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Fiji NFP Leader Files Complaint Against Fiji Sun For Publishing 'Hate Letter'

 

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad says their complaint against the Fiji Sun for a letter published in the paper is not an attack on press freedom. This is after the NFP lodged a police complaint yesterday accusing the daily of inciting communal antagonism against the NFP by publishing the letter. Penned by Parmesh Prasad, the letter appeared on Monday, October 9.

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National University Of Samoa Continues Effort To Provide High Standard Education

 

The National University of Samoa (N.U.S) continues to provide a high standard of education for its students after the second signing of a memorandum between the N.U.S and the Samoa Qualifications Authority yesterday. The M.O.U was signed by the Chairperson of S.Q.A’s Board of Directors, Gatoloaifa’ana Tilianamua Afamasaga and N.U.S Vice Chancellor, Professor Fui Asofou So’o.

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Judge Refuses To Fully Dismiss Earthjustice Lawsuit Against CNMI Military Buildup

 

A federal judge on Friday decided that a lawsuit that challenges the military’s training plans for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands should not be entirely dismissed, as requested by the military. But Chief Judge Ramona Manglona agreed with the military’s argument that one of the issues raised by opponents should be dismissed  - specifically, the argument that the military failed to properly examine the possibility of training somewhere else.

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Leaked Letter Raises More Questions About Solomons Government Relations With Mining Company

 

Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare appears to have an “intimate relationship” with the controversial Bintan Mining (Solomon Islands) Limited, an overseas miner extracting bauxite deposits on Rennell island, Renbel Province. This intimate relationship is further evidenced by a recently leaked letter, which the Prime Minister wrote to the general manager of the company.

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PNG Treasurer: 'Significant Progress' Being Made To Reign In Government Spending

 

Treasurer Charles Abel says significant progress is being made towards restoring discipline and containing costs as the Government reaches the halfway mark of its 100-day 25-point plan. Abel told The National that the main area being reviewed was Government salaries, with a reconciliation and audit process on it underway.

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Tonga, New Zealand Ombudsmen Establish Close Working Relationship

 

New Zealand's Chief Ombudsman, Mr Peter Boshier, is visiting Tonga for three days, from 11-13 October to establish a close working relationship between his office and his Tongan counterpart, Tonga’s Ombudsman, ‘Aisea Taumoepeau. Peter aims to persuade the New Zealand Parliament to finance the establishment of a part of his office to work closely with the Pacific Islands. “Doing training and secondment.” Peter meanwhile represent Tonga at the International Ombudsman Institute IOI.

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Simultaneous Disasters Shows Need For More International Cooperation: Commonwealth

 

The Commonwealth Secretary-General says the Pacific and other regions could benefit from greater collaboration in response to natural disasters. According to Patricia Scotland, there is a new phenomenon where multiple regions of the world are being hit by natural disasters simultaneously. Speaking in Washington where a Commonwealth Finance Ministers meeting is underway, she said there's a need to get "smarter" and more systematic in response to disasters.

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Oct

Unrest In PNG's Southern Highlands Province Calm At The Moment

 

Police in Papua New Guinea say unrest has abated in the Southern Highlands capital Mendi. Violence has lingered in the province since the general election began in June, and surged again this month amid delayed results. Rioting forced many businesses in Mendi to close two weeks ago after the death of two policemen in election-related violence.

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American Samoa Demand Answers From Fisheries Management Council Conference

 

Due to the many concerns from members of the House Agriculture, Marine & Wildlife and Forestry Committee, on the issues of Federal regulations that affect fisheries in American Samoa, the director of the Department of Marine Wildlife Resource, Va’amua Henry Sesepasara, asked House members to make sure they voice all questions and frustrations to members of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (WPFMC) when their annual conference convenes next week.

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Fiji Opposition Slams What It Calls 'Militarization Of Police'

 

The opposition SODELPA party in Fiji has deplored the government's decision to transfer police powers to the military. The military confirmed last week a task force was being formed from which soldiers would respond to robberies and other crimes. The Leader of the opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa has called on the people to oppose the move which she calls a step towards cementing constitutional dictatorship in Fiji.

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