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‘My father will go down like the captain of the Titanic’: life on the Pacific’s disappearing islands

By Kalolaine Fainu Francis Tony is buried on an island that is shrinking. The sea breaks on a shoreline that is now less than five metres away from his simple gravesite on Toruar Island in the Solomon Sea. But his son Christopher Sese says the family have no plans to move Tony’s bones to a new gravesite. “My father will be...

Rising sea levels threaten Marshall Islands’ status as a nation, World Bank report warns

Projected sea level rise would mean 40 percent of the buildings in the Marshall Islands’ capital of Majuro would be permanently flooded and entire islands would disappear, potentially costing the Pacific country its status as a nation, according to a devastating new report from the World Bank. The report, Mapping the Marshall Islands, containing grim visualisations of the impact of...

Now Morrison is going to COP26, he must take a meaningful climate target: Greenpeace

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison's announcement that he will attend the COP26 Climate Summit, after weeks of threatening not to attend, has been labelled “meaningless” by Greenpeace Australia Pacific unless he commits to a strong climate target to take to Glasgow. Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO David Ritter said that Morrison, as a world leader with a crucial role to play...

COP26: Amplifying Pacific voices at Glasgow conference

The General Secretary of the Pacific Conference of Churches(PCC), Reverend James Bhagwan, says its vital Pacific voices are heard at the UN's Climate Change Conference in Glasgow which begins at the end of this month. The conference, also known as COP26, is billed as the most important climate meeting since Paris in 2015 when countries reached the landmark agreement to...

COP26 should be a turning point for leaders: UK High Commissioner Edgar

The British High Commissioner to Fiji is hoping that COP26 will be a turning point in which the world’s governments and leaders start taking climate change seriously. George Edgar said as the presidency of the 26th Conference of Parties, there is an urgent need to do away with rhetoric and speeches and focus on action. “There’s been a growing realisation over...

Experts call on Pacific community to take inspiration from Fiji as vaccination rates lag behind

A group of experts are imploring the Pacific community to take inspiration from how Fiji has dealt with COVID-19 and increase their vaccination rates. Currently the Pacific community is slightly lagging behind the New Zealand statistics for vaccination rates with 77 percent of the eligible Pacific population having received their first dose and 53 percent fully vaccinated. So far, 82.7 percent...

Samoa Speaker unaware by-election dates have changed

Samoan Parliament Speaker, Papali’i Li’o Ta’eu Masipa’u was surprised when asked why the dates for the seven by-elections had been changed from 12 to 26 November 2021. Speaking to Talamua, Papali’i said he did not know of any changes and as far as he is concerned, the by-election is still on the 12 November. He said if there were any changes,...

Oman trounce PNG in World Cup opener

Co-hosts Oman got celebrations under way at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 with a comprehensive 10-wicket win over Papua New Guinea in the opening match. Zeeshan Maqsood’s men ticked all the boxes, with their bowling, catching and batting giving the home fans plenty to cheer about at the Oman Cricket Academy Ground on Sunday. Maqsood himself took four wickets...

PNG strive for a ‘dream’ World Cup date with Australia

If Papua New Guinea’s efforts to get a game against an Australian team have been stymied by COVID-19, then over the next week they have the chance to vault straight into a World Cup contest with Aaron Finch’s men. While Australian support for PNG cricket has been substantial, both in terms of supplying respected figures like Andy Bichel and Joe...

Fuli ready to take on national 7s job

Stand in Fiji 7s coach Saiasi Fuli who takes over from departing coach Gareth Baber has assured the people of Fiji that he is ready to take up the task ahead in leading the men’s team. Currently in the midst of preparing our Fijiana 7s team to next year’s Rugby World Cup Sevens in South Africa, Fuli is confident of...

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