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Alexander Rilifia received Certificate of Completion from Director Christina Higa.
Tarcisius Tara, UH, David Hitzl, Pacific Desk, Jennifer Strahl, Pacific Desk, Christina Higa, Pacific Desk, Alex Rilifia (Solomon Islands Met Service), Tom Evans, NWS WFO Honolulu, H. Gingerlei Porter,Pacific Desk, Peter, UH and Thomas Okamura, Pacific Desk
Alexander outside the Solomon Islands Met Service sending a message to Tonga and Honolulu via RANET Chatty Beetle.
Alexander getting trained on RapidCast in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Alexander Rilifia Completes Pacific Desk Training

Alexander Rilifia from the Solomon Islands Meteorological Service successfully completed training with Pacific Desk Cohort 2:15 June to 10 July 2015 (C2).  Alexander spent 4 weeks in training on Introduction to Tropical Meteorology, Weather Analysis, Forecasting and Communication Systems at the National Weather Service, Honolulu at the University of Hawaii.  Alexander also received training on tsunami from the International Tsunami Information Center (ITIC), participated in field trips to collect data with NWS technicians from cooperative rain gauges, visited and received training from the Joint Typhoon Warning Center, and visited to a local media station.  Alexander got hands-on training on communications systems such as RANET Chatty Beetle, Rapid Cast, Short Messaging Systems and web development applications.  Upon returning home, Alexander was able to set up the RANET Chatty Beetle units was send and receive messages to and from the Pacific Desk.  Congratulations Alexander!

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Note: Due to a global systems issue with the US State Department visa system, C2 participants from Tonga (Mr. Reginald Hingano and Mr. Sione Tuungafasi) and Kiribati (Ueneta Toorus) were unable to obtain their visas to attend training.

Cohort 3 - 3 August to 28 August 2015 Gearing Up to Start

Cohort 3 participants from Tonga, Cook Islands and Niue arrive this weekend to start training with the Pacific Desk. 

  1. Bates Manea (Cook Islands)
  2. Hingano Tolitaue Tina Laufoli (Niue)
  3. Siutiti Tapu (Tonga)
  4. Tevita Taufa (Tonga)
Cohort 4 and 5 participants will be announced soon.
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