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Fiji records 146 new cases of COVID-19, one death reported

Fiji has recorded 146 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death reported Wednesday, increasing the total number of cases to 49,320 and 538 deaths since the outbreak that started in April. Permanent secretary for Health, Dr James Fong said 69 cases are from the Western division, 68 cases are from the Central Division in Vitilevu, Fiji's main island and...

Solomon Islands PM urges journalists to be fair when reporting on corruption

Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare urges journalists to be fair and accurate when reporting integrity and corruption issues. Sogavare made the call in his address to Pacific Media Chief executive officers and owners attending the virtual Reporting on Integrity and Anti-Corruption summit at the Tavanipupu resort in East Guadalcanal Wednesday. He said it is important for journalists to understand the...

Pacific Forum Members hold third briefing with Japan regarding Fukushima treated nuclear wastewater

Pacific nations continue to raise questions and concerns in closed briefing sessions around plans by Japan to discharge over a million tonnes of treated water from the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant into the Pacific Ocean. The Government of Japan committed to ongoing dialogue with Forum Members as a priority follow up to the PALM9 Summit in July. This followed...

Over 100 Pasifika overstayers deported last year during pandemic

Deportation of Pacific overstayers is continuing despite the global Covid-19 pandemic putting pressure on island nations. Fiji has been particularly ravaged by the virus of late, with hospitals overrun with infected patients. And yet New Zealand, with its largely successful Covid response, continues to deport members of the Pasifika community – with 17 people sent back to Fiji this year. Members of...

30kg meth seized, arrests in Tonga and NZ in transnational drugs trafficking operation

Thirty kilogrammes of methamphetamine, exported from Tonga to New Zealand in a refrigerated food container, was seized in a joint operation by police and customs taskforces. There have been six arrests: one in Tonga and five in New Zealand, Tonga Police announced Wednesday. A 45-year-old man from Nukuhetulu, Tongatapu, was arrested on 09 September and charged relating to the exportation of...

PACNEWS Interview with Australia’s Minister for International Development and the Pacific,Zed Seselja

What was the purpose behind the PacificAusSports Olympic and Paralympic Partnership? The purpose of the partnership is about providing elite level pathways to Pacific athletes, both potential Olympic and potential Paralympic athletes. One of the facts about the Pacific is there is extraordinary sporting talent and one of the things that Australia is blessed with is something we've developed...

Samoa Prime Minister, Speaker assure Head of State of calm

Samoa Prime Minister, Fiame Naomi Mataafa and Parliament Speaker, Papalii Lio Taeu Masipau have assured the Head of State, Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi 11 that peace and calm will prevail despite the current political friction between the government and the Human Rights Political Party(HRPP). The Prime Minister and Speaker met with the Head of State and the Member of the Council...

Fiji Bureau of Statistics CEO’s contract terminated, FRCS Acting CEO resigns

Fiji's Ministry of Economy, through the acting Permanent Secretary, has terminated the contract of the chief executive officer of the Fiji Bureau of Statistics (“Bureau”), Kemueli Naiqama, for failure to comply with section five of the Statistics Act 1961. According to a statement by the Fijian Government, in an unfortunate blow to the Bureau’s credibility, Naiqama endorsed the publication of...

New ideas, new resources: ADB’s blue bond a big step toward healthy oceans

The Asia and Pacific region is home to three-quarters of global coral reefs and more than half of all mangrove areas. The region’s aquaculture production supplies 60 percent of the globe’s total fish consumption. However, the region is also the epicentre of marine plastic pollution. Overharvesting of fish here is also putting global food security and, indeed, the entire seafood...

Pacific media leaders meet to tackle corruption

Pacific Island media CEOs and owners are meeting in the Solomon Islands and online from today to consider how they can better support anti-corruption reporting in their local media. The two-day Reporting on Integrity & Anti-Corruption in the Pacific summit is being presented by the Pacific Anti-Corruption Journalists Network (PACJN), supported by the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) and the...

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