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Matilda Simmons
Sunday, March 04, 2018

Saturday, March 4, 1989

Baabaas return to HK Sevens

THE Barbarians returned to the Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Bank Invitation Sevens after a seven year absence. The Barbarians, or Baabaas, were the only team from the northern hemisphere to carry off the prestigious championship cup, on their debut in 1981. But the sides from the southern hemisphere led by five-time champions (including 1988) Australia, New Zealand and four-times winner Fiji were out to stop the Baabaas and keep the coveted cup where in their view, it belongs.

Who will go to HK and Sydney 7s

CHAIRMAN of selectors Jokatama Toga laid down what would be the criteria of the selection for the Fiji sevens team this season. He said rugby players wanting to make it into the Fiji Sevens team must be fit, fast, big and skilled in sevens rugby. Since then, five major sevens tournaments gave the selectors the opportunity to observe and make their decisions on which players possessed these prerequisites.

Tuesday, March 4, 1969

Dormitory walk-out

MORE than 30 girl students from the Methodist High School at Nailaga, Ba, were found in Drasa area, near Lautoka, after an all-night search by school officials and police. An unconfirmed report said the girls, aged between 11 and 16 walked out of a dormitory on Sunday evening in a protest at school discipline . The girls, reported to be Fijians, walked over open country for eight or nine miles. The girls were taken back to the school by the search party.

Firm says some Tabua are still available

A SUVA importing firm says there are still supplies of tabua available from a consignment of one tonne it imported three years ago. The tabua were imported by Lawrence and Company, who understand that the merchant who bought them still has a few cases left. The whales' teeth, used in Fijian ceremonies, were obtained from Rotterdam in the Netherlands and are said to be still on sale in Suva at $5 each. At the Council of Chiefs meeting complaints were made that large numbers of tabua were being taken out of Fiji because they were being sold to tourists by curio shops. Tabua have been used in Fijian ceremonies for over 150 years.

Mynah mishap not so minor

A MYNAH bird plunged Nadi Town into darkness on Friday night. It got entangled with an 11,000 volt line in a transformer at one of the sub-stations and caused a short circuit which shattered the insulator. The bird didn't survive.


March 4, 1959

Scientists will bore

into earth close to Fiji

AMERICAN scientists are planning to drill a hole three miles deep in the ocean bed in the vicinity of Fiji, states a government report. Their aim is try to solve the mystery of how the earth originated. They also hope to obtain more knowledge of the evolution of man and to find out more about the climatic changes through which the earth has passed.

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