Features Archive April 2020

Henry, Rex and Patterson at the sewing class facilitated by the Guadalcanal Provincial Council of Women.

Settlers in Emergency Zone Undergo Life Skills Training

“Why I attended this session is because I just want to learn some new things in life skills”, Henry Vagi said.
After selling trochus, Ishmael is thinking of buying learning materials and other accessories to assist him in his education.

Dreams of Being a Sea Captain Seems Further Away

"My class has been suspended for quite a long time due to COVID- 19. I feel my future will be affected since the authority closed all schools. I wish the corona virus will not reach our country so that I can go back to school”.
“I can only imagine if the Nation shuts down, where will we be getting our supplies? We cannot eat fish for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the whole year”, Chief Raphael Kei of Luaniua Island said.

In Lord Howe Influx of People Adds to Stress of Food Shortage

Lord Howe or Ontong Java has been described as an idyllic spot for islanders.
In its annual Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2020 launched recently, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) expects growth in Asia-Pacific developing economies to slow down significantly this year.

Asia-Pacific Response to COVID-19 and Climate Emergency Must Build a Resilient and Sustainable Future

The unprecedented public health emergency triggered by the COVID -19 pandemic and its multi-faceted impact on people’s lives around the world is taking a heavy toll on Asia and the Pacific.
"The COVID-19 pandemic and the climate change crises are cross-cutting – both require a holistic and whole-of-government approach. They are crises that also require governments to reach out to civil society and the private sector as integrated innovative solutions are needed."

COVID-19 and Climate Change: We Must Rise to Both Crises

In the Pacific we aspire to endurance and sustainability. But progress is difficult to sustain when we face multiple threats that reverse decades of development gains in a matter of hours or days.
Lady Vunagi at the Barana market over the Easter weekend.

Community Women’s Market Fair Proving a Success

Barana market fair is said to be a success for women of the community.
The usually busy Terrace Café at the Heritage Park Hotel on Monday 6th April.

COVID-19 Casting a Dark Shadow on Solomon Islands Tourism

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) is casting a shadow on the Solomon Islands tourism industry.
The park, owned by the Barana Community, spans 5000 hectares of forest area in the upper catchment of Mataniko River.

Life Continues in Outskirts as Honiara Declared Emergency City

While Honiara is declared an emergency zone, on the fringe of its border, life continues as normal for Barana community.