Today's Pacific News - Thursday, August 10, 2017

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CNMI Governor: Amid North Korea Tensions 'Now Is The Time To Rally Behind President Trump’

 

Govenor Ralph D.L.G. Torres on Thursday expressed full trust and confidence in President Donald Trump’s leadership amid mounting tensions with North Korea.

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PNG Police Chief To Invite PM For Interview Over Fraud Allegations

 

PNG's Police Commissioner says he will invite prime minister Peter O'Neill to come in for an interview over fraud allegations. In a statement, Gary Baki welcomed this week's National Court ruling that upheld the legality of the arrest warrant issued for Mr O'Neill in 2014.

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Hawaii, Guam Get More Funds To Abate Compact Impact

 

The Department of the Interior has made available two technical assistance grants totaling $467,095 to support one-stop centers in Guam and Hawaii that provide information and services to migrants from the freely associated states.

The amounts will go to the “Micronesia Resource Center” in Guam and the “We are Oceania Hālau Ola” in Hawaii, according to acting Interior assistant secretary Nikolao Pula. These centers help citizens of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, and Palau.

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PNG Government Has At Least Six Constitutional Amendments To Pass In Parliament

 

The Government has at least six constitutional amendments to pass in Parliament, including the controversial increase in nomination fee.

And it needs total Opposition support because these amendments need absolute majority of 74 votes, which the Government does not have.

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Aug

Fiji Jobless Stats Lowest In 15 Years

 

 The Fiji Bureau of Statistics has released preliminary findings of an employment survey done last year which it says shows unemployment is at 5.5 per cent - the lowest rate in 15 years.

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Vanuatu Opposition Concerned By Pre-Presidential Election Political Lobbying

 

 The opposition in Vanuatu says it's concerned by lobbying that preceded last month's presidential election.

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Five Percent Of Samoa’s Population Is Without Water

 

Samoa may be leading in many development areas in the Pacific, but 5% of the country’s population it without regular water supply.

“Five percent of villages have not had water for years, and this is the challenge we hope to rectify soon,” said Papali’i Helen Lei Sam, a Samoa Water Authority Engineer.

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North Korean Threats Already Affecting Guam Tourism

 

The recent escalation in threats from North Korea appears to be having a mixed effect on South Korean tourism to Guam.

The island receives about 1.3 million tourists per year, primarily from Asia. Surging visitor arrivals from South Korea this year have made the country Guam's main visitor market, surpassing Japan. For July, Guam saw 61,097 visitors from South Korea.

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Forest On French Pacific Island Of Wallis Depleted By A Third

 

A survey has found that the French Pacific island of Wallis has lost about a third of its forests in the past decade.

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Aug

Pharmacists Strike In New Caledonia

 

 New Caledonia's pharmacies will stay closed from Monday as part of what is being described as an open-ended general strike.

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