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Urgent issue

PORT MORESBY (NBC NEWS PNG) – There is currently no real monitoring system for volcanoes in the Papua New Guinea. East Sepik Governor Allan Bird made the observation on national broadcaster’s Holiday PNG Programme on Thursday saying the country needs to prioritise this issue immediately.

Bid rejected

PORT MORESBY (ABC NEWS) – Bougainville Copper Ltd (BCL) has been told its bid to extend an exploration licence over its Panguna site was rejected because of divisions among landowners. “They (the Bougainville Government) said it was a tight split between approval for mining and non-approval for mining and it was too close and they felt that it might lead to conflict,” BCL company secretary Mark Hitchcock said.

Pasifika festival

WELLINGTON (RNZ) – New Zealand’s capital city, Wellington, will play host to a Pasifika Festival today. It will be held at Odlins Plaza on the waterfront and feature performances by traditional and contemporary Pacific artists.

Plans failed

PAGOPAGO (RNZ) – The American Samoa government’s plans to set up a multi-line food processing plant at the Tafuna Industrial Park “have come to a close”, after efforts to attract investors failed. AVM had proposed to invest $US106 million ($F213m) to set up the processing plant, with the first phase of the project being the juice line, and the second phase being fish-based processing.

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