Phone ban

PORT VILA – The Samsung Notebook7 cellphone and Li-ion battery have been banned from air flights to, from and within Vanuatu. An Air Vanuatu manager confirmed the national airline started implementing the ban on the device and battery several months ago and last week the company re-emphasised its implementation of the ban.

Fillon opposes

PARIS – A proposal to turn French Polynesia into an associate state of France is being opposed by French presidential candidate Francois Fillon, the former prime minister and candidate of the Republicans. He took the stance in a document on his policies on French Polynesia after a veteran leader in Tahiti, Gaston Flosse, mooted the idea.

Cenac helps

PORT VILA – Commonwealth assistance to the Supreme Court of Vanuatu has strengthened the Pacific island’s capacity to deal with the volume of cases and the time they take to be processed. Cybelle Cenac, a Saint Lucian/British lawyer was deployed by the Commonwealth for 18 months as the Master or Associate Judge of the Supreme Court to introduce new procedures in the capital, Port Vila.

4.5m to vote

PORT MORESBY – About 4.5 million people will actually cast their votes from 5.6 million eligible Papua New Guinea voters who are registered on the 2017 Electoral Roll. The PNG Electoral Commissioner, Patilias Gamato, said in 2012 a total of 4.8 million people were registered as eligible voters on the roll, but only 3.7 million voters cast their votes.

ePhyto session

APIA – Samoa Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries with funding from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (DAWR), Australia held a stakeholders awareness session for the implementation of the electronic phytosanitary system (ePhyto) in Samoa last week.

Ah Young quits

APIA – The man in charge of the Samoa Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (SASNOC), Fa’amausili Taiva Ah Young, has resigned after three years at the helm. He said his decision to resign was driven by a desire to help the youth of Samoa.

Media urged

PORT MORESBY – Papua New Guinea’s first prime minister Sir Michael Somare has challenged the Papua New Guinea media not to be complacent. “Do not submit one or two stories a day and think that your job is done,” Sir Michael said.

Cruise change

SYDNEY – An end of season cyclone formed over the South Pacific’s Vanuatu islands has caused at least two cruise lines to reroute ships in the region. Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas — which departed Sydney on April 6 on a 13-night South Pacific and Fiji voyage — dropped a call to the Isles of Pines in New Caledonia on Monday in favour of a sea day to avoid Cyclone Cook.

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