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FSM asks EU to establish an office in Micronesia

Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) President David Panuelo has asked the European Union(EU)to establish an office in the Northern Pacific. In his opening remarks at a joint Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and French Institute of International Relations event Thursday, Panuielo said that he had written to French President Emmanuel Macron. Last 21 January, “I wrote to Emmanuel Macron, in...

Tributes for Peter Lomas who ‘elevated calibre’ of Pacific journalism

Fiji Sun publisher and chief executive officer Peter Lomas passed away on Wednesday at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva after suffering from a short illness. Fiji Media Association (FMA) general secretary Stanley Simpson said in a statement the association was saddened by Lomas’ death, described the late Lomas as a giant of journalism and media development in Fiji...

Well governed sports organisations critical for sport development in Oceania

Sport is a global industry that the Pacific Islands can stake strategic claims in, for economic, social, and cultural development, but good governance is key to sport organisations contributing to achieve this for sportspeople and economies. The Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) say this is not new knowledge but that its current Secretaries-General Workshop is emerging this as a core...

UN rights chief leads call for global COVID-19 vaccine equity

The global failure to deliver enough COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries “is prolonging the pandemic” and causing tens of thousands of preventable deaths every week, senior UN figures told the Human Rights Council on Thursday. To date, more than 10.5 billion vaccine doses have been administered globally, “enough to protect the entire world population from severe symptoms, hospitalisation and death,”...

Blackrock to open ‘Monday’

The multimillion-dollar Blackrock Peacekeeping, Humanitarian and Disaster Relief Camp at Votualevu in Nadi will officially be handed over to Fiji on Monday. Defence Minister Inia Seruiratu confirmed this during an interview with the Fiji Times, said the world-class facility would ensure the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) was well-equipped to meet future peacekeeping and humanitarian needs. Seruiratu has guaranteed that...

UN ocean treaty is ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to protect the high seas

The world has a “once in a lifetime” chance to protect the high seas from exploitation, warned scientists and environmentalists, as negotiators meet at the UN headquarters in New York this week to hammer out a new treaty on the oceans. One scientist described the treaty, which will set out a legal framework to protect biodiversity and govern the high...

Niue prepared for arrival of unwanted guest – covid

For two years Niue has been in it's own bubble of the Pacific sheltered from the virus which has plagued the rest of the world. Now, Niue has recorded its first case of covid-19. It came into the country through a New Zealand passenger onboard a flight from Auckland which arrived on Monday local time. They are now in quarantine along with...

Vanuatu Quarantine breach causes community transmission: MOH

Vanuatu Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed that the current COVID-19 community transmission was the result of a quarantine breach. Director of the Department of Policy and Planning at the MOH, Dr Samuel Posikai, made the confirmation when he and the Acting Director of Curative and Hospital Services, Dr Sereana Natuman, were updating the public about the community outbreak. Dr Posikai...

Pacific Elders Voice statement on Pacific Security

In response to the recent visit to the Pacific by U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken, and the release of the Indo-Pacific Strategy of the United States, the Pacific Elders’ Voice have the following points to make about regional security in the Pacific: 1.The primary security threat to the Pacific is climate change. This fact is clearly articulated in the...

Queensland Reds side, Fijiana Drua named in double header

The Queensland Reds side has been confirmed for their first home game of 2022 against the Fijiana Drua at Suncorp Stadium this Saturday, as part of a double header, which will see both the Reds women and men in action. Head coach Simon Craig has made minimal changes to his match-day-23 that travelled to Perth last weekend. In the forwards, vice-captain...

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