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Fiji PM and U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken discuss Fiji – USA cooperation

Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama Tuesday met with the U.S Secretary of State, Antony Blinken where they discussed strategic ways of building a firmer and enduring partnership between the USA and the island states of the Pacific. The two leaders met on the margins of the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear...

FSM takes action amid surge of Covid-19 cases

The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) recorded 306 new Covid-19 infections in the 24-hour reporting period until 31 July. FSM's health department said positive community cases in the states of Pohnpei and Kosrae continue to spread, while Chuuk and Yap remain free from the virus. The Micronesian nation has recorded a total of 5,281 positive infections since January 2021. There are currently...

Sixteen-year journey of green turtle highlights value of SPREP’s Turtle research and monitoring database system

Sixteen years later since being tagged in 2006, an adult female green turtle tagged in the Federated States of Micronesia as part of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s (SPREP) turtle conservation programme, has been resighted in the Philippines. The turtle was caught alive in fishing nets by local fishermen off the coast of Sulat Eastern Samar, Philippines....

Opeloge family claim another weightlifting title as Don strikes gold at Birmingham 2022

Samoa's Don Opeloge has become the third of his siblings to win a gold medal in weightlifting, triumphing in dominant fashion in the men's under-96 kilogram category at the Commonwealth Games here, setting new Games records in the process. From the start, Opeloge laid down a statement of intent by cleanly lifting 161 kilograms in his opening round of the...

Rainibogi scoops bronze for Fiji, Takayawa debuts

Fiji weightlifter Taniela Rainibogi bagged a bronze medal for Fiji in the Mens 96kg final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Rainibogi lifted 155kg in the Snatch and 188 kg in the clean and jerk lifting a total of 343 kg. In first place was Don Opeloge of Samoa who lifted 171 kg in the snatch and 210kg in the clean...

ONOC Digest – Birmingham 2022

ONOC is delivering this Digest in partnership with The Reporters’ Academy and the Pacific Islands News Association. OCEANIA’S DAY AT THE GAMES - DAY 4 On day 4 of the Commonwealth Games our nations are continuing to make everyone in the region proud, with their determination to perform to the best of their abilities. Every single team is achieving incredible feats...

Fiji PM Bainimarama calls for serious action on nuclear disarmament

Fijian Prime Minister and chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) Voreqe Bainimarama today called on nuclear states to implement their disarmament obligations and to join the wave of support toward creating a nuclear-free world. Prime Minister Bainimarama urged states with nuclear weapons to put forward comprehensive and transparent reports on their disarmament efforts and it must be designed to...

Japan-Fiji Prime Ministers’ held informal talks

Japan's Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, who is visiting the United States to attend the Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), held informal talks with Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. During the talks, Prime Minister Kishida expressed his gratitude for the condolence from Prime Minister Bainimarama for passing of the former Prime...

PNG Police hunt for suspects in election-related violence

Papua New Guinea Police are closing in on 15 candidates in Enga who allegedly used guns to threaten civilians in their attempt to derail the National General Elections. PNG Police Commissioner David Manning said the police have their names and know who the offenders are and where they are hiding. He said most of them were highly educated men and that...

Chinese police to give ‘management and leadership’ training to Solomon Islands officers

Chinese police will be invited to Solomon Islands to provide training in management and leadership to senior officers, under the new security deal signed between the two countries. Michael Aluvolomo, the transnational crime unit inspector for the Royal Solomon Islands police force, also did not rule out having Chinese police officers embedded within the force, saying it was up to...

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