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Monkeypox concern heightened after becoming a ‘northern’ disease, says WHO

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Countries need to work more together to stop the rapidly spreading outbreak of monkeypox, “no matter the nationality, skin colour or religion of the affected population,” the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday. Speaking from Dakar, Senegal, WHO Assistant Director-General for Emergencies Ibrahima Soce Fall said that “we have been working on monkeypox in Africa for several years, but...

Solomon Islands pre-cautionary approach to deep sea mining

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The Solomon Islands Government through the Ministry of Mines and Energy will be taking pre-cautionary approach when it comes to opening up the country to deep sea mining. This was echoed by Minister of Mines and Energy Bradley Tovosia in parliament in response to a question raised by Opposition Leader on the floor of parliament asking government’s position on deep...

Pacific farm workers who breached visas by working for wrong employers fight to get them back

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A group of Pacific workers who breached their visa conditions are fighting to get them back, although advocates say it should never have reached this point. The 24 workers in Bundaberg "absconded" from the Pacific Australian Labour Mobility (PALM) scheme by getting jobs with a non-registered employer when work on the farm they were at dried up. A spokesman for the...

12,000 Vanuatu seasonal workers sent abroad for past two years

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Approximately 12,000 seasonal workers from Vanuatu have been sent to New Zealand and Australia for work over the past two years. This was conveyed by the Deputy Prime Minister (DPM) and Minister of Internal Affairs who is also responsible for the labour mobility programme, Ishmael Kalsakau. He said the active labour mobility programme is one of the positive impacts of resetting...

Cook Islands Party set to retain power

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There was no majority winner in the 2022 General Election after the preliminary count last night, however, the governing Cook Islands Party holds the upper hand to retain power with support of Independent seats. Meanwhile, the Cook Islands parliament looks set for a shake up after Tuesday's general elections. In preliminary results the ruling Cook Islands Party has performed solidly, but...

3rd Fleet boss proposes new group to coordinate Pacific security

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The U.S is closer to conflict in the Pacific than it is to peace, the head of U.S 3rd Fleet said, and the command structure must change to reflect that. Vice Admiral Michael Boyle has called for a centralised command-and-control structure — a standing maritime force similar to those elsewhere around the globe — that could rapidly respond to a...

NZ PM Ardern sidesteps easier travel for Samoans

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New Zealand’s Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern avoided a direct response to the question of any steps to make travel easier for Samoans to New Zealand in the future. She was asked during a joint press conference Tuesday with her Samoan counterpart, Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mataafa of what New Zealand was offering Samoa to mark the 60th anniversary of the...

Fiji PM and U.S Secretary of State Antony Blinken discuss Fiji – USA cooperation

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Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama Tuesday met with the U.S Secretary of State, Antony Blinken where they discussed strategic ways of building a firmer and enduring partnership between the USA and the island states of the Pacific. The two leaders met on the margins of the 10th Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear...

FSM takes action amid surge of Covid-19 cases

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The Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) recorded 306 new Covid-19 infections in the 24-hour reporting period until 31 July. FSM's health department said positive community cases in the states of Pohnpei and Kosrae continue to spread, while Chuuk and Yap remain free from the virus. The Micronesian nation has recorded a total of 5,281 positive infections since January 2021. There are currently...

Sixteen-year journey of green turtle highlights value of SPREP’s Turtle research and monitoring database system

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Sixteen years later since being tagged in 2006, an adult female green turtle tagged in the Federated States of Micronesia as part of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme’s (SPREP) turtle conservation programme, has been resighted in the Philippines. The turtle was caught alive in fishing nets by local fishermen off the coast of Sulat Eastern Samar, Philippines....

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U.S Interior’s Assistant Secretary Cantor announces $372 million in Compact funding for Marshall Islands

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