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January 2010 Blog Posts (22)

Rabi News Update 31 Jan 10

by Biara Touakin, Rabi Fiji

N kauouan wikin Tianuare 2010 ao e bane iai aia makuri taan kateitei man te Pacific Building Solution (PBS) ake a roko ni katei uma-n-reirei n taian reirei iaon Rambi aika Buakonikai Primary, Tabiang Primary, Banaban Primary ao Rabi High. Te project aio are e bon kamanemaneaki man te EU.

A kateaki classrooms ao aia auti Tia-Reirei n taian Primary schools ao n te Rabi High School a kateaki ana computer lab ao aia dinning hall ataei. Ngkai a bon… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 31, 2010 at 7:10pm — No Comments

A case of sudden death at sea -Kiribati

Western Leader Last updated 05:00 07/01/2010

Photo: JILL ROGERS CRIME SCENE: The Korean fishing vessel Sajo Accordio where the body was found.

It was an ordinary day in the office for Henderson detective senior sergeant Jill Rogers late last year. But then her manager phoned, asking her to be at Auckland airport in two hours.

"All I was told was that the destination was tropical and could I take a coffin," Mrs Rogers… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 28, 2010 at 8:52am — No Comments

Runway closure postpones Tarawa flight Publish date/time: 28/01/2010 [07:51]

Air Pacific is expected to postpone its twice-a-week flight to Tarawa from Nadi due to a closed runway.

Air Pacific's Managing Director and CEO John Campbell said urgent runway maintenance has affected operation into Tarawa airport and therefore regrets that flights between Nadi… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 28, 2010 at 8:46am — No Comments

11:43 January 26, 2010 Fiji, Kiribati, NZ, Pacific Press Releases, Samoa, Solomon Is, Tonga, Vanuatu Press Release – Pacific Leprosy Social attitudes, rather than a lack of medicine, are the major r…

11:43 January 26, 2010 Fiji, Kiribati, NZ, Pacific Press Releases, Samoa, Solomon Is, Tonga, Vanuatu

Press Release – Pacific Leprosy

Social attitudes, rather than a lack of medicine, are the major reason leprosy continues to be a problem in the Pacific Islands and to a lesser extent in New Zealand according to Jill Tomlinson, General Manager of the Pacific Leprosy… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 27, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Will overweight passengers be forced to pay for two seats?

Source : Skyscanner Friday, 22nd January 2010

Erroneous reports in the British tabloid media this week stated that French flag carrier, Air France, will force overweight flyers to pay for two seats, or they will be prevented from boarding for 'safety reasons'.

However, Air France has officially denied the accusation, stating on their website that ‘Air France has no intention of making heavier… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 27, 2010 at 10:58am — No Comments

World War II vet's battle for Tarawa comes home

Malibu TimesBy Melonie Magruder / Special to The Malibu Times Published:

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:57 PM PST

Pictured from left: Steven C. Barber, director of the documentary ?Return to Tarawa;? Larry King; Leon Cooper, a Malibu resident who wrote two books on the battle in the Pacific Theatre; and Ed Harris, who narrated the… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 27, 2010 at 10:54am — No Comments

Rabi Island Market access woes

Fiji Times Online Sunday, January 24, 2010

MARKETING produce remains a challenge for farmers on Rabi island who depend on local markets for revenue.

While some export marketing assistance has come from the island's council and government, most depend on the market at the Nuku Government station to sell their produce.

This, some farmers said, had been a real struggle because their… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 24, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Boat found off Kiribati after 16 days

Auckland Talk Radio NZ 23/01/2010 17:36:01

The Air Force has located a boat that had been missing in the Pacific Ocean for 16 days.

An Orion found the boat in the seas off Tarawa, an island of the Kiribati group. Three teenagers, three females and one male, were all well but drifting in their vessel after the outboard motor stopped because of mechanical problems.

Wing Commander Nick Olney says New Zealand got a search and rescue… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 23, 2010 at 4:17pm — No Comments

Looking for Nei Tasili Willie Tanua

Mauri kain Banaban Voice

Taiaoka nkana iai ae e kinaa ke e boobo ma Nei Tasili buun Willie Tanua? Taiaoka nkana iai ae e kona ni ibuobuoki ba i kainanoa aia contact n te tai ae waekoa.

Ane e kona n reitaki ma ngai iaon aio ao ea taiaoka n request n riki ba au friend ao ia accept maikai.
E raraba anne ao kam na tekeraoi.

Added by Ioteba Atanimakin on January 21, 2010 at 8:56pm — 2 Comments

Kangaroo meat a healthy alternative to lamb flaps?


Updated January 19, 2010 16:41:39

Pacific Island countries which import fatty cuts of meat such as lamb flaps could help combat the epidemic of obesity in the region if they replaced those cuts of meat with kangaroo. The Kangaroo Industry Association of Australia says that currently only Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia and a few upmarket hotels in other island… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 20, 2010 at 8:16am — No Comments

New Zealand Banabans 15 December Celebration 2009

Banabanmedia website Fiji

Written by Teitirake (Henry Teke) Wednesday, 23 December 2009 00:43

Just to update you on our 15th Dec celebration. We celebrated our 15th in Auckland at one of the Marae (Maori meeting place) where our community camped from Fri 18th to Sun 20th and close to 200… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 15, 2010 at 9:09am — No Comments

Use wind energy effectively

It doesn’t take much effort to make wind turbines at home. Wind turbines which are made at home can be used effectively to replace the traditional energy resources. These wind turbines would easily help families to make a good use of their investments in green energy. Nowadays the use of solar panels has become very common but the use of wind turbine is still alien to many people. The wind turbine options in the market are in plenty, and depend on the buyer’s needs. The cost of these turbines… Continue

Added by DavisDimon on January 12, 2010 at 3:17pm — No Comments

Rabi Islanders push kids' education

Fiji Time Online Monday, January 11, 2010

A RISING number of school dropouts within two years has prompted a desperate search for funds to give Rabi island children a fair chance at education.

The Banaban Children's Fund was established recently and is an attempt to ensure that all island children of school age are in school.

A poverty survey conducted by the island council's social… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 11, 2010 at 9:22am — No Comments

Variety Club of Queensland Sponsor 6 Banaban Primary Students on Rabi

8 Jan 2010 From Biara Touakin Rabi, Fiji

Six class eight students from Banaban Primary School have secured sponsorship from VarietyClub Queensland for 2010. Gaelle from Variety Club Qld said that the funds have been transfered to Mr Kateta Teai (Banaban Primary Head Teacher) who will administer and issue the funds to the children's parents/guardian. Each student will receive AUD$500.00 to cater for his/her school in 2010.

The six… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 8, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

Free Drinking Water for the S. Pacific

The Oceanica Foundation has recently been providing plans and diagrams, in some cases translated to local languages,for the construction of a simple Solar Powered Water Purifier/Desalinator in isolated Pacific atoll islands.

This mechanisim has no moving parts, can be made from mostly local materials and as it is built locally, it is easy to maintain and operate without outside materials or training. (can even operate without electricity where necessary; you then pump water by hand to the… Continue

Added by R. Lee Bryant on January 8, 2010 at 4:08am — 2 Comments

Please Help with the Banaban Child Welfare Project for 2010

During my visit to Rabi with Niki Taxidis last October 09, we met up with a remarkable young Banaban woman - Radhika Teaoka, who is now working for the Rabi Council of Leaders in the Social Welfare Department. Radhika has launched a project to assist improverished Banaban children on Rabi to be able to attend school.

Education on Rabi is not free and parents stuggle to find the money to send their children to school. This project provides… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 7, 2010 at 2:00pm — 3 Comments

Immigration Deports 36 more

Fiji TImes Online Maneesha Karan

IMMIGRATION officers deported 56 people last year under removal orders.

Director Immigration Department Nemani Vuniwaqa said this was 36 people more than in 2008.

According to Mr Vuniwaqa, of those deported, 19 were Chinese nationals and 12 were Indian nationals.

Others deported were five from Nigeria, four each from Sri Lanka, New Zealand and… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 6, 2010 at 1:05pm — No Comments

Major tsunami damage in Solomons' western province

check this link for the latest information

Added by Biara Touakin on January 5, 2010 at 7:06pm — No Comments

Major tsunami damage in Solomons' western province

Fiji Times: Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Update: 2:02PM INITIAL reports show hundreds of homes were damaged and large areas completely inundated in the Solomon Islands' Western Province as a result of yesterday's earthquakes and tsunami.

Around 3600 people live on Rendova Island according to UNICEF, which was already on the ground in Gizo working with reconstruction of schools that were affected by the last tsunami in the area in 2007.

A UNICEF Pacific statement… Continue

Added by Biara Touakin on January 5, 2010 at 7:02pm — No Comments

Subdued growth expected for Kiribati, Tuvalu


Kiribati and Tuvalu can expect economic growth in 2010 but, according to the Asian Development Bank, it will be very subdued.

Kiribati and Tuvalu have been hit hard by the global economic crisis.

During 2009, hundreds of their overseas seafarers lost their jobs and their Trust funds dropped in value.

The Asian Development Bank says both countries can expect a better year in 2010 but warns that economic growth will… Continue

Added by Stacey King on January 5, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

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