BPA News-25th March 2024

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The US Embassy in Suva in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Employment and Human Resource have announced the 44 million Australian dollar program as part of the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s  threshold compact with the Kiribati government.

US Ambassador to Kiribati, Marie Damour, told Radio Kiribati News the program will support the ministries of Education and Employment in providing English language and skills training to secondary school students in Kiribati.

Ambassador Damour said the program will help beef up the capacity of the Ministry of Employment to help protect I-Kiribati who are working overseas and support the families they left behind.

Ms Damour said the program will provide Kiribati students with skills training and travel opportunities in the region and the United States.

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US Ambassador to Kiribati Marie Damour speaking to Radio Kiribati News

Two Australian yachters have visited the Australian High Commission in Tarawa after a long voyage to Kiribati from the Federated States of Micronesia.

According to the Australian High Commission, the duo, Don White and Ian Ferguson have been sailing across the Pacific Ocean in the Clair de Lune, built in the early 1950s and remains in great condition.

The duo’s journey, which started in Canada, took them via the US west coast, Hawaii and the Federated States of Micronesia to Tarawa.


The Kiribati Metrological Services office has given prizes to Primaries, Junior Secondary Schools, and Senior Secondary Schools winners of the 2024 World Metrological Day celebrations on Friday, March 22.

The statement from the MET office said the category of Art and Drawing, the top honors to War Memorial Primary School, the winner of the Singing Contest to Rurubao Primary School, and in the Poetry category, Animarao Junior Secondary School emerged victorious. and the winner of the Speech Competition is Sacred Heart College

Prizes for this celebration are $300 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place. Additionally, each participating school will receive $50 as a token of appreciation


Pacific News March 25, 2024

Three deaths have been reported by local media after a large earthquake in Papua New Guinea on Sunday morning.

There are varying reports of the exact magnitude of the quake, but the US Geological Survey said it was magnitude 6.9 and just over 40 kilometres deep.

The Post Courier newspaper is reporting three people died, including two children.

It said more than 90 houses collapsed.


The former deputy prime minister of the Cook Islands and two others in his administration have been sent to prison for a range of fraud charges.

The Cook Islands News reported High Court Chief Justice Patrick Keane sentenced Robert Tapaitau to two years and nine months in prison.

Tapaitau had faced three separate charges of use of a document to obtain pecuniary advantage and one of conspiracy to defraud.

A ruling from Chief Justice Keane said he was convicted of "all or most" offences.

The former National Environment Service director Nga Puna was jailed for five years.

His wife, the former Infrastructure Cook Islands secretary Diane Charlie-Puna, was sentenced to 18 months' jail.


An international ice (crystal methamphetamine) traffic network with ramifications in the United States has been dismantled in French Polynesia.

French Polynesia’s public prosecution office said this follows yet another catch by French customs of a significant batch of methamphetamines at the Tahiti-Faa'a International Airport.

The drugs were shipped from the US.


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