Monday, June 19th, 2017
PORT VILA, Vanuatu-June 19: 2:19pm(Vanuatu Daily Post): The Vanuatu Government has declared a 10-day period of national mourning from June 17 to 26 following the passing of President Baldwin Womtelo Lonsdale. He was the first Vanuatu president who died whilst in office.
APIA, Samoa-June 19: 1:19pm(Samoa Observer): Win or lose, Samoans will always support their Manu Samoa. This was the overwhelming feeling at the Faleolo International Airport when the Manu Samoa touched down to prepare for this week’s test match against Wales at Apia Park.
SUVA, Fiji-June 19: 1:12pm(Fiji Times): Fresh from upsetting the Australian Wallabies, Scotland will not rest on their laurels when they face the Vodafone Flying Fijians in a Test match in Suva this Saturday. After beating Australia 24-19 at the Allianz Stadium in Sydney on Saturday, the visitors are wary of what they will come up against at the ANZ Stadium.
PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea-June 19: 1:06pm(PIFS): The Pacific Islands Forum has accepted an invitation from the Government of Papua New Guinea to observe the 2017 National Elections.
PORT VILA, Vanuatu-June 19: 8:50am(RNZI): Vanuatu was in a state of mourning on Saturday after its revered president, Baldwin Lonsdale, died unexpectedly. He was 67. He was rushed to Vila Central Hospital late on Friday night after a suspected heart attack, but died just after midnight.