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06
Jun

Pacific Community Study Finds Wave Energy Feasible In The Region

 

On the eve of World Oceans Day, the Pacific Community (SPC) has released a study confirming that wave energy could be a cost-effective energy resource for Pacific Island countries and territories. Entitled Cost analysis of wave energy in the Pacific, the study analysed wave energy resources in the Pacific and calculated the costs and potential power generation of a wave energy converter in a variety of locations, to determine whether wave energy could be a feasible alternative to fossil fuels.

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Mon
06
Jun

Cook Islands Delegation Attends International Labour Organisation Conference

 

Cook Islands representatives are attending the International Labour Conference, in Geneva, Switzerland, for the first time since becoming a member of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in 2015. The country delegation, led by Secretary of Internal Affairs Bredina Drollet, is fully tripartite including representative participation by Government, Workers and Employers, as required by the Constitution of the ILO.

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Tue
31
May

Habele Founder: Interior Dept. Worsening Bad Situation for Migrants

 

America’s Department of State should replace the Department of the Interior (DOI) as the primary US agency responsible for relations with Micronesia. That’s the argument made by former Peace Corps Volunteer and founder of the “Habele” charity in an opinion column published on May 31st on the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. In his editorial, Mellen cites both the struggles of migrants in the US, as well as failure of DOI –and specifically its Office of Insular of Affairs (OIA)– to effectively “advance social, political and economic develop [within] in Micronesia and the Marshalls,” as indicators of the problem.

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Thu
26
May

Palau Community College Expresses Condolences To Family Of FestPac Participant

Palau Community College
Koror, Palau

May 27, 2016

Palau Community College expresses its deepest condolences to the family, relatives, and friends of the late Murais Sebangiol.

Sebangiol was an employee of Palau Community College where he worked as a heavy equipment operator at the Physical Plant Division. He began working at the college in 2008. Sebangiol is from the state of Melekeok.

During his time at PCC, Sebangiol joined the non-instrumental navigation program in order to learn about the traditional practices of seafaring without the use of modern instruments.

Under the tutelage of Navigator Sesario Sewralur, Sebangiol and the other navigation students learned how to sail the oceans using tradition- al techniques such as analyzing wind conditions and navigating by the stars.

Sebangiol was able to apply his traditional seafaring knowledge by joining the crew of the Alingano Maisu which began its journey from Palau to Guam in March...

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Thu
26
May

Japan Insurance Executives Meet FSM Vice President

FSM Information Services
Palikir, Pohnpei, FSM

May 25, 2016

Vice President Yosiwo P. George received a courtesy call from Bluewell Reinsurance director and president Toshikatsu Konno and Director and secretary, Akira Nakao, Monday in the president’s conference room.

In welcoming Konno and Nakao along with their delegation, George expressed his appreciation for the visit and for Japan’s corporate investment by doing captive insurance business in the FSM.

During the brief meeting, they discussed development efforts through business expansion.

In 2006, the FSM Congress enacted legislation that would allow captive insurance corporations to establish captives in the country.

A number of Japanese-based corporations that have a vested interest in FSM’s growth and development have differentiated the FSM from other domiciles for its unique and favorable tax structure.

The FSM has developed a...

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Thu
26
May

Pacific Climate Change Centre To Begin Construction In June Next Year

Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)
Apia, Samoa

May 25, 2016

The Pacific islands are a step closer to having their very own Pacific Climate Change Centre to be hosted at the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) campus in Apia, Samoa.

A special signing between the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Government of Samoa, with SPREP to finalise the minutes of discussion which marks the end of the preparatory survey took place in Apia today.  This is the final stage before submission to the Cabinet of the Government of Japan in July, followed by the signing of the Exchange of Notes in August.

”The Samoan Government is excited to be part of this project. It reflects the priority the Government attaches to the climate change agenda,” said Lavea Tupaimatuna Iulai Lavea, Chief Executive Officer for the Ministry of Finance of the Government of Samoa. 

“I hope that many Pacific...

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Wed
25
May

U.S. Ambassador Funds Cultural Preservation Project In Samoa

 

The National University of Samoa’s Centre for Samoan Studies is pleased to announce the launch of the U.S. Embassy funded ‘Documentation of Archaeological & Built Heritage Places and Associated Oral Traditions Project’. The aim of the project is to compile a database of Samoa’s known archaeological and built heritage places and their associated histories and oral traditions (as applicable) with the purpose of documenting, conserving and preserving Samoa’s cultural heritage. This will be the first project of this type to be conducted in Samoa.

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Wed
25
May

FSM Aims to Double Revenue From Fisheries Resource

 

A new comprehensive national Fisheries Policy for the Federated States of Micronesia is firmly set on accessing up to $85 million in annual revenues from its “blue gold” oceanic fisheries sector. That figure was flagged amidst all the numbers, data and acronyms dominating a just-ended national Fisheries seminar in FSM. Standout quotes during the seminar included a straight and clear reminder on the reason for the current renewed focus on FSM’s budget-boosting Tuna resources — “Fish is our blue gold.”

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Tue
17
May

Cook Islands Gallery Opens International Show In NZ

Rarotonga’s Bergman Gallery is going international for the first time, presenting the work of artists Mahiriki Tangaroa, Sylvia Marsters and Andy Leleisiúao in special presentation at this year’s Auckland Art Fair in New Zealand. The fair, regarded as one of the most important events on the New Zealand arts calendar, will run at The Cloud, on the Auckland waterfront, from May 26-29. The gallery represents Cook Islands and selected New Zealand artists, and director Ben Bergman said its essential aim is to deliver an "energised" artistic statement, looking at universal human issues within a Pacific context and challenging persistent, yet archaic, first world perceptions of the modern Pacific environment and, by default, the art that is formed within it.

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