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November 2009 Blog Posts (25)

Strange email?

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I will send it forward to you s you can see if it is alright,but I cann't find your emailaccount.
Please inform me.


Added by Marianne Körber on November 30, 2009 at 5:46pm — 1 Comment

PM's $42m vote: $95,000 for Rabi

Fiji Times Online Saturday, November 28, 2009

THE Office of the Prime Minister has had an increase in its budgetary allocation from $6.3million in 2009 to $42.2m in 2010.

Permanent secretary Colonel Pio Tikoduadua said this was because some "offices" and departments were being incorporated under the PM's Office.

For example, the Strategic Framework for Change Office used to be under the National Planning Ministry but was now under the PM's Office.

In… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 28, 2009 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Bangladeshi Conjoined Twins Finally Separated at Last

RADIO AUSTRALIA NEWSLast Updated: Wed, 25 Nov 2009 15:11:00 +1100

Trishna, one of the conjoined twins who underwent a marathon operation as part of a series of procedures in the process of seperation.

Surgeons at Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital have separated conjoined Bangladeshi twins Krishna and Trishna in an operation that… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 26, 2009 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Pacific workers scheme failing growers, workers

Helene Hofman - RADIO AUSTRALIA NEWS Last Updated: 3 hours 15 minutes ago

Of 100 temporary employment visas offered by Australia to workers from Kiribati, Tonga and Vanuatu last year, just 56 were filled. [ABC]

Australia's Pacific seasonal workers scheme may be struggling to get off the ground, two years in a…

Added by Stacey King on November 26, 2009 at 5:16pm — No Comments

Behold: the world's 10 fattest countries - We're talking to you, American Samoa, Kiribati, too.

By Laurie Cunningham — Special to GlobalPost

Published: November 25, 2009 14:27 ET

CHICAGO — If you tend to pack on a few pounds over the holidays, blame it on globalization. As the world has grown smaller, we’ve all grown larger — alarmingly so. In countries around the world, waistlines are expanding so rapidly that health experts recently coined a term for the epidemic: globesity.

The common fat-o-meter among nations is body… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 26, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Miss Kiribati speaks out against Global Warming 24/11/2009 [07:35]

Miss Kiribati Taumiri Tetuai

We should speak out in one voice saying that global warming is threatening our lives.

Those were the words of Miss Kiribati Taumiri Tetuai who said this is the perfect time at the 2009 Miss South Pacific Pageant where all the different Pacific countries have converged in one place to raise the issue of… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 24, 2009 at 9:14am — 1 Comment

Stressed islands no longer pacific Maryanne Loughry November 24, 2009

Mindful of the forthcoming Copenhagen meeting on climate change, the Pacific islands of Kiribati and Tuvalu are calling upon all nations to reduce their carbon emissions so that they might be able to stay in their countries and not be forced to relocate elsewhere.

Over the past two years, Jesuit Refugee Service Australia, in collaboration with the University of… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 24, 2009 at 8:53am — No Comments

Islander work scheme bears no fruit

The Melbourne Age TOM HYLAND November 22, 2009

Lake Boga fruit grower Michael Tripodi blames red tape and costs for the failure of a plan to attract seasonal workers from struggling island nations. Photo: Craig Sillitoe

A PLAN to bring Pacific Islanders to work on Australian fruit farms has stalled, as red tape entangles a scheme initially hailed as a ''win-win'' for labour-starved growers and struggling island… Continue

Added by Ken Sigrah on November 22, 2009 at 7:04am — No Comments

In Kiribati, a way of life is being washed away

Melbourne Age

ADAM MORTON November 21, 2009

Villagers on the island of Abaiang stand in the sea where their homes used to be. Photo: Justin McManus

WHEN a coconut tree dies, the decay starts at the top. First the leaves fall, then the fruit. All that is left is a desiccated trunk, cut off at… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 21, 2009 at 6:00pm — 2 Comments

Kiribati release 5 year vision for tourism

Travel Blackboard - Asia's No. 1 Travel Newsletter, 20 November 2009

The central Pacific's Republic of Kiribati Government has today launched an ambitious 5 year action plan to attract more tourism to its shores and to foreshadow the Government's intentions to prioritise tourism as a key industry for its nation's economy that will support distribution of wealth and providing employment, according to the Minister for Communications, Transport and Tourism Development, Hon. Temate… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 20, 2009 at 2:43pm — No Comments

Australian Teenage around-the-world sailot Jessica Watson crosses the equator - Kiribati

Glenis Green From: Herald Sun November 20, 2009 12:00AM

Jessica Watson. Picture: AFP Source: Herald Sun

TEENAGE around-the-world sailor Jessica Watson has reached her first milestone ahead of schedule.

The determined Sunshine Coast 16-year-old, aiming to be the youngest sailor to circumnavigate the globe, called her land-based team of supporters to confirm she officially crossed the Equator at 7.17am on… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 20, 2009 at 9:05am — No Comments

Papua New Guinea men survive ocean ordeal by eating wood By Bonnie Malkin in Sydney Published: 4:20PM GMT 18 Nov 2009

Emergency personnel from Majuro Hospital greet the five surviving Papua New Guinea drifters Photo: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Five men from Papua New Guinea are recovering in hospital after spending more than two months adrift in the Pacific Ocean surviving on a diet of driftwood and coconut shells.

Eight members of an extended family, most of them in their… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 20, 2009 at 8:55am — No Comments

Kiribati Reef Conservation Strategy Backfires

Sheila Walsh NPR News Science November 18, 2009

A day's catch on the Pacific island of Kiribati. Conservationists tried to prevent overfishing on the island by encouraging fishermen to do something else.

Aid organizations concerned about overfishing on tropical reefs often try to encourage fishermen out of their boats by… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 20, 2009 at 8:51am — No Comments

Technology Professor Says Fiji Can Beat Financial Crisis

November 19, 2009 6:20 a.m. EST

Ana Tudrau-Tamani - AHN Fiji Correspondent

Suva, Fiji (AHN) - Fiji can beat the financial crisis with natural elements in its favor and an abundance of fertile land, says an academic.

Assistant Professor in Management at the Fiji Institute of Technology, Dr Kunneth Ramakrishnan said Fiji can even become a rich country if it makes use of available resources.

In a public lecture in Suva today, Ramakrishnan said Fiji can succeed… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 20, 2009 at 8:45am — No Comments

Miss Kiribati's youngest queen

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Friday, November 20, 2009

Taumiri Tetuai hopes to bring change to the lives of her people

KIRIBATI beauty Taumiri Tetuai is the youngest contestant at the Miss South Pacific Pageant which begins tomorrow.

She arrived at Nausori Airport last night.

Ms Tetuai recently completed Form Seven at Pukekohe High School in Auckland.

She was crowned Miss Kiribati in Aotearoa in 2007 and… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 20, 2009 at 8:40am — 1 Comment

Teacher on sex charge

A TEACHER charged with indecently assaulting students has been warned to stay away from the school for his own safety.

In court, Ranjishwar Prasad, the principal of Rabi High School, denied charges of indecently annoying and assaulting eight students.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Khalid Hassan told the court Mr Prasad's life could be in jeopardy if he returned to the island school.

Mr Hassan said the situation was tense on Rabi island and there were fears of… Continue

Added by koro on November 19, 2009 at 7:19am — 2 Comments

Five survive two months adrift in Pacific

By MICHAEL FIELD - 18/11/009

A boat from Papua New Guinea has been rescued after drifting in the Pacific for two months, but three of its passengers have died.

An American fishing boat Ocean Encounter landed seven survivors in Majuro, in the Marshall Islands.

One of the rescued men died on board Ocean Encounter soon after rescue and another yesterday.

An eighth passenger of the small boat, a 17-year-old, was washed overboard and lost at… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 18, 2009 at 4:55pm — No Comments

Sinking feeling

Sydney Morning Herald

November 14, 2009

Drownings ... a passenger's body is unloaded at Tonga's Lifuka Island. Photo: AP

Pacific Islanders catching ferries are concerned less about arriving on time than arriving at all. The dot states of the Pacific have some of the world's worst boating records.

Passenger and cargo ferries… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 18, 2009 at 4:47pm — No Comments

New air service Fiji

Fiji Times Online Ana Niumataiwalu Monday, November 09, 2009

THE inaugural flight between Tarawa and Nadi not only marks a major milestone in air transportation but is also the beginning of a new chapter says Air Kiribati chief executive Iosabata Namakin.

Their maiden voyage into Nadi on Saturday afternoon was given a "traditional" welcome with two Airports Fiji Limited fire trucks spraying water… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 18, 2009 at 4:38pm — No Comments

New airline touches down in Nadi

Fiji Sun 11/9/2009

Our Airline from Kiribati touched down at the Nadi International Airport for the first time on Saturday at around 4:15pm.

The airline was contracted by Air Kiribati to service its weekly Tarawa/Nadi route and operates two B737-300 aircraft registered VH-NLK and VH-INU.

Two fire trucks stood guard and sprayed… Continue

Added by Stacey King on November 18, 2009 at 4:36pm — No Comments

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