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Apr

Australian Greens Senator To 'Get To The Bottom' Of Manus Shooting Incident

 

Greens senator Nick McKim will use a trip to Manus Island next week to "get to the bottom" of what sparked a shooting at the Manus Island detention centre on Good Friday. Explanations of the shooting have been conflicting and contradictory with Mr Dutton saying it is "indisputable" that shots were fired by soldiers concerned about the welfare of a young boy. Mr Dutton has alleged the boy was led into the detention centre and said locals and soldiers were concerned he had been sexually assaulted.

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Tue
25
Apr

Bougainville President Concerned About Slow Pace Of Referendum Preparations

 

Bougainville's president has warned about inaction by the agency preparing the autonomous Papua New Guinea region's independence referendum. The president, John Momis, said the Joint Supervisory Body made up of PNG and Bougainville leaders, overseeing the Bougainville Peace Agreement, was in urgent need of reform. Under the terms of the Peace Agreement, a referendum must be conducted in Bougainville before mid-2020 - a tentative date of 15 June 2019 has been set for the vote.

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Tue
25
Apr

Last Year's B-52 Bomber Crash In Guam Caused By Bird Strikes

 

A U.S. Air Force investigative report on the B-52 Stratofortress that crashed last May at Andersen Air Force Base concluded bird activity and high oil pressure caused the accident. The B-52 was assigned to the 69th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron, which was deployed to Andersen from North Dakota for a routine training mission. It was attempting to take off at the base before it crashed.

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Tue
25
Apr

Report Highly Critical Of Samoa Teachers, Education System

 

 “Teachers have limited capacity and skills to effectively teach literacy and numeracy.”  This was one of the many problems the Pacific Benchmarking for Education Results (PaBER) report noted about Samoa, according to a copy obtained by the Samoa Observer.  The PABER programme was introduced in 2012 to improve the quality of education and student performance across the Pacific, in particular to respond to low levels of literacy and numeracy. 

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Tue
25
Apr

Outgoing NZ Foreign Minister 'Wasted' Aid Money In The Pacific: Researcher

 

An aid researcher and former official says New Zealand's outgoing foreign minister is leaving a number of white elephant projects in the Pacific. Murray McCully is retiring at September's election, and his replacement, Gerry Brownlee, will take up the job on Tuesday. During his eight years as minister, Mr McCully oversaw dramatic changes, including folding the formerly separate NZ Aid into the foreign ministry.

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Tue
25
Apr

Marianas Visitors Authority: End Of Visa-Waiver Would Be A 'Disaster'

 

Marianas Visitors Authority Managing Director Chris Concepcion says visitor arrivals would plummet if the U.S. government ends the CNMI visa-waiver program for Chinese and Russian tourists. Early this month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection field operations director Brian J. Humphrey said the new secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, John Kelly, would decide whether the program should continue.

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Tue
25
Apr

Logging In Solomon Islands Temotu Province Not Bringing Promised Benefits

 

There are more signs that promised benefits from logging have not materialised in Solomon Islands' Temotu province. Operations by Malaysian company Galego Logging remain at the heart of bitter divisions on Vanikoro Island. A teacher who is a Vanikoro native, Edward Pae, has just returned to Honiara from his home island where he compiled updates on issues around controversial logging activities.

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Tue
25
Apr

American Samoa Senator Suggests Limiting Scholarships To Local Community College

 

Sen. Galea’i M. Tu’ufuli has suggested that the American Samoa Student Financial Aid board, also known as the ASG Scholarship board, look at financing scholarships for students attending the American Samoa Community College to start off their college education life. Galeai first raised the suggestion during a Senate Education Committee hearing last week Wednesday for the confirmation of the governor’s re-nomination of members to the board of Higher Education, which governs ASCC.

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25
Apr

Tourists To Cook Islands 95% Satisfied With Their Visit

 

The Cook Islands has been declared one of the most satisfying destinations for tourists in the South Pacific region, with research showing 95 per cent of visitors are satisfied with their visit. The Cook Islands International Visitor Survey report for the final quarter of last year shows the local tourism industry performing well.

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Tue
25
Apr

PNG PM Wants To Improve Management Of Iconic World War II Sites

 

Papua New Guinea will continue to work with its partners to make it possible for more people to visit iconic sites in the country made famous during World War II. At the same time the Government will increase measures to sustainably manage these important and sacred places. This is from Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s address at the ANZAC Day message. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on behalf of the people of Papua New Guinea has commemorated those who died in war and gave everyone an opportunity to offer our gratitude and to thank them for their sacrifice.

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