Indonesian model from West Papua, Olvah Alhamid, walks for The New York Fashion Week

This is something that Olvah Alhamid can be proud of and the Indonesian people in general. Olvah, a 2015 Puteri Indonesia beauty pageant finalist, was selected to walk for the New York Fashion Week.

Olvah’s struggle to model in one of the most prominent events in the world of fashion was not easy. Since a few months ago, the 29-year-old beauty from Fakfak Regency, West Papua, Indonesia, gave up all her schedules to focus on the audition process in New York City.

“In the past, I could only dream of walking in one of the world’s prestigious fashion shows as a model. So, I relied heavily on my self-confidence and started the audition process with the blessing of my parents, especially my mother,” said Olvah in an interview.

She further explained that thousands of models from around the world had signed up to take part in the fashion week.

Since June, Olvah has taken part in many audition calls. Her efforts had finally paid off. Olvah, once was the Indonesian representative at the 2016 Miss Eco Universe, was eventually selected to walk the runway of New York Fashion Week after a lengthy process.

“I took part in numerous audition calls since June in New York City. I felt that if God permits, there would be an opportunity for me. Thank God I passed every stage of the audition process and had the chance to wear designer clothes on the runway,” she said.

“I believe that dream must be pursued. Prayers and efforts will certainly pay off,” continued Olvah.

Adapted from TabloidBintang.com

Yanto Basna Says Papuan Players Are in High Demand by Thai Clubs

Rudolof Yanto Basna, an Indonesian player in the Thai Football League, revealed that Papuan footballers are in great demand in the Thai League. This is why Basna chose to stay there.

Basna said, based on his experience playing in Thailand, the club he is in does not want him to change clubs before getting another Papuan player.

“This year is my fourth year of career in Thailand. When I wanted to move clubs, my Thai agent said that I can do so, but I have to bring Papuan players to take my place,” Basna said.

The former defender of Mitra Kukar and Persib Bandung revealed that the clubs in the Thai League have long been interested in players from Papua.

However, Basna admitted that it is difficult to find young Papuan players who wanted to play in Thailand.

“The clubs in Thailand prioritize Papuan children. Since my first year, I have been trying to find them, but ultimately the decision goes back to the players. It goes back to each individual,” he said.

Basna acknowledges that most young players in Papua are commonly interested in playing for Persipura, but he said not all players are able get in and play for the club. That’s why he suggested that young players would also follow in his footsteps by playing in the Thai League.

After four years of career in the Thai League, Basna said that until now there are still many people in Thailand who do not know Papua.

Because of this, Basna chose to stay in Thailand. He wants to become a bridge for Papuan footballers who wishes to go international and have a career abroad. He stated that he wants to introduce Papua more to the world.

“The reason I’m still in Thailand is because, hopefully I can be a bridge for Papuan players who want to play abroad. I have a dream that at least 5 or 6 people can play in Thailand too. There are many players here who don’t know where Papua is. I’m really sad. Therefore, through football I hope to be able to make Papua known by more people in the world,” concluded Basna.

Source: Indosport

Four Newly-Built Sport Arenas for PON Handed Over to Papuan Gov’t

The Central Government Thursday (10/06) officially handed over the newly-completed four arenas for the upcoming 20th National Sports Week (PON) to the Papuan Provincial Government as host of the quadrennial event.

Those sports arenas, which were built by Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, are the Aquatic Arena and the Papua Bangkit Sports Area in East Sentani district and the Cricket Venue and Hockey Field (indoor and outdoor) in Waibu district in Jayapura regency.

The Aquatic arena has been under construction since December 2018 with a budget allocation of Rp401 billion. This venue is equipped with pool facilities that complies with the  standards of the Federation Internationale de Natation (FINA) as a parent organization of the international sport of swimming.

Meanwhile, Papua Bangkit Sports Area has been constructed since November 2018 by occupying an area of 33,016 meters in the Sports area of Kampung Harapan and using the State Budget amounting to Rp278.5 billion.

The compound is equipped with international standard facilities and other supporting facilities, such as atraining / heating field and a parking area. The structure of the Papua Bangkit Sports Area building won the Indonesian Record Museum (MURI) award for three categories at once.

Furthermore, the construction of the Cricket arena and Hockey field (indoor and outdoor) occupies an area of ​​133,509 square meters with a budget of Rp288.3 billion.

The Outdoor Hockey Venue has received certification from the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on 5 August 2020 as an arena ready to be used for international matches.

Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing’s Director General of Copyright of Diana Kusumastuti pointed out that the handover of the management aims to support the sporting event.

“I entrust the Papua Provincial Government to maintain and manage all the assets that have been handed over as well as possible,” she said.

The venue that has been handed over, she added, can be used as a training facility for Papuan athletes for sports events.

After the event has finished, it can also be used for sports tournament activities, both at the provincial and national levels, she added.

“When the COVID-19 pandemic is over, with its huge capacity the Papua Bangkit Sports Area can also be used to hold a music concert or other events. We hope that the entire infrastructure that has been built will not only be useful for boosting the achievements of Papuan athletes, but also to stimulate economic activities in the region,” Diana said.

In the meantime, the Papua Provincial Government through Regional Secretary Dance Yulian Flassy expressed gratitude for the Central Government’s support in developing sports in Papua through infrastructure development.

“Our task now is how to use this infrastructure to encourage economic growth and better welfare for the Papuan people,” said Dance.

For the record, the 20th edition of the National Sports Week is set to take place from 20 October to 4 November this year. This multi-sport event was originally set to be held in 2020, but was postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

Source: Setkab

Batik and Weaving at the UNSC Session to Celebrate Indonesia’s Presidency

Indonesia should be proud because batik and weaving were chosen as dress codes in the United Nations (UN) Security Council (SC) Session at the UN headquarters, New York, United States on Tuesday (05/07/2019).

The meeting was an Open Debate Meeting to discuss the capacity building of peacekeepers in various missions all over the world.

As we know, Indonesia was appointed as the President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on May 1 to May 31, 2019. This is the first time for Indonesia to have the opportunity to chair a UN Security Council session.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, who chaired the hearing, said that batik was chosen as a dress code of the UN Security Council as a form of respect for UN Security Council members for Indonesia who held the UN Security Council presidency for May 2019.

Retno also mentioned that the batik worn by delegates from the UN Security Council was their personal collection, not from Indonesian gifts.

“The various batik worn by the UN Security Council delegation today is their own personal collection. “A number of delegates collected batik not only from the Indonesian delegation in New York, or when they became chair of the delegation at the conference in Indonesia, but also there were those who bought it themselves during a visit to Indonesia,” said Retno Marsudi, quoted by VOA on Wednesday (8/5 / 2019).

The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, also wore a bright coloured weaving. In addition to Guterres, delegates from the United States (US), Germany, Ivory Coast, France, Perus, the Dominican Republic, and China also seen wearing batik at the session.

“It’s very nice, today’s session (Tuesday) is pretty and colorful. Because, most delegates wear batik,” added Retno Marsudi.

Indonesian batik has been recognized by UNESCO as a world cultural heritage. The selection of batik at this session is expected to introduce and increase popularity of the motifs of Indonesian batik. (Geosiar)

New Face of Indonesia-PNG Cross Border Post

The newly polished Indonesia-Papua New Guinea (PNG) integrated border post in Skouw, Papua is now being a new tourist destination as ordered by President Joko Widodo. The building that stands as the border of Indonesia and PNG looks different than ever before. Officially opened on May 2017, it was built and designed with the cultural taste of Skouw.

The twin building outer design, a replication of entangled spouses, symbolizes the value of unity. Other distinguished cultural patterns and symbols are also embellished on every side of the building. Not only Skouw patterns, we can also find gecko patterns as a symbol of people in the border as well as a shield design on it.

Second Stage Construction

Currently, the main zone of Skouw border post includes the building which has been officially launched. Meanwhile, the construction of the second zone has begun and is expected to finish by the end of this year. The second stage construction includes the building of a church, a mosque, a market with 400 stands, a plenary hall, Wisma Indonesia (Indonesian House), and residential area for the staffs, police and military officers. The security fences and sea cliff’s fences would be built consecutively. Once the fences are erected, there would be no opening for illegal routes, eliminating the possibility of illegal border crossers.

“The first stage construction has completed. The second stage has reached 80 percent and to be wrapped up this year. There is two-hectares area for the national development,” Frans Imbiri, the Deputy of Skouw Border Post Area Development, explained in Muara Tami District, Jayapura (24/5).

Tourist Site and School’s Visit Destination

Not only Skouw Integrated Border Post is a symbol of a rapid development in border area, it is hyped as a new tourist site. Looking back to the old days, most border areas are usually crowded by visitors only during the market days. Now, there is no day without visitors coming from all regions, simply to take photos around the border post.

In order to anticipate the increasing numbers of visitors, the building of public toilets is included in the development agenda. Currently, there have been 10 toilets available inside the main building, and the construction for 10 additional toilets outside the building will soon be started.

Administrator of Skouw Integrated Border Post, Yan Z. Numberi said that President Jokowi instructed that this border post should be made as a new tourist destination. Therefore, people from any region can come and see. According to Yan, tourists’ enthusiasm is lived up after the post launching a year ago.

“Before the construction, the area was only used to cross the border. Not many people passing by here. But now thousands of people from all area of Indonesia visit it as a tourist destination,” Yan explained.

Most of the visitors come to the border post to take pictures of several unique and distinguished spots, such as the SKOUW sign in front of the post, the red-white Border Post of Indonesia sign, the front-side of the Garuda statue, and green areas around the post as well as the border gate. Some even asked the military officers to take picture together.

Not only tourists, groups of students often come to witness the new building of Skouw integrated border post. One of the groups visiting the border on the weekend are children from Children Empowerment Center in Skanto District, Keerom Regency. Those kids wearing green uniform walk along the border area to the neutral zone between Indonesia and PNG while listening to the the tour guide.

“We want to show the children the border and the monument. Many children haven’t been here before, thus we want to introduce them to our country’s border,” Yusfita, the tutor explained.

 

Source: Okezone.com

After Victory Parade, Persipura Optimistic in Facing Next Year’s League

On Tuesday night (10/1), thousands of Persipuramania (supporters of Persipura) in Sentani region, Abepura, Jayapura Kota and its surroundings, were welcoming the arrival of their proud team, Persipura Jayapura, the winner of the 2016 Torabika Soccer Championship (TSC) Trophy in Bandung, West Java.

The team’s players, caretakers, and manager, also known as “Black Pearl”, arrived at Sentani Airport, Jayapura Region, at about 16.30 local time. The team consists of the Chairman, Benhur Tommy Mano, The Head of Committee, Fachrudin Passolo, Team Manager Rudi Maswi, the coaches and the players, including Team Captain Boaz T Solossa, who was named Best Player in the 2016 TSC.
Pangdam XVII/Candrawasih Major General Hinsa Siburuan, Regional Secretary of Papua’s TEA Herri Desinaen, politicians of Papua, and Persimania were among those who welcomed the team at Sentani Airport.

After resting a few minutes, the team were paraded on a decorated truck with the banner “Persipura, the Champion of TSC 2016” attached, and left for the City of Jayapura. Thousands of Persipuramania wearing the team jersey (red-black) escorted the Team. Meanwhile the caretakers, managers, coaches, and of course the players, were wearing necklaces of flowers.

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Persipura Victory Parade

Airport Construction in Papua Improving

One of the ways to reduce the price of goods and distribution is to build airports in isolated areas of Papua.

“The Government has built 34 airports in isolated areas in Papua. This is already part of the airport construction plan”, said Director of Airport Affairs of the Ministry of Transportation, Yudhi Sari, in, Jakarta on Tuesday (10 / 1/2017).

The 34 airports are located in the isolated regions of Mopah, Kamur, Kimam, Bomakia, Manggelum, Wamena, Kiwirok, Bilorai, Akimuga, Enarotali, Sarmi, Tanah Merah, Noble, Oksibil, Moanamani, Mindiptanah, Kepi, Kokonao, Okaba, Illu, Ewer, Batom, Bade, Karubaga, Obano, Timika, Waghete, Nabire, Dekai, Rendani, Bintuni, Kaimana, and Babo. All the development projects are already part of the national airport construction plan.

Yudhi added that the airport development is useful to achieve equitable development and to boost economic growth. He further added that 10 of the 34 airports are located at the border area, namely Sentani, Mopah, Manggelum, Enarotali, Sarmi, Tanah Merah, Oksibil, Okaba, Karubaga, Kebar.

There will be also a new airport in Korowai. The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo (Jokowi) plans to inagurate the new airport this year.

Frans Kaisiepo Airport, Biak

Frans Kaisiepo Airport, Biak

Sentani Airport

Sentani Airport

Making of the Documentary on Marthen Indey, Indonesian National Hero from Papua to Begin

On the heels of the successful performance of the ‘Marthen Indey, My Hero’ Socio Drama in celebration
of the Anniversary of the Indonesian Army on 5 October 2016, The Rey May Arts Studio, Jayapura plan
to make a documentary on Marthen Indey in cooperation with the Regency of Jayapura and Inews TV.

The head of the Regency’s Labour and Transmigration Sosial service (Dinsosnakertrans), Harold Monim
stated in Sentani that the idea came from the Rey May Arts Studio and aims to document the struggle
of Marthen Indey which will be published as a state document.

“That a Papuan played a role in the struggle for Indonesia’s independence,” he said.

The technical side of the documentary will be handled by the Rey May Studio and Inews TV will act as
producer. The funding, which amounts to IDR 400 million for a 30 minute film will come from the
Regional Budget.

According to the Head of the Studio, Jimmy Ondikleuw, the making of the documentary is an honour for
his community, and he hopes for the support of all parties to make the documentary a success.

“The making of the film is proof of the role of the Papuan people in fighting for the independence of
the Unitary State of Indonesia,” he said.

According to the Head of the Rey May Arts Studio, who is also the Head of CPA Hirose (a nature lovers
group), Marshal Suebu, as a national hero, Marthen Indey is an inspirational figure for Papua’s young
generation.

“As a native of Jayapura, I feel proud of Marthen Indey who despite being a policeman of the Dutch
government urged his fellow Papuans to reject the creation of a new, other state and instead join in
saving the Unitary State of Indonesia,” he said.

The Papuan Crab: Papuan cuisine with unique taste.

As a massive archipelagic country consisting of over 17.000 islands and vast expanses of water with countless species of fish and marine life, Indonesia is understandably known for its seafood, and crabs are no exception.

For fans of Indonesian seafood, two types of crabs are popular, the Kalimantan crabs and Papua crabs. The Papuan variety is noted for its larger size and thicker flesh when compared to the Kalimantan variety.

Another of its unique characteristics is the slightly bitter taste. According to Albert Wijaya, an executive chef at a seafood restaurant, the natural bitterness is inherent to the Papua crab, and remains regardless of cooking method. This bitter taste is not widely known so people who taste it for the first time will often be surprised.

“Even when fresh, the Papua crab is a bit bitter because that is its characteristic and natural flavour. No matter how it is prepared, a hint of bitterness will remain,” said Chef Albert.

When asked which of the two crab varieties is better, Chef Albert stated that both are high quality even though they have different characteristics.

“People from Kalimantan will say that their crab is the most delicious, while Papuans will claim that their crab is the best. Everyone has different tastes,” he added. (http://papuanews.id)

Papua’s Local Leaders give support for the next PON in Papua

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Papua’s Local Leaders and community stand ready to support the 20th National Sports Games or PON, which will be held in Papua Province Indonesia, in 2020 as stated by Marten Ohee, Representative of Papuan community Leaders in Jayapura on Tuesday (4/10) during the PON XX flag raising ceremony.

“We Papuan Local Leaders and community stand ready to make the forthcoming National Sport Games – PON a success in Papua”, said Marten Ohee.

Governor Lukas Enembe together with Papua’s PON athletes staged a flag raising ceremony for 2020 National Games at Kampung Harapan, Sentani Eastern District of Jayapura. In his remarks, the Papua Governor requested that the Papua community support and make PON in Papua a success.

“It’s an honour bestowed upon us and let’s start to prepare and make the forthcoming national game a success here “, said Lukas Enembe.

The PON Flag raising ceremony was also attended by Jayapura Regents, Community and Religous Leaders, Tribal Chiefs, Local communities Representatives, Youth and Students. The ceremony started when the PON flag was raised by the Paskibraka (Indonesian flag-raising team) and continued with a student marching Band and dance performances.

“Various sports venues will be established for the PON sport competitions in Mimika, Jayapura, Merauke, Jayawijaya and Keerom”, said Lukas Enembe. The Governor also noted the success of West Java Province as host of the recent PON which was held in Bandung.

“West Java Province has just hosted PON 2016 with best achievement. We are very sure Papua also be able to achieve the same thing”, Lukas Enembe expressed his optimism.

Young Papuans Trained as Soccer Coaches

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Fifty Papuan from  Jayapura and the neighboring regions received training as future soccer coaches from Uni Papua Football Community (UPFC) and Coaches Across Continents (CAC), based in the US. The training has been conducted on 15-17 September 2016 by instructors from CAC, Gabriel Mark Ibrahim and Calcagni Alicia Marie.

Public Relations Officer from Uni Papua FC, Edward Sitorus revealed that the purposed of the training is to give the right training methods to youngsters from churches, mosques, and other communities in Jayapura as future coaches, including how to train early-childhood children through soccer game simulation and build strong character in children that will uphold peace, friendship and humanity as the main purpose of social soccer.

“Hopefully, through the training from CAC, these future coaches could return to their communities to coach the children through soccer simulation on ways to handle social problems faced by their communities, and will be able to become agents of peace, friendship, and humanity, said Sitorus. Training method directly in the soccer field is being used, to ensure participants understanding easily and apply the method in their communities.

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Such training has been conducted every year for the past five years in several regions in Indonesia including Papua, by UPFC and CAC. CAC is a union of coaches across the continent that give social soccer training to the soccer coaches in communities of developing countries, in order to combat the threat of HIV/AIDS and others social problems faced by children in the communities.

Meanwhile, Uni Papua FC is an organization of social football with branches/community all over Indonesia. UPFC now has 34 communities in Indonesia from Jayapura, Sentani, Keerom, Biak, Sorong, Maybrat, Nabire, Mulia Puncak Jaya, Wamena dan Memberamo Tengah, Soe, Lembata, Bali, Salatiga, Landak, Poso, Aceh dan Dumai. Uni Papua FC also has branches outside Indonesia; Philadelphia and Dili. Uni Papua FC’s main purpose is campaigning for peace, friendship and humanity through soccer as a means to national character building.

Sumber :

http://www.suara.com/bola/2016/09/16/011319/puluhan-pemuda-papua-dilatih-jadi-pelatih-bola

Waigeo Ring Road

With the distance of 757 km, Waigeo ring road will give way better access to 26 coastal villages in East and West Waigeo. This ring road is expected to give better connectivity between the four Islands of Raja Ampat. Raja Ampat itself means Four Kings, referring to the four islands in Raja Ampat, which are Misool, Salavat, Batanta, Waigeo and Kofiau.

The Waigeo Ring Road route will cover Waisai -Warsambin – Lopintol, Lopintol – Wawiyai, Wawiyai -Kabilol, Waisai – Sapokren – Wawiyai – Waisilip – Saleo – Selpele, Kalitoko – Waifoi – Kopadiri – Kabare, Kabilol – Go – Kopadiri, Kabare – Warmandi – Mnir – Puper – Yenbebaki – Urbinasopen – Yenzner -Mumes, also Yenzner – Kalitoko.