Features Archive February 2022

Russian President Vladimir Putin threatened any country trying to interfere with “consequences you have never seen,” as a once-hoped for diplomatic resolution now appeared impossible.

Russia Invades Ukraine in ‘Brutal Act of War’

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine on Thursday, unleashing airstrikes on cities and military bases and sending in troops and tanks from three sides in an attack that could rewrite the global post-Cold War security order.
Hilda Heine, in 2019 as President of the Marshall Islands, addressing the International Labour Conference, Geneva.

A Few Remarkable Wins for Pacific Women in Local Politics

“A country without a woman MP is not a democratic country”, declared Dame Carol Kidu, Papua New Guinea’s former – and only female – opposition leader, this month.
Melbourne Airport during the pandemic.

Life of an International Aid Worker in a COVID-19 World

For those of us who have chosen international aid work as a profession, living far from homes and families is part of our livelihood.
Gwenda said she was thankful to be alive despite losing everything. She said the support from the SDA Mission, her work colleagues, friends, Solomon Island families in Tonga, church members and the Tongan government was well received by her.

Solomon Islander Shares Ordeal in Tonga

It was just another Sabbath day for Gwenda Voho on Saturday 15 January 2022 when the Hunga-Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano erupted in the Kingdom of Tonga.
Vaccination drive in Waromo Village, West Sepik, Papua New Guinea.

Why Many Papua New Guineans reject the COVID-19 Vaccine, and Why I Changed my Mind

A recent World Bank survey showed that about 18% of Papua New Guineans were planning on being vaccinated, 26% were not, and 55% were unsure; 80% said they were worried about side effects, and about 50% said they don’t trust the vaccine.
The 2021 report revealed that while Pacific businesses continued to be significantly impacted by severe economic challenges such as international border restrictions, uncertain market conditions, and global trade disruptions, many increasingly embraced diversifying, as means of reducing cost and damage to their business.

Report Finds Negative Impacts of COVID-19 on Pacific Businesses Eased Across 2021

The Pacific Business Monitor 2021 Report released by the Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) Network today revealed that while COVID-19 adversely impacted the Pacific business community throughout much of 2021, positive sentiments among Pacific business owners and leaders increased towards the end of the year.