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thursday, may 5 2011
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France warns against illegal fishing near Matthew and Hunter
The Vanuatu Government
is facing another diplomatic challenge from France on the right of Matthew and Hunter as France has warned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that illegal fishing on water near the two islands is illegal and could disturb the friendly relationship between the two countries. On a diplomatic note on the April 20, 2011, the French Embassy in Port Vila has written to the ministry of foreign affairs to condemn activities of illegal fishing near the two islands and stated that ongoing illegal fishing activities will have serious consequences in the future. On December 27, 2010 , French maritime authority spotted a fishing boat by the name of YUH CHANG N01 or YJSJ7 fishing between Aneityum and the two islands of Matthew and Hunter. According to the French authorities, the location where the fishing vessel was spotted was directly illegal as it was fishing in the exclusive economic zone of New Caledonia. The fishing vessel is registered under Vanuatu Tuna Fishing Company and its operation in this part of the country is legal prior to the latest maritime zone Act passed by Vanuatu parliament last year 2010. “According to the Vanuatu Maritime Zone Act, passed by Vanuatu’s parliament last year, all registered fishing vessels licensed by the Department of Fisheries are authorised to fish in Vanuatu waters and in that law, Matthew and Hunter are part of Vanuatu so fishing activities can go as far as Matthew and Hunter,” explained Director for Fisheries, Moses Amos. o To Page 6
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Older people more literate than younger generation: Survey
Lenakel council finalising town's zone planning
Senior government officials at the one-day retreat at Le Lagon hotel in Port Vila.
By Godwin Ligo Prime Minister Serge Vohor
Vohor looks at new economic roadmap
The Gender Report Card: Where our leaders are still falling
senior government officials yesterday morning that he cannot sit back and watch the current economic situation deteriorate further, therefore drastic measures must be taken now to improve the country’s economic performance. The Prime Minister made the statement during the official opening of a one-day retreat by over 100 senior government officials from all government ministries and departments at the Le Lagoon Hotel yesterday morning. Vohor said the very purpose of the one-day retreat is to review the current overall economic situation and secondly to involve every government senior
officials to come up with short and long term economic solutions for the country. “I championed the National Comprehensive Program (CRP) when I was Prime Minister in 1997. “Vanuatu was in bleak economic situation at the time and it was through the CRP that the country experienced economic turn around and improvements,” PM Vohor reminded government policy makers. “Today we are at the verge of losing our Least Developed Country (LDC) status which I can describe as ‘Vanuatu’s graduation is a definite phenomenon’ with a number of implications. “In particular the country could lose
concessional access to financial terms and conditions to loans,” Prime Minister Vohor voiced with concern. PM Vohor said the country is now facing a structural problem stating reasons as; (1) the country continues to develop but without increase in revenue which he said the Ministry of Finance can confirm; (2) that after 30 years share in agriculture GDP which is the mainstay Vanuatu’s economy has not improved at all. He also touched on the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) which he said many countries in the region will not reach the goals by 2015 according to reports available. o To Page 2
[ 2 ] vanuatu Daily Post | Thursday May 5, 2011
Westpac presented cheque to VWC, not VNCW
Yesterday’s headline about
Westpac support through a presentation of cheque went to the Vanuatu Women’s Centre (VWC) and not Vanuatu National Council of Women (VNCW) Westpac displayed its support for International Women’s Day, which celebrated its 100th anniversary on Tuesday 8 March 2011, by selling purple ribbons at its Port Vila branch throughout March. The ribbons were on sale for 100 Vatu with all proceeds being donated to the Vanuatu Women’s Centre. A total of 713 ribbons were sold in the Westpac branch throughout March. A cheque for 71,300 Vatu was presented to the Vanuatu Women’s Centre on Friday 29 April 2011. The presentation took place at the Vanuatu Women’s Centre office.
MSG artists participate in “art in residence” festival in New Caledonia
carvers from the MSG countries of Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands are attending a week “art in residence” in the Loyalty Islands of Kanaky/ New Caledonia in commemoration of late Kanak Leader Yeiwene Yeiwene who hails from the island of Mare. Hosted by the Yeiwene Yeiwene Cultural Centre under the auspices of the Cultural Affairs Department of the Loyalty Islands Province, the
Festival Ci Roiko is an initiative to bring together carvers from all over Kanaky/NC and other parts of Melanesia to exchange further their art and techniques in carving. Philemon Jemmys from Vanuatu, Paul Liga from Fiji and Norman Haikiu from the Solomon Islands, all wellknown artists in the Region will join other Kanak carvers on the island of Mare to chisel five tall sculptures representing the five Melanesian coun-
tries. These poles were erected at the Yeiwene Yeiwene Cultural Centre on yesterday in commemoration of his sudden death along with Kanak Leader and FLNKS President late Jean Marie Tjibaou in 1989. Since last week, the island of Mare in the Loyalty Islands is revisiting the good memories of the last Melanesian Arts Festival hosting yet again artists from Melanesia and developing further exchanges among Melanesian countries
and peoples. This initiative by the Loyalty Island Province of Kanaky/New Caledonia to invite MSG artists to a local festival is an example, of a cultural cooperation activity amongst MSG members which the Memorandum of Agreement on Cultural Cooperation within MSG tries to foster and is currently being finetuned by Member Countries since the Leaders Summit in Suva Fiji last month.
o From Front Page While calling on all government officials to contribute towards what he called the new economic initiatives, Prime Minister Vohor underlined what he believes are basic economic benefits for the people of Vanuatu. He said his government will continue to focus on land development which is the basis of the livelihood in Vanuatu. “The people of Vanuatu must turn back to land because it is the basis of our very livelihood and emphasis must be given to cattle, poultry, goats farming and piggery and vegetable farming. “We must aim to produce sufficient local food to satisfy the local demand,” he said. He said one of the government priorities is to provide free secondary education for the stu-
Vohor looks at new economic roadmap
dents in the country while at the same time improve infrastructure sector throughout the country and increase export. The Prime Minister said his government also places importance on ni-Vanuatu people becoming more business-minded leading to raising more individuals becoming successful in different business undertakings. “The purpose of this gathering therefore is to allow everyone to share different challenges they face everyday in their various ministries and departments and to dialogue together with the purpose of arriving at new economic policy initiatives that we all can drive forward to benefit the people of Vanuatu ,” the Prime Minister emphasised in his official opening remarks.
Older people more literate than younger generation: Survey
By Thompson Marango According to brief
presentations from survey team leaders of a recent literacy survey in Shefa Province the final report may reveal some shocking results about literacy in the province. Older people who have passed through the educational system of the colonial era are found to be more literate than the younger generation although the younger people have reached a much higher level of education. If the finalised report of the survey, which is currently being analysed gives out the same information, then this should sent out a clear message to the education and provincial authorities because Shefa is the host to the capital therefore poorer results are expected from the outer provinces. There are people who still think education is only for boys which may be a main reason for the gender gap in schools especially in the rural areas. The survey was conducted by Vanuatu Education Policy Advocacy Coalition (VEPAC) in 25 villages in Efate and the outer Islands. After the analysing of the information collected from the survey the report will be presented to the Ministry of Education and other stakeholders. Similar surveys will also be conducted in the other provinces to get a clear picture of the literacy statutes of the country as a whole. VEPAC is a NGO that supports and contributes to the Ministry of Education to achieve a sustainable and quality education in Vanuatu inline with Education For All (EFA) goals. The VEPAC operates with support from the Asia and South Pacific Associations of Basic and Adult Education (ASPBAE) which aims to create networks between NGOs, CSOs, formal and non-formal organisations to assist the national education sector to achieve equitable and quality education. Early this week saw brief presentations about the surForecast for today:
vey before they were presented with credibility certificates from a 1-week training workshop that they attended before contacting the survey. VEPAC acts as a mediator between the Ministry of Education and the general public to disseminate information between the two parties. They can be contacted at the Bouganville House, 2nd floor on 24331.
Courtesy Vanuatu Meteo Office Call 22932
Yesterday’s recorded weather variables (8am-8am)
A trough lies further north of Torba province. A low pressure lies west of New Zealand.
Partly to cloudy conditions with isolated showers and possible thunder expected over the group. Light to moderate east and southeast winds persist throughout.
E/SE winds 12/17 knots expected over all open waters of Vanuatu with light to moderate seas to 1.0 metre.
Rainfall (mm) Max. Temp (•c) Min. Temp (•c)
2.6 32.6 24.6
1.7 31.0 23.0
86.8 //// 24.5 1.19
NIL //// 22.9
NIL 30.0 16.0
0.1 30.3 22.4
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Today: 06-01 Tomorrow: 06-01
Today: 17-26 Tomorrow:17-26
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vanuatu Daily Post | Thursday May 5, 2011 [ 3 ]
Vanuatu among countries most at risk to climate change
By Thompson Marango “Vanuatu is considered to
be one of the countries most at risk to the adverse consequences of climate change.” Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries, Eta Rory made the statement Friday last week before officially announcing the opening of the High Level Joint Sector Consultation on Vanuatu’s National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy. Minister Rory said Vanuatu and most of its regional neighbors are identified in the most at risk category which requires strategies to brace against the adverse consequences that climate change has already been bringing about. Stressing the importance of having such adaptation strategy, she said Vanuatu needs to be better prepared for the changing climate while taking into account the need of the people, as well as other changes related to the environment, the economy, and society. “This understanding is the result of over two decades of assessments and other studies to determine the potential impacts of climate change, the resulting vulnerabilities, their resilience to climate change, and possible and prioritized adaptation interventions,” Rory said. She said the growing realisation of the seriousness of climate change is now providing increasing motivation for a greater assessment effort, as well as for the identification implementation of effective responses. According to recent reports, there are evidences that climate change and its effects are more rapidly than had been anticipated previously. Therefore the consequences are now considered more substantial and far reaching, economically, socially and environmentally. “There is need for additional effort, national and locally, to address climate change,” said the minister. She said National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy is an opportunity to demonstrate that the people and the government of Vanuatu are strongly committed to, and actively involved in, a nation-wide ongoing process of building and sustaining a healthy, resilient and prosperous nation. “Addressing climate change requires meaningful changes to policies, regulations and institutions in order to support actions at all levels, including those by government, non-government organizations, communities, and families, the private sector, and individuals,” said the agriculture minister. Preparing and implementing the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy will provide the opportunity for all people of Vanuatu to understand the existing and expected climate changes in Vanuatu, the resultant impacts and risks to land-based activities and resources, and appropriate actions they can take in order to address and mitigate these risks. “Successful implementation of the Strategy will ensure that Vanuatu can cope well with the anticipated impacts of climate change by reducing the vulnerability of its people and environmental, social and economic resources and systems and enhancing their adaptive captivities.”
Lenakel council finalising town’s zoning plan
By Letty Kaltonga While the Lenakel “Blackman Town”
on Tanna is awaiting a court decision over land ownership in the area, this has not stopped the Lenakel Municipal Council to work on its zoning plan. This zoning plan is being designed with the close collaboration of the Tafea Provincial Council. This small but vibrant municipality, as confirmed by its Lord Mayor Reginald Tangap, has a land policy that is quite different from Luganville and Port Vila. Unlike Vanuatu’s big towns that operate on public land, Lenakel land is under customary ownership. This is a unique feature of this town not only for Vanuatu but the rest of the world. The municipality benefits through the various businesses established in its area. As its name implies, the town is 100 percent run by ni-Vanuatu from retail and wholesale shops to fuel stations, butcheries, bakeries, takeaways, computer training school, public transports that include bus service, restaurants, and guest houses. There is no one of Asian or Caucasian origin operating a business within the vicinity of this town. With activities taking place in the municipality, the town council has drafted this zoning plan to ensure a more organised town in the future where residential and industrial areas are distinguishable. The one main economic feature of this town is its market every Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. These are the three days that bring people all around Tanna to “Blackman Town”. Tuesdays and Thursdays are total peaceful days in the municipality, unless a vessel berths at the wharf. Lenakel also hosts other services such as
National Bank, Post Office, Hospital, and shipping services. Mayor Tangap said the council is currently running services including cleaning up of the area. The council is also working closely with land owners outside the area for a space to be its dumpsite. “The public in Lanekel is advised that water supply planning has already started. “We are just waiting for the public works and rural water supply to give us green
light to begin work. This water supply service will be provided to full West Tanna, including Lenakel Town,” the mayor said. The present Lenakel Town Municipality Council commenced in 2008 appointed by the minister but just started working effectively in 2010 and the term of the current council will end in June 2012. Those on the island who wish to give development news can contact the Port Vila Office on 23111 or Leslyn Richard on Tanna on 7780104.
By Len Garae Manina Pakete
Women leaders argue over VNCW
claims to be the “President of VNCW” has joined Jenny Ligo (former Chief Executive Officers of VNCW) to criticise VNCW Administer Maryanne Bani for organising a constitutional review workshop on April 25 and the election of the new Council to represent the women of Port Vila on April 26 saying she did not have the authority to call the meetings. She also blamed the now President of Port Vila Town Council of Women, Lily Hanghangkon for allegedly helping to organise the meetings. It was an allegation which Hanghangkon had distanced herself from at the start of the meeting on April 26 as she was overheard as saying that she was present only as an “observer”. However the Administrator said Lily Hanghangkon became the President of Port Vila Town Council of Women because she has over a 1,000 women from different walks of life to support her while her critics have nobody on
their side. Pakete also accused the Administrator of falsely claiming that she was mandated by the court to hold the meetings saying only the President has the power to call any such meetings. She also repeated Jenny Ligo’s claim that the election was not representative of the women of Port Vila but only a small group of women. She claimed that she and previous President Lesline Malsungai have the power to “occupy the position of President of the Organisation until a new election is held”. “As National President I am not going to tolerate what misleading information is being fed to the media concerning the VNCW”, Pakete said. She claimed the posts of President of the PVTCW and her Council are still valid until such time she calls a meeting to elect a new council. She challenged the Administrator to produce a court order to prove that she was legally appointed to organise the meetings. In reply, the Administra-
tor cautioned Manina Pakete and Jenny Ligo and anyone else with a mind to hang their dirty linen in public to address their concerns in the National Conference in July. She said Jenny Ligo cannot use the word “null and void” to criticise the recent election of the PVTCW because she has no legal mandate while Manina Pakete’s and Lesline Malsungai’s terms of Presidents of VNCW had both expired. “Supreme Court Civil Case No.52 of 2011 ruled in my favour against the Government that tried with similar tactics to remove me from my post of Administrator of VNCW because the court recognised that I was performing my duties in line with the VNCW Constitution. Order 3 states and I quote, ‘The First defendants (former Administrators Arthur Faerua and Dorosday Kenneth) by themselves, their agents and representatives be hereby restrained from dealing in any way with the affairs and functions of the First Claimant (VNCW)”, the Adminis-
trator said. The Administrator said she was legally recognised by the Supreme Court as the Administrator and she has been working hard to keep the VNCW Offices open daily and as the Administrator, it is her duty to call the meetings because these are normal administrative duties. “VNCW has already moved beyond issues and is working towards reinstating the legal authority of the VNCW by holding workshops and meetings throughout the country ahead of the forthcoming National Conference in July”, he said. “Come to the National Conference this July to express yourselves”. Meanwhile Daily Post wishes to advise all its readers that we will not carry any more articles on the differences from different women leaders concerning the VNCW. Anyone wishing to express herself regarding the state of affairs of the Organisation is encouraged to do so in the National Conference in July.
Like mother like son
There’s nothing like dedicating your own child to the Lord and this is exactly what Freshwind Minister Lolette Worwor is doing, praying over their new born daughter while her husband Elton Worwor listens on. It is not clear what their first born son is doing but he seems to be praying along with his mother while on the left, Elder Wince Garae is using his fatherly touch to calm another new born who is being dedicated too.
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FAMILY UNITY Dad comes home from work Sons and daughter competing To get the first kiss from him All he does is scold them out of his way Mum in the kitchen expects a smile In return of the smile that she gives All she receives is a frown face What's so wrong with dad He's showing no love for the family Oh…. Dad where's the vow you made To love your family forever.Mum and Dad Your kids need a balance of love and caring No use receiving hugs and praises from mum And none from you dad All you do is scold at the children And beat mother for nothing Oh ……dad you're scattering the family Which results in break up of Marriage So ………..so Mums and Dads of Vanuatu Its time you co-operate and work together To reunite the scattered family And make it a happy family With both Parents,Loving,Tender,Caring and Kind.
Bani says MPs duty-bound to assess trail of destruction
By Len Garae VNCW ADMINISTRATOR
Maryanne Bani has said there is no need for logic any more motion of no conﬁdence; instead the Government should use the remaining months to assess the trail of destruction former Governments have caused through constant motions of no conﬁdence and see if it can pick up the pieces where possible in preparation for the next general election next year. She said voters do not elect 13 Ministers but 52 Members of Parliament to help them to develop their communities through service delivery and yet for the last three years, MPs seemed to have turned their backs on their voters while they pushed and pulled to stay in power for personal gain. She made the statement when she heard that the Opposition Group has appealed against the ruling of its urgent constitutional application which the Chief Justice ruled on in favour of the newly elected Vohor-led Government. She said voters trust and love their MPs which is why they elect them to power. “In my opinion, the 52 MPs have a duty to return that trust and love by way of listening to their voters and doing all they can to fulﬁll the promises they make on the political campaign trail,” she said. With the reported astro-
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The Gender Report Card: Where our leaders are still failing
Poverty World-class Pacific studies into the feminisation of poverty haven’t been picked up by policy and planning ministries. The value of subsistence, reproductive and service work has yet to be measured and isn’t captured in national data sets which have a powerful influence on economic and business development policies. Education and training Girls and young women face household chores and care giving on top of homework, and face continued marginalization in traditional male dominated subject areas. Data focuses on access to education rather than quality of education especially where content reinforces gender stereotypes and roles. Health Mental illness and disability is stigmatised, as is HIV/ AIDS and STIs and the gendered nature of that stigma deepens the impact on women and girls who are often themselves caregivers. Five women die every day in the region, mostly in PNG, because of childbirth or pregnancy. Sexual and reproductive health rights are still ‘significantly compromised’ by widespread patriarchal control over the lives and bodies of women and girls, and many women and girls are unable to access contraceptives to help their family planning needs. Three out of every four Pacific deaths is related to lifestyles involving unhealthy levels of food and low levels of exercise, especially in cultures where women are unable to devote time to their own fitness and health priorities after starting families. VAW Eliminating violence is rated by every Pacific nation as a high priority and a national development issue but is the largest gender challenge in Pacific development and is still seen by Pacific leaders as a ‘family issue’. No country has brought in a comprehensive law on VAW and often the victim is encouraged to make up with her assailant. Some Pacific nations report up to thirds of women experiencing beatings from their partners and all nations acknowledge that the reported figures, given the silence surrounding VAW, are much lower than the real situation. Armed conflict Women have been the strongest negotiators of peace but are returned to the margins in post-conflict rebuilding and recovery. Much of their effort happens outside the official peace and security policy spaces. Those women and girls who have been held at gunpoint in coups or raped, abused and threatened in conflict situations have not had access to comprehensive counselling services. The economy Women d o m i n a t e t h e informal sector where protections of their rights at work are limited. Most Pacific nations don’t have specific laws on sex or gender discrimination. Legislation protecting women workers is inadequate, and where it does exist, enforcement is weak. Women’s contribution to the economy through subsistence work isn’t measured in current statistics and there isn’t a Pacific database on time use or wage and income disparities. Forum economic ministers in their FEMM events have yet to analyse gender and the economy or look into women’s economic rights. Power and decision-making The Pacific record of one of the lowest levels worldwide of women in decision making drops from just over 12% to just over 6% if you take out the parity laws which have allowed the French Pacific territories to increase representation. FSM remains one of only three nations in the world never to have elected a woman. Women face lack of trust or confidence of voters in electoral systems touted as fair and democratic which tend to follow a oneperson per constituency method ensuring that males in traditional leadership fare better at the polls. Institutions/mechanisms for advancing women Most Pacific governments are still developing national gender/women’s policies. And those that have them aren’t putting enough resources into implementation. Gender equality isn’t high up on the governing agenda, and national women’s machineries are either marginalised in their own government structures, or lack gender expertise and confidence. Human rights The Pacific region has the lowest ratification rates globally of the core international human rights treaties and there is a widespread lack of political will and commitment by governments to police and enforce women’s rights and female human rights defenders have been targets of harassment and oppression. The media There are no national and regional standards set for media and communications and content in mainstream media continues to portray negative stereotypes of women and girls in the media. National women’s machineries are not getting the ongoing and updated media training and gender advocacy skills they need to leverage their work, either because it’s not available or they don’t want it, and despite gains in mobile telephony, rural women continue to be most left behind and left out of Pacific access to ICTs. The environment Wo m e n a n d w o m e n ’ s groups are still largely absent at national and regional decision-making fora on the environment, climate change, disaster management and food security. Rights to land, clean water, sanitation and affordable energy sources are still not part of a clear development framework for Pacific nations. The girl-child Girl children are becoming child-mothers as a result of early marriages, unprotected teenage sex, sexual abuse and harmful traditional practices. The impacts of ethnic tensions on the lives of girls are evident, but needs more research. Child workers are in most Pacific nations, their labour researched in agriculture, the informal sector, and family businesses in the region, and on the streets of PNG, Fiji, and Samoa.
Samoan overstayer faces deportation for groping girl
deportation to Samoa after serving his sentence for groping an 11-year-old girl. The first strike warning was translated into Samoan for overstayer Anitelea Sofele Manava at Christchurch District Court, where he today admitted indecent assault. Police prosecutor Bronwen Skea said Manava was arrested following the bizarre incident on February 12. She said the victim was at home with her family when Manava knocked on the back door. When the girl opened the door, he told her: “Pack your bags and let’s go”. He told her he loved her and grabbed her by the front of her clothing, saying, “Let’s go. I’ll give you money”.
Manava hugged the girl, then touched her breasts, genital area, and buttocks, on the outside of her clothing. He told the girl’s sister, who witnessed the incident: “Don’t say anything”. The victim then managed to break free and alerted her brother, while Manava ran off. He was found the same evening. Defence counsel Michael Knowles described it as “a minor case of its type” involving “a three or four seconds grope on the outside of the clothing”. Manava would be deported as soon as he had served the sentence, he said. Judge Brian Callaghan remanded Manava in custody pending sentencing on 23 May.
Fiji National Provident Fund to finalise new pension structure
The Fiji National
Provident Fund is set to finalise the new pension structure as well as announce reforms to Fiji’s retirement savings arrangements and the operations of FNPF. FNPF chief executive officer Aisake Taito in a statement said there have been some amendments over the years but a comprehensive review of the Scheme has been long overdue. “Fiji needs a retirement savings scheme that is sustainable, transparent in its operations and fair to all members – future, current and those nearing retirement,” he said. FNPF commenced reforms in 2010 to ensure sustainable returns and the delivery of excellent services to its members. According to Taito, the need for reforms to benefit design, scheme structure and its administration is a long-standing issue and has been identified by the World Bank, International Monetary Fund through their joint Financial Sector Assessment Program, the International Labour Organisation as well as Reserve Bank of Fiji and other consulting actuaries. Also a symposium to introduce and explain changes to the pension scheme and design and reform for the future operation of Fiji’s retirement savings policy and industry will be conducted on 11-12 May at Holiday Inn in Suva. Taito said the symposium has been organised to provide a forum for stakeholder groups to hear from experts and understand the issues and proposed policy solutions. The Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Commodore Frank Bainimarama will provide the Keynote address to launch these important reforms. Speakers will include consultants from Mercer and Promontory, who have assisted in redesigning the pension benefits, policy and legal drafting. Key stakeholders including government, unions, employers, pensioners, regulators, academics, financial commentators and non-governmental organisations have also been invited to participate. The Fund will also embark on public consultation on these issues Fiji-wide. FNPF was established in 1966 to accept contributions from employers and employees that would then be paid to the worker at retirement.
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France warns against illegal fishing near Matthew and Hunter
o From Front Page Amos also said that there is a part in that same law that provides that the government must go for negotiations and an agreement should be provided if there is any dispute between the state and any neighboring state that are in opposition to any fishing activities in the Vanuatu waters. “Maybe I should say that the Vanuatu law is quite clear and if the French are in opposition to what is going on right now in terms of fishing activities in the southern part of the country, according to Vanuatu laws, the activity is legal,” assured Amos. While the ministry of foreign affairs has received the diplomatic note from the French authorities in Vanuatu, the government is still seeking advice on how it should reply to that official correspondence. This correspondence from the French is simply giving the government of Vanuatu no absolute right over the islands on the south of the country as the French authorities are still claiming being the rightful owners and that the two islands are part of New Caledonia. Vanuatu government spent about Vt270 millions to accommodate some very serious activities to show to the French the commitment of the government on these two islands but the letter dated April 20, 2011, simply gave no consideration of what the government has done for the Kanaky festival and other associated activities in Port Vila to take the matter to the international court in order to seek assistance on the right over the two islands. While the government is still seeking advice on how it should give a response to this matter, the French authorities are still standing on the position that Matthew and Hunter are still part of New Caledonia and that the Vanuatu government must respect that right.
Tonga readies for copra exports to Fiji
expects to start exporting copra to Fiji for the first time by August. It is finalising a trade agreement with the Fiji interim government. Tonga’s deputy prime minister, Samiu Vaipulu, who’s leading the negotiations, says it’s a forerunner to deals with Samoa and later the regional arrangement, the Pacific Islands Countries Trade Agreement, or PICTA. He said they have an arrangement with
major Fiji firm, Punja and Sons, to buy the copra and revitalise the local industry. “Copra has been one of the main exports from Tonga in [previous] years, however lately we didn’t go through that much, so the arrangement I have done now with Punja’s in Fiji is that there won’t be anymore bought or anything here, they’ll buy direct from the farmers so that the price will be good.”
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Fiji admitted to NonAligned Movement
will be admitted as a
member of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) at the end of the month. The NAM is a group of states that consider themselves not aligned formally with or against any major power block. The Minister for For -
eign Af f a i r s R a t u I n o k e Ku b u a b o l a s a y s j o i n i n g NAM would help refocus Fiji’s relationships away from its traditional trading partners Australia and New Zealand. Ratu Inoke says more talks are expected to take place between Fiji and member
countries of the NAM. Ratu Inoke says the opening of Fiji’s Indonesian embassy last month would also allow Suva to pursue its ‘Look North’ policy through direct engagement with the ASEAN countries.
Baki dismissal in PNG deemed unfair
An independent investigation
has found the Papua New Guinea Prime Minister and National Executive Council may have been wrong to suspend the former police commissioner Gari Baki. T h e n e w s p a p e r, T h e National, says the contents of the report will be embarrassing to the Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, and the government which suspended Mr Baki, claiming that he misled cabinet in asking for more than four million US dollars for operations in the LNG project area. The committee’s report says it was unable to find any evidence to conclu sively uphold the allegation that Mr Baki had deliberately misled the NEC. It says there was no written record of Mr Baki’s verbal briefing to cabinet, and the NEC should not allow verbal submissions.
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NZ emergency crew spent night helping tornado affected people
history May 5
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Mary Kies of South Killingly, Conn., became the first woman to be granted a patent. The patent was for the rights to a technique for weaving straw with silk and thread.
Auckland have spent the night responding to scores of calls for help from householders affected by yesterday’s afternoon’s deadly tornado. Police say the twister ripped through the north of New Zealand’s biggest city, killing one person and injur-
ing more than a dozen. Building inspectors assessed the damage to homes and businesses from the tornado which cut through the north shore suburb of Albany, ripping a roof off part of a major shopping complex. Firemen and civil defence
crews helped to secure roofs, and clear downed trees. Police Inspector Gary Davey says one person died on the way to hospital but that many injuries have been relatively minor in the face of such a storm.
Tonga readies for copra exports to Fiji
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Napoleon Bonaparte died on the island of St. Helena.
Carnegie Hall (then known as Music Hall) opened in New York City. Peter Tchaikovsky was the guest conductor.
John Scopes was arrested in Tennessee for teaching Darwinism.
Pacific diets may change because of climate change
say people in the
expects to start exporting copra to Fiji for the first time by August. It is finalising a trade agreement with the Fiji interim government. Tonga’s deputy prime minister, Samiu Vaipulu, who’s leading the negotiations, says it’s a forerunner to deals with
Samoa and later the regional arrangement, the Pacific Islands Countries Trade Agreement, or PICTA. He says they have an arrangement with major Fiji firm, Punja and Sons, to buy the copra and revitalise the local industry. “Copra has been one of the main exports from Tonga in
[previous] years, however lately we didn’t go through that much, so the arrangement I have done now with Punja’s in Fiji is that there won’t be anymore bought or anything here, they’ll buy direct from the farmers so that the price will be good.”
Alan Shepard became the first American in space.
Bobby Sands of the Irish Republican Army died in a prison hospital on the 66th day of his hunger strike.
Pablo Picasso’s “Boy with a Pipe” became the most expensive painting ever sold.
Pacific may have to make adjustments to their diets as more extreme weather impacts on traditional crops. Scientists from around the Pacific will be learning about assessing climate change and its impact on agriculture during a workshop in Fiji over the next three weeks. Roger Eduardo Rivero Vega, a world renowned agrometeorologist from Cuba, is one of the lead trainers. He says scientists could recommend certain types of
crops that are more robust in warmer climates. “Introducing new varieties of crops more adaptive to the new climate conditions is one of the most important options that we have at our disposal. That could lead to modification in our feeding habits, maybe we should be learning to eat new foods that are not traditional.” The workshop is being run by the United Nations Development Programme Pacific Centre along with other regional agencies.
Solomons Truth Commission values Malaitans’ testimony
The chair of the Solomon
Islands Truth and Reconciliation Commission says a hearing for former Malaitan militants was valuable despite their reluctance to speak about their actions during the ethnic tensions. Chairman Father Sam Ata says 19 former combatants told the hearing they had retaliated after negotiations to compensate them for the death and destruction brought by the Guadalcanal Revolutionary Army failed. Father Ata says while the ex-militants from the Malaita Eagle Force apologised for their actions, they were cautious about speaking about them for fear of prosecution. But he says their actions are already well-known to Solomon Islanders and there was still value in the hearing. “Disclosing the truth is one aspect of the process but also coming before the society and saying sorry is also another aspect of this healing process.” Father Ata says a hearing for Guadalcanal militants will be held next week and it’s hoped the two sides can be brought together in the future.
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Life of hard labour’ in North Korean camp
the living room of my
Libyan rebels say government troops hit by NATO strike
Rebels in the Libyan city of Misrata say NATO jets have hit government troops who have surrounded the city for nearly two months. Misrata’s port is an important supply route for aid, but it’s been out of use for nearly a week after recent targeting by pro-Gaddaffi troops. NATO has been forced to search for mines which they believe were planted around the port by the government troops. The head of the International Red Cross in Benghazi, Simon Brooks says he’s worried about the humanitarian situation in in the city: “We must have access as soon as possible and you know the law of armed conflict is very clear about the access which civilian populations must have humanitarian assistance and the fact that’s not happening is a deep concern to us,” he said.
apartment in Seoul, Kang Cheol-hwan pores over satellite photographs of the place he once lived. Known as labour camp number 15, in Yodok, North Korea, it is perhaps one of the world’s most secret places. “It was a life of hard labour,” he says. “Thirty per cent of new prisoners would die. And we were so malnourished, we would eat rats and earthworms to survive.” Cheol-hwan lived in Yodok for a decade - paying the price for “political crimes” committed by his family. Amnesty International says there are signs the number of people being sent to North Korea’s political prison camps is growing, and that the new satellite maps show the system is thriving. Torture reports Cheol-hwan traces the outline of the camp on the map with his finger - snaking through North Korea’s mountainous countryside. New rows of buildings have appeared in one section of the camp. They are not there in photographs from a decade ago. “This is the guards’ block,” he points out. “And it’s grown. I assume it’s because they need a bigger security presence now.” I ask him where he lived and he points to a row of box-like houses a few hundred metres from the guard block, a single road leading in and out. Reports from inside the camps are scarce. But many of those who do speak out tell horrific stories of torture, starvation and summary executions. The new Amnesty report details accounts of water-boarding, sleep deprivation, bamboo pieces placed under the fingernails and imprisonment - sometimes for months on end - inside a 4ft (1.22m) by 4ft cell. Cheol-hwan remembers the
US President’s approval up since bin Laden death
Kang Cheol-hwan says new images of the camp he lived in show that it has grown prison block inside his camp, where the troublesome inmates were kept. It was where torture and beatings took place, he says. ‘No return’ News is already filtering through the North Korean community here in Seoul of a wider crackdown taking place back home. There is talk of listening posts, border fences and a sharp rise in public executions. Kang Cheol-ho runs a church for North Korean defectors. He gets new arrivals every month and says the reports just get worse. “I’m getting more and more dire testimonies all the time,” he said. “That the clampdown is worse, the food situation is more severe and the authorities are making it clear, if you try and escape the country, you’ll never get another chance. “Nowadays, you’ll be sent to one of these camps from which you may never return.” But reports like these pose a problem for South Korea: deciding what to do about them. The country has been fiercely divided between those who believe it should tackle the North head-on about its human rights record, and those who say that simply makes conflict more likely, and risks everything the South has built. Now though, there may be a sign that both sides are softenThe US President Barack Obama is enjoying a bump in opinion polls following the death of Osama bin Laden. The Pew Research Centre found that 56 per cent of respondents approve of Mr Obama’s job performance, up nine points on last month. However, analysts say bin Laden’s death does not guarantee Mr Obama’s re-election in 2012, as pessimism about the economy persists.
South Korean police raid Google offices
South Korean police have raided the offices of the internet search company, Google, on suspicion it illegally collected data from users. Police say they believe the company collected information about users’ location without proper consent, via their mobile phones. They’ve seized hard drives and other equipment from the company’s headquarters in Seoul. It follows news reports that US regulators are considering their own probe into Google’s activities.
Sony fears hackers accessed extra 25 million accounts
Satellite image of Yodok prison camp taken on 7 April 2011 (Image: Amnesty International/Digital Globe) ing - at least in private. Won Jae-chun has just been asked by the government to set up a new archive centre to document human rights abuses in North Korea. Ten years ago, he says, it would have caused one hell of a row. Now, there seems to be a new consensus emerging. “In the old days, it was either carrot or stick - but now it’s carrot and stick,” he explains. “Now it’s talking about human rights but at the same time helping North Korea. “People have reached a general consensus that we will try every means possible under the sun, and one way or another North Korea will change.” One reason for the change, he believes, is the growing information stream flowing from the North. There are 20,000 defectors here in the South now This is something that makes North Korea nervous. About the messages they are bringing out, perhaps, but also about the ones they are sending home.
The Japanese electronics and entertainment giant, Sony, says hackers may have accessed 25 million more customer accounts than it had previously thought. It says the accounts related to its online entertainment network. The additional security breach was discovered as Sony investigated how hackers got into the online network for its Playstation console. Now the company says information about nearly 25 million people who play games over the internet on personal computers may have been compromised too. It includes their names, adresses and passwords. More than 12,000 credit card numbers have also been exposed, as well as the records of nearly 11,000 financial transactions.
Hundreds protest in Pakistan over bin Laden's death
Hundreds of people have taken to the streets in the southwestern city of Quetta in Pakistan to denounce America, burn US flags and pay homage to Al-Qaeda leader, Osama bin Laden. The protest comes as the US State Department issues a global travel alert to its citizens warning there could be an outbreak of antiAmerican violence, following the killing of Bin Laden. The AFP newsagency reports the Pakistani Taliban has promised to avenge his death and attack "American and Pakistani governments and their security forces". "Now Pakistani rulers, president Zardari and the army will be our first targets," Ehsanullah Ehsan, a spokesman for Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or Taliban Movement of Pakistan, said from an undisclosed location. "America will be our second target." Pakistan has already tightened security across major cities, diplomatic installations and around the site of the killing in Abbottabad. The United States has closed its embassy and three consulates in Pakistan to the public until further notice.
Sydney named world’s second-best destination
has been named
the world’s second best destination by the world’s biggest travel website, TripAdvisor. Australia’s largest city came in at No.2 on TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice Destination awards, behind Cape Town in South Africa. Award winners were determined based on a combination of travelers’ favorite places and overall destination popularity. TripAdvisor said more than one million travellers contrib-
uted to the awards. “Tourism is vital to the Australian economy so it’s encouraging to see Sydney at number two in the global table, outshining significant tourism hotspots such as Paris, New York and London,” said TripAdvisor’s Emma O’Boyle Australia dominated its region, the South Pacific in the awards, with Sydney coming in at No.1, Melbourne, Perth, Byron Bay and Cairns taking out numbers 3 t0 6
respectively. 2011 Travelers’ Choice World Destinations: 1. Cape Town, South Africa 2. Sydney, Australia 3. Machu Picchu, Peru 4. Paris, France 5. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6. New York City, United States 7. Rome, Italy 8. London, United Kingdom 9. Barcelona, Spain 10. Hong Kong, China Top 10 South Pacific destinations:
1. Sydney, Australia 2. Queenstown, New Zealand 3. Melbourne, Australia 4. Perth, Australia 5. Byron Bay, Australia 6. Cairns, Australia 7. Auckland, New Zealand 8. Milford Sound, New Zealand 9 . Pa p e e t e , F r e n c h Polynesia 10. Christchurch, New Zealand
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ISI ‘embarrassed’ by bin Laden intelligence failure
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Heart disease still leading cause of death in Australia
new report has found
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intelligence agency, the ISI, says it is extremely embarrassed by its intelligence failures, as more details emerge about the killing of the Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden by American forces. Pakistan’s government and its intelligence service have been under pressure to explain how the most wanted man on the planet was able to live undetected for five years a stone’s throw from the country’s most prestigious military academy. Bin Laden spent the past five to six years in the sprawling compound in Abbottabad, an affluent community, home to many retired military and intelligence figures, and just 60 kilometres from the capital Islamabad. Asked why they had not checked out a building so close to a major military facility, an ISI official said that the compound had actually been raided when the house was under construction in 2003, but since then the house had not been on their radar. According to the official, there were 17 or 18 people in the compound at the time of the attack. The Americans troops took away Osama Bin Laden’s body and another person, still alive, possibly one of his sons. Four bodies were left in the compound, thought to be of another son, two brothers and a guard. Those who survived the attack included a wife, a daughter and eight to nine other children. Bin Laden’s 12 or 13 year
The town of Abbottabad, which houses the Pakistan military and intelligence services, also provided a safe haven for Osama bin Laden and his family, at least until this week. Picture: AP old daughter confirmed that her father had been shot, saying she saw it happen. Both current Pakistani president Asif Ali Zardari and former president Pervez Musharraf have been quick to deny their country did not do enough to track down the Al Qaeda leader. “Although the events of Sunday were not a joint operation, a decade of cooperation and partnership between the United States and Pakistan led up to the elimination of Osama bin Laden as a continuing threat to the civilised world,” Mr Zardari wrote in an opinion piece for the Washington Post. The president provided no detailed explanation on how bin Laden managed to live in Abbottabad for years undetected, but criticised US press coverage suggesting that Pakistan “lacked vitality” in pursuing terrorists. “He was not anywhere we had anticipated he would be, but now he is gone,” he wrote. But pressure is mounting on the Pakistani government, with US counter-terrorism chief John Brennan saying it is “inconceivable” bin Laden could have lived in such a conspicuous compound so close to Islamabad without a support network inside the country. And the chairman of the US Senate Homeland Security Committee, Senator Joe Lieberman, has promised tough questions about the US ally when officials come before the Senate this week. The ranking Republican Member of the Committee, Susan Collins, agrees. “It’s very difficult for me to understand how this huge compound could be built in a city just an hour north of the capital of Pakistan, in a city that contained military insulations, including the Pakistani Military Academy and that it did not arouse tremendous suspicious,” she said. Former Australian defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon says the Federal Government needs to know if Pakistan was complicit in harbouring bin Laden, in order to understand the prospects for success in Afghanistan. “We need to be reassured if our troops are going to continue to put their lives on the line in Afghanistan that one of our key partners, Pakistan, is going to be absolutely committed to the project,” he said.
heart disease remains the leading cause of death in Australia, despite a rise in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. The Bureau of Statistics study found it accounted for around 16 per cent of all deaths in 2009. The bureau found the mortality rate from heart disease has decreased over the last decade. Statistician Anneke Schmider says they also found lung cancer accounts for the most cancer related deaths. The Bureau also recorded an increase in dementia and Alzheimer’s-related deaths over the last decade. Statistician Anneke Schmider says dementia and Alzheimer’s accounted for close to 6 per cent of all deaths in 2009. “There’s been an increase in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, or death-related
dementia and Alzheimer’s disease,” she said. “These accounted for almost 6 per cent of deaths in 2009 and that’s been an increase across the last ten years. And this is the third leading cause of death for females.” Ms Schmider says with an ageing population it is inevitable their prevalence will increase. “There’s still some way off I suppose the leading cause of death, which is heart disease, but they have increased,” she said. “There are a couple of underlying reasons for this. One of course is that we have an aging population, the second though is that we have had some coding improvements over time. “So this is probably influenced the number of deaths which are being counted as dementia and alzheimers at the moment as well.”
Army ‘surrounds Baniyas’ days after Deraa siege
Five arrested near UK nuclear site under anti-terrorism laws
men have been
arrested close to a British nuclear plant under antiterrorism legislation, police said. The men were detained after a stop check on a vehicle at the Sellafield nuclear facility in West Cumbria on Monday. The five, all aged in their 20s and from London, were arrested under the Terrorism Act, a police They were held in police custody overnight before being taken to Manchester on Tuesday. An investigation is now under way by the North West Counter Terrorism Unit. Both the location and timing of the incident will cause concern. The arrests came outside
Arrests ... five men have been taken into custody after a vehicle check near the Sellafield nuclear facility. Photo: Reuters Sellafield, which handles highly dangerous nuclear material, and were made within hours of the news breaking that Osama bin Laden had been killed. —AFP/PA
have surrounded the coastal city of Baniyas, activists say, days after tanks and troops took control of Deraa in the south. Soldiers have blocked the northern and southern entrances to the city, and the government has armed its supporters in nearby villages, the activists say. The number of arrests around the country has risen to 1,000, they add. The International Red Cross has appealed for access to the injured and arrested, especially in Deraa. Rights groups say 560 people have been killed across the country in protests against the repressive rule of President Bashar al-Assad. The government’s position is still that the demonstrators are militant criminals and not - as evidence from the ground suggests - ordinary civilians calling for political reform. The interior ministry set a deadline of 15 May for protestors who had committed “unlawful acts” to give themselves up. ‘Armed thugs’ The government is keeping up efforts to try and bring an end to five weeks of rebellion. The army is occupying the hospital. They are arresting everyone there - the injured, the wounded” End Quote Deraa resident
“The Syrian authorities sent military reinforcements and thugs to the areas in the city centre [including the main market],” a young activist from Baniyas who is helping to organise the demonstrations has told the BBC. “The city is facing militias from the east and military forces from the south and north sides,” he added. The latest operation comes after Mr Assad sent tanks and soldiers into the southern city of Deraa, where the uprising broke out in mid-March. On Tuesday, a resident who fled to Damascus told the BBC that the hospitals in Deraa have become like military barracks. “The army is occupying the hospital. They are arresting everyone there the injured, the wounded,” he said. “The only hospitals people can use now are on the outskirts or the smaller hospitals in neighbouring villages.” Mass arrests Reports from Deraa say hundreds of men between the ages of 16 and 40 were taken away by security forces in house-to-house raids on Sunday. In recent weeks, hundreds of protesters are thought to have been killed or injured in Deraa, where footage appears to show security forces using live ammunition against demonstrators.
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[ 14 ]vanuatu Daily Post |Thursday, May 5 2011
FIFA’s Blatter confident of re-election
FIFA president Sepp Blatter
said he came away from the CONCACAF congress Tuesday confident he’ll be re-elected despite a bid to unseat him by Mohammed Bin Hammam of Qatar, the Asian Football Confederation president. “I’m sure at the end of the day there will be no change in FIFA,” Blatter said. CONCACAF president Jack Warner said the federation is happy with Blatter’s leadership but receptive to Bin Hammam’s ideas. Bin Hammam didn’t attend the congress because he was unable to obtain a U.S. visa, Warner said. A meeting between Bin Hammam and CONCACAF officials was rescheduled for May 10 in Trinidad. CONCACAF is soccer’s regional governing body for North and Central America and the Caribbean, and it’s considered pivotal in the outcome of the presidential election June 1. The congress was closed to the media, an unusual step for such sessions. Afterward, Blatter and Warner sat side by side at a news conference. “I am, I would say, a relaxed president after the meeting,” Blatter said. “I am more than confident now after this congress here that we are going forward with energy and a lot of optimism.” Blatter has led soccer’s governing body since 1998, and the 75-year-old Swiss seeks a four-year term that he said will be his last. Bin Hammam is his lone opponent. Warner advised Blatter before the congress began that campaigning by the president was unnecessary. “President Blatter has been coming here for the last 20 years,” Warner said. “If there’s anybody we know, we know president Blatter. Therefore, there is nothing he can tell us that we don’t know of him, or what his plans are.” FIFA has often been accused of corruption on Blatter’s watch, but his support in the CONCACAF region is strong, Warner said. “The members of the executive committee and congress, all of them, have said they’re happy where they are,” Warner said. “Nobody expressed any displeasure with Mr. Blatter’s office. But out of fair play, they would like to hear what the other person has to say.” Warner’s 35-member group will vote as a bloc. At the FIFA Congress in Zurich, the winning candidate will need a two-thirds majority on the first ballot or a simple majority on the second. FIFA drew criticism for its methods in choosing the two most recently selected World Cup sites -- Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. The decisions came at the same time, with two executive committee members barred from voting because of corruption allegations. Four other senior officials were suspended. If re-elected, Blatter promises broad reforms in the way sites are chosen, and says he’ll set up a watchdog committee to supervise how FIFA works and restore the organization’s credibility. Bin Hammam, 61, played a key role in Qatar winning the rights to the 2022 World Cup. He has proposed sharing FIFA’s power and jobs with its six confederations by offering 17 extra seats on the executive body and creating legal and development teams at continental headquarters. Some CONCACAF delegates don’t know Bin Hammam well, and his absence at the congress cost him a chance to court support. “How much it has hurt him, I really can’t say,” Warner said. “If he were here, it would have helped him a lot.” CONCACAF delegate Frederick Lunn of the Bahamas said the group is open-minded about Bin Hammam’s candidacy. “You have to give everyone an opportunity in this process,” Lunn said. “Regardless of the outcome, to have any sort of opposition and to hear new ideas is good. You never know. He may come with a home run. It happens sometimes with the underdog.”
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France begins racism inquiry FIFA unveil goal-line tech testing
French soccer authorities
have begun an inquiry into claims that national coach Laurent Blanc and other coaches secretly agreed on a quota restricting the number of black and Arab players in training programs. The investigative website Mediapart said last week that the aim was to limit to 30 percent the number of players of African and North-African descent in training academies once they reached the age of 13. Blanc insists such a move was never discussed. French soccer federation technical director Francois Blaquart is suspended pending the inquiry, which included a transcript of a conversation involving Blanc, Blaquart, under-21 coach Erick Mombaerts and under20 coach Francis Smerecki in November. In the transcript, an angry Smerecki calls the proposal a “discriminatory” idea that should never see the light of day. He has not yet commented on Mediapart’s article. The focus of the conversation was to find a way to limit the number of players with dual nationalities coming through the French youth teams before then deciding to play for their country of origin as adults. All four will be interviewed this week by a special commission headed by Patrick Braouezec, who had already led an inquiry examining the reasons for the France team’s strike at last year’s World Cup. Laurent Davenas, president of the federation’s ethics council and a member of the French sports ministry will also be involved in the inquiry. Blanc, on vacation in two-stage testing programme for goal-line technology as the pressure builds for the introduction of systems to help referees determine whether the ball has crossed the line. Companies will need to demonstrate 90% accuracy rates for their prototype systems in order to get through the first phase and then return a 100% success rate in the second phase. FIFA changed their stance last year after Frank Lampard’s disallowed goal in the World Cup and now accept the need for goal-line technology - if the systems can be show to be completely reliable. Lampard was also at the centre of the latest controversy this weekend when he was awarded a goal for Chelsea against Tottenham despite TV pictures showing the whole of the ball had not crossed the line. Companies have until June 3 to register their interest with FIFA, who will share the costing of the testing. Each firm can select which stadium they would like the tests to take place. The tests will be divided into three parts: • shots from all over the pitch into an empty net. A 100% success rate is needed to pass phase one. • ‘dynamic’ tests: a ballshooting machine will fire shots into the goal where a fixed wall will at first stop the ball crossing the line, and then be moved back inside the goal at different distances from the line. A 90% success rate is needed to pass phase one. • ‘static’ tests: a ball is placed on a sledge and moved at slow motion across
Blanc has denied the accusations Italy, will be interviewed Friday or Saturday, Davenas said. The turmoil comes just as Blanc was beginning to reverse the team’s fortunes following the World Cup debacle. The team, under former coach Raymond Domenech, went on strike in protest at Nicolas Anelka’s exclusion and was eliminated in the group stage without winning a match. French Sports Minister Chantal Jouanno urgently requested that the federation open an inquiry hours after Mediapart’s story broke last Thursday night. Jouanno wants it to be completed by the end of this week. The federation said Tuesday the conclusions will be discussed further at a meeting next week and it will not comment until then. Andre Merelle, a former head of France’s national training center at Clairefontaine until being released by Blaquart in September, felt there was a problem with the perception of dual nationals within French soccer’s hierarchy. “During my time we were already reproached for taking so many blacks and Arabs,” Merelle told Mediapart. “The argument that I was given was, ‘We pay them, we bring them up, and then they go and play abroad (for another country).” Former France star Lilian Thuram, Blanc’s teammate when France won the 1998 World Cup and European Championship two years later, said he was shocked when he heard race quotas had been discussed. Former France defenders Basile Boli and Luc Sonor and former France goalkeeper Bernard Lama have also expressed outrage. Others, like France midfielder Alou Diarra and striker Karim Benzema, have publicly backed Blanc, although both said they are upset at the very thought of quotas being discussed.
Lineball: Heurelho Gomes pays dearly for a blunder on the line as Chelsea is incorrectly awarded a goal. (Reuters: Russell Cheyne) the goal-line, sometimes with the ball rotating. A 90% success rate of this test is also needed to pass phase one. For each test, an immediate signal that the ball has crossed the line must be sent to a referee’s watch. Companies that successfully pass phase one of the process - which will take place between September and December - will be subjected to more rigorous and scientific testing in a second phase between March and June next year. FIFA said in a statement: “A higher volume of tests will be conducted to ensure a more precise evaluation of the fitness of a technology and to provide a full statistical analysis. “This will include more simulated match scenarios as well as other factors including: software reliability; transmission signal quality; performance under changing weather conditions as well as on different pitch surfaces.’’ The International FA Board, the game’s law-making body, will be presented with the results of the testing at a special meeting in July 2012. Successful systems could be in place for the the 2014 World Cup in Brazil FIFA say the second phase tests will be carried out in “different lighting conditions as per the FIFA requirements for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil’’. British company Hawkeye is expected to be one of the firms that apply to FIFA - they believe their technology is 100% accurate. They were not part of the first tests at FIFA headquarters in February because they needed a stadium in which to use their systems. All 10 companies tested in February failed, although three did come close to being 100% accurate. A number of others failed hopelessly however - including one system that registered a goal when the ball when two inches above the crossbar.
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Soromon scores twice to help Wairarapa maintain lead
Matt Borren Goalkeeper
Matt Borren was the toast of Trust House Wairarapa United after their 2-1 win over Western Suburbs in the topof-the-table central football clash at Endeavour Park on Saturday. Borren made several fine saves during a first half which ended with the two teams level pegging at 1-1, a score which Wairarapa United player-coach Adam Cowan conceded flattered his side. “We probably should have been at least a couple of goals down but Matt was outstanding, he kept us in the game,” Cowan said. Through most of that first half Wairarapa United struggled to get any flow into their play and ball was turned over regularly. “We were poor, very poor,” Cowan said. “We weren’t working as a team, there was no rhythm there at all. We were rushing things too much” Fortunately for Wairarapa United, however, the second half was a far different story.Then they lifted their effort several notches and the confidence noticeably grew as they started to pose problems for the Wests defence by maintaining their structure and sticking to the game plan. “We talked at halftime about being more patient, of being more deliberate in the way we brought the ball forward,” Cowan said. “We knew that if we played the basics well we could pull it off, and that’s what we did.” Borren was clearly the player of the match for Wairarapa United while Nathan Cooksley was again impressive on defence. Striker Seule Soromon scored both goals and was the pick of the attack, along with Campbell Banks who made an impact when he came off the subs bench in the second half.
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Caroline Wozniacki strolls into Madrid Open round three
Top seed Caroline Wozniacki eased through to the third round of the Madrid Open with a 6-4 6-4 win over Serbia’s Bojana Jovanovski. In the men’s first round Juan Martin del Potro overcame a leg injury to beat Mikhail Youzhny 6-1 3-6 6-3. Argentina’s Del Potro, who was out for eight months last year following wrist surgery, said he may not be fit for his round-two tie with Marin Cilic. “I will check with the doctor if it’s safe to play,” said Del Potro. The former US Open champion said the leg problem had first come to light in Portugal last week, where he won the Estoril Open. “I started to feel it in the semi-final in Estoril last week but I really want to play this tournament,” he said. “I will be careful for my future - I am playing really well last week and this, but my first goal is to play healthy.”I want to be safe this week so I don’t want to risk my presentation in French Open.” Talking about his return to fitness after last year’s long layoff, Del Potro admitted even he was surprised by how well he had fared.
Shane Mosley looks to shake up the world
Shane Mosley feels a victory over WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao on Sunday (NZT) would be his biggest ever despite a glittering career that includes world titles in three weight classes. “That would be the best victory at this time,’’ Mosley said at the MGM Grand, the site of Saturday’s fight. “If I fight Pacquiao and beat him, there will probably have to be another one, because people won’t believe it.’’ Mosley has yet to be knocked out during his professional career, but his comment was a clear admission that despite a record of 46-6-1 with 39 knockouts, including two victories over compatriot Oscar de la Hoya, he will be a heavy underdog against the Filipino Pacquiao. That reflects the fact that the 39-year-old Mosley’s record is a pedestrian 8-6-1 since the end of 2001 and his last fight in Las Vegas was a comprehensive points defeat to fellow American Floyd Mayweather one year ago. In that fight, Mosley rocked Mayweather badly in the second round but could not capitalise and lost every round after. But he insisted the difference in styles between the two makes the Mayweather fight meaningless when eval-
Hashan Tillakaratne stands by matchfixing allegations
Former Sri Lanka captain Hashan Tillakaratne has vowed to reveal full details of match-fixing that he alleges took place during his career. Tillakaratne and ex-team-mate Arjuna Ranatunga claim fixing has been common in Sri Lankan cricket since 1992. The Sri Lanka Cricket Board called on the pair to substantiate the claims and queried why they have only emerged now. Tillakaratne says he will provide the International Cricket Council with information “at the appropriate time. The 43-year-old added: “I made a statement to the provincial council, I said that I still maintain my stand on the allegations. “After I came out with these allegations [at the weekend] I have been getting a lot of nuisance calls, death threats, but definitely I will expose all those who are involved in a time to come.” When asked why he has not followed the established procedure of working with the ICC’s anti-corruption unit, Tillakaratne replied “I will do that in the days to come.” Several international players including South Africa’s Hansie Cronje, India’s Mohammad Azharuddin and Ajay Jadeja, and Pakistan’s Salim Malik have been found guilty of match-fixing and served bans in the past decade, although Jadeja and Malik later had their bans quashed. Most recently, Pakistani players Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir were banned for five years or more after being found guilty off corruption by the ICC.
David Rudisha ruled out of Doha Diamond League meeting
World 800m record holder David Rudisha has been ruled out of the Diamond League meeting in Doha on Friday because of a foot injury. Rudisha, 22, the 2010 World Athlete of the Year, has been prevented from training for a week by the injury, which is not thought to be serious. “I am very disappointed not to be able to run,” said the Kenyan, who won last year’s Diamond Race Trophy. Rudisha’s withdrawal is a blow to the athlete, who produced one of the finest 800m seasons in history last year, twice breaking the world record, which stands at one minute 41.01 seconds. As well as Rudisha, the 800m will also be deprived of double world indoor champion Abubaker Kaki, who has also pulled out because of a muscle injury. However, many of last season’s Trophy winners will be competing in Doha.
RING WARRIORS: Manny Pacquiao (left) will fight Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand on Sunday. uating Saturday’s fight. “Mayweather doesn’t throw a lot of punches, but he throws them at the right time,’’ he said. “Manny throws more punches and he throws them at any time. That style I believe is going to be more suitable to me.’’ Pacquiao, 52-3-2 with 38 knockouts, who has won world titles in eight weight divisions, agreed that dismissing Mosley’s chances was a mistake. “It’s unfair to him,’’ Pacquiao said, adding that Mosley has “good hand speed, good foot speed, and of course he’s strong. You cannot underestimate Mosley’’. Mosley pointed to his upset victories over de la Hoya in 2000 and 2003, and his dominant knockout of Mexico’s Antonio Margarito in 2009, as evidence that he has frequently put on his best performances in the face of doubt. “A lot of the times people count me out, I tend to become victorious. So, maybe it’s not a good idea to count me out.’’
Ronaldinho joy at first trophy
Just months after returning to Brazil in pursuit of silverware, Ronaldinho has described his joy at picking up the Carioca State Championship with new side Flamengo. Ronaldinho left AC Milan to move back to South America after criticism for his off-field antics and laid back lifestyle. However, the Brazilian has not had to wait long as Flamengo overcame Vasco da Gama on penalties to win the final of the Taca Rio, the second stage of Rio de Janeiro’s local championship. “A joy like this can only be compared with the World Cup title,” he told reporters. “I went five years without being a champion, I have only experienced joy with these fans and I hope to continue my work here.” Flamengo’s 3-1 win (after a 0-0 draw in normal time), saw them finish the campaign unbeaten for the first time since 1996.
Thailand axed from Olympic qualifiers
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kicked out of the qualifying competition for the 2012 Men’s Olympic Games after fielding an ineligible player. The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) revealed that they would be appeal-
ing against the decision, which was taken after suspended player Sucharit Chanthakul was allowed to play during the first leg of a qualifier against Palestine in February. Sucharit earned the suspension at the AFC Under-
19 Championships three years ago and had not yet served the ban. “We have been formally informed by the AFC about the matter,” FAT secretary general Ong-art Korsinkha told the Bangkok Post. “We are appealing.”
Thailand beat Palestine 5-4 on penalties to progress and were set to face Bahrain in the next round of regional qualifiers for next year’s Olympics in London, before the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) stepped in.
Marlin Classic to feature Aussie rugby league star
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Vanuatu Marlin Classic VMC that will be held on June 5-11 will feature one of Australia’s famous ex rugby league players Andrew Ettingshausen a n d p o p u l a r 2 G B Radio Australian Fishing Show presenter Michael Guest. Both Guest and Ettingshausen will be arriving on the 3rd and 8th of June next month and will feature in Vanuatu’s only marlin specific fishing tournament. Andrew Ettingshausen is an Australian former rugby league footballer of the 1980s, 1990s and early 2000s. He played his first grade Australian club football for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, retiring with the record of most games at a single club, with 328. He is known for his deceptive pace, good hands and ability to score tries, “ET” as he was known, represented both New South Wales and the Australian Kangaroos. After his retirement from league in 2000, Ettingshausen went on to host and produce his own fishing television show titled Escape with ET. In February 2008, Ettingshausen was named in the list of Australia’s 100 Greatest Players (1908– 2007) which was commissioned by the NRL and ARL to celebrate the code’s centenary year in Australia. Michael Guest himself is a Fishing World writer and an online video presenter. Last year he joined the popular Sydney 2GB Radio and now hosts Sydney’s popular 2GB radio Fishing Show. The tournament was created to promote the sport of game fishing and conservation of fisheries through the practice of tag and release fishing. The rules have been purposely designed to promote the release of healthy marlin. Points are awarded based on marlin-only caught on 30 lb, 50 lb, 80 lb and 130 lb line class tackle. Organisers of the tournament have given generously to create this cash prize tournament. The first year saw prize and calcutta payments in excess of $40,000 AUD. The second year managed over $60,000 AUD paid out and each year since has been successful. This year the marlin Classic has been blessed to receive great support from the local and international community with scores of sponsors. Over the last sever-
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Barcelona keep Madrid at bay to reach final
through a tough examination by a spirited Real Madrid CF side as a riveting draw secured their place in the 28 May final at Wembley – scene of their first European Champion Clubs’ Cup triumph. Josep Guardiola’s men sealed a 3-1 aggregate win after Pedro Rodríguez’s glorious second-half open er was cancelled out by Marcelo. It was also a night of drama, skill and, ultimately, a Catalan victory that means the dream of a third UEFA Champions League title in six seasons is very much alive. The remarkable amount of water which poured from the skies in the hour prior to kick-off did not help the hosts push and probe at a well-drilled Madrid defence, but as the surface dried the contest became slick. Guardiola’s team do not score many headed goals yet Xavi Hernández’s 22nd-
Barcelona’s forward Pedro Rodriguez (L) celebrates with teammate Barcelona’s forward David Villa (R) after scoring during the Champions League semi-final second leg football match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on May 3, 2011.
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minute corner was so precise in its arc that only a slight misjudgement of his unmarked jump left Sergio Busquets heading into Iker Casillas’s hands, not the net.
Ten minutes later Barça’s trickle of chances became a flood. Lionel Messi danced across the penalty area and forced Casillas to save at full length. The mercurial No10 was again on
song: just no one in white knew the tune. Twice Messi went close to adding to the two-goal cushion from last week’s first leg. His chest control and shot brought peril and it
became red alert when the Argentinian international dispossessed Lassana Diarra and released David Villa: Casillas had to produce his best save thus far. The half ended with Madrid’s exceptional, overworked goalkeeper launching himself to the ground to keep out yet another Messi effort. Without doubt, the goals were coming. The first arrived just nine minutes after the restart. Andrés Iniesta was the magical creator, curving the ball through a sea of white shirts – Xabi Alonso, Diarra and Raul Albiol – straight into the path of Pedro. One touch to control, another slap of his boot to score and Barça were seemingly out of sight. To Madrid’s credit the moment did not break them: far from it. The visitors stuck to the game plan, pressed and
worked and finally got their reward ten minutes after falling behind. Ángel Di María gained his first glimpse of open space, cracked a fierce shot off Víctor Valdés’ right-hand post and then showed the utmost calm to control the rebound and pass inside to Marcelo. The Brazilian international edged in front of his marker, Javier Mascherano, and buried the chance with glee. Yet this was Barcelona’s night, capping their performance with Éric Abidal’s introduction late on, his first appearance since an operation to remove a liver tumour – the roar almost exceeded that of reaching Wembley. They could face Manchester United FC, 2-0 up against FC Schalke 04 ahead of Wednesday’s second leg, in what would be a repeat of the 2009 showpiece.