In an office filled with so many very special different people from such diverse backgrounds, one woman clearly stood head and shoulders above the rest of us in terms of grace, acceptance and especially in emanating a peaceful and unassuming spiritual commitment.
She was our moral compass, one that any and/or all of us would use either personally or professionally… as her compass always pointed true north, straight to God above. Vani never quit, she overcame struggles and found new ways to evolve herself.
She is now on to the next step in her evolutionary process, armed with more faith in God than any of us may have ever seen. She is closer to God now and for sure, she is putting in a kind word for anyone she ever met.
Vani, thank you for blessing our lives, for being the type of person we can emulate and for just being you.
God Love and God Bless.
As Covid-19 continues its unprecedented course, there has not been a single, easy-to-find location where Pacific Islanders can quickly get all the right coronavirus news and business strategies that they need.
PacificActions.com and its complementary mobile app easily and rapidly link to more than 450 of the most important local, regional and international websites and articles about the coronavirus and how to best deal with it. It was conceived and designed to save time, money, businesses, economies and most importantly, families and lives.
The Foundation of the Peoples of the South Pacific International (FSPI), a regional NGO, together with Webmedia South Pacific (WMSP), a Fiji-based Communications and IT agency, took it upon themselves to respond to this urgent need for a one-stop news hub, more advanced than anything of its kind.
Mr. Nathan Powell, the spokesman for WMSP, shared that “Webmedia South Pacific uncovered a huge gap in how people, organisations, businesses and stakeholders cannot find or access critical information in a matter of seconds. This platform does all the heavy lifting. It’s free, fast and simple-to-use.”
This impressive website and mobile app are a unique combination of automatic updates and hand-selected articles, all cleanly laid-out to provide the best quality content for individuals, businesses, organisations and leaders at every level and in every sector. A simple scroll highlights breaking news in every country in the Pacific region, click a few tabs and your business will learn how others all over the world are successfully dealing with the virus.
Data in the region is generally very costly and mobile phones offer small viewing areas, therefore Pacific Islanders will value the website and app because of their efficiency in providing regional inclusiveness, speed, design, a wide range of articles and editorial filtering.
There are sections for videos, for essentials-to-know, for maps of testing centres, for podcasts, for businesses and so much more. No matter whether the virus has reached a particular country’s shores or not, there is content for everyone.
Ms. Roshni Chand, the Senior Program Manager/Acting CEO for FSPI, emphasised the great importance of such a digital platform.
“The Internet is ALREADY dominating the lives of Pacific Islanders… it has far more viewers than any other media channel in almost every Pacific Island nation. The great thing is that this site actually feeds the news sources that are online… it rewards them for good content by directly linking back to the original publisher’s website to provide them with more traffic,” she explained.
In addition to this website is the mobile app available for both Apple and Android users soon to be available on Google Play Store and Apple App Store. The mobile platform makes it even easier for individuals to stay connected and keep up with the latest happenings of the coronavirus while on the go.
Ms. Verona Lucas, a founding trustee for FSPI was elated with how the platform has come together. “Webmedia approached us with a vision because they knew of our reputation and abilities to further empower individuals, businesses and proactive organisations. Nothing empowers more rapidly than access to great information. So we saw this as the perfect blend of tech and tactics to help support the Pacific region as we combat all the unknown challenges ahead from this Covid-19 crisis,” she noted.
Mr. Steve Reid, the Director of Webmedia South Pacific, summed up the objective of Pacific Actions. “This platform was developed by a dedicated team who volunteered more than 2 months of unpaid effort during the worst crisis of our lifetime in order to create a platform to save lives, save families, save businesses and preserve cultures.”
He continued saying, “I cannot say enough great things about the team at FSPI that shared our vision, and who are tirelessly helping us to deliver this empowerment platform to all the People of the Pacific.”
In order to take full advantage of the Coral Sea Cable launch, the Solomon Islands Government through SIG-ICT Services embarked on a major initiative that was the creation of a bold, state-of-the-art Main Government (SIG) website and Mobile App Portal.
A Webmedia South Pacific team comprised of Steve Reid, Muhammad Mohsin Akram, Susan Yee and Nathan Powell were in-country for two months and collaborated with SIG-ICT Services on the project. This included holding multiple workshops with government media officers and more than 100 visits to various offices to collaborate and collect data.
The impressive website is a combination of ‘General Information’ on all Ministries, Departments, SOEs, Provinces, International Support Agencies and other relevant organisations that serve as intimate stakeholders to the greater Solomon Islands community.
Secondly, it ‘critically’ serves as a first-level ‘HelpDesk’ for visitors who are seeking essential details and assistance on many of the most sought after government services and additional support. HelpDesk examples include how to renew a driver’s license, important information pertaining starting up and registering a business, critical health services access, etc.
On March 2nd, the Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, Manasseh Sogavare, officially launched both the digital platforms that we developed, wrote and project managed. As a result, this placed SIG on the web and ultimately helped the Solomon Islands become more visible to the world.