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Cook Islands woman nabbed in PNG, 150 C-4 plastic explosives seized

A 59-year-old widow from the Cook Islands was arrested with 150 pieces of C-4 plastic explosives in Milne Bay’s Alotau last Thursday, Papua New Guinea Police Commissioner David Manning says. Police also seized 250 rounds of live ammunition of various calibres and a telescopic Winchester sniper rifle. “The widow led police to the seizure of the explosives and igniters, ammunition and...

Fiji’s total population stands at 864,132

Fiji’s population is made up of 62 percent iTaukei people, 34.2 percent Fijians of Indian descent and 3.8 percent of other races, states the 2019-2020 Household Income and Expenditure Survey(HIES). According to the study, Fiji’s total population was 864,132, of which 535,554 were iTaukei, 295,326 were Fijians of Indian descent and 33,251 were classified as “others”. Of the total population, 434,914...

Westpac Pacific bank sale blocked by PNG regulator

Westpac’s exit strategy in the Pacific is in tatters, after the competition regulator in Papua New Guinea knocked back the $420 million(US$176 million) sale of its operations to Kina Securities in a final determination. The decision means Westpac can no longer sell its PNG bank to Kina, given approval from the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission in PNG was required...

Albacore Tuna are spawning less, and that’s worrying some south Pacific nations

Longstanding concerns over the South Pacific’s stock of albacore tuna have been raised once again at a recent meeting of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission’s (WCPFC)Scientific Committee. The fall in albacore spawning stock in the region, which includes New Caledonia, Fiji, French Polynesia, Australia and Kiribati, could have a detrimental effect on the countries whose fisheries rely on...

Jordan Mailata urges fellow Pasifika to follow dreams after NFL megadeal

Rugby league reject Jordan Mailata has set his family up for life after signing a four-year NZD$94 million (US$60 million) extension with the Philadelphia Eagles. Five years ago Mailata was playing junior rugby league for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. But at 6-foot-8 and 142kg he was told he wasn’t fit enough to make the NRL, prompting his agent to contact...

Samoa Speaker rejects swearing-in of HRPP members by Head of State

Samoa Speaker of Parliament, Papali’i Li’o Ta’eu Masipa’u has rejected Human Rights Political Party's(HRPP) latest repeated request to be sworn in by the Head of State. The Speakers letter dated Monday, 13 September was in response to the HRPP Leader’s letter of 07 September and a subsequent meeting with the HRPP leader and Party Secretary that again asked for their...

Fiji records 127 new cases of COVID-19, three deaths reported

Fiji has recorded 127 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths Monday, increasing the total number of cases in the Pacific nation to 49,043 and 536 deaths since the outbreak that started in April. Permanent secretary for Health,Dr James Fong said 83 cases are from the Western division, 36 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji's main island...

Four Papuan districts can form South Papua Province: Indonesian Home minister

Indonesian Home Minister Tito Karnavian highlighted “a specialty” pertaining to the public's aspirations in the Merauke, Boven Digoel, Mappi, and Asmat districts in Papua Province regarding a regional division to create South Papua Province. To this end, the government will revise the Papua Special Autonomy Law, according to Karnavian, who had earlier headed the Papua police headquarters before being promoted...

Pandemic increasing risk factors for suicide, UN health agency warns

Suicide prevention must be prioritized after 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Americas office of the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, commemorated annually on 10 September. Studies show that the global crisis has exacerbated risk factors associated with suicidal behaviours, such as job loss, trauma or abuse, mental health disorders and barriers to...

Fiji’s Covid-19 outbreak prompts a new way of leading

Op-ed by Tessa Price, Regional Executive for the Pacific ANZ NZ Ltd After finding herself locked out of Fiji when the borders were closed in April - and locked down in Sydney as it faces its own Covid-19 outbreak - ANZ Regional Executive for the Pacific Tessa Price writes about how she’s finding new ways to lead remotely, helping...

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