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Australia's east coast on tsunami alert

06:01 AEST Sun Feb 28 20101 hour 40 minutes ago



People on Australia's east coast are being warned to stay away from beaches on Sunday morning after warnings of a possible tsunami.The alert follows a massive 8.8-magnitude earthquake which struck off the coast of Chile, toppling buildings, cutting power and killing at least 76 people.



The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC) issued a tsunami watch at 7:45pm (AEDT) on Saturday declaring a "potential tsunami threat" to… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 28, 2010 at 7:48am — No Comments

Tsunami spreads through Pacific after Chile quake

Nations around the Pacific Ocean are on full alert as a tsunami triggered by a 8.8 magnitude earthquake in central Chile brings higher than normal waves. Tsunami warnings have been sounded in an area affecting about a quarter of the globe. Waves have spread from the epicentre of quake and may strike land bordering the Pacific in the next 24 hours.Warning systems have improved since the 2004 Indonesia quake sparked a tsunami that killed nearly 250,000…

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Added by Stacey King on February 28, 2010 at 7:32am — 1 Comment

Australia on tsunami watch after quake

20:54 AEST Sat Feb 27 2010 NineMSN

Australia's east coast has been put on tsunami watch following a major 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Chile where at least six people have been killed. The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC) issued a tsunami watch at 7:45pm (AEDT) on Saturday declaring a "potential tsunami… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 28, 2010 at 12:30am — No Comments

One in five Pacific women die during child birth and pregnancy

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA 26 Feb 2010 A study by the New Zealand Parliamentarians' Group on Population and Development has found that five women die each day in Pacific Island countries due to pregnancy or childbirth-related causes. Researchers heard submissions from around 17 organisations and individuals and found that high rates of teenage pregnancy and a shortage of midwives…

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Added by Stacey King on February 26, 2010 at 6:10pm — No Comments

Banaban.com has now gone through a major upgrade

Hi we have just done a major upgrade on our old banaban.com website to intergrate all our new Banaban sites together and more importantly cross-link information and historical data etc. If you find errors or missing links please forward the problem through to stacey@banaban.com so I can fix it. The old Banaban site has been going since 1993 so it is a very large site so with loads of historical and archived information. We now have included fundraising…

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Added by Stacey King on February 20, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Cyclone Pat damages 80% of Aitutaki homes in Cook Islands

ABC Radio Australia Updated February 15, 2010 10:05:00

The extent of damage from Cyclone Pat is filtering through from Aitutaki in the Southern Cook Islands. About 80 per cent of houses on the island have been damaged and many have lost their rooves. The local airline has heavily discounted fares to the island for people to help with the clean up and recovery effort.

Presenter:…

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Added by Stacey King on February 16, 2010 at 8:52am — No Comments

Aitutakian morale badly hit by Cyclone Pat

ABC Radio Australia Updated February 15, 2010 18:04:52

Some people on the cyclone-hit island of Aitutaki in Cook islands are so despondent at the damage that they're talking about selling up and leaving for Australia or New Zealand. That's according to the island's Mayor, Tai Herman.

He says the Cook Islands government is providing assistance to clean up in the wake of Cyclone Pat, and the first…

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Added by Stacey King on February 16, 2010 at 8:49am — No Comments

Banaban Family - Burenaimaneaba Kureta and Family in Aitutaki Cooks

Ken and I would like to wish our family in Aitutaki all the best wishes and prayers. Ken had a lovely phone call conversation from te umane (Bure), wife and daughter just before Christmas. Bure was saying how much he was missing all his family back in Rabi and asked Ken to convey his greetings to all his family in Rabi and Banaba. We hope that they are all OK and are not suffering to much from the devastation caused by Cyclone Pat. If anyone has an update with news on the family please let…

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Added by Stacey King on February 16, 2010 at 8:30am — 3 Comments

Atoll residents told to tie themselves to coconut trees if cyclone hits Cook Islands

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated February 10, 2010 16:15:32

Residents of an isolated atoll In the Cook Islands are being told to tie themselves to coconut trees if Cyclone Pat hits them. The system is intensifying, and hurricane strength winds are now being reported at its centre. At the moment Pat is located north of the island of Aitutaki, and is headed directly for the tiny atoll of…

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Added by Stacey King on February 11, 2010 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Different colours

James Bhagwan FIJI TIMES ONLINE Wednesday, February 10, 2010

THE word "minority" is often used to describe a "small group of people within a community or country, differing from the main population in race, religion, language or political persuasion, (Oxford Dictionary of English).

We in Fiji are familiar with this particular understanding of the term "minority". I have heard pleas and calls for the support of the…

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Added by Stacey King on February 11, 2010 at 1:08pm — No Comments

Report into last July’s boating accident in Kiribati due out soon

RADIO NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL Posted at 17:30 on 07 February, 2010 UTC

A report into the loss of more than thirty lives from a boating accident in Kiribati last July is due out soon.

A double-hulled canoe carrying 55 passengers from the capital of Kiribati to the outer island of Maiana-- 60 kilometers to the south -- capsized…

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Added by Stacey King on February 11, 2010 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Coast Guard locates crew of disabled fishing vessel

Hononolulu Advertiser Tuesday 9 Feb 2010

The Coast Guard says that it located the 28-member crew of the disabled fishing vessel Hou Chun 11 early this morning and is providing medical care to injured crewmembers. Corpsmen aboard the cutter Alex Haley are treating two Hou Chun 11 crewmembers who are reported to have suffered burns. The Alex Haley will… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 10, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

Nauru to hold referendum on constutional change

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated February 4, 2010 17:01:04



On February 27th, the people of Nauru will vote on changing the country's constitution. Since 2003 Nauru has been debating changes to its constitution, which its people hope will end what's been one of the most unstable political histories in the region. Since independence in 1968, there have been at least 36 changes of government… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 5, 2010 at 7:47am — No Comments

Shocking Death on Rabi

by Biara Touakin, Rabi, Fiji



Bon te kananokawaki ngkeingabong ngke ea kuneaki rabatan Taebo are buun Nei Tuese Baeba irarikin te Old Guest House ao rabatana ea bon buakaka man boira (partially decomposed). E kuneaki rabatana iroun Jo are tarin Tevita man te Farm Settlement.



Taebo e bon kitana ana auti n te Farm karangainan te Tabati ngke e oki man akawa ma Pita Valu are buun Nei Rakera. E katikui konana n ana auti ao ea kitania naba ana koraki n aki karautaeka. Ngke… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 4, 2010 at 2:45pm — 2 Comments

Former head of New Zealand immigration admits fraud involving Kiribati relatives

M&C News Feb 3, 2010, 9:46 GMT



Wellington - The former head of New Zealand's immigration service Wednesday admitted lying on applications to secure a senior job in the public service. Mary Anne Thompson, 54, who previously worked in the prime minister's department, falsely claimed that she had a PhD from the London School of… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 4, 2010 at 10:00am — No Comments

More background information on type of bullets found on Rabi

By Fred Christopher, Suva, Fiji

I checked the web for this – see below ....I see sniping in there:

The .308 Winchester is a rifle round and is the commercial version of the military 7.62x51mm NATO centerfire cartridge. The .308 Winchester was introduced in 1952, two years prior to the NATO adoption of the 7.62x51mm NATO T65. Winchester (a subsidiary of Olin Corporation) branded the cartridge and introduced it to the commercial hunting market… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 3, 2010 at 7:57am — 1 Comment

Bullets found on Rabi

Fiji Times Wednesday, February 03, 2010



A RABI fisherman stumbled upon bullets on his village foreshore on Monday.



The 35 live rounds of ammunition were discovered by a 35-year-old man, at the Tabwewa Village foreshore, while on his way fishing.



Police spokesman Sgt Suliano Tevita confirmed that investigations were underway into the origins of the bullets.



Police also… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 3, 2010 at 7:44am — No Comments

Breaking News Rabi 1 Feb 2010

by Biara Touakin



Iai taian bullets aika a kuneaki i maeaon te auti are Nei Rengaua i Tabwewa Meang irouia taan karaun (32 maitina ni kabane) 308.



Kamoirere ma buna are Nei Tebwea a oki man karaun ngke a nori taian bullets aikai. Te tabo are e kuneaki iai e bon roko iai taari, ngkana e iabuti tao bon 2mtrs.



Iai aika a bon tiku n aia packets (te ito) ao bebaia a mara 20 inanon te packet.



For further info contact Kauntira Manate on… Continue

Added by Stacey King on February 1, 2010 at 8:52am — 1 Comment

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