Regional fisheries officer up-skilled

About 22 fisheries officers from across 14 Pacific Island nations now have the skills to properly detect and investigate fisheries offences. The competency-based month long intensive training course was conducted at the University of the South Pacific (USP) and backed by the Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA).   FFA Director General James Movick says these fisheries…

Melanesian festival of arts launched

The official launching of the 5th Melanesian Festival of Arts and Culture was held in Mt Hagen over the weekend. Mt Hagen will be the satellite venue for the highlands regions when the festival will be held for everyone from the highlands region to see and participate.   Minister for Tourism Arts and Culture Boka…

Tabakaucoro, Turner scoop top gongs

Fiji sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro and veteran power lifter Sainimili Turner were crowned Fiji Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year at the 2013 Fiji Sports Awards at the Vodafone Arena Friday night. Tabakaucoro, who broke the 100 and 200 metres records at the Pacific Mini Games last year, was modest in accepting the gong ahead…

Sports remittances boost economy: Fiji PM

Sports contribute $100 million (US$53 million) annually to the Fijian economy, confirmed Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. He made the revelation Friday while speaking as the 2013 Fiji Sports Awards chief guest at the Vodafone Arena, Suva.   The Prime Minister said sports had been one of the biggest income-generators for Fiji.   This is…

U19 fundraising event date set

 The date for the first fundraising event hosted to help send the Solomon Islands national men’s U19 squad for the World Cup qualifiers has been set for March 8. This was confirmed by the newly appointed fundraising committee over the weekend. According a pamphlet issued by the committee, the event will start at 7pm to…

FFA, USP team up to train regional tuna ‘detectives’

FISHERIES inspectors, investigators and enforcement officers from across the Pacific head home from Suva this weekend, after spending almost a month honing their ‘investigative’ skills to help detect fisheries offences.  The fifth Pacific Islands Fisheries Evidence and Investigation Training Course, FETIC ended yesterday at the University of the South Pacific’s School of Maritime Studies. Participants…