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Pat on back for Pacific public health successes, but also criticism

Participants of a walk against Diabetes and for general fitness around Nauru airport.  Photo by Lorrie Graham.  Contact photolibrary@ausaid.gov.au to request a high resolution original.

A walk against diabetes and for health around Nauru airport. Image: Lorrie Graham/PhotoLibrary

Significant achievements in Pacific public health, reports Asia-Pacific Journalism. But there is a serious downside too.

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Chelsea Armitage

Progress is being made in Pacific health in New Zealand in some areas, but falling short in others, says a recent public audit report.

The first six-monthly update on ‘Ala Mo’ui: Pathways to Pacific Health and Wellbeing 2014-2018 was released this month, collating quantitative data on Pacific health.

Pacific Islanders in New Zealand trumped the general Kiwi population in a number of factors, the report says. Read more »

Caritas says the time to act on climate change is now

Press Release – Caritas

Urgent action must be taken to help communities in Oceania cope with the serious consequences of climate change and environmental degradation, many of whom have been struggling with these issues for more than a decade. This is one of the main findings … Read more »

Vatudova bridge opens to all traffic

Press Release – Fulton Hogan

A major travelling inconvenience on the main highway between Labasa and Seaqaqa has now been resolved, with the completion of a temporary bridge at Vatudova outside Labasa town. Read more »

Tonga Receives New Funding to Improve Transport

Press Release – World Bank

WASHINGTON D.C., September 29, 2015 Work underway to improve Tongas transport sector has received a significant boost with US$4 million in additional funding approved today by the World Banks Board of Executive Directors to strengthen the countrys … Read more »

RSF condemns ‘draconian’ permit law as British journalists face jail

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Rebecca Prosser and Neil Bonner … arrested by the Indonesia Navy for filming without a press visa. Image: Indonesian Military

Pacific Scoop:
Report – By Pacific Media Watch

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the prosecution of British journalists Rebecca Prosser and Neil Bonner, who were arrested by the Indonesia Navy in the Malacca Strait on May 28 for filming without a press visa and whose trial began yesterday.

RSF calls on the Indonesian authorities to stop abusing its draconian immigration legislation and to drop the proceedings against these two journalists.

After being held for 125 days on the island of Batam, Prosser and Bonner appeared yesterday before a Batam district court on a charge of violating Indonesian immigration law, which carries a possible five-year jail term. Read more »

World’s first deep sea mining proposal ignores impacts

Press Release – Deep Sea Mining Campaign

As the deep sea mining industry chases investors at the Asia Pacific Deep Sea Mining Summit , a new critique by the Deep Sea Mining Campaign reveals indefensible flaws in the Environmental and Social Benchmarking Analysis of the Solwara project commissioned … Read more »

CBR vital for persons with disabilities in the Pacific

Press Release – Pacific Disability Forum

Community-based rehabilitation (CBR) services in the Pacific have been part of the lifes journey of persons with disabilities in the region. Read more »

Political Assassination of West Papuan High School Student

Press Release – Institute for Papuan Advocacy And Human Rights

Monday evening, September 28, Indonesian Police shot two Senior High School Students in Gorong-Gorong, Timika, West Papua. Around 7pm (Papua local time) Kaleb Bogau (17 years old) was shot in the chest and died on the scene. Efrando Sabarofek (also 17 … Read more »

Fiji Airways brings on iPads in B737 Business Class

Press Release – Fiji Airways

Fiji Airways brings on iPads in B737 Business Class Entertainment Upgrade B737 Business Class Guests to experience in-flight movies and TV shows on iPads; advertising spots for all inflight video screens soon Wednesday, 30th September 2015: Fiji Airways, … Read more »

Honolulu Mansion Needs Explanation From Mccully

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

Its not good enough for Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully to shrug his shoulders, and deny knowledge of the $6.2 million Honolulu MFAT mansion exposed by TV3s Story this evening . Taxpayers Union Executive Director, Jordan Williams, says: Read more »

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