Nauru weightlifters add bronze to medal tally

That event was won by Australia and Kiribati walked away with the silver medal.

Doguape also clinched a bronze medal with a lift of 150kg in the Clean & Jerk event.

His compatriot, Ika Aliklik also won bronze in the Snatch event.

Kiribati lifter, Taretiita Tabaroua won the gold medal in the event.

Nauru also won bronze in the Oceania Championship also underway in Apia.

At the end of day 4 of competition, Nauru was placed in 7th place with 5 gold, 1 silver and 8 bronze in the overall medal tally.



More medals for Nauru’s weightlifters

Maxima Uepa won 2 gold medals and a silver in the women’s 71kg event.

Uepa lifted a total of 191 kg to beat Kiribati and Papua New Guinea.

She won silver in the 71kg Snatch with a lift of 86kg behind Australian Ebony Gorincu.

Uepa also won gold in the Clean & Jerk with a lift of 105kg.

Her compatriot, Ezekiel Moses collected bronze medals in the men’s 67kg event with a total lift of 260kg. The gold went to Samoa, while Kiribati walked away with the silver medal.

In the Snatch event, Moses lifted 116kg and 145kg in the Clean & Jerk event.

Nauru scoops first gold and bronze in weightlifting

Brechtefeld won gold in the 55kg Snatch and Clean & Jerk category at Faleata Sports Complex.

Papua New Guinea won the silver medal while Solomon Islands took out the bronze.

Daniella Ika won bronze in the women’s senior 45kg category.

She bronze in the women’s senior 45kg Class Snatch.


Photo Samoa Weightlifting Fed 


Pacific wants dedicated UN climate change rep - Baron Waqa

In an interview published on the website Climate Diplomacy, Mr Waqa says the position would fill a "critical gap" in the UN system.

Baron Waqa said Pacific nations were seeking a more robust response on climate change from the UN.

The special representative on climate and security would update the UN secretary-general's report on the security impacts of climate change.

It would also produce a new report analysing the dangers of climate security and make recommendations for monitoring and response.

Nauru’s compulsory superannuation fund now in full effect

While government employees have enjoyed the plan for the past year, as of 1 July all employers must contribute five per cent above the wages they pay, while employee’s pay another five per cent.

Finance Minister David Adeang said this was yet another important step in the journey of a country shaking off the mistakes of the past and maturing.

“Nauru must establish a sustainable future for itself and its people, and this superannuation scheme, administered by a respected fund manager independent of government, will ensure that all Nauruans will have savings in the future.”

Nauru’s President Waqa receives lifetime achievement award for leadership in climate change

President Waqa received the award from the World President of the BrandLaureate, Dr KK Johan at a ceremony in Kuala Lumpur on 27 June.

The award recognises the president’s work and leadership on climate change where he chaired the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) leading the charge of small island states in their deliberations in the various platforms including at the Conference of Parties (COP) talks.

More human interaction needed says President Waqa

Nauru President and Chair of the Pacific Island Forum, Baron Waqa says with the growth of the technological sector, human interaction must be maintained.

“Climate change and technological advancement for Pacific people, but when we talk about next generation skills, we are not just talking about technological advances and technical solutions such as the cloud computing, robotics and artificial intelligence, important as they are.”

“ We are also talking about those skills that will allow us to flourish in our full humanity,” Waqa said.

Rotary and UNICEF team up to vaccinate the Pacific

The "Give Every Child a Future" project is the major international focus of civil society group Rotary as it celebrates 100 years of service in New Zealand, Australia and the Pacific.

Rotary will partner with the United Nations children's agency UNICEF to support the introduction of three vaccines in the region.

Vathinee Jitjaturunt of UNICEF Pacific said the vaccines targeted three diseases.

"This project I think it will be able to prevent diarrhoea, pneumonia and cervical cancer. These three diseases are high in the Pacific."

Nauru’s new Court of Appeal hands down first ruling

The court, comprising of Chief Justice of Solomon Islands Sir Albert Palmer, serving judge of the National & Supreme Court of PNG Justice Nicholas Kirriwom, and former Chief Justice of the Kingdom of Tonga Justice Michael Scott, sat to hear an appeal by the Nauruan director of public prosecutions against two findings by Justice G Muecke of the Supreme Court of Nauru.

Appeal ruling in long-running Nauru legal saga due today

A group, dubbed the Nauru 19, was charged over incidents arising from a protest outside parliament in June 2015.

Last year the charges were permanently stayed by an Australian judge, Geoffrey Muecke, who was brought in by the Nauru Government hear the case.

But the government appealed Justice Muecke's decision, and the outcome of that appeal is due for release by the Supreme Court today.