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Captains ready for Oceania Sevens in Townsville

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2021 Oceania Sevens Captain's Photoshoot Photo: Oceania Rugby
The eight competing team captains gathered around the iconic Townsville sign this morning to take the customary captain’s photo. Participating was the men’s and women’s captains for Australia, Fiji, New Zealand and Oceania. • Nick Malouf (Australia Men) • Sharni Williams (Australia Women) • Jerry Tuwai (Fiji Men) • Tokasa Seniyasi (Fiji Women) • Scott Curry (New Zealand Men) • Sarah Hirini (New Zealand Women) • Stu Dunbar (Oceania Men) • Lily Dick (Oceania Women) They...

New head of fractured Pacific Forum stresses unity

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The new Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum says he will champion solidarity and unity within the pre-eminent regional grouping. At his first press conference since taking up the role, Henry Puna spoke about the recent decision by five Micronesian countries to withdraw from the Forum in protest at his appointment to the role. Micronesia was unhappy that Pacific countries dishonoured...

Fiji records highest daily total of 279 COVID-19 cases and reports four deaths

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Fiji has reported its highest daily total of positive COVID-19 infections with 279 cases reported Wednesday. The ministry has also reported four deaths attributed to the virus. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong announced these in the COVID-19 update last night. He said of those cases, 46 are from existing containment zones or quarantine facilities in Nadi. That...

Fiji’s virus spike ‘wake-up call’ for Pacific Islands: Red Cross

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The Red Cross called for faster vaccine rollouts in vulnerable Pacific island nations Wednesday as a record Covid-19 surge threatens to overload Fiji's health system. Fiji's two largest hospitals have been converted into dedicated Covid-19 facilities, with cases doubling every nine days since a second wave began in April. The situation has been a “serious wake-up call” showing the need for...

97 percent vaccination rate in Niue

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After the first phase of the Pfizer vaccine roll out which started three weeks ago, Niue can be proud that 97 per cent of the eligible population of 16 years and older have taken their first dose of the vaccine. The Minister of Health Sauni Tongatule in an interview with BCN news said that he is proud of this number...

PNG records 38 new COVID-19 cases – total cases at 17,079

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Papua New Guinea has recorded 38 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday increasing the total number of cases to 17,079. The cases were reported in 11 provinces with Autonomous Region of Bougainville reporting 11 cases followed by New Ireland with six cases. Western Highlands, Southern Highlands, National Capital District and East New Britain reported four cases each. West New Britain, Madang,...

COVID-19 Fiji: Infections total 279 today; highest daily total in current outbreak with four deaths recorded

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Fiji has reported its highest daily total of positive COVID-19 infections as of 8am today with 279 cases reported this evening. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said of those cases, 46 are from existing containment zones or quarantine facilities in Nadi. That includes 22 from Nawajikuma, 8 are from Tramline, and 16 are close contacts...

Court decision on legality of FAST swearing-in next Monday

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Samoa Supreme Court’s decision on the legality of the swearing in ceremony performed by the FAST Party on 24 May 2021 in a tent outside Parliament’s locked doors, will be delivered Monday 28 June. The legal arguments were heard this week by Justice Lesatele Rapi Vaai, Justice Vui Clarence Nelson and Justice Fepuleai Ameperosa Roma. The legal challenge by the Attorney...

Churches warn against misuse of theology to prevent Covid-19 vaccination and protocols

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- Pacific churches have called on Christian leaders not to take advantage of the COVID-19 situation in Fiji to manipulate Christians and proselytize. In a statement, Pacific Conference of Churches General Secretary, Reverend James Bhagwan, noted with concern the use of misguided theology by some Christians to create. “Over the past few months, some church communities are using immature or undeveloped...

PNG deputy PM Basil to face leadership tribunal

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Papua New Guinea deputy Prime Minister and member for Bulolo, Sam Basil will be facing a leadership tribunal. Chief Justice Sir Gibbs Salika appointed the Leadership tribunal to enquire into allegations of misconduct in office by the member for Bulolo. The appointment follows a request by Public Prosecutor Pondros Kaluwin, to the chief justice under section 27 of the organic law...

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