Fiji Airways withdraws ASPA membership

FIJI Airways yesterday announced it has withdrawn its membership with the Association of South Pacific Airlines (ASPA) with immediate effect. The airline made the decision in light of recent strongly “biased public announcements” made by ASPA which it opposes. These comments relate to the recent issues of air travel services between Fiji and the Solomon…

US firm teams up with PNA

THE NATIONAL/UNDERCURRENT NEWS –  A United States based tuna vessel management company has partnered with Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA), to supply tuna that meets Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) standards. The understanding (MOU) to do that was signed between the South Pacific Tuna Corporation (SPTC) and PNAO/Pacifical, the marketing arm of PNA last Thursday.…

MSG secretariat congratulates SI, Fiji

The Director General of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat, Mr Peter Forau has congratulated the Governments of Fiji and Solomon Islands for amicably agreeing to lift the suspension of flights between both countries. Mr Forau said, ‘both countries have met and negotiated the matter on several occasions over the past year and it is…

China christens LNG vessel ‘MV Papua’

POST COURIER – The liquefied natural gas carrier that was custom-built for the PNG LNG Project has been official christened as MV Papua at the Hudong-Zhongua shipbuilding yard in Shanghai, China. During the ceremony, Linda Babao, the wife of the Prime Minister, gave the blessing and cut the rope to break a bottle of champagne…

U.S recovery operations to continue in PNG

POST COURIER -The United States remains committed to achieving the fullest possible accounting of Americans lost during the Second World War in Papua New Guinea With continued support from the governments and people of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, JPAC plans to continue successful operations this year. Following their successful 2014 recovery and…

PNG PM wins reprieve over misconduct claim

RNZI: A Leadership Tribunal inquiry into the conduct of Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister has been halted until the Supreme Court rules on constitutional issues relating to his referral. Peter O’Neill was referred by the public prosecutor over allegations that cabinet didn’t follow normal administrative processes when securing a 1.1 billion US dollar loan from…

Miss Samoa crowned Miss Pacific Islands

Miss Samoa, Latafale Auva’a, is the Miss Pacific Islands 2014 and 2015. The 21-year-old Ms. Auva’a was crowned by the outgoing Miss South Pacific, Teuira Napa, at Tuana’imato on December 20th last year where the pageant was held. The Otago University student overcame competition from seven other contestants to secure the title. And in doing…

PNG women flee witchcraft accusations

So many women in Papua New Guinea have fled their villages because of allegations of witchcraft that it’s creating a refugee problem. That’s according to Ruth Kissam, youth coordinator for the Western Highlands provincial government. The case of four women in the Hewa language area of Enga province hit the headlines last week, when it…