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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center

With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Regional Foreign Ministers Acknowledge Progress In Fiji
Australian, New Zealand officials encouraged by visit

More Administrative Reductions Expected For CNMI Medical Center
60 out of 600 employees so far affected by reduction in force

Solomons Lawyers Challenge Legality Of PM’s Deportation Order
Removal of accused businessman allegedly up to court, not PM

Timor-Leste Police Break-Up May Day Demonstration
Protestors march on hotel over layoffs, low wages

Overseas Workers Given Chance To Vote In Vanuatu Election
Forms to be sent to New Zealand for seasonal workers

West Papuans Claim Leadership On Military Hit-List
‘Special forces’ unit allegedly targeting movement leaders

Subsidies Proposed To Support Local Am. Samoa Farmers
Funding hoped to balance high costs of agricultural supplies

PNG Military Deployed To Highlands For Pre-Election Operations
3,000 troops expected during national polling period

Rotational Status Of Marine Personnel On Guam Uncertain
Administration told most marines on six-month rotation

Former Tahiti President Appeals To Change Trial Location
Gaston Flosse concerned local trial would be biased

Leadership Training Launched For Tonga School Principals
Ethics, morals emphasized as part of Pacific Leadership Program

Fiji Pension Fund Releases Over $53 Million To Members
Majority of recipients join new pension scheme

CNMI Senate Approves Additional Loan Monies For Hospital
Line of credit increase awaits governor’s authorization

Sir Michael Somare Yet To Reveal Plans For Election Bid
Grand Chief claims O’Neill lacks plans for PNG

NMI Retirement Fund May Recover $425,000 In Overpaid Benefits
Overtime, compensation payments scrutinized carefully

Fiji Pine Chip Shipment Sits Unused In Japanese Port
Company courts overseas Asian markets as demand decreases

Trigana Air Urged To Resume Services To Mulia, West Papua
Supplies on hold while services grounded over security issues

Company Dismisses PNG Deputy PM’s Illegal Logging Claims
Rimbunan Hijau licenses revoked by Namah, restored by court





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