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Wednesday, May 17th, 2017


Japan will help Pacific Islands prepare for missile attack

Evolved Sea Sparrow Missile (ESSM), United States of America(photo: Naval Technology)

TOYKO, Japan-May 17: 3:37pm(Loop PNG): Japan is ready to assist Pacific Island countries, including Papua New Guinea, prepare for any missile attack by North Korea. Japan’s Deputy Press Secretary for the Deputy-Director General for Press and Public Diplomacy, Masato Otaka, said they will always be ready to listen to the voices of the island countries. Otaka told Loop PNG during a dialogue with Asia Pacific journalists that Japan is ready to assist with the needs of small island nations in the Asia Pacific region.

Sports chief keen on Samoa hosting 2019 Pacific Games

Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i , SASNOC CEO (Photo: Samoa observer)

APIA, Samoa-May 17: 3:31pm(Samoa Observer): Tonga’s decision to withdraw from hosting the 2019 Pacific Games is an opportunity for Samoa. That’s the opinion of the President of the Samoa Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee (S.A.S.N.O.C.), Fepulea’i Patrick Fepulea’i. “I think from S.A.S.N.O.C.’s perspective, we’re happy to host and we have the ability to do so,” he told the Samoa Observer yesterday.

Samoa Netball names U21 team

Soli Ropati (Vice Capt), Aniva Sesega and Leilani Solaese(Capt) of the Samoa U21 Netball team (photo: Samoa Observer)

APIA, Samoa-May 17: 3:25pm(Samoa Observer): Netball Samoa has finalised their U21 team to represent Samoa at the Netball World Youth Cup Gaborone 2017 in July. Up to 40 trialists had the opportunity to compete for a position in the team over a series of training camps held in Samoa, Auckland and Gold Coast. The team features twelve fresh new faces, uncapped players. Netball Samoa Coach Lee Edwards says she is excited with the progress of the team over the last 12 months.

Tongan woman appointed to head Ministry of Lands and Natural resources

new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, Rosamond Carter Bing  (Photo: Govt of Tonga website)

NUKU’ALOFA-May 17: 2:59pm(MEIDECC): Tonga’s Public Service Commission has announced the appointment of Rosamond Carter Bing as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources, effective on Monday, 15 May 2017. Bing will be responsible for navigating the Ministry through a changing and challenging social and economic environment, as well as the continuing drive by the Public Service Commission to managing the Government’s operational efficiency and effectiveness. Bing is a law graduate of the Australian National University where she also attained a Master of Laws (GovernmentRead More

Rodan: Fiji can host Pacific Games

Joe Rodan Fiji Association of Sports And National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) president (Photo: Fiji Sun)

SUVA, Fiji-May 17: 2:53pm(Fiji Times): Fiji Association of Sports And National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) president Joseph Rodan, says Fiji is ready to host the 2019 Pacific Games if given the permission. This follows Tonga’s withdrawal from hosting because of heavy economic costs it would occur to the island kingdom. Rodan said Fiji had the best facilities in the region to cater for international games.

Pacific Games Council still expects event to be in Tonga

Vidya Lakhan says the Pacific Games Council backs Tonga for 2019 Games

SUVA, Fiji-May 17: 1:52pm(RNZI): The Pacific Games Council remains confident the 2019 event will be held in Tonga, even if the government follows through on plans to withdraw from hosting. The prime minister, ‘Akilisi Pohiva, said the cabinet made the decision to pull out on Friday, on the basis of a 2013 World Bank report about the economic impact of the event. Mr Pohiva said he intended to write a letter to the Pacific Games Council informing them of the decision.

Commonwealth to unveil ‘revolutionary’ approach to climate change

climate change

LONDON, United Kingdom-May 17: 12:32pm(COMSEC): Some of the world’s leading environmental experts will meet at a Commonwealth conference this week to see how they can take forward an innovative strategy to reverse the human impact of climate change. They are hoping their new approach will influence the debate among world leaders when they meet at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP23, chaired by Fiji in Bonn, Germany this November. The Commonwealth’s Regenerative Development to Reverse Climate Change Conference, organised in collaboration with the Cloudburst Foundation, is the second meeting ofRead More

China, Fiji vow to strengthen cooperation

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Fiji Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama (Photo: Xinhua)

BEIJING, China-May 17: 12:13pm(XINHUA): Chinese President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that China is ready to enhance all-round cooperation with Fiji for the benefit of the people in both countries. China is willing to expand cooperation with Fiji on agricultural technology, green development, investment and trade, Xi said during a meeting with Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, who attended the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation held in Beijing from May 14 to 15. China and the Pacific island country forged a strategic partnership based on mutual respect and common developmentRead More

Sports Minister Confirms No Funds Committed to Tonga for 2019 Pacific Games

Justin Tkatchenko, PNG Sports Minister (EMTV)

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea-May 17: 10:07am(EM TV News): Sports Minister, Justin Tkatchenko, made clear today that no funds were given to Tonga following Tonga’s withdrawal as host nation of the 2019 Pacific Games. The PNG Government assured Tonga of their assistance, in funds and man power, but with the recent withdrawal, this commitment will fall through. Tkatchenko said, after their visit to Tonga two years ago, the Tongan government was still sceptical as to whether Tonga had the ability to host the Pacific Games.

Mate Ma’a Tonga improved on World Ranking

Mate Ma'a Tonga team while performing the "sipitau"

NUKU’ALOFA-May 17: 9:39am(Rugby League): The Mate Ma’a Tonga team has imporved three places on World Rugby League ranking after defeating Vodafone Fiji Bati team 26-24 ealier this month in Australia.  The latest World Rugby League ranking released today reveals that Fiji Bati slipped to 8th spot while Tonga moved from 15th to 11th. There is only one change inside the top 10 with Ireland overtaking Fiji into seventh place. Australia remains the top team followed by New Zealand, England and Scotland.