Today in history Sept 28

On September 28, 1973, The Fiji Times published the

following reports and pictures:

Child, 4, snatched

Police are investigating a Fiji parliamentarian’s report that a man abducted his grand-daughter early yesterday.

The politician, Mr Uraia Koroi, said a man took the girl, Inise Vakabua (4) and kept her for about two and half hours. Inise is the third child of Salote Vakabua, Mr Koroi’s only daughter.

Mrs Vakabua said Inise, who usually stayed with Mr and Mrs Koroi at their family home, was sleeping in their room. Around 3.45am Mrs Koroi heard their dog barking, but did not give it more than a passing thought. She later found Inise was not in her bed.

Clean-up group puts ideals into practice

Members of Suva City Council’s Keep Suva Clean campaign committee plan to get their own hands first in a clean-up effort to set an example to others.

The plan came from a suggestion a committee member, Mr Radike Qereqeretabua, made at the meeting this week. Mr Qereqeretabua said committee members should devote two Saturday mornings to cleaning up a particular area.

Govt to ban flour imports

The Fiji Government decided yesterday to impose a ban on imports of flour and sharps.

The Secretary for Commerce and Industry, Mr Gyan Singh, said he was issuing a prohibited imports order.

“In other words, no one will be able to import flour and sharps without obtaining a license from me,” he said. Mr Singh said the Government decided to regulate further imports because of an oversupply.

The Government action follows the suspension of Fiji’s only flour mill of all its operations.

Firewalkers draw crowds

Thousands of people flocked to see the Beqa firewalkers at the Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto every night for three weeks running, the Fiji Visitors Bureau reports. The firewalkers often appeared on cross country television and received much publicity, the FVB said. Their success was so great they may receive a second invitation to attend the exhibition next year.

Reef shatters dream

A voyage around the world by a lone 66-year-old British yachtsman has ended in disaster on a reef near the Tubakula Beach Motel in Nadroga.

A 30ft motor sailor owned by Mr Ted Warner, Santa Lena, is on the Tubakula reef and efforts to re-float her have failed. The craft has keeled over and rough weather has torn a gaping hole in the side.

Mr Werner told friends that he put Santa Lena on automatic pilot and went below to make a cup of tea when the craft struck the reef.

Aviation men may decide Nadi’s future

Major decisions about the future of Nadi Airport may come from an international aviation meeting in Suva next month.

The South Pacific Air Transport Council will discuss administration of the airport, the largest in the Pacific Islands.

Administrative authority is to pass to Fiji from the New Zealand Government, which at present operates the airport on behalf of the council.

The council meeting, beginning on October 22, will study a report by a British aviation expert , Mr Aubrey Corbin.

4 NZ champions to fight in Suva

Four New Zealand amateur boxing champions will appear in an international tournament at Suva Town hall on October 8 against leading Fiji boxers.

The four are New Zealand’s light heavyweight, Bill Byrne, welterweight champion and Oceania gold medallist Don Jackson, lightweight champion David Jackson and a light welterweight from Upper Hutt, W O’Connell.

Byrne who won a points decision over heavyweight Salusalu Viavuia, early this month in Wellington, will face Fiji’s unbeaten light heavyweight champion Timoci Belo.

Ron Jackson will take on Fiji’s No. 1 welterweight Inoke Cakautini.