Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017


Pacific and European countries demand shipping makes tough CO2 cuts

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LONDON, UK-May 3: 5:05pm(Pacnews): A coalition of Pacific Island and European countries have agreed to work together to ensure the UN’s International Maritime Organisation delivers an ambitious climate deal for shipping. Ministers meeting in Tonga from April 24-28 formally endorsed the work of a “High Ambition Coalition for shipping” ahead of IMO negotiations in London next month. The group – which includes the Marshall Islands, Tuvalu, Tonga, Germany, France and Denmark – intends to ensure IMO provides its contribution towards the Paris Agreement goal of guarding temperatures to well below 2 degreesRead More

Calls to protect media freedom in Fiji

FMA president Nemani Delaibatiki (photo: Asia Pacific Report)

SUVA, Fiji-May 3: 2:41pm(Fiji Times): The Fiji Media Association (FMA) says journalists in Fiji are free to carry out their work and conditions have come a long way from those experienced in past political upheavals. FMA president Nemani Delaibatiki made the comment Tuesday on the eve of World Press Freedom Day. Delaibatiki said Fiji joined other countries around the world to celebrate the fundamental principles of media freedom and the independence of the media.

From Island home to long career at Calvary Mater Newcastle

Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Clinical Nurse Specialist, Fane Falemaka (photo:

NEW Castle, Australia-May 3: 1:37pm(MNNews.Today): Last year Calvary Mater Newcastle’s Clinical Nurse Specialist, Fane Falemaka, was the proud recipient of the Mary Potter Award. She was nominated by her peers because they felt she exemplified Calvary’s values of Hospitality, Healing, Stewardship and Respect. Also in 2016, Catholic Health Australia honoured Fane with the highly coveted Nurse of the Year Award. This is her story:

First ever regional meeting on food security in disaster-prone Pacific Islands concludes in Fiji

Taro, the main root crop for many pacific islands (Photo: Polynelise)

NADI, Fiji-May 3: 1:20pm(WFP): Preparing for and responding to natural disasters as they affect access to food for millions of people in the Pacific Islands, is one of the major themes that was discussed at the first-ever meeting of the Regional Pacific Food Security Cluster in Nadi, Fiji last week. The meeting of some 50 representatives from governments, non-governmental and UN organisations, was jointly hosted by Food Security Cluster co-lead Coordinators: the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The three-dayRead More

Media bosses to discuss democracy in Fiji

United States of America Embassy for Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu Regional Public Diplomacy Office new Public Diplomacy Officer Dmitri Tarakhovsky (photo: google images)

SUVA, Fiji-May 3: 12:59pm(Fiji Times): Editors of local newsrooms in Fiji will be part of a panel today to publicly discuss the role of media in a democracy. Dmitri Tarakhovsky, the Regional Public Affairs Officer at the US Embassy said the event was aimed at discussing several media issues which also include “how the advancement of social media, online resources and citizen journalism has changed the media environment.” World Press Freedom Day is a United Nations sanctioned commemorative day which aims to celebrate the fundamental principles of press freedom.

Wales sweat over fitness of Gethin Jenkins for Tests with Tonga and Samoa

Gethin Jenkins of Wales (photo: Rugby World)

CARDIFF, Wales-May 3: 12:48pm(Wales Online): Gethin Jenkins’ chances of lining up for Wales against Tonga and Samoa are hanging by a thread. The record-breaking prop was a leading contender to captain his country into battle after missing out on a place in Warren Gatland’s Lions squad for the tour of New Zealand. Making the Wales squad for the clash with Tonga, which will take place in New Zealand on June 16 with Auckland a likely choice as the venue city, would have put him in prime position to be called upRead More

“Minds for Critical Times: the media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusive societies”

PINA President, Mr Moses Stevens (Photo: Pita Ligaiula/PINA)

By PINA President, Mr Moses Stevens SUVA, Fiji- May 3: 11:35am(Nuku’alofa Times): As we gather to commemorate another World Press Freedom Day on 3rd May and ponder on this year’s theme, we as media workers need to remind ourselves that we live in a society where we share. As President of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), I use this day to call on our governments, civil society organisations (CSOs) and national media associations (NMAs) in the Pacific to reflect on our responsibilities in ensuring the welfare and rights of ourRead More

Experts warn of poor healthcare systems in the region

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HAGÅTÑA, Guam-May 3: 11:22am(Marianas Variety/Pacnews): Pacific island jurisdictions continue to face significant challenges across a number of health system components, posing critical and continuing barriers to effectively and efficiently responding to continuing and still-acute disease burdens. At the 22nd Micronesian Islands Forum — formerly known as the Micronesian Chief Executives Summit — the Regional Health Committee and the Pacific Island Health Officers Association reported that despite concerted efforts, Micronesia continues to see worsening trends in a number of key health indicators and measures. “The committee therefore reiterated their recommendation atRead More

Quake measuring 5.7 hits north of Vanuatu

The area where an earthquake hit Vanuatu. Picture: United States Geological Survey

PORT VILA, Vanuatu-May 3: 9:46am( AN EARTHQUAKE with a magnitude of 5.7 has struck northwest of the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu, the US Geological Survey says. The quake was initially reported with a magnitude of 6.0, but was later downgraded by the USGS. It was recorded at a depth of 20km and was located around 250km northwest of Vanuatu’s Santo island, the USGS said. There was no immediate tsunami warning or any reports of damage or casualties.

Action-packed communique for the region

Delegates from PIC at the Energy and Transport Meeting in Nuku'alofa (Photo: Nuku'alofa Times)

NUKU’ALOFA-May 3: 9:30am (SPC/Nuku’alofa Times): Ministers and officials from 20 countries and development partners who met in Tonga during the 3rd Pacific and Regional Energy and Transport Ministers’ meeting in Tonga last week endorsed an action-based Communique and implementation priorities for transport and energy sectors in the Pacific for the next three years. In the final ministerial component of the five-day regional meeting for Transport and Energy, participants addressed and committed to high priority reforms. Chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Hon Siaosi Sovaleni, whose portfolio also includes Energy, the meeting deliberatedRead More