Treasures of the South Pacific workshop

Suva, FIJI (SPTO): The South Pacific Specialist Programme, the online training programme for travel agents, will be the focus of a two-day ‘Treasures of the South Pacific’ Australian workshop that will promote the programme to retail  travel agencies and tour wholesalers. The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) will participate in a regional tourism seminar in…

Cook Is axes departure cards

RAROTONGA, (COOK ISLANDS NEWS) – People departing the Cook Islands no longer have to complete a departure form at the airport. Prime Minister, Minister for Tourism and Minister for Immigration, Henry Puna, said he had been approached in recent months by representatives of the tourism industry to review the process of requiring international passengers leaving…

Plan to scrap national exams in PNG

PORT MORESBY, (POST COURIER) – Grade 8 and Grade 10 national examinations in Papua New Guinea will be scrapped by 2017. The only national examination will be for Grade 12 which will then prepare every student for tertiary institutions. Students learning from elementary to Grade 12 will be assessed through various tests during these years…

Chance to improve business

Port Moresby (The National) – THE 2018 APEC meeting presents Papua New Guinea with ways to improve the country’s ways in doing business, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says. Speaking during release of report Powering PNG into the Asian Century, by the ANZ Bank in Port Moresby last week, O’Neill said between now and then, PNG…

Making waste useful in Niue

Suva, Fiji (SPC) – A major drive to reduce the release of harmful Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) through the promotion of composting technologies has started in Niue involving more than half of the country’s population. The Global Environment Facility-Pacific Alliance for Sustainability (GEF-PAS) Pilot Project on Composting and Recyclable Waste Separation is being implemented by…

PNG Govt working on new media law

PORT MORESBY  (POST COURIER) – A proposed law on a cross media ownership is currently being worked on by the government of Papua New Guinea. Minister responsible for Communication Jimmy Miringtoro said the law will allow Papua New Guineans to own shares in the media organisations in the country. He told Parliament during Question Time…

Bikini Islanders flee rising sea

RNZI: Nuclear test refugees from Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands are now fleeing the effects of climate change on their second home, Kili Island. The Bikini Island Council is appealing to the US for financial help with relocation after repeated king tide flooding and storm surges over the past four years on Kili. The…