Pacific Scoop

Archive for March, 2011

Remarks After the Int’l Conference on the Libyan Crisis

Press Release – US State Department

SECRETARY CLINTON: All set? I apologize for my voice. Read more »

Diplomatic Appointment – High Commissioner to Solomon Island

Press Release – Australian High Commission

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd, today announced that Australia’s next High Commissioner to Solomon Islands will be Mr Matthew Anderson. Read more »

Critical Groundwork For Election 2014 Date Must Start Now

Press Release – Citizens Constitutional Forum

The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum is encouraged by the confirmation of the 2014 election timeline by Government (Fiji Village 30/3/11) and wishes to highlight that even prior to the event, the State, Civil Societies and all the key stakeholders … Read more »

Getting college students to ‘best fit’ tertiary studies

Press Release – Whitireia Polytech

Clinton Dysart was awarded the Randall Shaw Memorial Award at Whitireia New Zealand today (Wednesday 30 March), as the building trade polytechnic student “most likely to succeed”. Dysart already has an apprenticeship, with McAllister Builders. He … Read more »

Tonga hosts summit to safeguard Intangible Cultural Heritage

Press Release – Government of Tonga

Representatives from around the Pacific gathered at the Tonga National Cultural Centre in Tofoa for a two-day conference on the protection of intangible cultural traditions of Pacific peoples. Read more »

Australia boosts volleyball in Solomon Islands

Press Release – Australian High Commission

The Solomon Islands Volleyball Federation (SIVF) has commenced its ‘Volleyball in Schools’ development program with the support of a SBD 75,000 grant from the Australian Government under the Australian Sports Outreach Program (ASOP). Read more »

Kiribati: Betio shipyard lays off 50 staff in bid to keep company afloat

Betio shipyard

Redundancies hit Kiribati's Betio shipyard. Photo: Kiribati Independent

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Report – By Taberannang Korauaba in Auckland and Parkelan Kabwere in Tarawa

Fifty employees of the Kiribati government-owned Betio Shipyard have been made redundant in a bid to keep the Tarawa-based company going.

Last week, the management handed each worker with a cheque of $AUD $3500 ($NZ4765) as a redundancy package, severing their employment with the company.

Mareweia Redfern, general manager of the shipyard,  said serious financial difficulties forced the company to lay off the employees. Read more »

RAMSI and Government reconcile over Titinge incident

Press Release – RAMSI

The Solomon Islands Government and the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) today joined together to take part in a Titi Ulu or traditional reconciliation ceremony with the family and village of the late Harry Lolonga. Read more »

Travel Value Tracker reveals the cost of typical expenses

Press Release – Expedia

On-the-ground costs can greatly impact the overall cost of a holiday. With travel expenses varying considerably from country to country, some insider knowledge about holiday expenses in certain destinations is handy for travellers wanting their spending … Read more »

The sacking of fifty i-Kiribati employees

Press Release – Kiribati Independent

Fifty employees of the Kiribati government owned company Betio Shipyard have been made redundant in a bid to keep the company going, according to The Kiribati Independent. Read more »

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