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Samoa Appeals Court declares FAST Government; impasse over

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The Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that the Faatuatua ile Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party was Samoa's new Government bringing three months...

New Guardian-class patrol boat: a welcome asset to tackle illegal fishing in Solomon Islands

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Tackling illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing is often a challenge for countries in the Pacific due to many reasons. Unavailability of maritime assets...

Fiji records 918 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths reported

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-Fiji has recorded 918 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths reported. Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said that out of the 15...

COVID-19: No easy ways around this pandemic – Fijian PM

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Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says there are no easy ways around this COVID-19 pandemic. “We have to meet it head-on, and we are,” Bainimarama...

Vaccine critical to recovery: Seselja

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-Vaccine rollout in Solomon Islands and across the Pacific is critical to economic recovery. And Australia is leading efforts to vaccinate countries in the region...
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End war on nature and ensure ocean health, UN chief says in message for...

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Ending the “war on nature” must be part of global recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Tuesday in his...

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Legal challenge looms after Vanuatu speaker declares most government seats vacant

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The speaker of the Vanuatu parliament has declared the seats of the Prime Minister, the Deputy prime minister and 16 other government MPs vacant. The...

Pacific’s main newsprint supplier to close

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Newspapers across the Pacific are seeking new newsprint suppliers after the 66-year-old Norske Skog paper mill in Kawerau, New Zealand unexpectedly announced it was...

Media Freedom

Samoa Media alliance calls for journalists’ protection

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The Samoa Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development (SAMPOD) has condemned political attacks against Samoan women journalists and called on the United Nations to...

Samoa Observer trying to topple Government: Tuilaepa

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The caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi claims the Samoa Observer Newspaper has long been trying to topple the Government. Speaking on the state-owned 2AP...

Fijian Media Association agrees way forward

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The Fijian Media Association (FMA) convened a virtual special general meeting on Thursday, 17 June 2021 to present audited accounts, discuss training opportunities, and...

Pacific’s main newsprint supplier to close

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Newspapers across the Pacific are seeking new newsprint suppliers after the 66-year-old Norske Skog paper mill in Kawerau, New Zealand unexpectedly announced it was...

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Tokyo 2020 Games opens with spectacular but subdued celebrations

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Tokyo Japan delivered on its theme of ‘United by Emotion’ for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Games -...

Vanuatu rower placed sixth in men’s single scull event but hopes for repechage comeback

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor at the Tokyo 2020 Games Vanuatu’s flag bearer at the Tokyo 2020 Games due to open tonight was the first...

ONOC President Dr Robin Mitchell re-elected to IOC Executive Board

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The Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) has announced the re-election of its President, Dr Robin Mitchell of Fiji into the Executive Board of the...

IOC Session begins in Tokyo with a message of peace and harmony despite COVID19...

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS  Editor The 138th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) got underway in Tokyo this morning with a message of 'peace'...

Samoa seal Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification with play-off win over Tonga

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Manu Samoa will take their place in Pool D at France 2023 having secured a 79-28 aggregate win against Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday. Samoa...

Health

Fiji records 918 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths reported

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-Fiji has recorded 918 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths reported. Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said that out of the 15...

Voices

Dried up salination plant on Banaba Island.

The island with no water: how foreign mining destroyed Banaba

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By Joshua Macdonald BANABA, 10 JUNE 2021 (THE GUARDIAN) --- The last decent rain on Banaba was more than a year ago. Without rain, people on...

Word Baskets and Witness Bearing: A Talk Story with Julian Aguon and Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner

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For Pacific writers Julian Aguon and Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner, art and activism are inseparable. But while creative expression can be an act of resistance in...
UNPRAC/PACJN webinar

Key role for Pacific media in making corruption commitments accountable

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Pacific journalists will have a key role in making sure commitments by governments at next week’s United Nations Special Session of the General Assembly...

Education

Solomon Islands scholars fear as Fiji hit hard by dangerous covid-19...

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Studies and living expenses are becoming tougher for Solomon Islands students as coronavirus cases continue to climb in Fiji. A student at the University of...