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Fiji’s Electoral Commissioner quits

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The head of Fiji's Electoral Commission has resigned - less than 12 months from the general election. Lawyer Suresh Chandra made the surprise revelation during the signing of the Terms of Reference between the Fijian Elections Office, the Pacific Disability Forum and the National Council for Persons with Disabilities at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Monday. Chandra told the...

WHO updates guidelines on COVID-related organ inflammation in children

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Children who have developed organ inflammation linked to COVID-19 infection should be given steroid treatment in hospital, the World Health Organisation, (WHO), said on Tuesday. The updated recommendation from the UN health agency comes after it first described Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children Associated With COVID-19, or MIS-C for short, last May. “MIS-C is a rare but serious condition where children...

98 new Covid-19 cases identified in CNMI; largest single day total

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The Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. and the CNMI Covid-19 Task Force on Tuesday announced that 98 new positive Covid-19 cases had been identified during a single day of community screening — the largest recorded in CNMI history. These new cases are in addition to the 10 new cases that CHCC reported on the evening of Monday, 22 November. Pacific Island Health Officers...

Climate summit was not a vacation says Fijian PM

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Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the Fijian delegation at COP26 did not depart our shores for a vacation in Glasgow, Scotland, but had a purpose and mission to fulfill. Speaking on Radio Fiji One’s – Nai Lalakai programme, Bainimarama highlighted the support rendered by Fijians and religious leaders helped the delegation achieve various key outcomes at the summit. Bainimarama said...

Pacific leaders join call for delay in New Caledonia referendum

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By Nic Maclellan In a significant intervention, former Pacific Island presidents, prime ministers and senior officials have written to French President Emmanuel Macron, urging him to delay the next referendum on self-determination in New Caledonia, scheduled to be held on 12 December. Grouped as Pacific Elders Voice, the leading Pacific politicians have called on the French President “to respect the wishes...

Is Corruption a serious problem in the Pacific?

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A recent report illustrates that the people of the Pacific believe corruption is a massive problem for both them and their governments Is the Pacific Islands region the most corrupt region in the world? A new report by Transparency International found that in some Pacific Island nations more than 90 percent of people believe corruption is a serious problem. The report,...

CITES Parties in the Pacific take part in training on implementation through fisheries legal frameworks

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The waters of the Pacific Islands countries (PICs) are home to numerous aquatic species that are listed in the CITES Appendices, and which support livelihoods and economic opportunities for communities in over a dozen Parties to the Convention. The sustainable use of these species and the regulation of their trade is of paramount importance for their conservation. To support national...

‘It’s a team like no other’: Moana Pasifika ready to inject new energy into Super Rugby

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Power, flair and courage. They are three words coach Aaron Mauger hopes will become synonymous with Moana Pasifika as the new Super Rugby Pacific franchise looks to quickly make a mark on the competition. While players were gradually revealed over the last six weeks, Monday marked another major milestone for Moana Pasifika as their first ever squad was confirmed, with...

Olympic impact sees rugby sevens reach new audiences

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Rugby sevens’ second Olympic appearance at Tokyo 2020 proved to be hugely impactful for the sport in reaching and inspiring new, younger and more diverse fans across the globe. As the sport prepares to return to HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series action with the 2022 Series kicking off in Dubai on 26-27 November, new independent research insights from Nielsen highlight...

Pacific Elders urge French President to defer independence referendum

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Pacific Elders’ Voice have urged the French President to respect the wishes of indigenous leaders in New Caledonia who have called for the deferral of the third independence Referendum due to a spike in COVID related deaths. “We understand that the proposed third Referendum under the Noumea Accord, scheduled for 12 December, is not supported by the indigenous peoples of...

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