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


Thursday, February 9, 2012

PNG Supreme Court To Discuss Political Cases Today
Lawyers suggest legitimacy of government be decided first

Cyclone Jasmine Damaged Homes, Crops In Vanuatu
Assessment teams head to southern Tafea province

Guam Buildup De-Linked From Okinawa Base Issue
Discussions between Japan and U.S. continue

Solomons Foreign Minister Denies ‘Checkbook’ Diplomacy
Shanel says Russia didn’t raise South Ossetia, Abhkazia in Fiji

Tahiti Opposition Denounces French Property Sale
Paris building includes offices for government, tourism officials

Fiji Regulation Use Challenged By Graffiti Protestor
Accused says Public Emergency Regulations used ‘repressively’

US Army Vessel Rescues Disabled Boat In Marshalls
Enin Meto’s engines failed with 101 people aboard

FSM Congress Considers Making EEZ Marine Sanctuary
Resolution would protect sharks, rays, dolphins, whales

Samoa To Centralize Produce Exports In Auckland
Trade commissioner hopes to ‘remove the middle man’

Indonesian Police Office Shot Near Freeport Mine
Allegedly killed by members of Papuan separatist group

PNG Pays To Get ExxonMobil Airport Project On Track
$4.5 million allocated to clear road blocked by landslide

Fiji’s Namosi Mine Disputes Pollution Accusations
Sulfur, heavy metals allegedly leaching into surrounding land

Yacht Owner Shocked To Find Missing Vessel In Cooks
Boat was to be sold to missing Kiwi accused of sex crimes

FSM Looks To Modify Credentials Of Trust Fund Committee
Changes would expand pool of talent eligible to serve

PNG Electoral Rolls Behind Schedule, Source Says
Many irregularities, delays may see use of 2007 rolls

Tahiti Parties Disagree Over Sarkozy’s Speech
French president’s message ‘contradicted by reality’

PNG NGO Calls On Otaga Museum To Return Artifacts
Curator says local people gave permission to keep artwork

Am. Samoa Hospital Announces Plans For Almost 200 Layoffs
Hospital CEO expresses ‘regret’ at current financial situation

Food Shortages Predicted For Flooded Areas In Fiji
Root crops, vegetables ‘ruined’ in Western Division

Betel Nut Sales Banned In Honiara Town
Backlash from vendors, who can still sell outside town, expected

PNG Leader Visits Lae To Support Ferry Victims
243 survivors recovering in Lae, 180 reported still missing

‘Chilling’ New Fiji Media Decree Worries Educator
Law may be used to ‘flush out’ critics, opponents of government

Australian Kava Ban Prompts Legal Action
Ceremonial drink punishable by jail time in Australia

CNMI To Push Government Streamlining Before 2013
Officials call to consolidate positions, reduce overall size

Samoa Officials Disagree Over School Closures
While some high schools to be upgraded, Vaipouli will close

Cook Islands Weathers Tropical Cyclone Effects
High winds, rough seas expected through next week



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