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IOC Session begins in Tokyo with a message of peace and harmony despite COVID19 pandemic

By Makereta Komai, PACNEWS  Editor The 138th Session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) got underway in Tokyo this morning with a message of 'peace' and 'harmony' that the host government hopes will shine through when the Games that starts Friday. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga welcomed delegates from 205 National Olympic Committees with a message that despite the challenges of Covid19...

France, South Pacific nations to combat ‘predatory’ fishing as China extends reach

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday France and South Pacific nations would launch a South Pacific coastguard network to counter “predatory” behavior, which an adviser said was aimed at illegal fishing, as China expands its maritime reach. The United States and allies including France, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, are actively expanding their activity in the Pacific to counter...

Fiji records 784 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths reported

Fiji has recorded 784 new cases of COVID-19 and 15 deaths reported Monday. Permanent secretary for Health Dr James Fong said the new COVID-19 deaths for the period of 12 - 19 July. “The first COVID-19 death to report is a 65-year-old woman from Laucala Beach. She presented to the CWM Hospital Emergency Department in severe respiratory distress. She died 7...

PNG records three new COVID-19 cases – total cases at 17,467

Papua New Guinea has recorded three new COVID-19 cases on Friday 16 July, increasing the total number of cases to 17,467. The cases were reported in three provinces. West Sepik, East Sepik and Hela reported a single case each. Of the three reported cases, two were males and a female. Their ages range from 25 to 58 years. One out of...

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...

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