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/

    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

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    The push by Vanuatu to legalize kava root worlwide

    For Pacificans, the idea that kava could be considered a drug or a toxic plant is strange, but it is still the case in many parts of the world. Kava is cultivated all over our ocean to produce a traditional bitter drink from its roots. When prepared correctly, drinking kava creates a mellowing effect and a wellness feeling without affecting cognitive functions. It has an … Continue reading The push by Vanuatu to legalize kava root worlwide

    Game of Thrones auditions: The haka that got Khal Drogo his role

    We’ve all seen it. Winter has come to Westeros, and record-breaking numbers of viewers have tuned in to watch the first episode of Game of Thrones season 7 last Sunday. This obsession will last seven more weeks until the finale. To get in the mood and wait patiently until next weekend, I leave you with this video of Jason Momoa’s audition for the role of Khal Drogo, … Continue reading Game of Thrones auditions: The haka that got Khal Drogo his role

    Container ship wrecks in New Caledonia, 750 tons of fuel to be pumped

    UPDATE, last news from the Kea Trader from Pacificans : Kea Trader: an ecological catastrophe avoided in New Caledonia Our Article published on July 17th : The container ship Kea Trader ran aground the Durand reef, 92km South-East of Maré island (Loyalty islands, New Caledonia), full quill on the coral. The shipwreck happened last week during the night from Tuesday 11 to Wednesday 12, but it is … Continue reading Container ship wrecks in New Caledonia, 750 tons of fuel to be pumped

    Who needs rowing? Run to catch your wave! [VIDEO]

    Imagine being able to walk from shore to the surf brake, take your wave to the beach, then just walk back up? Learning to surf would become a completely different experience, and avid surfers could take twice as many waves on a good day. And this concept shot by Volcom in Bali proves that this idea has the potential to change the way the broad … Continue reading Who needs rowing? Run to catch your wave! [VIDEO]

    How one rugbyman protected a patch of ocean the size of Mexico

    The parliament in the Cook Islands voted the creation of Marae Moana, a large marine parc encompassing all of the waters controlled by the country. An area of 1.9 million squared kilometers (730 000 squared miles) is now protected, an area the size of Mexico, or 3 times France. It got approved by a massive bill, voted last Thursday with large bilateral support according to Cook … Continue reading How one rugbyman protected a patch of ocean the size of Mexico

    Healthy recipes from the Pacific

    What healthy food can you cook with ingredients from the Pacific? More than you imagine, because a lot of the products growing in the region are, surprisingly, very healthy. From the classic taro root (good for digestion, to lower blood sugar or even fight cancer), to the fishes and sea foods (low in bad fat, full of vitamins, minerals and other good stuff), to vast amounts of fruits … Continue reading Healthy recipes from the Pacific

    Visit Uluru on Google Street View

    You can now visit Uluru, or Ayers Rock in central Australia, on Google Street View. The tech giant opened the trails last month, after two years of filming with backpack-mounted 3D cameras and recording stories and songs from the traditional owners of the sacred place: the Anangu of the central desert. The Indigenous Australians went a step further and  accepted to guide the Google team, and … Continue reading Visit Uluru on Google Street View