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Vanuatu Holds State Funeral For Late President Baldwin Lonsdale

 

Vanuatu has never seen an outpouring of sorrow and admiration such as it witnessed yesterday. Many alive today may not see another in their lifetime. Heads of state from Fiji, New Zealand and Australia all attended the state funeral, which was held in the Parliamentary rotunda, commonly known as the ‘pig’s tusk’ because of its spiral architecture.

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PNG Watchdog Launches Internet Tools To Expose Abuses Of Political Power

 

PNGi is set to revolutionise governance in Papua New Guinea by cracking open the secrets of the rich and powerful and exposing them to public view. Using the latest digital technologies, PNGi aims to investigate, analyse and expose the often hidden and opaque systems standing behind the abuse of political and economic power. Its two flagship resources are the PNGi Portal and PNGi Central websites.

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Four Babies Have Died From Drug Resistant Bacteria In Fiji Hospital

 

Four babies died in the past three weeks at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital after the second outbreak this year of acinetobacter baumanii — a drug resistant bacterium — labelled by the World Health Organization as top on the world's list of 12 deadliest bacteria. The babies reportedly died between May 24 and June 15.

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Chinese Airlines Sues CNMI Port Authority Over 60-Day New Flight Moratorium

 

A Chinese airline that is supposed to begin its flight service to Saipan on June 29 has sued the Commonwealth Ports Authority in federal court for implementing a 60-day moratorium on all new flights which include those of Beijing Capital Airlines Co. Ltd. The Torres administration said the governor has received a copy of the lawsuit which is now under review.

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Regional Workshop Looks At Role Of Immigration On Labor

 

The role of immigration on labour is the focus of a Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (P.I.F.S) workshop at this week’s Secretariat of the Pacific Immigration Directors Conference (P.I.D.C) in Samoa. The conference theme is “Our Waka: Advancing Approaches to Regional Migration Challenges for a Safe and Prosperous Pacific”.  The workshop will be an information-sharing opportunity for both the Forum Secretariat and P.I.D.C delegates.

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Legal Experts Say Australia Is 'Flouting International Law' With Manus Detention

 

As pressure mounts on refugees to leave the Manus Island detention centre, legal experts warn Australia could be flouting international law. After four years of imprisonment in Papua New Guinea, asylum seekers are being returned to the countries they fled. The Kurdish journalist and detainee Behrouz Boochani said conditions continued to be deliberately degraded in the Australian run centre as its October closure date drew closer.

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Tongan Parliament To Weigh In On Hosting Of 2019 Pacific Games

 

The Tongan Parliament has only 10 days to go before it must certify whether or not Tonga will host the 2019 Pacific Games. It must also pass the national budget for the 2017-2018 financial year due to start on 1 July 2017. On top of these pressing issues, are a Motion, a Petition and Bills that parliament have to deal with within its remaining five normal working days.

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U.S. Defense Secretary: Troops In Guam Are 'Stabilizing Element In The Asia-Pacific Region'

 

Forward-deployed military forces are a stabilizing element in the Asia-Pacific region, Defense Secretary James Mattis said during a recent budget hearing by the House Armed Services Committee. Mattis responded to questions by committee member Guam Del. Madeleine Bordallo, who asked about the importance of forward-deployed forces and regional alliances.

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Descendants Of Solomon Islands Slaves In Fiji Look Forward To Duel Citizenship

 

The descendants of Solomon Islands' slave labourers living in Fiji say they hope dual citizenship legislation being proposed in the Solomons will help them reconnect with long lost relatives. In the mid-nineteenth century more than 60,000 Pacific Islanders from Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and Niue were coerced to work on canefields in Australia and Fiji through trickery and kidnapping, a practice known as Blackbirding.

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Governor General Of PNG To Be Knighted By Queen Elizabeth II

 

Governo-General Bob Dadae will be travelling to London for his investiture by Queen Elizabeth at Buckingham Palace next week. A statement from Government House said Dadae would be bestowed the Knight of the Most Distinguished Order of St Michael and St George (GCMG). He will be accompanied by wife Hannah Dadae to London.

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