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Japan offers to meet high level Pacific delegation next month over plans to dump treated radioactive nuclear waste water into the Pacific Ocean

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor A month away from the expected discharge of treated radioactive water into the Pacific Ocean, Japan has offered to meet a high-level delegation from the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) in its attempt to assure that the process is safe for the environment and health of peoples of the Pacific. “I’m pleased to report that the Japanese...

Reuniting the Pacific Islands Forum, a priority for new Fiji PM, travels to Kiribati on Friday to meet President Maamau

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Barely a month in office, the Fijian Prime Minister and chair of the Pacific Islands Forum, Sitiveni Rabuka plans to visit Kiribati and meet with the President there to repair the damage that led to the island nation’s withdrawal from the regional grouping. His office confirmed today that the Prime Minister will travel to Tarawa on Friday, 20 January to...

FSM citizens warned to expect increased U.S jets fly over and anti-aircraft missile firing in the coming years

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The people of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) have been informed not to be alarmed by increased U.S jets fly-over and anti-aircraft missile firing in the coming years, as the United States step up its military presence to counter China’s expansion in the region. President David Panuelo in his State of the Nation address said given the geopolitical atmosphere...

FSM President hints March election will be his last, to pave the way for new leaders

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The President of the Federated States of Micronesia, David Panuelo has informed his people, the upcoming March 2023 election will be his last, to pave the way for new and young leaders. “I will accept the will of the people, regardless of whether I am voted in or not, I will be honoured to serve the nation, said President Panuelo. If...

FSM proposes early discussion between Micronesian leaders to decide on next PIF Secretary General

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The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) says it will continue to ‘offer an olive branch to Kiribati’ as the five-member Micronesia nation grouping prepares to name a candidate to replace Henry Puna as Secretary General of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). President David Panuelo addressing the nation last Friday hinted the process of identifying a candidate should begin soon. “For our...

Samoa’s creeping ocean and seawalls

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By Shalveen Chand The south coast of Upolu in Samoa is truly a magnificent place. Its white sandy beaches are lined with beach fales and magnificent views of the smaller outer islands. Lalomanu Beach is one the most popular tourist attractions that Samoa has to offer. The sea and sand have served the people of the area well and in return...

Fish wardens combat illegal fishing in Fiji’s Vatu-i-Ra Marine Conservation Park

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By Dionisia Tabureguci Illegal fishing continues to be a challenge in Vatu-i-Ra waters, the site of Fiji’s biggest conservation park. So much so that local fish wardens are hoping they would be equipped with more patrol boats to boost monitoring and surveillance in the area, where fishing is banned and public access is restricted. “Our surveillance and monitoring of the seas around...

“Mommy, I’m Cold”

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By Olive Natalie Mafi In December last year, Hunga Tonga–Hunga Haʻapai started erupting and reached large and powerful climax on 15 January 2022. The eruption triggered a tsunami that travelled worldwide and produced the highest plume of steam and ash in recorded history. Scientists say the towering column that arose from Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai reached a tremendous altitude of 57 kilometers...

Four key areas for specialist review: Fiji PM Rabuka

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The People’s Alliance, National Federation Party and Social Democratic Liberal Party coalition Government will establish specialist reviews in four key areas which are constitution and legal reform, the economy, defence and national security and a forensic examination of the spending of the FijiFirst government. In his national address Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said each review team will include people with...

Resign, Qiliho urged – Pio: It’s difficult to maintain confidence in the Fiji Police Commissioner

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It’s difficult to maintain confidence in Police Commissioner Sitiveni Qiliho and that is why I’ve invited him to resign, says  Fijian Minister for Home Affairs Pio Tikoduadua. He said the Police Commissioner’s history and record with the former prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama casts doubt over the appropriateness of him keeping his position. “I am a living example,” Tikoduadua said. “He’s the Commissioner...

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