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Kiribati music festival draws big crowd

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Attempts to raise environmental awareness among Kiribati children

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Kiribati using trust fund for short term climate financing

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Kiribati Catholic Church: Romanov empire 'in the past'

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NZ Orion searching large area for missing Kiribati fishermen
A New Zealand Defence Force P-3 Orion was pulled off its fisheries patrol work today, to search for three Kiribati fishermen who've been missing since Saturday. The men were last seen on a five-metre boat early on Saturday morning leaving Betio, the largest township in the Kiribati capital, Tarawa. An Air Force spokesman, air commodore Darryn Webb, said the men were expected home on Saturday afternoon and local searches have failed to find them   Read More ...
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NZ Air Force Orion joins search for Kiribati fishermen
The New Zealand Defence Force is searching for three Kiribati fishermen who've been missing for more than three days. An Air Force Orion aircraft, which has been on fisheries patrol north of New Zealand, has been sent to search for the fishermen after a request from New Zealand's Rescue Co-ordination Centre. The men were last seen leaving on a five-metre boat early last Saturday morning from Betio Island, the largest township of Kiribati's capital, Tarawa   Read More ...
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Kiribati gets GCF grant to access more funding
The Green Climate Fund is giving the Kiribati government $US585,927 dollars to help the country better engage with the Fund. The Green Climate Fund, or GCF, is a financial mechanism set up by the United Nations to provide funding so developing nations can better respond to climate change. The Kiribati government said the grant it was given would allow it to access the largest source of climate change financing in the world   Read More ...
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‘India can help Kiribati migrate with dignity’
How do you ensure the dignified evacuation of over 100,000 citizens when the future of the country itself is uncertain? Is there a way to do this without making its citizens the world’s first ‘climate refugees’? For Anote Tong, who served as president of the Republic of Kiribati — a country of 32 atolls in the Pacific ocean between Australia and Hawaii — the answer lies in ensuring that the nation’s citizens have the skills to migrate to other countries, a task that Indians could help with   Read More ...
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Kiribati MP exposes careless payment
An MP in Kiribati says he is appalled by the payment procedure used by the finance ministry after an open cheque for about $US9000 was given to the wrong person. The MP Tekiau Aretateta from Tabuaeran in the Line Islands said he went to the ministry last Friday to collect his cheque only to be told that it was issued to someone else   Read More ...
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Concerns over the selling of expired goods in Kiribati
The minister of health in Kiribati has used Facebook to remind people to check the expiry date on food products they want to purchase. Tauanei Marea said he was disappointed that so few people had the courage to report expired products to the authorities. The minister was responding to concerns raised on social media about expired products still available for purchase   Read More ...
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More cervical screening needed in Kiribati
Health researchers in Kiribati say at least four women die annually from cervical cancer but only ten percent of women in the target age group are being screened. The Kiribati Family Health Association and Volunteer Services Abroad interviewed 90 people in South Tarawa to find out how much they knew about the second most common cause of women's cancer. A VSA researcher, Holly Coulter, said it soon became clear much more education was needed   Read More ...
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Tito resigns from Kiribati parliament
Kiribati's former president Teburoro Tito has resigned from parliament to become the country's representative to the United Nations in New York.   Read More ...
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Tito resigns from Kiribati parliament
Kiribati's former president Teburoro Tito has resigned from parliament to become the country's representative to the United Nations in New York. Mr Tito replaces Kiribati's first representative to the UN Makurita Baaro, who has resigned from her post. She was appointed to the role in 2013 by former president Anote Tong. A by-election is to be held in South Tarawa to elect a replacement for Mr Tito   Read More ...
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No apology from Kiribati opposition for boycott
The opposition leader in Kiribati, Titabu Tabane, says he will not apologise to the House for boycotting a session of parliament. The opposition left the chamber yesterday after an angry exchange with the speaker, who had cut short a debate. Today, president Taneti Maamau said Kiribati awaited apologies from opposition MPs. But Mr Tabane told parliament their was no need to apologise as the MPs were not thrown out of the House but walked out voluntarily, as was their right   Read More ...
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De Brum helped deepen climate change discussion - Tong
A former Kiribati president says the late Tony de Brum helped deepen climate change discussions. Mr de Brum, who was a former Marshall Islands government minister and Climate Ambassador, died on Tuesday aged 72. Anote Tong has lobbied for climate change action around the world and says Mr de Brum was often by his side. He says de Brum was able to help usher in a new era of activism and discussion   Read More ...
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Millions approved for Kiribati outer islands infrastructure
The Kiribati parliament has approved almost $US24 million to upgrade infrastructure on the outer islands. President Taneti Maamau told parliament that under this project, roads and airfields will be tar sealed. Mr Maamau said it's hard to upgrade the infrastructure at once because of limits on equipment. While Mr Maamau said the project would begin with two bigger islands, the opposition leader Titabu Tabane asked government to be more specific   Read More ...
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Millions approved for Kiribati outer islands infrastructure fund
The Kiribati parliament has approved almost $US24 million to upgrade infrastructure on the outer islands. President Taneti Maamau told parliament that under this project, roads and airfields will be tar sealed. Mr Maamau said it's hard to upgrade the infrastructure at once because of limits on equipment. While Mr Maamau said the project would begin with two bigger islands, the opposition leader Titabu Tabane asked government to be more specific   Read More ...
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Kiribati people ‘cursed’ by kava
Kiribati's former president, Sir Ieremia Tabai, has called on the government to up its game if it wants its people to be fit and healthy. Sir Ieremia pointed to the excessive consumption of kava in Kiribati, saying people are getting sick and lazy because of kava. He said there was no development in the country when men were sleeping all day   Read More ...
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Poor pay debated in Kiribati parliament
Concern over poor pay for contractors offloading catch from foreign fishing vessels has been raised in the Kiribati parliament. An MP Tekena Tiroa told the House that only 12 people are allowed to work on a fishing vessel and they do that for 16 hours at an hourly rate of $US1. Mr Tiroa said at the same time their supervisor gets $US160   Read More ...
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Call for better access to information in Kiribati
Kiribati's former president, Sir Ieremia Tabai, is urging the government to make access to information easy. Sir Ieremia told parliament during question time that he had been refused access to copra production data for last year. Mr Tabai says he asked for this report three times in May and December last year, but no one provided him with this information. The commerce minister Atarake Nataara says such requests cannot be attended to urgently because of a number of procedures to ensure accuracy   Read More ...
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Church naming case dismissed in Kiribati court
A legal battle between members of the Kiribati Uniting Church and the church's trustees over a name change has come to an end with the Court of Appeal dismissing the case. Formerly known as the Kiribati Protestant Church, the name was changed in 2014 by a vote of the congregation's general assembly. The appeal followed a High Court decision that the manner in which the name was changed was justifiable under the church's constitution   Read More ...
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Kiribati opposition warns of excessive copra subsidy
An opposition MP in Kiribati is urging the government to review its copra subsidy, saying it cannot be sustained in the long run. Taberanang Timeon said the $US2 per kilogram subsidy, which was introduced in 2015, discouraged economic diversity. Mr Timeon said the subsidy was candy for the people, for whom life now revolves around one single enterprise, collecting coconuts and cutting copra   Read More ...
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Kiribati music festival draws big crowd
Over 1000 people of all-ages turned out to support Kiribati's first Paradise Beatz music festival in South Tarawa. The event celebrated the best modern music in Kiribati with the top singers, rappers, musicians, producers and dancers performing. It was also the first time an event like this had been held at the airport. Organisers said the crowd really enjoyed being in a place normally reserved for cars, and children also had the chance to dance, jump and run around to the music   Read More ...
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Tuvaluans and i-Kiribati promised a home in Fiji
Fiji's prime minister Frank Bainimarama says people who leave Tuvalu and Kiribati because of climate change will be allowed to settle permanently in Fiji. In a speech at climate action talks in Suva he said he expected the United States to do the same for Marshall Islanders because of their historical ties. The island groups are low lying and already suffering from sea level rise   Read More ...
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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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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 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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