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Stacey King's Blog – October 2011 Archive (20)

Australian Magpies control pests on Fiji Coconut plantations

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Samisoni Nabilivalu Saturday, October 29, 2011

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 31, 2011 at 10:27am — No Comments

Banaban teach Skills to neighbouring Fijians

RADIO AUSTRALIA - Pacific Beat Updated October 31, 2011 09:46:37

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 31, 2011 at 10:12am — No Comments

Concert wows crowd - Next stop Rabi Island

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Serelisoni Moceica  Sunday, October 30, 2011


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Fiji Tour of tribute for Kiribati Musicians

>FIJI TIMES ONLINE Ioane Burese Saturday, October 29, 2011

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 29, 2011 at 9:55am — No Comments

Pacific communities benefit from coconut processing manual

Friday, 28 October 2011, 5:34 pm Press Release: Secretariat of the Pacific Community

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 29, 2011 at 7:14am — No Comments

Banaban Women's Day Rabi Island 28 Oct 2011

by Terikano Takesau

Today is the Banaban. Women's Day and is celebrated with Tunuloa and Tukavesi women on Rabi Island.

Programme included:

VCO and craft show entertainment and socializing. Chief guest was Vice chairman RCL other guest included Civil servants, business people and other…


Added by Stacey King on October 28, 2011 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Helping the unfortunate Rabi Island Fiji

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Salaseini Vosamana Friday, October 28, 2011

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 28, 2011 at 9:26am — No Comments

Rabi women plant coconut trees to avert disasters

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 26, 2011 at 8:58am — No Comments

Families seeking closure from coastwatcher deaths in Kiribati

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA - Pacific Beat Updated October 20, 2011 17:10:33

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 24, 2011 at 9:30am — No Comments

CLIMATE CHANGE Education for Rabi Council Leaders

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.

Added by Stacey King on October 24, 2011 at 9:29am — No Comments

Fiji Court awards payout against Rabi Council of Leaders

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 18, 2011 at 11:34am — 2 Comments

Missing scientists may be in hands of pirates

Updated October 13, 2011 21:47:38

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 18, 2011 at 8:55am — No Comments

Pacific islanders reflect 'human face' of climate change

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Residents of Tuvalu in the South Pacific will show audiences at Royce Hall and venues across the country their cultural heritage in music and dance. Performers in "Water is Rising: Music and Dance amid Climate Change," created by Emerita Professor Judy Mitoma, are also coming from the island nations of Tokelau and Kiribati to voice their concern about the rising sea levels caused by…

Added by Stacey King on October 11, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

Aquaponics addresses regional Pacific food security sustainably

October 7, 2011 | Author

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 7, 2011 at 2:37pm — No Comments

Kiribati prepares for elections and watches drinking water levels

ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA PACIFIC BEAT Updated October 6, 2011 18:01:27

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 7, 2011 at 9:17am — No Comments

Carteret resettlement may hold lessons for Pacific

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 7, 2011 at 9:12am — 1 Comment

Fiji Copra Millers reform

FIJI TIMES ONLINE  Ropate Valemei Wednesday, October 05, 2011


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…


Added by Stacey King on October 6, 2011 at 8:29am — 3 Comments

American Aliens on the move in Fiji

FIJI TIMES ONLINE Serafina Silaitoga Tuesday, October 04, 2011


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Lomaiviti Princess set to sail - Savusavu - new inter island ferry



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…


Added by Stacey King on October 5, 2011 at 8:44am — No Comments

Unspoilt beauty of Rabi and Kioa

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…


Added by Stacey King on October 2, 2011 at 9:29am — No Comments

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