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PNG Landowners To Be Responsible For Landslide Cleanups

Residents along Highlands Highway will be asked to clear road

By James Apa Gumuno

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (The National, Dec. 30, 2013) – Papua New Guinea landowners will be held responsible for landslips along the Highlands Highway, Acting Assistant Police Commissioner Martin Lakari says.

They would be asked to clear the slips or landslides under armed police supervision if they deliberately caused the problem, he said.

Lakari said some landslips or landslides were caused by man and not by natural means.

Over the year, people living beside the road deliberately diverted the river onto the road to cause landslides, he said.

"If police see that any landslips or landslides along the road caused by man, the landowners will be asked to clear the road and fix the road at their own expenses," Lakari said.

"If not, they would be arrested and charged accordingly."

His warning comes after people living along the road diverted...

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Am. Samoa Immigration Board May Suspend Entry Permits

Vice chairman says local sponsors to blame for problems

By Joyetter Feagaimaalii-Luamanu

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, Dec. 30, 2013) – Vice Chairman of the Immigration Board, Senator Tuiasina Esera is looking at "temporarily suspending" the entry permits for Asians and other foreigners into American Samoa, while the entry permits for those of the Independent State of Samoa will be exempted from this move.

He told Samoa News last Friday this is the proposal he has in mind, so the Immigration Board can focus on the current overload of files they have on foreigners; and, at the same time, they can maybe account for how many Asians are currently in the territory, because he’s certain that there’s no accurate count at the moment.

Another issue the Vice Chair is vocal about is the current statute allowing foreigners who are permanent residents to sponsor other foreigners. "This law should change, we should not allow Asians to sponsor, because...

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Electoral Laws Forthcoming, Fiji Attorney General Reminds

Elections office working on ‘nitty gritty details’: Sayed-Khaiyum

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, , 2013) – Fiji’s Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says time is being spent to draw up the electoral laws for the 2014 elections because of the need to ensure that it is thorough.

He said the Elections Office wants to capture as much as possible the nitty gritty details of conducting a successful one-day elections including options that may be considered in the event that some voters are not able to vote where they lived.

"A lot of it depends on the logistics," Sayed-Khaiyum said.

"As you know in previous elections the regulations weren’t as thorough as it should have been."

One such option considered by the elections office is advanced voting where these people including seamen, bus drivers are able to vote in advance.

"We need to make arrangements for them to be able to vote also.

"For others they will vote on the day. We also need employers...

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Guam Sees Spate Of Thefts Over Weekend

Tourists, one resident targeted in 3 separate incidents

By Gina Tabonares-Reilly

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, Dec. 31, 2013) – Three robberies on Guam, two of which victimized tourists and one that left a female resident injured, were reported over the weekend.

Guam Police Department spokesman Officer A.J. Balajadia said the first victim was a 21-year-old female Norwegian who was robbed in Tamuning by an armed male with a Caucasian female.

The victim told police she is visiting her boyfriend, a member of the U.S. Navy stationed on Guam. She said she was at a club with her boyfriend on Dec. 28 at about 2:02 a.m. when they got into an argument and the victim left. She was walking along Route 14 in Tumon toward the Hilton Guam Resort & Spa.

She said that as she was walking up the hill toward Bishop Flores Loop, she was offered a ride by a female Caucasian who was driving a white SUV. Inside the vehicle was a male passenger who was...

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Solomon Islands Police Equipment Procurement Questioned

Government urged to investigate purchase of uniforms, footwear

By Solomon Lofana, journalism student on attachment

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Dec. 31, 2013) – The Solomon Islands government is urged to launch an investigation into the purchase and procurement of police uniforms, shoes, and boots.

This followed revelations that uniforms bought from a Fijian supplier were three times the size of serving officers, while the shoes and boots were of the lowest quality.

Officers who spoke to the Sunday Star after the story came out on Friday said they feared "dirty dealings" may have been involved.

"I think the government needs to seriously look into this matter," one officer told the Sunday Star.

"My fear is this may be another scandal as the one uncovered in the Ministry of Health recently," the officer added.

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Former CNMI Senator’s Lawyer Asks To Reschedule Hearing

Former CNMI Senator’s Lawyer Asks To Reschedule Hearing More time asked for Ayuyu to review sentencing recommendation

By Andrew O. De Guzman

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, Dec. 31, 2013) – A lawyer of former Rota Sen. Juan M. Ayuyu is asking the federal court to reschedule the sentencing hearing for the former CNMI lawmaker.

Guam attorney David Lujan requested that Ayuyu’s Jan. 3, 2014 sentencing hearing be moved to Feb. 18, 2014 to allow him sufficient time to thoroughly review the final sentencing recommendation.

Lujan told the federal court that his client just recently received the final sentencing recommendation filed by the US Probation Office on Dec. 27, 2013.

Lujan added that he is currently waiting for the verdict on a jury trial with jury deliberations that begun on Dec. 2, 2013 to the present date. Lujan submitted his four-page motion and declaration yesterday.

The motion was "made in the interests of justice, to enable...

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Men Must Lead Fight Against Violence In Fiji: Minister

Jiko Luveni says domestic violence is a public issue

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 30, 2013) – The minister in charge of women's affairs in Fiji says men must lead the way when it comes to eliminating violence against women and children.

Dr Jiko Luveni has announced the government is extending its Zero Tolerance, Violence Free Community Campaign, which so far involves 60 communities, and 30 more will have the opportunity to join next year.

Dr Luveni says she is concerned about the results of a recent survey which found about 70 percent of women in Fiji suffer from some form of violence by their husband or partner.

She says it is a public issue and the campaign empowers women to report cases.

"People have not had the confidence to report to the police because of the embarrassment attached to it. This is why we mounted a campaign changing our approach. The community takes ownership of the campaign led by men so that...

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Marshalls Utility Moving To Expand Solar Power Usage

MEC seeking funds for home units and solar-to-grid projects

By Giff Johnson

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (Marianas Business Journal, Dec. 30, 2013) – The Marshall Islands is working to expand the use of solar energy to power homes and businesses in the two urban centers. After years of focusing to provide home and community solar energy systems for remote outer islands, government attention is shifting to the country's two cities, where about 75% of the population lives.

The Marshalls Energy Co. (MEC) - the government's power utility that operates power plants using diesel fuel in Majuro, Ebeye and two outer islands - is seeking funding from Taiwan and the United States for a two-prong plan to lower its use of diesel, while reducing power bills of local residents. This involves providing home solar units and developing larger solar-to-grid projects.

Maintaining business viability after years of financial losses is a huge challenge for the MEC. Its core...

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Operator Bashes Local Fishing Excise Tax In Am. Samoa

Despite legal opinion, ASG treasurer won’t waive 5% tax

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (The Samoa News, Dec. 30, 2013) – A member of the Tautai o Samoa Fishing and Longline Association, who is a boat owner and also the wife of a longline boat owner, has described the decision by the American Samoa government’s (ASG) Treasurer Dr. Falema’o ‘Phil’ Pili not to waive at this time the 5% excise tax on fish caught by the local longline fishing fleet in the territory’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), as "ridiculous and outrageous."

Despite a recently issued legal opinion by the Attorney General’s Office waiving the excise tax, Falema’o told Samoa News last week he has no plans to waive the 5% excise tax on fish at this time, adding that one of the difficulties in waiving the tax is the problem with determining which catches are caught...

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Pacific Plan Review Team Suggests ‘Deeper Regionalism’

Review recommends manageable priorities, reactive approach

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 30, 2013) – A team which spent much of 2013 reviewing the Pacific Island Forum's Pacific Plan says the document should be renamed the New Framework for Pacific Regionalism.

The review team, headed by former Papua New Guinea prime minister, Sir Mekere Morauta, has now released its full report, which also includes recommendations for a shake-up in the way the Forum's secretariat is managed.

Don Wiseman has more:

"The review was undertaken to ensure the nearly ten year old Pacific Plan remains the driver of regional integration and co-operation. Through consultations around the region the review team found the Plan had lost much of its impact. Sir Mekere says a bigger, better, deeper process of regionalism is called for. Their report says...

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