EU keen to deepen ties with Pacific on number of issues
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 10 February 2020
“The European Union's ambassador to the Pacific says he wants to deepen ties on issues like supporting multilateralism and the fight against climate change.
“The EU is one of the region's largest donors, but the Suva-based ambassador, Sujiro Seam, said he was working to make the EU's relationship with the region more than an aid donor.
“He said his bloc's support for the Pacific on issues like multilateralism and climate change were increasingly important.
"The top priorities of the new leadership of the European Union is very much on par with the Pacific priority issues. And mainly, it means that the new top priority for the European Union is the European Union green deal."
“The EU Green Deal, announced in December, aims to have the entire bloc carbon neutral by 2050.
“Sujiro Seam said it was also too early to say if the Pacific's in line for any of the bloc's increased aid budget.
“The bloc's aid budget is set to increase by about 30 percent to $US142 billion over the next seven years.
“It's also pledged to make its systems for accessing money simpler and more flexible.
“Mr Seam said it was too soon to say whether the Pacific would be in line for a significant increase.
"The specifics of how much money will be allocated to this region, I think it's premature to say because the discussion is still ongoing on the multi-annual financial framework of the European Union."
"Personally, I do not anticipate a decrease in our level of assistance to the region, to the contrary," he said.”
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9 February 2020
A tragic boating incident which underscores the need for safety equipment, including the provision of life vests.
Ian Kaukui tells the very tragic story in the Solomon Star newspaper how four out of 12 people from Buka in Bougainville were rescued by a fishing boat after their own boat capsized and drifted at sea for 32 days.
On arrival yesterday, Saturday, at the Solomon Islands International Ports, the survivors were transported immediately to the National Referral Hospital (NRH) for medical attention following their terrible sea ordeal.
The survivors include a woman and her young girl about 12 years another boy in his 20s and a man.
The graphic details of the events following the boat capsizing and the deaths of 8 passengers, including the death of a couple and their baby, really put into perspective the grim risks of travelling by small boats in open, often rough waters.
The story also underlines the need for boat owners to issue life vests to boat passengers and to ensure emergency flares or some kind of signalling devises are carried on board.
If there had been life vests issued in the case of the 12 passengers that had set sail from Buka over a month ago, there could have been other survivors.
All too often tragic accidents at sea are occurring and despite warning on safety issued by the Police and other authorities.
I feel sure all will offer sympathy to the four survivors and extend condolences to the families of the deceased.
UNICEF committed with Education development in Solomons
Quoting the Solomon Star newspaper – 9 February 2020
“UNICEF has revealed that it will continue to be committed in helping Solomon Islands with its education development goals.
“Speaking at the launching of the Pre-primary year PPY program last week, Dr. Zelalem Taffesse of the organisation said the launch marks the beginning of the decade for accelerated action towards achieving the sustainable development goals (SDG) agenda 2030.
“The Solomon Islands Government is also taking part in the Voluntary National Reporting (VNR) to the UN High level Political Platform on the progress made so far, the lessons learnt and plans for accelerating the implementation of strategies for achieving the SDG goals.
“I am sure that the progress of the Ministry of Education in achieving Goal 4.2 of the SDGs which specifically deals with pre-primary education access will provide an excellent learning platform for other countries in the same track globally,” he stated.
“He also added that UNICEF will remain committed to support the Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development to take enhances access to education to all ages in Solomon Islands.”
Copyright @ 2020, Solomon Star News.
PRE-PRIMARY SCHOOL EDUCATION.
Quoting the Solomon Star newspaper – 9 February 2020
“THE Ministry of Education and Human resource Development (MEHRD) has called on all parents to enrol their 5 years old into Pre-Primary Year (PPY) to get better education for them.
“Permanent Secretary Franco Rodie made the call during the launching of the MEHRD PPY program today in Honiara.
“Rodie said since every child is a future of the country all leaders both national and provincial down to the community leaders and family members must work together to ensure all the children are attending to the PPY program.
“I would like to encourage our leaders at both national and provincial levels; Education Authorities-service providers; Parents and Guardians; Teachers, caregivers; Communities - churches, community leaders, youths; NGOs, students here – who are brothers and sisters and cousins and aunties and uncles and friends to these young ones - to provide support to our children and their families to get this equal access to pre-primary schooling,” he added.
“He said this is one of the most important investments every individual can make for the future of our country.
“It is one of the most effective ways to invest in human resource development for the future,” he said.
“He then acknowledged the support from UNICEF for their continuous support to the early childhood education sub-sector and supporting our youngest learners in Solomon Islands. “
Copyright @ 2020, Solomon Star News.
8 February 2020
Preventing cancer and easing the burden on the MOHMS and National Referral Hospital
The other day was World Cancer Day and stories of the disease coincided with the sad news from the Solomon Islands that cancer had become the leading cause of death at the National Referral Hospital (NRH).
It was indeed sad to learn of such news because we should all be concerned about cancer prevention by taking charge of our lifestyles, habits and diet and getting regular screening, such as those available to women in the Solomons for breast and cervix examinations.
It has become accepted that one’s chance of developing cancer is affected by the lifestyle choices we make.
In the Solomon Islands consuming too much alcohol, including illegal home brew, or ‘kwaso’, smoking. eating and unsuitable diet containing too much fat and sugar, chewing betel nuts and not having enough physical exercise, are all contributory factors to developing some form of cancer.
One should seriously consider the following well published cancer prevention measures.
Using any type of tobacco puts you on a collision course with cancer. Smoking has been linked to various types of cancer — including cancer of the lung, mouth, throat, larynx, pancreas, bladder, cervix and kidney. Chewing tobacco has been linked to cancer of the oral cavity and pancreas. Even if you don't use tobacco, exposure to secondhand smoke might increase your risk of lung cancer.
Avoiding tobacco — or deciding to stop using it — is an important part of cancer prevention. If you need help quitting tobacco, ask your doctor about stop-smoking products and other strategies for quitting.
Chewing betel nuts can also cause mouth, throat and larynx cancer.
Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Base your diet on fruits, vegetables and other foods from plant sources — such as whole grains and beans.
Return to a traditional diet and cut our or reduce the imported food products now common place in the Solomon Islands.
Avoid obesity. Eat lighter and leaner by choosing fewer high-calorie foods, including refined sugars and fat from animal sources.
If you choose to drink alcohol, do so only in moderation The risk of various types of cancer — including cancer of the breast, colon, lung, kidney and liver — increases with the amount of alcohol you drink and the length of time you've been drinking regularly.
Limit processed meats. A report from the International Agency for Research on Cancer, the cancer agency of the World Health Organization, concluded that eating large amounts of processed meat can slightly increase the risk of certain types of cancer.
Maintaining a healthy weight might lower the risk of various types of cancer, including cancer of the breast, prostate, lung, colon and kidney.
Physical activity counts, too. In addition to helping you control your weight, physical activity on its own might lower the risk of breast cancer and colon cancer.
Adults who participate in any amount of physical activity gain some health benefits. But for substantial health benefits, strive to get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes a week of vigorous aerobic activity. You can also do a combination of moderate and vigorous activity. As a general goal, include at least 30 minutes of physical activity in your daily routine — and if you can do more, even better.
Cancer prevention includes protection from certain viral infections. Talk to your doctor about vaccination against:
- Hepatitis B. Hepatitis B can increase the risk of developing liver cancer. The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for certain adults at high risk — such as adults who are sexually active but not in a mutually monogamous relationship, people with sexually transmitted infections, people who use intravenous drugs, men who have sex with men, and health care or public safety workers who might be exposed to infected blood or body fluids.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can lead to cervical and other genital cancers as well as squamous cell cancers of the head and neck. The HPV vaccine is recommended for girls and boys ages 11 and 12. Another effective cancer prevention tactic is to avoid risky behaviors that can lead to infections that, in turn, might increase the risk of cancer. For example:
Practice safe sex.
Regular self-exams and screenings for various types of cancers — such as cancer of the skin, colon, cervix and breast — can increase your chances of discovering cancer early, when treatment is most likely to be successful.
(With help from Mayo Clinic)