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LEAVE ‘DAY OF PRAYER’ TO CHURCHES

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LEAVE ‘DAY OF PRAYER’ TO CHURCHES

PNG Post-Courier

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (Dec. 29) – THE Government’s idea of a National Day of Prayer is noble. But it should support the churches to organise and run it while the Government provides financial and logistical support.

The state should not get itself involved in organising an event that is the domain of the churches. No. It should let the churches organise it.

The church knows how to talk to God. The Government doesn’t.

The public will be suspicious of the Government trying to organise a National Day of Prayer when it has so much unfinished business on its own plate

The task for the National Events Council should be to liaise with the leaders of churches and support them in organising the event, instead of the council trying to be at the forefront trying to tell the churches what to do and how to do it. The National Day of Prayer will be a time to ask for forgiveness...

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AUSTRALIA CUTS RAMSI FUNDING FOR FIJI

SYDNEY, Australia (Australian Broadcasting Corp, Dec. 28) - The Federal Government is suspending all funding for Fiji's military involvement in the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.

Prime Minister John Howard says the decision is a direct response to Fiji's recent coup.

"This is a consequence of the Fijian military overthrowing a lawfully elected government," he said. "The military Government in Fiji must understand that there are consequences for what it did."

The move means Fiji will not be able to take the lead role in the mission next year, as it was scheduled to do under a rotation system.

Mr. Howard says sanctions have already been implemented against Fiji's new regime, including prohibition on travel and suspension from the Commonwealth.

"Unless the world and, in particular, close friends and partners like Australia demonstrate their displeasure, then the regime will imagine that it's been a costless exercise," he said....

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FIJI’S FRAGILE TOURISM INDUSTRY AT STAKE

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FIJI’S FRAGILE TOURISM INDUSTRY AT STAKE

Fiji Times

SUVA, Fiji (Dec. 28) - Tourism is one of the world's most lucrative industries but also one of its most fickle. It is subject to complex pressures as is any industry that depends on a whim and today's hot destination can be out in the cold tomorrow.

Fiji, over the years, has established its place in the tourism world, one that gives a unique cultural experience built on top of a diverse ecological base. Despite the batterings that it has taken over the years, from natural disasters as well as man-made, tourism has always bounced back.

It is, without doubt, the backbone of the country. As the sugar industry has languished and the signs are that it will continue to do so until a magic formula is found to turn it around so tourism has flourished and become more vital.

At stake is close on $1 billion a year in foreign exchange and more than 50,000 jobs.

This is why the role of...

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MILITARY ENLISTS ‘CON MAN’S’ HELP AS INFORMANT

MILITARY ENLISTS ‘CON MAN’S’ HELP AS INFORMANT

SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, Dec. 29) – Australian conman Peter Foster has joined the military's "clean-up campaign" to help rid Fiji of corruption.

Foster, jailed in three continents for fraud, is under police and military guard at JJ's on the Park after spending most of yesterday at Queen Elizabeth Barracks, telling all he knows about corruption within the SDL party.

His "evidence" is likely to be part of a brief to be made public by self-appointed president and leader of the December 5 coup, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama, on New Year's Day.

Foster has been banned by the army from talking publicly, but in earlier interviews claimed to have been working undercover, securing evidence of corruption.

"I've been wearing a wire and recording conversations with corrupt ministers," he said at that time.

"Some of the corruption is amazing and some of the vote-rigging from the last election goes so deep it's...

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COUP TAKES WIND OUT OF CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

SUVA. Fiji (Fiji Times, Dec. 29) – Although building permits for projects [totaling] FJ$102.9 million [US$61.9 million] were issued in the third quarter of 2006, the industry expects many of these projects to be on hold because of the national crisis.

Some projects have even been cancelled, according to industry stakeholders.

Cope Construction Ltd general manager Satya Segran said the political situation had adversely affected business in the construction sector.

He said several commercial projects that were in the pipeline had disappeared and most residential projects had stopped.

A leading construction company owner who did not want to be named said both local and foreign investors were holding back on investment plans.

He said the industry was affected first by the prolonged impasse between the military and the ousted Qarase government, then they were slapped with the hike in interest rates and now the military takeover.

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GUAM POLICE PROBE FIRE AT DEMOCRATIC PARTY OFFICE

SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, Dec. 29) – Investigators from the Guam Police Department are looking into a suspected attempt to set the Democratic Party’s campaign headquarters in Anigua on fire.

No suspects have been identified.

"I’m surprised and disappointed that there would be someone out there who tried to do this," said former Congressman Robert Underwood, who lost to Republican Gov. Felix P. Camacho in the recent gubernatorial election.

When asked if he suspected the arson attempt to be politically motivated, Underwood replied: "I have no idea. I hesitate to speculate. I hope it’s not. I refuse to believe that our politics has gone that low."

The spilled diesel fluid in the backroom of the headquarters was discovered at 11 a.m. yesterday.

"When I came into the headquarters for a meeting with (Sen.) BJ Cruz, I noticed the funny smell," Underwood said.

He said he didn’t pay much attention to the offensive odor until he was told about...

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PNG POLICE UNION OPPOSES FOREIGN CHIEF

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 29) – The Papua New Guinea Police Association has made another call in support of Chief Ombudsman Ila Geno’s stand against a reported decision to engage a foreigner for the top police post.

"We (the Police Association) have expressed concern that the engagement of a foreigner may not solve the current problems but have a very high potential in giving these problems another twist," he said yesterday.

The association has also called on the Prime Minister and the National Executive Council (NEC) to revisit its decisions, saying such a decision would be against the wishes and aspirations of the Somare-led Government.

"PNG’s pre-independence and post independence suggests that since Independence and to date it has been the objective of consecutive governments that after Independence (1975), many of the top management positions would be localised and that has been the case since then," he said. "If the Government...

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BOOK PUBLISHED ON COOK ISLANDS TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE

By Tara Carr

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Dec. 28) - A book on the traditional knowledge of Atiuans in the ara-po or the phases of the moon has been launched and will be made available to all schools in the Cook Islands.

The book entitled 'Taruku te ra, no'otake te marama, e vari te ara-po' is in Cook Islands Maori and was launched last Wednesday on Atiu.

National Environment Service officer Tania Temata says the book contains the traditional knowledge of the Atiu people about the ara-po, how they understand and define it and how they relate it to traditional management of natural resources.

The book also goes into how the phases of the moon affect harvesting, planting and fishing on the island and their way of living. It also tries to define what the traditional meaning of each name of the phases of the moon. Each island may have its own interpretations but this is Atiu's.

Temata says that this is the first time a book like this...

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U.S. CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION TO VISIT GUAM

By Gerardo R. Partido

HAGATNA, Guam (Marianas Variety, Dec. 29) – A high-powered congressional delegation is to visit Guam this weekend upon the invitation of Congresswoman Madeleine Z. Bordallo.

The delegation, which is scheduled to arrive today, is expected to focus on Guam’s important role in U.S. national security.

This is the ninth congressional delegation that Bordallo has brought to Guam since taking office as Guam’s representative in the U.S. Congress.

Bordallo is traveling with the nine-member delegation led by Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett of Maryland. Congressman Bartlett also visited Guam at Congresswoman Bordallo’s invitation in March of 2006.

Traveling with the delegation, in addition to Bordallo and Bartlett, are: Congresswoman Susan A. Davis of California; Congressman Steve Israel of New York; Congressman Mark Steven Kirk of Illinois; Congressman Rick Larsen of Washington; Congressman Phil Gingrey of Georgia; Congressman Randy...

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COOKS SEND DELEGATES TO NAIROBI CLIMATE CONFERENCE

By Helen Greig

RAROTONGA, Cook Islands (Cook Islands News, Dec. 28) - A delegation from the Cook Islands attended the United Nations Climate Change 12th conference from 6 to 12 November in Nairobi, Kenya.

National Environment Service's national communications coordinator Mii Matamaki represented the government at the conference.

This is the second year that the government has sent a representative to the annual conference.

Matamaki's and non-government organization representative Charlie Numanga's attendance were funded by the WWF.

WWF South Pacific's Diane McFadzien, NES climate change technical officer Pasha Carruthers and NES international manager Tania Temata also represented the Cook Islands. The Cook Islands has been a party to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change since 1992 and the Kyoto Protocol since 2001.

The Cooks and other small island nations are among the lowest emitters of climate change gases but are...

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