisted its own in its place.
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BUT these school children and youth needed no prompting and prodding to join the older generations to mark this day and, in some cases, they took the lead in the festivities.
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IN the mood for celebrations, the thousands who attended the celebrations may have forgotten the speeches delivered on Independence Day, some broadcast over the airwaves.
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SOME women have trouble staying asleep, and a new small study may shed light on why. Women’s internal, or circadian, body clocks run at a faster pace than men’s, according to the research. It’s as if women operate in a different “internal time zone,” said study lead author Dr Diane Boivin, professor of psychiatry at McGill University in Montreal. “They go to bed at a later biological time because their clock is shifted earlier, eastward,” Boivin said.
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THE music industry’s tendency to record, produce, and broadcast music at progressively increasing levels of loudness to create a distinct sound is known as the Loudness War. Because the maximum amplitude of recorded music cannot be increased, overall loudness can only be boosted by reducing the dynamic range of source audio and distorting recordings, leading to complaints from some audiophiles.
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KEIRO-NO-HI is a national holiday in Japan set aside as a day to honour the elderly. At community centres, entertainments are held and the guests are given small keepsakes and gifts of food – for example, rice cakes dyed red and white, the traditional Japanese colours of happiness.
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QUOTE of the day: Humour is the spiciest condiment in the feast of existence. Laugh at your mistakes but learn from them, joke over your troubles but gather strength from them, make a jest of your difficulties but overcome them. – Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)
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