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Guam Increases Legal Age To Purchase Tobacco Products To 21

 

Come Jan. 1, 2018, only adults age 21 and older will be allowed to legally purchase and use tobacco and e-cigarettes on Guam. Lawmakers unanimously passed Bill 9-34 on March 9. Without any action from the governor, the measure lapsed into law this week, raising the legal age to use tobacco products from 18 to 21. Speaker Benjamin Cruz, D-Tumon, issued a statement Thursday on the passage of his measure.

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Cook Islands Police 'Urgently Need' Equipment, Training

 

The official inquiry into last October’s triple shootings on Rarotonga says the police urgently need a significant injection of equipment and training to assist in avoiding a similar event. And it would mean they would be better prepared if another tragedy was to occur. In their report inquiry members Denis McDermott and Tevai Matapo said the events of October 18 and 19, 2016, changed the Cook Islands’ peaceful landscape in many ways.

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23
Mar

Fiji: $US100K And Other Smuggled Items Confiscated From Taiwanese Vessel

 

A total of $US100,000 in cash was confiscated from a Taiwanese fishing vessel in Suva yesterday. Other items which smuggled into the country were also confiscated along with it.

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23
Mar

Palau Senate Panel Supports Tourist Fee Repeal

 

President Tommy Remengesau and the Olbiil Era Kelulau or the Palau National Congress seem headed on a collision course over the Environmental Impact Fee or EIF.

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23
Mar

Auckland's Pasifika Festival Celebrates 25th Anniversary

 

Auckland's Pasifika festival will celebrate its 25th anniversary this weekend with special programming to mark the significant milestone. The Pasifika festival is the largest Pacific Island cultural festival in the world and will run for two days at Western Springs Park this week.

The Pasifika Festival began as a joint Auckland City Council and community initiative in 1992 to celebrate and unite Auckland's growing Pacific population.

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23
Mar

Cooks Environmentalists Pleased At 50 Mile Exclusion Zone

 

Cook Islands environmentalists are delighted at the government's decision to establish 50 nautical mile exclusion zones around each island in the country.

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23
Mar

Fiji Government Refuses Consideration Of Sugar Mill Petition

 

The Fiji government has refused to consider a petition from the National Federation Party calling for the Penang Sugar Mill to be repaired.

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Wed
22
Mar

2,821 Candidates To Contest For 111 Seats In Papua New Guinea Elections

 

A total of 2821 candidates have signed the official form to contest the 111 seats in the 2017 national election – including 13 vying for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s Ialibu-Pangia seat. PNG Electoral Commission media officer Alphones Muapi said the 2821 had filled and signed Form 29 which had all their personal details. But he said the exact number of candidates contesting each of the 111 seats would be finalised when nominations closed on April 27.

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Mar

American Samoa Administration Welcomes Federal Court Decision On Protected Areas

 

The Lolo Administration is praising a ruling by the federal court in Honolulu that invalidates the 2016 decision by the US National Marine Fishery Service (NMFS) to reduce the large vessel protected area, or LVPA, in waters of American Samoa. Attorney General Talauega Eleasalo Ale, who appeared at federal court during oral arguments last month, describes the ruling as “thorough and well-reasoned” while a federal attorney told a meeting in Honolulu yesterday that no decision yet on their next course of action with US District Court Judge Leslie Kobayashi’s 42-page ruling until it has been reviewed.

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22
Mar

Guam Governor Vetoes Government Health Insurance Bill

 

After weeks of back-and-forth discussion between his office and the Legislature, Gov. Eddie Calvo vetoed Bill 3-34 today. The measure would have required the government of Guam to provide only the least-expensive health insurance option to its employees. Calvo said he vetoed the bill on the basis of choice in health care.

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