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Saturday, March 9th, 2019


Oil spill threatens a treasured coral atoll in the South Pacific

The Solomon Trader oil spill in Rennell in the Solomon Islands. Photo: SBS

Sydney, Australia – March 9, 2019: 1.35pm (NEW YORK TIMES): An oil spill from a cargo ship that ran aground near a World Heritage site in the South Pacific is spreading, alarming environmentalists and government officials about the threat to the delicate local ecosystem and to people living there.

Refurbished Emergency Centres to strengthen disaster response in Fiji

Hon Jale Sigarara at the opening

Suva,Fiji – March 9, 2019: 10.35am (Nuku’alofa Times/SPC): Disaster response in Fiji is expected to be strengthened, with the opening of two newly-refurbished Emergency Operations Centres (EOC) on February 26.

More Ice arrests

tonga police

Nuku’alofa – March 9, 2019: 10.20am (Nuku’alofa Times): Acting Commissioner of Police Pelenatita Fe’ao Vaisuai said ice in Tonga is a big problem that everyone must work together to address.

Dr Korovou joins FRIENDS Fiji Board

Dr Samuela Korovou

Lautoka, Fiji – March 9, 2019: 10.10am (Nuku’alofa Times): Longtime Fijian medical doctor Samuela Korovou has been selected as a new Board member of the Lautoka based non governmental organisation FRIENDS Fiji.

ORADO Rep happy with Tonga National Anti-Doping process

Tongan athletes are also part of the anti doping process set up

Nuku’alofa – March 9, 2019: 10am (Nuku’alofa Times): The Tonga National Anti-Doping Organization (NADO), which is currently established under a default membership by the Tonga Sports Association and National Olympic Committee (TASANOC) and Government through the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Sports, has been praised for the work they have done so far.

Time for more women to lead media and unions, says IFJ


Press body calls for more women to be included in senior media positions Brussels – March 8, 2019: 9.55am (IFJ Media):  To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has issued a rallying cry to media and union leaders to make women more visible in their organisations.

Pacific fashion in London promotes our talents

Pacific fashion on show in London, England. Photo: SUPPLIED

London, England – March 9, 2019: 9am (Nuku’alofa Times): London Pacific Fashion Week (LPFW) A champion of Pacific design, art and culture, LPFW acts as a platform for designers living and working in the Pacific to engage with the fashion industry and represent them exclusively in the United Kingdom.

Petitions after petitions for PM Pohiva and his team


By ALFRED TUIKORO UTAH, United States of America – March 9, 2019: 8am (Nuku’alofa Times): Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva is facing more than he bargained for as petitions after petitions have been filed or are in the process of being filed against him.