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U.S blocks seafood from Fiji ship accused of enslaving crew

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A tuna fishing boat based in the Pacific island nation of Fiji that has been accused of essentially enslaving its crew was blocked Wednesday from importing seafood into the United States, part of an increasing effort to keep goods produced with forced labour from entering the country. U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued an order to stop any shipments in...

PCCC launch innovative logo design competition for Pacific Artists!

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Are you an aspiring Pacific artist or graphic designer? The Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) is looking for artists and graphic designers to submit entries into a special logo competition for the PCCC. The logo competition presents a unique opportunity to bring together Pacific cultures expressed through art and...

Viliame Vodonaivalu is new CEO of Fiji National Provident Fund

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Viliame Vodonaivalu has been confirmed as CEO of the Fiji National Provident Fund(FNPF). Vodonaivalu has been acting in the role since the departure of Jaoji Koroi in February of this year. FNPF Board Chairman, Daksesh Patel, says they’re confident Vodonaivalu’s deep knowledge and significant local experience made him the best fit to lead the Fund through the challenges of the next...

Fiji records 1,187 new cases of COVID-19, 11 new deaths reported

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Fiji has recorded 1,187 new cases of COVID-19 and 11 new deaths Wednesday, increasing the total number of cases in the island nation to 33,850 since the outbreak in April. Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 387 cases are from the Western division and 800 cases are from the Central Division in Vitilevu, Fiji's main island. He said there...

Health specialists warn against mutating Delta variant in Fiji

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A new vaccine may be needed if the Delta variant of Covid-19, which is currently in Fiji, continues to mutate, health experts say. The government said more than 22,000 people with Covid are in isolation and the death toll has reached 270 since the outbreak in April, and climbing. The victims included an 11-month-old baby, pregnant mothers, a 15-year-old teenager and...

UN’s Fiji medical evacuation flight unfair, says human rights advocate

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-The United Nations has come under fire from a leading human rights advocate in Fiji for evacuating one of its Covid-positive workers for treatment to New Zealand last week. A United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) worker in Fiji with Covid-19 was medically evacuated to New Zealand on an air ambulance jet on Thursday, and was taken to Middlemore Hospital for...

WHO calls for moratorium on COVID-19 booster jabs

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The head of the UN health organisation called on Wednesday for a moratorium on COVID-19 vaccine boosters until “at least the end of September” to enable the world’s most vulnerable people to be inoculated. “I understand the concern of all Governments to protect their people from the Delta variant, but we cannot accept countries that have already used most of...

SIDS COP26 attendance in limbo

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It is still not known if the Pacific Island delegations will be physically represented at the 26th Conference of Parties later this year in the United Kingdom. Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Satyendra Prasad said if smaller states cannot be represented at all or in the numbers that they need to be, it will be a disadvantage...

No Cabinet reshuffle: PNG PM Marape

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Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has ruled out any Cabinet reshuffle despite two ministers currently facing a leadership tribunal. The ministers are Telefomin MP Solan Mirism, the Defence Minister, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Commerce and Industry Sam Basil, who is Bulolo MP. Marape told The National he respected all Cabinet ministers “and there is no vacancy...

Open borders for seasonal workers welcomed, but Solomon Islands wants in too

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-New rules allowing seasonal workers to enter New Zealand without going through managed isolation have been welcomed in Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu. The relaxed restrictions for workers from the three countries in the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme are expected to be a boon for the tourism-reliant countries, which have had no visitors for the past 17 months. But the RSE...

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U.S blocks seafood from Fiji ship accused of enslaving crew

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A tuna fishing boat based in the Pacific island nation of Fiji that has been accused of essentially enslaving its crew was blocked Wednesday...

PCCC launch innovative logo design competition for Pacific Artists!

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Are you an aspiring Pacific artist or graphic designer? The Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC) hosted by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment...

Viliame Vodonaivalu is new CEO of Fiji National Provident Fund

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Viliame Vodonaivalu has been confirmed as CEO of the Fiji National Provident Fund(FNPF). Vodonaivalu has been acting in the role since the departure of Jaoji...