Aid development programme ELTO running at EIT

Source: Eastern Institute of Technology – Tairāwhiti

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Leapphy Chea, Ananda Paramita, Nening Daryati are three out of 62 English language learners from South East Asia who are currently studying in New Zealand. They are participating in the ELTO (English Language Training for South East Asian Government Officials) programme, delivered by EIT with funding from the New Zealand government (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade).

ELTO is a NZAID programme. It brings government officials from developing countries to New Zealand to improve their English language skills as well as to study Education, visit work places and learn about best practice. The participants spend five months in various places throughout New Zealand. Ananda and 30 other officials are currently in Hawke’s Bay for seven weeks after which they will spend 14 weeks in Wellington studying.

Their goal is to improve their English Language skills and be able to further contribute to their countries development. “Within seven weeks we have to read at least five books and write a lot of essays and assignments,” says Neda who works for the Indonesian Ministry of Education designing curricula to be used in schools.

Leapphy, on the other hand, is a Senior Technical Teacher at the Ministry of Labour and Vocational Training in Cambodia and Ananda works for the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education in Jakarta, Indonesia. “Our teachers here in New Zealand are very professional. Not only do they teach us English but they also take us for bike rides, walks and to restaurants and beaches so that we also gain an insight into the kiwi lifestyle,” they explain.


MIL-OSI Australia: Wanneroo set to host nation’s biggest citizenship ceremony on Australia Day

Source: Government of Western Australia

The City of Wanneroo will once again host the largest citizenship ceremony in the country on Australia Day, with almost 800 people set to make the pledge.

Almost 3000 people will attend the ceremony at the Wanneroo Showgrounds on 26 January, including 785 new citizens from 63 different countries and their guests.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said she was proud the City of Wanneroo was again hosting the largest ceremony, especially in a milestone year.

“This year marks the 70th anniversary since Australian citizenship was introduced into law, creating for the first time a legal status of being uniquely Australian,” Mayor Roberts said.

“The City of Wanneroo is such a culturally diverse place, with 41 per cent of our 210,000 residents born overseas.

“I know how much this means to those who are becoming Australian citizens, and it always seems to be even more special on Australia Day.”

New citizens and their guests will start the day with a barbeque breakfast, before being entertained with music by Challenge Brass Band and singer Bindhu.

Mayor Roberts will present the City of Wanneroo Australia Day Awards to local community members who have made an outstanding contribution to the community, and Richard Walley OAM will perform the Welcome to Country.

Adrian Barich will emcee the ceremony and inspirational Rishelle Hume AM, 2016 Aboriginal Person of the Year, will be guest speaker.

Landsdale resident Ngoc Do is thrilled to officially become an Aussie, along with his two children Lucas (7) and Philip (5).

Originating from Hai Phong in northern Vietnam, Mr Do left his home country as an 18 yearold to live in New Zealand and England before settling in Perth. “We love Landsdale,” Mr Do said. “Our family are very proud to become part of Australia. It feels so good.

“We feel very lucky.”

The northern coastal suburb of Jindalee is a long way from Venezuela. 

But for Patricia Castellano Chan the proximity to the beach and the fact that everything is brand new are just some of the things she loves about the City of Wanneroo suburb her family now call home.

Mrs Castellano Chan moved to Australia six years ago with her husband, and is looking forward to joining her four-year-old daughter as a fellow Aussie.

This will be the sixth year in a row that the City of Wanneroo has hosted the largest ceremony in Australia on our national day.

“As the largest growing local government in Western Australia it is great to see so many people choosing to make the City of Wanneroo their home,” Mayor Roberts said.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Arrest – Armed robbery – Yarrawonga

Source: Northern Territory Police

Tuesday 22-Jan-2019 17:00

Serious Crime Squad detectives have arrested a male in relation to an armed robbery at a Yarrawonga liquor store last night.

It is alleged that the male and an accomplice entered the store at approximately 9:30pm and attempted to steal liquor. The accomplice left the store without paying for a bottle of bourbon and when the first male was refused service as a result, he produced an edged weapon and attempted to strike an employee.

The male then fled the store and returned to the vehicle both he and his accomplice were travelling in.

Palmerston General Duties members attended the scene shortly after and attempted to apprehend the vehicle. A pursuit was initiated after the driver failed to stop. The pursuit was terminated near Noonamah due to the manner of driving.

The male was located in Batchelor this evening and subsequently arrested. Charges are expected to be laid in the near future.

Police are continuing their enquiries in order to locate the accomplice. He is described as slight build, approximately 175 – 180 cm tall, Aboriginal with dark complexion, clean shaven, wearing khaki coloured shorts, a dark coloured top and a dark coloured baseball hat.

The vehicle the men were reported to be travelling in is described as a dark green or blue coloured Ford Falcon station wagon displaying Western Australian registration, possibly 1AIF583 or 1AIF532.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. You may choose to remain anonymous.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: International Reserves of Bank Negara Malaysia as at 15 January 2019

Source: Bank Negara Malaysia

Press Releases
International Reserves of Bank Negara Malaysia as at 15 January 2019
Ref No : 01/19/04 22 Jan 2019 Embargo : Not for publication or broadcast before 1500 hours on Tuesday 22 January 2019
The international reserves of Bank Negara Malaysia amounted to USD101.7 billion as at 15 January 2019.The reserves position is sufficient to finance 7.3 months of retained imports and is 1.0 time the short-term external debt. 
See also: BNM Statement of Assets & Liabilities as at 15 January 2019

Bank Negara Malaysia22 Jan 2019
© Bank Negara Malaysia, 2019. All rights reserved.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Bypass congestion easing

Source: Hong Kong Information Services

The Central-Wan Chai Bypass congestion has been improving, Acting Chief Executive Matthew Cheung says.

Speaking to reporters today ahead of the Executive Council meeting, Mr Cheung said the Transport Department deployed manpower overnight to set up directional signboards and display more information on various digital screens at crucial vantage points for motorists.

“On the Central-Wan Chai Bypass congestion, I would use the words ‘teething problems’ on the first day.

“I’m sure that given time, and also with the completion in a month’s time of the access road, the link road between Rumsey Street and also the access road itself, the bypass itself, the situation will further improve,” he said.

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: President Tsai meets Richard Haass, President of US Council on Foreign Relations

Source: Republic Of China Taiwan

President Tsai meets Richard Haass, President of US Council on Foreign Relations


President Tsai Ing-wen met with Dr. Richard Haass, president of the US-based Council on Foreign Relations, on the morning of January 21.

President Tsai mentioned that Dr. Haass, along with many other experts, has pointed out that the international order and democratic values that help maintain global peace are now being challenged. Taiwan is facing these challenges with courage; committed to democratic values; and dedicated to safeguarding regional peace, stability, prosperity, and development to contribute to a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

Commenting on cross-strait relations, the president noted that Taiwan has never been opposed to cross-strait interaction and exchanges. However, China has not abandoned the threat of military force against Taiwan, and intends to force “one country, two systems” on Taiwan. She once again emphasized that Taiwan absolutely will not accept “one country, two systems,” and that this is the “Taiwan consensus.”

The president also called on the international community to take the changes now happening in our region seriously, and address them directly. Taiwan is on the front line defending democracy and freedom, because the Taiwanese in this generation have a historical mission: to protect Taiwan’s democracy against threats. She stated that she believes that when facing bullies, weakness only leads to greater aggression.

President Tsai pointed out that people around the world who believe in democratic values, including many in Hong Kong and China, have expectations for Taiwan, and that more and more of our international friends are speaking up for Taiwan. Because, she said, everyone knows that defending Taiwan–a beacon of democracy–is the only hope for democracy and freedom in Asia.

The president thanked the international community for supporting democratic Taiwan. She said this included the Spokesman for the US National Security Council, Garrett Marquis, who voiced his support. The American Institute in Taiwan, along with 44 international senior experts and scholars, also publicly affirmed Taiwan’s democratic achievements. These gestures show that the international community recognizes Taiwan’s commitment to defending freedom and democracy.

Finally, President Tsai stated that Taiwan will continue to persevere. She also hopes that Dr. Haass, and all of our like-minded friends around the world, will work together to ensure our shared democratic values.

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MIL-OSI Australia: 22/18:07 EDT Cancellation Severe Thunderstorm Warning for North East Forecast District.

Source: Weather Warnings – Australia

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology


Cancellation Severe Thunderstorm Warning

For people in North East Forecast District.

Issued at 6:07 pm Tuesday, 22 January 2019.

Severe thunderstorms are no longer occurring in Victoria.

The immediate threat of severe thunderstorms has passed, but the situation will continue to be monitored and further warnings will be issued if necessary.

The State Emergency Service advises that people should:
* Keep clear of fallen power lines.
* Keep clear of creeks and storm drains.
* Don’t walk, ride your bike or drive through flood water.

Warnings are also available through TV and Radio broadcasts, the Bureau’s website at or call 1300 659 217. The Bureau and State Emergency Service would appreciate warnings being broadcast regularly.

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MIL-OSI Australia: Police search for missing man Michael Menzies

Source: Victoria Police

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Deepdene man Michael Menzies.
The 41-year-old was last seen at at his home address on Gordon Street, Deepdene about 12.30am on 22 January.
Police have concerns for Michael as this is out of character.
He is perceived to be Caucasian, about 183cm/tall, balding and a thin build.
Michael was last seen weraing a light coloured shirt, light coloured pants, runners and a dark baseball cap.
Police believe he may have travelled to the Kew area.
Police have released an image of Michael in the hope somoene will recognised him.
Anyone who sees Michael or has knowledge of his whereabouts is urged to contact Boroondara Police Station on 8851 1111.
Alex Day
Media Officer

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MIL-OSI Asia Pacific: Industrial Production Operation in December 2018

Source: National Bureau of Statistics of China

Headline: Industrial Production Operation in December 2018

In December 2018, the total value added of the industrial enterprises above designated size was up by 5.7 percent year-on-year in real terms (the following growth rates of value added are real growth rates, after deducting price factors), an increase of 0.3 percentage point from November; up by 0…

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MIL-OSI Australia: Disaster Assistance for Communities Impacted by Tropical Cyclone Penny

Source: Government of Queensland

Disaster assistance is now available for communities in Far North Queensland impacted by the severe weather and flooding brought on by Tropical Cyclone Penny. 
Assistance is being provided through the jointly funded Commonwealth-Queensland Disaster Recovery Funding Arrangements (DRFA).
Assistant Minister for Home Affairs Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, who has responsibility for Commonwealth disaster assistance, said the Commonwealth and Queensland governments are committed to supporting the long-term recovery of affected communities.
“Financial assistance is now available for Hope Vale Aboriginal Shire Council, Wujal Wujal Aboriginal Shire Council, Cook Shire Council, Mapoon Aboriginal Shire Council and Northern Peninsula Area Regional Council to aid their community recovery,” Assistant Minister Reynolds said.
“The assistance will help fund clean-up operations and restore public infrastructure damaged by the cyclone.”

Queensland’s Acting Minister for Fire and Emergency Services, Leeanne Enoch, said some areas received more than 800 millimetres of rain as a result of Tropical Cyclone Penny.
“The heavy rainfall caused flooding and road closures across the region, isolating several communities,” Ms Enoch said.

“This funding will help impacted councils with counter-disaster operations, including sand-bagging, tree clearing, and repairing damage to the roads.”
Information on disaster assistance can be found on the Australian Government’s Disaster Assist website at and the Queensland Government’s Disaster Management website at

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