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Fijian Competition And Consumer Commission Warns Traders Against New! 2020-04-08 23:54:47“We investigated a complaint where a trader refused to sell butter to customers unless they also purchased bread. This was a breach of the FCCC

Residents Of Korotari Crossing In Labasa Worried About New! 2020-04-08 23:33:46"Due to heavy rain, the Korotari River overflowed with muddy water from the mountains with debris," Mr Chand said.

47 Military Vehicles Given By China New! 2020-04-08 23:17:14Chinese Ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo said that the co-operation between the two nations contributed to the capacity building of the RFMF.

$10m On COVID-19 Expenses To Date: Dr Waqainabete New! 2020-04-08 23:12:29“So far, we have used about $10m, some of this money had been given by the government even before the mini-budget. We are looking at $3m from he

One-Off Inter-Island Trip For The Confined In Nearby New! 2020-04-08 23:10:24The Fiji Police Force will allow for a one-off inter-island trip of people which is yet to be confirmed. Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiven

7s Olympic Threat New! 2020-04-08 22:52:49Players had signed contract with overseas clubs and to join them after Tokyo 2020. Now the Games is moved to next year.

Avchial On His Way To Becoming New Millionaire, New! 2020-04-08 22:47:35With support from the Ministry of Forestry and his team at Kemasu Farm in Waidalice, Averyl is now on his way to becoming a millionaire – probab

PNG University Students Breaking Social Gathering Law Fined New! 2020-04-08 21:49:08The group, who were found before 7pm drinking alcohol at a house in Raiwaqa on April 6, were in violation of the prohibition of social gathering.

Three Tell Court They Were Inside Their Home New! 2020-04-08 21:48:54Racagi informed Magistrate Somaratne that he was returning from buying suki (tobacco) when he was arrested around 10:30pm.

Business Link Pacific Offers COVID-19 Subsidy For New! 2020-04-08 21:32:30Business Link Pacific is a New Zealand Government programme supporting private sector development in the Pacific Islands.

Cyclone Harold: Digicel Network Restoration Efforts Underway In New! 2020-04-08 21:29:21Updates of network and service availability will be communicated as they happen on Digicel Fiji’s Facebook page.

Magistrate Orders Dunn To Self-Quarantine 2020-04-08 20:51:37Dunn, who was not present in court, is charged with one count of Malicious Act for allegedly posting on Facebook about positive coronavirus cases.

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Close to 70 percent of Vanuatu's Luganville destroyed New! 2020-04-09 00:12:48The MP for the cyclone-devastated Vanuatu town of Luganville says up to 70 percent of buildings have been destroyed.

Emergency controls tighten on PNG borders New! 2020-04-08 23:59:38Restrictions on access through Papua New Guinea's borders have tightened under extended state of emergency.

Casualties reported in Vanuatu following TC Harold New! 2020-04-08 23:59:06Reports of casualties are coming in after Tropical Cyclone Harold tore through the northern islands of Vanuatu.

Tonga recovering from Cyclone Harold New! 2020-04-08 23:44:27Tonga is now in recovery mode, after Cyclone Harold struck the kingdom earlier today.

SLN staff moved after New Caledonia raid New! 2020-04-08 23:34:44New Caledonia's SLN nickel company says it has transferred some employees and their families to Noumea after a night-time break-in.

President of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands wants bans New! 2020-04-08 22:02:18The president of New Caledonia's Loyalty Islands province Jacques Lalie says in his province the restrictions imposed after the Covid-19 outbreak sho

'Project Sepik' calls for PNG Govt to halt New! 2020-04-08 21:59:21In Wewak a group called 'Project Sepik', says the Papua New Guinea government should say "no" to the proposed Frieda River mining project.

Top health professional sacked for criticising Solomons government New! 2020-04-08 21:48:22The president of the Solomon Islands Medical Association has been sacked for criticising government actions under the Covid-19 state of public emergen

Fiji starts to assess damage post-Cyclone Harold New! 2020-04-08 21:47:12People in Fiji woke today to count their losses following the destruction left behind by Tropical Cyclone Harold.

Four more Covid-19 cases in Tahiti New! 2020-04-08 21:40:32Four more people in French Polynesia have tested positive for Covid-19, raising the total to 51.

TC Harold strengthens overnight to a category five New! 2020-04-08 21:40:31Severe Tropical Cyclone Harold strengthened to a category five cyclone overnight as it moves away from Fiji and heads to the Tonga group with wind gus

Solomons patrol boat withdraws from search for missing 2020-04-08 19:33:27Solomon Islands police have withdrawn their patrol boat 'Gizo' from the search for 21 people still missing after being washed overboard in rough sea

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Solomon Islands: Search for people washed overboard from 2020-04-06 17:00:00The search for more than 20 people who were washed overboard in bad weather is continuing in the Solomon Islands. But the actions of maritime authorit

Cyclone Harold cuts communication in Vanuatu to worst-affected 2020-04-06 17:00:00Tens of thousands of people across Vanuatu have endured another night of destructive wind and rain, as the "monster" category 5 Cyclone Harold batte

Guam records large rise in COVID-19 cases while 2020-04-05 17:00:00The small US territory of Guam had its largest jump yet in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the total to 112 now. Fiji also

Parts of Vanuatu bracing for 'the worst' as 2020-04-05 17:00:00Tens of thousands of people across Vanuatu are hunkering down as a powerful category five cyclone moves slowly across the Pacific island nation. Vanua

Australia promising more for its Pacific COVID-19 response 2020-04-02 16:00:00The Australian government says it will help move more essential medical equipment to Pacific countries to help them prepare for COVID-19, with a forma

From police-enforced curfews to restrictions on free speech, 2020-04-02 16:00:00The coronavirus pandemic has seen governments around the Pacific take increasingly bold measures to halt infection rates. Officials say these steps ar

New Zealanders grateful for JobKeeper support, but fear 2020-04-02 16:00:00New Zealand citizens in Australia welcome their inclusion in the Government's new JobKeeper scheme, but some fear more vulnerable New Zealanders are

Pacific seasonal workers left in coronavirus limbo in 2020-04-01 16:00:00The coronavirus pandemic has left a group of Pacific seasonal workers stuck in limbo in Australia unable to work and unable to return home.

US sailors from a COVID-19 riddled warship allowed 2020-04-01 16:00:00Thousands of sailors from a US navy aircraft carrier, that's riddled with COVID-19, will be brought onto the tiny Pacific island of Guam, after the s

Homeless in Guam more vulnerable during lockdown 2020-03-31 16:00:00Two homeless people are among the 77 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Guam -- raising concerns about the spread of the virus among that community.

Pacific Beat Wednesday 2020-03-31 16:00:00On the program: The Western Pacific head of the World Health Organisation warns the region to be ready for a long battle and two homeless people are a

WHO Pacific head tells countries to prepare for 2020-03-31 16:00:00As Guam confirmed it's second death related to COVID-19 Tuesday night, the head of the World Health Organisation for the Western Pacific warned the r


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