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Hawaii declared lava-stricken area off-limits, indefinitely

Hawaii declared lava-stricken area off-limits, indefinitely

A man takes a photo of a lava fountain from a Kilauea volcano fissure on Hawaii‘s Big Island Photo: AFP The Hawaii community hardest hit by the Kilauea Volcano has been ordered sealed off under a strict new mandatory evacuation as the eruption marked its fourth week. The Big Island‘s […]

by August 21, 2018
Sport: Semi Radradra named in Fiji 7s team for London

Sport: Semi Radradra named in Fiji 7s team for London

Two familiar faces are back in the Fiji sevens team for the penultimate leg of the World Series in London this weekend. Semi Radradra originally debuted for Fiji at the 2011 Dubai Sevens. Photo: AFP Former rugby league star Semi Radradra will make his first appearance on the sevens circuit […]

by August 21, 2018
King opens upgraded wharf in Tonga

King opens upgraded wharf in Tonga

Tonga‘s King Tupou VI opened the newly upgraded domestic wharf at Faua on Friday morning. The project was delayed by three months due to destruction caused by Tropical Cyclone Gita. The wharf was built with help and funding of US$30 million from the Japanese government. Tonga‘s Marine and Ports Division […]

by August 21, 2018
Sport: PNG lifter in line for gold after opponent fails doping test

Sport: PNG lifter in line for gold after opponent fails doping test

Dika Toua at the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Photo: RNZ / Vincent Terrence Wylie Papua New Guinea weightlifter Dika Toua could be in line for another gold medal after her Commonwealth Games rival failed a doping test. The International Weightlifting Federation says India‘s Sanjita Chanu Khumukcham returned a positive test for […]

by August 21, 2018
CNMI doctor advocates marijuana as medicine

CNMI doctor advocates marijuana as medicine

An internal medicine physician at the Northern Marianas‘ Commonwealth Health Centre says legalising marijuana would provide patients with access to a cheaper alternative to expensive medicines. The CNMI House of Representatives Committee on Judiciary and Government Operations earlier this week unanimously approved a bill to allow adults to grow, possess […]

by August 21, 2018
Bishop to head bipartisan Australian visit to Micronesia

Bishop to head bipartisan Australian visit to Micronesia

Australia‘s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop Photo: AFP or licensors Australia‘s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop and Minister for International Development Concetta Fierravanti-Wells embark on a tour of Micronesian states this weekend. According to a joint press release, they will travel to Palau, the Federated States of Micronesia and the Marshall Islands […]

by August 21, 2018
PNG MP referred over Facebook comment about minister

PNG MP referred over Facebook comment about minister

A Papua New Guinea MP has been referred to the Parliamentary Privileges Committee for a Facebook comment labelling a fellow MP as “dumb”. Papua New Guinea‘s parliament. Photo: RNZI / Johnny Blades The comment from Madang MP Bryan Kramer was directed at his former party leader Sam Basil of the […]

by August 21, 2018
Students left stranded by Immigration‘s lack of oversight

Students left stranded by Immigration‘s lack of oversight

by Alastair McClymont* Opinion – Immigration NZ‘s “absolute discretion” in decision-making inevitably leads to racial discrimination, writes immigration lawyer Alastair McClymont. One of a group of Indian students who tried to defy a deportation order in 2017 (File photo) Photo: RNZ / Brad White While Indian students in New Zealand […]

by August 21, 2018
Is Labour‘s Kiwibuild policy Talk Big but Think Small?

Is Labour‘s Kiwibuild policy Talk Big but Think Small?

The most ambitious interventionist economic plan pursued by a New Zealand government was named after a race. Construction starts on the Kiwibuild project Photo: RNZ/ Sophia Duckor-Jones Think Big won the Melbourne cup twice in the mid-1970s, making quite an impression on Allan Highet, a long forgotten Minister of Racing […]

by August 21, 2018
Why Sunil Chhetri didn‘t celebrate wildly after hat-trick vs Chinese Taipei

Why Sunil Chhetri didn‘t celebrate wildly after hat-trick vs Chinese Taipei

Indian captain Sunil Chhetri scored his third-career hat-trick in India’s 5-0 thumping of Chinese Taipei in the Intercontinental Cup but it did not invoke a wild celebration from India’s all time top scorer. When asked what might bring about a fiery and more exuberant celebration, he said that while he […]

by August 21, 2018