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…

Dual citizen tortured and killed in Afghanistan was targeted because he was Australian: authorities

ABC: An Afghan Australian who was tortured and killed in Afghanistan while visiting relatives was targeted because he was Australian, authorities say. Sayed Habib Musawi, 56, grew up in Helmand Province, in Afghanistan’s south, and came to Australia by boat in 2000. He held an Australian passport and citizenship and lived in Sydney’s west with…

Development of Pacific regional efficient lighting strategy under way

SPC: Improving energy efficiency offers the Pacific region multiple benefits, including reduced dependence on imported petroleum fuels, increased energy security, lower energy bills and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. For this reason, efficient lighting has been identified as one of the main ‘accelerators’ to achieve the sustainable energy for all (SE4ll) objectives. To support the efforts…