Author: Jacques

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, the Dothraki lord that married Daenerys, offered her her three dragon eggs and then fell madly in love with her. He only appears in the first two seasons, but he has a lasting impact on...

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

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 now clear that the ship is completely blocked. Important resources have been mobilized by New Caledonia, France and the ship-owner to avoid an ecological catastrophe. On television the 17th July in the evening, the captain Jean-Louis Fournier, who commands the local maritime zone, explains that the first priority to avoid a massive hydrocarbon spill was to pump the 750 tons of...

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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 public accesses surfing. It is also a spectacular piece of promotion for the brand: In this amazing video, you see a floating dock build by the Volcom team on a surf break in Bali, and...

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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 Islands News. Marae Moana creates zones where any commercial activity is forbidden, totaling 320 000 squared kilometers, and will impose drastic mesures on the rest of its commercial waters to insure that any commercial...

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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 with medicinal properties, everything edible around here seems to be good for you. Best of all, you can buy all these ingredients for cheap at your local market, and they will be be locally...

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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 the online visitors, through the site, with stories and songs of their people. You can now visit the world famous Uluru while listening to tells from the Tjukurpa, the traditional Aboriginal lore. Much better then,...

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Pūtahi : a gathering of Oceanian artists [PICS]

For two weeks at the end of June, 30 artists from all over Oceania were invited in Tahiti by the Centre des Métiers d’Arts (CMA), a public art school in Papeete (pictures of the event on their Facebook). During their visit, they engaged with local students and artists, exchanged their world views and different techniques… And of course they created art. The creations of the invited artists and some of the best one created during the visit where then exposed at Gallerie Winkler, an art gallery, and at the Museum of Tahiti and her Islands. This beautiful project was...

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Fantastic creations by Tongan fashion designers

For the 2017 Miss Heilala Pageant, in Nuku’alofa, Tonga, the 16 aspiring beauty queens wore “unique island creations made from local materials, including coconut shells and fibre, dry and green coconut leaves, tapa cloth, fine woven mats, pandanus and shiny sea shells” explains Matangi Tonga Online, an information website covering the event. An account of the evening and a lot of pictures of the creations are available on this Matangi Tonga Online page. According to the Tongan journalist, the very creative dresses made a much more favorable impression than the sarongs (pareo) and swimsuits presentations, and these pictures explain why...

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A Japanese on the moon in 2030

Japan announced last week that it plans to put a man on the moon around 2030. It is the first time the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has unveiled such an ambitious objective. To reach it, it plans to join forces with NASA in a planned american mission to go back to the moon in 15 years, as a step to reach Mars. JAXA will contribute to the project with Japanese technologies and financing, in a hope to get a ticket to put a Japanese on the moon, said a spokesperson for JAXA to the public broadcaster NHK. The first...

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The UN tries to save Tuvalu from climate change

The United Nation just started its plan to save Tuvalu from climate change, a program included in the Green Climate Fund with a budget of 36 million US dollars. The UN wants to spend this money over the next 40 years in the tiny Pacific archipelago of 10 600 people, a country of atolls with an average elevation of 1.8 meters (6 feet). Scientists expect Tuvalu to be one of the first modern country to disappear under water to rising sea levels caused by global warming, with other atoll countries such as Kiribati, also in the Pacific. The first transfert of 2 million US dollars to the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme) just got approved. It will start with an upgrade to “existing infrastructure to protect coastal areas, including sea walls. It will also make coastal management more resilient and catalyze other sources of adaptation finance” explains the Green Climate Fund. The program will also try to build natural resilience by protecting the eco-systems that keep these islands afloat. The need for such urgent spending has been made all the more evident after cyclone Pam in 2015 caused one the 9 islands of the archipelago to be entirely submerged, causing an evacuation of its population. Salt water inundations are now pretty common, and rapid erosion of the coast of the islands seems hard to counter. The alarm is so...

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