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December 2009 Blog Posts (34)

Kiribati presses for training in potential climate refuge

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated December 9, 2009 10:10:39

The people of Kiribati have a lot riding on the Copenhagen talks, fearing theirs will be the first country completely lost to climate change. Rising sea levels have already forced whole villages on the coral atolls to relocate. And some believe Australia and New Zealand aren't doing enough to help the climate change refugees of… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 9, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Nearly 70 percent of women in Kiribati suffer abuse

Radio NZ International Posted at 19:56 on 08 December, 2009 UTC

Nearly 70 percent of the women in Kiribati experience abuse by their husbands, close relatives and others.

This was revealed in a recent study conducted by the Ministry of Internal and Social Welfare.

The report says women were beaten, threatened, and even raped and some rapists are reported to be cousins and close… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 9, 2009 at 8:48am — No Comments

On Copenhagen's opening, urgent appeal for climate action

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Emma Alberici, with agencies Last Updated: Tue, 8 Dec 2009 17:10:00 +1100

The so-called "Climategate" row over leaked e-mails from Britain's University of East Anglia has been a key talking point at the opening of the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen.

In his opening address, Rajendra Pachauri, the chairman of the Nobel… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 9, 2009 at 8:47am — No Comments

Kiribati being eyed by sport fishermen from Australia

Radio NZ International Posted at 07:37 on 07 December, 2009 UTC

A group of sports fishermen from Australia is due to arrive in Kiribati early next year to investigate potential new sport fishing grounds.

The tourism minister, Temate Ereata, says they will make a survey of Nonouti Lagoon, one of the breeding grounds for bone fish in the Kiribati chain.

Bone fish are sought after… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 8, 2009 at 8:55am — No Comments

Kiribati looking to buy land abroad to reocate its people

THE VENUE Monday December 07 2009

Built in the 1970s, the sprawling concrete and glass Belle Centre on the southern edge of Copenhagen will be the focal point of the conference after a multi-million pound facelift to ensure a 20pc cut in its C02 emissions as delegates shuttle between dozens of plenary sessions and fringe meetings.

The UN itself admits that the fortnight's proceedings will produce 40,500 tons of CO2 --… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 8, 2009 at 8:48am — No Comments

Latest News Update - Rabi 5 December from Biara Touakin

Tia kaotia ma te nanokawaki ba ea motirawa man te maiu aei Nangkarawa Tokaibure (are e iein ma Nei Manoua Christopher).

Oin matena e baka i tari man waana ngke e nako n akawa ba tao e kawaria te bai ao ea motirawa naba. A nako Bureitiman ni kakaea rabwatana ao e reke ngke ngaina ao e uotaki nakon te Rabi Health Centre. E tia n tuoa te Doctor ao e uotaki nakon mwengaia i Tabwewa Meang.

A tiku ngkanne buna ao natina imwiina

Irariki naba aei ao e kaiaki rabwatan… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 6, 2009 at 12:30am — 1 Comment

Kiribati and Tuvalu suffer from seafarer job losses

ABC Radio Australia News Jemima Garrett Last Updated: 14 hours 48 minutes ago

Kiribati and Tuvalu have been hit hard by job losses among their international seafarers.

The latest evidence collected by the United Nations Development Program suggests 20 per cent of seafarers from Kiribati and Tuvalu have lost their jobs.

David Abbot from the UNDP says the loss of… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 4, 2009 at 7:37am — No Comments

American Samoa crowned fattest nation

Sydney Morning Herald TAMARA MCLEAN December 3, 2009 - 9:44AM AAP

Two South Pacific nations, American Samoa and Kiribati, have been crowned the fattest countries in the world.

The latest obesity report released by the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that 93.5 per cent - more than nine in ten - of American Samoans are overweight or obese.

Kiribati came second on the dubious honours list, with 81.5 per cent of inhabitants tipping the scales.

In… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 3, 2009 at 9:26am — 1 Comment

Keeping one’s Pacific Islands identity vital in new land Media Centre NZ 9:59 December 2, 2009

Tikoruru (left) and Uriana in Manukau sitting cross-legged in their ordinary clothes with a bowl of coconut as their snack. Photo: T.Korauaba.

Pacific Scoop: By Taberannang Korauaba, contributing writer.

Keeping your identity must go hand in hand with your effort to adjust to the New Zealand… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 2, 2009 at 9:17am — No Comments

Commonwealth nations unite to combat climate change

Sydney Morning Herald ANNE DAVIES IN PORT OF SPAIN, TRINIDAD November 29, 2009

The 52 Commonwealth nations will go to a summit in Copenhagen united in their determination to forge a meaningful agreement to combat climate change.

They have backed plans for a $US10 billion ($11 billion) Copenhagen Launch Fund, which will be… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 1, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

Operation Bigeye technology nets suspected illegal fishing vessels in central Pacific

RADIO NZ INTERNATIONAL Posted at 07:38 on 26 November, 2009 UTC

Police involved in an eight-nation, 10-day fisheries operation have boarded about 30 vessels but made no arrests.

Operation Bigeye this year’s covered almost just over three million two hundred square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean, using police from Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau and Papua… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 1, 2009 at 9:57am — No Comments

Deaf kids’ early Xmas treat - Fiji

Fiji Daily Post 27-Nov-2009 08:51 AM

THE special children of Harland Hostel are looking forward to wonderful Christmas thanks to a $1000 donation from theVodafone ATH towards the annual treat.

Manorama Singh, founding member of the Vodafone ATH Foundation and their media officer, Lenora Qereqeretabua visited the kids with hearing disabilities on Wednesday to hand over the… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 1, 2009 at 9:53am — No Comments

Fish fight crucial to survival of islanders

Sydney Morning Herald November 30, 2009

Yes we can... a crew member on the Taiwanese long-liner Kai Jie 1 pulls in a tuna in the Pacific. Taiwan, which has the biggest tuna fleet on the high seas, is accused of overfishing. Photo: Greenpeace

Some Pacific nations need a future beyond climate change, and protecting…

Added by Stacey King on December 1, 2009 at 9:51am — No Comments

Pacific region marks World Aids Day


Posted at 18:53 on 30 November, 2009 UTC

The region is marking World AIDS Day today with a range of different activities to educate the public about the virus.

This year’s World AIDS day theme is campaigning for free universal testing and treatment worldwide.

Papua New Guinea will have a media campaign, will distribute brochures and will broadcast an… Continue

Added by Stacey King on December 1, 2009 at 9:47am — No Comments

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