$2.2b assistance from EU

THE European Union has provided euro 845.5million ($F2.2billion) worth of development assistance to the Pacific region from 2008-2013. And according to Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific ambassador Andrew Jacobs, euro 68.5m ($F173m) was dedicated specifically to supporting regional integration through trade. “This is likely to continue to be a focus for EU…

USP graduates challenged

USP Pro Chancellor Professor Chandra reminded pacific students graduated at the USP Laucala campus to start thinking of a new beginning that is full of possibilities. He made this remarks during the USP graduation ceremony held at Vodafone arena in Suva, Fiji on Friday. Professor Chandra told the graduates that as they celebrated the end…

Quake, Tsunami

The National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC) has reported no casualties or damages from the magnitude 7.6 quake and tsunami that struck the coastal villages of mainland Makira and islands on Sunday morning. The undersea earthquake followed by a tsunami had forced thousands of people in many parts of the country living in the coastal areas…

Second tsunami warning issued

A second tsunami warning was issued late last night after another powerful earthquake with a magnitude of 7.4 struck at 11.35pm, located near 111 km South of Kirakira, at a depth of 20 kilometres. Downgraded from a previously reported strength of 7.7, the quake prompted hundreds to flee their homes. Residents in Makira province where…

Lilo, Sikua visit Gold Ridge

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo and Opposition Leader Dr Derek Sikua on Sunday spent few hours visiting the Gold Ridge Mine in Central Guadalcanal. Their visit came after the Mine suspended operations following the flash flood. Most of the foreigners working for Gold Ridge Mining Limited (GRML) have since left the country, forcing the Solomon…