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12,000 Vanuatu seasonal workers sent abroad for past two years

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Approximately 12,000 seasonal workers from Vanuatu have been sent to New Zealand and Australia for work over the past two years. This was conveyed by the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Internal Affairs who is also responsible for the labour mobility programme, Ishmael Kalsakau. He said the active labour mobility programme is one of the positive impacts of resetting...

Cook Islands Party set to retain power

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There was no majority winner in the 2022 General Election after the preliminary count last night, however, the governing Cook Islands Party holds the upper hand to retain power with support of Independent seats. Meanwhile, the Cook Islands parliament looks set for a shake up after Tuesday's general elections. In preliminary results the ruling Cook Islands Party has performed solidly, but...

3rd Fleet boss proposes new group to coordinate Pacific security

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The U.S is closer to conflict in the Pacific than it is to peace, the head of U.S 3rd Fleet said, and the command structure must change to reflect that. Vice Admiral Michael Boyle has called for a centralised command-and-control structure — a standing maritime force similar to those elsewhere around the globe — that could rapidly respond to a...

NZ PM Ardern sidesteps easier travel for Samoans

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern avoided a direct response to the question of any steps to make travel easier for Samoans to New Zealand in the future. She was asked during a joint press conference Tuesday with her Samoan counterpart, Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa of what New Zealand was offering Samoa to mark the 60th anniversary of the...

Fiji PM and U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken discuss Fiji – USA cooperation

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Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama Tuesday met with the U.S Secretary of State, Antony Blinken where they discussed strategic ways of building a firmer and enduring partnership between the USA and the island states of the Pacific. The two leaders met on the margins of the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear...

FSM takes action amid surge of Covid-19 cases

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The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) recorded 306 new Covid-19 infections in the 24-hour reporting period until 31 July. FSM's health department said positive community cases in the states of Pohnpei and Kosrae continue to spread, while Chuuk and Yap remain free from the virus. The Micronesian nation has recorded a total of 5,281 positive infections since January 2021. There are currently...

Sixteen-year journey of green turtle highlights value of SPREP’s Turtle research and monitoring database system

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Sixteen years later since being tagged in 2006, an adult female green turtle tagged in the Federated States of Micronesia as part of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s (SPREP) turtle conservation programme, has been resighted in the Philippines. The turtle was caught alive in fishing nets by local fishermen off the coast of Sulat Eastern Samar, Philippines....

Opeloge family claim another weightlifting title as Don strikes gold at Birmingham 2022

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Samoa's Don Opeloge has become the third of his siblings to win a gold medal in weightlifting, triumphing in dominant fashion in the men's under-96 kilogram category at the Commonwealth Games here, setting new Games records in the process. From the start, Opeloge laid down a statement of intent by cleanly lifting 161 kilograms in his opening round of the...

Rainibogi scoops bronze for Fiji, Takayawa debuts

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Fiji weightlifter Taniela Rainibogi bagged a bronze medal for Fiji in the Mens 96kg final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham. Rainibogi lifted 155kg in the Snatch and 188 kg in the clean and jerk lifting a total of 343 kg. In first place was Don Opeloge of Samoa who lifted 171 kg in the snatch and 210kg in the clean...

ONOC Digest – Birmingham 2022

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ONOC is delivering this Digest in partnership with The Reporters’ Academy and the Pacific Islands News Association. OCEANIA’S DAY AT THE GAMES - DAY 4 On day 4 of the Commonwealth Games our nations are continuing to make everyone in the region proud, with their determination to perform to the best of their abilities. Every single team is achieving incredible feats...

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