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Fiji Opposition Leader Says Government Imposes 'Gag' On Dissenting Voices In Parliament

 

The Opposition is not happy with the way Parliament's business committee operates. Addressing a press conference yesterday, the Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa said Government, through the committee, was imposing severe restrictions on the type of questions, motions and petitions that could be tabled by Opposition MPs in the House.

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Papua New Guinea MP's Dismissal Overturned; Knight Can Contest Election

 

Manus MP Ronny Knight, can now contest in the elections. This follows a Supreme Court decision yesterday, staying a decision of the Leadership Tribunal on March 20, 2015, and a national court decision on April 19 which convicted him for misconduct in public office and dismissed him from office as Manus MP.

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Long Lines, Chaos Still Regular Feature Of Saipan Airport

 

There are still long lines in the arrival area at the Francisco C. Ada/Saipan International Airport and no solution has been implemented, Marianas Visitors Authority board vice chairman Vincent M. Calvo said on Wednesday. “We can’t figure out who to approach to make a solution a reality,” he added.

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Apr

President Trump Executive Order To Review Marine Monuments In Pacific

 

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday morning ordering a review of lands and seas designated as national monuments in the past 20 years. Included in the review are marine national monuments in the Pacific that come with fishing restrictions. Gov. Eddie Calvo was among officials attending Trump's signing in Washington D.C.

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Nauruans Facing Protest Charges To Hear Whether Court Will Force Officials To Appear

 

Nineteen Nauruans charged over an anti-government protest in June 2015 should hear today whether the court will enforce subpoenas on key government officials. The officials, who include the Justice Minister David Adeang, have claimed they have immunity, on security grounds, granted by the President, Baron Waqa. The defendants, who include three former MPs, one of whom is a former Nauru president, have said their chances of a fair trial in Nauru are slim.

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Chairman Withdraws Appeal Challenging Disbanding Of PNG Anti-Corruption Task Force

 

Investigation Task Force Sweep (ITFS) chairman Sam Koim has withdrawn an appeal he filed challenging a Cabinet decision to disband ITFS in 2014. Koim said he had faced administrative difficulties in pursuing the appeal and running the office as there had been no funding from the Government to the run the office over the last three years. A three-man bench Supreme Court comprising Chief Justice Sir Salamo Injia, Justice Allan David and Justice Terrence Higgins granted leave to Koim yesterday to withdraw the appeal.

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Fiji Military Rejects Methodists' Call To Turn Country Into A 'Christian State'

 

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces has voiced opposition to submissions by the Methodist Church to declare Fiji a Christian State, saying these showed conceit and domination and was not to serve the purpose of Christ. The RFMF made the comments in response to a five-point submission from the Methodist Church in Fiji to the permanent secretary for the iTaukei Affairs Ministry, calling for Government to review the Constitution to make Fiji a Christian state.

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Tuvalu Shows Interest In Joining Tui Samoa Submarine Cable Project

 

Tuvalu is the latest Pacific island nation to show interest in being part of the Tui Samoa submarine cable that will be delivered in September this year. Tuvalu’s Deputy Prime Minister Ma’atia Toafa was in Apia early this week and visited the Survey Vessel Geo Explorer that is completing the mapping survey of the ocean floor before the laying of the cable between Fiji, Wallis Futuna and Samoa.

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Hundreds Of Graduates Of Solomons Islands National University Refused Entry To Ceremony

 

Hundreds of Solomon Islands National University (SINU) students who were part of the 1,700 eligible graduates were turned back and refused entry into the Maranatha hall, on graduation day. This came following the omission of their names in the final listing of the eligible graduates. What was supposed to be a proud moment for the students and parents turned into shock and shame as they were told in the last minute that their names were not in the final listing.

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Apr

Fiji Parliament Approves Bills To Improve Access To Medical Services

 

Two Bills fast-tracked under Standing Order 51, allowing Fijians access to better medical services were passed by Parliament last night. The Bills, which have now become Acts of Parliament, were tabled by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. The Bills are the Medical and Dental Practitioner Amendment Bill 2017, and Pharmacy Profession Amendment Bill 2017.

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