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39 new COVID-19 cases in Fiji, health professionals losing their morale: Dr Fong

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Five police officers are among 39 new cases of Covid-19 in Fiji Thursday. The government announced late last night that 32 of the latest cases are from existing clusters. Another 11 cases were reported from the country's main hospital in the capital Suva. Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the ministry's mitigation strategy is to isolate cases, treat seriously-ill patients and...

We don’t get involved says NZ foreign minister Mahuta

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The New Zealand government will not get involved in the state of affairs of any nation and this applies to Fiji which is fighting the second wave of COVID-19. New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister, Nanaia Mahuta, made these comments when asked by the media on Fiji's effort in containing the virus. Mahuta said New Zealand role is to assist and not...

Prominent lawyer arrested and charged in PNG over involvement in alleged misappropriation and stealing of K268 million

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Members of the Papua New Guinea Special Police Forensic Criminal Investigation Team (SPFCIT), arrested prominent lawyer Gregory James Sheppard of Young & Williams Lawyers on Tuesday in Port Moresby. He was taken to the Boroko Police Station, interviewed and subsequently charged with two counts of misappropriation and another two counts of money laundering in relation to his alleged direct involvement...

Samoa’s longest serving Prime Minister faces citation for contempt of court

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Samoa caretaker Prime Minister Tuilaepa Dr Sailele Malielegaoi was Tuesday served to appear in Court next week, to face a motion that he and others be cited with contempt of Court for boycotting the convening of Parliament on Monday 14 May 2021. The Court action is a response to a motion by FAST – Faatuatua i Le Atua Samoa ua...

Oceania Olympians leading the vaccination charge towards Tokyo

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There's been a strong uptake from Pacific Island athletes getting vaccinated against Covid-19 in the lead-up to the Tokyo Olympics. The Summer Games are scheduled to begin on 23 July, after being delayed by 12 months because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The International Olympic Committee said vaccination was "encouraged" but not compulsory for athletes. Leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum meeting in...

NSW thrash Queensland 50-6 to claim State of Origin opener

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Tom Trbojevic scored a hat-trick as a dynamic New South Wales crushed Queensland 50-6 Wednesday to draw first blood in the best-of-three State of Origin rugby league series. In front of a raucous sell-out crowd in Townsville, Brad Fittler's men took charge with a three-try blitz in nine first-half minutes, sending them to the break 20-6 ahead. And there was no...

Tuna transshipment in Majuro shows first sign of rebound

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In the wake of the Marshall Islands government dropping its 14-day quarantine period for fishing boats to enter Majuro lagoon, tuna transshipment activity leaped during May, doubling the totals of the previous four months. Transshipment data from the Marshall Islands Marine Resources Authority (MIMRA) shows there were 24 transshipments in May, which included 22 involving transfer of tuna from purse...

U.S Congress’s push to re-engage with Pacific

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A United States Congressman, Ed Case, from Hawaii, says Washington needs to change its view of the Pacific. He said this is the driving force behind his championing of the Blue Pacific Act, which has been before the House for the past year. The legislation, which has significant support, is aiming to establish a broad and co-ordinated U.S policy towards the...

Japanese nuclear wastewater to be treated before discharge into Pacific

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Fukishima Nuclear
Japan's Government says nuclear wastewater it plans to dump into the Pacific Ocean will be treated. Earlier this year it announced plans indicating that 1.25 million tons of wastewater from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant would be discharged into the Pacific. Last month, the outgoing Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum, Dame Meg Taylor, expressed concern over a lack...

Parliament closed, quarantine facilities overrun as Delta COVID-19 strain rips through Fiji

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Fiji's parliament has been forced to close as Covid-19 cases surge in the South Pacific country, overwhelming quarantine facilities and prompting calls for a nationwide lockdown. After a staffer was found to be a close contact of a positive case, speaker Epeli Nailatikau said the legislative buildings in the capital Suva were shut. “As a precautionary measure and out of an...

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