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Friday, March 17th, 2017


Another two people die of dengue in New Caledonia


NOUMEA, New Caledonia-March 17: 2:47pm(RNZI): Another two people in New Caledonia have died of dengue, bringing to five the number of fatalities this year. Health authorities say a 71-year old man and an 82-year old woman died in hospital in early March after being weakened by the mosquito-borne disease.

Sending men back to Samoa doing more damage than good

Downtown Apia, Samoa (photo: RNZI)

APIA, Samoa-March 17: 2:44pm(RNZI): A new study shows that the return migration of troubled young men back to Samoa to help turn their lives around does more damage than good. Gisa Dr Moses Faleolo interviewed 25 men aged between 16 and 24 who were sent back to Samoa in an attempt to separate them from gang life in South Auckland New Zealand.

12 French nuclear test victims to be compensated

NANTES, France-March 17: 11:46am(RNZI): A French court has upheld the right of 12 nuclear tests veterans to be compensated for ill health caused by exposure to radiation. The court in Nantes upheld nine cases against which the defence ministry had lodged an appeal and found in three cases that their claim should proceed.

Super Rugby break scrapped as Pacific Nations get boost

world rugby boss

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-March 17: 11:32am(NEWSHUB): World Rugby has finally agreed on a global calendar that will see Super Rugby completed before the new international window in July and more Tests played between the tier one and tier two rugby nations. The calendar, which will come into effect in 2020, aims to align the northern and southern hemisphere rugby seasons and ensure player welfare as well as the growth of tier two nations.

Aisea Taumoepeau, Tonga’s first Ombudsman

‘Aisea Taumoepeau

NUKU’ALOFA-March 17: 11:18am(Wires): A changeover from a Commissioner for Public relations to an Ombudsman was a “coming of age” for Tonga, the kingdom’s first Ombudsman ‘Aisea Taumoepeau SC, said at a function to mark the establishment of his office in Nuku’alofa. An Ombudsman can help ensure that “making sure all Tongans is accorded fairness”, he told invited guests at the Tanoa International Dateline Hotel.

Tongan sisters plead no contest to elder abuse in death of mother

(photo: TongaNow FB page)

SAN MATEO, USA-March 17: 9:44am(KTVU): Two sisters pleaded no contest Monday to felony elder abuse and infliction of great bodily injury in the death of their elderly mother, who died of pneumonia and was found decaying in her own bed and covered in fecal matter, prosecutors said. Moala Siafoou Tatola, 41, and Tafolosa Haisaane Tatolamahe, 48, were charged after police responded to a report of a dead body in the 1600 block of Third Avenue on March 9, 2013, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

NFL player Haloti Ngata opens training facility in Salt Lake City

(photo: Detroit Free Press)

SALT LAKE CITY,USA-March 17: 9:35am(Fox13Now): Salt Lake City has a new sports training facility in town. Haloti Ngata, a Highland High School alum and current Detroit Lions defensive tackle, teamed up with D1 Sports Training and opened a new gym in the area.

Tongan noble says PM plans are unconstitutional

Noble Representative Lord Fusitu'a (Photo: twitter)

NUKU’ALOFA-March 17: 9:25am(RNZI): A Noble Representative in Tonga says closing down the state broadcaster would be unconstitutional. Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva wants to review the Tonga Broadcasting Commission because he says the broadcaster is not doing its job of facilitating government work.