Today's Pacific News - Sunday, March 19, 2017

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France And French Polynesia Sign Development Accord

 

The French President, Francois Hollande has signed a development accord with French Polynesia's President Edouard Fritch, the Elysee Accord, a precursor to the Papeete accord which is in preparation but hasn't been signed yet.

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PNG And Bougainville To Sign MOU Regarding Drawdown Of Powers For Region’s Public Service

 

Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government will sign a memorandum of understanding on the drawdown of powers specifically for the public service in the region.

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Samoa Sergeant Quits Force, Breaks Silence Over Handling Of Police Commissioner's Case

 

A Police Sergeant who investigated the case, which led to the first lot of charges against the Police Commissioner, has resigned.

Sergeant Siripa Uelese, who interviewed and compiled a file of witnesses in the case where a member of the public was wrongfully arrested at the Fugalei Market, quit two weeks ago after she was suspended in the wake of developments involving the Police and the National Prosecution Office (N.P.O). In breaking her silence during an interview with the Sunday Samoan, Siripa said she wants people to know the “other side of the story.” 

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French Polynesia’s Temaru Out Of Contention For French Presidential Election

 

French Polynesia's Oscar Temaru has failed in his bid to be a candidate in next month's French presidential election.

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Connectivity Challenges Hinder Development In The Pacific Region

 

A lot of challenges have been discussed on the importance of connectivity in the Southwest Pacific Dialogue second sub-regional workshop on connectivity development.

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Samoa Minister Says The Gov Will Fight For Cheaper Electricity In Dispute With Singapore-Based Power Provider

 

The Minister of Works, Transport and Infrastructure, Papali’i Niko Lee Hang, says it is important for the government to stand up to the threat by First Solar. The Singapore-based company has threatened the government over a dispute in the treatment of V.A.G.S.T in the existing Power Purchase Agreement (P.P.A.).

In a letter, it has accused the Electric Power Corporation (E.P.C), and the Office of the Regulator (O.O.T.R.) over a proposal to enforce new feed-in-tariff (FiT) regulations, violating an agreement they had already signed.

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Solomons PM Clarifies Role Of Anti-Corruption Taskforce Janus As Investigatory

 

The role of Taskforce Janus is only to do investigation.

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare was explaining in parliament the fundamental role of Taskforce Janus during deliberations on the Anti-Corruption Strategy recently.

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Pioneering Cooks Clothing Company In Strife Over Taxes

 

A pioneering Cook Islands clothing company and its sole owner have been fined $112,000 for failing to make PAYE payments to Inland Revenue over a 10-year period.

Businesswoman Ellena Tavioni-Pittman faced eight charges of aiding and abetting her company Tav to deduct PAYE from employees’ salaries which was then used for other purposes. Tav also faced eight charges of knowingly applying PAYE deductions and diverting the employee’s money elsewhere.

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PNG Manufacturers Council Back PNG Trade Minister’s Call To Cut Trade Ties With Fiji

 

The Manufacturers Council of Papua New Guinea has welcomed Trade, Commerce and Industry Minister Richard Maru’s call to cut trade ties with Fiji.

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Mass Brawl Between Refugees And Guards Erupts On PNG’s Manus Island

 

A brawl between refugees and their guards broke out at the detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island on Saturday, when a dispute over food turned violent.

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