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Pacific teams miss out at Olympic 7s qualifier

Pacific Island teams have fallen short at the Final Olympic Sevens Qualifying Tournament in Monaco, with France, Russia and Ireland securing the final tickets to Tokyo. 2016 repechage runners up Samoa had started with a hiss and a roar on day one of the men's competition, thrashing Mexico 69-5, Tonga 47-5 and Zimbabwe 33-7. But the Manu were beaten 21-7 by...

Kadi Camacho wins 2022 Pacific Mini Games logo competition

Kadi Camacho’s sleek and creative design was named the winner of the Pacific Mini Games logo competition. Camacho was honoured by CNMI and sports officials during the launch ceremony of the 2022 Pacific Mini Games at the Oleai Sports Complex on Thursday. In his remarks, he said his logo depicts a latte stone, a mwar and three individuals. The mwar has...

Vaccination:the ticket to an economic recovery

So far, with the help of development partners, in particular Australia and New Zealand, the vaccine rollout in the Pacific islands has exceeded expectations. Fiji (the Pacific islands’most populous country) aims to vaccinate 53% of its adult population (one dose each for about 316,000 people)by the end of June and have all adults fully vaccinated by October 2021. Vanuatu, Samoa,...

New Zealand boosts support to Fiji for COVID-19 impact, Six AUSMAT members to arrive in Fiji today

New Zealand is providing additional support to Fiji to mitigate the effects of the current COVID-19 outbreak on vulnerable households, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Recognising the increasingly challenging situation in Fiji, Aotearoa will provide an additional package of assistance to support the Government of Fiji and Fijians most affected by the current outbreak,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “The assistance includes...

Death at sea: the fisheries inspectors who never came home

By Bernadette Carreon In his last email to his family, Eritara Aati Kaierua told them he loved them and apologised for not being in touch sooner. “Fish is a little scarce or maybe this location is not fertile, we are now fishing in Papua New Guinea and we are still here,” he wrote to his wife, Tekarara, on 21...

Vaccine can get outbreak under control in Fiji: UN

Fiji is not out of the woods yet and the worst is yet to come. UN resident Coordinator for Fiji and the Pacific Sanaka Samarasinha sounded this alarm while encouraging Fijians to be vaccinated. “The worst is not over yet. We will see increasing numbers and we really need to get over the next three months or so get those remaining...

António Guterres secures second term as UN Secretary-General, calls for new era of ‘solidarity and equality’

António Guterres was on Friday re-appointed to a second term as UN Secretary-General, pledging as his priority, to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking the oath of office in the General Assembly Hall, Guterres said he was aware of the immense responsibilities bestowed on him at this critical moment in history. “We are truly...

Kainaki Lua, Pacific Resilience Facility and Pacific 2050 Vision top first mission for SG Puna

Partnerships and advocacy for urgent climate change action, partnerships for a new regional resilience financing facility, and a reinvigorated vision for regionalism towards 2050 are key aspects of a mission to Australia this week for Pacific Islands Forum Secretary-General, Henry Puna. While he is currently working from Auckland pending onward travel to Suva, SG Puna is taking advantage of the...

Vanuatu Supreme Court confirms 19 Govt MPs lose seats

Vanuatu's Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the former Speaker of Parliament to expel 19 government MPs from Parliament. The court ruling looks set to trigger the collapse of the government led by Bob Loughman and the Vanua'aku Pati. Gracia Shadrack, who resigned the speakership last week, ruled that the 19, who include Prime Minister Loughman, had vacated their seats...

FAST party seeks Samoa Court clarity to resolve impasse

Fa’atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party is seeking clarity from the court to overcome the differed interpretation of the situation from that of their rivals, the deputy leader, Laauli Leuatea Schmidt confirmed. Speaking on Friday, the Member-elect of Gagaifomauga No. 3 said the Government is in a deadlock due to the Human Rights Protection Party’s claims that...

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