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Mon
20
Feb

Micronesia Conservation Trust Provides $435,000 To Palau Protected Areas Network

 

On Jan. 31, 2017, the Micronesia Conservation Trust or MCT board approved a resolution instructing its Investment Advisor, Raymond James, to disburse $435,362 to the Palau Protected Areas Network or PAN Fund (www.palaupanfund.org/).

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Sun
19
Feb

American Samoa Community Health Centers Approved As Medicaid Provider

 

Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga in a major milestone for American Samoa announces a key achievement for his administration — American Samoa has obtained approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), to enable the DOH Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and its community health centers to be a Medicaid provider. This means that the FQHC located in Tafuna and its community centers in Leone, Amouli, Ta'u and Ofu will be eligible for reimbursement from Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funds.

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Thu
16
Feb

FSM Trust Fund Returns Nearly 10% In 2016; Balance Over $94 Million

 

The FSM secretary of the Department of Finance & Administration, Sihna Lawrence, has announced that the FSM trust fund ended calendar year 2016 with a total balance of $94.12 million, including the state accounts established by Public Law 18-107. The trust fund national account achieved a total return of 9.81 percent for the year. The FSM Congress in 2016 through appropriations, contributed to the trust fund, a total of $19.26 million (inclusive of FY 2016 and FY 2017 appropriations), and investment gains were over $7 million as of the year ending Dec. 31, 2016. Management fees and expenses totaled around 0.38 percent of the overall fund.

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Thu
09
Feb

Australia Workshops Help To Strengthen Democratic Processes In Solomon Islands

 

Australia is helping to strengthen democratic processes in Solomon Islands with workshops for political parties in Honiara this week and next. The Australian Electoral Commission is delivering two Building Resources in Democracy, Governance and Elections (BRIDGE) workshops in partnership with the Solomon Islands Political Parties Commission and Electoral Commission.

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Tue
07
Feb

Crowdfunding Legal Group Takes On US Territory Voting Rights Issue

 

Plaintiffs from Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico are making an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit arguing that where you live shouldn’t impact your right to vote for President. The Segovia v. Chicago Board of Elections Commissioners’ appeal is now receiving extra support after a new crowdfunding platform, CrowdJustice, selected the case as part of its United States launch. CrowdJustice, founded in the United Kingdom in 2015, helps raise funds for individuals, communities and non-profits seeking justice in the legal system.

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Thu
02
Feb

CNMI Visitor Arrivals For December Up 42%; Third Highest Number In History

Visitor arrivals to the Northern Mariana Islands catapulted by 42 percent in December 2016 compared to December 2015. According to the Marianas Visitors Authority, arrivals to the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota registered 58,412 visitors in December 2016, compared to 41,128 visitors received in December 2015. This was the third highest recorded December arrivals in NMI history, with the highest recorded in December 1997 with 63,318 arrivals.

 

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Tue
24
Jan

Opposition Leaders In Fiji Engage In Coalition Talks

Fiji Labour Party
Suva, Fiji

Januayr 25, 2017

The leaders of SODELPA, Fiji Labour Party and the United Fiji Freedom Party met in Suva yesterday to continue their discussions on forging a coalition of opposition political parties to contest the 2018 general elections.

In attendance were party leaders Sitiveni Rabuka, Mahendra Chaudhry and Jagath Karunaratne.

Speaking on behalf of the parties, Mr Chaudhry said that the meeting agreed to:

  • Draw up a memorandum of agreement to be executed by the leaders of the participating parties
  • Work on a coalition manifesto to be concluded in consultation with and the agreement of  all participating parties
  • Address the immediate issues connected with the 2018 elections, including appointment of members of the new Electoral Commission.
  • Pursue the reinstatement of single member constituencies.
  • Continue dialogue with leaders of other opposition parties and proposed
  • ...
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Thu
19
Jan

Marianas Visitors Authority Unveils 'Paradise For Everyone' Campaign In Korea

 

The Marianas Visitors Authority’s 2017 marketing campaign “Paradise for Everyone” was officially launched and shared with 230 major travel trade partners in Korea this month. Large banners with stunning images of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota greeted representatives of travel agencies, airlines, media, and other industry partners at the launch events on Jan. 9 in Seoul and Jan. 10 in Busan, the second largest city in Korea.

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Tue
17
Jan

Pacific Freedom Forum Calls For Reversal Of Shutdown Of AM Radio in French Polynesia

 

France must rethink its shutdown of AM radio broadcasting in Polynesia, says PFF, the Pacific Freedom Forum. “People in the outer islands of French Polynesia are rightly complaining against the closure,” says PFF Chair Monica Miller. “France must rethink its decision if it values the lives of all its citizens.” Miller says that France is ignoring the safety of outer islanders who rely on a strong AM signal from Radio Polynésie Première for emergencies, especially during frequent cyclones.

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Mon
09
Jan

Marshall Islands, Former Minister DeBrum Named 'Arms Control Person Of The Year'

Arms Control Association
1313 L Street NW, Suite 130
Washington, DC 20005

January 9, 2017

The Republic of the Marshall Islands and its former Foreign Minister Tony de Brum, garnered the highest number of votes in an online poll to determine the "2016 Arms Control Person of the Year." Over 1,850 individuals from 63 countries participated in the selection.
 
Ten individuals and groups were nominated by the staff of the Arms Control Association for their leadership in advancing effective arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament solutions or for raising awareness of the threats posed by mass casualty weapons during the past year.
 
The government of the Marshall Islands and Ambassador de Brum were nominated for pursuing a formal legal case in the International Court of Justice in The Hague against the world's nuclear-armed states for their failure to initiate nuclear disarmament negotiations in violation of Article VI of the 1968...

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