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PNG Hotel-turned drug lab

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Papua New Guinea Police have busted a drug trafficking and methamphetamine (meth) underground operation based at the Sanctuary Hotel. In a raid on the hotel on Tuesday last week, police seized five firearms, several rounds of ammunition of various calibre, meth, cannabis, ingredients and utensils used for manufacturing meth in several rooms. Police Commissioner David Manning said hotel owner Jaime Pang,...

After COP26, countries must turn climate promises into action on global shipping

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A meeting of the IMO this week is the first test of translating promises made in Glasgow into bold action. The world must turn its gaze to shipping By David Kabua Last week all eyes were on Cop26, the global climate conference in Glasgow, and rightly so. World leaders, youth, entrepreneurs, and citizens gathered and debated how we will save ourselves from...

Tonga rugby eyes rule change for World Cup

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Ikale Tahi coach Toutai Kefu believes Tonga are capable of making the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals, if eligibility rules were to change. The World Rugby Council will consider a proposal this week to change the sport's eligibility rules, making it easier for players to switch their international allegiance following a three year stand-down. Under the current regulations, once a player has...

Moana Pasifika and Fijian Drua finalise squads

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Pasifika communities across the Pacific are celebrating the official confirmation of the first ever Moana Pasifika and the Fijian Drua squads for the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific competition. The squads were announced exclusively to fans over the past two months and were finalised alongside teams unveiled by New Zealand and Australia. Moana Pasifika completed it's playing roster Monday with the announcement...

Tonga interim Speaker Lord Tangi appointed

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Tongan King Tupou VI has appointed Lord Tangi as the Interim Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Tonga, effective from Saturday 20 November 2021. In his role as Interim Speaker of Parliament, Lord Tangi will preside and lead the constitutional process to elect the Prime Minister Designate from the Representatives who have been elected as Members of Parliament in the...

‘Cabal derailed our Covid response’: PNG

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Papua New Guinea’s top Covid official has blamed his country’s poor response to the pandemic on its shattered health system and “a cabal of multilateral agencies and international NGOs”. PNG Covid controller David Manning told a University of Melbourne conference that the international aid sector had ­undermined his government’s efforts to run contact tracing and roll out vaccines. The accusation came...

U.S lawmakers press White House on Compact talks

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United States congressional leaders have ramped up pressure on the White House to elevate focus on negotiations over Compacts of Free Association with the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia and Palau — and to resolve all outstanding issues in the U.S nuclear test legacy with the Marshall Islands. Ten Congress members signed a letter earlier this month to Jack...

British diplomat on climate: ‘This is existential’

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The British High Commissioner to New Zealand says it's not her place to single out specific countries which need to do better on climate change, but that everyone could stand to be more ambitious in the aftermath of COP26. In an exclusive interview with Newsroom, Laura Clarke said the climate summit in Glasgow succeeded at keeping the goal of limiting...

Kiribati’s attempts to keep stranded Australian judge out of the country ruled unconstitutional

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A landmark judgment in the Pacific country of Kiribati has ruled the government’s actions in blocking an Australian, a judge on Kiribati’s high court, from returning to the island were unconstitutional. When David Lambourne left Kiribati in February 2020 to attend a conference in Australia, he thought it would be a brief and uneventful trip. Instead, the Australian judge, who...

Some Pacific nations won’t reach target vaccination rates until 2026: Lowy Institute research

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Slow vaccine take-up among Pacific nations will dramatically hamper regional COVID-19 recovery efforts with some countries not expected to reach high rates for another five years, new research shows. It comes as Australia has began to open up its international borders to nearby neighbours, New Zealand and Singapore, as part of its slow reopening to the world. But the rate of...

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