Madang Province

Regional youth games end

The closing ceremony also coincided with the lowering of the game's flag and handing over to the next host, the Highlands region.

Finally, a wrap into the Regional Youth Games, with Madang Governor Ramsey Pariwa closing the ceremony.

The games were considered a success as Madang, although known for high petty crimes and the ever-increasing crime rates, took care of over 400 athletes and officials who came in from the other three regions and Port Moresby.

Churches reminded

Sumkar MP, Alex Suguman, said this during the official opening ceremony of the 15th National Pastors and Evangelists conference of the Evangelical Lutheran of Papua New Guinea, hosted by ELC Karkar District at Anul Lutheran High School on Karkar Island, Madang Province.

Suguman said the government acknowledges churches’ contributions and wants them to do more to address the social decline, including law and order issues that are affecting communities.

Going rural to go global

This is in line with their new policy and motto of “Going Rural to Go Global”. The aim is to identify and develop raw talents that are hidden in the rural areas of the country.

The regional youth games for Momase kicked off yesterday in Madang. This is the second regional game after Milne Bay for Southern Region which was held last year.

Athletes were told that this new pathway will create a platform for hidden talents within the rural areas to be identified.

Regional Youth Games begin

District teams from each region marched proudly into the Laiwaden Oval in Madang by processions of cultural groups. The participants will take part in soccer, rugby touch, basketball and volleyball. Also included in the games are the para-athletes.

Jason Peter the Miniter for Community Development & Religion, officially gave his keynote address and opened the Games. He said this platform would give an opportunity for participants to be selected and progress further by representing their provinces and the country.

A unique custom from Bangapela

This community has gained this reputation from sports tournaments and the hospitality shown to both nearby and distant communities.

Before the start of the independence games, the Bangapela community gathered to “say sorry” to each other in the hopes of coming to a mutual understanding among themselves and being united during the games.

Everyone gathered and apologized to each other, men to women and children and vice-versa. The women thanked the men for apologizing to them and accepted their apologies giving them favors to play in the games.

A bigger plan for Bangapela

The Bangapela Independence Sports Tournament kicked off on Sunday 17th September. It will continue into the next week. The event, initially planned for a week, was extended because a massive 27 soccer teams are participating.  

The games are being hosted by the Biyang Sports Association. Club representative, Justin Asi, has a bigger plan in store. He said they would like to host bigger sports event and are confident they can secure external sponsors to support their plans.

Hunger strikes Manam care centres

Women of Kuluguma village at Asuramba Care Centre gathered today to express their desperation.

As acute hunger has come upon the community of Manam Island settlers in Care Centres along the coast of Bogia district, and this time women are calling for help. 

Betty Bade, wife of the late chief also from Ward 13, Iabu LLG added further on the dilemma. 

Inmates get Independence surprise

Special Project Officer Francis Tavatuna on behalf of the Governor’s Office called on all that gathered to reflect on how PNG gained its independence, 48 years ago.

He said PNG can achieve change and development, and the onus was on everyone to contribute meaningfully in nation building.

Tavatuna encouraged people to change their mindsets and start to show change personally, within their families and through communities to foster a bigger change within the country.

Bangapela Games kick-off

Bangapela is situated in the Yawar LLG of Bogia District. Bangapela, a riverine village along the Ramu River, will host the sporting event to run for over week.

Twenty-seven soccer teams have registered, with teams coming in from Angoram District, East Sepik Province, Middle Ramu and from the remote villages of Bogia District.

In the past, Independence celebrations involved communities within the Yawar LLG, where Bangapela is from, and have successfully hosted three games.

Madang open by-election anticipated

The provincial electoral office is now preparing for a by-election awaiting final approval from the Electoral commissioner.

According to Provincial Returning Officer Sponsa Navi, they will use the same electoral roll used in the 2022 General Elections.

However, many citizens are concerned that the 2022 roll has not been updated to include people who have recently moved to Madang, those who turned 18 and those who have since been deceased.