Tugyak community receive free medical checks and nets

A team from Ramu NiCo (MCC) Basamuk Refinery comprising Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and Community Affairs Department officers travelled by road to Tugyak where they met with more than 400 villagers to conduct health and safety awareness.

That was followed by free malaria rapid testing on a number of people and donation of two bales of treated mosquito nets to the community.

A nursing officer in charge of Ganglau health post, Martin Uma also travelled with the team to Tugyak to assist in the awareness.

PNG-Australia Ministerial Forum to be held in Madang

The Forum is an important bilateral meeting between PNG and Australia.

Australia and PNG have a strong and dynamic relationship based on close historical, economic and geographic ties. 

Two-way trade between our countries is worth $6.8 billion (K16.63 billion) and Australian investment in PNG totals $19 billion (K46.46 billion).

The Forum provides an avenue for on-going dialogue on current or emerging bilateral issue of mutual interests and also to maintain a strong and strategic partnership.

PM welcomes international surfers to PNG

PM Peter O’Neill made the comments as competitors from around the world prepare to travel to  Papua New Guinea for the Kumul PNG World Longboard Championships at Tupira on 18 to 25 March this year.

“Papua New Guinea is looking forward to hosting the World Surf League Longboard Championship in Tupira near Madang,” the Prime Minister said.

“I am glad that people around the world are discovering that Papua New Guinea is a great surfing destination, with challenging waves in pristine waters on beautiful beaches.

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.