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Friday, March 31st, 2017


Vanuatu and Tonga confirm respective Games are on

Vanuatu Sports Minister Seuele Simeon presenting his government's confirmation of the Mini Games at the ONOC meeting today here on Denarau. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

By ILIESA TORA at the Sofitel Hotel (This coverage has been made possible with ONOC’s sponsorship) DENARAU, Fiji – March 31; 12.58pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Both Vanuatu and Tonga have confirmed that the respective Games awarded to them by the Pacific Games Council will be staged in the two different countries, as per the agreements their respective governments signed.

Tonga delegates attend ONOC meeting

Lord Sevel and Takitoa at the meeting here at the Sofitel. Photo: NUKU'ALOFA TIMES

By ILIESA TORA at the Sofitel Hotel DENARAU, Fiji -March 31: 12.15pm (Nuku’alofa Times):  Tonga is represented at the current Oceania National Olympic Committee conference here at the Sofitel Hotel on Denarau in Nadi, Fiji, leading up to the ONOC General Assembly tomorrow.

PNG sorcery killings highlight law weakness

A photo taken on February 6, 2013 A photo taken on February 6, 2013 shows a crowd watching as a young mother accused of sorcery, is stripped naked, reportedly tortured with a branding iron, tied up, splashed with fuel and set alight on a pile of rubbish topped with car tyres, in Mount Hagen city in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. (Photo: AFP/Post Courie)

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea-March 31: 12:20pm(RNZI): Village judges tend to be reluctant to handle cases where people are attacked over sorcery allegations, according to a church leader in Papua New Guinea. Father Victor Roche of the Catholic Bishops Conference of PNG has called for stronger laws and better protection for law enforcement in combatting sorcery-related violence. This comes as over 100 men in Madang are to go to trial for the killings of seven people they accused of practising sorcery, or sanguma.

Tongan baby gets reprieve from deportation

The baby was only a month old when she arrived in New Zealand (Photo: 123RF)

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-March 31: 9:36am(RNZI): A baby who was issued with a deportation notice has won a year’s reprieve to remain with her adopted family in New Zealand. Baby BC, as she is called by the Immigration and Protection Tribunal, faced deportation back to her birth parents’ home in Tonga. BC arrived from Tonga when she was only a month old with her birth mother and older siblings.