Pacu (Portuguese pronunciation: [paˈku]) is a common name used to refer to several common species of omnivorous South American freshwater fish that are related to the piranha. Pacu and piranha do not have similar teeth, the main difference being jaw alignment; piranha have pointed, razor-sharp teeth in a pronounced underbite, whereas pacu have squarer, straighter teeth, like a human, and a less severe underbite, or a slight overbite. Additionally, full-grown pacu are much larger than piranha, reaching up to 0.9 m (3 feet) and 25 kg (55 pounds) in the wild.
” Pacu were introduced in 1994 to the Sepik River, and in 1997 to the Ramu river as a food source, due to overfishing of native species. Local people blame the fish for outcompeting native species, including juvenile crocodiles, as well as for several attacks on humans.”
I just watched an episode of a fishing program called “River Monsters” on ABC television Australia. It is a show made by Jeremy Wade, a marine biologist who travels the world in search of “fresh water” fits with a reputation for killing.
Anyway, this episode focused on attacks on the Sepik river in PNG and a number of attacks involving something in the water which had a restoration for attacking the testicles and genitals of native fishermen. The locals called… it “Ball Cutter” – ouch!
By the end of the program, the fish responsible was identified as the Pacu.
The Pacu was introduced into the river system some 20 years ago by the fisheries authorities as a way to supplement the fish stocks for the increasing population along the river. But there is a major problem with its introduction into PNG.
Pacu are close cousins if the Amazing piranha fish. The piranha is a carnivore – it eats meat and flesh. The Pacu was thought to be vegetarian, but I’d now known to be an omnivore – it prefers nuts and fruits typically found in its native waters of the Amazon, but also eats flesh if nothing else is available.
Pacu generally have small raspy teeth, like rough sandpaper until they grow larger. Once they reach 2 or 3 get these extremely powerful fish develop lower teeth which are extraordinarily similar to human teeth on their litter jaws. These teeth are capped with very skirt, needle like rippers. They are amongst the largest most most powerful of the piranhas.
Since their introduction in the Sepik, local villagers report vast reductions in grass and reed islands in the Lake, reduced populations of all other fish species, reduction in cichlids numbers and breeding, and attacks on birds from the Pacu. In short, the entire river ecology has been stressed by the Laden’s of this introduced fish. Over time, the fish are likely to spread to other drivers of PNG.
My purpose in writing all this is simply to let you know of the risks of Pacu. Skulls you ever go swimming in an area populated by these fish you are at risk of sudden and violent attack.
Also, be aware of what this fish dies to the ecology of river systems. They are a disaster. No doubt the authorities axed in goid faith in Sepik, but they were acting on the behaviours they understood about smaller Pacu, probably not taken the larger ones are dabbed not only to the river system, but pose a direct that to human life. Note: Pacu were also introduced to the Ramu River in 1997
I am including the Wikipedia link for the Pacu fish below.
My very best to all in PNG.
What is a GeneXpert Machine?
The Xpert MTB/RIF is a cartridge-based, automated diagnostic test that can identify Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB)DNA and resistance to rifampicin (RIF)by nucleic acid amplification technique(NAAT). It was co-developed by the laboratory of Professor David Alland at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)., Cepheid Inc. and Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, with additional financial support from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH).
In December 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) endorsed the Xpert MTB/RIF for use in TB endemic countries and declared it a major milestone for global TB diagnosis. This followed 18 months of rigorous assessment of its field effectiveness in TB, MDR-TB and TB/HIV co-infection. This test, and others that are likely to follow, have the potential to revolutionize the diagnosis of TB.
Dr Touai Giara and Dr Laiam Kirau explains the seen and unseen obstacles present in Goilala in the Fight Against Tuberculosis.
Firstly, a GenXpert Machine is way too expensive to purchase and is also costly to purchase cartridges to run it. This is the case if the GenXpert machine is to be acquired outside the Health Department Procurement System.
Secondly, it is wise to sort out the basics first. That is, establish a sputum microscopy lab and x-ray facility to implement and improve the DOTS strategy. Then GeneXpert technology comes in later upon reviewing the DOTS program outcomes. Because MDR-TB results from failed DOTS.
District Hospital with doctor position is the prerogative of the provincial health. Local MP needs to continuously liaise with Provincial Health for a fully functioning District Health System and then it is up to the Member to push for that. But we can come in to advice both the MP and the provincial health. [if requested/invited]
Just few explanations;
DOTS (directly observed treatment, short-course), is the name given to the tuberculosis control strategy recommended by the World Health Organization. According to WHO, “The most cost-effective way to stop the spread of TB in communities with a high incidence is by curing it. The best curative method for TB is known as DOTS.” DOTS has five main components:
• Government commitment (including political will at all levels, and establishment of a centralized and prioritized system of TB monitoring, recording and training).
• Case detection by sputum smear microscopy.
• Standardized treatment regimen directly of six to eight months observed by a healthcare worker or community health worker for at least the first two months.
• A regular, uninterrupted drug supply.
• A standardized recording and reporting system that allows assessment of treatment results
MRDT-TB stands for Multi-Drug Resistant Tuberculosis simply meaning tuberculosis bugs that do not get killed by TB treatment available.
You like to criticize us but let me tell you that most of us have committed our lives to this beautiful nation of ours.
Papua New Guinea as we all know has a diversity of cultures making Policing here very tough and frustrating but then again it takes someone brave to tackle this diversity in enforcing the Law. Most of us Joined the Police force because we grew up in this disciplined environment or because it was our childhood dream job and not just because we didn’t get a job after school. It is a tough Job though and requires someone with great heart to stand out among the crowd to uphold and enforce the Law.
Though we may be tough in line of our duty and may step out of line in enforcing the Law but than again it shows that we Papua New Guineans have a major Attitude problem. PNG has turned 39th this year and one can ask whether Policing in PNG have lost the plot or whether the people are educated enough and therefore have gone ignorant of the Law.
It simply goes back to you individuals to think and ask yourselves, what have you done as an individual to uphold the Law?
Have you ever discipline your children? Have you gone out to your villages, hausline and inform them what is right and what is wrong? Have you ever stood up and tell someone what he’s doing was wrong, or have you all turned a blind eye and walked away because that is not your Job.
We have stood out from the crowd and have sacrificed our lives so that you and your family can enjoy this life and not being bullied by certain individuals, robbed by criminals, terrorized by ethnic groups or warlords in this beautiful country of ours..
Our families too have come to realize and understand the type of job we do because even though we don’t spend most of our time with our loved ones, whether it be on our kids birthdays, special events or on Christmas holidays, they know that we love our job and our country to serve with dignity and pride.
To the haters out there, think before you criticize us because one fine day you will run to the Police for help..the negative remarks made by individuals on the social media will not destroy us but can be taken as a wake up call to those members who have stepped out of line and remember that the people of this country are watching us on how we perform our duties..I know we all love our Job and we will strive to do our best whether it be in the city, towns or in the rural communities of Papua New Guinea..that is why we swore an oath to do our job without fear, favor, malice or ill will..
To all my comrades attached to the Police stations, or away from your families on duty travel (SSD), stand tall and do your jobs professionally!
The preliminary report into the Twin Otter crash at Mt Lawes in which four people died has revealed that a warning system did not sound off before impact.
This was revealed by the Air Crash Investigation Commission when it released the report today.
Both pilots of the aircraft and two passengers died in the crash on Sept 20th 2014 just before landing at Jackson Airport in Port Moresby.
The preliminary report was presented by AIC Chief Executive Officer David Inau, technical adviser Peter White, and AIC commissioners. Inau said from the outset that the preliminary report into aviation occurrences is factual and does not contain analysis, conclusions or recommendations.
The report was made following data downloaded from recording devices on board the aircraft.
It was presented to the media on the flight details of the Twin Otter, named Kilo Sierra Foxtrot, that left Woitape in Goilala on the morning of Sept 20th at 9:16am with two crew and seven passengers on a charter flight.
The weather in Woitape was fine however in Port Moresby it was poor, with low cloud cover and rain.
As it approached Port Moresby, Air Traffic Control cleared the flight crew to descend while maintaining visual separation from the terrain at the same time.
This was repeated as they descended.
When the aircraft was within 10 nautical miles of the airport, the pilot contacted the tower and mentioned the Instrument Landing System (ILS) but he did not request a discontinuation of the visual approach and he did not request radar vectors to position the aircraft for the Instrument Landing System.
Responding, the tower did not mention the ILS and repeated the clearance to make a visual approach. The clearance was read back by the pilot and soon afterwards, the air craft struck Mt Lawes.
The Twin Otter was fitted with an Enhanced Ground Proximity Warning System and preliminary indications from the cockpit voice recording are that aural warnings which are expected to go off from this equipment did not sound before the impact.
Inau said that a full and thorough investigation into the tragic incident will be conducted. This he said is expected to take months.