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September 2010 Blog Posts (21)

Smith Moots Virgin Path for Fiji

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Felix Chaudhary Monday, September 20, 2010

THE production of virgin coconut oil is still a niche market and diversification is the only way forward for the coconut industry.This was a statement made by Agriculture permanent secretary Colonel Mason Smith at the 4th Heads of Agriculture and Forestry Services meeting held at the Tanoa International in Nadi last week.

"Virgin coconut oil is still a niche market at this stage and needs a lot of marketing and…


Added by Stacey King on September 21, 2010 at 9:38am — No Comments

An island challenge by Banaban Health Nurse

FIJI TIMES ONLINE By Geraldine Panapasa Monday, September 20, 2010

PUBLIC health nurse Tawita Maibintebure believes taking child care health awareness out to communities in rural areas is an effective way to ensure children are well-looked after.

Originally from Ocean Island, the Rabi Island resident has been posted to Rotuma Hospital for one and a half years as a public health nurse.

"In 2009, I was posted to Rotuma and was transferred to do public health," he…


Added by Stacey King on September 20, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments

Quake rupture puts NZ cows in precarious position

Dairy farmers near Dartfield in the Canterbury region of New Zealand's south island are trying to manage their farms around a massive hump of up to two metres high and 40 metres wide that emerged from the ground in the wake of last week's…


Added by Stacey King on September 15, 2010 at 10:18am — No Comments

Internet charges in Fiji set to drop dramatically

Internet charges in Fiji are set to drop dramatically. Fiji's competition watch-dog, the Commerce Commission, is pursuing a 2-pronged strategy to make sure prices go down.

The first part of the strategy involves regulation to…


Added by Stacey King on September 15, 2010 at 10:14am — No Comments

BREAKING NEWS - Accident at Buakonikai Rabi

Biara Touakin 4.17pm Monday 13 Sept 2010

Another accident at Buakonikai. A council truck driven by Saiyasi from Buakonikai veered off the road and fell over the cliff…


Added by Stacey King on September 13, 2010 at 4:00pm — 1 Comment

Passing of Nei Kautu Tioti on Tarawa

11-Sep-10, 13:19:59, GMT +11 | Tebano Teinamati | Location: Tarawa, Kiribati

Bon te kananokawaki ngketawanou nte bong aei 12:20pm(11/09/2010) bwa ea wene ni motirawa ma te rau nei Kautu Tioti are tibun Bureitaake I Teaoraereke, Kiribati ni kawan te reirei ae St. Louis High Sch. n anauti nei Mary Maio.

Bukin matena ea bon roko i rouna te aoraki ni wene ni man irouna ao ea moamoa riki e a boni kara.

Ma kamwa taiaoka ni nake…


Added by Stacey King on September 11, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Plans to shift Kiribati locals to Christmas Island

Fri, 03 Sep 2010 6:37p.m By Patrick Gower at Christmas Island

Last night 3 News reported from the over-crowded Pacific island of Tarawa in the Kiribati chain. Now we look at a New Zealand Government solution to solve the over-crowding: ship people 3,000 kilometres away to another of the Kiribati islands – the tiny atoll of Christmas Island.…


Added by Stacey King on September 9, 2010 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Memorial to Kiwi War Dead Defaced Beito Kiribati

By MICHAEL FIELD - Stuff Last updated 05:00 02/09/2010

SOILED SHRINE: Murray McCully at the memorial to 17 New Zealand Coastwatchers. The monument was stained with fish guts and human excrement.

New Zealand's war dead have suffered humiliation on the hallowed ground of one of the 20th century's greatest battles. Foreign…


Added by Stacey King on September 9, 2010 at 12:02pm — 1 Comment


6.2-Magnitude Earthquake on Fiji Islands

An earthquake with the magnitude of 6.2 hit the Pacific island nation of Fiji region this Yersteday morning.

This has been confirmed by the U.S. Geological Survey. So far no tsunami warning has been issued. No major damages have been reported.

The qu...ake struck the Fiji Islands at 4:13 a.m. and was…


Added by Morineti Harry Moses Nemia on September 9, 2010 at 7:05am — 1 Comment

Women undergo business training Rabi

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Silaitoga Tuesday, September 07, 2010

EMPOWERMENT programs for women and young girls on Rabi island have been set up to help them earn money through small businesses.

The programs, drawn up by the Banaban Child Welfare, are the result of a recent survey which revealed an increase in dropouts.

Welfare officer Radhika Teaoka said they started working with the community and had partnered…


Added by Stacey King on September 7, 2010 at 9:40am — 1 Comment

Banabans struggle to find markets (Serafina Silaitoga-Fiji Times)

FARMERS on Rabi island face major challenges of marketing their products to Viti Levu.

As a result, the Banaban Child Welfare has set up plans to work with the island council to help farmers market their products outside Rabi.

Welfare officer Radhika Teaoka said earning good income was a problem for many families and the lack of marketing opportunities did not help.

"We have had consultations with villagers and…


Added by koro on September 7, 2010 at 6:25am — 1 Comment

Drop Out Crisis Rabi

Fiji Times Online Serafina Silaitoga Saturday, September 04, 2010

A MAJOR educational crisis is developing on Rabi Island, with revelations that more than 240 Banaban students dropped out of school over the past two years because of financial problems.

That figure amounts to more than a quarter of the total number of children currently enrolled in school on Rabi island this year (857).

The Banaban Child Welfare says the latest survey conducted revealed that 240 students…


Added by Stacey King on September 4, 2010 at 9:22am — No Comments

2 year old drowns in Rabi

Radio Friday, September 03, 2010

Police are again urging parents to keep a close watch on their children after a 2 year old boy drowned in Rabi yesterday.

Police Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri says the boy was swimming with two adults when he disappeared.

They later saw the child’s body floating. They tried to revive him but it was too late.

The drowning death toll now stands at 32 compared to 37 for…


Added by Stacey King on September 3, 2010 at 6:00pm — 3 Comments

Police call on parents to monitor children

POLICE have issued a fresh call for parental supervision of children following the early morning Wednesday road accident that killed three members of an extended family.

A stern warning has also been issued to club owners as reports indicated that the group of seven involved in the Nodovu, Lautoka, accident were returning from a nightclub.

Four passengers currently admitted in Lautoka Hospital are students.

Police spokesman Inspector Atunaisa Sokomuri said…


Added by Biara Touakin on September 3, 2010 at 11:10am — 1 Comment

Mother relives last moments

AAM Tawanang tried to coax Opaia Beia Karutake, her 15-year-old son, to go home on Tuesday afternoon. The Central College Lautoka fourth former politely refused.

She returned home alone and that would be the last time she would see him alive.

On Wednesday morning, she received word that Opaia had passed away, the victim of a tragic car accident.

"I went and begged him to come home on Tuesday afternoon but he kept saying 'later mum…


Added by koro on September 2, 2010 at 7:27am — 5 Comments

Family mourns loss of members (By Felix Chaudhary)

TANUA Willie keeps staring at the brand-new guitar he bought for his guitarist son, Tabuia Tanua.

Sadly, he will never get to hear Tabuia play again.

"He was self taught, music just flowed through him, nobody taught him music, it was a part of his life," Mr Willie said.

The 25-year-old musician, student pilot and entrepreneur was tragically killed when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving in the early…


Added by koro on September 2, 2010 at 7:26am — 4 Comments

Fatal crash (By Margaret Wise And Felix Chaudhary)

THREE members of an extended family are dead and a fourth is fighting for her life at Lautoka Hospital after a late-night joyride ended tragically for a group of youths.

Dead are final-year student pilot Tabuia Tanua, 25, third former Opaia Karutake, 15, and Esther Boteie, 20, a first-year trainee teacher at the Fiji National University. Dr Arun Murari of Lautoka Hospital confirmed that fifth former Eribereta Teariki, 17, was critically injured and…


Added by koro on September 2, 2010 at 7:25am — No Comments

Fatal crash - Claim 3 Young Banaban Lives

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Margaret Wise And Felix Chaudhary Thursday, September 02, 2010

The mangled remains of the vehicle in which three people died

THREE members of an extended family are dead and a fourth is fighting for her life at Lautoka Hospital after a late-night joyride ended tragically for a group…


Added by Stacey King on September 2, 2010 at 7:14am — 1 Comment

Three perish in drink drive crash (Fiji live news, Sept 01)

Three people from the same clan in Fiji including a 16-year-old have died in a single vehicle road accident in the early hours of today.

Four others were also on the three-tonne truck when it went off the road, into a ditch and slammed into a rain tree at the Nacovi junction near the western city of Lautoka at about 5am.

All seven were of the same clan in Calcutta Street, Lautoka.

Police Director Traffic, Assistant Superintendent Mahesh Mishra said while the…


Added by koro on September 2, 2010 at 5:36am — No Comments

Tragic Road Accident in Lautoka claims 3 young Banaban lives

It is with much sadness that today at 5am in Lautoka was a car accident which claimed the lives of 3 Banaban youth.

This photo of Opaia Beia taken in Brisbane Christamas 2009 at their farewell party

  • Opaia Beia 14 years old (youngest son of Tonganibeia and Nei Aam)
  • Esita Tiloua - daughter of Teboteie (adopted by Tiloua &…

Added by Stacey King on September 1, 2010 at 11:00am — 12 Comments

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