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Pacific leaders join forces ahead of landmark climate summit

Pacific leaders Thursday (08 July) met COP26 President Alok Sharma to set out their priorities for the major climate change summit in November. Underscoring what is at stake for the Pacific, leaders and Ministers from 11 countries across the region joined a virtual dialogue hosted by the UK to outline their commitment to ramping up climate action and urge for...

Ongoing uncertainty may well now justify the doctrine of necessity: Samoa Supreme court

The current (political) climate of ongoing turmoil and uncertainty, may well now justify the operation of the doctrine of necessity to validate the events of the 24 May 2021 swearing-in outside the chambers of Samoa Parliament so that the business of lawful governance of the nation can proceed. So ruled the Supreme Court late Thursday on the motion by the...

Fiji records 721 new cases and six deaths reported

Fiji has reported 721 new positive COVID-19 cases and six deaths Thursday. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the first COVID-19 death is an 80-year-old woman from Vatuwaqa. Dr Fong said a ministry response team attended to her at home and, assessing that she was severely ill, transferred her to the FEMAT field hospital. He said...

COVID death toll passes 4 million: Global Vaccine Plan essential, declares UN Chief Guterres

The global death toll due to COVID-19 officially passed four million late on Wednesday, marking yet another “grim milestone” and underlining the urgent need for the world to put a Global Vaccine Plan in place to get the pandemic under control, said the UN chief in a statement. “Many of us know this loss directly and feel its pain”, said...

Fiji PM joins Pacific leaders and UK at high level climate dialogue

Pacific Island Leaders and the United Kingdom convened a High Level Climate Dialogue Thursday to discuss the priorities ahead of COP26 to be held in Glasgow in November this year. The meeting led by the Secretary of State and COP26 President Alok Sharma provided an opportunity to update Pacific Leaders on the progress of key issues, and hearing first hand...

Developing nations, UN seek clear plan for promised climate finance

Pressure is growing on rich countries to set out exactly how they will deliver a promised US$100 billion a year in funding to help poorer nations tackle climate change, with the UN chief and Britain on Thursday calling for a clear plan. At a summit hosted by Bangladesh, finance ministers from a group of developing economies particularly vulnerable to climate...

Morrison government rejects call to phase out coal power ahead of UN session on Australia’s human rights record

A call from a Pacific island neighbour to phase out coal power is one of 55 recommendations the Morrison government has rejected ahead of a UN session focusing on Australia’s human rights record. Australia rebuffed the Marshall Islands’ request to phase out coal-fired power in order to limit global heating to 1.5C, as the climate crisis is increasingly framed as...

Fiji: A stricter lockdown and more government support needed

by Sunil Kumar The daily rate of new COVID-19 infections in Fiji now exceeds 500 (as of 6 July 2021), much higher than India’s peak daily infection rate on a per million population basis. If people start dying at the same rate as in India at the peak of the second wave, it will be a disaster for the...

Regional airlines bear full brunt of COVID: ASPA

By Nacanieli Tuilevuka Most national airlines in the Pacific including Fiji Airways have run out of money. Association of the South Pacific Airlines (ASPA) chief executive George Faktaufon said the closures of borders due to the coronavirus have had a huge impact on the national airlines in the Pacific. Faktaufon said this has caused million-dollar of losses to national airlines in...

Flying Fijians named for All Blacks match

Tailevu halfback Simione Kuruvoli has a huge role to play for the Flying Fijians as Head Coach Vern Cotter named his 23-member run-on team for the first test match against the All Blacks in Dunedin on Saturday. Kuruvoli who has been part of the Flying Fijians since last year gets an opportunity to start after experienced halfback Frank Lomani together...

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