Nov 26, 2020 Last Updated 3:47 AM, Nov 26, 2020

Whispers

  • Nov 26, 2020
  • Published in May

What has precipitated the quick and quiet departure of the Chief Executive of USP’s Pacific Technical and Further Education CEO, Dr. Hasmukh Lal? The Marshall Islands SOV soldiers on, Micronesia represents at the Pacific Islands Forum, and a Fiji resort is in court.

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Whispers

  • Nov 26, 2020
  • Published in March

SINU secrets, new blood at regional organisations, fake pro-Indonesian sites, COVID-19’s other health impacts.

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More manoueverings at USP, will Fiji go to this year’s Festival of Pacific Arts, agency head expense accounts are under scrutiny.

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Whispers

  • Nov 26, 2020
  • Published in Sep-Oct

No UN trip for Marape PNG’s Prime Minister James Marape gave the United Nations General Assembly meeting a miss in September, saying it would cost US$352,800 to send him and 55 officials. Marape told local media he had directed that travel for most of the delegation be cancelled, as the expense was unjustifiable. Marape sent the Foreign Minister in his place. Other Pacific Island states however sent large delegations to New York.

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Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu are amongst the 20 best island nations to survive a global pandemic according to a new study by Adapt Research. Australia and New Zealand top the list, with Fiji coming in at 13th, Solomon Islands at 17th and Vanuatu at 20th.The study authors said it’s more and more likely that an infectious disease could be released on purpose or by accident, wreaking havoc on humankind and the global economy. 

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Whispers

  • Nov 26, 2020
  • Published in August
Fiji’s show of support for Lam Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam was in the midst of dealing with massive protests against Hong Kong residents opposing her extradition bill as we went to print, but still had time to meet Fiji’s Trade Minister Premila Kumar. Kumar met Lam on August 15, and reassured her of Fiji’s support for the ‘One China Policy’ and ‘One Country, Two Systems’ for Hong Kong. There’s no sign that the protests will abate at this point, and the political troubles have led to the cancellation of two conferences that were due to be held in Fiji as organisers were not willing to risk participants having to transit through Hong Kong airport.

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Jeers, not cheers Texan brewers, the Manhattan Project Beer Company have come under fire for naming a beer ‘Bikini Atoll’. Marshall Islanders continue to live with the legacy of US nuclear tests on the atoll, and say the name is insensitive. The company has defended itself by saying it didn’t mean to trivialise the nuclear tests and “is creating awareness of the wider impacts” of nuclear test programs, although it’s hard to see how that aligns with the endless photos of artistically-placed beer cans and bikinis that populate its social media channels
 

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