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MSG : Persipura Can Joint Melanesia Football Cup



Melanesia Football Competition - Suplied

Melanesia Football Competition – Suplied

Honiara, Jubi – The Melanesian Spearhead Group has agreed to revitalizate the region’s soccer competition.

The Melanesia Football Cup, earlier known as the Melanesia Super Cup, is a regional soccer competition involving Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

The premier competition of the Melanesia Super Cup involved three teams from Vanuatu (Tafea FC and Amicale FC) and Solomon Islands (Solomon Warriors FC). This competition was held from 27 September to 4 October 2014 at Port Vila, Vanuatu. Solomon Warriors was the champion for this first competition.
“Can West Papua be involveed in Melanesia Football Cup? It can. We knew West Papua has the best football club in Indonesia and Asia. We are open if they want to participate in the Melanesia Football Cup. What is the club’s name? It’s Persipura right? They can assist us to build a better competition and improve football in Melanesia,” new MSG leader Mannaseh Sogavare said after he launched the Melanesia Football Cup program at Heritage Hotel, Honiara, Solomon Islands on 26 June 2015.

Sogavare who also the Prime Minister of Solomon Islands added because currently Indonesia has obtained a status of Associate Member representing five Indonesian provinces, including Papua and West Papua, therefore the collaboration in sport sector such as Persipura’s involvement in Melanesia Football Cup could be materialized.
“Besides the cooperation in economic development and trading, the collaboration in culture and sport is part of the partnership between MSG and Indonesia as the Associate Member,” Sogavare said.

The Indonesian Government after obtaining a status of Associate Member committed to promote the close and concrete relation with MSG in order to increase the potency and face the challenge of joint development.
“The increase of Indonesian status in MSG would also increase the concrete collaboration with the MSG members. The Indonesian trading value with the MSG countries right now reaches US$ 260 million and it could be more increased. In addition, the recent technical cooperation in many sectors such as in fisheries, handicraft making, art and culture, and diplomacy would also be continued to increase,” said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affaires, A.M. Fachir in Honiara after the MSG leaders announced the Joint Communiqué.

Up to May 2015, A.M. Fachir continued, Indonesia has implemented the 130 technical cooperation programs in building capacity with MSG country members that participated by 583 participants. But, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs did not mentioned about the collaboration in sport.

However, the Melanesia Football Cup is still facing the challenge from FIFA that caused Fiji as the member of MSG and FIFA didn’t send their club in Melanesia Super Cup last year.

The Fiji Football Federation President Rajesh Patel said to Fijilive that FIFA policy suggested them to participate in the tournament promoting the separation of regional football. In this term, the Melanesian countries were joined in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) so it could be considered they want to build the Melanesia Regional Football Confederation.
“If we allowed Suva FC to participate in Melanesia Super Cup, we would be charged. We are only able to participate in the tournament approved by FIFA or OFC,” said Patel. (Victor Mambor/rom)



The Kamwolker River drying up




Kamwolker River of Perumnas III Waena. – Jubi / Agus Pabika

Jayapura, Jubi – Water debit of the Kampwolker River, one of the largest water reservoirs for Waena and Entrop areas of Jayapura city, has started to decline.

A geography lecturer at the University of Cenderawasih Eka Kristina Yeimo said the lack of government control on natural reserved areas driven the drought of springs. “If this issue has not immediately addressed, I am afraid the clean water crisis will happen in the next few years. The government must take a firm action to maintain the water resources, especially some springs in the city of Jayapura,” Yeimo told Jubi on Friday (22/6/2018).

She said that several years ago, water is not a problem. However, it changes. The water springs around Perumnas III and Kamwolker began to dry as a consequence of land clearing. “People build houses at the river bank until the mountain foot, which cut down all the trees around it,” she said.

Therefore, she continued, the government needs to establish a clear regulation and legal basis to protect the water resource area by controlling the development around the springs. On the other hand, it is also necessary for the community to play an active role to maintain the water resources and forest. (*)


Reporter: Agus Pabika

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Hungarian student attracted to traditional Papuan food




Regina Laurents while processing sago with Papuan women from Kwadeware, Sentani. – Jubi/Engel Wally

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua is always an attractive place for international tourists to visit every year, and a Hungarian student Regina Laurents, who said coming to Papua because interested in studying the Papuan culture including its culinary method such as how to process sago traditionally, is just an example of it.

“I observe the traditional sago processing method is very good. I had eaten sago in Sulawesi once but never knew how to prepare it. I am happy that I can see its process here directly,” said Regina while attending the Sago Festival II in Kwadeware, Jayapura District on Thursday (21/06/2018).

Laurents is a culinary student who is undergoing an exchange program in Indonesia. For two years, she has been in various Indonesia regions, in particular, Papua to learn the traditional food processing method. Therefore, she felt lucky attending the Sago Festival. “I am pleased that I can learn a lot here, and I will certainly tell my friends about Papua.”

Moreover, She hopes this festival would continue to promote the Papuan traditional culinary as well as to attract more international tourists to come.

Sago Festival II was held in Kwadeware Village of Waibhu Sub-district, Jayapura District on Thursday (21/06/2018). Despite a variety of processed and traditional foods made from sago exhibited at the festival, visitors can also observe how to process raw sago before it becomes a delicious food. (*)


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Kosapa promotes the born of young Papuan authors




Writing skills training for young Papuans held by Kosapa. – Jubi/Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Benediktus Tigi told Jubi he was glad to participate in a series of writing skills training held by Papuan Literature Community (Kosapa) in Papua.

“I am happy to participate in a training on poetry writing, because of that, some of my wirings published in the Kosapa media. I also hope Kosapa can continue to conduct a training for Papuan youth to keep them update,” he said.

The Papuan Literature Community, known as Kosapa, was established in June 2009 following a discussion of two founders Gusti Masan Raya and Andi Tagihuma on Facebook. Later they initiated to form a Facebook group.

“It was born following to our concern on the literature development in Papua that has been stagnant at that moment while we knew that Papuans live in the midst of the richness of literature,” Tagihuma told Jubi at the Kosapa Library on Sunday (17/6/2018).

In the same year, he continued, Kosapa not only conducted a discussion on Facebook but also held various activities including the book review, film screenings, journalistic training and essays writing training for students. It even created a website

In October 2012, Kosapa collaborated with Yayasan Mudra Swari Saraswati to conduct Event Ubud Writers & Readers Festival in Jayapura and then with Jubi to manage with the literature section that published every Friday.

In 2017, Kosapa published three books of short story anthology, poetry, and wise words. The publication of these books was aimed to encourage the literature development in Papua and appreciated the Papuan authors who wrote those books.

“Currently there are eight drafts of books that ready to publish,” said Tagihuma who was the coordinator of Kosapa until 2016. He also hopes Papuan authors not only get recognition locally but also internationally.

Since 2016, Kosapa has a new board, Hengky Yeimo as the coordinator and Aleks Giay as the secretary. It continues with a series of activities including literacy campaign, training on both fiction and non-fiction writing skills for both students and public, reading poetry, consolidation of literature activists in Papua and public gathering to watch documentary films related to science, weekly and monthly discussion session involving the literature and cultural activists in Jayapura City.

The secretary of Kosapa Alex Giyai said Kosapa established to promote the local culture and Papuan literature that closely related to oral culture. “We must save the oral culture in the form of writing, if not Papuan generation will lose their identity,” he said.

Kosapa, he continued, dreams for the born of more Papuan authors because there are still many historical stories and issues in the past that have not yet revealed. It is an opportunity for Papuans to tell their own stories rather than the outsiders.

Meanwhile, Alfrida Yomanop, author of the book “Lembahayung Senja” said the role of Kosapa in promoting the local wisdom and Papuan literature as well as to promote literacy in Papua is very important.

“I appreciate my friends in Kosapa who continue to support the literature development in Papua through various activities. They have encouraged the younger generation of Papua to be able to write the native stories from their respective areas,” she said. (*)


Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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