FIREWORKS TO USHER IN NEW YEAR IN PORT MORESBY

By Thomas Kilala

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 30, 2000 - The National/PINA Nius Online)---Fireworks, lighting up the skies over Port Moresby, will kick off New Year celebrations in the capital.

The New Year's Eve fireworks, sponsored by the National Capital District Commission, will be held from 7:30 p.m. at Ela Beach on Sunday night.

The fireworks will be ignited from a barge anchored offshore.

Sculptures will be displayed at the Gerehu and Islander roundabouts along with a Christmas tree at 4 Mile.

The New Year’s Eve fireworks have become a major fixture on the Port Moresby calendar since their introduction by radio station NAU FM in 1999.

The event has had a number of sponsors over the years with the National Capital District Commission sponsoring the event during the last two years.

Last year's event saw a very large crowd assemble along the beach front to witness the fireworks display, which marked the coming of the new millennium.

Many people commented that it was encouraging to see families enjoying themselves on the beach.

This year's organizers anticipate a large crowd and police will be on hand to ensure that the celebrations are trouble free.

The event organizers have once again secured the services of Syd Howard International from Sydney, the organization responsible for last year's Sydney Harbor fireworks.

"Safety is of utmost importance and that's why we only use the best," said Peter Aitsi on behalf of the event managers and the sponsor, NCDC.

The NCDC and the Total Event Company, the event managers, are encouraging residents to go to Ela Beach to bring in the New Year.

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

SERVICES TO MARK NEW YEAR IN PNG ISLANDS REGION

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 30, 2000 - Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Provinces in the New Guinea islands region will dedicate the New Year to spiritual uplifting.

While most of the country is bracing itself for sports, singsings or the conventional New Year bashes, islanders will be converging on specially marked venues or church halls for services. They will bid farewell to two millenniums since the birth of Jesus, and welcome the beginning of another.

From Manus to Bougainville, other events have been overshadowed by organized church services, some of which will continue throughout the New Year week, such as in Manus where St Michael's parish has organized activities.

"No. We are not really recommitted to major events in the province because there aren’t any . . . except for normal church gatherings," said Manus provincial police commander Ben Sir.

He said Manus people were unique in that they traveled home only to spend time with their relatives and families. "That’s why you will hardly find organized events during the festive season," Mr. Sir said.

In East New Britain, the Rabaul Archdiocese has planned a prayer vigil for all parishes, which will start early on Sunday evening and will continue until Monday, January 1.

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

BOUGAINVILLE RADIO FACES NEW YEAR'S DAY CLOSEDOWN

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 30, 2000 - NAU FM/PINA Nius Online)---Future peace negotiations and the people of Bougainville stand to be the losers with a financial crisis forcing the likely closedown of Radio North Solomons.

Program Manager Aloysius Rumina said that the funding problem will greatly affect the dissemination of information, especially about the ongoing peace talks.

He said unless something positive is done fast, the station will likely offer its last broadcast on New Year's Day.

 

SUVA PLANS NEW YEAR'S EVE STREET PARTY

SUVA, Fiji Islands (December 30, 2000 - Fiji's Daily Post/PINA Nius Online)---Another street party can be expected by the people of Suva on New Year's Eve.

Following the success of the Millennium Street Party last year, FM96 has agreed to host another street party with the help of the Suva City Council, police and the District Officer Suva.

The party will be held along Victoria Parade from 6:00 p.m. till 1:00 a.m. and will be totally alcohol free, with the latest music presented by FM96, Navtarang and Viti FM personalities from the station's Boom Box caravan.

"The main objective of the street party is to give the families of Suva some form of entertainment in a party atmosphere which is also safe," Frank Taukave, the organizer of the event said. "We are looking for a fun night building up to the count down of the New Year."

Acting Assistant Superintendent of Police Sera Bernard said that there will be a police mobile patrol during the celebrations on New Year's Eve.

Victoria Parade will be closed between 6:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. on New Year's Eve from Ratu Sukuna House to the Loftus Street junction.

For additional reports from Fiji’s Daily Post, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Other News Resources/Fijilive.

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

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