Today in history April 12, 1975



Heres are few things that took place back in history on April 12, 1975.

* In Operation Eagle Pull, the US closed its embassy in Cambodia, and began the evacuation of all American citizens. American military helicopters and 180 US Marines arrived at Phnom Penh, from the aircraft carriers USS Okinawa and USS Hancock, which were in the Gulf of Thailand. There was no interference from the Khmer Rouge during the rescue.

* Six Catholic civilians are killed in a Ulster Volunteer Force gun and grenade attack on Strand Bar in Belfast, North Ireland

* Josephine Baker, 68, African-American dancer who attained fame in France and then worldwide died.

* US singer Linda Ronstadt released When Will I Be Loved.

Nadi men support airline strikers

About 350 Nadi airport employees stopped work yesterday in support of strike by about 400 Air Pacific workers.

The men, members of the Airline Workers Union and the Qantas Local Salaried Staff Association, walked off their jobs at 2pm. Both bodies are affiliated to the Fiji Council of Trade Unions.

The FTUC’s president, Mr Apisai Tora told The Fiji Times late last night that the men were likely to return to work after midnight.

PM to visit West Indies, Africa UK

The Prime Minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Maras, is going on another round of international engagements which will take him to the West Indies, Africa and Britain.

He will attend a Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Jamaica, make a state visit to Senegal in West Africa and address the Royal Commonwealth Society in London.

The Jamaica meeting, scheduled to begin on April 29, will be the third Commonwealth Conference since Fiji became independent in 1970. Ratu Sir Kamisese attended the two previous meeting in Singapore in January 1971 and Ottawa in August 1973.

Hidden epidemics causing many deaf children

Children were losing their hearing because of “almost untouched “epidemic of German measles affecting pregnant women, Suva branch of the Crippled Children’s Society reported

The branch said surveys had disclosed an incident of deafness which was “very concerning”.

“In the local scene it is entirely possible for a mother to be unaware of a measles infection and also for a child’s deafness to go unnoticed or unreported until school age by which time a major opportunity for corrective action has been lost,” the branch said in its 1974-75 report.

A Canadian doctor who made investigation in Fiji early this year, recommended vaccination against measles for all girls of secondary school age because another cycle of the disease was likely soon, the report said.

Stole cow in way home from dance

A Nadi man stole a fellow villager’s cow while returning from a late-night dance, Nadi Court heard.

Manaini Turuva (21), farmer, of Vatutu Village, pleaded guilty to stealing a cow from Vidya Nath (s/o Bal Ram).

Inspector Satya Nana, prosecuting, told the court that on March 22 this year Nath tethered the animal in his compound about 6pm. About 2am, Turuva was returning home from a dance in Nadi Town, he said.

When he saw the cow he untied the animal and drove it to a bush near his home, where he tethered it.

Children go on rampage in gardens

School children at Nadi rampaged through gardens and damaged fruit trees at Narewa and Kennedy Avenue, Nadi town councillor said yesterday.

Cr Rameshwar Prasad, who represents the area on the town council, said the children entered other people’s compounds and tried to break their fruit trees. He said residents of Narewa and Kennedy Avenue had complained to him about the destruction. A woman who caught some boys trying to steal a bunch of bananas from the plantation had to call the police.

Latilevu may still make team

Fast winger Ravuama Latilevu could still force his way into the Nadroga team this season, a selector, Ratu Ilaitia Vuiyasawa said yesterday. Selectors omitted Latilevu from a trial team last week. Ratu Ilaitia said they selected the team on a fitness basis.

“We don’t go for reputation in our selection,” he said.

“We select players on fitness and if Latilevu proves in few more games that he is fit, then there is no reason why he should be omitted from the squad.”

Brothers put faith in youth

The Combined Brothers team is fielding most of its younger players this year and hopes to beat the strong University side when Suva Soccer Association’s competition opens at Albert Park today.

University, with former Fiji representative, Terio Vakatawa in the team, has a strong side. But the confident president of Combined Brothers, Mr Ram Shankar, said yesterday “these young players are good”.

“Our club is one of the oldest in Suva and we will be out there tomorrow to win.”

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