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Banabans struggle to find markets (Serafina Silaitoga-Fiji Times)

FARMERS on Rabi island face major challenges of marketing their products to Viti Levu.

As a result, the Banaban Child Welfare has set up plans to work with the island council to help farmers market their products outside Rabi.

Welfare officer Radhika Teaoka said earning good income was a problem for many families and the lack of marketing opportunities did not help.

"We have had consultations with villagers and…


Added by koro on September 7, 2010 at 6:25am — 1 Comment

Mother relives last moments

AAM Tawanang tried to coax Opaia Beia Karutake, her 15-year-old son, to go home on Tuesday afternoon. The Central College Lautoka fourth former politely refused.

She returned home alone and that would be the last time she would see him alive.

On Wednesday morning, she received word that Opaia had passed away, the victim of a tragic car accident.

"I went and begged him to come home on Tuesday afternoon but he kept saying 'later mum…


Added by koro on September 2, 2010 at 7:27am — 5 Comments

Family mourns loss of members (By Felix Chaudhary)

TANUA Willie keeps staring at the brand-new guitar he bought for his guitarist son, Tabuia Tanua.

Sadly, he will never get to hear Tabuia play again.

"He was self taught, music just flowed through him, nobody taught him music, it was a part of his life," Mr Willie said.

The 25-year-old musician, student pilot and entrepreneur was tragically killed when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving in the early…


Added by koro on September 2, 2010 at 7:26am — 4 Comments

Fatal crash (By Margaret Wise And Felix Chaudhary)

THREE members of an extended family are dead and a fourth is fighting for her life at Lautoka Hospital after a late-night joyride ended tragically for a group of youths.

Dead are final-year student pilot Tabuia Tanua, 25, third former Opaia Karutake, 15, and Esther Boteie, 20, a first-year trainee teacher at the Fiji National University. Dr Arun Murari of Lautoka Hospital confirmed that fifth former Eribereta Teariki, 17, was critically injured and…


Added by koro on September 2, 2010 at 7:25am — No Comments

Three perish in drink drive crash (Fiji live news, Sept 01)

Three people from the same clan in Fiji including a 16-year-old have died in a single vehicle road accident in the early hours of today.

Four others were also on the three-tonne truck when it went off the road, into a ditch and slammed into a rain tree at the Nacovi junction near the western city of Lautoka at about 5am.

All seven were of the same clan in Calcutta Street, Lautoka.

Police Director Traffic, Assistant Superintendent Mahesh Mishra said while the…


Added by koro on September 2, 2010 at 5:36am — No Comments

Uma Councillors

It is now official that the Uma Councillors, namely Mr Teatu Rewi and Mr Tebaia Tawita have been terminated from office, as Councillors or representatives of the Uma people to the Rabi Council of Leaders. Perhaps our Chairman can enlighten us on their dismissals?

Added by koro on April 16, 2010 at 9:50am — 1 Comment

Terror in the deep - Fiji Times

Terror in the deep

Theresa Ralogaivau

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

DIVERS are combing Yadua waters in Bua for a comrade believed to be the victim of a shark attack.

Captain Kaukau Corrie said they watched helplessly as fellow diver, Henry Usimewa, 19, struggled and fought off an unseen creature before he was dragged…


Added by koro on February 17, 2010 at 5:16am — No Comments

I'll Retire - Fiji Times

I'll retire

Mereseini Marau

Thursday, February 11, 2010

ARMY Commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has announced he will retire in 2014.

Speaking at Dawadamu, Nanukuloa, Ra, Commodore Bainimarama at the same time called on villagers to support the government that will come into power in 2014 in the same manner he was received yesterday.

Recalling how the military was stopped from entering the…


Added by koro on February 11, 2010 at 6:18am — No Comments

Girls Beaten for wearing shorts - Fiji TIMES

Girls beaten for wearing shorts

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Added by koro on February 10, 2010 at 5:28am — No Comments

Don't ask for rations - Fiji Times

Don't ask for rations

Felix Chaudhary

Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Added by koro on February 10, 2010 at 5:26am — No Comments

Keep your cool, police warn - Fiji Times

Keep your cool, police warn

Friday, February 05, 2010

FAMILY disputes should be resolved through dialogue and not violence,

Assistant police spokesman Sergeant Suliano Tevita said there were avenues available where family disputes, particularly between couples, could be referred to for an amicable solution.

His comments came after a 32-year-old woman was hacked to death in Suva yesterday following a dispute.

Her partner was in police custody last… Continue

Added by koro on February 5, 2010 at 5:52am — No Comments

Chief spy tells of plan to replace commander - Fiji Times

Chief spy tells of plan to replace commander

Shalveen Chand

Friday, February 05, 2010

AN interim administration had planned to replace military commander Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama after his proposed assassination, the head of Fiji's Military Intelligence Unit Major Isireli Narawa told the High Court in Suva.

Major Narawa, the second prosecution witness in the conspiracy to assassinate Cmdr Bainimarama, Mahendra Chaudhry and Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum trial gave… Continue

Added by koro on February 5, 2010 at 5:50am — No Comments

Lover Slain - Fiji Times

Lover slain

Timoci Vula

Friday, February 05, 2010

"Man in custody over woman's death"

A WOMAN is dead after suffering multiple knife wounds allegedly inflicted by her de-facto husband.

The 32-year-old resident of the Vale-ni-Manumanu settlement died in her yard at Mali Place, off Reservoir Road, at about 3pm yesterday.

Assistant police spokesman Sergeant Suliano Tevita said the 40-year-old unemployed man allegedly struck the woman with a… Continue

Added by koro on February 5, 2010 at 5:48am — No Comments

Child Predators will "be Hunted Down" - Fiji Live news

February 03, 2010 06:10:11 AMA+ A-| ||

Fiji’s police force has launched a fresh campaign to target perpetrators of the country’s growing number of child sexual abuse cases, warning predators that they will be hunted down.

“We will hunt you down and put you where you belong,” a police spokesman said in a televised message.

“Unfortunately that is the reality of the world we live in,” the spokesman said, citing the latest case where a two-year-old girl was found in… Continue

Added by koro on February 3, 2010 at 6:12am — No Comments

Diarrhoea Cases Up - Fiji Times


Wednesday, February 03, 2010

THE Health Ministry has called for caution when it comes to water consumption, after a rash of diarrhoea cases were presented at the country's main hospital.

Ministry spokesman Iliesa Tora said the cases resulted from drinking dirty or contaminated water or lack of proper water supply causing unhealthy practices.

He advised consumers to focus on practising lessons on cleanliness. "This is a serious issue and one… Continue

Added by koro on February 3, 2010 at 6:03am — No Comments

Teacher on sex charge

A TEACHER charged with indecently assaulting students has been warned to stay away from the school for his own safety.

In court, Ranjishwar Prasad, the principal of Rabi High School, denied charges of indecently annoying and assaulting eight students.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Khalid Hassan told the court Mr Prasad's life could be in jeopardy if he returned to the island school.

Mr Hassan said the situation was tense on Rabi island and there were fears of… Continue

Added by koro on November 19, 2009 at 7:19am — 2 Comments

TB fear for Rabi

BANABANS living on Rabi Island in the North have some of the highest tuberculosis rates in the world.

Tamavua Hospital TB consultant Dr William Kaitani said in contrast to the small island population, the number of TB patients was high.

The Health Ministry embarked on a TB control program and awareness last year after recognising the infectious lung disease was endemic on the island.

"Of course the need for awareness is paramount," Dr Kaitani said. "We screened… Continue

Added by koro on November 4, 2009 at 6:43am — 1 Comment

Let me carry your load

Thursday, October 22, 2009

IF pain could be shared Epeli Nailolo says he would claim more than half his wife's load.

But Mr Nailolo, a Fiji Sugar Corporation welder is forced to put on a brave face while caring for his wife Raijeli Nailolo, 58, who is an advanced stage of breast cancer.

The couple have been married for 17 years and on a clear blue day in 2004 breast cancer rocked their world.

"I couldn't believe it was happening to her and even… Continue

Added by koro on October 22, 2009 at 10:09am — No Comments

Raijeli Prays for a miracle

Theresa Ralogaivau

Thursday, October 22, 2009

SHE'S counting hours, praying for more time and hoping that there'll be a miracle.

Raijeli Nailolo, 58, of FSC Hill Compound in Labasa, has lived with breast cancer the past four years and was recently diagnosed with lung cancer.

These are dark days for the mother of five who spends most of her time in bed fighting a cloud of agonising pain.

She can't hold down her meals, is awake most nights… Continue

Added by koro on October 22, 2009 at 10:06am — No Comments

'The others were shouting 'tsunami' but we thought it's a joke'


September 30, 2009 - 12:51PM

Locals in Samoa have been told more than 100, and possibly "hundreds", may have been killed in the tsunami that hit the island this morning.

The confirmed death toll from the South Pacific earthquake and tsunami is at 36, with a minimum of 14 reported dead in both Samoa and American Samoa, according to the Red Cross and media reports.

But media in Samoa says the tsunami had… Continue

Added by koro on September 30, 2009 at 2:20pm — No Comments


Visiting Rabi and Ocean Island

Started by brian russell in Banaban Issues. Last reply by Stacey King Apr 16, 2020. 7 Replies

Homecoming to Banaba

Started by Christina Maree Buchanan in Banaban Issues Jun 27, 2019. 0 Replies

Slides of Banaba from the 1960's

Started by Dominic Kaukas in Banaban Issues. Last reply by Stacey King Jun 13, 2019. 1 Reply



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