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Telstra in talks to buy Digicel Pacific with Australian government support

Telstra Corp Ltd (TLS.AX) said on Monday it was in discussions to buy the Pacific operations of telecom company Digicel Group, with the support of the Australian government, which will likely fund the majority of the deal amount. The announcement follows a report over the weekend by the Sydney Morning Herald that said the deal could be worth AUD$2 billion...

Morrison left out on Pacific rim over climate diplomacy

By Wesly Morgan The first national leader to congratulate Joe Biden on his election as U.S President was Fiji’s Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama. There was little doubt what he wanted from the new head of the world’s most powerful nation. “Together, we have a planet to save from a climate emergency,” he tweeted. Bainimarama knew Pacific island countries had gained...

Samoa seal Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification with play-off win over Tonga

Manu Samoa will take their place in Pool D at France 2023 having secured a 79-28 aggregate win against Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday. Samoa secured Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification with a 37-15 defeat of Tonga in Hamilton on Saturday. Holding a healthy 42-13 advantage from the first leg in Auckland last weekend, Manu Samoa needed to avoid defeat by...

First ever Pacific hearing of Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry gets underway

The Pacific hearing of the Abuse in Care Royal Commission of Inquiry has started, with survivors expected to discuss the impacts of the Dawn Raids. Tulou: Our Pacific Voices; Tatala e Pulonga is the first of its kind for New Zealand and will be held over two weeks at the Fale o Samoa in Māngere. The public hearing considers the impacts...

Vanuatu Government satisfied with court of Appeal decision

The Loughman-led coalition has welcomed the decision of the Vanuatu Appeal Court that was delivered Friday. In a press conference, Prime Minister Bob Loughman conveyed his acknowledgment to all church leaders, religious groupings and chiefs for their prayers and continuous moral support during this time when Vanuatu was experiencing a political saga. He thanked all citizens for adhering to his advice...

Fiji’s Vuniwaqa vies for top UN Women job

Fiji’s Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Mereseini Vuniwaqa has applied to be the new executive director of UN Women, the United Nations agency dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women. Vuniwaqa is one of several candidates who have applied from the Asia-Pacific, to replace former South African vice president, Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who leaves after eight years...

Fijian Government announces $200m unemployment income support, unveils US$1.78 billion Covid-19 budget

The Fijian Government has announced a $200million(US$100 million) in unemployment income support to Fijians affected by COVID-19, both in the formal and informal sectors. Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the announcement while delivering the 2021-2022 National Budget in Parliament Friday. He announced that beginning from 01 August, 2021, every affected Fijian will be entitled to a monthly allowance...

Convening Parliament court’s power: Samoa Law Society

Samoa's Court of Appeal, which sat on Friday with a view to determining a case that could finally settle a three-month long national political impasse, has been told that it has the constitutional power to force Parliament to convene. The question of whether the courts have the legal right to convene Parliament, or whether that power is exclusively vested in...

Fiji records 1,043 positive cases of COVID-19 and 13 deaths reported

Fiji has recorded 1,043 new positive COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths Sunday. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong confirmed the new COVID deaths for the period of 14 -July to 17 July. Dr Fong said the first COVID-19 death was a 77-year-old woman from Toorak. “She presented to the CWM Hospital Emergency Department in severe respiratory distress....

Fiji rejects lockdown calls as virus cases soar

Fiji dismissed calls for a hard lockdown Friday as Covid-19 cases reached record levels in the Pacific island nation, insisting a "no jab, no job" vaccination push would contain the virus. The troubled tropical paradise has been devastated by a runaway outbreak of the Delta variant which began in April, ending a year without local transmission and quashing hopes the...

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