News Releases

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'

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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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Thu
05
Jan

Online Map Of Longline Fishing Activity In Cook Islands Not Accurate

 

The Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR) says a tracking map of longline vessels in Cook Islands waters shared on social media recently is not a true reflection of actual fishing activity. The image from Global Fishing Watch (www.globalfishingwatch.org) shows the movements of longline fishing vessels in Cook Islands waters over an unspecified time period, but cannot be verified as being isolated to fishing activity, says MMR.

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Wed
30
Nov

Former Solomon Islands Permanent Rep To UN Is New High Commissioner To Australia

 

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on Monday commissioned the country’s new High Commissioner to Australia, Colin David Beck. The commissioning ceremony held in the Cabinet Chamber was presided over by the Secretary to Cabinet, James Remobatu and Chief of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Kereta Sanga in the presence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Milner Tozaka and Acting Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and External Trade, Joseph Ma’ahanua.

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Mon
07
Nov

New Fellowships for 2017: Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan

 

The East-West Center is pleased to invite applications for the Pacific Islands Leadership Program with Taiwan (PILP) for 2017. Now in its fifth year, the objective of the PILP Fellowship is to empower young leaders from across the Pacific region to exercise leadership and promote cooperation in a variety of cultural, geographical and institutional environments.

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Tue
01
Nov

Solomon Islands Authorities Release 27 Dolphins From Floating Cages

 

A joint-operation over the weekend has led to the release of 27 dolphins held captive from floating cages at Mbungana, Central Islands province. The raid involved Compliance Officers from the Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resources (MFMR) and Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF). This operation was conducted by the Ministry of Fisheries following reports that a certain operator has been holding a number of captured dolphins in floating cages at Mbungana in contravention of the Fisheries Management Act 2015.

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Thu
27
Oct

Cook Islands Opposition Calls For Independent Inquiry Into Tragic Shooting

 

Opposition parliamentary leader Rose Brown says the only way forward for the Cook Islands following last week’s tragic shootings, is to initiate an independent inquiry to address concerns raised by the families and the general public regarding this tragedy. She says the opposition does not agree with the PM’s views that it should be left to government and Justice ministry officials to investigate the incident, because it is a very serious matter involving the loss of life and the participation of two government ministries – Police and Justice.

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Tue
25
Oct

In Effort To Recoup $1.1 Million In Unpaid Bills, Yap Hospital Offers Incentive To Patients

 

The Yap State Department of Health Services wishes to announce that the Yap Memorial Hospital will be actively trying to recoup over $1.1 million dollars owed to the hospital for in-patient debts. From Oct. 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017, the Department of Health Services will forgive 50 percent of every one’s cumulative overdue bill paid by cash or check within this grace period.

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Mon
24
Oct

Cook Islands Prime Minister Responds To Tragic Shooting In Rarotonga

 

“As a new week begins and we approach the anniversary of the arrival of the Gospel to our shores, celebrating this anniversary right across our nation, we take with us also the tragic events that unfolded last week claiming the lives of three people and forever changing our nation.That this week so many of us will be celebrating the arrival of Christianity and how this so greatly changed our society is fortuitous, to say the least. In our prayers, many of us will be pondering the events of last Wednesday, and at the same time thankful for the life, the families and loved ones we have, and for the paradise that we so enjoy each and every day."

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Thu
20
Oct

CNMI Visitor Arrivals Top 500,000; Up 4.5% From Last Year

 

Visitors arrivals to the Northern Mariana Islands increased 10 percent in September 2016 compared to September 2015, bringing total arrivals in fiscal year 2016 to 501,179 visitors—a 4.5 percent increase compared to the previous fiscal year. According to the Marianas Visitors Authority, arrivals to the islands of Saipan, Tinian, and Rota registered 43,264 visitors in September 2016, compared to 39,249 visitors received in September 2015.

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