A year to remember
While 2019 was a somewhat tumultuous year readers should acknowledge many positive and interesting things that happened. The biggest thing to happen in 2019 would have to be the end of Peter O’Neill’s reign as Prime Minister. That alone has been the biggest catalyst for a change in direction and in the prospects for PNG. And by far the most notable catch cry for the year has been Prime Minister James Marape’s “Take Back PNG”. That will continue in the New Year.
Parents be vigilant
This might be the time for giving and being with family and celebrating but parents should be ever vigilant and know where and what your children are doing at all times. There are many predators, opportunists and just plain mean and vindictive people out there. It pays to be careful and watchful.
This Christmas and holiday period has been quiet so far in Port Moresby at least. According to Acting Deputy Police Commissioner for operations Donald Yamasombi, crime was down by half for the same period last year. He commended the police force across the nation for doing their part in maintaining peace and order. Hopefully things stay relatively quiet through the New Year celebrations.
It’s always great to see Papua New Guineans overseas proudly wearing the national colours at public gatherings or sporting events or generally whenever they are out and about. It shows they’re proud of their country, their culture and their origins. What’s also great to see is Papua New Guineans choosing to showcase local designs and fashion. Thumbs up to those women who wore bilum wear to special events this year.
The follow up to Zac Efron’s (mis) adventure in PNG has thankfully had a positive ending. The Hollywood star made a full recovery from illness contracted while filming the reality TV show ‘Killing Zac Efron’ in East Sepik. He tweeted the following: “Very thankful to everyone who has reached out. I did get sick in Papua New Guinea but I bounced back quick and finished an amazing 3 weeks in P.N.G. I’m home for the holidays with my friends and family. Thanks for all the love and concern, see you in 2020!”
A year to remember