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CROCODILE ATTACK ANGERS PAPUA NEW GUINEA VILLAGERS

By Colin Taimbari

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 25, 2002 – The National)---Villagers along the Ope River in Northern province are contemplating a full-scale attack on a neighboring village after a young boy was killed by a crocodile.

Provincial police chief Teddy Tei has appealed to the villagers not to take the law into their own hands because of superstitious beliefs.

Senior Inspector Tei said Martin Doruba and his father Reginald were putting their dugout canoe away in their usual mooring spot on the bank of the river when the crocodile attacked the boy and took him away.

The young man's body has not being found since the attack last Monday.

The victim was from Aure village and they use the river system with others from Beianga, Koirapusi and Ope.

Another man from Beianga village was reportedly snatched by a crocodile in January, bringing the number of attacks allegedly by crocodiles to 18 so far in the area.

Mr. Tei said...

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NIUE’S VIVIAN CLAIMS SUPPORT FOR PREMIERSHIP

NIUE’S VIVIAN CLAIMS SUPPORT FOR PREMIERSHIP

ALOFI, Niue (April 25, 2002 – Niue Economic Review)---Niue's Deputy Premier Young Vivian is set to become the next premier following last weekend's election, which reconfirmed all twenty members of the Legislative Assembly, reports Radio New Zealand International.

After several days of lobbying, the Niue People's Party (NPP) has chosen him as new leader to replace Sani Lakatani, who has been the premier for three years.

Mr. Vivian says the party, which has the support of ten MPs, has managed to forge a coalition with several independents associated with the highest polling common roll candidate, Mr. Toke Talagi, who is likely to be appointed deputy premier.

But Mr. Vivian says to confirm the numbers they have to wait until Wednesday, when the Assembly meets for the first time.

"It's a long time and people can still move around and do things, but I believe I'm quite confident at this point in time that...

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COOK ISLANDS WANTS SOUTH PACIFIC WHALE SANCTUARY

AVARUA, Rarotonga, Cook Islands (April 25, 2002 – Radio Australia)---The Cook Islands will lobby for the establishment of a South Pacific Whale Sanctuary during the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Union meeting currently under way in the capital, Rarotonga.

The union will be asked to make a declaration in support of the proposal.

During it's previous council meeting, Tonga, supported by Papua New Guinea, spoke of the importance the sanctuary has on the economic development of some Pacific island nations.

The two Pacific nations said whale watching had become an important revenue earner for a number of island countries.

The Cook Islands is one of the first countries in the world to declare its exclusive economic zone (EEZ) a whale sanctuary.

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

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FIJI LAWYER SAYS PM'S LETTER CLEARS TARAKINIKINI OF COUP ALLEGATIONS

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 25, 2002 – Radio Australia)---A Fiji lawyer acting for Lieutenant Colonel Filipo Tarakinikini is relying on a letter from Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase to the United Nations to force the acceptance of the soldier's resignation from the Fiji Military.

Lieutenant Colonel Tarakinikini, who moved to New York to work for the United Nations, faces allegations of involvement in Fiji's May 2000 coup.

Radio Australia correspondent Ofa Kaukimoce reports from Suva.

"Tarakinikini's lawyer has given the army commander until today to comply with provisions of the "RFMF Act," which the commander has apparently breached in handling the resignation.

"The lawyer is threatening to sue Commander Voreqe Bainimarama both in his official and private capacities.

"In a letter dated April 22 to the commander, Tarakinikini's lawyer drew attention to Prime Minister Qarase's letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan in January last year. The Prime...

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LAND AND SUGAR IN FIJI

Radio Australia PACIFIC BEAT April 22, 2002 Melbourne, Australia

The sugar industry – a mainstay of Fiji’s economy – is in trouble as land issues dominate the political agenda.

Key representatives of the Sugar Commission of Fiji have reported that cane production had plummeted 30 percent in two years.

Now, they argue that the sugar industry will collapse unless the politically charged issue of land leases is addressed.

Pacific Beat’s Kathy Leverett spoke to Gerald Barrack, Chairman of the Sugar Commission of Fiji, and Jagannath Sami, the Chief Executive of Fiji's Sugar Cane Growers Council.

Gerald Barrack testified to the House of Representatives' Sector Standing Committee on Natural Resources that the transfer of Schedule A and B land to the Native Lands Trust Board (NLTB) would result in tragedy for sugarcane farmers and tenants. The bills transfer more land to indigenous Fijian ownership, while Indo-Fijians - who make up the majority of cane...

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GUAM CONGRESSMAN UNDERWOOD'S NOMINEES

CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

 

NEWS RELEASE April 26, 2002

ACCEPTED TO WEST POINT

Congressman Robert A. Underwood proudly announces that two of his four nominees to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point have been accepted for the Class of 2006.

West Point officials have informed the Congressman that his two other candidates also qualify for admission and are now on the national list for acceptance.

"I am especially proud of all four candidates because they prove that our island can and does produce high caliber students who can measure up to rigorous standards," the Congressman said. "As they embark on their studies, I am confident that Matthew and Greg will become fine officers in the U.S. Army and they will make our island proud."

For additional information, contact: Cathy Gault at 671-477-4272

Washington office: 2418 Rayburn Office Building...

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FIJI’S CHAUDHRY BLASTS "WASTE OF MONEY" IN LEGAL WIN

FIJI’S CHAUDHRY BLASTS "WASTE OF MONEY" IN LEGAL WIN

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 25, 2002 - Pasifik Nius/Fiji Times)---Deposed Fiji Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry has condemned the government for wasting public funds by turning a blind eye to the constitution "and the obvious," reports the Fiji Times.

In ruling that Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase must include the Fiji Labour Party in his Cabinet, Justice Anthony Gates also ordered the state to pay Chaudhry's legal fees, amounting to more than F$ 38,000 (US$ 16,903).

The judge told the High Court in Lautoka yesterday that Qarase had breached the constitution when he failed to include FLP members in his Cabinet.

Justice Gates said that since September 2001 Qarase had been required by the constitution to consult Chaudhry on his advice to the President on the appointment of ministers.

Chaudhry told the Fiji Times the cost was a major issue because it involved waste of taxpayers' money.

"The...

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CONGRESSMAN UNDERWOOD FROM GUAM PUSHES

CONGRESSMAN ROBERT A. UNDERWOOD Delegate from Guam U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C.

NEWS RELEASE April 25, 2002

FOR MORE NATIONAL GUARDSMEN COMMISSARY BENEFITS,
HELPS HALT PRIVATIZATION EFFORTS

Congressman Robert A. Underwood said today that the Morale, Welfare, and Recreation House Panel unanimously passed a portion of the FY 2003 Defense Authorization bill, including provisions to allow National Guard members access to commissaries during national emergencies, and to stop commissary privatization initiatives.

The Fiscal Year 1999 National Defense Authorization Act included language -- at Congressman Underwood's request -- authorizing commissary privileges for the National Guard when activated for federally declared disasters. The language requested by Underwood and passed by the panel today adds "national emergency," thereby extending the commissary privilege during each day of active duty service under a state or territorial...

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TONGA: REFORMERS WANT DEMOCRATIC MONARCHY

Radio Australia PACIFIC BEAT April 25, 2002 Melbourne, Australia

Reformers want to change the political system in one of the world’s last remaining feudal kingdoms.

Tonga’s Human Rights and Democracy Movement, encouraged by a strong showing in last month’s election, are launching a campaign to create what they call a 'democratic monarchy' in Tonga.

Pacific Beat’s Bruce Hill reports.

Tonga has one of the finest constitutions of the 19th century, dating back to 1875, in the reign of King George Tupou, who effectively unified the country and laid down the present system, which guarantees that the common people get relatively little say in the way they are governed.

Parliament has nine MPs elected by the people, nine elected by the country's 33 Nobles, who also own all the land, and 12 personally selected by the King to serve as his Cabinet.

But the year is 2002, not 1875, and Tonga's highly active Human Rights and Democracy Movement has been...

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AIR PACIFIC JOINS INCREASED REGIONAL FLIGHTS TO JAPAN

SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 25, 2002 - Radio Fiji/PINA Nius Online)---Yet another Pacific Islands airline has begun new services to Japan.

Fiji's Air Pacific has launched a third weekly roundtrip flight from Nadi to Tokyo's Narita International Airport.

The increased Fiji service follows Air Niugini direct services from Port Moresby (Papua New Guinea) to Narita and Air Tahiti Nui’s third weekly Pape‘ete (French Polynesia)-Japan flight.

Air Pacific invited Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase to travel on its first new service flight.

The Prime Minister accepted the invitation in recognition of the government's support for Fiji's international airline as well as the local tourism industry.

The latest tourist arrival figures from Japan are 1,939 visitors in January and 1,769 in February.

The Fiji Visitors Bureau and Air Pacific are working to further increase these figures.

Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) Website:...

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