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Plans in motion for Copra to topple sugar

FIJI DAILY POST 29-May-2009 11:54 AM



STAKEHOLDERS in the copra industry have set in motion plans to make their industry topple Fiji’s major agriculture export, sugar. And part of that plan is introducing a barter system that sees copra farmers and suppliers exchange their copra for groceries and goods provided by a major player in the wholesale industry. Coconut Industry Development Authority (CIDA)… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 30, 2009 at 7:34pm — No Comments

Cruise liner arrivals up

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Saturday, May 30, 2009



THERE'S a huge potential for cruise visitors to Fiji after a 613 per cent jump in arrivals last year compared to 2007. The figures released by the Bureau of Statistics show 17,371 cruise visitors arrived in Fiji in 2008 compared to 2435 in 2007. In 2006, there were no cruise liners visiting our ports. Cruise shipping is becoming more ideal for international travellers because it is… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 30, 2009 at 7:28pm — No Comments

Kiribati Thanks Cuba for its Cooperation and Solidarity

Cuban News Agency HAVANA, Cuba, May 29 (acn)



The vice-president of Kiribati, Teima Onorio, thanked Cuba on Thursday for the cooperation in the field of health received from the archipelago. During a meeting in that small nation in the Pacific, Onorio highlighted the work of the Cuban medical brigade in her country, made up by 15 specialists, which has offered its services since 2006 to its some 105,000… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 30, 2009 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Tuvalu, Fijian mariners taken by Somali pirates

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA BROADCAST - Updated 4 hours 52 minutes ago



Twelve Tuvaluans and one Fiji citizen are continuing to be held hostage by Somali pirates. The seamen, and eleven others, are crewmen aboard the German registered cargo ship, the Hansa Stavanger, which was hijacked by Somali pirates in the Indian Ocean two months ago. Their plight has only been made public recently.



Presenter:… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 29, 2009 at 9:09pm — No Comments

U.S. Navy Suspends Departure Of Aid Ship Over Swine Flu

General News RTT NEWS 5/6/2009 4:34 PM ET



(RTTNews) - U.S. navy on Wednesday suspended the departure of a naval vessel to the South Pacific on an aid mission after a sailor on the vessel was diagnosed with swine flu. The navy said that it had suspended the departure of California-based USS Dubuque after 50 others on board the vessel showed signs of swine flu infection. It added that other options,… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 29, 2009 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Shortlands boxers return with medals

SOLOMONS STAR - Thursday, 28 May 2009



THE Shortlands Boxing select team returned from Nauru Boxing Challenge with medals, an indication they are medal prospects for Solomon Islands in the Pacific Mini Games. The local boxing team, who arrived last Tuesday evening, won three of the eight categories. Nauru national team won five… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 28, 2009 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Japan supports eco-friendly Pacific

UPIASIA.COM By Hiroshi Yamazaki UPI Correspondent Published: May 25, 2009



Tokyo, Japan — While Japan's global economic edge is being shaken, the world's No. 2 economy is turning to environmental initiatives to retain its leading role, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region.

At the Fifth Japan-Pacific Islands Forum Summit held last week in Tomamu, Japan, Prime Minister Taro Aso… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 26, 2009 at 3:59pm — No Comments

Rabi Jetty in process of development

FIJI VILLAGE.COM25/05/2009 [11:55]



Jetties in Kadavu and Rabi are currently in the process of development in an effort to uplift services in the outer islands and interior places. This had been confirmed by Works Permanent Secretary Anand Kumar who said the course way road has been done while a tender is in the process of being advertised for the construction of the jetty by a contractor. Kumar… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 25, 2009 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Air Pacific Article all about Rabi and the Banabans - Download full article



We have just received a copy of the latest AIR PACIFIC issue on their inflight magazine and there is a 5 page colour spread all about the Banabans and Rabi.



We have put up details on the Rabi Page at: Article link



Great to see that there is more awareness growing of the Banabans plight… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 24, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Tuvalu tries to save Air Fiji from bankruptcy

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA - Updated 5 hours 20 minutes ago



Tuvalu wants to get Air Fiji flying again which was grounded earlier this month because of financial problems. Staff have not been paid for weeks. Tuvalu's Transport Minister, Taukelina Finikaso, has just returned from Fiji where he has been holding talks with key stakeholders.



Presenter: Jemima Garrett

Speaker: Taukelina Finikaso,…
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Added by Stacey King on May 22, 2009 at 8:43pm — No Comments

Pacific leaders praise Japan’s aid programmes

RADIO NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL - Posted at 03:43 on 21 May, 2009 UTC



The leaders of small Pacific Island countries have heaped praise on Japan’s aid programme and asked for more as the fifth Pacific Area Leaders Meeting, or PALM, gears up for its official opening in Hokkaido tomorrow night. They say increasingly extreme droughts and sea water inundation on low islands are causing hardships for islanders across the… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 21, 2009 at 3:45pm — No Comments

Pacific Partnership to Run as Scheduled Aboard USNS Byrd

By Donna Miles - American Forces Press Service



HONOLULU, May 20, 2009 – The H1N1 flu virus won’t be able count the Pacific Partnership 2009 mission among its casualties. Pacific Partnership will kick off as scheduled next month, delivering medical, dental, veterinary care and engineering support to the South Pacific — albeit it on a new platform due to an H1N1 virus diagnosis. USNS… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 21, 2009 at 11:08am — No Comments

Explosion injures Kiribati seaman in tanker off Tampa Bay - Watch Video of Rescue

Tampa Bay Online published: May 19, 2009



Watch the Video of the rescue


A Coast Guard helicopter evacuated a man from a tanker this afternoon after a shipboard explosion. The 614-foot, German-flagged tanker tanker was about 30 miles northwest of Tampa Bay when the explosion… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 21, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Coast Guard medevacs Kiribati man from ship after explosion

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 - United States Coast Guard



The Coast Guard medically evacuated a man after an explosion onboard a tanker 30-miles northwest of Tampa Bay at approximately 5 p.m. Tuesday. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg, Fla., received a distress call at about 3:15 p.m. from the 614-foot German-flaggedtanker BW Herdis reporting that a 56-year-old Kiribati crewmember had been injured after… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 20, 2009 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Rabi & Kiribati Nuns looking after Children at Lautoka Crippled School Hostel

FIJI TIMES ONLINEWednesday, May 20, 2009

Some of the children at the Lautoka Crippled School hostel whom the three nuns look after

THEY may not have grown up in the area, but three Catholic nuns mean the world to a group of disabled children in their adopted home.Though seas and miles away from home, the nuns of the Daughters of Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, are both mother and… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 20, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Huge iceberg set to break off Mertz Glacier

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA - Mon May 18, 2009 3:40pm AEST



A massive iceberg with enough freshwater in it to fill Sydney Harbour 135 times is about to break off the Mertz glacier in Antarctica. The iceberg will be 75 kilometres long and contains 750 thousand gigalitres of ice. Scientists are not sure if it's a natural event, or if global warming is to blame. But a joint Australian and French team hope to find… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 19, 2009 at 8:22am — No Comments

Registering your SKYPE address for future live Rabi broadcasts

We are currently compiling a SYKPE contact list so that we can set up direct broadcasts from Rabi in the future. If you would like to register your SKYPE address please email details direct to stacey@banaban.com

Added by Stacey King on May 18, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

UNICEF says Pacific children should get first call on resources in recession

RADIO NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL - Posted at 01:41 on 15 May, 2009 UTC



UNICEF is calling on Pacific governments not to cut back on resources for children as the global financial crisis hits their economies. UNICEF Pacific’s chief of policy, Dr Will Parks says their monitoring is yet to pick up an impact on children from the crisis. But he says Pacific children will be particularly vulnerable as the economic… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 15, 2009 at 4:31pm — No Comments

Call to save 'dying oceans'

News Asia-Pacific -Al Jazeera.net



Indonesia's president has called for a concerted move to save the world's oceans from being destroyed by the effects of climate change, but made no mention of his own country's failings in nature conservation. In an address to the World Ocean Conference in the Indonesia city of Manado on Thursday, Susilo Bambang Yudhyono called for a global effort to "rescue… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 15, 2009 at 4:27pm — No Comments

New regular shipping service for Pacific small island states

RADIO NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL - Posted at 07:56 on 13 May, 2009 UTC



Small island states in the Pacific, which have had to put up with costly irregular shipping services, are about to get more regular servicing. The Government-owned Kiribati Shipping Services has started a service connecting Nauru, Tuvalu, Kiribati, Wallis and Futuna to Suva and says it’s confident it will be profitable. The announcement has come… Continue

Added by Stacey King on May 15, 2009 at 4:16pm — No Comments

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