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MSG : Persipura Can Joint Melanesia Football Cup

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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)

 

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Taparu in Kamoro socioculture

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Kamoro women when sorting out sago caterpillars. – Jubi / Doc

Mimika, Jubi – Each clan in Kamoro has ‘taparu’ or a specific location as a place to find food sources when they encircle rivers and mangroves in the lowland estuary of Mimika District.

A Dutch anthropologist J Power states ‘taparu’ is a local terminology emphasizing the relations of land and its inhabitants. “There are also the names of surrounding neighborhoods taken from the ancestral names,” as written in a book “Taparu Fratri of Mimika-Kamoro ethnic groups in Hiripau Village, East Mimika District, Mimika Regency”, by Dessy Pola Usmany et al. from the Ministry Education and Culture Directorate General of Culture Papua Cultural Value Conservation Center, 2013.

‘Taparu’ itself is more related to groups who inhabit within this region or surrounding environment as Kamoro people always encircle the river and sago forest for catching fish or gathering food. Everyone knows their own ‘taparu’.

‘Taparu’ in Kamoro language means the land, while Sempan people call it ‘se iwake’. If someone wants to mark the land he passes in gathering food, he solely adds the prefix ‘we’ such as tumamero-we and efato-we in Omawka village.

Similarly, people in Nawaripi village also do the same. Their areas are including Tumukamiro-we, Viriao-we, and Iwiri-we. All of these names reflect the relationship between the land and inhabitants.

Meanwhile, like the majority of Kamoro people, Ojibwa people believe in the power of their late patrilineal clan that depicted in the symbols of animals. The anthropologists call these symbols with totems which mean a belief that embodies a symbolic representation of society.

Unfortunately, today taparu also face the severest challenges of sedimentation due to tailings of mining activity that cause the silting of river and discolouration of Mollusca habitat in the estuary of Mimika District. (*)

 

Reporter: Dominggus Mampioper

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura indigenous school pays attention to children’s rights

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Children in the Indigenous School learn how to carve. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – Director of Indigenous School of Jayapura District Origen Monim stated that he would pay attention to the rights of children studying at his school as it stands in an area declared as a child-friendly village.

“We have a guide about what indicator of a child-friendly village is, which was given by the Head of the Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office. So it would be our concern,” said Monim in Sentani on Tuesday (09/11/2018).

He further explained that the indigenous school runs their activities every day, from 14:00 to 16:30 Papua time, and a speedboat provided to pick up students to school.

“So far we operate independently. In the future, we would also try to provide snacks or additional food for children in Khandei class, namely for those aged 8-13 years,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the Head of Women Empowerment and Child Protection Office of Jayapura District, Maria Bano confirmed on the guide of the child-friendly village that already implemented in the Indigenous School of Jayapura District.

“Children from formal school continue their learning activities there, in the indigenous school, which encourage children playing and having fun with their friends. Because at their age, children need to observe their environment and people around them,” said Bano. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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KNPB supports Kanaky for self-determination

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KNPB and Gempar Papua activists at the Secretariat of Central KNPB. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Central West Papua National Committee (KNPB) held a limited discussion to support FKLNS (Organization of the Liberation Struggle of the Kanaky Tribe in New Caledonia) which has been well received by the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) to conduct a referendum in November 2018.

The First Chairman of Central KNPB Agus Kosay said it’s time for Kanaky to get self-determination from French colonialism.

“Kanaky must declare their self-determination. If Kanaky gets their independence, it would be able to give their support to West Papua because we share the same situation, which lives under the colonialism,” he said on Wednesday (08/12/2018) in Jayapura.

Meanwhile a member of Gempar (Papuan Youth and Student Movement) Nelius Wenda said as a nation oppressed by Indonesia, West Papua fully supports the referendum agenda of New Caledonia.

“Kanaky must determine their destiny. It must be far better than being under the French colonialism. In the future we Papuans are just like Kanaky,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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