Archive - April 2000

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FRENCH OVERSEAS NETWORK ACCESS TO GLOBAL CHANNEL

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (April 25, 2000 – Oceania Flash/SPC)---France's Overseas Network (RFO), which runs some 10 radio and television stations globally, has entered into an association with a world-wide channel, TV5, to widen its broadcasting base, Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

The first global broadcast took place last weekend and reached an estimated 120 million viewers, as opposed to less than 200,000 in the French territory of New Caledonia.

TV5 is a Channel specializing in global broadcast of French-speaking programs. Ranked third in world channels behind MTV and CNN, it currently reaches an estimated 600 million viewers globally.

Under an agreement signed between RFO, TV5 and CanalSat (the satellite owner and operator of the global network), RFO joins TV5's pool of five French-speaking channels taking part in the current network.

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PNG’S WESTERN PROVINCE GETS NEW PROJECTS

PNG’S WESTERN PROVINCE GETS NEW PROJECTS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 25, 2000 – Post Courier)---The state has approved a significant number of development projects worth K22.5 million (US$ 9 million) for immediate implementation in the Western Province.

The projects were approved by the Secretary for the Department of Mining and the Commissioner General for Taxation.

They will be built under the Tax Credit Scheme.

The department said the projects would bring services to those areas affected by the Ok Tedi mine and some areas that had not seen government services for a long time.

The department said in a statement last week that the projects would bring lasting benefits to the communities of Western Province.

The projects were endorsed by the Western Province administration, which has undertaken to maintain the projects.

Mining Secretary Kuma Aua said the projects represent one of the many positive aspects of the Ok Tedi...

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NEW CALEDONIA COURT SENTENCES VANUATU DIPLOMAT’S SON

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (April 25, 2000 – Oceanic Flash/SPC)---The son of Vanuatu’s Vice-Consul in New Caledonia, Gauthier Punenarai, was found guilty of drunk driving and double homicide by a Nouméa tribunal and sentenced to 15 months jail, the Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

Gauthier Punenarai is the son of Etienne Punenarai, Vanuatu’s Vice-Consul in the French territory.

On November 7, 1999, Gauthier fell asleep while driving his vehicle and accidentally caused the death of an elderly couple, Antoine and Véronique N’Guyen (respectively 82 and 86 years old), who were returning from mass.

The case had triggered a heated debate within the French territory as to whether the suspect’s diplomatic immunity should be lifted or not.

New Caledonia President Jean Lèques had even called on the lifting of diplomatic immunity for Punenarai, who had earlier claimed the special status with regards to his father’s posting.

French Foreign affairs had replied...

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OFFICIALS WILL SAMPLE SOILS, TEST CNMI RESIDENTS FOR PCB

TANAPAG, Northern Mariana Islands (April 25, 2000 – Associated Press)---Officials from the Federal government and the Northern Mariana Island will begin sampling soils and testing residents for chemical contamination.

The effort focuses on the coastal village of Tanapag, where high concentration of PCBs has been traced.

PCBs are cancer-causing chemicals that were used here in the U.S. army’s Nike Zeus missile program in the 1950s.

Federal and local officials became aware of PCB contamination in Tanapag a decade ago, but the levels of contamination have never been assessed.

Sampling and testing will begin next month.

Governor Pedro Tenorio says he will be asking for an action plan to clean up contamination and treat sick residents.

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U.S. DONATES $5,000 TO SAMOA LITERACY PROGRAM

By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 25, 2000)---The U.S. has donated $5,000 to the Read To Me Samoa program, which encourages parents to read to their children.

Danny Aranza, director of the U.S. Interior Department's Office of Insular Affairs, presented the check to American Samoa’s First Lady Mrs. Fagaoalii Sunia, who has spearheaded the program.

The program was the initiative of U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton three years ago as part of a national education reform.

The financial contribution comes three weeks after the Read to Me Samoa Program celebrated its first anniversary on March 31.

Mrs. Sunia has since visited several schools in the territory to encourage children to read with their parents.

Similar messages are carried in public service announcements by the media.

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HOLLYWOOD FILMS: AMERICAN SAMOA'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH U.S.

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 24, 2000)---American Samoa's 100-year "love affair" with the United States is documented and permanently memorialized in a two-hour Hollywood documentary filmed in the territory.

A five-men Hollywood crew was expected to film 70-hours of footage with full cooperation and support of Governor Tauese Sunia. Two traditional chiefs coordinated the cultural activities and wrote the story for the project.

The primary storyline follows Samoan students attending college in the United States who return home for the first time in many years as special guests of the governor to participate in the ceremonies. In the process, they gain a more compelling appreciation of their rich and proud culture and its unique ties with the United States.

The documentary will highlight the 100-year-old "Deed of Cession" Treaty signed by American Samoa's most prominent chiefs on April 17, 1900.

Even more significant is the fact that the producer and...

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PACIFIC ISLANDS SEEK HELP FROM JAPAN FOR EU EXPORTS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 25, 2000 – Post-Courier)---Papua New Guinea has asked Japan to support a request by small and vulnerable Pacific Island nations to the World Trade Organization for favorable treatment of their exports to the European Union countries.

Under the LOMÉ convention on trade, exports from most South Pacific Forum countries are able to enter European markets duty-free, which gives them a competitive advantage. WTO rules outlaw such preferential trade treatment.

"The small advantage that Pacific Island countries, including PNG, get from duty-free, get for their products is essential if we are to build our export capacity sufficiently to prosper in the face of increasing globalization of trade and intense competitiveness," Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said.

"Pacific Island countries suffer from many disadvantages, especially because of their remoteness and their small domestic markets, which must be overcome.

"The LOMÉ...

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CHIEFS SNUB FIJIAN MPS

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 26, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---The Assistant Minister for Fijian Affairs, Ratu Isireli Vuibau, and Fijian parliamentarians have been barred from today's Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) meeting.

Invitations to parliamentarians have been given only to Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry and Acting Fijian Affairs Minister Ratu Mosese Volavola.

Minister for Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries Poseci Bune will be allowed into the forum to speak on the commercial harvest of mahogany.

He is not expected to remain after talks on the bidding by Timber Resources Management and the Commonwealth Development Corporation.

Mr. Bune promised to inform the chiefs of the real story behind the mahogany deal.

"I'll tell them the whole truth," he said.

The chiefly forum began with a traditional ceremony.

Council official Asesela Sadole confirmed the exclusion of most Fijian parliamentarians.

"This is not the first time...

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PACIFIC ISLANDERS AIR NUCLEAR SHIPPING CONCERNS AT JAPAN MEETING

By Al Hulsen

HAMAOKA, Japan (April 25, 2000 – PIDP/CPIS)---The sticky issue of shipping radioactive nuclear materials and mixed oxide fuel (MOX) between Japan and Europe via Pacific Ocean routes was given a delicate airing by two Pacific Island leaders and several officials Tuesday at the Hamaoka Nuclear Power Station, about 140 miles west of Tokyo.

Cook Islands Prime Minister Dr. Terepai Maoate and Niue Premier Sani Lakatani were the only heads of government to join the trip to the giant four-reactor station facing the Pacific, and a special meeting that followed the weekend PALM 2000 Japan-Pacific Island leaders’ summit in the southern resort city of Miyazaki.

One reliable source said the Forum Secretariat had discouraged a major show of interest in the facility "to safeguard the integrity of the leaders," and recommended primarily attendance by island nation technical experts.

Following a two-hour trip by bullet train from Tokyo past Mt. Fuji and...

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FIJI GOVERNMENT STILL OWES SUVA CITY COUNCIL $1 MILLION

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 25, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---The government has not made any effort to pay the Suva City Council $1.1 million owed in rates, said Lord Mayor Mataiasi Ragigia.

He said the state properties on which rates are levied include the Customs headquarters, Customs Department, Police stations, Government Buildings, some ministries, Government Archives, government-owned institutions, hospitals and the army barracks.

Councilor Ragigia said he appealed to the Minister for Local Government, Dr. Ganesh Chand, to help in the payment.

Discounts on rates were offered early in the year but the government had not taken advantage of these to save taxpayers' money, he said.

However, Dr. Chand had said earlier that the government does not pay rates to the Suva City Council. Instead, it gives an annual grant, which is provided in the Local Government Act.

Ragigia had said that they are rates and not a grant.

"How can it be a grant?...

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