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July 2009 Blog Posts (57)

Farming, fishing program for Rabi youths

FIJI TIMES ONLINE

By SERAFINA SILAITOGA Friday, July 31, 2009

Life on the island of Rabi



TO help improve financial resources on the island, the Rabi Island Council has set up farming and fishing programs for youths. Council administration officer Boukanawa Teaoti said with the financial dilemma, some youths on the island have not taken the initiative… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 31, 2009 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Works on Kadavu and Rabi Jetty to begin soon

FiJi Broadcasting Corp - Thursday, July 30, 2009



The Ministry Of Works And Public Utilities will be begin construction on the Kadavu Jetty next week. Works spokesperson Sainiana Waqainabete would like to assure the people of Kadavu that works on this particular jetty will commence next week and they are hoping that the work will proceed as planned. Waqainabete says that if they are unable to complete it… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 31, 2009 at 1:43pm — No Comments

Australia cops flak from Pacific for climate neglect (Interview with Bertarim Rimon)

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:23pm AEST



The Australian government has rejected criticism that it's doing too little on climate change in the Pacific, pointing to its international and regional efforts since coming to office almost two years ago.



Presenter: Linda Mottram

Speaker: Bertarim Rimon, Kiribati government's climate change adaptation…
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Turner (UK Wigan MP) defends Fiji -Kiribati- Tuvalu trip

Wigantoday 28 July 2009 By Richard Bean



Wigan's MP today strongly denied a trip to the South Sea islands was a "free holiday" in disguise.

Neil Turner is one of five government representatives flying out to Fiji next month as part of a 16-day delegation during the Commons recess. The Taxpayers' Alliance has attacked the tour, which will also take in the islands of Tonga and… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 31, 2009 at 11:54am — No Comments

The Frontline of Climate change: Pacific Island peoples (including Banabans)

ANDREW BARTLETT Crikey Blog - July 29, 2009 – 11:59 am, by Andrew Bartlett **



On Tuesday night, July 28, around 300 people filled the Brisbane Room in Brisbane’s City Hall to hear speakers from the front line of climate change – residents of the Torres Strait and Pacific Island nations Tuvalu, Micronesia and Kiribati. It’s very rare for me to attend a… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 31, 2009 at 11:29am — No Comments

Amelia Earhart hunt revived in Kiribati

UNSOLVED -TheStar.com | Ontario | Jason Miller Staff Reporter Jul 29, 2009 04:30 AM

Toronto Star file photo - The disappearance of Amelia Earhart is one of the 20th century's enduring mysteries.

Researchers believe DNA from a Pacific island belongs to legendary aviator who vanished in 1937. Two Ontario DNA labs could play a key role in solving the mystery of… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 31, 2009 at 11:25am — No Comments

Another great interview with Pelenise on Global Warming and Displacement of Banabans twice in history

International Journal of Socialist Renewal

Kiribati will be devastated by rising sea levels.



Pacific islanders struggle for survival against global warming -- `Rich countries must slash emissions now'



July 29, 2009 -- For Pacific islanders, climate change is not a threat looming somewhere in the future. Rising sea levels and unpredictable weather are having… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 29, 2009 at 4:59pm — No Comments

Tales of climate change already effecting Tokelau, Kiribati (Another interview with Pelenise speaking)

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated Tue Jul 28, 2009 5:23pm AEST



A new report by a pair of NGOs says that Australia and New Zealand need to stop being part of the problem, and start being part of the solution for Pacific Islanders whose lives are already being impacted by climate change. The think-tank The Australian Institute, and aid agency Oxfam Australia, are pressing Australia to do more,… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 29, 2009 at 1:17pm — 1 Comment

Kiribati and Tuvalu climate change strategy: total evacuation

Crikey - Monday, 27 July 2009 by Bernard Keane



Climate change is already having major effects on Pacific Island states, according to a new report from Oxfam, which looked at mitigation and adaptation strategies in the region and assistance from Australia and New Zealand.



The report makes clear that Pacific States, which have long been… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 27, 2009 at 4:21pm — No Comments

New Zealand to help investigate boating tragedy in Kiribati

RADIO NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL Posted at 23:00 on 26 July, 2009 UTC



A three member team accident investigation team from New Zealand will travel to Kiribati tomorrow following a boating disaster which left at least 15 dead and many others missing. The New Zealand’s Transport Accident Investigation Commission has launched an inquiry at the request of the Kiribati Government . Reports say 55 people were in a double-hulled sailing from the capital, Tarawa to the island of Maiana last… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 27, 2009 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Fatal ferry accident to be investigated

RADIO NEW ZEALAND NEWS - Updated at 5:43am on 26 July 2009



New Zealand officials are investigating a ferry accident in Kiribati in which about 40 people are believed to have died. About 55 people were onboard the outrigger canoe when it capsized on 13 July en route from Tarawa to Maiana. The Transport Accident Investigation Commission in Wellington has begun an inquiry, at the request of the… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 27, 2009 at 3:49pm — 2 Comments

Australia under pump to boost climate change aid (Bertarim Rimon interview)

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated 6 hours 3 minutes ago



There's pressure on the Australian government to substantially upgrade it's help for Pacific states in the face of climate change, with the issue set to be a major one for the looming Pacific Islands Forum leaders meeting. Australia is chair of the meeting and a new report from think-tank The Australian Institute and Oxfam Australia, has… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 27, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Banaban - Pelenise Alofa Guest Speaker at upcoming Pacific Islands Forum Australia on Climate Change (Radio Interview)

Call for Pacific Islands Forum to act on climate change ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated Fri Jul 24, 2009 8:29am AEST

**Great to have Pele here in Australia at the moment and we spent yesterday (Sunday) with her and Royden, Moi, Fatiaki and Tera - we will be there to hear her speak in Brisbane on Tuesday night at the Brisbane City Hall. This is one of the many radio interviews and… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 27, 2009 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Kiribati calamity prompts boating rules enforcement

NZ RADIO INTERNATIONAL - Posted at 03:51 on 23 July, 2009 UTC



The Police Maritime service in Kiribati says it is stepping up measures to ensure boat operators comply with the rules, following last week’s fatal boat accident. Police Maritime says 15 people have been confirmed dead and 18 are still missing after the accident involving a double-hulled canoe which set sail from Tarawa to Maiana. The… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 24, 2009 at 8:35am — No Comments

***CONGRATULATIONS 500th Member Banaban Voice - Biritesa Enoka***

Congratulations to Biritesa Enoka in Kiribati for being our 500th Banaban Voice member.

Added by Stacey King on July 24, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

Kiribati to hold special service after boating accident

NZ RADIO INTERNATIONAL - Posted at 01:04 on 23 July, 2009 UTC



A joint church service will be held in Kiribati tomorrow night to remember the victims of last week’s boat tragedy -the country’s biggest reported disaster at sea.The Police Maritime service says 15 people have been confirmed dead and 18 are still missing after the accident involving a double-hulled canoe which set sail from Tarawa to Maiana. Earlier this week, the President gave his condolences to families who lost their… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 23, 2009 at 4:54pm — 1 Comment

Climate change on the Pacific island of Kiribati

mirror.co.uk - Science, Health & Environment By Mike Swain on Jul 22, 09 03:59 PM in Environment



The build-up to the UN climate change talks in Copenhagen is already underway. For growing numbers, the talks are vital because they are already being hit by climate change. One of those is Maria Tiimon who grew up on the Pacific island Kiribati and who will be in Copenhagen in December adding her plea to the political leaders for action. The island hasn't had rain for three years,… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 23, 2009 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Search for lost islanders ends

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Wednesday, July 22, 2009



THE search for 22 people missing after their boat capsized has been called off. The Fiji Navy's search and rescue unit said they had called of the search but could not say when the search was cancelled. Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Neumi Leweni said he was in a meeting and could not divulge information on the incident. Last Monday, a vessel travelling from… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 23, 2009 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Searchers in Kiribati do not expect to find further survivors from capsized canoe

RADIO NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL - Posted at 19:58 on 19 July, 2009 UTC



The captain of a boat involved in a search operation in Kiribati says they don’t expect to find anymore survivors from a canoe which capsized last Monday. At least four people are reported to have died and the authorities say they have so far found 12 survivors. Captain Tatai Tata says one of the survivors told rescue officials… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 21, 2009 at 1:46pm — 3 Comments

PNG player dons Wallaby jersey

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated Mon Jul 20, 2009 5:48pm AEST



The sporting rivalry between Australia and New Zealand is long standing and deep. The latest chapter continued this past Saturday, when the Australian Wallabies and the New Zealand All Blacks took to the field in Auckland for the first of this year's Bledisloe Cup tests. In the Australian rugby team was Will Genia, the first Papua… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 21, 2009 at 1:41pm — No Comments

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