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NEW CALEDONIA CRICKET PLAYERS MARCH TO PROTEST BEER ADVERTISING

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (April 26, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---Some 250 members of the New Caledonian Traditional Cricket League protested last Saturday against a recently introduced commercial associating a locally made beer with women's traditional cricket, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

The beer, which bears the woman's name of Adèle, was recently introduced in New Caledonia.

As an initial promotional effort, the brewery launched an advertising campaign in which a Kanak woman playing traditional cricket is shown.

Protesters, who were dressed in their team outfits, expressed disapproval and anger that the advertising campaign was associating a traditional sport played by Kanak women to a brand of beer.

About 20 New Caledonian traditional cricket clubs responded to the league’s request to organize the march.

"They are using a positive image of sport, Kanak woman and women in general to promote an alcoholic drink. This is...

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HELPING BRING BACK THE LAW OF NORMALITY ON BOUGAINVILLE

For 10 years there has been no real civil authority on the war-torn island of Bougainville. David Scoullar, a journalism teacher at Divine Word University in Madang, Papua New Guinea, visited this month. He reports on an unheralded pilot project, which promises to have a big impact on the return to normality in Bougainville communities.

By David Scoullar

BUKA, Bougainville, Papua New Guinea (April 27, 2000 - Divine Word University/PINA Nius Online)---Community ownership is at the heart of a New Zealand-led policing project designed to increase the level of security on Bougainville.

It is hoped the community policing model which has been successful in New Zealand can be adopted here.

The first group of community police trainees is expected to begin a four to six week course in early May.

The training of some 40 local men and women in the Bana district of southwest Bougainville follows exhaustive consultation with local communities.

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ASSISTANCE FOR DISPLACED PEOPLE IN SOLOMON ISLANDS

By Imo Ueteri-Taasi

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (April 27, 2000 - Solomon Star/PINA Nius Online)---A project worth more than SI $3 million (US$ 599,401) will soon get off the ground to assist displaced families on Guadalcanal and Malaita.

It is the Guadalcanal and Malaita Provinces Rehabilitation Program, to be implemented by World Vision and funded by the European Union.

But it will assist only 2,000 families, or a total of about 8,000 people who have been displaced as a result of the social unrest on Guadalcanal. Recent reports have estimated that at least 30,000 people have been displaced because of the tension.

Representatives of World Vision explained the project to the Minister of Development Planning, Fred Fono, and his top officers, as well as representatives of the European Union and the deputy premier of Malaita province, Benjamin Harohau.

No representatives from the Guadalcanal Province attended the briefing, although they had also been...

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RABUKA RE-ELECTED CHAIRMAN OF FIJI’S GREAT COUNCIL OF CHIEFS

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 26, 2000 - Radio Australia)---Former Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has been re-elected unopposed as chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs.

The appointment was the first item on the agenda as the chiefs began a two-day meeting in Suva.

The closed meeting is also expected to discuss a number of controversial issues, which have been causing divisions within the council.

Rabuka has confirmed that the meeting will discuss a government proposal to establish a land use commission.

It will also discuss the government's decision to deal with a British finance company, Commonwealth Development Corporation, which plans to harvest and sell logs from Fiji's mahogany plantations.

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

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AMERICAN SAMOA RECEIVES

CONGRESSMAN ENI F.H. FALEOMAVAEGA From American Samoa U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE April 26, 2000

U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY GRANT

Congressman Eni Faleomavaega announced today that the U.S. Department of Energy has informed him of an $112,672 (US$) grant American Samoa will receive under the DOE's Million Solar Roof program.

The goal of the Million Solar Roof Initiative is to install one million solar energy systems on U.S. buildings by 2010. The Initiative focuses on two types of solar energy technology: photovoltaics that produce electricity from sunlight and solar thermal systems that produce heat for domestic hot water.

"I want to commend the Territorial Energy Office for their efforts in obtaining this grant," said Faleomavaega. "And I whole-heartedly support federal efforts to assist us with the promotion of commercially viable solar energy products."

In providing American Samoa with $49,239 in Federal funds...

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SAIPAN SEEKS OIA SUPPORT ON PROTEST VS. CONTINENTAL MICRONESIA

By Aldwin R. Fajardo

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (April 28, 2000 – Saipan Tribune)---The Commonwealth Ports Authority is bringing its protest against Continental Micronesia's treatment of Guam and Saipan as co-terminals into higher gear by seeking support from the U.S. Office of Insular Affairs.

In a letter to Insular Affairs Director Danny Aranza, CPA Board Chair Roman S. Palacios said the Northern Marianas suffered tremendous economic losses due to Continental Micronesia's decision to abandon direct flights between Saipan and two Japanese cities.

At the same time, Ports Authority Executive Director Carlos H. Salas underscored the agency's opposition on the application of the carrier to renew its authority to operate on Route 171, Segment 9, or between Saipan/Guam and Sapporo/Sendai, Japan.

"The application for renewal, if approved, will allow Continental Micronesia to continue to serve Guam and Saipan as co-terminals from Sapporo and Sendai," the...

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WEST PAPUA ACTIVIST KILLED IN VANIMO

VANIMO, Irian Jaya (April 26, 2000 – The National/Kabar Irian)---The peaceful border town of Vanimo is reeling from yet another serious crime within a week - this time the cold-blooded murder of a pro-independence West Papuan activist yesterday morning.

Hans Bomai, the self-styled leader of the separatist OPM rebels’ western command, was attacked with knives and hammers at a settlement near the town and died instantly from injuries to his head.

His brother, Lego Bomai, was also attacked but survived and was in serious but stable condition at the Vanimo General Hospital last night.

Police have detained eight suspects in relation to the killing.

Official sources said last night that the Bomais had traveled to Vanimo from their jungle hideout near Skotsio on the PNG-Indonesia border to make arrangements to travel to Jakarta for talks on self-rule for West Papua, formerly Irian Jaya.

The sources said the killing might be the result of an ongoing...

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FRANCE EXPANDING MILITARY PRESENCE IN PACIFIC

NOUMEA, French Caledonia (April 28, 2000 – Radio Australia)---France is expanding its program of military cooperation with Pacific nations.

The commander of French forces in New Caledonia, General Xavier de Zuchowitz, was in Fiji recently to arrange a joint exercise with Fiji’s military forces.

Further exercises are planned with Tonga, New Caledonia and Fiji.

General de Zuchowitz says the exercise is part of France's desire to become more involved in regional affairs.

"I think that now all our neighbors in the Pacific accept that we are (good) neighbors and when they had the problem in Timor, Australia was very happy to see French forces. . . in East Timor.

"All my soldiers had very good contact with Australian, New Zealand and English soldiers and other contingents," General de Zuchowitz said.

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

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FIJI’S RATU MARA SNUBS RABUKA AT MEETING

FIJI’S RATU MARA SNUBS RABUKA AT MEETING

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 27, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara snubbed Great Council of Chiefs chairman Sitiveni Rabuka at the Raffles Tradewinds Convention Center in Lami yesterday.

Ratu Sir Kamisese refused to acknowledge Mr. Rabuka when he arrived at the venue of the Great Council of Chiefs meeting. Those at the scene described the encounter as "icy."

"In the past, the two usually shook hands before Mr. Rabuka escorted the president to his seat, briefing him along the way," one observer said.

Their encounter was the first since the publication of Mr. Rabuka's biography, Rabuka of Fiji, in which he claimed that Ratu Sir Kamisese had prior knowledge of the first military coup on May 14, 1987.

Ratu Sir Kamisese has denied the claim, instituting legal action against Mr. Rabuka, the book's author and its publishers.

After entering the convention center, the two took...

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USP MEDIA FREEDOM DAY EVENTS

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 26, 2000 – Pacific Media Watch/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---Fiji media personalities will discuss the impact of new technologies on Pacific journalism at a seminar organized for next week’s Media Freedom Day by the University of the South Pacific journalism program.

The evening seminar, part of a daylong series of activities organized by journalism students and staff for Wednesday (May 3), is being sponsored by the Canada Fund.

The panel will include Yashwant Gaunder, publisher of The Review and FijiLive website; FM96 news director Virisila Buadromo; senior reporter Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum of Fiji Television; Human Rights Commission director Shaista Shameem, Wansolwara editor Reg Dutt and others.

Chairing the discussion will be Seona Smiles, Fiji Times columnist and Dawn media officer.

Other USP activities on Media Freedom Day include an "open day" at the campus station Radio Pasifik and journalism training newspaper Wansolwara; a...

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