Nauru

Outrage as Australia walks away from refugee responsibilities

Australia announced last week that by the end of this year it will end its offshore detention arrangement with PNG.

The scheme was declared illegal by the PNG courts five years ago but 124 people, most of whom have been judged to be refugees, remain there.

The Coalition's Ian Rintoul said PNG has no capacity, or desire, to look after these people, or search for third countries to take them off their hands.

Nauru authorities investigate bus fire

The NFRS told Nauru Media News that their investigations into the fire last Friday indicate arson.

Officers from NFRS responded to a call about a fire on a bus which was full of rubbish in Boe.

The fire also burnt coconut trees nearby.

The Fire and Rescue Services is urging residents to refrain from burning anything without first securing the area to burn by cleaning the surroundings in case the fire spreads, especially in a close residential area.

Blues beat Ubenide in Nauru AFLW women's football competition

Blues and Ubenide women got things started with the first match of the day.

Despite the score line, it wasn't all one-way traffic as Ubenide played well but the Blues team was too good in the end running away to win by a good margin.

Final scores: Blues 10.12.72 beat Ubenide 1.7.13.

     

Photo Nauru Media News - NTV

Over 300 lifters participate in NORI Cup 2021

The championship is now renamed the NORI Cup 2021 and it will be held at the Sports Complex.

The annual event which has been running for 3 years is being fully and proudly sponsored by Nauru Ocean Resources Inc under its community sports development programme in Nauru.

NORI has provided a grant sponsor of $24,100.

The championship is recognized by the International Powerlifting Federation and Oceania Regional Powerlifting Federation with qualified referees to adjudicate over the course of the event.

Nauru's seabed mining pitch out of step with Pacific

There's great interest among advocates of the fledgling sector in the polymetallic nodules found on the deepest seabed of the Pacific, but few regional countries are on board.

Polymetallic nodules are lumps found on the seafloor which are known to contain metals such as manganese, ganesenickel, copper, cobalt and other minerals.

These eagerly sought after materials are integral for lithium-ion batteries and storage, among other uses.

Australia and Nauru renew commitment to detention centre

Over the past nine years Canberra has provided hundreds of millions of dollars for Nauru to detain people trying to reach Australia by boat.

Last week both governments signed a new memorandum of understanding to extend this what they call "an enduring regional processing capability in Nauru."

Canberra is standing by its controversial policy to turn back boats arriving illegaly or to transfer people to Nauru for the processing of their asylum claims.

Nauru President touts Taiwan's global record at UN General Assembly

In his address at the 76th session of the UNGA, Aingimea said Nauru has made significant progress in its COVID-19 vaccination effort and its overall response to the pandemic, thanks to the ongoing support of its “genuine friends Australia, India, Japan and the Republic of China (Taiwan).”

He said Taiwan is an important global partner that is ready to share its experience in responding to the pandemic and should not be sidelined in international organisations like the World Health Assembly.

100 bikers compete in Tour De Nauru competition

Fifty of the participants competed in the road racer category and another 50 competed in the mountain bike category.

Nauru Police along with protective services officers were in their numbers as well to control traffic and escort the riders.

The mountain biker's also finished their race in a scintillating pace with the first 3 riders breaking away from the main pelaton with the winner streaking away in the run to the finish line to win by a good margin.

Nauru commemorates Sir Hammer DeRoburt Day with public holiday

The September 27 public holiday declared by President Lionel Aingimea has been published in the Government Gazette.

DeRoburt was the first elected President of Nauru following its independence in 1968.

He was president from 1968 to 1989, except for a two-year span (1976–78) when he was voted out of office and for a brief period in late 1986 when he was temporarily ousted by government opponents.

In 1982 he was awarded an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II.

Nauru Police Force opens first community post

Digicel Nauru CEO, Christopher Manaog was a bit emotional in letting the container café go but said in his address that "it was a no brainer," Nauru Media News NTV reports.

Digicel Nauru, a development partner of Nauru Police under their mantra Safety, Safety, Safety was honored to donate the container cafe for the greater good of the community.

The Commissioner of Police, Iven Notte in his address said, “he was happy because Nauru has its very first district-based Community Police Post at the Civic Centre in Aiwo”.