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Cook Islands to continue support of UN seabed mining process

Cook Islands will continue to support the work of the International Seabed Authority(ISA) in developing global seabed mining regulations, and the country will continue to follow its own process at its own pace. Prime Minister Mark Brown responded to questions on the matter by Cook Islands News after the Pacific island nation of Nauru notified the International Seabed Authority (ISA)...

Climate change, COVID-19, Oceans- PALM 9 continues strong Japan-Pacific partnership

Pacific Islands Forum Leaders and the Prime Minister of Japan, Yoshihide Suga, have completed their virtual Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting, the PALM 9, reaffirming the PALM partnership and priorities for collaboration for the coming three years to address emerging challenges. In an opening ceremony, Prime Minister Suga and the Pacific Islands Forum Chair, Tuvalu Prime Minister Hon. Kausea Natano, set...

Samoa Head of State defies Court order, defers Parliament to August

Samoa Head of State has defied a Supreme Court order for Parliament to convene within seven days, and instead proclaimed that the Legislative Assembly will sit on 02 August, as he says Samoa's two dominant parties “don't have a majority” to lead. In a night announcement at around 10pm on Sunday, Tuimaleali’ifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II said the Court has no...

France denies cover-up over Pacific nuclear tests

The French government denied any cover up on Friday over radiation levels in the Pacific following its nuclear testing in the region, as discussions were held in Paris about the legacy of the explosions. A two-day roundtable meeting called by French President Emmanuel Macron in April began on Thursday following fresh allegations that the testing between 1966-1996 caused hidden atmospheric...

Fiji records 522 new cases of COVID-19 and three more deaths

Fiji records 522 new cases and three more deaths SUVA, 05 JULY 2021 (FIJI TIMES/FBC NEWS) --- Fiji has recorded 522 new cases of COVID-19 and three COVID-19 deaths Sunday. The first death is a 93-year-old woman from Matata, Valenicinia Lami. She died at home. According to protocol she was swabbed and tested positive for COVID-19. She was not vaccinated. The two...

Japan offers 3 million vaccine doses at Pacific Islands Summit

Japan will provide Pacific island nations and territories with 3 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from mid-July through the UN-backed COVAX global vaccine sharing program, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Friday. Suga’s announcement came as leaders of Japan and Pacific island nations and territories held an online meeting Friday, with Tokyo aiming to promote its “Free and Open Indo-Pacific...

PNG vaccine programme opened to all adults

Papua New Guinea has opened its vaccine programme to anyone over 18 years old as it tries to overcome high levels of hesitancy. Health authorities are worried the country is particularly vulnerable to the Delta variant because of its low vaccination levels. Papua New Guinea's vaccination program is off to a slow start — so far just under 55,000 people have...

Fiji PM Bainimarama joins Pacific Leaders and Japan at PALM 9 meeting

The Pacific Island Forum (PIF) Leaders and Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga convened the 9th Pacific Islands Leaders’ Meeting (PALM 9) Friday with a renewed commitment to sustainable recovery and resilience through regional solidarity. Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama expressed his appreciation to Japan for its leadership through the PALM process which provide opportunities to collaboratively address challenges in...

Samoa to send only overseas athletes to Tokyo 2020 due to COVID-19

Samoa will only send overseas athletes to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games because of concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, the country’s Government has announced. The Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (SASNOC) has confirmed the Government order has led to the withdrawal of three weightlifters from the team. Vaipava Nevo Ioane and Don Opeloge were due to compete in...

World Rugby ‘offer to help’ blocked Samoa sevens players

World Rugby said on Thursday it has offered to help Samoa sevens players stuck in the United Arab Emirates following last month's Olympic qualifying tournament. The Pacific Islanders have been in Dubai since failing to reach this summer's Tokyo Games after losing in the semi-finals of the preliminary tournament on June 20. They remain in the Middle East after being unable...

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