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October, 2018


Blue Charter fellowships to drive research on ocean pollution


LONDON, England: October 22, 2018: 5.05pm (COMSEC):A new fellowship programme will support emerging scholars from Commonwealth countries to conduct world-class research on marine plastics.

FEO reminds Fijians of postal voting application deadline

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem

SUVA, Fiji – October 22, 2018: 4.55pm (FBC NEWS): The Fijian Elections Office is urging those who will be unable to vote on Polling Day on the 14th of November to apply for a postal ballot.

Anote Tong not happy with Australia on climate change issues

Former Kiribati Pesident Anote Tong with Nuku'alofa Times publisher Iliesa Tora at the COP23 in Bonn, Germany in November last year. Mr Tong is disappointed with Australia over climate change issues.

CANBERRA, Australia – October 22, 2018: 4.45pm (THE GUARDIAN): Anote Tong has had quite a week. The former president of Kiribati has been in Australia to advocate for more robust action on climate change, which threatens to wipe out his Pacific home within a matter of decades as sea levels rise.

Tonga set sights on winning 2021 World Cup

Andrew Fifita leading the sipitau

By BRAD WALTER – (Senior Reporter) AUCKLAND, New Zealand: October 22, 2018 – 11.55am ( Mate Ma’a Tonga players have targeted winning the 2021 World Cup and believe the island kingdom can become the game’s No.1 nation with regular Tests against tier-one countries.

Asia-Pacific countries adopt declaration to improve data and statistics


BANGKOK, Thailand: October 22, 2018: 11.45am (ESCAP News): Countries in Asia and the Pacific on Friday adopted a declaration that will strengthen national statistical systems to present a more complete picture of the region’s development, and support good governance, health and human rights.

MEIDECC bosses to join MSP consultations

The Govenor of Vava’u, Lord Fakatulolo and members of the MSP Consultation team at the Govenor's Office here in Neiafu, Vava'u. Photo: ILIESA TORA/Enviro News

NEIAFU, Vava’u (Enviro News): The Minister for MEIDECC, Hon Poasi Tei, will join the Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) consultation team here in Neiafu today.

Call to tackle climate change to save our fisheries

Fiji Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau and guests at the Nadi meeting. Photo: SUPPLIED

By ILAITIA TURAGABECI in Nadi NADI, Fiji – October 17, 2018: 5pm (Nuku’alofa Times): THERE needs to be quick and dramatic actions to address climate change to safeguard Pacific fisheries.

Speaker to lead Parliamentary team to Mate Ma’a Tonga match

Lord Fakafanua will take a Parliamentary team to watch the Test

NUKU’ALOFA – October 17, 2018: 5pm (Nuku’alofa Times): The Speaker Lord Fakafanua will lead a Parliamentary team to go and watch the Mate Ma’a Tonga – Kangaroos Rugby League Test match in Auckland this weekend.

Vanuatu strengthens Immigration Border Enforcement


PORT VILA, Vanuatu – October 16, 2018: 4.55pm (PIDC): Vanuatu has become the 14th Member of the Pacific Immigration Development Community (PIDC) to sign the PIDC Memorandum of Arrangement (MoA) to share immigration information for border enforcement purposes.

Pacific weather on social media

Pacific meteorologists work on graphic designs for their social media platform during the SPREP Social Media training event conducted by David Bathur. Picture: PEJN

By LICE MOVONO NADI, Fiji – October 12, 2018: 5pm (PEJN): WEATHER information must be made simple because every member of the community has to understand it and yet it must also contain official jargon which retains credibility.