Today's Pacific News - Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wed
13
Sep

Samoa Media Association President Resigns Over Criminal Charge

 

The President of the Journalists Association of Samoa (J.A.W.S.), Apulu Lance Polu, has stepped down from office.  The decision follows criminal charges laid against him by the Police last month.  Apulu is a co-defendant in an ongoing matter involving former Cabinet Minister, La’aulialemalietoa Leuatea Polataivao Fosi and his wife.

+ continue reading
Wed
13
Sep

Guam’s Calvo Warns Legislature’s 2018 Budget Could Jeopardize Public Safety

 

Administration officials warned on Tuesday the 2018 budget passed by the Guam Legislature, which is $161 million below the spending level proposed by the governor, could jeopardize the programs and basic services provided by the government. Gov. Eddie Calvo on Monday vetoed the $724.7 million budget bill, a substitute to the $885 million he originally proposed.

+ continue reading
Wed
13
Sep

American Samoa Cannery Reaches Deal With US Agencies

 

 American Samoa cannery StarKist Samoa is to make upgrades to reduce pollution and improve safety. The company and its parent, Starkist Co, have reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

+ continue reading
Wed
13
Sep

PNG Opposition Looks To Regroup After Pangu Exit

 

Although prone to volatility, Papua New Guinea politics is reeling after the move by a main opposition party to join government. The Bulolo MP Sam Basil and the bulk of his Pangu Pati have confirmed they are joining the People's National Congress-led coalition government, leaving the opposition trying to regroup.

Pangu emerged from the recent election as one of the three big parties in the new parliament. Mr Basil had revived the fortunes of PNG's oldest political party, winning eleven seats last month after entering the polls with only two MPs. Five independent MPs then joined the party to make it the second biggest party in parliament.

+ continue reading
Wed
13
Sep

New Caledonia Again Fails To Elect President

 

A second attempt in a month to elect a president in New Caledonia has failed.

+ continue reading
Wed
13
Sep

Fiji Opposition Wants ‘Criticism Bill’ Withdrawn

 

Fiji's main opposition party is calling on the government to withdraw a bill it says will stifle any criticism or debate.

+ continue reading
Wed
13
Sep

Another French Polynesian Assembly Member To Quit The Once Dominant Anti-Independence Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party

 

Another French Polynesian assembly member has decided to quit the once dominant anti-independence Tahoeraa Huiraatira party of Gaston Flosse.

+ continue reading
Wed
13
Sep

Third Fiji Sedition Mistrial Application Dismissed

 

For the third time, a mistrial application in Fiji, filed by the defence for the fifteen Ra people charged with sedition, has been dismissed by the Lautoka High Court.

+ continue reading
Wed
13
Sep

PNG National Court Orders Permanent Sealing Of Disputed Election Ballots

 

A National Court judge has ordered the Electoral Commission to permanently seal a container holding ballot boxes from Kagua-Erave electorate in Southern Highlands to prevent any tampering.

+ continue reading
Wed
13
Sep

American Samoa House Hearing Focuses On Collection Of 2% Wage Tax

 

In the past, lawmakers have made claims that the government, through the Treasury Department, hasn't been consistent in collecting the 2% wage tax, which is paid by all wage earners. The money is earmarked, under local law, for LBJ Medical Center’s operation and the off-island referral program.

+ continue reading

Pages