Madang Province

Madang ready to host Momase Regional Besta Qualifiers

Madang Soccer Association president Ray Romo, in a meeting with the local organising committee and chairman of Momase Soccer Federation, Sigi Beche, reiterated that MSA will do everything possible to make this tournament a success.

“As the president of one of the oldest associations in the country, my executives and I are ready to host the tournament on our grounds. At the same time, we will provide necessary support to the local organising committee in whatever way we can.

Business houses in rural Madang told to tighten up security

Madang police station commander, Senior Inspector Vincent Isanda made the call earlier this week following an armed robbery on Karkar Island, allegedly committed by some gang members from town.

Isandea said 11 men entered Kulkul Coconut Plantation on Karkar Island and ran off with K21,300 in cash and properties worth more K25,000.

Kulkul is part of the Biabi Group of Companies, which is major copra buyer on Karkar Island. It has been providing other external services to the islanders for decades.

Madang MP appeals to Japanese government for roads and bridges

The MP made the appeal openly in the presence of the Japanese Ambassador to PNG, Morio Matsumoto, the Japanese International Cooperation Agency representatives and other Government officials during the grand opening of the new Madang town market.

The minister’s call was particularly for roads and bridges in the Trans-Gogol area in Madang, which previously a Japanese company had harvested hard-wood timber from.

Cooperative group paving way for rural development

Chairman of Basamuk Cooperative Society Group, Tony Gaiyu, pointed this out recently.

Gaiyu also gave an illustration that the establishment of the  Basamuk Cocoa Cooperative Society Group (BCCSG) in the far-flung corner of Rai Coast district, in Madang Province, had greatly eased the burden of  many rural farmers. They can now access farm supplies and sell their cocoa produce right near their doorsteps.

“When you are better organised into groups and with your produce in big quantity, you have the bargaining power,” Gaiyu explained.

Ramu Nickel forecasts technical problems

“Technically, it will be difficult to restart the operation circuit if the system is shut down for a longer period because we have debris of slurries in the holding tanks, pipes and HPAL that can be solidified and difficult to remove,” Ramu NiCo Management stated.

Mineral Resources Authority (MRA) mines inspectorate issued an order to cease HPAL (high pressure acid leach) operation at Basamuk Refinery since Friday, April 15, following the fatality of a Chinese employee and injury of two national employees at the refinery on April 12.

Restoration work carried out on Kalibobo lighthouse

The restoration work which commenced in early March this year is sanctioned and funded by the government through the National Maritime Safety Authority (NMSA).

Currently, workers of a contracting company engaged by NMSA have set up scaffoldings and are repainting the structure located on the tip of Godawan point。

Kalibobo lighthouse is one the landmark monuments which is already a traditional symbol of Madang province。 The lighthouse appears in Madang‘s provincial flag and also on the provincial government’s official document as symbol of the province

Rai Coast mothers bargain with Chinese

A first- timer or visitor to Basamuk in Rai Coast, Madang Province would be amazed on seeing local women bargaining with Chinese workers there.

“Meiyomeiyo polomanmeiyo ”  That’s the common phrase these local women will usually say,meaning  “ no, no, friend” when disagreeing to a bargain for price with a Chinese worker。

The women also understand some gestures which the Chinese use and often argue with them。

No Anul high school on Karkar Island, only bushes

Over several hundred students from primary schools in the Takia language speaking area were enlisted to continue grade nine at the new  Anul  High School, however, to their dismay there is no school infrastructure at the particular spot where the school would be stationed.

A male student  from Madang mainland who had  travelled by boat  to  Karkar Island to do grade nine at Anul High School called his guardians by Digiciel mobile phone on Wednesday night to reveal the shocking news. The stranded student spent four nights with his primary school mates at Komoria village.

Rural Madang lack health services

Provincial Health Director Marcus Kachau says he has not seen any improvements in the priority health programs in the province.

Kachau says the Madang Health Office has three minimum priority areas: making sure that facilities were operational, equipping health centres with the right medical supplies and staff, and constantly supervise rural health centres.

Madang provincial games begin

The Madang Provincial Games opening ceremony saw district teams  doing a march past starting from Kusbau Primary School in their colours with traditional singsing group from Amele area leading them in.

Madang Provincial Sports Coordinator Robin Hevesa said the opening ceremony was done in the Madang way seeing teams enjoying the speeches given by the guests  followed by the Madang and the National anthems being sung.