Leadership, peace training ends

The five days transformational leadership and character education for peaceful co-existence training ended successfully on Friday. Held at the Mendana Hotel, the training which was dominated by rural women ended with awarding of certificates. The purpose of the training was to equip and enhance the capacity of local community peace workers with the appropriate knowledge…

‘Reciprocity syndrome of corruption’

The Melanesian culture of reciprocity works well in an extended family or small community but it is much more difficult with a big group such as a constituency or nation. People do not know each other personally and the politician may be tempted to relate only with those who support him. Also, it will take…

What about the review of LCC?

THE review of the Leadership Code Commission (Further Provisions) Act must be prioritised. Early this year Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo announced his Government’s 10 priority areas for this year 2014. The second priority affirmed the commitment to improve Governance process by introducing the Political Parties Integrity Bill in Parliament and the new Leadership Code…

UNDP and Digicel partner on Cash For Work in Ha’apai

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Digicel Tonga signed an agreement last week to partner in the Cash For Work Project in Ha’apai, Tonga following Tropical Cyclone Ian in January 2014. Under the Post Cyclone Livelihoods Recovery and Cash for Work Project in Ha’apai Tonga, UNDP has been providing assistance to the affected communities…

The bogey of devaluation

The bogey of devaluation was once again raised last week.  As Fiji TV 1 reported in its 6 pm news on May 24, this time the occasion was the Panel Discussion during the 2014 Annual Conference of the Fiji Institute of Accountants, held last week in Sigatoka. Since one of the Panelists happened to be…

Disaster volunteers receive certificates

Disaster volunteers of World Vision have received their certificates from the World vision after engaging in the recent disaster assessment program. This was after World vision engaged more than hundred volunteer workers to help out in the assessment program in Guadalcanal province. Out from the total number engaged in the assessment only 19 volunteer were…

Training for health workers end

A one-week training on gender based violence and sexual reproductive health ended Friday in Honiara. The program was funded by the United Nations Fund Population Agency [UNFPA]. Total of 45 participants from various organisations, agencies, and the provinces, attended the training. Speaking to the media, Nashley Vozoto, gender based violence program coordinator, said the workshop…

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…