Friday April 15, 2011
Fiji Times Canada • V5 No19
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THE Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) saysresource-related investments, particularlyin the mining, forestry and mineral water industries will strengthen in the comingmonths.The statement was made by the RBF after the release of their monthly Central Bank’seconomic review for March 2011.In its report, the RBF stated there had beena strong growth in exports by 18.1 per centand slower imports growth of 2.5 per cent.“The growth in export receipts was
underpinned by an increase in receipts
from re-exports, sh, timber, gold, mineralwater and other domestic exports, whilethe growth in imports was led mainly byhigher payments for intermediate goods.“However, investments, particularly inthe mining, forestry and mineral water industries are expected to strengthen.”RBF also revealed the momentum in globalrecovery continues to persist although atvarying paces and across advanced andemerging market economies.It also believed the recent earthquake inJapan will have a negligible impact on the present global growth forecast given thatJapan’s growth will decline marginally andreconstruction efforts have started in theaffected area.RBF also noted in its report the negativeimpact of inationary pressures arisingfrom increasing oil and food prices,continuing civil unrest in the Middle East, North African regions and the escalatingdebts in some European economies couldhave on the global outlook.Outows for intermediate goods rose by9.2 per cent, driven by higher mineral fuel payments while domestically; sectoraloutcomes were mixed in the review period.In light of recent events, the economic performance of Fiji’s major trading partners is likely to remain mixed in 2011.
Members of the public who paid moneyfor visas to work in Canada, Australiaand New Zealand to a local agency aredemanding justice.This followed the company’s suddendisappearance from their Suva office,with almost $40,000 in money paid fromclients.Those conned by the company director and his staff want Police to help themand others who have faced similar fatesweed ‘con’ agents off the scene.The landlord of the building where the
company had operated from said theyhad been contacted by members of the
Criminal Investigation Department whohad started investigation into the case.The landlord said the company director had taken off with his office equipmentin the night when the building wasempty.He also confirmed that the companyowner was caught by police officers
when he was identified by another tenant
while shopping at a Suva hardware shop.Police spokesman Atunaisa Sokomurisaid comment later.But he said people should be wise and note duped easily into paying large sumsof money to “unknown” companies.“People should take the time to find outfirst if the company is credible or notefore they commit to paying money for services,” he said.“It is too late for them to complain whensomething goes wrong when they shouldfind out first and be safe.“There are a lot of people who are doingthis and we have been told about them.The Police Force will not tolerate thosewho break the law and fool people tomake their living. But at the same timewe are advising people to be careful.”The company, Lily’s MarriageConsultancy Services, had operatedfrom Waimanu Road in Suva.At least eight people who had paid moneyto the company were left disappointed
when they turned up to see the office
closed.“When we asked around we were toldthat the company had closed its officeand there is no contact for the manager,”a couple told the media.“We paid close to $13,000 to go andwork in Canada because we believedthat the company was genuine. But wedid not know that we had been fooled.“We have been told that the Police areinvestigating and we hope that they getthis man to pay for his deeds and alsothose like him who have been doing thisto people.”Another woman, who had paid close to$3,000 for a work visa in Australia, saidshe had paid out of her savings becauseshe wanted to work overseas.“I was looking forward to working inAustralia, to starting a new life there,”she said.“Now I have lost all that. We ask Policeto check on such agents and get them off the scene. They are not helping us at all but taking easy money from us.”
Sheraton Resorts, on Denarau, part of Fiji’sonly ve-star integrated resort complex are pleased to announce the appointment of Ravinder Dhesi, as hotel manager for SheratonFiji Resort and Sheraton Denarau Villas.Mr Ravinder will be managing overall hoteloperations and co-ordinating with differentdepartment heads and will be reporting directlyto Shane Cunning, managing director, Sheratonand Westin Resorts, Denarau Island.“I am honoured at being appointed Starwoodrst local hotel manager and look forward toworking with my team in delivering excellencein Sheraton brand values and exceptionalservice to our guests,” Mr Ravinder said.“We are pleased to have Mr Ravinder as hotelmanager for our Sheraton properties and thisappointment marks yet another milestonefor us as we continue to groom more of our local based management team to executivemanagement roles,” Shane Cunning said.“In the last two years, we have localised morethan ve senior management roles previouslheld by expatriates”.Prior to his new appointment, he held the position of director of nance for the resor complex and executive assistant manager foSheraton Resorts, Fiji.Mr Ravinder has worked with Starwood Hotelsand Resorts for 12 years and also has helnancial controller positions at Sheraton siste properties in Australia.Mr Ravinder, was born and raised in Votualevu, Nadi, and completed his primary and secondar school education at Votualevu Primary anCollege. He is the son of well known retire businessman and community worker, TaraSingh Dhesi.Sheraton and Westin Resorts, Denarau Island,are ideally located on picturesque DenaraIsland, the three integrated resorts of SheratoFiji Resort, Sheraton Denarau Villas and TheWestin Denarau Island Resort and Spa, offer aexciting tropical wonderland for all travelers,complete with lush tropical gardens, relaxing beaches, an array of recreational facilitiesincluding the award winning Heavenly Spa,and an endless choice of Restaurants and Bars.The adjacent Denarau Golf and Racquet Clubfeatures an 18 hole resort golf course, 10 tenniscourts, 300 meter driving range, golf and tennislessons and much more.
Corporal George Finau Sale of the RoyalWelsh became the rst Fijian to be awardeda medal for his act of bravery while onoperational duties in Afghanistan, last year.He was awarded the Military Cross byPrince Charles at Buckingham Palace.Corporal Sale, who has been in the armyfor eight years, managed to save his platoonand another in Central Helmand.His Section Commander, in hisrecommendation stated that Corporal Salewas able to maneuver his section to occupya better position to suppress the insurgentsand to provide protection to the remainder of his platoon.“Corporal Sale was able to save another section that was being ambushed fromhidden ring points (murder hole), whenhe dashed 100 meters across open groundtowards the murder hole and althoughchurned up by incoming res, CorporalSale continued undaunted,” stated theSection Commander.“He then single handedly cleared theoutbuilding, effectively neutralising thethreat to Two Section. Having dealt withthe immediate threat and giving his platoonroom to maneuver and still under re, iwas revealed that Corporal Sale ran back tohis section and once there he maneuveredthem forward to continue the attack.
“Despite the pressure of the situation and
the real danger to himself Corporal Sale’sactions took the insurgents by surpriseand prevented his fellow soldiers from becoming casualties,” the recommendationstated.His father George Sale said they were proud of his son’s bravery and it wassomething they would continue to cherish.Corporal Sale is the only son in a familof six but despite being a Samoan native,he was born and brought up in Fiji at hismother’s village in Sawana, Vanuabalavuin Lau.