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Kiwis handed ‘crazy’ penalty in ‘cruel’ end to Fiji’s tournament

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New Zealand scraped to 18- 22 victory over Fiji in a tight World Cup quarterfinal after the Kiwis were awarded a controversial penalty for a strip on fullback Joey Manu. In the 70th minute as the scores sat 18-all, Manu charged into the line and looked to have clearly lost the ball as referee Gerard Sutton signalled a knock-on. The Kiwis...

Australia break Fiji hearts to win Hong Kong Sevens

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Australia clinched a thrilling final 20-17 to claim the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens crown and bring to an end Fiji’s dominance that had seen them take the last five titles in Hong Kong. A pulsating end-to-end final played in an electrifying atmosphere was settled in the final minute when Nathan Lawson scored in the corner to cue wild celebrations...

Scotland survive Fiji fright in Autumn Nations Series

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Scotland saw off Fiji 28-12 at Murrayfield on Saturday in unconvincing fashion as they recorded their first win of this year's Autumn Nations Series campaign. George Turner's try gave Scotland an early lead but the visitors, coached by former Scotland boss Vern Cotter, hit back with two of their own before the hosts managed to lead 14-12 at the interval. Tries...

Six-try Italy sweep aside Samoa in opening Autumn Test

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Italy kicked off their Autumn Nations Series campaign with a thumping 49-17 win over Samoa on Saturday, their fourth victory in their last five Tests. Keiran Crowley's side ran in six tries in a dominant display in Padua, with Pierre Bruno and Monty Ioane both dotting down twice and further scores from Juan Ignacio Brex and Lorenzo Cannone on his...

Ishmael Kalsakau is Vanuatu’s Prime Minister elect

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After more than six hours of the first sitting of the new Vanuatu Parliament, former Vanuatu Deputy PM Ishmael Kalsakau was elected by an overwhelming majority of 50 out of 52 Members to be Prime Minister of the Pacific nation. President of the Union of Moderate Parties (UMP), Ishmael Kalsakau was the only nominee for Prime Ministership after his nomination...

More funding needed for climate adaptation, as risks mount

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Countries must urgently ramp up action to adapt to the current and future impacts of climate change, as efforts now are too little and too slow, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) said in its latest report, published on Thursday. The Adaptation Gap Report 2022 has been released ahead of the COP27 UN climate conference, which opens this weekend in Sharm...

Small island, big ocean: Niue makes its entire EEZ a marine park

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By Monica Evans When Niueans are babies, their parents traditionally take them down to the seashore and throw them in the water so they learn to swim, Mona Ainu’u told Mongabay. That’s more important in Niue than most places. The country’s 260-square-kilometer (100-square-mile) land area is a single chunk of coral jutting out of the South Pacific Ocean; its...

China to gift water cannon trucks, vehicles to Solomon Islands police days after Australian donation

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China will today donate at least two water cannon trucks and a host of vehicles to the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF), in yet another sign that it is intent on entrenching its position as a major security partner in the country. The vehicles will be handed to the RSIPF at a lengthy ceremony on Friday in Honiara with...

Three new MPS for Tongatapu decided in by-election

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-Three new Tongatapu People's Representatives have been elected into the Legislative Assembly, after the by-elections on 03 November. Electoral Commissioner Pita Vuki has announced the by-election results for the three constituencies of Tongatapu 4, Tongatapu 6 and Tongatapu 7 after polling closed Thursday. The successful candidates are Mateni Tapueluelu , Dulcie Elaine Tei and Paula Piveni Piukala . Dulcie Elaine Tei...

Secrecy of ballot paramount: Fiji Supervisor of Elections

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One of the paramount pillars of an election that is free, fair and credible is the right to secrecy of the ballot. This was highlighted by Fiji’s Supervisor of Elections(SOE) Mohammed Saneem during a talanoa session at the University of the South Pacific. One of the University Alumni raised questions on important documents such as the ballot paper not being numbered. However,...

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