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On Eve Of PNG Election; Poll Shows Incumbent Leaders Likely To Return

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill, Opposition Leader Don Polye, National Alliance Patrick Pruaitch, Pangu Party’s Sam Basil, and other party leaders have been tipped to retain their seats in the National Election, according to a latest opinion poll. As the election campaign comes to an end at midnight today and polling starts next week, the opinion poll conducted and published by the Mell Review magazine – a first of its kind, gives an insight on the likely outcome of election results.

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Sea-Level Rise Washing Away Coastline In Solomons' Russell Islands

 

It is an issue many Solomon Islanders ignore. But just a 90-minute boat ride from the capital, climate change is destroying land and the livelihoods of many islanders. Sea level rises have become a major concern for Russell Islanders, with huge chunks of coastline in the area now washed away.

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Guam Governor Proposes $125 Million Bond, Tax Increases To Help Struggling Hospital

 

Gov. Eddie Calvo on Wednesday announced plans to float a $125 million bond and increase the island’s Gross Receipts Tax to benefit the Guam Memorial Hospital Authority. The governor’s proposed measure, similar to a bill he sent to lawmakers last year that died in committee, is expected to be submitted to the Legislature by the end of the week.

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Fisheries Ministers Urged To Capitalize On Success Of PNA To Add Value To Industry

 

Government ministers from Pacific islands that control a lucrative tuna fishery were urged to capitalize on the global focus on ocean conservation to expand their internationally recognized initiatives. The annual meeting of ministers representing the Parties to the Nauru Agreement or PNA opened in Majuro Wednesday with Marshall Islands President Hilda Heine recognizing the organization for growing the fisheries revenue of members nations from about $60 million to nearly $500 million in seven years.

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Crowd At PNG PM's Election Rally Turns Violent

 

Papua New Guinea's prime minister had to be whisked to safety after an angry crowd stormed an election rally yesterday. Peter O'Neill was campaigning for his People's National Congress party in Tari, the capital of Hela province. Papua New Guinea's prime minister had to be whisked to safety after an angry crowd stormed an election rally yesterday.

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American Samoa Director Of Commerce: Another Wage Hike Will Be 'Final Nail In The Coffin'

 

Another federally mandated minimum wage hike following last year’s closure of Samoa Tuna Processors (STP) Inc., would be a devastating blow to American Samoa’s economy and a “final nail in the coffin,” says Commerce Department director Keniseli Lafaele. Congresswoman Aumua Amata introduced Tuesday in the US House federal legislation, “Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007”, which Aumua explained in a news release would  restore the system in place prior to 2007, when minimum wages were set by a Special Industry Committee, appointed by the US Secretary of Labor.

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CNMI Port Authority Reverses Course On Suspension Of New Flights

 

A day after it was sued in federal court by Beijing Capital Airlines, the Commonwealth Ports Authority announced the imposition of an indefinite stay on CPA Resolution 17-03 which suspends all new airlines from coming into the CNMI for 60 days. According to a notice issued by CPA Executive Director Chris Tenorio on Thursday afternoon, while they are still waiting for the U.S. Department of Transportation review and response, they will receive new flights, provided the airlines comply with all federal and CPA regulations.

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PM, In Role As Rugby Chairman, Calls On Samoans Worldwide To Support Manu Samoa

 

In his capacity as Chairman of the Samoa Rugby Union, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Sailele Malielegaoi has issued a public appeal for Samoans worldwide to remain true to their faith by supporting the country’s Manu Samoa. He made the appeal in Parliament this morning during the 2017-2018 Budget Estimates debate noting that this Friday’s international fixture against the Red Dragons from Wales is crucial for Manu Samoa’s build up to the next World Cup.

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Bougainville Landowners Will Never Accept BCL Back To Operate Panguna

 

The head of a landowners group controlling the site of the Panguna mine in Papua New Guinea's Bougainville says it is keen to see a resumption of mining but will always be opposed to the return of Bougainville Copper Ltd. BCL was the operator of the mine up to the outbreak of the civil war.

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Guam Employer Found Guilty Of Subjecting Foreign Workers To 'Slave-Like' Conditions

 

Steven Wang, the contractor who subjected hundreds of non-immigrant foreign workers to “slave-like” conditions, was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison on Wednesday. A Tamuning resident, Wang previously pleaded guilty to multiple charges, including mail fraud, visa fraud, money laundering and willful failure to remit taxes withheld from workers’ paychecks.

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