Wednesday, March 15th, 2017
NUKU’ALOFA-March 15: 3:36pm(Nuku’alofa Times): ‘Akilisi Pohiva has called for a review on the role of the state broadcaster because it has become “an enemy of government”. The PM stated that he was not happy with how the Tonga Broadcasting Commission operated and a review would be carried out over the next month. The prime minister said the services may be better carried out by a different provider.
NUKU’ALOFA-March 15: 2:55pm(Wires): Deportee reintegration is a major concern for Tonga this week as United States officials arrived to take part in a three days conference with the Tongan government and law enforcement officials in Nuku’alofa. “Reintegration of citizens who sometimes don’t know their native land, tradition and culture is a challenge,” said the U.S. Ambassador to Tonga, Judith Cefkin. The United States last year deported 19 Tongan citizens, with three so far in 2017.
SUVA, Fiji-March 15: 2:08pm (FBC NEWS):The safety of media personnel in Fiji has come under the spotlight yet again after an attack on a journalist on Monday. In a shocking incident a remand prisoner threw a stone at a Fiji Broadcasting Corporation (FBC) news reporter whilst in the presence of a police escort outside the Suva courts. To make matters worse the police at the scene refused to take any action against the remand prisoner even though the reporter was also verbally abused.
APIA, Samoa-March 15: 1:56pm(Samoa Observer): A new chapter for the Samoa Ministry of Police started Tuesday. It happened when Fuiavailili Egon Keil, the Police Commissioner, was welcomed back to work after he was suspended for several months. It was much more peaceful, and without the drama which surrounded the last time he returned to work when he was arrested and thrown into a Police cell.
BUCKINGHAM PALACE, UK-March15: 10:29am(InsideTheGames): The Queen has officially launched the Queen’s Baton Relay for next year’s Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast at a ceremony here today. Joined by her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and their son Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, The Queen placed a special message into the Baton which will be read out at the Games’ Opening Ceremony on April 4 next year.
LONDON, UK-March 15: 10:15am(InsideTheGames): Durban has been stripped of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) has exclusively confirmed to insidethegames. The decision was taken by the CGF’s ruling Executive during a meeting this weekend and they are due to release more details later today.
WAIKATO, New Zealand- March 15: 9:44am(RNZI): Chiefs halfback Tawera Kerr-Barlow will head to France at the end of the year after signing a three-year deal with Top 14 club La Rochelle. The 26-year-old has played 25 Tests for the All Blacks.