Today in history

Wednesday, April 15, 1992

Ratu Sir Penaia again President

THE Tui Cakau, Ratu Sir Penaia Ganilau, was reappointed President of the Republic of Fiji and commander-in-chief of the armed forces for another five years.

His appointment came a few hours after the chiefs decided that only those of chiefly status and noble birth be considered for the position despite reservations expressed by some members to relax the rules to include commoners.

Govt welcome French ban

THE Fiji Government welcomed the French Government’s decision to suspend nuclear testing in the Pacific in 1992. Fiji had been voicing its objections to the testing through various international and regional fora such as the United Nations General Assembly and the South Pacific Forum.

Sunday, April 15, 1984

300 protest PEU shutdown

FOUR suspended members of the Public Employees Union were barred from the union’s annual general meeting in Suva and stood outside with 300 supporters while the meeting voted down a motion of no-confidence in the general secretary.

Suspended members Peni Kalokalo, Mohammed Yusuf, Shiri Chand and Jone Laqere stood outside the gates of the meeting area in protest at being denied entry.

Deputy PM’s money stolen

THE Deputy Prime Minister, Ratu David Toganivalu, had almost $500 stolen from his official car in Suva. Police later arrested a 14-year-old boy and took $344 from him. Ratu David had given his official driver a cheque for $492.35 to be cashed at the bank. The driver left the cash in the unlocked glovebox of the car which was left unlocked.

Aunt Pearl dies in her sleep

A WELL-KNOWN missionary teacher who was loved by many died peacefully in her sleep on Friday night. Margaret “Aunt Pearl” Jennings had just celebrated her 100th birthday a month before.

She arrived in Fiji in 1947 and taught at Yat Sen Primary School for more than 20 years. Before this she served in Hong Kong while the island was under enemy occupation during World War II.

Tuesday, April 15, 1958

Carcasses and bananas at Laucala Bay

THE flood in the Rewa River was brought home forcibly to residents of Laucala Bay, Suva by the accumulation of debris on the beach there. The debris included the carcasses of dead animals.

On Saturday the Suva Harbour master, Captain EW Harness was called on to remove the carcasses which were towed out to sea past Nukulau.

The carcasses included two cows, a heifer, some pigs and a headless horse.