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New project scales up early warning systems in the Pacific

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A new project, Strengthening Hydro-Meteorological Early Warning Systems in the Pacific, has been launched with funding from the Climate Risk and Early Warning Systems Initiative (CREWS). It will enhance the effectiveness and inclusiveness of Regional Early Warning Systems (EWS) for local and vulnerable populations in Pacific Islands, improving early warning capabilities of national and regional hydro-meteorological centers and strengthening existing...

Fiji records 634 new positive cases of COVID-19; 10 deaths reported in six days

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Fiji has recorded 634 new cases of COVID-19 and 10 deaths related to COVID Wednesday. Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Dr James Fong, said the 10 deaths reported over a six-day period from 09 - 14 July. “The first COVID-19 death to report is a 65 year old woman from Naibitu Village who died at home on 9/7/2021. She received her...

New COVID case in Solomon Islands

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A positive case of COVID-19 has been announced in Solomon Islands’ Western Province following testing of ship crew members. The patient is a crew member on an international cargo ship which has been under quarantine outside Gizo since its arrival in Western Province. The patient registered positive after the third and final testing. Chairperson of the Western Province Response Team, Jeffrey Wickham...

UN chief says race to reach SDGs ‘can and must’ be turned around

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The COVID pandemic has taken four million lives, devastated the global economy, pushed a further 124 million people into extreme poverty and continues to inflict profound suffering – dramatically impacting progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the UN chief said on Tuesday at a key international forum. “Nearly one person in three around the world could not access adequate food...

Pacific Island seasonal workers filling an ‘absolutely vital’ gap, horticulture sector says

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One hundred and fifty seasonal workers have landed from Vanuatu, but New Zealand’s horticultural employers would happily take six times as many. The latest group of workers is in managed isolation in Hamilton, and new groups will arrive each fortnight. Auckland used to host the recognised seasonal employer (RSE) workers for isolation but, from now on, they will isolate in Ibis...

Cook Islands Immigration approves revised policies to ease labour shortage

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration rolled out changes to its immigration policies on Monday and backdated them to 01 July, in a bid to ease labour skills shortages in the Cook Islands. Easing health checks for workers wanting to come in from Australia or New Zealand is among changes made to the country’s immigration policies. Kairangi Samuela, the principal...

BSP and Bank of PNG clash over alleged money laundering warning

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The Bank South Pacific Financial Group Ltd (BSP) has always complied with its anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing (CTF) obligations in Papua New Guinea, says chairman Sir Kostas Constantinou. He mentioned this in a market release Wednesday in response to a letter BSP received from the Bank of PNG’s Financial Analysis and Supervision Unit (FASU) concerning anti-money laundering (AML) allegations...

Bougainville referendum vote must be ratified, says PNG Opposition leader Namah

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Papua New Guinea Opposition leader Belden Namah says the Bougainville referendum vote for independence must be ratified by Parliament. “The vote was taken under the watch of this Parliament (so) this Parliament is duty bound to deal with it,” he said. He said it should not be deferred to the next Parliament. “I have been wanting to speak on this matter in...

UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore resigns ‘with a heavy heart’

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The head of the UN Children’s Fund, Henrietta Fore, announced her resignation on Tuesday, in order to devote herself fulltime to caring for her husband, who is suffering from what she described as a serious health issue. Fore said it had been “a difficult decision”, and in a message to staff, described holding the office of Executive Director as “a...

‘Physicality’s a non-negotiable’: All Blacks pack put on notice by feisty Fijians

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“The physicality’s a non-negotiable of test rugby, and All Blacks rugby.” And with that, Scott Barrett would have had forwards coach John Plumtree at least buoyed that the message is getting through. Now, it’s just about seeing it on game-day. Two words by now must be imprinted in the minds of the All Blacks from last weekend’s first-test win over Fiji in...

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