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Australia’s Chief Vet visits Fiji to strengthen biosecurity and animal health collaboration

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Australia’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr Mark Schipp is traveling to Fiji to strengthen ties with key Fijian agricultural, veterinary, and animal health representatives. Dr Schipp said this was part of the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment’s Pacific Engagement Programme for regional animal health and biosecurity. “Through reinforcing the biosecurity systems of our Pacific neighbours—and strengthening the multilateral organisations that...

PNG rejects request to operate under Australia

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The Papua New Guinea Police Forces contingents will operate on its own under the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). This was confirmed by Moses Kaul and Papua New Guinea High Commissioner to Solomon Islands. He said, “When the proposal came from the Solomon Islands government, for ‘PNG Police Force to submit to Australia, when the operation orders are given for...

MP Kenilorea calls for calm ahead of no confidence motion

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The Member of Parliament for East Areáre Constituency Peter Kenilorea Junior has urged all Solomon Islanders to allow MPs to undertake their duty in peace and to respect the outcome of the process. Kenilorea posted this statement on Facebook as the nation prepares for the motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare today. “Fellow Solomon Islanders tomorrow (Monday) is...

Solomon Islands may switch diplomatic ties from China to Taiwan amid unrest, says provincial leader

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Solomon Islands Premier Daniel Suidani says his province of Malaita will also push for independence if the prime minister does not stand down. The premier of the most populous province in the Solomon Islands said the nation would likely switch formal diplomatic ties from China back to Taiwan if the prime minister is ejected by a no-confidence vote on Monday...

Don’t panic but prepare for Omicron likely spread, says WHO

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As scientists continue to investigate the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the UN World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday urged countries not to panic but to prepare for its likely spread. Heralding South Africa’s and Botswana’s decision to report the appearance of the Omicron coronavirus mutation last month, the UN health agency repeated that it will take another two weeks before more...

New Caledonia referendum challenged in Paris court

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A group of citizens in New Caledonia has asked France's highest administrative court to postpone next Sunday's third and final independence referendum. In an urgent submission, 146 voters and three organisations said given the impact of the pandemic, it is unthinkable to proceed with such an important plebiscite. They said because of the lockdown, campaigning has been unduly hampered as basic...

Pacific Ocean garbage patch is immense plastic habitat

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Scientists have discovered marine animals living on plastic debris in an area of the open ocean dubbed "the Great Pacific Garbage Patch". Many of the creatures are coastal species, living miles from their usual habitats, on a patch halfway between the coast of California and Hawaii. Plants and animals, including anemones, tiny marine bugs, molluscs, and crabs, were found on 90%...

A rush to mine the deep ocean has environmentalists worried

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In a large building overlooking the sea in Kingston, Jamaica, national members of a little-known international organisation are meeting for contentious talks that could open up the planet’s deep seabed to mining as soon as July 2023. The ocean floor is rich in mineral deposits, which could provide raw materials to manufacture batteries for electric cars, solar panels, and wind...

Solomon Islands riot cost US$66million

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Last month’s riots has put the nation on a “development in reverse” trajectory, according to the Solomon Islands Central Bank (CBSI), which released an updated assessment on the cost of damage Friday, 03 December. “The extent of the adverse impact on the economy is extensive and estimated to have reached SB$534 million (US$66m), up from the SB$227 million (US$28m) initially...

58,712 Fiji National Provident Fund members have zero balance

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The Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) says 58,712 of its members have zero balance in their accounts. This, according to the FNPF’s 2021 annual report tabled in Parliament last Thursday. The fund said 7196 members between the ages of 50-54 years had zero balance while 6905 between 45-49 had no money at FNPF. FNPF said 10,780 members between the ages of 35-44...

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PM Sogavare defeats motion of no confidence

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Members of  Solomon Islands Parliament have defeated the motion of no confidence in Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare tabled by the Opposition Leader...

PM Sogavare says he is a defender of democracy

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Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has acknowledged those in government that have remained firm despite pressure from rioters for them to resign in...

Motion in recognition of anger based on political and economic issues: Solomons Opposition leader...

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Solomon Islands Opposition Leader says the motion of no confidence on the Prime Minister is in recognition of the anger on longstanding political issues. Speaking...