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September, 2018


Major fisheries meeting opens in Majuro


MAJURO , Marshall Islands – September 27, 2018: 3.40pm (MARIANAS VARIETY): Pacific islands fisheries officials have a big agenda for this week’s Technical and Compliance Committee of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) meeting that opened in Majuro on Wednesday.

Report shows steady progress on Human Development for Pacific Island states

Pacific Leaders at the Forum in Nauru report shows steady progress in the Pacific

SUVA, Fiji – September 27, 2018: 3.40pm (UNDP): Tonga, Fiji, Palau and Samoa remain in the High Human Development category of the latest Human Development Index (HDI) and are joined by the Republic of Marshall Islands which is included in the index for the first time.

Turning dreams into reality at USP Pacific TAFE

Jasveer Singh (left) after his graduation on 20 September, and Nizarat Naushad (right) receives award from H.E Taneti Maamau, 25th Chancellor of USP.

SUVA, Fiji – September 27, 2018: 3.30pm (USP MEDIA): “We all have dreams and aspirations of being someone we are currently not and USP’s Pacific TAFE is the way to go if you want your dreams to become reality”.

Development Partners important for USP

Development partners during the Development Partners Forum hosted by USP on September 19. Photo: USP MEDIA

SUVA, Fiji – September 27, 2018: 3.25pm (USP MEDIA): A forum to facilitate discussion between The University of the South Pacific (USP) and its Development Partners was held at the Japan-Pacific ICT Conference Room in the Laucala Campus on September 19.

PhD graduate shares her journey of courage, commitment and dedication

Dr Whippy receiving her PhD award from USP’s 25th Chancellor, His Excellency TanetiMaamau, the President of the Republic of Kiribati. Photo: USP MEDIA

SUVA, Fiji – September 27, 2018: 3.15pm (USP Media): Hearing your name being virtually blasted over the microphone and resonating around the auditorium to receive your PhD following years of sweat and hard work is a moment too sweet to cherish, too overwhelming to contain one’s self.

Taumalolo hails Kangaroos sacrifice

MMT star Jason Taumalolo has praised the Kangaroos players

SYDNEY, Australia – September 18, 2018: 9.15pm (AAP): Mate Ma’a Tonga star Jason Taumalolo has hailed Kangaroos players for accepting arguably the biggest pay cut in rugby league history to stage their historic test match next month.

The challenge as climate change reshapes agriculture


Open, predictable and fair global food markets can help strengthen climate change response efforts and contribute to fighting hunger, says new report ROME, Italy – September 18, 2018: 9.05pm (FAO): With climate change poised to alter significantly the ability of many world regions to produce food, it is expected that international trade in agricultural products will have an increasingly important contribution to feeding the planet and responding to climate-related hunger flare-ups, says a new report by the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Deputy Police Commissioner visits New Zealand as a Prime Minister’s Fellow

PM Arden and Deputy Commissioner Vaisuai in New Zealand. Photo: NZ High Commission

NUKU’ALOFA – September 18, 2018: 8.55pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga Deputy Police Commissioner Operations Support Services, Pelenatita Fe’ao Vaisuai, was in New Zealand last week on a Prime Minister’s Fellowship to gain insights into policing in New Zealand.

Tonga observes Crown Prince’s birthday today


NUKU’ALOFA – September 17, 2018: 3.32pm (Nuku’alofa Times): Tonga today observed the 33rd birthday of Crown Prince Tupoutoʻa ʻUlukalala.

Former Fiji’s finance minister Ratu Jone Kubuabola passes away

The late Ratu Jone Yavala Kubuabola

SUVA, Fiji – September 17, 2018: 3.25pm (FIJI TIMES): Former Reserve Bank of Fiji Governor and politician, Ratu Jone Yavala Kubuabola has passed away at the age of 72.