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Anti corruption bill in Solomon Islands broad base : PM Hou

HONIARA, 20 JULY 2018 (SOLOMON STAR) — Solomon Islands Prime Minister, Rick Hou, has tabled the ‘Anti-Corruption Bill 2017’ in Parliament after it was withdrawn last year by his former predecessor, Manasseh Sogavare. The Bill...

Tonga lags on plastic bag ban as SPREP warns Islands cannot be complacent about pollution

NUKU’ALOFA, 20 JULY 2018 (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) – Eight million tonnes of plastic are added to the Pacific each year, but Tonga has still not joined the growing number of Pacific islands banning single use plastic bags. Vanuatu has already banned the bags, as have other Pacific nations that have banned single use plastic shopping...

Australian farming robot trialled in Fiji amid food shortage crisis

SUVA, 20 JULY 2018 (ABC) – The Pacific Islands are experiencing a food shortage, but could Australian robot technology save the day? A project run by the Australian Centre for Field Robotics and funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is working on a robust, low-cost robot that could help farmers in...

Santos in talks on proposal to buy into PNG gas field

PORT MORESBY, 20 JULY 2018 (THE FINANCIAL REVIEW) – Santos has revealed it is considering a formal proposal to invest in a promising gas field in Papua New Guinea, underscoring it is back on the growth path and wants to beef up its position in the important LNG sector. The company, which in May knocked...

Consider investing in Fiji, PNG businesses told

SUVA, 20 JULY 2018 (POST COURIER) – The call for free-trade with Fiji is gaining traction with more Papua New Guinean companies moving to invest substantially in Fiji’s stable economy. Likewise, Fijians are encouraged to invest in PNG given its broad-based economy riding on rich mineral and petroleum projects and abundant agricultural potential. Former long-time...

World Cup Pussy Riot pitch intruders jailed for 15 days

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A Moscow court on Monday handed down 15-day jail sentences on four members of the Pussy Riot protest group who interrupted Sunday’s World Cup final between France and Croatia when they ran onto the pitch wearing fake police uniforms. The pitch invasion by members of the punk band early in the second...

13 goal affair followed by scoreless draw

NUKU’ALOFA, Q8 JULY 2018 (OFC) – Samoa have all but secured passage to the OFC U-16 Championship in Solomon Islands after a 10-3 battering of American Samoa at the Qualifier in Tonga and were helped along when the hosts played out a scoreless draw with Cook Islands. With six points from two games Samoa have...

All Blacks Sevens, Fiji enjoy contrasting preparations for World Cup

AUCKLAND, 18 JULY 2018 (TVNZ) – The preparations of great sevens rivals New Zealand and Fiji for the Sevens World Cup are in stark contrast, with All Blacks Sevens coach Clark Laidlaw admitting time will tell whether his team’s approach was correct. Laidlaw told 1 NEWS it was important to find the balance while preparing...

PTI features nine Pacific exporters at Auckland Food Show

AUCKLAND, 18 JULY 2018 (PACIFIC PERISCOPE) – Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) New Zealand is hosting nine Pacific food and beverage exporters from around the Pacific Islands region at the Auckland Food Show between 26 and 29 July. The show is Auckland’s largest food and beverage event. The PTI-hosted participating companies displaying and selling products are...

Abel: PNG Government reviews issues that contribute to economic downturn

PORT MORESBY, 18 JULY 2018 (POST COURIER) – The Papua New Guinea government is reviewing the structural issues that contribute to economic downturn resulting in issues like shortage in foreign exchange. Deputy Prime Minister and Treasury Minister Charles Abel told Parliament when responding to questions from former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta. Abel said it...

Kiribati reserve fund to reach a billion-dollar mark in 2020

TARAWA, 18 JULY 2018 (RADIO KIRIBATI) – Kiribati President Taneti Maamau says the value of the Government’s Reserve Fund kept overseas continues to increase. President Taneti Maamau made the statement in his keynote address during the 39th National Day’s celebration at the Reuben K Uatioa stadium in Bairiki. Maamau said the value of the fund...

Kids fly free on Air Kiribati

TARAWA, 18 JULY 2018 (AIR KIRIBATI) – Air Kiribati CEO, Tarataake Teannaki, has announced that Air Kiribati has launched its new fare promotion “Kids Fly Free” on its international air services to Funafuti and Honiara. The promotion allows a paying adult to have one child between the ages of 2 and 11 to accompany them...

Nauru asylum seeker’s body flown to Brisbane after emotional standoff

YAREN, 18 JULY 2108 (THE GUARDIAN) — The body of Fariborz Karami, the Iranian asylum seeker who took his own life on Nauru more than a month ago, has been flown to Brisbane after an emotional standoff about where he would be buried and donations from anonymous philanthropists in Australia to cover the cost of...

French government participant in New Caledonia referendum process – Philippe

NOUMEA, 18 JULY 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – The French prime minister Edouard Philippe says in New Caledonia’s independence referendum the French government is not an arbiter but a participant in the process. Philippe made the comment after he was called on by a French Polynesian parliamentarian for France to show the impartiality of a referee....

PNG government is proceeding with cancellation of Indonesian fugitive passport, says PM O’Neill

PORT MORESBY, 18 JULY 2018 (POST COURIER) – The Papua New Guinea is taking steps to revoke the PNG passport and APEC card of controversial Indonesian businessman Joko Tjandra aka Joe Chan that was issued illegally by PNG authorities. Prime Minister Peter O’Neill told Parliament Tuesday that people involved in facilitating the processing of his...

Chinese MOFA disputes ‘meddling’ in South Pacific

BEIJING, 18 JULY 2018 (CGTN) – The US and Australia are expected to hold its annual consultations on foreign affairs and national security next week. Media reports say China’s so-called “meddling” in the South Pacific will be on the agenda of the meeting. The Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying says China hopes the meeting’s...

Tongan passport becomes more powerful in the 2018 Henley Passport Index

NUKU’ALOFA, (KANIVA TONGA NEWS) – The Tongan passport has moved up six places in a global ranking reaching the strongest position it ever has since the Henley Passport Index 13 years history. The ranking has been released after the Index compared each nation for its ease of travelling around the world. The Tongan passport is...

Twin outbreak in Morobe, Meales follow polio

PORT MORESBY, 16 JULY 2018 (THE NATIONAL) – Still reeling from an outbreak of polio, Morobe in Papua New Guinea has been struck by measles, with at least three cases confirmed in the province. Provincial health programme adviser Micah Yawing told The National on Friday that the measles outbreak was likely to give health resources...

Former PNG PM says APEC isn’t what it seems

PORT MORESBY, 16 JULY 2018 (POST COURIER) — Papua New Guineans should not allow themselves to be fooled into believing that the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in November this year will transform the economy of the country. Former Prime Minister and Moresby North-West MP Sir Mekere Morauta has warned people not to fall...

India training set to enhance climate early warning systems in the Pacific

SUVA, 16 JULY 2018 (UNDP) – Seventeen Pacific representatives travelled to Roorkee, India for a one-month intensive and specialized training as part of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Climate Early Warning Systems in Pacific Island Countries Project. The Climate Early Warning Systems in Pacific Island Countries Project is an initiative funded by the UN-India...

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