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Pacific Islands launch survival tips to teach the world how to survive climate change, ahead of COP27

The Pacific Islands need an urgent commitment for net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and a call for action is being launched by Pacific Small Islands Developing States in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) ahead of the UN Climate Conference COP27 in Egypt on 06 November. SPREP, an intergovernmental organisation charged with protecting and...

The Pacific Island showdown set to rock the world stage

Samoa skipper Junior Paulo says his side's Pacific Island showdown against Tonga, shaping up to be the clash of the World Cup quarterfinals, will be a tribute to the supporters behind the two proud rugby league nations. Samoa have come a long way since their opening round demolition by England, defeating Greece and then France by big margins to finish...

‘Still burning’: Kiwis out to avenge 2017 World Cup exit

--New Zealand players will use the humiliation of their quarter-final elimination from the 2017 World Cup by Fiji on home soil as motivation to avoid a repeat when the two nations meet in Hull this weekend. The Bati shocked the Kiwis 4-2 in Wellington a week after the host nation had been beaten by Tonga and the loss still hurts...

Quarter-finals confirmed for Men’s Rugby league World Cup

An intriguing quarterfinal lineup has been confirmed for the Men's 2021 Rugby League World Cup following the completion of the group stage matches. Australia will begin the quarterfinals with a clash against the runners-up in Group C, Lebanon, to be played at John Smith's Stadium in Huddersfield. After topping Group A with three wins from their three games, Shaun Wane’s England...

Molowia stars for PNG in opening win

A pair of impressive finishes from fullback Martha Molowia either side of half-time helped propel Papua New Guinea to a 34-12 victory over Canada, marking their first ever Women's World Cup win. Molowia smashed her way through would-be tacklers on a run down the sideline for her first just before break to give PNG a 8-6 lead, before carving through...

Fiji Elections: Final day turnout shows huge poll interest -SoE

Registration of voters for Fiji’s 2022 General Election closed at 6pm Monday with the Fijian Elections Office marking a milestone achievement in terms of daily engagement numbers. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said by 7pm Monday, the Fijian Elections Office recorded more than 9,000 engagements across 60-plus locations that were opened across the country alone, adding that it was indicative...

Kiribati government’s treatment of its judiciary a concern says NZ Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society Te Kāhui Ture o Aotearoa is concerned at the Kiribati Government's treatment of its judiciary. The government last week appointed its Attorney General Tetiro Semilota as the acting Chief Justice. This comes because of the suspension of New Zealand's William Hastings as Chief Justice after he founded in favour of another expatriate judge, Australian David Lambourne. The...

WCPFC to vote on skipjack harvest strategy, Parties to the Nauru Agreement wants it to be non-binding

The Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) will consider adopting a management procedure (MP) for skipjack tuna, but members of the Parties to the Nauru Agreement (PNA) are hesitant to commit to them. The measure will be taken up at the WCPFC’s 19th regular session, taking place 27 November to 3 December in Da Nang, Vietnam. The PNA said...

Chris Bowen, not Anthony Albanese, to attend UN climate summit

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will skip the next round of global climate talks in Egypt, despite wanting to host the 2024 UN negotiations. U.S President Joe Biden is attending next week’s COP27 gathering in Sharm el-Sheikh and Rishi Sunak is now exploring if his diary will permit him to attend, following fierce criticism from his own colleagues after the...

Calls for South Africa to reconsider leaving the OACPS

Member countries of the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) are calling the South Africa government to reconsider its position to quit the organisation due to its relevance in international cooperation fora, especially discussions of a new Cotonou Agreement with the European Union (EU). The call was made on Thursday last week, in Maputo, during the 61st Session...

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