Indonesia helps finance Melanesian Spearhead Group secretariat

Indonesia’s government has been helping fund the Melanesian Spearhead Group’s secretariat. The secretariat, based in Vanuatu’s capital Port Vila, has experienced funding limitations in recent years. The five full members – Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands and New Caledonia’s FLNKS Kanaks Movement – are meant to pay annual contributions. However, some members have struggled to pay their dues […]

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Indonesia`s Jayawijaya peak may lose its eternal snow: Agency

Eternal snow on the Jayawijaya Mountains, Papua Province, could disappear in three years, considering the rate at which ice is melting on Indonesias highest peak, Head of Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Andi Eka Sakya warned. “If (the melting trend) is not checked, then the ice layers on the peak of Jayawijaya will disappear by 2020,” he said here, […]

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No tsunami after 4.9 quake

THE Solomon Islands Meteorological Service yesterday issued a no tsunami threat statement after a magnitude 4.9 earthquake in Makira Ulawa Province. The statement was issued at 6am after the 5.20am earthquake. It was located 35km south-southwest of Kirakira on Makira island. SIMS said there was no tsunami threat to the Solomon Islands following that earthquake. http://www.solomonstarnews.com/news/national/12050-no-tsunami-after-4-9-quake

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New political group expects some Fiji First MPs to join

A group working towards becoming Fiji’s newest political party says it has the support of many seasoned politicians including the governing Fiji First party. Youth activist Pita Waqavonvono and a former opposition leader Mick Beddoes have announced plans to register the HOPE party and fight the next elections due in 2018. He said some members of Fiji First have begun […]

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