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05:17 am GMT+12, 03/08/2020
 
-Papua New Guinea's record drug seizure means other countries around the Pacific will need to be extra vigilant according to a regional security analyst.   Last week PNG police seized around 750 kilogrammes of cocaine valued at US$58-million they believed was destined for Australia.   Police said the drugs were to be transported aboard a plane which crashed outside of Port Moresby last weekend.   Jose » read more
 
70 Marshallese died from COVID-19 in U.S 110 COVID-19 cases in PNG
Three more individuals positive for Covid-19 in CNMI No end in sight to COVID crisis, and its impact will last for ‘decades to come’
 
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"Women’s rights are non-negotiable in COVID-19 response programming" says the Pacific based Shifting the Power Coalition
05:29 am GMT+12, 03/08/2020, Fiji
Mobilising Women's Leadership: Solutions for Protection and Recovery in a Time of COVID 19 and TC Harold is a new report from the Shifting the Power Coalition’s network of women leaders and focal points, including young women and women with disabilities which is an urgent call to Read more

We can't allow Pacific leaders to use coronavirus as a cover for authoritarianism
By Dan McGarry in Port Vila and Tess Newton Cain  
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New data on women’s experiences and men’s perpetration of violence inform approaches to prevent family violence in South Tarawa, Kiribati
 For the first time ever, prevalence data is available on men’s use of violence, al
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Case leads introduction of next generation framework for U.S policy in Pacific Islands region
The Blue Pacific Act establishes a comprehensive, long-term U.S. foreign policy in the Pac
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Pacific Islands must stop relying on foreign aid to adapt to climate change, because the money won’t last
By Patrick D. Nunn, Professor of Geography, School of Social Sciences, Roselyn Kum
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Business News
ADB sees pandemic slashing 2020 global remittances by over US$100 billion
05:22 am GMT+12, 03/08/2020, Philippines
Remittances across the world could decline by US$108.6 billion this year as job losses mount and employers trim payrolls amid a COVID-19 pandemic that has devastated economies, according to a report by the Asian Development Bank.   Money sent to Asia, where about a third of migrant Read more

No tax on fringe benefitsin in Fiji
The Fijian Government, in a bid to further incentivise employers to go that extra mile for the
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Bank lending rates in Fiji expected to drop
Fiji's Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum expects bank interest rates to drop in coming
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$600m cash balance: Members’ funds are safe, says FNPF
The Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) says it is financially stable as it starts to roll out
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Fiji Budget 2020-21 passed in Parliament
Fiji's 2020-2021 national budget has been passed in Parliament Thursday after four days of
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Sports News
OFC announces funding increases
05:00 am GMT+12, 03/08/2020, New Zealand
OFC will invest an unprecedented $43 million directly into football development in 2021 and 2022. As part of its long-term strategy, the organisation is deeply committed to developing football in the Pacific. OFC will increase its development grant to its 11 Member Associations by more Read more

International rugby set to resume in October as World Rugby Council approves temporary 2020 COVID-19 calendar
An exciting programme of international matches is set to take place later this year after the
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Fiji Rugby Union welcomes World rugby support for Pacific teams
The Fiji Rugby Union has received with open arms moves by World Rugby to support a Pacific tea
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Flying Fijians prop Tawake signs for New York club
Flying Fijians prop Samu Tawake will join Fiji 7s rep Apenisa Cakaubalavu at the Rugby United
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International Netball Federation postpones 2021 Netball World Youth Cup in Fiji due to coronavirus
The International Netball Federation (INF) has postponed the 2021 Netball World Youth Cup due
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