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Oct

Public Debt In CNMI Drops; Guam's More Than Doubles

 

In terms of public debt, the CNMI is doing better than Guam, based on the U.S. Government Accountability Office’s public debt report on the five U.S. territories. According to the report, the CNMI’s public debt went down from $251.7 million in fiscal year 2005 to $144.7 million in fiscal year 2015—a decline of $107 million. Comparatively, Guam’s public debt more than doubled—from almost $1 billion in fiscal year 2005 to $2.5 billion in fiscal year 2015, the GAO report noted.

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13
Oct

Solomon Islands PM Reshuffles Two Cabinet Members

 

Solomon Islands prime minister, Manasseh Sogavare has reshuffled two of his senior cabinet ministers. Snyder Rini who had been the minister of finance since 2014 is now the minister of fisheries. John Maneniaru who was the fisheries minister is now the minister of finance.

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13
Oct

Applications Being Accepted For Young Pacific Leaders Conference

 

The fifth Young Pacific Leaders Conference in Honolulu, Hawai‘i will take place January 16-18, 2018, through a partnership between the East-West Center's Pacific Islands Development Program (PIDP) and the U.S. Department of State.  

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Wed
11
Oct

Activity At Vanuatu Volcano Continue At Low-Level; PM Visits Evacuees

 

The frequent volcano rumblings felt on Ambae and surface events seen from neighboring islands of Maewo, Pentecost and even Santo are ideal settings of a volcano experiencing minor eruption categorized at alert level 3. This was the reply from the Manager of the Geo-hazards Department, Esline Bule, when sought to clarify public concerns on the increasing number of eruptions at the volcano causing more fear among the people.

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11
Oct

Some Election Petitions In PNG Thrown Out, Some Still Alive

 

National Capital District Governor Powes Parkop and Moresby Northwest MP Sir Mekere Morauta are defending their recent election victories in the Waigani National Court of Disputed Returns. They were among victors of the 2017 National Election whose wins had been challenged by losing candidates.

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Wed
11
Oct

U.S. Expected To Exercise Right Under Compact To Use Palau Land

 

By the time Palauans gather to celebrate their nation’s 23rd Independence Day on October 1, a diplomatic note is expected to have arrived from the United States government formally exercising its right under the Compact of Free Association to use additional lands not identified under the compact agreement. That provision obligates Palau to provide land without compensation.

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11
Oct

Taiwan Wants Fiji To Reopen Trade Mission In Taipei

 

Taiwan wants to reengage with Fiji. The country has called on the Fijian Government to reconsider re-opening its trade mission in Taipei. Taiwanese director general for International Information Services under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Paul Kuoboug Chang, said Taiwan was worried with main land China's growing presence in the South Pacific.

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Oct

Samoe Immigration Officer Suspended Over Passport Sale Investigation

 

Samoa’s Immigration Office has suspended an Immigration employee while they investigate the alleged sale of Samoan passports online.  David Nomereta Uaine, the suspended officer, confirmed the decision when he was contacted by the Samoa Observer. He said he was informed of his suspension yesterday.  “They already told me about it,” Mr. Uaine said during an interview with the Samoa Observer over the phone. 

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Oct

Solomon Islands Police Commended For Gender Equality Efforts

 

A visiting academic from the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji, commends the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) for implementing the executive decision of recruiting equal number of males and females into its new recruit intake every year. Dr Danielle Watson, Coordinator of the Pacific Policing Program at the USP, was invited as a Guest Speaker at the Conference of Provincial Police Commanders and Directors currently underway in Honiara.

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Oct

Tonga Holds First National Mental Health, Disability Symposium

 

Do not look at our disabilities but focus on our abilities, said Rhema Misser a person living with physical disability for 54-years during the opening of the first "Langi Ma’a: Tonga National Mental Health and Disabilities Symposium" on October 9-13. Rhema said often at times people look at them living with disabilities, with the idea they are good for nothing.

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