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Solomon Islands MP Concerned About Government Cash Flow Problem

 

Former Minister for Finance and Treasury and Member of Parliament (MP) for South Malaita Rick Hou stressed that it is really disappointing to see the country is experiencing cash flow problem, while in the first quarter of 2017. Speaking to the Solomon Star in an exclusive interview, Hou said the cash flow crisis is expected to happen but not as early as it is now.

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Tue
21
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PNG Prime Minister Says Free Education, Healthcare Will Continue Despite Challenges

 

Prime Minister, Peter O’Neill has assured the people of Morobe and Oro Province that the government’s free education and health care policy will continue despite challenges faced. Mr O’Neill said a lot of changes had been done and people have seen government services reaching them since 2012 under O’Neill Dion government.

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Tue
21
Mar

Pacific Island Countries Expected To Sign PACER Plus Agreement Next Month

 

Pacific Island countries are expected to sign the proposed regional trade deal called PACER Plus next month. Touted as a "trade and economic integration" agreement by Australia and New Zealand negotiations on PACER Plus have been going since 2009. Its proponents say it aims to create jobs, raise standards of living and encourage sustainable economic development in the Pacific region.

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Tue
21
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Fiji Sugar Cane Farmers Disappointed In Third Payment

 

More than 8000 sugarcane farmers in Fiji were not happy after they received their third cane payment yesterday. National Farmers Union president Surendra Lal claimed farmers missed out on their second pay which was supposed to be in December last year despite requests for early pay and this led to confusion for most farmers who thought they would receive a full pay on their third payment.

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Tue
21
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Renowned Pacific Poet, Scholar, Author Dr Teresia Teaiwa Passes Away

 

The director of Va'aomanu Pasifika at Victoria University in Wellington, Teresia Teaiwa, has died following a short illness. Dr Teaiwa, a poet, academic and author, was widely known and respected in the Pacific with some of her research covering militarism and gender in the Pacific, contemporary issues in Fiji and feminism, and women's activism in the Pacific.

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Tue
21
Mar

Hefty Fines, Consistent Monitoring Leads To Reduction In Illegal Fishing

 

The Forum Fisheries Agency says hefty fines along with consistent monitoring and surveillance are seeing a decline in the number of vessels caught fishing illegally in the Pacific. This comes after the latest surveillance operation by the FFA saw only two major breaches of compliance by vessels in the region. Nine Pacific countries ran the ten day operation Rai Balang 2017 which concluded last Friday.

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Tue
21
Mar

PNG's New Ireland Province 'On The Way To Full Autonomy,' Governor Chan Says

 

New Ireland is on the way to full autonomy and is capable of looking after itself, according to Governor Sir Julius Chan. Sir Julius was responding to Lovongai local level government president John Aini on the status of autonomy for New Ireland during a meeting on Friday. Speaking at the first provincial assembly meeting of the year, he urged New Ireland people to embrace this transition.

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Tue
21
Mar

Samoa Prime Minister Supports Review Of Income Tax Laws

 

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has supported the decision by the Minister of Revenue to review all existing laws on income tax. In confirming the plan, the Minister of Revenue, Tialavea Tionisio Hunt, said the main idea behind the review is so that everyone who earns an income will pay tax. This includes Church Ministers and the Head of State. 

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Tue
21
Mar

Vanuatu Public Service Commission Policies Under Review

 

Major changes are expected in the Public Service Commission (PSC) this year as Chairman Martin Mahe and his commission engage in reviewing important policies to not only better the service provided but also better take care of the welfare of public servants. On Saturday last week the working hours of public servants was amended for the first time ever to improve productivity.

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Tue
21
Mar

More Than 50,000 In PNG Apparently Duped By Investment Scam

 

More than 50,000 Papua New Guineans are paying large sums of monies as ‘fees’ to await a windfall of ‘millions of kina’ from Israel and the United Arab Emirates. The United Arab Emirates have denied suggestions that they are holding "millions of kina" belonging to small Papua New Guinea investors.

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