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Tuilaepa refuses to vacate office: PM Fiame

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Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata'afa says criticism by the leader of the Human Rights Protection Party(HRPP) against the judiciary is due to his refusal to vacate office, nothing more. HRPP leader and former Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi has continued to criticise the Court claiming that their recent decision destroyed the Constitution. He has called for a car convoy...

Dr Rodgers warns Delta Variant can seriously affect Solomon Islands than Fiji

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Secretary to the Prime Minister Dr Jimmy Rodgers warns Solomon Islands could be seriously affected by the delta variant of COVID-19 than the current situation in Fiji if all who are eligible do not get vaccinated. Dr Rodgers made the assurance when he participated in a talk back show via zoom from Fiji. He said the delta variant of COVID-19 is...

PM Sogavare cautions Journalists of “Yellow Journalism”

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Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has warned the media that the Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No.2) Regulations 2021 has provisions relating to Yellow Journalism. Speaking in Parliament on the motion to extend the State of Public Emergency by a further four months in Parliament Thursday, Prime Minister Sogavare said, the rationale for having this provision is to ensure that individuals...

Countries urged to develop pandemic preparedness and response treaty: WHO

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A senior official with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has highlighted the need for a global treaty on pandemic preparedness and response, urging countries to “seize the moment” and support its development. Dr Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the agency’s Emergencies Programme, delivered opening remarks at a UN General Assembly meeting on Wednesday where ambassadors were briefed by the Independent...

Fiji records 1,301 new cases of COVID-19, 9 deaths reported

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Fiji has recorded 1,301 new cases of COVID-19 and 9 death Thursday. Permanent Secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 293 cases are from the Western division and 1008 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji’s main island. He said there have been 245 new recoveries reported since the last update, which means that there are now 20,200 active...

COVID-19 crisis in Fiji is not going to end in October, says Prof Biman

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The COVID-19 crisis is not going to end in October even if Fiji achieves its vaccination target, says National Federation Party(NFP) leader Professor Biman Prasad. During a debate on the 2021-2022 Appropriation Bill in Parliament on Monday, he said people would continue to fall ill and lives would continue to be lost even if inoculation targets were met. He also said...

Shifting tuna populations could trigger ‘climate justice issue’: study

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By Kiley Price Despite their small size, Pacific Island nations and territories are a powerhouse in the fishing industry, contributing more than a third of the global tuna catch. However, the tide could soon turn for these islands — and not for the better. Fueled by greenhouse gas emissions, ocean warming will alter the habitats of tuna, causing these fish to...

Fiji gold medal Olympians sevens leave their mark and legacy at Tokyo 2020 as they head home

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By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS Editor in Tokyo While Fiji’s gold medallist Olympian sevens team get on the long nine hours’ flight back home, hours after their historic win in Tokyo against rival New Zealand, the international media at Tokyo 2020 are still abuzz with the spectacular finish, the emotion and humility of the players after the final whistle at Tokyo...

EU and Cook Islands agree to continue their sustainable fisheries partnership

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Today, the European Union and the Cook Islands agreed to continue their successful fisheries partnership as part of the sustainable fisheries partnership agreement (SFPA), for a duration of three years. The agreement allows EU fishing vessels operating in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean to continue fishing in the Cook Islands fishing grounds. Virginijus Sinkevičius, Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries,...

Climate change remains the Pacific’s biggest threat – Forum Foreign Ministers declare

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Pacific Foreign Affairs Ministers have concluded their virtual meeting this week reiterating the call that climate change remains the greatest threat facing the region right now. And while urging for global climate action to speed up not delayed as the world prepares for the United Nations COP26 meeting on Climate Change in Scotland later this year, the Forum ministers also...

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