Broadband arrives in Suai

August 1st, 2009 jen Posted in Broadband Arrives Suai, News 1 Comment »

The long-promised, long awaited, 9 year dream has come true. " dear....Thanks to everyone.. I'm sending this email to you all from my own desk at the youth centre office. today, our internet already on... "..today and tomorrow so busy reorganize the place and removing the things, repainting all building with our volunteers. Erna and Jaimitu filming all the processes of installation as you remaind me.. when we go for skype..??
rgds egy "
Sweeter words have never been heard - well maybe that's an exaggeration but it is very good news, that Broadband access has arrived at the community level in Suai. This letter arrived from Ergilio Vicente the Co-ordinator of the Covalima Youth Centre recently. No longer the long queues at Timor Telecom that cost a fortune and fail! No more getting on the motor bike or into the car or walking up the hill and down and back again, Egy can email as he said in the subject heading of this email "from my desk"! We look forward to seeing the photographs soon. Thanks to Emanuel Braz and all at the International Centre for Journalism and the Friends of Suai who have helped make this dream come true. ( I hear USAID paid for it.)
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Suai Media Space Challenges the Digital Gap

February 25th, 2009 jen Posted in Challenging the Digital Divide, News Comments Off on Suai Media Space Challenges the Digital Gap

Global Voices On-line has published an interview with Jen Hughes the writer and documentary-maker behind a our social media project and Suai Media Space in English and Indonesian . Check it out! We are very happy because it is growing our audiences and that is the dream of the youth of Suai - to have their voices heard all over the world. ENGLISH: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2009/02/15/east-timor-suai-media-space-challenging-the-digital- INDONESIAN:  http://id.globalvoicesonline.org/2009/02/134/
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Suai Youth Media Group win film prize

December 4th, 2008 jen Posted in 'Drinking Sacred Water', News, YoMaTre Comments Off on Suai Youth Media Group win film prize

Suai Media Space received news from Ergilio Vicente - Co-ordinator of the Covalima Youth Centre today that their film "Hadame Malu Hemu We Moruk' - 'Reconciled by Drinking Sacred Water', won first prize in a film competition held as part of a recent film festival held in Dili.  The group won a video camera and a special commendation  from his Excellency President Ramos Horta. Over the past 2 days the Youth Centre has been holding a series of activities with the Pre-secondary  students and Secondary students of Covalima.  In all 11 schools were in involved in the activities.  One was a Quiz contest among Pre secondary students and Secondary students drawing on the subjects of their study.and the other was a Magazine competition.  Ergilio reports Suai Media Space can expect some photographs soon and the video will be uploaded in the New Year when it arrives in Melbourne. .
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Organic Gardeners Hit Back: Grocery Store Wars

November 20th, 2008 jen Posted in Friends Share videos, News, Shared Comedy, Video Archive 1 Comment »

Lachlan McKenzie is a friend of ours and a friend to many Timorese. Lachlan went to Timor in about 2000 and ended up writing a book about Organic Farming with artist friends and an advocacy organisation for organic farming. I have to find out the name but I know Ego Lemos worked for it. Anyway here is a fun video sent by Lachie that was made by Free Range Studios.  Anyone want to translate it into tetun I'm willing to sub-title it or we can ask a student to do it for us maybe. But then how many Timorese farmers have seen Star Wars? Hmmm.
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Timorese animator in Canada muxes Timorese music played in Melbourne

October 24th, 2008 jen Posted in Animated Music Clips, Animation, News, Video Archive, Youth Suai Comments Off on Timorese animator in Canada muxes Timorese music played in Melbourne

For those of you who don't know how talented the youth of Suai are look at this. For those of you who are cynical about the benefits of YouTube to the world - look at this. Late last year I uploaded some Timorese youth playing Foin Sae Timor Oan at the Boite Cafe on to YouTube. Not long afterwards a Timorese young person who works under the pseudonym of MusisRamelau and works in Canada, muxed it by taking the music and putting it to his own animation.
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In May Musis Ramelau put an animation together to music by Sincustic which is Ego Lemos's band. Ego is well known to the Australian community. Ego is living and studying English and Agriculture in Melbourne but he entertains Australians everywhere as he is invited to present his music in a range of festivals. The most recent of which I think was the Darwin Festival. Last I heard he was cutting a CD. So we look forward to hearing that soon.
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YayH Go Musis Ramelau we love you.!
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Update on Broadband for Suai

October 3rd, 2008 jen Posted in News, Update on Broadband for Suai Comments Off on Update on Broadband for Suai

At a meeting of stakeholders initiated by the Friends of Suai and held in Suai in August, Emanuel Braz representing the International Centre for Journalists is reported as saying that ICFJ were not setting up a new Regional Media House in Suai. The ICFJ were aiming to support the Youth Media Centre (YoMaTre) to operate as a media house for international journalists in addition to supporting its current activities. Ergilio Vicente, (Co-ordinator of the Suai Youth Centre) who oversees and manages staff of YoMaTre, reports that "the presence of ICFJ is also to provide Internet access to YoMaTre (at the Youth Centre) and the Community Centre, (the home of the Friends of Suai management and activities in Suai)." Read the rest of this entry »
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Youth Peace Camp held in Kupang

September 8th, 2008 jen Posted in News, Peace Activities, YoMaTre Comments Off on Youth Peace Camp held in Kupang

Introduction Peace - What is the meaning of peace around the world? Where’s the source of peace and who needs the peace? How do people get peace? Peace seems still a word without meaning - but who will give up the meaning of it? In expression of terminology mostly people inclined to pray to heaven, but how do we in practice it in our daily life? Timor Leste is a post conflict country that lived under violence and torture for many years. The violence continued in 2006 in the independence era. The crisis in 2006 may have been influenced by the former regime, under colonization. It is necessary to fully understand the meaning of living in peace under independence. The way to lasting peace is for understanding to arise in the heart of every single person in Timor Leste and in the rest of the world. To start lasting peace it needs to arise from the personal, from the family, from groups and everywhere. Once upon a time I said, I want peace; but personally I haven’t peace in my heart and I was poor at practicing it. This means that there is no peace. We cannot make peace in little bits and pieces while asking for peace, it cannot happen, because peace is not miracle that falls from heaven. Neither can it come from our God that we worship day to day. Youth Peace Camp Based on the real situation in Timor Leste and in the world, Covalima Youth Centre is cooperating with The Frontiers from South Korea that has been conducting Youth Peace Camps annually since 2005 until now. It was held this year from 28th July-22nd August. The program schedule was divided into 2 phases. In the first week representatives of each country conducted workshops to set up programs and activities in Kupang, Indonesia before holding Peace camps from 4th-22 August 2008 and organizing peace camps in the districts. The Covalima Youth Centre delegated 2 participants - Lin and Anito - to become involved as instructors. Anito returned to Suai with 4 instructors: 1 from Germany, 1 from South Korea, 1 from Japan and 1 from Indonesia, while Lin selected to organize a Peace Camp in West Timor, Indonesia. The Youth Peace Camp in Timor Leste, was conducted in 3 districts: Covalima District, Lospalos District and Oecusse Dsitrict. Objective of the peace Camp ÿ To put peace in the heart of young people to understand fully the value of love and peace. ÿ To know exactly the meaning of peace and love affecting to our daily life. ÿ For a number of participants to become pioneers of peace. There were 60 young people participating in the Youth Peace Camp, divided into 2 groups. One group with about 30 participants, involved children 8-12 years old, and the second group, about 30 participants involved young people 14-17 years old. The Youth Peace Camp also provided activities for the long holiday period the students in Covalima district had at this time. Activities 1. Training Training was provided to young people 14-18 years old. The training included such things as: Defining peace & love; the effect of peace versus loss of peace; Lasting peace; ways to practice peace; peace and conflict. This session involved brain storming, group discussion, story telling, rule play, games and singing. Training was conducted every afternoon for 3 hours. 2. Course. The Camp provided the opportunity to hold an English course for the participants aged 8-12 years old to learn basic English. Most of the topics from the story books were related to peace; such as stories about a good child in the family, that future dreams are permitted, greeting and respect to the elders. 3. Painting Painting was provided to the children 8-12 years old. This session allowed the kits to paint people or something else they might consider as an expression of love. It might come from father, mother, brother and sister, friends, animals (their chicken, dog, etc).
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Computers for Broadband Arrive in Youth Centre in Suai

September 8th, 2008 jen Posted in News 1 Comment »

Excitement is building in Suai as Broadband access inches closer. I received email news on the 29th August that the meeting of the partners involved: Ergilio Vicente of the Youth Media Centre, Emanuel Braz of ICFJ (International Centre for Journalists), Mr Andrew Mahar from InfoTimor/Infoxchange and John Collins FOS (Friends of Suai Pt Phillip), and Simao CC ( the Friends of Suai Community Centre, Suai) about the placement of the satellite and Broadband connections went very well. To show their committment Emanuel delivered 2 new PC's, 5 chairs, 5 flash discs, UPS, and a whiteboard to the Youth Media Centre.
Computers arrive for International Journalists and YoMaTre

Computers arrive for International Journalists and YoMaTre

The next step is for Ergilio to obtain quotes to put more security measures in place and costs of wiring everything up. More news as it comes to hand!
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Arte Muru (Tembok) & Pisasaun iha Suai iha fulan Junho 2008

September 1st, 2008 jen Posted in News 1 Comment »

English version Loron 5 fulan Agostu 2008 Jen postar iha Arte & Arquitetura, Pisasaun, Pisasaun Suai Junho 2008, Arte Muru Suai Junho 2008 La iha Comentariu Editar | A maioria hosi arte muru/tembok taka ba muru maka iha mercadu tan iha fatin nee energia hosi cidade Suai mai hamutu sura loron iha semana laran, especialmente ba loron Sabadu. Pintura wain hosi galeria nee Almedia maka pinta. La difisil atu hare Almeida nian influensia no obesesaun maka sai iha nian pintura sira nee. Sei ida teni artista ida naran Melita---Melita ita iha nabe agora? [Nota: Clicar ba letratu ida ruma nee: letratu sira nee iha ‘gallery’ maka mosu sai nebe ita bele dada sai sira usa butan ‘Next’ ho ‘Back’ iha belan kwana no belan karuk leten]. [Hatudu hanesan exposisaun eslaide] Pisasaun no arte mura hotu-hotu nee mak ema hakerek ou pinta iha fatin hirak nee hahu durante hau iha Suai iha fulan Fevereiru tinan 2006. Sira hotu nee hanesan lalenok ida maka hatudu krize politiku iha nazaun nee maka terus iha tinan 2006 no tinan 2007. Alfredo Reinaldo nee lider hosi grupu rebelde maka kona akusa crea krize nee, maibe ‘ema kiik sira’ maka hetan frustrasaun hosi lideransa politiku hare nia hanesan eroi bot ida. [Hatudu hanesan eksposisaun eslaide]
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Istoria husi Joventude Suai

September 1st, 2008 jen Posted in News 1 Comment »

English version Partisipantes sira iha workshop ida kona ba istoria digital nian maka hakerek 'Istoria husi Joventude Suai’. Workshop nee ami halao iha Centru Joventude Suai iha fulan Junho 2008. Objetivu hosi workshop nee bodik atu fo responde ba pedido ida kona ba istoria sira maka simboliza Suai. Istoria sira nee bodik communidade Port Phillip no audensia internacional sira maka visita suaimediaspace. Participantes nain senulu resin ida foin remata sira nian workshop ida maka ami halao iha loron lima laran. Iha workshop nee sira barak maka foin isin dala uluk hasoru computador. Iha workshop nee nia laran ami halo sira halo diskusaun kona ba simbplisme, kona ba audiencia local ho internacional. Ami husu sira hakerek istoria no hasai letratu bodik acompania istoria sira maka iha websitu. Studente sira nee hotu-hotu otas (idade) hosi tinan senulu resin walu too tinan rua nulu resin. Ba oras (quandu)semana sequnda nian atu hotu ona partisipantes sira neon la hakmatek. Sira neon kiki. Nee tan studente sira espera ‘media workshop’ida maka atu involva video camera no editing software. Tan nee semana terseira ami dedika ba animasaun workshop simples. Iha workshop simples nee studente sira hasai letratu hosi malu no hosi sira nian aan rasi hodi usa telefon portavel no camera digital. Hotu tia sira animar letratu sira nee ba musica iha iMovie. Sira nian resultadu maka dadi ba colesaun video komiku sira.
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