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Wednesday, April 12th, 2017


Fury – Joseph Parker is world’s best champion

New Zealand heavyweight boxer Joseph Parker with his Dad, Dempsey after defeating Andy Ruiz Jr for the WBO World Heavyweight Title. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

AUCKLAND, New Zealand-April 12: 4:47pm(NZ Herald): Hughie Fury rates Kiwi Joseph Parker as the best of the recognised heavyweight champions – better even than fellow Englishman Anthony Joshua. Fury, who will fight Parker for the WBO title at Auckland’s Vector Arena on May 6, said it was the South Aucklander’s hunger and skill which sets him apart from the heavy-hitting Joshua, the IBF champion who will defend his title against Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley on April 29, and WBC champion Deontay Wilder, an American with a vicious right hand. “They’ve allRead More

Fijian soldier answers call of duty

Players of the Vodafone Fiji 7's team in training while in Sydney. Photo: Worlds

SUVA, Fiji-April 12: 4:22pm(Fiji Times): Fijian soldier Paula Dranisinukula relishes the chance of playing alongside his Vodafone Fiji 7s teammates in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series tournament in Singapore this weekend. He is the latest inclusion of the many members of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces who have made their name in representing Fiji in the abbreviated code. The 27-year-old Navuniivi man from Ra, follows in the footsteps of former and current Army players such as Jope Tuikabe, Emosi Mulevoro, Leone Nakarawa, Sikeli Vuruna, Sakeasi Vonolagi, Alifereti Dere, MesakeRead More

Samoa coach Tietjens still sets title win as target

Sir Gordon Tietjens has had plenty of options to consider after stepping down from his long career as New Zealand 7s coach...he has now been confirmed as the new Samoa 7s coach

SINGAPORE, Malaysia-April 12: 4:10pm(The Strait Times): A year ago, Gordon Tietjens led hot favourites New Zealand to the inaugural HSBC Singapore Rugby Sevens Series, only for the All Blacks to crash out in the quarter-finals to South Africa. This year, the renowned 61-year-old returns to the Republic as coach of the less-fancied Samoa side – and he believes his charges have a shot at winning the April 15-16 Singapore leg. All because, he reasoned, the nature of today’s sevens game means “on any given day, any team can beat any team”.

Fiji Health Ministry seeks advice on blood donations by gay men

Photo: Artem Zhitenev / RIA Novosti

SUVA, Fiji-April 12: 3:42pm(RNZI):Fiji’s Health Ministry says it is seeking legal advice after a homosexual man was reportedly prevented from donating blood. The Ministry said its policies were informed by World Health Organisation guidelines. But the Human Rights and Anti Discrimination Commission said they were unconstitutional and demanded action be taken.

Energy Ministers to talk business in Tonga

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NUKU’ALOFA-April 12: 11:02am(Nuku’alofa Times): The upcoming  Third Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministerial Meeting will be a great opportunity for island ministers to discuss the latest international and regional developments in energy and transport sectors affecting the region.

Building Pacific social citizens through education

The Pacific Financial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) has helped 1.5 million Pacific Islanders  access formal financial services (Photo: PINA)

NADI Fiji-April 12: 10:59am(Nuku’alofa Times): Senior education policy and curriculum development officials from the region met on 3-5 April 2017 to map a way forward for their countries to strengthen the human rights, gender equality, civic education and social citizenship components of their national education curriculum. The meeting, jointly organised by SPC’s Regional Rights Resources Team (RRRT), Educational Quality and Assessment Programme (EQAP) and Social Development Programme (SDP) with the support of the Australian Government, discussed the relevance, readiness, and opportunities for implementing human rights curricula in Pacific island countries. ParticipantsRead More

Tonga to host Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers Meeting

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NUKU’ALOFA-April 12: 10:54am(Nuku’alofa Times): Over 100 high-level delegates and experts will convene in Tonga at the end of April for theThird Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministerial Meeting to discuss the latest international and regional developments in energy and transport sectors affecting the region. The high-level meeting, which will be hosted at the Fa’onelua Convention Centre in Nuku’alofa, will cover energy and transport challenges and priorities included in the Framework for Resilient Development in the Pacific, the Framework for Action on Energy Security in the Pacific and the regional Framework forRead More

Eleven cases of typhoid in Tonga


NUKU’ALOFA-April 12: 10:43am(RNZI): Health authorities in Tonga have temporarily banned kava drinking in public halls to control an outbreak of typhoid. Eleven people have been diagnosed with the disease since January. A woman died of the illness in New Zealand late last month, and there have been 18 confirmed cases in the country, but public health officials say outbreak in Auckland is under control.