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Biden’s summit with Pacific leaders is a direct response to China, but the U.S should tread carefully

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Opinion by Gerard Finin and Terence Wesley-Smith This week, the White House will host its first-ever summit with Pacific Islands leaders. The Pacific spans nearly a third of the globe and is home to 16 island nations. In geostrategic terms, the region is more important today than any time since the second world war. The summit is a direct response to...

Samoa name eight grand final stars in powerful World Cup squad

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Toa Samoa's World Cup credentials have been underlined by the inclusion of eight players from the Penrith and Parramatta grand final teams in a powerful squad announced on Tuesday. Samoa are the first Pacific nation to publicly unveil their squad for the World Cup and if coach Matt Parish wanted to make a statement ahead of the opening game against...

Historic Oceania Rugby Women’s Combine helped showcase “hidden gems”

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-Twenty of the best female players from Papua New Guinea, Samoa and Tonga gathered on Australia’s Gold Coast last week for the historic Oceania Rugby Women’s Combine. Designed to help accelerate the growth of the women’s game in the Pacific, the programme ran from 19-24 September and exposed the players to world-class coaching from Daryl Gibson, Toutai Kefu, Seilala Mapusua,...

Fiji beaten in MSG Prime Ministers Cup semi-final

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The Bula Boys have been beaten 1-0 by Papua New Guinea in the MSG Prime Ministers Cup semifinal at Korman Stadium in Port Villa, Vanuatu. A 23rd-minute goal from a penalty was enough for PNG to make the final. The Roy Krishna-captained side failed to capitalise on a few scoring chances in the second half. Christopher Wasasala could have equalized in the...

Ryan Pini to lead Team PNG at Paris Olympics

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The Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee has named former national swim sensation and four-time Olympian Ryan Pini as the chef de mission for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, France. Pini has made a name for himself in the pool on a national and international athletic career spaning over 28 years for Team PNG. Committee president Sir John Dawanincura congratulated Pini...

Pacific Media Summit opens today

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By Ben Bilua The 6th Pacific Media Summit – the region’s biggest gathering of media executives and Practioners – opens at the Heritage Park Hotel in Honiara this evening. Up to 150 media delegates from the region and beyond are attending the week-long event. “We are privileged to be given the opportunity to host this prestigious and big media event,” Media Association...

Sasako: SoIomon Islands engrained by corruption

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By Ben Bilua Former Member of Parliament and longtime journalist, Alfred Sasako says Solomon Islands has been engrained by corruption that there seems to be no solution to address the issue. Speaking during a penal discussion on “Media’s Role in Investigating the Management of Public Resources” Monday, Sasako said the issue continues to be a challenge due to a number of...

Regional media told to probe more into corruption

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By Eddie Osifelo Pacific media owners, editors and senior journalists are urged to investigate corruption in order to prevent and tackle the scourge in their respective countries. The call comes at a workshop held Monday ahead of the official opening of the 6th Pacific Media Summit this evening in Honiara. Speaking on the media's role in Investigating the Management of Public Resources,...

Pacific nations discuss and consolidate positions on thematic priorities for COP27

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As the clock ticks towards COP27 in the city of Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, Pacific nations, who are the forefront of climate change impacts, have gathered in Apia to deliberate, discuss and consolidate their positions on priority thematic areas ahead of the global negotiations. The Pacific Small Island States (PSIDS) Preparatory Meeting for the UNFCCC COP27 from 26 – 29 September...

Five former Vanuatu PMs in race to replace Loughman

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Five former prime ministers of Vanuatu are lining up to contest the election in a little over two weeks. They are Serge Vohor in Santo, Charlot Salwai and Ham Lini on Pentecost, Sato Kilman on Malekula, and Joe Natuman. The caretaker prime minister Bob Loughman is standing on Tanna. Vohor will contest for his newly established political party Pikinini blong Ground Movement,...

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