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EXPLOSIVE PNG SQUATTER PROBLEM DEMANDS ACTION

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PNG Post-Courier

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Dec. 30) – The Lae dilemma with the furor over eviction of squatters has the potential to be disastrous for the nation’s second biggest city.

[PIR editor’s note: Lae is located on the northern coast of PNG’s mainland peninsula.] Provincial and national officials and politicians must be careful in handling this issue. Lae has been emulating the example of Port Moresby, where people from other parts of the country have been visiting on one-way tickets and staying for good.

The trouble is that they have been squatting on other peoples’ land, not their own. It is a recipe for disaster.

It is a shame nothing has been done nationwide. It’s been thrown in the "too hard’’ basket by a generation of so-called decision-makers and we now have two major cities surrounded by people who have no right to be there and, in many cases, poor chances of re-settling in the villages they came from.

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GUAM TAXPAYERS GET SHORT END OF FISCAL STICK

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Pacific Daily News

HAGATNA, Guam (Dec. 30) – It's difficult to get any real sense of the government of Guam's financial condition, at least based on the actions of Governor Felix Camacho's administration.

Earlier this year, when Camacho pushed through pay raises for GovGuam employees, he said the government could afford the extra payroll cost because there was money from the fiscal 2005 budget that hadn't been spent. Yet the executive branch still owes the Guam Public School System about US$12 million from fiscal 2005.

As a result, the school system delayed payments to vendors and has struggled to make payroll the last two pay periods. The governor's office then has the gall to say the school system isn't properly managing its finances, glossing over the fact that the executive branch still owes public schools US$12 million.

The executive branch also owes the University of Guam and Guam Community College millions of dollars for this...

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FIJI CONSUMER TAX BREAK TO TAKE EFFECT

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Dec. 29) – The removal of Value Added Tax [VAT] on six basic food items and kerosene is to take effect in Fiji beginning Sunday, the first day of the New Year.

The items that will be VAT-free are flour and sharp, tea, tinned fish, edible oils, powered milk, rice and kerosene.

Price and Incomes Board official Biulailai Biutiviti confirmed this yesterday and added that the retail price for flour and sharp should decrease from FJD90 cents to FJD80 cents per kilogram [from US$0.23 to US$0.20 per pound] in all major trading centers in the country.

December 30, 2005

Fiji Times Online: http://www.fijitimes.com.

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FIJI ‘TRANSCOM’ AGENT WANTS OUT OF BOUGAINVILLE

FIJI ‘TRANSCOM’ AGENT WANTS OUT OF BOUGAINVILLE

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Sun, Dec. 29) – Transcom director Isaia Baro, whose passport was seized by Papua New Guinea security officials in Port Moresby, wants to come home, said his co-director Waisea Veiqaravi.

He said that Mr. Baro’s passport expired on Wednesday and the Papua New Guinea security officials are still holding his passport since yesterday. Mr. Veiqaravi said that Fiji’s High Commissioner to PNG, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola, sent second secretary Emosi Rakai to negotiate with PNG officials for his release.

He said that Mr. Baro was isolated from the two former Fiji soldiers – Fereti Rokodi and Semi Baroi – who are under house arrest in Port Moresby.

"There must be some political thing going on here as we did not know who had given an adverse report about Baro to the PNG security official when he arrived into Moresby," said Veiqaravi.

He said the last time they communicated was on Wednesday morning....

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FIJI CHIEFS BEMOAN MINE LAYOFFS

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 29) – Fiji Great Council of Chiefs chairman Ratu Ovini Bokini has expressed regret that some 350 Emperor Gold Mine workers and contractors will be laid off their jobs.

[PIR editor’s note: Emperor Gold Mine is Fiji’s second largest private employer according to their website.]

The Tavua chief said it was sad that so many families would be affected by the company's decision.

Some 200 workers have been notified of their plight while the remainder will be made redundant progressively over the next two weeks.

Ratu Ovini said it was unfortunate that this had to happen at a time with the start of the new school term just a few weeks away.

"It will be a very bleak future for our people. We are about to go through to New Year's Day and then after that school will commence shortly. It is very, very unfortunate that 350 people and their families will be having a very hard time," he said.

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INDO-FIJIAN LAWMAKER TO RECEIVE AWARD IN INDIA

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 29) – Fiji Labour Party parliamentarian Dr. Ganesh Chand is to receive an award at a two-day conference of the Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) to be held in New Delhi, India on January 5-6 next year.

The GOPIO conference will be the forerunner to the two-day Pravasi Bharatiya Divas from January 7-9.

[PIR editor’s note: Pravasi Bharatiya Divas is Indian Diaspora Day founded by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry, which has created a Diaspora Division that aims to create a sustained multi-dimensional and constantly growing relationship between India and its 20 million strong Diaspora comprised of Non-Resident Indians (NRI) and Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) spread across 110 countries.]

Dr. Chand is among five prominent people of Indian origin who will be given the Pravasi...

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ALL THAT GLITTERS IS PAPUA NEW GUINEA GOLD

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 30) – Gold mining companies in the Papua New Guinea will be saying "ho! ho! ho!" all the way to the bank as world gold prices remain high in the last quarter of this year.

Industry analysts have said that subsidiary companies operating in Papua New Guinea have become single biggest contributors to overall gold productions of their parent companies.

PNG focused gold miner Lihir Gold Limited has said it looks forward to a favorable year and expects a positive operational revenue for the next financial year.

Lihir Gold said it would continue to be a showpiece for the Papua New Guinea gold mining industry and was set to become one of the single biggest gold mining projects in the country.

Other gold mining companies operating in the country include Porgera Joint Venture, owned by Canada based Placer Dome Group, Tolukuma Gold Mine, owned and operated by Emperor Mines, after share purchase from South...

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AILING PNG LAWMAKER BOUND FOR BRISBANE

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 30) – Ailing former Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Sir William Skate will be flown by medivac to Australia today for treatment following indications PNG doctors could be joining striking nurses.

The regional Member of Parliament was rushed to the Port Moresby General Hospital on Tuesday night after suffering high blood pressure. General Hospital doctors were able to stabilize Sir William’s condition but there are indications doctors at the country’s largest public hospital could follow their nursing colleagues due to their inability to cope with the increasing workload.

The threat, which could be a double blow to patients currently admitted at the hospital, has compelled Sir William’s family to arrange for him to be moved to Brisbane’s Wesley Hospital.

A close aide of Sir William, former journalist Susuve Laumaea, told the Post-Courier yesterday that it was a precautionary move as there was a high chance...

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CHINESE WORKER FILES ABUSE LAWSUIT IN CNMI

By Haidee V. Eugenio

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, December 30) – A nonresident worker from China has accused Tinian Dynasty Hotel & Casino, Echo Karaoke and other individuals of violating human trafficking and labor laws in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, claiming she suffered months of severe beatings, mental abuse, death, work without pay and 20-hour work days, among other things.

One year ago, Jiang Li Rong arrived on Saipan from China. Between Dec. 29, 2004 and May 7, 2005 when she said she escaped from her employers, Jiang was housed at the Vestcor apartments on Capitol Hill.

Jiang, through attorney Mark B. Hanson, yesterday filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court against defendants Hong Kong Entertainment (Overseas) Investment Ltd., a CNMI corporation doing business as Tinian Dynasty Hotel and Casino; New Echo Entertainment Inc., a CNMI corporation doing business as Echo Karaoke; Alfred Yue; Zhang Jian Hua; Zhang De Ming;...

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FIJI BUS COMPANIES PROTEST BAD ROADS

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Dec. 29) – Fiji bus companies are threatening to withdraw their services because of the increasingly dangerous conditions of the Kings Road at Korovou .

[PIR editor’s note: Korovou is located in the central part of Viti Levu island, northwest of the capital city of Suva.]

Salendra Narayan, Managing Director for Flying Prince Transport, says the road conditions are deteriorating daily and their concerns appear to have fallen on deaf ears.

"We had complained to PWD before the long weekend but they said all staff had gone on leave,' he said. "It becomes costly to put our buses on these roads. The road conditions damage the buses, which we have to repair often.

"We are paying third party and wheel taxes to run these buses on the roads and if the roads are not up to the standard then we shouldn't be paying anything at all."

Sunbeam Transport's Suva manager Haroon Ali said the road near Bucalevu, Ra, was the most dangerous...

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