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April 2009 Blog Posts (32)

Fiji government gives 30k for Rabi elections

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation LTD

Monday, April 20, 2009

Government has provided $30,000 to meet election costs for Rabi Island. The Banaban Community goes to the polls this week to elect their council of Leaders. There are altogether a total of 2,971 registered voters from the four main villages - that is Tabwewa, Uma, Tabiang and Buakonikai - as well as those Banabans living in Vanua Levu and Viti… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 21, 2009 at 10:56am — 1 Comment

Now is the best time to send money back home to Fiji as dollar falls by 20%

With the drop in the Fiji dollar by another 20% now is the best time to send money home to family in Fiji. We also need to become EXCHANGE RATE SAVVY!!!

For families in Australia and New Zealand - the ANZ bank and Westpac banks are your direct bank links with Fiji. You can get your daily Fiji exchange rates online via your ANZ or Westpac banks in your country. The most economical way to send money to families is to have a bank account set up in Australia at ANZ or WESTPAC to take… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 19, 2009 at 10:15am — No Comments

Great Opportunity for Banaban Musicians - Enter Pacific Break Music Competition

This competition is sponsored by Radio Australia especially for Pacific Island Music. Full details of this year's competition are at:

The competition began on 1 March and entries must be in before 1 September 2009

So come on all our talented Banaban musicians... get your entries in… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 19, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Obama promises united effort against piracy

By Andrea Stone, USA TODAY

Crewmembers of the Maersk Alabama celebrate the rescue of their captain, Richard Phillips.

***Eventhough this story is not about the ship relating to our Tuvaluan and Banaban captives, it is good to see the US Navy now starting to act. Let's hope it helps the captives and this story will explain the threat our… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 17, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Recovery of loan unclear - FNPF, Fiji Development Bank, Banaban Trust Fund investment invoved

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Fiji Broadcasting Corporation- Fiji Boadcasting Corp. Ltd

It’s not very clear at this stage on how and when the Fiji National Provident Fund will recover a substantial amount of loan, which had been given out to the Momi Bay Resort project few years ago for hotel development. A member of the FNPF Board and national president of the FTUC Daniel Urai says the Momi Bay Resort project has been abandoned by the contractors, and the project is lying… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 9, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Correction on name of Ship Captured by pirates

The name of the ship is the "Hansa Stavanger" and not "Hans Scavenger' as earlier published. Error made is regretted. Thanks

Added by Mr. Atabi Ewekia Baoa on April 8, 2009 at 8:53am — No Comments

Update: Captured Tuvaluan Seamaen

Over the news last night, the ship "MV Hans Scavenger" has been sighted by a German Warship. However, according to news, the pirates allowed the captains of both ships to communicate in German but the warship was warned to keep distance to prevent hostility from the pirates.

Hopefully, goodwill prevails and ask for your continuous prayer for the safety of these twelve Tuvaluan seamen.

Kam bati n ra'ba

Added by Mr. Atabi Ewekia Baoa on April 8, 2009 at 8:36am — 1 Comment

Remittances start to dry up as global economic crisis bites


Updated Tue Apr 7, 2009 3:39pm AEST

The sending of remittances plays a major part in providing much needed foreign currency to many of the Pacific Island states, but as the economic crisis bites deep into developed economies, the knock on is also starting to be felt in the Pacific. There is anecdotal evidence that some Pacific Islands workers overseas are turning to loan sharks… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 8, 2009 at 8:34am — No Comments

Kaimoan Tuvalu e Tauaki Aia Kaibuke Irouia "Pirates"

Te kaongora mai Tuvalu ibukin te kanganga ae reke irouia aia kaimoa n tauakin aia kaibuke irouia taan iowawa (pirates) i aoni kawaia mai Dubai nako Mumbasa i Kenya. Te rongorongo ae reke ma iroun aomatan te kambana ae te Tuvalu Maritime Services (TMS) ibukin kamakuraia kaimoa, e taekinna b'a tengaun-ma-uoman (12) kaimoa iaon te kaibuke anne bon kaimoa mai Tuvalu. E tauaki aia kaibuke i nanon te nama ae aranaki ba te "Gulf of Aden", te tabo aei e bon nangin ataki b'a maiti iai aekakin aomata… Continue

Added by Mr. Atabi Ewekia Baoa on April 7, 2009 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Historical and Original Banaban Photographs and documents for Exclusive Banaban Student Use Only

Ken and I have been contacted by various Banaban students who are keen to do papers on their own island and history.

We want to encourage our younger Banaban generation to learn all they can about their own history and unique Banaban identity. We have released some important historical photos for the exclusive use by Banaban Students and if you would like more information or photos covering a particular topic please contact either Ken or Stacey… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 2, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments


when the touch get going the going get touch but i will never touch at you.

Added by reewii on April 1, 2009 at 8:52pm — No Comments

Australia has been suffering extreme heatwaves this summer

The southern states of Australia have experienced some of the hotest days in recorded history.

It has been so extreme that even this poor ice-cream truck went into melt down.

Children in Adelaide, South Australia could not believe their eyes when they ran outside to try and buy an ice cream from the Mr Whippy Man and this is all that was left of the truck.

Sorry- Couldn't let the 1 April go bye with out an April Fool's… Continue

Added by Stacey King on April 1, 2009 at 4:00pm — No Comments

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