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Thursday, May 24, 2012

PNG Judges Threatened With Arrest After Somare Court Decision
Peter O’Neill contends Somare has ‘no mandate’ to act as PM

Guam Buildup Construction Funds Reportedly Dumped By U.S. Senate
Guam officials not surprised since DOD master plan still unclear

New Caledonia Union Members Protest High Cost Of Living
Government to give announcement on ‘progress’ soon

Cook Islands Opposition Critical Of Speaker’s Appointment
Appointment of unelected speaker shows lack of confidence in PM’s Party

CNMI Utilities Corporation Placed Under State Of Emergency
Officials question appropriateness of governor’s declaration

Tonga School Receives New Zealand University Equipment Donation
Multimedia equipment to be used by journalism, media students

Pacific Media Centre Condemns Censure Of Kiribati Newspaper
Government attempt to ‘muzzle’ paper allegedly motivated by politics

2014 Fiji Elections Voter Registration Personnel Training To Begin
1,400 applicants approved for electronic voter registration work

Vanuatu Police Commissioner Allegedly On Leave After Crime Wave
Government mum over rumors that official put on forced leave

Niue MP Slams Planned Government Broadcast Media Reorganization
Official concerned government control may decrease transparency

French Polynesia Nuclear Compensation Cases Heard In Court
French lawyers dispute four claims over radiation exposure

Cook Islands Pension To Penalize Employers For Late Contributions
Timeliness of payments improved after fee announcement

PNG Maritime Safety Authority Reveals Lack Of Qualified Staff
Authority commends working staff, but more surveyors needed

900 Retirees Yet To Choose Pension Fund Options In Fiji
Funds will not be released unless plan is validated

CNMI Fund Contribution Rollover Bill Recall Shelved By Speaker
Measure allows withdrawal of up to 50% of contributions, veto promised

French Polynesia Voters: 45 Candidates For 3 Seats Is ‘Too Many’
Gaston Tong Sang campaign team pushes for ‘serious candidates’

New Caledonia Passes Regulations For Kava Drinking Locales
$4,700 fine imposed for failing to renew two-year license



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