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Tonga Sees Car Accidents, Robberies Near Christmas

Two individuals hospitalized after automobile accidents

NUKUALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Dec. 28, 2012) – Three violent robberies occurred in Nuku'alofa during the Christmas week.

The Tonga police described them as "serious offences" in a statement on December 27.

Four masked men entered a store in Vaololoa on December 21, assaulting a security guard and stealing TOP$1,000 [US$576] in cash and goods valued at around TOP$3,000 [US$1,728].

A second robbery took place on Christmas day when two men broke into a guesthouse stealing assorted properties valued over TOP$10,000 [US$5,761]. Police said that a 26 year old woman staying at the guesthouse was also "indecently assaulted".

On Boxing Day a hooded, masked offender snatched a cash register containing TOP$50 [US$28], from a 32 year old female shopkeeper at a Ma’ufanga store. The offender was seen driving away in a white car.

The police have appealed to the public for any information that...

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CNMI Public Service Delivery ‘Worse’ In 2012

Legislative staff contend healthcare ‘most important issue’

By Emmanuel T. Erediano

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Dec. 31, 2012) – Some Northern Marianas lawmakers believe 2012 was "a little better" than previous years, but one legislative staffer says things have gotten worse, referring to the delivery of critical public services.

Tinian legislative delegation assistant Anthony Aguon said problems with respect to healthcare and public safety were what affected people in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands most in 2012.

He said the Commonwealth Health Center’s (CHC) immediate jeopardy status and the numerous burglaries on island have put people’s lives at risks.

Aguon, who is also a member of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. board, said the "fight" over quality healthcare continues.

The NMI’s only hospital, he noted, is still in a transition period after being transformed into a public corporation.

"Healthcare is the...

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Special Group To Create Common Flag For New Caledonia

Cooperative efforts hoped to ease current political tensions

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 30, 2012) – The New Caledonian Congress has decided to set up a special commission tasked with creating a common flag to express the territory’s identity in line with the 1998 Noumea Accord.

The decision comes amid political tensions over the practice by the French state and most town halls in New Caledonia to fly both the pro-independence Kanak flag and the French tricolore.

The plan for such a commission dates back to April and is in the main the idea of the Caledonia Together Party which has been campaigning against the two-flag solution.

The party has brought down the collegial government four times last year in protest.

A Future Together politician, Didier Leroux, has told the local newspaper that Caledonia Together’s involvement in the commission will help extinguish the fire which it has lit.

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Arrests Made After New Fiji Currency Stolen From Bank

7 individuals, including security officers, being questioned

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 30, 2012) – Police have arrested three more people in connection to the 500 new-look FJ$100 [US$55] bills that were stolen from a Suva bank last Sunday.

Fiji Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro did not elaborate on the new development saying investigations are continuing. The recent arrests bring to seven, including the three security officers, the number of people taken in for questioning for their alleged involvement with the missing money of which 394 have been retrieved by a special Police Task Force unit so far.

Police have not decided on what will come of business owners who had received the money in exchange for goods from their shops on whether they had done so knowingly or otherwise.

"These notes could have been used during the busy Christmas period which understandably is a major rush. But that's subject to investigations," Naisoro said.

In the last 24...

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Officials Seek Removal Of PNG Defence Force Commander

Francis Agwi accused of abusing funds, insubordination

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 28, 2012) – The National Executive Council (NEC) is expected to decide on the future of the commander of Papua New Guinea’s Defence Force (PNGDF), Brigadier-General Francis Agwi in the New Year.

Defence Minister Dr. Fabian Pok, a member of the United Resources Party, is working on a Cabinet submission to have commander Agwi replaced.

There is already a short list of four candidates to succeed Brig-Gen. Agwi, including Colonel Geoffrey Wiri and Colonel Joseph Fabila who are current front-runners for the job. In his submission, Dr. Pok highlights what he alleges is a serious breakdown in command and control in the PNG Defence Force, as well as the alleged misuse of funds earmarked for the Commercial Support Program (CSP), initiated by the PNGDF.

Dr. Pok’s submission also highlights a number of serious disciplinary cases involving PNG Defence Force...

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Am. Samoa Ferry Crewman Detained Over Alleged Rape

Accused of raping minor passenger on MV Lady Naomi

By Joyetter Luamanu

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Dec. 30, 2012) – A crewmember of the MV Lady Naomi has been detained in American Samoa following allegations of a sexually related crime.

The name of the crewmember is being withheld.

But the man was arrested by Detectives of American Samoa’s Criminal Investigation Division when the Lady Naomi arrived in American Samoa from Apia yesterday.

Deputy Commissioner of Public Safety, Leiseau Laumoli, said the alleged "rape" incident was reported to the American Samoa authorities yesterday morning.

He said the investigation is continuing and was not at liberty to divulge the details.

CID Commander, Lavata’i Ta’ase Sagapolutele is leading the investigation.

Asked for a comment, Commander Sagapolutele declined.

Sources, however, told the Samoa News that when Detectives arrived at the Pago Pago wharf, no one was allowed to enter or...

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Partial Dismissals Made Over CNMI Power Purchase Deal

Superior court judge allows some motions, denies others

By Andrew O. De Guzman

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Dec. 31, 2012) – Superior Court Judge David A. Wiseman issued an order on Friday partially granting and denying motions to dismiss and strike which were submitted by Governor Benigno R. Fitial, and Saipan Development LLC regarding the taxpayer lawsuit challenging the validity of the $190 million power purchase agreement.

Granted were motions to dismiss causes of action in the first amended complaint: Count 1: to stop illegal expenditure of illegal funds, and Count 3: breach of fiduciary duty filed against the governor.

Denied was the motion to dismiss Count 2: breach of fiduciary duty filed against the governor, former Attorney General Edward Buckingham, and the Commonwealth Utilities Corp.

Wiseman said the defendants failed to cite any authority in support of their arguments as to why the court may not issue a declaratory judgment in the...

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Effects Of Matson’s Reef Shipping Buyout Uncertain For Niue

Effects Of Matson’s Reef Shipping Buyout Uncertain For Niue Authorities concerned about fate of noni farm, fishing plant

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 30, 2012) – Niue remains in the dark about what will happen to the noni farm and fishing plant that it has half shares in with the Reef Group.

The American company, Matson, announced last week that it was buying the shipping assets of Reef, which went into receivership last month.

Niue’s multi million dollar fish processing plant has been idle for years but the noni farm had been flourishing and Reef had been selling the juice to China.

The premier of Niue, Toke Talagi, says he is yet to find out what will happen with these businesses, but he is pleased the Matson take-over of Reef appears to mean business as usual as far as shipping is concerned.

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Solomon Islands Battered By Pacific Cyclone Freda

Property, agriculture damage reported as Freda moves away

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 30, 2012) – Reports from Solomon Islands say thousands of people were forced to flee rising rivers as Cyclone Freda battered the country.

The director of the National Disaster Management Office, Loti Yates, says there are no reports of injuries from the cyclone, which tore roofs off houses and damaged vegetation.

The cyclone’s centre passed the southern islands of Rennell and Bellona on Saturday and as the system strengthened, it headed into the Coral Sea.

In New Caledonia, the metservice issued what it calls a pre-alert for Cyclone Freda.

It says the system, with gusts of now up to 250 kilometers an hour close...

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Guam Judiciary To Increase Superior Court Fees In 2013

Court system facing $1.7 million shortfall in new year

By Geraldine Castillo

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Marianas Variety Guam, Dec. 31, 2012) – Those looking to get a court clearance, pay off a traffic ticket or sue someone, don’t be surprised – the fines and fees at Guam’s Superior Court are set to increase.

Effective Jan. 1, 2013, court fees and traffic fines will double what they previously cost.

It has been nearly 10 years since Superior Court fees were adjusted and about 18 years since the last time traffic fines were raised.

The Superior Court posted the updated court fees and traffic fines in its website on Dec. 26.

According to a Judicial Council of Guam resolution, the last time Superior Court fines and fees were adjusted was in 2003. Additionally, the Traffic Violation Bureau fines have not been raised since 1995. The Council agreed upon a 50 percent across-the-board increase in all Superior Court fines and in all Traffic Violations Bureau...

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