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Samoa

Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua back as Sevens Head Coach

27 Aug 2014

APIA, Samoa ----The Samoa Rugby Union has announced the appointment of Fuimaono Titimaea Tafua as the Samoa Sevens Head Coach on a two year deal.

USA

Why Island Wisdom Is Crucial to Help Adapt and Prepare for the Impacts of Climate Change the World

27 Aug 2014

NEW YORK, USA ----For decades, small island countries have been warning the world about the consequences of climate change. While many countries have been debating whether climate change ...

New Zealand

Air New Zealand's profit up 45 percent

27 Aug 2014

WELLINGTON, New Zealand --- New Zealand's national airline on Wednesday posted a 45 percent increase in profit on slightly higher revenues.

Papua New Guinea

PNG Minister warns NBC to take stock

27 Aug 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG -----A papua New Guinea Cabinet Minister has directed the National Broadcasting Corporation board and management to produce results by next month or face the consequences.

Australia

Professor Ross Garnaut says China can help lead push in reducing world's carbon emissions

27 Aug 2014

MELBOURNE, Australia ----China, one of the biggest greenhouse polluters, may yet be one of the best chances the world has of avoiding dangerous climate change, according to climate ...

Guam

Guam dialysis centers post high patient death rate

27 Aug 2014

HAGÅTÑA, Guam ----— Data from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services showed all four Medicare-certified dialysis facilities on Guam had patient death rates that were worse than ...

Kiribati

Call to remove Kiribati minister rejected

27 Aug 2014

TARAWA, Kiribati ----The opposition in Kiribati has called in Parliament for the Minister for Women and Youth to be removed from her job, alleging she behaved badly after ...

Papua New Guinea

PNG National Capital District Governor reaches out to HIV vulnerable

27 Aug 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG -----Papua New Guinea National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop says the “HIV most-at-risk” population must be attended to effectively.

Solomon Islands

Family Protection Bill receives support

27 Aug 2014

HONIARA,Solomon Islands ----Debate in Solomon Islands Parliamenton the Family Protection Bill 2014 concludes on Monday.

Samoa

U.S. helps to combat chikungunya in Samoa

27 Aug 2014

APIA, Samoa ---The United States of America Army Reserves are assisting Samoa’s health sector to combat the chikungunya epidemic sweeping the country.

Fiji

Illicit drugs in package from Ukraine : Fiji Revenue Customs Authority

27 Aug 2014

NADI, Fiji ----- Fiji’s Boarder Control officers intercepted a parcel sent in from Ukraine containing five packets of white powder believed to be illicit drugs, pseudoephedrine.

Fiji

Development for All: FijiFirst Leader

27 Aug 2014

SUVA, Fiji -----FijiFirst Party leader and Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says when FijiFirst forms Government post 17 September elections, no community would be left behind in terms of ...

USA

UN panel: Global warming human-caused, dangerous

27 Aug 2014

NEW YORK, US ----Global warming is here, human-caused and probably already dangerous — and it's increasingly likely that the heating trend could be irreversible, a draft of a ...

Samoa

Sports and the Private sector inaugural inclusion in SIDS agenda

27 Aug 2014

APIA, Samoa ----Sports and the involvement of the private sector in the 3rd Small Islands Developments States (SIDS) conference agenda will be the first since the establishment of ...

Switzerland

UN health agency calls for regulation of ‘e-cigarettes,’ curbs on advertising, sales to minors

27 Aug 2014

GENEVA, Switzerland ----Electronic cigarettes, known as e-cigarettes, represent an “evolving frontier filled with promise and threat for tobacco control,” a new United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) report ...

Australia

How Fiji outsmarted Australia

27 Aug 2014

SYDNEY, Australia ----Last Friday Fijian Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama began his first visit to Australia since taking power in 2006. In response to the 2006 coup, Canberra had ...

Papua New Guinea

National Broadcasting Corporation aims higher: Chairman

27 Aug 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG -----The National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC)is aiming to be the first communication establishment in country and the Pacific to own and regulate a domestic satellite system.

Solomon Islands

Temotu Pele MP Dies

27 Aug 2014

HONIARA, Solomon Islands ----Solomon Islands Member of Parliament for Temotu Pele Martin Magga has died late on Monday night.

Papua New Guinea

Next 10 years crucial for PNG: PM O'Neill

27 Aug 2014

PORT MORESBY, PNG ---Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the next five to 10 years is a very crucial period for setting the agenda for the ...

Fiji

Fiji Methodist Church membership drops

27 Aug 2014

SUVA, Fiji ----The move of Methodist Church members to other churches is the main reason for the decrease in membership.

Fiji

Registered overseas voters get postal voting letters

27 Aug 2014

SUVA, Fiji ----The Fijian Elections Office has sent 3964 letters to registered voters overseas informing them about the Postal Voting system.

Niue

PNG to assist Niue parliament rebuild

27 Aug 2014

ALOFI, Niue ----The Niue and Papua New Guinea governments are to finalise a grant towards the cost of building a new parliament in Niue during next week's Small ...

USA

UN Conference in Samoa set to bypass Climate Change refugees

27 Aug 2014

NEW YORK, US -----An international conference on small island developing states (SIDS), scheduled to take place in Samoa next week, will bypass a politically sensitive issue: a proposal ...

Fiji

FEO sends out Letters informing Overseas Voters on the Postal Voting System

27 Aug 2014

The Fijian Elections Office has sent 3964 letters to registered voters overseas informing them about the Postal Voting system. The letters inform the overseas registered voter about the ...

New Caledonia

SPC makes substantial progress in reducing its carbon footprint

27 Aug 2014

NOUMEA, New Caledonia ---- In late 2012, the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) adopted a target of reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% below its 2011 ...