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Sunday 27 June 2010
New Delhi, India
Ban Asbestos Network of India (BANI) appeals to the imminent G-20 and G-8 summit during June 26-27 in Toronto to persuade Canadian and Russian government to stop promoting export of asbestos which is an exercise in trade distortion. Dr Manmohan Singh is also attending the summit.
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Sunday 27 June 2010
Nadi, Fiji
A meeting at the Tanoa Hotel in Nadi this week backed a call on the UN to hold a global summit on non-communicable diseases NCDs, to include them in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and to create a global fund for NCD prevention and control.
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Wednesday 16 June 2010
Noumea, New Caledonia
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) are working together to identify opportunities for joint information and communication technology (ICT) initiatives in the Pacific Islands region.
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Thursday 3 June 2010
Suva, Fiji
The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) in collaboration with the Australian Centre of International Agriculture Research (ACIAR) is organising a half-day seminar to create awareness on the potential of the senile coconut palm with the theme, 'Coconut Wood High Quality Flooring – A New Potential Industry for the Pacific'.
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Wednesday 2 June 2010
Cliffton Hill, Victoria,Australia
When PACER was tabled in the Australian Parliament for ratification, an accompanying "national interest analysis " found that "without ratification of PACER, Australia would be denied an enhanced opportunity to negotiate better market access to Pacific markets for Australian businesses and industry while any other country could enjoy duty free access to Forum Island Countries for their goods". But somehow along the way, this self-serving trade deal got dressed up as an aid arrangement.
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Tuesday 1 June 2010
Suva, Fiji
The Pacific Islands Forum's Ministerial Contact Group (MCG) on Fiji met in Auckland, New Zealand Yesterday, 31 May 2010, to continue Forum efforts to engage with Fiji authorities on addressing the situation in Fiji.
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Monday 31 May 2010
Geneva, Switzerland
In observance of World No Tobacco Day 2010, the World Health Organization (WHO) is urging global action to protect women and girls against the sickness and suffering caused by tobacco use
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Wednesday 26 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
At approximately 11:15am this morning (Wednesday 26 May) Chathams Pacific’s 8 Seat Queen Air Aircraft suffered a nose wheel collapse on landing at Fua’amotu Airport. - Chathams Pacific
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Monday 24 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Nine competing High Schools will be competing today for the four top teams to be awarded an initial capital to set up their businesses, manufacture their products and start selling them to the public.
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Monday 24 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A meeting was held in Nuku'alofa last week to discuss ways in which the Tongan tourism industry can benefit from the recently signed Tonga Energy Road Map (TERM).
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Wednesday 19 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A major function of the Electricity Commission is to independently regulate (control) the electricity tariff (price) paid by Tongan consumers. There are two elements in the tariff (price of power), the fuel component and the non-fuel component.
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Wednesday 19 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Australia will provide Tonga with an estimated A$27.8million in official development assistance in 2010-11. This represents a A$6.5million increase compared to the estimates of official development assistance to Tonga for 2009-10.
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Friday 14 May 2010
Washington D. C. , U.S.A.
On May 6, 2010, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) concluded the Article IV consultation1 with Tonga on a lapse of time basis. Under the IMF’s lapse of time procedures, the Executive Board completes Article IV consultations without convening formal discussions. -International Monetary Fund, Public Information Notice
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Tuesday 11 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga will receive 90,000 doses of H1N1 vaccine in addition to the first batch of 10,000 doses that was received in March this year. Necessary ancillary items, such as syringes, needles and supplement to the operational costs will also be provided. This has been made possible with the generous support from donor partners of WHO, including Australia and New Zealand.
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Tuesday 4 May 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The EU responded positively to Tonga's application by agreeing to provide 5.5 million euros, the equivalent of 16.5 million pa'anga, by way of budgetary support. The EU also agreed to provide 2.5 million euros (TOP 7.5 million) towards improvement of the electricity distribution network to the rural areas. This is Tonga's first application under the Energy Facility II.
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Monday 3 May 2010
Brussels, Belgium
Decades of deregulation, greed and free-market speculation have plunged the world into deep economic recession, with appalling impacts on working people and their families across the planet. 34 million jobs have been lost, and the end is not in sight. With a further 64 million people pushed into extreme poverty, the quest to end global poverty is yet further out of reach.
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Sunday 2 May 2010
Canberra, Australia
The global financial crisis may seem like a strange time to launch negotiations on a new regional trade and economic agreement. But I am convinced that Pacific Islands Forum Leaders made exactly the right decision when they agreed in August 2009 – in the darkest days of the global financial crisis – to commence negotiations on a new trade and economic agreement known as PACER Plus.
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Friday 30 April 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
I have had difficulty having that independent role accepted to the point where the Government has removed most if not all of my responsibilities. These have been allocated to either the Cabinet or the Minister of Justice. This is not the independence the Government said it wanted to achieve when it created the new Attorney General's position. The Minister of Justice is not the Attorney- General. - Office of Attorney General
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Monday 26 April 2010
Suva, Fiji
A decision to set aside 4.5million square kilometers of international waters in the Pacific as off-limits to purse seine fishing for tuna represents one of the largest ocean protection moves in history said Greenpeace.
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Thursday 15 April 2010
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The loss of 74 lives on the MV Princess Ashika was a devastating tragedy where it appears serious breaches of the law may have occurred. I express my deep sympathy to those who lost family and friends in the sinking of the vessel. In consultation with the Solicitor General and other Crown Counsel I have approached the International Association of Prosecutors (IAP) to nominate two special prosecutors to work in Tonga in relation to the purchase, operation and sinking of the MV Princess Ashika.
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