NEWS (Melanesian/Pacific ) 6 August 2012.


1)Julie Soso i kamap namba tri PNG meri long winim nesinol ileksin

Updated 6 August 2012, 18:26 AEST
Julie Soso, wanpela brodkasta bipo na komuniti activist i winim sia blong Gavna blong Eastern Highlands Province, na namba tri meri igo insait long National Paliment blong Papua New Guinea.
Julie Soso, nupela memba blong PNG Nesinol Paliment na Gavman blong Eastern Highlands Province. (Credit: ABC licensed)

Julie Soso i kamap nambawan meri long Hailans long winim sia igo long paliment blong kantri.

Ms Soso ibin kisim wan hundret tausen ol vout winim ol arapela kendideit em ol i bin resis long Eastern Higlands Regional seat.

Em nau i joinim Delilah Gore na Loujaya Toni long Paliment, em bai miting long wik i kam.

PNG niusman Firmin Nanol ibin toktok wantaim John Papik.

2)Third woman elected to PNG parliament

Updated 6 August 2012, 17:18 AEST

A third woman has been elected to PNG’s parliament as a caretaker cabinet is unveiled.

Julie Soso is the first woman to ever be elected to parliament from the country’s Highlands region, an area known for its ‘big man’ politics.

She won the governorship of Eastern Highlands province after preferences were distributed, beating her closest rival by more than 8,000 votes.

Ms Soso will join two other female MPs, Loujaya Toni and Delilah Gore, in parliament when it next sits.

She is only the seventh woman to ever be elected to PNG’s parliament.

Many people were pessimistic about women’s chances in the general election after the last parliament failed to pass a law to create special women-only seats.

Caretaker cabinet

Newly elected prime minister Peter O’Neill announced a caretaker cabinet on Monday to run the country until he makes formal appointments next week.

Mr O’Neill will look after police and national planning himself, while Don Polye – who leads the second-largest party in the coalition government – will oversee treasury and finance.

Back in control of the petroleum and energy portfolio is William Duma, while Ben Micah gets mining.

After the reconciliation between Mr O’Neill and Sir Michael Somare, Patrick Pruaitch from the National Alliance party is in charge of forestry.radioaustralia

3)Hopes for PNG stability as O’Neill takes top post

By Online Editor
09:28 am GMT+12, 06/08/2012, Papua New Guinea

Australian politician Julie Bishop says she hopes the election of Peter O’Neill as Papua New Guinea’s prime minister will see a period of stability in the country.

O’Neill, the only nominee, on Friday secured the support of 94 members in a parliamentary vote.

Twelve voted against him.

Bishop, the Australian opposition’s foreign affairs spokeswoman, says there was a sense the elections overall were free and fair.

“PNG is on the cusp of an economic transformation because of the number of {liquefied natural gas) projects and mining and resources development projects that are under way or on the drawing board,” she said.

“And here’s an opportunity for the country to gets its economy on track and also to restore confidence in the democratically institutions that underpin democracy in PNG.”

After the vote, O’Neill was officially sworn in by the governor-general during a ceremony at Government House.

It was the fourth time in just over a year that O’Neill has taken part in such a ceremony.

“This is certainly an historic day for Papua New Guinea,” O’Neill told reporters outside Government House following his swearing in Friday.

“I am pleased to announce the government of Papua New Guinea is now in place.”

O’Neill also welcomed the “overwhelming mandate by both the parliament and the people of our country” for his party.

Former Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare accepted the defeat of his party in the vote and agreed to support O’Neill in his bid to form the next government.

“That is good for the stability of Papua New Guinea, it gives overseas investors and people confidence that we have a democracy that works,” Somare told Australia’s SBS News Friday.

“I’d like to take my hat off to the people of Papua New Guinea and say democracy has worked, we’ve proved to the world that we can do it.”

Australia congratulated O’Neill, with Deputy Prime Minister Wayne Swan saying in a joint statement with Foreign Minister Bob Carr it reflected the broad support he enjoyed in the struggling Pacific state.

“The successful election in PNG and the formation of a broad coalition government will give renewed confidence to the international community about PNG’s political stability,” the statement said.

Australia also paid tribute to Somare, who is known as the “Grand Chief”, and said his participation in the new coalition was a welcome signal of political reconciliation after recent tensions.

O’Neill, aged 47 – who is well respected in Canberra – will next meet Prime Minister Julia Gillard at the Pacific Islands Forum summit in the Cook Islands at the end of the month.SOURCE: ABC/AFP/THE AUSTRALIA/PACNEWS

4)PNG’s O’Neill hints new cabinet line-up

Posted at 01:06 on 06 August, 2012 UTC

Papua New Guinea’s newly-elected Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has announced a caretaker team in what observers say is an indication of what the new cabinet is expected to look like when it is announced later this week.

Mr O’Neill himself will handle National Planning and Police ministries.

Don Polye retains the Treasury and Finance portfolios from the end of the last term, and takes on Correctional Services, Labour and Industrial Relations, Immigration and Transport.

William Duma has retained Petroleum and Energy, and picks up Defence, Tourism, Art Culture, Autonomy and Autonomous region which includes Bougainville Affairs.

Patrick Pruaitch is the caretaker Minister of Housing, Inter Government Relations and Forestry, the latter a portfolio he already held in the Somare government.

Sir Puka Temu has been given Public Service, Agriculture and Livestock, Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Radio New Zealand International

5)Newly elected PNG Prime Minster targets corruption

By Online Editor
4:13 pm GMT+12, 06/08/2012, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has told SBS News his government plans to crack down on corruption, in his first interview since being re-elected to the nation’s top job.

After 12 months of political instability and a lengthy election process, Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has told SBS News his government plans to crack down on corruption, in his first interview since being re-elected to the nation’s top job.

Speaking of a massive deal with petroleum company Exxon Mobil that could see the nation’s GDP double over the next two years, O’Neill said a sovereign wealth fund had been put together specifically to manage revenue coming from mineral developments in the country.

“This is a unique opportunity for our country, basically, because our country has squandered similar opportunities in the past. My job now is to create an environment where these funds are managed properly.”

O’Neill also spoke of his government’s willingness to support equal rights in parliament.

“Papua New Guinea has had a change in its attitude towards women, and it’s encouraging to note that two ladies have been elected to parliament now, and although that is not enough, I think it is a good start.”

O’Neill, originally from the Highlands region of the country, was re-elected in early August by a huge majority of 94-12 by members of parliament. There were no other nominees; however a last-ditch legal bid to halt proceedings failed.

PNG’s new government is formed from a broad coalition of former leaders and senior parliamentary figures, including Sir Michael Somare, who was ousted as Prime Minister in August last year.

“For them to come and give support to myself and other young leaders, to manage our country over the next few years is an indication of the maturity of politics our country,” O’Neill said.”SOURCE: SBS/PACNEWS

6)BP to Invest $12billion in West Papua LNG

By Online Editor
3:40 pm GMT+12, 06/08/2012, Indonesia

London-based energy giant BP plans to invest US$12 billion for the development of the Tangguh liquefied natural gas project in West Papua, an official at the state oil and gas upstream regulator says.

“BP executives had stated their intention during the visit of Jero Wacik, the energy and mineral resources minister, to England recently,” I Gde Pradnyana, the deputy of operation control at BPMigas, said

He said construction of the plant, which will have the capacity to produce 3.8 million tons per year, will begin next year and is scheduled for completion in 2017.

The Tangguh refinery currently has two trains — units that purify and liquefy natural gas — producing a total of 7.6 million tons per year.

BP controls a 37.16 percent share of the enterprise and is the principal operator of the project, which involves the tapping of six gas fields with proven reserves of 14.4 trillion cubic feet.

BP initially planned to build just the third LNG train in the project but then decided to include the development of the Bintuni Bay area, which is where the US$5 billion project is located.

“The development of Bintuni Bay is a local aspiration that we pushed forward in the negotiations,” Gde said.

He said BPMigas was waiting for BP to submit a revision to its original plan of development for the project, which should occur within weeks.

“If BP can submit the plan this month, we will expedite the procedure so the permit can be issued in September,” he added.

Gde said although BPMigas is concentrating its efforts on securing investments from large oil and gas companies with advanced technologies and in strong financial positions, eager investors must play by the book and provide a guarantee.

“Indonesia does need foreign investors, but they must abide by the country’s pro-job, pro-poor, pro-growth and pro-environment policies,” he added.

LNG from Tangguh is delivered to China’s Fujian LNG project, South Korea’s Korea’s K-Power and Posco, and Mexico’s Sempra Energy. BP will also supply 230 million cubic feet of gas per day (mmsfcd) to state utility Perusahaan Listrik Negara beginning next year.

The Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry expects to produce an average of 5,118 mmscfd of natural gas annually, from this year until 2020, drawing from 17 gas fields that are now, or have yet to be placed in operation.SOURCE: JAKARTA GLOBE/PACNEWS

 

7)New hope for women: Fa’asala

Saturday, 04 August 2012 14:47

Vika’s victory is a new hope for women in Malaita in the area of political development and leadership changes in the province and the national as a whole.

Gender alert consultancy services of the Temporary Special Measure (TSM) Taskforce Casper Fa’asala made this statement when he congratulated the winning candidate for North Malaita Constituency Vika Lusibaea.

Mrs Lusibaea won the North Malaita seat with a landslide victory of 2802 from close rival Fredrick Kwainairara who polled 901 votes.

Mr Fa’asala congratulated Mrs Lusibaea for her bravery in facing challenges amongst a strong patrilineal male dominant society during the campaign period.

He added that her victory also demonstrated well the legacy set by her husband which is also fundamental for the consideration of potential women leaders for the 2012 National General Elections.

“The victory illustrated that the support of men both within the family and in the community is crucial in order for women to overcome some of the political barriers in society that are obstacles to having more women in parliament.

“Women are also best decision makers in our society and should not be ignored of their right to achieving their maximum participation in decision making bodies such as the National Parliament, the law making
body in the country,” he said.

He urged Mrs Lusibaea to be a role model to supporting the ongoing platform for Women in the Solomon Islands to Parliament in the preparations for the 2014 National General Election.

“Challenges ahead are not that easy but with the New Hope there is a New Future for Women.”

Mr Fa’asala pointed out that women need not to be strong in the battle for fair representation and participation in Parliament but must have the strength to journey through the challenges ahead.

He wished Mrs Lusibaea the best in her new leadership role, to deliver to the people in her constituency and most of all citizens of the country.

Temporary Special Measure (TSM) Taskforce is the taskforce supporting options for Women in Parliament. http://www.solomonstarnews.com/news/national/15564-new-hope-for-women-faasalaBy Jennifer Kakai

8)NCRA praised for support

Monday, 06 August 2012 04:30

The Makira Ulawa Provincial Government has saluted the NCRA government for its ongoing support towards developing Makira Ulawa Province.

Speaking during the celebration of the province 29th second appointed day, Premier Thomas Weape thanked the guest of honour, Minister for Fisheries and Marine Resources Alfred Ghiro for government’s support to the province.

Mr Weape said Ghiro’s presence indicates that NCRA is working closely with the provincial Government.

“Your presence with us today indicates NCRA seriousness to close the development gap between the National Government and the Provincial Government enhancing rural advancement.”

The Premier pointed out that first time for the past 34 years more resources had reached the provinces which indicates that the National Government confidence in the provincial administration.

National project’s allocated for the province includes, the provincial complex, provincial chamber, Huro Police housing project, road and bridge project, rehabilitation of prison and correctional centre, new terminal building.

Mr Weape on Friday reaffirms his government’s support toward NGRA government development policies. http://www.solomonstarnews.com/news/national/15570–ncra-praised-for-supportBy Jennifer Kakai

9)Mare marks anniversary of fatal New Caledonia clashes

Posted at 01:06 on 06 August, 2012 UTC

New Caledonia’s Mare island today marks the first anniversary of the clashes near the airport during which four people were shot dead.

Ceremonies have been scheduled to remember the victims of the fight between a group blockading the airport and a crowd of about 300 people unsuccessfully trying to dislodge it.

Another 30 people were wounded in shoot-out while cars were burnt and shops destroyed, prompting the French authorities to send 140 police and soldiers to restore calm.

A year on, there have been no final convictions but 17 people have been in court for a range of offences.

A ruling is expected later this month in the case of those accused of causing material damage.

Radio New Zealand International

10)Kanaky Women Visit Vanuatu To ‘Re-Live Independence’
Group seeks information to prepare for 2014 referendum

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Aug. 3, 2012) – It has been 32 years now since Vanuatu gained its independence and still groups from neighbour Kanaky continue to visit the country to re-live the struggle of independence.

This was confirmed by Mrs Henriette Streter of Lifou island in Kanaky-New Caledonia who is among a group of 40 Kanak women who sponsored their own way to Port Vila to specifically re-live some of the stories of how Vanuatu was able to gain its independence from the colonial power of France in the late 70s.

The group did not only join in all the celebration activities around Port Vila and around Efate but took special time to visit some of the leaders who were involved in the struggle for independence – such as Hilda Lini, Shem Rarua and also visited families of the late Walter Lini, Vanuatu’s first Prime Minister.

The Kanak women said they not only wanted to hear the stories and re-live Vanuatu’s experience but were also keen in learning more about the Melanesian Spearhead Group and how the MSG plans to support the continuous struggle of the Kanaky people for Independence.

“2014 is just around the corner and we women also want to play our part in preparing for this important time for our people and our country,” Mrs Streter added.

She said that the group, upon acceptance of the Director General of the MSG Mr Peter Forau were also fortunate to visit the MSG Secretariat building and a guided tour around the different divisions of the Secretariat on Tuesday this week.

“We were able to get first hand information on some of the next step for preparations for 2014,” Mrs Streter said.

[PIR editor’s note: Under the Noumea Accord, Kanaky/New Caledonia will hold a referendum on possible independence from France sometime between 2014-2019.]

Streter said this type of visit is unique for them as women deal more with the local level in communities around New Caledonia and that is why they believe they are privileged in getting very important information for their people especially women and young people back in their homeland of Kanaky.

She said they plan to make regular visits to Vanuatu to learn more of Independence.

Mrs Streter said while their leaders of the FLNKS political bureau and other political parties talk about independence at their levels, they as women of Kanaky feel that they also need to seek more information on how to prepare themselves for 2014.

She said women in Kanaky play a major role in this process and she hopes that the coming visit from the MSG to Kanaky will take into account some of the key issues that will be raised by women especially on the Noumea Accord.

She said they have learned a lot during this short visit and thank those who have been able to share with them the stories that will help guide them towards their goal of independence.

Vanuatu Daily Post: http://www.vanuatudaily.com

11)Fiji begins public hearings on new constitution

Updated 6 August 2012, 9:51 AEST

Fiji‘s Constitutional Commission says there’ll be no government interference in the public consultations on the new constitution.

The commission is beginning its first week of public hearings to allow people to put forward what they would like included in the country’s new constitution.

The commission began public hearings on Friday and has already received more than 30 submissions.

The commission’s chairman, Professor Yash Ghai, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat the submissions they’ve received so far show many people are unhappy with the country’s history of repeated coups.

“A number of people have made comments on what they call the ‘culture of coups’ and people are rather unhappy that they put so much effort into submissions and so on and then a new constitution is established and not long after it is overthrown,” he said.

“People have also talked about the immunity which is given to coup-makers in the past and they think that this probably also encourages military, and in some cases civilians, to try to overthrow duly established governments. We’re engaging with them on how they think the ‘culture of coups’ could be eliminated.”

Professor Ghai says some submissions have also outlined concerns about the independence of the legal system.

“The independence of the judiciary has come up in submission and indeed one of the terms of our Commission is to ensure that the new constitution has adequate provisions to ensure independence of the judiciary,” he said.

Professor Ghai says many people feel that a constitution which deals with the realities and concerns of the public will ensure that it stands the test of time.

But concerns have been raised that people will not be able to participate in the process effectively as restrictions on public gatherings and the media remain in place.

Professor Ghai says these concerns have been raised with the government to ensure that people are free to express their views freely.

“It is early days and we have taken up with the government the need to review all the laws that restrict freedom of people or freedom of the media,” he said.

The Commission will submit a draft of a new constitution to a Constituent Assembly in January.

It will be drawn up before the country’s national elections scheduled for 2014. http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-06/fiji-begins-public-hearings-on-new-constitution/993674

12)Fiji politician allegedly targeted by police

Posted 6 August 2012, 12:30 AEST

The daughter of a Fiji politician says her mother is being unfairly targeted by police as she awaits trial on charges of attempting to overthrow the government.

Dr Mere Samisoni, 74, is due to go on trial later this month after being charged with attempting to overthrow the interim government of Commodore Frank Bainimarama in 2011.

She was detained by police in Suva on Friday for alleged reckless driving.

Dr Samisoni’s daughter, Vanessa Charters, has told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat that eight officers and three police dogs took her mother away for several hours of questioning before releasing her without charge.

Ms Charters says the arrest was politically motivated as her mother is not a reckless driver.

“I know for a fact my mother is a typical grandmother behind the wheel and she does not drive in any kind of dangerous way,” she said.

“If anything she’s boring, risk adverse and over cautious.”

Dr Samisoni intends to stand at the next election scheduled for 2014.

Ms Charters says the authorities view her mother as a threat to their power base.

“She’s very beloved in her constituency and I think that there are a lot of people who are very concerned,” she said.

“They do not want her to stand in the next elections and I think that a lot of what’s going on is an attempt to prevent her from being able to.”

But Ms Charters says her mother hasn’t been deterred by recent events.

“She knows that Fiji deserves to have the best leadership and the best elected government that we can have,” she said.

“So she doesn’t take these kind of things to heart, but obviously as a family we’re very concerned for her physical wellbeing.” http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/international/2012-08-06/fiji-politician-allegedly-targeted-by-police/993866

13)I-Taukei in Fiji fear for their rights: Ghai

By Online Editor
09:32 am GMT+12, 06/08/2012, Fiji

Some members of the public who filed submissions in the first two days felt that rights of the i-Taukei are at risk, says Fiji Constitution Commission chairperson Professor Yash Ghai.

Speaking to FijiLive, Ghai said the respondents wants the rights of the indigenous community declared in international instruments.

“But they also said that the rights of others should be recognised, and Fiji should seek both diversity and unity.”

The Commission received a total of 16 submissions Saturday in Nasinu as the hearing went on all day.

Presenters were given ample time to explain their recommendations and have a dialogue with members of the Commission.

“This resulted in detailed presentations and lively exchanges. The submissions, examining the past and looking forward to the future, covered a wide range of issues.

Although there were some differences among the presenters, all respected the views of others, and the proceedings were amiable throughout.”

He said a number of presenters favoured the retention of the 1997 Constitution with a number of amendments which were set out in their submissions.

“There were differences of view on the electoral system, being divided almost equally between the supporters of communal seats and the supporters of all open seats. There was some support for proportional representation. He said there were also differences on the structure of government, some supporting the parliamentary system well known in Fiji and others advocating a presidential system as in the U.S.

“Some commented on the role of the military in government, ranging from total exclusion to the appointment of the Commander of the Military Forces as Vice-President (to avoid having them outside).”

Ghai added some wanted all the citizens of Fiji to be known as Fijians, others preferred that the term Fijians to be restricted to iTaukei, using Fiji Islander to designate all Fijians.

“Some wanted the retention, others the abolition, of the Great Council of Chiefs. Among the supporters, there were differing views on the precise role of the Council.”

“A few presenters said that members of parliament and ministers should be graduates.” He said one presenter talked about corruption in the country, and the failure of the anti-corruption body to follow up complaints about corruption by officials.

“Several people expressed their sadness at the culture of coups and the requirement in the Decree on the process for compulsory immunity for coup makers of the past. While offering their own suggestions, they urged the Commission to come up with additional ideas.”

He said there was a general recognition that all communities living in Fiji belong to Fiji. “One presenter described Fiji as a fragrant garden of many species and the constitution as a tree that will bear fruit.

The symbol of the Youth Party, represented at the meeting, is a bunch of bananas – all Fijians living together!”

In a related development, Fiji’s i-Taukei population should be included in the Vola ni Kawa Bula (VKB), the Constitution Commission heard on Friday.

Youth advocate Jone Sinavi highlighted this issue to the Commission while making his submission on the opening day at the Civic Centre in Suva.

He said although a lot of i-Taukei people talk about the importance of ownership of their land and the importance of their identity, many still feel insecure because they are not registered in the VKB

“I am a victim of this. And to be honest, I can call myself as a foreigner to this land that I call my own,” said Sinavi.

“There is a need for all i-Taukei to be registered in the VKB for a sense of ownership and the new constitution should have a provision for this.” “There is also a need for a scholarships for the upskilling of blue collar jobs.”

“The government is concentrating on sponsoring education for white collar job than that of trade and talent.”

Another youth advocate Miki Wali said there is a need for a better representation of youths in parliament to address issues concerning youths in Fiji.

Wali also urged the commission if there could also include a youth member in their team. Constitution Commission Professor Yash Ghai said they will look at the submissions thoroughly and will make a record of it.

Prof Ghai said there were interesting issues tabled by members of the public and he is looking forward to a huge response in the coming days.

SOURCE: FIJI LIVE/PACNEWS

14)Conviction rules Ousted PM Qarase out of 2014 Fiji election

By Online Editor
09:30 am GMT+12, 06/08/2012, Fiji

A New Zealand academic says the ousted Fiji prime minister’s conviction and jail term means there will be little chance of him running in the next election.

Laisenia Qarase has received a 12-month sentence for corruption-related offences dating back 20 years.

The scheduled 2014 general election will be the first since the military overthrow of Qarase’s elected government in December 2006 and the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) party leader had been expected to contest it.

But an Auckland University political scientist, Dr Steven Ratuva said that isn’t likely, for two reasons.

“One is that the Electoral Act will not allow that because if you are convicted then you won’t have the privilege of parliamentary representation and secondly, given his health condition as well, it may be a lot of pressure on him.”

However Dr Ratuva said there is nothing stopping Qarase from remaining the SDL party leader.

In another development, former Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka is contemplating to contest in the 2014 general elections.

Rabuka revealed this at the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum workshop in Suva last month with a theme ‘Fiji Together- Addressing Inclusivity in Constitution Making’.

“I would come back to tell the people in Fiji that there is hope for us to be together as one,” he said.

Rabuka said a leader must have the abilities to lead which he defined as someone hard working, has the confidence of the electorates, be a role model, and must have ‘mana’. He said if leaders have this, people will have confidence in them.

“If someone does not have the ability in charisma or ‘mana’, then he cannot be a good leader.”

Unfortunately, he said many leaders in Fiji have been colored by the coup.

“The removal of the aspect of traditional leadership has affected respect for the traditional tribal system.”

Nowaday, he said leaders have evolved from strong leaders to a weak one. Rabuka said there is a need for prerogative traditional leaders to be replaced by meritorious chiefs, people who are elected by the tribe.

“This leader should function alongside elected members of the tribunal.” He said people need to contribute as well in order to make a law. Rabuka is best known as the instigator of two military coups that shook Fiji in 1987.

He was later democratically elected the third Prime Minister, serving from 1992 to 1999. He later served as Chairman of the Great Council of Chiefs, and is currently Chairman of the Cakaudrove Provincial Council, a position he has held since 24 May 2001.
SOURCE: RNZI/ FIJI LIVE/PACNEWS

15)Former ruling party wants Fiji to be declared a Christian State

By Online Editor
4:11 pm GMT+12, 06/08/2012, Fiji

Fiji’s former ruling party, the Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) wants Fiji to be declared a Christian State, Christianity to be the state religion and Fijian to be the national language of the state.

While making its submission to the Constitutional Commission, SDL said they want the name “Fijian” to be reserved for the indigenous Fijians and all citizens to be called “Fiji Islanders”.

SDL also proposes that there should be no provisions for dual citizenship.

Speaking to the Professor Yash Ghai led commission, the SDL officials say that the party wants the term “sexual orientation” to be removed from the Bill of Rights of the 1997 constitution.

In that section it states that a person must not be unfairly discriminated against, directly or indirectly, on the ground of his or her sexual orientation.

They propose that parliament and senate should be retained, some communal seats to be retained and the balance to be won under the one man one vote system.

On the appointment of the country’s President and Vice President, SDL has suggested that they should still be appointed by the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC).

The party said the GCC should be established under the constitution and a GCC Act should clearly set out their roles and functions.

Furthermore SDL said the multi party cabinet provisions should be removed and the principle of winner takes all should be adopted.

The party also said that clear provisions should be set out on the roles and functions of the Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) without any ambiguity.

SDL also stated in its submission that the 1997 constitution should be retained but some important changes should be made.

SOURCE: FIJI VILLAGE/PACNEWS

16)Fiji new currency designs to be unveiled

By Online Editor
09:23 am GMT+12, 06/08/2012, Fiji

Fiji’s currency — featuring flora and fauna designs — will be unveiled at the end of the year.

The Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) listed this as one of its highlights for 2011 as it released its annual report Friday.

“A major development during the year was the finalisation by the Currency Design Committee of flora and fauna designs for our new banknotes and coins family that will be officially unveiled and launched in late 2012,” the bank said in a statement.

According to the statement, RBF gave Government $47.8 million of its entire profits.

The sum comprised $34.5 million for the financial year ended 2011 and a fifth of the Revaluation Reserve Account of $13.3 million, the bank said.

RBF governor Barry Whiteside said the macroeconomic policy would continue to target the restoration of confidence while maintaining financial sector health critical to strengthening Fiji’s economic recovery.

“Building greater resilience against future shocks through appropriate monetary, financial sector and exchange rate policies apart from maintaining the momentum of the current structural reforms would be important as we forge ahead,” he said.

Whiteside said the work of the bank would continue to be motivated by the need to build a stronger and more resilient Fijian economy, responsive to the needs of the Fijian people.SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS

17)Bainimarama reported to police in Fiji

Posted at 01:06 on 06 August, 2012 UTC

The Fiji Trades Union Congress leader Felix Anthony has reported regime leader Commodore Frank Bainimarama to the police.

He says he filed the report last month with Lautoka police.

Mr Anthony alleges military officers including the interim Prime Minister threatened and assaulted him and his colleagues.

This follows Mr Anthony’s claims last year that he had been punched and kicked by at least five soldiers, leaving him with a damaged eardrum and bruising.

Mr Anthony says he has had difficulty trying to get medical reports from Lautoka Hospital where he was examined after the assault.

The military earlier denied the allegations, with its spokesman saying if the complainants can give proof of an assault, it should be to the police.

Police have yet to confirm to Radio New Zealand International whether an investigation is underway.

Radio New Zealand International

18)Indonesian officials discuss border tension with East Timor

Yemris Fointuna

<http://www.thejakartapost.com/>The Jakarta Post

Publication Date : 04-08-2012

The situation on the border of East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province of Indonesia and East Timor remains tense following a clash between residents from Timor Tengah Utara regency and Ambenu, Oekussi district of East Timor over territorial claims on both sides. 

No casualties were reported in the clash on Wednesday, in which both sides used sharp weapons, but the incident has further inflamed the situation on the border.

As of Thursday noon, hundreds of residents in Haumeni Ana village were still on alert, monitoring the activities of Timor Leste (East

Timor) residents in the disputed zone. Earlier, they had demolished an immigration station built by the Timor Leste government.

Residents also approached an Indonesian Military (TNI) post and protested against the TNI allowing Timor Leste to build several facilities in the neutral zone.

NTT Governor Frans Leburaya met with Udayana Military Commander Maj.

Gen. Wisnu Bawa Tenaya in Kupang on Thursday to discuss the tensions between residents in Haumeni Ana village and those from Ambenu, Timor Leste.

The closed-door meeting was held at El Tari Airport in Kupang. After the meeting, Leburaya told the media that TNI soldiers and Timor Leste authorities had coordinated to avoid conflict involving residents on both sides of the border.

“Every party must restrain itself. Should there be territory that is still being disputed, it should be vacated because according to the agreement, the disputed territory is a neutral zone,” said Leburaya.

According to him, the military commander had visited the disputed location and held a meeting with a number of parties to prevent provocation that could affect the situation on the border.

Timor Tengah Utara Military District Command chief Lt. Col. Arm Eusebio Rebelo Hornai said in a press conference that tension between residents on both sides was frequent due to the Timor Leste government’s stance of setting up a number of offices, including an immigration station, in the neutral zone.

When reached separately, Indonesia-Timor Leste Border Security Unit commander Lt. Col. Andre Saputro denied the clash between Haumeni Ana residents and Oekussi residents had taken place 

“There was no conflict. Some residents were apparently angry because Timor Leste wished to build a number of facilities in the neutral zone, but there was no physical conflict,” he said.

According to him, security forces from both countries had coordinated to prevent a physical clash between residents living around the border.

19)Justice Minister’s corruption appeal needs swift resolution, says lawyer By:Manuel da Silva (via Facebook)

DILI: The lawyer for former Justice Minister Lucia Lobato has urged the Court of Appeal to decide quickly on her corruption appeal.

Her lawyer Sergio Hornai said his client was still awaiting a decision.

“We want the Court of Appeal to make a decision as soon as possible,”

Mr Hornai said.

Ms Lobato was found guilty two months ago of having been involved in corruption and was ordered to serve five years’ jail.

She has since appealed her case, but Mr Hornai declined to explain on what grounds.

Mr Hornai said his client would accept any decision made by the Court of Appeal.

 

Ms Lobato was justice of minister for the current government led by Xanana Gusmao.

She was suspended because of the corruption case.

 

Despite this, her Social Democratic Party nominated her as a candidate in the recent election.

Her party failed to win any seats.

Congratulations to Timor on 10 years of independence.

20)U.S steps up commitment in the Pacific, Clinton to attend Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting

By Online Editor
09:25 am GMT+12, 06/08/2012, Tonga

The United States has stepped up its commitment to work with its Pacific Island partners with the second visit to the region by the US Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Kurt Campbell, and the Pacific Fleet Commander, Admiral Cecil Haney, with an interagency delegation.

During their over-night stop in Tonga on 01 August, the delegation had an audience with King Tupou VI and met the Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano and senior government officials.

In a press conference, Campbell said that they discussed a range of issues with King Tupou VI, including upgrading the Tongan Navy, combating illegal fishing, assisting Tonga in patrolling its territorial waters and the possibility for Tongan soldiers to participate in international peace keeping operations, which could mean expanding the Tonga Defence Services.

Campbell commented on the U.S’s relationship with Fiji, where they have a new embassy in Suva. He agreed that there was a difference in the approach by the U.S, and Australia and New Zealand to Fiji.

The Forum had suspended Fiji’s membership in the regional organisation and New Zealand andAustralia severed their diplomatic relations with Fiji after their High Commissioners were expelled from  Suva.

But he said that the U.S would like to see democracy returns to Fiji, and that there was also a change in the approach of both Australia and New Zealand to Fiji.

He said that the U.S Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton would be attending the Pacific Islands Forum annual meeting to be held in the Cook Islands toward the end of August. It will be the first time for a U.S Secretary of State to attend.

On the question of whether or not Tongan soldiers would continue to participate in the western allies military operation in Afghanistan beyond 2012, Mr Campbell did not give a definite answer other than to say that the king was very proud of what his soldiers were doing in Afghanistan.

The US delegation, which included Jeff Prescott, Special Advisor for Asian Affairs at the Office on the Vice President, Gloria Steele, USAID  Mission Director for the Philippines and the Pacific Islands, were in Tonga at the beginning of a Pacific tour, which will take them to Kiribati, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Palau, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands.SOURCE: MATANGI TONGA/PACNEWS

21)Samoan woman lands prestigious international job in Geneva

By Online Editor
12:52 pm GMT+12, 06/08/2012, Samoa

Gisa Fuatai Purcell has been appointed to head a Unit in the Development Bureau of the International Telecommunication Union or ITU.

Gisa’s official title in her new post is “Head of the least developed countries (LDCs), Small Island developing states (SIDS), Emergency Telecommunications and Climate Change Adaptation”.  She will be based at the ITU Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

Gisa’s new appointment was officially announced at the ITU Broadband Conference which was held in Denarau, Fiji 26-28 July 2012 by the Director of the ITU Development Bureau, Brahima Sanou

In the announcement Sanou stated that Gisa’s new post was advertised internationally and she was among those shortlisted. Interviews were conducted and Gisa topped the interviews.

Gisa is the first Woman and Pacific Islander, to have been appointed to the level of “Head of a Unit” in the Development Bureau of the ITU. In her new role, she will be responsible for telecommunication development programmes for ITU member countries in LDCs and SIDS, study groups on and emerging technologies and telecommunication issues, and developing the most suitable method to deliver assistance to ITU members during disasters and climate change impacts.

Gisa is currently managing the project titled “Capacity building and ICT policies, regulatory and legislative frameworks for Pacific Island countries” which is jointly funded by ITU and the European Commission (EC). This project is or as it is well known within the telecommunication sectors of the Pacific as (ICB4PAC). The recipient countries for this project are African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) or the fourteen Pacific Forum countries plus Timor Leste.

In her acknowledgement she said, “I acknowledge the support of the Samoan Government to my candidature for the new post in Geneva.  Without that backing, access to these high positions in International Institutions is not easy.”.
SOURCE: TALAMUA ONLINE/PACNEWS

22)American Samoa delegate wants Guard unit

By Online Editor
09:24 am GMT+12, 06/08/2012, American Samoa

American Samoa’s nonvoting delegate in Congress wants the U.S. territory to have a National Guard unit.

Delegate Eni Faleomavaega introduced legislation Thursday to authorize the Defense Department to establish the unit.

With the South Pacific island prone to natural disasters, Faleomavaega said having a National Guard unit would be helpful for coordinating first responders during emergencies such as the deadly 2009 tsunami.

Hawaii’s National Guard unit was dispatched to American Samoa in the aftermath of the tsunami that killed 34 people in the territory.

Faleomavaega said there’s a unit for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, as well as for Puerto Rico, Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

SOURCE: AP/PACNEWS

23)Expanded Seasonal Worker Scheme Benefits Australia, Islands
Scheme offers jobs for 12,000 workers over next four years

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, August 3, 2012) – Australia’s permanent Seasonal Workers Program has been expanded to include 8 Pacific Island countries and East Timor, and a move beyond the horticulture sector.

Under the program, 12,000 workers will be able to come to Australia over the next 4 years.

Workers will come from Tonga, Vanuatu, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, East Timor, Nauru, Samoa, Tuvalu and Solomon Islands.

A regional meeting was held in Sydney to launch the Seasonal Workers Program, which has been broadened to include the cotton, sugar cane, aquaculture industries and accommodation.

The Australian Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Richard Marles, told the conference that the program will bring Australia and the Pacific “closer together”.

“The permanent Seasonal Worker Program is a good thing for the Australian horticulture sector,” he said.

“But we must not forget the fundamental reason the Australian Government established this program – to support the increased development of the Pacific Islands and East Timor.”

Mr Marles says the first group of Pacific workers to take part in the pilot seasonal workers scheme arrived from Tonga in 2009. The group of 50 workers were recruited to fill a labour shortage in Victoria’s almond industry.

Since then, 1,500 workers have come from Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Kiribati to work in Australia’s horticulture industry.

The first Samoan workers to come to Australia ran into problems with their accommodation, but Samoa’s CEO Ministry of Prime Minister and Cabinet Vaosa Epa says that has not put them off.

“We would like to send as many workers as we can, because we do have that capacity at the moment. And especially when we did put out calls for people to come in so that we can refresh our database, we had thousands of people coming in to register,” he told Radio Australia’s Pacific Beat.

Solomon Island’s High Commissioner to Canberra, Beraki Jino, says they are keen send workers to Australia because it is closer to home and pays better.

“We have recruiting agents in Solomon Islands all ready to do the job and we are quite prepared now. We want as many workers as possible but it really depends on the employers here in Australia. But we are ready to send more than a couple of hundreds more, up to 1,000 workers,” Mr Jino said.

Sharing prosperity

Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs says the opportunity to earn Australian dollars under Australian conditions not only benefits workers and their families but also their communities.

“I can’t tell you how important that is for the countries from which these workers come. On average they will be earning $12,000 a season,” Mr Marles told Pacific Beat.

He says of those wages about $5,000 will be remitted which is more than three times the average annual income of people in Papua New Guinea and Kiribati.

“One season’s wages are, on average, more than what those in Tonga and Vanuatu would earn in a year. It’s money that helps support families.”

Mr Marles says teething problems which resulted in disappointing numbers during the initial pilot have been addressed, and he is confident all 12,000 visas on offer will be filled.

The Seasonal Worker Program is also benefiting Pacific Islanders who have been living in Australia for sometime.

Lisa Fuima’alo and her sister run a labour hire business that is now specialising in Pacific workers. They plan to bring more Tongans to Australia.

“It will mean that we have a stable workforce. The reliability, the continuity and all that. We’ve got the people coming back every season and the training…the time and the effort and the expenses that are going there almost diminishes to nothing when we have got return workers coming back,” Ms Fuima’alo said.

“So overall in the business, it will greatly benefit us, because we don’t have to go round looking for workers, which we usually struggle with season after season.”

‘Great potential’

Queensland citrus grower Susan Jenkin is one Australian employer who wants to spread the word.

Ms Jenkins used to have to rely on travelling backpackers for the harvest season, but she says her workers from Tonga are more productive.

“Very reliable. They are there for the whole season, there every day,” she said.

MADEC Australia is the largest seasonal labour hire company. It sends Pacific workers to growers in every state.

Greg Leslie is MADEC’s National Manager of Harvest Labour Services.

“We know that the numbers from the pilot don’t indicate the 12,000 would be achievable but people have now had three years to get used to it. They’ve seen other people, learnt lessons from what other people have done and, hopefully, people will embrace it and take it on,” Mr Leslie said.

The vice president of the National Farmers Federation, Duncan Fraser, also believes Australian businesses will embrace the program.

“I see a great potential. I think it can become an integral part of our employment program,” he said.

“And, obviously, the two-way effect – the employees, rather than relying on aid assistance and whatever, they are actually over here and earning money.

“They’ve got much more pride in what they do – they really feel that they are earning their wages and putting it back into improving their accommodation, lifestyles, education, investing in businesses over there, and infrastructure.

“It is a win-win situation all round.”

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra

 

 

Majorité écrasante pour le Premier ministre papou (au centre). (Credit: ABC) 

24)Fijian President supports athletes

By Matai Akauola
02:10 am GMT+12, 05/08/2012, Fiji

The President- Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has been busy ever-since arriving in London last week.

 

He has been visiting almost all the venues where Fijian athletes have been in action.

 

“The President has made it clear that he wishes to support all the Fijian athletes that are part of the Olympic Games,” said Solo Mara Fiji’s High Commissioner in Great Britain.

 

“So we’ve been visiting and supporting our athletes in the archery, judo, weightlifting, swimming and  the athletics.

 

“The Fijian athletes have done us proud. Elder (Robert) had exhibited a level of talent that all of us in the stands were waiting with abated breath when he took that last shot and people commenting like this Fijian guy has so much potential in him.

 

“Little did they know that we have so little resources and the sport is not that well played in Fiji.

 

“He has created a lot of awareness and I hope the media in Fiji can focus on the achievement he’s showcased at the Lord’s Cricket Ground.

 

“He almost beat the world champion, it came to the last arrow and that is something we should celebrate that Fijian athletes are rising to the occasion and placing us right up there with all dedicated sportsman in the world arena.

 

“We are so proud being part of the Fijian community here in London,” said Mara who’s contemplating taking up archery. 

 

SOURCE: MATAI AKAUOLA compliments of ONOC, Ministry of Health (Fiji) & Ministry of Youth & Sports ‘Promoting Healthy Islands Through Sports’

 

25)Kilman says sports has been neglected in Vanuatu

By Matai Akauola
01:45 am GMT+12, 05/08/2012, Vanuatu

Vanuatu’s Prime Minister – Mr Sato Kilman, one of the few Pacific leaders attending the London 2012 Olympics says sport in Vanuatu has been neglected for too long.

 

“One message to everyone in Vanuatu both the ordinary citizens, the leaders in Government, for too long now we have neglected sports in Vanuatu. We have not put enough into sporting activities. 

 

We have not invested enough and I think it’s time that we seriously do something because it is just not sports, it helps in a lot of other areas such as employment, social activities and it’s something that personally as Prime Minister of Vanuatu today I’d like to see citizens of Vanuatu to see sports in a different light and we take a more serious look at sports in Vanuatu,” said Mr Kilman at the Olympic Games Village..

 

He was visiting Team Vanuatu after arriving on Thursday evening. It is first time he is attending a major sporting event as the Olympics.

 

He says Governments in the Pacific region, not only Vanuatu need to invest more into sports.

 

“I think up to now we’ve had difficulties financially and that is true because we have not been able to bring out the potential in our sporting citizens. And I think even when we can do that our finance shouldn’t be a problem.

 

“And I think governments in the region including Vanuatu need to invest a bit more in the sporting arena,” said Kilman who was experiencing his first Olympic Games in London.

 

“I’m particularly glad that I was able to make time to come and see our sportsmen and sportswomen, not only Vanuatu but some other from the region.

 

“I managed to watch judo, table tennis, weightlifting and fencing. I’ll be here for one week and would  like to visit all the venues where Vanuatu will be taking part in.

 

“As Prime Minister of Vanuatu now and as an individual I’m considering the importance of sport and what we can do in the future to develop sports.”

 

Mr Kilman and his entourage which also included Ambassador Roy Mickey Joy visited Team Vanuatu at the Olympic Games Village.

 

“What I’m going to talk to them about is the importance of being part of a big event like this. It builds  confidence as individuals; it builds team spirit and capacity for the country and for us in the Pacific the region as well.”

 

SOURCE: PACNEWS


 

26)Foreign Investment In Vanuatu Continues Four Year Slide
Investment Authority exploring cause of drop

By Jane Joshua

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, Aug. 3, 2012) – From 142 (2007) to 134 (2008) and 126 (2009) to 117(2010) it took a gradual plunge to 108 in 2011, marking Vanuatu’s fourth consecutive drop in the number of applications received for new projects.

Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA)’s recently released 2011 Annual Report on Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) revealed the worrying trend amidst grave concerns from VIPA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Smith Tebu.

In an exclusive interview with Daily Post CEO, Tebu, affirmed this is the fourth time Vanuatu continues to experience a big drop in new investments coming in.

“It is a serious matter. We are looking for opportunities to balance and improve investment growth coming in,” he said.

“Why this is happening is yet to be determined by VIPA, It could be related to financial crisis which makes investors a bit reluctant to use their money in the bank.

“Another reason is we could be experiencing the impacts of some changes made to the processes of VIPA approval on applications.

“Previously any Tom, Dick and Harry can drop an application but in 2009 we introduced new internal control mechanisms and a new check list on screening applications. This can contribute to the drop, the investor can see the threshold but we are stricter in screening applications on potential investors.

“Nevertheless we are now conducting a research to pin the real reason(s) why we are experiencing a continuous decline in investments to address the issue.”

Meanwhile the total proposed value of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) during the year was over Vt24 billion [US$258 million] -attributed to Tourism Service Activities and Finance and Insurance Activities which accounted for 55% of the total proposed investment value.

Out of this total investment value 78% was attributed to new projects and 22% to variation.

This is a huge increase from 2010 where the total proposed value of FDI recorded was Vt11.6 [US$124.7 million], recording a third consecutive year of decline and reflecting a decrease of 26% in 2009.

Applications for new projects received in 2011 dropped again by 8% on the 2010 record of 117 new applications whilst applications for varying existing business activities fell by 6.0% over the same period.

While growth of new investment projects is weak existing businesses opted to remain in Vanuatu and the number of renewal applications received increased 12% in 2011 over the previous year.

The total number of FDI applications (new, variation and renewal) approved after meeting VIPA’s Foreign Investment Approval Certificate (FIAC) requirements was 913.

This is an increase of 5.4% on the 866 applications recorded in 2012.

 

The increase was attributed to the Renewal applications mentioned above, which increased by 11.6% while new applications dropped by 8.5% and variation applications also dropped by 5.9%.

*FDI refers to investment that adds to, deducts from or acquires a lasting interest in an enterprise operating in an economy other than that of the investor.

New project applications refer to new applications approved by the VIPA Board, variation refers to approved applications by the VIPA Management Team for existing businesses to engage in business activities other than those originally approved.

And renewal refers to approvals granted to existing businesses on an annual basis from the date of the first approval.

Vanuatu Daily Post: http://www.vanuatudaily.com

 

27)Exposition Miriam Schwamm à Melbourne

Mis à jour 6 August 2012, 10:45 AEST

Pierre Riant

La création calédonienne à l’honneur jusqu’au 16 août à l’Alliance Française. La plasticienne calédonienne d’origine allemande Miriam Schwamm expose ses dessins d’objets kanaks et même de quelques photos du XIXème qui sommeillent en ce moment dans des musées à Rome, Berlin, Sydney ou de Paris.

Dessin de l’artiste [Miriam Schwamm]

Une exposition justement nommée: “Re-présentations”. L’occasion pour Hillary, Jenny et les autres Australiens qui apprennent le français à l’Alliance française, de découvrir la culture kanake. Caroline Lafargue a visité l’expo en leur compagnie et en celle de Miriam Schwamm.

«Hillary: C’est un peu indélicat ce dessin, ça montrait l’homme tout nu avec, comment est-ce que je peux le décrire,très très grand, presque jusqu’aux genoux, son pénis quoi. Et la dame là, elle fume une pipe, ça doit avoir une signification, mais il faut demander à l’artiste!

C.L.: elle vient d’arriver, on va justement aller la voir.

Miriam Schwamm: ça en fait c’est la reproduction d’une photo prise par un photographe d’origine anglaise, qui s’appelle Allan Hogan. Les gens, les Mélanésiens, les Kanaks s’amusaient d’aller dans son studio prendre les bagayous, les casse-tête, etc., pour poser pour des photos, devant une toile peinte. Et en fait, cette photo-là, pour une raison que j’ignore, on a essayé de gommer la pipe, on a fait une retouche pour enlever la pipe de la bouche de la femme, et par la même occasion, on a aussi retouché le bagayou de l’homme. Et donc je me dis que quand cette photo-là a atterri en Europe à l’époque, les gens devaient se dire en gros, la pauvre femme mélanésienne, elle est torse nu et elle n’a qu’un petit bagayou pour se couvrir, par contre elle avait la pipe, donc il fallait gommer la pipe, pour pas que la femme qui elle n’était pas forcément bien plus libre, au contraire, en Europe, ne voit que la femme mélanésienne, elle, peut fumer la pipe.
C.L.: parce que c’est un signe d’émancipation. Comment vous choisissez les objets que vous dessinez, qu’est-ce qui vous intéresse?

M.S.: Je ne suis pas une scientifique, je choisis les objets aussi pour avoir une variété, ça peut être parfois aussi un petit objet utilitaire comme la balle à jouer en toile d’araignée. L’idée est de réunir des objets du quotidien, mais aussi des objets du féminin et du masculin, pour ne pas être que dans la statuaire des grands objets qu’on connaît, flèches faîtières, chambranles, etc., mais aussi représenter les objets des femmes, les objets des enfants.

Jenny: Oui oui moi j’ai beaucoup aimé, beaucoup apprécié, je trouve qu’il y a un niveau de complexité, j’ose pas le dire, de talent, c’est beau, c’est très beau. Ça aussi, cette hache, l’herminette, et ça aussi avec les trois chambranles.
C.L.: leurs visages ont de drôles d’expressions…

Jenny: Oui, il y en a un qui rigole et au milieu, un qui est, je sais pas s’il est triste ou il est mort, je ne sais pas.

M.S.: Donc l’idée est de recueillir les objets kanaks qui sont depuis très très longtemps dans les musées, et dans les réserves des musées partout dans le monde, en les dessinant, pour les ramener en Nouvelle-Calédonie, pour qu’ils soient visibles, regardables, par cet acte de dessin qui n’est pas de la photographie. La main de l’artiste qui représente l’objet, rejoint la main de celui qui l’a créé, il y a une espèce de connivence qui se crée, et j’essaie de mettre mon âme dans le travail du dessin, donc le résultat n’est pas le même qu’une photo.

C.L.: Comment cette expo est-elle reçue en Nouvelle-Calédonie?

M.S.: Alors en Nouvelle-Calédonie en tant qu’expo, elle n’a jamais été présentée. J’ai montré mes dessins à énormément de monde, Les gens du Musée Territorial les ont vus, l’équipe du Centre Culturel Tjibaou les ont vus, mais je n’ai jamais pu réaliser ce qu’on voit aujourd’hui à Melbourne, ailleurs.

C.L.: C’est intéressant quand même que ce soit possible à Melbourne, mais pas en Nouvelle-Calédonie?

M.S.: Déjà c’est l’initiative d’une femme artiste, allemande de surcroît, donc ça passe pas forcément toujours bien ce genre de choses, il y a ça aussi.

C.L.: il y a un problème de légitimité?

M.S.: Ben forcément, oui! Par exemple, il y a énormément de gens qui font du kurios, des trucs pour les touristes, avec des objets comme les chambranles, or moi je ne me sers pas des objets, je ne me sers pas d’un patrimoine, mais bon parfois c’est un peu difficile à comprendre, mais de toute façon je continuerai, donc c’est pas très grave.»radioaustralia

28)Réaction à la condamnation de Laisenia Qarase

Posté à 6 August 2012, 9:00 AEST

Pierre Riant

Troisième nuit de prison pour l’ancien Premier ministre fidjien et chef du parti indigène, le SDL, qui a écopé d’un an de prison vendredi dernier après avoir été reconnu coupable de corruption.

Un an de prison pour l’ancien Premier ministre fidjien reconnu coupable de corruption. (Credit: ABC)

Les faits reprochés à M. Qarase, 71 ans, remontent au début des années 90, entre 1992 et 1995 pour être précis, quand il était directeur d’une société d’investissement mais aussi conseiller auprès du Grand conseil des chefs coutumiers et directeur aussi de la Fiji Development Bank du gouvernement et membre du Conseil d’administration des Affaires fidjiennes.

Laisenia Qarase a été renversé par Frank Bainimarama en décembre 2006. Trois assesseurs d’une Commission de lutte contre la corruption mise en place après le coup d’état militaire ont en juillet dernier reconnu M. Qarase coupable des chefs d’accusation portés à son encontre, abus de pouvoir notamment et de conflit d’intérêt.

L’affaire a été portée devant la Haute cour et Laisenia Qarase a été condamné vendredi dernier à un an de prison puis transféré dans un centre pénitentiaire.
Peter Williams, un avocat néo-zélandais et un habitué des tribunaux fidjiens accuse le gouvernement fidjien de vouloir supprimer toute opposition dans la perspective des élections prévues en 2014.

Pour Peter Williams, les accusations portées à l’encontre de Laisenia Qarase remontent à une vingtaine d’années, preuve que le régime militaire fidjien est prêt à tout pour anéantir l’opposition avant les élections.

Laisenia Qarase devrait faire appel mais après cette condamnation, il ne devrait pas être éligible en 2014.

Cette condamnation à un an de prison de l’ancien Premier ministre fidjien intervient alors que l’Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande viennent d’annoncer un assouplissement des sanctions à l’encontre de l’administration par intérim de Frank Bainimarama.

Mahendra Chaudhry, ancien Premier ministre et dirigeant du Parti Travailliste est également poursuivi en justice pour infraction aux lois sur les devises étrangères.
La justice suit son cours, a déclaré Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, le Garde des Sceaux fidjien.radioaustralia

29)Usain wins 100m gold in new Olympic record time

By Online Editor
11:01 am GMT+12, 06/08/2012, United Kingdom

Jamaican sprint sensation Usain Bolt tonight laid to rest the doubts about his form, his fitness and his readiness to hand over his crown as undisputed sprint king of the world.

The world record-holder thundered home to win a sizzling 100m Olympic final in front of 80,000 enraptured fans, slashing his own Games record in the process, and posting the second fastest time ever run.

Bolt made his usual slow start, but once those long legs were pumping they carried him into the lead by the 70m mark, and away from compatriot Yohan Blake who had to settle for the silver. Bolt recorded 9.63s, with Blake back in 9.75s and American Justin Gatlin grabbed the bronze with 9.79s.

The hope had been that all eight finalists would dip under the 10s mark, but a hamstring injury mid-race to Jamaican Asafa Powell put paid to that.

But still it was the greatest 100m race there has ever been – the fastest times in Olympic history were recorded for positions one to seven. And it was final proof that Bolt not only remains the best in the business, but can now claim the mantle as the greatest sprinter in history.

It had been dubbed the greatest sprint showdown of all time, and it surely didn’t disappoint.

Bolt, oozing confidence, had laid on his usual theatrics pre-race, pointing, gesticulating, and generally goofing around.

That’s usually a sign he’s ready to race. And so it proved as he produced the withering speed over the second half that’s a trademark of this special Jamaican at his best.

Tyson Gay had made the swiftest start, but Blake had hauled him in by the 40m mark. Gatlin then made his move, but it was nothing compared to the turbo-charged kick that Bolt unleashed. Game over.

Bolt will now bid to complete an unprecedented double-double by retaining his 200 metres title and will also seek a sixth sprint gold in the 4x100metres relay.

Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce also retained her women’s title to give Jamaica a flying start in their sprint showdown with the United States.
SOURCE: REUTERS/PACNEWS

 


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