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Jordan Mailata urges fellow Pasifika to follow dreams after NFL megadeal

Rugby league reject Jordan Mailata has set his family up for life after signing a four-year NZD$94 million (US$60 million) extension with the Philadelphia Eagles. Five years ago Mailata was playing junior rugby league for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. But at 6-foot-8 and 142kg he was told he wasn’t fit enough to make the NRL, prompting his agent to contact...

Samoa Speaker rejects swearing-in of HRPP members by Head of State

Samoa Speaker of Parliament, Papali’i Li’o Ta’eu Masipa’u has rejected Human Rights Political Party's(HRPP) latest repeated request to be sworn in by the Head of State. The Speakers letter dated Monday, 13 September was in response to the HRPP Leader’s letter of 07 September and a subsequent meeting with the HRPP leader and Party Secretary that again asked for their...

Fiji records 127 new cases of COVID-19, three deaths reported

Fiji has recorded 127 new cases of COVID-19 and three deaths Monday, increasing the total number of cases in the Pacific nation to 49,043 and 536 deaths since the outbreak that started in April. Permanent secretary for Health,Dr James Fong said 83 cases are from the Western division, 36 cases are from the Central division in Vitilevu, Fiji's main island...

Four Papuan districts can form South Papua Province: Indonesian Home minister

Indonesian Home Minister Tito Karnavian highlighted “a specialty” pertaining to the public's aspirations in the Merauke, Boven Digoel, Mappi, and Asmat districts in Papua Province regarding a regional division to create South Papua Province. To this end, the government will revise the Papua Special Autonomy Law, according to Karnavian, who had earlier headed the Papua police headquarters before being promoted...

Pandemic increasing risk factors for suicide, UN health agency warns

Suicide prevention must be prioritized after 18 months of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Americas office of the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned ahead of World Suicide Prevention Day, commemorated annually on 10 September. Studies show that the global crisis has exacerbated risk factors associated with suicidal behaviours, such as job loss, trauma or abuse, mental health disorders and barriers to...

Fiji’s Covid-19 outbreak prompts a new way of leading

Op-ed by Tessa Price, Regional Executive for the Pacific ANZ NZ Ltd After finding herself locked out of Fiji when the borders were closed in April - and locked down in Sydney as it faces its own Covid-19 outbreak - ANZ Regional Executive for the Pacific Tessa Price writes about how she’s finding new ways to lead remotely, helping...

PNG deputy PM Sam Basil suspended over alleged misappropriation of K150,000

Papua New Guinea deputy Prime Minister and Bulolo MP Sam Basil has been suspended from official duties pending a leadership tribunal inquiring into allegations of misconduct in office against him. This comes after public prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin on Friday presented the reference and statement on the allegations, thus officially starting the inquiry. Basil, as chairman of Bulolo district development authority, allegedly...

Fiji Health Ministry prepares for border opening

Medical experts’ reveal that Fiji does not need to wait for the two-week buffer period to re-open containment borders once 60 percentof the eligible population are fully vaccinated. Fiji Medical Association President, Dr Basharat Munshi said the vaccination threshold is a national guide and should not to be mistaken as scientific data when assessing Fiji’s COVID situation. “Numbers are guidelines and...

Fiji seeking Australian support with ‘long COVID’ cases

Fiji’s health chief is asking his Australian colleagues for support and advice to help deal with emerging cases of what's called 'long COVID'. It's the latest development in the country's outbreak that first began in April, but Dr James Fong believes the worst is behind them. Fiji has had nearly 49,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and Dr Fong told Pacific Beat they're...

Unsworn HRPP MPs turned away: Samoa Speaker

The 18 unsworn members of the Human Rights Protection Party(HRPP) will likely return to by-elections after the Samoan Speaker of the House denied their request to be sworn in on Tuesday. The Speaker of the House, Papalii Lio Masipau in a letter to to the leader of the HRPP Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi confirmed his decision to deny the members access...

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