West Papuans arrested for supporting ULMWP

PACNEWS – Reports of arrests of West Papuans by Indonesian security forces have increased in numbers since Thursday, as many gathered in anticipation of the Melanesian Spearhead Group decision on the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) membership. Reports from inside West Papua confirmed that 348 arrests since were made. ULMWP Secretary General, Octovianus…

MSG undergoes structural re-organisation

The Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) Secretariat is undergoing a major organizational restructure under the leadership of its new Director-General, Mr Amena Yauvoli as part of measures to address its precarious financial situation and ensure efficiency in carrying its mandates. Mr Yauvoli a former Fiji diplomat took helm of the organization after his appointment his appointment…

National Freshwater Aquaculture Centre re-opens in Vanuatu

Port Vila, Vanuatu – Vanuatu’s newly rehabilitated National Freshwater Aquaculture Centre which was severely damaged by Tropical Cyclone Pam last year, was officially re-opened in Port Vila on Friday (8 July). The ceremony was attended by Vanuatu’s Minister for Agriculture, Livestock, Biosecurity, Fisheries and Forestry, the Hon Matai Seremaia; Minister for Infrastructure and Public Utility,…

Wisil blazes in 100m

FIJI SUN – TOEA Wisil became Paciifc Island nations’ first female track and field athlete to qualify on merit for this year’s Rio Olympics. She didn’t need to as she had already got a Rio spot as one of two PNG athletes on the universality rule – which allows restricted numbers from weaker countries automatic…

Voting gets underway in Nauru

RNZI: Polling stations are now open in Nauru for the 2016 general election. Nearly eight thousand eligible voters are expected to cast their ballots, Saturday. Sixty seven candidates, four of whom are women, are competing for 19 parliamentary seats across Nauru’s eight multi-member constituencies. Twelve polling stations opened at nine o’clock this morning and will…

Cook Islands PM appointed new USP Chancellor

The 23rd Chancellor of The University of the South Pacific (USP) will be the Prime Minister of Cook Islands, Honourable Henry Puna, who has been appointed to serve in the role from 1 July, 2016 for a term of one year. Honourable Puna will be formally installed during USP’s Laucala graduation ceremony on 26 August…