Niue beat Solomons, PNG thrash Nauru

In the curtain raiser Niue beat Solomon Islands 19-17.

The Niueans making their return to international XV's after an eight year absence.

In the later match the hosts Papua New Guinea beat Nauru 89-7.

For Nauru it was their first ever international 15 a side rugby game.

The next round of the competition on Tuesday will see Solomon Islands taking on Nauru and PNG playing Niue.


Nauru meets international transparency standards

Speaking ahead of this weekend’s national elections, Mr Waqa said the latest report from the Global Forum on Transparency and Exchange of Information for Tax Purposes (the Global Forum) was a “great outcome” for Nauru.

“My government won the last election by making a commitment to the Nauruan people that we would be a transparent and accountable administration, and our efforts have once again been recognised by a world agency,” he said.

Forum brings Pacific Island Nations closer together on climate change

Speaking after his attendance at last week’s Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu where climate change was high on the agenda, President Waqa said Nauru was highly vulnerable to the impacts of global warming.

“Climate change is a very important topic for all the Pacific Islands, especially Nauru where we need to future-proof the coast,” President Waqa said.

Nauru counting down to weekend election

They will be running for 19 seats spread across eight electorates.

The Electoral Commission reported there were 7479 registered voters for the poll, for which voting is compulsory.

About 14 percent of votes are expected to come from people living off island.

Nauru's parliament has a three-year electoral term as does the president who is elected by MPs.

The current president, Baron Waqa, has held the office since 2013.


Nauru, Tuvalu firm on support for Taiwan

The renewed competition between China and Taiwan is expected to be a focus at this year's Pacific Islands Forum summit in Tuvalu, especially as Taipei's diplomatic allies dwindle.

Baron Waqa and Enele Sopoaga told a news conference that their support for Taipei remains unshakeable.

Mr Waqa said Taiwan has been treated unfairly by the international community, including the United Nations.

Over 7400 voters registered to vote in Nauru election

Of this number 63 percent or about 4700 voters are aged between 20 and 40 years.

According to NEC, 52 percent or about 3800 voters are women.

Electoral Commissioner Joseph Cain said only 1.6 per cent are new citizens.

The Electoral Act provides Auto Registration so that all citizens of Nauru are able to vote.

Under section 50(3) of the Electoral Act, all auto registered voters turning 20 years of age by or on Polling Day which is set for Saturday, 24 August 2019 are required to vote in the Parliamentary General Election.

Nauru signs agreement with Taiwan to fight cross-border crime

Taiwan's Central News Agency reported Nauru is the sixth Pacific country to sign such a deal with the nation.

The pact, titled "Treaty on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters," was signed by Nauru's Justice Minister, David Adeang, in Taipei on Wednesday.

It allows authorities in both countries to offer assistance to each other in criminal investigations, court proceedings and international crime-fighting.

The pact also allows investigators from both countries to form teams to conduct interrogations via video link.

New chapter for DHL Express in Nauru

Mark Komene, DHL Express Country Manager for Fiji and Pacific Islands says ‘DHL Express and Nauru’s national carrier have had a close business relationship for many years. We utilise Nauru Air to provide services to many island nations in the South Pacific. We are excited to partner Nauru Air to provide DHL Express with ground services in Nauru’.

This new partnership means Nauru Airlines will provide shipment handover services for DHL Express shipments arriving into Nauru, and a drop off service for any export shipments that DHL Express customers wish to send.     

Nauru to debut at Oceania rugby this month

The Oceania Rugby Cup (formally known as the FORU Cup) was first played across New Caledonia, Tahiti, Cook Islands and Papua New Guinea in 2007.  It is Oceania Rugby’s longest serving tournament.

The PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) will host the Oceania Cup for the next four years with Interim Chairman Sydney Yates saying that it is the perfect opportunity to grow the game in PNG, in light of the challenges surrounding the hosting of such events.

“To have the rights to host the Oceania Cup is indeed a huge boost to our morale,” Yates said.

Nauru urges ISA members to finalise exploitation regulations

President Baron Waqa told a special 25th anniversary sitting of the assembly of the ISA in Jamaica that the regulations must be in harmony with the Convention on the Law of the Sea.

“They must balance commercially viable mining of the seabed with protection of the ocean ecology for the benefit of mankind as a while,” he said.

In March this year, the Legal and Technical Commission, a 30-member expert advisory body of the International Seabed Authority (ISA) released the draft regulations on exploitation of the mineral resources in the international seabed area.