Regional

Sugar mill petition refused

Friday March 24, 2017

fiji – The Fiji government has refused to consider a petition from the National Federation Party calling for the Penang Sugar Mill to be repaired. The petition was compiled on behalf of more than 300 cane growers in the districts around Rakiraki.

SAMOA – A star of critically acclaimed film One Thousand Ropes has pleaded with the heads of Samoan families to take a lead against domestic violence.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Ninety-nine men have appeared in court in Papua New Guinea to stand trial for the brutal killing in 2014 of five men and two children they believed were conducting sorcery.

Move to block reserve lease

Friday March 24, 2017

Residents of the Karikari Peninsula in the Far North are trying to block the lease of a public reserve to a Chinese developer.

Dairy and liquor store owners in Auckland want cigarette companies to pay for security to protect them from attacks.

PACIFIC BRIEFS

Wednesday March 22, 2017

big day on niue as premier is knighted

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Papua New Guinea’s police commissioner says provincial and divisional police commanders will have support from the national headquarters in managing potential hot-spots during the elections.

VANUATU – Kava growers in Vanuatu are working hard to produce more noble varieties of kava for a fast growing market in America.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA – Amnesty International says a barrier installed at Manus Island’s detention centre in Papua New Guinea could be tantamount to torture if it is making it difficult for detainees to access food.

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