What's in a face? Clues to evolution, scientists say
Helen of Troy might have had “the face that launched a thousand ships,” but that visage might not float anyone’s vessel in Fiji. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - September 25, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Juvenile Coral and Fish Know When a Reef Has Gone Bad
Baby coral and fish in the Pacific are able to detect both good and bad reefs, according to a Fiji-based study reported by the BBC. The study found that sea animals avoid reefs that do not give off the right chemical signals, because the failure to do so indicates that a reef is degraded. According to the research, published in Science, when young coral and fish are presented with water samples taken from healthy reefs, and from reefs in overfished areas that are choked with seaweed, the sea creatures overwhelmingly choose the former. Scientists say this could be a sign that simply designating a marine area as a protected ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 22, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Stephanie Burnett Tags: Uncategorized Coral Reefs Environment fish Source Type: news

Putting Population Management in Pacific Women’s Hands
Pacific Island nations say empowering women is the key to addressing population growth across the region. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPSBy Catherine WilsonPORT VILA, Jul 10 2014 (IPS) Populations of many Melanesian countries in the southwest Pacific Islands region are expected to double in a generation, threatening regional and national efforts to improve low economic and human development indicators. Arnold Bani, executive director of the Vanuatu Family Health Association in the capital, Port Vila, believes that if reproductive health issues are not addressed in the next 10-15 years the result “will be a disaster for ...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 10, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Democracy Development & Aid Education Featured Gender Headlines Health Human Rights Population Poverty & MDGs Regional Categories Women's Health Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education (ASP Source Type: news

State failed to analyze effects of water bank, judge rules
The findings are the latest development in a long legal fight over a facility that has helped Stewart Resnick, owner of Fiji Water and POM Wonderful. A court ruling issued Wednesday could throw up obstacles to operation of a Kern County groundwater bank that has helped billionaire Stewart Resnick build a nut empire in the southern San Joaquin Valley. (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)
Source: Los Angeles Times - Science - March 6, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

It won't be long before the victims of climate change make the west pay | Chris Huhne
The scientific case is strengthening: developed countries are to blame for global warming – and there will soon be a legal reckoningWould you enjoy the cosiness and warmth of Christmas with your children or grandchildren just that little bit less if you knew that other people's children were dying because of it? More than four million children under five years old are now at risk of acute malnutrition in the Sahel, an area of the world that is one of the clearest victims of the rich world's addiction to fossil fuels.About 18 million people in the Sahel – the vulnerable pan-African strip of land that runs f...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - December 29, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Chris Huhne Tags: Comment The Guardian Asia Pacific World news Sea level United Nations Climate change Palau Climate change scepticism Environment Science Comment is free Source Type: news

Saving Fiji's coral reefs linked to forest conservation upstream
(Wildlife Conservation Society) The health of coral reefs offshore depend on the protection of forests near the sea, according to a new study by the Wildlife Conservation Society that outlines the importance of terrestrial protected areas to coastal biodiversity. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 17, 2013 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Saving Children From Loggers
Maddlyn Maelofa (far right) and young girls in Huahai village in Malaita Province in the Solomon Islands. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS.By Catherine WilsonAUKI, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands, Dec 1 2013 (IPS) Logging is the largest industry in the Solomon Islands, an archipelago located northwest of Fiji, where 80 percent of the islands are covered in tropical rainforest. But, although timber accounts for 60 percent of this South Pacific nation’s export earnings, most local communities have experienced no beneficial development. And when the social costs for those who live in the vicinity of logging camps includes...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 1, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Headlines Human Rights Indigenous Rights Labour Natura Source Type: news

Saving Children From Loggers
Maddlyn Maelofa (far right) and young girls in Huahai village in Malaita Province in the Solomon Islands. Credit: Catherine Wilson/IPS.AUKI, Malaita Province, Solomon Islands, Dec 1 2013 (IPS) Logging is the largest industry in the Solomon Islands, an archipelago located northwest of Fiji, where 80 percent of the islands are covered in tropical rainforest. But, although timber accounts for 60 percent of this South Pacific nation’s export earnings, most local communities have experienced no beneficial development. And when the social costs for those who live in the vicinity of logging camps includes greater inequality...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - December 1, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Authors: Catherine Wilson Tags: Active Citizens Asia-Pacific Civil Society Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Editors' Choice Environment Featured Gender Gender Identity Gender Violence Headlines Human Rights Indigenous Rights Labour Natura Source Type: news

'Climate change refugee' fights to stay in New Zealand
Immigrant from Pacific island of Kiribati hopes to convince court he is a refugee at risk from rising sea levelsA man from one of the lowest-lying nations on Earth is trying to convince New Zealand judges that he is a refugee – suffering not from persecution, but from climate change.The 37-year-old and his wife left their remote atoll in the Pacific nation of Kiribati six years ago for higher ground and better prospects in New Zealand, where their three children were born. Immigration authorities have twice rejected his argument that rising sea levels make it too dangerous for him and his family to return to Kiribati...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - October 1, 2013 Category: Science Tags: theguardian.com Asia Pacific Kiribati World news Oceans Sea level Law Climate change Human rights Environment New Zealand Science Source Type: news

Rethinking women's empowerment - Porter E.
This article examines how orthodox ideas of empowerment have changed for women living in contexts of insecurity. Drawing on fieldwork interviews on women, peace and security in Fiji, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste, the article reveals a range of culturally diff... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - September 17, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Violence and Weapons Issues Source Type: news

Australia faces increased risk of disease from climate change, reports find
A number of recent studies have shown a clear connection between a warming planet and increased health risksAustralia has been warned of the rising threat of dengue fever and heat stroke deaths in the wake of a study that found climate change is aiding the spread of infectious diseases around the world. The report, part-funded by the US National Science Foundation and published in Science, found that climate change is already abetting diseases in wildlife and agriculture, with humans at heightened risk from dengue fever, malaria and cholera. Wealthy countries will do much better at predicting and tackling new disease threa...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 2, 2013 Category: Science Authors: Oliver Milman Tags: theguardian.com News Climate change Environment Australia Source Type: news

Driver sleepiness and risk of motor vehicle crash injuries: A population-based case control study in Fiji (TRIP 12) - Herman J, Kafoa B, Wainiqolo I, Robinson E, McCaig E, Connor J, Jackson R, Ameratunga S.
INTRODUCTION: Published studies investigating the role of driver sleepiness in road crashes in low and middle-income countries have largely focused on heavy vehicles. We investigated the contribution of driver sleepiness to four-wheel motor vehicle crashes... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - July 14, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

In Fiji, UNFPA Chief Stresses Women's Empowerment, Girls Education - 08 May 2013
SUVA, Fiji — If alarming rates of violence against women are to be effectively addressed, the status of women needs to be elevated.  UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin emphasized the fundamental, often unacknowledged, contributions of women – to families, communities and economies – during the launch of the Pacific Regional ICPD Review report. The persistence of alarming rates of gender-based violence is one of the critical issues in the region. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 25, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Governments hold long-overdue meeting on reducing early death from rheumatic heart disease
(World Heart Federation) Today, at the World Health Assembly, top health officials from New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, Fiji and Rwanda met to discuss the vital need for countries to integrate rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease prevention and control into national action plans. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - May 22, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

In Fiji, UNFPA Chief Stresses Women's Empowerment, Girls Education - 08 May 2013
SUVA, Fiji — If alarming rates of violence against women are to be effectively addressed, the status of women needs to be elevated.  UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin emphasized the fundamental, often unacknowledged, contributions of women – to families, communities and economies – during the launch of the Pacific Regional ICPD Review report. The persistence of alarming rates of gender-based violence is one of the critical issues in the region. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 21, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Attempted suicide in Fiji - Henson C, Taylor A, Cohen J, Waqabaca AQ, Chand S.
Characteristics of hospitalized clients who were referred for counselling because of attempted suicide were compared to those of hospitalized clients who were referred for counselling for reasons other than attempted suicide in the four major hospitals in ... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - May 21, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Suicide and Self-Harm Source Type: news

In Fiji, UNFPA Chief Stresses Women's Empowerment, Girls Education - 08 May 2013
SUVA, Fiji — If alarming rates of violence against women are to be effectively addressed, the status of women needs to be elevated.  UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin emphasized the fundamental, often unacknowledged, contributions of women – to families, communities and economies – during the launch of the Pacific Regional ICPD Review report. The persistence of alarming rates of gender-based violence is one of the critical issues in the region. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - May 16, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Population-based characteristics of fatal and hospital admissions for poisoning in Fiji: TRIP Project-11 - Peiris-John R, Kafoa B, Wainiqolo I, Reddy RK, McCaig E, Ameratunga SN.
This study investigated the incidence and characteristics of poisoning fatalities and hospital admissions among indigenous Fijians and Indians in Viti Levu, Fiji. Individuals with a mechanism of injury classified as poisoning were identified using the Fiji... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - February 2, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

Prevalence of sleepiness while driving four-wheel motor vehicles in Fiji: a population-based survey (TRIP 9) - Herman J, Ameratunga SN, Wainiqolo I, Kafoa B, Robinson E, McCaig E, Jackson R.
We examined the prevalence of sleepiness and sleep-related disorders among drivers... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - January 19, 2013 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news