Smol Melanesian Na Pasifik Nius Digest # 959

1) People in PNG told to prepare for arrival of Cyclone Ita

7 April 2014.

People living in coastal areas around Milne Bay in eastern Papua New Guinea are being told to move to higher ground as a tropical cyclone closes in.

Tropical Cyclone Ita, which is a category one storm but intensifying, is moving in a southwesterly direction to the southwest of Sudest Island – off the eastern tip of mainland PNG.

The co-ordinator of the Milne Bay provincial disaster office, Eric Balaria, says the cyclone is expected to make landfall tomorrow.

“It’s expected to affect the southern part of Milne Bay. We have advised people living along the coastlines to move inland and find shelter. You know, proper shelter, safe shelter so that when it does make a landfall they’re able to be safe.”

Eric Balaria says thousands of people could be affected by Cyclone Ita, but the office hopes it veers south towards Australia.

Cyclone Ita developed out of the tropical low that brought massive flooding to Guadalcanal in Solomon Islands.http://www.radionz.co.nz/

2) Solomon Islands floods: Thousands remain in Honiara evacuation centres

Updated 7 April 2014, 18:35 AEST

Aid agencies in Solomon Islands say the full extent of the damage from flash flooding won’t be known until thousands in evacuation centres return home.

People walk through debris resulting from days of heavy rain in the Solomon Islands, which caused flash flooding and the Mataniko River in Honiara to burst its banks, April 4, 2014. (Credit: Audience submitted)

Aid agencies in Solomon Islands say the full extent of the damage from flash flooding won’t be known until thousands in evacuation centres return home.

Eight children are among 23 people confirmed dead in the floods, with as many as 52,000 people affected by the disaster.

Video: World Vision says more international assistance required (ABC News)

Australia and New Zealand have sent aircraft, equipment and specialist teams, as well as money,to assist in the clean up.

Cherise Chadwick from Solomon Islands Red Cross has told Asia Pacific thousands are still in evacuation centres in the capital, Honiara.

“Many of those people are not sure what they’re returning back to,” she said.

“They left their houses as the flooding was in process, and they haven’t gone back yet, so it’s very hard to know if they’re going back to a damaged house, or a completely destroyed house at this stage.”

I’ve visited Solomon Islands perhaps 30 times since 1980, but never have I seen the capital Honiara in such a mess.

Pacific correspondent Sean Dorney

Honiara has been effectively split in two, after the Old China Town bridge completely collapsed on Thursday, and the Mataniko bridge was reduced to one lane.

Major infrastructure including the sewerage system and water supplies have been badly damaged or destroyed.

Ms Chadwick says that’s a major worry for those in evacuation centres.

“We’re quite concerned about the possibility of outbreaks of disease due to the problem of water access – as many of these evacuation centres are schools, there’s limited water in those schools.

“The main water network has also been heavily disrupted, so we’re trying to get the main water network up and running, but that’s obviously taking some time.”

Solomon Islands National Disaster Council says 40,000 people in Guadalcanal are also estimated to have been affected by the disaster.

Assessment teams are being sent to the province, but Ms Chadwick says it remains difficult to access the disaster hit regions.

“Guadalcanal province itself has been very difficult to access to really get a sense of what actually is the situation out there.

“We do know that there’s been extensive flooding, but obviously access has hampered the efforts to go in and see what the situation is there, but we are expecting a similar situation.”

World Vision Solomon Islands national director Andrew Catford said a greater level of international support will be required.

“One of the things that can hamper relief efforts is the funding doesn’t come in as quickly as what you’re having to implement, and certainly that’s been the case so far,” he said.

“Given the scale of this, 12,000 people in Honiara, 40,000 approximately in rural areas, it’s going to be not a terribly cheap exercise to get those people back on their feet.”

The Australian Government has increased its travel warning to the country, advising visitors to exercise a high degree of caution and follow the instructions of local authorities.  http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/i

3) Estimates of missing after Solomons’ flood put as high as 80

7 April 2014

There are predictions in Solomon Islands the number of people killed in last week’s floods could reach 100.

The official death toll is still 21 but with the sun out today the search for victims has been stepping up.

Our correspondent, Dorothy Wickham, says as many as eighty others may still be missing.

But she says it will be difficult establishing the correct numbers.

“We have a lot of illegal settlements around Honiara and that is one of the reasons why it is very difficult to pin down numbers at this point. And we are not very good with statistics, as you know. I don’t think our last census was very accurate either. And it is going to have to come back to each family member to come forward and say ‘we’ve got this number of people missing -we had so many people in our house on that day and on that hour. You know we have got people moving in from the provinces on a daily basis here so it is going to be difficult to pin down numbers.”

Our correspondent in Solomon Islands Dorothy Wickham..Radio New Zealand Int

4) 26,000 Solomon Islands children affected by floods

7 April 2014

The United Nations children’s support agency UNICEF says it estimates 26,000 children have been affected by last week’s extreme floods.

It says many of those affected are from the poorest areas of the capital Honiara and many are living in rural areas and settlements which have not yet been reached because of damage to bridges and roads.

The agency says children are especially susceptible to disease due to a lack of food and weak immune systems.

It says they have also suffered huge trauma and will need intense support.

UNICEF New Zealand is calling for 400,000 US dollars in urgent funds to help children in the aftermath of the floods.Radio New Zealand Int

5) NZ Air Force heading to storm-ravaged Solomon Islands, Aust boosts aid

By Online Editor
09:53 am GMT+12, 07/04/2014, Solomon Islands

A Royal New Zealand Air Force plane is being sent to the Solomon Islands after flash flooding and heavy rains ravaged the country, leaving 21 dead and thousands of people homeless.

A RNZAF C-130 Hercules is loading up with supplies to head to Honiara this morning where the flooding is worst. The airport in Honiara is re-opening to accept overseas help.

An estimated 12,000 people are now living in 16 evacuation centres following Friday’s storm, which is believed to be the worst natural disaster to ever hit the country.

Many areas of Honiara have been left isolated, after bridges collapsed and roads were destroyed.

Swollen rivers and debris have made it difficult for relief agencies to know just how many people are still affected.

Officials are also concerned about the spread of disease, with water supplies contaminated.

Relief agencies are relying on emergency stock kept in warehouses in Honiara, but there are fears this could soon run out.

A state of emergency has been declared and 17 New Zealand police officers, already in Honiara, are helping Solomon Islands police with the aftermath.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade says 147 New Zealanders are registered as being in the Solomon Islands. New Zealand has already announced it will provide NZD$300,000 in aid.

Meanwhile, Australia has boosted aid to the Solomon Islands, donating an extra AUD$250,000 in emergency relief assistance after deadly floods.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said the money is in addition to an initial announcement of AUD$50,000 on Friday.

Australia will also deploy two engineers and two rapid response team members to help the Solomon Islands government, United Nations and non-government organisations respond to the disaster.

Bishop has spoken to the Solomon Islands Prime Minister Gordon Lilo and expressed condolences for the loss of life.

The Australian High Commission in Honiara is contacting Australians in the country to check on their welfare and safety, and is also helping with recovery efforts along with the Australian Federal Police (AFP) officers based there.

SOURCE: TVNZ/AAP/PACNEWS

6) Nyus i kam long MP mo Pati

Bakgraon blong Andrew Napuat

[English mo Franis lanwis bakgraon blong Andrew yu save faenem long websaet]

Olgeta-

  • Graon mo Jastis Pati (GJP) hemi onli politikol pati long Vanuatu we i gat kraeteria blong jusum ol kandidet blong hem: evri kandidet blong GJP oli mas gat (1) longfala histri blong mekem fri sevis blong givhan long komuniti blong olgeta, mo (2) nogat eni histri blong misyusum mane long eni wok we oli holem o long level blong komuniti. GJP Eksekutiv i skrinim evri kandidet blong mek sua se oli ol stret lida we oli fitim kraeteria ia bifo oli save kam wan kandidet blong pati. Folem polisi ia, GJP i selektem Andrew Napuat olsem kandidet blong hem long 2014 Port Vila by-eleksen. Mr Napuat hemi wan lida insaed long Assemblies of God jioj, hemi wan komuniti lida long Port Vila mo long hom aelan blong hem long Tanna, mo hemi gat ekspiriens blong wok long manejmen level long NGO mo long Gavman. Wetem 31 yia, Andrew hemi yangest kandidet long by-eleksen ia.
  • BAKGRAON LONG SAED BLONG EDUKESEN MO WOK

Andrew Napuat hemi finisim sekondri skul blong hem long Matevulu College mo hemi gat wan Bachelor of Management mo naoia hemi stap skul from wan Masters in Management thru long Revans University. Fes wok blong hem long 2005 hemi blong raetem ol materiel blong turism trening program long Vanuatu Institute of Technology (VIT), we oli bin ol fes trening materiel we Vanuatu National Training Council i apruvum. Nambatu wok blong Andrew stat long 2006 kasem 2008 hemi olsem Senior Project Officer blong Youth Outreach Project blong NGO Save the Children Australia. Long wok ia hemi givhan blong organaesem mo ranem ol trening blong ol yut aotrij ofisa mo ol yut volontia long ol defren ples long Vanuatu. Stat long 2009 kasem 2011, Andrew hemi bin wok olsem Executive Officer blong Ministri blong Jastis mo Komuniti Sevis, mo long wok ia hemi bin manejem Corporate Services Unit blong Ministri mo givim sapot mo advaes long ol big man blong Ministri ia. Long taem ia tu, Andrew hemi bin holem ol defren posisen olsem Jeaman blong Vanuatu Public Services Human Resource Officers Network (2009-2010), Sekretri blong Commission of Inquiry long Health Crisis (2011) mo Akting CEO blong Malvatumauri Nasonal Kaonsel blong ol Jif blong 5 manis long 2011. Long en blong 2011, Public Service Commission i apoentem Andrew olsem Chief Executive Officer blong Ofis blong Presiden blong Ripablik blong Vanuatu (Stet Haos), wan wok we hemi holem kasem taem we hemi risaen long manis Maj 2014 blong kontestem by-eleksen.

  • WOK LONG JIOJ

Andrew hemi wan strong mo aktiv memba blong Assemblies of God (AOG) Jioj. Long Port Vila hemi bin holem ol defren posisen long lokol jioj blong hem olsem Presiden blong Yut, Tresora mo Sekretri, mo long 2010 hemi bin tekemap wok olsem administreta blong Port Vila Global Mission Church long Bladinieres (wan wok we hemi stap mekem yet). Long 2011 hemi bin wok wetem Eksekutiv blong TAFEA AOG Jioj blong mekem first-ever AOG TAFEA Executive Master Plan, mo long 2012 Nasonal Eksekutiv Kaonsel blong AOG Jioj long Vanuatu i bin apoentem hem blong givhan blong wokem first-ever Master Plan blong Nasonal Eksekutiv Kaonsel blong AOG Jioj Vanuatu. Stat long 2013 hemi stap olsem jeaman blong Creation Team Vanuatu, wan inter-denominational mo inter-organisational grup we hemi stap toktok wetem gavman blong putum Christian stori blong kriesen (we i stap long Genesis) i go insaed long nasonal kerikulum blong ol skul.

  • OL NARAFALA LIDASHIP LONG KOMUNITI

Stat long taem we hemi stap skul yet, Andrew hemi bin stap givhan long komuniti blong hem blong North Tanna we oli liv long Tanna mo long Vila tu. Long 2007 mo 2008, hemi bin wan memba blong komiti blong UNICEF Country Program Action Plan (CPAP) mo stat long 2007 kasem 2010 hemi bin wan “Action Partner” long Oxfam International Youth Partnership (OIYP) program. Lidaship blong Andrew long Oxfam Youth Partnership i bin mekem se oli selektem hem olsem yut reprisentetiv blong reprisentem Vanuatu long Commonwealth Youth Leadership miting long Cyprus long 2009. Long 2008 mo 2009 Andrew i bin wan Honorary Mentor blong Revans University long Vanuatu mo las yia Andrew i tekemap wok blong Tresara blong Port Vila Boxing League.

  • Long 2009, Andrew hemi part blong wan grup blong ol yangfala blong Tafea we oli bin stat blong planem mo mekem fulap aktiviti blong pulum wan ples ol pipol blong Tafea we oli liv long Port Vila blong sapotem Tafea Provinsel Gavman Kaonsel mo blong leftemap laef blong ol pipol blong Tafea. Nem blong grup ia hemi TAFEA Yang Pipol Asosiesen, mo grup ia nao i bin stanemap niufala oganaesing komiti blong Tafea Day we i bin jenisim fasen we ol pipol long Port Vila i stap selebretem Tafea Dei stat long 2010, blong gat insaed ol forum blong save toktok mo givim tingting blong givhan long divelopmen blong Tafea Provinsel Gavman mo laef blong ol pipol blong Tafea long Vila. Las yia i bin gat bitim 5,000 pipol i atendem Tafea Dei selebresen blong Port Vila. Asosisen ia i setemap tu wan grup long intanet blong mekem rod blong ol student mo ol profesenel teknikol man blong Tafea oli save storian tugeta, mo naoia intanet grup ia i gat bitim 600 man insaed. Andrew hemi bin memba tu blong Advisory Board we hemi organaesem fes Disaster Relief long 2011. Andrew hemi gohed yet blong givhan long Tafea Provinsel Gavman wetem planing mo implementesen blong ol divelopmen program blong hem, espesli long yia ia 2014.
  • KASTOM I SAPOTEM HEM

Andrew i bin karem raet blong kontest long nakamal blong hem, we hemi Lamakaun long North Tanna. Antap long hemia, ol 15 bigfala nakamal blong Tanna wetem ol smolsmol nakamal andanit long olgeta evriwan i bin agri blong Andrew i kontestem by-eleksen ia. Ol nakamal ia i gat Louwitahl, Lamanpinasim, Loukawilis, Itonga, Green Hill, Lepuku, Lamanapiap, Lapasilis, Ipnime, Loukasapin, Loelafamah, Lounipina, Louiapup, Kamtueling mo Lounamlo. Ol 9 traeb blong North Tanna tu oli bin agri blong hem i kontest, hemia Namipnapikoe, Nipikaseneangin, Manite, Koalne, Kamtuelingne, Roapine, Namtaliakisne, Nakaipne mo Sulane traeb.

Graon mo Jastis Pati (GJP) i glad bakagen blong save givim wan nambawan mo stret kandidet olsem Andrew Napuat blong ol pipol blong Port Vila oli save vot from long by-eleksen ia, mo hemi stap luk fowod blong sapot blong yumi evriwan we yumi tu yumi wantem jenisim politik long Vanuatu.

PROGRAM BLONG MANDE 7 EPREL KASEM EN BLONG KAMPEN:

Mande 7 Eprel
12pm: Manples Market
5.30pm: Ohlen Mataso
7.30pm: Manples Kokoriko

Tyusde 8 Eprel
12pm: Shanghai mama’s market (Petanque eria, Sea Front)
5:30pm: Seaside Paama
7.30pm: Seaside Tongoa
9.00pm: Seaside Futuna

Wednesde 9 Eprel
11am: Market Haos
5.30pm: Blacksand
7.30pm:  Switi

Tosde 10 Eprel
5:30pm: Emae komuniti opposite New Covenant Jioj (Sheperd studio eria)
7.30pm: Bladinière; nakamal blong Patrick

Fraede 11 Eprel
11am: Sea Front Stej
5.30pm: Fresh Wota 5 T-Junction
7.30pm: Vao komiuniti (St Paul Senta, Freswota)

KAMPEN T-shet:
Yu save kam long ples blong kampen, o sipos no long reception blong Ministri blong Lands, blong pem wan kampen T-shirt blong Andrew blong 1000 vatu.
NAOIA TU yu save pem tu long Beverley Hills General Store (hemia narasaed smol park long en i go long Freswota 5).

KAMPEN Posta:
Yu save daonlodem mo printim-aot o yu save sendem long email posta blong Andrew Napuat, kandidet blong yumi, long ples ia.

Statistik form:
Sipos yu wantem givim sapot long GJP mo yu wantem mifala save yu, kam long long ples blong kampen o long reception blong Ministri blong Lands blong pikimap wan statistik form blong fulumap nem blong yufala mo givimbak bifo by-eleksen.

Ta, MP Ralph Regenvanu

7) Vanuatu daily news digest | | 7 April 2014

by bobmakin

  • Carcasses warns Government employees against opposing New International Airports is the heading to a Letter from Sergio to the Daily Post Editor today. We all know that this airport concept is the idea of a few political appointees and advisers from Singapore (calling themselves VTDL), originally planning to come here to plant tobacco on Tanna. We all know that there has never been an EIA for the Rentabau airfield (Greenfield) project, that custom owners have never been consulted as they must be under the new laws and that now the Prime Minister and convicted criminal George Winslett want everyone to fall in behind the big ideas of politicians and high flyer civil servants. And now we are told not to question.
  • We all now know that Parliament is supposed to meet to authorise massive financial support to these officials’ and Singapore investors’ plans on Friday and vote a huge amount of money from the public purse for the project because Government doesn’t have money. The MPs could not be sent the extra-ordinary sitting’s papers in advance, so no chance to consult their constituency.
  • (We also know that Government has not sought a cash guarantee to pay the Fishermen who have been cheated by governments over many years, even though their problem was promised to be rectified in the Carcasses 100 Days List, very incomplete 265 days later.)
  • Government employees, civil servants, media commentators are being criticised by Government for having their own ideas and interests. Sergio, in his Letter, reminds us of our right to freedom of expression and the Christian moral duty to denounce matters which are not correct. Sergio also points out illegalities in what the Airport Concession Agreement requires of Government. Clause 3.2(a) gives VTDL the exclusive right to license and authorise VTDL to carry out project works and aeronautical and non-aeronautical services. The Government must amend or repeal laws that affect these rights for VTDL. No other agency must be permitted to enjoy such rights. The foreign company which has never invested in Vanuatu will be entitled to sideline Air Vanuatu and Airports Vanuatu Limited and other aviation companies and airlines, the Vanuatu Finance Centre, the Vanuatu Hotels and Resorts Association and the Chamber of Commerce. Sergio points out how AVL is a Government owned company, held on behalf of the people of Vanuatu as a State-owned Enterprise (SoE), but yet VTDL can just take over. Sergio quite reasonably asks”Does VTDL own the country of which the Government will will have to seek permission on new airports?”
  • Sergio ends his piece: “This situation is very serious of which it warrants the Parliament to remove Natapei and Carcasses from their executive arm of state since their conduct in office is highly questionable. It is essential that they be removed before they cause more irreparable damage to the national interests of this nation.”

Sergio is probably a young person or he would have added that this is not what Independence was fought for.

8) Vanuatu’s Crystal Shores Development Revealed As Investment Scam
Overseas ‘investor’ who announced project reportedly a ‘performer’

By Bob Makin

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, April 4, 2014) – No sooner is the huge Crystal Shores ‘development plan’ scam revealed – in Wednesday’s Daily Post – than lawyer / developer/investor in Vanuatu, Robert Herd, is advising prime ministerial political adviser, Gilles Daniel, that it is a scam.

The foreign “investor” brought to Vanuatu by George Winslet and Jack Dimh was due to leave the country Wednesday.

The person was suggested by Herd to be a performer and demanded $20,000 for his part in the Crystal Shores scam.

If Erakor or Eratap villagers were expecting to be recipients of the many millions of dollars being requested for casino or hotel licences, they are completely misguided by the project literature.

Lands Minister Regenvanu also sees the whole matter as a huge scam.

It is to try to prevent such happenings that he has been working hard to get the land reform legislation, now passed by Parliament, completed.

On the other hand a representative of Erakor’s chief council, Mr Tim Kalmet, has told 96 Buzz FM that the project was a “scam and a fraud”.

At any rate, the foreigner allegedly wanting the $20,000, Michael Foxmann, identified himself to this writer whilst being interviewed by Messrs Barak Sope and Andy Ayamiseba, Wednesday morning at the Grand.

The issue is likely to be hotly discussed in political rallies in the capital.

Foxmann was supposed to meet with the Prime Minister but when “discovered” by Winslet and Dimh no appointment was made, although the PM clearly knew of the plan as Gilles Daniel did.

No other political appointees’ or civil servants’ names were given in the communication Daily Post is using as evidence. The Winslet/Dimh duo is said to have conveyed their apologies for time wasted. Nothing else has been said about the deception their Erakor/Eratap scam involved.

No Environment Impact Assessment was ever sought for the 2,000 hectare development of almost everywhere from Erakor Lagoon to the Teouma River. No public awareness meetings were held. Custom owners knew nothing of the deception being carried out involving leasing their land and their subsistence gardens.

One Erakor custom owner spoken to by this reporter was planning to drill bore holes in his land next week, land which the project assumes belongs to Crystal Shores investors.

Lands Minister Regenvanu is emphatic that the whole affair is a scam and has been around for many years. It has been tried on unsuspecting investors more than once before.

Meanwhile, Jack Dihm has stated that Mr George Winslett is no longer associated with South Pacific Limited (SPL).

Vanuatu Daily Post

POLYNESIA

9) Samoa MP Joins Parliamentarians For West Papua
Toeolesulusulu first Samoan, seventh from Pacific Islands region

By Jason Brown

APIA, Samoa (Samoa Observer, April 3, 2014) – Aana Alofi No. 3 M.P., Toeolesulusulu Cedric Schuster, has become the first Samoan Member of Parliament to join a global group of parliamentarians calling for self-determination for West Papua.

In doing so, Toeolesulusulu is the 86th member to join the International Parliamentarians for West Papua, and only the seventh from the entire Pacific Islands region.

The group was launched in the Houses of Parliament, London, in 2008, following decades of reports about human rights abuses by Indonesian security forces in West Papua.

The West Papua Declaration signed by the M.P.s reads,

“We the undersigned recognise the inalienable right of the indigenous people of West Papua to self-determination, which was violated in the 1969 “Act of Free Choice”,

AND call upon our governments through the United Nations to put in place arrangements for the free exercise of that right SO that the indigenous people of West Papua can decide democratically their own future in accordance with international standards of human rights, the principles of international law and the Charter of the United Nations.”

Toeolesulusulu is no recent convert to the cause, having first learnt about West Papua over a decade ago when he was working in Fiji for the World Wide Fund for Nature (W.W.F.).

One of the other groups also working there was the P.C.R.C., the Pacific Centre for Resource Concerns, which had long focused on making the region nuclear free, as well as supporting independence efforts.

People from West Papua were campaigning in Fiji at the time, and they, along with most other non- governmental organisations there at the time, got to hear about their concerns.

However, since then, that interest and support for West Papua is actually “waning”, said Toeolesulusulu, “in the 80s and 90s, there was strong lobbying, there was more active work going on.”

This is partly because Pacific states have moved on from their founding years, when international issues of independence have region. turned to domestic issues of sustainability and economic growth.

He also blames a lack of leadership from western countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, but also closer partners like New Zealand and Australia – all with their own interests in West Papua.

“New Zealand and Australia are tied to Indonesia with trade and military connections,” said Toeolesulusulu.

He agreed that trade links had had a corrupting influence on regional politics, but indicated the problem was wider than just the region.

“It’s a global phenomenon, you look at Africa, South America, and how the United States, for example, pushes its global agendas to get their way. Also New Zealand and Australia, they also have interest to push, to put their own people first.”

However, he did not agree with criticism that the Melanesian Spearhead Group had ‘sold out’ when it recently signed trade and sovereignty agreements with Indonesia.

“That’s a strong statement.

“As I’ve said, the relationships now are more directed towards trade and development assistance, and a lot of countries are looking more to their local needs.”

As Indonesia continues to pour thousands of its own migrants into West Papua, getting self-determination for West Papua gets harder, he says.

“They should have done the right thing at that time. “It’s even harder now with still more Indonesians coming into the region.”

But he says it’s an important area of human rights, “that we should be doing more to make a stand.

“Especially when you look at how the Pacific Islands came about, when you look at Samoa, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, all these countries had colonial powers.”

Toeolesulusulu praises the role taken up by Vanuatu. “Countries like Vanuatu are starting to take a strong interest.”

Earlier this month, Vanuatu Prime Minister Moana Kalosil Carcasses, a founding member of the IPWP, speaking at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, called for international action on West Papua.

“Why are we not discussing it in this Council, why are we turning a blind eye to them and closing our ears to the lone voices of the Papuan people, many of whom have shed innocent blood because they want justice and freedom.”

Mr. Carcasses said roughly 10 percent of the indigenous population have been killed by Indonesian security forces since 1963.

More recently, between October 2011 and March 2013, 25 Papuans were murdered but nothing has been done to bring the perpetrators to justice.

He urged the Council to consider adopting a resolution to establish a country mandate on the situation in West Papua, which would include an investigation of alleged human rights violations, and provide recommendations on a peaceful political solution.

Samoa Observer

10) Recordings Appear To Confirm Flosse’s Militia Killed Journalist
Leaked conversation between GIP boss and killer obtained by Le Monde

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 7, 2014) – New evidence appears to confirm that the French Polynesian journalist, Jean-Pascal Couraud, was killed by President Gaston Flosse’s G-I-P militia in December 1997.

The French newspaper, Le Monde, has obtained transcripts of secretly-recorded conversations among the suspects who already face charges of kidnapping as a result of an investigation, now in its 10th year.

Walter Zweifel reports.

The recordings reveal that the G-I-P boss Rere Puputauki told Tino Mara that he, that is Mara, killed the journalist, who had been under surveillance by the president’s intelligence unit.

An investigation for murder was launched in 2004 when a former spy made the explosive claim that Jean-Pascal Couraud had vanished because the G-I-P had kidnapped and drowned him off Tahiti.

Last year, when the three suspects were first charged, their homes were bugged and now part of the recordings have been leaked to Le Monde which has been embroiled in disputes with Gaston Flosse.

Rere Puputauki’s lawyer says he will lodge a complaint for defamation.

Radio New Zealand International

MICRONESIA

11) US TV’s ‘60 Minutes’ Films Documentary In Palau
Host Anderson Cooper on island for production

KOROR, Palau (Island Times, April 4, 2014) – Anderson Cooper, one of the top and most well-known news anchors of the Cable News Network (CNN), is coming to Palau.

A source disclosed to Island Times that Cooper is coming to Palau to do a documentary.

The source said that the documentary will touch on majestic tourist sports of this island nation, including the renowned Rock Islands.

Cooper is arriving today at the Palau International Airport. It has not been disclosed whether Cooper will come by himself or in the company of other people.

The Roll ‘em Productions-OTV will be helping with the production of the documentary. Roll ’em-OTV is Palau’s only Pacific Island-content television station.

Cooper’s documentary will be aired later over the 60 Minutes on CBS News.

The 60 Minutes on CBS News is one of the most successful television broadcast in history, offering investigative reports, interviews, feature, among others.

Anderson Hays Cooper is an American journalist, author, and television personality. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. The program is normally broadcast live from a New York City studio; however, Cooper often broadcasts live on location for breaking news stories.

From September 2011 to May 2013, he also served as host of his own eponymous syndicated daytime talk show, Anderson Live.

Cooper is a son of Wyatt Emory Cooper and the artist, designer, writer, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. His maternal grandparents were millionaire equestrian Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and his maternal great-great-great-grandfather is Cornelius Vanderbilt of the prominent Vanderbilt shipping and railroad fortune.

Cooper gained additional fame lately over his coverage of Supertyphoon Yolanda which hit the eastern part of the Philippines late last year.

Island Times

12) Cartagena group expresses climate action optimism: Marshall Islands foreign Minister

By Online Editor
09:49 am GMT+12, 07/04/2014, Marshall Islands

An international climate meeting in Marshall Islands last week has “forged a common purpose around a set of objectives” for a new global climate agreement, said Marshall Islands Foreign Minister Tony deBrum on Friday.

The Cartagena Dialogue, a grouping of about 40 developed and developing nations that meet outside of the formal global climate negotiations, wrapped up four days of meetings in the Marshall Islands capital on Friday with optimism being expressed about opportunities to break international deadlocks for faster paced action to reduce the climate threat.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change issued its latest report, “Climate Change 2014: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability,” on the day the Cartagena meeting opened in Majuro, underlining the severity of the threat of climate change.

“Shocked by the most alarming scientific report on climate change the world has ever seen, the Cartagena Dialogue alliance of progressive countries has for the first time forged a common purpose around a set of objectives for a new climate agreement due to be signed in 2015,” said deBrum.

“I’m convinced we will get a legally binding agreement (in 2015) that may not be perfect, but will be an agreement we can build on,” said Swedish climate change Ambassador Anna Lindstedt in Majuro.

“We need to ensure all countries commit to limiting emissions.”

In Majuro last week, about 60 climate negotiators and ambassadors discussed ways to speed progress toward a major agreement in the lead up to a global climate conference scheduled for Paris in 2015.

DeBrum said the Cartagena Dialogue group decided to shift gears to “raise the political tempo in the lead up to this year’s big meetings, including U.N. Secretary General Ban-ki Moon’s Climate Summit for world leaders in September. We committed to accelerate preparations now to bring forward our post-2020 emission-reduction targets as early as possible next year in time to seal an ambitious new agreement in Paris, and to use the agreement to take vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning to a new level globally.”

Lindstedt said holding the Cartagena session in the Marshall Islands brought home the vulnerability of low-lying islands to sea level rise. “It was my first time on an atoll,” she said. “It was an eye-opener. It’s not until you see it for yourself that you understand the situation (of islands).” Most islands in the capital atoll are less than a meter above sea level and few are wider than 100 meters.

During March, high tides and storm surges caused widespread flooding in Majuro and other atolls in the country, forcing the government to declare an emergency and provide flood relief.

“We don’t necessarily agree on what a new agreement will look like,” said Lindstedt, “but the majority of countries do want a legally binding agreement.”

Talks in Majuro were helpful to the ongoing process, officials said. “We had good discussions on different negotiating issues,” Lindstedt said. “We talked about how to prepare national (climate actions) to feed into the negotiations to reach an agreement.”

Countries are now beginning to focus on a planned global consultation on climate at the United Nations just prior to the opening of the General Assembly in September.

“The secretary general has asked our leaders to come to New York this September armed with bold pledges and new actions to reduce emissions here and now,” deBrum said. “This group of countries is committed to doing just that.”.

SOURCE:MARIANAS VARIETY/PACNEWS

AUSTRALIA

13) New agreement to share military technology will boost ties with Japan

By Online Editor
12:51 pm GMT+12, 07/04/2014, Australia

Australia will deepen its ­security alliance with Japan in a new agreement to share military technology as Tony Abbott moves to strengthen the relationship beyond an imminent deal to boost trade.

The defence agreement opens the way for Australian access to advanced systems that could greatly increase the power of a new submarine fleet while saving billions of dollars.

The agreement will be announced in Tokyo today as the Prime Minister also finalises a trade deal that will cut the price of Japanese cars, and increase exports of Australian beef and dairy products.

Abbott will highlight the security alliance by becoming the first foreign leader to attend a meeting of Japan’s national security council, the cabinet group set up by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in an assertion of his foreign policy ambitions.

In another sign of the tighter links, today’s talks will be followed within weeks by a visit to Australia by Japan’s Defence Minister, Nobuteru Ishihara.

While China has objected to Australian security ties with Japan in the past, the new framework is being presented as a “modest and evolutionary” step in a longstanding alliance.

The initiative also has enormous symbolic importance because it elevates a key security declaration signed by John Howard and Mr Abe in April 2007, months before both leaders lost power.

The Joint Declaration on ­Security Co-operation included military exchanges, joint exer­cises, peacekeeping co-operation and counterterrorism, but it triggered a public complaint from China.

It was supposed to lead to ­annual JAUSMIN meetings with foreign and defence ministers from each country, but the forum was held only once, in June 2007, and then lapsed when Kevin Rudd took power.

The Australian understands the Abbott government intends to restore the annual 2+2 foreign affairs and defence forum.

Abbott said yesterday he wanted to “explore opportunities” to deepen the defence and security co-operation between Australia and Japan. The Australian understands the initiative is a commitment to negotiate a ­science and technology sharing agreement, similar to the one sealed a year ago between Japan and Britain.

The timing is sensitive, as Mr Abbott heads to South Korea ­tomorrow and then to China on Wednesday.

Abbott sought to assure China yesterday that Australia’s deeper ties with Japan were no threat. “I want to strengthen and deepen all of our friendships in our region — they are all important,” Abbott said.

“They are all very important and the point that I make is that you don’t make new friends by losing old ones, and you don’t strengthen some friendships by weakening other ones.

“That’s the very strong message that I bring, that Australia is in the business of making friends, we are in the business of strengthening our friendships.”

In an important message to Japan, Abbott used an interview with the Nikkei newspaper two weeks ago to support Mr Abe’s changes to domestic law to allow more military exports.

“If it’s all right for the US, the UK and Israel and France and Germany and China to export arms, why is it wrong for Japan?” Abbott said.

China has objected to  Abe’s changes, which would explicitly authorise Japan to share advanced military technology with more allies than its existing agreements with the US and Britain.

Australia has expressed great interest in Japan’s submarine technology, including a diesel-electric propulsion system ­regarded as the best of its kind in the world.

As the Abbott government prepares to allocate billions of dollars to a new submarine fleet, Japan’s Soryu-class design is seen as an ideal “drive train” for future Australian vessels.

In December, Defence Minister David Johnston described the Japanese motors as “obviously something very special”.

China has also tightened its security ties with Australia in ­recent years, muting any criticism it may have of the Abbott government’s agreements with Japan.

China and Australia endorsed a “defence engagement action plan” in January that will see closer co-operation on ­maritime engagement and high-level visits. The deputy chief of staff of the People’s Liberation Army, Wang Guanzhong, was in Australia in January for talks.
SOURCE: THE AUSTRALIAN/PACNEWS

NEW ZEALAND

14) McCully to visit Papua New Guinea

By Online Editor
1:09 pm GMT+12, 07/04/2014, Papua New Guinea

The New Zealand Foreign Minister Murray McCully is in Papua New Guinea for a visit focused on fostering business links and support for renewable energy projects.

McCully says PNG is one of the fastest growing economies in the region, and the visit will include a small New Zealand business delegation.

He will be meeting with the PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill and a range of senior ministers, including consultations with the Foreign Minister.

McCully says he will be promoting the capability and expertise of New Zealand companies and looking at the work carried out by the New Zealand aid programme.

He also says he is looking to stepping up New Zealand’s support for renewable energy in PNG.

SOURCE: RNZI/PACNEWS

TOK PISIN

15) Guadalcanal Plains i bungim bikpla bagarap tru long disasta long SI

Updated 7 April 2014, 16:07 AEST

Oxfam insait long biktaun, Honiara i tok ol wok blong painim pipol nao igo long ol wok halvim blong moa long 50-tausen pipol, em tait wara ibin kamapim long las wik.

Honiara pipol ino gat wara, taem ol disasta menijment ofisa i traim best blong ol long lukautim ol pipol insait long ol imegensi senta.
Odio: World Vision na ol narapla NGO grup long Solomkon Islands istat long bringim halvim igo long ol pipal
Disasta blong tait wara insait long Solomon Islands kepital, nao i wok long muv igo long givim ol emergensi halvim long samting olsem 12-tausen pipol, husait nao ino gat haus.

Long wankaen taem, ol intanesinol aid halvim i wok long isi isi igo insait long kantri, na planti moa itok ol bai halvim.

Ripot ikam long Honiara i tok moa long 21 pipol i dai pinis na narapla 30 i lus.

Laen blong Oxfam, Red Cross, Save The Chilren na World Vision iwok bung nao long Ofis blong World Vision long Honiara olsem het ofis blong kisim ol halvim igo long ol komuniti insait long Honiara.

Katie Greenwood blong Oxfam i tok bikpla wokbung nao em long givim klinpla wara long drink na stretim kuik ol toilet na drein sistim long ol pipol insait long ol imegensi senta.

Ms Greenwood i tok olgeta aid grup na gavman ofis i wokbung wantaim long traim wok wantaim long kisim halvim igo kuik long ol pipol.

Lawrence Hillary, Response Manager blong World Vision Solomon Islands i tokim Caroline Tiriman olsem ol pipol insait long Southern na Eastern saed blong Guadalcanal ibungim bikpla bagarap tru.

“Wai na midia ino bringim aut ol stori long hap, bikos excess igo long Guadalcanal Plains i hat tru,” em ibin tok.

Em i tok olsem na ol halvim igo long hap bai kisim sampla taem. Na tu, Mr Hillary i tok, i hat long ol pipol i kisim hariap ol marasin oa medikol tritment long displa taem.

Honiara siti pipol ino gat iet wara, taem ol disasta menijment ofisa i wok long mekim olgeta samting long lukautim ol pipol insait long ol imegesni senta.

Displa ol tait wara i rausim ol haus blong ol pipol na moa long 30-pla pipol, i wok long lus iet.

Pacific Correspondent Sean Dorney i tok displa i nambawan taem em i lukim displa bikpla heve ba bagarap i kamap long kepital Honiara.

Joanne Zoleveke blong Solomon Islands’ Red Cross i tok ol volantia blong ol i ripot olsem bikpla bagarap i kamap insait long eastern hap blong Guadalcanal.

Ms Zoleveke i tok ol i lukluk long halvim ol pipol insait long Honiara na ol pipol insait long 16 imegensi senta.

Gallery: Honiara hit by flash flooding after torrential rains

Video: Solomon Islands floods disaster ‘worst in living memory'(ABC News)

Australia Gavman bai givim moa halvim

Australia gavman i tok aut long givim $AU250,000 igo long ol imegensi saplai long Solomon Islands, bihainim iet askim blong Solomon Islands gavman.

Foren Minista blong Australia, Julie Bishop, i tok em ibin salim bikpla sori blong Australia pipol long displa birua igo long Solomon Islands Praim Minista Gordon Darcy Lilo long dai blong ol pipol.

ABC

FRENCH

16) Îles Salomon: l’Australie et la Nouvelle-Zélande envoient de l’aide

Mis à jour 7 April 2014, 14:10 AEST
Caroline Lafargue

Le bilan des inondations-éclairs sur Guadalcanal s’établit pour l’instant à 21 morts, dont au moins 8 enfants, et 40 disparus.

49 000 Salomonais sont sans-abri. Plusieurs ponts ont été détruits à Honiara, les potagers également, et le souci principal est bien sûr l’accès à de l’eau potable, et le rétablissement de l’électricité. Mais la pire menace, c’est la dengue, avec toute cette eau stagnante.

L’Australie a annoncé dimanche qu’elle débloquerait 250 000 dollars pour les secours, qui viennent donc s’ajouter aux 50 000 dollars déjà promis vendredi par la ministre australienne des Affaires étrangères, Julie Bishop.

Quant à la Nouvelle-Zélande, elle a envoyé à Honiara lundi matin un avion cargo chargé de personnel qualifié et de matériel et de produits de première nécessité. L’aéroport a pu rouvrir hier après le déblaiement des débris apportés par les crues sur la piste.

La tempête tropicale qui a provoqué les inondations aux Îles Salomon s’est transformée en un cyclone de catégorie 1 au-dessus de la mer de Corail pendant le week-end et fait route vers le Queensland, qui pourrait être touché par le cyclone Ita en fin de semaine. Radio Australia

17) PNG-Indonésie: la frontière fermée entre Vanimo et Jayapura

Mis à jour 7 April 2014, 14:07 AEST
Caroline Lafargue

Il y a eu un affrontement entre des membres de la branche armée de l’OPM, le Mouvement de Libération de la Papouasie occidentale, et les forces indonésiennes.

La frontière à Wutung côté papou, entre l’Indonésie et la Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée, entre Jayapura et Vanimo.

Le poste frontière de Wutung, à l’extrême nord, entre la Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée et l’Indonésie, est fermé depuis samedi. C’est le résultat d’une échauffourée entre des membres de la branche armée de l’OPM, le Mouvement de Libération de la Papouasie occidentale, et les forces indonésiennes.

L’incident a commencé à 5 heures du matin. Les indépendantistes ont braqué le gardien de bâtiments publics indonésiens, ils lui ont demandé 5 litres d’essence, avec lequel ils ont incendié un marché et une station de lavage de voitures indonésienne. Les indépendantistes ont ensuite brandi leur drapeau, l’Étoile du Matin, ainsi que deux drapeaux des Nations-Unies.

D’après le quotidien Jakarta Post, il y a eu un échange de coups de feu entre Indonésiens et indépendantistes, au cours duquel la baie vitrée d’un mirador a été endommagée.

Les Papous de Papouasie Nouvelle-Guinée qui souhaitent rentrer en Papouasie indonésienne pour y faire du commerce doivent désormais passer par bateau. Le poste frontière restera fermé jusqu’aux élections indonésiennes, qui auront lieu mercredi. Radio Australia

18) Pacifique: les Lapita, victimes du scorbut et de la goutte

Posté à 7 April 2014, 13:43 AEST
Caroline Lafargue

Les premiers Polynésiens à avoir posé le pied sur les îles du Vanuatu il y a 3000 ans ont été décimés par plusieurs maladies liées à un déséquilibre alimentaire.

Ce sont les conclusions d’une équipe internationale de plus de 100 scientifiques, qui a exploré méthodiquement chaque centimètre carrés du plus vieux cimetière du Pacifique, découvert en 2003 à Teouma, sur la côte sud d’Efate.

Le site continue de révéler des informations cruciales sur la vie des pionniers polynésiens. Récemment, Matthew Spriggs, co-directeur des fouilles et directeur de l’institut d’archéologie de l’Université Nationale Australienne, s’est penché sur le régime alimentaire des ancêtres.

Et ils n’étaient pas en grande forme. Car à chaque fois qu’ils arrivaient sur une île, avec ce que les anglophones appellent, leur « paysage portatif », en clair, des plantes et des animaux, il fallait tout recommencer, planter ces plantes vivrières et attendent qu’elles donnent leurs fruits.

En attendant, les pionniers devaient survivre en se nourrissant principalement de protéines : poissons et fruits de mer, poulets qu’ils avaient emmenés avec eux sur leurs pirogues.

Conclusion : les ancêtres Lapita souffraient de nombreuses maladies liées à ce déséquilibre alimentaire, parmi lesquelles, le scorbut du au manque de vitamine C, mais aussi la goutte, et d’autres pathologies. Radio Australia

EDUCATION

19) PNG’s Unitech Students End Boycott, Return To Class
Return of Vice Chancellor Schram welcomed

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 7, 2014) – Students at Lae’s University of Technology in Papua New Guinea go back to classes today after a five week boycott over last year’s removal of Dr Albert Schram as the vice chancellor.

Dr Schram was deported after a clash with some on the university council but he obtained a new employment visa last week and immediately returned to Lae.

The liaison officer with the Students Representative Association, Stanley Kombra Tepoka, says they are delighted to have Dr Schram back on the campus.

And he says they feel vindicated by the government’s promise to make public the report of Judge Mark Sevua’s investigation into the allegations of mismanagement and corruption that students have been complaining about.

“It’s already been tabled and its already been presented to the Chancellor, now it is going to be published and then the recommendations implemented.”

Unitech student leader Stanley Kombra Tepoka who says the two 15-week semesters will become 13-week terms to accommodate the lost weeks.

Radio New Zealand International

20) Australia Officials To Talk Education, Gender Issues With PNG
Delegation promotes New Colombo Plan an overseas internship program

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, April 6, 2014) – Australia’s parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Foreign Affairs will head to Papua New Guinea on Sunday for a three day visit focusing on education and gender issues.

In a statement, Senator Brett Mason says his visit to PNG will “underline the importance of Australia’s relationship with Papua New Guinea and build on the Prime Minister (Tony Abbott)’s visit in March.”

Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja, will accompany Mr Mason.

Mr Mason says education support in Australia’s aid program to PNG remains a key development outcome.

The statement also says the senator’s trip will promote the Government’s $AU100 million [US$93 million] New Colombo Plan, which is designed to give Australian undergraduate students new opportunities to pursue study programs and internships in countries in the Indo-Pacific region. The New Colombo Plan, currently in its pilot phase and providing opportunities in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, will be rolled out more broadly across the Indo-Pacific from early next year.

Radio Australia

POLITIC

21) Solomon Islands goes to the polls on 29 October

By Online Editor
09:51 am GMT+12, 07/04/2014, Solomon Islands

Solomon Islands will go to the poll on 29 October.

Insiders said the date was arrived at after a number of potential dates were thrown about in discussions at the highest political level.

“The consensus is that October 29 is the day. So unless something drastic has happened between now and then, Wednesday 29 October is it,” one source said.

It is not clear whether Prime Minister Gordon Darcy Lilo will officially announce the date during the current sitting of Parliament. Many believe Lilo will wait.

October 29 seems to fall within the timeframe for an election. Voter registration under the Biometrics Voter Registration system is due to be concluded on Friday week, 18th April.

A provisional list of voters, subject to revision, is expected to be distributed from 5 June. Voters will be allowed to raise objections between then and 21st June when the final list to be used in the voting would be produced.

On 25 September the current House is due to be dissolved. By law a national general election must be held within 90 days.

Holding an election on 29 October would give intending candidates about a month to campaign.

Attempts by Solomon Star to get comments from electoral commission  were unsuccessful.

A response from the Prime Minister’s Office is expected today.

SOURCE: SOLOMON STAR/PACNEWS

22) Conviction could end Fiji Labour leader’s political career

7 April 2014

An Australian National University expert on Fiji says the conviction against the leader of the Labour Party is his end in politics.

The Fiji High Court has found former Prime Minister Mahendra Chaudhry guilty of breaching the Exchange Control Act.

The court found Chaudhry had invested $1.5 million Australian dollars outside Fiji without informing the Reserve Bank, while he was the Minister of Finance.

He is due to be sentenced on the 1st of May, likely ruling him out as a candidate for this year’s election.

Brij Lal from the Australian National University says it will be the end of his political career.

“He will not be able to contest this election because of this impending conviction. This must be a mattter of grief for him given that his once illustrious career has come to an end in this fashion.”

Brij Lal of the Australian National University.Radio New Zealand Int.

23) Fiji constitution will trump any decree in court – lawyer

7 April 2014.

A Fiji telecommunications lawyer says the public will have constitutional redress through the courts if their phones or internet are monitored in the lead-up to the election.

Section 63 of the Electoral Decree says any person is prohibited from communicating political messages by telephone, internet, email, social media or other electronic means 48 hours before polling opens.

But Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro of the IT company, Pasifika Nexus, says the constitution and international covenants will triumph over any decree in court.

She says while there is the capability for surveillance, that evidence being admissable in court is unlikely.

“The police can only enforce if complaints have been brought to them. Evidence can only be extracted from either individuals, or by internet service providers, or any network providers or telcos. And there are already express provisions within Fiji laws by way of extraction of that evidence.”

A Fiji telecommunications lawyer, Salanieta Tamanikaiwaimaro.http://www.radionz.co.nz/

24) Fiji’s interim government publishes 2013 constitution in Braille

Updated 7 April 2014, 10:56 AEST

Fiji’s Constitution is available in Braille for the first time.

The first Braille version of Fiji’s Constitution has been released.

The United Blind Persons Association of Fiji says the interim government agreed to publish the constitution in Braille after receiving a submission from the nation’s disabled community.

The Association’s Rosie Senikula has told Pacific Beat the disabled sector was also able to have input into the 2013 constitution.

“There were several meetings that were taking place last year regarding submissions from each of the affiliated organisations of Fiji Disabled Federation and there was a submission submitted to the government,” she said.

Informed voters

Members of the blind community can access the document at the Fiji School for the Blind in Suva.

Ms Senikula says being able to read the constitution will help inform blind voters ahead of the September election.

“Our members have been registering themselves for the elections and at least with the constitution in Braille, it will give them a great boost in feeling free to be part of the elections as well,” she said.

The Fiji constitution is also available in English, iTaukei and a Hindu translation is presently being worked on.http://www.radioaustralia.net.au/

 25) Fiji Government Objects To NGO’s Constitution Booklet

Citizens Constitutional Forum’s outreach called ‘misleading,’ ‘inaccurate’

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 6, 2014) – The Fijian Government will write to the Citizens Constitutional Forum to immediately withdraw one of its booklets which it says contained anomalies “in fact a couple of lies on what’s in the constitution and what’s not in the constitution.” Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the booklet, titled, “Citizens’ Constitutional Forum 2013 Fiji Government Constitution booklet” contained additions and omissions that appeared to be deliberately done to misinform the public.

“We will of course be writing to them asking them to withdraw this booklet whether it’s in the vernacular version or English version,” he said.

“We will also write to their donors tell them that this is precisely what this organisation is doing.

It is factually incorrect.” “It’s very worrying because we understand activities such as this are being funded of course by foreign entities, government etc but more to the point that CCF supposedly an independent impartial NGO or member of the civil society is here telling lies to the public of Fiji.

“Unfortunately this is the type of environment we thought politician would be stirring up but it appears the NGO’s are doing it also.

It is of a great concern.

This is the very same people who go up to various organization, international and locally potray themselves as independent when they are not.” Sayed-Khaiyum says the government will await the NGO’s response to the request before deciding further action to be taken.

He highlighted one of the sections included in the 45-page booklet, pertaining to the acquisition of property including lands in which the booklet stated the acquisition of property and/or land by the state but did not mention that the state will return the land/property to the owners when it no longer has any use for it.

“Page 25 of this booklet, entire page talks about whether there is freedom from compulsory arbitrary acquisition of property but more so it talks about the rights and protection of the itaukei, Rotuman and Banaban lands.

“It talks about protection and ownership of interest on land interesting enough; in this particular section three times it mentioned “however a written law may authorize compulsory acquisition of property when necessary for the public purposes and on the basis that the owner is promptly paid the agreed compensation.” “Compulsory acquisition has always been part of Fiji constitution- section 9 of the 1990 constitution had compulsory acquisition, section 40, sub section two of the 1997 constitution had compulsory acquisition and that is for public purposes.

“This has been the case, however the manner in which CCF has put it seems to have indicate to landowners whether you are a customary owners or the freehold title owners that the state at anytime could come in anytime to buy this land and take it away from you.

“What is more damaging about this page is that the CCF fails to mention the new provision in the 2013 new constitution that if the state no longer requires the land for public purposes that it must therefore give back that land.

“That is the first time such a provision has been included in any constitution.

It is in our constitution and the CCF has failed to mention that.

“Anybody reading this would think that Government could come at anytime and buy the land pay compensation and take away the land.

There is a provision in the constitution that land no longer required for public purposes must be given back to the land owners and the CCF has deliberately not mention or refer to that section at all.

It is trying to create disquiet amongst landowners and this is a deliberate attempt.” The AG also highlighted the booklet’s interpretation of the Bill of Rights in which it says the protection of which was weak because “the parliament has the power to restrict these rights and freedoms.” The booklet further says that the “parliament may limit of restrict all of the following rights by enacting a law it deems “necessary” further going on to state an example that “even though the Constitution provides freedom of speech for its citizens, the Parliament may pass a law stating that anyone that protests in front of the courthouse will be arrested, therefore restricting a citizens’ freedom of speech by way of protest’.

“That is not true,” says the AG.

The booklet also contains factual errors in which it stated the abrogation of the 1997 Constitution was done in 2006, when it happened in 2009.

It talks about the leader of opposition having now diminished power and that the PM and the AG have powers over the judicial branch including the Judicial Services Commission.

It also made reference to the immunity provision where it stated that persons entitled to the immunity provision have broad unqualified immunity which the AG says implies that persons that qualify for immunity can get away with offences outlined in the Crimes Decree.

“This is not the case.

There are limitations.” The AG says the CCF are telling untruths and spreading lies to the grassroots under the banner of a supposedly civil society organisations describing it as a “great travesty not only of justice but great travesty of what this booklet is doing and what this organization is doing being funded by foreign government.” The government acquired a copy of the booklet when it convened a meeting with the NGO coalition on Tuesday.

“In the course of the discussion, which actually was very good, CCF gave to this office the handbook which is apparently a booklet CCF is taking around throughout Fiji at the grass root level even translated into vernaculars and according to them is simply a information booklet in very plain English language as to what is contained in the constitution.” The government is not aware on the number of copies that are in circulation.

It is believed that the booklet has been in circulation since late last year.

Fijilive

 26) Former Fiji PM Chaudhry Found Guilty, Can’t Contest Election

Labour Leader free on parole as he awaits sentencing

By Shalveen Chand

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, April 5, 2014) – Former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry was convicted yesterday by the High Court in Suva of breaching the Exchange Control Act.

Justice Paul Madigan reconvened court three hours after the four assessors had unanimously found Chaudhry guilty on three counts.

In an almost packed courtroom, Justice Madigan, in his judgment, said the offence was one of strict liability and all the elements of the offence were proven in the admitted facts.

Under the Exchange Control Act, Fiji residents have to declare to the Reserve Bank of Fiji foreign currency held in overseas banks or bring the money back to Fiji where it can be held in local banks authorised by RBF to deal with foreign currency. Also under the Act, Chaudhry faces a maximum jail time of two years and or a fine of three times the value of what has been kept in the banks abroad.

The conviction also means Chaudhry is no longer eligible to be a candidate for the 2014 election as provided in the Constitution and the Electoral Decree 2014.

Section 56(2)(g) of the Constitution and Section 23(4)(g) of the Electoral Decree state that a person is eligible to be nominated as a candidate for election to parliament only if the person has not, at any time during the eight years before being nominated, been convicted of any offence under any law for which the maximum penalty is a term of imprisonment of 12 months or more.

Justice Madigan said Chaudhry never denied that he was a Fiji resident, that he did have foreign currency in banks abroad, that the money was held by an overseas bank that was not authorised by the RBF to do so, and that he allowed the investment of his money without the approval of the RBF.

He said Chaudhry was made aware of the law by a letter from RBF solicitors in November 2009 but there was no attempt to repatriate the money.

Justice Madigan said he found Chaudhry guilty on all three counts.

Chaudhry was allowed bail until sentencing but has been told not to access funds abroad either directly or indirectly. He was also has been told not to travel abroad.

Defence counsel Matthew Hutchings asked the court to have mitigation and sentence submissions on May 1.

He said the defence needed time to prepare as the RBF had already given a schedule of fines to the prosecution for the offences Chaudhry had been convicted of.

He added Chaudhry was 72 years old and had a cardiac problem for which he travelled abroad regularly.

Justice Madigan said for the interest of justice, he would allow the convict time to prepare his mitigation and set May 1 for the court to hear the mitigation and sentencing submissions.

Fiji Times Online.

27) CCF spreading lies, says Fiji Attorney-General

By Online Editor
1:05 pm GMT+12, 07/04/2014, Fiji

FIJI’S Attorney- General, Aiyaz Sayed -Khaiyum, has accused the Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) of telling lies in its interpretation of the 2013 Constitution contained in a booklet.

And he has called on it to withdraw the booklet and he will also be writing to the donors explaining the situation. When asked whether action would be taken if CCF refused,Sayed-Khaiyum said they would wait for CCF’s response before a decision was made.

CCF executive director Akuila Yabaki could not be reached to comment.

A booklet, titled “Citizen’s Constitutional Forum 2013 Fiji Government Constitution,” is believed to have been in circulation.

The Attorney-General said it contains “so many factual inaccuracies with deliberate omission and deliberate addition.”

He has also called on the public not to believe in it.

“It’s a great travesty not only of justice but great travesty of what this booklet is doing and what this organisation is doing being funded by foreign governments,” he said.

“Going down to grassroot people and spreading misinformation. They are spreading them lies. They are telling them untruths under the banners of the supposedly civil society organisations which is waging propaganda.

“And all of us need to be very annoyed by this because we want ordinary Fijians to have the right information, to be informed by facts. Let them make up their mind. It does not mention at a single time the fact there was widespread consultation on the constitution. Not a single time.”

One of the issues highlighted by  Sayed-Khaiyum, as outlined in the booklet, was the freedom from compulsory arbitrary acquisition of property where they talk about the rights and protection of the iTaukei, Rotuman and Banaban lands.

The booklet states that “however a written law may authorise compulsory acquisition of property when necessary for the public purposes and on the basis that the owner be promptly paid the agreed compensation.”

Sayed-Khaiyum said: “Compulsory acquisition has always been part of Fiji in the British times. Section 9 of the 1990 Constitution had compulsory acquisition. Section 40: 2 of the 1997 constitution had compulsory acquisition and that is for public purposes.

“This has been the case, however, the manner in which CCF has put it seems to have indicated to landowners whether you are customary owners or the freehold title owners that at anytime the State could come in to buy this land and take it away from you.

“What is more damaging about this page is that the CCF fails to mention the new provision in the 2013 new Constitution that if the state no longer requires the land for public purposes that it must therefore give back that land. That is the first time such a provision has been included in any constitution and the CCF has failed to mention that.”.

Meanwhile, Khaiyum says politicians are known to stir things up but it appears non-government organisations are doing it also.

Referring to a controversial booklet put out by the Citizens’ Constituion Forum, he said in Suva yesterday:

“It is of a great concern.

“This is the very same people who go up to various organisations, internationally and locally and portray themselves as independent when they are not.”

Last Tuesday he met representatives of NGOs, Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre, Fiji Women’s Rights Movement and CCF who sought clarification on some provisions of the Electoral Decree.

During the meeting he was handed a copy of the booklet, titled Citizens’ Constitutional Forum 2013 Fiji Government Constitution, which CCF said it is taking to the grassroots to explain in simple English the Constitution.

The AG said: “Unfortunately to our great astonishment, when we went through this booklet, we found a number of lies and lies on what’s in and what’s not in the Constitution.

“It’s very worrying because we understand activities such as this are being funded of course by foreign entities and governments etc. But more to the point is that CCF supposedly an independent, impartial NGO or member of the civil society is here telling lies to the public of Fiji.

“In this book there have been so many factual inaccuracies, deliberate omission and deliberate addition.

“It has been repeatedly said on many occasions that people must present the facts as they are. Whose flags are they flying? Can you say CCF is impartial? What is their agenda?”.

SOURCE: FIJI SUN/PACNEWS

MEDIA

28) So long, Laisa Taga

By Online Editor
09:47 am GMT+12, 07/04/2014, Fiji

Former Adi Cakobau School sprint queen and then trailblazing woman news media executive Laisa Taga passed away at her home in Cunningham, Suva, Friday.

Taga, 56, the first woman editor of a daily newspaper in Fiji, died surrounded by her family, including her son Aisake Niumataiwalu Tarogi , after battling cancer.

Fiji Sun Publisher/CEO Peter Lomas, who first recruited Taga as a journalist on the original Fiji Sun, said:

“Laisa was a remarkable journalist and editor. She led and influenced through deeds, rather than talking. She made a true difference in many lives. But one of her most enduring legacies is showing the way for the women who are editors and news executives today.”

“Laisa was also never afraid to stand up for what she believed. She was removed from her job as executive producer of our first local TV news. She had refused to bow to political pressure on stories from ministers in Ratu Mara’s interim government.”

The eldest of the five siblings Taga will be remembered as a caring sister in their family.

Mosese Taga said: “Our dearest sister was a pillar of strength for us being the eldest in the family. She was always concerned with our well being and always there to help when required.

“We are very proud of her and we will miss her forever. There will be no one else like Laisa to us.”
She did wonders for Adi Cakobau in secondary school athletics in 100 metres and 200 metres events.

The Votua, Lekutu, Bua, native won three consecutive national secondary schools titles on the athletics track.

She set records which stood for years. She represented Fiji in athletics including the 1974 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand.

Former national athletics champion Albert Miller said Taga will be remembered in athletics by her powerful running style.

He said: “Laisa will be missed by all. I can remember her back in the days when she used to run for her school Adi Cakobau School in the 70s. She was always quick for her time.

“She was a very powerful 100m and 200m runner.”

From ACS she went to the University of the South Pacific in Suva. She entered journalism as a cadet on the original Fiji Sun.

Her talent was obvious. She won a scholarship to study journalism in Australia.

After graduating Taga joined the Ministry of Information. She became executive producer of the first local TV news bulletins broadcast in Fiji.

After the differences with the then Mara interim government ministers she returned to the private sector. She became managing editor of the Daily Post – when it was at its peak – and the first woman to edit a daily paper in Fiji.

Taga then accepted an offer to join the region’s biggest magazine publishing company, Islands Business International. She became the group’s editor-in-chief, a position she held until her death.

This included producing the biggest magazines in the Pacific Islands, Air Niugini’s Paradise and Air Pacific’s former Islands, and business and trade magazines.

The respect with which Taga was held locally and regionally in the media led to her being elected to senior positions in the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA).

PINA board member representing the print media industry Leone Cabenatabua said: “The passing away of Laisa Taga is indeed a very sad day for the media industry not only in Fiji but throughout the Pacific. For us in the print industry, it is a day of agony as we’ve lost someone who we look up to all the time and is always ready to share her mind on issues that will make us become a better journalist.

“For us many journalists, we will always remember Ms Taga as a woman of substance. Yes, she was a woman of positive influence and meaning.

“And throughout the years  Taga has mentored many of us who have excelled in the field of journalism. Today, she is no longer with us but in our hearts we will always have a special place for her.”….

SOURCE: FIJI SUN/PACNEWS

BUSINESS

29) New Pacific exporter survey breaks new ground

Updated 7 April 2014, 18:09 AEST
By Jemima Garrett

The first ever survey of Pacific exporters has just been launched, in an effort to get detailed information for potential investors.

The aim is to get a detailed picture of opportunities and challenges for Pacific businesses so trade ministers from Pacific Islands Forum countries can better target their action to support exports.

The survey is being coordinated by regional business and tourism promoter, Pacific Islands Trade and Invest, Sydney.

The company’s senior trade and investment commissioner Caleb Jarvis told Pacific Beat the initiative is ground breaking.

“We are in a region where there is lots of exciting exports happening but there is a complete absence of good quality data out there, in particular about exporters and tourism operators so we expect that the data from this survey is really going to assist us creating solutions in the future.”

The data collection exercise is being undertaken by the Sydney-based market research firm ACAResearch, which has formulated questions on pacificexportsurvey.com, targetted towards attaining more information about exporters in the region.

“We need to get a snapshot about who are the Pacific Island exporters so in terms of size of business, where they reside, what type of products they sell, where they are currently exporting,” said Caleb Jarvis, of Pacific Islands Trade and invest.

“There is wide difference in terms of …you know there is big mining and exploration companies exporting huge volumes mining and energy type commodities out from the region and at the other end of the spectrum we’ve got small vanilla farmers who are exporting directly to markets in Europe and Japan and Australia.”

Mr Jarvis says there are significant challenges in getting enough exporters to complete the survey.

He says the efforts would require the assistance of regional agencies such as business chambers, councils, national tourism offices, government departments and investment promotion authorities.ttp://www.radioaustralia.net.au/

30) Shock followed by growth forecast for Solomon Islands economy

By Online Editor
4:16 pm GMT+12, 07/04/2014, Solomon Islands

A regional economist says the Solomon Islands economy is likely to suffer following last week’s devastating floods but growth should rebound in the medium term.

Emma Veve of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) says damage to the port in the capital Honiara and roads in and out are a concern for the country’s key logging industry.

The ADB had earlier projected a slight pick up in growth to three percent for this year after last year’s moderated growth due to lower earnings from logging, agriculture and mining.

Veve says an infrastructure rebuild should see a return to growth in six to eighteen months.

“Certainly in the immediate aftermath of the disaster there’s a shock to the economy, a negative shock. You see a decline in agricultural production, you see job losses. Government needs to come in fairly quickly and start to provide food for people, help people start rebuilding homes.”.

SOURCE: RNZI/PACNEWS

31) ANZ announces support for Trade Pasifika 2016 in PNG

By Online Editor
10:04 am GMT+12, 07/04/2014, Fiji

ANZ has announced its sponsorship commitment to the next Trade Pasifika, scheduled to be held in Papua New Guinea in 2016.

ANZ was the Gold Sponsor of the regional trade event that was held last week in Suva. Trade Pasifika showcased agriculture, aquaculture and tourism products from across the Pacific.

“Trade Pasifika 2014 presented a great opportunity to connect on matters of great importance for the sustainable development and long-term prosperity of Pacific nations through trade,” said ANZ CEO Pacific and CEO Fiji, Vishnu Mohan.

“We were very proud to support Trade Pasifika in 2012 and again this year as Gold Sponsors, and I am pleased to announce our commitment to support Trade Pasifika once again when it is held in Papua New Guinea in 2016.”

Mohan commended the decision to hold the next Trade Pasifika in Papua New Guinea, where ANZ has had a presence for over 100 years. “We see great potential for Pacific businesses to draw from PNG’s experiences,” said  Mohan.

“As a nation rich in resources and trading opportunities, and with important connectivity to Asian markets, we see PNG as an ideal ‘next stop’ for Trade Pasifika.”

Mohan said that ANZ launched a major report on PNG’s future last October, highlighting the significant potential that exists for the nation to benefit from Asia’s growing demand for natural resources and agricultural commodities

The ANZ insight report, “Bold Thinking: Imagining PNG in the Asian Century”, highlights that PNG’s resources sector has the potential to grow export revenues at least fourfold to US$23 billion per annum by 2030.
SOURCE: ANZ/PACNEWS

32) Regional meet focuses on best EPA deal

By Online Editor
4:11 pm GMT+12, 07/04/2014, Fiji

Pacific ACP Trade and Fisheries officials meet in Suva Monday  to identify a strategy to secure a lasting and development-focused EPA agreement for regional countries ahead of negotiations with the European Union (EU).

The meeting’s chairperson and Fiji’s Trade and Industry Ministry Permanent Secretary, Shaheen Ali, says he has also set his sights to focus the meet on mapping a way forward to successfully achieve a better Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA).

Speaking at the opening of the meet in Suva today, Ali said the focus is to develop an EPA agreement that is government friendly and would bring benefits to everyone.

“It is therefore, incumbent upon us as Senior Trade and Fisheries Officials to discuss and recommend a negotiating strategy to our Ministers and Leaders that secures an agreement on an EPA that has a lasting developmental impact in our countries.

“I want to reiterate that only as a consolidated and unified group – working together – we can hope to be successful. We need to be both stronger and smarter – to have a lot more unity of purpose – to successfully conclude an agreement that benefits us all,” Ali said. He adds that Fiji wants the best EPA for the region.

“From Fiji’s stand-point, we want one EPA for the region, the best EPA, an EPA that is development oriented, and that means getting Papua New Guinea to join us, to conclude one agreement that covers us all.”

The meeting will also focus on other trade-related issues, including EPA Strategy, Development Cooperation, Aid for Trade, Hubs and Spokes, and an update on the work on the United States and Pacific Island country arrangements as well as an update on possible trade arrangement with China.

“With your commitment and support, we will be able to propose progressive recommendations to our Ministers that will take our region forward,” Ali told officials.

SOURCE: FIJI LIVE/PACNEWS

LAW&ORDER

33) PNG/Indonesia border crossing to stay shut until weekend

7 April 2014.

A Papua New Guinea-Indonesia border post closed due to armed clashes last weekend, will remain shut until the end of this week.

The PNG Defence Force is monitoring the developments in the region, while keeping surveillance of the Wutung border post and protecting the lives of Papua New Guineans.

The PNG foreign minister says the government has expressed its concerns to the Indonesian ambassador.

An Indonesian military commander based in Papua, Christian Zebua, told the Jakarta Post the government would use the closure to repair facilities damaged during the clashes.http://www.radionz.co.nz/

34) Rebels border threat

By Online Editor
09:44 am GMT+12, 07/04/2014, Papua New Guinea

There is a build-up of OPM rebels on the Papua New Guinea-Indonesia border, says an intelligence official currently on the ground.

The increasing presence of members of the Organisasi Papua Merdeka (OPM) coincides with PNG lodging an official protest note with the Indonesian government yesterday over developments on the border.

According to the official, OPM rebels were wearing sky blue berets and wondering around the area known as “Batas”.

Last Friday they lowered the Indonesian flag, burnt the PNG Government’s border administration facility and proceeded to raise the West Papuan and UN flags.

A day later the rebels fired about 60 rounds of ammunition into the Indonesian government-controlled Batas area, which is like a free trade zone for travellers and traditional border crossers. The Indonesian military did not return fire but they continue to beef up their presence in the volatile region.

The rebels’ wearing of the blue beret has also confused authorities as they are normally worn by UN peacekeeping forces.

“The wearing of the blue sky berets now poses a lot of questions and threats,” the official said, though he added the berets could have been fakes purchased from shops in Jayapura.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs and Immigration, Rimbink Pato confirmed yesterday that Indonesian Ambassador Andrias Sitepu was called to the Department of Foreign Affairs Office to receive a diplomatic note presented by the Acting Secretary of Foreign Affairs, William Dihm setting out the concerns of the Papua New Guinea Government about the recent border incidents.

The PNG Defence Force is monitoring the developments in the region, while keeping surveillance of the Wutung border post and protecting Papua New Guinean lives. “They have instructed the local villagers not go to their gardens or not to venture into the bush as the areas is crawling with OPM rebels,” the source said.

It is understood most of the OPM rebels are from the Wamena tribe in the Highlands region of West Papua.

Coincidentally, there are three Wamena settlements in the Sandaun Province especially in the Vanimo Green open electorate.  Three years ago the PNG Government undertook a special operation code-named “Sunset Merona” to capture, arrest and deport OPM rebels.

“The alleged rebels fled before the PNG authorities got here and came back when everyone went back to Port Moresby,” he said while highlighting that the locals do not need passports and visas to move across the border.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS

SPORTS

35) Vanuatu beach boys miss out on Youth Olympics

7 April 2014

The Vanuatu boys beach volleyball team have failed to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games.

The team of Steward Charlie and Jean Vitdio Pakoa were beaten by Thailand in the opening pool match in Khanom, Thailand before proving too strong for the Maldives.

In a must win match against Qatar Vanuatu lost the opening set 21-18, won the second 21-19 but couldn’t maintain their resurgance losing the deciding set 15-10 to finish in a share of ninth place.Radio New Zealand Int.

36) Manuca sees red as Tafea upsets Hekari
By Online Editor
4:23 pm GMT+12, 07/04/2014, Fiji

Fijian international Tuimasi Manuca did not have the best start in this season’s OFC Champions League opener against Tafea FC this afternoon at Govind Park as his side lost 3-1 while he had to make an early exit after getting a direct red card.

The most experienced Fijian in the competition did not impress in attacking play for the 2010 champs who struggled from the opening whistle.

Stylish striker Dalong Damalip got the first goal for Tafea in the 9th minute of play and Joses Nawo added the second from a powerhouse attempt in the 29th minute.

Hekari pulled one back before halftime through a Tutizama Tanito penalty.

The Western heat took its toll on both teams in the second spell forcing the coaches to make changes to keep their players active and going till the final whistle.

While Hekari toiled hard to grab the equaliser, Tafea played with a lot of confidence and defended well.

An off the ball incident inside the Tafea box saw the match referee Matt Conger send Manuca off.

Replacement Don Mansale scored Tafea’s third and final goal in the 84th minute.

Tafea FC temporarily leads Group C with 3 points.

source: FIJI LIVE/PACNEWS

37) Unbeaten run ends

Dpa
Monday, April 07, 2014

BERLIN – Augsburg ended Bayern Munich’s record run of 53 league games without defeat with a 1-0 win victory in the Bundesliga yesterday.

Bayern coach Pep Guardiola rested a raft of first-team players ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League quarter-final encounter with Manchester United.

Bavarian neighbours Augsburg — who had never beaten Bayern in the Bundesliga — took full advantage with a first-half winner from Sascha Moelders after Mitchell Weiser on his Bayern debut lost the ball to Daniel Baier.

“No complaints. We lost because the opponents were a little bit better than us,” Guardiola said.

“We fought and tried a lot. That’s football, that’s sport — you can’t always win. Sooner or later there will be a defeat. We accept that and now have to prepare for Manchester United as soon as possible.”

In relegation tussles, VfB Stuttgart downed Freiburg 2-0 to move out of the bottom three, while Nuremberg slipped to second last after a 2-0 defeat at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach.

Second-placed Borussia Dortmund came from behind to beat Wolfsburg 2-1 to go three points clear of rivals Schalke, who drew 1-1 at Werder Bremen, while Eintracht Frankfurt beat neighbours Mainz 2-0.

Bayern, who have captured the title in record time and had won their last 10 away games, were finally defeated in a match which had offered Guardiola the opportunity to rest players ahead of United’s visit on Wednesday.

Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben and captain Philipp Lahm were left out of the squad. In came reserve-team full-backs Ylli Sallahi and Weiser on their debuts, while Danish midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg started for the first time.

David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, Mario Goetze, Thomas Mueller and Dante were on the substitutes’ bench.

38) Waratahs end tour on a high

Aap
Monday, April 07, 2014

CANBERRA – The NSW Waratahs ground down the Stormers 22-11 in Cape Town to finish their South African tour on a high with their first away win of the Super Rugby season.

The two-try arm-wrestle was exactly the type of low-scoring affair one would expect against the defensively-strong Stormers at Newlands.

Both sides entered yesterday match without a number of key players, but ill-discipline late in the game by the Stormers allowed the Waratahs to kick away through a string of penalty goals.

The win means the Waratahs are just the second side from 20 attempts this year to win a game after crossing the Indian Ocean, lifting them to fourth on the table.

Waratahs No.15 Kurtley Beale had more of a playmaking role at fullback in Israel Folau’s absence, constantly hitting runners on the inside near the fringe of the ruck.

“He’s got great skills Kurtley, great vision, him coming in there at second receiver adds a lot more to our attack and I was really happy with his performance,” Waratahs captain Dave Dennis said.

The Waratahs dominated territory and possession, especially early, but constantly turned over the ball before delivering a five-point blow.

It was frustrating to watch NSW coach Michael Cheika, who has been in the media in recent weeks for his fiery passion, was seen laughing heartily in the coach’s box at a decision made by referee Glen Jackson against his side when they were hot on attack.

Halfback Nick Phipps scored the opening try in the 13th minute after swooping on an untidy Stormers scrum to put his side up 7-3.

But the home side soon hit back when ever-elusive centre Juan de Jongh made his second line break of the match to put winger Kobus van Wyk over in the corner.

Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley knocked over three points to give his side a slender 10-8 lead into the break.

Two Waratahs penalties after half time gave the visitors a handy eight-point lead.

No.13 du Jongh then went over a second time, only to be controversially denied by the TMO, however the Stormers had a penalty advantage and sharpshooter Peter Grant reduced the deficit to 16-11.

Another two penalty goals to the Waratahs put them back out to more than a converted try in front at 22-11.

The Stormers pressed hard late, and Phipps was shown a yellow card after the siren, but the Waratahs held strong to deny them a bonus point.

“Just the second half, we couldn’t execute,” Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen said.

39) Leicester wins EPL spot

Afp
Monday, April 07, 2014

LONDON – Leicester City clinched promotion to the Premier League without kicking a ball yesterday as their two main rivals both lost.

Nigel Pearson’s side had already beaten Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 on Friday to move within touching distance of a return to the English top-flight for the first time since 2004.

And the Championship leaders were able to celebrate confirmation of their promotion less than 24 hours later as third-placed QPR lost 2-1 at Bournemouth, while fourth-placed Derby crashed 1-0 at Middlesbrough.

Tommy Elphick and Lewis Grabban scored to win it for Bournemouth either side of Armand Traore’s replay for QPR, while on-loan Chelsea midfielder Nathaniel Chalobah struck in the 69th minute to give Middlesbrough victory over Derby.

Those results ensured a top-two finish for the big-spending Foxes, who are owned by a Thai consortium backed by chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

Leicester’s promotion has been on the cards for several weeks after they surged nine points clear of second placed Burnley thanks to a superb 21-game unbeaten run.

They already have 89 points, two more than Cardiff’s final total when the Welsh club won promotion as second tier champions last season.

With six games still to play, Pearson’s men can focus on finishing top and possibly cracking the 100-point barrier.

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