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Hall of Famer Dika Toua of PNG: Age doesn’t make a difference

Papua New Guinea’s Dika Toua was inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of Fame Monday after winning three gold medals in the 49kg weight class of the 2022 Pacific Mini Games at the Marianas High School gym. Toua, 38, said she “was shocked — everyone saw my reaction. It’s been more than 20 years since I’ve been doing this...

Athletes encouraged to participate in VOA programme this week

The Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) through its Athletes’ Commission has activated the “Voices of the Athletes’ Programme” for the Pacific Mini Games in Saipan this week. “Voices of the Athletes (VOA) is a flagship programme using athletes for advocacy and action surrounding social issues,” said ONOC staff Matelita Buadromo. Buadromo says the VOA team will be at the Pacific Islands...

International travel to and from Kiribati to resume 01 August 2022

All international travel to and from Kiribati will return to normal on 01 August this year. Incoming passengers are required to have a valid Covid-19 test 24hrs before departure and the number of days spent in quarantine centres in the country has been reduced to three days. Those tested positive will spend a week in quarantine until the test returns a...

Commonwealth leaders set to meet for the first time in four years

Leaders from 54 countries will gather in Kigali, Rwanda, this week for the 2022 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), the sixth time the event has been hosted by an African country. The week-long summit is expected to attract over 5,000 participants from government, business, and civil society under the theme ‘Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’. Meetings begin in...

Vanuatu calls on Australia to back its UN bid to recognise climate change harm

Australia’s new Labor government has been called on to prove its commitment to climate action and support for Pacific countries by backing a campaign led by Vanuatu to see international law changed to recognise climate change harm. In a letter to the prime minister sent by leading Pacific and Australian NGOs, shared exclusively with Guardian Australia, the groups urged Anthony...

U.S, Marshalls aim for Compact wrap-up by year end

United States and Marshall Islands leaders said after completing the first round of talks last week that they hope to complete negotiations to renew provisions of an economic and security treaty by the end of this year. Washington sees extension of funding packages under compacts of free association with the Marshall Islands and neighbors Federated States of Micronesia and Palau...

Global Trade Agreement on Fisheries subsidies protects big fishing fleets

The meeting of Trade Ministers at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in Geneva has reached an agreement on prohibiting some fisheries subsidies, which however will negatively impact developing island nations in the Pacific. After long hours of negotiations, a draft agreement- a truncated version of previous texts, circulated to ministers this morning was accepted and negotiations on the issue will...

Fiji leads ACP charge for a successful Fisheries Subsidies Agreement

Following 21 years of negotiations, the Agreement on Fisheries Subsidies has been reached and endorsed by the World Trade Organisation 12th Ministerial Conference. Fiji being the Pacific Trade Ministers Chair led the final green room negotiations to get the Agreement over the line. Minister for Commerce and Trade, Faiyaz Koya, led the powerful 62 countries of the African, Caribbean and Pacific...

Pro-independence candidates in Tahiti win seats in French National Assembly

In an unprecedented result, French Polynesia's three seats in the French National Assembly have been won by the candidates of the pro-independence Tavini Huiraatira Party. Among the three is Tematai Le Gayic, who as a 21-year-old has become the youngest person to be elected to the French legislature. Provisional results show he narrowly defeated Nicole Bouteau of the ruling Tapura Huiraatira...

NZ Government dumps $500m plan to raise sinking Pacific Island

The New Zealand Government quietly dumped a $500m (US$315 million) climate change plan for the sinking Pacific island nation of Kiribati - after spending millions of dollars on consultants and reports. Half of the atoll’s 110,000 inhabitants live on the crowded capital island of Tarawa, which is increasingly vulnerable to flooding and storm surges. Its sea levels are predicted to...

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