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GUAM SCHOOL CAFETERIAS NEEDS GOVERNMENT’S

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HAGÅTÑA, Guam (Dec. 28, 2011) - The government of Guam's failure to properly oversee and manage the contractor that provides food services to 33 public schools is disturbing and yet all too familiar.

None of the cafeterias in those schools, which are operated by Sodexo Services Guam Inc., have sanitary permits. This is a clear violation of local law and could mean the cafeterias can be closed, which also could result in the closure of those 33 schools if the sanitary permits aren't obtained.

Billy Gipson, the district manager for Sodexo, said the company found out on Friday that the Department of Public Health and Social Services needed health certificate information for some of the company's employees. He said, to his knowledge, all cafeteria workers have up-to-date certificates.

Public Health officials said, while all the cafeterias operated by Sodexo passed pre-operation inspections -- except John...

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ADB BANK PLANS LOAN FACT-FINDING MISSION TO

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Yap State Government Colonia, Yap

Dec. 30, 2011

YAP, POHNPEI

The Asian Development Bank proposes to field a loan fact-finding mission to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) from Jan. 23 to Feb. 5, 2012 to visit Yap and Pohnpei states.

The mission will comprise of Anthony Maxwell, senior energy specialist/mission leader; Paul Hattle, energy specialist; Asghar Ali Syed, legal counsel; and. Martina Tonizzo of the Pacific department.

The objectives of the mission are to (1) review consultants report and undertake due diligence assessment for the project, (2) sign a memorandum of understanding with the government agreeing on the scope of works of the project, and (3) hold discussions with the state and national governments about the proposed financing plan, including government guarantees.

The mission will meet with relevant government officials, assistance partners, and other stakeholders.

Among those the...

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JAPAN VOLUNTEERS OFFER YAP - LANGUAGE, CULTURE

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Yap State Government Colonia, Yap

Dec. 30, 2011

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The Japanese Overseas Cooperation Volunteers will be offering a three-day course in Japanese for students who are interested to learn and upgrade their skills in the Japanese language, including art and culture.

The two-hour course will take place on Jan. 3 to 5 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon in the Youth Service Office conference room.

The instructor for this class will be Mr. Chinatsu who teaches Japanese at Yap High School.

Deadline for application is on Friday, Dec. 30, 2011.

For additional information contact the Youth Service Office at 691-350-3771.

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NEW ZEALAND SUSPENDS PASSPORT AID TO VANUATU

Allegations of ‘legalized corruption’ prompted program cut

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 29, 2011) – The New Zealand government has suspended an aid project in Vanuatu that aimed to bring transparency to the issuing of passports.

Since last year New Zealand has been helping Vanuatu set up an office to produce biometric passports but former foreign minister, Joe Natuman, says recent changes made by the Vanuatu amount to legalized corruption.

Don Wiseman reports:

"Mr. Natuman’s claim comes after reports that the passport office has been directed to print diplomatic passports for five Chinese nationals. The Chinese had earlier got honorary citizenship after offering millions of vatu for the restoration of Parliament, but this money has never been accounted for. One intention of the changes was to stop government ministers selling Vanuatu passports to foreign nationals and Mr. Natuman brought in amendments earlier this year...

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SAMOA LAUNCHES 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF

INDEPENDENCE LOGO
Logo celebrates Samoa’s 50 year journey

APIA, Samoa (Talamua, Dec. 28, 2011) - The logo that encapsulates Samoas journey of 50 years as a politically independent people and nation has been launched and based on the Samoan fishing proverb "Ua sau le va'a na tiu, tau mai le va'a na folau, ao mau pea lago le va'a na fao afolau".

It literally refers to three canoes. The first canoe – which was out fishing - is returning from the deep sea. The second canoe is at berth on the lagoon. And the third canoe lies in the boat shelter on the beach.

The 1st of January, 2012, marks 50 years since the Samoan flag was first raised at Ti’afau.

On an overcast day in 1962, the New Zealand flag and the Samoan flag which flew side-by-side at Ti’afau since 1948 were lowered by then New Zealand Prime Minister Hon. Keith Holyoake (NZ flag) and Samoan Prime Minister Fiame Mata’afa Faumuina Mulinu’u II(Samoan flag).

Joint Heads of State Malietoa...

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COOK ISLANDS SETS UP NEW DISASTER EMERGENCY

FUND
Trust to help recover essential services affected by disasters

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Dec. 29, 2011) – The Cook Islands government has set up a disaster emergency trust fund.

The trust has been set up following the cyclone which devastated Aitutaki in February last year.

Prime Minister Henry Puna says, at the time of the cyclone, government ministries couldn’t front up with money – partly because of the rules governing the expenditure of public funds.

He says the trust fund gets around that problem.

Finance Minister Mark Brown says the fund is for the government’s initial response to emergency situations.

It is to allow government to make sure essential services such as power are re-started as soon as possible, and key areas such as airports and ports are cleared to assist in any recovery.

[PIR editor’s note: Aitutaki was hit by Cyclone Pat in February 2010, and at least 80 percent of...

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FIJI CRACKS DOWN ON ILLEGAL STREET VENDORS

Officials say vendors cause health problems

By Serelisoni Moceica SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, Dec. 29, 2011) – Illegal vendors are at it again and the Suva City Council says it will not tolerate them any more.

The vendors, at the junction of Mead Road and Princes Road at Tamavua in Suva, say they have no choice but to sell there to feed their families.

"I have talked nicely to them and I understand that they have families to feed but the fact is they're illegal and the end result is police will intervene if they don't stop," said Suva's special administrator Chandu Umaria yesterday.

[PIR editor’s note: Umaria has also said the city council for Suva will be cracking down on problems with homeless people, prostitutes and street children. According to Umaria, transients sit in front of bank machines and busy corridors in the city, some asking for money, which is detrimental to tourism in the capital city.]

Mr. Umaria said residents living in the area had...

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EAST NEW BRITAIN MINE OCCUPATION SHOCKS MP

Governor Dion: ‘I was in the dark regarding the operations’

By Grace Tiden PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Dec. 29, 2011) – In Papua New Guinea (PNG), East New Britain Governor Leo Dion has said he was in the dark regarding the operations of the Sinivit Gold Mine and the implementation of the Memorandum of Agreement between the developer, landowners and the provincial government.

Mr. Dion, in a press statement, said he was concerned that there was lack of consultation by the company officials with his government and administration.

"This is what we get when there is lack of or no consultations between the parties concerned," he said.

He said he supported the Uramot Baining landowners but the action taken by the landowners to move into the mine was not the answer to their queries.

Mr. Dion called on the landowners and New Guinea Gold (NGG) Limited to meet and sort out their differences and if the agreement needed to be re-visited...

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TONGA KING SEEKS FUNDS TO ESTABLISH PRIVATE

UNIVERSITY
Wants focus on renewable energy, the environment

NUKU΄ALOFA, Tonga (Matangi Tonga, Dec. 29, 2011) - Tonga's king is looking for funding to establish a private university in Tonga, with a focus on renewable energy and the environment.

King George Tupou V has made it known that in the New Year he would like to make a definite move to establish a private university that can take in up to 320 students a year, and up to 1,320 students over four-year programmes.

The king envisaged that such a project could be funded by private foundations, and that Tonga could anticipate support from the US State Department. It is understood that a private university project in Tonga might possibly be supported through military cooperation with the United States, with the military assisting in the field of education and training in return for Tonga's participation in US military operations abroad.

Tonga might also tap into the Copenhagen Environmental Fund for...

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FIJIAN POLICE PREPARE FOR MORE TRAINING IN

INDONESIA
Training courses will help ‘fight crime,’ increase national
security

By Mereani Gonedua SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Dec. 29, 2011) – The Fiji Police Force will be sending more of its senior ranked officers for training in Indonesia.

This was confirmed to FijiLive by Director Police Operations SSP Rusiate Tudravu.

Tudravu said after Superintendent Sakiasi Tamani’s presentation yesterday, the Commissioner of Police was pleased and will appoint more officers from senior management to go and train in Indonesia.

"He has brought with him many skills and knowledge that will help the force in many ways in order to fight crime and provide better security for the nation," Tudravu said.

He said this training is an ongoing program designed to train participant from 13 countries and Fiji is one of them.

[PIR editor’s note: The Institute’s vision is to "create national leaders who dare to maintain a robust, comprehensive, integral and...

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