Nauru

Ludwig Scotty returns to Nauru parliament after by-election

The result came after a recount of the votes that took another five hours, subsequently ending 13 hours after the polls closed at 6pm.

A government statement said the initial count of the votes came to a very close result between Mr Scotty and Pyon Deiye with one-16th of a per cent difference between them.

Under the new amendment act, the Returning Officer for the elections, in this case the Electoral Commissioner Joseph Cain can initiate a recount to ensure accuracy.

Smokefree Pacific Games re-enforces healthy message

Athletes, officials, spectators, volunteers, and the workforce involved in the Games are reminded that the event is smokefree.

May 31, which is just 37 days until the Opening Ceremony kicks off a fortnight of sporting competition, is the annual No Tobacco Day organised by the World Health Organization.

The annual campaign raises awareness of the harmful and deadly effects of tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure, and aims to discourage the use of tobacco in any form.

Nauru congratulated for its very first National Meteorological Service

Roy Harris, Permanent Secretary of the National Emergency Service Ministry of Nauru said, “We grew from one staff to a team of four we have now, and we have approval to employ six more people as of July this year.  We went from having to advertise twice with zero applicants, to being a service that is now popular and receiving queries from people who want to work for us.”

Nauru becomes 193rd WMO Member

The tiny nation lies in the South Pacific and, like other low-lying small island developing states, is particularly exposed to rising sea levels and climate change.

Nauru’s meteorological service was established in May 2015, now has four staff and is part of the Ministry for National Emergency Services.

Nauru opposition MP released from prison

Jaden Dogireiy was jailed for 13 months after he was convicted of assault.

Such a length automatically disqualifies a member from sitting in parliament, which would have reduced Nauru's opposition to just four MPs.

But Mr Dogireiy was on Friday granted leave to appeal his conviction, and his sentence was stayed until then.

     

Nauru MP jailed; Nauru 19 await appeal decision

Jaden Dogireiy has been given a sentence of 13 months, which means he will be automatically disqualified from parliament.

Dogireiy's sentence comes after he had been acquitted in the Magistrate's Court but the state appealed and Supreme Court judge Mohammed Khan convicted and sentenced him on Saturday.

EU acknowledges Nauru’s positive steps on taxation

The European Commission produced a list of non-cooperative tax jurisdictions in 2017 as part of the European Union’s work to clamp down on tax evasion and avoidance.

In total, 213 countries were pre-assessed on 1600 indicators and from that list 92 countries were subject to further assessment.

In March, the Commission announced 15 countries had been blacklisted while another 34 countries will continue to be monitored on the grey list, while 25 countries from the original screening process had been cleared.

Nauru 19 group back in court

The Nauru 19 had been charged with offences relating to a protest against the government outside the Nauru parliament in June 2015.

The legal action went through countless stages before the retired judge brought in to hear the case, Geoff Muecke, strongly condemned the Nauru government's actions.

He said that by denying the defendants representation, imposing a blacklist on them, and publicly denouncing and vilifying them and those seeking to assist them, the Nauru government displayed persecutory conduct.

Plea for camps to go after former Nauru president voices regret

In an interview with The Project on Channel 10, Sprent Dabwido, said he now regrets having done it.

His damning comments have prompted human rights groups in Australia to renew calls for the government to shut down its refugee detention camps on the island.

The legal director of the Human Rights Law Centre, Katie Robertson, said for the former president to liken the treatment of innocent people on the island to "torture" is a damning indictment of Australia's harmful refugee policy.

Nauru capable of producing top potential AFL players

South Pacific AFL Development Program Coordinator Simon Highfield says they are impressed with participation from the small island nation.

This was following the Under 16 program they had conducted which accommodated 25 players from Nauru, PNG, Vanuatu and Fiji.

Highfield says the passion is unrivalled.

“From the color, to the songs, and the fact that nearly 40% of the whole population play AFL in some competition, their passion certainly flows.”