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PNG: New Visa Moratorium For Small And Medium Businesses

 

The Immigration and Citizenship Authority has imposed a moratorium on all new visa applications and extensions for working resident employment visas for foreigners engaged in small and medium enterprises (SME). The moratorium specifically targets the retail business sector, acting Chief Migration Officer Mr Solomon Kantha said.

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Six Indonesian Fishermen Sentenced To Serve 18 Years For Killing Their Captain On Board On A Vanuatu Fishing Vessel

 

 Six Indonesian fishermen who admitted to killing their Chinese captain on board a registered Vanuatu fishing vessel have been sentenced to serve 18 years behind bars. The Supreme Court also issued an order for the defendants to be deported to Indonesia when they become eligible for parole after nine years, which is around April 2026.

Mr Justice Daniel Fatiaki initially ordered 30 years imprisonment as the starting point but reduced to 28 years in recognition of each defendant’s ages that ranged from 21 years to 25 and the fact that they are all foreign citizens being sentenced in a country thousand kilometers away from home.

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Tahiti Assembly Member To Face Court Over Cyclone Aid Favoritism

 

A French Polynesian assembly member is facing criminal charges for favouring relatives in the distribution of cyclone aid.

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New Deficit Budget Passed In Niue

 

There are signs of strain in the Niue economy with plans for an increase in pensions put on hold along with further wage increases for public servants.

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Fiji In Favor Of Revised Biketawa Declaration Addressing Regional Security Co-Operation

 

Fiji says it supports the idea of expanding regional security co-operation by revising the Pacific Islands Forum's 2000 Biketawa Declaration drawn up after the coups in Fiji and Solomon Islands.

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American Samoan Cabinet Directors Sent Warning Letters

 

The governor of American Samoa Lolo Matalasi Moliga says he has sent warning letters to some members of his cabinet.

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New Crime Prevention Strategy In Solomon Islands

 

A new crime prevention strategy in Solomon Islands has begun with police setting up hundreds of Crime Prevention Committees around the country.

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Human Rights Watch Calls For More International Scrutiny Of West Papua

 

 Human Rights Watch in Indonesia is calling for more international scrutiny of the country's Papuan provinces.

The organisation's Jakarta based researcher, Andreas Harsono made the call following an announcement last week that no more than five Papuan political prisoners remained behind bars in Papua and West Papua, down from 37 in 2016.

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50kg Of Banned Seafood Seized In Solomons

 

More than 50 kilograms of dried beche-de-mer have been seized by police in Solomon Islands' Malaita Province.

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Guam Residents Rally For Peace Amid North Korean Missile Crisis

 

More than a hundred Chamorro people and island residents came down to the island’s capital city of Hagåtña Monday evening to attend the “People for Peace” rally in front of the Chief Kepuha statue. The large crowd chanted and sang songs while waving banners and signs along Marine Corps Drive in support of a movement to end the North Korean missile crisis targeting Guam.

Last week, North Korea announced plans to launch four intermediate-range ballistic rockets near the island by the middle of the month. President Donald Trump has stated that the U.S. military is “locked and loaded” should the rogue nation attack.

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