Author Jack

Short bio: My name is Jacques Franc de Ferrière. I was born in Papeete, Windward Islands, in 1985. I have been a web journalist for the last 10 years, after trying and hating jobs in finance and advertisement. I have worked in newsrooms in Paris, Canada and Tahiti and have now more than a thousand articles published online, mostly in French. I love biking, reading, slack lines and slacking off.

Website: http://articlesjeff.blogspot.com/

Drinking kava and driving: what the science says

What does Science have to say about drinking kava and driving? According to Dr Apo Aporoso, a kava researchers at the University of Waikato in New Zealand interviewed by Australian media ABC, “a study testing driver reactions after a six-hour session of high-volume kava drinking found no statistically significant effect on driving ability.” So it doesn’t seem to be as bad as alcohol, but the researcher still … Continue reading Drinking kava and driving: what the science says

Does this 20,000 years old footprint belong to the fastest man in History?

This footprint (picture from National Geographic) could belong to the fastest man in our known history. It was left by an Aboriginal hunter who crossed a muddy wetland in New South Whales some 20,000 years ago, with four friends. This wetland is now dried out and belongs to the Mungo National Park. It is studied since 2003, when it was spotted between sand dunes by Mary … Continue reading Does this 20,000 years old footprint belong to the fastest man in History?

What a Tahitian thinks of Moana [Video]

Is Moana a faithful representation of the Polynesian people and their culture? On the one hand, the coconut people came from nowhere and the giant crab passing as Tamatoa is very foreign to our culture. But for Pacificans.com editor Taema, this is all redeemed by the effort from Disney to make a Tahitian and a Maori version, combined with the fact that Moana characters seem … Continue reading What a Tahitian thinks of Moana [Video]

Cook Islands considers legalizing homosexuality

A new bill has been proposed by the Cook Islands government to remove provisions banning “indecent acts” between two men and “consensual sodomy”, with prison terms of between five and seven years, from the Cook Islands’ 1969 Crimes Act. Although convictions are rare, according to Radio NZ, “The Solicitor General, David James, says the new bill makes laws suitable for the modern era, and means people will no longer be locked … Continue reading Cook Islands considers legalizing homosexuality

Police loses 4 kg of marijuana in Tonga

According to the newspaper Matangi Tonga, the police of Tonga “lost” 3.8 kg of cannabis. The unusual accident was revealed at the trial of the owner of the confiscated cannabis on July the 27th. According to the newspaper, “The prosecutor told the court the exhibits had been lost during the refurbishment of the police station, when they were removed to the Longolongo Police Station.” The photos … Continue reading Police loses 4 kg of marijuana in Tonga

Vanuatu will become the first country in the world to ban plastic bottles

The Prime Minister of Vanuatu, Charlot Salwai Tabimasmas, announced last Sunday that his country will introduce a progressive ban to all plastic bags and bottles that cannot be reused. The government stresses in the Vanuatu Daily Post that disposal of plastic waste has become a huge problem for the small insular nation, that “bottles and plastic bags are risky to human life and the environment” and that … Continue reading Vanuatu will become the first country in the world to ban plastic bottles

A drone films two whales playing in a lagoon of New Caledonia

This Sunday in New Caledonia, more precisely in the lagoon between Ducks Island and the main island, two whales were filmed by drone. The TV channel NC 1ère shared the footage on their Twitter account:   Midi de magie à #Nouméa où deux #baleines se sont attardées entre l’île aux Canards et le littoral. Gaël Detcheverry les a captées par drone pic.twitter.com/Rp37ZW3U8d — NC 1ère … Continue reading A drone films two whales playing in a lagoon of New Caledonia

Are they the last generation who will grow up in Kiribati? [DOCUMENTARY]

This documentary by Aurora Brachman and Bradley King (25 min) explores the thoughts and feelings of a group of high school seniors who are likely to be the last generation to grow up in Kiribati because of climate change: The description of the project behind this production: “Climate change is not a distant threat, it is affecting real people right now. The Pacific island nation … Continue reading Are they the last generation who will grow up in Kiribati? [DOCUMENTARY]

A health worker administers medication for lymphatic filariasis. Photo by: Ruth McDowall / RTI International / CC BY-NC-ND

Tonga eliminates filariasis after a 300 years epidemic

The World Health Organisation (WHO) confirmed this week that the kingdom of Tonga eliminated the lymphatic filariasis disease after an epidemic of three centuries that, only 40 years ago, infected 45% of the population, with one in 12 people declaring elephantiasis. This lymphatic filariasis plague is caused by a parasitic worm, transmitted by mosquitoes. Some of the ill will develop a syndrome called elephantiasis, causing their limbs or … Continue reading Tonga eliminates filariasis after a 300 years epidemic

NZ scientists discover a new sunfish species weighting more than a ton

Most estimates say that we still have between 4 and 9 million living species to discover on Earth. Many are very small, but huge species are still identified regularly. For example this sunfish species (in picture above) that was just officially discovered by a team of scientists in New Zealand last week. It was named Mola tecta, the hoodwinker sunfish. The NZ newspaper Sunday Morning interviewed the … Continue reading NZ scientists discover a new sunfish species weighting more than a ton