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Prime Minister Bainimarama referred to as a true friend of the people

By JOSEPHINE NAVULA

Residents affected by last year’s Tropical Cyclone Evan were all smiles after they were handed over their new homes by the head of government, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Friday, May 24. PM Bainimarama handed over two houses in Votualevu and an- other one in Bila, Nadi back road. Emotional Nadi farmer, Abdul Intikhab Ahmed said he is very thankful to the government for tak- ing out their time to help out the people of the community. “I feel very happy today and I want to thank the Prime Minister for being here to open my new home,” he said. “A friend in need is a friend in- deed and our PM is a true friend of the people.” District Ofcer Nadi Peni Koro said the opening of the new homes is always a proud moment for both the government and the people who have suffered full wrath of natural disasters. “Today we once again witness the handing over of another new home for the people who were af- fected by TC Evan last December and it is indeed a proud moment for the people and also the govern- ment,” he said. Mr Koro informed that the to- tal cost of each house donated is $15,800 which includes labour and material costs. “These houses are fully funded by government and are donated to

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residents whose homes were com- pletely damaged by Tropical Cy- clone Evan. And for those homes

that were partially damaged, the government only provides them with materials needed,” he said.

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A new home owner in the Western Division praised the de- termination of the Bainimarama Government to improve lives of ordinary Fijians by providing new homes. For Nadi farmer, Arvind Singh, a new home will mean better life for his family. This after the head of government, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened the family’s new home at Votualevu in Nadi after requesting government for housing assis- tance. The Singh family thanked the head of government for think- ing of them in time of need. The family will have a better life because of the new home especially for the children who had to endure hardship after their home was devastated during cyclone Evan last December. Mr Singh said Prime Minister Bainimarama is the best lead- er Fiji has ever had and he wants this government to con- tinue for many more years to come. PM Bainimarama opened the new home at the farming set- tlement and urged the community to work closely with each other. The head of government also opened several other homes on the same day that have been fully funded by government. The new homes are part of government’s commitment to as- sist those individuals and families whose homes were ful- ly destroyed during Tropical Cyclone Evan late last year.

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“Fiji - the way the world should be”

“ Being the hub of the Pacic, Fiji has everything that a spectacular tropical paradise has to offer - from private island resort accommodations, top class restaurants to white sandy beaches, inbound tours, jet boat rides, hot air balloon rides, mountain trekking, inland tours, eco tourism, sky diving, helicopter rides, cruise trips, scuba diving, massage and beauty parlours, vibrant night life and a lot more than any other destination in the world offers ”

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

Bollywood Bonanza

By SHALENDRA PRASAD

Yet another Bollywood

team is in the country to shoot

a comedy ick titled ‘Santa

Banta’. The movie shooting was ofcially launched by Attor- ney-General Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum at Port Denarau on Monday, May 6 in the pres- ence of top Bollywood stars and local stakeholders and fans. Fiji has recently seen a surge in movie production not only from Bollywood but from other industries as well due to very attractive govern- ment policies. Directed by Akashdeep Sabir, Santa Banta is featur- ing some of the very common names in Bollywood such as Boman Irani, Neha Dhupia, Veer Das, Lisa Ray Haydon, Johnny Lever, Ram Kapoor and Sanjay Mishra (well known as ‘Papa’ locally). Film Fiji CEO Florence Swamy says while there have been numerous Bollywood

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shootings in the country, Di- rector Akashdeep Sabir has brought in the biggest number of crew and cast from India. Close to eighty people are

here from India to carry on the shooting for 28-days. The lm which has a bud- get of $1.4 million is based on two main characters San-

ta (Boman Irani) and Banta (Veer Das) who originate from Ludhiana in Punjab, India and nd themselves in Fiji under mysterious circumstances.

Nadi Rotary donates books to Sangam schools

By MARGARET NAQIRI

The Rotary Club of Nadi continues to assist students with educational needs. The club donated four car- tons of text and story books each to Nadi Sangam Primary School and Sangam SKM Col- lege respectively. The books were given to the club by Sydney based Ranfurly Book Aid. “We receive such books on a quarterly basis and it is distrbut- ed to various schools within our boundaries,” offered Krupesh Patel, president of the Rotary Club of Nadi.

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COMMUNITY NOTICE BOARD

EMPOWER PACIFIC (Formerly PCSS) provides private, condential counsel- ling on depression,

family/marital, stress, grief, abuse, suicidal thoughts, STI’s, drugs, alcohol & be- havior lifestyle changes. Opens 8am – 3pm, Monday – Friday. Call us on 6708169 Located

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ROTARY CLUB OF NADI is on a membership drive to increase members who repre- sent all sections of the com- munity. Nadi Rotarians meet every Wednesday at Sitar Restaurant in Martintar at

6.30pm.

Interested people can call club president Krupesh Patel

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SOROPTIMIST INTER- NATIONAL is a vibrant, dynamic organisation for to- day’s professional and busi- nesswomen, working through projects to promote equality, development and peace. We are seeking members to join our club. Interested ladies can call SI Nadi president Zeaba Rahiman on 9977058

FIJIAN WRITERS ASSO- CIATION which has been established to form the rst ever formal body represent- ing writers, poets, journal- ists and everyone who has a passion for writing is seek- ing new members. Interested people can contact Professor Subramani via email:- subramani@fnu.ac.fj

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New activities planned for Bula Festival

By JOSEPHINE

NAVULA

New and hyped up activi- ties have been organized as preparations for the upcoming 2013 Vodafone Bula Festival is well underway. Nadi Bula Festival Associ- ation President Titilia Vuataki said they are organizing a lot of programmes and activities to make this year’s carnival a memorable one. “We have arranged shows like agricultural, women’s handicrafts from the women of the interiors of Nadi to come and showcase their tal- ents, not forgetting the new show this year is the “Coro Walidi” organized by the Bula FM crew and other activities that will make the carnival lively.” “We have also organized

oratory competition for pri- mary school students of Nadi,” she said. Ms Vuataki said the money raised from this year’s car- nival will be donated to the unfortunate ones of the com- munity. “We have conrmed that money raised from this year’s carnival will go towards the underprivileged children at the Loloma Home including the single mother’s that have been shut down by their fami- lies,” she said. Bula Festival Commit- tee Secretary Winnie Silikula conrmed that they are aim- ing to have twelve contestants this year. This year’s Vodafone Bula Festival will take place from the 13th - 20th of July at the Koroivolu Park and Prince Charles Park respectively.

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CyclePower – Creating change in Fiji and Australia

This June eighteen Aus- tralian cyclists, both able bodied and people with dis- ability, will complete Cycle- Power, a demanding 550km ride around Fiji. CyclePower Fiji aims to support those living with a disability in Fiji, by raising awareness of people with disability and demonstrating their sporting ability. Chief Executive Ofcer of Disability Sport and Rec- reation, Rob Anderson, said “sport is a wonderful vehicle to provide understanding and social inclusion. “We are bringing people with disability into Fiji to send a message to locals that incredible feats can be achieved, challenging their

perception of disability.” The event also provides a rare sporting opportunity for Australians with disability, and raises funds for Victorians with disability to participate in sport. This year sees the event’s biggest contingency of hand- cyclists, with seven complet- ing the gruelling 550km on a handcycle in just seven days. A handcycle is an impres- sive three-wheeled vehicle, powered by the arms, rather than the legs. Along their journey, Cycle- Power participants will donate sporting equipment such as basketballs and footballs to various Special Development Schools and disability organi- sations.

CyclePower is in its third year of action, with previous rides held in Vietnam in 2011 and Cambodia in 2012. CyclePower participants with disability range from 20 to 66 years of age, showcasing a range of disabilities and life challenges. Disability Sport and Rec- reation (DSR) is an Australian charity with many initiatives supporting people with a dis- ability in Victoria. For over 50 years, DSR has worked to ensure people with a disability have equal opportunities to participate in activities of their choice, lead- ing to both physical and men- tal health benets.

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PM opens international sugar meet

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama opened an international workshop de- signed to provide a source of fuel, bre and food through the nobilisation of ‘erianthus’ - a sugar hybrid on Thursday, May 23. As a hybrid, erianthus is gaining interest in cross- ing with other sugar hybrids. While this has seen consider- able success across institu- tions in China, India and Aus- tralia, this workshop brings international sugar research experts to present techniques in making crosses in erian- thus. While the workshop will discuss the necessary processes needed for this hybrid crossing, it will also present recommendations to improve existing breeding programs. Acknowledging the chal- lenges for the sugar industry on the international stage including challenges faced by smaller sugar producing countries, the Prime Minis- ter highlighted the need to strengthen sugar reforms in Fiji. "As the current chair of the International Sugar Council

(ISC), we are rmly commit- ted to advancing the cause of this global industry and the millions of ordinary people the world over who depend on it for their livelihoods". “Naturally, it is the small players such as Fiji that are most vulnerable to these un- certainties and uctuations of the marketplace,” PM Baini- marama said. “I mention all this, ladies and gentlemen, because al- though there are certain forces that are out of our control, we must act on the reforms that are within our control. “It means being smarter. It means adopting new prac- tices. It means taking advan- tage of new technologies and techniques.” Highlighting the condi- tions that Fiji’s sugar industry faced in the past, the head of government who also heads the sugar ministry, said that ensuring the sustainability of the industry will improve the lives of ordinary Fijians, in particular those that depend on it. “For all the uncertainties that existed in the interna- tional market, there was cer-

Record cane payment for last season

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has announced a bum- per year for Fiji's sugar cane industry. According to gures released by the Fiji Sugar Corporation, after a 4th payment to sugar cane farmers of $20.40 per tonne of raw sugar, the total paid out so far for the 2012 season will be a record-breaking $78.74 per tonne. The Prime Minister added that there was one nal clean-up payment yet to be made that would bring the year's total to at least $80.74 per tonne, if not more. The Prime Minister said that this was a huge achievement for Fiji, and was a sign that his Government’s reforms of the sugar cane industry were paying off. "This is what you can achieve when you depoliticise the sug- ar cane industry," he said. "With politics out, we will be able to focus all of our energy and resources at achieving better results for farmers and other stakeholders." The Prime Minister also announced that the forecast price for raw sugar in 2013 was $62.58 per tonne, but that FSC of- cials were condent the likely payment would be more than $73 per tonne. “Considering the signicant reduction in the world wide price of raw sugar, this is a major achievement. At this level, the sugar cane industry becomes extremely viable and able to healthily support industry stakeholders as well as attract more Fijians to the industry,” he said. Two-and-a-half years ago, the payout was $49.16 per tonne of raw sugar. In 2011, this increased to $65.67 and the price is now sitting around $80 per tonne. “Although the price of raw sugar on the international market is volatile, with a record payment this year and a high price se- cured for next year, we are beginning to see stability and growth re-enter the Fijian sugar cane industry,” he said. “We will continue to carry out our reforms to increase ef- ciency and productivity in the industry, and we will remain committed to ensuring that all stakeholders, especially our farmers, benet from these reforms,” he added. “As we con- tinue to modernise and adapt the industry and reduce unneces- sary costs, we will be able to pass on more and more savings to industry stakeholders.”

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on more and more savings to industry stakeholders.” MINFO tainty in Fiji that the industry was

tainty in Fiji that the industry was in serious trouble. So we set ourselves to carrying out

a comprehensive series of re-

forms. It has been a demand- ing process to change the old mindsets. However, with vi- sion and planning it will pay dividends.” “In this respect, I am pleased to say that only last week I was able to announce to the Fijian people a record payment to cane farmers for

last year’s harvest, as well as

a high price secured for next

year.” The Prime Minister said that the workshop presents an opportunity for participants from eight nations to impart knowledge and experiences for Fiji. "For the sugar industry,

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these opportunities often come in the form of new sug- arcane varieties. In fact, the development of new cane varieties forms an absolutely critical part of the industry." "Like many of the coun- tries represented here, Fiji has

a sugarcane research centre. We have produced many com- mercial varieties of sugarcane, and we have achieved great successes in developing cane varieties low in impurities, adaptable to poor soils, requir- ing less water and resistant to

hurricanes and droughts." The workshop also saw a presentation on recent im- provements in cane breeding in the country and an over- view of sugar research in the country.

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Guide for farmers and nurserymen launched

By JOSEPHINE

NAVULA

Stakeholders in the agri- cultural sector gathered in large numbers to witness the launch of a book titled “Grow- ing Vegetable seedlings in Fiji - A practical guide for farmers & Nurserymen” in Votualevu, Nadi on Wednesday, May 8. Speaking at the ceremo- ny, Secretariat of the Pacic Community (SPC), Land Re- source Development director Josua Wainiqolo highlighted on how farmers have recov- ered from natural disasters and experiences on how reha- bilitation efforts have been so

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difcult to sustain prior to the establishment of initiatives as such. “The readiness of the re- habilitation programme to meet the urgency of these cir- cumstances has always been a huge set back,” Mr Wainoqolo said. He said the decision to venture into a nursery seed- ling enterprise will hopefully alleviate such setbacks. “The addition of disaster mitigation containers to store seedlings in the event of cy- clones or oods has added another dimension to the proj- ect.” SPC and AusAid have ami- cably engaged in many devel-

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oping projects as such. The manual was launched by Acting Australian High Commissioner His Excellen- cy Glenn Miles. Veteran agricultural sec- tor leader and owner of Bula Agro Enterprises Sant Ku- mar has also played a major role in the successful launch of the manual and played a key role in the installation of around twenty disaster miti- gation containers which can save seedlings during natural disasters around the country. The containers will en- sure a quick turnaround in the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables following natural disasters.

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Global Party for charity

By JOSEPHINE

NAVULA

Nadi’s famous night spot Ice Bar has shown their sup- port to raise funds for Trea- sure Children’s Home fol- lowing their announcement to host the Global Party- linking the world for a worthy cause. Ice Bar Managing Director Roneel Sami (pictured) con- rmed that the money raised will be given to the Treasure Children’s Home Orphanage. “Hundred percent of what- ever is raised will go directly to the Treasure Home,” he said in a press conference on Wednesday, May 15. Sami said the party will ac- knowledge Fiji in 120 coun- tries, and they are expecting about ve hundred people at the venue. “This Global Party is cele-

hundred people at the venue. “This Global Party is cele- brated in 120 countries around the

brated in 120 countries around the world, and apparently this might boost our tourism sec- tor,” he said. Sami conrmed all invita- tion will be done online and it is going to be a strictly VIP party.

Global Party is a charitable event which supports many organizations such as Nelson Mandela Children Funds, Saint John’s Ambulance and Bible Society. The party will take place at Ice Bar on Friday, June 28.

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Western Cancer society continues good work

By JOSEPHINE

NAVULA

Women living with cancer were uplifted with encourage- ment after an original artwork was auctioned and sold for $550 at the Fiji Cancer Society - Western Branch’s rst fund- raiser gathering of the year at the First Landing Resort in Vuda. Fiji’s well known Artist, Lambert Ho (pictured) said his painting is a reection and tes- tament of a woman’s struggles through cancer. “The painting that I donated to the Western Cancer Society depicts a woman’s face. She represents all women. Women who have a story to tell regard- ing this dreaded disease we call

cancer. She is all beautiful, she

is all powerful, she is all love,

she is all gentle and pure, she is

the bones and the blood and the sweat and the tears that make all things possible.” “The artwork is a reection,

a testament of her struggles through cancer that sometimes woman is devoid and robbed of her ‘woman-ness’,” Ho said. Ho said the colours he used

in the paintings all have a mean-

ing to it. “And the choice of colour that I used in the artwork is mainly pink, a gentle colour that is all woman. There is a hint of yellow in the blossom she wears on her ear, this is the condence and poise, the hope that all who suffer are strong enough to overcome the barri- ers and the stigma that relate to our women, wherever in society

and the stigma that relate to our women, wherever in society they come from,” Ho added.

they come from,” Ho added. Fiji Cancer Society - West- ern Branch Vice-President, Mi- lika Marshall said the gathering was about raising awareness and membership drive within the community.

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Group leader Laura Thomas of Stampin! Up, centre, is anked by Nadi Hospital Board sec- retary Israr Khan and board member Sunila Karan during the clean up works at the hospital by a group of 200 volunteers from America and Canada. Photo: MARGARET NAQIRI.

North American volunteers help hospital

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A group of two hundred North Americans who were recently in Nadi for a week long holiday decided to give something back to the com- munity during their short visit to our shores. Afliates of Stampin! Up – a US based craft and rubber company were busy giving the

such as grass cutting, painting and light handy work. Group leader Laura Thom- as said it was exciting to visit Fiji which is a real tropical paradise with the added plea- sure of doing something for the community. “Out of our week-long holiday plan, we wanted to do something good here. We teamed up with our travel

out the works,” Ms Thomas said. Nadi Hospital board sec- retary Israr Khan said it was so encouraging to see visitors taking part in such community initiatives. “Running a hospital comes with so much hard work and dedication and such gestures from visitors are highly ap- preciated,” Mr Khan said.

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Overwhelming response for airport upgrade

Airports Fiji Limited (AFL) is receiving over- whelming interests from con- tractors around the globe for the redesign of the Nadi Inter- national Airport. AFL acting chief executive ofcer, Naushad Ali said they have received expressions of interest from companies as far as South Africa for works ex- pected to begin in July. “We have received over- whelming responses from China, Korea, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and other local companies that have shown

interest in these major works at Fiji’s main gateway,” Mr Ali said. “This shows the level of interest from renowned inter- national and local companies who want to be part of the unique designing of the new look Nadi Airport terminal.” Initial plans are now be- ing developed on a multi- million dollar upgrade with special emphasis on new and improved passenger facilities such as retail shopping and dining. “We are currently in the designing stages and Fiji will

soon boast a modern interna- tional airport with local archi- tecture to portray the unique Fijian culture,” Mr Ali said. “We are not rushing into things but we hope to start by July and we want to do it right.” Mr Ali said the urgency of the upgrade aligned well with the recent Government decree that has cancelled all present concessionaires’ contracts for a twelve month period, while new contracts are either en- tered into or tendered out, based on the upgraded facili- ties.

Many of the changes would be integrated into a new, larg- er departure lounge extending out to the edge of passenger walkways that provide access to and from departing or arriv- ing aircraft. Mr Ali said the changes would also improve passenger facilitation by creating more space for passengers to be comfortably processed when arriving or departing from Nadi. The proposed changes are believed to create a better en- vironment for all stakehold- ers.

to create a better en- vironment for all stakehold- ers. Naushad Ali. Photo: JOSEPHINE NAVULA. “Ultimately

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“Ultimately it will be our visitors to Fiji who will ben- et, enjoying an international shopping and food experience

in surroundings that would be world-class, and a tting rst and last impression of the country at Nadi International Airport,” Mr Ali said. The airport serves close to a million international passengers every year at its single terminal. The last major upgrade to the Nadi airport had been done in 2003, with an in- vestment of FJ$72m while 26,000m” apron area was re- placed in 2006 at a total cost of about FJ$11m.

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Public advised to stay away from river project area

By JOSEPHINE NAVULA

Nadi Town Council is urg- ing members of the public not to carry out any development around the proposed river di- version canal area. “We are also informing those who are buying proper- ties by the area that the pro- posed river canal will be run- ning along that direction upon

approval so they need to hold all development plans until further notice,” NTC CEO Nemia Tagi said. Tagi said it is a very big project that will involve a lot of things that will take time before it takes shape. “There will be a lot of re- search carried out for the pre- liminary surveys, before the nal design can be put into

place,” he said. Tagi also said the reports of the related projects on the river canal has been collected and is now being analyzed thoroughly in Japan. “The reports that were done by the engineers that came in from Japan in 1996 to 1998, have been collected last year and they are looking at it carefully and thoroughly right

now,” he said. “There are many factors to be considered while the proj- ect is commencing, such as high tides and ooding,” he said. Tagi thanked the Japanese Government and its aid agen- cy JICA for all the support given to the township so far. “We look forward to work- ing with the Japanese Govern-

“We look forward to work- ing with the Japanese Govern- NTC CEO Nemia Tagi ment to

NTC CEO Nemia Tagi

ment to make Nadi and Fiji at large a better place for all.”

Four lane work to start soon

The proposed four lane proj- ect will be undertaken this June according to Nadi Town Council CEO Nemia Tagi. “The four lane road will come from the airport all the way down to Wailoaloa junc- tion, and then it will split from there. A two lane road will run through the empty lands following up the rail- way lines to Narewa.”

Council im- pressed with ratepayers

Nadi Town Council is im- pressed with their rate payers. “The council is pleased with the progress from our rates collection. So far we have received eighty percent of the amount that is being owed to us,” Nadi Town Council CEO Nemia Tagi said. Tagi said they have been having regular meetings with the stake holders re- garding the rates. “For the last two months, the council has initiated awareness meetings with our stakeholders and rate payers and we wish to work closely with every- one for a better Nadi.” Council briefs by JOSEPHINE NAVULA

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articles with challenging perspectives for your businesses By CLAIRE-DIANE GIRALDEAU In this article I will review

By CLAIRE-DIANE GIRALDEAU

In this article I will review various ways to look at eth- ics and gender equality in the context of work, at home with the family and also in the com- munity in general. With our “Virtuous Business Women Network” regular meetings,

it has become more than ob-

vious that in many occasions women are not treated fairly. Even though there are many attempts by women’s orga- nizations, ministries, human rights or the new constitution the fact remains that women do not get the same opportuni- ties as men do. It may be more

obvious here in Fiji but hey, it

is the same all over the world. I do not intend to get into

a complicated thesis here, so

don’t worry I simply would

like the readers to do a quick check of their own ways, whether you have a small business, shop in town, res- taurant, hotel or manage some of our bigger businesses in Nadi would you pass the “equality quiz” and do you have basic ethic practices? Let’s go through some general questions and issues faced by women:

1. Do women in your

Are you treating your women equally?

company get paid the same salary as men and do they get the same opportunity for pro- motion and job selection? I realize that we can get trapped in qualications and

requirements here, yet I have faced this kind of difference in pay for tenders or while nego- tiating a contract applying for consultancy work. It seems like women have to be 3 times better to get paid the same and even that will not give us busi- ness contract. In the consultancy market, ethics is at times missing-it is more a question of the “boy’s network” as we see the prac- tice and in various advertise-

ment for tender, too often the “so good overseas consultant” has already been selected be- cause of a connection in the department… so why bother. It’s amazing to see what women share in our group, whether there is a true rec- ognition of the experience or the quality of service, whether there are policies in place in

bigger organization the actual practice is very different from

the human resources guide- lines.

2. How many women

do you have in management position and I mean true de- cision making posts? One of the most common positions in management for women seems to be “human resources” manager. It prob- ably is because men do not know how to look after peo- ple….just a joke guys don’t get offended. Yet it is often a

post where there are various

challenges and conicts to

be handled and women have the experience and practice in their many family duties when

it comes to sorting things out.

I personally think that term “human resource” should not exist, I remember reading the history of that term when I did my MBA, and you may not know that it comes from the industrialization period. In fact a resource cannot be “hu- man”, as the word resource refers to things, objects, and machineries not people. So these 2 words should never have been put together in the rst place. From the time em- ployees were considered ma- chines, their status changed to be resources.

As far as I am concerned it should be changed to “human asset” and we should get the nance manager to see people, employees as asset not just in words and beautiful speeches for corporate social responsi- bility, but in practice and even more so with women. Now it is not because you would have a policy to have 30% women on boards or in your management team that it

creates a more equitable state for women. While working with a NGO in Papua New Guinea, I have seen that in many cases, women will not speak up during these meet- ings; they have not been given the appropriate condence training to do so or they will get in trouble with their hus- band if they dare oppose what

a man says. The general attitude of the

men on the boards is discred- iting instead of being encour- aging. I recall being the only women with 12 men on our

Life Insurance Association Board, I had to learn the hard way believe me. First they assigned me the committees that did not function well, be it the magazine, I took it with 6 pages and brought it to 14 with enough advertising to totally nance its publication. Then monthly lunch meet- ings which had less than 25 participants with a member- ship of 6000, has declined so badly, I formed a committee of 16 members from different companies who had to sell a table of 10 each that brought back the participation to 150 minimum every month. Lastly the annual congress had gone havoc as well, I managed to get some famous guests speaker in the eld, motiva- tors and we broke our atten- dance record with over 2000 participants that year. I had to revamp these and make them succeed. After three years of being pushed around, the President and board awarded me with the Best Volunteer of Year Trophies as they nally saw that I had much more to offer than they had planned.

3. What can your management team do to im- prove on equality; do you have women on your board and executive team? I would say to rst look at your women as having been

created to be partners, equally with different qualities that

complement men’s work. We are meant to be respected and given the same opportunities as men. If only you would realize what you are miss- ing when you choose to dis- criminate. We have natural ways of being more practical, multi-tasked we can handle much more at once than men can with their compartmental thinking. There is not one bet- ter than the other but rather two different sex with differ- ent strengths & weaknesses, which once put together cre-

ate the best of both world. Look at your own ways of treating the women in your life, your mother to start with, your wife, your sisters, your daughters. I have been watch- ing the great FBC show of Aamir Khan on Wednesdays and I tell you this guy is bring- ing so much awareness about many issues that it makes me jump when I think of it. I won- der when it will change, yet it could start with simple steps around you.

4. How do you really

treat women in your work- place? Are you polite and courte- ous, do you make inappropri- ate comments or jokes that re- fer to their physique. Do you respect the fact that a married women should not be talked to in the same manner as a man. I sometimes see behaviors that are so offending, these bad habits that certain men have to just irt without respect even when they themselves are married. Where are the values of families, what about your

wife, when people start hav-

ing affairs within the work en- vironment, how much trouble will that cause? Where is the ethic and professional behav- iors? Of course in many cases only the women gets blamed,

it reminds me of the story of

the woman in the bible ac- cused of committing adultery, when she was brought up by men to Jesus to be judged they

wanted to stone her and Jesus said to the men, that the one who has never sinned throw the rst stone, they all walked away. It does take two to tan- go as one would say. When we look at all the internet rubbish, emails that are being sent around with stupid jokes with women I re- ally think it’s time to grow up guys, you should spend more time on your own work and be productive instead of losing time to pass these around. Lately I spend time with various women groups do- ing workshops and training.

I am so amazed at what so

many women tolerate, how strong they are, the amount of time they work in a day and yet when the husband comes home there is very little at- tention and respect shown to these virtuous women. Wom- en you are wonderful and may we all remember that we are loved by our God anyway and we shall be blessed by Him who created us!

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Health from the veterinarians at Animals Fiji Nadi Clinic By DOCTOR JO OLVER H eartworm disease

By DOCTOR JO OLVER

H eartworm disease is a serious and potential-

ly fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the major arteries of the lungs and often in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats and other species of mammals, includ- ing wolves, foxes, ferrets, sea lions and (in rare instances) humans. We do not see many of these other animal species in Fiji – but we do see LOTS of heartworm disease in our dogs. Most of the information in this article is obtained from the American Heartworm So- ciety. Their website is listed at the end of the report. For videos, pictures and further information this is our best resource for information on this disease. As is usual with the internet all kinds of infor- mation and misinformation abound – use good sources to become informed.

Mosquitoes are necessary

for transmission of this dis- ease from dog to dog. Heart- worm disease does not spread directly from animal to ani- mal. When found in the heart adult heartworms resemble

a tangled pile of white cord

– some have even described

them as looking like spaghetti. Of these worms the adult fe- males release their young (lar- vae) into a dog’s bloodstream. These larvas resemble a mi- croscopic maggot and must undergo several molts before

it arrives in another heart to

nish growth into an adult and start the cycle all over. The larvae are called mi- crolariae and they are picked up by a mosquito when it takes a blood meal from a dog. In the mosquito they go through a couple of molts

to become infective to a dog.

Once the microlariae reaches the infective stage in its life it

is deposited on the skin of a

dog when the mosquito takes

Heartworm disease

another blood meal. This lar- va enters into the skin of the dog and has now started the process of heartworm disease in that particular dog. If you have ever seen what the mos- quito sticks in your skin to suck blood you will have an idea how tiny these micro- lariae are. Over the course of the next 6 – 9 months this larva will eventually take up residence in the blood vessel or heart of this dog and mature into an adult worm. For both cats and dogs, signs of heartworm disease are not recognized in the

early stages of disease as the

number of heartworms in an animal tends to accumulate gradually over a period of time and with repeated mos- quito bites. Signs in a chroni- cally or heavily infected dog may include mild, persistent cough, reluctance to move or

exercise, exercise fatigue, re- duced appetite or weight loss. Heartworm disease in cats often shows signs similar to asthma. The two most common ways of detecting this disease involves simple blood tests which either looks for the mi-

crolariae or tests for proteins (antigen) which come from the adult worms. Neither test

is consistently positive until about 7 months after infection

consistently positive until about 7 months after infection A little girl plays with her best friend.

A little girl plays with her best friend. INSET: Adult heartworms inside the heart and large blood vessels of a dog. These take 6 – 9 months from the time of being bitten by an infected mosquito. Photos: SUPPLIED.

serious consequences from these dead worms in your dog. HOWEVER, by far the best protection is to prevent heartworm disease and not wait until your dog has these parasites. There is an injec- tion which can be adminis- tered once a year or you can chose from several different types of monthly medications to prevent heartworm disease in your dog. Furthermore

most of these preventives function as a good general de- wormer for other internal par- asites – an ever present threat to both dogs and people. Start your puppies on pre- ventives at 6 months of age, and continue for life and you will not need to worry about this disease. You may nd further in- formation by going to www. heartwormsociety.org

has occurred. This is one of the reasons for an annual test. Usually, all but the most advanced cases of heartworm disease can be successfully treated in dogs. If you can imagine this pile of worms in the heart – once killed there are worms and bits of worms which now can end up causing severe blockages. Treatment drugs and protocols have been established to help prevent

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Chef Seeto's visit was about culture and the direction of food. He met with key group of chefs who are responsible for transforming Hawaii from a place renowned for terrible local food, to one of the best places to eat on the planet. On his rst day, he caught up with Chef George Mavrothalassitis (pictured on left above), chef/proprietor of Chef Mavro, Honolulu’s ne dining, top-rated restaurant and holds the prestigious James Beard award, considered the “Oscars” of the culinary world. Seeto spent nearly 2 hours talking about food, especially local fresh foods, and Chef Mavro's pioneering inuence on Hawaiian cuisine that has pro- pelled the island nation into one of the hottest culinary hot spots in USA. Photo: SUPPLIED.

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Celebrity chef visits Hawaii

Fiji celebrity chef Lance Seeto was a special guest of the Hawaii Visitors and Con- vention Bureau, the equiva- lent of Tourism Fiji, when he visited the American island as a member of the International Food Wine and Travel Writers Association earlier this month. The award winning media personality has attracted the interest of Hawaii’s tourism body, who along with other international journalists, had organised a seven day tour of

the Polynesian island to dis- cover ancient Hawaii through history, arts, culture, and food. The Hawaiian Polynesians are distant cousins of the Fi- jian iTaukei and were an ex- tension of the great seafaring adventures more than 3,500 years ago across Asia, Aus- tralasia, the South Pacic, Ha- waii and the United States. Seeto was in Hawaii as a journalist to experience the differences between the two island nations and how histo-

ry set Fiji and Hawaii on two very different paths. Unlike Fiji, Hawaiians of mixed Chinese and Japanese ancestry make up nearly half of the population. Seeto took advantage of Air Pacic’s di- rect ights from Nadi to Ho- nolulu to meet and sample food from Hawaii’s top chefs across its islands, and to learn how the American tourism body markets itself to the world.

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The Sotel Fiji Resort & Spa has taken the next step in its gourmet tour de force on ne food in Fiji, consolidating its elegant approach to Pacic dining with the appointment of ex- perienced French Executive Chef, Jean-Marc Ruzzene. Chef Ruzzene’s arrival follows the depar- ture of the resort’s award-winning former Ex- ecutive Chef and local culinary identity Bren- don Coffey who departed in February after more than seven years with the resort. Chef Ruzzene says he is looking forward to further building the resort’s deep apprecia- tion for local avours and a respect for inter- national cuisine, cultivated by his predecessor Chef Coffey. “As a result of Brendon’s passion for Fijian food and ingredients I’ve inherited not only a seasoned team of talented local chefs but an amazing onsite garden and hotel farm with fresh ingredients for inspiration,” he says. “I hope to add my own unique European ap- proach and Michelin star background to what is already a well-regarded and established rep- utation at this resort for serving up innovative and sophisticated dining options for guests.” Jean Marc started his career in France at the renowned three-star Michelin establish- ment, Yves Thuries before heading to Ger- many to join the Queens Hotel Bermen. He later returned to France working rst at two- star Michelin restaurant Le puit St Jacques and then at one-star Michelin restaurant Le Hittau. This was followed by a three year stint at the Sheraton Skyline in London before moving to the Philippines to assist the Westin Manila Plaza with its year-long Beaujolais Nouveau Celebrations. Jean-Marc decided to emigrate and settle in Australia, taking on the role of Sous Chef at Brisbane’s Royal on the Park almost a de- cade ago. A career highlight in Australia was his role at Queensland’s Government House and the “Ofce of the Governor”. Here, Jean- Marc was Head Chef, personally looking after visiting Heads of States and Political Ofcials who visited Quentin Bryce, current Governor General of Australia and then Governor for Queensland. Immediately prior to Fiji, Jean- Marc was Executive Sous Chef at the Sotel Brisbane Central. Sotel Fiji Resort & Spa General Manager Simon Jinks says Jean-Marc’s French pedi- gree ties in perfectly with the Sotel’s brand’s proud Parisian origins and distinct European approach to hospitality and cuisine. “It’s a timely appointment as Jean-Marc joins the resort’s new Director of Food & Beverage Jean-Francois Delahaye who is also French,” says Mr Jinks. “Together I think they represent the start of a fresh and exciting new era for Sotel Fiji which will only strengthen our credentials as the region’s best foodie des- tination.” Sotel Fiji Resort & Spa’s offers Fiji’s best

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Sotel Fiji Resort & Spa executive chef Jean- Marc Ruzzene. Photo: SUPPLIED.

choice of casual and elegant dining experiences. Sotel boasts Denarau Island’s most sophisti- cated signature restaurant, plus relaxed bars and café-style eateries for amazing variety, indoors and out. Creative menus showcase the best local produce and selected imported delicacies, mak- ing this resort the place to be on the Fiji food trail. Restaurants include previous winner of Fi- ji’s ‘restaurant of the Year Award, Salt for down to earth and delicious meals; Lagoon Restaurant for themed buffet options and open aired terrace dining, and V Restaurant - a contemporary and comfortably cool Fijian dining encounter seat- ing for up to 70 guests who truly enjoy the art of ne food and wine. Other outlets include Lati- tude 17 Cocktail Bar, Breeze Bar and French sidewalk cafe, La Parisienne.

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Fiji Chefs cook up a storm in world meet

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PRASAD

Fiji Chefs Association members have been cooking up a storm in world circles following a successful out- ing at the recent Global Chefs Challenge in Australia. Led by FCA president Shailesh Naidu, the head chef of award winning Outrigger on the Lagoon Fiji, the team consisted of 2012 Pastry Chef of the Year Kelera Nalewabau of Fiji Beach Resort & Spa (managed by Hilton); 2012 Junior Chef of the Year Ab- hinesh Sharma of Sheraton Fiji Resort and 2012 Fiji Chef of the Year Priya Darshani of Outrigger on the Lagoon. Abhinesh Sharma scooped the rst prize in the ‘Global Young Chef of the Year’ cat- egory relegating New Zealand to the second spot while Priya Darshani took on the third spot in the overall ‘Global Chefs Challenge’ behind Aus- tralia (1st) and New Zealand (2nd) respectively. Under the ‘Global Pastry Chefs’ challenge, Kelera Na- lewabau also registered the third spot under her name with New Zealand scooping the rst and Australia the second spot respectively. Pacic Oz-tralasia was the main sponsor of the team which was also funded by Fiji Chefs Association. The team also had strong backing from the Outrigger on the Lagoon · Fiji; Fiji Beach Resort & Spa (managed by Hilton), Shera- ton Fiji Resort and APTC. The team is also grateful to chef Jason Carroll and chef Clinton Webber from Hilton

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and Sheraton respectively for the sound training sessions. FCA also makes a special mention to the world class patisserie tutor of APTC, chef Amanda Young for her highly specialized pastry training for pastry chef Kelera Nalew- abau. FCA president Shailesh Naidu is all excited about the recent achievements and many other positive things happening within the Associa- tion. “Please note that all the winners will be representing the Pacic Rim continent in the World Finals against win- ners of six other continents in Stavanger, Norway in 2014. This will be held during the WACS Chefs Congress rep- resented over by 93 countries from around the globe,” Mr Naidu informed. “Once again I extend a big thanks to everyone involved. We couldn’t have done this without your support. We are now stepping into the world

stage to compete and it is proud to say that our Fiji ag will be ying high amongst the top countries in the world cuisine. “As for now we start to plan and prepare for the big one; I will again need your help and support to see chef Abhinesh Sharma off to Eu- rope,” Mr Naidu said. “Another good news is that we have nally launched our website, please log on to www.jichefs.org for more info.” Meanwhile Mr Naidu has been re-appointed the presi- dent of the Fiji Chefs Asso- ciation following their annual general meeting at the Tanoa International Hotel on Sun- day, May 11. Chef Adrian Brett, Group Chef of Tanoa Hotels has been appointed the business man- ager of the association as well. The association is now planning a golf fundraising drive with the help of Mat- thew Allan of Bakels Fiji.

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New look website for Tourism Fiji

Fiji’s effort to attract more international visitors has been given a signicant boost with the launch of a new Tourism Fiji website to showcase the country and its attractions. The search engine-friendly address, www.ji.travel, is a state of the art, interactive site that allows holidaymakers to organize most aspects of their visit themselves before they leave home, including obtain- ing quotes and making book- ings. The website’s unique built- in Travel Planner can tailor individual preferences for the full range of Fiji’s offerings - family holidays, romance, backpackers, diving and ad- venture. Prospective visitors can also share their holiday plans with friends and family via social media outlets such as Facebook. Designed by a New Zea- land-based specialist compa- ny, Sparks Interactive, the new website is part of the recently announced global rebranding of the country’s tourism effort under the slogan “Fiji – Where Happiness Finds You”. Launching the site in Nadi recently, the Attorney General and Minister for Tourism, Ai- yaz Sayed-Khaiyum, said the initiative puts Fiji on the cut- ting edge of website market- ing and had important benets for the Fijian tourism industry. “We expect that the ability of holidaymakers to get quotes and book their holidays direct will lead to an overall increase in the number of bookings. Those direct bookings mean more money in the pockets

of local operators, rather than their overseas agents, and more of the returns from tour- ism being kept in Fiji. Local operators are also empowered by giving them easy access to the website to showcase their various attractions. It acts as a kind of living travel brochure about Fiji that can be altered and updated at any time,” he said. The Minister said the web- site exemplied the efforts of the Bainimarama Government to harness the most innovative means, where possible, to ad- vance the national interest. “The international tourism market is highly competitive and there are many other des- tinations vying for the same trade. This website puts us in a great position because of it’s interactive capability and the imaginative way in which it showcases the unique Fijian travel experience,” he said. The Acting Chair of Tour- ism Fiji, Elizabeth Powell, said prospective holidaymak- ers now had a much higher de- gree of control over what they wanted to see and do in Fiji. “Visitors used to be de- pendent on travel agents for advice or the word of mouth of family and friends. Now they can examine all of the available options on one inter- active website from the com- fort of their homes anywhere in the world. With all the in- formation they need at their ngertips in a user friendly online environment, they’re in the best possible position to get the most out of their holi- days and Fiji has more oppor-

tunities to get repeat business ,” she said. The new website is a vital component of the major over- haul and brand transformation announced by Tourism Fiji last year. This includes the appointment of a new global advertising agency, the selec- tion of new public relations and media partners in Aus- tralia, New Zealand and the US, the appointment of a new social media partner and the appointment of a new CEO, Rick Hamilton. The Minister said Fiji had embarked on an exciting transformation in its efforts to market the country, grow the tourism industry and provide ordinary Fijians with more opportunities for employ- ment. “This is all about taking a holistic approach to the whole tourism effort and bringing to- gether the various stakehold- ers to work for the common cause of growing our industry and the national economy. Tourism currently provides over a third of Fiji’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and we are laying the foundation for more growth. Our goal is more visitors, bigger-spend- ing visitors, more return on our collective investment in marketing, more investment in the local industry and above all, more jobs and prosperity for ordinary Fijians,” the Min- ister added.

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They say work is for people who don’t play golf but one of Nadi’s leading businessman Narendra Reddy likes to

mix work and golf together to ultimately give customers

the best service and products on the course. Reddy who owns J. Kevi Group has been a pioneer in

distributing quality golf carts to golf courses and resorts all

over Fiji for the past twenty one years now.

“E-Z-GO is the best product of its type and is made in

USA and we are proud to be the exclusive local distributors of E-Z-GO - A Textron Company and also Jacobsen turf equipment,” Mr Reddy offered. Mr. Reddy added his company is now also distributing other lines of golf carts from Augusta Golf Cars such as Cushman and Bad Boy. “Each model has its own uniqueness and is built to sat-

isfy the individual needs of customers,” Mr Reddy adds.

While addressing guests at the ofcial handing-over of the new E-Z-GO carts for Mana Island Resort, Mr. Reddy

said his company provides the greatest products and ser-

vices for golf carts and utility carts around golf courses, resorts and island properties. “We are very condent that there will be no room for complaints from valued customers and we will be fully geared for all back up service. “A lot of you already know about Cushman products and it is a pleasure to inform that the Cushman line is back in the country.” Mr. Reddy also acknowledged the support of Mr Shiri Singh, Director Finance of Mana Island Resort and their General Manager Mr Masao Tanaka together with the entire management of the resort. While ofcially receiving the carts, Mr Shiri Singh com- mended the management and staff of J. Kevi Group for

their great products and exceptional customer service.

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2013 Nissan NV350 Urvan, when beauty meets safety

T he car has a history

when it was rst

made. Its new E26 model is the fth generation and it boasts of cutting-edge tech- nology, class and unrivalled comfort and safety that make it outstanding. The Nissan NV350 Urvan is the ultimate meeting point of beauty and comfort. Its sleek body and comfortable seats complete a classy ambi- ence. It also has state-of-the- art shiny silver headlamps, in- dicators and brake lights with their smooth curved edges, making for a smooth driving experience with a complete peace of mind. The 2013 Nissan NV350

dating back to 1973

Urvan is available in 4 vari- ants, namely Panel Van, 12 seater window Van, 15 Seater Hi-roof window van and 16 seater Hi-roof, wide body, window van. The 15 and 16 Seater 2013 Nissan NV350 Urvan’s are longer than the previous model E25 Nissan Urvan. The 15 and 16 seater van comes with a spacious inte- rior that allows more com- fort, giving the passengers more legroom and a chance to enjoy a long journey with a large cargo area. Built for driver One has a choice of ei- ther the narrow or wide body model. Its powerful stylish exterior offers a fresh design

It’s the new Nissan Urvan for Red Bull

Red Bull Racing, which is based in Milton Keynes in the UK, is making use of Nissan light commercial vehicles supporting its race operations at this year’s Japanese Grand Prix. To assist with Red Bull’s transportation needs, Nissan’s Light Commercial Vehicle Business Unit is supplying a eet of more than 30 vehicles and related services to the team. Jonathan Wheatley, Red Bull Racing team manager, said:

“Within such a high-pressure and challenging environment as Formula One, we need reliable partners taking care of all our versatile transportation needs all over the world.” “Extensive travel is part and parcel of Formula One, and the transportation of our material and staff are an essential part of our successful operations.

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and is complemented by a driver-friendly cockpit that allows free movement of the driver’s limbs with ample leg- room. The car is generally de- signed around the driver for maximum efciency. This ensures that the van’s most important occupant, the driv- er, is in control no matter the trafc. Powerful, fuel-efcient engine The versatile and respon- sive ve-speed transmission hosts an impressive array of advanced computerised tech- nologies that maximise ef- ciency, ensuring a smooth, dynamic ride at all times. The 16-valve engine is fuel

efcient with 2.5-litre direct injection. Room for safety The safety of both the driver and the passengers is well taken care of with fea- tures like the anti-lock brak- ing system that helps prevent skidding during emergency braking; brake assist which enhances full braking during emergency; and the collaps- ible impact zones and front air bags that all combine to make every journey as safe as it is comfortable. It also has a raised roof that reduces the risk of head injuries in case of an accident.

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Nadi customers impressed

By JOSEPHINE

NAVULA

Customers and invited guests were deeply impressed with the features of the new Nissan Urvan which was of - cially launched at the Carpen- ters Motors Namaka branch on Wednesday, May 15. Unveiling the brand new model in Nadi, Carpenters Motors National Operations Manager Alvin Sharma (pic- tured) said the new Nissan Urvan is the best choice for customers in Fiji. “We need new models of vehicles in Fiji as they come with better and more user- friendly features, are safer, more fuel efcient and keep us on par with the rest of the world. The 2013 Nissan Ur- van is a quantum leap from any other Nissan Urvan sold previously in Fiji for all these reasons,” Mr Sharma said. The new model NV350 Caravan was premiered at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. It went on sale in Japan in 2012 with diesel engine and super long body variants and is now available for sale in Fiji. “The new NV350 Caravan comes with the new YD25D- DTi engine with clean diesel technology that achieves the

DTi engine with clean diesel technology that achieves the class-leading fuel economy of 12.2km per liter

class-leading fuel economy of 12.2km per liter based on Ja- pan’s JC08 mode test cycle,” Mr Sharma added. He said the tough and rigid body construction, and advanced safety devices are important for commercial ve- hicle drivers who work long hours with their vans. “Nissan Urvan’s extremely rigid body, with other- top-in- class safety features, ensures years of trouble free opera- tion.” Sharma added that Carpen- ters Motors is the clear leader in automotive sales, in terms of number of vehicles sold. “We have always believed and succeeded in providing a variety of options to our val- ued clients, especially for a small developing market like Fiji,” he said.

for a small developing market like Fiji,” he said. Staff of Carpenters Motors in front of

Staff of Carpenters Motors in front of the new Nissan Urvan. Below: The new Nissan Urvan which was on display during the launching. Photos: MARGARET NAQIRI.

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Extension of early childhood education

Extension of early childhood education By DIANNE KORARE Principal - ISN Due to a growing need

By DIANNE KORARE Principal - ISN

Due to a growing need for well structured and meaning- ful Early Childhood education in Nadi, International School Nadi has expanded its Pre- school. The school now offers classes for children starting as young as two years old. There are four different programmes depending on the age of your child. International School Nadi believes that the basic skills that children learn during their early childhood years are the foundation for all future learn- ing and that children learn best when activities and materials are authentic, concrete and relevant to their lives. The Pri- mary Years Progamme offered in the primary school at ISN is an excellent framework that gives support to active learn- ers and inquirers, enabling them to construct meaning in what they do. In the Early Childhood classes children are given op-

portunities to learn and de- velop through exploration, play and a variety of struc- tured activities. Children are continually and consistently encouraged to grow and de- velop individually, honoring each child’s uniqueness. ISN believes that self esteem is central to a child’s growth. In a guided way, children are encouraged to make their own play choices and take control of their own learning. In Playgroup (Friday mornings) and Headstart (three afternoons) activities include Music/movement and singing; imaginative play outdoor and free play; art and craft activities, language de- velopment and constructive/ manipulative play. Children participate in new experienc- es, develop and increase their social/emotional skills, learn sharing, cooperation and simple routines, interact with adults and children in a safe environment and enjoy learn- ing more about their world. In Early Childhood 1 (four mornings) the children do real work that allows them to demonstrate what they know. ISN takes great pride in offer- ing young children a day full of delight in learning and be- ing together at school. Chil- dren are encouraged to ex- plore and problem solve with materials and diverse experi- ences; they are given opportu- nities to express their imagi- nation and creativity within a structured environment. They are provided with opportuni- ties to develop mathemati-

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cal skills and are introduced to mathematical concepts such as quantity, time, order and shape and encouraged to use mathematical language as they talk about their nd- ings. Through a range of math based activities, students will develop the ability to sort and classify shapes, size and colour, arrange things in order and tell the difference between different shapes and begin to understand numbers. They will become problem solvers. The reading readiness and language programme will provide opportunities for stu- dents to discuss pictures they

see in story books and encour- age them to begin to take an interest in reading and writ- ing. Art, Music and Physical Education are also a central part of the programme. In Early Childhood 2 (Four full days and one morn- ing) there is a strong empha- sis on preparing the child for formal schooling and at ISN, language is central to all learning. Students experi- ence a variety of contextual and meaningful opportunities for reading, writing, speak- ing, viewing and presenting; for a range of purposes, situa- tions and audiences. They are

encouraged to ask and answer questions, recall stories and events, concentrate and listen, recognize and identify letters. Through science-based activ- ities within the inquiry topics, students explore ways objects and living things function. They explore and discuss the ways the world works and show care and respect for themselves and other living things and the environment. Students watch things grow, are inquisitive, curious and investigate and make connec- tions between existing knowl- edge and new learning. They extend their knowledge of

mathematics and take part in Music, drama, Art and Physi- cal Education with specialist teachers. A lovely new playground has been built as a PTA (Par- ents, Teachers and Friends Association) initiative and another classroom has been specially set up for the new programme. The Principal, Dianne Korare (dkorare@isn. school.fj) and the Early Child- hood Coordinator, Babra Nar- ian are available during the week to personally meet with interested parents to discuss these exciting programmes for children.

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Family fun day is back!

International School Nadi (ISN) is busy preparing for its fantastic Fun Day. This is the highlight of the year for the school and all the many people who attend. The Fun Day is be- ing held on Saturday, 8th June from 10am until 3pm. Each class at ISN is preparing their stall; some examples are: Arts and Crafts, Face Painting, Water Balloon Bucket Toss, Disco and the famous Haunted House. The students from Inter- national School Nadi come from twelve different nationalities and there will be food stalls selling food from Korea, Fiji, Aus- tralia, New Zealand and India! There will be activities such as the Bouncy Castle (courtesy of MacDonald’s), the Bungy tram- poline and Buggys, Quad Bikes (Westside Motorbike Rentals). Other stalls include Nail Art, Braiding, Massages, Henna, Pot Plants, Flower arrangements and the popular White Ele- phant Stall which promises great bargain such as second-hand clothes, toys etc. Another great community service on the day is the Breast Cancer Caravan which will offer free blood pressure checks and other health checks. The West Trust Animal Welfare will be there also and they will be putting on a 30 minute pet show. The great thing about the Fun Day is that the entry is free and there is also a free return shuttle bus outside Jack’s in Nadi town every 30 minutes with the rst bus departing at 10am. International School Nadi (ISN) is a private co-educational school located in Nadi. It is a fully accredited International Baccalaureate World school that offers the Primary Years (PYP), Middle Years (MYP) and Diploma (DP) Programmes from Early Childhood to Year 13 (Form 7). It has an enthusi- astic and hardworking staff and a happy and motivated student body. ISN has a current roll of 222 students, from 12 different nations, 30% of whom are Fiji Nationals. Fun Day is an excellent initiative by ISN parents. Interna- tional School Nadi is very fortunate to have such an interested group of parents who willingly organize activities for the stu- dents to celebrate the different cultures in our school. Our PTA (Parent, Teachers Association) have done an excellent job this year under the leadership of Jules Samuels and the hardwork- ing Fun Day committee, parents, staff, students and friends of ISN. There is always such a great feeling of community on the day and the money raised assists with important developments within the school. International School Nadi also offers full and half scholar- ships to outstanding students in Fiji to do the prestigious In- ternational Baccalaureate Diploma. This qualication gives the students access to any university throughout the world. Funds raised at the Fun Day will also support this excellent programme. The Principal of ISN, Dianne Korare and the whole ISN community encourage everyone in Nadi to come along to Fun Day on Saturday 8th June, as we can promise you all a really

great time!

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TISI SANGAM MICRO INSURANCE

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Sangam teams with LICI for Micro Insurance

By MARGARET NAQIRI

Then India Sanmarga Ikya (TISI) Sangam has embarked on

a visionary initiative to provide micro insurance cover to eli-

gible people who are afliated with them by way of member- ship in order to provide social protection and a self supporting mechanism. The aim is to offer the benets of life insurance through a group micro insurance scheme at affordable costs to TISI San- gam members. TISI Sangam CEO Jagannath Sami said the launching was basically the signing and hand over of Master Policy from Life Insurance Corporation of India (LICI) to TISI Sangam. Those people who have already signed and became mem- bers of this micro insurance group also received certicates from LICI acting general manager Sanjeev Jain. “This scheme is to target the disadvantaged, the very poor in our community and we are very hopeful that this would be a great service to our members who are in the lower rank of the economic table. It provides nancial support to the families for funeral expenses,” Mr Sami said. “We have done enough in culture, religion and education, what we have not done is reaching out to our poor members. Our biggest challenge is we have to help the members and no scheme can be successful without the members so we need to have a target set,” Mr Sami added. “For the rst time in the Pacic there is an insurance scheme that is typically targeting the most vulnerable in the community and the country,” says Reuben Summerlin, Regional Financial Inclusion Advisor and Project Manager (Pacic Financial In- clusion Programme - PFIP). “Over 71 people have bought the Micro insurance Policy and are covered for the life insurance for as low as $14.00 a year.”

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TISI Sangam Gives Members Economic Hope

Saturday, 13th April, marked the signing of the LICI -TISI Sangam Microin- surance policy document for- malizing the process of reg- istering Then India Sanmarga Ikya Sangam (TISI Sangam) members in the Nadi district to one of the lowest premi- ums on the insurance market

in Fiji. The event was held at the Sangam school complex

in Nadi.

For the past two years, AusAID together with de- velopment partners Asian Development Bank (ADB), International Labor Organiza- tion (ILO) and the Pacic Fi- nancial Inclusion Programme (PFIP) have collaborated to offer an insurance product that will offer protection to low- income Fijian communities. The LICI -TISI Sangam

Microinsurance Scheme of- fers TISI Sangam’s members the ability to cope with un- expected shocks by paying a minimum premium of FJ$14/ year for FJ$1,000 annual fu- neral coverage. “LICI con- gratulates TISI Sangam for bringing this scheme to the masses and LICI is happy to be partnering with TISI San-

gam to help contribute to the community at large and pro- vide much needed insurance

to the vulnerable communities

who need it most, “expressed Mr. Sanjeev Jain, Acting Gen-

eral Manager, LICI. Mr. Jagannath Sami, CEO, TISI Sangam, Fiji was all smiles as months of planning and negotiations was nally being formalized. Mr. Sami expressed. “For the past two years we have been working with LICI, PFIP and other donors to bring this funeral insurance benet to our door- step, offering our members

from the ages of 18-65 a low premium cover that will give them security and support during unpredictable events like death or accidents.” “We are nally reaching out to our poor Sangam com- munities. For years, Sangam members have been going to Sangam conventions, send- ing their children to Sangam schools-this is an initiative we know that will meet the needs of our members.” PFIP facilitated this part- nership and offered extensive technical assistance to both partners with nancial assis- tance from AusAID. Mr. Reu- ben Summerlin, PFIP Project Manager and Regional Finan- cial Inclusion Advisor com- mented, “Through this part- nership with LICI and TISI Sangam, we think we can clearly demonstrate that there is great potential for insurance

among low income people – that they can understand in- surance and they are willing

to pay for insurance coverage. The death of an individual not only often removes a family’s source of income; it also can force them into debt. Prod- ucts like this will enable poor people to better cope with risks rather than sinking deep- er into poverty.” During the event, Ms. Muni Ratnam Mestry, a TISI Sangam community facilitator was awarded best salesperson award, managing to sign up 51 TISI Sangam members for this funeral insurance scheme. Asked whether she would stop here, she answered fervently, “Oh no! I think I will sign up some more of our members because this is something good and will greatly benet not just the poor but everyone, so I am encouraging all our women members to sign up for themselves and their hus- bands!” PFIP is a Pacic-wide pro- gramme helping to provide sustainable nancial services to low income households. It is a joint project of the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the United Nations Development Pro- gramme (UNDP) and has received additional support from AusAID and the Euro- pean Union. The programme operates from UNDP Pacic Centre in Suva, Fiji.

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AIR PACIFIC ARRIVAL OF SECOND A330 AIRBUS

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Second A330 arrives home

National Carrier Names Second Airbus A330 ‘Island of Namuka-i-Lau’, paying homage to ‘Fiji Airways’ brandmark designer Makereta Matemosi’s home island

Air Pacic (soon to be ‘Fiji Airways’ in June) has wel- comed their second Airbus A330 as it made its maiden voyage to Nadi, Fiji from Toulouse via Los Angeles on Thursday, May 23. To highlight its role as ‘Fiji’s ying ambassador and continue a proud tradition of

naming its aircraft after Fiji’s islands, the new A330 has been named Island of Namu- ka-i-Lau. This island plays an important role with the soon to be adopted ‘Fiji Airways’ identity. Namuka-i-Lau native and renowned Fijian Masi artist Makereta Matemosi de- signed the distinctive Teteva symbol at the heart of the new brandmark and various Masi motifs used in various design elements of the new brand. Namuka-i-Lau is located in Fiji's Lau archipelago and lies northeast of Kabara and south of Moce. The second of three Airbus A330s ordered in October 2011 and designed exclusive- ly for Fiji’s national carrier

- the new aircraft carries the

new ‘Fiji Airways’ branding that is authentic, distinctive,

and true to the airline’s Fijian roots. The aircraft represents state-of-the-art comfort, best- in-class amenities, and the strong future of Air Pacic, which is being renamed ‘Fiji Airways’ in June of 2013. On board the aircraft for its inaugural ight were Act- ing CEO Aubrey Swift, and Permanent Secretary for Fi- ji’s Ministry of Tourism and Public Enterprise, Elizabeth Powell. On the ground in Fiji, the ying ambassador was welcomed with applause as it arrived at the Air Pacic han- gar after a low y over across the Lau Island group. Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama and At- torney General Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum were on hand to welcome the aircraft home. “We’re delighted to re- ceive delivery of our second brand new A330 on schedule and to have introduced the aircraft and th new ‘Fiji Air- ways’ livery and design to the United States. Our new A330 eet will give Fiji a chance to expand services to new and emerging markets and to continue to encourage visitors from the United States to visit Fiji,” said Aubrey Swift, Air Pacic Acting CEO. He continues, “As the ag carrier and national airline of Fiji, we’re committed to bringing attention to the na- tion’s beautiful outer islands, many of which have distinct and unique attractions and attributes. We are extremely proud to name our second Airbus A330 Island of Namu- ka-i-Lau after our Makereta Matemosi’s home.” The new aircraft will go into service on June 3rd with

a ight to Sydney, one of the

airline’s most important mar- kets. Air Pacic’s rst A330-200

aircraft, Island of Taveuni, ar- rived in March this year. These state-of-the-art air- craft feature industry leading capabilities and an enhanced customer experience. These include:

* State-of-the-art in-

ight entertainment from Panasonic’s eX2 industry- leading in-ight entertain- ment system, with on-demand audio/video, games, com- munications and applications

that will be available in both Economy and Business Class.

* 24 business and

249 economy class seats are

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provided by Weber/Zodiac, ensuring optimal comfort for passengers in terms of space, ease of movement, and cush- ioning. * Incorporating the Panasonic in-ight entertain- ment system, each seat will also have a USB and power

outlet for computers, iPads, iPods, tablets and similar de- vices. “The new A330s allow us to dial up our product offering like never before and once the aircraft are inducted in our eet and our ‘Fiji Airways’ brand coming online soon, we are well on our way to of- fering our customers the best

ying experience in the south Pacic.” “This aircraft will deliver improved frequencies across our network, which will cre- ate more connectivity options between Fiji and the South Pacic to Australian, Hong Kong, New Zealand, USA

and beyond.” Tomorrow, Air Pacic will

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also see the delivery of their rst B737 rebranded in the new ‘Fiji Airways’ livery and design. Another refreshed B737 will return to the airline in two weeks time. In June, Air Pacic will be ofcially re-launched as Fiji Airways. The new brand will include a roll-out across the international marketplace, ticket ofces, check-in coun- ters, airport lounge facilities, uniforms and the airline’s of cial website; and a new in-ight experience with en- hanced on-board meal offer- ings across all ights. All four existing Boeing 737s in the airline’s narrow- body eet will be rebranded and upgraded by September 2013. The third A330 will ar- rive in November, by which time the airline’s B747 eet will be returned. At this point, the full turnaround and brand transition will be complete.

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PM’s ofcial address at the arrival of new A330 Airbus

Distinguished guests, My fellow Fijians. Bula vinaka and a very good afternoon to you all. Two months ago, I stood here with many of you to welcome the rst of the new Fiji Airways A 330s – Island of Taveuni. It was a day we will never forget because of the surge of pride that owed through every Fijian. As the new plane ew low over our islands, cities, towns and villages, tens of thousands of people came out to welcome it.

The sense of excitement was amazing. It was a special day to be Fijian. When they gazed up, people could see Fiji Airways in big bold letters - the name of our country on a brand new wide- bodied plane, the rst we’ve ever owned. And they could see something spectacular – a design that speaks to all of us - the masi livery created not by some fancy design studio overseas but by one of our own – an ordinary Fijian by the name of Makareta Matamosi. Like every Fijian, I was tremendously impressed and in- spired by her creation. How wonderful that this is the image of Fiji that these new planes will take to airports around the world. How wonderful that Makareta’s creation has been hailed as brilliant by so many design experts around the world. Makareta, vinaka vakalevu. You did us proud. You did your country proud and you did your home island proud. Which is why today we welcome “ Island of Namuka-i-lau”. As you all know, Air Pacic has a tradition of naming its aircraft after islands and this tradition continues with Fiji Air- ways. And so it was that I suggested to the Air Pacic Board that we name this second Airbus after Makareta’s island in honour of her work. This afternoon, before it landed here in Nadi, the plane ew low over Namuka-i-Lau to give the people there a closer look. We can be sure it was a thrill they will remember for the rest of their lives. Because now Namuka-i- Lau isn’t just a small obscure is- land in Lau but the name on a state- of- the- art aircraft that millions of people will see at airports around the world. Of course, the arrival of our second A330 can never be as exciting as the rst. But I believe this is equally special because we are reminded of the richness of our culture and the wonder- ful creativity of artisans like Makareta who keep it alive and display it to the world. The plane itself is the second of three that have been de- signed for our use from the ground up. They are hugely important for the new Fiji Airways and for every Fijian – because they are destined to bring millions of visitors to our shores in the coming years to underpin the strength of our economy and ensure the nation’s prosperity. They are also ying billboards for Fiji – a message to the world that we are open for business and want to share our beautiful surroundings, our culture and our hospitality with the peoples of other lands. “Fiji, where happiness nds you”. Fiji Airways, the best way to get to Fiji because the Fijian experience begins before you arrive. As I’ve said before, my Government encourages competi- tion as the best way to keep airfares affordable for ordinary people. But that doesn’t stop me from urging every Fijian to support their national airline, to keep their dollars in Fiji and safeguard the jobs of Fijian workers. With these new planes, Fiji Airways gains a new ability to compete against its rivals. Now that the second is here, the airline will be starting its A330 service to Sydney in a couple of weeks, to add to those already operating to Auckland, Brisbane and Hong Kong. And soon, the new aircraft will begin ying to Los Angeles, with extra services coming on stream later in the year when the third and nal Airbus arrives and our 747s are retired. Later next month, Air Pacic formally becomes Fiji Air- ways. The new branding will be unveiled across its network, cabin staff will begin wearing their new uniforms and higher standards of in-ight services will be introduced. When that happens, Fiji Airways will really begin to soar

– condent, competitive and eager to nd new routes and op- portunities. I want to thank the management and staff of Air Pacic for the way in which they’ve worked together over the past couple of years to reverse the airline’s fortunes. There’s a new spirit in the airline as workers begin to share in the prots that are owing from its better performance. It is spearheading the labour reforms that my Government wants in the interests of all Fijians. Far from reducing workers’ rights

– as some claim – we are empowering them by giving them

a nancial stake in the airline’s success. A stake in the future. The evidence of that new spirit is all around us today – a day to remember, a day to be proud of our national airline, a day to be proud to be Fijian. We welcome the “Island of Namuka-i-lau”. Vinaka vakalevu. Thank you.

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McHAPPY DAY

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McHappy Day a great success

McDonald’s Fiji held their inaugural McHappy Day event in their restaurants on Saturday, May 11. McHappy Day is an annual event for McDonald’s restau- rants worldwide whereby a percentage of that day’s sales go towards charity. The McDonald’s Fiji restaurants organised a main event at their restaurant in Laucala Bay which included an outside broadcast in partnership with local media as well as the hosting of various games and competitions for children. All three restaurants gave out balloons and offered face painting for kids to commemorate this day. Radio personalities were also present behind the counters at Suva and Laucala Bay in support of the event from 10am to 2pm. McDonald’s Fiji fundraising efforts included the sale of $1 McHappy Day Smiles from April 11th – May 11th and the do- nation of $1 from every McValue Meal sold on McHappy Day. The response for the McHappy Smiles has been very posi- tive with all three restaurants exceeding expectations. The proceeds from the fundraising will go directly towards Fiji Kid’s! Learning for Life – A charitable organisation based out of Sigatoka whose focus is on connecting less fortunate families with sponsors who provide the funds to ensure their children are able to attend school.

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Fiji Kids! Founder Julie Hoskison has conveyed her utmost appreciation to the management of McDonalds Fiji for teaming up with them. From its humble begin-

ning in 2009 following the devastating oods that year, Fiji Kids! has grown and to- day is in need of more stra- tegic partners and donors in order to carry out its core activity – that is to help send the poorest kids to school for a brighter future. “We cannot believe how

much we have grown in that time and so appreciate the support from McDonalds Fiji and of course The Jet newspaper,” Ms Hoskison stated via an email message. The organisation is based in Sigatoka and more infor- mation can be found on their website www. jikids.org.

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Dollar a day can help erase poverty

By JULIE HOSKISON of Fiji Kids!

Think of Fiji and the rst thing that comes to mind is

a memorable island holiday,

a luxurious resort, a tropical

paradise with miles of idyllic golden sand and swaying co- conut trees. For almost 1 million peo- ple the beautiful islands of Fiji is home. But for many, life in para- dise is no holiday. Home is a basic shelter with no power or water. The family must grow everything it needs to eat, and cash income may amount to a few dollars a week. Even the basics are out of reach. Despite the number of families living below the bread line, education is not free in Fiji. The cost of school fees, uniforms, shoes and books amounts to hundreds of dol- lars every year. For many children, com-

pleting their education is an impossible dream. Without an education, another generation will be trapped in poverty. Fiji Kids! Learning for Life was registered as a char-

ity in Fiji in 2010. We connect

destitute families with spon- sors who provide the funds to ensure these children are able to attend school. Our sponsors commit to continue their support until the student leaves school. Through education we give these young people and their families hope for the future. They have the opportunity to get meaningful employment and to break out of the pov- erty cycle. Fiji Kids! Sponsors change lives for less than $1 per day. In one such incident, little Shalini was abandoned by her parents and lives in deep poverty in an abandoned farm building, cared for by her aunt and grandmother. Neither of them is literate and they have no means of supporting her.

“The management of McDonalds wishes to thank all customers who have supported the McHappy Day”

to thank all customers who have supported the McHappy Day” Shalini’s education is now sponsored through

Shalini’s education is now sponsored through Fiji Kids. We pay for her fees, uniforms, books and all school supplies, and will continue to do so un-

attend the nearby primary school. Their father no longer worries about how to afford the fees. The boys smile a lot, and are excited to go to school

In January each year, Fiji Kids enrols all students into school, pays school fees and on one (very busy) day issues each student with their uni-

heart-breaking to say no, es- pecially with a wait-list of sponsors ready to go. To continue our work, we need your help - your dona-

til she completes high school. We hope and pray this assis-

in their smart uniform, shiny shoes and with a bag full of

forms, books, shoes and sup- plies for the year. Sponsors

tion will help us fund a local Education Ofcer and set up

tance means a better future

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for Shalini.

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Mr Deo is a single father caring for 3 small boys. They live in a make shift dwelling, sharing one large mattress. The family earns a small amount of money farming cabbages. The day starts at 5am collecting re wood for the stove which is an impro- vised 44 gallon drum. They have no electricity, running water or toilet. Clothes and bodies are washed in the river. The three young boys now

diligent student but her moth- er was unable to keep up with the cost of sending her two daughters to high school. Shabnam was sponsored to complete the last 3 years of her education. Her gener- ous sponsor even provided her with a laptop – a complete luxury! Shabnam has now graduated and been accepted into a Diploma course to study to be a primary school teacher.

Overseas sponsors are welcome to visit throughout the year to meet their “Fiji Kid”. Fiji Kids! now sponsors 82 students at 12 schools - as a “volunteer only” grass-roots charity we have reached our capacity. Every day we are faced with desperate parents who live in extreme hard- ship. However, we have taken the very hard step to suspend all further sponsorships. It is

Our target this year is FJ$20,000 (AUD$10,000). With this support we can en- sure we give our students the support they need, and sup- port additional stricken fami- lies. If you can help us, we can help them – click www.jik- ids.org/donate.php for your donations which will make that difference in a needy kid’s life. Vinaka Vaka Levu.

"Congratulations to McDonalds on your inaugural McHappy Day"
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New menu at Cuppabula

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People of Nadi will now no longer have to travel far to get the best mouth watering food and special varieties of ‘Pacic- feel-good’ drinks - thanks to the Tappoo Groups’ Cuppabula Coffee Shop which launched their new menu recently. Opened in October last year, the new café is located within their Fiji Market outlet along the main street in the corner of Ashram Road. “Our Fiji Market concept store has been operational in Nadi since 2007. Its popularity amongst customers and exemplary success warranted an expansion, so we re-designed and opened Fiji Market opposite our Tappoo Nadi department store last Oc- tober, bigger and better,” Tappoo Nadi Department Store Man- ager Ratesh Prasad said. “The new Fiji Market also houses our famous Cuppabula Coffee Shop. Prior to this we had customers traveling from Nadi to our Cuppabula outlet in Sigatoka to enjoy our famous Ice Coffee and Pizza, which we reckon is the best in Fiji,” Mr Prasad added. Mr Prasad said Fiji Market has a lot to offer from other simi- lar shops in town. “Fiji Market is much more than a handicraft store - it is a true Fijian experience, offered for the rst time in Fiji by any retailer. Tappoo Fiji Market offers an extensive range of products, complimented by Spa Fiji, Cuppabula Coffee Shop, live in-store entertainment, henna and tattoo art, hair braiding amongst other offerings which are all seamlessly linked to each other,” he said. The Tappoo Group also invited VIP guests at the launching of the new menus at the Cuppabula Coffee Shop recently. Tappoos Group has Fiji Market concept stores in Nadi, Siga- toka, Tappoo City in Suva and Nadi Airport.

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The Holy Qur’an speaks of creation only in step by step progressive stages which are well provided for, categorically rejecting the concept of spontaneous gen- eration. Several verses suggest an evolution controlled and directed by the hand of the Creator.

Evolution

“That you shall assuredly pass on from one “What is the matter with you that you expect not wisdom and staidness from Allah? ‘And He has created you in different forms and dif- “O man, what has emboldened thee against thy Gracious Lord, Who created thee, then perfected thee, then proportioned thee aright? In whatever form He pleased, He fashioned

thee aright? In whatever form He pleased, He fashioned Those who remember Allah while standing, sitting,

Those who remember Allah while standing, sitting, and lying on their sides, and ponder over the creation of the heavens and the earth: ‘Our Lord, Thou hast not created this in vain; nay, Holy art Thou; save us, then, from the

“Verily, in the creation of the heavens and the earth and in the alternation of night and day, and in the ships which sail in the sea with that - lah sends down from the sky and quickens therewith the earth after its death and scatters therein all kinds of beasts, and in the change of the winds, and the clouds pressed into ser- vice between the heaven and the earth — are indeed Signs for the people who understand.” (Ch.2 v.165)

indeed Signs for the people who understand.” (Ch.2 v.165) Contrary to the common belief at that

Contrary to the common belief at that time and for the many centuries to come the Holy Qur’an clearly stated that the mountains are not stationary and are rather drawn from this would be that the earth is also rotating along with them. The Holy Qur’an is thus highlighting the motion of the earth along its orbit around the sun, centuries before it became common knowledge.

Moving Mountains

“And thou seest the mountains which thou away like the passing of the clouds — the work of Allah Who has made everything per- fect. Verily, He knows full well what you do.”

per- fect. Verily, He knows full well what you do.” The word “wahi” used to indicate

The word “wahi” used to indicate “inspiration” is also used for God’s revelation to his prophets. The Honey Bee is the recipient of the divine revelation or inspira- tion that in this context means the natural instincts with which God has endowed this species.

“And thy Lord has inspired the bee, saying, ‘Make thou houses in the hills and in the trees and in the trellises which they build. ‘Then eat of every kind of fruit, and follow the ways of thy Lord that have been made easy for thee.’ There comes forth from their bellies a drink of varying hues. Therein is cure for men. Surely, in that is a Sign for a people who

is cure for men. Surely, in that is a Sign for a people who “And We

“And We have made the heaven a roof, well protected; yet they turn away from its Signs.” (Ch.21 v.33)

“Who made the earth a bed for you, and the heaven a roof, and caused water to come down from the clouds and therewith brought forth fruits for your sustenance. Set not up, there- fore, equals to Allah, while you know.” (Ch.2

v.23)

there- fore, equals to Allah, while you know.” (Ch.2 v.23) The Holy Qur’an depicts many aspects

The Holy Qur’an depicts many aspects of cosmology and astronomy including the beginning of the universe and the big bang, the expanding nature of the universe, the celestial orbits, path of the sun and the moon, the different nature of light coming from the sun and the moon, the collapse and ending of the universe as we know it, the recreation of the universe, the existence of Extraterrestrial Life and our contact with it.

Cosmology

“Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were a closed-up mass, then We opened them out …” (Ch.21 v.31) “And the heaven We built with Our own pow- ers and indeed We go on expanding it.” (Ch.51 “Remember the day when We shall roll up the heavens like the rolling up of written scrolls shall We repeat it – a promise binding upon Us; We shall certainly perform it.” (Ch.21

binding upon Us; We shall certainly perform it.” (Ch.21 Contrary to the common belief at that

Contrary to the common belief at that time, the Holy Qur’an clearly distinguishes between the light coming from the sun and the moon and uses words that de- - tor. The Holy Qur’an also clearly states that the sun sun itself is also moving towards a prescribed course, clearly indicating the celestial orbits and the move- ment of the entire solar system within the milky way.

Astronomy

“He it is Who made the sun radiate a brilliant

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“And He it is Who created the night and the day, and the sun and the moon, each gliding “And the sun is moving on the course pre- scribed for it. That is the decree of the Al- mighty, the All- Knowing God. And for the moon We have appointed stages, till it be- comes again like an old dry branch of a palm- tree. It is not for the sun to overtake the moon, nor can the night outstrip the day. All of them

the moon, nor can the night outstrip the day. All of them The word used to

The word used to depict living creatures in this verse is “Da’bbah”, it covers all animals which creep or move along the surface. It does not apply to animals which spiritual life. This verse speaks not only of the possibil- ity of extraterrestrial life, but it categorically declares that it does exist. The last part of the verse states that He (Allah) will bring together the life in the heavenly bodies and the life on earth when He so pleases.

Extraterrestrial Life

“And among His Signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and of whatever living creatures He has spread forth in both. And He has the power to gather them together when

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Clay subjected to cycles of wetting and drying can link molecules of the amino acid known as glycine. The cycling transfers energy from the environment to the role in the creation and maintenance of pre-biotic or- ganisms; their decay and fermentation created the pri- mordial soup. The Holy Qur’an clearly states that the material used for the making of pottery-like plates was decayed organic matter-stagnant blackish mud.

Origin of Life

“And, surely, We created man from dry ring- ing clay, from black mud wrought into shape.” (Ch.15 v.27) “And the Jinn We had created before from the “He created man from dry ringing clay which is like baked pottery.” (Ch.55 v.15) “… And We made from water every living thing…”(Ch.21 v.31) Evolution “That you shall assuredly pass on from one “What is the matter with you that you expect not wisdom and staidness from Allah? ‘And He has created you in different forms and dif- “O man, what has emboldened thee against thy Gracious Lord, Who created thee, then perfected thee, then proportioned thee aright? In whatever form He pleased, He fashioned

thee aright? In whatever form He pleased, He fashioned Verses in the Holy Qur’an describe the

Verses in the Holy Qur’an describe the different stages of fetal development. Various references are made to the different shapes and forms of the fetus, to the fact that not all fertilized embryos complete the full fetal cy- cle and to the existence of the abdominal wall, uterine wall and the embryonic sacs (the “threefold darkness”).

Embryology

“… We have indeed created you from dust, then from a spermdrop, then from clot- formed and partly unformed, in order that We may make Our power manifest to you. And We cause what We will to remain in the wombs for an appointed term; then We bring you forth as babes; then We rear you that you may attain to your age of full strength …” (Ch.22 v.6)

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TRAVEL AND TOURISM

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First ever locally built $3 Million Catamaran launched

By JOSEPHINE NAVULA

Launching of the new Ma- lolo Cat 4 catamaran at the Musket Cove Island Resort recently has marked a mile- stone in the local tourism industry. Describing the rst ever catamaran to be built in Fiji, Leeward Island Services Director, Jayson Raffe said Malolo Cat 4 now represents the best value, and most reli- able, passenger ferry services in Fiji, as it marks the special day in the history of Leeward Island services. “Leeward Island services began as a joint venture be-

tween Dick Smith, Reg Raffe, and Sir Ian Mcfarlane in the 1970’s. The company was formed to develop and operate the Malolo-Lailai aireld, to allow guests another form of access to the Island,” he said. Raffe said in 1997, Dick and Reg decided to expand the business and purchased a 60 person passenger ferry from Cougar Catamarans in Queensland. “Malolo Cat 4 is the larg- est composite boat built in Fiji that can accommodate 181 passengers, including 160 in- door premium economy seats from Bertereaux Australia.”

“Malolo Cat was built in Fiji, as an alternative to im- porting a vessel. This allowed us to tailor the boat to our needs, take a more command- ing role in the design process, whilst employing as many as 40 local staffs,” he said. Chief Guest at the cere- mony, Honorable Minister for Tourism & Attorney General, Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum said the launching is a milestone achievement for the country as a whole. “Today marks the launch of the rst ever catamaran built in Fiji, and we should all celebrate in this,” he said.

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By DOCTOR ROHITASH CHANDRA

A large portion of chil- dren are exposed to violence when they are growing up with family violence and those through entertainment such as games and movies. We should question on the gain in allowing our chil- dren to play violent games and watch violent movies. There is nothing that kids gain, actually they lose in terms of time and money. If these games are replaced by educational games that help children in thinking, prob- lem solving, humane values and creative thinking, then it will help in their education and life. Human beings in general are in a very fragile state at the moment. We are torn be- tween science and religion that has been inuenced by politics. There is a lot of rage in people and violent games, pornography and videos cer- tainly incite people. Why should the world take risks and entertain itself with such forms of violence? We can understand that some level of violence in videos and

Violence and Entertainment

games is acceptable which may also train the mind and body for self defense when it is needed. The theme of the game is important and violence in sporting games such as boxing and wrestling games is understandable. The same applies to movies and television. Proper censorship of abu- sive music, games and vid- eos can have good effects on students and their behavior. Freedom has responsibility and just as we like to drink clean water, it is important to censor the forms of enter- tainment and make it more educational. Entertainment can become educational. In- stead of giving importance to celebrities such as movie actors, the media can give importance to scientists, en- gineers, doctors, writers and social workers who contrib- ute to the community. Edu- cation needs to be entertain- ing and 'cool' - something that is fun to take part. Mu- sic art and literature is very important for the society and their forms can dene the ux of the society in terms of peace and prosperity.

Dr Rohitash Chandra is the Founder and Executive Director of Software Foun- dation Fiji. This article expresses the independent view of the author which does not represent or as- sociate with any particular organisation.

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HUMAN RESOURCES Newsroom 5164 Vodafone / Inkk By SUNILA KARAN S ome people say per- formance

By SUNILA KARAN

S ome people say per- formance is getting the job done. Produc-

ing the result that we aim for, and nothing else matters. If we don’t reach the results, we haven’t done the job well. When we hire employees, there are certain factors out- lined by the employer. These include the basic employee performance expectations, and the tasks and projects that employee will be responsible for. During the time of em- ployment, the employee will undergo evaluation, where review will be conducted and performance will be evaluated to see whether the employee is working towards the company goals or not. Along with the hiring, a list of responsibili- ties and expectations comes along too, like, customer sat- isfaction, market research, for example. Employee performance is most important for the organi- zation. It keeps the employee on track in terms of his/her job responsibilities. Performance reviews ensure that the em- ployee is focused on their jobs and are working towards the company’s goals. What internal factors might inuence employee perfor- mance?

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The three factors that inu- ence employee performance and those that are most com- mon in many organizations are, (1) skills decit, which arises when skills do not match the job description and responsibilities. From the employee’s perspectives, it means, “I don’t really know how to perform this task or job”, (2) motivational decit, which means, employees do not have the interest to per- form the task or job, and from their perspective, it means, “I don’t really want to perform this job.” And (3) resources decit, which means there are very little or no resources or tools to perform the task or job, and from the employee’s perspective, it means “Can I really perform this task or job, or am I getting burnt-out trying so hard to perform this job?” For example, healthcare industry is unique in which both performance and suc- cess are not only measured by nancial returns, but also by customer satisfaction. The most successful healthcare organizations act upon the needs of all its customers to improve the delivery of care and achieve memorable expe- riences for its customers. In healthcare, it’s vital that a job gets done properly; therefore, the performance of the workers is most important. In an article written by Fletcher (2001), job dissat- isfaction was one of the fac- tors that impacted employee performance in a hospital. He said many doctors and nurses felt “devalued in their job.”

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By PRANESH

AMARSEE

Bula everybody. When a sporting team goes out on the eld, what does it do? This may be a strange question to some thinking what the hell is this guy talk-

ing about. Well put it this way, what do you do every day? By now you must be thinking and you don’t have to think hard.

Focusing on your ‘core business’

focuses on in its business op- erations. Many market lead- ers aim to maintain a strong position in their core business areas, but they usually remain open to developing new areas of activity as perceived busi- ness opportunities arise. Core business is where a company's resources perform most effectively and where you have determined are its best long term opportunities for creating value. The identi- cation of what is a company's core business, and a review of the alignment between activi- ties and its core business are part of the strategic business planning process. Refocusing resources on core business has been strong- ly linked with companies that have performed well during recessions and that have po-

resources and distracting the company's capabilities in scat- tered directions away from activities that are critical to its future. Strategic decisions to divest peripheral activities may assist in allowing core activities to be more effective- ly supported and preserved. Where a company is in a position to do so, a downturn often presents the opportunity to acquire businesses, equip- ment and skilled people that would not be accessible in normal times. Strategic ac- quisitions that augment core capabilities are an efcient means to access new tech- nology, products or markets quickly and cost effectively. However, acquisitions that diverge from core business or that require intensive support may well create undue strain on the company's personnel, nances and other resources. Your belief in the strength of your core business is a guide to managing through a recessionary period, invest- ing in your most competitive capabilities to build market share, develop new products and move ahead of competi- tors. A new Australian surf busi- ness has learnt a lesson from surf brand Billabong's recent troubles: never turn your back on your main market, namely passionate surfers. Ryan Mets, 26, one of the founders of Boardcave, an online marketplace of custom surfboards, says surf brands suffer dire consequences by drifting away from their core customer base. ''In these early stages we are aware of the importance of our core customers or 'image leaders', which are actually dened by Billabong's own

researchers as board sport fanatics and board sport par- ticipants, who are the major inuences in the surf market,'' says Mets. ''A large percentage of our customers are made up of this core market and it's essen-

tial we stay relative to and in touch with these inuencers

as we broaden our product of-

fering,'' he says. Let me now explain in simple language. My very good friend and close buddy always reminded us as fol-

lows: an electrician cannot open a plumbing business, an accountant cannot open

a pharmacy, a doctor cannot open a mechanical garage,

and an engineer cannot open

a garment factory, and so on.

We will do business which we

are capable of doing from day one. Off course diversica- tion of business is important but it only happens with hir- ing of expertise. Sometimes, amongst all the promotion, e-mails, blogging, and the likes – we can lose focus on our core business. If you are

a crafter, then your core busi-

ness is your craft. If you are an artist, then your core business

is your art, your style. We can

forget sometimes to actually work on improving our core business, because we are dis- tracted by all the necessary marketing and other admin-

istrative tasks that surround the running of a one-person micro-biz. Here are two good exam- ples. Sony. Not long ago, the Walkman was as ubiquitous

as the iPod is today, and Sony

dominated the market for TVs, cameras, video record- ers, and many other consumer electronics. But as Sony be-

came a huge conglomerate with lm and music divisions, it lost leadership in many of its core product lines. What tripped up Sony and some of its competitors was the move from hardware to software, which put the emphasis on the brains of the device rather than the circuitry. As a result,

faster-moving competitors like LG, Samsung, Vizio, Ap- ple, and the various makers of cell phones—which of course come with cameras these days—have outpaced this old- school innovator. However Sony was quick to realise its core business. Sony has po-

sitioned its digital imaging, game and mobile businesses as the three main pillars of its

electronics business and will focus investments in these areas going forward. Sony anticipates that approximately 70% of its total R&D budget will be dedicated to these ar- eas. By growing these three businesses, Sony aims to gen- erate approximately 70% of total sales and 85% of operat- ing income for the entire elec-

tronics business from these categories by the scal year ending March 31, 2015 (scal

year 2014). Motorola. Its rst big suc- cess came with car radios, which led to two-way radios, which eventually led Motoro- la to build and sell the world's rst mobile phone. Motorola dominated that business as recently as 2003, when it in- troduced the trendy Razor, the biggest-selling mobile phone ever at the time. But Motor- ola failed to focus on smart-

phones that can handle E-mail and other data, and rapidly lost share to newcomers like Research in Motion, Apple, LG, and Samsung. Motorola

was vanquished so swiftly that its cell phone division be- came a perennial money-loser and the rm announced plans this year to spin it off into a separate company, allowing the core Motorola to focus on networking equipment and a few other areas. So remember Businesses core business activity is some- thing it does especially well in comparison to its competitors. It has an advantage because the Company acquires exper- tise that competitors do not have. The processes may be such things as better research, better manufacturing process- es, technology etc. The art and science of business strategy is in dening oneself as differ- ent from others, in a way that builds on who we really are (i.e. that avoids 'strategy by wishful thinking') and that is relevant to a set of customers. Then we must set out to 'own' that space. Companies that succeed in doing this move away from the head-to-head, price-based competition that drives returns down. God bless Nadi, Fiji

‘A large percentage of our customers are made up of this core market and it’s essential we stay relative to and in touch with these inuences as we broaden our prod- uct offering ’

A

sports team be it soccer,

sitioned themselves for strong

rugby or netball when goes

growth in the following re-

on

the eld of play, it has one

covery period.

common mind set, that is to play hard and win. When you wake up everyday you get ready to go to work or school

Strategic investments for the long term are critical to any business. In a recession, maintaining expenditure on

and you can’t change that. If you are working you can’t get

investments for the future such as brand building, in-

up

one day and say I will go

troducing new products and

to

school. We all are binded

R&D are a key part of posi-

by

our needs and wants and

tioning the company for re-

in

order to achieve these we

covery.

need to stay focussed. A sports team needs to stay focussed.

Successful management of a business during a reces-

In

life we all have set motives.

sion often involves cutting out

We all know what actions to take everyday. We all have our own goals to achieve.

parts of a business that are not creating value so as to con- centrate resources on the core

However if we get distracted

activities, even increasing ex-

or

start doing things which are

penditure on core marketing

not part of our lives, we will fail in achieving the desired goals. Similarly in every busi- ness we do or own, our focus will be in the “core business”. Core business - The pri- mary area or activity that a company was founded on or

and development activities. Selling under-performing assets is often undertaken in difcult times specically to bolster cash reserves. Busi- ness activities and assets re- lated to non-core business may also be tying up internal

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Georgia students study corals

Georgia Institute of Tech- nology students visited Mana Island Resort and Spa for the rst time to study its coral reef structure as part of their three months Pacic Study Abroad Program. The group spent six weeks in New Zealand, four in Aus- tralia and nished the pro- gram with two weeks in Fiji which was spent in the Coral Coast and in Mana Island. During the time of this program the students take up courses covering the en- vironment, culture, history and economics of the visited region. According to the Pro- gram leader Professor David Garton, the group are mostly students from the College of Engineering and some from other majors such as Biology, Chemistry and Management. Professor Garton stated that besides lectures on the

Marine activities staff measuring Ratu Mana. Photo: MES.

ecology of reef systems the students also learned about threats to coral reefs and the important role of Marine Pro- tected Areas. Field exercises in this course required students to identify major reef species (corals and invertebrates),

their distribution, and relative abundance before analysing and presenting their eld data

in class.

Professor Garton added that while the academic exer- cises provided a background on how coral reef systems function, the Biology course

covered the study of coral reef at three locations (Heron Is- land on the Great Barrier Reef

in Australia and the two loca-

tions in Fiji the Coral Coast and at Mana Island). Part of their program on Mana Island was attending

a lecture session by the Ma-

manuca Environment Society. The Society Assistant Manag- er, Mrs Marica Vakacola cov- ered major project areas in the Mamanuca Group and shared the challenges they face in conserving endangered turtle species and restoration of coral reefs. She also emphasised the importance of working in col- laboration with the Mamanu-

ca member resorts, the local communities and networking with government, non- gov- ernment organisations and academic institutions in the effort in sustainably manag- ing natural resources and con- serving the Mamanuca biodi- versity.

Mrs Vakacola said that the university students actively took part in coral specimen collection, replanting on coral tables and transplanting the

grown coral onto the North

tables and transplanting the grown coral onto the North Little turtle delights Mana By MARICA VAKACOLA

Little turtle delights Mana

By MARICA VAKACOLA

A baby turtle was found crawling ashore at the South Beach of Mana Island on April 1st much to the delight of the staff. For many years, there was no nesting at the Magical Mana Island and the drifter has been named ‘Ratu Mana.’ Probably tired of drifting passively around the Mana Lagoon, ghting waves and predators, the tiny hatchling nally gave up on the popular South Beach. Jimilai Bete who was on duty saw the baby turtle crawling ashore and took it to the rearing pond. Activities Manager, Deborah Manulevu said, “The turtle hatchling was very inactive during its rst hours in their captive pond. After three days the hatchling started feeding and moved around actively and is in the care of the Marine Activities staff. The hatchling is feeding well on seagrass and halimeda which is calcerousgree algae.” Ratu Mana is a Hawkbill turtle belonging to the Eretmochelys imbricate species. The turtle has a shell width of 4.2cm and a length 5.7cm. All measurements recorded was entered in the Turtle Research and Monitory Database Tool (TRED) which is monitored by Sec- retariat of the Pacic Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) of which Mamanuca Environ- ment Society is a member. According to SPREP Turtle Monitoring Representative, Catherine Siota, “The data for the new hatchling will be considered as a unique encounter.” It is the rst turtle recorded in the TRED for the Mamanuca group this year and Mana Environ- ment Team is happy to keep Ratu Mana in their captive breeding pond together with seven other Hawksbill turtles. Three out of the seven hawksbill turtles are ready for release to the environment. “Hawksbill turtles are an endangered species in Fiji and keeping them in captive breeding pond allows more chances of survival. The main danger for hatchlings is from articial lighting. When the babies emerge, they instinctively move in the brightest direction,” Ms Siota said. “Normally, this would be the open night sky reected by the ocean. On a developed beach, articial lights attract the hatchlings, causing them to crawl in the wrong direction. Other dangers include obstructions on the beach, such as beach chairs, holes, or tire tracks, all of which can block their path to the sea.”

Beach reef edge. The exercise was also part of the resorts Environment day activity where guests took part and at the end of the ac- tivity, the house guests were issued certicate of participa- tion. Professor Garton said that “the coral planting activity was an excellent introduction for their students to important environmental issues associ- ated with development in the island region. It also provided an experience in management and restoration of a coral reef, where knowledge is applied to local problems and issues.” Professor Garton said that the coral planting activity compliments the classroom material presented over their six-week long course and hopes to repeat the Mamanuca trip next year.

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Good leadership saves environment

The Mamanuca Environment Society took the lead role on a Leadership and Management Workshop for the Tikina Malolo at Solevu Vil- lage on March 14 and 15. Organized by the I’ Taukei Affairs Board and Institute of Applied Science (IASUSP), the program was intended to cover every province in Fiji. And it targets community leaders such as the Turaga ni Yavusa, Turaga ni Mataqali, Liuliu ni Tokatoka and other leaders that exist within the village. The main objective of the workshop was to train leaders to acquire good leadership and management skills-to positively impact com- munity daily living. Malolo District is compromised of four vil- lages-Yanuya, Tavua, Yaro and Solevu Village. MES-represented by Field Ofcer Sorope- peli Seru was invited to speak on the projects and programs the organization runs in-sync with the district. Mr Seru stressed the importance of proper management and good leadership in the com- munity could control peoples inuence on var- ious environmental laws that are put into place by the government. “An example was about protecting the ma- rine endangered species. Since Turtles is a to- tem to the village of Yanuya, if the Chief of Yanuya possesses good leadership, he would be able to protect the species that is their to-

tem by controlling his people. In other words it would mean that they are protecting their cus- toms and traditions, at the same time conserv- ing the population of Turtles. “Nowadays, community leaders with lack of management and leadership skills would nd it hard to control its people in terms of customs and traditions conservation and as well as the protection of the Fijian bank of life, the natural resources,” he said. It was also agreed by the village leaders for a formation of an environment committee within the village which will work closely with MES in future to deal with every environmen- tal issue that arises. This is part of the village’s community man- agement and leadership plan for the future to help leaders control environmental issues. Fiji Locally Managed Area rep Semisi Meo said good leadership and management skills acquired by a leader will benet the people, land and sea, and its natural resources. “Without good leadership and management, people, land, sea and natural resources will be affected. Resources are threatened because of poor decision making and poor management by traditional leaders. “When there is good management and lead- ership in a community, this will surely reect on the status of natural resources as it will be utilized sustainably,” added Mr Meo.

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Dere names RWC squad

Digicel Fiji 7s Head Coach Alivereti Dere has named a 30 member squad to prepare for the 7s Rugby World Cup in Moscow in June. The squad includes play- ers that played in the recent 2012/2013 IRB World 7s Series. Naitasiri wing Sunia Kubu and Nadroga Rover Ratu Meli Kurinisau have forced their way into the team that also sees the inclusion of eight overseas based players and Alipate Ratini. Member 2013 Rugby World Squad List:- Jasa VEREMALUA, Uliyasi LA- WAVOU, Lepani BOTIA, Jone VOTA, Setefano CAKAU, Nemani NAGUSA, Mosese SAUNIVANUA, Sakuisa GAVIDI, Ilai TI-

NAI, Emosi MULEVORO, Osea KOLINISAU, Samisoni VIRIVIRI, Leone NAKAR- AWA, Donasio RATUBULI, Joji RAGAMATE, Vilitati SOKIVETA, Manasa NAYA- GI, Manueli LAQAI, Vucago BAINITABUA, Ratu Meli KURINISAU, Sunia KUBU, Alipate RATINI, Watisoni VOTU (FRANCE), Seremaia BUROTU (FRANCE), Joeli LUTUMAILAGI (FRANCE), Timoci MATANAVOU (FRANCE), Vereniki GON- EVA (ENGLAND), Nikola MATAWALU (SCOTLAND), Metuisela TALEBULA (FRANCE), Waisea NAYA- CALEVU (FRANCE).

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Veterans IDC all set for Nadi

By SHALENDRA

PRASAD

Nadi will be a hive of ac- tivity following the revival of the annual Veterans Inter-Dis- trict tournament by Fiji FA. The tournament will be played at Prince Charles Park from July 5 - 7, 2013. According to a circular re- leased by Fiji FA, only play- ers who are fourty-years and

over will be able to participate in the games. The tournament has been jointly sponsored by hardware giants RC Manubhai and paint manufacturers Apco Coatings. According to the circular, teams will be required to pay an entry fee of $575 and play- ers should be Fiji citizens or blood relatives of former Fiji citizens who have migrated overseas.

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Lautoka Golf Club to get a facelift

By SHALENDRA

PRASAD

The Lautoka Golf Club is undoubtedly one of the best in Fiji as far as location and sce- nic views is concerned. The excellent mountain- ous views on one side to the beautiful ocean views on the other overlooking the Lautoka Port and the outer islands is located directly opposite the President's Bure. And major plans are now underway to capitalize on the location and turn it around into a major tourist attraction. “We really want to make it a tourist attraction once again and every visitor and golfer has marveled at the location -

the next move is to put in the market to attract tourists,” of- fered LGC chairman of trust- ees Raymond Singh. “I am condent of making it happen and revive the inter- est not only with the members but new visitors as well,” Mr Singh added. The Lautoka Golf Club has also begun the reconstruction of the club house damaged by cyclone Evan last December. Mr Singh conrmed the support given by National Golf Association of Fiji and the various tournament spon- sors has enabled work to start. “The club house was built during the Colonial Sugar Renery days with the hon- ors board having all records intact since 1931,” Mr Singh

informed. “The club has produced many top golfers who have gone to represent Fiji during the South Pacic Games on numerous occasions notably, 1987 SPG teams gold medal- ist Shiu Sami Naidu and 1995 SPG teams gold medalist Daven Gopal. “Most notable is our very own former world Number One, Vijay Singh who record- ed back to back wins in 1981 and 1982 to win the Lautoka Open Championship before turning professional. “Despite the limited re- sources the golf course and club house has a great tour- ist attraction location and we wish to take full advantage of this,” Mr Singh concluded.

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Government boosts sporting bodies

Two sporting organisations received a major nancial boost for overseas tournament prepa- rations under government’s al- location of $1.5 million for as- sisting sporting bodies. Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Com- mittee (FASANOC) and Net- ball Fiji received a cheque of $49,000 and $80,000 respec- tively from the Fiji National Sports Commission for their preparation for international tournaments. Fiji National Sports Com- mission (FNSC) executive chairman, Peter Mazey said the contributions given to the two sporting organisations was part of government’s allocation of $1.5 million to assist FA- SANOC (Pacic Mini Games), Netball Fiji (World Youth Championships in Glasgow and Pacic Netball Series in Samoa), Rugby League (World Championships in United King-

dom) and Fiji Rugby (7s World Cup in Moscow). Mr Mazey said government has provided substantial fund- ing for sporting developments this year. “We have an additional $1.5 million for those sports and ad- ditional funds as well for assist- ing other sporting organisations in the hosting of tournaments in Fiji, bringing in sporting experts and scholarships for athletes to go overseas,” Mr Mazey said. FASANOC chief executive ofcer, Lorraine Mar said that FASANOC was grateful for the assistance and for government’s support towards Team Fiji. “FASANOC has already utilised its resources in terms of giving preparation grants to the various sporting bodies,” Ms Mar said. “From last year, we had said that government’s contribution would be forwarded to them once we receive it which we

will immediately do after this as this money will be used for training the athletes.” Expressing her gratitude to the FNSC, Netball Fiji presi- dent, Wainikiti Bogidrau said the contribution received would go towards the Pacic Netball Series. “We are taking two teams across- our national team and our under 21 squad.” “They will be playing in the second tier competition against the Samoan Under 21 team. As for our national team, they are there to defend their title, they will be playing Papua New Guinea on June 4th, Cook Is- lands on June 5th and Samoa the host nation who are also our strongest competitors,” Ms Bogidrau added. The FNSC also conrmed that total contributions for the year to FASANOC will be $142,000 and $210,000 for Net- ball Fiji.

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By EMOSI LASAQA A last minute penalty goal to replacement fullback Vecisemani Ratubalavu has earned Jacks of Fiji Nadi a thrilling 22-20 win over Namosi in the fth round of the

Digicel Cup challenge at Prince Charles Park. The Jetsetters trailed 8-10 at the break but fought back to notch their much-needed win af- ter a shock loss to Vatukoula in the fourth round of games.

Nadi coach Iliesa Tanivula praised his troops for winning the game in such a tight situation. “Hard-luck to Namosi for not winning the game and the boys showed a lot of guts to come back

with a win after a disappointing loss to Vatukoula in the last game,” Tanivula said. With four wins and a loss, Nadi remains in contention for this year’s Digicel Cup challenge.

Fiji athletes get ready for world meet

For the rst time in Fiji's athlet- ics history, ve athletes have quali- ed on merit to compete at the IAAF World Youth Championship. Making the cut are runners Aaron Powell (100m/200m), Jacob Waqa- nivalu (100m/200m), Batinisavu Uluiyata (200m/400m), Saula Nad- rakoro (400m) and Danni Alakija (200m/400m). Although the usual quota is for one athlete from each country to attend the games, this year Fiji became the only nation in the Pacic region to have multiple athletes qualify on merit. President of Fiji Athletics Albert Miller has told Radio Australia's Pa- cic Beat many of the nation's up- and-coming athletes are emerging from Fiji's secondary school system. "We have an abundance of talent coming out of the school system more than 90% of our athletes that went to the 2011 Pacic Games in New Caledonia were all secondary school kids," Mr Miller said. There are also improved facili- ties and a more professional coach- ing system in place in the secondary schools. "We've had a great increase in the number of certied coaches within the school system," he said. "Now, with the brand new, reno- vated facilities, we have a national stadium, and nally these kids are starting to really show their talent." The Championship is being held in Donetsk, Ukraine in July.

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Bowling carnival a great success

By SHALENDRA PRASAD

Jacks Nadi continues to lead the Fiji Sun / GP Batteries national league series with 31 points out of 14 games played so far. While all league matches will be put on hold until the Vodafone Fiji FACT is over, the green machines in their last outing thrashed minnows Tavua 5-0 at Govind Park in Ba on Saturday, May 25. The side will be soon going into camp in preparation for the Vodafone Fiji FACT which Nadi will be host- ing at Prince Charles Park from June 21 after round one games are played in Suva from June 15 – 16. Ba still maintains the second spot in the league ladder with 27 points but have a three game advantage

having played only 11 matches so far due to their Oceania League commit- ment earlier on. The capital side Suva is now en- joying the third spot after thrashing Labasa 5-2 at the ANZ National Sta- dium on Sunday, May 26 and are sit- ing with 25 points. Meanwhile for the rst time the Vodafone Fiji FACT will have eight teams participating in the tourna- ment. “It will be 90-minute soccer and for the rst time eight teams will be participating in the Vodafone Fiji Fact,” Fiji FA president Rajesh Patel had earlier stated. Vodafone Fiji FACT Pool 1:

Suva, Labasa, Nadroga, Ba; Pool 2: Nadi, Navua, Lautoka, Rewa.

By SHALENDRA PRASAD

The sixth Shop N Save Sunny West Bowling Carnival was a great success according to Nadi Sports and Social Club bowls director Shorab Khan. “The annual event is getting bigger and better and this year we had a total of 28 overseas based players,” Mr Khan informed. “Some of the overseas players have been coming every year since the tour- nament started. “We wish to sincerely thank Shop N Save for sponsoring the event for the past three consecutive years and not forgetting our minor sponsors Williams and Gosling, Islands Electric, Graeme and Kerry Kath, Eric Williams and Spencer Tate,” Mr Khan concluded.

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