MSG opens door for Papua membership

The door is now open to West Papuans to join the Melanesian Spearhead Group, provided they have an inclusive and united group and are in consultation with the government of Indonesia. Following the adoption of a roadmap in relation to the application by the West Papua National Coalition for Liberation (WPNCL) for membership in June…

Locals learn better driving

Three officials of the Solomon Islands Electricity Authority [SIEA] have completed a week-long driving instructors’ permit course organised by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) last week. They have joined 40 other local participants to expand their driving skills and also build capacity to run their own accredited driving schools one day. Their participation was made…

PM: Melanesia the powerhouse of Pacific

PRIME Minister Peter O’Neill has hailed the Melanesian nations as the economic powerhouse of the Pacific. He told a special Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders’ summit in Port Moresby on Wednesday night that “together our region comprises the landmass, bigger population, immense bio-diversity as well as greater economic activity and growth”. “We are at the forefront…

Curiosity led him on

HE describes himself as one who is shy and reserved. You would not have suspected it if you were at his presentation at the University of the South Pacific last week where the topic has been something of interest to him since he was a boy. Lekima Copeland is freshwater ichthyologist at the USP’s Institute…

Fijians in high spirit at arts festival

THE Fiji delegation led the march for the official opening ceremony of the 5th Melanesian Arts and Culture Festival in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea on Saturday. A statement from the Ministry of Information reported that the delegation marched for more than five kilometres from the festival arts village to Sir John Guise stadium. Permanent…

Global tuna fisheries show significant progress, says ISSF

The International Seafood Sustainability Foundation (ISSF) has released its annual report, which outlines the organization’s goals and achievements in 2013 and highlights its ongoing commitment to the continuous improvement of global tuna fisheries through collaboration and advocacy. The report, Enabling Sustainability through Engagement and Advocacy, also emphasizes efforts to encourage industry engagement, including efforts by…

$179m for FNPF Members

Today (Monday), FJD$179 million will be distributed and credited to 300,000 accounts of members of the Fiji National Provident Fund. This represents 5.75 per cent interest rate for the institution’s financial year ending June 30, 2014. FNPF chief executive Aisake Taito said this has been delivered through positive outcomes of the Pension Reforms implemented two…

Bad publicity slows sectors development

NEGATIVE publicity of Papua New Guinea does not help in the growth of tourism in the country, Gateway Hotel general manager Mathew Cooper said last week. Cooper, speaking during a panel discussion on the country’s tourism industry, said security was an issue to potential tourists coming to Papua New Guinea. “Media reports don’t help it.…

West Papua’s plea to MSG

THE Free West Papua Campaign PNG chapter is appealing to the members of Parliament for the West Papua’s membership in the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG). In a letter to the Papua New Guinea Minister for Culture and Tourism Boka Kondra, the group has targetted the Melanesian Spearhead Group Meeting which started yesterday to appeal for…