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Arson Not Ruled Out As Cause Of Port Moresby Tabari Place Fire

 

Arson has not been ruled out in the Tabari Place fire last Friday which caused millions of kina in damages in the commercial business district of Boroko in Moresby Northeast. National Capital District metropolitan commander Chief Superintendent Ben Turi and Acting Chief Fire Officer Bill Roo said that they were investigating all options, including arson. Mr Roo said this was part of ongoing investigations.

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Tue
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Category 4 Cyclone Debbie Slams Into Australia's Queensland Coast

 

Damage from Cyclone Debbie has cut all roads to the north Queensland towns of Bowen, Airlie Beach and Proserpine, but there have been no reports of injury from Daydream Island in the Whitsundays, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said this morning. The Bruce Highway, the main arterial road, has been cut by flash flooding near Bowen and remains closed to all traffic.

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Tue
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CNMI Utility Board Members Says CUC 'Moving Too Fast' To Acquire Diesel Generating Plant

 

Commonwealth Utilities Corp. board member Dave Sablan Jr. believes that CUC is “moving too fast” in acquiring a diesel generating plant system from General Pacific Services Marianas Inc. or GPSM. He said the board should look into the background of the company, adding that GPSM has only been in business since last year.

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Tue
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Pacific Islands Forum Welcomes China's Plan For 'Maritime Silk Road'

 

The Pacific Islands Forum has welcomed China's push to establish a 21st century Maritime Silk Road which will include Oceania and East Africa. Proposed by Xi Jinping the development strategy focuses on connectivity and cooperation between China and countries primarily in Europe and Asia.

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Tue
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Investigation Underway Into Solomon Islands Waste Oil Spill From PNG Containers

 

The Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) office was not notified of the illegal shipment of 540 intermediate bulk containers (IBC) filled with waste oil to Solomon Islands in 2015. And an investigation is already underway which will determine the next course of action. Secretary for DEC Gunther Joku told Post-Courier yesterday that his office was not notified of the alleged shipment and the spill of waste oil which was allegedly shipped from a mine illegally to Solomon Islands two years ago.

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Tue
28
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Finance Secretary: CNMI Should Be Open To New Revenue Sources

 

Finance Secretary Larrisa Larson believes this is the right time for the CNMI to open up to other revenue sources and study the possibility of new attractions for tourists to come to the islands. Larson cited the example of MP Holdings, one of the latest business ventures on Saipan, which kicked off its operation last week with its Saipan Vegas Golf Resort & Slot Club e-gaming facility.

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Tue
28
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American Samoa Opens Transnational Crime Network Center

 

As the newest member of the Pacific Transnational Crime Network (PTCN), American Samoa has now joined the TCN unit, with a system-network center housed at the one-story building next to the DPS facility and the local unit was dedicated yesterday. The dedication followed about an hour after the official opening yesterday of the PTCN training and workshop hosted by American Samoa.

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Tue
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Fiji Minister Says Nothing Is Stopping Investigative Reporting

 

Communications Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum claims there is “absolutely nothing” stopping investigative journalism in Fiji, the major television network reports, Media freedom – especially for critical and responsible reporting – has been an ongoing issue in Fiji. In an interview with Fiji One News reporter Sofaia Koroitanoa, Sayed-Khaiyum claimed the government would “love to see more” investigative journalism.

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Tue
28
Mar

PNG Landowners Submit Equity-Sharing Offer For ExxonMobile LNG Project

 

Papua New Guinea's prime minister Peter O'Neill has been urged to accept an offer by landowners for an equity arrangement in the LNG project. A collective of Hela province landowners from the ExxonMobil-led LNG project have reportedly raised USD230 million to pay government for 4.27 percent equity in the project. The Governor of East Sepik Sir Michael Somare, said he was pleased to see landowners have gone out on their own and sourced independent funding to pay for their equity in the liquefied natural gas project.

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Vanuatu Journalists Trained To Improve Scientific Content Of Climate Change Reporting

 

Improving climate change reporting and collaboration between science and the media was the main focus of a workshop held yesterday in Port Vila. Twenty journalists from various media organizations including students from the Media School at the Vanuatu Institute of Technology are attending this professional climate change training in Vanuatu. The Internews Earth Journalism Network in partnership with the Media Association of Vanuatu (MAV) and the Ministry of Climate Change are hosting the three days Pacific Geo Journalism Training on Climate Change.

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