FRENCH POLYNESIA CUSTOMS DIRECTOR DECLARES TOTAL WAR ON COCAINE TRAFFICKING

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 FRENCH POLYNESIA NEWS Tuesday, October 26, 1999 PINA Nius Online

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (October 26, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)--- French Polynesia's customs and immigration director, Bernard Deutscher, has declared "total war" on drug trafficking, RFO-radio reports.

Deutscher, whose department last month seized nearly one kilogram (2.2 pounds) of cocaine on a French Polynesian who was flying back from Los Angeles, said, in this case, the drug had been traded in the United States for black pearls.

The drug was seized at Papeete’s Faa‘a International Airport.

The man, who was arrested, has since been remanded in custody pending a court hearing.

"We are now doing regular checks and searches on incoming and outgoing passengers (at the airport)," Deutscher said.

"These controls are a direct result of my directives and my strong will to engage a total war against drug trafficking and any sort of introduction of drugs into our territory."

 

HAWAIKI NUI '99 VA'A: FRENCH POLYNESIANS WIN, ONE HAWAIIAN TEAM WELL-PLACED

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (October 26, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---One Hawaiian team seems to be the exception to the rule in this year's international Hawaiki Nui Va'a (canoe rowing) race in the Leeward Islands (west of here), organizers said on Monday.

In the third leg of the race, which finished at Bora Bora, the Ocean Club team from Hawai‘i came in third in the Senior Men category.

In the same category, two other Hawaiian teams finished 31st and 40th.

Other foreign teams engaged in the competition were from France (46th), New Caledonia (79th), New Zealand (84th) and Yugoslavia (89th).

In this and every other race category, local teams -- which entered in record numbers this year -- were dominant.

The '99 Hawaiki Nui Va'a was won by Pirae town (of which French Polynesian President Gaston Flosse is also the lord mayor) in both men’s and women’s categories in all three legs of the three-day race.

Bora Bora was packed over the weekend with thousands of participants, organizers and spectators.

"When you work it out, you find that with 100 canoes, this means at least ten people in each team, plus officials and friends. . . .We now have to manage an addition of 2,500 to 3,000 people on our small island, on top of the regular tourists. That's a total of between 8,000 to 10,000 people altogether on Bora Bora at this point in time," overwhelmed Bora Bora Mayor Gaston Tong Sang said.

"Currently all our hotels are fully booked. Not one single room available. I've never seen this before."

 

JOB SEEKERS STATISTICS DROP TO 16.5%

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (October 26, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---The numbers of job seekers in French Polynesia has dropped to 16.5 per cent in the past twelve months, RFO-radio reports.

The figures, which were released by the Territorial Institute for Statistics (ITSTAT), resulted from growth in the tourism, construction and public works sectors, ITSTAT Director Nicole Lévêque explained.

 

CHINA'S GUANGXI PROVINCE MINISTER ENDS VISIT IN FRENCH POLYNESIA

PAPEETE, French Polynesia (October 26, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)--- China's Guangxi province marine resources minister Tchen You Fong ended a ten-day visit to French Polynesia Monday, RFO-radio reports.

During his stay in the French territory, Tchen visited pearl farms, where hundreds of Chinese workers are employed.

The visit follows an official trip by French Polynesia officials and business leaders to China.

"Thanks to (Tchen), we were able to visit some shipyards there (in Guangxi province). We were really well received, and now we're talking about placing an order for a fishing vessel to be built there," Polynesian investor Jacques Sanford said.

"China has competences. One sometimes forgets this, but once you get there, you can see for yourself".

 

FRENCH POLYNESIA DOMINATES FIJI'S LAUTOKA GOLF TOURNAMENT

SUVA, Fiji Islands (October 26, 1999 - PINA Nius Online)---French Polynesia's team has won the Lautoka Golf tournament, the Fiji Daily Post reports.

French Polynesia won in both the men’s and women’s categories.

"Maybe we could come off with a couple of Tiger Woods in the future," official Samay Chandra said.

This bulletin was produced by the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). Editor: Patrick Antoine Decloitre E-mail: padec@iname.com 

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