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06
Oct

Nauru Economy Headed Into Recession: World Bank

 

The World Bank says Nauru needs to find alternative sources of income as its income from running Australia's asylum seeker detention centre falls. The Australian newspaper reported that the bank's latest review of Asia-Pacific economies predicted Nauru's economy would go into recession over the next financial year.

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Fri
06
Oct

Fiji Military To Assist Police Combat Crime

 

The Fiji military is set to assume policing functions in an effort to fight crime. The military commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto has told FBC News the military is always there if the police need assistance.

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Fri
06
Oct

Vanuatu's Traditional Chiefs Consider Long-Term Displacement Of Ambae People

 

“We must make them feel welcome but most importantly feel at home on Santo, Maewo and Pentecost. We want the children to be happy in their totally new environment and so the women as well as men and the elderly men and women. The support needed here has to be as close as possible to the environment they have left back on one of our islands, which is Ambae. “So the Nagriamel wants to see the children moving freely in an environment of playing games with other children, the women using traditional cooking facilities like back home and the young men and women also involve in sports, church or other youths activities like back at home and so other member groups of our Ambae families.

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Fri
06
Oct

Fiji Prosecutors Office Trains Law Enforcement Officials In Nauru

 

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) facilitated a Basic Prosecution Course in Nauru last month. The four-week prosecution course was a combination of theory and practical exercises designed to equip prosecutors with trial preparation and advocacy skills at the bar table. A statement from the ODPP stated that 21 law enforcement agents graduated from the four-week course that ran from August 7 to September 1.

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Fri
06
Oct

Chamorro Land Trust Commission Declines To Comment On Federal Lawsuit

 

The Chamorro Land Trust Commission won’t speak publicly about a lawsuit filed in the District Court of Guam, challenging the Land Trust, because it is ongoing litigation. The federal government on Sept. 29 filed suit, accusing the Land Trust of discriminating against applicants based on race, in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

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Fri
06
Oct

CNMI Governor Heads To DC For Talks On Foreign Workers

 

Gov. Ralph DLG Torres would be leaving on Saturday to meet with senior officials of the U.S. Department of Defense as well as congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. to continue discussions on the proposed CW-1 program extensions. According to press secretary Kevin Bautista, Torres was scheduled to leave for the mainland last Wednesday, but his medical adviser told him to postpone his departure due to an infection.

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Wed
04
Oct

Samoa PM Medevaced To New Zealand For Treatment

 

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, was admitted at the Moto’otua Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit yesterday. This was confirmed by several employees at the National Health Services who spoke to the Samoa Observer on the condition of anonymity. “He was brought into the hospital before 12 noon,” said one employee.  

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Wed
04
Oct

Vanuatu Prime Minister Promises Evacuees That They Will Return To Ambae

 

Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai has promised the thousands evacuated from the island of Ambae that they will return home. Mr Salwai visited evacuation centres in Penama and Sanma provinces yesterday where more than 11,000 people have been taken since the Manaro Voui volcano began belching ash and smoke over a fortnight ago.

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Wed
04
Oct

PNG Government Allocates Funds To Quell Unrest In Southern Highlands

 

The Government is providing K3 million [US$920,000] for security operations in Southern Highlands in the wake of unrest and civil disobedience triggered by the declaration of the winner of the provincial seat. Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari said the funding was among a list of undertakings resolved by the National Security Advisory Committee which met yesterday in Port Moresby.

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Wed
04
Oct

Guam Senator Calls For 'Indian Tribe' Status To Protect Native Lands

 

A new resolution by Sen. Michael San Nicolas, D-Dededo calls on Guam's congresswoman to seek Indian tribe status for Chamorros in order to protect native lands. According to Resolution 255-34, "federal recognition of the native Chamorros as an Indian tribe would allow the Chamorro people to incorporate Chamorro Land Trust lands as tribal land to the benefit of the native Chamorro population." The resolution comes after a recent lawsuit, in which the U.S. government sued the government of Guam and the Chamorro Land Trust Commission for allegedly violating the Fair Housing Act.

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