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Oct

APEC Transport Ministers Arrive For Meeting In Papua New Guinea

 

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is set to officially open the 10th Transport Ministerial Meeting tomorrow, the first of the 200 meetings leading up to the main event in November, 2018. By yesterday afternoon, about nine country ministers had arrived in PNG, and the rest will arrive today in time for the meeting tomorrow.Yesterday morning, two F/A-18 Super Hornets from Australia arrived in Port Moresby for a showdown before returning to Townsville, where they started their journey.

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Oct

Seized Vietnamese Blue Boats To Be Destroyed By Solomon Islands

 

The three Vietnamese Blue Boats will be destroyed as soon as possible. Ministry of Fisheries and Marine Resource under-secretary Ferral Lasi told the Solomon Star the recent delay to destroy the boats is based on an arrangement with Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA). He said under the arrangement, a research team contracted by an Australian university wants to do reconnaissance exercise with one of the blue boats.

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Oct

Tongan Cardinal Says Religious Leaders Should Stay Out Of Politics

 

Cardinal Mafi of Tonga this week has emphasized that religious leaders should not get involved in politics. He was speaking at a a National Dialogue to ‘Identify Leadership Contribution to Tonga’s Journey to a Democratic Society.’ He referred to the late 20th century when the involvement of religions in Tongan politics happened at a time when Tonga was surging for a more democratic system of government. 

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06
Oct

Commission Of Inquiry Finds Family Violence 'Normalized' In Samoa

 

As Samoa's Commission of Inquiry into Family Violence draws to a close the public presentations over the last three weeks have sent a clear message. The message is that problem is very real,and on the rise, and the overwhelming consensus is for action to be taken. Many presentations indicated that domestic violence has become normalised in Samoan society. Everyone agreed that a holistic approach is needed to tackle violence in the home.

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06
Oct

United Airlines Plans To Reduce Flights Between Guam, Japan

 

United Airlines early next year will stop flights between Guam and Sapporo, Japan, and reduce the number of flights between Guam and other Japanese cities, United Airlines President Scott Kirby announced this week in an email to United employees. The announcement comes after Guam's other U.S.-flagged air carrier, Delta Air Lines, recently announced it would to stop flying to Guam entirely, after more than 30 years.

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06
Oct

California Fijians Angry About Prime Minister's Visit

 

There is anger in the Fijian community in California that prime minister Frank Bainimarama is the chief guest at Fiji Day celebrations this weekend. The vice president of the Fiji Indigenous Peoples Foundation, Ratu Manasa Kikau, said in ten years of ruling Fiji Mr Bainimarama has committed human rights abuses, violated freedom of speech, movement and expression.

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06
Oct

Drought Warning Issued As Rarotonga Water Supplies Diminish

 

Rapidly dwindling water supplies on Rarotonga have prompted Level Three drought warning. The warning was issued yesterday afternoon by Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) director Jaime Short. Level 1 is normal, while Level 5 is regarded as a severe emergency. Infrastructure Cook Islands is urging Rarotonga residents to curb water use, but the situation has already become critical on northern parts of the island.

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06
Oct

Niue Announces Marine Conservation Park

 

Niue has announced a new marine park in a bid to conserve and protect its marine resources for future generations. The park will extend over 126,909 square kilometres, and encompasses the island itself, as well as various offshore reefs and submerged atolls. It makes up 40 percent of the nation's Exclusive Economic Zone and includes the Beveridge Reef, home to some of the highest densities of the threatened grey reef shraks found anywhere on earth.

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06
Oct

Internet Bandwidth On American Samoa To Increase 150 Times

 

American Samoa's bandwidth capacity will increase to 200 gigabits next year, more than 150 times the current capacity in the territory. The American Samoa Telecommunications Authority and Hawaii Submarine Cable have signed an amendment to their agreement for the installation of a cable connecting American Samoa to the Hawaiki cable, and the provision of international capacity to the mainland.

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06
Oct

Refugee At PNG's Manus Asylum Center Found Dead

 

A refugee from the Manus asylum centre was found dead with a cloth tied around his neck in the early hours of Monday. This is the second suicide in Manus this year; a refugee hung himself some months ago. The deceased identified as Rajeev Rajendran, 33, from Tamil, Sri Lanka was admitted earlier to Lorengau General Hospital last Friday after he tried to harm himself with a razor.

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