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Local News O-League altered, Nations Cup revived

Santo News

Letters

Regional /Inter News

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Sports

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Violence erupts on Israel's borders
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Treating human waste as a business...
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Politics surpass WTO workshop

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Regional News
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Vohor welcomes Appeal Court decision
By Ricky Binihi Prime minister serge
Vohor who the Court of Appeal declared his election in Parliament “invalid” said the leaders of Vanuatu must be appreciative that our judiciary system is alive and well. Mr Vohor made the statement when he touched down at the Port Vila International Airport yesterday after attending a Least Developed Countries meeting in Istanbul, Turkey. When he was away the Court of Appealed ruled that in a 52-member Parliament 27 Members of Parliament constitute the Constitutional requirement for an “absolute majority of members of Parliament” to remove Prime Minister Sato Kilman on April 24. At that time only 26 “members of Parliament” toppled PM Kilman and the Court of Appeal re-instated PM Kilman because of the failure of the Opposition to oust Kilman with 27 members of Parliament. But the Union of Moderate Parties President Vohor said it was only appropriate for the judiciary to direct the leaders of this country about the rules and procedures of Parliament that are consistent with the laws of the land. “We did not follow the procedures last time but this Friday we will abide by the Court’s definition of absolute majority,” Vohor told members of Opposition including former deputy prime minister Joshua Kalsakau. Efate UMP MP and newly sworn in Minister of Lands Steven Kalsakau did not attend the ceremony at the airport to welcome the UMP President. The manager of the Opposition camp at Tara Beach Resort, TORBA MP Thomas Isom confirmed that Efate MP has moved to join Kilman’s coalition government “but I still have the numbers at Tara.” Former PM Vohor thanked MPs from Vanua’aku Pati, the Labour Part, National Community Association, Vanuatu Republican Party and UMP MPs for their solidarity and urged them to accept the Court decision “and wait for Friday.”

"Wait for Friday," UMP President Vohor and former Deputy PM Kalsakau

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[ 2 ] vanuatu Daily Post | Tuesday May 17, 2011

Local News

By Bob Makin The unveiling of Two new

Treating human waste as a business in Mele and Melemaat
them,” says Paul. “Do-It-Yourself is not everyone’s immediate choice. But a sanitary toilet is something people choose to have. Like a mobile telephone. We don’t all need them, but we’d sure like to have them,” he adds. Mele and Melemaat do not have enough completed sanitary toilets and many toilets are in the wrong place. But Paul Lenthwaite is convinced the models created there will convince families it need not be expensive to obtain a professionally constructed, sanitary and odour-free toilet. Paul Lenthwaite has supervised the regional Live and Learn project in Fiji, the Solomons and PNG. It was due to finish in all countries in June, but Vanuatu was a little late getting into the act and it has been extended until the end of this year A small staff had to be hired. Paul maintains his supervisory role in the other Melanesian countries. Urban communities are not being targeted. The project is aimed at villages, and logically has started in the biggest. Mele has too many bush toilets, far too few properly sanitary facilities. The project has worked with two groups which have decided to work as one The small sanitation businesses in Mele and Melemaat will discuss what they can offer, together with the price, with house owners. Compost toilets are available. There are both ventilated and improved toilets which can be constructed. Toilet slabs and seat rises will be available at a certain modest cost, as will be educational services. Paul drew our attention to a good compost toilet at the Wan Smol Bag site built years ago by Smolbag and always still functioning well because it is well managed. There are a number around Tagabe area and some other areas in Efate. “We’re not telling people they need toilets,” says Paul Lenthwaite. “It’s a safety issue. The best possible hygiene is important. In most countries people hire experts to build their toilets. It can be the same here.” Live and Learn can help people become aware of their own water and sanitation issues in communities. They can also present the “sanitation ladder” as an option to people with their own needs and wants in their individual homes. Live and Learn has Kami Robert as Wash Project Officer and Daniel Pakoa as the Wash Constructor. Live and Learn office is located opposite Freshwota School. Chief hands over donation from Shefa Province to Chairlady of Emua Village Women’s Committee

toilet models in the villages of Mele and Mele Maat recently launched sanitation marketing in village Vanuatu. Toilet making is about to become a profitable business in the rural areas. Paul Lenthwaite of the environmental NGO Live and Learn says people willing to take care in the construction of good toilets can make a business out of it. It is also the sort of enterprise which good management can quickly build up. Toilet construction is profitable. “People generally choose to go to a kava bar for their kava, rather than make it themselves, or buy their bread from someone who bakes it as a business. They are also prepared to pay for the expertise in having someone else build their toilet for

By Len Garae emua village Chief alberT

Emua chief eyes mats from Nguna, Pele

RBV pays Vt50 million dividend

Then Minister of Finance Bakoa Kaltongga receives the dividend from RBV Governor Odo Tevi in the Bank’s Conference Room before a lavish lunch last week.

Malnaesinu has praised the cooperation between Vanuatu and America for the completion of the Efate Ring Road saying it has increased business activity for his people in a big way and he is looking at the possibility of opening a partnership with the nearby offshore chiefs and people of Nguna and Pele Islands to encourage the women to weave more mats because the women in his own village are busy in their gardens and at the Road Market and have no time to weave their mats anymore. In Efate custom mats continue to play a significant part in custom ceremonies including reconciliation ceremonies, marriages and funerals. “But the ways things go, I may

need to arrange to promote stronger cooperation with the chiefs and people of Nguna and Pele and other islands to earn money from their mats because I can sell their mats for them”, he said. The young chief who has succeeded elderly Chief Raymond Marongoe spoke highly of the newly launched road project saying it is a definite dream comes true for the people of his village. Now women can make their money every day without having to leave their homes. In the past they had to travel to Port Vila to sell their produce. Admittedly he said their Road Market has brought about new challenges as it means the men folk have to work extra hard to support the women in the gardens.

Vanuatu Alliance Exercise underway
The vanuaTu mobile forCe
in Port Vila is on its fourth day exercise with the 51 Far North Queensland Regiment (51FNQR). Called the Vanuatu Alliance Exercise, the first phase of the exercise begun on May 11-14 2011.This is just revision on: Basic First Aid for patrolmen, small craft handler, navigation and communications. These trainings are conducted at the Vanuatu Mobile Force Camp, Mala Base, Belleview and Switi area Port Vila. There will be another level of the exercise which will focus on command and leadership, scheduled for May 15-26.
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vanuatu Daily Post | Tuesday May 17, 2011 [ 3 ]

By Len Garae The Timing

Politics surpass WTO workshop
of The

Local News

Bin Laden’s death means Island nations need to be vigilant: US Ambassador
By Colson Wari D ailY p osT in s anTo
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workshop on the World Trade Organisation (WTO) to be held in Parliament Chambers for all Members of Parliament yesterday was reportedly postponed by the Prime Minister on the grounds that he would like to meet with the members of the WTO first. Both politicians, interested members of the public and students who turned up at Parliament House were told that the workshop was postponed to another date to be announced later. It remains to be seen if both sides of the House would be prepared to sit together for a learning experience on the World Trade Organisation. Meanwhile critics are adamant Vanuatu is not ready to join the WTO. An independent administrator who asked not to be named said, “I have a lot of respect for the Brussels-based Ambassador Mr Roy Micky Joy for championing the positive side of WTO but it is clear that Vanuatu is not ready to join the global trade organization.

Right to left: Solomons ready to accede (delegation second, third and fourth) to WTO “Over 70% of the population of Samoa are literate and they are a member of the WTO whereas in Vanuatu the percentage of literacy among the population is about 34% so Vanuatu has a long way yet to go to qualify to join the WTO,” he said. “If we have to follow the bottoms up approach, it means that the grassroots in the rural areas must first be educated enough in order to understand what WTO is all about before we can decide whether or not we are ready to sign up.” He said at this stage, the majority of people in the rural areas do not have any idea about the WTO. “What we have is a small group of public servants and politicians in Port Vila who insist that Vanuatu is ready to join the WTO while the 70% majority of the rural population are still in the dark,” he said. Meanwhile the Department of Trade and Industries is organising a further meeting on the WTO beginning at 8.30 this morning and welcomes the media to attend.

able to get an interview with the United States Ambassador to Vanuatu, Solomons and Papua New Guinea, Mr Teddy Taylor who spent two weeks in Santo for the Pacific Partnership program. The questions asked were in relation to the killing of Osama Bin Laden and his opinion for the Pacific Island nations, the human rights violation in West Papua and the chances of Vanuatu getting a second millennium challenge compact. Mr Taylor stated that small Pacific Island nation need to be vigilant about their immigration controls, port security after killing of the world’s most wanted man Osama Bin Laden by American special forces on May 2. “I think that Osama Bin Laden’s death means there is one last person who thinks about killing thousands of people in this world. “I’m not one who believes celebrating anyone’s death but certainly as President Barak Obama has said Bin Laden didn’t really care about slaughtering 3000 people on 9/11 and his friends have no care for slaughtering people elsewhere in the world. “As it relates to the Pacific region, I think that for the small-

er Pacific Islands you still have to be vigilant about your immigration control, your port security because there are people out there who do not like countries to believe in representative governments, freedom of speech and the kind of values that Ni-Vanuatu and the American people hold near to their hearts.” Moreover, Mr Taylor stated the United States of America doesn’t condone human rights violation anywhere in the world and said the West Papua is an internal Indonesian Government matter. “The West Papuans and the Indonesian Government need to work out their dispute as it is an internal Indonesian matter but human rights violation cannot be condoned.” In regards to millennium challenge compact, Ambassador Taylor said Vanuatu does not meet the criteria of getting the second millennium challenge. “We don’t know whether we will be able to get another millennium challenge compact or not. At this time Vanuatu doesn’t meet the criteria, the government is aware of what it is.” Mr Teddy said the United States will continue to work with the Vanuatu Government to try to get Vanuatu a second compact.

Young People Spearhead a Movement for Peace in the Pacific
Young
people from

Australia, the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Fiji, the Federated States of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, New Zealand, Niue, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu will congregate next month in New Zealand to build skills to create a more peaceful region. The interactive ‘Wansolwara Youth Peace-building Conference’ (W.Y.P .C) will empower young people with peace-building and advocacy skills to take leadership and action on issues that cause conflict in their communities. Wansolwara is a pidgin word meaning ‘one ocean-one people’. The peace-building initiative has been developed by young people who represented the region at the Nkabom C o m m o n w e a l t h Yo u t h Leadership Programme in 2010 in Rwanda, Africa. The Nkabom Commonwealth Youth Leadership Programme is one of the Royal Commonwealth Society’s flagship youth projects. Nkabom (pronounced ink-abom) means ‘coming together’ in parts of Ghana, and develops a youth-led network of young leaders who

pioneer peace building initiatives in their communities, countries and beyond. Pacific Nkabom Youth Steering Committee member Ms Katrina Ma’u of Tonga says “this conference will provide training for young people so that they are equipped with the tools to formulate action plans around issues of conflict most relevant to their countries.” “This conference is important because young people are not given sufficient opportunities to build peace and harmony in their societies both for their own generation and the wider society due to a lack of capacity, political voice, and access to resources. This conference helps to address that,” says Ms Ma’u. Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP) Pacific Centre Programme Manager Paul Peteru says “CYP believes in supporting young people to develop their potential, skills and abilities, including taking leadership in conflict prevention, conflict resolution and peace-building efforts.” The conference specially aims to:  • Address the themes of  leadership and conflict resolution using examples in the

Pacific region as case studies •Engage,  educate  and  embed key themes and theories which will give young people the confidence to take action and enable them to assist their governments and stakeholders to devise best practices, processes and mechanisms for peace in the Pacific region. •Enable cultural exchange  between participants and engage young people in key topics affecting their countries. • Foster the creative generation of thematically targeted projects aimed at increasing youth involvement and participation in the wider community, based on the experience of a broad cross-section of Pacific young people. •Train  young  people  in  youth leadership, negotiation and advocacy skills, within a Pacific context. Conference details: Wansolwara Youth Peace-Building Conference: One ocean – One people When: 20th – 23rd of June, 2011 Where: Auckland, New Zealand The conference is supported by the Commonwealth Youth Programme (CYP), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

[ 4 ] vanuatu Daily Post | Tuesday May 17, 2011

Public opinion favours parliament dissolution
Following the instability in Vanuatu’s political affairs, Godwin Ligo compiled this from independent information that he received as well phone calls made by members of the public to Daily Post over the past few days.
The
publiC opinion on The

Local/Feature News

present political situation in Vanuatu is that Head of State should dissolve Parliament and call for early elections. The most shared public views and concerns are that public funds are running out fast on pay out of politicians every time there is change in government. And not only that but the continued political changes and instability hinders economic and social developments. “It is quite obvious that the 52 members of parliament (MPs) all want to become a State minister and if this is their hearts’ desire then let them use their legislative power to make rules that would allow for 52 Ministerial portfolios in the Executive,” one frustrated member of the public told Daily Post yesterday over the phone. Another caller commented that: “Surely we cannot change government every month or two months for the sake of ministerial positions. But if this is the case, then

let the Head of State dissolve Parliament and call for early elections,” he said. “Why can’t the Head of State do something like dissolve the Parliament and let the people decide rather than political parties deciding who to marry and divorce every now and then,” one frustrated woman commented to Daily Post by phone. A university student who also asked not to be name said in a telephone call to Daily Post: “It seems that all 52 Members of Parliament want to become a good government rather than accept to be a good and effective opposition ,” the university student told DailyPost. Opinion voiced publicly and relayed to Daily Post indicated that the public at large have had enough of the past and present changes in government and are calling on the Head of State to dissolve Parliament and call for an early parliamentary election. On the question of prep-

arations and funding for a snap general election, Daily Post could not get comments from the Electoral Office as the Principal Electoral Officer is currently away overseas. One caller told Daily Post that the Head of State should act to dissolve Parliament and call for the people to decide once again on the political fate of the nation. Generally, members of the public shared the view that if parliament is dissolved and the country goes to poll, many of the current MPs will never make it back to parliament. “I think the people of Vanuatu are mature enough now to choose MPs that can put the real interest of the nation first before their own interest,” one such person that contacted Daily Post commented. One politician who did not want to be named said: “I honestly think that the Head of State should dissolve Parliament, because what happens if the govern-

ment changes again this Friday when Parliament meets and then changes again?” he questioned. “To go to poll again is good as long as we don’t end up again with the same political parties make up -so many parties and groupings otherwise it would be back to square one at great cost for nothing ,” one former politician told Daily Post. “My honest opinion is that there has to be a change of political mentality in that politicians must not think that because they are elected into Parliament, they are automatically entitled to become a state minister whether they have the necessary qualifications or not. They should be content of being an MP and help their constituents or electors because there’s so

much to do for your people as an MP a young politician ,” told Daily Post. A school teacher in Port Vila who did not want to be named said: “Such changes of governments affects us and the students because we tell them who the government ministers were last month only to tell them again that the government has changed again and these are the new ministers and lucky annual exams are still away yet or many students could fail some of their subjects,” he said. A ni-Vanuatu businessman had this to say to Daily Post: “The private sector is doing its best. Are MPs serious about economic and social development of the nation? How can you deal with one minister this week and the next

week you go through the same thing all over again with another minister in the same ministry?” he questioned. Prime Minister Meltek Sato Kilman said in his speech last Friday after he was re-instated by the Court that he does not rule out an option of a dissolution of parliament but at the same time said the Head of State is aware of the overall political situation that the country is faced with, but did not elaborate whether the cabinet will resolve to request the Head of State to dissolve parliament if political instability continues. “We will prove this Friday when Parliament meets that the government does have numbers,” the re-instated Prime Minister Kilman told Daily Post last Saturday evening.

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Luganville conducted a four day French course last week at the Alliance office. The “Writing of administrative documents and Grammar” course came in as a refresher for French-speaking civil servants in Luganville aimed at enhancing their skills to be productive in French so they can use this language better at work. This training is part of the program “Francohponie and civil servant,” launched by the Government of Vanuatu, and financed by the French Embas-

Reports from the Alliance office showed that the course was well attended within the four days and there were eleven members altogether who attended the course from 8.00am to 12.00pm each day. So far participants were satisfied with what they gain and anticipated more in the future. Daily Post understands that apart from this course Alliance Francais has helped a lot in promoting French Language in Luganville and offer books and magazines at Alliance office for Francophonies. Thus French students especially college de

Luganville and Saint Michelle were there every afternoon after school to borrow books and magazines. One of the students says she has the privilege to reinforce and improve her language in French by reading some of their books every afternoon after class. French courses for Englishspeakers civil servants will start by next week. Two levels are offered, Beginners 1 and Beginners 2. This training was conducted by Marlene Pouliquen, Port Vila based French teacher based at Alliance Francais.

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VANUATU DAILY POST Tuesday May 17 2011 [ 5 ]

• Your LETTERS and OPINION

Voice of the People
PO Box 1292, Port Vila fax: +678 24111 email: letters@dailypost.com.vu Letters must be less than 300 words. Everyone has the right to express an opinion without fear of persecution. All letters must give your full name, address (not a PO Box) and a daytime phone number for verification. Letters emailed must be from a confirmed address. Your name will be kept confidential if requested. Letters may be edited for space and legal issue. The opinions expressed here are not those of Vanuatu Daily Post.. The editor reserves the right to decide whether to print or not.
WTO and General Election 2012
Dear Editor, “The world is not flat, it is round” said the man. Because he was then the only person with that view, he was killed. Is the world flat? No! It was then proved to be round. Because all advanced countries believe WTO provides a better vehicle for trades, must Vanuatu go along with them? These “advanced countries “have destroyed the world with pollution and have caused global warming. They have failed terribly, so why should we believe them. Their GDP index as a measure for wealth has now proved unhealthy. What do they have for the world after WTO? If they are moving to one world government i.e. modern Dark ages, then using our God given intelligences, like Martin Luther, tell them that it is wrong. Let us reform the modern “Roman controlled World”. Liberty, we must protect and promote at all times. You see foreign companies will continue to invest in Vanuatu, like it or not, without WTO. Tourists will continue to come without WTO. Nivans will continue to reach higher in education and secure jobs worldwide without WTO. An Italian company will continue to sell canned sardines to a Vanuatu company. Vanuatu Abbatoir will continue to export its quality beef to Japanese Company etc…etc…without WTO. Let's be our own boss and continue to strive for excellence at all times. Why should WTO force a company to sell or not to sell its products? The market mechanism of demand and supply must be allowed to operate. How many countries that have join WTO are now indicating unpleasantness? Shouldn't we learn from them? We must continue to show UN, WHO, World Bank, WTO, America, China etc. Even Vatican that we have better models. Because 95% of our MPs and 99.9% of our population know nothing about WTO, why must Trade and Customs departments decide for them? This is madness at its best. The supporters of WTO have had their say in the media and have not convinced the citizens. Let the whole population vote to remain outside WTO in the upcoming general election. May our new term government abide by peoples' wish and lay this WTO business in to a deep rest until election results show otherwise. And make no mistake; the power will always be with the people. Let no man attempt to control their free conscious. Emory David (Sorovanga Community)

Re: Kalsakau Welcomes Sope to Vanuatu Labor Party
Dear Editor, I refer to letter to the Editor issue No 3235 of Saturday 7th May 2011 from a MPP big coward supporter, if he is serious about his opinion why use a pen name, obviously the usual MPP trait. Any how the MPP boat is but an abandoned ghost ship floating aimlessly in the “Bermuda Triangle” hoping to strike another fake ruby, it could be colored green this time. Hon. Joshua T. Kalsakau Maau Fatu (MP) President of the Vanuatu Labor Party

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vanuatu Daily Post | Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Regional News

Bribery convictions spawn Samoa law change calls
E lEction
candidatEs in

Samoa

Tonga PM’s statement says Kingdom doesn’t want to interfere in Fiji’s affairs
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Samoa who have been found guilty of bribery and treating are calling for a review of the electoral law, saying it goes against tradition and culture. The latest to lose a petition and his seat is the Associate Minister of natural resources and environment, and HRPP party MP Seuala Taua Kitio, na Tavaga. Seuala was found guilty of eight counts of bribery and four counts of treating in

an election petition brought against him by an independent unsuccessful candidate, Fuataga KasimaniLautusi, who is the paramount chief of Lalomanu village. The petitioner was also found guilty of six counts of bribery and treating in a counter petition by the respondent. Our correspondent in Apia, Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, says candidates that have been found guilty want the electoral law reviewed.

“So they want to review the law and consider our culture, giving money and food and drinks, is part of our culture. But if you look at the law, if you give someone at the time of the election, if you give money or food or drinks or whatever, to a voter or an elector, that’s bribery.” Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia says the Aleipata Itupa i Luga constituency now has to elect an MP in an upcoming by-election.
—RNZI

’ s P r i m e M i n i s t e r, L o r d Tui’vakano, says Tonga has no interest in interfering in Fiji’s domestic affairs. The statement comes as Fiji’s interim Prime Minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, says a police investigation is underway into the escape to Tonga of Colonel Tevita Uluilakeba Mara. Annell Husband reports.

“Lord Tu’ivakano’s statement says Fiji’s domestic affairs are its own and Tonga’s government has no interest in bringing undue influence. It says there’s a process to be followed with extradition orders and no obstacle will be placed before representatives of the Fiji government in court, nor will the accused be denied counsel or the right to reply. It points out that the

Tongan legal system isn’t subject to political influence by either the King or Cabinet Ministers and judges aren’t encouraged to make decisions based on political beliefs. The statement ends by saying that it’s an offensive breach of protocol to infer for political gain that the King’s offer of hospitality to Colonel Mara equates to an offer of immunity.”
—RNZI

MASI awards journalists

Solomons

Samoa complaint against TV3 in NZ rejected
samoa’s
govErnmEnt has

Samoa

failed in its complaint to New Zealand’s Broadcasting Standards Authority over a story on TV3’s Campbell Live. The programme’s host, John Campbell, alleged donations for the 2009 tsunami were unaccounted for and implied Samoans were being short-changed by their government. Megan Whelan reports “Samoa’s Prime Minister, Tuila’epa Sa’ilele Malielegaoi, said at the time the allega-

tions by Campbell Live that a balance of about 45 million US dollars is unaccounted for was grossly misleading. But the BSA says the government was given fair and reasonable opportunity to respond to the matters raised, and as senior politicians they should have been familiar with dealing with media, so the story was not unfair. Samoa’s complaint maintained that the Campbell live item did not deal fairly with the Prime Minister, because he was door-

stepped as he was leaving a function at 11pm. However, the BSA says the programme made considerable efforts to obtain comment from the Prime Minister, and it is not required to provide written questions in advance as had been requested. The Authority declined to determine if the reporting of the Samoa government’s action following the tsunami was accurate.”
—RNZI

PNG

PNG dispels PM death rumours
PaPua nEw guinEa’s
Island Sun’s Mike Puia, Sunday Isles’ Cathy Konainao and Solomon Star’s Eddie Osifelo with their awards. Government has again been forced to dispel rumours that Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare has died. Seventy-five-year-old Sir Michael remains in intensive care in a Singapore hospital after undergoing heart surgery last month. Over the weekend, a rumour of his death had quickly spread across the country. The rumours have led the acting Prime Minister, Sam Abal, to call a press conference to dispel it as malicious gossip. “He’s still in the ICU and at any time, in a day or so,

onE nEws tElEvision
journalist Koroi Hawkins was awarded the Media Association of Solomon Islands senior journalist of the year. Mr Hawkins who worked for One News for five years won the award for his numerous contributions in the media despite challenges during the national general elections and the political instability. Mr Hawkins aggressive approach to get information has helped him grow from strength to strength. In the other Categories Solomon Star’s Eddie Osi-

felo and Island Sun’s Mike Puia were awarded the most improved journalists of the year awards. Mr Puia was awarded the most improved journalist for striving hard despite only attending three months basic journalism training in the country. With the level of training he got from Solmas he has eager to learn, improve and has long future in journalism. Mr Osifelo was awarded the most improved journalist for his story on the dead body of a spiritual leader in

Malaita that was not buried. His story on the dead leader was the first of its kinds the country has experienced which receive condemnations from the churches and the police. For the female journalist of the year category, the award was given to Sunday Isles reporter Cathy Konainao. Her contributions to women issues, tourism, human rights, health and the general news in the paper won her the award.
Solomon Star

Seventy-five-year-old Sir Michael remains in intensive care in a Singapore hospital after undergoing heart surgery last month. [Unspecified] we expect him to move out of Government’s proposal to the ICU area,” he said. establish a regional processMr Abal also says there ing centre for asylum seekers should be a decision in com- in PNG. ing days on the Australian —Radio Australia

Australia

Fiji restricts baby formula marketing
limits to thE advErtising of
baby milk formula in Fiji are due to be enforced next month as the government promotes breastfeeding. A Health Ministry spokesperson, Peni Namotu, says it wants babies from birth to six months of age to be exclusively breast fed. He says the Food Safety Act is aimed at limiting advertising and promotion of breastmilk substitutes and retailers have had a year’s warning before penalties are enforced next month. He says there has been mixed reaction to the move. “Some of the retailers are giving their support, their full support to the Ministry of Health and we’re looking at this as something that will benefit not only the government of Fiji but also the generation of the Fijian children of tomorrow.” Peni Namotu says retailers have two weeks left to get their acts together and comply with the regulations.
—RNZI

Fiji

Christmas Island gets first refugees under new Australian policy
a boat carrying 55 asylum
seekers has been intercepted near Christmas Island and is being escorted there on Monday. The passengers will be the first to be subject to the Australian Government’s new offshore immigration processing policy which came into effect on May 7. Under deals being sought with Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, the asylum seekers arriving in Australia will undergo health checks before being flown to a foreign country where their claims for refugee status can be assessed. Before the latest group was intercepted, a boat carrying 32 asylum seekers and one crew member was found off Scott Reef on the north-west coast on Saturday. They have been transferred to a customs vessel and is expected to also arrive at Christmas Island, but it is not clear to which country the asylum seekers will be taken, or when.
—RADIO Australia

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engaged in moves to become one of the world’s leading fish processing nations by processing a larger catch and encouraging other Pacific nations to send fish to its canneries. Sixty percent of the world’s tuna caught is in the Pacific, and over the past decade, fish processing has become a major employer in PNG. But the eight tuna-rich Pacific Island nations, known as the PNA group, have struggled to bring jobs onshore, according to Papua New Guinea’s National Fisheries Authority managing director Sylvester Pokajam. He wants to improve the situation. “We are looking at the fishery within the PNA of about 1.2 million metric tonnes sustainably harvested every year,” he told Radio Australia. “We want to also extend our call to the Pacific, especially the PNA countries, to earn more from their resources rather than just relying on the access fees so we try to develop in that are to see how we can all work together as one group to benefit together.” Radio Australia’s Pacific Economic and Business reporter, Jemima Garrett says Papua New Guinea could still become a rising power in fishprocessing even without the

help of other Pacific nations. Growth in the fish-processing sector in recent years has been driven by the duty-free and quota-free access PNG gets to the European market as a result of its interim Economic Partnership Agreement with the European Union. The industry now employs more than 9000 people in Pap ua New Guin ea an d expansion plans at the IFC cannery in Lae will add another 1,200 jobs. Another 12,000 jobs could be created by three other well-progressed new investments, our reporter says. Managing Director of PNG’s National Fisheries Authority, Sylvester Pokajam, says most of the new investment is in Morobe Province. “The Governor of Morobe Province is very supportive and his support is that he wants jobs,” Mr Pokajam said. “He does not want anything else just jobs, jobs, jobs and I think that is a very good approach to it. People are available to be employed so this is more or less the centre for PNG.” Mr Pokojam says that job growth is forecast to continue, and rejected suggestions that tuna fishing over the long term may be unsustainable. “This is a sustainable industry and the jobs will remain

forever,” Mr Pokajam said. “We are looking at direct employment of 30,000.” The development of Papua New Guinea’s fish processing sector has not been without criticism. In cities such as Madang and Wewak there have been complaints about low pay, poor conditions and pollution by fish processing plants. Nonetheless, PNG’s National Fisheries Authority says there are clear economic benefits in having tuna caught in the Pacific processed by Pacific, rather than Asian, nations. Mr Pokajam admits that some Asian canneries may be driven out of business if the industry is directed back to the Pacific. “When you put more processing plants in PNG that fish will then come to PNG and someone is going to suffer. Its going to be the canneries in Asia, mainly Bangkok and Thailand.” But he says other canneries in the Pacific would benefit from PNG’s plan to build up its domestic industry. “We will work together as a party - we will work with Solomon Islands,” Mr Pokajam said. “I don’t want to make it in such a way that my other co-members think that I am greedy.”
—Radio Australia

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The New York Stock Exchange was established when a group of 24 brokers and merchants met by a tree on what is now Wall Street and signed the Buttonwood Agreement.
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Fiji court seeks Tonga extradition of escaped sedition suspect Mara
The magisTraTes courT in suva
in Fiji has this morning issued a warrant for the arrest of Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara who has fled to Tonga breaching his bail terms after being charged with making seditious comments. Fiji’s interim Prime Minister has said he plans to start extradition proceedings to get Ratu Tevita back to face charges Philippa Tolley is in Fiji and sent this report: “Along with efforts to

Fiji

The first Kentucky Derby was held at Churchill Downs, in Louisville, Kentucky.
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New Zealand
Painful details revealed in New Zealand earthquake inquest
Painful deTails of The lasT
moments of those killed in the Christchurch earthquake have been described at the first mass inquest into the tragedy. The inquest is trying to determine the identities of nine quake victims whose remains have not been found. Circumstantial evidence, including recovered housekeys, was given - placing the victims at the CTV building around the time of the quake. The CTV building was where the majority of the earthquake’s 181 victims died. Because there was an English-language school in the CTV building, many foreigners were among the dead. On the coroner’s list are four Chinese, a Filipino, and four New Zealanders - two of whom came from Peru and Russia. The country’s chief coroner, Neil MacLean says confirmation of their deaths will allow families some closure. “It’s difficult to reach any clear conclusion as to any more details about the cause of death,” he said. “But to state the obvious, it must have been the result of multiple traumatic injuries sustained when the earthquake struck.”
—Radio Australia

NBC aired the Information Please quiz show on the radio for the first time.
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secure the return of Ratu Te v i t a , t h e p o l i c e h a v e launched an investigation into who helped the former Commander of the Third Infantry Regiment to escape. The Commodore has described Ratu Tevita as fugitive and said fleeing the country was an act of a despicable nature for someone who had been charged with an offence against Fiji law. Ratu Tevita has sent a message from Tonga saying those in power have been

corrupted and not followed through with the original plan to run the country for a short time before returning to barracks. Despite being available on the internet, none of Ratu Tevita’s comments are being reported here as newsrooms are still overseen by censors. Speaking to rural people earlier today, most were unaware of what was going on and had no idea of Ratu Tevita’s criticisms.”
RNZI

Televised Watergate hearings opened, headed by North Carolina senator Sam Ervin.
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Unsuccessful Kiribati search baffles
KiribaTi search and rescue
says it’s strange an extensive search for six missing young people failed to find them or their aluminium dinghy. On Friday the US Coastguard called off its search for the youngsters, who were believed to have drifted out to sea a week earlier after setting out on a canoe towing a smaller dinghy to collect palm leaves. While their canoe was spotted, the Kiribati Search and Rescue coordinator Captain Omirete Tadureka says searches of 24,400 square nautical miles by a US Coastguard Hercules and a New Zealand Airforce Orion failed to find any further trace of them. “It’s very strange, why there’s no sign of the aluminium boat, it’s not even detected by the aircraft, the radars, and the missing people. So we suspect that they might have been rescued by some fishing boats or cargo boats because we should have made some sighting of this aluminium boat.”
—RNZI

Kiribati

An Iraqi warplane attacked the U.S.S. Stark in the Persian Gulf, killing 37 American sailors and wounding 62.

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Painful details revealed in New Zealand earthquake inquest
Painful details of the last moments of those killed in the Christchurch earthquake have been described at the first mass inquest into the tragedy. The inquest is trying to determine the identities of nine quake victims whose remains have not been found. Circumstantial evidence, including recovered house-keys, was given placing the victims at the CTV building around the time of the quake. The CTV building was where the majority of the earthquake’s 181 victims died. Because there was an English-language school in the CTV building, many foreigners were among the dead. On the coroner’s list are four Chinese, a Filipino, and four New Zealanders - two of whom came from Peru and Russia. The country’s chief coroner, Neil MacLean says confirmation of their deaths will allow families some closure. “It’s difficult to reach any clear conclusion as to any more details about the cause of death,” he said. “But to state the obvious, it must have been the result of multiple traumatic injuries sustained when the earthquake struck.”
Radio Australia

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Violence erupts on Israel’s borders
in traffic. The worst violence was on the borders with Lebanon and with Syria, where Palestinian refugees tried to breach the fence into Israel. The Lebanese army on the Lebanese frontier said 10 Palestinians died when Israeli forces shot at rockthrowing protesters to prevent them from entering the Jewish state. Lebanese security sources said more than 100 people had been wounded in the shooting in the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras. The Israel army said the Lebanese army had also used live ammunition in an attempt to hold back the crowds rushing the border fence. Thousands also entered the Golan Heights, which Israel annexed from Syria in 1967, but most were arrested or turned back. Israeli military spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich has accused Syria of orchestrating the incursion in the Golan Heights. “The Syrian regime is intentionally attempting to divert the world’s attention away from their brutal crackdown on their own civilians to the incitement on Israel’s northern border. Syrian media reports said Israeli gunfire killed two people after dozens of Palestinian refugees infiltrated the Golan Heights from Syria along a frontline that has been largely tranquil for decades. The Syrian foreign ministry condemned what it called Israel’s “criminal activities”. In a separate incident on the border with Jordan, Jordanian police fired teargas to disperse hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists who gathered at a village near Israeli territory. “The police pushed us out of the protest area and after using teargas started to chase us with batons,” one said from Karama village. ‘Arab revolt’ inspiration Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he hoped the confrontations would not escalate. “I’ve instructed the army to behave with maximum restraint,” he said. “We hope the calm and quiet will quickly return. But let nobody be misled, we are determined to defend our borders and sovereignty.” One man, Ahmad Abu Arab, says protesters have taken courage from the recent uprisings across the Middle East. “For 63 years we’ve been under occupation,” he said. “Everywhere else in the world people are finding their freedom, but not the

A Palestinian youth flees teargas during a confrontation at nakba demonstrations in Hebron on the West Bank yesterday. Source: AFP

US Senator Kerry in Pakistan for highlevel talks
United States Senator John Kerry has arrived for top-level talks in Pakistan, the first senior US visitor to Islamabad since the killing of Osama bin Laden earlier this month. Mr Kerry’s visit comes two days after Pakistan’s parliament called for an end to US drone strikes on its territory. Pakistani MPs also demanded that operations similar to that which discovered and killed the al-Qaeda leader never be repeated. John Kerry, who is the chair of the US Foreign Relations Committee, will meet Pakistan’s president and the prime minister. Arriving in Islamabad, he warned that Pakistan-US relations are at a critical point, and warned of serious consequences unless Pakistan backs Washington’s continued war on terror. “It is fair to say that some of my colleagues in the House, in Senate, have deep reservations about whether or not Pakistan is committed to the same goals or prepared to be a full partner in pursuing those goals,” he told reporters. “There are calls in some quarters in Congress for a shift in the aid program unless there is an improvement in the current situation.” Separately, six people in the United States and Pakistan have been charged with providing financial and material support to the Pakistani Taliban. All six people are of Pakistani origin. They face a range of charges and if convicted each offence could carry a potential 15 year prison sentence. Among the six is the 76 year-old Imam of the Miami mosque, his son and a daughter who lives in Pakistan. Last week the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for twin suicide bomb attacks on a group of military cadets near the city of Peshawar in which at least 80 people were killed.
Radio Australia

dead at least 12 people as Palestinians massed on the borders of Lebanon, Syria, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank to mark the 63rd anniversary of the creation of Israel. Palestinians call it the “Nakba”, or catastrophe - the anniversary of the day Israel became a state and hundreds of thousands of Arabs fled or were forced out. In Israel and the occupied territories, thousands of people joined protests which turned into clashes with police. On Israel’s tense southern border with the Gaza Strip, Israeli gunfire wounded 82 demonstrators approaching the fence with the Hamas Islamist-run enclave, medical workers said. In a separate incident, Israeli forces said they shot a man who was trying to plant a bomb near the border. A body was later found. In Tel Aviv, Israel’s commercial hub, a truck driven by an Arab Israeli slammed into vehicles and pedestrians, killing one man and injuring 17 people. Police were trying to determine whether the incident was an accident or an attack. Witnesses said the driver, who was arrested, deliberately ran amok with his truck

Palestinians.” Pa l e s t i n i a n p r e s i d e n t Mahmoud Abbas said in a televised address to mark the anniversary that those killed were martyrs to the Palestinian cause. “Their precious blood will not be wasted. It was spilt for the sake of our nation’s freedom,” he said. A spokesman for Islamist Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip, Sami Abu Zuhri, called it “a turning point in the Israeli-Arab conflict” that proved the Palestinian people and Arabs were committed to ending Israeli occupation. Hezbollah condemned the “Israeli aggression on unarmed civilians in Maroun al-Ras and in the Golan, which constitutes a dangerous violation of human rights”. “The resistance movement in Lebanon will continue to be an advocate of Palestinian national rights and calls on everyone to stand united in confronting Israeli occupation,” said Hezbollah spokesman Hassan Fadlallah at a pro-Palestinian protest in Maroun al-Ras. “What happened today in Maroun al-Ras and in the Golan is an embodiment of the will of the Palestinian people, who are committed to the right of return.
—Radio Australia

Gays and lesbians clash with preachers in South Australia
Police have been forced to intervene during a clash between the gay and lesbian community and a group of street preachers in the South Australian capital, Adelaide. The violence broke out during a rally to mark International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. The protest began peacefully with 150 members of the gay and lesbian community gathering to stage a mass wedding, calling for equal rights for gay marriage. But when members of the Christian Street Church crashed the rally, tension escalated. The Church’s Damien Gloury says he was mobbed and hit. We’re just preaching the bible, we’re quoting the bible and it says that homosexuality is a sin,” he said. In the heat of the violence, a wheelchair-bound activist was thrown on the ground. Protestor James Vigos says the gay and lesbian community won’t be disheartened by the violence. “A very vocal minority can’t stop progress,” he said. Police were called in and several street preachers were forcibly removed, but no one was arrested.
Radio Australia

I knew bin Laden was in Pakistan: spy chief
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intelligence chief says he knew Osama bin Laden was hiding in Pakistan four years ago, but Pakistan’s leaders rejected his claims. In an interview broadcast on Sunday on CBS’ 60

Minutes, Amrullah Saleh says Afghan intelligence thought bin Laden was in the Pakistani city of Mansehra - about 20km away from Abbottabad, where the terrorist leader was eventually found and killed by US Navy

SEALs. Saleh has become a prominent critic of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s efforts to start peace talks with the Taliban. He says Pakistan should be recognised by the

United States as “a hostile country”. “They take your money. They do not co-operate. They created the Taliban. They are number one in nuclear proliferation,” he told CBS.
—AP

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Cambodian residents report threats over railway development
ImpoverIshed CambodIans
say they are being forcibly moved out of their houses to make way for the country’s redeveloped railway system. The ABC’s Southeast Asia correspondent, Zoe Daniel, says more than 160 families from a community in the capital, Phnom Penh, have been offered a few hundred dollars’ compensation for their houses by local authorities. The residents say the compensation they’ve been offered isn’t enough. Some say they will lose buildings they live and work in, while others are angry that they’ve been told to move about 20km out of the city. Residents who don’t want to leave say they’ve been threatened by local officials. One resident says she was asked to accept the deal by giving a thumb print. “If I don’t, they will bulldoze my house, they will hire [a] drug user to burn my house,” she said. The railway project being is built with funding from the Australian aid agency AusAID and the Asian Development Bank, and that marked buildings within 3.5 metres of the line are scheduled to be partially or fully demolished. ADB spokesman Peter Bloch has rejected reports of intimidation and threats. “Resettlement is always a horribly difficult thing to do in this part of the world,” he said. “We have what’s known as a safeguards policy, which sets certain minimum standards that must be upheld when resettling people.” But residents, together with NGOs, are preparing a complaint to the ADB’s highest level, while Bridges Across Borders Cambodia (BABC), a prominent NGO, is also advocating on residents’ behalf. The organisation’s founder, David Pred, says the project bears the characteristics of corporate welfare. “You have Australian tax dollars and Cambodian debt to the Asian Development Bank bankrolling a project, whose primary beneficiaries thus far have been major Australian and Cambodian corporations,” he said. Failed resettlement Last year, our correspondent says more than 50 families were relocated to Battambang, a town north-west of Phnom Penh, and that many reported having no power or clean water when they arrived. Sok Cheun says two of his children drowned when they went to get water from a deep pond nearby. “If we had enough food, enough water, my children would not have died,” he said. Following the deaths, AusAID and the Asian Development Bank say they increased their monitoring of the government resettlement program. Power has also reportedly been connected to houses but at the resident’s cost, and many of those resettled are understood to have left. The Asian Development Bank’s criteria for resettlement outlines the need for people to be in the same or better circumstances after they are moved. Mr Pred says BABC believes the large number of families that have left Battambang is an indication that the resettlement process has failed. “Obviously, if people are not happy to stay here, where they’ve been moved, then that shows that they weren’t resettled adequately,” he said. AusAID declined to comment but has said that relocating people affected by the new rail line is the responsibility of the Cambodian Government. The new railway is expected to be operational by the end of next year, and is to be run by an Australian firm, Toll Holdings. Our correspondent says Toll Holdings, which has a 30-year concession to operate Cambodia’s train system, has indicated that it is not responsible for either fixing the tracks or moving the people.
—Radio Australia

Cambodia

domInIque

Strauss-Kahn has vowed to fight charges of assaulting a hotel chambermaid, amid an explosive sex scandal that could bury his dreams of becoming the next French president. The veteran French politician, who was arrested at the weekend after a New York chambermaid accused him of sexual assault, would defend himself against the allegations, lawyer Benjamin Brafman told reporters. “He intends to vigorously defend these charges and denies any wrongdoing,” Mr Brafman said outside the courthouse where the IMF chief will appear on Monday. Mr Strauss-Kahn left a police station in Harlem late on Sunday (early Monday afternoon AEST) in handcuffs. The bombshell news of his arrest has left the International Monetary Fund reeling, coming ahead of critical talks on repairing the painful fallout of the debt crisis sweeping the euro zone. Mr Strauss-Kahn, 62, has hired a barrage of top lawyers, as questions also swirled over whether he had the right to diplomatic immunity. Another lawyer William Taylor told journalists outside the Manhattan court house that “we’ve agreed to postpone the arraignment until tomorrow [Monday] morning.” Mr Taylor said the delay was linked to Mr StraussKahn undergoing further testing by police searching for evidence. “Our client willingly consented to a scientific and forensic examination,” Mr Taylor said, adding the IMF chief was “tired but he’s fine”. Mr Strauss-Kahn was taken off an Air France flight on Saturday just minutes before takeoff in a humiliating turn of events for one of the world’s most powerful men. A former French finance

IMF head Dominique Strauss-Kahn is taken out of a police station in New Yor. Photo: AFP minister, he had been expected to throw his hat into the ring for the 2012 French election, challenging President Nicolas Sarkozy. Mr Strauss-Kahn has been charged with a “criminal sexual act, unlawful imprisonment and attempted rape” of a 32-year-old woman. The woman, employed for the past three years at the luxury Sofitel hotel near Times Square, picked Mr Strauss-Kahn out of a line-up on Sunday, as police said they had won a warrant to seek DNA evidence on his clothes. The woman alleged he had assaulted her in his hotel suite when he got out of his shower naked. “She was in the room. She thought it was empty. That’s when he approached her from behind and touched her inappropriately. He forced her to perform a sexual act on him,” a police spokesman told Agence France-Presse. He described the victim as “female, black, 32 years old”, but could not confirm details given in The New York Times that the IMF chief pulled her into the bedroom and on to the bed and then locked the door. She managed to fight him off, but he dragged her down the hallway to the bathroom, where he sexually assaulted her a second time, the daily said. MSNBC television said that, in the bathroom, Mr StraussKahn forced the maid to perform oral sex on him and tried to remove her underwear. Mr Strauss-Kahn’s wife, high-profile French television journalist Anne Sinclair, said she did not believe the allegations against her husband, telling AFP: “I have no doubt his innocence will be established.” Mr Strauss-Kahn, who has been widely praised for his stewardship of the IMF, is so well known in France he is often referred to simply by his initials DSK. Even though he has not yet officially declared his candidacy in next year’s French president elections, he had been topping the opinion polls. News of his arrest threw the Socialist party into disarray, and could prove a boost for Mr Sarkozy and his rightwing UMP which is also facing a challenge from the far-right National Front and its leader Marine Le Pen. Conspiracy theories immediately began circulating in France speculating that the events were just an elaborate set-up to discredit Mr StraussKahn. Police confirmed the IMF boss had been tracked down to the Air France flight when he contacted the Sofitel to ask staff to return his mobile phone, which he had left behind in his room. The arrest comes as the 187-member IMF is seeking to aid debt-ridden countries in the euro zone. The IMF’s executive board said it had postponed its executive board meeting until Monday in the wake of Mr Strauss-Kahn’s arrest. Mr Strauss-Kahn, whose stint at the IMF does not officially end until September 2012, had been due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin on Sunday to discuss an aid package for debt-laden Greece. He was then to attend a meeting of EU finance ministers on Monday and Tuesday in Brussels. The IMF said his number two John Lipsky would stand in as acting IMF chief for now. It is not the first time that Mr Strauss-Kahn has been tainted by scandal. In 2008, he was found to have been having an affair with a Hungarian IMF economist, but the IMF concluded he had not exerted pressure on the woman, although it noted his inappropriate behaviour.
—AFP

Japan

Japan begins first evacuations outside exclusion zone
has begun

Japan

evacuating people from outside the official 20-kilometre exclusion zone surrounding the crippled Fukushima nuclear plant in the country’s northeast. Radiation is continuing to leak from the ageing Fukushima plant, which was badly damaged in the March 11 earthquake and tsunami. More than 5,000 people from the towns of Iidatemura and Kawamata-cho were

moved on Sunday to public housing, hotels and other facilities in nearby cities. The two towns are 30 kilometres from the plant, but are receiving high amounts of radioactive contamination due to wind patterns. The government says they’re the first of a series of new phased relocations that will take place in the coming days. Although the government has told residents in new

areas being evacuated that they must leave, observers say officials are unlikely to punish anyone who chooses to stay. “I am sure all of you have lived in Iidate-mura all your life and never moved,” the town’s mayor Norio Kanno told one group of residents as they prepared to leave their homes. “Considering the future of our children and young people, as well as the health of

our village residents, we have no choice but to go ahead. “I will do whatever I can so that you will be able to return home as soon as possible.” Correspondents say the first group of evacuees were mostly parents of small children and pregnant women, who are considered more vulnerable. Signs of meltdown At the plant itself, emergency crews are reassessing the status of reactor one at the sixreactor facility, after discover-

ing that fuel inside the reactor had apparently melted down. T h e p l a n t ’ s o p e r a t o r, TEPCO, says about 3,000 tons of highly radioactive contaminated waste water was found underneath the reactor, forcing officials to begin looking at pumping it out for processing. In a related development, the Chubu Electric Power Company says all reactors at its ageing Hamaoka nuclear power plant entered into

a state of “cold shutdown” on Sunday. Hamaoka was shut down amid warnings from seismologists that a major earthquake is overdue in the Tokai region southwest of Tokyo where the plant is located. Prime Minister Naoto Kan hs said the plant will stay shut until a higher sea wall is built and other measures are taken to protect it against earthquakes and tsunamis.
—Radio Australia

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1 BEDROOm/kItchEN FOR RENt At FREShWOta 4. Vt 20,000p/month includes water/light for single or couples only. Call E-Joseph mob-.5513579. Deposit Vt.10,000.(24/05/11)

FOR RENt - SERvIcED ONE BEDROOm ApARtments, suitable for singles or couples. Fully Furnished, Clean, Very Secure, Quite Area, Air conditioned, Internet, Washing Machines, 400m Walk to Town, Car Parking. Rent is 85,000 per month includes inputs of gas, water, electricity, cleaning, gardener, TV (12 channels), DVD Player, Microwave, etc… Phone: 7745702
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FOR SALE AvAILABLE NOW ARE tWO ABSOLUTE Waterfront blocks of vacant land with sizes over 2,700m2 each at Second Lagoon. Titles: 12/0912/358 & 12/0912/359. Location: Teouma road 300meters from Starfish. Extending from the main road to the water. Each blocks have approximately 50 meter waster frontage. Suitable for commercial purpose or Bungalows project. Do not miss this golden opportunity. Contact: 5926410. (18/05/11)

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Flexible leasing options Available long or short term from June 2011

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Casino 50% larger than studio, Air-Cond separate bedroom queen bed. Fully furnished with kitchen, large 2 door fridge stove/oven all cooking utensils, bathroom Lounge Sat TV, DVD, fast fast WIFI, Cleaned 2 x weekly. Your own private grassed courtyard garden. Secure gated complex with Guard. Very quiet area studio 60,000vt – Larger one bedroom 80,000vt. Ph: 7723088.
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[ 12] VANUATU DAILY POST Tuesday 17 May, 2011

COMMUNITY NOTICE
Fabric Painting Bai i gat wan painting workshop
Sapos yu interest contactem 5902650. Fee: 3,000VT nomo. (19/05/11)

SAILAWAY
is moving out of Lolam House to avoid being squished in next major earthquake. SAIL/ SNORKEL/ DIVE operations are continuing on “GOLDEN WING” from Havannah Harbour to HAT Island, SURVIVOR BEACHES & PAUL’S Rock. Local rates apply for expat residents. For bookings call as usual: 25155 or 23802 (messages) Selling off quality masks, fins 4 SPEEDO Shorty wetsuits, which are surplus to needs, Next 2 weeks only

GENERAL GOODS
For sale, salon + 2 chatrs, tables + chairs,
desks, beds + bedsides. Phone: 7743560 / 26023.
(24/05/11)

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May this year be your best ever. I hope all your birthday dreams and wishes come true. Not just a year older, but a year better. Here's to another year of experience. A simple celebration, a gathering of friends; we wish you all great happiness, a joy that never ends. Happy birthday, may this day always be a special one to remember. Hope your birthday blossoms into lots of dreams come true! May today be filled with sunshine and smiles, laughter and love. We pray that the almighty will bless and guide you all in everyday step of life, we love you all. Wishes and love from families at Manples, Stade, Seven Star & Nguna and all who care for you.

for private use. H.D glass. Also usable as display case. 25,000vt ONO. Singer overlocker sewing machine, 7 bobbin. 40,000Vt ONO. Tel: 23802 or 25155. (19/05/11)

huge clearance sale
STARTING 16th MAY @ 1 pm. Household items– plumbing – timber, electrical– industrial mig welder Steel – air compressor - tools. Clay oven bricks - plus many other building, and household items. EVERY THING MUST GO – NO RESERVE (WHERE???? - MELE ROAD JUST PAST VILA MARINE) CASH ONLY (21/05/11)

PUPPIES FOR SALE
PuPPies For sale5

seven week old pure rottweiler puppies for sale 2 male and 3 male at 60,000 vt each Also 6 Rottweiller Ridgeback Cross Seven week old All black 3/4 Rottweiller 1/4 Ridgeback At 15,000 each Contact Max 7742888 Santo. (19/05/11)

Huge clearance sale

Building & household items Everything must go

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Monday & Wednesday - 1pm to 7pm Tuesday, Thursday & Friday - 1pm to 5pm Saturday 21st - 10am to 2pm CHEAP PRICES***********CASH ONLY.
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[14 ] VANUATU DAILY POST | Tuesday, May 17 2011

Sports News

Yacht Rally

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Three coming rallies: To and from Vanuatu, and the Louisiades Rally
a l l i e s b e t w e e n

Australia and Pacific Islands are becoming more and more popular, and here are three you can join this year. Time is fast approaching for the fifth Annual Brisbane to Vanuatu Yacht Rally, there’s the Louisiades Rally in September and the annual Port2Port (Port Vila in Vanuatu to Port Bundaberg in Australia) is promoting well in advance of their October departure: Brisbane to Vanuatu: Supporting Health and Education in Vanuatu, the Brisbane to Vanuatu Rally is departing on Saturday May 14th, with an expected arrival before 28th May at Luganville , Espiritu Santo Northern Vanuatu. Thirteen yachts are currently registered to depart, ranging in length from 28 ft to 50 ft. A stopover at beautiful Huon and Chesterfield Reef en route to Luganville, Vanuatu is planned. The celebration of arrival on

‘Louisiades Rally 2010 (c) Peter Taylor 2010’ 28th May will be a fun filled day of amazing experiences, with Banks Islands and Pentecoste Island dancers, String Band and local Island food. The organising body is the Aore Island Yacht Club. The Rally will then depart for the remote Banks and Torres Islands early June for two to three weeks, a really exotic experience in the more remote and beautiful islands of Vanuatu. Louisiades Rally: The fourth Louisiades Rally from Cairns to the Louisiades Archipelago will operate again in September this year. This is an opportunity for yachts to experience some of the South Pacific’s most natural untouched islands, lagoons and coral cays and the communities who live on them. Ideal both for local Australian yachts and for long range cruising yachts, it is an opportunity to be introduced to the remote archipelago in company with an experienced hand - Guy Chester, who has run the first three rallies.

The Louisiades Archipelago is 100 nautical miles east of ‘mainland’ Papua New Guinea, 520 nautical miles northeast of Cairns. They are truly paradise found, 100 beautiful islands with a friendly people living a very simple life who welcome cruising yachts. The Louisiades comprise sand cays, lagoon reefs, limestone outcrops (up lifted coral reefs) and continental islands with many safe anchorages. With abundant coral reefs there is snorkelling, diving and fishing galore. The local people are exceptionally welcoming to yachts and will paddle out to welcome yachts and, of course, trade. The Rally leaves Cairns 17 September 2010, yachts muster a week prior at Yorkeys Knob Boating Club for briefings and preparation. Sail, power, mono and multihull are all welcome. Port2Port Rally: The Bundaberg Cruising

Yacht Club is offering a lure to yachts heading for Australia later this year in the form of an attractive subsidy. If you make Bundaberg your entry port into Australia during October and November 2011 as part of the Port2Port Yacht Rally from Vanuatu to Bundaberg, the club will refund your Australian Quarantine fees, currently at $330 (conditions apply). The move is designed to bolster support for the already popular Port2Port Yacht Rally, which will also be spread over two months allowng boats to clear in, stay or sail south for the 2011/2012 cyclone season. The rally consists of cruisers from many nations, many of them circumnavigators who use the rally as a fun way to finish their Pacific crossing, with many children taking part as part of a family adventure.
Sailworld

Chechnya All Stars help launch stadium
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Football

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international footballers has played a controversial match in Grozny, the capital of the Russian republic of Chechnya. The event was staged for the opening of the city’s new 30,000-seater stadium. But campaigners say the footballers were being used for propaganda by Chechnya’s President Ramzan Kadyrov. The roads leading to the new stadium were all blocked with huge, armoured trucks. Troops manned checkpoints and those people allowed through on foot walked past more soldiers every 50 metres. All day we watched heavilyarmed convoys driving through the city. The entertainment started with singers and local dance troupes. A fireworks display followed, accompanied by the anthem used by the European Champions League. The choice of music was a sign that the local club Terek Grozny, currently playing in Russia’s Premier League, has European ambitions. Then came the match. Presidential hat-trick Diego Maradona led out the All Stars team, which included Luis Figo, Fabien Barthez and two former England and Liver-

pool players Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler. The home team - under the name Kavkaz - included the president himself playing as striker, and the Russian president’s envoy to the Caucasus, Alexander Khloponin, was in goal. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the All Stars defence allowed President Kadyrov to score a hat-trick, and his side emerged victorious, winning 5-2. The build-up to the match included propaganda films being shown to the crowd which filled the stadium. Human rights groups who are critical of the president say the footballers were being used by him. But Robbie Fowler told the BBC that they were there for one reason only, that of the glorious game. He said: “Politics aside, we are not here for that. We are here to play football, solely football.”

This sentiment was shared by his good friend and former Liverpool team-mate Steve McManaman who said that the game was “not a piece of propanda for us”. He added: “There’s many, many, many countries, isn’t there, with various political problems? We are not here politically. We are just here to play football.” For Portuguese player Luis Figo it was about championing football internationally. He said: “It’s good because we promote football in different places, and that’s the important thing. I think this a beautiful stadium and it is a pleasure to inaugurate it.” Mr Figo had met President Kadyrov earlier in the day. Uniqueness Ramzan Kadyrov, who famously own lions and tigers, has been tasked by Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin with keeping Chechnya quiet.

He has largely succeeded, but campaigners say that while the reduction in violence is to be welcomed, the unsolved disappearances and deaths of human rights activists and journalists should not be the price for peace. Chechnya is certainly a unique part of the Russian Federation, with the air of a dictatorship, rather than a republic in a new democracy. Hundreds of posters of Ramzan Kadyrov adorn the capital. One reads: “Sport is our Power, Victory is our aim.” His father Akhmad Kadyrov switched sides between the two Chechen wars, helping Russia to win the second conflict. In revenge he was killed by a massive bomb at Grozny’s old stadium in 2004. The new stadium has been named after him. Such violence is very rare now in Chechnya, and the city - once infamous for being little more than rubble and shell-holes - has been almost entirely rebuilt. It is an extraordinary achievement, though it is unclear where all the money came from for such an impressively quick recovery, or for the new stadium, or for the unknown fees paid to the team of fading football superstars who opened it.
BBC

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to win Rome Masters
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continued his remarkable unbeaten run with victory over Rafael Nadal in the final of the Rome Masters. The Serb, who was pushed all the way by Andy Murray in Saturday’s semi-final, played some superb tennis to triumph 6-4 6-4 and make it 37 wins this year 39 in total. He looked comfortable and never allowed Nadal, a five-time title winner in Rome, to take the initiative. Nadal was forced into doing most of the chasing and looked second-best. The Serb is now closing in on Guillermo Vilas’s record of 46 consecutive wins, set in 1977. Djokovic, who won the Australian Open in January, can add Rome to a list of titles won in 2011 that also includes titles in Dubai, Indian Wells, Miami, Belgrade and Madrid. He had beaten Nadal in three finals already this year - in Madrid, Miami and Indian Wells - but there was still room for some breathtaking tennis at times as he recorded a second straight win on clay over Nadal, the

king of the surface. Djokovic showed few effects from Saturday’s marathon three-set win over Murray and both players thrilled the crowd from the start with the accuracy of their hitting. “I’m amazed with they way I’m playing, especially today given the circumstances and the conditon I was in,” Djokovic said afterwards. “I played three hours yesterday against a player [Andy Murray] who was playing great, I was on the verge of losing that match and I came back. “Whatever the conditions I needed to step into the court and take chances and be aggressive. That’s really the only way against Nadal on clay. “I was able to perform maybe my best play on clay and I beat the number one in the world on clay. It’s amazing, I’m going to enjoy this victory but then I need to get ready for Roland Garros.” Nadal said he simply had to pay tribute to the winner.
BBC

VANUATU DAILY POST |Tuesday, May 17 2011 [ 15]

Sports News

O-League altered, Nations Cup revived
oceania football
Confederation (OFC) has rubber-stamped changes to the O-League which will see the two New Zealand clubs placed in separate qualifying groups, starting from the 2011-12 season. The OFC also announced an operating surplus of almost $1 million for 2010 and reaffirmed its support for the reelection of Fifa president Sepp Blatter at its executive meeting in Auckland. For the first time the top two New Zealand clubs - Waitakere United and Auckland City next season, as the two qualifiers from this year’s national league - will not be forced to play in the same O-League group, which means there is now the real possibility they will meet in the two-legged final for a spot in the Club World Cup. One club one will be drawn with the club champions of Fiji, New Caledonia and Tahiti while the other will compete in the second group with the champions of Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea. No preliminary tournament for the 2011-12 O-League will be played. Instead, the champion teams from American Samoa, Samoa, Cook Islands and Tonga will take part in a pilot stand-alone tournament. In future seasons, it will likely become a preliminary tournament, with the winner qualifying to play off for a place in the O-League. It was also agreed at the meeting that there would be no change to the World Cup qualification process, meaning the All Whites will play off with the three top-placed teams from this year’s Pacific Games to find Oceania’s representative. The playoff series will start in June next year. A proposal to next year revive the OFC Nations Cup, which involved the All Whites and five of the Pacific Island nations, was deferred to 2015. Instead, a Pacific Cup, involving the top five teams from the 2011 Pacific Games and possibly the New Zealand Olympic team, will be held in February next year.
NZH

Football

SPORTS INBRIEF
FOOTBALL

OFC renews support for President Blatter
As the 61st FIFA Congress draws closer, OFC has confirmed its support for the re-election of FIFA President Joseph Blatter citing a range of initiatives that have positively impacted the region under his leadership. The OFC Executive Committee met in Auckland today to discuss key issues including the upcoming FIFA election that will be held in Zurich on the 1st of June. OFC President David Chung says all members agreed that the current FIFA administration has had a significant impact on the development and popularity of football across the Pacific. While all Member Associations have an independent right to decide on which candidate to vote for, President Chung says today’s decision highlights the unity and transparency within the Confederation.

FOOTBALL

OFC

‘Bullet’ package found at Celtic
Strathclyde Police are investigating a suspicious package which has been found at Celtic Park. BBC Scotland understands the parcel, discovered at the club’s stadium on Thursday morning, contained a bullet. It was addressed to Celtic manager Neil Lennon but was not opened and police were informed. The incident is not being linked to the arrest of two men by police probing parcel bombs sent to Lennon, two high-profile fans and a republican group. The Celtic manager was also the target of an alleged assault during his side’s 3-0 win over Hearts and Tynecastle on Wednesday.

Football

Tahiti 6 - 0 Tuvalu
tahiti
have maDe theiR

intentions at the OFC Futsal Championship clear with an impressive 6-0 win over Tuvalu in the opening match of the tournament. The well-drilled Tahitians’ speed and movement was too much for a determined Tuvalu outfit to contain, although, based on this effort, the underdogs have improved since last year’s competition and appear to have the ability to cause their Group B rivals plenty of problems. Those rivals will be more worried about the potential of Tahiti though, having watched the Eric Michalakcoached side control the match and score a raft of well-worked goals.

They wasted little time in getting their noses in front, Manu Faarahia pouncing in just the fourth minute to give his side the upperhand. It was an advantage they looked unlikely to relinquish when further strikes from Tahiarii Tutavae and Capo Turinoho, in the seventh

and 12th minutes respectively, had them 3-0 up at the break. Any hopes Tuvalu might have had of getting back into the contest were quickly extinguished within minutes of the second spell as Chocalat Maperi and Michel Maihuri both got themselves on the

scoresheet. Maperi’s goal was a fine individual effort, the big striker cutting in from the left and rifling an unstoppable shot into the top corner, while Maihuri had the simple task of sliding the ball home from close range after a fine passing move. Tutavae then grabbed his second and Tahiti’s sixth in the 29th minute when he got his foot to a low cross and diverted the ball past Tuvalu goalkeeper Siopepa Tailolo. Tuvalu enjoyed more of the ball in the latter stages and caused the Tahiti defence several scares but there was no further scoring as the victors closed the game out to post a comprehensive win.
OFC

TENNIS

BBC

Roger Federer loses to Richard Gasquet in Rome Masters
Roger Federer has crashed out of the Rome Masters in round three, losing 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 6-7 (4-7) to Richard Gasquet. The world number three, 29, made several uncharacteristic errors against his French opponent, who he had beaten in their previous eight meetings. “I should never have lost,” said Federer. “He knows how close he came to losing. I had multiple chances.” Novak Djokovic recorded his 36th successive victory while world number one Rafael Nadal also progressed. Serbian Djokovic made light work of Stanislas Wawrinka, despatching the Swiss player 6-4 6-1 in a little over 90 minutes to wrap up his 34th win since the start of the year. World number one Nadal shrugged off a fever to produce an improved display to defeat fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-4 6-2. Nadal had struggled in round two against Paolo Lorenzi, a player ranked 148 in the world, and after beating Lopez, he explained why. “I had a fever [on Wednesday evening] and [on Thursday morning] I didn’t feel better,” he said. “I didn’t know if I was going to go on the court for the match. I decided at the last moment.”

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FOOTBALL

AAP

7s team depart with high hopes
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French League suspends Taye Taiwo
The French league suspended Marseille defender Taye Taiwo on Thursday for one match after he joined Marseille fans in singing an expletive-laced song about rival Paris Saint-Germain following last month’s League Cup final win. After Marseille beat Montpellier 1-0 to retain the League Cup trophy at Stade de France, Taiwo grabbed a microphone and sang with Marseille fans in a mocking and insulting song about PSG -- Marseille’s archrival. The French league gave Taiwo another two games in a suspended sentence -- it would be invoked for a repeat offense.

departed the country today with high hopes of doing well in the final leg of the 2010/11 HSBC World 7s Series which begins this week in London. Coach Josateki Savou says all players are injury free and looking forward for the tournament this weekend. Savou admits he is not under any pressure despite Fiji's winless campaign in the Series so far. "The past is behind us. Its history, we now have two more tournaments and we want to move on. "We will analyze each game as it comes since we know that we have two tough teams in South Africa and Portugal in our pool," says Savou. He high hopes of the four

debutants in the team saying they should do well. “Aca, Nakarawa, Ikanikoda and Talebula are very excited and are ready to make their appearances felt in the World Series stage and we are also expecting a lot from them.“

The team he adds has been overwhelmed by the support and blessings from various communities and the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. “I thank the Prime Minister for being supportive

as he attended the dinner with the boys, also the board members, the Suva Christian School for inviting us for a morning tea, Saint Christopher“s Home, Latter Day Saints, the Correctional Services and the C o m m i s s i o n e r o f Po l i c e for supporting us all this while. "Like every other team that have been to the world stage in the past, we will do our utmost best and fight on through our final matches," Savou said. The London 7s starts Saturday night with Fiji playing Portugal in their opening match at 10.36. Fiji is also grouped with South Africa and Russia in Pool D.
Fijilive

FOOTBALL

AP

UEFA charges Sergio Busquets for slur
UEFA has charged Barcelona midfielder Sergio Busquets with racially insulting Real Madrid defender Marcelo during the Champions League semifinals. UEFA says its disciplinary panel will hear the case on Sunday. Busquets is alleged to have violated UEFA’s discrimination rules “by directing racist abuse towards” Marcelo, who is black. Marcelo says that Busquets called him a “monkey” during a rough first-leg match April 27 in Madrid. UEFA said it took statements from Marcelo and Madrid and used video evidence of a moment when the two players clashed. Barcelona won that game 2-0 and then tied 1-1 to advance to the final against Manchester United.
AP

Raymond Nasse i ripot Soromon i talem long

Seule Soromon i no sua long Pasifik Gems
i stap skul long primary skul finis mo tufala i save gud ol plei blong tufala. Daily Spot i bin askem tu abaot Pasifik Gems mo Soromon i talem se hemi no sua long hemwan weta hemi save kam blong joenem skwad i go daon long Pasifik Gems o nogat mo hemi talem se Vanuatu i gat fulap gudfala pleia we oli talented mo witaot hem long skwad bambae ino save mekem eni difrens. Soromon i talem se hemi glad long klab we hemi stap long hem naoia insaed long Central League long Niu Zealand we naoia oli serem top blong tebol wetem Miramar Rangers. “Mifala i gat 2 moa las gem blong plei bifo fes raon

Futbol

Daily Spot se hemi stap tingting blong kambak nekis yia long kaontri afta we hemi bin spendem kolosap 6 yia long Niu Zealand mo hemi talem se i gat bigfala janis se sapos hemi kambak bambae hemi kam blong joenem Amicale FC. Be Soromon i talem se hemia i dipen bigwan sapos Wairarapa i mekem wan gudfala ofa long hem bambae stori i save jenis. Daily Spot i askem long hem se sapos hemi kam joenem Amicale bambae i luk hemi fomem wan dedli attacking fos wetem Fenedy mo Soromon i talem se i tru from tufala i stap plei tugeta long ol unda 10 taem tufala

hemi finis. Evri tim i strong insaed long lik be from long yia ia mifala gat wan gud tim hopefully bambae mifala i save winim jampionship,” Soromon i talem. Soromon we long 2009/2010 sisen hemi karem golden boot long ASB premia lik long Niu Zealand taem hemi stap plei wetem Youngheart Manawatu hemi talem se hemi bin kasem ol ofa i kam long Auckland City las yia mo long yia ia be hemi no givim wan stret ansa long olgeta from hemi bilif se Auckland City hemi no wan stret klab blong hem mekem se taem kontrak blong hem wetem Manawatu i finis hemi kambak blong joenem Wairarapa United.

Foma Tupuji Imere straeka Seule Soromon we naoia hemi stap plei long Wairarapa United long Niu Zealand Soromon i talem se i gat bigfala janis blong hemi kambak plei long kaontri nekis yia.

Vatu i kwalifae blong tekem wan NSL maj?
Raymond Nasse i ripot naSonal Supa lik
tunamen we i tekem tugeta ol top 5 klab insaed long Port Vila Futbol Assosiesen (PVFA) hemi tunamen we hemi givim janis blong ol top klab blong PVFA blong oli faet from wan ples blong representem Vanuatu long O-Lik. Be las Sarere sam pua desisen we rafri Emmanuel Vatu hemi tekem long maj bitwin Amicale mo Tupuji i lukim fulap fan we oli bin stap long taem ia oli kwestenem level blong eksperiens blong Vatu weta hemi kwalifae blong save tekem wan hae standad blong futbol olsem ia o nogat. Long maj ia i lukim Vatu hemi distebem bigwan gem mo sam long ol foul we hemi shud singaotem hemi no mekem, sam foul we hemi shud leko advantej hemi no mekem mo sam foul we hemi no shud kollem be hemi kollem i mekem se benj blong Tupuji Imere ino setel daon mo i lukim oli mas sendem aot sam wan koj Lulu long benj afta we hemi daon mo assistim NSL from tunamen ia ino wan tunamen olbaot from tunamen ia nao bambae hemi disaedem whu nao i representem Vanuatu long O-Lik mo semtaem soem long rijen wanem standad blong futbol nao Vanuatu i stap long hem. Wan fan we Daily Spot i toktok wetem long las wiken hemi talem se blong wan tim i tren had mo kompit truaot long sisen blong kam kasem NSL hemi wan hadwok finis mo everi hadwok ia i save minim nating sapos we rafri ino pleiem gud role blong hem insaed long fil. Emmanuel Vatu hemi wan prodak blong Luganville Futbol Assosiesen mo hemi kam spendem 2 full yia finis long Vila mo longtaem ia i lukim hemi stap rafri long ol maj blong ol fes divisen mo long yia ia i lukim hemi stap tekem Fourth Ofisol long sam long ol premia divisen maj mo ripot we i kasem Daily Spot i lukim hemia hemi sekon taem we Vatu hemi karem wan maj long premia divisen.

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Emmanuel Vatu afta long Tupuji-Amicale maj las wiken stap komplen abaot ol desisen blong Vatu insaed long fil. Bigfala kwesten i stap se hao nao bambae yumi save mekem wan fea seleksen mo semtaem jusum top klab we hemi i disevem blong representem kaontri sapos yumi stap karem ol rafri we oli no mitim standad blong futbol long NSL. Daily Spot i toktok wetem Sekretri blong Port Vila Futbol Assosiesen Bong Shem mo hemi talem se hem tu ino glad long wei we Vatu hemi handelem maj bitwim Amicale mo Tupuji las wiken. Bong i talem se hemi stap priperem finis isiu blong Vatu blong Lik miting tede oli tok araon long hem. Bong i gohed blong talem s e i g u d b l o n g Va n u a t u F u t b o l Fe d e r e s e n i t i n g hevi long hemia mo i traem karem ol top rafri insaed long PVFA mo rijen blong oli kam