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February 2009 Blog Posts (53)

Scientists Research the Real Robinson Crusoe

- ***This is a great story with photos for all those fans of the Robinson Crusoe story - Highly recommended - Perfect for school or university assignments****





Spiegel International Online by Marco Evers



Generations of children have been spellbound by Robinson Crusoe's exploits, but few are aware of the real-life figure who… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 28, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Key Pacific trade talks open in Australia

ABC Radio Australia

Last Updated: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 16:41:00 +1100



Australian Trade Minister Simon Crean says he wants to ensure that the proposed "PACER-plus" trade agreement with the Pacific Islands provids the basis for long-term sustainablilty in the region.



Mr Crean was speaking at the opening of a two-day meeting on Pacific trade in the South Australian capital city of… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 28, 2009 at 11:20am — No Comments

Fiji under 21 netball team outclass South Africa

Fijivillage.com

Posted at 23:44 on 27 February, 2009 UTC



The Pre world youth netball tournament has seen a major upset in the opening round in Auckland last night



Four teams are taking part this this build up tournament ahead of the World Youth Championships later this year.



Elma MaUa reports



“Fiji sent out a clear… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 28, 2009 at 11:03am — No Comments

USP students in Fiji talk about their future

ABC Radio Australia

Thu Feb 26, 2009 5:24pm AEDT



Students at the University of the South Pacific have just returned for the start of the academic year. Pacific Correspondent Campbell Cooney speaks to some of them about their courses, which Pacific countries they are from, and what they hope to do with their qualifications once they finish their tertiary education.



presenter: Campbell… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 27, 2009 at 6:03am — No Comments

Pacific worker scheme 'teething problems'

ABC Radio Australia

26 Feb 2009



Tonga's High Commissioner to Australia says he wants closer communication between groups responsible for Pacific Island guest workers.





Fifty Tongans have been temporarily employed as fruit pickers in Australia, the first of more than 2,000 Pacific island farm labourers from Tonga, Vanuatu, Kiribati and… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 26, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Missing Kiribati fishermen found in PNG

ABC Radio Australia

26 Feb 2009



Three fishermen from Kiribati who went missing at sea for nearly five weeks have been found alive on an island in Papua New Guinea.



The fishermen were taken adrift by rough seas until they were discovered by Papua New Guinea villagers this week.



Authorities in Kiribati thought they drowned, but the men survived on fish and sea water for… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 26, 2009 at 3:52pm — 1 Comment

Funds to strengthen Pacific region's human rights knowledge

Fiji Times Online

Thursday, February 26, 2009



CHURCH leaders in Fiji will be among those who will benefit from the $177,290 Australia has donated to the Pacific Conference of Churches (PCC).



The donation, sealed in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between Australian High Commissioner to Fiji James Batley and PCCs Fe'iloakitau Tevi in Suva today, is to fund human rights training workshops in… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 26, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Blue Lagoon Cruises: Fiji Time Machine; including Rabi stopover

Today's Cruise Weekly

Tuesday, February 24, 2009



Everybody knows Fiji as the epitome of the romantic tropical getaway. But cloistered inside the sanitised confines of a premium Denarau Island hotel or resort, what are you going to see of the real Fiji?





Long associated with genuine Fiji island cruising, Blue… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 25, 2009 at 9:52am — No Comments

***NEW*** Now Four Different Kiribati Daily and Weekly Newspapers on Banaban Voice

We have just set up a Kiribati Newspaper link via COCONET WIRELESS Latest News Link commencing from 24 & 20 February 2009



We will try and keep these links updated as often as news becomes available out of Kiribati. All these newspapers are in I-Kiribati language.



Click on COCONET WIRELESS link on the Main page or go through to the Latest News… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 24, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

Australia appoints new Kiribati High Commissioner

ABC NEWS Wed Feb 4, 2009



Australia has appointed career diplomat Brett Aldam as its next High Commissioner to Kiribati.



Mr Aldam will take up the post in April succeeding Anne Quinane who has been there since 2006.



Australia has maintained a diplomatic mission in Kiribati since 1981.



Mr Aldam is the Director of the United States Trade Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 24, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

Climate Fears Are Driving 'Ecomigration' Across Globe

THE WASHINGTON POST

By Shankar Vedantam Washington Post Staff Writer Monday, February 23, 2009





Adam Fier, wife Misbah Sadat and daughters Maya and Maha moved to New Zealand partly out of climate concerns. (By Leah L. Jones For The Washington Post)



Adam Fier recently sold his home, got rid of his car and pulled… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 23, 2009 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Carteret Islands Residents to Become Climate Refugees Before Year-End

Solomon Times Online

Monday, February 23, 2009 5:08 AM





Water flows onto Han Island during January 2007 high tide. Salt water is poisoning the islands' gardens.

(Source: Pip Starr Pictures)




The residents of Carteret Islands, north east of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, are likely to become some of the world's first climate change refugees… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 23, 2009 at 8:50am — No Comments

Some Very Creative Individual Pages now on Banaban Voice

Have noticed some very creative designs going up now on individual Banaban Voice pages. I must say that I am very impressed with the level of design flair some of our members have shown. Maybe we will have to run a competition to see who is voted the best one!



I have been working and designing on computers since my brother, Dan Bridges gave me my first computer back in 1990, his old XT model he assembled.



That was 19 years ago and makes me feel very old. It's so wonderful… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 22, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Football club's call cements arrival of Tongan guest workers

WAtoday.com

Michael Hartshorn February 20, 2009



LOCAL National Party MPs had lauded their arrival and church, social services, unions and government officials had lined up to ensure their smooth transition.

Alf Fangaloka (orange shirt) leads the Tongan arrivals down Robinvale's main street this… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 21, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

10 Great Tips To Get You Motivated For 2009

2009 has started off as a rather harrowing year. We are in the middle now of one of the largest Financial Crashes for decades which is impacting globally. Countries like USA, Japan, Korea, UK and all through out Europe are financially in panic mode.



Kiribati, Tuvalu and other low lying Pacific and Indian Ocean Islands are preparing for the worse and a future as Environmental Refugees. Fiji and North Queensland in Australia have both suffered from some of the largest and most… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 20, 2009 at 10:47am — 3 Comments

Kiribati and Nauru will now compete in Melanesian Championships instead of Micronesian Athletics Championships

SAIPAN TRIBUNE - Sports

Thursday, February 19, 2009

By Roselyn Monroyo, Reporter



$51,000 budget proposed for 2009 Micronesian Athletics Championships



Micronesian representative to the Oceania Athletics Association Council Robin Sapong had already submitted the proposed AU$80,000 [US$51,318.29] budget for the 2009 Micronesian Athletics Championships.



The budget… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 19, 2009 at 4:27pm — No Comments

***WARNING - ROSE FROM CANADA JOB OFFER IS AN EMAIL SCAM**** Do Not Give your details

After checking we have discovered that a new member Rose of Omni Hotels in Canada is an Email Scam to solicit all your personal details from you and try and get money out of you. They have now been banned from BANABAN VOICE.... please read more information we have discovered on the web regarding this particular scam. Stacey



*****WARNING THIS IS A SCAM EMAIL YOU MAY HAVE RECIEVED VIA BANABAN VOICE- Please do not reply***

Good day,

I am Rose from Canada, the manager…
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Added by Stacey King on February 19, 2009 at 2:11pm — No Comments

VACANCY AT OMNI CANADIAN HOTEL - FRAUD

Hi everyone, If you received a message from Rose regarding various vacancies at Omni Canadian Hotel, please DO NOT REPLY. This message is definitely a fraud. I hope you all take heed. For more information you can google it online. Thanks. Teka

Added by teka on February 19, 2009 at 1:57pm — 1 Comment

Family

Our family is the proverbial egg that we were hatched from. Everything about who we are, both our nature and nurturing comes from our family. Often in western society, we stray far from our family and may not talk to them for years at a time. We may feel that we have nothing in common with them. We may choose to run away from our roots because they are too painful to face. Ultimately however, our past holds the key to our future. If we do not face where we came from, we will have difficulty… Continue

Added by Raitinibure Lanyon on February 19, 2009 at 7:44am — 2 Comments

Global financial crisis could affect seasonal workers

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA

18 February 2009



When the guest worker scheme was finally approved last year, the Australian economy was travelling along quite well with little unemployment. Now with the global financial crisis beginning to bite, Australia's Deputy Prime Minister Julia Gillard says that it will have an effect on the guest workers scheme. Ms Gillard says the demand for workers from Vanuatu,… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 18, 2009 at 5:52pm — No Comments

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