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6:27 pm GMT+12, 16/12/2018
 
Solomon Islands tenth Parliament has dissolved as of 12am midnight early this morning following its final sitting last night.   This means most of the Members of Parliament (MP) are now ordinary members of the public while those in the Government are in the caretaker position for next few months till the next government comes into power next year.   More than 30 MPs spoke as part of their contribution to the Sine Die Motion » read more
 
Solomon Islands MP Manetoali charged on the eve of 10th parliament’s dissolution Fiji's Court of Disputed Returns give time to respondents to file their response
At COP24, countries agree concrete way forward to bring the Paris climate deal to life Tuna Commission ended with positive measures in place
 
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Diplomatic dance around Japanese delicacy
6:36 pm GMT+12, 16/12/2018, United States
By Netani Rika in Honolulu, Hawaii   In the Japanese port of Ishigaki, the longline fleet has braced for the impact of the decision of a tiny Pacific state to ban fishing in its waters from January 1, 2020.   The fate of 20 small fishing vessels is hooked to this conservation Read more

Shark fins worse than their bite at tuna talks
By Netani Rika in Hawaii   As Pacific nations g
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High seas tuna transshipments targeted for action
Pacific Island fisheries leaders want the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission to
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Livelihoods on the line as Pacific nations unite to fight for their albacore tuna industry
By Lisa Williams-Lahari for Tuna Pacific   Alba
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Pacific Island Countries need scaled up access to climate finance
By Henry Puna, Prime Minster of the Cook Islands  
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New minimum wage announced in Solomon Islands
6:32 pm GMT+12, 16/12/2018, Solomon Islands
Solomon Islands government last night announced an increase in the country’s legal minimum wage from $4 per hour to $8 (US$0.49 - US$0.99) per hour that will come into effect as of next year.   Outgoing and caretaker Minister of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration William Read more

Samoa PM's son is CEO of Finance Ministry
 The Samoan Cabinet has approved the appointment of Oscar Thomas Malielegaoi as the new C
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PNG Watchdog keeps close eye on APEC assets
The leadership watchdog, Ombudsman Commission, has given the government until tomorrow to acco
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ADB, Marshall Islands sign agreement to boost energy security
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands si
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FSM taps on technology for full tuna transparency by 2023
By Bernadette H. Carreon in Waikiki, Honolulu  
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Sports News
$3m package for Pacific Games from official sponsor Digicel
6:38 pm GMT+12, 16/12/2018, Samoa
Digicel Samoa were announced as the official sponsor of the Samoa 2019 Pacific Games at their head office in Apia.   The official sponsorship package is valued at $3 million Tala (US$1.1 million), entailing both cash and broadcasting and communication services.    The Read more

Manu Samoa coach still open to using 7s loophole
The coach of Manu Samoa remains open to working with players who want to switch their internat
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Methodist Church Faleula compound to accommodate XVI Pacific Games athletes
The Pacific Games Office has confirmed that the Methodist Church of Samoa’s Faleula comp
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Fiji crowned champions at HSBC Cape Town Sevens
A pair of tries from Kalione Nasoko and Vilimoni Botitu helped Fiji beat USA 29-15 in the Cup
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Hamilton 7s pools drawn
The Fiji 7s side is grouped with Australia, Argentina and Wales in Pool A of the Hamilton 7s w
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