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Tuesday, March 7th, 2017


Women’s economic empowerment key to achieving SDGs

(photo: A Celebration of Women page)

SUVA, Fiji-March 7: 2:17pm(UN Women News): “Women’s economic empowerment is essential for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals” is the message from UN Women Executive Director, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, to mark International Women’s Day (IWD), 8 March, around the world. This year’s theme for the UN observance of IWD is “women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”.

Pohiva not worried about cabinet inexperience

Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva holds on to his sit (photo: rnzi)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 7: 1:32pm(RNZI): Tonga’s Prime Minister says he believes his re-jigged Cabinet has the expertise to govern the country effectively. Over the weekend ‘Akilisi Pohiva asked his finance minister ‘Aisake Eke to resign because he abstained from last week’s no-confidence vote.

Bank South Pacific to go into digital operations by 2019

(photo: google images)

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea-March 7: 1:23pm(Post Courier): The Bank of the South Pacific (BSP) is looking forward to introduce the new core banking system in 2019 after its successful rollout in 2015 at Fiji. CEO Robin Fleming announced this when presenting the bank’s 2016 full year report during an investor presentation yesterday in Port Moresby.

Jet Airways and Fiji Airways announce codeshare agreement

Fiji Airways - Fiji’s National Airline (photo: the Advertiser)

SUVA, Fiji-March 7: 12:53pm(Fiji Airways news): Jet Airways, India’s full-service premier international airline and Fiji Airways, Fiji’s National Airline have announced a codeshare partnership which offers guests travelling on both carriers convenient and seamless connectivity between India and Fiji via Singapore and Hong Kong. The codeshare agreement, a first-of-its-kind between the airlines of the two countries, will address the growing demand for travel between India and Fiji.

Polluted environments kill 1.7 million children each year, UN health agency reports

Boy swimming in polluted water in India (photo: Digital Synopsis)

GENEVA, Switzerland-March 7: 11:40am(UN News Centre): Unhealthy environments are responsible for one-quarter of young child deaths, according to two new reports from the United Nations health agency, which reviewed the threats from pollutants such as second-hand smoke, UV radiation, unsafe water and e-waste. According to the latest information, polluted environments take the lives of 1.7 million children under the age of five.

Domestic economical activities support growth


NUKU’ALOFA-March 7: 11.25am (Nuku’alofa Times): The overall domestic economic activities, which were generally favourable, continued to support the Reserve Bank’s expectation of stronger growth for 2016/17, the National Reserve Bank of Tonga said today.

Be responsible, do not damage roadside posts and gardens

Raised garden beds at the Nuku’alofa bus stations ( Ministry of Environment)

NUKU’ALOFA- March 7: 11:25am(Nuku’alofa Times/Dept. of Enivronment): The Department of Environment is asking members of the public to refrain from damaging roadside posts and flower gardens that have been erected along Vuna Road here in Nuku’alofa. This follows confirmation that some roadside posts and flower gardens have been damaged.

Tu’utu’uni ki he Fokotu’utu’u Ngāue Fakapa’anga


NUKU’ALOFA-Ma’asi 7: 11.07am (Nuku’alofa Times/Reserve Bank): ‘I he fakataha ko ia ‘a e Poate e kau Talēkita ‘a e Pangikē Pule Fakafonua ‘o Tongá, ‘i he ‘aho 3 ‘o Ma’asi 2017, na’e tali e tu’utu’uni fakapangikē ke kei hokohoko atu ai pē ‘a e ngaahi tu’utu’uni fakangāue lolotongá, ke faka’ai’ai ‘aki mo pāotoloaki ‘a e ngaahi ngāue faka’ekonōmika ‘a e fonuá.

Samoa University employs blind lecturer

The National University's newest lecturer, Faaolo Utumapu (Photo: supplied /Tip)

APIA, Samoa-March 7: 11:05am(RNZI): Samoa’s National University has employed a fulltime lecturer with a disability for the first time. Faaolo Utumapu was born blind and graduated with a Masters in Communications and Media studies from Monash University in Australia.

TONGA A set for the 2017 World Rugby Pacific Challenge

Action from 2016 (photo: getty images)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 7: 10:58am(Nuku’alofa Times): The tournament will kick off this Friday 10th March 2017 at the ANZ Stadium in Suva featuring National A teams from Samoa Tonga Fiji and Japan. Tonga A is captained by Sione Lolohea and Isileli Fatani the Head Coach to challenge the defending Champs – Fiji Warriors.