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July 2010 Blog Posts (35)

Pacific sojourn becomes life project

Thursday, 29 July 2010, 1:01 pm Press Release: University of Waikato Media Release July 29, 2010

Pacific sojourn becomes life project for Fulbright Fellow at Waikato University. A former Peace Corps volunteer who turned his 20-month posting to the tiny Pacific Island nation of Kiribati into a ten-year project is spending a year as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Waikato. Mike Roman is researching the lives of migrants from Kiribati as part of his PhD on what happens to the…

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Added by Stacey King on July 30, 2010 at 10:05am — No Comments

New Pacific Law course at Sydney Uni sparks wide interest

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA - Pacific Beat Updated July 29, 2010 16:18:59

Sydney University has introduced a new Pacific Law course to its Masters program that will be available, online, to students in the region. Although the course will be not be offered until January, next year, it has sparked interest from many Pacific countries and from the United States mainland. John Ridgeway, from the Pacific Legal Network, is one of the lecturers and he told Jemima Garrett the course will be the most…

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Added by Stacey King on July 30, 2010 at 8:03am — No Comments

Extremely rare coral discovered in Marshall Islands

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA - Pacific Beat Updated July 29, 2010 16:18:59

An extremely rare type of coral has been discovered in the Marshall islands. A variant of Elkhorn coral, which until now has been thought to be found only in the Atlantic, was found by researchers from Australia at Arno atoll. Dr Zoe Richards of the Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, says the find is very exciting.

Presenter: Bruce…

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Added by Stacey King on July 30, 2010 at 8:01am — No Comments

Rabi council pays FNPF debt

by Serafina Silaitoga FIJI TIMES ONLINE Wednesday, July 28, 2010

THE Rabi Island Council has started paying its $70,000 debt to the Fiji National Provident Fund.

Council member Manate Tabakea said the new council had resolved that $5000 be paid to FNPF per month.

"We started paying up towards the end of last year and that has continued this year as we try to get rid of all the debts piled up from past years.

"When we came into office, we aimed to pay all debts of the…

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Added by Stacey King on July 28, 2010 at 9:54am — No Comments

Rabi elects leaders

by Serafina Silaitoga FIJI TIMES ONLINE Wednesday, July 28, 2010

THREE new councilors have been elected members of the Rabi Island Council following the by-election last week.

The new members are from Uma and Tabwewa Village.

The three elected are Bineati Sighra from Tabwewa Village and Iowane and Kaiea Bakanepo from Uma Village.

Mr Sighra replaces the late Baeba Abetai while Mr Iowane and Mr Bakanepo replaced former chairman Teatu Rewi and Tebaia…

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Added by Stacey King on July 28, 2010 at 9:51am — No Comments

Nauru visit on cards for Australian opposition MP

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA - Pacific Beat Updated July 26, 2010 07:13:09

Australia's federal opposition is moving to put Nauru back on the map as an immigration processing centre for Australia.

The opposition's shadow minister for immigration, Scott Morrison, is considering a visit to Nauru soon.

He says the opposition would take any early opportunity to talk with leaders of…

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Added by Stacey King on July 27, 2010 at 6:02pm — No Comments

Claims Fijian tourists are applying for Australian protection visas

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA - Pacific Beat Updated July 26, 2010 16:55:51

Sources in Australia's Fijian and Indo-Fijian communities claim more and more people from Fiji are arriving in Australia as tourists and then applying for protection visas. The department of immigration says actual figures on this are unavailable, but all cases are decided on a case by case basis, and there's no blanket policy covering…

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Added by Stacey King on July 27, 2010 at 5:58pm — No Comments

Fiji the focal point of the Pacific



Fijivillage.com Publish date/time: 24/07/2010 [16:40]

Fiji was and will remain the focal point of the Pacific region.

These were the words of Kiribati President Anote Tong at a joint press conference yesterday following the conclusion of the Engaging with the Pacific meeting.

After reading out the 20 point Natadola Communique, Tong stressed…

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Added by Stacey King on July 27, 2010 at 3:48pm — No Comments

Expression of Interest-Kiribati Technical Vocational Education and Training Sector

•Overseas Assignment

•Based in Kiribati

•18+ months Assignment

Box Hill Institute (BHI) is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified individuals interested in providing services to the Kiribati Technical Vocational Education and Training Sector Strengthening Program (TVETSSP). The AusAID supported program aims to support t he Government of Kiribati to increase their capacity to provide international standard TVET qualifications to increase economic growth and…

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Added by Stacey King on July 27, 2010 at 3:41pm — No Comments

Boat of Plastic Recycled Bottles Ends 4-Month Pacific arriving in Sydney via Kiribati and Samoa

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Associated Press

The Plastiki, a boat made out of 12,500 recycled plastic bottles sails on Sydney Harbor Monday, July 26, 2010, four months after it set out from San Francisco on a journey across the Pacific Ocean meant to raise awareness about the perils of plastic waste.…

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Added by Stacey King on July 27, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Rabi By Elections Results

Congratulations from Family and friends in Australia to our newly elected RCL members.

Tabwewa Village - 1 seat only

Elected: Biniati Sigrah

Results: Tabwewa: Biniati Sigrah 302, Namatan Tearawa 123, Burenikamaraia Terubea 88.

Uma Village - 2 seats

Elected: Elder Seat: Ioane Terama

Results:Uma Elder Seat: Ioane Terama 139, Kaato Hedstrom 110, Taumanibure Burataake 84, Tekea Kaitarawa…

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Added by Stacey King on July 23, 2010 at 9:00pm — 1 Comment

Beacon could have saved 33 lives in Kiribati accident

NZHERALD.CO.NZ 7:35 PM Thursday Jul 15, 2010

Thirty-three lives could have been saved if a Kiribati ferry had carried an emergency beacon and distress flares, according to a New Zealand report into the disaster, in which 35 people died last year.

The ferry was also ill-designed, did not have enough life jackets and rescuers were ill-prepared to rescue the survivors, the Transport Accident Investigation Commission (TAIC) said today, as it released its report into the incident,…

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Added by Stacey King on July 21, 2010 at 11:01am — No Comments

Delegations from Kiribati, Tuvalu arrive in Fiji

Publish date/time: 21/07/2010 [07:10] Fijivillage.com

Delegations from the Government of Kiribati and Tuvalu arrived yesterday afternoon for the "Engaging with the Pacific' meeting that begins tomorrow at the Natadola Intercontinental Golf and Spa Resort.



The Kiribati delegation is led by His Excellency the President of Kiribati, Anote Tong.



This was confirmed by Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Solo Mara.



Also arriving yesterday was the Prime… Continue

Added by Stacey King on July 21, 2010 at 10:49am — No Comments

Time to practise what we preach on human rights

Sydney Morning Herald - July 21, 2010

Australian diplomats appeared at a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva in early May to dispense some friendly advice to Kiribati and Lesotho.

In Australia's opinion, neither country was doing enough on the home front to protect human rights. Australia recommended Kiribati…

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Added by Stacey King on July 21, 2010 at 10:45am — No Comments

Australia urged to speed up Pacific seasonal worker scheme

ABC Radio Australia: Pacific Beat Updated July 20, 2010 17:02:41

Pacific island leaders have been urged to raise the slow progress of Australia's Pacific Seasonal Worker Pilot Scheme at the regional leaders summit in Vanuatu next month. Under the pilot scheme, 2,500 workers from Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu would work in…

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Added by Stacey King on July 21, 2010 at 10:40am — No Comments

Names of Banaba (Ocean Island) War Dead now available online

The names of those who were killed on Banaba during World War II are now available on the main Banaban website at: http://www.banaban.com/contents/en-us/d269_banaba-ocean-island-war-dead.html

The Report from the committee…

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Added by Stacey King on July 20, 2010 at 11:39am — No Comments

Rabi Honour Rolls - The names of the first Banabans to arrive on Rabi 15 December 1945.

The Rabi Hounor Rolls of the first Rabi Settlers was published in ‘Banaba/Ocean Island News –Special 50th Anniversary Edition, December 1995 (as provided by Rabi Island Interim Administration)

This historial list and document has now been posted to the main Banaban website at:…

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Added by Stacey King on July 19, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Rabi medical clinic a success, says Dr Vulibeci

Fiji Sun Online - 19 July 2010

More than 400 people on Rabi Island were given free medical check-up by a Labasa team of doctors and health practitioners.

The 12 member team which carried out a four-day outreach programme returned to Labasa in the weekend.…

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Added by Stacey King on July 19, 2010 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

Passing away of the two former Councillors

Sad to note that Tebaruru Baoa and Tuateira Burataake passed away on Saturday. These two have serve the Banaban people for eight years in council. Sadly missed by their families and friends.

Added by Tokanikai Kirata on July 19, 2010 at 6:47am — No Comments

Message from RCL Chairman - Vodafone Promotions on Rabi

Friday 16 July 2010

Dear Banabans,

As we talk vodafone_Labasa branch is carrying out its roadshow with very cheap deals on mobile phones and services it provides,…

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Added by Stacey King on July 16, 2010 at 9:21am — No Comments

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