Archive - Sunday, May 24, 1998

Thu
31
Dec
admin's picture

FEARS OF DENGUE EPIDEMIC IN FIJI PUTS TONGA ON ALERT

NUKU‘ALOFA, Tonga (December 20, 1998 - PACNEWS)---Tonga's Ministry of Health has issued a national alert following reports of a suspected resurgence of dengue fever in Fiji.

The Ministry has warned people to destroy all potential breeding grounds for mosquitoes, to prevent diseases such as dengue fever and typhoid.

In a nation-wide radio broadcast, the Ministry has warned the public that such diseases could re-occur, just as there are suspicions of a fresh outbreak of dengue fever in Fiji.

Fiji's Ministry of Health says it has contained the outbreak, which was reported despite massive clean up and anti-mosquito spraying campaigns earlier in the year, after a dengue epidemic claimed 14 lives last year.

Last week, a 74-year old man died from dengue fever as he was being rushed to hospital by boat from an outer island. He is the only reported dengue victim this time.

There are fresh concerns about dengue fever and typhoid in Tonga in the aftermath...

+ continue reading
Thu
31
Dec
admin's picture

BISHOP QUINN BACK FROM THE VATICAN

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (December 29, 1998 - Samoa News)---Bishop Quinn Weitzel recently returned to the Territory after attending a three week senate at the Vatican in Rome.

The senate was attended by Bishops from throughout the South Pacific.

During their meetings, the bishops came up with 38 resolutions which they presented to Pope John Paul II.

"It was an extraordinary experience. As you know we're one of the newest diocese anD rather small," said Bishop Quinn when asked about significant things that happened at the senate.

"The Holy Father thought it was important for me to join all of the bishops from Oceania, which means Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and SEAPAC, which includes American Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu and about 17 different jurisdictions," he said.

"I really went to Rome with questions in my own mind on how we would spend all that time because I lived for one month in the Vatican itself."

"...

+ continue reading
Thu
31
Dec
admin's picture

OPPOSITION LEADER BLAMES PNG GOVERNMENT FOR HIGH INFLATION

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 28, 1998 - Post-Courier)---PNG continues to show a poor economic performance, with prices of goods and service reaching beyond the means of ordinary citizens, claims Deputy Opposition Leader Chris Haiveta.

In his Christmas message, Mr. Haiveta blamed the Government for the problems relating to high cost of living.

"The country continues to face a poor performance of its economy with prices of goods and services reaching beyond our means and affecting all of us throughout the country from formal income earners in urban centers, down to our average subsistence farmers and villagers,'' he said.

"These economic burdens have been a result of very poor and hasty decision making processes that the government of today has made. All these decisions have lacked little or no consultation and planning, and have not improved, at all, our key economic indicators to reflect positively any substantial achievements.

"Investors and...

+ continue reading
Thu
31
Dec
admin's picture

TAXI AND BUS OPERATORS NOT HAPPY WITH ROAD CONDITIONS IN FIJI

LABASA, Fiji Islands (December 29, 1998 - Fiji Village News)---Taxi operators and bus owners in Labasa have called on the government to fix Vanua Levu's deteriorating roads.

Vanualevu Taxi Union President Brij Nand Maharaj says the state of the roads is one reason why drivers avoid picking up passengers in these areas. He says most of the vehicles that frequent these roads, end up spending huge sums of money on repairs.

A prominent bus proprietor in the north agrees, saying something needs to be done about the roads soon, because the public's lives are at risk.

Divisional Engineer Northern, Niko Buke, says the matter is being looked into.

Meanwhile, the Fiji Bus Operators Association wants the Transport Control Board to increase bus fares.

Association president-Pyara Singh says they will apply to the Board who will then advertise and call for any objections to the application.

Singh says the bus operators in the country are going through a...

+ continue reading
Thu
31
Dec
admin's picture

FUNDING CUT COULD HURT SOLOMONS FAMILY PLANNING SERVICES

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (December 30, 1998 - PACNEWS)---The future of the Solomon Islands Planned Parenthood Association (SIPPA) is in doubt following a decision by the International Planned Parenthood Federation to stop funding assistance next year.

SIPPA Executive Director Cherry Galo Planned Parenthood is no longer paying salaries for himself and another officer.

He says the government and other donors have helped fund SIPPA's services this year.

The situation was compounded following this year's dissolution of the Pacific Islands Planned Parenthood Association, to which regional family planning associations are affiliated.

+ continue reading
Thu
31
Dec
admin's picture

CNMI STUDENTS IN THE BOTTOM 10 PERCENT OF U.S. STUDENTS ON STANDARDIZED TESTS

By Nick Legaspi

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (December 30, 1998 - CNMI News On-Line)---Students in the Northern Marianas are performing so poorly on standardized tests that they are ranked in the bottom 10 percent of students in the entire United States.

Representative Heinz S. Hofschneider said in a recent interview that public school teachers in the CNMI make as much as teachers in Arizona yet the performance of students in Arizona is twice as high as the performance of CNMI students. He suggests educators, administrators and parents spend more time and energy focusing on improving student performance

"The performance of students does not reflect awarding or improving the wage and salary of the public school system personnel," he said. "It is not reflective on the performance of the students. Do we attribute this to archaic teaching methods, or do we fault the system for not recruiting appropriately teachers that are compulsive in or convicted in teaching...

+ continue reading
Thu
31
Dec
admin's picture

CNMI STUDENTS IN THE BOTTOM 10 PERCENT OF U.S. STUDENTS ON STANDARDIZED TESTS

By Nick Legaspi

SAIPAN, Northern Mariana Islands (December 30, 1998 - CNMI News On-Line)---Students in the Northern Marianas are performing so poorly on standardized tests that they are ranked in the bottom 10 percent of students in the entire United States.

Representative Heinz S. Hofschneider said in a recent interview that public school teachers in the CNMI make as much as teachers in Arizona yet the performance of students in Arizona is twice as high as the performance of CNMI students. He suggests educators, administrators and parents spend more time and energy focusing on improving student performance

"The performance of students does not reflect awarding or improving the wage and salary of the public school system personnel," he said. "It is not reflective on the performance of the students. Do we attribute this to archaic teaching methods, or do we fault the system for not recruiting appropriately teachers that are compulsive in or convicted in teaching...

+ continue reading
Thu
31
Dec
admin's picture

QUAKE SHAKES NEW ZEALAND'S NORTH ISLAND

ROTORUA, New Zealand (December 30, 1998 - Radio Australia)---New Zealand's North Island has been shaken by a moderately strong earthquake, measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale.

The Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences says the quake was centered five kilometers (3.1 miles) south of Rotorua, and was felt as far away as Wellington- 400 kilometers (250 miles) to the south.

There have been no reports of major damage or injuries.

+ continue reading
Thu
31
Dec
admin's picture

MORE PROBLEMS ON GUADALCANAL

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (December 30, 1998 - Radio Australia)---Police in the Solomon Islands have received reports of a group of people demanding money from travelers crossing a bridge on the main island of Guadalcanal.

The group is reportedly demanding US$ 30 from each vehicle crossing the bridge in East Central Guadalcanal.

Commissioner of Police Frank Short has confirmed that the reports, and says he's waiting for a briefing from the provincial police commander.

The development is the latest in a series of incidents in the area this month, following demands by Guadalcanal leaders in early December for government compensation for use of the island's land.

Last week, Mr. Short went on national radio to quell public disquiet following reports of the group threatening and attacking people, and stoning houses and cars in North West Guadalcanal.

+ continue reading
Thu
31
Dec
admin's picture

GIRL PRESUMED DEAD IN SURFING ACCIDENT IN COOK ISLANDS

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (December 30, 1998 - Radio Australia)--- Police n the Cook Islands say a fifteen-year old New Zealand girl is presumed to have drowned while surfing in strong seas.

Local surfers say the unnamed teenager and a friend went out into an area not normally used for surfing.

Police say a local businessman saw the missing teenager disappear under a huge wave. Her surf board was later found with the ankle rope snapped.

+ continue reading

Pages

Pages