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Tuesday, March 14th, 2017


Nature-based approaches to help reduce disaster risks

Group photo

NUKU’ALOFA- March 14: 4:18pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The implementation of eco-system based reduction and adaptation approaches that includes biodiversity should help Pacific countries reduce the increasing incidence and severity of disasters that is leaving more people vulnerable each year in the region. That was something participants at the “Ecosystem Services for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction – a ‘win-win’ situation” workshop in Nadi, Fiji learned last week.

Pacific region set to benefit from increased solidarity funding

Oceania National Olympic Committees (google images)

SUVA, Fiji- March 14: 3:33pm(INSIDE THE GAMES) : Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) President Robin Mitchell has revealed the Pacific region will benefit from a 14 per cent increase in solidarity funding. The increase will be felt across the four-year period from 2017 to 2020, with the funding coming through the International Olympic Commitee’s (IOC) Olympic Solidarity programme.

Helping Hands needed for Tamahanga Tukunga

Tamahanga (Ta) Tukunga (photo: SeaView Lodge and Restaurant)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 14: 3:13pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Tamahanga Tukunga is a 23 year old law student and, given his age, should have his whole life ahead of him. But because of some unfortunate circumstances, he will need all the help he can get to do so. Ta, as he is affectionately called, was diagnosed with End Stage Kidney Disease or Renal Disease which is the final stage of chronic kidney disease in which the kidneys no longer function well enough to meet the needs of daily life. However close friends and family have banded togetherRead More

UN Commission on Status of Women opens with calls for more men to stand up for equality


NEW YORK, USA- March 14: 1:59pm(UN News Centre): With men still dominating even in countries that consider themselves progressive, the world needs more women leaders and more men standing up for gender equality, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres said today. “It is true, I am a man, but we need all men to stand up for women’s empowerment. Our world needs more women leaders. And our world needs more men standing up for gender equality,” Guterres told the Commission on Status of Women (CSW), which began its annual session Monday.

Holiday incentive to Tonga

(photo: ETB Travel News website)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 14: 11:40am(SPTO): Travel agents are encouraged to enroll and complete the South Pacific Specialist online training programme to qualify for an exclusive eight-night holiday to the island kingdom of Tonga, the only remaining monarchy in the South Pacific. The lucky winner will take a journey back in time to experience authentic Tonga and its compelling mix of centuries old culture, history and traditions.

All bills to be scrutinised from a gender perspective

(photo: Parliament of Fiji page)

SUVA, Fiji-March 14: 11:29am( Fiji Times): All bills proposed in the Fijian Parliament will now have to be scrutinised by MPs from a gender perspective. This has been made possible after the launch of a ‘gender tool kit’ this morning.

Crackdown on unlicensed FOREX dealing

photo: The National Reserve Bank of Tonga

NUKU’ALOFA-March 14: 10:41am( Nuku’alofa Times): The National Reserve Bank of Tonga is to get tough with unlicensed shops providing a foreign exchange service. The central bank said anyone who wants to carry on such a business has to approach it for a licence.

More fake passport arrests

FORGERY red Rubber Stamp over a white background.(google images)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 14: 10:29am(Nuku’alofa Times): The Tongan Police taskforce investigating fraudulent documents such as passports have made two more arrests last week. A  44 year-old Tongan man from Kolofo’ou was arrested last friday on forgery and false declaration charges.