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$10 million extra funding for Commonwealth Small Island Developing States

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Commonwealth Secretariat secures US$10 million in extra funding for Small Island Developing States as Cambridge Collaboration pays dividends. The Commonwealth Secretariat’s ground-breaking collaboration with Cambridge University has unlocked more than US$10 million of private financing for Small Island Developing States, despite the project only being halfway through its research phase. Sixty percent of the Commonwealth’s 2.5 billion population is under the...

Plane inspections carried out remotely:Pacific Aviation Safety Office

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-Pacific Aviation Safety Office (PASO) is carrying out inspections and audits of aeroplanes remotely. Pacific Aviation Safety Office legal adviser Sam Jennings said audit and inspection activity are being carried out on zoom, telephone and email. Jennings said the Pacific Aviation Safety Office has been using civil aviation authorities within countries to sort of be the arms and legs of the...

EU blocks bespoke fund for climate victims as rich nations moot alternatives

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By Joe Lo and Chloé Farand The EU has blocked developing countries’ call for a facility to distribute money to victims of climate disasters, despite finally recognising the need for this money to flow. European and other rich nation negotiators believe they have shifted dramatically in recognising the need for funding in addition to that for carbon-cutting and adaptation efforts. One...

FRU names Fijian and Fijiana 7s squads for Oceania Rugby Super Sevens

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Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) has announced its Fijian and Fijiana 7s traveling squads for the Oceania Rugby Super Sevens in Auckland, New Zealand this weekend. FRU will field two women’s and a men’s team in the tournament which also consists of three teams from New Zealand {All Blacks 7s, Black Ferns Ma and Black Ferns Pango}, two Australian and Papua...

Seruvakula names 18 debutants in the Fijiana XV’s for Oceania Championship

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Fijiana XV’s Head Coach Senirusi Seruvakula has named 18 new players in his 28-member squad travelling for the Oceania Championship to New Zealand next month. Seruvakula has retained 10 players who were part of the Rooster Chicken Fijiana Drua which won the Super W Championship in Australia earlier this year. Seruvakula said “We have a depth chart with a good pool...

Fiji’s Tabakaucoro wins men’s 100 metres gold at Pacific Mini Games

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Banuve Tabakaucoro won the men's 100 metres title as the Pacific Mini Games continued in the Northern Mariana Islands. The Fiji runner, known as the “Bau Bullet”, came home to win the flagship race in 10.56sec. In weightlifting, Australia won three overall titles. Oceania's powerhouse nation does not send its strongest team to the regional event but is competing in weightlifting and...

Vaivai wins Team Fiji’s first gold

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Weightlifter Apolonia Vaivai has marked her return to the sport with Team Fiji’s first gold medal at the Pacific Mini Games in Saipan, Northern Marianas. Vaivai won gold in the women’s 76kg snatch competition. She was pushed by Olivia Kelly of Australia but Vaivai came out stronger to win in the end. Vaivai returned to weightlifting last year after a lapse of...

‘Atamaama Tu’utafaiva wins gold at Pacific Mini Games

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Tonga has won one gold medal and one bronze at the Pacific Mini Games 2022 currently being held in Saipan, Northern Marianas. 'Atamaama Tu’utafaiva (25) won the gold in women’s shot put. A bronze medal was won by the tennis team. At the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa, 'Atamaama won a gold medal for Tonga with a near-record-breaking performance, also in the...

CNMI’s San Nicolas, Apelo gather medals in weightlifting

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CNMI weightlifters Angel San Nicolas and Leonardo Apelo won a total of two gold and four silver medals in their respective weight classes in the 2022 Pacific Mini Games on Wednesday. In the men’s 96kg event, San Nicolas collected two gold medals and one silver. San Nicolas started with 115kg in his first attempt but was bested by Vanuatu’s Thomas Wilbur...

Tahiti stuns top seeds to claim badminton gold

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Over 100 New Caledonian and Tahitian supporters turned up for Wednesday’s highly anticipated 2022 Pacific Mini Games gold medal badminton match between the top two seeds at the Gilbert C Ada Gymnasium. The last rivalry showdown was at the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games where New Caledonia’s narrow 3-2 victory resulted in a three-way tie and a subsequent silver medal for...

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