Tuesday, September 2, 1958
+Five-storey hotel proposed for Saweni Beach site
The building of a modern hotel at Saweni Beach between Nadi and Lautoka is proposed by a Canadian Investment Group. The Northern club, Lautoka holds a lease over part of the beach and the adjoining land, but has agreed to the transfer of the lease subject to the consent of the Native Lands Trust Board.
Iceland's gunboats go to meet UK Trawlers
Iceland's seven gunboats were tonight sailing to meet British trawlers intent on defying Iceland's proclamation of the new 12-miles territorial limit.
Iceland intends from midnight tonight to push her territorial limits a further eight miles out to sea and to crack down on intruder fishing fleets. Britain's trawlers shepherded to Royal Navy warships planned to carry on fishing within the new limit in lanes eight miles wide and 30 miles long. The British trawlers will however, respect the old line four miles from Iceland's coast.
Non-sponsored Miss Hibiscus candidate
Miss Mereoni Naiceru of Nadi is the first non-sponsored candidate in the 1958 Miss Hibiscus contest. Mereoni is 24. She is interested in dancing, gardening, sewing, reading, basketball, cooking and meeting people. She is in domestic service. Mereoni went to the Ballantine Memorial School, Suva. Her entry brings the number to 19, with at least two more to come.
Nuclear Test Ban conference at Geneva likely
United States officials today were optimistic that negotiations would start at Geneva on October 31 for a ban on nuclear weapons tests, a Reuter correspondent has reported. The conditional acceptance of this date by Mr Nikita Khrushchev, the Soviet Prime Minister is under study at the State Department, but officials said there appeared to be no major road blocks to the opening of the conference between Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States.
Around and about with the Beachcombers
Comment by a small Suva girl during the farewell to the Governor and his family at the King's Wharf, Suva on Saturday.
"What a pity - they will miss the mango season."
A well known figure (and what a figure) from the Great North-West was in Suva during the weekend and he planned to return to Nadi by coach. He remembered - or so he avers - that on previous occasions his departure was taken at 2pm. So, little after noon on Sunday he called at the booking office to make sure that the seat was available. There was, the booking cleark, assured him.
Then, said the Great North-Western, he would travel. And he would bring his manganese samples, and other baggage along a little before 2 o'clock.
"I am afraid," the booking clerk said, "that that would be of very little use. The coach leaves at noon. There it is, going past now. He waved cheerily to the driver while the vehicle sped swiftly round the corner and out of sight - headed north-west.