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Four people die in Solomon Islands sea tragedy in Central Province

HONIARA,17 AUGUST 2108 (SOLOMON STAR) – Four people are confirmed dead at sea while travelling from Toa to Burungia Village in the Central Province Wednesday in a motorised boat. Provincial Police Commander (PPC) Central Province,...

PNG aim high at Fiji qualifier, says Dawes

PORT MORESBY, 17 AUGUST 2018 (THE NATIONAL) – Papua New Guinea will take a team of young players to the 2020 ICC World T20 East Asia-Pacific qualifier with a winning mentality, says head coach and former Australian cricketer Joseph Dawes. To win the qualifier and progress to the regional final next year, PNG need to...

Fiji’s women hit form at hockey series

PORT VILA, 17 AUGUST 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Fiji doubled up with a pair of victories in the women’s tournament on day two of the Hockey Series event in Vanuatu. The top-ranked side in the competition first thrashed Tonga 13-0 in their morning fixture at the Wan Smolbag Hockey Stadium in Port Vila. They...

NZ and Tahiti book World Cup berths

PAPE’ETE, 17 AUGUST 2018 (OFC) – Tahiti will get their long awaited return to the FIFA U-20 World Cup after beating Solomon Islands 3-1 at Stade Pater Thursday to claim one of two berths for Poland 2019. Joining them will be New Zealand whose 2-1 victory over New Caledonia secured their berth in Poland. New...

Budget cut a worry says PNG Electoral Commissioner

PORT MORESBY, 16 AUGUST 2018 (POST COURIER) – Papua New Guinea Electoral Commissioner Patilias Gamato is concerned that he may be under-funded to conduct the Local Level Government (LLG) elections next year. He said he had asked for at least K289 million (US$88.6 million) for the elections, which had been postponed this year in order...

APEC looks at cervical cancer

PORT MORESBY, 16 AUGUST 2018 (POST COURIER) – The APEC life science innovation forum roundtable discussion on human papilloma virus and cervical cancer during SOM 3 brought together professionals from APEC regions to advance discussions on the two issues. Focus is now on how APEC economies advancing implementation of the APEC roadmap to discuss challenges,...

Landmark foreign buyer ban bill passes into law in NZ

WELLINGTON, 16 AUGUST 2018 (NZ HERALD) – A landmark bill banning overseas buyers from purchasing existing New Zealand homes has passed into law. But the real estate sector has hit back tonight, saying it will make little difference to house prices for New Zealand families struggling to afford their first home. Associate Finance Minister David...

Mediation call after New Caledonia mine closure

NOUMEA, 16 AUGUST 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – New Caledonia’s environmentalist group Rheebu Nuu has called for mediation over this week’s closure of the nickel mine in Kouaoua. The SLN nickel company closed its mining operations in Kouaoua indefinitely amid a blockade of the site by dozens of young people and after yet another arson attack...

New US$10 million boost for sustainable fishing and new jobs in Solomon Islands

NORO, 16 AUGUST 2108 (IFC) – IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, and the private sector window of the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program (GAFSP) have moved to further boost support for the fishing industry in Solomon Islands with a new US$10 million loan to National Fisheries Developments, Ltd. (NFD) The investment,...

Samoa visa free travel up for discussion: Peters

APIA, 16 AUGUST 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – Discussions on Samoa visa free travel to New Zealand may be on the table, says Winston Peters. The New Zealand Foreign Minister was in Apia recently to attend the one-day Forum Foreign Ministers conference. In an interview with the Samoa Observer, Peters was asked to comment on why...

Former UNDP administrator Helen Clark to visit Solomon Islands

HONIARA, 16 AUGUST 2018 (UNDP) – Helen Clark, former Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), will travel to Solomon Islands for a four-day visit next week from 20 – 23 August. Clark was Prime Minister of New Zealand for three successive terms from 1999 to 2008, and she was the first woman to...

Reporters Without Borders attacks Nauru over ABC ban

YAREN, 16 AUGUST 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has called on Nauru to rescind its decision to ban Australia’s public broadcaster, the ABC, from entering the country to cover next month’s leaders meeting of the Pacific Islands Forum. The Nauru government said the ban was due to the ABC’s blatant interference in...

American Samoa cannery seeks help with EPA permit

PAGOPAGO, 16 AUGUST 2018 (WIRES) – The owner of American Samoa’s StarKist cannery wants the territory’s help to sway the federal government. The US-based company is applying for a permit from the Environmental Protection Agency concerning discharge into the ocean from its Pago Pago cannery. A territorial official says StarKist’s expansion plans in American Samoa...

ANZ opens new world class branch in Kiribati

TARAWA, 16 AUGUST 2018 (ANZ) – There’s a new symbol of what world-class looks like in Kiribati, the most remote location in ANZ’s global network. ANZ Kiribati CEO, Finau Soqo, proudly opened the new ANZ office and branch with President Taneti Maamau, Minister of Finance and Economic Development Dr Teuea Touatu, government representatives and other...

Vanuatu Speaker says “sorry” to former deputy PM

PORT VILA, 16 AUGUST 2018 (VANUATU DAILY POST) – Vanua’aku Pati (VP) Member of Parliament (MP) Esmon Saimon has performed a custom reconciliation ceremony to VP interim President, Joe Natuman in Port Vila. The custom reconciliation ceremony held on Monday evening was purposely to iron out any differences and bad feelings which may have emerged...

Papua New Guinea has opportunities in carbon capture says ecologist Tim Flannery

BRISBANE, 16 AUGUST 2018 (BUSINESS ADVANTAGE PNG) – Papua New Guinea has opportunities in the emerging carbon capture techniques, climate change expert Professor Tim Flannery told the Business Advantage Papua New Guinea Investment Conference in Brisbane. He pointed to forests, soil and marine as potential commercial areas. “Sadly, we have come to an agreement very...

Address debt at leadership level: NZ foreign minister Peters

APIA, 16 AUGUST 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – The level of debts that Pacific Island nations owe to the Chinese government should be addressed at the leadership level, says Winston Peters. Speaking on the sidelines of the one-day Forum Foreign Ministers conference in Samoa recently, the New Zealand Foreign Minister echoed the sentiments of Tonga’s Prime...

Stead named head coach of New Zealand men’s cricket team on two-year deal

WELLINGTON, 16 AUGUST 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES)—Former New Zealand batsman Gary Stead has been named as the new head coach of the men’s national side, signing a two-year deal. The 46-year-old replaces Mike Hesson who resigned in June after six years in charge, saying he no longer felt he had “the capacity to give the...

Semi-final success offers major rewards

PAPE’ETE, 16 AUGUST 2018 (OFC) – In most competitions the final match of the tournament bears the biggest reward. However when the OFC U-19 Championship semi-finals kick-off today at Stade Pater in Tahiti, for the four competing nations the result at the end of the 90 minutes means everything. The winners from each encounter, New...

Vanuatu’s women win twice on home soil as Hockey Series begins in Port Vila

PORT VILA, 16 AUGUST 2018 (INSIDE THE GAMES) – Hosts Vanuatu won twice in the women’s tournament as the Hockey Series event in Port Vila began Tuesday. The home side first eased past Tonga 9-0 in their morning fixture at the Wan Smolbag Hockey Stadium. They then defeated Solomon Islands 4-2 in the later game...

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