WHO keeps keen eye on Coca-Cola's Fiji production
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 3 December 2018
“The World Health Organisation says it is concerned about the tripling of production capacity at Coca-Cola Amatil's Fiji plant.
“With the installation of new equipment, Coca-Cola Amatil's Laucala facility now has the ability to produce 21,000 bottles per hour.
“The WHO's Wendy Snowdon says their recommendations around high sugar drinks remains the same, which is for people to reduce their intake.
“Dr Snowdon said Coca-Cola Amatil may simply be reacting to the market.
"[It's] certainly of concern that there may be some increasing demand. Of course manufacturers are responding to what they see in the market.
"If there is an increasing demand for these sugar sweetened beverages then it does highlight the need for continued action to look at reducing intake."
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2 December 2018
Climate Change warming ahead ahead of the upcoming COP 24 Conference.
The next climate change conference, known as COP 24 will be held in Katowice, Poland between 2 and 14 December 2018.
The conferenceaims to finalise the practical implementation of the 2015 Paris Agreement, part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
After the United States left the Paris Agreement China has taken a leading role by hosting many of the preparatory meetings in the weeks beforehand...
Ahead of the conference the World Meteorological Organization released a report claiming that 2017 atmospheric carbon dioxide levels reached 405 parts per million (ppm), a level not seen in three to five million years.
The likely impact on the Solomon Islands of climate change is real and I would urge those representing the Solomon Islands in Poland to speak out strongly and illustrate what has already occurred in the Solomon Islands with the loss of six offshore islands, salt water intrusion, some evacuations to higher ground and loss of important food sources from traditional gardens.
1 December 2018
Solomon Islands: A Member of Parliament, Mathew Wale, MP, has claimed health shortages are costing local lives
Yesterday, Friday, 30 November 2018, Radio New Zealand broadcast a news bulletin via its Pacific Service citing a Solomon Islands MP, Mathew Wale, as saying the Solomon Islands government’s failure to address drugs and equipment shortages in hospitals around the country was costing lives.
The news broadcast went on to say that “part of the reason for recent drug shortages was a change in the procurement procedure at the Ministry of Health.”
‘Take My Hands’ (TMH) my partner charity based in New Zealand and the very recent winner of the NZI Sustainable Business Award 2018, entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreement with the Solomons Ministry of Health and Medical Services and the National Referral Hospital (NRH) over three years ago to supply the NRH with regular shipments of containers with essential medical supplies and equipment such as hospital beds, mattresses, side tables, mobility aids, including wheel chairs and other basic needs, as assessed as being needed by the procurement personnel of the NRH.
The second phase payment needed to secure the continuation of such supplies has not been met by the MHMS/NRH and consequently the shipment of containers was suspended a year ago.
To meet an urgent need for hospital beds at the NRH and two provincial hospitals a donation of some $US,11,000 was given to TMH by the Solomons Forest Association (SFA) and this led to a container of 50 hospital beds and some wheel chairs being shipped and received in Honiara on 17 November.
A second 40 foot container with another 50 hospital beds and more wheel chairs is expected to leave Auckland soon for Honiara.
It might be recalled that earlier this year Radio New Zealand, in another broadcast, illustrated the shocking plight of many patients at the NRH sleeping on the floors in the corridors of the hospital because of a shortage of beds for them. Those images went around the world.
TMH has now kindly resorted to seeking donations from the public in New Zealand to help continue the service it has generously devoted to helping the Solomons MHMS in the absence of the MOU being paid- up in full.
The cost of the outstanding payment, $NZ 25,000, is considered a small amount compared with the benefits the continuation of the MOU could bring.
TMH recently highlighted the fact that well over NZ$370, 000 worth of equipment had been received by the MHMS/NRH since the inception of the joint agreement and more than 100,000 local people been the beneficiaries of the aid.
2 December 2018
Updating news on the Solomon Islands Rural Development Programme 2008-2020 for an external audience
In early 2008 I read that up to $31.8 million was to be injected into the Solomon Islands Rural Development Programme in a joint investment initiative by the World Bank, Australia, the European Union, and the International Fund for Agricultural Development and the Solomon Islands Government.
The investment programme was aimed at raising the living standards of rural households by improving infrastructure and services, as well as helping the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock to deliver advice and services to farmers.
Phase 2 of the intended programme would run from 2015 to 2020 and would ensure small scale village infrastructure projects in every ward of Solomon Islands, support alliances between the private sector and smallholder farmers and stimulate agribusiness activity in rural areas.
As Phase 2 is already 3 years into its programme, it would be helpful to know how the plan has worked out and what village infrastructure projects are already providing rural people with the income they need.
In addition, could it be said what is expected to see developed in support of Phase 2 in the next 2 years?
I am aware of the advice given to cocoa farmers and the increased yields that have added to exports.
Palm oil production has continued to be a contributor to agro-crop exports and I am hopeful that one might yet see local kava production and sales aid rural people.
With the very recent discovery of gem quality moisannite in East Kwara’ae, perhaps some attention might be devoted in the remaining years of Phase 2 to support the idea of a local cottage industry as envisaged by the Technical Institute of Malaita (TIM)
My website www.solomonislandsinfocus.com attracts a wide international audience and it would be of interest to be able to demonstrate the success of the jointly supported and financed Rural Development Programme.
ADB grants Kiribati $US2.5m towards economic management
Quoting Radio New Zealand – 1 December 2018
“Kiribati has received a $US2.5 million grant from the Asian Development Bank to strengthen the government's economic management.
“On Thursday the bank said the funding would go towards the second stage of an economic reform program it's supporting.
“New Zealand, Australia and the World Bank are also assisting with the program's rollout.”
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