Thursday, May 18th, 2017
HONIARE, Solomon Is-May 18: 6:18pm(SIBC): Many Solomon Islanders talk about it and now it’s official: Solomon Islands has the cleanest air in the world. A Global Health Observatory 2017 report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) today revealed the Pacific Island nation has the lowest concentration of “fine particular matter in urban areas” in its air in the world. This means that Solomon Islands has the cleanest air than anywhere else on earth.
ST. GEORGE, Utah-May 18: 4:51pm(St George News): A suspect in a double-stabbing incident out of Sandy was arrested in St. George Monday morning after being chased down by police. The St. George Police Department was informed that Sione Vaitai, 26, of Sandy, was in St. George Sunday night. Vaitai is wanted by the Sandy Police Department for an alleged domestic violence incident that occurred Friday. “He basically grabbed a really large knife and attacked his teenage sister and his father,” Sandy City Police Sgt. Jason Nielsen said Monday.
SUVA, Fiji-May 18: 2:21pm(RNZI): The Pacific Games Council says the Tongan government’s withdrawal from hosting the 2019 Games is “an extremely disappointing and confusing decision”. The Council was formally advised of the government’s decision to pull out on Wednesday, because of financial concerns, five days after the move was approved by cabinet. The Pacific Games Council said it was not consulted in the decision and no attempt was made to seek their assistance to address the Government’s financial concerns over staging the Games.
NUKU’ALOFA-May 18: 9:37am(RNZI): Tonga’s government says it remains committed to the success of the 2019 Pacific Games, despite its inability to host the event.