Economic adviser Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Dr Raymond Prasad stressed this in his opinion piece on the role of Regionalism in Financing Development in the Pacific. He said to deliver on the SDGs effectively would require vast mobilisation of resources with associated funding, organisation and allocation, and the strengthening and building of genuine partnerships and institutional capacities.
Tourism could be Tonga's biggest industry of the future, according to a World Bank Pacific Possible study that was released early this month. Tourism is Tonga's largest single source of foreign earning, "about five times as that of Agriculture and Fisheries combined."
At the party's first leadership debate last weekend there wasn't a single foreign policy question despite a host of contentious recent party positions on international affairs. Certainly at a time when the mainstream media is giving prominence to militarist voices, many members would be keen to hear the four candidates' positions on military spending.
The proportion of Zika-affected pregnancies with birth defects is approximately 20-fold higher compared with the proportion of pregnancies seen in 2013-2014, which is before Zika was introduced into the Americas, according to an article published today in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The types of birth defects - including brain abnormalities and/or microcephaly, neural tube defects and other early brain malformations, eye defects, and other central nervous system problems - were seen in about 3 of every 1,000 births in 2013-2014.
Chikungunya virus is a mosquito-borne alphavirus which causes an acute febrile illness associated with polyarthralgia. Beginning in August 2013, clinicians from the Yap State Department of Health in the Federated States of Micronesia identified an unusual cluster of illness which was subsequently confirmed to be chikungunya virus disease.
Santia Mercado, of Woodbury, was inducted into the Alpha Psi Pi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Rowan College at Gloucester County on Feb. 25. Mercado is studying to be a registered nurse and is the daughter of Elvira Mercado and Andres Mercado of Camden. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, headquartered in Jackson, Mississippi, is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, Canada, Germany, the Republic of Palau, Peru, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, the Federated States of Micronesia, the British Virgin Islands, the United Arab Emirates, and U.S. territorial possessions.
Forget plastic and leather, your next wallet could be made from a more ethical and eco-friendly alternative-banana fiber. Kosrae, Micronesia-based startup Green Banana Paper tapped into banana tree waste, upcycling the unlikely material into stylish and sturdy vegan leather wallets.