Tkatchenko calls on FIFA to intervene

Justin Tkatchenko said PNGFA president David Chung and John Kapi Natto both have a heart for soccer but unfortunately, they cannot work together and are making the sport fail, affecting players and clubs.

Tkatchenko said the best solution is for FIFA to intervene and say enough is enough.

“FIFA must be concerned with what’s happening in PNG as we are now having two different, separate identities running football,” said the Minister.

“How can sponsors come on board and how can the sport keep moving forward when you got two different groups running the same thing.

First permanent church building for Foursquare Karkum

It was a historic occasion to see a modern infrastructure being constructed because the Foursquare Church was the first Pentecostal church to establish its roots in 1982 in Karkum village, which is predominantly Roman Catholic.

The event was witnessed by several hundreds of people, mainly from sister churches in Madang, Bogia and the mainland Sumkar districts.

Singirok condemns PNGDF Navy officers’ actions

Singirok described the actions by the PNGDF Navy officers as shameful and coward in nature.

The prominent businessman Sai Bodo and his family were assaulted by the soldiers on their way home on Saturday night.

He said the brutal assault on a long time resident of Madang by men in white uniform brings more light to the inner rot and indiscipline in the ranks of the PNGDF.

PNGDF Navy officers assault prominent businessman

Simon Merton, management consultant at MMS PNG Ltd in Madang posted on his facebook page about the incident.

He told Loop PNG that his wife was assaulted and their adopted 11 year old daughter is traumatized.

He said they were allegedly attacked while on their way home.

“We encountered a large group of drunk Navy personnel from Boat 04 who were brawling and blocking the street outside a night club next door to where I reside,” Merton said.  

“When I asked them to move off the road so we could pass through, they proceeded to assault me and my family.

Campaign against violence workshop set for this week

The workshop is expected to attract over 500 participants from all over Bundi with presenters from Port Moresby, Ramu, Goroka and Chimbu.

The workshop is organised by Vincent Kumura, who does community work and was awarded the 2016 Digicel PNG Foundation Men of Honour Community Ingenuity Award.

The theme of the workshop is “Yes We Can” and is aimed at building a better, progressive and violent free Bundi and a similar workshop was held at Yandera in June.

Remote health program reaches over 800 people

The medical outreach program was carried out from October 11-17 at Snow Pass and Yandera villages of remote Upper Bundi.

People from all over the rural Bundi area, including areas along the borders of Jimi, Chimbu and Eastern Highlands Province, attended the program to get medical checkups.

Patients as young as three weeks old to 80 were seen and treated.

Community impact projects director Vincent Kumura said the program, aimed to address the prevalent healthcare needs in the remote areas, was a huge success with a very big turnout.

Kava produced from Madang ‘koniak’ is loved in Fiji

This was pointed out recently by sales representative from a kava processing company from Fiji called Niugini Kava whose popular market brand Kava Toks was showcased recently at the Madang Investment Summit.

 The company set up a stall at the Sugeng Aben Park near Madang Resort Hotel where it showcased products made from kava that originated from along the NCR in Madang.

An agent for Niugini Kava had been buying kava roots from smallholder farmers along the NCR and later shipping it overseas for processing and marketing.

K15m project for Maritime College

Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Malakai Tabar officially launched the construction of the projects in the presence of Higher Education Minister Francis Marus on Friday in Madang, Maritime College campus.

PNG Maritime forge relationship with National Government

Captain Kiong thanked the government to recognize Maritime College and come onboard to support with the funding of staff houses, simulator and administration building.

Kiong said for so long the government has neglected Maritime College and this was the first time the government has come to support vital projects in the school.

He said Maritime College was the pride of this Nation and the Pacific and its one of the best college in the world having equipment’s like the Ship Engine set up on the ground to be found only in the Southern Hemisphere.

UBI Hills crowned as Sumkar soccer champions

UBI Hills defeated Sumbar 2 of Talidig Sports Association on Monday in Kinim Station, Karkar Island.

UBI Hills walked away with the champions cup and K1,500 cash prize money while Sumbar grab the runner-up trophy with K1,000.

The third placing went to 2MK club of Mamoke area in Karkar Island with K700 cash and fourth placin to Bisel of Biranis village in Sumgilbar Local Level Government area with K500 cash prize.