Officials focus on disability inclusive development

The Forum Disability Officials meeting commenced on Tuesday at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi where senior officials of government ministries responsible for disability issues are convening to dialogue on various issues related to disability inclusive development in the Pacific region. In her welcome remarks the Deputy Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Ms.…

Ten foods to help prevent type 2 diabetes

AROUND 280 Australians are diagnosed with diabetes every day. The most common form of diabetes is type 2, and while you may have heard of it before, you may not know that type 2 diabetes is actually preventable. For people who have diabetes, insulin, which is essential for the conversion of glucose into energy, is…

World’s best airline named at 2014 Skytrax awards

Qantas has again dropped out of the world’s top 10 airlines, while Cathay Pacific has been named the world’s best carrier in the annual World Airline Awards. Cathay Pacific climbed from sixth place last year to displace 2013’s top airline, Qatar Airways.  Announced at the Farnborough International Air Show in the UK, the World Airline…

Intensified focus on ACP private sector

ACP countries reaffirmed the role of the private sector as the engine of growth at the annual gathering of African, Caribbean and Pacific Ambassadors hosted by the European Investment Bank, where special focus was given to microfinance and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in ACP countries. ACP Secretary General Alhaji Muhammad Mumuni said recent developments…

New policies help smallholder farmers

Ready access to land, labour and credit are the basic resources necessary for farming. And choosing the right type of farming is dependent on how land can be accessed, what labour is available (family or hire), and what assets the farmer has to obtain credit. Government services through research and extension departments of ministries of…

PEC fund coordinators meet in Palau to discuss projects

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat’s Pacific Environment Community (PEC) Fund is hosting the first ever meeting of regional PEC Fund coordinators from 15-17th July 2014 in Koror, Palau. With 13 Forum Island Countries’ PEC Fund Project Coordinators in attendance, the meeting will focus on knowledge sharing as well as discussions on strengthening the sustainability of…

Saipan will ship cattle to Guam

A rancher on Saipan is expected to ship this week 12 head of cattle to Guam, Department of Land and Natural Resources Secretary Arnold I. Palacios disclosed last week. In an interview, Palacios told reporters that CNMI veterinarian Dr. Ignacio Dela Cruz has started the vaccination and testing to prepare the cattle for shipment.  He…

ADB assist Kiribati in USP upgrade

The Government of Kiribati, the University of the South Pacific (USP) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB) participated in a ground-breaking ceremony yesterday to officially mark the first step toward upgrading the USP’s Tarawa Campus, which will boost students’ access to higher education.   The President of Kiribati, Anote Tong, delivered the keynote speech at the…

BSP to buy back shares

THE board of directors of Bank South Pacific (BSP) Ltd had resolved to undertake a buyback of up to K15 million worth of its own shares, chairman Kostas Constantinou said Monday. “The buyback is set to open on the day following this announcement (yesterday) and will continue for a period of up to 12 months.…

Vodafone expands to PNG, SI

Vodafone is extending its business activities to the somewhat exotic regions of Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands, after forming a non-equity arrangement with a local player. The UK-based group said it has signed an exclusive partner market agreement with Bemobile Limited, which trades as bmobile. The two operators will in future collaborate on…