PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT

Pacific Islands Development Program/East-West Center
With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies/University of Hawai‘i

 

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hundreds May Be Lost After PNG Ferry Sinking
Reports allege Rabaul Queen had more than 700 aboard

O’Neill Defends Move To Suspend PNG Chief Justice
Injira barred from his office, constitutional crisis brewing

Vanuatu Braces As Cyclone Jasmine Closes In
Heavy winds, rain and flooding expected in southern islands

Russia, Solomons ‘Fast Track’ Diplomatic Relations
Countries to explore technical assistance, investment, education

New Zealand Law Magazine Defends Fiji Ad Ban
Law Society refuses to publicize government jobs

PNG Supreme Court Calls O’Neill, Somare Before Bench
After Chief Justice removal attempt, court orders rivals to appear

Palau’s Finance Minister Welcomes Oversight Of ADB Loan
Minority Senators question appropriateness of spending

CNMI Government Criticized For First Quarter Spending
$1.6 million in overspending offset by higher revenue

Samoa Police Conduct Internal Drug Investigation
Escorts for top officials allegedly possessed, used marijuana

RMI President Meets With Hawai‘i Governor, Senators
Commitments made to address Compact impact, other issues

Former Solomons PM Vows To Clear His Name
Philip to release report on Taiwan funding

Sarkozy Address To French Polynesia Met Warily
French president’s televised remarks met with skepticism

ADB Urges Cook Islands To Diversify Economy
Dependence on tourism alone leaves nation ‘vulnerable’

San Nikunau Crew Seeks Approval To Stay In U.S.
Crew from ship accused of pollution violations, fears retaliation

Samoa Tautua Party Opposes Women’s Seats Bill
Party says public’s view, matai requirements must be looked into

Second PNG Ferry Had Trouble In Bad Weather
Captain of Rabaul Queen’s ‘sister ship’ abandons trip

Tongan Lord Tu‘iha‘ateiho Hearing Set For March
Hearing to examine evidence of firearms charges

PNG Defense Head Claims Prior Knowledge Of Mutiny
Agwi was ‘fully aware that they were going to come’

Public Advised Not To Wander In Flooded Rakiraki
Fiji police warn community to stay put or risk arrest

CNMI Pension Fund In Need Of More Contributions
More money, deferred payments could save retirement fund

Vanuatu Ombudsman Seeks Prosecution Of Minister Iauko
Hopes police will act on violations of Leadership Code

Samoa’s Domestic Workers May See Jobs Improved
International Convention promotes ‘decent work for all’

PNG Opposition Leader Dismisses ‘Plot’ Allegations
Dame Carol Kidu to lead ‘constructive debate’ as third faction

CNMI Utility Loan To Fund 27 New Projects
Initiatives and projects part of stipulated orders

Fiji Tourism Revenues Jump Five Percent In 2011
$119 million annual revenue predicted to create 60,000 jobs

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