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Wed
24
May

Yap State High School Students Exhibit Advanced Robotics Skills

 

Elaborate cultural dances and seafaring canoes have made the Micronesian Islands of Yap famous, but this month it was the ultra-advanced Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math skills of local students on display. An annual competition and exhibition organized by Yap Catholic High School drew nearly 200 community members who came to watch and support 70 high school student participants.

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Tue
23
May

American Samoa Retains DC Lobbyist To Push For Medicaid Solutions

 

In a letter to Congresswoman Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen, Governor Lolo Matalasi Moliga has informed the Delegate that he has retained Taylor Strategies to help advance a legislative solution to the ACA Medicaid funding deadline coming up in FY 2019. Lolo’s immediate priority for Congressional action is the extension of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care ACT "PPACA" funding, lifting or increasing the Medicaid cap and improving the FMAP local matching percentage for the Medicaid program. These statutory provisions apply only to the territories under the Social Security Act that established Medicaid.

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Thu
18
May

EU, 79 ACP Nations Reaffirm Strong Commitment To Paris Climate Agreement

European Union
African, Caribbean and Pacific
Bonn, Germany

May 18, 2017

The European Union and 79 African, Caribbean and Pacific developing countries, who together make up more than half of the signatories to the Paris Agreement on climate change, today reaffirmed their strong and steadfast commitment to full implementation of the agreement, urging all partners to keep up the momentum created in 2015.

The EU and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) made the call at a UN climate change conference taking place in Bonn, ahead of the upcoming G7 and G20 leaders’ summits and the next annual UN climate negotiations (COP23) in November, which will gather world governments to turn the global climate commitments into action.

The ACP Group and EU have agreed common positions on the next steps to implement the Paris Agreement and strengthened cooperation to promote low-emission, climate-resilient development. As an example of this...

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Tue
16
May

Marking Drawdown Milestone, RAMSI Has Visited All Provincial Governments

 

Marking another major milestone in the drawdown of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), senior representatives of the Solomon Islands Government, Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) and RAMSI have now visited, thanked and farewelled all nine provincial governments and assemblies, the Honiara City Council and the National Parliament.

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Mon
15
May

Foundation Stone Laid For Construction Of Chinese Funded School In Cook Islands

 

New ground has been developed in the partnership between the People’s Republic of China and the Cook Islands government as the foundation stone is laid for the new Apii Nikao today. “Never before,” said prime minister Henry Puna, “has a donor partner allowed the design, build and specifications of a project to be determined by the recipient country as is the case with this project, but it accurately reflects the deepening relationship and trust between our two nations.

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Sun
14
May

RMI President Delivers Keynote Address At Kwajalein Education Summit

 

A first of its kind, the Kwajalein Atoll Education Summit took place April 26 and 27 on Ebeye Island, Kwajalein Atoll, in the Republic of the Marshall Islands or RMI. The summit was themed “Charting our Course: Our Child, Our Hope” and provided a venue for meaningful presentations, workshops and dialogue to take place around improving education for the children of Kwajalein Atoll.

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Sun
14
May

Wesley Simina Returns As Speaker Of 20th FSM Congress

 

The first regular session of the 20th Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia has convened and reorganized its leadership, re-electing Sen. Wesley W. Simina as speaker. The leadership of the FSM Congress is comprised of the presiding officers and the chairmen of the seven congressional committees.

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Tue
09
May

Pacific Countries Look To Participate In Global Internet Governance Discussions

 

Government delegates from 16 Pacific countries including the Cook Islands have attended a workshop aimed at overcoming barriers to participating in global internet governance discussions, such as those taking place within the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) community. The two-day capacity development workshop, themed “Harnessing the Potential of the Pacific GAC Representatives for Better Participation in ICANN,” took place on April 28-29 in Nadi, Fiji. 

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Fri
05
May

Statement By Hatanga Limited Re: Eviction In Solomon Islands And Related Violence

STATEMENT BY HATANGA LIMITED RE: EVICTION

By Jay Bartlett – GM Hatanga

Hatanga Limited would like to respond to the numerous postings that have been made by various individuals on social media, particularly on the Forum Solomon Islands – International Facebook page relating to the eviction of illegal settlers on land under the legal ownership (“subject land”) of Hatanga Limited (“Hatanga”).

OWNERSHIP OF THE SUBJECT LAND

Firstly, without laboring too much on the specifics of the subject land, Hatanga wishes to simply highlight that it has been the lawful owner of the subject land for the last 20 years. During this time, Hatanga has carried out considerable civil works development on the subject land including the construction of roads, utility services and sub-divisions on the subject land.

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Tue
02
May

PANG Releases Report On Impacts Of PACER-Plus Trade Deal

Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) 
Suva, Fiji

May 2, 2017

With the PACER-Plus regional free trade agreement back in the news recently, the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG) has released a new guide which they say will allow Pacific Islanders to better understand the impacts of the recently concluded deal.

The Peoples’ Guide to PACER-Plus, released by the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG), explains the history of the talks and the key impacts that the legal binding texts will have on people, culture, livelihoods and the environment.

“PACER-Plus will have major impacts in the Pacific and it’s critical that every Pacific Islander has the opportunity to know how it will affect them not just today but into the future when government’s policy space is constrained.

“The Peoples’ Guide to PACER-Plus breaks down the key technical...

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