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The Sunday Profile: Sasha Friedlander

A procession of men walk in the faint dawn carrying empty baskets and lit torches. They return much more slowly, shouldering heavy baskets full of sulfur, coughing as they trudge though clouds of noxious smoke. This is the opening scene of the documentary “Between Heaven and Hell,” which follows the stories of four sulfur miners … Continue reading

China involved in new Pacific Island satellite program, Saipan Air cancellation dismays CNMI government, Local leaders want to divide Papua

Highlights from the region’s media: China involved in new satellite program for Pacific Island countries (Radio New Zealand International) Sudden Saipan Air cancellation dismays CNMI government(Marianas Variety) 5-Year extension requested for CNMI immigration federalization(Saipan Tribune) French Polynesia wants visa requirements relaxed for Chinese tourists (Radio Australia) Local leaders want to divide Papua to save it … Continue reading

CNMI foreign workers status still in flux, China envoy visits MSG, PNG at Indonesia naval symposium

Highlights from the region’s media: Over 8,000 foreign employees in CNMI uncertain of work status (Saipan Tribune) Bill drafted to give residency status to foreign workers in CNMI (Radio New Zealand International) WB urges developing countries to strengthen domestic fundamentals, to weather global economic turmoil (World Bank) China Special Envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum … Continue reading

Protestors arrested for anti-Indonesia demonstrations in Vanuatu, CNMI ‘Permanent residents’ still in limbo

Highlights from the region’s media: Protestors arrested in Vanuatu for anti-Indonesia demonstration  (Radio New Zealand International) CNMI ‘Permanent Residents’ seek recognized immigration status (Saipan Tribune) Opinion: Kill the forestry bill and save an important bilateral relationship: Australia-Indonesia ties at risk (The Australian) Air Pacific/Fiji Airways signs new strategic partners (Media release) Australia and PNG meet … Continue reading

ADB forecasts slower growth for Pacific, Fiji to host Trade Pasifika, Confusion continues in CNMI

From the Asian Development Outlook report 2012: Pacific growth to slow to 6.0% in 2012 (ADB) Rising income inequality a threat to Asia’s growth, stability (The Star) Thailand’s 2012 GDP growth 5.5% (Bangkok Post) And in other news: Fiji to host Trade Pasifika expo 2012. Chinese buyers interested, Indonesian buyers will come (Fiji Times) CNMI’s … Continue reading

Palau search called off, PNA defends fisheries role, 11 rescued from ship carrying PNG logs

Headlines from the region’s media Palau calls off search for downed plane. President meeting with Chinese officials to smooth relations (Pacific Daily News) PNA remains in driver’s seat on Western and Central Pacific fishery conservation (Radio New Zealand) 11 rescued from Hong Kong ship carrying PNG logs. Survivors were aboard life raft, ship and others … Continue reading

Japan increases Guam buildup funding, Starkist parent denies shark finning, Fiji flood update

News headlines from around the region: Japan agrees to increase Guam buildup funding (Pacific Daily News) Starkist Samoa’s South Korean parent company accused of shark finning (Samoa News) Pacific Island nations call for downsizing of tuna fleets: Talks with China, Japan, Europe, US fail to come up a new tuna conservation regime (Radio Australia) Stocks … Continue reading

Freeport McMoran and new Indonesian rules, CNMI work visa update

News from the region’s media: Analysis: Freeport McMoRan- How will new Indonesian rules affect profits? (Seeking Alpha) CNMI work visas offered at US embassies in Asia (Saipan Tribune) Asia-Pacific nations ‘need to work together’ in response top Cocos Island plan says China (China Daily/Pacnews)  Aid and the maintenance of infrastructure in the Pacific (Development Policy … Continue reading

Air Niugini opens Toyko office, Malaria treatment offers hope, Chinese workers’ CNMI visa problems

Highlights from the region’s media: Air Niugini opens regional office in Tokyo (Post Courier) New treatment targets malaria in infants: PNG trials successful, trials could move to Indonesia (AAP, Pacnews) Visa interviews hard to get for Chinese workers in CNMI (Saipan Tribune) Bougainville leader sees promise in historical tourism after Japanese ambassador’s visit (Radio New … Continue reading

Carr warns colleagues on Papua, Dirty logging money can be tracked, Tonga’s new King

From the region’s media: Australian foreign minister warns senators against Papua push (Radio Australia) Pacific Freedom Forum supports no-treason call for West Papua (PFF) “Dirty Money” in illegal logging can be tracked and confiscated—World Bank reports (World Bank) Foreign private equity forms urged to find Indonesian partners (Jakarta Globe) World Bank says Pacific workforce needs … Continue reading

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