Ebola risk in Pacific low: WHO

FIJI LIVE – The risk of the Ebola virus disease spreading to the Pacific is low, the World Health Organisation (WHO) says. However, because of the seriousness of the outbreak, it advises that Pacific Islands countries and nearby areas take proactive action and be prepared. In West Africa, the outbreak continues to evolve, with cases…

Samoa records 269 chikungunya cases

RNZI: The number of people affected by chikungunya in Samoa has increased from 51 to 269 in the last two weeks. The Ministry of Health Director General, Leausa Tole’afoa Dr Take Naseri, says an ongoing clean up and spraying of mosquito breeding sites is continuing with aircraft and ships being sprayed. He says laboratory tests…

PNG opposition file fresh Manus challenge

RNZI: A Papua New Guinea lawyer says the government’s amendment to the constitution to allow asylum seekers to be transferred to PNG was invalid and should be rejected by the Supreme Court. Loani Henao is representing the leader of the opposition, Belden Namah in his quest to challenge the agreement between PNG and Australia, which…

Concern over slow release of tuna-catch data

THE slow supply of timely data from tuna catch by fishing nations each year remains a headache for tuna organisations. And fisheries managers and tuna officials are concern that some Asian nations are not providing operational catch data essential to accurate stock assessments. This was highlighted early this week in Suva, Fiji during the second…

Aqorau: Media’s role in promoting tuna vital

MEDIA has an important role to play in promoting and reporting sustainable harvesting of the region’s tuna resources. This is because tuna is the single largest sustainable resource that is available in the region that will continue to support the regional countries and their economies and food security in the years to come, if properly…

PNG’s Bmobile speeds up

POST COURIER – Telikom PNG Limited and Bmobile will roll out a $US100 million 3G/4G next generation mobile phone network from April next year. Telikom PNG CEO Michael Donnelly said the strategic partnership between Bmobile and the Vodafone UK Group would be beneficial to Telikom and Bmobile. The two SOEs are currently building a new…

PNG extends ban bech-de-mer

THE NATIONAL – Papua New Guinea’s beche-de-mer stock is improving but not at the stage of harvesting, a senior National Fisheries Authority (NFA) official says. Sedentary fishery manager Luanah Yaman said the impact of the beche-de-mer ban in the past three years did not see a significant difference in the stock. She said the size…