Transfield Services aims to send fund managers to Nauru and Manus

This is to assure industry superannuation funds that it is not committing human rights abuses.

Transfield expects the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to renew a AUD$2.2 billion (US$1.5 billion) contract providing operational, maintenance and welfare support ­services for detention centres on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru within the next few weeks before its current contract expires on October 31.

Australia's High Court to test constitutionality of offshore detention

The case is being brought by the Human Rights Law Centre on behalf of 150 asylum seekers who were temporarily moved to Australia from Nauru for medical treatment.

When it was originally raised in May, the case argued that there was no Australian law which gave the government the power to facilitate offshore arrangements.

But the government, with the support of the opposition Labor party, hastily brought in such a law.

Fisheries Observers in six weeks training

The 35 observers were divided into two groups with one group doing sea time at the Solomon Islands National University (SINU) and the other group undertaking the Pacific Islands Regional Fisheries Observer Syllabus Programme.

A statement from government said each group did five weeks of intensive training before going for the second part which will take another five weeks.

Deputy Director Offshore, Edward Honiwala who officially opened the second part of the programme said the observers will spend another five weeks before completing the programme.

Pacific tuna deal could harm future deals

Representatives from the US and Pacific governments met in Australia to negotiate renewing the 1988 South Pacific Tuna Treaty which allows US vessels to fish in the exclusive economic zones of Pacific Island countries.

An interim agreement for 2016 was agreed upon which includes 5,700 fishing days for US vessels.

The Parties to the Nauru Agreement, which controls the world's largest sustainable tuna purse seine fishery, says the deal increases the rate each of its members receive by 34 percent.


Importance of breastfeeding

Not only in the lives of the most disadvantaged children but also in the strength of societies. 

The theme of this year’s World Breastfeeding Week, Breastfeeding and Work -- Let’s make it work!, focuses on what we can do to help millions of working mothers give their babies the best possible start in life -- by supporting stronger workplace policies that promote breastfeeding. 

Nauru hospital rebuild underway

The development will include new emergency and outpatient rooms, an acute ward, a pediatric ward and an operating theatre and some will be ready for use by early next year.

The Nauru Health Minister Valdon Dowiyogo says the new hospital facilities will significantly cut the costs incurred by the government on overseas medical referrals.

He says the most notable facility will be the improved diagnostic imaging and pathology capability

including the installation of a CAT scanner.

Transfield Services apologises for surveillance of Greens senator

In June the Immigration Department confirmed a contractor had been disciplined over the spying incident in December 2013.

The Wilson Security supervisor was disciplined for tailing Senator Hanson-Young's car after she left Australia's immigration detention facilities on the Pacific island.

Transfield has been giving evidence about conditions on Nauru during a Senate inquiry in Canberra.

Nauru shines in powerlifting

Papua New Guinea meanwhile were shadowed by their opponents grabbing bronze in the two events they competed in.

Alfred Mel and Vagi Henry competed in the 105kg and +120kg finishing third respectively.

Roy Detabena and Jezza Uepa representing Nauru won gold in the 93kg and +120kg respectively. 

While in the 93kg division Ofisa Ofisa of Samoa won the gold and Telupe Isefa of Tuvalu won gold in the 120kg.

In the other final session results, 93kg silver went to Raboe Roland (Nauru) and Teotahi Hinau (Tahiti) got bronze.

Nauru rugby 7 teams fly in

The 7s team touched  down on PNG soil this morning with the full Nauru contingent after a four hours flight.

Team manager Darrius Deteramo said his troops are here to gain experience.

He said that the sport was introduced there three years ago and it is an opportunity to expose his players to an organized competition on the Games level.

Nauru will also field teams in seven other sports.