Today's Pacific News - Monday, September 11, 2017

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Governor Calvo Vetoes Guam Fiscal 2018 Budget Bill

 

The Guam Visitors Bureau needs a larger budget to attract more tourists to the island, and the Department of Corrections needs more money to comply with court-ordered improvements at the prison, according to Gov. Eddie Calvo. Calvo on Monday vetoed the fiscal 2018 budget bill, stating it fails to provide adequate funding for these and other important government programs and functions.

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Dame Meg Taylor Reappointed As Forum Secretary General

 

The 48th Pacific Islands Forum summit in Samoa has ended with all the leaders unanimously agreeing to reappoint Dame Meg Taylor as Secretary General for a second, three-year term. The Forum's official communiqué reveals a united group of Pacific leaders keen to press ahead with issues concerning the Pacific region.

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Political Interference Suspected In Fiji AG Reports

 

A Fiji economist says controversy surrounding the recent release of Auditor General's reports smacks of political interference.

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Pangu Pati Party Confirm They Are Joining Papua New Guinea's Government

 

The Bulolo MP Sam Basil and the bulk of his Pangu Pati have confirmed they are joining Papua New Guinea's government.

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Indonesian Officials Response To Protests At Forum Summit In Apia 'Arrogant'

 

Indonesian officials have been criticised for the manner of their condemnation of a West Papua protest during the Pacific Forum summit in Apia. A protest in support of West Papua's independence movement was held outside the venue of the Pacific Island Forum Leaders summit in Samoa's capital last week.

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Pangu Pati Party Leader: Confirms A Number Of Party’s National Executives Have Become ‘Persons Of Interest’ In Police Fraud Investigations

 

Pangu Pati leader and Bulolo MP Sam Basil has confirmed that a number of the party’s national executives have become “persons of interest” in police fraud investigations. He said these related to the use of funds by during the 2017 general election.

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Authorities In Vanuatu Say 4 Out Of 6 Volcanoes In The Island Group Have Increased Recorded Activity

 

Authorities in Vanuatu say four out of six volcanoes throughout the island group have increased recorded activity

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Vanuatu Office Of The Maritime Regulator Established

 

The Minister for Public Utilities and Infrastructure, Jotham Napat, has heralded the opening of the independent Office of the Maritime Regulator (OMR). This achievement is regarded as another milestone in the government’s maritime reform process.

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US, Marshall Islands Hold Annual Compact Funding Meeting

 

The Republic of the Marshall Islands and the United States bilateral Joint Economic Management and Financial Accountability Committee or JEMFAC annual meeting took place Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2016, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The committee members jointly approved $28 million in the sectors of health, education, environment, and public infrastructure as identified under the Compact of Free Association, as amended, for the benefit of the people of the RMI. 

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New Attempt To Elect New Caledonia Government

 

Another attempt will be made in New Caledonia tomorrow to elect a collegial government.

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