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Longest Recorded Global Coral Bleaching Event Ends

 

Climate and ocean scientists say the longest global coral bleaching on record, which is coming to an end, has left a trail of destruction, causing major damage to reefs in the Pacific. The worst-affected reef system is on Jarvis Island in the central Pacific, where 98 percent of coral has died, and there are similarly high numbers for the parts of the Great Barrier reef and Kiritimati Island in Kiribati.

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Papua New Guinea's Largest Pharmacy Company Hit By Devastating Fire

 

The country’s largest retail network – City Pharmacy Limited (CPL) group – is recovering from the devastation caused by fire to the firm’s headquarters and warehouse at Gerehu Stage 6 in Moresby Northwest at the weekend. The fire had started about 10pm on Sunday, and by midnight, the premises was completely gutted despite the attempt by officers from the PNG Fire Service.

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Solomons Islands Conducts 2-Day National Dialogue On Sustaining Peace And Stability

 

The two day National Dialogue on Sustaining Peace and Stability in Solomon Islands is set to kick off in Honiara, Monday. It will end on Tuesday. Mr Sogavare will play host to the event which is a collaborative effort by the Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of National Unity, Reconciliation and Peace and Ministry of Women, Youth, Children and Family Affairs with support from the UN Peacebuilding Fund (UNPBF) project.

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Fiji Hotel And Tourism Association Calls For More Incentives For Hotel Investment

 

The Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association says there is a need for more incentives to encourage investment by new and existing hoteliers to increase room numbers and add further value to their properties. Association CEO Fantasha Lockington said an article which appeared in this newspaper on June 11 quoting FHTA president Dixon Seeto as saying investment in the tourism sector "seems to have slowed down in recent years" was taken out of context.

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Outbreak Of Mumps In Marshall Islands Continues To Spread

 

A mumps outbreak that started in March in Majuro could be slowing based on official data from the Ministry of Health — but health officials warn the true number of cases could be as high as 3,000 even though the confirmed and probable number is listed as 1,033 as of late last week. And with thousands of islanders from the outer islands, Ebeye and the United States in Majuro for summer church conferences, the opportunity for further spread is increased.

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Samoa's First 'Tsunami Ready Community' Recognized By UNESCO

 

Savaia village, on the southern coast of Upolu, will be recognized by the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) as Samoa’s first Tsunami Ready community at a ceremony on  June 20, 2017 at the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MNRE), TATTE Building. The Chief Executive Officer of MNRE and Chair of the Disaster Advisory Committee, Ulu Bismarck Crawley said that “the Tsunami Ready program is critical in identifying gaps in tsunami preparedness and response at the village level and to guide the implementation of tsunami related capacity strengthening programs.

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Guam Court To Consider Governor's Challenge To Legislative Defeat To Be Heard Thursday

 

Gov. Eddie Calvo's efforts to borrow money for tax refunds will be discussed at the Supreme Court of Guam Thursday, June 22, where justices are scheduled to set deadlines in the governor's request for a judgment against the Legislature. The governor's office and lawmakers disagree about whether Calvo’s borrowing measure, which would allow the administration to borrow as much as $75 million a year to pay tax refunds, received enough votes last month to pass the Legislature.

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Bluesky Cook Islands Welcomes New Zealand Commitment To Cable Project

 

Bluesky Cook Islands country manager Phill Henderson has greeted as “good news”, Tuesday’s announcement by visiting New Zealand prime minister Bill English that New Zealand will contribute $15 million [US$11 million] dollars to the total cost of constructing the Manatua submarine cable. Henderson says the news wasn’t entirely unexpected as former Foreign minister Murray McCully indicated on his last official visit to the Cook Islands early this year that New Zealand would be contributing to the cable costs.

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138 West Papuan Refugees Granted Papua New Guinea Citizenship

 

Papua New Guinea has granted citizenship to 138 West Papuan refugees. They were joined by four others at the ceremony on Sunday at the Sir John Guise Stadium. EMTV reports the acting Chief Migration Officer, Solomon Kantha, saying he is proud this government is the first to take steps to see West Papuans get legal status in PNG.

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UN Decolonization Committee Told: American Samoa Government 'Vested In Authority Of The People'

 

In his presentation to a United Nation’s Decolonization regional seminar, ASG Office of Political Status, Constitution, and Federal Relations executive director, Tapaau Dr. Daniel Aga emphasized that the territory’s form of government going forward must be “firmly vested in the authority of the people of American Samoa.” On behalf of Gov. Lolo Matalasi Moliga, Tapaau represented American Samoa’s perspective at the recent Decolonization Caribbean seminar hosted by St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

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