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Wednesday, June 28th, 2017


Nadene Lomu reveals Jonah Lomu’s infertility and their miracle children Brayley and Dhyreille

Jonah Lomu with wife Nadene and children Brayley and Dhyreille (photo: supplied/Fabwags)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand-June 28: 5:06pm(New Zealand Herald): Jonah Lomu believed he was infertile before his wife fell pregnant with their eldest son.

New Volcanic Island Unveils Explosive Past

A newly formed volcanic cone between the Tonga islands of Hunga Tonga and Hunga Ha‘apai erupts on 15 January 2015, releasing dense, particle-rich jets from the upper regions and surges of water-rich material around the base. The monthlong Hunga eruption created a new island that is now the subject of study and promises to reveal new aspects of the region’s explosive volcanic past. Credit: New Zealand High Commission, Nuku’alofa, Tonga

By Shane J. Cronin, Marco Brenna, Ian E. M. Smith, Simon Barker, Manuela Tost, Murray Ford, Sisi Tonga’onevai, Taaniela Kula, and Rennie Vaiomounga NUKU’ALOFA-June 28: 1:39pm(Earth and Space Science News): A recent volcanic eruption near Tonga in the southwest Pacific created a new island, giving scientists a rare opportunity to explore the volcanic record of this remote region.

ADB creates $200m facility to support clean energy projects in Pacific island countries

EOS post - New Volcanic Island unveils explosive past (photo: supplied/ADB)

MANDALUYONG, Philippines-June 28: 1:29pm(Clean-Tech Business Review): The Asian Development Bank has given its approval for the creation of a new Pacific Renewable Energy Investment Facility, which will provide financial support to a series of renewable energy projects and sector reforms across Pacific island countries.


Tonga Power Limited (photo: Supplied/ Tonga Power Limited)

NUKU’ALOFA-Sune 28: 12:46pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Talu mei he liliu fakamuimui ki he totongi ‘o e ‘uhila ‘a ia na’e fakahoko ‘i he ‘aho 1 ‘Epeleli 2017, na’e holo ai ‘a e totongi ‘o e lolo hu mai ‘a ia ‘oku ngaue’aki ‘e he Kautaha ‘Uhila ‘a Tonga ki hono ngaohi ‘o e ‘uhila ‘aki ‘a e seniti ‘e 5.57 (4.08%) ki he lita mei he seniti ‘e 136.68 ki he lita ki he seniti ‘e 131.11 ‘i he he’ene a’u mai ki he faka’osinga ‘o Sune 2017, ‘a ia kuo tali ‘eRead More


Tonga Power Limited (photo: Supplied/ Tonga Power Limited)

NUKU’ALOFA-June 28: 12:38pm(Nuku’alofa Times): Since the last Electricity Tariff adjustment came into effect on the 1 st April 2017, the landed cost of diesel used by Tonga Power Ltd to generate electricity has decreased by 5.57 seniti (4.08%) per litre.

TASANOC – Happy Olympic Day

Takitoa Taumoepeau has been confirmed as the TASANOC Secretary General and CEO

NUKU’ALOFA-June 28: 12:27pm(Nuku’alofa Times): The Tonga Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC) successfully conducted the marking and celebration of the 2017 Olympic Day in the northern island of Vava’u in the Kingdom of Tonga last Saturday 24th June.

RAMSI hailed a success for regional partnership as final Enhanced Consultative Meeting held in Solomon Islands

Honiara, Solomon Islands: The Pacific Islands Forum’s Enhanced Consultative Mechanism (ECM) on the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) held its final meeting yesterday in Honiara with the operation being hailed an exemplary story of regional partnership and a perfect illustration of what can be done when applying Pacific solutions to Pacific problems.
The Chair of the ECM, the Chief of Police of the Federated States of Micronesia, Mr Johnny Santos said “As RAMSI draws to an end, this final meeting covered the remaining operational and policy issues of RAMSI work in the Solomon Islands and closes the loop on this important regional mission.”
The meeting heard that much had been achieved over the life of the mission with the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force now ready to assume full policing and security responsibilities. The Police Force was recognized as one of the most highly trained in the region, with the recent deployment of its members to participate in the United Nations Mission in Darfur put forward to illustrate their international standing. 
It was acknowledged that Solomon Islands had made tremendous strides towards becoming a stable, modern and self-reliant democracy, out-performing most post-conflict nations, and at the same time developing strong foundations to address its development challenges. As a consequence, the ECM noted the RAMSI had completed its mission to restore law and order, stabilise, re-set and strengthen national institutions, rebuild business confidence, enable employment opportunities, and restore essential services delivered across the archipelago.
At the invitation of the Solomon Islands Government, and consisting of 15 countries of the Pacific Islands Forum, RAMSI was tasked in 2003 with restoring law and order and rebuilding the essential machinery of government of the Solomon Islands. The ECM was established by Pacific Islands Forum Leaders in 2006 as a high level reference group to provide oversight of RAMSI as the mission progressed.
Reflecting on the end of RAMSI, Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor said, “RAMSI is a milestone, not only for Solomon Islands, but for the Forum as a whole. It has been a truly regional exercise in solidarity and a shining example of Pacific diplomacy and cooperation. The people and government of the Solomon Islands must be congratulated for the way they have worked together to reach this point today. I would also like to say thank you to the men and women from across the region who have contributed to this mission over the last 14 years.” 
“Though the mission is ending there is still much work to be done. The Government will continue working with its neighbours and the United Nations, and the Pacific Islands Forum will always be standing by to assist in any way it can in future.”
The final ECM meeting was attended by senior government representatives of Papua New Guinea, the Federated States of Micronesia and Samoa as the past, present and future Chair of the Forum, as well as Solomon Islands and RAMSI. Australia and Papua New Guinea are also members of the ECM (photo: supplied/The Strategist)

HONIARA, Solomon Islands-June 12: 12:18pm(Nuku’alofa Times):The Pacific Islands Forum’s Enhanced Consultative Mechanism (ECM) on the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) held its final meeting yesterday in Honiara with the operation being hailed an exemplary story of regional partnership and a perfect illustration of what can be done when applying Pacific solutions to Pacific problems.

Last chance for Pac Games in Tonga now gone

Team Tonga at the 2015 Pacific Games in Port Moresby. Photo: RNZI / Vinnie Wylie

NUKU’ALOFA-June 28: 10:44am(RNZI):Any hope of Tonga hosting the 2019 Pacific Games has officially ended now with parliament voting against a motion to do so.

Tongan school programmes looks to stop fights

Fighting brought traffic to a standstill in Nuku'alofa earlier this month Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

NUKU’ALOFA-June 28: 10:41am(RNZI):Tongan authorities are hoping a week-long camp for students will help address increasing cases of youth fighting in the country.