Christmas 2017

Children’s wishes granted!

These children are from settlement areas in the nation’s capital. Most come from broken homes, a single parent or are orphans.

Thanks to a few business houses in Port Moresby, they will not feel alone this Christmas.

In fact, every individual child’s wish was granted in a special program held for them at the Vision City megamall.

The mall ran a campaign called “Wish Upon a Christmas” from December 1 – 23, where the Christmas wishes of each child was posted on a banner so the public could grant it.

Kramer to spend Xmas on Madang streets

The former police reservist says he has spent considerable time in the community and as the MP, it is his responsibility to take the lead and work with government agencies like the police and Correctional Service.

“I will be spending my Christmas, basically the three days, on the streets of Madang in terms of addressing law and order,” he says.

Kramer states a lot of people in villages and in town will be doing their Christmas shopping and are typically subject to petty crimes.

Department visits inmates

Secretary Anna Solomon, including the Department staff, visited the Bomana facility to deliver Christmas goodies for the inmates; both male and female.

With the visit having coincided with the grand finale of their in house sporting games of rugby, soccer and volleyball, secretary Solomon said she was happy to note the progress of the inmates’ rehabilitation.

Correctional Service Commissioner, Michael Waipo, thanked the Department for having spared their thoughts and time to bring gifts for the inmates, let alone paying them a visit this festive season.

Bizarre plants on sale

Two vendors in the nation’s capital aim to capitalise on this opportunity by selling plants.

But these are not just ordinary plants!

If you have driven along the Sir John Guise Stadium freeway over the last two days, you would have come across these two men, carrying and displaying very unusual looking plants.

Kaupa Katu from Simbu, and Wainko Tua, from Eastern Highlands Province, are the two individuals with their unique produce.

Minister’s message to athletes, sports officials

The Vice Minister for Sports, National Events & APEC 2018, Wesley Raminai, says: “I would like to send my Christmas and New Year greetings to everybody involved with sports in PNG and the people of Kagua-Erave, who I represent as their elected Member of Parliament.”

Raminai said 2017 has been a very good year for sports in Papua New Guinea.

Customers urged to bank safe

Avoid carrying too much cash when shopping or travelling.

“BSP’s Electronic Banking (eBanking) solutions are safer banking options that every BSP customer can use to do basic banking and pay for goods this festive season leading into the new year,” says the firm.

“BSP’s eBanking solutions are practical and ensure that you save time and enjoy convenient banking.”

Xmas, reformation stamps launched

Postage stamps are silent enforcers, driving respective agendas globally.

Religion, especially Christianity in particular, is one topic which overtime has dominantly reshaped western society.

Today, in a small but significant ceremony, the media, Lutheran Church representatives and staff of Post PNG witnessed the launch of the first day covers and stamp packs commemorating the 500 years reformation of the Lutheran Church and 2017 Christmas celebrations.

Both stamps co-relate and complement each other, further driving and embracing the importance of religion in PNG.

K1m boat for B’ville islanders

The boat will make access easier for transporting goods and produce like cocoa and copra between Torokina, South Bougainville and Buka town.

The people of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB), even after 20 years after one of the bloodiest civil wars known in the history of Papua New Guinea, are still picking up rather slowly on the normalcy known throughout the country – like the tradition of celebrating Christmas.

Early Xmas for Friends Foundation children

The charity organisation today had a small Christmas party, gifting the kids with early Christmas presents.

These are children exposed to HIV and or living with HIV.

The foundation provides support for this group of population.

This event was made possible through a donation by the Gordon’s International School.

Earlier this month, the school hosted a Christmas carol event, a fundraiser which raised about K20,000.

All these proceeds were given to the foundation.

ENB Christmas operations underway

ENB Provincial Police Commander, Joseph Tabali, is appealing to the people of East New Britain to make it their business to keep their celebrations indoors.

He said for residents to be mindful of the recent breakout at the Kerevat prison and that police are still on high alert in recapturing them.

“Especially for women and young girls, they should not be seen walking around alone but be accompanied by a male figure.”

He adds that due to the recent breakout of escapees, it is still quite unsafe for residents to be roaming about this festive season.