Tuvalu bans single use plastic from August 1

It's hoped the new measures will ease pressure on an overflowing rubbish dump on Fogafale where most of the population lives.

Single use plastic bottles under 1.5 litres, plastic plates, cutlery and food wrap are among the items which will not be allowed in to the country from 1 August, according to the Director of the Department of Environment Soseala Tinilau.

Plastic bags will be banned: Minister

The ban will be re-introduced this year, outlawing all plastic bags, both degradable and non-degradable.

Minister Pundari announced this stating it is in the best interest of the environment, especially marine life.

The ban was initially announced in 2014 but was halted due to financial constraints and lack of management.

He noted that there are about 460,000 kilograms of plastic bags imported or manufactured every year and the amount of plastic bag waste in the country is shocking!

Offensive music will be banned: Chief Censor

Since the ban on music by Wild Pack band, his office has banned three more songs on the airwaves.

A circular released on January 10 advised media houses and entertainment venues such as nightclubs and bars, of the ban on:

Widespread outcry over 'wrist tape words' ban

NZ Rugby Players Association boss Rob Nichol told Radio Sport Breakfast that the law change came as a surprise, the details ‘buried’ in the latest agreement.

“It came apparently through the participation agreement that the teams signed. But it was buried. We certainly weren’t across it. New Zealand Rugby, I don’t think were across it and the players haven’t been consulted or involved in the decision, from our perspective anyway,” said Nichol.

“We’re just trying to unpack it a bit and work with World Rugby and try and address it.”

​‘Kiunga Chief’ deficiencies addressed: Consort

Responding to questions from Loop PNG on actions taken following the ban announced by the Australia Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), Consort General Manager, Stuart Craker, said all deficiencies have been addressed as and when they arise.

However, he did say that the company is working on improving its safety management system, which AMSA identified as needed improvement.

“There are no known deficiencies on board. As with any large vessels, technical issues arise regularly and are dealt with by the crew and the shore team.

​Ban on non-English label food products remains

In a media statement, the ICCC said the interim ban imposed on March 31, 2016, is still in force until September 17, 2017.

Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer, Paulus Ain, said they have received reports about certain products that are being sold in the shops with non-English packaging and labels.

He said the ban is applicable to food products and not any other product or merchandise.

The interim ban requires that all food products must have the following minimum labeling requirement in English which include:

Zeming announces uplift of ban on beche-de-mer

A moratorium on the harvest of this fishery was imposed in 2009 due to its stock and specie depleting rapidly as a result of overfishing.

The National Fisheries Authority (NFA) Board made the decision to lift the ban after it was satisfied from results of a number of surveys conducted that the stock has recovered sufficiently.

A new management plan approved by the NFA Board will ensure that beche-de-mer is harvested under strict conditions to protect the fishery and the ecosystem.

ICCC to ban baby pram and strollers

ICCC commissioner and CEO Paulus Ain declared yesterday that certain prams and strollers that do not meet standards were considered unsafe because they expose babies to a number of hazards, including death.

“This assessment is based on the ICCC’s 2014 February survey results benchmarked against the current Australian and New Zealand standard for prams and strollers (AS\NZS 2088:2000),” Ain said.

Based on the survey finding, the Commission has gazetted its intention to ban these unsafe products.