Treasures of the South Pacific workshop

Suva, FIJI (SPTO): The South Pacific Specialist Programme, the online training programme for travel agents, will be the focus of a two-day ‘Treasures of the South Pacific’ Australian workshop that will promote the programme to retail  travel agencies and tour wholesalers. The South Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) will participate in a regional tourism seminar in…

Cook Is axes departure cards

RAROTONGA, (COOK ISLANDS NEWS) – People departing the Cook Islands no longer have to complete a departure form at the airport. Prime Minister, Minister for Tourism and Minister for Immigration, Henry Puna, said he had been approached in recent months by representatives of the tourism industry to review the process of requiring international passengers leaving…

Plan to scrap national exams in PNG

PORT MORESBY, (POST COURIER) – Grade 8 and Grade 10 national examinations in Papua New Guinea will be scrapped by 2017. The only national examination will be for Grade 12 which will then prepare every student for tertiary institutions. Students learning from elementary to Grade 12 will be assessed through various tests during these years…

Chance to improve business

Port Moresby (The National) – THE 2018 APEC meeting presents Papua New Guinea with ways to improve the country’s ways in doing business, Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says. Speaking during release of report Powering PNG into the Asian Century, by the ANZ Bank in Port Moresby last week, O’Neill said between now and then, PNG…

Removal call reiterated

LEADER of the Opposition group Jeremiah Manele has reiterated his call to the Prime Minster Manasseh Sogavare to sack his Special Secretary Rence Sore and the Minister of Forestry Bodo Dettke. Mr. Manele made the call in a press conference yesterday at the Sir Paul Tovua complex in Honiara. He said, there are serious national…

Hou: PM not in control

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare is no longer the national manager of the country that he used to be, says Small Malaita Member of Parliament Ricky Hou. The former Finance Minister made this statement after seeing Mr Sogavare’s seven months in leadership had fall short of people’s expectation. He said, the Prime Minister knows the economy…

Landowner speaks up: What Evita means to us

An east Fataleka landowner says it would be a sad day for his people, Malaita Province, and the country if Evita was forced to abort its proposed multi-million dollar agro-forestry project on his land. Chairman of Ro’ole Trust Board Allan Siau was commenting on the Ministry of Forestry’s decision to seize Evita’s equipment and logs.…

Beijing supports Chung Wah

Chung Wah School in Honiara on Monday received financial support from the Beijing government based in mainland China with a sum of SBD$310,000.00. The donation was the part of an ongoing support from mainland China to redevelop the Chinese operated school in Honiara. Speaking to this paper yesterday on behalf of the school, chairman of…

PM assures Malaita of gov’t support

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has appealed for cooperation and mutual partnership amongst the Malaita Provincial Government, resource owners, churches, non-governmental organisations and community groups in the province to ensure economic development and prosperity. The Prime Minister made the appeal in his address at the province’s 32nd Second Appointed Day Anniversary celebration in Auki Friday where…