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Fiji NFP Calls For Audit Of Election Management System Procurement Process

 

The National Federation Party (NFP) has called on the Office of the Auditor-General to conduct an immediate independent audit into the tender process and awarding of the Election Management System (EMS) to National Database & Registration Authority (NADRA). Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem confirmed earlier this week that NADRA beat five other companies that applied for the tender which was advertised in both dailies.

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Former CNMI Deputy Police Chief Seeks To Have Conviction In Buckingham Case Thrown Out

 

Although he has been convicted and has already served a year in prison, former deputy police chief Ambrosio T. Ogumoro still wants the high court to reverse his convictions in shielding then-attorney general Edward Buckingham from being served with penal summons in 2012. Ogumoro, through counsel Daniel T. Guidotti, asked the CNMI Supreme Court to vacate his convictions for conspiracy to commit theft of services, theft of services, and three counts of misconduct in public office.

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Pohnpei State Files Claims Against Former Employees For Unauthorized Overtime

 

Pohnpei’s Office of the Attorney General has filed a claim against four former employees of Pohnpei State. The state is seeking to recover financial damages for payments for unauthorized overtime in the amount that the claims say the State will prove in court. The claim is based on audit findings on Pohnpei’s payroll system for fiscal years 2011 and 2012, conducted by the Pohnpei Office of the Public Auditor in 2013. Its finding and subsequent compliance investigation support was handed over to the Attorney General’s Office but it failed to act at that time.

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MP: Samoa Government Move To Tax Church, HoS Shows It Is 'Financially Desperate'

 

Member of Parliament, Olo Fiti Vaai, has claimed that the government is “financially desperate” with their decision to tax the Head of State and Church Ministers. He has also questioned the factuality of figures provided by the Ministry of Finance on the budget for 2017/2018 where the surplus is in millions and yet the government intends to tax church Ministers. His concerns were raised when Parliament convened yesterday to debate the budget tabled by the Minister of Finance, Sili Epa Tuioti, last month.

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Congresswoman Introduces Bill To Exempt American Samoa From Federal Minimum Wage

 

Congresswoman Aumua Amata introduced legislation on Tuesday the American Samoa Jobs Protection and Expansion Act, which will do a great deal to assist American Samoa’s ability to retain and attract new businesses to the territory. “For too long, the federal government has placed American Samoa on the same economic playing field as the states, which lie halfway across the vast Pacific Ocean. This has caused many issues regarding the territory’s ability to attract new investment in the island, and has in fact caused many businesses to leave,” stated Amata.

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Cook Islands Villages Face Off In 'Vaka Pride' Competition

 

The round three Vaka Pride judging will be held today and tomorrow around Rarotonga. The Cook Islands Tourism Corporation initiative aimed at encouraging communities to be better stewards of the land have 10 villages from Rarotonga competing. These villages include Tupapa, Takuvaine, Avatiu, Nikao, Akaoa, Ruaau, Murienua, Titikaveka, Ngatangiia and Matavera.

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Vanuatu, Palau, Cook Islands On Paris MoU Committee's Foreign Flagged Shipping 'Black List'

Responsibility for compliance with safe shipping standards lies with flagging country

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, June 22, 2017) – The Paris MoU Committee has adopted new performance lists for flags, moving Palau and Vanuatu to the Black List from the Grey List.

Additionally, the Republic of Korea, which last year was on the White List, was moved to the Grey List, while Saint Vincent and the Grenadines moved from the Black List to the Grey List.

The new performance lists, which were adopted following the approval of the 2016 inspection results at Paris MoU’s 50th meeting in May, will take effect from July 1, 2017.

[PIR editor's note: The Paris MoU Committee is an organization dedicated to safe shipping in the North Atlantic which inspects foreign-flagged vessels for seaworthiness....

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Outgoing French National Assembly Member From Tahiti Withdraws Embezzlement Appeal

 

One of French Polynesia's outgoing French National Assembly members has retracted his appeal and accepted his sentence for embezzlement. Tahiti Nui TV says Jean-Paul Tuaiva did so as his term in Paris came to end and he was taken off the payroll. When he was convicted a year ago, Tuaiva said he would resign and quit politics but he changed his mind and stayed on.

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Colombian Found Guilty Of Importing 45 Pounds Of Cocaine Into Fiji

 

Colombian national, Aiden Alec Hurtado has been found guilty and convicted of one count of unlawful importation of drugs following a retrial. Hurtado appeared before Justice Thushara Rajasinghe at the High Court in Suva this afternoon. He had unlawfully imported 20.5 kilograms of illicit drugs namely cocaine when he arrived in the country on February 7, 2014.

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Solomons Opposition Calls For Culling Crocodiles To Ensure Safety

 

The Parliamentary Opposition Group says more crocodiles need to be killed  around the country to keep citizens safe. The Opposition says the recent incident in the Western province in which an eight year old girl was snatched by a crocodile and her body later retrieved from its stomach has raised a lot of fear. This comes on top of recent incidences of increased crocodile sightings and attacks around the country.

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