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…

ROC encourages females

THE Republic of China/ Taiwan is encouraging the education of females by tilting the scale in favour of females in their scholarship selection for next year. Out of more than 600 applicants for the 2015 Taiwanese Scholarship joint award, most of the recipients were females. The recipient gets their scholarship award last week from the…

MAL sends Mala Kava for lab test in Vanuatu

KAVA product from North Malaita is on a valued laboratory testing in the Republic of Vanuatu. Noel Roposo chief field officer (Marketing) with in the marketing unit, agriculture planning division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAL) said the Kava samples were taken from two local farmers of North Malaita. “We sent the samples…

Fishermen scour the seas again for BDM

MORE reports have disclosed people mostly in the Islands and lagoons have been engaging again in harvesting beche-de-mer, (BDM) with news of the soon to be lifted ban circulating throughout the country. Many more local and foreign businessmen are also reported to be buying BDM from rural people, and many more are seeking BDM licenses…

POB provide numbers, attempts to cut long queue

THE newly established Pan Oceanic Bank (POB) Monday started a new exercise aimed at cutting down the long queues at the bank. This involved providing numbers that customers can collect, with only the first 100 allowed to see bank officers, especially those checking on their loans. This exercise has however come under heavy criticism from…

15 farmers prepare for direct export

FIFTEEN farmers are closely working with the marketing unit, agriculture planning division of the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MALS) to export their local produce overseas. Chief field officer Noel Roposi said, MALS had linked fifteen farmers with overseas interested buyers to kick off trading. “Since MAL put out this privilege, many farmers approached us…

Journos undergo business reporting training

A three-day media training organised by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has kicked off Monday in Suva, Fiji. The training brought together about ten business/economic reporters from around the region which included Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. A majority of the media personnel are from the various media outlets in Fiji.…

Temotu Pele MP Dies

MEMBER of Parliament for Temotu Pele Martin Magga has died late on Monday night. Mr Maga had been battling a long illness that left him on a wheel chair since 2009. The Reef Islander born November 11, 1953 is a backbencher in the current government. He entered Parliament during the 2006 National General Election and…

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…