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Chandra Fisi'iahi
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Saturday June 18, 1977

Union to aid the children

The Fiji Waterside Worker's and Seamen's Union plans to give $1000 for the orphaned children of each of the two dockworkers who died on Thursday after drinking spirit.

The union's industrial adviser, Taniela Veitata, said the deaths were first of this kind among dockworkers.

The children would have no one to depend on to send them to school and pay for clothing and food, he said.

"I feel it is the duty of the union to do something for them," he said.

The two dockworkers had worked in the port of Suva for more than 20 years.

Fiji figures in NZ decision

AUCKLAND - New Zealand's Minister for Trade and Industry, Lance Adam-Schneider, said Fiji's sugar exports to New Zealand were a factor in the decision to suspend development of a sugar beet industry.

However, he said, the Government had not abandoned planning for a New Zealand sugar beet industry and if fresh proposals preceded the needs of developing countries replying on sugar exports would be considered.

Mr Adams-Schneider said the main reasons for withdrawing senders for further sugar beet studies were the economic downturns and would developments in the possible commercial production of sugar and corn flour.

Monday June 18, 1984

Cattle, crop go in floods

A Nausori farmer lost 15 steers as the Rewa River burst its banks yesterday causing widespread damage to crop and livestock in the Rewa Delta and Sawani area. A cattle farmer at Waila, Noor Ali, said he left 60 head of cattle to graze on one of the islands in the Rewa Delta on Saturday but 15 were missing when he checked yesterday morning.

He was planning to take his cattle to the Koronivia Agricultural Station yesterday because floodwaters were still rising last night.

Ratu Sir Lala's day

Graceful and confident, Ratu Sukuna Memorial School students perform a meke from Bua during the school's celebration in memory of the late Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna. Many schools throughout the nation held similar celebrations with meke and speeches about Ratu Sir Lala's life. Ratu Sir Lala was born on Bau on April 22, 1888. He later became the Tui Lau. Speaking at the celebration, the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Savenaca Siwatibau, said Ratu Sir Lala excelled in many fields.

Thursday June 18, 1992

NZ envoy urges better trade ties

New Zealand ambassador Don Mckay says Fiji should take advantage of trade opportunities available in the New Zealand market.

Mr McKay also told Trade and Commerce Minister Harold Powell during a courtesy call that the New Zealand Government had undergone a lot of structural changes in the past few years.

New Zealand, according to Mr Mackay, was not at a stage where it was able to complete on an equal basic with rest of the world.

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