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Marshall Islands trials solar powered outboard engines

The testing of a solar powered outboard engine for a locally built catamaran in Majuro this week is part of a large-scale sustainable ocean transport programme underway in the Marshall Islands that could lead to multiple vessel use of this sustainable energy technology for sea transportation. “We are developing systems that work for different types of boats in the Marshall...

PNG records first case of Delta Variant

It has been confirmed Thursday that a single positive COVID-19 case with the Delta mutation has been detected in Papua New Guinea. Deputy Controller of the PNG COVID-19 National Pandemic Response Dr Daoni Esorom confirmed that the case, PNG’s first and only case, is a 65-year-old male, who is a Philippine national. Dr Daoni said the case is currently in isolation...

Fiji receives Jack Ma Foundation COVID-19 protective equipment

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat has handed over medical supplies to the Fiji Government as it battles a surge of COVID-19 cases. The personal protective equipment (PPE) was a donation from the Jack Ma Foundation to the Forum Secretariat for distribution to Forum members experiencing outbreaks. Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General, Henry Puna, is hopeful that the donation would contribute to...

U.S military visits to Palau not a response to any threat, Army commander says

The United States military presence in Palau is not a response to any immediate threat, according to a battalion commander for Task Force Oceania. Pacific Islands Battalion commander for Task Force Oceania LTC Rachel Sullivan in an interview said the U.S forces that are in Palau” are not here in response to any threat.” They are here as part of the...

Samoa Media alliance calls for journalists’ protection

The Samoa Alliance of Media Practitioners for Development (SAMPOD) has condemned political attacks against Samoan women journalists and called on the United Nations to lend its support. The SAMPOD statement was released after more than 1,000 men and women assembled for a peaceful march calling for an end to violence on women. Ironically, a young female reporter was verbally attacked by...

Tuilaepa dragging Samoa into dictatorship: Fiame Mata’afa

The Samoa caretaker Government are clinging onto power using the Head of State's unconstitutional powers, Fiame Naomi Mataafa, the leader of Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) party has said. Mata’afa says the Human Rights Protection Party's (HRPP) efforts to cling onto power whilst the nation is under a State of Emergency is deeply concerning, noting that they...

Focused on the future to emerge stronger: Fiji Trade Minister

Fiji's Trade Minister Faiyaz Koya has outlined the importance of remaining focused on the future to emerge stronger while chairing the 2021 Pacific ACP (PACP) Trade Ministers Meeting today. “Our region has embarked on numerous initiatives and programmes to accelerate transformation across multiple facets of our economic sectors. From fighting for the rights of our artisanal fishers for food security...

Fijians urged to get vaccinated as soon as possible to build up immunity as COVID-19 spreads

Two weeks ago, Lepani Raiyala lost his partner Maree Stewart to COVID-19. Stewart, a popular radio personality in Fiji, was only 39 when she died in hospital after contracting the virus amid the Pacific nation's deadly outbreak. Raiyala, who also tested positive for coronavirus, was forced to watch Stewart's funeral service “helplessly” via Zoom while isolating at a COVID-care facility in...

Leone Nakarawa to lead Flying Fijians in the second test match as Cotter makes a few changes

Leone Nakarawa has been given more responsibility as he will lead the Flying Fijians against the All Blacks in their final test match on Saturday in Hamilton. Nakarawa replaces Levani Botia for the captaincy role after the hard-hitting center was ruled out due to a knee injury earlier this week. Head Coach Vern Cotter said “Earlier in the week we knew...

All Blacks team named for Hamilton test against Fiji

The All Blacks team has been named to play Fiji in the third match of the Steinlager Series at FMG Stadium Waikato on Saturday 17 July. The naming sees a return from injury for midfielder Anton Lienert-Brown and loose forward Ardie Savea in what will be their 50th Test matches. Savea will start at openside flanker and Lienert-Brown is in...

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