Friday, July 31, 2009

[pima.nius] the real story about what’s been going on at the Pacific Media Network….

11:32 PM |

Truth Facts and Lies… the real story about what's been going on at the Pacific Media Network….
 
Well, how surprising that the NPRT saga does not go away, and even more surprising that Will Ilolahia appears to know nothing about a "secret" email (has anyone actually sighted it or is another myth in the NPRT saga?). How strange that Will hasn't – usually he's involved in writing such emails and spreading them around. He is after all the 'self appointed media expert' and self-declared crusader working tirelessly on behalf of "his people, his community" to right the alleged wrongs at the Pacific Media Network.
 
It never ceases to amaze me how gullible our people can be, especially our Pacific media: consistently sucked in by the libel and lies that Will and others like him propagate in order to pursue very self-serving agendas.  Agendas that have nothing to do with protecting the interests of our Pacific communities, or the very important radio services that are so critical to our communities: but rather to enable Will to conduct a personal vendetta.  It's unbelievable too how many of Will's 'friends' - in this PIMA forum and in public - also promote the same crap.
 
Media have a responsibility to report balanced and objective news, not the rubbish that gets televised, written in Pacific papers or on news blogs, and passed off by many of our journalists as unbiased and objective, when it is just unsubstantiated opinion, hearsay and gossip.
 
What special expertise, background, knowledge in broadcasting & media does Will have that would make our flagship Pacific programme Tagata Pasifika, give him airtime many times to comment about PMN? Just that he shouts loudly and sh**stirs long enough? Yes, and because it makes for a exaggerated story. Where was the balanced commentary from legitimate leaders and members of the Pacific community who value the network and believe in the good work it's doing?  It is sad to see our main Pacific TV programme resort to theatrical and negative stories to knock Pacific people and organizations doing good work, under the guise of "hard news".  The same can be said of a well-known Pacific female TV journalist that has recently got herself into very hot water because she sensationalized stories about gangs and guns. Perhaps they'd all be better to stick to lifestyle and entertainment stories.
 
Who appointed Will the resident commentator on PMN anyway? How can he validly criticize from the outside when he has no knowledge or experience whatsoever in running any significant Pan Pacific (let alone broadcasting) organization. Everyone knows he is a disaffected ex-staffer who has a personal axe to grind with NPRT/PMN.
And what group does he represent exactly? The "Tongan" community…. hmm…  I wonder??  Is that the same community, of a few, as the community that Melino Maka is a spokesperson for? The Tongan Advisory Council - does it really exist? Who is on it? Is it even a constituted organisation?  As for piTV? That online Kiwi TV channel was an admirable attempt to get Pacific TV started… but Will's over-promotion of it is laughable - definitely a case of overselling and under delivering…  All bluster and no substance.
 
So, in the interests of balanced disclosure, let's clear up some of the unfortunate lies that Will has spread in pursuit of his own agenda and look at some real facts.  All PMN staff / ex-staff who were there when Will Ilolahia was employed as Tongan Producer and Sales Rep know the truth: 
1.     Will says he had the most popular Tongan programme and that the programme got worse when he left…  Actually, he resigned as producer of the NiuFM Tongan show because his erratic, unstable behaviour was badly affecting the Tongan show and the Tongan team complained to management. Key members of the Tongan community (including Mr Maka – kind of ironic that they now gang up together against NPRT?) and many Tongan listeners also complained to the station about Will. Will was not performing as a producer, so he removed himself from the role.
2.     As a sales person he also underperformed – not achieving his budgets, and the sales team had to suffer from similar shocking behaviour – his non-performance & misconduct became the subject of disciplinary action, and the truth is, if he hadn't resigned - he would have been asked to leave – and he knew that.
3.     It's amazing in more recent times that he puts himself out there as the savior of the network and continues to promote grand myths about how he is changing the situation at the network – taking credit for what? He is having no visible impact at all.  He claims the NPRT Board has listened to him and the "Tongans" (which ones?) when they protested and 'forced' the Board to come to a meeting and make some changes….. hmm…. Maybe Will can tell us exactly what has changed at the network? The Truth is nothing. All that happened is he & other Tongan agitators, have got the political run around by the NPRT board: Consider this, he attended an NPRT Fono in Nov 08 – he & other Tongans asked for a meeting and got the commitment from the Board to having one, but they didn't meet with the Board until March 09 and (despite the big press release from Will skiting how successful they were in getting their demands heard) they were actually just were fobbed off by the Trustees & management who made vague promises to come back to them in June. Well, did anything actually change?? No - because the Trust has no intention of delivering anything extra to the Tongans - especially not another night - way too political. There are only 24 hrs in a day, and how will they convince the other 8 Pacific communities that this is fair?
 
There are many other untruths that Will has made over the years about the network, but instead of wasting time reliving those, our communities and especially NiuFM listeners should be seriously concerned about the REAL ISSUES…… the truth and facts that all of us staff at the network have been aware of for some time now. 
 
The real problem at the Pacific Media Network is the NPRT Board of Trustees….
Anyone who is seriously interested in the long term viability of our Pacific Media Network should be looking to the major problems and incredible goings-on at the governance level: investigating the actions of the NPRT Board. People should be asking questions like:
Why has the Minister for Broadcasting, Jonathan Coleman, had independent reviewers in the network over the last couple of months conducting a full review of the NPRT board and the radio services?? Why has the NPRT Board not told our communities about that? Suddenly silent when the heat is on them?   And we are interested that Audit NZ have been in to audit early this year...we don't usually see them until September....
And what does this mean for the Pacific Media Network's future?
 
To answer this people need to look more closely at the actions of the Board over the last 18 months.
At best this Board can be described as incompetent, and at its worst the Board members behave unethically and lack integrity.  It is a Board that is more interested in protecting political positions and personal agendas of individual trustees, especially in Wellington (with government officials) and out in our Pacific communities, then producing good programming and services for the listeners. 
 
Some examples to illustrate: It is common knowledge amongst PMN staff that:
1.     The NPRT Chairman's company (NVG) owes PMN money for advertising services – a debt of some tens of thousands of dollars; and this debt has been outstanding since mid 2008. The Board has not taken any action despite this being raised by the previous CEO, and several times by the current management team. The Minister for Broadcasting is also aware of this.
2.     Knowing this, you can understand why PMN staff found it a bit difficult to swallow Tino Pereira's public statements to them and the 'community' last year about the network being in financial strife, and having to restructure and make people redundant.  Staff asked the Board at a meeting last year, and then again this year, whether they would take a cut in their board fees to help ease the supposedly critical financial situation and they said no.
3.     The Board wrote off large debts owed by Radio 531pi Limited in 2008: interestingly enough, two of NPRT trustees were also directors of that company which was in liquidation at the time this decision was made.
4.     Following the previous CEO's departure, the Trustees gave themselves executive roles and stepped in to run the operations – their lack of experience and knowledge about broadcasting operations, and the level of interference and meddling in the operations has caused great angst amongst the management team and staff generally; who feel their work has been badly compromised as a result.  The quality of the news service has deteriorated significantly, sales continue to decline, and decisions about programming are questionable, and none of the AKL programming developments we were promised have been delviered on.
5.     Several Board members got involved last year with staff that were taking grievances against the Board, and breached their Trustee duties/responsibilities by supporting the staff and talking with the lawyer representing those staff (completely improper, and against basic rules of good governance 101).  The Board paid out significant trust monies late last year to ex-staff to settle grievances following the restructuring: despite getting very sound legal advice that the news staff concerned did not have a legitimate claim.
7.     The board has allowed the contracting of a 531pi ex-staff member this year - someone that was previously sacked for serious misconduct concerning breaches of IT security / confidentiality which included asking another staff member to lie/cover up for him.
8.     Another very serious incident took place at the network at the beginning of the year, and the 531pi staff member concerned who should have been fired for serious misconduct (for physically threatening another staff member) was allowed to stay.
9.     And then only last month we see the drama over the suspension of the NiuFM Fiji Producer Bulou Amalaini for an interview she conducted on air. What HR advice did the management rely on to make that call – perhaps the advice of the NPRT Trustee (a lawyer who has no HR expertise) that is now the trust-appointed HR advisor to management? All staff there have contracts which clearly spell out what constitutes misconduct and the processes that should be followed, and all of us know there is a complaints policy/procedure in place. Suspending a staff member without investigation is in breach of NPRT's duties to act as a fair and reasonable employer. And any first year broadcaster knows the right place to complain about on-air programs is the BSA.
 
What is going on?  Where is the outrage of our Pacific media about this now? What does PIMA have to say about this? (Nothing – not surprising. Because PIMA is just another Pacific organization that is not representative of the group it claims to speak on behalf of.  It has become merely a voice for journalists to b**ch and argue and slag off each other –under the guise of discussing the merits or otherwise of news stories)
 
The astute and sensible people reading this will understand the current situation at PMN - and realise the Fiji news story issue, is not about bad journalism or breaching the BSA standards…… it's about a 531pi and NiuFM history that is playing out once again on the Board, and in the community and it's pervading the network operations.  The facts are:
There is no leadership on the board.
The management team flounders and is subject to the whims and fancies of the Board.
Staff are generally untrusting, miserable and the culture in the organisation is tragic.
 
The NPRT trustees might think that they are doing well because they are keeping the vocal critics like Will quiet through token consultation meetings but our people are smarter than that. The reality is that the PMN is a time-bomb waiting to implode on itself. It's only a matter of time… we are just starting to see the cracks …
 
Our Pacific communities – all the PMN listeners and especially the national audience that relies on, and thrives on NiuFM – should be concerned about where this is all going to end up. We have seen what this new government thinks about public broadcasting (TVNZ charter decision). We have all seen the cuts the government is making across government spending to cope with the recession.  Coleman is also Immigration Minister and had to deal with the Pacific Division scandals so he's not going to tolerate another Pacific led organisation causing the government grief & embarrassment.
 
What will happen to NiuFM and 531pi given this Board is incapable of delivering sound governance and Pacific leadership?  We can only hope and pray that Coleman and the National government show some leadership and deal to the current Board, and find another way to ensure our network survives and thrives….and does what it is meant to: Celebrating the Pacific Spirit.
 
PS. we see the Board has finally advertised for a new CEO ………….. and wonder if, after reading this, anybody will be stupid enough to apply.
Oh maybe Will....... let's see you put your money where your mouth is..... I'm sure the Board would love to have you running PMN..
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

[pima.nius] The Facts....

9:18 PM |

Truth Facts and Lies… the real story about what's been going on at the
Pacific Media Network….

Malo e lelei
Well, how surprising that the NPRT saga does not go away, and even
more surprising that Will Ilolahia appears to know nothing about this
"secret" email (has anyone actually sighted it or is another myth in
the NPRT saga?). How strange that Will Ilolahia hasn't – usually he's
involved in writing such emails and spreading them around. He is after
all the 'self appointed media expert' and self-declared crusader
working tirelessly on behalf of "his people, his community" to right
the alleged wrongs at the Pacific Media Network.

It never ceases to amaze me how gullible our people can be, especially
our Pacific media: sucked in by the libel and lies that Will and
others like him propagate in order to pursue very self-serving
agendas. Agendas that have nothing to do with protecting the interests
of our Pacific communities, or the very important radio services that
are so critical to our communities: but rather to enable Will to
conduct a personal vendetta. It's unbelievable too how many of Will's
'friends' - in this PIMA forum and in public - also promote the same
crap.

Media have a responsibility to report balanced and objective news, not
the rubbish that gets televised, written in Pacific papers or on news
blogs, and passed off by many of as unbiased and objective, when it is
more just unsubstantiated opinion, hearsay and gossip.

What special expertise, background, knowledge in broadcasting & media
does Will have that would make our flagship Pacific programme Tagata
Pasifika, give him airtime time and time again over the last few years
to comment about NiuFM &PMN? Just that he shouts loudly and sh**stirs
long enough? Yes, and that it makes for an exaggerated sensational
story. Where was the balanced commentary from legitimate leaders and
members of the Pacific community who value the network and believe in
the good work it was doing? It is sad to see our main Pacific TV
programmeconsistently resort to theatrical and negative stories to
knock Pacific people and organizations doing good work, under the
guise of "hard news". The same can be said of a well-known Pacific
female TV journalist that has recently got herself into very hot water
because she sensationalized stories about gangs and guns. Perhaps
they'd all be better to stick to lifestyle and entertainment stories?

Who appointed Will the resident commentator on PMN anyway? How can he
validly criticize from the outside when he has no knowledge or
experience whatsoever in running any significant Pan Pacific (let
alone broadcasting) organization. Those of us inside the organisation
and many people outside know he has a personal axe to grind with NPRT/
PMN. And what group does he represent exactly? The "Tongan"
community…. hmm… I wonder?? Is that the same community of a few, like
the community that Melino Maka is a spokesperson for? e.g The Tongan
Advisory Council - does it really exist? Who else is on it anyway? Is
it even a constituted organisation? As for piTV? That online Kiwi TV
channel was an admirable attempt to get Pacific TV started… but Will's
over-promotion of it is laughable - definitely a case of overselling
and under delivering… All bluster and no substance.

So, in the interests of balanced disclosure, let's clear up some of
the unfortunate lies that Will has spread in pursuit of his own agenda
and look at some real facts. All PMN staff / ex-staff who were there
when Will Ilolahia was employed as Tongan Producer and Sales Rep know
the truth:

1. Will says he had the most popular Tongan programme and that the
programme got worse when he left. Actually, he resigned as producer of
the NiuFM Tongan show because his erratic, unstable behaviour was
badly affecting the Tongan show and the Tongan team complained to
management. Key members of the Tongan community (including Mr Maka –
kind of ironic that they now gang up together against NPRT?) and many
Tongan listeners also complained to the station about Will. Will was
not performing as a producer, so he removed himself from the role.

2. As a sales person he also underperformed – not achieving his
budgets, and the sales team had to suffer from similar shocking
behaviour – his non-performance & misconduct became the subject of
disciplinary action, and the truth is, if he hadn't resigned - he
would have been asked to leave – and he knew that.

3. It's amazing in more recent times that he puts himself out
there as the savior of our network and continues to promote grand
myths about how he is changing the situation at the network – taking
credit for what? He is having no visible impact at all. He claims the
NPRT Board has listened to him - that they protested and 'forced' the
Board to come to a meeting and make some changes….. hmm…. Maybe Will
can tell us exactly what has changed at the network? The Truth is
nothing. All that happened is he & other Tongan agitators, have got
the political run around by the NPRT board: Consider this, he attended
an NPRT Fono in Nov 08 – he & other Tongans asked for a meeting and
got the commitment from the Board to having one, but they didn't meet
with the Board until March 09 and (despite the big press release from
Will skiting how successful they were in getting their demands heard)
they were actually just were fobbed off by the Trustees & management
who made vague promises to come back to them in June. Well, did
anything actually change?? No - because the Trust has no intention of
delivering anything extra to the Tongans - especially not another
night - way too political. There are only 24 hrs in a day, and how
will they convince the other 8 Pacific communities that this is fair?
Unless of course the Trust quietly does make changes to keep Will & co
happy, without other communities knowing? Now that woudln't be a
surprise either... why?

Well, there are many other untruths that Will has made over the years
about the network, but instead of wasting time reliving those, our
communities and especially NiuFM listeners should be seriously
concerned about the REAL ISSUES…… the truth and facts that all staff
at the network have been aware of for some time now.

The real problem at the Pacific Media Network is the NPRT Board of
Trustees….
Anyone who is seriously interested in the long term viability of our
Pacific Media Network should be looking to the major problems and
incredible goings-on at the governance level: investigating the
actions of the NPRT Board.
People should be asking questions like:
Why has the Minister for Broadcasting, Jonathan Coleman, had
independent reviewers in the network over the last couple of months
conducting a full review of the NPRT board and the radio services??
Why has the NPRT Board not told our communities about that? Suddenly
silent when the heat is on them? And what does this mean for the
Pacific Media Network's future?

To answer this people need to look more closely at the actions of the
Board over the last 18 months.
At best this Board can be described as incompetent, and at its worst
the Board members behave unethically and lack integrity. It is a
Board that is more interested in protecting political positions and
personal agendas of individual trustees, esp in Wellington (with
government officials) and out in our Pacific communities, then
producing good programming and services for the listeners.

Some examples to illustrate: It is common knowledge amongst PMN staff
that:

1. The NPRT Chairman's company (NVG) owes PMN money for
advertising services – a debt of some tens of thousands of dollars;
and this debt has been outstanding since July 2008. The Board has not
taken any action against Tino Pereira's compnay - despite this being
raised by the previous CEO, and many times over since by the existing
management team. The Minister for Broadcasting is also aware of this.

2. Knowing this, you can understand why our PMN staff found it a
bit difficult to swallow Tino Pereira's public statements to them and
the 'community' last year about the network being in financial strife,
and the Board taking action which included having to restructure and
make people redundant. Staff asked the Board at a meeting last year,
and then again this year, whether they would take a cut in their board
fees to help ease the supposedly critical financial situation and they
said no.

3. This Board wrote off debts owed by Radio 531pi Limited in 2008:
interestingly enough, two of NPRT trustees were also directors of that
company which was in liquidation at the time this decision was made.

4. Following the previous CEO's departure, the Trustees gave
themselves executive roles and stepped in to run the operations –
their lack of experience and knowledge about broadcasting operations,
and the level of interference and meddling in the operations has
caused great angst amongst the management team and staff generally;
who feel their work has been badly compromised as a result. The
quality of the news service has deteriorated significantly, sales
continue to decline, and decisions about programming are questionable.
None of the promised changes to Auckland programming have been
delivered.

5. Several Board members got involved last year with staff that
were taking grievances against the Board, and breached their Trustee
duties/responsibilities by supporting the staff and talking with the
lawyer representing those staff (completely improper, and against
fundamental rules of good governance 101). The Board then paid out
significant trust monies late last year to ex-staff to settle
grievances following the restructuring: despite getting very sound
legal advice that the news staff concerned did not have a legitimate
claim.

6. The board has allowed the contracting of a 531pi ex-staff
member this year - someone that was previously sacked for serious
misconduct concerning breaches of IT security / confidentiality which
included asking another staff member to lie/cover up for him.

7. Another very serious incident took place at the network at the
beginning of the year, and the 531pi staff member concerned who should
have been fired for serious misconduct (for physically threatening
another staff member) was allowed to stay. The staff member she
threatened left fearing for her safety if she remained at work.

8. And then only last month we see the drama over the suspension
of the NiuFM Fiji Producer Bulou Amalaini for an interview she
conducted on air. What HR advice did the management rely on to make
that call – perhaps the advice of the NPRT Trustee (a lawyer who has
no HR expertise) that is now the trust-appointed HR advisor to
management? All staff have contracts which clearly spell out what
constitutes misconduct and the processes that should be followed, and
all of us know there is a complaints policy/procedure in place.
Suspending a staff member without investigation is in breach of NPRT's
duties to act as a fair and reasonable employer. and any first year
broadcaster knows the right place for listeners to complain about on-
air stuff is the BSA.

What is going on? Where is the outrage of our Pacific media about
this now? What does PIMA have to say about this? (Nothing – not
surprising. Because PIMA is just another Pacific organization that is
not representative of the group it claims to speak on behalf of. It
has increasingly become merely a voice for journalists to bitch and
argue and slag off each other – under the guise of discussing the
merits or otherwise of each others news stories)

The astute and sensible people reading this will understand the
current situation at PMN - and realise the Fiji news story issue, is
not about bad journalism or breaching the BSA standards…… it's about a
531pi and NiuFM history that is playing out once again on the Board,
and in the community and it's pervading the network operations. The
facts are:
There is no leadership on the board..
The management team flounders and is subject to the whims and fancies
of the Board.
Staff are untrusting of the Board and management, they are miserable
and the culture in the organisation is tragic.

The NPRT trustees might think that they are doing well because they
are keeping the vocal critics like Will quiet through token
consultation meetings but our people are smarter than that. The
reality is that the PMN is a time-bomb waiting to implode on itself.
It's only a matter of time… we are just starting to see the cracks …

Our Pacific communities – all the PMN listeners and especially the
national audience that relies on and thrives on NiuFM – should be
concerned about where this is all going to end up. We have seen what
this new government thinks about public broadcasting (TVNZ charter
decision). We have all seen the cuts the government is making across
government spending to cope with the recession. Coleman is also
Immigration Minister and had to deal with the Pacific Division
scandals so he's not going to tolerate another Pacific led
organisation causing the government grief & embarrassment. Interesting
that the auditors arrived at the station early this year to do the
annual audit of the Trust - we usually don't see them till September?
a coincidence? we wonder..

What will happen to NiuFM and 531pi given this Board is incapable of
delivering sound governance and Pacific leadership? We hope and pray
that Coleman and the National government show some leadership and deal
to the current Board before they do any more damage, and hopefully the
government finds another way to ensure our network survives and
thrives….and does what we say we are all about: Celebrating the
Pacific Spirit.

PS. I see the Board has finally advertised for a new CEO ………….. I
wonder if, after reading this, anybody will be stupid enough to apply.
Go on Will - put your money where your mouth is....

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[pima.nius] Fiji editor walks out on own welcome

3:14 PM |

From Pacific-Journos Google Group
Date:28/07/09


 
 
' ... Fiji Times' editor in chief Netani Rika walked out of the panel titled Shooting the messenger ...'

The participation of the Fiji Ministry of Information generated a lively debate at the Pacific Media Summit of the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) today.

Several delegates wanted to know why two officials from the Fiji government ministry had been invited to the weeklong summit that began here at the weekend

They also wanted to know why one of them, Lance Corporal Talei Tora had been invited to address the summit.

"I think it is stifling and appalling to have representatives of the Fiji military addressing this summit," said the publisher of the Cook Islands News newspaper and PINA member, John Woods.

"Why are they here?" he asked.

Similar questions were raised by some other delegates.

In response, PINA secretariat manager Matai Akauola said Fiji's ministry of information is a member of PINA and as such, they are entitled to be at the meeting.

"As for the invitation for them to address the summit, we want to let them explain their position and also at the same time for them to answer questions delegates may have on the Fiji media situation," said Akauola.

"We thought it's good to have your questions answered right from the horses' mouth."

Corporal Tora was also invited to respond to the questions.

She said the Ministry of Information Fiji had been a long time financial member of PINA and they are in Vanuatu to meet members and foster friendship and networking.

"We are only staff of the Ministry of Information and as indigenous Pacific women we feel empowered and honoured to be asked to represent our government to this meeting.

"But we are here and we will be ready to answer any of the questions you have."

Later in today's session, Fiji Times' editor in chief Netani Rika asked to be excused from the panel which included Corporal Tora.

Mr Rika thanked PINA for affording the Fiji ministry of information the opportunity to be heard in the summit, saying it was the only right thing to do.

After saying this, Mr Rika ended his presentation and left the conference room.

The Pacific Media Summit of PINA, which is the main organization of media organisations in the Pacific, has drawn over 200 delegates from across the islands including Australia and New Zealand.

The summit began with workshops on Saturday and Sunday on issues like sports reporting, media freedom, climate change and food security.

For today and tomorrow, the summit goes into its main plenary before delegates go into retreat on Wednesday and hold its media awards night.

Executives of PINA would also be elected at the Association's annual meeting on Wednesday

SOURCE: PACNEWS


 

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

[pima.nius] 15 minutes to help UNESCO building its new Communication and Information web site

3:11 PM |

20090729 unesco journalism in crisis.PNG
 
screengrab (above) from the UNESCO survey on priorities for media, communications and information
 
. . .
 
An opportunity for the Pacific to comment and have direct input into formulating UNESCO communications frameworks - big picture stuff. Activity areas are preset, but you can name your own groups to give strategic feedback on how those activities should fit together.
 
Lots of fun drag and dropping the little boxes all over the screen. Easy to use, the web2 survey service is called Websort. A most thought provoking approach to gaining public participation within an internal review process. What's more, the software actually appears to work, quickly and smoothly, even over slow connections!
 
You can set up your own project on Websort, free accounts (like mine) being limited to 10 participants. It is this kind of information leadership, by UNESCO in this case, that encourages others to give-it-a-go and I'd urge our Pacific media, information and communications sectors to do the same.
 
manuia,
 
jas
 
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From: UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector <ci@unesco.org>
Date: 2009/7/29
Subject: 15 minutes to help UNESCO building its new Communication and Information web site
To: avaiki <avaiki.nius@gmail.com>


Communication and Information

 

Hello,
 
We are presently modernizing UNESCO's Communication and Information website to provide better services to you.
 
Your advice on how to best structure our content would be extremely helpful.
 
Participate in a short 15 minute exercise that would help us to fit better your expectations.
 
If you are interested, please click here:

http://websort.net/s/746BB0/
 
Thank you for your help.
 
Your Communication and Information Sector

 

 

Nous sommes actuellement en train de moderniser notre site web afin de vous fournir nos meilleurs services.

Tous vos conseils sur la meilleure façon de structurer notre contenu nous serons d'une très grande aide.

Participer à un petit exercice de 15 minutes nous permettra de mieux comprendre vos attentes.

Si vous êtes intéressé, merci de cliquer ici:

http://websort.net/s/746BB0/

En vous remerciant de votre contribution.
 

Votre secteur de la communication et de l'information.




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Friday, July 10, 2009

[pima.nius] Article: Thaksin fled to Pacific islands

10:30 AM |

Thaksin fled to Pacific islands: Source: The Straights Times
Thaksin is wanted in Thailand to face jail on corruption charges after being removed in a 2006 coup. -- PHOTO: AP

NUKU'ALOFA - OUSTED Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra flew to the Pacific islands this week, a Tongan government official confirmed on Thursday.

Thaksin is wanted in Thailand to face jail on corruption charges after being removed in a 2006 coup and has been in exile, living mainly in Dubai.

'He was here on Tuesday,' the Tongan official, who did not wish to be named, told AFP, adding he understood Thaksin left on Wednesday for Fiji.

'He talked to someone at Foreign Affairs, who looked after him,' the official said, without giving any further information on the purpose of the visit.

Thaksin had been in Fiji before going to Tonga and a government spokesman confirmed he had on Monday met military ruler Voreqe Bainimarama, who overthrew the elected government in a 2006 coup.

'They sat and discussed some business proposal over dinner and that was it,' government spokesman Neumi Leweni told Fiji commercial radio.

He gave no further details of the meeting, although reports in Fiji and Australia suggested Thaksin was offering hundreds of millions of dollars in investment in return for using Fiji as one of his bases in exile.

The Australian newspaper said Thursday Thaksin was believed to be heading next for Port Vila in Vanuatu, where leaders from the Melanesian Spearhead Group of countries - Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji - are meeting on Friday.

Thailand in April revoked Thaksin's passport for allegedly inciting protests that disrupted a major Asian summit in the coastal resort of Pattaya, although he has reportedly been issued passports by other countries, including Nicaragua. -- AFP


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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

[pima.nius] Update 2 From Taiwan

11:43 AM |



Pacific Greeting,

 

Find attached photo spread of Event Polynesia Dancers currently in Taiwan. Press release and photos coming shortly.

 

Teleiai ****

 




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