Archive - April 2000

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PACIFIC ISLAND LEADERS TAKE TIME TO RELAX IN MIYAZAKI

By Al Hulsen

MIYAZAKI, Japan (April 24, 2000 – PIDP/CPIS)---Miyazaki really rolled out the red carpet Sunday, providing Pacific Island leaders who came to the southern resort city for the PALM 2000 summit Saturday with a full day of relaxation and entertainment.

Included on the daylong agenda were a goodwill Japan-Pacific Islands rugby football match, traditional music and dance, visits to a botanical garden and a children’s park and several receptions organized by Miyazaki’s movers and shakers.

Traveling throughout the city and prefecture by luxury bus, the presidents, prime ministers and their spouses and official parties were greeted everywhere during the day by flag-waving children and their families, who lined up to catch a glimpse of the Pacific Islands region’s most prominent citizens.

Never before, the visitors from Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia agreed, had they ever seen so many national flags of the Pacific in one place. The banners...

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FRENCH POLYNESIA EXPORTED US$200 MILLION WORTH OF PEARLS LAST YEAR

PAPE'ETE, French Polynesia April 20, 2000 (OFO)---Black pearls exports from French Polynesia have totaled some 22.4 billion French Pacific Francs (US$200 million) for 1999, daily newspaper La Dépêche de Tahiti reports.

The paper, quoting the latest figures from the French territory's official statistics, notes that this is despite a 10.8 percent reduction of the price per gram.

The latest figures show a 50 percent increase in export receipts for the much-prized product, compared to 1998.

The 1999 volume of black pearl export amounts to 11 tons, compared to the 6.6 tons of 1998.

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NEW CALEDONIA VICE-PRESIDENT: "NATIONALIST, BUT REALISTIC"

NOUMEA, New Caledonia (April 20, 2000 - OFO)---New Caledonia’s vice-president, FCCI party leader Léopold Jorédié, defined himself as a "nationalist, but realistic," Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reported.

"If the majority of New Caledonians voted in favor of the Nouméa accord, this means they see New Caledonia as their nation," Jorédié said in an interview with Les Nouvelles.

The Nouméa accord, which was signed in May 1998, paves the way for a greater autonomy for New Caledonia, a gradual transfer of power from the French State to local authorities and a possible independence in "15 to 20" years.

But Jorédié said this independence could come even later than that, if ever.

"We have to stop giving New Caledonians the impression that independence will come in 2015," he said. "I'm not selling dreams. To remain present in the Pacific, France must go on exercising a shared sovereignty with us in New Caledonia, rather than giving us independence and then come...

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FTUC BACKS FIJI NURSES ON STRIKE ACTION

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 24, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post)---The Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) has pledged full support for a nurses' nationwide strike on May 16.

The Congress said it will back the nurses' strike, even if means breaking the law on industrial action in essential services.

"We are going to take whatever course of action necessary to ensure that the deal struck with government is made," said General Secretary Felix Anthony.

The nurses have served notice they will go on strike on May 16 to enforce a promised pay rise, which they said the government has failed to deliver.

The nurses are demanding a $1,000 to $2,000 across-the-board pay rise, which the government pledged to deliver by March 31 this year.

The congress is waiting for a report on the latest development from the nurses. Fiji Nursing Association General Secretary Elina Dulakiverata is expected to present this report as soon as she returns from a trip abroad.

"I had...

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TAIWAN APPOINTS FIRST AMBASSADOR TO PALAU

KOROR, Palau (April 25, 2000 – Radio Australia)---Taiwan's Foreign Ministry has formally approved the appointment of Chen Kuo-huang as the first Taiwanese Ambassador to the Pacific nation of Palau.

Mr. Chen is the Director of the Taiwanese Foreign Ministry's Western Asian Affairs Department.

Taiwan formed diplomatic relations with Palau at the end of last year.

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ARMY CHIEF THANKS U.S. FOR TRAINING OFFICERS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 20, 2000 - The National)--- PNG Defense Force Chief Brigadier General Carl Malpo has commended the US army for helping to train his officers.

Speaking at a reception at the Parkroyal Hotel, General Malpo said many Defense Force officers have undergone military training in the U.S. with much success.

"On behalf of the PNG Defense Force officers who have attended the training programs, I want to thank the US military," he said. "The program was a great success ... our officers are better at their jobs now."

U.S. Ambassador Arma Jane Karaer congratulated all the officers who took part in the training program.

The reception was hosted by the U.S. Embassy.

For additional reports from The National, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The National (Papua New Guinea).

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SAMOA VILLAGE HONORS ASSASSINATED MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT AT CENTENNIAL

By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (April 23, 2000)---The 300 member group from the village of Sagone paid tribute to assassinated Minister of Works Luagalau Levaula Kamu on during their traditional performance.

Sagone was one of the six villages from Samoa invited to perform in the traditional song and dance festivities for American Samoa's Centennial celebration.

Luagalau, who represented the district that included the village of Sagone in the Parliament, was shot to death during a political function last July.

Luagalau lead Sagone during their participation last year to the American Samoa Flag Day and hinted to the American Samoa Government at the time to be invite back for this year's most important event of the history of the Samoan Islands.

The group's message comes a week after former cabinet ministers Leafa Vitale and Toi Aukuso Cains were found guilty of plotting the murder. The two men were sentenced to death by hanging....

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Project Manager, Pacific Regional Adolescent

Reproductive Health Project

National Institutes of Health of Safety (NIHS), seeks the services of a highly experienced project manager to manage the implementation of a three-year UNFPA Pacific Regional Adolescent Reproductive Health Project. The position is Suva based and is for a three-year contract.

Duties and responsibilities:

· Manage the ARH Project including: participating in a design mission, assisting with the preparation of a project design document, recruiting advisers, negotiating sub-contracts for project components, purchasing equipment and resources, and establishing financial management systems

· Monitor, evaluate and report regularly on the status of all project activities and maintain records of activities, achievements, limitations and financial accountability

· Undertake Project co-ordination with country, regional and donor agencies

· Recruit and supervise the Project Finance/Administrative Assistant and Project...

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U.S. AUDITORS TO PROBE SAIPAN SEAPORT SCANDAL

By Aldwin R. Fajardo

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (April 24, 2000 – Saipan Tribune)---Federal auditors are expected to begin a thorough investigation into the financial controversy surrounding the dredging and construction of the $43 million Saipan harbor, which was completed April of last year after almost six years since the project started.

Ports Authority Board Chair Roman S. Palacios made the audit request to the Office of the Inspector General of the Interior Department following a recommendation by the Governor's Transition Committee because of the increase in the project's scope and cost.

Mr. Palacios explained that the long delay in the project's completion warrants a federal audit of the multi-million Saipan harbor improvement.

The same report recommended that the U.S. Department of the Interior or the U.S. Congress audit the Saipan Harbor Improvement Project [SHIP] because of the increase in scope and cost, as well as the delay in...

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PNG VOLCANO SENDS SMOKE SIGNALS

RABAUL, Papua New Guinea (April 20, 2000 – Post-Courier)---Mount Tavurvur has experienced occasional eruptions since its massive and destructive eruption in September 1994.

The changing mountain at the side of Rabaul on the Gazelle Peninsula stopped sending up thick clouds of black smoke over Rabaul and its surrounding areas more than 12 months ago.

Rabaul Volcanological Observatory, known to many as the "Haus Guria,'' has maintained a close watch over its activity.

But last Sunday morning, as thousands of people on the peninsula prepared to attend Palm Sunday church services, a slight burst of activity was seen.

For additional reports from The Post-Courier, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Newspapers/The Post-Courier (Papua New Guinea).

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