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Wed
06
Jul

Journalists Association Of Samoa Moves To Set Up Media Council

 

JAWS has started the process of establishing a Media Council to receive and investigate complaints from the public about media coverage. After its first meeting this week, the Executive has decided to call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from media personnel and members of the public who wish to be members of the Media Council. The call for Expressions of Interest is to ensure transparency and accountability in the process of selecting Council members.

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Tue
05
Jul

PREL Launches Online Pacific Storytellers Cooperative

 

Pacific Resources for Education and Learning is excited to announce the launch of the Pacific Storytellers Cooperative, an internet platform for place-based stories from all Pacific Islands to be shared with a global audience. This multimedia effort embraces the rich Pacific storytelling heritage and brings it into the internet age.

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Tue
28
Jun

Discussions Between Solomon Islands, Australia For Post-RAMSI Development Assistance Program Begin

 

Honiara and Canberra have commenced dialogue on the design of a new development assistance programme to succeed Australia’s development assistance programme to Solomon Islands through the Regional Assistance Mission in the post-RAMSI era. Australian development assistance programme through RAMSI focusses on the strengthening of the police and correctional services, judicial system and governance machinery.

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Mon
27
Jun

Samoa Ombudsman Responds To Complaints Against Samoa Observer

 

The Office of the Ombudsman has received a number of complaints in relation to the article “Suicide in Church Hall” which was published on the front page of the Sunday Samoan on 19 June 2016. Many of the complaints the Office received requested the Ombudsman to initiate an inquiry into the Samoa Observer, the publisher of the Sunday Samoan. The Office of the Ombudsman has the power to investigate matters of good-governance in public administration and to promote and protect human rights in Samoa. 

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Mon
27
Jun

President Obama Urged To Create Worlds Largest Marine Reserve

 

Scientists attending the International Coral Reef Symposium (ICRS) in Honolulu, Hawaii released a joint letter to President Barack Obama on June 24 emphasizing the international marine science community’s unified support for expanding the Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. “The decision is scientifically supported and provides substantial hope of leaving a legacy of ocean resources and benefits for future generations,” said Dr. Robert Richmond, director of the Kewalo Marine Laboratory at the University of Hawaii and the convener of the ICRS. “The international marine conservation science community is unified in our support to expand the monument.”

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Thu
16
Jun

EU, Samoa Sign $22.7 Million Water And Sanitation Deal

 

The European Union and Government of Samoa sign a new Agreement for €20.2 million/SAT 58 million [US$22.7 million] in Water and Sanitation  The European Union (EU) and the Government of Samoa have signed a Financing Agreement for a value of SAT 58 million (€20.2 million) on the occasion of the Prime Minister attending the European Development Day summit in Brussels. The Agreement was signed by the Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and the European Union Commissioner for International Cooperation & Development Mr. Neven Mimica on Wednesday the 15th of June.

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Wed
15
Jun

Cook Islands PM To Launch New National Sustainable Development Plan

 

Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna and Finance minister Mark Brown will launch the new National Sustainable Development Plan (NSDP) 2016-2020 at the Office of the Prime Minister on Thursday morning. The event marks the third iteration of the National Sustainable Development Plan which looks to encapsulate the aspirations and ambitions of our entire country over a five-year period into a single document.

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Mon
13
Jun

SPREP Signs Host Country Agreement With Fiji, Formalizing Suva Office

 

The Government of Fiji and the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) today signed a Host Country Agreement, formalising the establishment of a SPREP office in Fiji.  Minister for Foreign Affairs Ratu Inoke Kubuabola and SPREP Director General Kosi Latu signed the agreement in Suva today. Minister Kubuabola said the signing marked a new chapter in the partnership between the Fijian Government and SPREP.  Minister Kubuabola said the Government of Fiji was committed to its obligations towards regional organisations such as SPREP.   He said the signing of the agreement was a testament to that.

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Thu
09
Jun

Cooks Islands, Kiribati Looking To Improve Labor Relations

Government of the Cook Islands
Rarotonga, Cook Islands

June 9, 2016

Furthering labour relations between the two Pacific Island nations was the focus of bilateral discussions between the Cook Islands and Kiribati governments on June 6.

Central to the discussions was the proposed Manihiki Pearl Divers Initiative Scheme that is currently being developed between the Manihiki pearl farmers, the Ministry of Marine Resources and the Kiribati Government.

“We were able to continue the discussions initiated by the Ministry of Marine Resources regarding this labour initiative and in particular the necessary protections for workers as well as the benefits to the Manihiki pearl farmers," said secretary of Internal Affairs, Bredina Drollet. Kiribati took the opportunity to outline several training initiatives delivered in Kiribati relating to the hospitality industry.

The Cook Islands noted that with shortages in the tourism sector there may be potential...

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Wed
08
Jun

World Bank Approves $16.62 Million To Expand Samoa's International Airport Aviation Project

 

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$16.62 million credit to the Independent State of Samoa to expand the scope of work under the Samoa Aviation Investment Project, further advancing the objective of improved safety and security of international air transport and associated infrastructure.

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