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Wednesday 7 May 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Putting fresh products onto supermarket shelves in other countries is a major challenge and a lot of things have to come together before Pacific Islands growers can successfully get a particular product over the market access line, said Annalize Struwig, visiting the PHAMA program in Tonga.
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Thursday 24 April 2014
Suva, Fiji
Widespread coverage by Pacific immunisation programmes is a significant reason why deaths to children under the age of five have dramatically declined in the Pacific countries and territories. But there are still too many children who are not fully vaccinated and not only are they at risk, but they tend to be in groups who are susceptible to an outbreak, warns Dr Karen Allen, the Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund in the Pacific, at the start of World Immunisation Week, today.
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Wednesday 9 April 2014
Geneva, Switzerland
The revised WTO Agreement on Government Procurement GPA entered into force on 6 April 2014. The parties to the revised GPA will see gains in market access of an estimated US$80 billion to US$100 billion annually for their businesses. – WTO 7 April 2014.
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Tuesday 25 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sanitation coverage in the Pacific has shown only limited improvement since 1990 and open defecation is still widely practiced in Kiribati (37%) and the Solomon Islands (18%). Almost every day a Solomon Islander dies from a water, sanitation and hygiene related illness. By Dr. Karen Allen, UNICEF Pacific Representative
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Monday 17 March 2014
London, United Kingdom
The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group CMAG has downgraded Fiji's full suspension from the Commonwealth on 14 March. Fiji is now suspended only from the councils of the Commonwealth. Fiji will be eligible to participate in the Commonwealth Games in Scotland in July.
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Friday 7 March 2014
HIlo, Hawaii
Donations of food, clothing and building materials continue to flow in for the people of Ha'apai, in Tonga, whose homes were destroyed by Cyclone Ian in January. The Tongan community in Hilo, Hawaii this week shipped a container of goods.
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Wednesday 5 March 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The European Union and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat have signed a €37.26 million financing agreement to support the “Adapting to Climate Change and Sustainable Energy” programme.
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Thursday 27 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga’s High Commissioner to Australia, Princess Angelika Tuku’aho met Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop in Canberra, Australia yesterday, Wednesday February 26.
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Tuesday 4 February 2014
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The ability of the domestic industry to compete in the southern long-line albacore fishery has hit the point of no return. Tying-up vessels and sending employees home is now the reality that is faced by the Pacific Islands Tuna Industry Association members that have an interest in this fishery. Tonga has one domestic vessel left – down from a high of 26. - PITIA
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Saturday 7 December 2013
Cairns, Australia
Greenpeace has expressed its disappointment that the Pacific tuna talks which ended in Cairns yesterday have failed to take action to end overfishing of the region's valuable tuna stocks, which it says is in a dire state “as the region is robbed of its resources”.
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Tuesday 1 October 2013
Washington DC, USA
The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors on September 30 approved a US$2.15 million grant to the Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) to help ensure safety and security oversight in the aviation sector in Pacific Island Countries.
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Tuesday 24 September 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A one million pa'anga grant fund for tourism and manufacturing business development was launched by the Tonga government in Neiafu, Vava‘u on 20 September, and again in Nuku‘alofa on 23 September 2013.
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Sunday 8 September 2013
Majuro, Marshall Islands
The Republic of Kiribati and the United States have signed a boundary treaty delimiting the waters between their two countries.
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Wednesday 4 September 2013
New York, USA.
The new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme, Haoliang Xu, says it is time to have an honest dialogue with some of its government partners so that they see UNDP, not as a donor, but rather as a trusted development partner: “If we don’t find a breakthrough in this regard, UNDP’s potential to add value to their national development agenda cannot be fully materialized.”
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Tuesday 23 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Premier of the People's Republic of China, Li Keqiang pledged that China would advance the development of relations between China and Tonga, when he met the Tongan Prime Minister Lord Tu'ivakano at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing yesterday, 22 July. Lord Tu'ivakano told the premier that Tonga attached great importance to developing relations with China.
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Thursday 18 July 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Solar power systems for nine outer islands In Tonga will be funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Australia under a six-years Outer Islands Renewable Energy Project, costing $6.8million.
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Wednesday 19 June 2013
Wellington, New Zealand
A total of 78 principal Tongan applicants were successful in the New Zealand government's Pacific immigration quota ballot for 2013, Angie Enoka, of New Zealand Immigration said today. "That amounts to 249 people with their families," she said.
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Thursday 23 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
After a falling palm frond caused a power outage on high voltage lines in Tongatapu this week, Tonga Power Ltd. is again urging the public to ensure that trees on their properties are “trimmed to keep power lines clear at all times”.
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Wednesday 22 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Commonwealth is encouraging the G20 group of the world’s major economies to ensure that it protects and supports the development of smaller economies.
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Tuesday 14 May 2013
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Consultations on Tonga's Employment Relations Bill 2013 have been extended to 31 May 2013, and a revised bill is expected to go to parliament in August.
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