Artist marks for life

Fiji Times – Tattooing has been practised in the Pacific region for ages and in the traditional societies of Samoa, Tonga and New Zealand, it is part of their identity. In Fiji though, tattooing has become more of a fashion statement, if anything. People of all ages, backgrounds and stations in life have tattoos, many…

Bali Nine: Indonesia’s attorney-general dismisses challenge against president’s refusal to grant pardon

ABC: Indonesia has effectively ruled out any chance of two Australians being able to save themselves from facing a firing squad, despite lawyers for the men launching a last–ditch legal appeal. Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran have been on death row since 2006 for organising to smuggle heroin out of Bali with seven other Australians.…

New volcanic activity in Tonga

RNZI: Tongan authorities say fresh volcanic activity at the Home Reef volcano, near the northern islands of Vava’u, is creating a steam cloud two kilometres high. Government geologist Rennie Vaiomounga says a local pilot first reported the activity on Tuesday afternoon. Mr Vaiomounga says that report has since been confirmed by a boat in the…

Fiji talks divestment with ADB

Fiji Times – A MEETING between a special delegation from the Asian Development Bank and the Minister for Public Enterprise, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, and his permanent secretary Shaheen Ali gave indication of renewed engagement between Fiji and the ADB. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the meeting was to discuss technical assistance ADB could provide with respect to the…