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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Lawyer: CNMI Retirement Fund Chapter 11 Filing Is Legal
Government intends to challenge eligibility for bankruptcy

PNG Inquiry Reveals Rabaul Queen Crew Unqualified For Duty
Operational and safety certifications allegedly bypassed

Man Confesses To Murdering German Tourist in Marquesas
Tourist allegedly raped local guide before being shot

More Details Of Marine Personnel Move To Guam Released
2,000 to be permanently stationed on island, not rotational

Sanford Appeals Fail To Dismiss Am. Samoa Pollution Charges
Federal court date set for July 30 as judge denies six appeal motions

Solomons Opposition Urges Action Over Sea Cucumber Trafficking
Asian businessman allegedly implicated in illegal export scandal

Poverty Divide Increasing Between Rural, Urban Fiji
Government says levels decreased overall, but still ‘uneven’

Vanuatu Custom Landowners Fight Malapoa Marina Construction
Ownership of contested area near existing harbor questioned

Fiji Journalist Davis Slams Radio Australia PINA Reporting
‘Revisionist’ news allegedly sought conflict where none arose

Pitcairn Marine Reserve May Provide Benefit To Broader Pacific
Conservation group looking to create largest-ever marine reserve

Tonga’s Royal International Hotel Undergoes Name Change
‘Scenic Hotel Tonga’ now under new ownership

PNG Military Troops Deployed To Secure Highlands Locations
Officials say callout would focus on ‘pre-election activities’

Guam Memorial Hospital Management Interrogated At Hearing
Past and present issues revisited during official assessment

Two Dead After PNG Police Chase Street Peddlers in Mt. Hagen
Police claim ‘failure to follow rules’ resulted in deaths

CNMI Government Urged To Provide $10 Million Hospital Subsidy
Without subsidies, divisions will be shut down, services culled

Fiji Conservation Efforts Focus On Local Shark Species
Scientists, businesses and tourists help to protect sharks

Solomons Businesses Join Save The Children To Fight STDs, Sexual Violence
Awareness focuses on prevention, protection of minors

Tongan Rugby Union Members Adopt New Constitution
‘Feuding’ personalities put aside differences to support sport

Vanuatu Government Revitalizes Epi Island Cocoa Farming
Co-op farming to benefit communities on and off the island

CNMI Senate To Discuss Indigenous Land Ownership Provisions
Amendment, abolishment considered for native land control rules





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