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THE Australian magpie (mekepai gymorthina tibicen), which was first introduced to Fiji in the 1800s, is keeping Cicia's coconut plantation free of stick insects.
There were at least two and probably more separate introductions from Australia, one of which, in 1916, was organised by the Agriculture Department which charged planters $1 a pair.
A statement from the Department of Agriculture…Continue
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RADIO AUSTRALIA - Pacific Beat Updated
If you want to upset a Banaban call them Fijian.
They are proud of the difference and still miss their homeland they were moved from years ago after their islands were plundered for bird guano by their former colonial masters, Britain.
The Banabans believe their close knit community has valuable skills that would benefit the wider…
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THIRTEEN renowned musicians and a comedian from Kiribati will showcase their talents for the first time here in Suva at the Suva Civic Auditorium today from 12 noon to 4pm.
The team leader and CEO for the Kiribati Broadcasting and Publication Authority, Betarim Rimon, said the tour was a tribute to musicians and composers in Fiji who had influenced the development of the Kiribati's…
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Pacific communities to benefit from coconut processing manual
Suva, Fiji, 28 October 2011 - A new coconut processing manual published by the Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) will assist community-based producers in the Pacific to improve the quality of their value-added coconut products to meet international market requirements.
The Processing Manual for…Continue
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by Terikano Takesau
HELPING youths recognise their potential is what 37-year-old Umesh Chand is advocating on Rabi island in Cakaudrove.
He said most Rabi youths were school dropouts with skills to venture into income-generating projects but did not know how to make use of it.
"Staying on the island for more than 14 years makes me realise the vast potential these youths have but the problem is…
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FIJI TIMES ONLINE Salaseini Vosamana Wednesday, October 26, 2011
BEING victims of climate change for the past years, a group of women from Tukavesi village in Cakaudrove have taken a strong stand to plant coconut trees to safeguard their shores from such disaster.
The initiative organised by the Banaban Women's Organisation in partnership with Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation was aimed at empowering women to make…
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Attempts to identify bodies thought to possibly be New Zealand coastwatchers beheaded on Tarawa by the Japanese in World War Two may achieve a result by early next year.
The men volunteered during World War II to be coast-watchers, a chain of radio operators stationed on Pacific islands to look out for enemy fleet movements.
Some were postal telegraphists while others were unarmed…
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FIJI TIMES ONLINE:
THE Department of Environment in the Northern Division will visit Rabi and Kioa Island today to educate council leaders on climate change, waste management and the need to protect natural resources on the islands. Environment officer Northern Senimili Nakora said the awareness program was vital for the islanders.
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FIJI TIMES ONLINE Avinesh Gopal Tuesday, October 18, 2011
A SOLDIER who suffered injuries when the truck he was travelling in on an official duty ran over his leg has been awarded about $94,000 in damages by the High Court in Suva.
Sevania Naulumatua Rayawa had filed a civil case against Tabontora Mote, a driver for the Rabi Council of Leaders, the Rabi Council of Leaders and the South Pacific Organising Committee, which was under the Fiji…
Police say five scientists with Papua New Guinea's Institute of Medical Research, who went missing in August this year may have been kidnapped by pirates.
They were on a research on malaria related diseases in Kimbe in PNG's West New Britain province when they were reported missing.
Provincial Police Commander, Anthon Billy says they may have been kidnapped by…
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The severe freshwater crisis in Tuvalu, Tokelau and American Samoa once again highlights the remote Pacific territories’ precarious food and water situation.
In places where there is little freshwater availability…
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ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA PACIFIC BEAT Updated
In two weeks time the island nation of Kiribati will start voting on its new parliament.
Over the past four weeks standing MP's and hopeful candidates have been working their way round their constituencies, trying to convince voters they are worthy of their support.
In recent years Kiribati has been at the frontline of campaigns…
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RADIO AUSTRALIA PACIFIC BEAT Updated October 6, 2011 18:01:27
With warnings about unsustainable numbers of people on low lying atolls and the possibility of having to resettle them elsewhere, is there anything to be learned from a resettlement scheme which is already happening in the Pacific? The Carteret islands north of the Papua New Guinea Island of Bougnainville are atolls which are sinking slowly. There's a plan to resettle many of the 2,700 inhabitants on the mainland…Continue
ABOUT 615,000 coconut trees need to be planted yearly in order to achieve the targeted increase of 30,000 metric tonnes of copra which will take 25 years, according to the proposed Copra Millers of Fiji Limited Reform Framework.
"This target planting needs to be carefully supplemented with proper and efficient farming practices for maximum economic returns to…
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FIJI SUN writer : LOSALINI RASOQOSOQO 9/15/2011
Ship companies should expect tougher competition now that Fiji’s newest vessel, the MV Lomaiviti Princess begins her services to outer islands today.
Belonging to Goundar Shipping Services, the $2-million vessel, formerly known as Queen of Prince Rupert, was commissioned at Narain Jetty…
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FIJI TIMES ONLINE Salseini Vosamana Sunday, October 02, 2011
On Wednesday, September 7, I left home in Labasa at 4am for Karoko Village in the district of Tunuloa, Cakaudrove, where a fiberglass boat from Rabi was supposed to transport me to the island before 10am. This was my first trip to Rabi and Kioa and I was very excited. Along the way, on the early morning bumpy car ride, I noticed the upgrading roadworks carried out by the China Railway…
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