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Apr

Seabed Mining Company Nautilus Minerals Unveils New Bridge In PNG's New Ireland

 

Canadian miner-Nautilus Minerals, this week delivered to the people of West Coast of New Ireland province, an all weather bridge worth K3.1million [US$953,000]. The Pubanom bridge spans 30 metres and has the capacity to take up to 40 tonnes at any one time. This vital link, situated in ward six along the west coast of Namatanai at Rabehen village, was officially opened by Mining Minister and Namatanai Open MP Byron Chan on Monday.

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Wed
26
Apr

Further Study Needed Into High Levels Of Mercury Found In Pacific Islanders

 

A scientist says further studies are needed to find out if people in the Pacific are being harmed by high levels of mercury. New research has shown elevated levels of the chemical in a sample of women of child bearing age in the Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu. A scientist involved in the study, David Evers, said exposure can lead to neurological problems and lower the intelligence quotient (IQ) of children.

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Wed
26
Apr

Top French Polynesia Politicians Ordered To Repay $2.1 Million Of Misused Public Funds

 

Top politicians in French Polynesia, including the president, have been ordered to jointly repay $US2.1 million of public funds which they misused more than a decade ago. According to the public broadcaster, the Supreme Court in Paris has rejected their bid to appeal against last year's French Court of Audit decision to make the group reimburse the money. The funds were used by the former president Gaston Flosse between 1996 and 2004 for a network aimed at advancing the policies of his ruling Tahoeraa Huiraatira Party.

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Wed
26
Apr

CNMI Plans To Impose 5% Tax On Saipan Casino When Fully Operational

 

Acting governor Victor B. Hocog said the CNMI government is looking to impose additional taxes on the new gaming industry once the casino begins its operations on its permanent facility at the Imperial Pacific Resort. Vice speaker Janet U. Maratita (R-Saipan) introduced House Bill 20-31 or an act that would impose a 5-percent tax on all gaming revenues in the CNMI in order to prevent any deficit in a significant and consistent manner.

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Wed
26
Apr

Invasive Fire Ants Reported On Vanuatu's Tanna Island

 

A family in Lounalapen Village on West Tanna has been chased out of a new house by fire ants. The Department of Biosecurity took emergency steps by sending senior Officer Silverio Bule to check the report in the village. “I can confirm that the fire ants have spread over two hectares of land in the village, the villagers also confirmed they did not transport their crops outside their village,” he told Daily Post.

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Wed
26
Apr

Regional Energy And Transport Ministers Meeting Underway In Tonga

 

The Third Pacific Regional Energy and Transport Ministers Meeting was opened in Nuku'alofa today, April 26, by Crown Prince Tupouto'a 'Ulukalala, who called on them to take action on energy efficiency, particularly in the transport sector in the region. Attended by more than 100 high level delegates and experts including the Prime Minister of Cook Islands Henry Puna, Prime Minister of Tuvalu Enele Sopoaga and Prime Minister Hon 'Akilisi Pohiva and other ministers, the meeting is hosted by the Pacific Community and Tongan Government under a theme, 'Affordable, Reliable and Sustainable Energy and Transport Services for All.'

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Wed
26
Apr

PM Of Samoa's Memoir To Be Released In June

 

Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi is set to release his memoir recounting his experiences as one of the most powerful men in Samoa and the Pacific. Set to be launched in June, the memoir recounts the Prime Ministers young childhood from the rural village of Lepa to globe trotting through his studies and working in the political arena. According to Victoria University Press, “It follows his journey from Lepā to Apia, Wellington, Brussels, Singapore, Beijing, Tokyo, London, New York and many other international destinations, always returning to Lepā and the Fa‘asamoa that shaped him.” 

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Tue
25
Apr

One Dead, Six Injured In PNG Election Related Violence

 

A youth is dead and six others seriously injured in the first reported election-related fatality in Chimbu Province yesterday. Trouble started in the afternoon as sitting Member of Parliament Carmilus Dengama was heading to Kerowagi station to nominate. According to police reports, the MP was confronted by a group who had not been allegedly paid for roadworks at Mondia.

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Tue
25
Apr

FSM President Opens Up About Official Visit to China

 

Though the FSM has had diplomatic relations with China for 28 years and seven previous FSM Presidents have had State visits to the People’s Republic of China, when President Peter Christian and his entourage visited in March, the response of many commentators was overwhelmingly skeptical. On March 27, the FSM Embassy in Beijing issued a press release detailing all that was discussed and agreed upon in China. That press release with more of the details appears in this issue of The Kaselehlie Press on page three.

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Tue
25
Apr

Vanuatu Prosecutor Plans To Retry 10 MPs For Conspiracy

 

The Public Prosecutor has filed information for a retrial of the infamous conspiracy case on Monday afternoon, the same day the Parole Board granted parole for 10 of the jailed politicians. Former MPs Marcellino Pipite, Paul Telukluk, Silas Yatan, John Amos, Arnold Prasad, Tony Wright, Sebastien Harry, Thomas Laken Jonas James, and Jean-Yves Chabod will walk out of the Correctional Services Low Risk facility this Friday, after serving 18 months behind bars for bribery and corruption to defeat the course of justice.

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