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Honiara on lockdown for 60 hours

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The Honiara Emergency Zone is in lockdown for 60 hours effective from 6pm last night to 6am Saturday 22 January 2022. The Honiara Emergency Zone boundary is from Alligator Creek in the East to Poha in the west end of Honiara. At its meeting, Cabinet endorsed the lock down after an urgent special address to the nation by Prime Minister Manasseh...

Six million voters for poll

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It is expected that around six million eligible voters in Papua New Guinea will take part in this year’s general election, with an updated common roll to be completed next month, says Electoral Commissioner Simon Sinai. It includes around 750,000 new voters who have just turned 18. In 2017 when the general election was held, there were 5,062,298 registered voters. “(So) with...

Samoa Cabinet approves medical transfer of former PM to New Zealand

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The Samoa Cabinet has approved the medical transfer to New Zealand of opposition leader Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegoai. A Cabinet minister said the former prime minister will travel on the next available flight. The 76-year-old former prime minister was admitted to intensive care last Thursday and stayed in the hospital for five days. Health officials told Radio Polynesia last week that Tuilaepa had...

Vanuatu loses UN voting right

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Vanuatu’s right to vote in the 193-member United Nations (UN) General Assembly has been suspended over unpaid dues. It still owes VT90,000 to the UN. This was confirmed by the Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Yvon Basil to the Vanuatu Daily Post. Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea are among eight nations losing their voting rights. The other countries are Venezuela,...

Lack of backup satellite and cable in wake of volcanic eruption reignites debate over government’s plans to secure communications

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Communication with Tonga remains intermittent after the weekend’s volcanic eruption severed the kingdom’s undersea cable connection with the rest of the world. The lack of a backup service has reignited debate over previous government decisions which have been the subject of controversy and court cases. It could be weeks before services are fully restored. The 827km cable between Tonga and Fiji was...

Guam, a prime military target for the Chinese

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By Rick Perez Guam remains a key target for the Chinese military. During the Cold War Guam was a target of the Soviet military in part because Sumay was home to Navy submarines that carried intercontinental ballistic missiles containing nuclear warheads. Guam was also a choice Cold War military target because long range Air Force bombers responsible for nuclear attack...

Vanuatu Cricket high performance manager resigns

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Holiday Inn Vanuatu Men’s Cricket Team Assistant Coach, Eddie Mansale, will lead the national team for the next few months following the unfortunate resignation of former Ireland International and Vanuatu High-Performance Manager, Jeremy Bray. Bray submitted his resignation to Vanuatu Cricket eleven months into a three-year contract due to a combination of personal reasons and travel complications resulting from the...

Victoria officials indicate interest in bidding for 2026 Commonwealth Games

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Officials in the Australian state of Victoria have talked up a possible bid for the 2026 Commonwealth Games - four years earlier than had been initially planned. The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) is still seeking a host for its flagship event in four years' time and has expressed confidence the venue for the event will be announced in the first...

Tonga says volcanic eruption and tsunami an ‘unprecedented disaster’

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Tonga is facing an “unprecedented disaster” from a massive volcanic eruption that covered the nation in ash and 15-metre tsunami waves that destroyed almost all the homes on two small islands, the government has said. Hampered by a communications breakdown caused by the severing of a major undersea cable, authorities had not released an official update since the blast on...

Cable repair ship to set sail from PNG to restore communications to Tonga

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Preparations are being made to send a specialist cable repair ship from Papua New Guinea to Tonga to fix breaks in the Tonga Cable that have crippled phone and internet connections to and from Tonga. The cable, which would normally carry almost all communications traffic to and from Tonga, has been out of action since shortly after the eruption of...

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Honiara on lockdown for 60 hours

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The Honiara Emergency Zone is in lockdown for 60 hours effective from 6pm last night to 6am Saturday 22 January 2022. The Honiara Emergency Zone...

Six million voters for poll

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It is expected that around six million eligible voters in Papua New Guinea will take part in this year’s general election, with an updated...

Samoa Cabinet approves medical transfer of former PM to New Zealand

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The Samoa Cabinet has approved the medical transfer to New Zealand of opposition leader Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegoai. A Cabinet minister said the former prime minister...