Features Archive November 2022

“Working in the Pacific is very fulfilling,” Able Seaman Nanino said.

From Naples to the Pacific

When Able Seaman Marine Technician Umberto Nanino joined the crew of the Australian Defence Vessel Reliant for a six-week rotation, he brought with him more marine experience than the average junior sailor.
L-R: Justin Fuo'o of TGB, Minister of Environment Hon. Stanley Festus Sofu, Ms Sally-Anne Vincent, Acting High Commissioner at the Australian High Commission and Mr Berdi Berdiyev, UNDP Deputy Representative and Country Manager for Solomon Islands.

A New SIMS Centre to Enhance Early Warnings System in Solomon Islands

A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Solomon Islands Meteorological Services (SIMS) Forecasting Unit building was held by the UN Development Programme, in partnership with the Australian Government and the Solomon Islands Ministry of Environment, Climate Change, Disaster Management and Meteorology (MECDM) and Tropic Group Builders.
 If cosmopolitan anti-corruption experts in Solomon Islands are ambivalent about the potential for civic nationalism to address corruption, then it is unlikely others with weaker affiliation to the nation-state will be convinced.

Can Civic Nationalism Help Reduce Corruption? Insights from Solomon Islands

In many parts of the world “nationalism” has earned itself a bad rap. Ethnic cleansing, war, genocide and other atrocities have been committed in its name. In recent years we’ve seen political leaders, like Donald Trump, whip up a toxic form of nationalist sentiment defined by race and a disdain for foreigners.
The report notes that retirement funds should also reach out to women, including those in the informal sector or rural areas, to increase awareness of their retirement fund options and improve financial skills and competency.

More Reform Needed in Order for Women to Enjoy Retirement

Institutional policies and inclusive regulatory strategies are critical in addressing the disadvantages Pacific women face as they grow older and retire, a new Pacific Private Sector Development Initiative (PSDI) report argues.
In partnership with the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), surveys, interviews and detailed research reveals how girls and young women changemakers are successfully demanding climate justice in the Asia-Pacific region.

Girls Fight Climate Change Across Asia-Pacific

Girls are leading by different examples in fighting climate change across Asia-Pacific, says new Plan International report.
The bank also noted that the Solomon Islands needed to be aware of the cost of maintaining its new infrastructure projects and should build this into spending plans.

World Bank Warns Solomon Islands of Unsustainable Debt Without Reform

The Solomon Islands will need to implement fiscal reforms such as alterations to its tax system and more efficient public spending or its debt levels may become unsustainable, the World Bank said in a report on Wednesday.
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Pal Ahluwalia said that achieving ranks in three subject areas was a great achievement and that he was proud of the USP staff and research students, who despite challenges faced had worked hard by publishing in top-tier research and journals.

USP Ranked for the First Time in the Subject of Business and Economics

The University of the South Pacific (USP) has been ranked in three subject areas on the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings (WUR) by Subject.