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Food prices are rising across the world. What initially seemed to be a temporary spike as supply chains shut down in the early days of the pandemic now appears to be here to stay. The FAO’s Food Price Index hit its highest point in a decade in May 2021, reflecting surging prices for oils, sugar and cereals, along with high but stable prices for meat and dairy produce. In June and July the index fell, but remains up by over 30% year-on-year.

Badly damaged buildings near Vanuatu's capital of Port Vila on April 7, 2020, after Tropical Cyclone Harold swept through. Source: AFP

The tiny low-lying Pacific island of Vanuatu said Saturday it will lead a global campaign to get a landmark legal opinion from the UN’s top court on the consequences of global warming.

Pacific Advocate - New Caledonia

New Caledonia’s road to independence from France looks promising with Louis Mapou (Louis Mapou élu in French) elected as the first Kanak president on July 8.

President of the republic of Nauru, His Excellency Honourable Lionel Rouwen Aingimea M.P.

The University of the South Pacific (USP) with over 50 years wealth of experience in higher education, stands as a pinnacle of Pacific Regionalism given that it is jointly owned by the governments of 12 Pacific Island countries

UFO on Starbuck Island in Kiribati. Photo: Google Earth

A Reddit user says he has spotted a mysterious object in the Pacific which he believes to be a crashed unidentified flying object (UFO). The object was spotted on Google Earth.

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One of the largest scale renewable energy projects in the Pacific, Tina Hydro project is progressing in Solomon Islands despite the threat of the coronavirus pandemic and protests from landowners.

Former Samoan prime minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi. Photo: Facebook

Defeated Samoan prime minister Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi has proven that leaders who throw a tantrum when they are beaten in a democratic election and can’t accept they lost, aren’t limited to America.

The interests of Guam in upgrading our membership and participation in the Pacific Islands Forum is based on our desire to have greater interaction with the other subregions of the Pacific

A former United States congressman for Guam says Pacific Islands Forum leaders need to set their own house in order before worrying about external forces.

THIS WEEK IN PICTURES

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Players of Fiji react at the awarding ceremony after rugby sevens men's gold medal match between Fiji and New Zealand at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, on July 28, 2021. Photo: Wang Yuguo / Xinhua via AFP

Fiji defended their Olympic rugby sevens title with an entertaining 27-12 victory over New Zealand at the Tokyo Stadium on Wednesday.

Fiji's players react after winning the men's final rugby sevens match between New Zealand and Fiji during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Stadium in Tokyo on July 28, 2021.

Fiji defended their rugby sevens title with an action-packed 27-12 victory over New Zealand at the Tokyo Stadium on Wednesday.

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Although the Fijians showed poise and grit against the All Blacks over the weekend in Dunedin, the 23-57 loss exposed the continual slide of the three rugby powerhouses in the Pacific – Fiji, Tonga and Samoa.

Steven Gamu during a match in Australia. Photo: PNG American Football Federation.

A new sport will soon try and make its mark in PNG and will target the core of PNG sport.

WORLD

TRAVEL

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Palau’s Minister of Health, Emais Roberts, said the country was COVID free and one of the first Pacific nations to have completed their vaccine rollout.

Palau Minister of Health Dr. Emais Roberts with the first person to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in the country, Dr. Sylvia Osarch. Photo Credit: Palau Ministry of Health

Niue’s Health Minister, Sauni Tongatule, says 97 per cent of Niueans have now been administered with their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine roll-out, which took place in early June.

Muri Beach Club Hotel staff excited to welcome guests to Rarotonga Photo Suplied

Cook Islands’ tourism outlook for the next six months is positive, says the country’s Tourism Corporation chief executive officer Halatoa Fua.

Pictured: Governor David Y. Ige Photo Credit: State of Hawaii Government

The State of Hawaii has opened its borders to French Polynesian visitors from June 21 on the condition they have been tested negative from the Nucleic Acid Amplification Test (NAAT), 72 hours before departure.

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