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U.S. Senators Raise Concerns About CNMI Labor Issues; Governor Responds

 

Two U.S. senators have raised concern about CNMI labor issues and were assured by Gov. Ralph Torres that his administration is doing everything it can to address them. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, D-Nevada, is concerned about the flow of foreign labor into CNMI without the appropriate safeguards which she said can create conditions ripe for labor trafficking.

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Samoa Finance Minister: Polynesian Airlines International Services Must Make Business Sense

 

The Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, says Polynesian Airlines must have a very solid business case for the government to revive its international operations. He also believes that learning from the lessons of the past is a must for the government. He made the comment when his opinion was sought over the government’s plan to revive Polynesian Airlines as a fully-fledged international airline.

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PNG Government Rejects Tax Review Committee Recommendation To Raise GST

 

The Government is shelving a recommendation by the Taxation Review Committee to increase the Goods and Service Tax by 5 per cent because it will adversely impact low-income earners. It will instead target companies which have been registered with the Investment Promotion Authority but have not been paying taxes.

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Solomons Police Warn Gun Owners: Turn In Illegal Weapons Or Face 'Full Force Of Law'

 

Solomon Islanders still holding guns will face the full force of law for withholding illegal firearms after the amnesty period finishes. Deputy Police Commissioner Operations Gabriel Manelusi said firearms, which are banned in the Solomon Islands, were detrimental to the country. “People will face the full force of law if they refuse to surrender their arms as a consequence because the sentence part of it is not even beneficial to anybody if they continue to retain the arms or rifle,” he said.

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Former American Samoa Tuna Can Plant Owner Named Co-Conspirator In Lawsuit

 

The former owner of the Satala-based can manufacturing plant has been identified as a co-conspirator in the price fixing civil lawsuit against the nation’s three major canned tuna producer, including StarKist Co., according to the latest amended lawsuit by country’s major retailer, Walmart Inc. Samoa News has reported over the past two years the price fixing civil suit against StarKist, Bumble Bee Food and Chicken of the Sea International. 

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Fiji Parliament Provides $97 Million Loan Guaranty To Fiji Sugar Corporation

 

Parliament approved an additional $202 million loan guarantee for the profit-starved Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) — a lifeline to resurrect the sugar industry but increase the corporation's debts to $595m [US$285 mllion]. Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum filed a motion in Parliament to increase the existing guarantee of $120m [US$57 million] to $322m [US$154] explaining the dire needs of the industry and he was wholly supported.

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In Dispute With Legislative Secretary, Guam Governor Claims Tax Refund Bill Approved

 

Gov. Eddie Calvo on Thursday called on Sen. Régine Lee, the legislative secretary, to transmit his tax refund bill to Adelup so he can sign it into law, even though the bill didn't pass, according to the Legislature's rules. “I don’t know what they’re waiting for,” Calvo said in a press release. “It’s been 16 days since that bill passed, according to the Organic Act, and every day counts.”

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Samoa Youth Conference Recommends Lowering Voting Age From 21 To 18

 

Reducing the voting age from 21 years old to 18 is amongst the issues that the youth want implemented for the next general election in 2021. This was the view presented by youth representative in a panel discussion at the four day long “Democracy and Development in Samoa: the Role of Elections” that ended today. Afoa Fetulia’i Va’asiliega was responding to the question why there has been a low turnout of young people who registered and voted in the last general elections as confirmed by the Electoral office.

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Detainees On Manus Seek Asylum In New Zealand Calling PNG 'Unsafe'

 

Men detained by Australia on Manus Island say they requested asylum from New Zealand as it's not safe for them to settle in Papua New Guinea. Displaced by war and discrimination, the detainees are now facing deportation or destitution on the streets of Papua New Guinea. The eight-hundred-odd asylum seekers marooned on Manus Island arrived in Australia astern of a 50-thousand strong regatta of boat people sailing through Asia, as governments in Canberra and Wellington supported wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Elderly Cook Islands Fabric Artists Left On Their Own During Trip To Europe

 

A group of elderly Cook Islands fabric artists are reeling after a long-awaited commemorative trip to London and France left them virtually penniless, distraught over having to forfeit their works of art because of unpaid accommodation and a litany of broken promises they claim were made by the trip organiser, artist Nia-Val Tali. The women, most from the Auckland based Cook Islands fabric art group Tiare Taina had been fundraising for many months to raise their $2500 [US$1,750] individual return airfares to London to feature works in exhibitions and workshops.

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