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Friday 9 November 2007
Apia, Samoa
For the first time at an SPC governing body meeting, the Secretariat has rewarded one of its programmes for its gender-inclusive approach to activities developed in countries throughout the region.
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Tuesday 6 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Government of Tonga is concerned about the lack of transparency in the preparation of the Worldwide Press Freedom Index for 2007. At the same time it is of the opinion that its 119 ranking out of 169 countries (and a final score of 38.25) is meaningless and an inaccurate reflection of the actual situation in Tonga in relation to press freedom.
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Sunday 4 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A spokesman for the Chief Commissioner of Revenue has released information outlining the total tax arrears by businesses and the strategy to collect them.
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Sunday 4 November 2007
Auckland, New Zealand
The last time whale hunting went before the Tongan cabinet in the mid-1990s the proposal was to kill 10 humpbacks a year. Now, do the maths... 10 humpbacks at roughly10,000 kilos per animal works out to 100,000 kilos per year. The population of Tonga is just over 100,000 people. This means that every Tongan man, woman and child would receive less than one kilo of meat per year. For an obese nation - as you call us - that's hardly enough for morning tea.
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Friday 2 November 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Although the Legislative Assembly has resolved that the democratic parliamentary and political reform will come into full effect in 2010, the Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Feleti Sevele, in accordance with the Constitution and the Legislative Assembly Act, which both require general elections to be held every three years, the last election being on 17 March 2005.
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Monday 29 October 2007
Auckland, New Zealand
New Zealand's Speaker of the House of Representatives today encouraged Pacific Island Parliamentarians to uphold human rights, the rule of law and the institutions of democracy.
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Monday 29 October 2007
Canberra, Australia
An ANU academic argues that even though Pacific Islanders are highly represented in Australian arts and sports fields, there is widespread lack of understanding about the cultures from which they've come.
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Thursday 25 October 2007
Manila, Philippines
The Government of Tonga and its development partners have signed an agreement that applies the five principles of the Paris Declaration for Aid Effectiveness and outlines opportunities for fostering more effective development coordination in country both in the immediate future and in the long term.
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Wednesday 24 October 2007
New York, USA
The Anti-Counterfeiting Treaty Agreement (ACTA) encourages countries to adopt a common perspective in the fight against the global crimes of counterfeiting and piracy. To accomplish this goal, ACTA aims to increase international cooperation, identifying best practices with regard to enforcement of intellectual property rights, and pledges support for improving the international legal framework to combat counterfeiting.
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Saturday 20 October 2007
Noumea, New Caledonia
People living in remote islands and rural areas of the Pacific will soon be able to connect to the internet via a new, low-cost, satellite-based system called Pacific RICS (rural interconnectivity system).
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Thursday 18 October 2007
Bangkok, Thailand
Ricky Westerlund's father told his son not to become a farmer. The Westerlund family had been farming for generations in the Alaisa district of their Pacific island country Samoa. But Ricky was highly educated and already working as a civil engineer. That's rare in Samoa, where about 90 percent of the people till the land.
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Thursday 18 October 2007
Brussels, Belgium
Today, October 17, the UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, Global Call to Action against Poverty GCAP's members and supporters, united by wearing white wristbands, are standing up to protest against the massive levels of poverty and inequality still persisting today.
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Wednesday 17 October 2007
Paris, France
Eritrea has replaced North Korea in last place in an index measuring the level of press freedom in 169 countries throughout the world that is published today by Reporters Without Borders for the sixth year running.
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Monday 15 October 2007
Suva, Fiji
We are delighted to invite you to visit us at our first ."BUY USA" Catalog Event at the Pasifiki Trade Fair from October 18-20, 2007 at the Queen Salote Hall, Nuku‘alofa. The Embassy will be in Booth 19. This first-ever trunk event by the Embassy in Tonga, provides you a unique opportunity for your company to view the catalogs and samples of U.S. companies.
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Sunday 14 October 2007
London, UK
Commonwealth Secretary-General Don McKinnon will address the 38th Pacific Islands Forum summit in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, on 16 October 2007 at the opening of the three-day meeting. In a revamped Pacific Islands Forum format, the Secretary-General will be the only non-Pacific Head of Government to be given the opportunity to address the leaders in their plenary executive session.
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Friday 12 October 2007
Sydney, Australia
Rugby icon Jonah Lomu has joined the fight against whaling by fronting a campaign to be launched at an event for 21 regional leaders, including Australian Prime Minister John Howard, attending the Pacific Island Leaders Forum in Nuku'alofa, Tonga on Monday 15 October.
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Wednesday 10 October 2007
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Chamber of Commerce is happy to announce the 'Return to Roots' mission of potential investors to Tonga from New Zealand. The mission has been organized and sponsored by the Pacific Island Trade and Investment Commission (PITIC) with airfares being covered by Air New Zealand.
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Wednesday 10 October 2007
Auckland, New Zealand
Contrary to the New Zealand government's view that Fiji's deposed government was democratically elected, the 2006 general elections were dogged by deficiencies, anomalies and bias at every stage, says University of Waikato senior lecturer Dr David Neilson.
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Wednesday 10 October 2007
Geneva, Switzerland
The Director-General of the World Health Organization WHO, Dr Margaret Chan, today announced a number of changes to the structure of the Organization.
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Monday 8 October 2007
Washington, D.C.,USA
Over one hundred indigenous Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders throughout the continental U.S. and the Pacific Basin will gather in Washington, D.C., on October 10-11, 2007 to develop a Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Agenda that will mobilize a Call for Action to improve the health status specifically for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.
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