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Major leak of offshore data exposes Rarotonga based Trust company

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The Cook Islands made an appearance in the Pandora Papers – the leaked cache of 11.9 million financial records – which includes a high-profile Israeli businessman who allegedly tried to hide over US$1 billion in a trust company here. The Pandora Papers is the name given to the confidential information unlocked from 14 offshore financial service providers – including one...

Samoan connections unearthed in Pandora Papers leak

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The global Pandora Papers leak has shed light on the links between an Australian accountant who set up an offshore financial advisory firm in Samoa, and the Pacific nation's government. Asiaciti Trust, founded by Graeme Briggs, is one of 14 such firms that had a total of 12 million internal documents leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Two million...

Now its your time Fiji!

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After months of keeping each other safe and staying home, Tourism Fiji know you’re ready to get out and explore Fiji again In line with the Fijian Government’s announcement of an easing of domestic travel restrictions from 04 October 2021, Tourism Fiji launched their domestic campaign ‘Now is your time Fiji!’. With a plethora of unique and immersive unexplored experiences in...

Third COVID-19 surge worst: Port Moresby General Hospital CEO Dr Molumi

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Papua New Guinea's biggest hospital, which recorded four Covid-19 deaths in one week, and more than 80 patients admitted, will scale down services from today, Port Moresby General Hospital chief executive officer says. Dr Paki Molumi warned of a third surge in Covid-19 cases which he said was worse than the second one. “This is the worst we have experienced,” he...

Palau’s unemployment benefits during the pandemic marred with allegations of fraud as accused still waits for formal charges

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By Island Times Team (First of the two-part investigative article on the US pandemic assistance to Palau under the WIOA programme) After a handful of complaints and social media inquiries, the Workforce Investment Opportunity Act (WIOA) office, a U.S federal government grant programme burst into national attention as early as 19 February last year as two individuals went on radio...

Decade of climate breakdown saw 14 percent of coral reefs vanish

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Between 2009 and 2018, the continuous rise in sea temperature cost the world 14 percent of its coral reefs – that’s more than the size of Australia’s reefs combined – a UN-backed report revealed on Tuesday. In the Sixth Status of Corals of the World: 2020 Report, experts from the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network, funded by the UN Environment...

Constitutional case filed against Vanuatu President

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A constitutional case over the recent pardoning of three former Prime Ministers of Vanuatu, Rialuth Serge Vohor, Joe Natuman and Charlot Salwai, has been filed against President Obed Moses Tallis. Daily Post was informed by a reliable source that the Ombudsman filed the case to challenge the legality and rational of the pardoning. Article 38 of the Constitution which provides for...

Climate change, population increase fuel looming water crisis: WMO

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Improved water management, monitoring and forecasting are needed in the face of a looming global water crisis, the UN World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) and partners said in a report published on Tuesday. The warning comes as floods, droughts and other water-related hazards increase due to climate change, while the number of people experiencing “water stress” continues to rise amid population...

Pacific High-Level Champions announced

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As the countdown continues, the Pacific voice will be amplified on the global stage at COP26 in Glasgow with the announcement of five High-Level Climate Change Champions Tuesday. The High-Level Champions are Cook Islands Prime Minister, Mark Brown - Fiji's Minister of Economy and Climate Change, Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum - Palau's Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment , Steven Victor...

Legal implications of sea level rise for Small Island States explored in New World Bank study

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A new World Bank study examining the potential legal implications of sea-level rise on the maritime and legal rights of Pacific Island nations provides a pathbreaking review of the key legal questions and highlights that some international legal conventions may need to be reconsidered. The new study, Legal Dimensions of Sea Level Rise: Pacific Perspectives, sets out the latest developments...

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