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We must seal the fisheries deal: Falemaka

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By Ben Bilua Trade talks aimed at creating rules to stop countries providing harmful subsidies to their fishing fleets are reaching a climax with much at stake for Solomon Islands and the Pacific. Mere Falemaka, the Geneva-based Pacific Ambassador to the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has spent the last 8 years of her life working for a good outcome for Pacific...

Cook Islands Tourism industry unfazed by Fiji’s border reopening plans

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Cook Islands tourism industry is set to face competition from Fiji when the quarantine free travel with New Zealand resumes. After 19 months without visitors, Fiji will welcome fully vaccinated tourists from 01 December, meaning fully vaccinated travellers can visit the country without quarantining. New Zealand is one of 15 “travel partner” countries on Fiji’s green list. New Zealand is also...

Southwest Pacific Tropical Cyclone Outlook

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The NIWA and MetService assessment of named tropical cyclone (TC) activity indicates 9 to 12 named TCs could occur in the Southwest Pacific basin between November 2021 and April 2022. The seasonal outlook is for normal to slightly above normal activity in terms of overall named TCs in the region. Tropical cyclones have a significant impact across the Southwest Pacific,...

PNG Health system stretched: Minister Wong

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-The Covid-19 surge is stretching the country’s health system, “something that we thought would never happen in our country”, says Papua New Guinea Health Minister Jelta Wong. “We are pushing our health system to the limit,” Wong said. “We’ve had a lot of deaths. “Six months ago, we became complacent thinking that it will never come here. “(So) we were our own worst...

‘Virus will move much slower’, Fiji government hopeful of positive vaxx influence

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Fiji has the ability to contain a third wave of coronavirus infections. This, according to Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong. According to his observation, he said the behaviour pattern in Fijian communities around the country had changed. “I do know that there are lot more believers in COVID-safe measures,” Dr Fong said. “People have taken to heart the requirement for COVID...

U.S grant for contact tracing system will also “clean” Palau telecommunications network

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The grant received by Palau to develop a contact tracing system will also “clean” the country’s mobile network. “We want a clean network and most importantly a network we can trust,” President Surangel Whipps Jr said in his press conference last week. President Whipps again reiterated that the island nation will be removing Huawei technology from Palau National Telecommunications Corporations (PNCC)’s...

New malaria vaccine could help tackle the disease in PNG

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Australian experts say a malaria vaccine that has been trialled in Africa and endorsed by the World Health Organisation, could also curb the disease's spread in Papua New Guinea. The WHO last week recommended widespread use of the Mosquirix vaccine for children in regions with moderate to high malaria transmission. It describes the development as an historic moment in the fight...

Australians already booking tropical holidays in Fiji

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Australian families looking for a tropical getaway say they feel more confident planning a holiday to Fiji than interstate, with double-vaccination rates in the Pacific country surpassing 80 percent.' After months cooped up in lockdown, Sydney mum Lisa Thwaite said booking a family trip to Fiji felt surreal. “It's exciting and really liberating,” Thwaite said. “It feels like we've been sort of...

UNDP, PIF and UK Government call for increased effectiveness of Climate finance in the Pacific

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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and the United Kingdom Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) have released a discussion paper which highlights some of the issues on climate finance effectiveness in the Pacific region. The paper explores approaches that have been used to access and deliver climate finance in the Pacific...

Five new Fijian Drua players announced

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The Fijian Drua have bolstered their forward stocks for Super Rugby Pacific 2022, with five new additions to the roster announced today. Headlining today’s announcement is 47-cap Flying Fijians prop Manasa Saulo. He is joined by current Flying Fijians tighthead Samuela Tawake, Fijian 7s star Kitione Salawa Junior, Suva lock Sorovakatini Tuifagalele, and Melbourne Rising and NSW Waratahs squad member...

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