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PNG GOVERNMENT ESTABLISHES COORDINATION CENTER FOR Y2K PROBLEMS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 29, 1999 – Radio Australia)---The Papua New Guinea government has established a national coordination center as part of a contingency plan for potential Y2K computer problems.

The center, to be based in Port Moresby, will be under the command of the police force with assistance from the PNG Defense Force.

Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said the center will monitor, report and manage any problems arising from Y2K.

He said administrators in the country's 19 provinces have also been directed to establish similar centers in each provincial police headquarters.

Sir Mekere said while most government departments and agencies are already Y2K-compliant, it is still necessary for the country to be ready for any emergencies.

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PNG GOVERNMENT: DON'T PANIC OVER Y2K

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 29, 1999 – Post-Courier)---The public should not panic over disruptions of...

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SAIPAN DOCTOR WARNS ABOUT THE DANGERS OF FIREWORKS

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (Dec. 29, 1999 – Saipan Tribune)---As New Year's Eve rapidly approaches, and the corresponding festivities increase, a local optometrist is warning residents about the dangers associated with something many parents routinely overlook -- fireworks.

"We've already seen one child with a severe eye injury this holiday season," said Dr. David G. Hardt of the Seventh Day Adventist Clinic. "It's heartbreaking because it is so unnecessary."

There are statistics to back this claim. In 1996, during the weeks surrounding the Fourth of July, Dr. Hardt says more than 7,600 people in the U.S. were injured using fireworks; 44 percent of those injured by fireworks each year are children ages 19 and under.

"I'm concerned because we're hearing more fireworks each night here on Saipan," said Dr. Hardt. "A common sparkler can reach 1,800° F - hot enough to melt gold -- and cause third degree burns. Parents should never let their children play with...

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USP ACADEMIC SUGGESTS PACIFIC COUNTRIES JOIN ON TRADE MATTERS

SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 29, 1999 – Radio Australia)---An academic from the University of the South Pacific has suggested that Pacific Islands region countries join forces to obtain greater trade bargaining power.

An Indian national and senior lecturer in Banking and Financial Management, Surendra Chopra, said the concept currently was being developed by academics at the university.

 

According to Mr. Chopra, countries within the Pacific basin should examine the idea of forming a collective body, such as a Pacific Union, which could operate like a miniature European Union.

He said this would put them in a stronger position to import products at competitive prices and export at the best prices.

The 16-member South Pacific Forum, at their meeting in Palau in October, endorsed a Free Trade Area for the region to be developed over the next two years.

RADIO AUSTRALIA

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NIUE’S CORAL AIR PREPARING FOR NADI FLIGHTS

NIUE’S CORAL AIR PREPARING FOR NADI FLIGHTS

SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 29, 1999 – Fiji Broadcasting Corporation)---Coral Air International, which has been designated as Niue's national carrier, will begin service to the Pacific region starting in January.

The airline is finalizing its air service agreement with the government to fly between Niue and Nadi International Airport.

The Civil Aviation Ministry's initial agreement with Coral Air International calls for service only on the Niue-Nadi direct route.

However, the airline is reportedly asking to fly into Nadi via Tonga as well.

This may delay the formulation of the air service agreement with the government and push back its January target date.

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NEW ZEALAND WEATHER LOOKS FINE FOR FIRST MILLENNIUM DAWN

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (December 28, 1999 - San Jose Mercury/Reuters)---New Zealand skies should be mostly clear for the first sunrise of the new millennium, according to the Meteorological Service weather agency.

With the La Niña weather phenomenon expected to continue to affect New Zealand through the Southern Hemisphere summer, chances are the weather will be fine in most places on New Year's Day, forecasters said.

That includes in the Chatham Islands and Gisborne, which are widely recognized as the first places to see the millennium dawn.

"I'd give it a very good chance for a clear sunrise for both of those places,'' MetService spokesman Gerard Bellam told Reuters. "There'll be a bit of morning cloud around out at the Chathams probably, but I don't think it'll be too much of an effect as there are some quite large hills that people will be getting up on in the Chathams.''

Bellam added the forecast was unlikely to change over the next few days...

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COOK ISLANDS PREPARES FOR MAJOR CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (December 29, 1999)---Rarotonga is preparing to host a major regional climate change conference in April 2000.

The "Pacific Islands Climate Change Conference" is being organized by the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) in partnership with the National Tidal Facility of South Australia's Flinders University.

It will be supported by the governments of Australia, the Cook Islands, Denmark, France, Japan and New Zealand.

The theme of the weeklong conference, which begins on April 3rd, is "Improving the Understanding of and Responding to Climate Change and Sea Level Rise."

Among the objectives at the conference will be addressing the impact of climate change and sea level rise, and how to develop response options.

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NATIONAL AIDS COUNCIL

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

PRESS RELEASE

December 28, 1999

PAPUA NEW GUINEA'S FIRST VIDEO FEATURE OF A PERSON LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS, "BEREM" RELEASED

The National AIDS Council has just produced a 20 minute video of the life of Joseph Berem from Togoba in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea.

The film tells the story about Joe and his family, relatives and friends accepting him even though he is HIV positive.

The film tells about the kind of support he gets from them, how he has decided to face the reality of being infected with the virus and tells the story of support from his wife and children.

In this film Joe challenges people living with the virus not to spread it and also to come out and join the fight against the epidemic.

He also challenges HIV positive people to live positively in their daily activities. He believes that HIV people can make a change in the fight against the epidemic.

This is the first...

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PNG OMBUDSMAN INVESTIGATES GOVERNMENT LEADERS' INVESTMENTS IN QUICK MONEY

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 29, 1999 – Radio Australia)---Papua New Guinea's Ombudsman Commission reports that it has begun investigating leaders' investments in "get-rich-quick" money schemes.

Ombudsman Ila Geno said the Commission is checking to determine whether any government leader has invested public funds in the money schemes.

Mr. Geno said the move is in response to public calls for the Commission to take action against fast money schemes.

But, he said the Commission does not have the power to act on the complaints against private companies, and it will not do anything if the leaders have invested their own money.

However, he said the Commission will act if public money has been used, including Parliamentarians' discretionary funds.

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FIJI DEVELOPMENT BANK SEIZES VANUA AIR PLANE

SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 29, 1999 – Fiji Broadcasting Corporation)---The Fiji Development Bank has seized an aircraft from Vanua Air in its bid to recover costs.

The aircraft is reportedly being leased to Air Fiji by Vanua Air, which is non-operational at the moment.

President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara and prominent Labasa businessman Charan Jeath Singh at one time were significant shareholders in Vanua Air Charter, Limited.

The company's license ceased being valid in 1997, when the airline stopped operating, and the license has not been renewed since.

In a commercial agreement, Vanua Air sold two of its aircraft to Air Fiji.

In addition, Air Fiji leased another plane from Vanua Air to help the company in its repayment of debts to the Fiji Development Bank.

Vanua Air, however, has not kept up with its payments, prompting the bank's legal department to seize the aircraft with the intention of selling it to recover costs.

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INSTEAD OF FLOCKING, PEOPLE FLED HAWAII IN ’99

By Edwin Tanji

HONOLULU, Hawaii (December 29, 1999 – Honolulu Advertiser)---Hawaii was among five states to see a decrease in population in fiscal 1999, the U.S. Census Bureau reported today.

While the country’s population will have grown nearly 1 percent this year to a total of 274 million as of Saturday, Hawaii’s population was down 0.4 percent from 1,190,472 in July 1998 to 1,185,497 by July 1999.

Local economists said the decrease is the result of the lagging state economy and people leaving to find jobs in other states. Since 1990, Hawaii has recorded a net loss of nearly 100,000 residents to other states.

Two University of Hawaii economists said there is concern whether the state can reverse the trend by creating a positive economic climate when population numbers suggest Hawaii is not seen as a place for opportunities.

According to Census estimates, 20,112 more residents left the state than moved to Hawaii in 1999, while the number of...

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