Airline adheres to guidelines in Ebola

FIJI TIMES: The risk of transmission of the Ebola virus to flight crew during air travel is low, says Fiji Airways managing director and CEO Stefan Pichler. Apart from adhering to strict international guidelines, he said aircrew had access to personal protective equipment on every flight. Pichler said they acted on the advice of the…

Visitor arrivals to Fiji up

Fiji Times – Visitor arrivals in Fiji for August this year totalled 69,632, an increase of 5 per cent compared with the corresponding month last year. “There were increases in the number of visitors from NZ (2225 or 15.6 per cent to 16,480), the US (676 or 13.6 per cent to 5642), Australia (408 or…

18 storey tower planned for MHCC

SUVA, (FBC NEWS) – An 18 storey tower for MHCC in downtown Suva will add to the capital’s skyline, it has been confirmed. The Carpenters Fiji Group which owns the building, has been given the green light for the project to proceed. Malaysia based company owner, Sir Mogan Lourdenadin was recently in Fiji, and has…

SPTO annouces new appointment

The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) has announced the appointment of Alisi Lutu as the new Marketing Manager to lead SPTO’s marketing initiatives for its 16 member Pacific Island countries. SPTO Chief Executive Ilisoni Vuidreketi said they were pleased to have Alisi Lutu assume this important role after the departure of former Marketing Manager Petero…

US$90m tuna deal

FFA HQ, – An historic agreement was reached at the negotiation session between the Governments of the 17 FFA members and the United States of America this week in Honolulu. The deal, struck in the dying minutes of a three-day negotiation session, provides for US flagged purse seine vessels to fish 8,300 days in the…

Payments under investigation

SYDNEY, (SMH) — Payments made by miners Allied Gold and St Barbara to a Solomon Islands’ government official are being investigated by the Australian Federal Police. Allied Gold, which was acquired by Perth-based St Barbara in 2012,­ ­allegedly provided benefits to the ­Solomon Islands’ outgoing opposition leader Matthew Wale from 2011. St Barbara then continued…