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FIREWORKS TO USHER IN NEW YEAR IN PORT MORESBY

By Thomas Kilala

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 30, 2000 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---Fireworks, lighting up the skies over Port Moresby, will kick off New Year celebrations in the capital.

The New Year's Eve fireworks, sponsored by the National Capital District Commission, will be held from 7:30 p.m. at Ela Beach on Sunday night.

The fireworks will be ignited from a barge anchored offshore.

Sculptures will be displayed at the Gerehu and Islander roundabouts along with a Christmas tree at 4 Mile.

The New Year’s Eve fireworks have become a major fixture on the Port Moresby calendar since their introduction by radio station NAU FM in 1999.

The event has had a number of sponsors over the years with the National Capital District Commission sponsoring the event during the last two years.

Last year's event saw a very large crowd assemble along the beach front to witness the fireworks display, which marked the coming of the...

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AMERIKA SAMOA BANK MOVING THROUGH SALE TO ANZ BANK

By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (Dec. 28, 2000 - PIDP/CPIS)--Amerika Samoa Bank (ASB) shareholders have until the close of business on December 29th, to decide whether to sell their shares back to the bank under the Australia New Zealand Banking Group’s (ANZ Bank) terms of acquisition.

Two weeks ago, ASB’s board of directors issued a public notice and reminder to the bank’s shareholders that the bank would buy back their shares for $39 per share.

The bank will buy back a minimum of 33,333 shares and a maximum of 51,282 shares. The buy-backs would cost ASB between $1.29 million and $1.99 million.

Those who accept the buy-back offer will be paid promptly after the December 29th deadline.

"In the view of ANZ, ASB has excess capital which, if not reduced, would make the acquisition uneconomical to ANZ (ANZ would incur a 30% withholding tax if it were to repatriate the excess capital to Australia after the acquisition closes)," according...

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TWO MEMBERS OF INDONESIAN SECURITY FORCE CAPTURED IN WEST PAPUA

JAYAPURA, Irian Jaya, Indonesia (December 27, 2000 – ABC Online)---Rebels in Irian Jaya, also known as West Papua, have reportedly captured two members of the Indonesian security forces.

Indonesia’s state Antara news agency reported that 20 guerrillas belonging to the Free Papua Movement apprehended the pair during a raid on Tor Atas district, near the provincial capital of Jayapura.

The agency said the two police sergeants were guarding a local church.

A police spokesman in Jayapura said the security forces are searching for the missing men.

Earlier this week Indonesia’s President Abdurrahman Wahid vowed to prevent the secession of the country's easternmost province.

He guaranteed the right of free speech but said violence or acts of secession would not be tolerated.

For additional reports from ABC Australia News Online, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV...

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NEW CALEDONIA CONGRESS PASSES 2001 BUDGET

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (December 28, 2000 - Oceania Flash/SPC)---New Caledonia's local Congress on Wednesday passed a 2001 budget of 80 billion French Pacific Francs (US$ 621 million), RFO radio reports.

However, about 75 percent of the 2001 budget will not remain in the coffers of the territorial government. It will be re-distributed to the French territory’s three provinces and municipalities, with the territorial government retaining only 22.5 billion CFP (US$ 174.7 million).

Another important part of the 2001 budget, five billion CFP (about US$ 38.8 million), will be devoted to infrastructure development, including roads and public works at large.

Another 150 million CFP (US$ 1.164 million) was earmarked to support New Caledonia’s agriculture sector, including cattle and squash pumpkin farmers.

The new year will also see the introduction of new taxes, including four percent on goods and services.

Existing taxes on tobacco and liquor were raised...

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NEW ZEALAND WARNS CITIZENS NOT TO TRAVEL TO SOLOMON ISLANDS

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (December 27, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The New Zealand government has revised its advice on travel to the Solomon Islands and now is calling on its citizens to defer all vacation and non-essential business travel to the Pacific island nation.

For citizens already in the Solomons, New Zealand's Ministry of Foreign Affairs also said that those planning to travel outside of Honiara are advised to contact the New Zealand high commission about the current security situation prior to traveling to rural areas.

Wellington's advisory was issued as the Solomon Islands' national carrier, Solomon Airlines, announced that it lost AUS$ 4 million dollars (US$ 2.2 million) this year, primarily as a result of the ethnic conflict between Guadalcanal’s Isatabu Freedom Fighters and the Malaita Eagle Force over land rights and jobs.

A peace accord now is in effect.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/...

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HOLIDAY DRINKING HOURS TO BE ENFORCED ON SAIPAN

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (December 28, 2000 - Saipan Tribune/PINA Nius Online)---Saipan's Department of Commerce will strictly monitor the sale of alcoholic beverages on New Year’s Eve, even though the allowed selling time has been extended from the usual 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m.

The government will take strict disciplinary action against any establishment that abuses the authorized extended hours, said Commerce Secretary Frankie Villanueva.

The Commerce chief stressed that the extended hours are only for Sunday evening, December 31, 2000 until 4:00 a.m. on Monday, January 1, 2001.

"This authorization does not allow for any further expansion of the extended hours. Any abuse of the extension will not be tolerated."

The Department of Commerce's Alcohol Beverage and Tobacco Control Division earlier this month participated in an expanded government campaign against drunk driving through a series of classes aimed at educating establishments about...

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FIJI THIRD QUARTER TOURISM EARNINGS NOSEDIVE BECAUSE OF COUP FALLOUT

SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 29, 2000 - The Fiji Times/PINA Nius Online)---Fiji's gross tourism earnings for the third quarter of this year dropped by F$ 108.8 million (US$ 50,037,120) compared with the same period last year.

The Fiji Bureau of Statistics attributed the decrease to a decline in the number of visitor days due the political instability following the May 19 coup.

Total visitor arrivals for 2000 are estimated at 282,700, down 31 percent from the 1999 figure.

South Korea was the only country to record an increase in estimated visitor earnings during the third quarter.

For additional reports from the Fiji Times, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/Fiji Times.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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RELEASE OF CHINESE SECT LEADER SOUGHT ON GUAM

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (December 28, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The lawyer for Zhang Hongbao, the leader of China's Zhonggong religious group, has filed a writ of habeas corpus (protection against illegal imprisonment) seeking Zhang’s release from detention on Guam.

Zhang, 46, is the founder of the religious group, which is outlawed in China.

He is charged with attempting to enter Guam illegally.

In late September, U.S. Immigration authorities denied Zhang's request for full political asylum, but allowed him to remain on Guam for appeal proceedings.

Zhang's lawyer, Charles Kunninen, said the habeas corpus petition has been filed with the local U.S. district court, with a hearing possible as early as the middle of next month.

For additional reports from Radio Australia, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Radio Australia.

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NEW LAW TO PROTECT PNG’S ENVIRONMENT

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 27, 2000 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Papua New Guinea's Office of Environment and Conservation has developed legislation to be used in support of the new environment law.

First Assistant Director Environment Gunther Joku told the Post-Courier newspaper that officers are putting together the environment prescribed activity regulation, environment permit transition regulation, council procedures regulation and environment fees and charges regulation. All will be supporting the new environment law.

"There are other legislations that will need to be developed but these we believe are essential to the working of the act," he said.

Mr. Joku said this in response to comments made by Wep Kanawi, spokesman for a non-government environmental watch group, who said that it is of the utmost importance that the enabling schedules for the recently enacted environment law be prepared as a matter of urgency.

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OFFICIAL VIEWS CLASH OVER COOK ISLANDS SHIPPING

By Jason Brown

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (December 23, 2000 - Cook Islands News)---Cracks are beginning to appear in official views over the coalition approach to shipping.

Two different views are tucked away in the latest Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update, released this week.

In the update, Minister of Finance and Prime Minister Dr. Terepai Maoate quietly supports moves to create a government-backed monopoly in shipping.

In the same update, Financial Secretary Kevin Carr lists "government policy shifts" as a risk to the economy.

Carr does not directly mention controversy during the year over moves by government to create a shipping monopoly for political supporters.

However, in the update, under an ‘overview’ of internal risks to the economy, Carr does list government policy shifts as a threat.

"Although business confidence in the period remains optimistic, shifts can occur in response to global market conditions, government policy...

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