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Stacey King's Blog – August 2011 Archive (27)

The South Pacific: Cruising Fiji With Family - Highlight Rabi Island

Posted: 8/25/11 05:15 PM ET Writer and broadcaster Claire Fordham



I've just returned from an unforgettable family vacation in Fiji with my sister, my woman child and my sister's six-year-old daughter. There is so much to love about this place but for us, a trip aboard the Tui Tai made for the… Continue

Added by Stacey King on August 26, 2011 at 12:51pm — No Comments

NZ Maritime Union wants action against abuse aboard 'slave ships'

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated August 24, 2011 16:47:00

New Zealand has announced an inquiry into claims that foreign fishing crews operating in its waters face physical and sexual abuse aboard vessels likened to 'slave ships.'



Earlier this month, an Auckland University report alleged widespread human rights abuses of crew members on foreign-owned vessels.



The crews are predominantly Indonesian but also…

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Added by Stacey King on August 25, 2011 at 12:01pm — No Comments

Noni fruit could prove a winner for the Pacific

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated August 24, 2011 16:47:00

It smells awful, tastes ghastly .. and it won't win a beauty contest .. but a humble fruit looks set to become an economic win for the Pacific.



The noni, used as a medicine for hundreds of years by ancient Indians, could prove a boon for the Pacific Islands.



Chinese businessman Jack Chen has struck a deal to import millions of litres of noni juice from Samoa to China in a venture being overseen by…

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Added by Stacey King on August 25, 2011 at 11:58am — No Comments

Pacific families in Brisbane house fire

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated August 24, 2011 10:17:32

Up to 11 people from three Tongan families are feared dead in a housefire at Logan City, south of Brisbane.



It's not unusual for famililes to share a home in Logan city.The fast growing area, south of Brisbane, has a large population of new migrants and young people seeking less expensive homes out of Brisbane.



Preseter: Lexi Metherell

Speaker:…

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Added by Stacey King on August 25, 2011 at 11:55am — No Comments

HA (Banaba) South Pacific Tour rescheduled

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11 Samoan and Tongans died in Australian house fire

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA Updated August 24, 2011 16:47:00

In Logan city in the Australian state of Queensland the Tongan and Samoan communities there are in shock and mourning...



Police have described it as a scene of unimaginable tragedy... a house fire killed 11 residents, several of them children.



Three men managed to escape but witnesses say the blaze ripped through the Logan City home in minutes and that nothing could be done to rescue those still…

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Added by Stacey King on August 25, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Tomas rehab for Rabi Islanders

Fiji Times Online Maneesha Karan Saturday, August 20, 2011



THE need to carry out rehabilitation works on houses that were damaged by Hurricane Tomas last year was one of the concerns raised by the people of Rabi to the Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica's visit to the island last week.

This was relayed to The Fiji Times by one of the members of Cakaudrove Provincial Council member Terikano Takesau.

Mr Takesau said a total of 62 houses…

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Added by Stacey King on August 23, 2011 at 11:04am — 4 Comments

Use knowledge to farm Rabi: Minister

Maneesha Karan Friday, August 19, 2011

EDUCATED youths without employment must invest in natural resources available in their villages instead of relying on the Government to provide them with jobs.

Minister for Women and Poverty Alleviation Dr Jiko Luveni made this comment during her visit to Rabi last week.

She said youths without jobs could use their studies to boost agricultural farming and fisheries in their respective villages.

"There are about 232,000…

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Added by Stacey King on August 19, 2011 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Coconut update Philippines - PCA to beef up coco industry

PIA Press Release Tuesday, August 16, 2011 by Franklin P. Gumapon

DIPOLOG, Aug. 16 (PIA) -- As the coconut remains number one agricultural export of the country, the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) is now intensifying its efforts to perk up the coconut industry.

 

PCA Administrator Euclides G. Forbes told the local press in a news conference here yesterday that the country has around 3 million coconut farmers, contributing significantly to the country’s…

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Added by Stacey King on August 17, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Preserving culture

FIJI TIMES OLINE Maneesha Karan Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Children must preserve cultural integrity says Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica. Children perform traditional Banaban dance in Rabi. Picture: MANEESHA KARAN + Enlarge this image

Children must preserve cultural integrity says Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica. Children…

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Rabi Producers seek State financial help

Fiji Times Online Maneesha Karan Monday, August 15, 2011



THE producers of virgin coconut oil on Rabi are willing to expand their production quota after their first year of operations.

However, to cater for the product's growing demand, the Banaban Women's Organisation is seeking financial assistance to purchase much-needed equipment.

Organisation president Terikano Takesau said they needed coconut graters and squeezers.

They currently own two…

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Rabi Women contribute to livelihood

Fiji Times Online  Maneesha Karan Monday, August 15, 2011

ONCE restricted to household chores, the role of women on Rabi has changed dramatically over a year and this has brought about much change on the island.

About 150 Banaban women are engaged with the Banaban Women's Organisation and have collectively produced and marketed virgin coconut oil and handicraft.

The Fiji Times came across the group in Savusavu last year with their…

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Added by Stacey King on August 15, 2011 at 6:20pm — No Comments

Rabi Island Parents urged to help their children learn

Fiji Times Online Maneesha Karan Monday, August 15, 2011

 

PARENTS who are able to recognise their child's handwriting indicates their support of their child's school work, says Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni.

Dr Jiko visited Rabi last week.

During her visit to Rabi island last week, she said it was important for parents to support their children's education by allowing them ample time to complete…

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Added by Stacey King on August 15, 2011 at 9:41am — No Comments

Rabi Islanders face transport problems

Fiji Times Online  Maneesha Karan Monday, August 15, 2011

 

THE absence of an inter-island ferry service to Rabi is a matter of concern for the people.

This was relayed to The Fiji Times by Rabi Council of Leaders vice-chair Bineati Sigrah who said the problem created difficulties for the villagers.

He said farmers and shopowners incurred more expenses by buying from supermarkets in Labasa and Savusavu because of…

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Rabi Council seeks help

Fiji TImes Online Maneesha Karan

Sunday, August 14, 2011

THE Rabi Council of Leaders has raised concerns about the need to rehabilitate houses destroyed by landslides and soil erosion.

Council vice-chair Bineati Sigrah told The Fiji Times four homes have been destroyed since Cyclone Tomas hit Fiji last year.

The need to carry out rehabilitation was conveyed by the council to Commissioner Northern Lieutenant Colonel Ilai Moceica during his visit to Rabi last…

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Rabi culture thrives

Fiji Times Online Maneesha Karan Saturday, August 13, 2011

THE people of Rabi are focused on preserving their culture and tradition by passing knowledge and skills to the younger generation.

This was evident when the students of Banaban Primary School performed the traditional Banaban dance called batere for the delegation from the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare who visited the island on Wednesday.

Rabi Council of Leaders…

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Added by Stacey King on August 14, 2011 at 9:38am — No Comments

Polynesian Canoes Arrive In Monterey California USA

Posted: Aug 13, 2011 7:22 AM Updated: Aug 13, 2011 7:22 AM


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Added by Stacey King on August 13, 2011 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Opportunities, challenges of Green Economy For Pacific Communities

Islands Business:

‘The Pacific Islands region has notched up consistently significant achievements in the renewable energy space in  the past few years. It is on these that the region needs to build on. So far, it has been fairly successful in attracting funding for small…

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Added by Stacey King on August 12, 2011 at 2:36pm — No Comments

PNG clans buy Brisbane tower for A$38 million

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Added by Stacey King on August 12, 2011 at 1:45pm — No Comments

Indian help for coconut industry revival

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Added by Stacey King on August 12, 2011 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

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