News (Melanesian/Pacific) 4 October 2012

1) MSG Skills Movement Scheme comes into force

By Online Editor
12:52 pm GMT+12, 04/10/2012, Vanuatu

 Skilled professionals from Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) countries will now have an opportunity to work in other MSG country, with the commencement of the Skills Movement Scheme (SMS).

The temporary labour scheme came into force last month and will now be implemented by Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.

A statement from the MSG Secretariat in Port Vila said the labour scheme is capped at 400 based on the labour shortages of member countries. Most of the agreed occupations skilled professions are engineers, accountants, pilots, doctors and nurses as well as trade skills and vocational teachers.

Announcing the commencement of the SMS, the Director General of the MSG Secretariat, Peter Forau said the MSG region needs to play a leading role to pave the way for newer opportunities in the Services sector to compliment its Trade in Goods Agreement for the growing MSG population.

Melanesian countries have a combined total population of almost 9 million people or over 90 percent of the Pacific’s total population and this is often an untapped resource in Melanesia.

“This scheme will also bring added benefits apart from remittances by providing a platform to develop qualifications, standards, mutual recognition arrangements and accreditation arrangements and focus on training opportunities that will prepare the MSG members to tap into the wider international labour market where there are more relatively lucrative opportunities” said Forau.

The scheme was developed in response to requests by MSG Members.

Vanuatu and Solomon Islands have earlier engaged in a bilateral arrangement in 2010 when Vanuatu recruited nurses from Solomon Islands to work in its health care facilities due to shortages of nurses.

This arrangement has proven beneficial for both Vanuatu in accessing skilled nurses as well as for Solomon Islands in terms of employment opportunities and remittances sent back home.

“The scheme does not intend to open up the unskilled employment sector to outside parties but is designed to help fill skill shortages in each member country where there is a demand by offering preferential treatment to parties in the MSG SMS to access employment opportunities.

“Access to employment under this scheme is based on employment offers or contracts from receiving employers in any countries that is party to the MOU. This means nationals of the MSG countries seeking employment in other MSG countries under the SMS will only travel to the other party to take up employment on the basis of a job offer or employment contract, said Forau.

The idea of a MSG Skills Movement Scheme was first endorsed at the Leaders’ Summit held in 2005 to develop a scheme for movement of professionals within MSG Member countries.

SOURCE: PACNEWS

2) PNG to debut at London’s World Travel Market

By Online Editor
09:40 am GMT+12, 04/10/2012, Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is to make its debut as an exhibitor at the World Travel Market event, which takes place at London’s Excel Arena between 05 – 12 November this year.

The growing popularity of Papua New Guinea as a tourist destination has already seen the country’s Tourism Promotion Authority open a London office this year, and exhibiting at the major London travel show was a natural development for the local team.

A number of tour operators are already featuring Papua New Guinea in their programmes, keen to capitalise on the growing tourist interest in a nation that can provide a range of diverse experiences for the adventurous traveller.

The country provides options for trekkers, with several exciting trekking routes including the Kokoda trail that follows a 60-mile route through the Owen Stanley Range; and the Black Cat trail, a rough overland track in Papua New Guinea’s Morobe Province.
Keen ornithologists are also well catered for, with the island nation being home to the world famous Birds of Paradise, as well as many other unique species, and the warm seas, extensive coral reefs and Second World War wrecks make it a haven for divers.

The World Travel Market claims to offer a unique opportunity for the whole global travel trade to meet, network, negotiate and conduct business under one roof. It will play host to over 4,000 travel related exhibitors from all over the world, and stage a range of informative events for the visiting delegates on such diverse topics as sports travel, trends & forecasts, and responsible tourism

SOURCE: TRAVEL NEWS/PACNEWS

3) PNG PM to visit Fiji

By Online Editor
09:47 am GMT+12, 04/10/2012, Fiji

Fiji’s Prime Minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama has welcomed the decision by his Papua New Guinea counterpart Peter O’Neill to visit Fiji this month.

Prime Minister O’Neill is visiting Fiji for the Mineral Resources Development Corporation (MRDC) sponsored golf tournament.

“This is to formally acknowledge with appreciation your letter of 26th September informing me of your planned visit to Fiji for the Mineral Resources Development Corporation (MRDC) sponsored golf tournament at the Pearl Resort from 19-21 October and say how delighted I am of your intended visit”, Prime Minister Bainimarama said.

“I certainly look forward to meeting you during the event. Our officials will work on the necessary logistics of your visit and convey back to you a programme pertaining to our official engagements”.

Meanwhile, the Vice Minister for foreign affairs for the Peoples Republic of China Cuin Tiankai this week hosted Fiji’s foreign minister and International Cooperation, Ratu Inoke Kubuabola.

During the meeting, Kubuabola thanked the Government of China for its valuable support towards Fiji’s successful bid to chair the G77 and China in 2013.  At the same time, he expressed Fiji’s desire to work together with China in 2013 under its chairmanship to ensure that the goals and aspirations of the Group are effectively achieved.

“We appreciate China’s position on South-South Cooperation and its decision to provide funding to Fiji through bilateral mechanism and not through the Pacific Islands Forum’s Cairns Compact.  This funding option is more effective and really addresses the real needs of the people”, said Ratu Inoke.

Tiankai said that the relations between the two countries over the years has grown from strength to strength which is indicative of the strong desire by the two Governments to work together and further advance issues of mutual interests to the two countries with full respect for equality, sovereignty and territorial integrity.

He further reiterated China’s support towards Fiji’s Roadmap and the reform agenda of the Fijian Government.

Kubuabola is on a two-day visit in Pyongyang as guest of DPRK Minister for foreign affairs.

SOURCE: MINFO/PACNEWS

 4) O’Neill’s Papua comment seen as shift in PNG policy

Posted at 05:51 on 04 October, 2012 UTC

The announcement by the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea that he will raise concerns about human rights abuses in neighbouring Papua with Indonesia has been described as a departure in government policy.

Peter O’Neill told local television that the plight of the Melanesians across the border in Indonesia needs to be brought to light.

Professor Ron May of the Australian National University’s State, Society and Governance in Melanesia programme says the statement represents a change from PNG’s longheld position.

He said successive governments have prioritised good relations with Indonesia over standing up for the rights of West Papuans.

“There are a couple of people in parliament now however who have shown some inclination to take this on. But it also reflects the deteriorating situation in West Papua: we’re getting increasing reports of human rights abuses and reports of increasing activity amongst West Papuan separatists.”

Professor Ron May

Radio New Zealand Internationa

  5) PNG, Indonesian border lacks security

 By Online Editor

3:12 pm GMT+12, 04/10/2012, Papua New Guinea

The Papua New Guinea Government is being called on to boost security presence along the Papua New Guinea and Indonesian border.

Members of the PNG Defence Force First Royal Pacific Island Regiment made the call after conducting several patrols along the border recently.

The members who wish to remain anonymous told NBC News, there have been a lot of illegal activities along the border, but there’s hardly any presence of security forces.

They say illegal crossing, drug trafficking and human smuggling are major issues faced along the PNG/Indonesia border.

The soldiers want the government, the department and the Ministry of Defence to seriously look into the matter.

Meanwhile the soldiers also wants their allowance of K20 (US$9.7) per day to be increased and all logistical support including vehicles, dinghies and V-H-F radios replaced as soon as possible.

They claimed many of the vehicles and the outboard motors are no longer operational, forcing them to often walk kilometers and miles on foot, which is sometimes risky especially at nights and when crossing fast flowing rivers.

SOURCE: NBC/PACNEWS

 6) Legality of Solomons NPF loans questioned

Posted at 03:25 on 04 October, 2012 UTC

The legality of loans by foreign investors from the Solomon Islands National Provident Fund has been questioned.

The Malaita Ma’asina Forum claims the NPF board overstepped the NPF Act by accepting loans under the name of investments from Tri-Marine, Sasape International Slipway, Solomon Taiyo and Tavanipupu Resort.

The Forum is also is questioning the relationship between the NPF Board with the directors of the Tavanipupu Resort.

This came after the NPF granted a more than two-million US dollar loan to Tavanipupu Resort in February this year.

The Forum alleges the NPF Board’s decision was influenced from outside.

The group also questions the inclusion of Tavanipupu resort during the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s visit, saying it was only to increase the marketability of the foreign-owned resort as it goes on sale on the web.

The resort is being sold for 12 million US dollars on the internet.

Radio New Zealand International

  7) Gov’t clarifies release of Asians

THURSDAY, 04 OCTOBER 2012 04:09
Ministry responsible for Immigration has cleared the air behind the release of the 10 Asians from the detention centre to their company’s premises in Honiara.

The Asians were caught working illegally at logging camps operated by Malaysia’s Maxiland (SI) Ltd and Price Worth Sawmill (SI) Ltd.They were brought over to Honiara more than a week ago and detained pending deportation.

However, to the immigration officers’ surprise, Minister Elijah Doromuala ordered them to release the Asians from detention back to an office camp at Ranadi.

In a statement the ministry issued yesterday, it said the decision to release the Asians from the Rove Detention Centre was based on cost factors.

It said the ministerial decision is consistent with legal advice.

“This is so that costs generally must be met by the company responsible and not the Government of Solomon Islands until formalities are fully complied with.

“On 21 September, the 10 Asians were relocated consistent with legal advice,” the statement said.

Noro police earlier said the men illegally entered the country a month ago and were already on the job when they were caught.

“They don’t have entry permits, resident permits, or work permits,” a Noro police spokesman, who asked not to be named, told the Solomon Star two weeks ago.

“They were pure illegal immigrants,” the spokesman added.

Police believed they came on board a logging barge.

Of the 10, six are Indonesians, three Thai and one Filipino.

By Eddie Osifelo 

  8) Voter says leaders must not use aid funding for propaganda

Posted on October 4, 2012 – 10:21am |Vanuatu Daily Post
Santo News
By

Harrison Selmen

 A neutralized citizen of Luganville says leaders who will contest the national election must not use any forms of aid funding for their political propaganda to convince people within various communities.

The citizen who wishes to remain anonymous said some projects are currently taking shape in Luganville and Sanma province, sponsored by aid funding that includes road maintenance, drainage structure, and many more.

He said those projects were funded by the donor partners and any leaders must not claimed to have done this with his personal money to mislead voters to gain numbers for election.

These include the maintenance of road at Solwe Community, drainage structures from around Luganville and Sanma province and other construction like the Luganville Market house.

The man is appealing to all the leaders who will contest the two seats in Luganville to begin campaigns as of this month with a clear message to all the communities.

He thanked the donor partners for their assistance through available funding. He said people within these allocated communities must understand that while these funding came into effect prior to election, but that wasn’t from any political parties.

He continued to urge voters around Luganville to make better decisions and must not trust any party if they claim they owned the funding.

The drainage structure and road maintenance contract was given to a so-called leader that is looking to contest the two Luganville seats for in upcoming general election.

 

 9) Seasonal workers provide positive contributions

 By Online Editor

12:30 pm GMT+12, 04/10/2012, New Zealand

Workers from Vanuatu who undertake fruit picking in Central Otago under a seasonal employment scheme are contributing positively to their homeland and Otago, University of Otago researcher Rochelle-lee Bailey says.

Bailey is undertaking PhD research on the social effects of New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employers Scheme (RSE), which involves workers from Ambrym, an island in Vanuatu, who work in Central Otago.

She was commenting in a talk given as part of an annual “Pacific Voices” postgraduate symposium held by the university at the Otago Museum recently.

Under the RSE scheme, up to 8000 workers from several Pacific nations, including Vanuatu, undertake seasonal employment in New Zealand, working in the horticulture and viticulture industries.

Since the scheme was introduced in 2007, money remitted from ni-Vanuatu (Vanuatu-based) workers had been used in many beneficial ways, she said.

The funding had enabled more young people to study at the University of the South Pacific campus in Vanuatu, and had had also been used to develop key infrastructure on Ambrym, including improved water supply.

Other positive effects included the development of small businesses on the island, such as shops, and some initiatives involving the tourist industry, she said.

And the ni-Vanuatu were also contributing positively in Otago and elsewhere in New Zealand, both economically, and by sharing their culture.

Workers from Ambrym who had been busking at the Cromwell Farmers’ Market had become a popular part of the market, she said.

Asked about concerns voiced some years ago about substandard accommodation being offered by some New Zealand employers, Bailey, who is undertaking her research through the Otago anthropology and archaeology department, said there was generally a need for continuing vigilance.

She had not heard any complaints about accommodation in Central Otago but was aware of some previous concerns about aspects of some of the supplied accommodation in the North Island.

Otago University vice-chancellor Prof Harlene Hayne opened the symposium and challenged Pacific research students to use their research skills and voices to “create change locally, nationally and internationally”.

She also asked them to inspire other young scholars on their path to excellence.

SOURCE: OTAGO DAILY TIMES/PACNEWS

10) Fiji Given To Argue Case For Preferential Trade Deal
Suspension of access to U.S. markets hoped to be a ‘last resort’

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 3, 2012) – Fiji has been given three weeks to back its case on why it should not be removed from the United States’ Generalized System of Preferences trade list.

This follows a hearing at the United States Trade Representative Office in Washington DC today.

The Fiji delegation led by the acting Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma, Ambassador Winston Thompson, Solicitor-General’s Office lawyer, Salaseini Serulagilagi, and First Secretary Ray Baleikasavu attended the hearing to convince the U.S. to keep Fiji on the GSP list.

Addressing the Generalized System of Preferences Sub-committee (GSPSC), Sharma said the government had implemented constitutional processes and has lifted the Public Emergency Regulations in January.

Fiji is now operating under the amended Public Order Act which provides internationally accepted, modern laws to combat terrorism, racial and religious vilification, and other serious public order offences.

The GSPSC was also updated about worker-related reforms, including the implementation of substantial income tax reduction for workers, a National Employment Centre, a soon-to-be-established National Minimum Wage for Fijian workers, and a no-fault compensation scheme for injury at work.

Sharma told the committee the Essential National Industries (Employment) Decree 2011 is aimed at ensuring the viability of specific industries that are vital to the Fijian economy and GDP.

The decree is designed to protect jobs, while safeguarding the fundamental rights of workers.

It does not destroy the trade union movement in Fiji, as has been alleged.

It was also stressed to the GSPSC that under this Decree, workers continue to have fundamental rights, including the right to organize; form unions; independently vote for representatives; bargain collectively; and develop processes to resolve employment disputes and grievances.

It was also highlighted that the Decree is not unique as its key provisions are comparable to that of the U.S. National Labor Relations Act and laws in the United Kingdom and Ireland.

The GSPSC was also informed about workers in essential industries, having freely organized, formed bargaining units, and elected representatives.

They have also reached collective agreements with employers and have devised their own dispute resolution processes.

The government’s concerns with respect to the impact of the loss of GSP to Fiji and the Fijian workers were also emphasized at the hearing. Currently, 39 Fijian companies export Fiji’s products into the U.S. market under the GSP system. In 2011, this generated $57 million in export revenues.

If Fiji was taken off this list, 15,000 workers could be laid off, adversely affecting 75,000 Fijians.

The GSPSC was informed that, in order to address the lack of bilateral relations between the Fijian Government and the U.S. Government, a bilateral informal dialogue process could be established with appropriate U.S. trade and labor officials to assist all parties in obtaining true facts about the rights of workers in Fiji.

In an interview with Radio Australia, the United States trade union movement has said that suspending Fiji’s access to the U.S. market is the last resort, at least not right away, and that they would prefer the interim government work with the authorities to improve workers rights.

Speaking to Radio Australia, American Federation of Labor- Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Trade Policy Specialist, Celeste Drake said the trade union movement in the United States does not necessarily want Fiji to be punished with loss of preferential access to the U.S. market because of its record on workers rights.

She said onus is on the Fiji Government, saying that the massive job losses to Fijians will only occur “if the government has absolutely no intention of working with the U.S. government to try and improve things for workers. So it’s really all in the Fijian government’s hands.”

The AFL-CIO, the umbrella organization of American trade unions, is one of the parties making submissions to a government hearing in Washington about Fiji’s involvement in the generalized system of preferences program which provides preferential duty-free treatment for products from developing countries.

Fijilive: http://www.fijilive.com


11) Commonwealth Ministers Group Commends ‘Progress’ In Fiji
‘Broad-based national dialogue on Fiji’s future’ lauded

By Tevita Vuibau

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, Oct. 3, 2012) – The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group (CMAG) has welcomed what it calls continued progress in Fiji.

In the concluding statement released after the 38th CMAG meeting in New York, CMAG ministers said they remained committed to supporting Fiji’s reinstatement as a full member of the Commonwealth family.

They also commended the work of the country’s Constitution Commission.

“Ministers welcomed continued progress in Fiji, including completion of the first phase of voter registration and commencement of the constitutional consultation process,” a statement said.

“Ministers welcomed the broad-based national dialogue on Fiji’s future taking place through that process, and commended the Constitution Commission on its work to date.”

The ministers also emphasized the importance of a fully independent constitution-making process that was inclusive and without pre-determined outcomes.

The statement also called for the government to address remaining concerns on human rights in order to create the environment necessary for credible constitutional consultations and elections.

The statement said the ministers remained committed to helping Fiji in appropriate ways.

“Ministers reaffirmed the Commonwealth’s readiness to provide assistance to Fiji in appropriate ways and encouraged further high-level interaction between the Commonwealth and Fiji.

Fijilive: http://www.fijilive.com

12) USP’s FSTE here to talk environment

THURSDAY, 04 OCTOBER 2012 03:54

Part of the USP from the faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) at the Multi-purpose hall.

A team from the University of the South Pacific, Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE), Laucala campus, Fiji is in the country.
The team is here for a week of promotion for aspiring students who wish to take up studies within the faculty at the USP and to do awareness on environment issues affecting the region.FSTE Associate Dean Learning and Teaching Dr. Bibhya Sharma told Solomon Star the need for the region to realise the potential of environment for people and vice versa, should be strongly considered.

“We should embrace our environment so that we return our once natural environment already destroyed by unfriendly developments.

“More so, we should nourish our environment,” Mr Sharma said.

He said issues relating to environment are becoming a big for people in the pacific region, therefore need to be aware of the causes and effects.

“More importantly, people should know the right thing to do in keeping our environment and ensure there is collective effort to do it.”

Mr Sharma said in order to get it right; people need to know how and understand the basic science of environment or be educated about it.

“As long as we get the right information on this, there is not a problem in us addressing our own issues.”

He said that was the reason, the USP team is here to relay the various aspects of environmental issues to interested students and the public of Honiara.

“We provide the necessary information with the hope you grasp it and comes success in us working together to help our environment, a win-win situation.”

Demonstrations are being held at the Multipurpose Hall starting yesterday.

Public seminars will be staged on Thursday and Saturday.

School visits will also be part of the team’s visit to Auki in Malaita on Friday for a similar awareness programme.Solomon Star.

By Bradford Theonomi

 

 13) Fiji promoted at New Caledonia’s Pacific Trade Fair

By Online Editor
09:43 am GMT+12, 04/10/2012, New Caledonia

Fiji is set to be promoted at the Pacific Trade Fair (Foire du Pacifique) which begins in New Caledonia’s capital, Noumea, today.

Due to its huge success last year, organisers Rézo Médias and their partners have decided to once again manage the 4-day event; this time with the theme of promoting and celebrating the Fiji Islands.

Last year’s event was attended by 150 exhibitors from New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Tahiti, Wallis and Futuna, as well as Australia & New Zealand; and welcomed around 6,500 visitors per day. This year organisers are expecting it to be bigger and better with 160 exhibitors from 9 different countries and more than 26,000 visitors projected.

As this year’s guests of honour, Fiji has been reserved a prime exhibition stand located close to the main events podium, where daily performances, competitions and other organised events are to take place.

Representatives from Fiji to the 2nd Pacific Trade Fair include a delegation of performers from the University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Centre for Creative Arts; as well as reps from Tourism Fiji, Rosie Holidays, Food Processors and Punjas.

With the assistance of the Government of New Caledonia and facilitated by the French Embassy in Suva; this is an exciting opportunity to, not only showcase Fiji’s rich and diverse culture and talents but also to promote economic relations and cooperation with Fiji’s French-speaking neighbours.

Located in La Moselle Bay in the heart of Noumea, the fair is open to the public from 9am to 7pm daily and 9am to 8pm on Friday.

SOURCE: EMBASSY OF FRANCE/PACNEWS
 14) Restoring Fiji workers’ rights best option, says U.S unionist

By Online Editor
3:10 pm GMT+12, 04/10/2012, United States

A United States union official says the best outcome of a review of Fiji’s duty free access is workers getting their rights back, so businesses don’t suffer.

The US is reviewing Fiji’s eligibility for the General System of Preferences after a petition by the US federation of trade unions, the AFL-CIO.

Both sides now have three weeks to make post-hearing submissions.

The AFL-CIO’s trade and globalisation specialists, Celeste Drake says the Fiji Government’s general approach during the hearing was that it isn’t doing anything wrong.

“To us, and to the Fiji Trade Unions Confederation, the best outcome possible is for the government to withdraw some of these decrees, especially the Essential National Industries decree, and the ERP amendments decree, give workers their rights back, and then workers have their rights, Fiji gets to keep its trade benefits, and everyone will be better off.”

Drake said t will be some months before a decision is made by the US government.

SOURCE: RNZI/PACNEWS

15) Pacific leaders urged to help disabled people

By Online Editor
3:19 pm GMT+12, 04/10/2012, Papua New Guinea

Pacific nation leaders have been urged to improve the lives of people living with disability.

Australian senator Jan McLucas told ministers and delegates at the Pacific Islands Forum on disability in Port Moresby that leaders must lead the way in recognising disability through inclusive and collective mainstream efforts.

Speaking on behalf of Australia’s foreign affairs Minister Bob Carr, she said leaders were in the position to bring better standards to people with disability.

“There are many people with disabilities and disabled people’s organisations and they cannot do it alone. It can be as simple as asking a question in Parliament when a legislation is being passed as to whether it discriminates people with disabilities or whether they were consulted or dialoguing with government agencies to ensure all government ministries and stakeholder agencies in all sectors work with and fulfil responsibilities to citizens with disabilities.

“You should work with your ministerial colleagues whether in education, health, law and justice sectors to ensure they are taking an inclusive approach to their policies,” she said.

Australian has reassured Pacific Island nations that it would continue to support disability work by providing funds, resources and programmes to boost initiatives for people with disabilities.

McLucas told ministers and delegates from the 16 participating island nations that the “Australian government was pleased to support the Pacific as it takes steps to becoming more inclusive of the regions’ people with disabilities.”

The support by the Australian government to the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat and island nations to implement the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons include:

* PIF A$2.1 million (K4.5 million) over three years;
* PNG A$3 million (K6.4 million) over three years;
*Disability Rights Fund A$6.2 million (K13.2 million) between 2009 and 2014;
* Regional Rights Resource team A$7.3 million (K15.6 million) over three years;
* WHO A$3.9 million (K8.3 million) over four years;
*UN partnership to promote rights of disabled people A$2 million (K4.2 million).

In PNG, there would be 1,100 classrooms made accessible for children with disability through schools infrastructure programmes.

It will support Samoa with A$4 million (K8.5 million) to ratify and implement the UN Convention on the Right of People with Disabilities.

The assistance to WHO will support research into non-communicable diseases and disability to aid the evidence base on disability inclusive development.

“Australia has provided support for the disability inclusive development initiatives throughout the Pacific to enable those with disability to be able to attend school, giving them the access to education to improve their lives,” McLucas said.

Meanwhile, PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has announced that PNG will ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities this year.

O’Neill in his welcome speech said that Papua New Guinea will ratify the convention in a parliament session later this year.

He said the government of Papua New Guinea has policies on disabilities but have not fully utilized them to further its cause.

The Prime Minister said: “Our government is an inclusive government.”

“That means the disabled in the country will be recognized in the years to come.”

O’Neill said that the able-bodied people should be creating a barrier-free environment that is encouraging and supportive of people with disabilities.

He said that the people must make the disabled feel at home and involve them in whatever activities they are doing.

The Prime minister said that the Pacific Island Disable Ministers Meeting was made possible by the former Member for Moresby South and Minister for Community Development, Youth and religion Dame Carol Kidu.

He said: “Dame Carol was attending the 1st Pacific Island Ministers Meeting in Cook Island in 2009 while she was then Minister for the department and requested to hold the second meeting in Papua New Guinea.”

SOURCE: THE NATIONAL/POST COURIER/PACNEWS

16) Flying Fijians start tour preparations

By Online Editor
11:04 am GMT+12, 03/10/2012, Fiji

Flying  Fijians started their November Tour preparation with local players in the extended squad undergoing endurance and fitness test at the Vodafone Arena in Suva Tuesday.

Fiji Rugby Union strength and conditioning coach Naca Cawanibuka said the test would give them an idea on areas to concentrate on ahead of the tour.

Cawanibuka and International Rugby Board strength and conditioning consultant Matt Blair, who was also present during the beep test, will work on the training program based on the results from yesterday.

Cawanibuka was not impressed with the results from the test, adding most of the players had just finished with the provincial rugby competition.

He said the beep test gave them a chance to recuperate and get their bodies back in shape.

“Most of them have been playing competitive rugby for the past few months, obviously in terms of training they won’t be into the high volumes of conditioning at the moment,” Cawanibuka told FRU website.

“We have taken note of the injuries some of the boys are carrying, so what Matt and I will do is increase their conditioning levels so that these injuries can be fixed in time for the Northern Tour.”

Meanwhile, Cawanibuka said FRU was fortunate to have the services of Blair during the first camp.

“We are very fortunate to have his services because he is here to share new ideas and help us move forward with the strength and conditioning model in Fiji.

“He will be able to help me design programs that will increase the boys’ strength and endurance in time for November.”

The Flying Fijians will meet England on November 10, Gloucester on November 13, Ireland A on November 17 and Georgia on November 24 during the tour.

Northern tour extended squad: Setefano Somoca, Deacon Manu, Ratu Penijamini Makutu, Manasa Saulo, Campese Ma’afu, Seremaia Naureure, Vesi Rarawa, Viliame Veikoso, Tuapati Talemaitoga, Leone Nakarawa, Tevita Cavubati, Api Naikatini, Sekonaia Kalou, Apisalome Ratuniyarawa, Iliesa Ratuva, Netani Talei, Waqabaca Kotobalavu, Malakai Ravulo, Josefa Domolailai, Nemani Nagusa, Maikeli Mocetadra, Watisoni Votu, Nikola Matawalu, Nemia Kenatale, Metuisela Talebula, Josh Matavesi, Jonetani Ralulu, Kelemedi Bola, Vereniki Goneva, Josaia Lotawa, Timoci Matanavou, Ravai Fatiaki, Samu Wara, Simeli Koniferedi, Waisea Nayacalevu, Aisea Natoga…

SOURCE: FIJI TIMES/PACNEWS

17) NZ Sevens squad named for Gold Coast

By Online Editor
2:58 pm GMT+12, 04/10/2012, New Zealand

New Zealand Sevens Coach Gordon Tietjens has mixed youth and experience in his first squad of the season to play on the Gold Coast next weekend.

Tietjens said he was looking forward to taking a mix of seasoned campaigners and some exciting new talent to the Gold Coast on Monday.

“We’ve been working hard in the camp this week to come up with the right mix for the Gold Coast and I think we have a great blend of experience and new blood in this team,” Tietjens said.

“Make no mistake, this will be a tough tournament for us and we are certainly realistic about our prospects. The first outing of the series is always a time when you feel your way to an extent with new players and new combinations.

“But I know the guys have trained hard this week and even though some in the team are relatively new to sevens, I’m sure they’ll play their hearts out as always when they pull on the black jersey next week.”

Two players from the last HSBC Sevens World Series, Toby Arnold and Scott Curry, were not considered because of injury.

All Blacks Sevens squad: Tomasi Cama, Sam Dickson, DJ Forbes, Iopu Iopu, Mark Jackman, Warwick Lahmert, Tim Mikkelson, Kylem O’Donnell, Lote Raikabula, Belgium Tuatagaloa, Gareth Williams-Spiers, Jamie Verran.

SOURCE: TVNZ/PACNEWS

 

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