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Papua New Guinea Loses Vote In United Nations For Failing To Pay Dues

 

Papua New Guinea has lost its vote in the United Nations General Assembly because it failed to pay its annual contributions. PNG needs to pay the UN at least $180,000 to regain voting rights. It is one of six countries whose voting rights have been suspended for non-payment — the others being Venezuela, Libya, Sudan, Cape Verde and Vanuatu.

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CEO Denies Government Interference In Fiji Television Newsroom

 

Fijian Holdings Limited chief executive officer Nouzab Fareed has denied claims of Government's interference in the daily affairs of the Fiji Television newsroom. Responding to claims made by National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad that Fiji Television had placed restrictions on its journalists covering political stories, Mr Fareed said it was not true. "I have categorically denied any pressure from the Government," he said.

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CNMI Public School Employees To Get First Salary Increase In 10 Years

 

The Board of Education approved yesterday a proposal to give salary increases to all Public School System employees—a first in about a decade. The PSS-initiated proposal seeks to adjust the compensations of entry-level positions of both certified and non-certified employees as well as to increase the wages of older employees. With the newly-approved proposal, entry-level positions at PSS for certified or non-certified teaching and non-teaching positions would now start at $16,100, as opposed to the former $15,000.

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Cook Islands Asks For New Zealand's Help To Improve Health Of Muri Lagoon

 

The most important initiative New Zealand can support the Cook Islands with is safeguarding the long-term health of Muri lagoon on Rarotonga. Muri Lagoon underpins the future of this country’s tourism industry and economy, says NZ Foreign Affairs minister Murray McCully. “Nothing is more important than ensuring the long term health of the water quality in the lagoon.”

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Relationship Between Solomon Islands, Taiwan Lauded

 

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare and Ambassador of the Republic of China (Taiwan) to Solomon Islands, Roger Tien-hung Luo have praised the relationship between their two countries and vowed to take it to greater heights. The accolade and expression of commitment were echoed Wednesday night at a function hosted by the Taiwanese Embassy to celebrate the formal commencement of duty by Ambassador Luo.

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Tonga Vote Of No-Confidence Delayed As Committee Works On PM's Response

 

There were further delays today to the Tongan Parliament's deliberations on a motion for a Vote of No Confidence in the Prime Minister, Hon. ‘Akilisi Pohiva. Since Monday 20 February Parliament has postponed its sessions every day while the House’s Standing Committee on Privileges was working on the response of the PM to the Motion. The response must be presented before it can be tabled into the House. Parliament had allocated five days for the House to deal with the Motion and after today there will be only one more day allowed to conclude the matter.

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Leaked Documents Reveal Samoa Cabinet Plans To Restructure Ministry Of Police

 

Cabinet is to restructure the executive body at the Ministry of Police, a document leaked to Radio New Zealand has revealed. The plan is to reinstate the position of a deputy Police Commissioner and remove the current four assistant Commissioner positions. The leaked Cabinet paper says the change will be effective once the current Assistant Commissioners' three-year contracts are complete.

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Hela Tribes Turn Over 70 Weapons To PNG Security Forces

 

Seventy weapons including high-powered guns were surrendered to the security forces at Komo in Hela on Wednesday. The two-month moratorium ends next Monday. The weapons included 60 homemade guns and 10 factory made guns.

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Pacific Islands Tourism Opportunties Being Promoted In Europe

 

Pacific destinations are to be heavily marketed in a series of events across Europe. This week and next a series of one-day business-to-business meetings are being held in Barcelona, Milan, Prague, Zurich and Manchester. On 25 February, a separate consumer event is also being held in Malmo, Sweden with 33 companies including airlines, cruise operators, tourism offices and hotels from Fiji, the Cook Islands, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tahiti and Vanuatu expected to advertise their wares.

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Melanesian Spearhead Secretariat Sued For Breach Of Employment Contract

 

A senior staff member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat is filing a claim against the institution and the Director General (DG), Amena Yauvoli for alleged breach of employment contract valued over Vt1 million [US$9,145]. Deputy Director General, Molean Kilepak filed the case on February 17 after the MSG Secretariat DG reportedly failed to comply with a summon from the Vanuatu Labour Department in relation to allegations of breach of contract filed by 15 staff members of the Secretariat.

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