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Pacific Trade Commission launches freight subsidy

Pacific exporters struggling with increasing freight costs will soon benefit from a new subsidy programme. Pacific Trade Invest New Zealand (PTI NZ) has launched the scheme to support exporters across the Blue Pacific coping with the pandemic impact on transport sector fees. The Freight Subsidy Programme (FSP) is a joint initiative between the Pacific Islands Forum and PTI NZ. Pacific Islands Forum...

CVF celebrates creation of UN Special rapporteur to protect Human rights in the context of Climate Change

The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF) presided by Bangladesh celebrated the creation of a dedicated role to protect and promote human rights in the context of climate crisis at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in Geneva through a resolution on 08 October 2021 at the 48th Session of the UN’s supreme body for human rights. Welcoming the adoption of resolution on...

Fijian Drua announce coaching and management staff

The Fijian Drua have today announced the coaching and management team for its inaugural Super Rugby Pacific campaign. The Club has made the following five appointments: *William Koong as Head Physiotherapist *Brad Harris as Assistant Coach *Glen Jackson as Assistant Coach *Peceli Derederenalagi as Team Manager *Nico Andrade as General Manager The five join Head Coach Mick Byrne and Head of Athletic Performance Nacani Cawanibuka...

Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber resigns

The Fiji Rugby Union has today confirmed that Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber has decided not to renew his contract with the Fiji Rugby and will pursue a new opportunity in the 15s game. FRU Chief Executive John O’Connor highlighted that while the Fiji Rugby Union Board had endorsed the continuation of Coach Baber’s appointment until the next Olympics...

Pacific countries face COVID-19 hurdles to get to COP 26 climate talks

Several Pacific Island countries have ruled out attending the COP 26 global climate change talks next month citing challenges around COVID-19 restrictions, quarantine and travel to the summit. Both Kiribati and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) have announced they will be unable to attend the event in Glasgow. Pacific Island nations have been a driving force behind global climate action, and...

Samoa PM encourages people to achieve herd immunity

Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa is calling for the public’s continuous support for the Government’s vaccination programme to ensure our country reaches herd immunity. Fiame said as of Wednesday last week, close to 95 percent of the eligible population have received their first doses of the Astra Zeneca vaccine, and close to 60 percent have completed their second doses. “I...

PNG Health Minister urges MPs to put politics aside

Papua New Guinea Health Minister Jelta Wong has appealed for Members of Parliament to put aside party and personal politics and focus on the COVID-19 crisis. Speaking in Parliament this week, Wong advocated for MPs to unify and help combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Wong said “This is also a time when we need to put any party or personal politics aside...

COVID-19 caused rise in TB deaths for first time in a decade, gains ‘reversed’

Deaths from tuberculosis – one of the top infectious killers in the world - have increased for the first time in a decade, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Thursday. New data from the UN health agency highlighted how years of global progress in tackling the preventable disease had been “reversed”...

Ten ‘high-risk’ PNG provinces required to implement Covid-19 measures

Ten provinces in Papua New Guinea have been classified as “high-risk”, requiring that they implement measures which suits them best to address the Covid-19 surge. They are Morobe, Chimbu, Enga, Hela, Jiwaka, Southern Highlands, Western, West Sepik, Western Highlands and Eastern Highlands. National Pandemic Response Controller David Manning told The National that the 10 provinces would have to submit to his...

100,000 Pfizer doses will arrive in Fiji Monday

Fiji's Ministry of Health and Medical Services is expecting the Pfizer vaccine, earmarked to be administered on children aged 12 to 14, to arrive into the country by Monday. Minister for Health and Medical Services, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, confirmed the proposed arrival date of the 100,000 doses while visiting the Western Division with Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama Wednesday. Dr Waqainabete said...

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