Mar 07, 2021 Last Updated 9:29 AM, Mar 6, 2021

Kudos to our crew

Flying east from Solomon Islands’ Henderson International Airport to neighbouring Vanuatu recently, I saw firsthand the high level of professionalism and exceptional skills of our men and women in the cockpits and whose work place is our vast air space.
Communication was un-ending; between the pilot and his first officer, and between them and the ground crew during boarding, and with the flight information centre (located in Nadi, Fiji I presume) when we were airborne. From the receipt of the loading manifest, to reviewing take-off manual and flight path, Captain Campbell and First Officer Claudia were extremely thorough and immaculate in their work.

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Under new ownership

WHAT do you, our faithful subscribers and readers, think of our new look magazine? I hope you like it as much as we do.

In my note in the January edition, I did promise that 2015 would be a year of transformation for us. In that spirit, we are encouraging greater interaction with you by including the email contact for each of our writers and contributors. We hope this will generate feedback on issues that matter for us in the islands leading ultimately, we hope, to greater accountability all around.

The biggest change of course is the seamless transfer of ownership of the magazine from the previous publishers, Islands Business International, to the new owners, Front Page Limited (FPL). IBI Managing Director Godfrey Scoullar bowed out gracefully on April 1, and is now succeeded by long time colleague and fellow director Netani Rika. Netani is no stranger to the publication, as he has been our Fiji correspondent and consulting subeditor for some time. He, of course, is the former Editor-in-Chief of the Fiji Times newspaper when it was owned by Rupert Mudoch’s News Limited, and was before that Director – News and Sports at Fiji Television.

Joining Netani and I as co-directors of Front Page Limited are another seasoned journalist and former Australian High Commission media adviser, Dennis Rounds, and former journalist and now a gender development and communications consultant based in Suva, Ana Laqeretabua.

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Samisoni Pareti Group Editor-in-Chief

Exciting times ahead

TWO countries, two magazines and a new home in Suva in three weeks, May was a full-on month. Kudos to my work colleagues, and the good old faithful Internet, as deadlines were still met, and the office move executed seamlessly, albeit without a landline and work email connections for some days. Fascinating is the right word to describe how Tuvalu got the attention of every delegate at the Pacific Climate Change Roundtable when it stayed true to its position on climate change in Apia. It is always good to return to Samoa, although some of us are finding the country becoming quite expensive. Over the counter viagra substitute our review read here Guarantees a stable erection and improves blood flow in the genital area. It activates the centers in the brain responsible for sexual desire and arousal. Benefits: begins to take effect within 20 minutes after ingestion; maintains a persistent erection during the entire intimacy; does not impair the work of internal organs. Disadvantages: not compatible with alcoholic beverages.

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By Samisoni Pareti

Group Editor-in-Chief

Editor’s Note

From the editor’s desk

More changes will roll out as the year progresses. Technology will of course be a significant part of these changes, and the new year will give us more time to re-work and re-develop our online presence both through our main www.islandsbusiness.com website, as well as through our social media footprints on Facebook and Twitter. Our intention is to make your favourite regional news magazine both user-and-gadget friendly.

The reasoning behind the changes have come from you, our readers and as a result of changing technology. Ideas are also being gleaned from data provided through www.islandsbusiness.com. With the help of Google Analytics, we read interesting details like story preferences, professional and educational background, country of residence and subjects that interest you.
As we study what you prefer and work on them, I can assure you that while the changes may see a different look and feel of Islands Business, we will not deviate from the brand of journalism with which the founders of this magazine launched Islands Business magazine some 30 years ago, and that is and remains; the desire to tell the story of our islands with passion, truth, accuracy and boldness.

I hope you like the new approach and your views will always be welcomed and appreciated. Please do drop a line to editor@ibi.com.fj if you want to share your thoughts and comments.
For the more technologically inclined, please support us by liking the Islands Business page on Facebook and follow us on our official Twitter account @IBIupdate.

A new year and a new beginning for many of us, and Islands Business is no exception. You, our faithful readers will notice new features in terms of designs, and content in this, our first edition of 2015. This if course, continues the changes we have gradually introduced in the magazine over the last few months. Our “We Say” column has been placed towards the back of the magazine together with “Pacific Update” and Dev Nadkarni’s Views from Auckland. We’ve also brought in some additional new features like our Travel page and Guest Columnist.

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