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Attempts to raise environmental awareness among Kiribati children

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Attempts to raise environmental awareness among Kiribati children

- The Pacific Community, the SPC, is issuing schools in Kiribati with a booklet to raise children's awareness on environmental conservation and the need to choose sustainable and healthy foods. The SPC has been working to mark 2017 World Environment Day on the theme of 'strengthening the ties between people and nature'. The agency hopes the reader, called the Adventures of Vili, will open children's eyes to how they can interact with nature to everyone's benefit and to protect the environment

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Tags: Children |  Natural environment | 
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Kiribati using trust fund for short term climate financing

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Kiribati using trust fund for short term climate financing

- Kiribati will use its trust funds to address a shortage of fresh water and coastal damage because, according to the president, it can't waste time. The low lying islands have been experiencing numerous problems related to climate change. The President of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau, told a United Nations meeting in Mexico the government was looking to finance the works through leveraging its sovereign wealth fund

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Kiribati Catholic Church: Romanov empire 'in the past'

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Kiribati Catholic Church: Romanov empire 'in the past'

- The Catholic Church in Kiribati says a Russian businessman's plans to revive the Romanov empire in Kiribati don't make any sense and belong in the past. Anton Bakov wants to use three uninhabited islands in the Southern Line Islands to build a resort complex and also create what he has called an 'alternative Russia'. Bishop Paul Mea says the church would support the Government leasing the islands to Mr Bakov

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Bakov says no official Kiribati govt rejection yet
Bakov says no official Kiribati govt rejection yet A Russian businessman keen to revive the Romanov empire says he has to date received no official decision from the Kiribati government rejecting his investment proposal. Anton Bakov made the comment in an interview with the Tatarstan-based Business Online website three months after the Kiribati Foreign Investment Commission turned down his bid. Mr Bakov sought to lease three uninhabited islands in the Line group of Kiribati to set up an alternative Russia and promised to transfer $US120 million to the Kiribati government right away, should it agree to his investment plan   Read More ...
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Attempts to raise environmental awareness among Kiribati children
Attempts to raise environmental awareness among Kiribati children The Pacific Community, the SPC, is issuing schools in Kiribati with a booklet to raise children's awareness on environmental conservation and the need to choose sustainable and healthy foods. The SPC has been working to mark 2017 World Environment Day on the theme of 'strengthening the ties between people and nature'. The agency hopes the reader, called the Adventures of Vili, will open children's eyes to how they can interact with nature to everyone's benefit and to protect the environment   Read More ...
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Kiribati holds Taiwanese purse seiner crew until fine paid
Kiribati holds Taiwanese purse seiner crew until fine paid A Taiwanese purse seiner has been fined $US4 million dollars for illegal fishing in Kiribati's Phoenix Islands Protected Area. Radio Kiribati reports the Kiribati Fisheries Administrative Penalty Committee imposed the fine. The vessel is owned by a Taiwanese businessman but based in the Marshall Islands. The Kiribati Police Maritime Unit's John Mote said the vessel was fined after being spotted fishing within a protected area of water in 2015, but had managed to avoid arrest until being caught by Kiribati authorities a few weeks ago   Read More ...
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Remote Pacific regions to get broadband
Remote Pacific regions to get broadband Parts of Kiribati and the Federated States of Micronesia will soon have access to broadband internet thanks to $US36 million worth of grants approved by the World Bank this week. The grants, including $US20 million for Kiribati and $US16.26 million for FSM, will finance the installation of a submarine cable system connecting Tarawa to Nauru, and Kosrae state to Pohnpei state   Read More ...
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Island nation Kiribati says in dire need of cash to combat climate change
CANCUN, Mexico: The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is in dire need of aid as drought pushes it closer to declaring a state of emergency and it struggles with rising seas and other effects of climate change which could cost “billions”, said President Taneti Mamau. The urgency of the problems facing low-lying Kiribati means it cannot wait for finance from international sources like the Green Climate Fund, which would take two years to arrive, he said   Read More ...
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Kiribati using trust fund for short term climate financing
Kiribati using trust fund for short term climate financing Kiribati will use its trust funds to address a shortage of fresh water and coastal damage because, according to the president, it can't waste time. The low lying islands have been experiencing numerous problems related to climate change. The President of Kiribati, Taneti Maamau, told a United Nations meeting in Mexico the government was looking to finance the works through leveraging its sovereign wealth fund   Read More ...
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Island nation Kiribati says in dire need of cash to combat climate change
By Sophie Hares CANCUN, Mexico, May 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The Pacific island nation of Kiribati is in dire need of aid as drought pushes it closer to declaring a state of emergency and it struggles with rising seas and other effects of climate change which could cost "billions", said President Taneti Mamau. The urgency of the problems facing low-lying Kiribati means it cannot wait for finance from international sources like the Green Climate Fund, which would take two years to arrive, he said   Read More ...
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Kiribati-flagged ship sinks in China, 12 missing
Kiribati-flagged ship sinks in China, 12 missing A Kiribati-flagged ship has sunk in China and 12 people are missing. The general cargo ship Xiang Zhou sank at the Yangtze River estuary off Nantong after a collision. The Maritime Herald website says the nearby ships saw the accident and succeeded to rescue two seamen. The accident was reported to local authorities and a large scale-search and rescue operations wa launched for the missing sailors, who are feared to have been trapped   Read More ...
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Kiribati tops smokers' stats
Kiribati tops smokers' stats A new study shows that Kiribati has the highest rate of male smokers, with nearly 50 percent of men using tobacco daily. The study found that the Danish territory of Greenland has the highest incidence of female smokers at 44 percent. The findings, published by The Lancet, point to smoking rates worldwide declining but because of population growth there are now more smokers than ever   Read More ...
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12 missing as Kiribati-registered ship sinks in East China
SHANGHAI -- A foreign vessel carrying 14 people sank near the Yangtze estuary Thursday, Shanghai maritime authority said. The ship carrying 4,850 tonnes of coil steel overturned early Thursday morning after a suspected collision, according to an official with the Shanghai maritime bureau. The 97-meter-long vessel is registered in Kiribati, an island country in the west Pacific Ocean. Two crew were rescued by a nearby Panama-registered vessel   Read More ...
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Kiribati renews chief justice contract
Kiribati renews chief justice contract The Kiribati government has renewed the contract of its Chief Justice, John Muria, for another two years. Sir Muria, from Solomon Islands, has already been in the role for six years. The president of Kiribati,Taneti Maamau, said Sir John would be able to continue making a valuable contribution to policy, judicial and legal developments in the next two years. Sir John, who also received an offer from the Nauru government, said he was committed to the people and government of Kiribati   Read More ...
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Kiribati president rejects support of Bakov plans
Kiribati president rejects support of Bakov plans The government of Kiribati has strongly rejected claims by a Russian businessman that President Taneti Maamau remains an ardent supporter of his investment project. Last month, the Kiribati government turned down Anton Bakov's plan to lease three uninhabited islands in the Line group as part of efforts to revive the Romanov Empire. However, at the start of the this month, Mr Bakov wrote on Facebook that he met Mr Maamau who turned out to be an ardent supporter of the project under which more $US100 million would be transferred to the government up front   Read More ...
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Russia's Bakov moving to Kiribati
Russia's Bakov moving to Kiribati The Russian businessman planning to revive the Romanov Empire says he is moving to Kiribati. Anton Bakov has told the news site znak.com that he was in the process of selling 19 plots of land near his home town of Yekaterinburg. Mr Bakov, who has already spent several weeks in Kiribati this year, said he would be divesting himself of a total of about 3000 hectares   Read More ...
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Kiribati President has vision for 'quantum leap' development
Kiribati President has vision for 'quantum leap' development The President of Kiribati has outlined his vision to make his country the Singapore or Dubai of the Pacific. In a speech marking the first year of his government, President Taneti Maamau said fisheries and tourism were priorities for a quantum leap in development. He said he wanted Kiribati to be a world class eco-friendly traveller destination. The President also planed to invest in human, natural and cultural capital and infrastructure development   Read More ...
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EU and Germany working together in Kiribati
EU and Germany working together in Kiribati The European Union is to fund a climate adaptation project and a sustainable energy project in Kiribati. The work, for which $US686,000 had been provided, would be implemented by Germany's International Co-operation agency. The climate change project entails strengthening capacities of Kiribati's technical agencies and some communities to help them to undertake coastal-land use vulnerability & adaptation assessments. The sustainable energy project entails the design, installation and sustainable management of solar energy systems, at two boarding schools   Read More ...
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Kiribati's new landing craft launched in Taiwan
Kiribati's new landing craft launched in Taiwan A landing craft to service Kiribati's Line and Phoenix Islands has been launched in Taiwan. The launching of the vessel, to be called LC Linnix, after the two island groups, was observed by the Minister of Phoenix and Line Islands Development, Mikarite Temari. Construction started in March last year and the vessel is due to be delivered to Kiribati by the 17th of May.   Read More ...
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Kiribati still discussing Romanov empire revival
Kiribati still discussing Romanov empire revival The Russian businessman Anton Bakov says he's still having discussions with the government of Kiribati about leasing three islands on which to revive the long-dead Romanov empire. The government last month rejected Mr Bakov's proposal to lease the uninhabited islands so he could create what he called an 'alternative Russia.' Mr Bakov, who's the former leader of Russia's Monarchist Party and a former MP, had offered US$120 million to the Kiribati if it approved his plan   Read More ...
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Russian monarchist not put off after Kiribati rejection
Russian monarchist not put off after Kiribati rejection Russian businessman Anton Bakov says the struggle will continue to set up the Romanov Empire after last week's rejection by Kiribati. The government turned down his investment plan under which he wanted to lease three uninhabited islands in the Line group and build resorts. In a post on Facebook, Mr Bakov said difficulties were inevitable but they won't stop them. Mr Bakov, who is the head of Russia's Monarchist Party   Read More ...
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Kiribati sends 'strong message' by rejecting Russian proposal
Kiribati sends 'strong message' by rejecting Russian proposal An academic specialising in Pacific issues says Kiribati has sent a strong message by rejecting a Russian businessman's investment proposal, which included a demand for sovereign rights to three of its uninhabited islands. Anton Bakov, who is the founder of Russia's Monarchist Party, had hoped to use the islands to revive the Romanov Empire and create what he called an "alternative Russia". He also said he planned to invest about   Read More ...
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Kiribati govt rejects Russian's proposal over islands
Kiribati govt rejects Russian's proposal over islands Kiribati has rejected a proposal by a Russian businessman and monarchist who wanted to use three of the country's uninhabited islands to revive the Romanov empire. Anton Bakov wanted to create what he called an "alternative Russia" and earlier said he planned to invest about $350 million US dollars in the project, which included building a resort complex. However, in a statement, the Kiribati Government says it has rejected Mr   Read More ...
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I-Kiribati teen, three men rescued after drifting 100s of kms
I-Kiribati teen, three men rescued after drifting 100s of kms The two 15-foot boats had drifted from Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati. The Marshall Islands Journal reported that all four were currently in Majuro awaiting repatriation to Kiribati, which is expected to happen this Sunday. Although the three fishermen in a wooden boat drifted for 28 days and a 14-year-old drifted by himself for 11 days in a fiberglass boat, they ended up within five miles of each other when   Read More ...
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I-Kiribati teen, three men rescued after drifting 100s of kms
I-Kiribati teen, three men rescued after drifting 100s of kms A helicopter pilot searching for schools of tuna spotted two small boats drifting in Marshall Islands waters, leading to the rescue of four islanders who had floated hundreds of kilometres from Kiribati. The two 15-foot boats had drifted from Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati. The Marshall Islands Journal reported that all four were currently in Majuro awaiting repatriation to Kiribati, which is expected to happen this Sunday. Although the three   Read More ...
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Kiribati Catholic Church: Romanov empire 'in the past'
Kiribati Catholic Church: Romanov empire 'in the past' The Catholic Church in Kiribati says a Russian businessman's plans to revive the Romanov empire in Kiribati don't make any sense and belong in the past. Anton Bakov wants to use three uninhabited islands in the Southern Line Islands to build a resort complex and also create what he has called an 'alternative Russia'. Bishop Paul Mea says the church would support the Government leasing the islands to Mr Bakov   Read More ...
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Kiribati commercial shark fishers face stiff fines
Kiribati commercial shark fishers face stiff fines Kiribati Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources Development has outlined the penalties for breaking the ban on shark fishing for commercial purposes. The ministry last year announced sharks could only be fished for consumption and not for re-sale. Under the Fisheries Act 2010 together with the Shark Sanctuary Regulation 2014, severe punishments and fines will be imposed on those who are found breaching these regulations. A fine of $US6000 or   Read More ...
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Kiribati in line for $US120m in proposed Russian project
Kiribati in line for $US120m in proposed Russian project A Russian businessman planning to revive the Romanov empire in Kiribati says should his deal get approved, he will transfer $US120 million to the Kiribati government right away. Anton Bakov, who is the head of Russia's Monarchist Party and a former parliamentarian, gave the figure in an interview with the Russian language service of Radio Svoboda. Mr Bakov plans to lease three uninhabited Kiribati atolls to set up the Imperial   Read More ...
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Last survivor of WWII radio operators in Kiribati dies
Last survivor of WWII radio operators in Kiribati dies The last surviving Coast Watcher of WWII, Takapuna man John Jones, died over the weekend at the age of 96. Jones was one of the New Zealand radio operators who the New Zealand government virtually left to fend for themselves in the Kiribati islands after the Japanese entered the war. Most of the others, working for the antecedent of New Zealand Post and including Jones' three best friends, were executed   Read More ...
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Bakov expands on plans for new empire in Kiribati
Bakov expands on plans for new empire in Kiribati A Russian businessman and monarchist says the islands of Kiribati would make a peaceful and neutral location for his planned 'alternative Russia'. Anton Bakov wants to revive the Romanov empire, which ended in 1917 with the Bolshevik revolution. Mr Bakov plans to use three uninhabited islands in the Southern Line Islands of Kiribati, making one of the islands, Malden, his capital. He's currently visiting Kiribati at the invitation of its   Read More ...
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Academic tells Kiribati not to rush into Bakov decision
Academic tells Kiribati not to rush into Bakov decision An academic specialising in Pacific issues is urging the Kiribati government not to rush it's decision regarding a businessman's attempt to buy three uninhabited islands. Russian businessman and politician, Anton Bakov, is looking to use the islands to create what he calls an "alternative Russia". He said he planned to invest about US$350 million in Kiribati, to build a resort and create jobs for local people. But Sitiveni Halapua, who   Read More ...
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Russian plan in Kiribati finds support 'in principle'
Russian plan in Kiribati finds support 'in principle' A former Kiribati president says a Russian monarchist's plans to revive the Romanov Empire in Kiribati could boost the country's tourism industry. Anton Bakov, a businessman and the founder of Russia's Monarchist Party, wants to use three uninhabited islands in the Southern Line Islands. Mr Bakov plans to set up a capital on Malden Island, where he will build hotels. Teburoro Tito said the multi-million dollar project could benefit Kiribati   Read More ...
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Romanov plans in Kiribati yet to be approved
Romanov plans in Kiribati yet to be approved The Kiribati Government says it is yet to decide whether to lease land to a Russian monarchist who plans to revive the Romanov Empire in Kiribati. Anton Bakov, a businessman and the founder of Russia's Monarchist Party, wants to use three uninhabited islands in the Southern Line Islands. Mr Bakov has said the project involves setting up a capital on Malden Island, where he plans to build hotels. Mr Bakov   Read More ...
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Kiribati to start farming its land in Fiji
It was reported by Fiji Times that President Taneti Mamau visited the village of Naviavia, which is next to the purchased land, to reassure it that development of the land would be mutually beneficial. Mr Mamau said yaqona or kava and vegetables were the major commercial crops he envisioned being grown on the land. He reassured the Naviavia villagers that there would be no drastic measures taken over ownership of   Read More ...
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Kiribati to start farming its land in Fiji
Kiribati to start farming its land in Fiji The president of Kiribati says his government will begin cultivating land in Fiji purchased by the previous administration for investment purposes. The Fiji Times reports President Taneti Mamau yesterday visited the village of Naviavia, which is next to the purchased land, to reassure it that development of the land would be mutually beneficial. Mr Mamau said yaqona or kava and vegetables were the major commercial crops he envisioned being grown   Read More ...
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Russian monarchist eyes Kiribati for Romanov revival
Russian monarchist eyes Kiribati for Romanov revival A Russian monarchist says the Kiribati government has agreed to allow three uninhabited islands in the Southern Line Islands to become the site of a revived Romanov empire. Anton Bakov, a businessman and the founder of Russia's Monarchist Party, said the project involved setting up the capital on Malden Island, where he planned to build hotels. The proposed empire also included Caroline Island and Starbuck Island. Mr Bakov, who used   Read More ...
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Plagiarism vs. originality debate takes centre stage in book reading
The novelist Virginia Woolf once said that if you want to come up afresh in thousands of minds and books long after you were dead, the way to do it is to start thinking for yourself.   Read More ...
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