New Guinea Islands

NGI challenge gets K30,000 boost

New Britain Palm Oil Ltd say they are happy to support the NGI leg as it will be hosted in their home province of West New Britain.

The last NGI challenge was hosted in 2012.

NGI Ipatas Cup competition manager, Sam Koi, in thanking New Britain Palm Oil Ltd, said West New Britain has produced quality PNG Kumuls players over the years, including the legendary Marcus Bai.

“So we’re hoping this time we can find another Marcus Bai, or another two or three that can actually go through the Ipatas Cup.”

Peaceful NGI celebrations

East New Britain Province reported a quiet New Year’s Eve and day celebration with no major incidents.

Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tabali, said as was for Christmas, the province was quiet. The only incident was a missing boat from Namatanai which was recovered on Sunday in the Duke of York waters.

In Manus, local police, assisted by Mobile Squad 18, were out in full force On December 31st, 2018, and January 1st, 2019.

Kimbe teams triumph in Besta Cup NGI leg

Bougainville men who raised their provincial flag since day one of tournament met their fate going down to Kimbe 1-nil in the grand final on Sunday.

In the women’s grand final, Kimbe upset NBPOL Kumbango 1 nil in extra time after both were locked at nil all, at fulltime.

Kimbe men will now join Momase leg winners, Almami, with runner-up Morobe Football Association and Southern leg winners, Hoods and runner-up Kamali, for the Besta FA Cup finals to be held in Lae in September.

​NGI security operation to be launched

Police Commissioner Gari Baki will launch the security operations for Manus, East New Britain, New Ireland and West New Britain provinces in Lorengau.

Host and Acting Manus Provincial Police Commander, senior inspector David Yapu, said all preparations for the launch are in place, and he thanks Commissioner Baki for choosing Manus to launch the NGI operations.

For Manus province alone, a combined security operation will consist of Police, Correctional Service and PNG Defence Force personnel, with some assistance to come from the East New Britain province.

NGI Besta Cup qualifers kick off in Kimbe

The tournament will run for five days with 31 participating teams including 18 men’s and 13 women’s  teams with games to be played in four pools.

The Islands and national defending champions Manus arrived with four teams including one woman and three men’s  teams to defend their title.

Meanwhile, Bougainville arrived with only two men’s team representing South  and Central Bougainville respectively.

Drought affected Manus to get help soon

According to Mr Knight Mr Meauri  will be visiting hard hit areas of Manus like the Baluan, Pak and Rambutso islands.

Knight says Meauri will also bring  relief funds.

He says after their visit to various islands they will return to Lorengau for the first meeting of the District Development Authority.

 Knight made arrangements with local businesses houses in Lorengau town for relief supplies however he is still waiting the Provincial administrator approval.

The Administrator is understood to be out of the province at this time.