Pacific platform for disaster risk management

Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu, Fiji’s Minister for Rural & Maritime Development and National Disaster Management and Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries & Forests, will officially open the 6th Session of the Pacific Platform for Disaster Risk Management today at the Novotel Hotel in Suva, Fiji. The 6th Pacific Platform is co-convened by the Secretariat of Pacific…

Energy efficiency discussions elevated at regional meeting

The Energy Programme of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) convened a project Steering Committee  meeting of the Pacific Appliance Labelling and Standards (PALS) programme. This was followed by a workshop for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Efficient Lighting programme. The two events took place this week (May 27-28) in Nadi, Fiji. The…

Mobile era

THE World Mobile Congress was held earlier this year and some things that have caught the eye are listed below. * A smartphone for seniors: Yezz’s Andy AZ4.5 — Powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and running on a tailored version of Android, the smartphone features large icons and a voice assistant. In addition, the…

Too much porn material could shrink brain – study

Researchers have found less grey matter in the brains of men who watched large amounts of sexually explicit material, according to a new study. The research, which appeared in the journal JAMA Psychiatry, could not determine if porn actually caused the brain to shrink however, and the authors called for additional study on the topic. “Future…

Atrocities in West Papua revealed

Indonesian security forces intentionally killed and raped children along with a large number of civilians at a massacre on the West Papuan island of Biak, a tribunal has found. The secret massacre which has been denied for years by Indonesia was officially detailed by a citizen’s tribunal which brought down its findings in Sydney recently.…

NZ police training in West Papua on hold

The Indonesian government has temporarily scrapped a controversial New Zealand-run police training programme for officers involved in the military occupation of West Papua. Radio New Zealand International reported that the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said only that Indonesia had pulled out of the next phase of the programme “at this time”. However,…

Pacific churches welcomes Fiji’s stance on Kanaky

Pacific churches have welcomed Fiji’s support for self-determination of the Kanaky people and called on regional governments to follow this course. The call came after Fiji’s Prime Minister, Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama reaffirmed his country’s support for the indigenous people of Kanaky (New Caledonia) at a United Nation’s Special Committee on Decolonization (C24) regional seminar…

Exxon makes PNG gas dream a reality

Profound change is underway in the Papua New Guinean economy — and the fortunes of Australian Securities Exchange-listed companies Oil Search and Santos — following the first shipment from the ExxonMobil-led PNG liquefied natural gas project. First gas from the $US19 billion project is making its way to a utility company in Japan on board…