South Korea to support PIC at COP21

SENIOR officials of the governments of the Republic of Korea and fourteen Pacific island countries reaffirmed cooperation to achieve a legally binding agreement at the international climate change talks at COP 21 in Paris later this year. “Pacific island states are some of the most vulnerable to climate change.  The world must give special consideration…

Men in Black tame Stallions in IDC opener

Suva (Fiji Times) – BA made a bright start to its Courts Inter District Championship campaign defeating Nadroga 2-0 at Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Sunday. The score line did not reflect well on the overall performance of the Stallions which also had numerous chances of scoring. In fact it was Nadroga that went…

Low supply affects processing

Suva (Fiji Times) – THE Pacific Fishing Company Ltd (PAFCO) says the main reason it is unable to increase the amount of fish it processes is because of a lack of raw materials. The company processes about 20,000 tonnes per year and employs 1000 workers but says it is willing and able to increase that…

World Bank provides grant for renewable energy

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Twenty Pacific Island countries and territories will soon have access to significantly stronger data about renewable energy options through the Sustainable Energy Industry Development Project. The project will also help the countries manage and integrate various renewable energy sources into existing power systems. Pacific Island countries have some of the world’s highest electricity prices,…

UN told to act on Climate Change

Islands States from the Pacific and Caribbean took to the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, Thursday, to call for urgent action on climate change, with one leader warning that their people and culture face “potential genocide” from rising seas. “I speak as an islander who has walked the shores of many atoll islands,…

AWPA condemns Papua shooting

The Australia West Papua Association (AWPA) condemns the shooting of two high school students in Timika on Monday the 28 September by the Indonesian security forces. The incident occurred around 19.30hrs. Caleb Bagau, aged 18, died while his friend Efrando Sabarofek, aged 17, was wounded in the chest and legs. He is receiving treatment at…

NZ television crew features West Papua

Māori Television’s Native Affairs story on West Papua was the first New Zealand television crew allowed into the Indonesian-ruled Melanesian region in 50 years. Given Indonesia’s strict policy on allowing access to foreign journalists, reporter Adrian Stevanon said their trip was a sign of change. “I think the achievement is that we are able to…