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11:30 pm GMT+12, 23/03/2017
 
Frustrated Melanesian nations are concerned their voices are going unheard and blame global politics for intensifying disasters, conflict and food insecurity in the region.   At the conference “Security3: Food Security, Biosecurity and National Security in the Melanesian Arc” held in Canberra last month representatives from the governments of Fiji and the Solomon Islands urged donor countries, including Australia, to take » read more
 
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Preparations for next Pacific Literacy and Numeracy Assessment underway
11:35 pm GMT+12, 23/03/2017, Fiji
Permanent Secretaries and Literacy and Numeracy experts from 15 Pacific Island Ministries of Education are in Fiji this week to discuss crucial aspects of the region’s next numeracy and literacy assessment.   The workshop, convened by the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Read more

IUCN launches 2017 Energy Small Grants Programme
 The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Oceania Regional Office launch
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OP-ED: The Role of Regionalism in Financing Development in the Pacific
By Dr Raymond Prasad   - Last week, Ambassador
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Not a pretty picture: the climate-change threat faced by a small island nation
Tuvalu is a tiny country with an enormous problem.   Aunese Makoi Simati,
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After Presidential Elections, What Next for Timor-Leste?
The new People’s Liberation Party, with its promise of a fresh approach, could make wave
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Business News
Tongan Government needs to find real solutions to the country's economic problems
11:33 pm GMT+12, 23/03/2017, Tonga
The Tongan Government should find the real economic problems facing Tongans, the CEO of Revenue and Customs ‘Anisi Bloomfield said.   Bloomfield said it was time to stop relying on solutions from economic textbooks.   Last month, the government announced that from now on Read more

Fiji Airways, Tourism Fiji Enhance Partnership
Fiji Airways and Tourism Fiji have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work more eff
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Tax change for foreign firms in Fiji
 Any foreign company operating locally will be taxed under Fijian laws and the laws from
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Sugarcane farmers' petition in Fiji disallowed
A petition by canegrowers of Rakiraki seeking Parliament's intervention to get Government
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US$100k confiscated from Taiwanese fishing vessel in Fiji
A total of US$100,000 in cash was confiscated from a Taiwanese fishing vessel in Suva Thursday
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Sports News
Pacific rugby nations get June boost
5:38 pm GMT+12, 23/03/2017, United Kingdom
Pacific Island nations will play five matches against leading rugby union nations during the June international window, World Rugby announced on Thursday.   There has long been criticism that countries such as Fiji, Samoa and Tonga do not face enough tier-one opposition outside of World Read more

FRU has final say on Fiji 7s team to become a franchise
It is currently not possible for the Fiji 7s team to become a franchise.  
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Fiji 7s star back
The Fiji 7s team is likely to bring in 7s rugby deadliest arsenal in its search for a win in t
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Fiji gold weighs heavy on new rugby coach Baber
A year ago Fiji were running away with the World Rugby Sevens Series, about to win a record 16
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More Pacific rugby tests backed to close the gap
The gap between tier one and tier two rugby nations is predicted to keep closing after big cha
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