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INTRIGUE CLOUDS CLOSED SOMARE'S POLITICAL

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Dec. 30, 2010) – So now we know.

And that is, the Prime Minister Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare did not just give the Deputy Prime Minister’s job to Wabag Member of Parliament Sam Abal, and then elevated him to the Acting Prime Minister’s post. He was advised by senior government ministers Moses Maladina, Peter Ipatas, Andersen Agiru, Paul Tiensten, Arthur Somare, Peter O’Neill and John Pundari to do that. It is interesting to note that, apart from Andersen Agiru, the others are leaders of the coalition partners in the National Alliance (NA) led government.

We are sure, the Acting Prime Minister will get around to acknowledging and thanking these men, but what we want to know is why? What was their motive? Was it because Mr. Polye was a threat to them? Was it because with Mr. Polye, they would not get their way and view Mr. Abal as a push over?

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JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR MICRONESIANS IN HAWAII

News Release Goodwill, Hawaii Honolulu, Hawaii Dec. 29, 2010

Goodwill Industries of Hawaii has a job opportunity in the division of Human Services for someone who is bilingual in English and Marshallese.

The position opening is for a Job Readiness Trainer at the Kapolei facility. Those interested may apply through the Goodwill website, according to Michelle Forster,

Job Description Summary:

Develops and implements Job Readiness Training programs for participants in keeping with the most current job trends and labor market needs to better serve participants in finding employment.

Provides group and individual educational and vocational guidance services

Provides case management, employment counseling, job placement, and job counseling/retention after placement to clients

Conducts employer outreach and job development to expedite successful placements

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COPS: ANOTHER QUIET NIGHT IN NUKUALOFA

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The role of Tonga's police force came under scrutiny in the wake of the rioting which led to much of the capital, Nukualofa, being burned down in 2006. Their response to the emergency was judged harshly by some, including the government, and complaints from members of the public about police behaviour had been mounting for some time anyway. The government decided to launch a program to reform the police immediately, and during a recent visit to Tonga, Bruce Hill hit the streets to see those changes first-hand.

By Bruce Hill

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Dec. 30, 2010) –Okay, so Nuku'alofa isn't exactly Miami, awash in crime, drugs, and stubbled policemen wearing pastel shirts and driving quarter of a million dollar sportscars, but crime is crime and cops are cops no matter where in the world you are.

I asked the Commander of the Tonga police, Chris Kelley, why the government had decided to make so many changes in the way the force works...

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PAPUA NEW GUINEA VILLAGE MOURNS FORMER U.S.

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Late Hargesheimer helped by Bialla people

By Grace Tiden PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 30, 2010) – Full customary mourning will be accorded to the legendary former U.S. pilot the late Fred Hargesheimer by the people of Bialla in West New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea.

[PIR editor’s note: Fred Hargesheimer was a former United States Army Air Forces Pilot who later became a philanthropist.]

The World War II U.S. Army pilot who after being rescued by villagers at Nantabu during the war, built two schools for the locals years later.

Leaders in the area are planning to stage a traditional mourning event to mark the death of the person who made it possible for many locals to get an education.

The late Fred Hargesheimer died last Thursday, aged 94, in Nebraska.

News about his death reached the locals at Evase, Noau and Nantabu the same day through an email sent from the U.S. to the Hargy Oil Palm...

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SEVEN PACIFIC ISLANDERS HONORED IN NEW ZEALAND

Noted activists, scholars, politicians

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 30, 2010) – Seven Pacific Island New Zealanders have received awards in the New Year’s Honours announced today.

They include two doctors, a former government minister and others recognised for their contributions to the community.

"Papa’ali’i Dr Semisi Ma’ia’i, who published a comprehensive Samoan dictionary, Tusi’upu Samoa, earlier this year, had previously produced the Samoa Medical Glossary to help people grasp the medical terminology. He has been made a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Luamanuvao Winnie Laban, who retired from politics this year, receives the Queen’s Service Order for service to the Pacific community, as does one time Cook Islands prime minister, Dr Joseph Williams.

Betty Leuina Sio received the same award for her many years of effort to combat family violence and sexual abuse in Auckland.

The Queen’s...

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HAWAII VISITOR COUNT, SPENDING UP

6.4 million visitors is 8.6 percent increase

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 30, 2010) – Hawaii’s tourism industry has had boosts in both visitor numbers and spending compared to 2009.

The state had 577,000 visitors in November, up 18 percent from the same month a year ago.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority also reports that total spending by visitors rose 30.4 percent, or 227 million US dollars from November 2009, to just under a billion dollars.

Arrivals through the first 11 months of the year exceeded 6.4 million, up 8.6 percent from the same period last year.

The authority says total expenditures for the first 11 months of 2010 were 10.3 billion dollars, a 16 percent increase compared to the same period last year.

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SUSPECT ARRESTED IN SOLOMONS SRI LANKAN ESCAPE

Part of armed group that freed deportee at airport

By Jeremy Inifiri HONIARA, Solomon Islands (Solomon Star, Dec. 30, 2010) – Police have arrested and charged a man believed to be involved in helping a Sri-Lankan national escape deportation last week.

A police media spokesperson said from investigations done by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Royal Solomon Islands Police (RSIP), they managed to arrest the male at his home village in the Sun Valley area.

Police alleged the man was part of an armed group that went in to the Henderson International Airport’s departure lounge, threatened security and police officers before escaping with the foreign national.

Police said the accused was facing five counts, all in relation to the incident.

The charges include; assault of police officers in execution of duty, intimidation, going armed in public, possession of weapon and act intended to cause grievous harm or prevent arrest.

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SAMOA’S LANDMARK PRINCESS TUI INN BURNS DOWN

SAMOA’S LANDMARK PRINCESS TUI INN BURNS DOWN 12-room hotel demolished

By Charlina Tone APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, Dec. 29, 2010) – In Samoa, a century-old building, one of the last landmarks of this country’s past, has been destroyed.

It took four hours for a raging fire to completely ravage the 1848 Princess Tui Inn, at Vaiala, yesterday morning.

The flames lit up the early hours of the day as firefighters struggled for hours to put out the flames.

Nothing could be salvaged from the fire.

Assistant Fire Commissioner Fa’afouinaMupo said his men tried their best.

"The whole building was destroyed by the fire and luckily there were no guests at the time so there were no injuries," said Mr. Mupo.

He said they have yet to determine the cause of the fire since some key witnesses still need to be located.

"There are some staff from the Inn who were supposedly working last night, who we are still trying to find and investigate,"...

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VANUATU TSUNAMI COULD HAVE CLAIMED 100 LIVES

Low tide minimized wave damage after last week’s quake

By Glenda Shing PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Dec. 30, 2010) – A team of specialists that went down to Tanna to assess the damage on the western part of the island said had the tsunami occurred during high tide, 100 people could have lost their lives.

But the earthquake that triggered the tsunami occurred during low tide.

On Sunday December 26 at 12.16am the powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the islands of Vanuatu with its epicenter located in the west.

The Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre in Hawaii issued a tsunami warning on Vanuatu, Fiji and New Caledonia, which approximately 15 minutes later, a small tsunami hit Tanna Island, particularly seven neighboring villages on the North west of the island.

Areas affected were Enafa, Iwiwon, Ipak, White Grass, Evergreen Bungalows, Lamkail and Lenami.

A joint assessment team from the National Disaster Management Office (NDMO),...

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AMERICAN SAMOA GOVERNMENT MULLS PAY CUTS

30 percent workforce reduction also considered

By Fili Sagapolutele PAGO PAGO, American Samoa, (Samoa News, Dec. 29, 2010) - Faced with a serious financial shortfall n American Samoa, Governor, Togiola Tulafono is heading towards implementing measures to cut costs that include a reduction of working hours, although all American Samoa Government (ASG) employees will still get their full 80-hours pay next week.

Togiola is even looking at auctioning off government property to "shore up" revenues for ASG.

The Governor met yesterday morning with ASG Treasurer Magalei Logovi’i to discuss the government’s financial situation after implementing earlier this month other cost saving measures, such as a freeze on hiring and pay increments for career service employees.

The next step was to either implement a reduction in working hours or work days, as previously announced by the Governor.

However, following yesterday’s meeting; the governor’s office says...

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