Archive - April 2001

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CHINA PLEDGES CONTINUED HELP FOR FIJI

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 25, 2001 – Radio Australia)---China's new ambassador to Fiji, Zhang Junsai, says his government recognizes the problems faced by the people of Fiji over the past year, and will continue to provide economic assistance.

But Zhang also says China will continue to adhere to a policy of non-interference, believing Fiji's problems can only be solved by the Fijian people themselves.

Ambassador Zhang, who has just arrived in Suva, replaces outgoing Chinese envoy Chen Zinghuwa

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

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TUVALU INVESTING MORE IN .TV INTERNET SUFFIX

FUNAFUTI, Tuvalu (April 24, 2001 – Radio Australia)---Tuvalu is investing more of its own money in the company that is marketing its Internet suffix -- .tv.

Radio Australia correspondent Sean Dorney reports that Tuvalu is acquiring another US$ 3 million worth of stock in the DotTV corporation of California.

"Tuvalu's Finance Minister Lagitupu Tuilimu told the parliament in Funafuti that under the stewardship of the DotTV corporation in Los Angeles, .tv has become the fastest growing top-level domain name in Internet history.

"He said the corporation now employs more than 100 people around the world and new offices have opened in London and Hong Kong.

"It also has hired its first Tuvaluan employee and will take on a second next month.

"The minister said plans to float the company had been put on hold on the advice of the corporation's investment bankers because of the looming recession in the U.S. Nevertheless, Tuvalu is confident of the DotTV...

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PNG'S PRIVATIZATION PUSH TAKES UNUSUAL TURN

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 24, 2001 – Radio Australia)--Papua New Guinea's push to privatize government-owned enterprises has taken an unusual twist.

Radio Australia correspondent Richard Dinnen reports that one of PNG’s provincial government wants to buy enterprises being sold off by the national government.

"The Governor of West New Britain province, Clement Nakmai, said his provincial government is keen to buy a number of national government assets due to be sold off. These include the Harbors Board and the electricity provider, Elcom, as well as shares in an oil palm plantation and a timber business.

"Governor Nakmai says the purchases would be part of a long-term provincial development strategy.

"West New Britain's interest in buying these assets may well encourage the national government, which is struggling to find buyers for some of its assets.

"But PNG's financial supporters, such as the World Bank, may take a less favorable...

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KOSRAE REEF PROJECT ON THE WEB

KOSRAE, Federated States of Micronesia (April 23, 2001 - Kosrae Visitors Bureau)---The five-year-old Coral Monitoring project is now expanding its data onto the World Wide Web.

The project is a collaborative effort between Kosrae’s Division of Marine Resources and the Kosrae Village Resort.

It offers tourists a chance to participate and have fun while producing significant surveys and findings regarding coral reefs.

The project is looking for more new volunteer divers to participate in the activities in September.

"We are very proud of this program," said Katrina Adams of the Kosrae Village Resort. "It has provided a great deal of useful data for the resource managers, as well as contributing to the global information on coral reefs."

One can get the latest United Nations Reef Check Global Data Base on the Coral Reef Monitoring Web site (http://www.ust.hk/~webrc/ReefCheck/home....

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GUAM RANKS NO. 3 FOR JAPAN’S SPRING HONEYMOONERS

By Gaynor Dumat-ol Daleno

HAGÅTÑA, Guam (April 24, 2001 – Pacific Daily News)---Guam's popularity among Japanese springtime honeymooners has surged, according to a new survey that ranked the island as No. 3 -- from No. 11 last year -- on a list of top 20 popular ''cities'' for such vacation travelers.

Tokyo-based travel agency JTB Corp. surveyed travel trends among Japanese honeymooners this spring, which led to its ranking of Honolulu as No. 1 and Las Vegas as No. 2 most popular city destinations overseas for Japan's newlyweds.

A Guam neighbor to the north, Saipan, also made it to the list, placing 19th, which also is an improvement from its No. 38 position last year, according to the JTB ranking.

Lower costs and closer proximity to home are among the reasons that more Japanese honeymooners prefer Guam or Saipan, the survey found.

On Guam or in Saipan, the average spending per honeymooning couple is $1,383, excluding wedding expenses, the...

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PACIFIC OMBUDSMEN MEET IN COOK ISLANDS

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 23, 2001 - Post-Courier/PINA)---The Pacific Ombudsman Forum is meeting in the Cook Islands this week.

Papua New Guinea Chief Ombudsman Ila Geno said yesterday the theme of the conference is: Strengthening the Effectiveness of Pacific Islands Ombudsmen in the Oversight of the Administration.

The Chief Ombudsman and Ombudsman Raho Hitolo will each present papers on the roles and unique functions of PNG’s Ombudsman.

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

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website: http://www.pinanius.org 

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SAMOA’S SLADE LEADS SMALL ISLAND STATES’ PRESSURE OVER GLOBAL WARMING

SAMOA’S SLADE LEADS SMALL ISLAND STATES’ PRESSURE OVER GLOBAL WARMING

By Jennifer Sieg

NEW YORK, New York (April 24, 2001 - IPS/PINA Nius Online)---The 37-member Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) has called for strong and credible action to tackle the international threat of climate change.

''We are least responsible for, but most vulnerable to the effects of climate change, and so we find ourselves at the forefront in the fight against global warming,'' says AOSIS chairman Ambassador Tuiloma Neroni Slade of Samoa.

The Alliance says it is ''profoundly concerned and disappointed'' by the recent U.S. decision to reject the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, which requires the global reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to prevent dangerous human interference with the earth's climate system.

''While all regions are likely to suffer, the scientific evidence has singled out small island communities as being the most vulnerable to climate change,'' it notes....

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BOUGAINVILLEANS SEEK VANUATU HELP IN TRAINING POLICE

By Winston Tarere

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (April 24, 2001 - Port Vila Presse/PINA Nius Online)---Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) leaders have requested assistance from the Vanuatu government to train Bougainville's new police force.

The message was conveyed to Police Commissioner Peter Bong at a meeting in a church during the Commissioner's recent visit to Arawa, one of the main centers on Bougainville.

"Part of their request was to see if some of the training could be conducted here in Vanuatu," he said.

"I assured them of our support and told them that Vanuatu is part of the Peace Monitoring Group (PMG) and that our role is to monitor and report.

"Apart from that, we cannot do anything without prior approval from the PNG government and funding and logistics support from New Zealand and Australia."

Commissioner Bong said: "This meeting was the first for me to have with leaders from all elements of the BRA. I had only met with individual...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR

April 20, 2001

Dear Sirs,

I read with interest your news item regarding director Andrea Torrice new film, "Rising Waters." [See: "Rising Waters" Documents Plight Of Unheard Pacific Islanders]

I think that the film would be of great interest to European audiences and that the subject matter is of great importance.

I wonder if you have her e-mail address as we would very much like to contact her.

Sincerely,

Derek Elmer Pp Swedpoly Swedish Polynesian Friendship Society E-mail: swedpoly@hotmail.com 

EDITOR: Andrea Torrice can be reached at the Independent Television Service: E-mail: itvs@itvs.org 

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VANUATU MOURNS TWO DEAD, 22 INJURED IN NEW CALEDONIAN BUS TRAGEDY

NOUMÉA, New Caledonia (April 23, 2001 - Oceania Flash/SPC)---Two people, including an eleven-year-old girl, died and another 22 passengers were injured Saturday when the bus in which they were riding crashed in the early hours of the morning, the daily newspaper Les Nouvelles Calédoniennes reports.

All 43 passengers were from Vanuatu. Four were critically injured.

They were on their way to attend a custom ceremony further north on the West Coast of New Caledonia's main island when the bus missed a turn and left the road near Bourail (about 120 kilometers/72 miles north of Nouméa).

Other passengers, although unhurt, were described as being in a state of shock after the tragic occurred.

Apart from the 11-year-old victim, a 32-year-old man, Robert Tassot, also perished.

Rescue operations at road location 34 involved gendarmes, two helicopters, 17 firemen and ambulances dispatched to the crash site.

The territorial road was blocked to all...

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