Archive - April 2001

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FIJI PRESIDENT UNVEILS BLUEPRINT FOR FIJIAN EDUCATION

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 26, 2001 - The Fiji Times/PINA Nius Online)---President Ratu Josefa Iloilo said the Blueprint for Affirmative Action for Fijian Education is a new chapter in Fijian education.

Ratu Josefa launched the blueprint at Queen Victoria School before a crowd of 300 people.

The ceremony was also attended by Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase, Chief Justice Sir Timoci Tuivaga, Vice-President Ratu Jope Seniloli, ministers and other government officials.

Ratu Josefa said the international community should not misunderstand the document as being racist.

"For what we see here is not racist in intention, but a long overdue initiative to create a level playing field for the children of Fiji," Ratu Josefa said.

He said Fijian education is a very depressing problem.

The education plan comes in wake of efforts made by Fiji's interim administration after widespread indigenous Fijian unrest last year.

"The flagging performance of...

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AMERICAN SAMOA’S FALEOMAVAEGA MEETS WITH NEW ZEALAND AMBASSADOR ANDSPEAKER OF NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT

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

NEWS RELEASE April 25, 2001

AMERICAN SAMOA’S FALEOMAVAEGA MEETS WITH NEW ZEALAND AMBASSADOR AND SPEAKER OF NEW ZEALAND PARLIAMENT

Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega announced today that he met with the New Zealand Ambassador to the United States, the Rt. Honorable James Bolger, and the Speaker of the New Zealand Parliament, the Rt. Honorable Jonathan Hunt, who led a Parliamentary delegation for talks in Washington.

The Members of Parliament accompanying Speaker Hunt during the visit with Faleomavaega were Winston Peters, Harry Duynhoven, John Carter and Rodney Hide.

"I was very honored that Ambassador Bolger, Speaker Hunt and his distinguished delegation made time to stop by my office," stated Faleomavaega, "as the United States and New Zealand have long been friends, sharing a common history and culture as fellow democracies in the Pacific....

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PACIFIC EDUCATORS MEET IN SAIPAN

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (April 26, 2001 - Marianas Variety/PINA Nius Online)---More than 100 educators from various island nations in the Western Pacific region are gathering on Saipan to attend a professional development seminar of the Western Association of Education Opportunity Personnel.

The Northern Marianas, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau, Hawai‘i, American Samoa and Guam are expected to send representatives.

The Northern Marianas College is facilitating the Westop-Pacific Islands Chapter workshop, said Lorraine Sonoda of the Northern Marianas College.

Sonoda said 10 presenters from Western Kentucky University and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Federal TRIO Programs, the Counsel of Opportunity in Education and the Pacific Islands Chapter will conduct the training and workshops.

The topics to be covered include grant writing, objective writing, performance report preparation,...

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U.S. ARMY KWAJALEIN OFFICIALS REFUSE TO TALK TO GREENPEACE REPRESENTATIVES

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (April 13, 2001 – Marshall Islands Journal)---A Greenpeace request to meet with the Army command at Kwajalein has been denied by U.S. officials.

U.S. Ambassador Mike Senko said that Greenpeace request was "carefully considered" by an inter-agency group in Washington, D.C. before it was denied.

Senko was the top U.S. official to meet with Greenpeace officials, visiting the Rainbow Warrior when the vessel was docked in Majuro late last month.

Greenpeace disarmament campaigner Melanie Duchin said they requested to meet with the Army command "because we want to talk to everyone. It’s why we want to hold an open boat at Kwajalein. Maybe we will part with different opinions, but it’s important to exchange views."

Nuclear campaigner Mike Townsley said that something Greenpeace does worldwide is meet with people in business, industry and government on the opposite side of the issue from them.

"It’s so people see that we understand...

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TAIWANESE FISHERMEN RESCUED OFF GUAM

AGANA, Guam (April 26, 2001 – Pacific Daily News)---Six Taiwanese fishermen were rescued yesterday morning 460 miles southeast of Guam, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The 66-foot longliner Hung Sun Tsai had been fishing in the Federated States of Micronesia when it began taking on water.

The crew, who tried to keep their boat afloat for more than 24 hours, was initially able to control the flooding with temporary repair. However, nine-foot waves and a main engine failure caused the repair to fail.

The crew asked for assistance through the Taipei Rescue Coordination Center. The Coast Guard Marianas section then coordinated a response.

A U.S. Navy P-3 plane from Kadena, Japan, a Coast Guard C-130 plane from Barbers Point, Hawai‘i, and the motor vessels Leo Leader and Brilliant Corners assisted in the rescue.

The Leo Leader stayed beside the vessel for 19 hours after a rendezvous with the Hung Sun Tsai Tuesday.

The Navy P-3 plane, the C-...

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RAINBOW WARRIOR PRESENCE IN MARSHALLS NO PROBLEM, SAYS U.S. AMBASSADOR SENKO

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (April 13, 2001 – Marshall Islands Journal)---U.S. and Marshall Islands officials have met concerning the visit of Greenpeace’s Rainbow Warrior, with the U.S. requesting RMI assistance in assuring non-interference in upcoming missile tests.

U.S. Ambassador Mike Senko told the Journal that visits by the vessel to any areas not controlled by the Army are the "RMI’s call." He said that the U.S. had not been putting pressure on the RMI to deny Greenpeace visit rights to Kwajalein.

Foreign Secretary Marie Maddison told the Journal that the RMI has "no problem" with the Greenpeace visit in line with constitutional guarantees of freedom of expression and the fact that Greenpeace is considered a friendly organization.

But, she added, the RMI government supports non-interference in tests at Kwajalein and will take on a role of insuring "there are no problems when the tests take place."

Last year, two Greenpeace activists led a direct...

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AMERICAN SAMOA’S FALEOMAVAEGA SENDS CONDOLENCES ON PASSING OF FORMERSAMOA PRIME MINISTER VAAI KOLONE

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

NEWS RELEASE April 25, 2001

AMERICAN SAMOA’S FALEOMAVAEGA SENDS CONDOLENCES ON PASSING OF FORMER SAMOA PRIME MINISTER VAAI KOLONE

Congressman Eni F.H. Faleomavaega today sent His Excellency Tuilaepa Malielegaoi the following message of condolence on the passing of Former Prime Minister Vaai Kolone.

April 25, 2001

His Excellency Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Prime Minister of Samoa Government of Samoa P.O. Box 193 Apia, SAMOA

Dear Mr. Prime Minister:

It is a sad day for all of Samoa as I have been informed of the recent passing of His Excellency, former Prime Minister Vaai Kolone.

A great leader and a self-made man, Va'ai Kolone epitomized the essence of the Samoan people's existence, toiling the land and educating our children. A farmer by trade, he was able to feel the pulse of our countrymen and established himself early in...

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BP PLANNING TO COMPENSATE VICTIMS OF MADANG KEROSENE ACCIDENTS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 24, 2001 - Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat)---BP, the multi-national fuel company, is planning to compensate victims involved in fuel contamination explosions last month in Madang Province.

Four people died in the explosions, which were caused by gasoline-contaminated kerosene.

Two others are hospitalized in Brisbane, Australia with serious burns.

BP’s Melbourne-based spokesman, Neil McMaster, said the compensation package is part of on-going assistance being offered by the company since the accident.

"When the incident occurred, we immediately tried to help where we could," he said. "We offered assistance for people to go to hospitals not only in PNG, but also in Australia. We also offered financial support in terms of food, clothing and shelter."

The company has begun discussions with the victims’ families to work out a compensation settlement.

For additional reports from Radio Australia/Pacific Beat,...

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FALUN GONG SUPPORTERS ON SAIPAN DENOUNCE PERSECUTION IN CHINA

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (April 25, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Falun Gong practitioners on Saipan -- mainly expatriate garment workers -- are seeking the support of the United Nations and human rights groups to stop the Chinese government from persecuting its members.

The Saipan Falun Gong group is circulating a petition denouncing the persecution of its members in China, where the group is banned.

Founder of Falun Gong on Saipan, Bill Xie, says Saipan's Falun Gong group used to have a membership of over 100 but due to persecution, the figure has declined to 30.

He claims Falun Gong members on Saipan who have returned to China have been persecuted.

Falun Gong practices an ancient form of refining the body and mind through special exercises and meditation.

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

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GREENPEACE URGES PACIFIC ISLANDS TO FIGHT U.S. KYOTO PROTOCOL STAND

MAJURO, Marshall Islands (April 25, 2001 – Radio New Zealand International)---Pacific Island countries are being urged to fight for themselves against the United States' decision to pull out of the Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Greenpeace says it is disappointed that Pacific countries have not taken a stronger stand on climate change in opposition to the Bush administration's actions.

A spokesperson, Angie Heffernan, is in the Marshall Islands with the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior this week.

Ms. Heffernan says the Pacific cannot expect the European Union, which has been arguing for the U.S. to respect the Kyoto Protocol, to fight for them. She says so far only the Cook Islands and the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat have issued statements on the issue and yet the Pacific will be on the front-line of problems resulting from climate change.

Ms. Heffernan says Australia is following America's lead but New Zealand is to take on...

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