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Wednesday 25 May 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
"Claims of Fijian sovereignty need careful scrutiny, with recent events leading to the destruction of the Minerva Reefs. At this lonely outpost a perfectly innocent navigational beacon, . . . faced the full might of Fijian Sea Power, on the instructions of the military regime, was deployed to attack a defenseless and inanimate object." – Prime Minister's Office.
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Thursday 19 May 2011
Apia, Samoa
The Samoa PM's advice to Commodore Bainimarama? "Go fishing. Likely you'll be picked up by the same Tongan phantom boat that will take you to Nuku'alofa. After a long tit-for-tat there with Mara and the King, no doubt Bainimarama will come back ready to put Fiji back to the road to democracy and a better understanding of the rule of law and, of course, the law of the sea. - Taulaepa Sailele Malielegaoi.
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Friday 13 May 2011
Suva, Fiji
The Fijian Government has identified a market in the United States of America for cassava export. Fiji Agro Marketing Company Limited chairman Colonel Mosese Tikoitoga said they signed the deal with the US-based company last week. - PNS.
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Friday 13 May 2011
Suva, Fiji
In the January 30 article, headlined "Fiji dictator's World Cup freebie" and "Military hard man can't be kept out", Field wrote that New Zealand faced the "embarrassment" of being "forced" to host Bainimarama and former naval commander Francis Kean during the Rugby World Cup. - Fiji Broadcasting Corporation News.
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Thursday 12 May 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On Friday May 6, five large marine turtles were bought from a local fisherman by a group of conservationists.
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Monday 9 May 2011
Suva, Fiji
The 42nd Pacific Islands Forum and related meetings will be held in Auckland, New Zealand 6 – 9 September 2011.
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Sunday 8 May 2011
Washington, DC,USA
Sea levels could rise up to 5 feet by the end of this century, according to the International Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program AMAP. This is two and a half times higher than the 2007 projection by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. _ IGSD.
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Sunday 1 May 2011
Paris, France
On this 2011 World Press Freedom Day, May 3 we call on all governments to join forces with the United Nations to guarantee and to promote freedom of expression in print, on the airwaves, and online. - A Joint Message by UN Secretary-General, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UNESCO Director-General.
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Thursday 28 April 2011
London, UK
The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) will meet in London on Thursday April 28. The Group will discuss Fiji, which is currently suspended from the Commonwealth. - CMAG.
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Wednesday 27 April 2011
Noumea, New Caledonia
A group of agricultural and Biosecurity experts, led by Dr. Andrew McGregor, reviewed the taro import protocols for the four major markets for Pacific Island taro (United States, Japan, Australia and New Zealand) and found that exports could be expanded considerably if quarantine protocol regimes were reformed . . . - SPC.
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Wednesday 20 April 2011
Rome, Italy
With more than 680 million people in Asia and the Pacific region continuing to live on less than US$1.25 a day, “There remains an urgent need to invest more and better in agriculture and rural areas in developing countries, based on a new approach to smallholder agriculture that is both market-oriented and sustainable,” says IFAD's Thomas Elhaut in a new report that looks at how investment by governments in agriculture contributes substantially to GDP growth and poverty reduction.
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Wednesday 20 April 2011
Suva, Fiji
The call for a concerted effort to conserve and sustainably manage our forest and tree resources has become more urgent, given the inability of many of the countries in the Pacific to move closer to this goal, said Inoke Ratukalou, Director of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s Land Resources Division (SPC LRD), during the launch of the International Year of Forests.
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Friday 15 April 2011
Geneva, Switzerland
Some 2.6 million stillbirths occurred worldwide in 2009, according to the first comprehensive set of estimates published today in a special series of The Lancet medical journal. - WHO.
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Tuesday 12 April 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Rugby Union Authority will start fund raising for the ‘Ikale Tahi to participate in the Churchill Cup in the United Kingdom, the Pacific Nations Cup in Japan, a two-test series with Fiji, and the IRB’s Rugby World Cup 2011 in New Zealand. - Tonga Rugby Union Authority.
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Sunday 10 April 2011
Manila, Philippines
The ADB Board of Directors recently approved a technical assistance of around $12.4 million under the Promoting Energy Efficiency in the Pacific (Phase 2) to help consumers use power more efficiently in the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa, Tonga, and Vanuatu. - ADB.
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Friday 8 April 2011
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will hold its first Sustainable Energy Expo next week, April 12-13 to raise awareness about energy efficiency options, and will showcase the wide range of sustainable energy products and services available to Tongan consumers. - Ministry of Information.
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Thursday 7 April 2011
Noumea, New Caledonia
Pacific Energy Ministers have endorsed the Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific (FAESP) and its associated implementation plan. They approved the framework and implementation plan at a special session of the inaugural joint Regional Meeting of Ministers for Energy, Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Transport at the SPC headquarters in Noumea, New Caledonia. - SPC.
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Thursday 7 April 2011
Auckland, New Zealand
TVNZ has announced a transmission partnership with 18 broadcasters enabling television viewers across the South Pacific to watch the Royal Wedding live from London on the 29th of April.
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Tuesday 5 April 2011
Sydney, Australia
China still regards the details of its aid program as a state secret. The latest Lowy Institute policy brief provides a window into its opaque program, by reporting figures provided by individual recipient governments in the Pacific. The report gives China's aid program a mixed score.- Fergus Hanson and Mary Fifita.
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Sunday 3 April 2011
Neiafu, Vava'u,Tonga
Agriculture ministers from sixteen Pacific countries will in Tonga next week. Central to the meeting is how high global food prices transfer to Pacific countries. While there is no indication of an impending world food crisis, FAO is warning that food price hikes are a major threat to food security for the poor. - FAO.
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