Archive - April 2003

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CONTINENTAL PLANS AIRCRAFT SARS PRECAUTIONS

HAGATNA, Guam (Pacific Daily News, April 28) - Responding to
recent studies showing that the virus associated with severe acute respiratory
syndrome, or SARS, can survive on surfaces for as long as 24 hours, a
Continental Micronesia official said the airline has armed itself with
germicidal cleaners.

Researchers are trying to determine how long the virus can
survive on objects, but a preliminary study in Hong Kong found that the virus
can survive on both dry and wet surfaces for as long as 24 hours.

Dan Morgan, Continental Micronesia's managing director for
operations, said if any suspected SARS case arrives in Guam on a Continental
airplane, they will clean the cabin with a strong germicide, using crews
instructed in Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

If no suspected SARS cases are reported, however, the airline
will follow its normal procedures, which is a nightly cleaning...

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CHIEFS SYSTEM HELPS SECURITY IN SOLOMONS

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SBIC, April 27) - Work carried out by
the various House of Chiefs in North Malaita is reported to have reduced
criminal activities in the area.

David Dauta, secretary of the Boboa house of Chiefs, said that
apart from introducing traditional ways of solving issues, the House of Chiefs
also put in place community policing.

Dauta said that within North Malaita there are six House Of
Chiefs and very soon will come under the umbrella organization to be known as
the Toabaita Council of Chiefs.

He hopes that the same system can be applied in other
constituencies throughout the provinces because this system reaps benefits.

Meanwhile, Dauta urged the government to make provisions
available in its yearly budget to meet costs of services provided by chiefs.

He said if the work of the chiefs is strengthened in rural
areas, there will be less criminal activities and development...

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NOTED SOLOMONS POLITICAL LEADER KINIKA DIES

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SBIC, April 27) – Veteran Solomon
Islands political leader Benedict Kinika died at his home island in Makira
yesterday.

Kinika, who served three terms as Member of Parliament for East
Makira Constituency in the 1970s and 1980s, is also remembered as the country's
first deputy Prime Minister under Prime Minister Sir Peter Kenilorea when
Solomon Islands attained independence from the United Kingdom in 1978.

He was among the delegation of parliamentarians that signed the
independence order with the British Government at Westminster in 1976

An ex-Marist Brother of the Roman Catholic Church, the late
Kinika also taught at Tenaru Secondary School and was a longtime warden of the
Honiara Technical Institute which has now become the Kukum campus of the College
of Higher Education.

During his political career, the late Kinika, helped to
establish Solomon Islands Plantations Ltd...

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PALAU WOOS EUROPEAN MARKETS FOR GIANT CLAMS

KOROR, Palau (Palau Horizon, April 28) — Palau is negotiating
with France, Germany and other European nations for the possible export of live
giant clams being grown in the Palau Mariculture Demonstration Center.

Anna Aichi, the Center’s administrative assistant, said they are
still waiting for a response from France and Germany.

She said the Center, headed by Obichang Orak, has been in
contact with companies in European countries since February.

At present, she said, the U.S., Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and
China are among the countries importing marine species from Palau such as soft
corals and giant clams. Aichi said the U.S. is one of the largest markets.

For the first quarter of the current fiscal year, the Center
sold 810 shells worth $3,756; 193 giant clams worth $968; and 613 pieces of clam
meat for $1,327.

Aichi said if negotiations are successful, Palau would export
200,000 live giant...

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CHILEAN AIRLINE EYES TAHITI, CHRISTMAS ISLAND STOPS

PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, April 27) – Chilean airline Lan
Chile would like to unite with Air Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Tourisme to promote a
Japan-Easter Island service via French Polynesia, French daily newspaper La
Dépêche de Tahiti reports..

"Creating new synergies and not isolating oneself," is how Alan
Scotti, Lan Chile’s regional manager, described the South American carrier’s
intentions.

As for Tahiti Tourisme, French Polynesia’s tourism promotion
office, such synergy could help develop visitor markets from Frankfort, Germany
and Madrid, Spain, two destinations served by Lan Chile.

Easter Island is among cultural destinations very much
appreciated by the Japanese, particularly senior citizens.

Lan Chile carried 22,790 passengers between French Polynesia and
Santiago, Chile, via Easter Island in 2002. That was a 20 percent drop in
passenger traffic from 2001, according to French Civil...

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SUSPENDED CHINA FLIGHTS A BLOW TO CNMI TOURISM

SAIPAN, CNMI (Saipan Tribune, April 27) - The temporary
suspension of China Southern Air flights will put an extra burden on the
Northern Marianas' already reeling tourism economy, according to the
Commonwealth Ports Authority.

The deferment of charter flight schedules from China translates
to more than 9,000 passengers in actual loss from late April to end-May 2003,
said CPA Executive Director Carlos H. Salas.

China Southern Air was forced to temporarily halt the deployment
of nonstop flights from Guangzhou to Saipan following the outbreak of Severe
Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The airline will not fly to Saipan until end
of May 2003- about seven weeks.

The suspension of China Southern Air's flights to Saipan has
been stretched up until May 31, although officials are not discounting the
possibility of either allowing the early resumption of flights or extending the
suspension period,...

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SOLOMONS HOST MELANESIAN SPEARHEAD GROUP

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SBIC, April 27) - Government and non
government representatives attending the Melanesian Spearhead Group National
Consultation workshop which starts tomorrow in Honiara will be updated with
issues affecting Solomon Islands since the signing of the MSG Trade Agreement.

On Tuesday, participants will be updated on Solomon Islands
Trade with MSG member countries as well as schedule of Concession.

They will also be holding discussions on the review of the MSG
Trade Agreement and the possibility of moving towards the Free Trade Agreement.

Participants will be updated on tariff rates, quarantine and
standard and conformity as well as domestic tax system and immigration issues.

On Wednesday they will be briefed of the Pacific Island
Countries Trade Agreement, the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations,
the Cotonou Agreement and the World Trade Organisation related issues.

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ARCHEOLOGISTS FIND ANCIENT SAMOA SETTLEMENT

PAGO PAGO, Samoa (Pacnews, April 27) — Evidence of what may be
the first settlement by Samoans along the coast of American Samoa’s main island,
Tutuila, may have been discovered by an archaeology team at Fatu-ma-Futi
village.

The excavations shows post holes from three different ancient
houses, which archaeologist David Addison attributes to the big house pattern of
Polynesia, judging from the size of the poles.

Stone tools were also discovered at the site and Addison says
that stone tools from Tutuila have been found as far away as the Solomon Islands
in the west and the Cook Islands in the east, Tonga and Fiji.

Geochemical analysis has proven that these tools came form
ancient workshops on Tutuila.

The age of the site is not known, though it is widely believed
that the first Samoans arrived on Tutuila about 3,500 years ago, roughly the
same time when Moses was leading the Israelites to the...

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U.S. DENIES PLAN TO REDUCE EAST TIMOR AID

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 26) - The United
States has denied a report it was considering cutting aid to East Timor by 40
per cent to divert the funds to the operation to rebuild Iraq.

In a statement, the State Department says its assistance, worth
more than 40 million dollars will remain.

East Timor's Foreign Minister Jose Ramos Horta was reported in
Japan as saying the Americans were to reduce their aid to his country.

April 28, 2003

Radio Australia:
http://www.abc.net.au/ra

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TAHITI TO HOST TOP SURFERS AT BILLABONG

PAPEETE, Tahiti (Tahitipresse, April 25) - The world’s top 44
men surfers and the top 16 women surfers are arriving in Tahiti for the
Billabong 2003 competition from May 1-18 at Teahupoo, the home of legendary
giant waves.

Tahiti’s peninsula location of Teahupoo has become famous since
it began hosting world surfing championship (WCT) competition with the annual
Billabong event. Teahupoo offers surfers the some of the world’s most
challenging, and most photographed, waves.

Among the many international surfing professionals due for the
Billabong 2003 competition are Australian junior champion Ace Buchan, Shaun
Cansdell, David Rastovich, Takyuki Wakita and Joel Fitzgerald, all of Australia;
Tory Barron, Noah Johnson, Jamie Sterling, Ian Walsh and Pipeline Master winner
Bruce Irons, all of Hawaii; and Didier Piter of France.

Among surfers from Tahiti, Heimata Carroll, who last year
obtained a...

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