Thursday, September 16, 1971
Govt tests crayons for poison
Fiji importers and retailers have been asked to withold some brands of crayons while the Government tests them for lead poison.
People should keep the crayons away from children, a Government statement said yesterday.
The requests follow discovery of a high concentration of lead in a crayon imported from Communist China, Children's Friend.
The yellow crayon in particular was highly poisonous, the statement said.
Other brands of crayons originating from Communist China, White Cat, Great Wall and Rock Brand are being analysed.
France would establish a diplomatic office in Fiji next year, the French Ambassador to New Zealand, Mr Christian de Nicolay, announced in Suva yesterday. He said a career consul would arrive in January. His area would extend to Tonga and Western Samoa.
Man's religion bans politics
A man who withdrew his National Federation Party nomination for the general election next year said yesterday that he was a member of the Fijian Association.
Lepani Waqa (64) and retired teacher and seaman of Waciwaci, Lakeba, said he withdrew for religious reasons. "But I am still very much a member of the Fijian Association," he added. When he came to Fiji in June on a business trip, he was asked by Fijian officials of the NFP to be a Fijian candidate and to oppose the Prime Minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, in the general election. "I told them that I could not stand against Ratu Sir Kamisese as he was my chief," Mr Waqa said. "But it was possible for me to fight the election against Jonati Mavoa (the Minister for Social Services). Party officials took it for granted when I made this statement that I had agreed to become a candidate."
Meters go up
Parking meters are being installed in Suva this week by Suva City Council. The city engineer, Mr CC Bradnam said yesterday they would be working this week. About 150 to 200 will be installed initially in the central city area.
Staff nurse Emele Duwai cuddles baby Anita, who was found abandoned beneath a tree at Tawakubu, Lautoka on Monday when she was just one day old and weighed 6lb 7oz. She was found by Mr Manueli Nakeli of Tawakubu, who heard her crying as he walked along the road. He took her to a police station and from there she was brought to the children's ward of Lautoka Hospital, where she is now reported to be in good health. Police found the mother of the baby yesterday.
YWCA girl helped
Money raised in Canada is paying for a Fiji YWCA staff member's training course in Japan. The physical education and sports organiser with Fiji YWCA, Miss Anaseini Tabuto, left for Japan last week to do a six months training course with Tokyo YWCA. The course will include working for Tokyo YWCA's physical education committee, taking part in sports classes and programmes in tennis, archery, badminton, swimming, gymnastics, helping with teenagers' sports clubs and going on a snowskiing camp.