Control Room Ergonomics 101: F.A.S.T

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It should be remembered that the key goal of decision makers at times of crisis is to consider information rather than to derive it, so the control room, equipment and systems in place should be set up to facilitate this. FAST information can make the difference in critical situations. It needs to be registered and easily accessible – in other words it should be Frequent, Accurate, and Systematic and in a Timely manner. Fast information gathering is a CCTV surveillance operator’s core function.  Surveillance is the operation of learning trends, behavioural traits and activities that change in a given environment. Collecting information from CCTV surveillance and other resources is essential for building a detailed knowledge of persons, vehicles and areas under surveillance.

There are two types of information that a surveillance operator requires when executing surveillance:

• Basic Information Requirements and

• Priority Information Requirements – PIRs

In Basic Information Requirements, you determine what you need to know. It also enables you to answer your Priority Information Requirements (PIRs). PIRs are mostly driven by your Surveillance Supervisory Team (SST) who determines what they want to confirm, deny, or where to fill-in the gaps. This information helps the SST in determining a course of action and be able to make the key decisions during the execution. Some information derived from the execution of information gathering will be converted to PIRs:

Prioritize and then develop your PIRs

Once you have compiled your information requirements, determined your Surveillance Supervisory Team’s requirements first and rank in order information requirements from most critical to least critical. You can’t answer all of them due to time constraints and resources. These are the tasks that you just do not have the time or resources for. They should be put at the bottom of the list of priorities.

In crafting your information requirements, you want to address the following five “W’s”:

  • What is it you are looking for?
  • Where is it that you want to look?
  • When is it that you want to look?
  • Why is this information so valuable to achieving your Primary Goal?
  • Who is it that needs the information?

However, you can collect all the information you require, but if there is no plan to get it to the right people at the right time to make operational decisions – it is fairly useless.

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We unite in times of disaster

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I was reading a fellow country man’s article titled  “Why the Southern Highlands & Hela Provinces are important to me” and it inspired me to tell this story.  It almost brought tears down as I reflected on a similar experience back in 2001 when I was at Gordon’s market in Port Moresby. I was with a young Erave youth; his name is Leme who left his village when he was aged 5 years with his older brother because of a tribal fight that destroyed his entire village and displaced the villagers.  He went back to his village after some years but he could not settle in so he drifted to Madang with some “wantoks”. Homeless and wondering around I found him in town and took him in after hearing about his ordeals. He just became part of the family and he even changed his surname to my family name. Anyway we were in Port Moresby trying to locate his older brother who lived somewhere at 5 mile area.  As soon as we got off the PMV at Gordons market and walked past some women sitting behind their esky coolers selling ice block, his face suddenly lit up and he smiled. I asked what he was smiling about and he told me, “mi harim tokples ya”. (I can hear my native language being spoken.)

We eventually found some information from the ladies and went to 5 mile where he was reunited with his brother after all these years. He decided to stay with me in Madang instead of with his older brother. He is now married to a lady from Banab, NCR Madang and lives with her in the village.

Anyway, the point of these experience after reading the article by Scott Waide, I made these comments on his blog: “from my point of view we are all Papua New Guineans despite our language barriers and cultures. I am from the coastal region and I don’t know how to speak Erave or Tari languages but that did not stop the brotherhood that developed between Leme and myself.  Personally, I disagree with provincial day events and provincial flags. It only separates our unity as Papua New Guineans. I believe we should do away with promoting provinciality as it only stereotypes us into classes. Natural disasters like the Rabaul Volcanic eruptions in 1994, Aitepe Tsuanmi in 1998 and recent disasters at Manam, Kadovar and Mendi have brought back that unity of independence in 1975 despite our Provincial barriers.  Learning of how Bougainville supplied aid to the victims of the 7.5 magnitude earthquake in Southern Highlands is a classic example of this story. The bottom line is that we unite in times of disaster and emergency despite our cultural differences is a phenomenon worth considering in reforming our government of the day, its country values and our constitutional rights.”

Scott mentioned in another article that “…in the last 10 years, the monopoly of information has shifted from government to citizens…” and “…in a disaster prone country like Papua New Guinea, it is crucial that we review our processes and use our resources better..” which I totally agree with. There is no civil defense set up in Papua New Guinea unlike most countries. I am not referring to the PNGDF or the National Disaster Center in Port Moresby but non-combatant civilians, volunteers trained in the capacity of providing humanitarian relief work. This can be taught in schools by reforming education curriculums and the national qualification framework to train civilians at all levels of education.

If we really value National Security, as citizens we should not take sides in the political arena while the current sovereignty of our nation and democracy is being manipulated by greed, foreign gain and power.  Unity in times of disaster should be the same when it concerns the governance of national security.

Don’t trust those villagers providing Houses for rent on Madang Islands

FB_IMG_1508753962261These island “asples” or villagers in Madang providing homes for rent, use the opportunity to earn money from rent, favours and other requests from their tenants as they do not have the land space to make gardens or cash crops. There are some good people there with the genuine heart to accommodate people and maintain their livelihood through Rent payments but most Police reports have highlighted an attitude or lack of respect towards tenants by these Island villagers from Madang.  From the spectacular Siar islands to Savun, Panitibun, Ulifun, Billia and Karanget Island; they all bear a similar trend of induced Marijuana and homemade brew consumption and crimes that have poisoned the vibrancy of Island dwelling.  Madang is not friendly and peaceful as it used be and this has tainted the beautiful maritime province.

Below is an incident report portraying the selfishness and perverse attitudes of a landlord known for using marijuana, making and consuming homemade brew, harbouring criminals in exchange for cash and entertainment, requesting sexual favours and other unacceptable grudges towards his tenants.

Read Billia incident

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Organisation aims to help young ladies

Source: LoopPNG

World Supermodel PNG is committed to give everyday girls a chance to be a part of a fashion industry.

National Director, Phylma Kelegai says the international platform which was introduced early this year aims to economically empower young women and give them exposure into the industry.

She said another platform built from this avenue was the agency that has already attracted at least 80 models to date, both male and female.

Kelegai said with much negativity in the society, she wanted to establish a safe place for young women, through this platform, an environment where they can feel free to express themselves.

“Get to participate in different areas and get them to work in other places so they have a bit of economic empowerment, a bit of exposure,” she said.

Kelegai added that the agency been involving in events over the past few months, basically to build the models confidence.

The agency today held a networking event inviting people in the industry, including fashion designers, business houses and photographers and makeup artists to establish contact with models.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers Just Released Their 2017 Tour Dates — TIME

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