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Monday 12 March 2012
London, United Kingdom
One of the great benefits of today's technology-based world is the range of opportunities it offers to understand and appreciate how others live: we can see, hear and enter into the experience of people in communities and circumstances far removed from our own. - Elizabeth R
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Sunday 11 March 2012
Geneva, Switzerland
Mr Alex Kerangpuna of Papua New Guinea PNG has commenced work as Trade Policy Officer based in the Office of the Delegation of the Pacific Islands Forum PIF to the World Trade Organisation WTO in Geneva, Switzerland. - Pacific Islands Forum.
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Monday 5 March 2012
Nevada, USA
Hindus have cautiously welcomed new directive of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) that "Those whose names are submitted for proxy temple ordinances should be related to the submitter".
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Friday 24 February 2012
Rome, Italy
In an insightful keynote address at the International Fund for Agricultural Fund (IFAD) annual meeting, 22 February 2012, Mario Monti, Prime Minister of the Italian Republic, underscored the relationships between food security, global security and the future of the planet. Echoing the meeting’s theme of “Feeding the world, protecting the planet”, Monti noted that “we are putting unsustainable pressure on the world’s natural resources. . .”
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Wednesday 22 February 2012
Noumea, New Caledonia
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is pleased to announce the launching of Tonga's first community FM radio station on Niuatoputapu, a remote island in northern Tonga. The historic launch took place on 25 May this year.
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Monday 6 February 2012
Manila, Philippines
On the eve of World Cancer Day the World Health Organization (WHO) urged governments to strengthen national control programmes, including by raising awareness, amid an alarming rise of cancer cases. WHO's Western Pacific Region bears a significant share of the global cancer burden, accounting for 32% of all cancers in 2008. There were slightly more than 4 million new cases of cancer in the region in 2008 – 2.31 million in men and 1.75 million in women. Nearly 2.6 million people in the region died from cancer in that year. - WHO.
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Tuesday 24 January 2012
Berlin, Germany
Speech by Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, IMF given on 23 January 2012. "As we turn the page on a turbulent year, a year in which so much of what could go wrong did go wrong, many look to the future with trepidation and foreboding. They worry about uncertain economic prospects, dwindling job opportunities, and rising inequality. About what kind of future awaits their children. Indeed, in the economic outlook that the IMF will release tomorrow, we will lower growth forecasts for most parts of the world. Even these lower forecasts assume a constructive policy path that is by no means assured."
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Monday 23 January 2012
San Francisco,USA
ON the 17th of January 2012, award-winning charity MedShare shipped a 40-foot ocean container of medical supplies and equipment designated for the two island groups of Niuatoputapu and 'Eua, in Tonga.
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Monday 23 January 2012
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
MASDAR, Abu Dhabi's multifaceted renewable energy company, signed today (18 January) a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Government of the Kingdom of Tonga, represented through the Tonga Energy Road Map Implementation Unit (TERM IU). Masdar will be in charge of the implementation and construction of a 500 kW solar photovoltaic power plant to be installed in Vava'u Island. The project, is financed by a grant provided by Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the solar plant will deliver around 13 percent of Tonga's annual electricity demand.
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Friday 20 January 2012
Paris, France
In an unprecedented move, Reporters Without Borders RWB shut down its English-language website for 24 hours from 8 am EST on January 18 in protest against two online piracy bills, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), which are currently working their way through the US Congress. – Reporters Without Borders.
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Wednesday 18 January 2012
New York,USA
Let us recognise the global implications arising from China rising to the top of the global economic ladder. This will be the first time since the rise of the Spanish Empire 500 years ago that a non-western power will be the dominant global economic power. And the first time since Pitt the Younger that a non-democracy will be the world's largest economy. - Hon Kevin Rudd, Australia's Foreign Minister.
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Monday 16 January 2012
Washington DC,USA
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is looking to work ever more closely with Asia to lessen the impact of the global crisis on the region and to help promote sounder and stronger growth globally, David Lipton, IMF First Deputy Managing Director, said today.
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Saturday 14 January 2012
Brussels, Belgium
A new decree introduced by Fiji's military rulers on January 5 have cemented the dictatorship of self-styled leader Commodore Bainimarama. The decree creates an expansive definition of "terrorism", with severe penalties, which could be interpreted to cover just about any organised opposition to the military junta. Under one of the worst provisions, Fiji's courts have no jurisdiction to hear any claim challenging any decision by the Prime Minister, police commanders or any public official. – ITUC.
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Wednesday 11 January 2012
Noumea, New Caledonia
Overfishing of bigeye tuna continues in the western and central Pacific tuna fishery, the world's biggest tuna fishery, according to the 2010 tuna fishery assessment report released this month by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC). - SPC.
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Monday 9 January 2012
Manila, Philippines
The eurozone crisis is expected to have only limited impact on the Pacific because the region's growth prospects are more closely tied to the economies of Australia and New Zealand. - ADB.
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Wednesday 28 December 2011
Apia, Samoa
As Samoa prepares to mark the change of Samoa's position in relation to the International Dateline, it will also mark the division in conviction of Seventh Day Adventists in Samoa. Those that will continue to keep Saturday as their Sabbath and others that will now worship on Sunday as the new Sabbath. - Samatau SDA church.
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Thursday 22 December 2011
Suva, Fiji
The 2011 Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report and Reporting Annex was today (21/12/11) launched by the Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Tuiloma Neroni Slade. The Pacific Plan Annual Progress Report provides a comprehensive update of work undertaken over the last 12 months to support implementation of the Pacific Plan. – Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
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Thursday 22 December 2011
Suva, Fiji
The European Union yesterday signed assistance of 12.3 million to increase Pacific-ACP countries' ability to benefit from global trade and regional economic integration. These activities are financed under the 10th European Development Fund and are part of the Strengthening Pacific Economic Integration Through Trade (SPEITT) programme. - Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat.
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Monday 12 December 2011
Suva, Fiji
Saturday 10 December was International Human Rights Day. To mark the significance of this day the OHCHR Regional Office for the Pacific is highlighting countries' progress in engaging with UN human rights mechanisms, and in particular with the UPR of the Human Rights Council. – OHCHR.
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Sunday 11 December 2011
Durban, South Africa
"Ordinary people have once again been let down by our governments. Led by the US, developed nations have reneged on their promises, weakened the rules on climate action and strengthened those that allow their corporations to profit from the climate crisis." – Sarah-Jayne Clifton.
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