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Thursday, July 12th, 2018


Miss Heilala asks for caution as she prepares for Miss Pacific event

Miss Heilala being crowned. Photo: MARTIAN MAROON PHOTOGRAPHY

NUKU’ALOFA – July 12, 2018: 3.30pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The newly crowned Miss Heilala Kalo Funganitao has called on Tongans to love and support each, remembering to practice caution on what they say, as she focuses on the upcoming Miss Pacific contest here in Tonga in November.

Achieving targets on energy helps meet other Global Goals, UN forum told

Adnan Amin, Director-General of the International Renewable Energy Agency

NEW YORK, USA – July 12, 2018: 3.15pm (UN NEWS CENTRE): Energy is central to nearly every major challenge and opportunity the world faces today, including poverty eradication, gender equality, adaptation to climate change, food security, health, education, sustainable cities, jobs and transport, speakers told a key United Nations forum on sustainable development on Tuesday.

Fragile countries risk being ‘stuck in a cycle of conflict and climate disaster’

Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed

NEW YORK, USA – July 12, 2018: 3.10pm (CLIMATE HOME): Climate change ­– and the shortages of water and food that come from it – is becoming increasingly linked to conflict, a senior United Nations official told the Security Council on Wednesday, warning that countries most vulnerable to drought and crop failure are also most vulnerable to conflict and fragility.

Tonga’s Chief Secretary resigns to join husband in the States

Dr Palenitina Langa'oi Tiueti

SUVA, Fiji – July 12, 2018: 2.55pm (Nuku’alofa Times): A new Chief Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and Secretary to Cabinet is expected to be named soon following the resignation of incumbent Dr Palenitina Langa’oi Tiueti.

England’s World Cup dream dashed as Croatia win semi-final in extra time

Croatian players celebrate their win against England this morning

By Daniel Taylor at the Luzhniki Stadium in Russia July 12,2018: 2.45pm (The Guradian): It was like watching a beautiful painting being ripped up in front of your eyes.

Australia, Solomons, PNG sign undersea cable deal amid criticism from China

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela and Australia's PM Turnbull at the signing

BRISBANE, Australia – July 12, 2018 (ABC): The leaders of Australia, the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea have marked the start of a project to lay an undersea internet cable between the three countries amid criticism from China that Australia is trying to contain its influence in the region.