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10:49 pm GMT+12, 16/10/2019
 
China will roll out fresh offers of cash and red-carpet trips when Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua meets Pacific leaders in Samoa next week to spruik Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative.   Hu, a senior Chinese Communist Party Politburo member, will try to convince Pacific leaders of China’s commitment to “green” and “high-quality” development after widespread criticism of BRI projects » read more
 
Obesity rates soar due to dramatic global diet shift, says UN food agency Don't be alarmed by regional projections, Met Office
No charges laid against Fiji PM on assault allegation: DPP PM Sogavare: We are on the right side of history
 
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‘Climate change is really upon us now’
10:54 pm GMT+12, 16/10/2019, Northern Mariana Islands
By Iva Maurin      From the perspective of open-ocean sailors—called grand master navigators—who know how to chart their courses at sea without modern tools, who rely on a deep knowledge of the seas, the waves, the stars, and the winds when crossing the vast Read more

International students, Pacific Islanders plug aged care workforce gap
By Judy Skatssoon    International studen
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China is leasing an entire Pacific Island. Its residents are shocked
What could Beijing want with Tulagi, where Allied forces fought a bloody battle with Japan
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Food security in small islands: Getting crop smart in a warming world
By Gareth Willmer   In small island nations, th
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Opinion: The world mustn’t sleep-walk into another debt crisis
By Patricia Scotland, Commonwealth Secretary-General  
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Business News
Fiji Water commits to 100 percent recycled Plastic in all bottles by 2025
10:51 pm GMT+12, 16/10/2019, Fiji
As part of its longstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, FIJI Water, the No. 1 premium imported bottled water in the U.S., has announced a multifaceted initiative to transform its use of plastic while promoting a circular economy. The plan is highlighted by an aggressive Read more

Fiji signs MOU for Cyclone insurance to cover most vulnerable citizens
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the Fijian Government have signed an agreement that
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Fresh calls against seabed mining in Cook Islands
Cook Islands Democratic Party is supporting a call for a 10-year moratorium on any seabed mini
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US$33 million project to improve RMI’s maritime infrastructure
Significant planning is already underway to improve the safety, efficiency and climate resilie
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PNG Government sets sights on K200billion by 2029
 Papua New Guinea Prime Minister James Marape has revealed to business houses his longer-
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Sports News
Samoa Rugby Union advertises CEO position
10:57 pm GMT+12, 16/10/2019, Samoa
The Chief Executive Officer of the Samoa Rugby Union, Faleomavaega Vincent Fepulea'i, says he is yet to decide if he should reapply for his job as he counts down to the expiry of his contract.   The position of the SRU Chief Executive Officer has been advertised online, with Read more

Pools and schedule announced for Dubai Sevens
The pools and schedule for the first combined men’s and women’s HSBC World Rugby S
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New Zealand Rugby chairman says Northern Hemisphere powerhouses' treatment of Pacific nations is 'virtually colonialism'
The treatment of rugby’s Pacific nations by Northern Hemisphere powerhouses borders on c
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Why would I step down as Flying Fijians coach: McKee
“Why would I step down as the Flying Fijians coach?”   This w
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Eddies Jones could be Fiji bound
England coach Eddie Jones is contracted to the RFU until the end of 2021 but there is serious
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