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ISSUE N O 3227
thursday, april 28 2011
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Ousting of Kilman as PM ‘unconstitutional’: Opposition bloc
By Jane Joshua T he O pposition
Acting DG reinstated, damage claim stands
By Len Garae Formerly dismissed Acting
Director General of Public Utilities and Infrastructure, Jotham Napat’s legal claim for damage for illegal dismissal by former Acting Prime Minister Ham Lini still stands, even though he confirmed his reinstatement to his former post by the newly appointed Prime Minister Serge Vohor this week. Newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Public Utilities and Infrastructure, Joshua Kalsakau, recommended to the Prime Minister for Jotham Napat to be reinstated to his post two days ago and the Acting DG confirmed having already received his “instrumental order” from the State Law Office. The Public Utilities Minister criticised the decision of the former Acting Prime Minister, Ham Lini to terminate him as illegal as it did not follow procedures under the Public Service Act. Mr Napat stated: “I want the court to make a ruling on the issue of damage because there are established procedures in place and politicians cannot abuse their political power to transfer or terminate public servants as they wish.” Napat said he was removed by the Acting Prime Minister on the request of the Minister of Public Utilities at the time, Harry Iauko. But the present Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Public Utilities and Infrastructure criticized the decision to terminate the Acting DG saying it was “illegal”. He pointed out that the potential risks involved are that and such illegal actions can prove costly for the Government. o To Page 3
World should not fear China's growth: Australian PM
Exporter says Vanuatu not yet ready for WTO
Guru or phoney
Eight to lodge plea in Publisher's assault
afternoon lodged an urgent amended Constitutional appeal in the Supreme Court against Speaker of Parliament declaring the removal of former Prime Minister (PM) Sato Kilman as ‘unconstitutional’. The Constitutional case has Opposition leader MP Sato Kilman as the First Applicant. The Second Applicants are 12 former ministers in his government: MP for Efate Alfred Carlot, MP for Tanna Harry Iauko, MP for Malekula Don Ken, MP for Banks Dunstan Hilton, MP for Port Vila Moana Kalosil, MP for Santo Marcellino Pipite, MP for Luganville George Wells, MP for Tanna Mokin Stevens,MP for Malekula Esmon Sai, MP for Port Vila Ralph Regenvanu, MP for Ambae James Nwango and MP for Pentecost Ham Lini as Second Applicants, and the Speaker of the Parliament as the First Respondent and the Republic of Vanuatu the Second Respondent. The Applicants say the respondents have acted in breach of the mentioned articles of the Constitution and apply for the following orders, declaration and relief: (I)An order/declaration that the decisions of the First and Second respondent in declaring and removing the First applicant as Prime Minister of Vanuatu dated April 24,2011 as ‘unconstitutional and of no legal effect.’ (II) An order that the ruling of the Speaker of Parliament (First respondent) dated as above removing MP Sato Kilman as PM of Vanuatu as ‘invalid and of no effect’. (III)An order that the ruling and decisions of the First and second respondent dated as in (I) in voting out MP Sato Kilman as Prime Minister be called up and quashed entirely. (IV)Costs and incidental to this application and further orders or remedy as the court deemed fit. The application stated that the First Applicant’s rights as PM are protected by
Removal of Kilman as Prime Minister unconstitutional: MP Carcasses law and he can only removed from office by virtue of Article 43(2) of the Constitution which states: “Parliament may pass a motion of no confidence in the Prime Minister. At least one week’s notice of such a motion shall be given to the Speaker of Parliament and the motion must be signed by one-sixth of the members of Parliament. “If it supported by an absolute majority of the members of Parliament, the Prime Minister and other ministers shall cease to hold office but shall continue to exercise their functions until a new PM is elected.” o To Page 6
[ 2 ] vanuatu Daily Post | Thursday April 28, 2011
By Jane Joshua P reparations
way with six days countdown to celebrate the international Midwives Day at the Vila Central Hospital next Thursday. On this important day the midwives will be celebrating with the help of medical staff their achievements, highlighted education wise by midwives furthering their education and representing Vanuatu at conferences and what they hoped to achieve in the upcoming 12 months. Reviving the 2011’s theme “The world needs midwives now more than ever” the hardworking midwives at the Vila Central Hospital are honing in on Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5. On Goal 4(Reduce Child Mortality) to reduce by two thirds the mortality rate
Midwives hone in on MDGs 4 and 5 Kilman explains why Alliance ousted Natapei
are under -
among children under five and the Infant mortality rate and Goal 5 (improve maternal health-indicators)reduce by three quarters the maternal mortality ratio and the proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel. According to the UN’s “Why do the MDGs matter?” midwives can help reduce child mortality-nearly 11 million children under the age of five die in the world every day, most from easily preventable or treatable causes. And Midwives can help to improve maternal healthonly 28 in 100 women giving birth are attended by trained health personnel in the least developed countries (Action Aid). According to the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (FIGO- the only global organ-
isation representing gynaecologists and obstetricians, with member associations in 124 countries/territories) there is an urgent, critical need to recruit skilled health workers, notably midwives, in developing countries. More than half a million women die in pregnancy and childbirth every year - one death every minute. Of these deaths, 99 per cent are in developing countries. Celebrating May 5 as the International Midwives’ Day was originally launched by the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM) in 1992 as a day on which to celebrate midwifery and to highlight the importance of midwives’ work worldwide. The basic services midwives routinely provide to protect the health of the mother and baby include: •Caring for women during
pregnancy, childbirth and the postnatal period •Treating complications due to miscarriages and/or unsafe abortions •Providing newborn care •Providing pre-pregnancy advice and health education •Recognising and addressing problems in women and newborns before, during and after childbirth •Offering general health information, including reproductive health care and family planning •Assisting women to successfully breastfeed •Referring women and newborns for higher level care when complications arise during and after pregnancy and childbirth •Providing additional health services in communities such as immunisations and treatment of common illnesses’.
By Ricky Binihi The unity of
was at the verge of crashing so Alliance Leader Sato Kilman was forced to remove the reins of power from former Prime Minister Edward Natapei in last December's is motion of no confidence. Prime Minister Sato Kilman made the revelations on Sunday morning in Parliament before he was ousted later that morning by Natapei’s Vanua’aku Pati, the Union of Moderate Parties, the Labour Party and the Vanuatu Republican Party. The leader of the Alliance and President of the People’s Progressive Party said he made “several attempts” to the then Prime Minister Natapei requesting that he
allocate an extra ministerial portfolio to the Alliance. But the VP- led-government at that time did not listen to the grievances of the Alliance and Kilman toppled Natapei in a motion of no trust which the media was barred from covering. Deposed PM Kilman told Parliament that he even briefed Natapei in the morning at the Port Vila International Airport on December 2 last year about the imminent threat of a motion of no confidence. Kilman told Parliament he made attempts to contact Natapei “until the last minute” but he could not get his contact overseas before Natapei was ousted in the floors of Parliament.
Exporter says Vanuatu not yet ready for WTO
By Royson Willie T he exporter of T amanu
to the United States of America and Noni juice to China, Joseph Jacobe, has said Vanuatu is not yet ready to join the World Trade Organisation (WTO). He said if Vanuatu joins WTO it would lead to certain downfall for the local industries. Jacobe said the local industry does not have the technology and resources to export its product at this stage that would meet highest international standards. The long-time local producer made this comment in support of a recent article by the Vanuatu Association of Non Government Organisation (VANGO) on Vanuatu and WTO. “As former chairman of the
Vanuatu Chamber of Commerce for 13 years, I am one of those who strongly oppose Vanuatu’s accession into the WTO. “We do not have the capacity and technique to compete with others like the European Union and other countries. “We only have our root crops and other local products that we can export. “I export Tamanu and Noni to America and China but the quantity is small. “The products also do not meet the quality of a finished product because I am sending raw material. “By joining WTO at this stage will only lead to the country’s demise,” he said. Jacobe who lives on his farm
says the best way forward is for experts to be brought in to carry out a feasibility study to find the country’s capability for export to countries in Europe for example. If there is potential then a company from Europe should set up in every province that will then buy local produce and process Vanuatu’s products such as root crops and kava in a standard that meets that of Europe for export because at this stage Vanuatu does not have that capability, he said. Mr Jacobe has 8,000 Noni trees but that is not enough for export, he says, and he is planting another 20,000. He is also planting 1,500 to 2,000 Tamanu trees to assist his supply from Malekula. But that is still not enough for export, he said.
Courtesy Vanuatu Meteo Office Call 22932
Yesterday’s recorded weather variables (8am-8am)
A low pressure, north of New Zealand, extends a trough to the southeast of Vanuatu, while a ridge of high pressure exists over the southern group.
Forecast for today:
Cloudy conditions with few showers and thunder expected over the group. Light to moderate northeast, east and southeast winds persist throughout.
E/NE winds 12/17 knots expected over the northern and central waters while E/SE winds 12/17 knots over the channel and southern waters; light to moderate seas to 1.0 metre.
Rainfall (mm) Max. Temp (•c) Min. Temp (•c)
0.2 32.0 21.5 1.20
NIL 21.0 23.0 13:49 20:10
4.0 30.5 21.5
NIL /// 24.7 1.09 0.51
Trace //// 22.9
NIL 30.0 17.0
NIL 30.2 22.0
WEATHER REPORTS DAILY AT 6AM, 10AM AND 3PM FROM THE VANUATU METEOROLOGICAL OFFICE
Today: 05-59 Tomorrow: 05-5
Today: 17-30 Tomorrow:17-30
TEL: 22932 WEBSITE: www.meteo.gov.vu
vanuatu Daily Post | Thursday April 28, 2011 [ 3 ]
By Staff Reporter The case
Eight to lodge plea in Publisher’s assault
allegations of assault by eight suspects and former minister for Public Utilties and Infrastructure, MP Harry Iauko on Daily Post Publisher Marc Neil Jones and threats to Daily Post staff has been adjourned for plea to May 5.
In confirming that all suspects will be appearing for plea on that date the office of the Police Prosecution advised that MP Harry Iauko could not appear in Court on April 21, Thursday as it clashed with the Parliament sitting to debate the motion of no confidence against the now leader of Opposition.
Under Section (4) Exercise of Process of the Members of Parliament (Powers and Privileges) Act [Cap 95] no process issued by any court shall be served or executed within the precincts of Parliament during the course of a session of Parliament or any committee thereof.
Meanwhile Daily Post is prepared to run a private prosecution on criminal charges against MP Iauko with the former Solicitor General of Solomon Islands Appeal Court judge Nathan Moshinsky agreeing to assist Daily Post pro bono if asked. But the Public Prosecutor has
advised former minister of Justice Ralph Regenvanu that she will not allow this and will handle the case against the eight men including and the former minister herself. Police interrogation has since been completed and over three charges leveled against the individual suspects who were arrest-
ed and bailed. The initial court sitting for mention on April 7 was adjourned after the Judiciary closed doors to pay respect to the passing away of a staff and rescheduled to Thursday April 21. Two months has elapsed since the assault.
ANZ kids colouring competition winners get started with savings
Over 2,000 Primary
school children aged 6 to 12 from schools on Efate and Santo took part in a Colouring Competition organised by ANZ as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations themed “ANZ Vanuatu – 40 Yia nao insaed long komuniti blong yumi”. The children’s colourful pictures were put up on display in ANZ branches in Vila and Santo for customers to see during the whole month of March. Ten lucky winners were selected by ANZ and were rewarded with an ANZ Fast Saver Account and 10,000VT cash deposit each.
2nd defendants in VP trial withdraw statements
By Jane Joshua Two defendants
Five of the ten winners and Shane Freeman, CEO Vanuatu & Pacific South East, with their prize-winning colourings at ANZ Port Vila branch. Shane Freeman, ANZ CEO Vanuatu & Pacific South East, and Kalo Simon, ANZ Community Officer congratulated the winners during a get together and encouraged the children and the parents to use the new savings accounts and cash deposit as a “good start to developing a savings culture” for the children. Kalo Simon will be following up on the children’s savings and offering ANZ’s help in educating the children about the importance of savings and how to save. ANZ’s services in Vanuatu include branches in Port Vila and Luganville, an agency in the Wilco store, the widest electronic banking network in Vanuatu with 17 ATMs and more than 260 Point of Sale machines installed in Vila, Santo and Tanna and a Mobile Rural Banking service which currently provides regular banking services for more than 16 villages on Efate.
Eleven Force members end career
By Thompson Marango The Vanuatu Police Force
(VPF) saw the departure of 11 long time servicing officers who finally retired from their national duty as members of the force Tuesday this week. The retirees made their last march at the Independence Park, an historic venue where most of them first marched in to join the force decades ago. In their honor in the presence of the newly appointed Minister for Internal Affairs, Patrick Crowby, a colorful parade was staged by the paramilitary branch of the Vanuatu Police Force and the Maritime Wing. After years serving under different commands and administrations the outgoing officers marched-out with a lot of life experiences in policing and security of the nation, regional and international peacekeeping deployments.
withdrawn their statements in the Vanua’aku Pati (VP) trial. Day two of the VP trial has seen Supreme Court judge, Justice (CJ)Vincent Lunabek adjourning the case to 9am today for the Claimant’s lawyer to reassess the implications of two withdrawn statements after advising that “the legal implications of the withdrawal can be considered separately”. The request for more time came from the claimant’s lawyer E.Nalyal in the wake of the withdrawal of sworn statements from 2nd defendants in the case-MP for Tongoa Constituency and now current minister for Health Willie Rueben Abel and his wife Merilyn Abel when the VP trial kicked off on Tuesday. The claimant’s in the case are (Tongoa) Banita-elected VP congress-VP president Edward Natapei et al. and Defendant’s from Lumbukuti-elected VP president Harry Iauko.
The Supreme Court heard that the claimant’s have 25 sworn statements, three of which are filed by the VP faction president Natapei to support the claimants-one on May 26, 2010, the second on February 11, 2011 and the third on 15 March, 2011, the relevance of the last one is questioned by the CJ as Mr. Nalyal maintained that “no matter the statements are withdrawn evidence is applicable and relevant to the applicant” to which CJ Lunabek pointed out that evidence in chief is a matter of fact. Defense Lawyer S.Hakwa acquiesced to the rational behind the adjournment. CJ Lunabek has also called on the legal counsels representing the two factions of the Vanua’aku Pati to produce background events leading up to the differences in the VP congress on Tongoa. It will assist in the advancement of the trial. Once the case is opened cross examination of witnesses (oral testimonies) can go ahead.
Marching to retirement…outgoing officers in civilian clothes “It is important that the government of Vanuatu recognises their experiences and involve them in important national undertakings in the future,” said Police Commissioner, Joshua Bong. “With their departure I am sure that the Force will be missing many of their special skills and values and personal qualities. “On behalf of the VPF I would like to say a big thank you for the big commitments, sacrifices and contributions that each one of you has given the nation during your time with the force. “Without your support and contribution the force could not have reached the current level that it has accomplished and our nation couldn’t have enjoyed the climate of security we have." Not all the retire's where present during the parade but they will all be leaving the force with their entitlements. The outgoing officers were stationed in both Port Vila and Santo.
o From Front Page While confirming his reappointment as Acting DG of Public Utilities and Infrastructure, Napat said first of all he intends to make an upto-date review of the road works project that he had
Acting DG reinstated, damage claim stands
introduced before his removal, in order to see where he stands regarding the urgent need to repair the deteriorating streets of the Capital. Napat is also the Director of Vanuatu Meteorological Service.
[ 4] VANUATU DAILY POST | Thursday April 28, 2011
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: 25099 Contributors: Annie Samuels, Erick Emele, Seman Dalesa, Josephine Kalsuak, Tina Llo,Judy Bani,Leias Kaltovei.
Road Safety To Be Reconsidered
ON THURSDAY 21ST OF APRIL,
as everybody were getting organized for the long easter weekend Lukie Kal a nine year old boy with mixed parentage of Epi and Ambae was on his way home, he went into one of the shop close to his school and bought some elastics, as he came out of the shop one of his friends was standing on the other side of the road called him, when he started crossing the road he dropped some of the elastics, as he was leaning to pick them up, a bus coming from the opposite direction hit him. He was then rushed to the hospital by a couple of teachers, the doctors who were on call that evening assured the teachers that everything would be okay. Things did not turn out as it was expected, as on the early hours of easter Monday Lukie passed away at the Vila Central hospital, the teachers of Vila North School were shocked to hear the sad news. The school management decided that the classes will be postponed to Wednesday as the teachers and the students pay their tribute to the boy’s family. Sisters Toktok caught up with the head of the school and was told that the school would take strict measures to try as much as possible to eliminate such accidents. The head of the school continued to stress that while the management is trying its best to address such issues, parents and guardians have to be informed that the school is only responsible for students whilst they are in the school compound and that once the classes end at 2pm of each day, and the children leave the school compound, it is no longer their responsibilities. Parents must and should take the full responsibilities of the well being of their children, especially the young ones that still need a lot of attention, the management has noticed that very young children are going to and from home with very little or no supervision. The school head questions whose responsibility is it? When such situations come about. As from today the school gates will be locked to prevent children going to the shops at lunch time and during the tea breaks. Drivers have to take extra care when going past schools, a lot of drivers have this mentality that the road users at all times give way to them since they are the ones that pay road tax.. Such mentality does not reﬂect the majurity and responsibilities of the drivers. The Trafﬁc section of the Police force also
conﬁrmed that a lot of drivers especially Buses and Taxi drivers are very careless especially within the schools, and continue to say that the school management should take extra measures to ensure the safety of the children. Very often you will ﬁnd that only one teacher is on duty, and when you compare the number of students with the teacher that is on call he or she will not be able to handle all the children during such busy hours.
The Melbourne connection
It is hallo and goodbye for the Melbourne-based Sadler family as former Sound Centre employee Luke Sadler and his wife Joana Sadler (centre from Ambae/Futuna) introduce their cute daughters to South Australia. Holding the other daughter is Joana's sister Karen Bule.
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Gel we i kilim tufala pikinini long Santo…hu i wrong?
Dear Editor, Fest of ol, mi wantem sherem sori blong mi long loss blong famli long tufala pikinini we I lus long wei we tufala I bin lus mo tu long los blong mama blong gel we kot system bai I sarem gel blong hem long prison blong 4 yia from fasin blong step papa blong hem. Mi mi lusum slip long wei we yumi bleimem gel ia from fasin we hemi tru, hemi wan kriminol act blong tekem laef blong naraman. Be whu I rong? Yumi everiwan I bin lukluk nogud long mama blong tufala pikinini ia. Be mi no save hamas pipol I bin stop mo askem stret tingting blong gel ia. Mi ridim nomo se gel ia I talem long kot se papa blong hem I bin fosem hem blong I mekem from hemi wantem kilim hem. I kat plante risen we wan woman bai I wantem kilim pikinini blong hem. Sam risen hemi from hemi sem long ol toktok blong famli mo ol man, laef I had, meibe oli bin repem hem mo hemi no wantem blong kipim pikinini, meibi hemi yang mo I no save wanem blong mekem, meibi hem I traem blong haedem papa from I no wantem ol man I save…mo list I ko on. Insiden long Santo ia I stap haelaetem nao sam veri impoten isiu we yumi mas nid blong tekem aksen agens nao. Long Nasonal level Kavman I saenem konvensen blong raet blong ol pikinini (CRC) mo tu I pasem Famli Proteksen Act (FPA) be hamas risos nao yumi putum I ko blong implimentem ol tingting we I stap long ol loa ia? Mi toktok long tufala loa ia from se gel ia hemi kat 18 yia nomo be papa blong hem I bin kivim fruit ia blong hemi kakae taem hemi kat 15 yia nomo. Definition blong wan pikinini anda long CRC hemi 018years old. Basically, gel ia hemi wan pikinini nomo. Punishment blong smol pikinini gel ia from fasin blong papa blong hem blong brekem trast mo abusum risponsibiliti blong hem, yumi kivim 4 yia long hem long kalabus witaot sapot blong famili blong hem mo mi ges se bai hemi witaot eni kaonseling. Hem I mekem wan wrong- yes. Be hemi wan pikinini. Wanem we gel ia I nidim at tis taem hem comfot blong mama blong hem mo kaonseling blong bringim bak wan healthy mental state blong mind, soul mo spirit blong hem. Hemi I no nidim prison. Hemi no nidim constant rimaenda inside long wol blong prison about behaviour blong hem. Wan adult long posisen of power I bin influensem hem be Hem I nidim asurens se hem i bin mekem wan bikfala wrong be hemi no nid blong liv wetem gilt, shame mo bleimem hem wan mo no realisem potensel blong hem. Long wan wei we societi I pointem ﬁnger long gel ia mo talem se hemi no wan gud mama, ﬁnger ia I poen bak long society blong talem se yumi wan gud societi? Yumi rili lukaotem ol pikinini blong yumi blong oli save gro blong kasem ful potensel blong olgeta? Tu pikinini I lusum laef so yumi ko karem aot laef blong wan mo? Wan pikfala prinsipol blong CRC we kavman I saenem hem “Best Interest of the Child”. Evri samting we yumi mekem we I konsenem wan pikinini, yumi mas olwes askem kwesten ia, samting ia we yumi stap mekem, hemi long best interest blong pikinini ia o nogat? Onli opsen we Judge hemi bin kat hemi blong lokem ap smol gel ia be mi sua se sapos yumi serious about ol pikinini blong yumi bai yumi save aloketem ol risos long ol fom blong jevenile court systems we hemi frenli long ol pikinini mo ol yangfala we yumi no kivim sem panishment long ol kraem blong olgeta olsem ol bikman mo woman o yumi kat ol services blong save givhan long ol famli o wan gel olsem blong I save wok tru long ol trauma o had taem olsem. Hemi gud tumas blong luk ol woksop we ol jif oli stap kat blong strengthenem Kavenans strakja be strakja ia hemi kat valiu nomo sapos I kat ol pipol we oli luk valiu blong hem. Hemi semak long jios tu mo politik strakja. Long taem ikam yumi kat tumas ﬁsikol mo sexual vaelens long hom and yumi olways bleimem ol woman wetem ol pikinini. Be yumi stap mekem eni samting blong stopem ol fasin ia? Fasin blong incest I bikwan be yumi haedem iet. Ol tru man I nid blong lid nao. Yufala I silent longtaem. Ol komuniti lida oli kat bikfala rol blong plei be oli nidim tu trening mo ol risos be above ol , oli nidim visen. Finally, Ol pikinini oli ﬁuja blong yumi, how this garden of Vanuatu looks in the future depends on the weeding and pruning that is done now. We want good pastors, respected chiefs, honest politicians, God-fearing mothers and responsible fathers; we need good structures and systems. We need to invest on our children and young people now. When government and chiefs fail to empower their people, this becomes a form of systemic corruption. For Vanuatu
Vanuatu parliament is nothing but full of no confidence leaders
Dear Editor, Wow! The government has changed again....more million vatu to draw from the 21 billion budget for this year while obviously the many tentative government policies remain unendorsed, service deliveries are weakening to its poor level, highly focused in standard of living surely diminished from top priority agenda, laws remain unchanged and the list goes on. Years up until today, all political parties and the full parliament house have reaped “NO CONFIDENCE STATUS” in their Nakamal in respect of what they sowed. If we recall the movie of the gods must be crazy in Africa ﬁghting over the foreign empty bottle of drink, you will notice that similar action Vanuatu Parliament leaders are doing in this very days by ﬁghting amongst themselves over foreign issues and exaggerated their battle in the change of leadership through the power of “No Conﬁdence” against their neighbours. If a Tanmanok or a big Namaki chief, or someone with a position with high respect in his tribe offers peace support to foreign neighbours yet the two foreign conﬂicting parties did not accept his mission of reconciliation, should that high chief be sacked by his people for his attempted effort to support these foreigners? Very ridiculous to see Vanuatu is the champion in making foreign problem becomes our internal problem and for many circumstances leaders do not see for themselves that it cost 91 Million plus in any change of government which obviously dramatised contrary to that illustrating concept and sack their own leaders. Comparing this huge cost that we are loosing just on changes of government, I am pretty concerned that these foreign problems such as Indonesia/West Papua, China/Taiwan and Australian Aid with China etc. would never give us hope to obtain stability, peace and prosperity. Vanuatu people have opened their eyes and recognised that this parliament is for foreign countries rather than focusing and discussing Vanuatu indigenous needs. Political inﬂuences has increased to its worst state of corruption and looses its purposes and worst of all, the last 2nd extra ordinary session held during the Holy Week and that signiﬁes that ignorance of the purity of the Godliness Standing which we actually claim under our Motto, which may attract curse to our 234,023 population. The worst to worst again, the question of who to trust in parliament rests unanswered therefore, we may begin the mission of change in 2012 national election which I compel all people to make better decision to reimburse the low proﬁle, no standard in governance, ineffective leadership role, incompetent diplomatic relation and unsuccessful service deliveries and political corruption to a proﬁtable economic state. Frustrated citizen
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[ 6] vanuatu Daily Post | Thursday April 28, 2011
Ousting of Kilman as PM ‘unconstitutional’: Opposition bloc
o From Front Page It stated that the "removal of the First Applicant from the post of PM by a vote of no confidence in the Parliament on April 24 was not supported by an 'absolute majority of MPs’ as required by Article 43(2) of the Constitution. Only 26 members voted in the motion to oust Kilman as opposed to the absolute majority in Vanuatu’s 52 member Parliament which is 27 MPs. "The First Respondent’s ruling to accept that the vote of 26 members was sufficient to vote out MP Sato Kilman as PM was unlawful. It was made despite attempts to correct it." The Application also stated that the First Applicant’s rights were infringed directly as the PM in pursuant to Articles 5(1) (d), 39(1) and 41, 42 and 43 of the Constitution and as a result of the first applicant’s removal from office the second applicant’s rights were infringed as ministers of State. The application called for: Leave to amend the constitutional application. An order that time be abridged for the hearing of the urgent application. The enforcement of fundamental rights prescribed by Article 4 of the Constitution and as pursuant to Article 6 of the Constitution and Relief pursuant to provision of Article 53(1) and (2) of the Constitution.
Fiji's media censorship remains
The latest reports from Fiji
confirm that self-appointed prime minister, Frank Bainimarama, has no plan to lift strict media censorship laws imposed two years ago. The military regime is also reportedly blocking public meetings that don't support government interests. Fiji attorney-general, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, says the Public Emergency Regulations won't be lifted until all media organisations are appreciative of the reforms taking place in Fiji. Australia and New Zealand are continuing to push the regime to make definitive moves towards holding democratic elections in 2014.
UN says Fiji government must do more to combat poverty
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Australian mining company's market value wiped
mining company has had almost one third of its market value wiped off in trading on the Australian Stock Exchange, following a statement from the Solomon Islands Government saying its nickel and cobalt exploration licence is invalid.
Axiom Mining Limited informed the Stock Exchange last week that it had been granted an exploration licence in the Isabel Province by the Solomon Islands Mining Minister. But that minister was sacked by Prime Minister Danny Philip just days after he had issued the
licence. Mr Philip's government says it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the matter which it has described as suspicious. Axiom Mining denies any wrong doing. It's shares, which had been
suspended from trading for more than a week, lost ground in early trade today. It's share price continued to fall and closed at 5.6 cents - 30 per cent down on it's closing price on it's last trading day on April 12.
development agency says Fiji's interim regime it is not doing enough to deal with high levels of poverty. Reports are emerging from Fiji of an increase in the number of people begging on the streets of Suva. Fiji has had double digit poverty levels for over a decade. Knut Ostby, the resident
coordinator for the United Nations Development Program in Fiji, says the interim government needs to review its response to the problem. "There have been attempts in Fiji for various social welfare schemes, programs, assistance to elderly destitute and disabled but so far this has not been enough," he said.
PNG water, power supplies restricted for second day
caused a second day of power and water restrictions in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby. Some parts of Port Moresby have now been without water for two days and there have been rolling power blackouts. Several hydro power stations that feed the city were
shutdown yesterday at the request of the local landowners, the Koiari people. They are angry at the murder of a Koiari man in Port Moresby last week and want financial compensation for his death. The city's governor met with them again today but a landowner spokesman says they are still waiting for a
response to their demands. The acting Prime Minister, Sam Abal, has condemned the Koiari's action as illegal but the power and water restrictions continue nonetheless. No arrests made The victim was allegedly stabbed by a man from the Southern Highlands in Papua New Guinea's west. No arrests have been made
so far. Spokesman Bagua Watti says they want $500,000 compensation and the removal of the city's squatter settlements. Authorities say the shutdowns have caused a 20 per cent cut to power generation and a 55 per cent drop to water supplies.
Indonesians stand trial over mob slaying
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standing trial over the gruesome mob slaying of three minority Islamic sect members. A security cordon has been thrown around the court in Serang, west Java, amid fears of further violence from the defendants' radical supporters. The male defendants are accused of inciting violence but not murder, for the death of three members of the
Ahmadiyah sect in February. The accusations come despite a graphic video of the slayings being widely distributed on the internet. Ahmadiyah, unlike mainstream Muslims, do not believe Mohammed was the last prophet and are regarded as heretics and blasphemers by conservatives. If found guilty the men could face between 12 years in jail and death.
Nauru urges developed nations to cut emissions
level rise is the most
terrifying impact of climate change on its members, says the incoming chair of the Alliance of Small Island States at the United Nations. Nauru will take over from Grenada as chair of the 43-member group. Nauru's ambassador to the United Nations Marlene Moses is urging developed countries to do far more to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and to provide climate aid to developing states.
She says Nauru's 10,000 people are primarily at risk from disruptions to water supplies, erosion and damage to the ocean exacerbated by climate change. Ms Moses says the Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Tuvalu could be swamped by rising seas. Nauru's priorities during its three-year chairmanship will be an extension of the United Nations' Kyoto Protocol, to ensure that developed nations cut their emissions by 5.2 per cent below 1990 levels.
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Solomons dispute Australian mining licence
The Solomon Islands
Government says a prospecting licence issued to a small Australian mining company last week by a Minister who has since been sacked is not valid. Axiom Mining Limited issued a statement to the Australian Stock Exchange last week stating that its joint venture company with some traditional Solomon Islands landowners had been granted a prospecting licence over a potentially rich nickel and cobalt deposit on their land in the Isabel Province. Axiom Mining’s share are currently suspended from trading but following that announcement, the Australian Stock Exchange said trading in its shares would resume tomorrow. However, a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s office in Honiara disputes the validity of the licence, saying the circumstance surrounding its issue by the former Minister on the eve of his sacking last week are highly suspicious. The Government has launched an investigation saying it wants to identify the true customary landowners.
Gillard denies return to Howard-era visa policy
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has rejected suggestions her government is resurrecting John Howard’s temporary protection visa (TPV) policy. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has flagged new laws that would mean any detainee involved in criminal action, who is deemed to be a genuine refugee, would automatically fail the so-called character test and be denied a permanent protection visa. They could instead be granted a temporary visa which, among other provisions, could see them returned to their country of origin when the Government considers it safe to do so. ABC: Prime Minister Julia Gillard has rejected suggestions her government is resurrecting John Howard’s temporary protection visa (TPV) policy. Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has flagged new laws that would mean any detainee involved in criminal action, who is deemed to be a genuine refugee, would automatically fail the so-called character test and be denied a permanent protection visa. They could instead be granted a temporary visa which, among other provisions, could see them returned to their country of origin when the Government considers it safe to do so. TPVs were scrapped by the Rudd government in 2008 after they were established under the Howard government. But Mr Bowen says in the wake of riots on Christmas
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The Government says temporary visas are needed after recent protests at Villawood, in which several buildings were gutted by fire. (ABC TV) Island and at Villawood in Sydney, temporary visas are needed to deal with those convicted of crimes, such as arson. “If you are a genuine refugee who has conducted themselves according to the law, according to the expectations of the community, then you would be granted a permanent visa,” he said. “If not, you will be granted a visa with less rights.” Opponents like the Greens have slammed the announcement, saying it does no more than pave the way for TPVs, which the Government initially said were inhumane, to be reinstated. But speaking in Beijing, Ms Gillard said her Government was not going to resurrect TPVs. “TPVs were not about the conduct of the individual. They are an automatic policy for everyone, an automatic policy that people could only qualify for a temporary visa,” she said. “These are not the same thing.” Ms Gillard said the new policy was appropriate “so that people who commit offences while in immigration detention have those offences very clearly taken into account”. The Opposition says the new laws may backfire because the Minister already has powers to punish wrongdoers. But Ms Gillard says changes to the Government’s character test for asylum seekers means Mr Bowen will not need to give a case-by-case assessment. “There’s been ministerial discretion. Now, of course, it will be an automatic policy,” she said. “It’s all about making sure that the rules are comprehensive and clear.”
Maryland became the 7th state in the United States.
Fletcher Christian led the mutiny aboard the British ship Bounty against Captain William Bligh.
Benito Mussolini was executed.
Thor Heyerdahl and five others began their Pacific Ocean crossing on the raft, Kon-Tiki.
Boxing champion Muhammad Ali refused to be inducted into the Army.
Tonga considers setting up municipal government for capital
Tonga’s MPs are to consider
the merits of the capital, Nuku’alofa, establishing a municipal government. There is no local level government in Tonga but as one of its final acts before last year’s elections, the outgoing government passed an ordinance that would allow Nuku’alofa to set up a mayoralty and council. Until now details of the plan have been kept from the public but the legislation is set to be signed off when the new government meets next month. Our correspondent, Mateni Tapueluelu, says the previous government had claimed the change would bring greater democracy but there are doubts about that. “For example this local council that would control all activities from commercial to law, certain military actions as well, they would centralise a lot of powers and actually repeat a lot of functions that the central government would perform or is performing at the moment.”
The U.S. Dept. of Agriculture unveiled its first “food pyramid.”
Dennis Tito became the first space tourist.
The Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal first comes to light when graphic photos of U.S. soldiers physically abusing and humiliating Iraqi prisoners were shown on CBS’s 60 Minutes II.
Fiji appoints 5 new magistrates
Fiji has appointed five new
resident magistrates following the resignation of three earlier this month. The five local lawyers were sworn in before the President, Chief Justice and Attorney General. Fiji has had trouble retaining both foreign and local judges in recent years. The president of the Fiji Law Society, Dorsami Naidu, recently said the poor retention rate is due in part to the travel restrictions, and concerns over security of tenure for local judges. The appointment of the five local lawyers brings the total number of magistrates in Fiji to 22. Two magistrates, from Australia and New Zealand, are expected to be appointed in Fiji soon.
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US gives $25m aid to Libyan rebels
The US President, Barack
Obama, has officially ordered $US25 million in aid be given to rebel groups in Libya. The aid will be handed over to the Transitional National Council based in the city of Benghazi. The Obama administration has also eased its sanctions against Libya to allow for the sale of oil controlled by the rebels. The move will allow Libya’s opposition forces to use the income from oil sales to buy weapons and other supplies. Emergency ship The Australian Government has paid for an emergency ship to evacuate around 1,000 civilians from the Libyan port city of Misrata. The Foreign Minister, Kevin Rudd, says the ship was organised by the International Organisation for Migration and was able to leave port on Tuesday. Pro-government troops in Libya have been shelling the port and Mr Rudd says the situation remains extremely dangerous. “There are grave humanitarian needs in Libya right now,”
UN awaits official Sri Lanka response to war crimes report
The United Nations
A Libyan rebel walks past a tank belonging to pro-government forces that was destroyed by NATO in Misrata. [AFP] he said. “Australia is not a military contributor to the campaign in Libya, but we have decided to become a significant humanitarian contributor. “In fact, we are the third largest globally after the United States and the European Union.” Rebels’ progress Meanwhile, the British Defence Secretary, Liam Fox, says Libyan opposition forces have gained momentum on the battlefield. He was speaking in Washington after nearly three hours of talks with his American counterpart. Both the US and UK have denied targeting the Libyan leader, Moamar Gaddafi, by bombing his Tripoli compound. The US Defence Secretary, Robert Gates, has rejected claims from Libyan authorities that missile strikes on Colonel Gaddafi’s compound amounted to an assassination attempt. “We are not targeting him spefically but we do consider command and control targets legitimate targets wherever we find them,” he said. His British counterpart says the international community would not waver in its resolve as long as the Libyan people remained at risk from an “aggressive and wicked” regime. “All that we want is that men, women and children can sleep safe in their own homes knowing that they will not be attacked by their own government,” Mr Fox said. He welcomed signs of progress in the town of Misrata where he says Colonel Gaddafi’s forces were “on the back foot”.
awaiting an official Sri Lankan response to accusations of war crimes during the final stages of the country's civil war. A new UN report claims tens of thousands of people were killed in the last five months of the war in 2009. The report says Sri Lankan government forces and Tamil Tigers both committed atrocities against civilians. The AFP newsagency says the UN had offered to let Sri Lanka put its comments with the published report but the offer was rejected. Before and after the report was released, the Sri Lankan government described it as biased and fraudulent. The panel called on Sri Lanka to conduct a "genuine" investigation and said the UN
should set up an international inquiry. However, A spokesman from Sri Lanka's Ministry of Defence, Lakshman Hulugalle, says they can't be forced to set up an investigation because the country is in the process of development, after three decades of civil war. "People of this country are really enjoying the freedom, Tamil, Sinhala, Muslim, everybody's right now enjoying it," he said. "So we don't want these independent bodies to come and harm that unity. But if there is an offical request, we are prepared, because we have all the evidence and documents to prove that Sri Lanka has not killed innocent civilians."
Ms Gillard met with Chinese Premier, Wen Jiabao, on Tuesday. In a speech to business leaders, Ms Gillard said no one should fear China’s rapid growth. [AFP]
World should not fear China’s growth: Australian PM
Australia’s Prime Minister,
Julia Gillard, has used a major speech in Beijing to say the world should welcome China’s growing prosperity rather than fear its rise. Speaking to an audience of senior Chinese and Australian business leaders, Ms Gillard says Australia’s role as a reliable supplier of energy and minerals was the bedrock of its economic partnersip with China. Ms Gillard says no one should fear China’s rapid growth. “There is no reason for Chinese prosperity to detract from properity in Australia, the United States or anywhere in the world,” she said. However, Ms Gillard says Australian companies are looking for more opporunities in China. “A more open investment environment should be supported by stream-lined and consistent administrative processes.” Ms Gillard is due to hold talks with President Hu Jintao later on Wednesday. ‘Good friend’ Indonesia’s President says China should be brought into regional dialogue to help maintain stability and order in the South China Sea. Speaking to US public television, President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono acknowledged there are sensitivities in Southeast Asia about Beijing’s rise. But Mr Yudhoyono says he believes China could be a “good friend for everybody” in time. “We should have a general talk with China that the expectations of the countries in the region [are] to deal with anything peacefully, politically, and China should be part of that kind of framework,” he said. China’s relations with many of its neighbours have been damaged in recent years because of its handling of maritime territorial disputes, says the AFP newsagency.
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As mourning continues in India over the death of guru Sathya Sai Baba, critics remain sceptical about the legitimacy of his powers.The Indian holy-man will be buried today in his home town of Puttaparthi.
Guru or phoney
Indian holy-man Sathya Sai Baba will be buried tomorrow in his home town of Puttaparthi. [AFP]
But critics say his powers
were nothing more than simple magic tricks and unproven allegations of sexual abuse dogged his latter years. Despite this, the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, are just two of many famous Indians to be part of the public outpouring of grief over the guru’s death. Sai Baba declared himself the re-incarnation of a Hindu holy man at the age of 13 and went on to build an empire of ashrams, schools and hospitals in 126 countries. He was said to have had 10 million followers when he died, at the age of 85. A senior lecturer in South Asian religions at Victoria University in Wellington, Rick Weiss, told Radio Australia’s Asia Pacific program that his powerful following were enamoured by the mystical powers he claimed to have.
“Among his followers, there are a lot of Westerners for one and the people in India who follow him are tend to be very powerful, very powerful people,” he said. “He would create a watch out of thin air, vibhuti - which is this sacred ash that he would produce in huge volumes.”
“But basically Sai Baba teaches us all to do charity work so since a young age I’ve been doing charity work at nursing homes.”
To his followers, Sai Baba’s embrace of devotees from all religions and backgrounds, was a drawcard. He urged followers to act morally and contribute to their society. For Australian Sumi Sabanayagam, it is a message that has touched her life deeply. “He teaches about loving all, serving all and I’m sure you’ve heard of Hard Rock Cafe’s slogan ‘love all, serve all’. That comes from the founder of Hard Rock Cafe who became a Sai devotee through a miracle,” she said.
But although he preached a message of unity, Sai Baba divided opinions. Sceptics distributed videos which they said showed the so-called miracles to be merely sleight of hand. President of the Federation of Indian Rationalist Associations Narendra Nayak says he believed the guru was a fraud. “He wouldn’t allow himself to be investigated and he would produce things that were concealed somewhere in his palm or somewhere in his body or somewhere nearby,” he said. “And when we saw the production of his objects under slow motion we could see that they were concealed in between his fingers.”
For decades, Nayak and others challenged the guru to perform his ‘miracles’ under controlled conditions. But Sai Baba always refused. At the same time his popularity continued to spread throughout the west and among India’s growing middle class. Professor Rick Weiss says some of Sai Baba’s appeal could lie in the fact that he shunned western science and technology. “He has a lot of criticism in the speeches that have been published and can be found on the web, there’s a lot of criticism of science and he talks a lot about the limitations of science because he sees western science as just materialistic,” he said.
Scandals and controversy
As the Sathya Sai organisation grew, it established a network of schools and a programme of moral education
was even exported to Europeand the United States. Within India, Sathya Sai financed aid projects and subsidised health care in villages throughout India. But scandals dogged the organisation. In 2004, former devotees claimed in the western media, to have been sexually assaulted by Sai Baba. The claims were denied and Sai Baba was never investigated, despite an international campaign calling for his prosecution. Narendra Nayak says Sai Baba was helped by the fact that he had influential followers. “So many instances of pedophilia which were all glossed over. “There were so many illegal things going on in his place which were all hushed up by his devotees in high places.”
India in mourning
Despite the controversy, Sai Baba’s profile remained high. On Monday, India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the nation would deeply mourn the death of a man who “was an inspiration to people of all faiths”. The guru or swami tradition has long been a part of Indian culture and Sai Baba predicted he would be reborn in 2023. Professor Rick Weiss says despite India’s rapid development, a thirst for the spiritual remains. “So I think the message of many of these charasmatic figures changes in line with the time,” he said. “I think they always recognise questions and doubts people have about technology, so I think they will go on.”
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Pele: I’m still the best
claims his record as a player is unrivalled compared to anyone else’s in the history of the game. Pele, who was named FIFA player of the century in 2000, is regarded as one of the finest talents of all time and won three World Cups during a 25-year career. The 70-year-old believes modern players do not achieve the same heights as their predecessors and insists no-one has yet matched his own success. “Nobody did what Pele did,” the former striker told CNN. “Being champion of the world at 17-years-old, won three World Cups, scored more than 1,208 goals, only him. “Then until now nobody
did this, to me, Pele is the best. You can mention players that played for 10 years, for example [Franz] Beckenbauer, [Michel] Platini, [Eric] Cantona, Bobby Charlton, George Best, then come [Diego] Maradona, Zico. “Those players used to play a long time. Now the players they play one year, two years, then disappear.” The Brazilian is understood to have a frosty relationship with Argentinean icon Diego Maradona, also seen as one of the all-time greats, and his comments come just days after Barcelona attacker Lionel Messi notched his 50th goal of the season for the Spanish giants. Pele lifted the World Cup three times but regards the Brazil team that triumphed
in Mexico 1970 as the finest side South America has ever produced. “In 1958, 1962, Brazil had excellent individuals,” he added. “We had Garrincha, we had Didi, Djalma Santos. Also Pele, [Mario] Zagallo were excellent players. But as a team all together I think 1970 was no doubt the best team.” Brazil will host the tournament in 2014 and despite concerns regarding the stadiums set to be used, Pele insists his country will be ready. He said: “Of course they [the stadiums] will be ready. The state of San Paulo ... we don’t decide yet, we don’t start [building] the stadium yet. This I think is a little bad for the reputation of Brazil,
for the reputation of those who work for Brazil. That’s my worry.” The current honorary president of the New York Cosmos, having played for the American club after a lengthy spell with Santos, is also determined to help soccer grow in the United States. “They wanted to make soccer big in the United States. That was the reason I come back to play. Then I start my mission. Now I am here because of this,” he remarked. “We are going to revive New York Cosmos, to be fantastic. Because [when when I started] with New York Cosmos [football] became a very big sport in the U.S., and now we come back.”
Bahrain soccer players detained
Shoe hurled at Commonwealth Games chief Suresh Kalmadi
unidentified man has
thrown a shoe at Suresh Kalmadi, the disgraced former chief of the 2010 Commonwealth Games, in the Indian capital, Delhi. Mr Kalmadi was being taken to court in the city when the would-be assailant struck. The shoe missed its target. Mr Kalmadi was arrested on Monday, accused of conspiracy regarding the awarding of commercial contracts for the Games. He denies any wrongdoing. The build-up to the Games
was marred by allegations of sleaze and incompetence. Throwing a shoe at someone is considered a grave insult in India. Television pictures showed a man running towards Mr Kalmadi - who was removed from his post in January - as he walked to the court surrounded by policemen. The man jumped in the air and threw a slipper at the Games chief, but missed. He was then detained by police. Inside the court, Mr Kalmadi was remanded in custody for eight days while the
authorities investigate the charges against him. His lawyer told the court his arrest was “illegal”. Mr Kalmadi’s office in the western city of Pune was ransacked overnight by protesters. A spokesman for India’s Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said on Monday that Mr Kalmadi had been arrested “for conspiracy to cause favour to a company in Switzerland while procuring timers and scoring equipment for the Games”, which were held last October.
Other charges relate to contracts at a 2009 event in London which marked the start of a baton race across Commonwealth countries, say reports. If found guilty Mr Kalmadi could face years in prison. He is the third Commonwealth Games official to be detained in India accused of corruption. The row over the Games is one of a series of corruption scandals that has rocked India in recent months.
The shoe missed Mr Kalmadi as he was being escorted to court
Bahrain’s national soccer team have been detained and six clubs have withdrawn from domestic leagues following widespread anti-government protests, the country’s governing soccer body said Monday. Meanwhile, the pro-democracy group Youth of Feb. 14 Revolution has launched a Facebook campaign urging Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone not to reschedule the Bahrain Grand Prix until “until basic human rights and freedoms are restored.” Bahrain has until May 1 to decide if it wants to reschedule the auto race, which was called off March 13 because of the unrest. The turmoil surrounding soccer and Formula One are the latest illustrations of just how badly sports in the Gulf nation have been hit since the protests began Feb. 14 and left 30 people dead. The moves against the soccer players are part of a government crackdown on dissent following protests that have resulted in journalists, bloggers, doctors, lawyers and activists being detained. More than 150 athletes, coaches and referees also have been suspended since April 5 for their alleged involvement in protests against the country’s Sunni rulers. Sheik Ali bin Khalifa Al Khalifa, the vice president of the Bahrain Football Association, acknowledged the three players have been detained but could provide no further information. He said the clubs -- two in the top division and four in the second -- have withdrawn from the league, which resumed two weeks ago because of “pressure from Shiite political groups.” Al Khalifa said all could be fined for refusing to play and possibly face other sanc-
tions, including relegation to a lower division. “Some of the clubs during the problems refrained from participating,” Al Khalifa said. “We haven’t suspended anyone. They are just not participating. There is a fine and punishment, of course.” A human right group, however, says the clubs from mostly Shiite villages were suspended last week from the league for two years and fined $20,000. Along with soccer teams, the clubs sponsor a range of sports in their communities. Mohammed al-Maskati, president of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, said clubs had stopped playing during the protests partly because they felt it was too dangerous and also to acknowledge the deaths of protesters. But he said that when the clubs announced they were ready to resume playing, the authorities imposed suspensions and fines. “They could not work normally when protesters are killed in their villages,” Al-Maskati said. “The authorities want to tell them that you are supporting the protests and this is the punishment. It’s not fair,” he added. “Just because you are a sportsman doesn’t mean it’s wrong to be political. Everyone in the world has ideas about something. Everyone has the right to get involved.” Officials from three of the clubs -- Al Malkiya, Al Ittihad and Sitra -- confirmed the six had been fined for refusing to participate in the league and that the top two clubs, Al Malkiya and Al Shabab, were relegated and drew additional fines for refusing to take part in the GCC Club Championship.
vanuatu Daily Post |Thursday, April 28 2011
Sarkozy to open Noumea Games
Sarkozy is set to officially open the XIV Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia, on Aug 27. Sarkozy made the committment at during his New Year wishes to the overseas French territories on Jan 9, in Guadeloupe. He confirmed his presence at the opening ceremony of the XIV Pacific Games. “At the end of the summer, I shall go to New Caledonia to open the Pacific Games that are back on this territory for the first time since the events of Ouvéa. “It will be very moving for me to see all communities marching together behind a common emblem: the double flag, recognised during the last committee of signatories.” Pascale Bastien-Thiry,
president of the Games organising committee said the French territory was honoured to have Sarkozy as its guest of honour. “The presence of the president of the republic for the opening ceremony is a fabulous spotlight on the Pacific Games in particular, on New Caledonia and on all countries of the Oceania in general. “We are very happy,” he said. The Noumea Games is set to be one of the largest editions yet in terms of cost and area with 22 countries attending including 5,000 athletes and officials participating in 27 sports spread over 37 venues in New Caledonia. The Games will be hosted in 10 cities and villages throughout the French territory. Meanwhile, National Cap-
ital District Governor Pawes Parkop expressed disappointment over the government’s failure to fulfil its commitment to provide K300 million in intitial fundingfor PNG to host the 2015 Pacific Games. Parkop said last week that the government made a promise to commit at least K300 million for Port Moresby to prepare sporting facilities to host the Pacific Games in 2015 but the funds had not been released to date. “I’ve raised this issue several times for the government to release the funds for preparation work but I haven’t seen any toea, and I don’t want to feel embarrassed and shamed in 2015,” Parkop said, adding that he had personally went to Cook Islands in 2009 to bid for PNG to host the 2015 Pacific Games and it would
be a huge loss of face if the Somare government failed to meet its commitment. He added that the money was needed to upgrade sporting facilities to a standard that would cater for an event of this magnitude where all Pacific counties would participate. Unlike this year’s Pacific Games in New Caledonia where competition will take place all over the country, Port Moresby will host the majority of sports. Parkop also urged athletes to prepare for this year’s Pacific Games with an eye to finishing in the top three of the medal count. He said national federations must also take the initiative to organise and prepare athletes to participate in the Games.
Lampooned footballer quits Twitter in a hurry
Manchester United soccer midfielder Darron Gibson’s social networking experiment proved short-lived when he closed his Twitter account just two hours after opening it following a flood of abusive comments. Gibson, a bit-part player at Old Trafford, followed United teammates Rio Ferdinand, Wayne Rooney and Michael Owen in joining Twitter, and Ferdinand encouraged his followers to “show him some love” on Monday. But Gibson was instead greeted by some less-than-welcoming remarks, many of which appeared to be from United supporters. One of the posts said “nothing would make me happier than if we sold you this summer.” Sports stars and celebrities are often the target of abusive comments on Twitter - but not usually from their own fans.
Dutchman wins controversial marathon
Dutch debutant Michel Butter won the Utrecht Marathon, breaking a four-year Kenyan stranglehold on the event, in a race overshadowed by accusations of discrimination by organisers against foreign competitors. Butter overtook Kenyan Mutai Kipkorir in the final straight to finish in 2 hours 17.35 minutes. Another Dutchman, Olfert Molenhuis, was third. The race made headlines around the world when organizers pledged that a Dutch winner would earn 100 times what a foreigner would receive. The prize for first place was just 100 euros (NZ$182), but organizers said that if a Dutchman won he would also get a bonus of around 10,000 euros. The bonus, intended as an incentive for Dutch runners, was not on offer to foreigners. The Utrecht city council, which subsidises the event, supported the initiative. Little-known Kipkorir led the race in the opening 31km before giving up his lead to Butter toward the end. “It was heavy going. The conditions were tough,” Butter said of the race run in unseasonably warm weather. “I had a bit of cramp at the end but I could keep going.”
Dominant United too strong for Schalke
M an chester U nite d FC
can all but smell the Wembley turf after taking a huge step towards a third UEFA Champions League final in four seasons with victory at FC Schalke 04. United, appearing in their 12th semi-final, completely dominated a Schalke side new to this stage of the competition and got the victory their efforts deserved through strikes from Ryan Giggs and Wayne Rooney. The winning margin would have been greater but for the brilliance of home goalkeeper Manuel Neuer who made a string of fine saves before United finally broke through with two goals in three minutes midway through the second period, leaving Schalke with a mountain to climb in next Wednesday’s return. First impressions can be deceptive and so it proved here when Schalke midfielder Alexander Baunjohann forced a save from Edwin van der Sar after 29 seconds. It was in the other direction that the traffic would flow, virtually incessantly, for the rest of the match. United’s defensive impregnability had been the main feature of their away performances but here it was all about their attack, with Rooney in inspirational form on the ground where he lived the nightmare of a FIFA World Cup red card in 2006. He set the tone in the third minute when picking up the ball on the left corner of the box and curling a shot that, via a slight deflection from Atsuto Uchida, was headed for the far corner until Neuer got a fingertip to the ball.
Novak Djokovic out to end Rafael Nadal’s clay dominance
In-form Novak Djokovic says he is confident he can overcome Rafael Nadal on clay this summer. Spanish world number one Nadal is the undisputed king on the surface, with five French Open crowns to his name. But Djokovic, unbeaten in 24 matches in 2011, said: “I am playing with a lot more confidence against him these days.”I now believe I can beat anyone on any surface, although beating Nadal on clay remains a big ask and the biggest challenge of all,” added the Serb. Djokovic, 23, begins his clay court campaign this week at the Serbia Open in his home city of Belgrade.
Mayweather trial postponed again
At this rate, Floyd Mayweather Jr. will not be active in 2011. With two pending criminal cases in the Las Vegas courts, Mayweather has stayed away from boxing and refused to discuss opponents. Mayweather’s last fight took place nearly a year ago, when he won a 12-round decision over Shane Mosley on May 1. Mayweather’s bench trial, over an alleged November incident where a security guard claims the fighter assaulted him, has been kicked over to September 1 in Las Vegas Justice Court. The guard claims Mayweather poked him in the face after a verbal dispute over a parking offense. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the boxer’s attorney, Karen Winckler, appeared on his behalf and asked Judge Charles Pane for a continuance. The matter to be resumed on September 1 is a minor issue compared to the more serious case, which is scheduled for a hearing on Thursday in Clark County District Court. In that case, Mayweather faces eight misdemeanor and felony charges stemming from a September incident with former girlfriend Josie Harris.
Manchester’s English forward Wayne Rooney (C) celebrates with his teammate Mexican forward Javier Hernandez (R) after scoring during the Champions League semi-final, first-leg match of Schalke 04 against Manchester United on April 26, 2011 in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany. Manchester United won the match 0-2. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ United were looking dangerous every time they went forward. In the 14th minute Javier Hernández was put clear by Park Ji-Sung but failed to beat Neuer, and the Mexican then lashed a shot wide of the far post after getting clear on the right. Unfortunately for United getting past the inspired Neuer was easier said than done. After throwing out a hand to thwart Giggs’s downward header, the Germany goalkeeper stood tall to foil him again after Rooney had sent the Welshman running through on goal on the stroke of half-time. The second period brought no respite for the hosts. Within moments of the restart Neuer turned over a Michael Carrick header, then Giggs blazed wide after doing the hard bit by wrongfooting two defenders. The Schalke supporters kept up their noisy backing, though, and their hopes were raised after 52 minutes when Jefferson Farfán’s pace opened up United’s left side and his half-cleared cross fell for José Manuel Jurado, but the Spaniard spurned the chance. Schalke showed briefly as an attacking force but United eventually got their goals. The breakthrough arrived after 67 minutes when Rooney ran infield from the left and, holding off Peer Kluge, slipped a pass through to Giggs who put the ball through Neuer’s legs to become the oldest player to score in the competition. Two minutes later it was two as Rooney collected a threaded pass from Hernández and slipped a first-time finish low to Neuer’s right. The Liverpudlian Rooney’s new Twitter account revealed he was listening to the Beatles in the build-up to this match. Schalke may have scored five at San Siro but recovering from this hard day’s night at Old Trafford will take some doing.
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Solomon Islands book final spot after penalty shootout
The Solomon Islands have
advanced to the final of the OFC U-20 Championship by posting a thrilling extra-time penalty shoot-out win over Vanuatu after the scores were locked at 3-3 in today’s first semi-final. The Mamulas will now meet the winner of the other semi-final, which takes place between favourites New Zealand and Fiji this afternoon. Vanuatu, who were coming off the back of three straight victories in the group stages, began with the confidence expected of an undefeated side and did not take long to get their noses in front. Indeed, there were only eight minutes on the clock when Silas Frank broke down the right and whipped a cross into a dangerous area inside the Solomon Islands box. Goalkeeper Silas Seda came out to meet the ball but could not gather it cleanly and fumbled into the path of Didier Kalip, who was not about to pass up such a gift-wrapped opportunity to give his side the lead. Considering Vanuatu had yet to lose in the tournament and had looked to be one of the slickest sides on show in Auckland this week, it appeared that the Solomon Islands would face a steep uphill battle to get back into the game. But the Mamulas, as they are known in their footballmad nation, slowly began to creep into the contest and were very nearly awarded for their increased tempo in the 23rd minute. Va n u a t u g o a l k e e p e r Seiloni Iaruel was forced from his line to deal with a piece of Solomons pressure and was ruled to have brought down striker Tutizama Tanito. Fellow forward Dennis Ifunaoa stepped up to take the spot kick and struck it cleanly but saw Iaruel get down well low to his left and beat the effort away to maintain his country’s one-goal advantage. The Mamulas may very well have been made to pay for spurning that opportunity but instead had to wait until only midway through the half to draw level. Ifunaoa broke down the left in the 25th minute and squared for midfielder Himson Teleda to control and turn before placing a shot past Seda to restore parity. Coach Noel Wagapu then had a moment of individual flair to thank for his young charges going ahead. The magic was again provided by Teleda, who dispossessed Vanuatu defender Kevin Shem near the byline in the 42nd minute and jinked his way around another challenge before slipping the ball home to make it 2-1 at the break. Vanuatu were now at risk of going out of the tournament and came out strongly in the second half as they attempted to keep their hopes alive. But much of the possession and chances went on to be shared between the sides in an evenly-matched second spell. When a goal finally did arrive in the 78th minute, it went to Vanuatu and the identity of the scorer was no surprise. Jean Kaltak has been a constant menace to opposition defences throughout the tournament and had another strike to his name when he latched onto a cross from Kalip and beat goalkeeper Seda with an accomplished finish. Despite some nervy moments for both sides in the dying minutes, there was no further score and an extra half an hour was required to find out who would advance through to the final. The Mamulas gave themselves a great chance of being that team when they went ahead just two minutes into the extra-time period. Substitute Larry Sae was the hero when he nipped in between goalkeeper Iaruel and defender Brian Kaltak as they both left a loose ball to each other. Sae took full advantage of the pair’s indecision by sliding the ball into the net left vacant by Iaruel.
Wagapu’s men now had one foot in the final but, having scored so early, had most of the extra time still to play out and hang onto their lead. They nearly managed to do so, reaching the 115th minute before Kevin Shem scored a dramatic leveller. There appeared to be little danger when Shem lined up a free kick fully 35 yards from the Solomon goal. But the defender became his team’s saviour when he somehow curled the ball into the top corner of Seda’s goal to take the match to a penalty shoot out. The Solomons had the sharp reflexes of Seda to thank for their spot kick success after the custodian beat away both of Vanuatu’s opening penalties, from Willie-Ola Jimmy and Kalip respectively, to give his side the advantage. The Solomons also missed their first effort - a blasted shot from Chris Tafoa which sailed well over the bar - but scored their next three to put the pressure on Vanuatu’s final taker, midfielder Pascal Chabot. To the horror of his team mates and the joy of the opposition, Chabot did not connect well with his strike and the ball bobbled wide of Seda’s left-hand upright to spark scenes of wild celebration and book the Mamulas a place in Friday’s final.
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