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Harvard Professor Hopes Research Into Marshallese Navigation Will Revive Culture

 

A Harvard science professor wants to further document traditional Marshallese navigation methods to help boost the islands' indigenous culture. Marshall Islands wave piloting is one of the navigation techniques featured in Professor John Huth's book 'The Lost Art of Finding Our Way'.

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Vanuatu Government Tentatively Prepared To Sign PACER Plus Trade Pact

 

Vanuatu is committed to signing the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations (PACER) Plus next month, if the Government is satisfied that the agreement is good for the country. “At the moment, the Vanuatu Government, the Prime Minister has made a commitment that they will be signing the PACER Plus agreement,” Director of External Trade Sumbe Antas told Vanuatu Nightly News’ Kizzy Kalsakau yesterday afternoon.

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Solomon Islands Health Ministry Scandal Case Adjourned Until Mid April

 

Prosecution is yet to provide full disclosures on the case of the five people charged in connection to the $10 million [US$1.26 million] scandal within the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Only partial disclosures were served to the defence counsels on Wednesday. Acting Deputy Chief Magistrate Shepherd Lapo adjourned the matter to April 19, to allow more time for prosecution to complete the disclosures.

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PNG MP, PPP Party Leader Warns Foreigners Against Doing Illegal Deals

 

Foreigners involved in illegal deals in the country have been warned that they will be removed. That is the warning from People’s Progress Party (PPP) leader and Kavieng MP Ben Micah if the people of PNG give PPP a voice in the next four months during the National Election. When highlighting the party’s foreign investments friendly plan which is part of the party’s eight-point plan called "Transformation PNG" yesterday he could not stress enough about foreigners involved in illegal deals.

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PM Says Samoa Is Taking Steps To Develop A Knowledge Based Economy

 

Samoa is taking bold steps towards developing a knowledge based economy. This was initiated in a highly level meeting yesterday led by the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi and the Minister of Finance Sili Epa and the Chief Executive Officers of all the Government ministries and State Owned Enterprises.

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Niue Premier To Seek Fourth Term

 

Niue's premier Sir Toke Talagi says he wants to seek another term as the country's leader as he has unfinished business to see to. Sir Toke made the announcement he would stand in this year's election and for a fourth term as premier after being conferred with his knighthood yesterday at Niue's fale fono. New Zealand's Governor General Dame Patsy Reddy flew to Niue for the occasion, as part of a tour of New Zealand's Realm countries.

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Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat Monitoring Oceanic Fisheries Policies

 

The Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS) has undertaken initiatives to manage and monitor its oceanic fisheries policies. This was revealed by the forum's secretary-general Dame Meg Taylor while presenting the latest Pacific Regionalism Paper. She said, "the Pacific Ocean was at the heart of our cultures and we depended on it for food, income, employment, transport and economic development".

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122 People Face Murder Charges In Largest Sorcery Case Heard In Papua New Guinea

 

The biggest sorcery-related court case in the country, "Ramu 122", was heard in Madang yesterday at which 97 of 122 people accused of willful murder appeared for arraignment. All pleaded not guilty to seven counts of willful murder before Justice David Cannings at Madang National Court. Gruesome details of the murders of seven people, including two children, were heard for the first time in a packed courtroom.

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Former New Caledonia President Launches Candidacy For French National Assembly

 

A former president of New Caledonia Harold Martin has lodged his candidacy to represent the territory's anti-independence camp in the French National Assembly. Martin, who three weeks ago was given a six-month suspended prison sentence for corruption, is also a member of Congress and a mayor.

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Fiji Ratification Of UN Convention On Rights Of Persons With Disabilities Lauded

 

Government’s motion to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities has received strong positive feedback from the Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation. Federation office manager, Lanieta Tuimaba, said they were delighted about the ratification. The motion in Parliament was passed unanimously.

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