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Israel swears in new coalition, ending Netanyahu’s long rule

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Israel’s parliament on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and sending the polarising leader into the opposition. Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned rival, became prime minister after the 60-59 vote. Promising to try to heal a divided nation, Bennett will preside over a diverse and fragile coalition...

Cook Islander Romani Katoa elected to global swimming body

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Cook Islander Romani Katoa was elected to the bureau of the International Swimming Federation executive board, also known as FINA, over the weekend. His election is a first for a Pacific Islander. Also holding the role of Cook Islands Aquatics Federation (CIAF) president, Katoa said, “I’m humbled and honoured to be elected by my peers across the Pacific, to represent them...

USP ranked 11th in Crisis Management amongst the top 100 Universities in the World Universities real impact ranking system

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The University of the South Pacific (USP) has been ranked 11th against some of the top Universities of the world in the area of Crisis Management by the World Universities with Real Impact (WURI) 2021 global ranking. The University’s world standing was officially cited in a virtual conference by Professor Emeritus of Seoul National University and Founding Director of the...

China donates $6.7 million to Kiribati

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The Chinese Government has donated AUD$6,739,600(US$5,224,850) to the Kiribati Government Monday. A report from the Office of the President said the grant will be allocated for Livelihood Projects such as Small Grant, Disaster Fund, In-Service training, Medical Fund, Social Stability Fund, Upgrading of Social Facilities on Outer Islands, and the re-construction of the submerged causeway between Tanaea and Buota. In his...

Report highlights Covid impact on region

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The most pressing disaster facing the Pacific right now continues to be the COVID-19 pandemic. And every place is different. After closing its borders and aggressively vaccinating, Palau has recently recorded it first case. While PNG has recorded more than 160 deaths and 16,000 cases, in Samoa, there has been only one case and no deaths, according to the World Health Organisation. The...

PNG PM Marape: Get vaccinated

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With more than 100,000 doses of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine remaining and the expiry date looming, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape is appealing to people to take the vaccine that was made available despite a global shortage. Marape, who took the first dose of the vaccine in March, took the second dose Thursday at the Covid-19 National Control...

Pacific’s main newsprint supplier to close

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Newspapers across the Pacific are seeking new newsprint suppliers after the 66-year-old Norske Skog paper mill in Kawerau, New Zealand unexpectedly announced it was closing by the month's end. The company, which made the announcement on Thursday, did not say how many newspapers in the Pacific relied upon its products to produce their newspapers. But it is understood that a significant...

Vanuatu Speaker’s lawyer files application to strike out order

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Vanuatu Speaker of Parliament’s counsel has filed an application for the Court to struck out the application by the 19 Members of Parliament in its entirety, with costs. The development on the constitutional application of the 19 Government MPs comes after Supreme Court judge, Justice Oliver Saksak, granted a stay on the Speaker’s ruling on the vacation of 19 seats. This...

Samoa caretaker PM unaware of FAST take over plans

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Samoa caretaker Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says he was not aware the Fa’atuatua I le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) was planning a takeover on Thursday, claiming he thought it was going to be a continuation of their negotiations. Speaking late Thursday on state-owned radio 2AP’s weekly programme, Tuilaepa said he did not know FAST was planning to bring...

The island with no water: how foreign mining destroyed Banaba

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Dried up salination plant on Banaba Island.
By Joshua Macdonald BANABA, 10 JUNE 2021 (THE GUARDIAN) --- The last decent rain on Banaba was more than a year ago. Without rain, people on the isolated central Pacific island, which is part of the country of Kiribati, have been forced to rely on a desalination plant for all their water for drinking, bathing and growing crops. But in late November...

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Moses Uludong announces bid for Palau’s Presidency

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