New technology for monitoring Pacific Island tuna fisheries

New technology for monitoring catches of vessels fishing in Pacific Island waters is being tested on two large Chinese Taipei flagged tuna longliners. The vessels were fitted with video electronic monitoring systems in early March before fishing in the Solomon Islands EEZ (exclusive economic zone) for a trip of almost 80 days. The electronic monitoring…

Youths told to be role model

The Honiara City Council (HCC) deputy clerk Ronald Amigo told youths to develop spiritual values and good characters to be a role model for the nation. He was speaking at the opening of the week-long Seventh Day Adventist Youth Alive congress yesterday at the Maranatha Hall, Burns Creek, East Honiara. He said that “we (youths)…

$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.…

NZ business mentors here to assist us

The Pacific Business Mentoring Programme mentors are in Honiara for another week-long training and mentoring to old and new client businesses.  The programme will start this morning and will end Friday 4 July 2014 at the Heritage Park Hotel. The Pacific Business Mentoring Programme, which is funded by the New Zealand Aid Programme, operates in…

Melanesian festival of arts kicks off in PNG

The two weeks of arts and cultural extravaganza was unveiled over the weekend when the 5th Melanesian Festival of arts and culture was opened on Saturday. The opening ceremony was staged at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Port Moresby. The two weeks will feature cultural performances and artistic exhibitions from participants from all over…

Hundreds attend Melanesian festival opening

The fifth Melanesian Culture and Arts Festival have attracted hundreds of people from all over Papua New Guinea and others from seven other participating countries. The event was officially opened at the Ela Beach in the PNG Capital Port Moresby on Saturday. Since then people came in increased numbers to witness the event. Hundreds of…

PM in Noumea

Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo is attending the Oceania 21 meetings of heads of state and territories of the Pacific region in Noumea, New Caledonia. It is being hosted by the Government and the Customary Senate of the Indigenous Kanaky People of New Caledonia. A statement from the Prime Ministers Office said the event was…

GOOD TURN-OUT: 287,438 registered to vote

A TOTAL of 287,438 people have registered to vote across the country, the Electoral Commission revealed yesterday. Chief Electoral Officer Polycarp Haununu said the list includes the 6000 voters who were found to have registered multiple times, but which will be subjected to revision during the next phase of the registration. “We are happy to…