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Former NOAA official pushed fishing regs that benefit his company

The head of a company that receives millions of dollars from the federal government to provide at-sea watchdogs has a long history of advocating for the strict regulations that now benefit his company.

Andrew Rosenberg wears many hats. He heads up the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. He is an unpaid affiliate professor of natural resources and the environment at the University of New Hampshire. He is a biologist with expertise in fisheries, once serving as the Northeast regional administrator for the National Marine Fisheries Service.

U.S. and Pacific partners unite to build climate resilience

Source: Media release SPC

Alofi, Niue – A new U.S. Government initiative was launched last week to help communities in the Pacific Islands region address the negative effects of climate change.
The United States Agency for International Development will partner with the Pacific Community (SPC), the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Environment for a five-year initiative that will strengthen the national capacity of up to 12 Pacific Island countries to effectively plan, coordinate and respond to the adverse impacts of climate change.

‘Every Kid in a Park’ partnership launched in Hawaii

Source: USDOI media release

O‘AHU, HAWAI‘I – On Thursday, November 12, U.S. Deputy Secretary of the Interior Michael L. Connor will join U.S. Forest Service Associate Chief Mary Wagner and musician Jack Johnson to announce a new partnership related to President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative.

Man in Samoa sent to jail for raping daughter

A 40-year-old man in Samoa has been sent to jail for 15 years after admitting to raping his 15-year-old daughter.

he man admitted to seven charges of rape, and one of indecent assault in the Supreme Court in Samoa.

The relationship was revealed to the police by the convicted sex offender's brother in-law, who was first caught committing similar alleged sexual offences with the 15-year-old.

The brother in-law's case is pending and he's denying the charges.

Call for Pacific stories at upcoming climate conference

People in the Pacific are being called on to share stories on social media of how they've been impacted by climate change, in a bid to strengthen the Pacific voice leading up to the COP21 conference in Paris.

The Pacific Islands contribute to less than 0.03 percent to the world's total greenhouse gases yet are amongst the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme says the outcomes of COP21 are crucial to the Pacific region.

Elderly father in Samoa denies indecency

An elderly man has pleaded not guilty to a charge of indecent assault, in relation to an incident involving a seven-year-old.

The incident occurred on 25 January, 2015, at the alleged victim’s house.

The Court has suppressed the name and the village of the victim, to protect her identity. An assessor trial over the incident started at the beginning of this week.

Prime Minister Tuilaepa blasts Miss Pacific Islands

Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, has blasted Miss Pacific Islands, Latafale Auva’a, for choosing the Miss World Pageant over the regional one.

The Miss Pacific Islands pageant is being held in the Cook Islands from 11-12 December.

However, the Miss World pageant is being held in China on 19 December.

The 133 contestants – including Ms. Auva’a - are required to arrive a month before, to prepare. It means she will not be able to attend the Miss Pacific Islands to hand over the crown.

Hawaii takes precautions against dengue infection

KONA, HAWAII (HawaiiNewsNow) - As of Friday, the state Department of Health has confirmed 23 cases of dengue fever on the Big Island, most of them in the south Kona area.

Experts and residents continue to fight against the infected mosquitoes, the insect that carries the virus.

Farmer Tain Datta has been aggressively trimming back vegetation and has been pouring chlorine in his water catchment tank to discourage mosquito breeding.

The state confirmed three residents have been sickened with dengue on adjacent farms along Telephone Exchange Road in Honaunau.

Robbed at church in Samoa

Church buildings are meant to be safe houses, a sanctuary from the evils of this world – including thieves.

Well that apparently is not the case.

Take for instance a Catholic parish in Apia where church members have had money and other valuables stolen from their bags during the Holy Communion.

The unruly behaviour has led to one devoted Catholic warning church-goers to watch their wallets and purses during the services.

Dongwon seals $35m deal with PNG for new tuna plant

Korean tuna fishing firm Dongwon Industries has signed a $35 million deal with Papua New Guinea to build a new factory on the island, reports EMTV.

The new tuna plant will be built in the Morobe province in early 2016, and should provide approximately 2,000 direct jobs and 4,000 indirect jobs.

It is the policy of the PNG government’s to support offloading of tuna in ports for processing into packaging for export. Starting next year, all fishing in the waters of PNG will be landed and processed in PNG.

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