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22

Jan '19

22 Jan 2019

Pacific and General

Australia expands Pacific labour scheme to win influence in region

Fijians will be allowed to work in Australia for up to three years, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Thursday, as Canberra expands a regional labour scheme in a bid to win favor with its...

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22

Jan '19

22 Jan 2019

Vanuatu

Ambae people welcome Vanuatu government support

Custom chiefs from Ambae have welcomed the Vanuatu government's decision to feed the people of Ambae island for four more months while they plant their gardens. Ambaeans who have already...

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21

Jan '19

21 Jan 2019

Vanuatu

Hundreds relocated as volcano erupts on Vanuatu's Ambrym

Six hundred and eighty-five people on the Vanuatu island of Ambrym have been ordered to relocate to safe zones as the island's volcano continues to erupt. Earthquakes triggered by the eruption...

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21

Jan '19

21 Jan 2019

Samoa

Samoa opens first hydropower plant

The first hydropower plant has been opened on the Samoa island of Savai'i.   The $US1.7 million plant, near the villages of Ga'utavai and Sili, feeds electricity to some 800 houses. The...

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16

Jan '19

16 Jan 2019

Vanuatu

Quake of 6.6 magnitude strikes off Vanuatu coast

An earthquake of 6.6 magnitude struck off the coast of Vanuatu, the US Geological Survey reported.   The quake was 105km west north west of Sola, Vanuatu, at depth of 46.9 km. There were...

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16

Jan '19

16 Jan 2019

Vanuatu

Vanuatu police warn about seasonal work scammers

Vanuatu's Police Fraud Unit has warned about scammers targeting seasonal workers, saying it has a number of registered cases related to this area. A spokesman for the Fraud Unit has called on...

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09

Jan '19

9 Jan 2019

Solomon Islands

Solomons police say people ignoring weather warnings

Police in Solomon Islands are concerned that people have taken bad weather warnings lightly over the past few weeks. Supervising Commissioner Juanita Matanga said she had come across a number of...

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08

Jan '19

8 Jan 2019

Fiji

Fiji Kids Charity Supports Government Education Plans

A charity organisation in Sigatoka supported by local and international corporate bodies continues to complement the Government’s plans for the education sector. The organisation celebrates...

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08

Jan '19

8 Jan 2019

Samoa

More public awareness needed on diabetes

More awareness needs to be done in Samoa on the dangers of non-communicable diseases such as diabetes. That is the view of Dr. Xiaokun Gang, who specialises in endocrinology and works at the...

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08

Jan '19

8 Jan 2019

Pacific and General

Red Cross steps up operations to deal with Pacific weather

Hundreds of Red Cross volunteers thoughout the region have been mobilised over the past fortnight to deal with the bad weather pummelling several Pacific islands. Local arms of the charity in...

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20

Dec '18

20 Dec 2018

Vanuatu

Vanuatu uses drones to deliver vaccines to remote island

A baby on a small Pacific island has become the first person given a vaccine delivered by a commercial drone. Unicef arranged for the drone to be flown some 40km (25 miles) across rugged...

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18

Dec '18

18 Dec 2018

Solomon Islands

New Minimum Wage Announced

  Government last night announced an increase in the country’s legal minimum wage from $4 per hour to $8 per hour that will come into effect as of next year. Outgoing and caretaker...

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