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Vaccine not dumped in Fiji says Australia

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The Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes says his government is not dumping the AstraZeneca vaccine in Fiji. Feakes commented after changes were made in Australia on the age of people receiving AstraZeneca. The High Commissioner said Australia is meeting the requirement based on Fiji’s request as he also said changes in Australia are specific for Australia where there is...

President Kenyatta to visit OACPS SG to discuss the future of the OACPS

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Kenyan President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, who is also the President-in-Office of the Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS), will, in the course of a three-day Presidential mission to Brussels, visit the Secretariat of the OACPS to meet with Secretary-General, Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti, and the OACPS Committee...

PNG 2022 election plans revealed

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It's confirmed – the writs for Papua New Guinea 2022 general election will be issued on 24 April, to set the ball rolling for the process of electing the 111 members of the 11th Parliament. And the biggest worry for acting Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai right now is getting the K463 million(US$131 million) needed to update the common roll and...

Pacific teams miss out at Olympic 7s qualifier

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Pacific Island teams have fallen short at the Final Olympic Sevens Qualifying Tournament in Monaco, with France, Russia and Ireland securing the final tickets to Tokyo. 2016 repechage runners up Samoa had started with a hiss and a roar on day one of the men's competition, thrashing Mexico 69-5, Tonga 47-5 and Zimbabwe 33-7. But the Manu were beaten 21-7 by...

Kadi Camacho wins 2022 Pacific Mini Games logo competition

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Kadi Camacho’s sleek and creative design was named the winner of the Pacific Mini Games logo competition. Camacho was honoured by CNMI and sports officials during the launch ceremony of the 2022 Pacific Mini Games at the Oleai Sports Complex on Thursday. In his remarks, he said his logo depicts a latte stone, a mwar and three individuals. The mwar has...

Vaccination:the ticket to an economic recovery

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So far, with the help of development partners, in particular Australia and New Zealand, the vaccine rollout in the Pacific islands has exceeded expectations. Fiji (the Pacific islands’most populous country) aims to vaccinate 53% of its adult population (one dose each for about 316,000 people)by the end of June and have all adults fully vaccinated by October 2021. Vanuatu, Samoa,...

New Zealand boosts support to Fiji for COVID-19 impact, Six AUSMAT members to arrive in Fiji today

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New Zealand is providing additional support to Fiji to mitigate the effects of the current COVID-19 outbreak on vulnerable households, Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta announced today. “Recognising the increasingly challenging situation in Fiji, Aotearoa will provide an additional package of assistance to support the Government of Fiji and Fijians most affected by the current outbreak,” Nanaia Mahuta said. “The assistance includes...

Death at sea: the fisheries inspectors who never came home

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By Bernadette Carreon In his last email to his family, Eritara Aati Kaierua told them he loved them and apologised for not being in touch sooner. “Fish is a little scarce or maybe this location is not fertile, we are now fishing in Papua New Guinea and we are still here,” he wrote to his wife, Tekarara, on 21...

Vaccine can get outbreak under control in Fiji: UN

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Fiji is not out of the woods yet and the worst is yet to come. UN resident Coordinator for Fiji and the Pacific Sanaka Samarasinha sounded this alarm while encouraging Fijians to be vaccinated. “The worst is not over yet. We will see increasing numbers and we really need to get over the next three months or so get those remaining...

António Guterres secures second term as UN Secretary-General, calls for new era of ‘solidarity and equality’

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António Guterres was on Friday re-appointed to a second term as UN Secretary-General, pledging as his priority, to continue helping the world chart a course out of the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking the oath of office in the General Assembly Hall, Guterres said he was aware of the immense responsibilities bestowed on him at this critical moment in history. “We are truly...

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