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Secretly Filmed Movie About Manus Detention Camp Premiers In London

 

A movie secretly shot in Australia's immigration detention centre on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island has had its international premiere at the London Film Festival. Chauka, Please Tell us the Time highlights the plight of about 2000 refugees and asylum seekers who have been marooned for four years on Manus and Nauru. Its co-director, the Kurdish journalist and detainee Behrouz Boochani, says the movie speaks for Australia's detainees.

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New Caledonia, Paris Talks On Noumea Accord Reportedly Set For Early November

 

There is speculation in New Caledonia that the final meeting of the signatories to the Noumea Accord will go ahead in Paris in three weeks. No date has been officially confirmed but New Caledonia's caretaker president Philippe Germain mentioned in New York last week that the meeting would be held on 2 November.

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Hundreds Protest Expansion Of Fishing To French Polynesia's Marquesas Islands

 

Hundreds of people in French Polynesia's Marquesas Islands have taken to the street in protest at plans to expand fishing operations in the area. This followed a government decision to allow large-scale fishing and the stationing of a tuna fishing fleet. The public broadcaster said 600 people marched in Hiva Oa against the plans, presenting a petition signed by 500 people from the islands of Tahuata and Fatu Hiva who could not attend the rally.

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75% of PNG Forests 'Still Intact Very Little Or No Human D'isturbances'

 

Papua New Guinea currently has 30 million hectares of untouched pristine rainforest cover in the country. This does not include an additional six million hectares currently subjected to human activities. Minister for Forests, Douglas Tomuriesa announced the figures for the country’s forest inventory at the launch of the country’s National REDD+ Strategy (NRS) 2017-2027.

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Fiji Opposition Calls For National Unity On Fiji Independence Day

 

As Fijians around the country and the world celebrate Fiji's 47 years of independence today, Opposition Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has called on every Fijian to join them in their quest to seek a Fiji that was just, democratic and united. In a statement yesterday, Ro Teimumu said this was to lay the basis for a durable, stable and progressive nation.

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Former Residents Of U.S. States Could Lose Right To Vote In CNMI

 

Did you know that, if you live in the Northern Mariana Islands but used to live in a state in the U.S. mainland, you have a right to vote for President by absentee ballot? It now appears that the administration of U.S. President Donald J. Trump is planning to strip previous state residents of this ability—which Delegate Gregorio Kilili C. Sablan (Ind-MP) opposes, saying every citizen has a right to vote. According to the Uniformed Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, or UOCAVA, U.S. citizens that were previously residents of a state and are currently residing in the CNMI are allowed to cast an absentee vote.

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Solomon Islands Junior Futsal Team Returns Home To Heroes Welcome

 

The Solomon Islands national junior futsal squad, Kurukuru returned home on Monday to a hero’s welcome. The futsal heroes arrived around 2pm yesterday and were met upon arrival by the Minister for Infrastructure representing the DCC government Honourable Stanley Sofu, SIFF president William Lai along with mad futsal supporters as well as families and friends of the Junior Kurukuru players and officials.

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International Finance Corp Helps Vanuatu Open Up Chinese Tourism Market

 

Becky Last, International Finance Corporation’s (IFC) Tourism Operation Officer (Pacific), explains that, IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, has been working with the Vanuatu Tourism Office (VTO) as part of the signed MOU partnership agreement for the last four years to grow the tourist market from China, with the goal of diversifying Vanuatu’s source markets into one of the world’s fastest-growing outbound tourism and travel market. A workshop in Port Vila was recently held in partnership with the Pacific Trade and Invest (PT& I) and the VTO on attracting Chinese tourists including lessons learned in developing this emerging market.

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Pacific Community, ILO Partnership To Improve Labor Statistics In Pacific

 

The International Labour Organisation and the Pacific Community have signed a memorandum of understanding to improve Pacific labour market information systems and labour statistics. Signed in Suva, the memorandum aims for improved data analysis to feed into development policies and to strengthen the capacity of Pacific Island countries to conduct labour force surveys.

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PM's Malta Trip Strengthens Cook Islands Connections To Europe

 

Prime minister Henry Puna signed two major deals in his Malta trip last week. The Cook Islands and Malta have formalised the establishment of diplomatic relations through a signing ceremony in Malta last week, in the margins of the European Union (EU) Oceans Conference.

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