Regional Archive February 2009

ADB Commissions 2nd Water Security Outlook

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has commissioned a second edition of its Asian Water Development Outlook (AWDO) in the run up to the Asia-Pacific Water Summit in 2010.

Proposal for Human Rights Body for Pacific

There has been a call from a human rights activist for the establishment of a human rights body for the region.

Pacific Art Gaining Popularity

Art from the various cultures of the region, referred to as Oceanic Art, is gaining popularity, attracting more attention especially in the U. S.

ADB to Help Raise Public Awareness on Climate Change

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a technical assistance grant to raise awareness through the media on the serious threat that climate change poses to hundreds of millions of people in the region.

Digicel Builds Green Power Mobile Network in Vanuatu

Digicel has chosen Vanuatu as the site of its green power mobile network in which the power will be generated from a combination of wind and solar power.

Carteret Islands Residents to Become Climate Refugees Before Year-End

The residents of Carteret Islands, north east of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, are likely to become some of the world's first climate change refugees before the end of the year.

Fiji Police Commissioner's Comments Deemed Racist

The comments made by Fiji's Police Commissioner to some members of the country's police force has caused outrage with many labeling them racist and calling for the Commissioner to step down.

ADB to Help PNG Improve Power Supply

Asian Development Bank (ADB) is assisting the Government of Papua New Guinea (PNG) to develop their power sector by helping them prepare a Power Sector Development Plan.

Women's Centre Reveals Girls Sold as Wives in Rural Fiji

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre (FWCC) has revealed that young girls are being sold or given away as wives in some rural parts of the country mostly as a result of poverty.

Amnesty International Calls on PNG to Stop Sorcery Deaths

Human rights organization, Amnesty International, is urging Papua New Guinea to make a greater effort to put an end to sorcery-related killings in the country which seems to be on the rise.

Kiribati Seeks Relocation as Climate Change Sets In

The island nation of Kiribati is following in the steps of the Maldives by preparing for relocation for its people as the rising sea level threatens to submerge the nation.

Study to Probe Impact of Health Spending on Asia

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is to carry out a new study into how private spending on maternal, newborn and child health care is hurting the poor in the Asia and the Pacific region.

Fiji Women's Centre Blames Political Instability for Rise in Violence

The Fiji Women's Crisis Centre is blaming the political instability in the country as the reason for domestic violence following the recent reports.

PNG Court Punishes Sorcery-Related Killer

The Papua New Guinea court has sentenced a man to 50 years in jail for his part in a sorcery-related killing while the country receives yet another report of another sorcery-related killing.

Sea Turtle Reseach Database for the Pacific to be Released

Press Release- A seven-year effort to develop a Pacific region database on sea turtle research will culminate with the launch of the Turtle Research Database System (TREDS), 5:30 to 6:00 pm, Feb. 17, 2009, at the 29th Symposium on Sea Turtle Biology and Conservation, Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia.

Attack on Another Vanuatu Journalist

There has been another attack on another Vanuatu journalist, also a staff of the country's Daily Post.

An Ocean of Garbage, Quite Literally

January 19, 2009 (Taken from canada.com) - Bits of plastic turn parts of the ocean into a deadly "soup"

Another Sorcery-Related Killing in PNG

A 40 year-old man has become the latest victim of sorcery-related killing in Papua New Guinea after he was brutally chopped to death by a group of men after being accused of practicing sorcery.

Vanuatu Publisher's Attackers to Appear in Court

Police in Vanuatu have identified four suspects for the assault on the country's Daily Post publisher, Marc Neil-Jones, and they are due to appear in court this month for preliminary hearings.

Fiji Rugby Sacks Serevi

The Fiji Rugby Union has sacked world-renown rugby player, Waisale Serevi, as the coach of the country's Rugby Sevens team.