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Matilda Simmons
Sunday, February 11, 2018

Tuesday, February 11, 1986

Report slams government business

A WORLD Bank report on the Fiji economy has slammed the performance of Government-owned commercial enterprises, saying they are short on managerial talent and a drain on Fiji's financial resources. Moreover, it predicted Fiji's economic growth rate for the next five years would be 3 per cent per annum, compared with the Government's aim of 5 per cent yearly growth for the Development-Plan-Nine period, 1986 to 1990.

15 per cent on or below poverty line — Bale

FIFTEEN per cent of Fiji's people live on or below the poverty line, says the Minister for Justice Senator Qoriniasi Bale. Senator Bale described the poverty line as "where income is insufficient to meet the basic needs we as a society set ourselves as a minimum". He added only a small number of this "at risk" population could get the Government's destitute allowance.

Wednesday, February 11, 1976

NLTB launches clampdown at Nausori

SOME Native Land Trust Board tenants in and around Nausori have been ordered to vacate their land due to breach of lease agreements and hundreds face eviction if they do not pay up rent arrears. The NLTB's public relations officer, Savenaca Railoa said, those who had been told to vacate had illegally sublet their properties and had used agricultural leases for industrial purpose. Others in the category had not paid up their rent arrears as the board demanded or had illegally occupied land after its reversion to the landowners.

Ten hotels in market for buyers

AT least 10 Fiji hotels are up for sale, but not necessarily because the owners want to get out of the ailing tourist industry. Some of the owners want to retire after a lifetime in the hotel trade, but a few have modern buildings which are not giving them the profits they wanted. The hotels left hundreds uncertain over their future.

Monday, February 11, 1957

Prisoners arrested after only 30 hours freedom

THREE escaped prisoners from the Suva Gaol were recaptured less than thirty hours after they had broken out of the jail. Two of the prisoners were recaptured by two Fijian Police recruits, who joined the force only a few weeks ago. The recruits found them hiding in long grass at Tamavua at about 8pm on Saturday. The arrest of the men followed an intensive search by more than 50 police, including 14 recruits from the Police Training College.

Matua seaman missing in ocean

A SEAMAN on board the S.S Matua travelling from Auckland to Lautoka has been reported missing, believed drowned. He was William Whelan and was found to be missing at 5.30pm on Saturday as the ship was steaming towards Lautoka. The ship retraced its course and searched an area extending for several miles without finding Whelan. Whelan was employed as a crew orderly on the Matua.








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