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Toomalatai Crowned Miss Bonus Payout Divisional Fire

Pacific Islands 2017. Pg. 2 Pg. 11 Officer West-

AG Commends Local Inves- ern, Gopal
New Aviation Academy.
tors. Pg. 6 Reddy. Pg. 13
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Our national airline, Fiji Airways
marks another milestone today as
it officially opens its brand-new Fiji
Airways Premier Lounge, formerly
known as the Tabua Lounge at Nadi
International Airport.
This lounge is a brilliant addition
to the newly refurbished Nadi Inter-
national Airport.
According to Fiji Airways, of all
the things the company has an-
nounced/done in the past two years,
this ranks right up there.
The Fiji Airways Lounge will be
located on Level 1 of the Nadi Inter-
national Airports upgraded Terminal
The services include lounge man-
agement, catering services, spa ser-
vices and treatments and bar and
beverage services.
Key considerations are that it be;
world class welcoming, authentic
and true to brand uniquely Fijian
modern, comfortable functional.
The Lounge will need to cater to
both business travelers and families.
The Lounge Opening will be pre-
ceded with two new customer expe- An Artists impressions of the Fiji Airways New Premier Lounge. Photo: FIJI SUN/WEBSITE.
rience enhancements at Nadi Inter-
national Airport. ture Terminal Walkway, designed by also include the showcasing of the The guest list includes Govern- Chair, Tourism Industry representa-
The official opening will include US Master Artist, Kurt Wenner, who new Fiji Airways Premier Check-in ment Ministers, Permanent Secretar- tives, Fiji Airways 7s Captain, Jerry
the unveiling of a spectacular 3D invented this art form. and Priority Check-in facility at the ies, Fiji Airways Chairman, MDCEO, Tuwai and members of Fiji Rugby,
Pavement Art outside at the Depar- The official opening event will Departure Terminal. Board Directors, AFL Executive diplomats, and others.

Fiji - the way the world should be

You must be asking yourself as to what makes Fiji so special? Amongst many things, the
Fijian people is mainly what makes this tropical island so special when compared to other
FROM THE DESK places in the world.They are friendly, welcoming and gracious. Fiji has all of the requistes


Christmas has different meanings to different people, it
necessities for the typical tropical paradise, pretty much everything. The golden sun, sandy
beaches, sparkling blue water and tropical rainforest with activities ranging from diving,
snorkelling, jet-skiing and more
can be an opportunity to catch up with families and friends,
a time of feasting and merry-making, a time of giving and ON THE BRIGHT SIDE

Miss American Samoa

For some its a well-deserved break from a year ending
with so much happening in the world.
For Christians, Christmas is a religious celebration, a time
to observe the birth of Jesus Christ.

Crowned Miss Pacific

There is always a magic about Christmas that always
seem to bring out the joy in people and the optimism it
brings is something to hold, share and help pass down to
the next generation.

Islands 2017
I have always believed that the message of Jesus is one
of hope and joy.
Christmas is a time for giving, and as we reach out to fam-
ily and friends, I hope well also open our hearts to those
who are lonely and in need, citizens less fortunate than our-
In the midst of all the celebration and merry-making, let
us also remember to always exercise caution so we can all
welcome 2018, safe and sound.
From the team at The Jet Newspaper, we wish you a

Christmas Message
from Nadi Town

Contestants of the Miss Pacific Islands Pageant 2017 pictured

on the crowning night at Prince Chales Park in Nadi. Photo:
The Special Administrator Robin Ali, Chief Executive Of- SUPPLIED.
ficer Peter Dinning and the staff of Nadi Town Council wish
all our community and visitors a very merry Christmas and a
most prosperous New Year for 2018. By ANA SOVA
Miss American Samoa, and Physiology.
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Fijian and Australian Youths Come

Together in Cultural Exchange
More than 100 children istry of Youth and Sports to distribution of donations while
from across Fijis Western Di- collaborate on an afternoon bringing Fijian and Australians
vision gathered at Nadi San- festival which brings together together face-to-face for food,
gam School to welcome over youth from both countries to fun, and laughter.
300 visitors from Australia as engage in the exchange of Youth clubs and schools
part of the Spirit of Sharing song, dance, and sport, Tui- who showcased their talents
annual celebrations on 4 De- tubou said. through dance and song per-
cember. He adds the partnership formances included Ghandi
The visitors were greet- recognizes and reflects the Bhawan Primary School,
ed by smiling children and mutual vision shared by both Lovu HART Kindergarten, Fiji
youths, handicraft markets, organizations to empower Wow Entertainment, Vakatora
fresh fruits prepared from the youths in Fiji in personal de- Housing Youth Club, Namoto-
Red Cross and popular songs velopment through opportuni- moto Youth Club, PYGMIES,
from both countries. ties in cultural exchange and and the Yahweh Youth Club.
The Minister for Youth and sports. Handicrafts were provided by
Sports, Laisenia Tuitubou, Spirit of Sharing, founded Lovu HART Womens Club.
acknowledged the arrival of by Chairperson, Peter Cole, in This was the third event of
the guests and said that the 2000, gathers donated sport- the year, the first 2 were held
celebration was timely as the ing equipment to distribute on 20 and 22 November at the
festive season is also fast ap- across schools in the Asia Pa- same location in Nadi with
proaching. cific. a new group of visitors from
This is the 5th year that Part of their mission in- Australia and Fijian friends.
the charitable organization, cludes cross-cultural events
Visitors arrive as part of the Spirit of Sharing programme at Nadi Sangam School. Photo: SUP- The Spirit of Sharing (SOS), like the celebrations in Nadi,
PLIED. has partnered with the Min- which aims to facilitate the

Animal Hospital Shel-

ter Seek Support
A new charitable organisation in Nadi is
seeking the community support through do-
nations in cash to assists in equipping and fur-
nishing the new animal welfare facility.
The Pacific Animal Shelter and Hospital PASH is promoting spayneuter (de-sexing) programs to truly end the stray dog and cat is-
(PASH) has begun construction of the shelter sues.Photo: PASH.
and hospital in Legalega, Nadi.
PASH director Marie Peyman said the 26 gether, along with the existing animal welfare the same concerns and a few of us decided to
room facility which was under construction organizations, to reach common goals. come together to discuss how we could make
on eight acre site was purchased by a gener- She said the initiatives took place three a substantial contribution within Fiji to address
ous donor from the United States of America, years ago by group of trustees who grab the op- these problems, she said.
would complete by 2018. portunity to review the animal health welfare She believed a facility was needed, which
However, she said, the funding for the pur- in Fiji and became the co-founders of PASH. would be large enough to shelter numerous
chase of the land and construction of the facil- Suprisingly, we saw a tremendous need in animals as well as to provide for medical pro-
ity has been donated besides the organisation Pacific Animal Shelter and Hospital (PASH) Fiji to address the stray and neglected street cedures and surgeries.
are now seeking to raise funds to equip the animals throughout the towns and rural ar- Meantime, the Project is primarily for com-
hospital and furnishing the facility. director Marie Peyman. Photo: PASH. eas, she said. panion animals like dogs and cats but the or-
The group would depend on community She added the team became aware of the ganisation are very committed to dealing with
involvement and fundraising to equip the facil- Ms Peyman said the team already reaching limited medical facilities available to treat do- the stray animals issue and want it to be an
ity by means it does not provide for anything out to the government for assistance in other mestic animals. open shop so that everybody is comfortable
beyond that, she added. areas and with good hope all may work to- We discovered many people in Fiji with coming there to seek help for their pet.

FRA to Continue Hopkins Commends

Landscaping Works Government
Along the Queens The British High Commis-
sioner to Fiji Ms. Melanie Hop-
kins commended the Govern-

Road in Nadi
ment of Fiji for taking steps
towards the ratification of the
Convention Against Torture
and Convention on the Rights
of Persons with Disabilities.
While delivering the after-
dinner remarks, the High
Commissioner hopes there
will be other countries doing
the same in due course with
the US is considering adding
support to Small Islands De-
veloping States Geneva office
to help on trade, standards,
and rights.
I am really privileged to
address the conference be-
cause in many ways Fijis and
the United Kingdoms link
through legal and justice sys-
tem are the pinnacles of that British High Commissioner to Fiji Melanie Hopkins delivers
shared history, the Commis- her remarks at the 19th Attorney Generals Conference Din-
Road works at Martintar in Nadi. Photo: SAMUEL SHANKAR. sioner said. ner. Photo: SUPPLIED.
She added from an eco-
nomic perspective, the key interest media reports on cy- many participants in the AGs
By ANA SOVA to attracting international in- bersecurity issues in Fiji that Conference will recognize
vestment is confidence in the lead to financial loses for busi- that their training and roles
The Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) will continue He adds if there are any issue of traffic con- rule of law. She says that clear nesses and individuals, viola- have been shaped by the his-
landscaping works along the Queens Road in gestion, FRA would have rescheduled work rules-based decision making tion of rights and apprehen- tory of strong Commonwealth
Nadi as part of the Nadi Arterial Road Upgrade time. from governments and regu- siveness/ cautiousness from links between sovereign
Project. The CEO said planting works from Namaka lators. individuals who find it very countries.
Fiji Roads Authority Chief Executive Officer, to Wailoaloa junction will be completed before All of you have a respon- challenging to keep up with Ms. Melanie Hopkins has
Jonathan Moore says FRA has been monitor- Christmas while weeding from the airport junc- sibility and an opportunity to technology which is moving been High Commissioner
ing traffic flow from Votualevu roundabout to tion will commence once planting is complete. help build Fijis reputation and too fast. in Fiji and Head of the UKs
Namaka Public School. Planting works will be carried out from 7am contribute to a prosperous fu- The UK will host the Com- Network in the region for 16
Moore said traffic merges for 100m and then to 4pm from Mondays to Fridays only. ture, she said. monwealth Summit in April months.
separates again after 100m. She highlighted that with next year. She hopes that DEPTFO
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New Airport System

to Tackle Contraband
By ANA SOVA Nadi International Departures Terminal. Photo: SUPPLIED.

The Nadi International Airport now has a networking capabilities and applications, ex- Let me assure that we have stationed syndicates, accounting for about one - third of
state of the art Pallet X- Ray system to combat cellent reliability and maintainability. experienced Customs Officers at our border the value of transnational crime flows.
illegal smuggling of drugs, explosive products Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) points to profile passengers and cargo before We are continuously working to enhance
and other items that pose a direct threat to our Chief Executive Officer, Visvanath Das who they enter Fiji to identify and mitigate the risk our risk profiling capabilities around passen-
country. is also the Vice-Chair for the World Customs of illegal activities, Das said. gers and goods and craft. This capability is criti-
The half a million-dollar investment in the Organization Asia Pacific Region said that the He adds assets to support their staff include cal to ensure legitimate trade and travel is fa-
NUCTEC X-ray inspection system which was pallet x-ray scanner is capable of color coding their Detector Dog Unit at Nadi, drug detection cilitated while illicit trade and travel is detected
launched in November comes from the most organic, inorganic and a mixture of materials equipment and X-ray equipment which is used and managed appropriately,
advanced and best proven CX product plat- with different effective atomic numbers for for in-depth screening of baggage, cargo and Advance information around people,
form, and fully inherits and shares improved better identification of objects. mail. goods and craft is critical and are core compo-
image quality with a variety of professional Explosives &narcotics automatic detection Das also stressed that the sale of counter- nent of our risk identification strategy.
image enhancement processing functions, er- and suspect organic materials highlight are feit goods and medicines has become an im-
gonomic and friendly user interface, intelligent also available to aid x-ray screening. portant profit-machine for transnational crime

Animal Sanctuary
Seeks Help
A charitable organization Pound, we are trying to build a kitch-
is seeking community sup- *Elderly ailing strays, en, feeding station, one room
port through donations to *Abandoned puppies and live in quarters for a full time
assist with the basic opera- pregnant dogs, dog care worker We already
tional and improvement costs *Injured, sick and abused have the Roof and pillar up
of only Sanctuary for animals dogs. and are trying to fundraise for
in Fiji. The Sanctuary is a No-Kill the rest. We have a lot of dogs
It is an important commu- Safe Place for animals in dire to under our care, we need all
nity project that can only work need of help. The only one of the help we can get
with the kind support of car- its kind of Fiji The GreaterGood Founda-
ing people. No-Kill; because no dog tion aims to open a 24/7 Clinic
The Greater Good Founda- has ever been put down due at the Sanctuary and run a
tion is a registered non-profit to lack of space, high costs or mobile clinic.
charity that operates the only behavioral issues Follow GGF on Facebook@
Sanctuary for animals in Fiji. The Sanctuary is located greatergoodfiji
Since 2013, active in ani- along the Highway in Tavarau Please contact GGF at 679-
mal welfare and rescue, they Ba and welcome Sponsors for 864 0200 for information or to
currently have 70+ rescued this much needed project. donate towards the care of
dogs under their care Sanctuary Manager, Miss their animals.
They have rescued, reha- Bakani says there is not blue-
bilitated, and re-homed dogs print for a project like this, we This dog, April was rescued from being euthanized by city pound. Photo: THE GREATER GOOD
from desperate situations - deal with new challenges one THE GREATER GOOD FOUNDATION.
*From death row at City day at a time. At the moment, FOUNDATION

AG Commends Local
Fijian Attorney General our private sector and through extension and we are happy
and Minister for Economy Ai- your investments, Govern- to extend the business.
yaz Sayed-Khaiyum commis- ment is able to put in place There is about 125 staff em-
sioned the extension project critical infrastructure for Fi- ployed within the company.
for Douglas Pharmaceuticals jians as well as help in the We are having at the mo-
Manufacturing Limited in Mar- growth of other sectors as ment 125 staffs and we are
tintar, Nadi. well, he said. happy to employ more. There
The medical manufactur- Managing Director Jef- is always challenges in build-
ing company has been operat- fery Douglas said there is still ing funds doesnt matter what
ing in the country for the past some more machines yet to countries is it and the Fijian
two years with products being come. Government has been very
sold to Australia, New Zealand Physically its finished but supportive to us here and
and other countries. there is still some more ma- we like the staffs the tertiary
Speaking at the opening of chines coming in so it will be graduates are good from the
the new extension which is at least 10 million by the time universities, the machine op-
valued at over $3million with its finished, he said. erators and everyone works
state-of-the-art machinery, Mr Mr Douglas said the com- in well here and it is a real
Sayed-Khaiyum thanked the pany is consolidating with family.
company for its faith in the what they have at the mo- Douglas Pharmaceuticals
Fijian economy through the ment. They have plans in fur- manufacturing facility exports
opening of the facility and ther extended their property its products to Australia and
now the extension in less than as well. New Zealand and as well
three years. Weve got another two South Africa. This dog was going to be euthanized by city pound, we rescued her. Her name is April. Look
The Fijian Government acres of land next door and at how grateful she is :). Photo: THE GREATER GOOD FOUNDATION.
fully supports the efforts of weve got plenty of room for

Master Builders
during the recent FMBA 56th institutions, he added. boom with major projects an-
Annual General Meeting held We have been in exis- nounced by Government and
in Suva. tence for 56 years now and for private investors.
There has never been a the first time, we have direct Also discussed at the event,

to Engage More more pro-active and respon-

sive Government than this,
and as an industry, we hope
access to the key decision
makers like never before this
is a huge achievement for our
the industry body whose au-
thorities is the building code
which can enforced proper

with Government
to leverage off such meaning- industry, says Mr Raghwan. licensing and accreditation of
ful dialogue, he said. He reminded members all building contractors in the
It was an encouraging of FMBA to familiarize them- country.
moment to the FMBA with selves with their building con- Recent meeting following the
their level of active engage- tracts because fail to do so, AGM FMBA President Vijay
By MARIA LAQETA ment with the Government could lead to massive prob- Raghwan (right) with Fiji As-
Ministries on various issues lems down the line not just for
Fiji Master Builders Associ- ly with Government. and one area they hoped to oneself but also for clients. sociation of Architects Rep-
ation (FMBA) members trust- Been given a fresh man- pursue was the review of There is a need, he said resentative Jon Orton (left)
ed re-elected President Vijay date by FMBA members is one entry requirements for trade for members to brace them- discusses a point. Photo:
Raghwan to engage direct of the key messages emerged courses at technical training selves for a construction SUPPLIED.



Environment By MARIA LAQETA

Conservation The Water Authority of

Fiji (WAF) positively accom-
plished four Business Cus-
tomer Forums late last month
that happened in Suva, Lau-
toka, Ba and Labasa.
WAF Chief Executive Of-
ficer, Mr Opetaia Ravai ac-
knowledged the participants
presence at the forums as
well thanked customers for
engaging their time with the
latest updates on WAFs ser-
vices to the people of Fiji.
Hosting the Business Cus-
tomer Forum on an annual
basis, he said is a great oppor-
Staff of Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa and Ministry of Forestry tunity to meet with customers
participate in mangrove planting at Saweni beach. Photo: for WAF to improve its ser-
MARIA LAQETA. vices based on the feedback
from customers. WAF CEO, Mr Opetaia Ravai while opening the first ever customer forum at the Albert Park
Mr Ravai added the main Pavilion Conference Room, in Suva.
By MARIA LAQETA aim of such forums was to
foster trust, value and under- our successes, and to hear di- Info Card and the Rain Water Room in Suva on 26th July this
In an effort to boost and Goo said protecting these standing with WAFs custom-
strengthen sustainable devel- long-term reservoirs of car- rectly from you, because you Harvesting/ Free Water Tank year, while three others were
ers. are the most important stake- Schemes are master plans in held this week in Lautoka, Ba
opment, fifteen (15) staff of bon and preventing their WAF General Manager
the Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa emissions back into the atmo- holder in any business. place to conduct the forums and Labasa besides it was an
Customer Services, Mr Sekove Mr Uluinayau said inte- annually. opportunity to discuss WAFs
in partnership with the Min- sphere is a sensible and cost- Uluinayau said, It is good that
istry of Forestry staff made a effective measure that can be grated meter management, Meanwhile, the first-ever commercial, residential and
we have a forum like this and liquid trade waste, as well as forums was hosted at the Al- domestic customers, as well
commitment to inspire action taken to help mitigate climate present our challenges and
in defence of environmental change, whilst also ensuring the ways to apply for myBill bert Park Pavilion Conference as institutions.
protection. the maintenance of the host

Ongoing Efforts to Maintain

Both organisations man- of other ecosystem services.
aged to plant 2,750 man-
groove seedlings at Saweni Another project of Planet
Beach in Lautoka. 21 team provide was at least

Services at Lautoka Hospital

Director of Rooms Sofitel 500 canned food to the home-
Fiji Resort and Spa, Sunny Goo less, families in need; this fes-
acknowledged the fifteen staff tive season, she added.
members who form Planet 21 Ministry of Forestry, For-
for the accomplished the task estry (West) Mr Uraia Racule
in saving the environment for acknowledged both team ef-
future generation. forts and hardwork in making water used for fire-fighting.
The organization have in the day happen. Checks on those areas are
place a corporate responsi- Mr Racule said the man- expected to be carried out to-
bility programme known as grove seedlings was brought day (6 December) and, based
Planet 21; to drive the change from Maqalevu mangrove on the results of those checks,
towards positive hospitality. site at Sikituru village in Nadi it will be possible to prepare
In order to support cli- and it was ongoing program plans for gradual restoration
mate change, our Hotel have in preserving and conserving of the full range of services.
witnessed the destruction and environment for future gen- Ensuring the safety of patients
degradation of the natural sys- eration. and staff will be the top prior-
tems which bring about tre- All hotels and resorts even ity at all times.
mendous ecological, social, Non-government organiza- Currently it is expected
and economic losses, the ex- tion are welcome on board that specialist outpatient ser-
tent of which we are only now if interested to partake, he vices will begin operating
realizing, she added. added. again tomorrow (7 Decem-
Mangroves, she added it all Staff of Sofitel Fiji Resort ber) for patients with appoint-
happened to be one of the and Spa also have several ments. General outpatient
most threatened ecosystems trips in distribution of canned services remain suspended
and continue to be cleared at food to Heart Home (Na- until further notice and pa-
a disturbing rate. vakai), St. Minas (Martintar) tients should continue to use
This has potentially devas- Loloma House (Sabeto) nearby Health Centres which
tating effects on biodiversity, and Old Peoples Home will remain open until 10pm.
food security and the liveli- (Natabua). A special 24-hour tele-
hoods of some of the most phone helpline has been set
marginalized coastal commu- up and patients or other mem-
nities at large, she said. bers of the public who require
information on the availability
of services at Lautoka Hospi-
tal should call 623 0700 (nor-
mal call charges apply).
Part of Lautoka Hospital on fire on 5 December. Photo: SUPPLIED. The Ministry of Health &
Medical Services has apolo-
gised for any inconvenience
ing alongside local manage- cess to alternative, local X-ray caused by this unfortunate
By ANA SOVA ment to ensure that there are services while repairs are car- incident and has thanked the
adequate supplies of essential ried out at Lautoka Hospital. Lautoka community for their
items. Senior managers at Lau- support and understanding.
Staff at Lautoka Hospital Additional oxygen cylin- toka Hospital are meeting The hard work and dedi-
are continuing their efforts to ders and associated equip- regularly to assess services cation of managers, doctors,
maintain services following ment have been transferred and deal with any issues of nurses and all other staff at
yesterdays fire. from Suva to replace the piped concern. Lautoka Hospital are also
A team from the Ministry supply which is currently un- A number of areas of the greatly appreciated.
of Health & Medical Services available, and negotiations hospital have been damaged
Head Office has been work- are under way to arrange ac- by the fire itself and also by
Mangrove seedlings. Photo: MARIA LAQETA.

Sweet Tweets: What does Christmas mean to you?

Litia Vulaidausiga Jay Varo Karalaini Tavi Laisa Tuwai Kelera Vunivalu Vani Davui
Laisa Tuiwai
It is a time for Christians Christmas is a time we cel- Christmas is an annual Lautoka Xmas is about being Sanaila Tuivuna
to mark the birth of our ebrate the birth of or Lord festival commemorating the Christmas is the season to around family and good Nadi
Lord Jesus Christ and reaf- Jesus Christ. And its da birth of Jesus Christ, ob- remember the birth of Jesus company and celebrating Season of rejoicing and
firm the sacrifice of God in most wonderful time of the served most commonly on and celebrate with love ones the birth of our Savior, The reflection.
the flesh and his rise from year because we get gifts December 25 as a religious family get together, foods Lord Jesus Christ.
the dead for mankinds sin. and cultural celebration entertainment. Looking for-
from family n friends. among billions of people ward to it.
around the world.


Fiji Sugar Corporation cane planting. Because the weather has
(FSC) has been encouraged We thank the growers for been particularly great with
at the latest results of the 2017 their efforts thus far. Although good rainfalls recorded, it is
cane planting progress. we have some more time to now conducive carry out gap
FSC Field Managers and Of- finish, its pleasing to see the filling (tum tum).
ficers have been liaising with momentum and the resurging FSC has advised its Field
their various growing sectors confidence. Managers and Officers, to
and settlements, almost on Chandra reveals up until continue to work with our
a daily basis to check on the October, a total of 2637 hect- growers to ensure their fertil-
progress of the planting. ares (ha) of sugar cane had iser levels are well stocked,
FSCs Chief Operating Of- been planted. This figure in- as there are areas where the
ficer, Navin Chandra has been creased significantly to 4213 growers can still capitalise
visiting growers in the west- ha by early this month, an on fertilisers to enhance their
ern and northern cane belts astounding 60% increase in planting efforts, whilst we can
areas, to engage them and cane planting efforts. still capitalise on the rainy
check on cane planting prog- This has been a direct season.
ress. result of the favourable rainy Another crucial area of
Chandra said the result has weather which is conducive cane development is Ratoon
been reassuring. to cane planting. Additionally, management.
Complemented with there has been a more con- Chandra said they are
good rainfall over the last certed and aggressive effort working continuously with
few weeks, growers plant- this year from the Field team their Field teams and the
ing efforts has been greatly under Chandras leadership grower community to ensure
enhanced and the 2018 crush and guidance, in micro-man- they are optimising our ratoon
is looking very optimistic, he aging individual field sector planting.
said. performance daily. The out- He adds all mill sectors
Chandra said they have come of which has been re- have shown increases in
been pleased with their ef- warding, he said. planting efforts this season,
forts in grower engagement Chandra adds their biggest indicative of the good prog-
this planting season, which opportunity to grow yield is ress FSC is now making in the
Fsc coo visitation seaqaqa. Photo: FSC. is showing good progress in addressing gaps in the fields. industry.

Fiji Receives 2.17M

FJD Sugarcane
Grant from India
In an international show of said it was reflective of the ing out within the Fijian sug-
confidence in the Fijian Gov- strong relations shared be- arcane industry is attracting
ernments sugarcane industry tween the two countries, and support from the international
reforms, the Indian Govern- of Indias confidence in the community, and that it is
ment has presented Prime Fijian Governments reforms worth investing in. The future
Minister and Minister for and the overall direction of is bright for Fijis sugarcane in- Hon. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama receives the cheque from Indian High Commis-
Sugar, Voreqe Bainimarama a Fijis sugarcane industry. dustry, and this grant is proof, sioner, H.E Mr Vishvas Sapkal in Suva. Photo: SUPPLIED.
grant for nearly FJD2.2 million All the machines that Fiji I also want to thank the relations and we share a close the Office of the Prime Minis- Corporation will also decide
to be earmarked for the pur- purchases through this grant Government of India, and bond. We are partners in a de- ter & Sugar Industry, Yogesh on what other machinery is
chase of new cane farming will help our cane farmers Prime Minister Narendra velopment process, and we Karan said the assistance needed.
machines and equipment. become more efficient, and Modi, for their enduring sup- give a lot of importance for ag- would go a long way in boost- We will make these pur-
The Indian High Commis- in effect, better adapt to both port, and for the friendship riculture sector cooperation, ing cane production through chases quickly because we
sioner to Fiji, His Excellency a changing economy and cli- that India continues to share Mr. Sapkal said. mechanisation of the sugar want to capitalise on the cur-
Vishvas Sapkal, presented the mate, Mr. Bainimarama said. with Fiji, Mr. Bainimarama He added a team from industry. rent planting season.
Prime Minister with a cheque He adds the grant is about said. India was also working with We already have Mahin- The machines will be dis-
for FJD2,172,576.35 at the Of- more than just machinery, High Commissioner Sapkal sugar stakeholders here to dra tractors available here and tributed for use in the cane
fice of the Prime Minister in and more than just dollars said India would continue to provide all possible support we will purchase more Indian belt areas in the Western and
Suva. and cents. assist Fiji in development co- in the rail network develop- products with this grant, Mr. Northern divisions.
Mr. Bainimarama, in thank- It is a sign that the reform operation. ment. Karan said.
ing the Indian Government, programme that we are carry- Fiji and India have special Permanent Secretary for He adds the Fiji Sugar

New Dam and Reservoir Road Works

Next Phase on
for Navilawa Village Kimberly Street
Due to inconsistent of wa- sickness to the village, he
ter supply to the villages of added. Road security work and Street has badly failed pave-
Ba, the Water Authority of Fiji The villagers, he said had water storage relocation will ments which require exten-
(WAF) arrives on time to as- to sourced drinking wa- be first at hand on Kimberly sive full-width repairs as a
sists to improve livelihood. ter from the nearby creek, street before road works com- method of treatment.
To express their tears of joy through running water pipes mences. The works as part of the
and excitement, the Navilawa but this did not solve the prob- The Fiji Roads Author- Accelerated Sealed Repairs
Village celebrates the newly lem, prompting them to seek ity (FRA) General Manager programme will mitigate the
constructed dam and 460-li- help from the Government. Network Operations and current road conditions, he
tre ferro cement-tank reser- Now, since we completed Maintenance Mr Aram Goes added.
voir. this new project, our water announced Road Works on He believed the work in-
The Navilawas Turaga Ni problems are gone and every- Kimberly Street in Suva will volves full pavement recon-
Koro, 50-year-old Mr Ilaitia one is celebrating, said Mr begin late next week. struction, footpath upgrade
Botitu commented that they Botitu. At first they will first have with kerb and channeling to
have been experienced wa- The Water Authority of to attend to the water main re- treat the extensive pavement
ter shortage in the village for Fiji workers and villagers of location and protection work failures throughout this road.
Project Workers constructing the reservoir in Navilawa. Pho- then next phase of work, he All work is expected to be
long periods because of the Navilawa managed to ac- to: SUPPLIED.
wild pigs destroying water complishes three-month-long added. completed by February 2018,
source and causing polluted project enabling to lay 2 kilo- Mr Goes said Kimberly weather permitting.
On health risks, the Nadi in the interior of Nadi, approx-
water. metres of pipe, install 54 stand Health Inspector inspected imately 40 kilometres from
With those, when villag- pipes and build the dam and Send us your feedbacks or suggestions to:
the new water source, declar- Lautoka with 45 households
ers consuming water it be- reservoir at a total cost of ing the present system clean. which consists of 230 popula-
comes dirty and it caused $77,886. Navilawa Village is located tion.



The Attorney General, Ai- most critical aspect is the love bandi from Hyderabad, India
yaz Sayed-Khaiyum has reiter- and respect for nature, said the peace and tolerance
ated the need for Fijians espe- The Holy Prophet Mo- in a country like Fiji is a bless-
cially those from the Islamic hammed was many things ing and I pray that this peace
faith to live their lives that mir- including an environmental- remains for eternity.
ror the life of the Prophet Mo- ist through his deeds and we The people of Fiji are so
hammed. need to take care of our envi- welcoming and respectful
The Attorney General was ronment and give our nation these are some of the things
speaking at the Prophet Mo- the respect it deserves, Khai- that the world can learn
hammeds Birthday celebra- yum said. from, Maulana Nakshabandi
tions in Bas Maruru Jame He was joined by special said.
Mosque on 3rd December. speakers of the Islamic faith Minister for Trade and
We need to do away with from India who highlighted Tourism, Faiyaz Koya was also
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khiyum with members of the Islamic Faith in Ba celebrating many of our current practices the unique bond that all Fiji- present at the event.
of the many things that we ans share.
the Prophet Muhammeds Birthday. Photo: DEPTFO. need to change, one of the Maulana Ahmad Naksha-

Goodness Can Prevail

Where all Faiths
Flourish in Harmony:
Minister for Health & Medi- Prophet according to the Is- contribution to our national
cal Services, Rosy Akbar com- lamic scriptures. life.
mended the efforts of all faith- Akbar said Fijians were Akbar thanked the Fiji Mus-
based organisations in Fiji in a religious people, of many lim League for the education-
promoting unity and peace creeds and beliefs. al opportunities the League
when officiating the national Our Government must re- provided in the five colleges
Prophet Mohammeds Birth- spect the guiding principles of and 17 primary schools that it
day Celebration at Churchill all faiths and build upon them operated.
Park in Lautoka on 4 Decem- to establish a strong moral Those opportunities for Members of the public attending the Prophet Mohammeds Birthday National Celebration at
ber. compass to steer its works, learning and growth are not
Accompanied by Minister she said. just provided for children Churchill Park, Lautoka. Photo: DEPTFO.
for Local Government, In- The health minister also from the Muslim community, light the need for Fijians to mas around the corner, many mindful of our health and
frastructure and Transport, paid tribute to the Muslim but are also there for young take responsibility of their Fijians would indulge in ensure that we exercise and
Parveen Kumar Bala, the cel- community. people of other cultural back health considering increasing hearty meals and it was im- take responsibility of our
ebration brought together Fi- On behalf of every Fijian, grounds and faiths. cases of non-communicable portant that they ate in mod- health given that we are in the
jians from all walks of life to I pay tribute to our nations Meanwhile, Akbar also diseases. eration. festive season, Akbar said.
celebrate the birth of the last Muslim com munity for its used the opportunity to high- She added that with Christ- I would like us all to be

APTC Trainer Shines in

through its Certificate III in conduct training for future rant and the University of the
Commercial Cookery pro- chefs, she said. South Pacific in Suva. Subse-
gram, he said. The participants he said quently, sessions were held
Among the twelve chef stu- were judged on key areas in- at the Outrigger Fiji Beach Re-

Fijis Culinary Competition

dents was successful National cluding preparation of equip- sort in the Coral Coast, Nadi
Trainer for Commercial Cook- ment and food, use of right Sport Club and Sheraton Fiji,
ery, Ms. Alisi Delai. cooking methods and instruc- Nadi.
Delai was awarded sec- tions, as well as presentation Guest judges present were
ond place winner and was and taste of the different dish- leading chefs from leading
commercial kitchen environ- delighted to have had the op- es they prepared. hotels such as Sheraton Fiji
ment and the idea of attract-
By MARIA LAQETA ing them in the industry was
portunity to participate in the APTC is an innovative de- Resort, Sofitel, Grand Pacific
competition. velopment project funded by Hotel, Wakaya Club and Spa,
to introduce Master Class Fiji. It was a wonderful expe- the Australian Government, Six Senses Fiji and Kokomo
A group of 12 outstanding ny, organised the competi- The executive chef be- rience to compete with other delivering Australian-standard Island.
Fijian female chefs that cur- tion was to encourage more lieved in helping develop pro- female chefs who have their skills and qualifications for Event hosted is the second
rently successfully completed women to pursue a profes- fessionals attitude, skills and own challenges, responsi- a wide range of vocational time APTC has participated in
the The Coliseum Master sion in the culinary field. learning capabilities through bilities and amazing stories to careers for skilled workers a Master Class Fiji event.
Class Fiji cooking competition Managing Director Mr Val- various culinary demonstra- tell, she added. across the Pacific.
at the Australia-Pacific Techni- entin Corchado, believed that tions. I learned a lot during this The first round of the com-
cal Colleges (APTC). there are not enough gender I am proud to see the competition, which will come petition was hosted at the
Meanwhile, the Coliseum, balance in our kitchens, so to support of APTC in training in handy, especially when I APTC Pacific Fusion Restau-
an events and travel compa promote more females in the more culinary professionals

Work on Transincular Edinburg Drive on Single

Road Complete Lane till Further Notice
By MARIA LAQETA Due to major works hap-
pened at Edinburgh Drive, the
Labasa and Savusavu road Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) ad-
users is delighted with the vised members of the public
current improved road condi- to use the Reservoir Road and
tion. Waimanu Road as alternative
Fulton Hogan Hiways routes.
(FHH) Construction Super- Fiji Roads Authority (FRA)
visor, George Hughes said Chief Executive Officer Jona-
work is now completed on than Moore says an old slip
the Transinsular Road where has been identified that may
a crew of ten stabilised and posed a potential and existing
sealed more than 2 kilome- hazard.
tres of the deteriorated area. We have closed the af-
The Transinsular Road fected lane- Nausori bound
links Labasa and Savusavu FFH crew stablising the deteriorated sections on the Tran- lane and the public are ad-
towns with more than 500 ve- sincular Road. Photo: SUPPLIED. vised to use the two roads
hicles using it daily, Hughes as alternative routes, Noore
said. He said the rehabilitation Natui, said.
Mr Hughes said they have work also included install- Now, I am more comfort- Our contractor China Rail-
completed stabilising and ing sub soil pipes, a new cut able in driving through and way Fifth Group was work- Edinburgh Drive is down to single lane till further notice due
sealing the first 2 kilometres of of drains to ease the water the passengers are safe, since ing on the lane as part of the
the road and are now working FHH has repaired the blind to major works.PhotoSUPPLIED.
flow off the road, stabilisation, Suva Arterial Road Upgrading
on other sections of the Tran- sealing and new line marking. corners along the road, he Project (SARUP 1) when they and around the area and traf- in the area, he added.
sincular road. Today it is a lot easier and said. uncovered a wide crack in the fic controllers will be directing Mr Moore said the FRA re-
With the 2 kilometres of faster now for me to drove FHH is contracted by the ground, the position coincides traffic flow safely. grets the inconvenience, how-
the road, he added his team from Labasa to Savusavu be- Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) to precisely with the location of Motorists are advised to ever, it was vital to ensure the
dug out the deteriorated ma- cause before the road was carry out its maintenance pro- a previously identified crack drive within the speed limits safety of the public and carry-
terial and then stabilised the filled with potholes and it was gramme to provide road ac- along the road, he said. and are warned on diversion ing out an immediate investi-
base course with cement and impossible to dodge, said cess in the Central, Northern He said they have set up signs, to avoid or allow extra gation.
compacted it with the roller Dalip Chand Bus Driver, Isoa and Eastern Divisions. full Traffic Management in travel time when commuting
before the final seal.


Villagers Thank Government

More than 70 households in the province of of generators. The villages will also save on the
Naitasiri celebrated early Christmas following purchasing of diesel.
the commissioning of the Rural Electrification Minister Bala said this was part of Govern-
Project for two villages and three settlements. ments vision of a modern and dynamic Fiji
Minister for Local Government, Housing, through building resilient infrastructure such as
Environment, Infrastructure and Transport telecommunication, access to clean and safe
Hon. Parveen Kumar Bala officiated at the water, building new and better roads and giv-
commissioning of the projects for 72 house- ing Fijians access to electricity.
holds of Naitauvoli and Nuku villages, as well Minister Bala also highlighted that the com-
as Drauleba, Naseveve and Wainabua settle- munities 5 per cent contribution for the rural
ments at Naitauvoli Village. electrification programme was refunded.
The project, completed at a cost of $455,000 Out of the total cost of the project, your
will benefit about 300 Fijians 24 hours a day community had paid $20,157. I was informed
and seven days a week. that the Office of the Prime Minister had assist-
Minister Bala said Government is commit- ed with your contribution and paid $4736. Your
ted to providing reliable and sustainable power contribution has been refunded, which will re-
supply to all Fijians. lief the burden on individual households.
No more benzene, no more kerosene and Minister Bala encouraged the communities
no more generators, Minister Bala said. to use the rural electrification project to better
This also means the villagers no longer their lives, remain prosperous and productive. Villagers of Naitauvoli Village pictured with Minister for Infrastructure, Parveen Bala. Photo:
have to worry about repair and maintenance DEPTFO.


Christmas has certainly landowners, and workers, he to shareholders. There were

come early for the Fiji Pine said. no profits. And there certainly
Group employees, as they Each of them will receive werent any bonus payments
received a record-breaking $1000 as part of the $650,000. during the holidays, like the
Christmas Bonus Payment Mr Bainimarama said the one you are all receiving to-
of over $650,000 more than staff of Fiji Pine have shown day, he said.
triple what was paid out this their hard-work and commit- The company has achieved
time last year. ment and that every cent was record profits these past six
The Prime Minister Voreqe well deserved to them pay- years, and have repaid over 60
Bainimarama while officiating ment breaks down into $1,000 million dollars in loans. They
at the event said the distribu- While Im sure thats all have also built a foundation
tion of the bonus payment exciting to hear, it should also for sustained growth invest-
was a success and wouldnt make the men and women ing over 70 million dollars in
have been possible without in this room feel very proud; strategic upgrades.
the right leadership at the top. for record bonuses only come Youve welcomed a new
The leadership of your from record results, and those Drasa Factory a state-of-the-
Board and management, un- results would not have been art timber facility; the Wariki
der Faiz Khan, has brought possible without each of you. wood chipping facility; and
energy, commitment and It is your work, day in and day the brand new Vislanda saw-
dedication to my Govern- out, that has made this a great mill, which I has honoured
ments vision for the develop- year for the company. to open with you earlier this
ment of Fijis forestry industry. He also said the employees year.
And leadership has brought have helped lead the compa- Working alongside our
disciplined, prudent financial ny through difficult times to landowners, youve made this
management and transpar- reach unprecedented heights. industry profitable and, more
ency to this organization, and He reiterated that in 2010, importantly, youve kept sus-
instilled Fiji Pine with a spirit the Fiji Pine Group was facing tainability at the core of all of
Staff of Fiji Pine with the Prime Minister Voereqe Bainimarama during their Christmas Bonus of partnership and collabora- catastrophe. Fiji Pines development.
Payment in Drasa, Lautoka. Photo: DEPTFO. tion with its management, There were no payments

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Digicel customers at their Outlet in Nadi. Photo: LUKE NACEI.

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Where Theres a Will, Theres a Way

At 16 years old Gopal Red- fighter, safety has always
dy dropped out of school been the important thing.
because his family was If I know about my safety
so poor his parents could then I can save other peo-
no longer pay for him to ples lives. This includes
continue his education. training, operating the ma-
After leaving Nadi Secondary chines, firefighting equip-
School which is now San- ments and the safety of other
gam Sadhu Kuppuswamy fire officers, Reddy said.
Memorial College (SSKMC) He has attended to many
at form four in 1980, Reddy fires, big and small and res-
had to help his parents Bal cue missions over the years.
Krishna and Muniamma Reddy said people must un-
Reddy in their farm in Uci- derstand it is a life risking job.
wai, 30 kilometers from Nadi We face some situations
Town towards Sigatoka. that can also be psychologi-
He became a cane cutter cally challenging, it was to
and continued looking af- me for the first three years
ter their farm. At the back of in the service after that I
his mind Reddy always had was able to control myself
the ambition to become ei- because its important not
ther a heavy vehicle driver to panic in situations like
or a big machine operator. that, its part of the job. We
Two years later he decided to must have the guts to carry
join the work force and ap- out our work, Reddy said.
plied for a group six license He adds discipline is one
from the Land Transport of the main requirements
Authority. After successfully in joining the service.
obtaining his license Reddy You must be trained to be
went to work as a truck obedient and self-controlled
driver at the Monasavu Dam thats what we require.
in the Highlands of Naitasiri. The NFA has policies and
In early 1983, Reddy was procedures that need to
forced to return home af- be followed, Reddy said.
ter their family house was Despite his progress in life,
damaged by Cyclone Oscar. Reddy has always stayed
Following the cyclone, he grounded and humble.
didnt return to Monasavu He still lives on the farm
and applied for a Public in Uciwai with his mother,
Service Vehicle license wife and his younger daugh-
to become a bus driver. ter Swarstika while his el-
In 1984, Reddy started driv- Divisional Fire Officer Western, Gopal Reddy pictured with his wife Babita at the Lautoka Fire Station. Photo: SUPPLIED. der daughter, Payal now
ing for the bus company, resides in New Zealand.
Samlal & Sons which is Reddy dedicates his achieve-
no longer in operation. er peoples lives, he said. bigger role the follow- based at the Lautoka Fire were a lot of challenges as ments to his parents and
For the eight years while He was so determined that he ing year, becoming a fa- Station, looking after stations well during his years of ser- especially his wife, Babita
driving buses in Nadi some- wouldnt let his lack of educa- ther for the first time to from Korolevu to Rakiraki. vice, but he said he has always whom he says with out
thing else captured his inter- tion or anything else stop him his eldest daughter, Payal. He is now 55 years old with taken the good with the bad. her support he wouldnt
est. Reddy said there was from achieving this dream. After three years since be- only 22 weeks to retire. Even during days Im not be where he is today.
something about seeing In 1991, that dream became coming a fire driver, he was Reminiscing on his early feeling well or Im feeling He encourages young peo-
emergency vehicles on the reality, Reddy was recruited promoted to Senior Fire- days in the service, Reddy challenged I never take a ple that nothing is impos-
road that always intrigued by Nadi Town Council as a man Driver. He was later said it was one of the best sick leave. In my 27 years in sible and to always work to-
him, and he had to try it out. fire driver. In the same year he promoted to Sub-Officer decision hes ever made the service Ive never taken wards their dreams, Where
I was thinking I could be married his wife Babita whom then to Nadi Station Officer. to become part of the Na- a sick leave, Mr. Reddy said. theres A will Theres A way.
one of the safest emergency he first met back in 1987. Reddy is now serving as Di- tional Fire Authority (NFA). He said in his experi-
drivers that could save oth- Reddy received an even visional Fire Officer-Western The father of two said there ence in working as a fire-

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386 Graduate at FNU


Minister responsible for In- quality that you must build on, my.
dustry, Trade, Tourism, Lands especially when your coun- Minister Koya also com-
and Mineral Resources Faiyaz try needs your input. The Fi- mended the FNUs move to
Koya reminded the 386 gradu- jian Governments message launch one of its new pro-
ates of the Fiji National Uni- to you is, always believe in grammes to be rolled out
versity College of Engineering, yourselves, be innovative and from 2018 Certificate IV in
Science and Technology of truthful and most importantly, Geology, Mining & Quarrying.
their obligation towards help- be a great Fijian, Minister The programme was de-
ing build a better Fiji. Koya said. veloped to meet the training
During the official event Mr You as a class, as a gener- needs of the mining and quar-
Koya congratulated the stu- ation, have a monumental job rying industry in Fiji, given
dents. ahead. You are the builders the important role it plays in
Minister Koya said the for the next Industrial Revolu- our local economy. With the
graduates will be called tion. But youre not out there recent developments and in-
upon to solve the problems untethered. Stories of build- terests in the bauxite mining
of a growing and increasingly ers are your legacy. Equally in Bua and the exploration of
urbanized population and its as important, these narratives minerals in Namosi and Nai-
impact on the physical world are your roadmap. You must tasiri, the demand for more
as well as social and econom- rethink our world for this new research and education in
ic systems. era, but build according to the this field has enormously in-
FNU has prepared you not principles of great builders creased, Minister Koya said.
just on the academic front, who built with purpose, built Meanwhile, the Gold Med-
but to play your part in helping for spiritual connection and al Award of Excellence was Fiji National Universitys (FNU) College of Engineering, Science and Technology graduands at
your communities improve built to support great inven- awarded to Salesh Vishwajeet the graduation ceremony in Suva. Photo: SUPPLIED.
their quality of life. This is a tion to create a great econo- Kumar.

Neelam is a Proud Mum


Neelam Pratap of Lautoka . They have learned a new that my kids learned this lan-
is one of the happiest moms language and that is just a guage.
after her two kids Trisha Tera morale boost for them, she Her elder daughter Tasha
Kumar (7yrs) and Tasha Tera proudly said. Kumar said she loved learn-
Kumar (9yrs) achieved their Their mother was their ing new languages and to
certificates in mandarin Chi- main motivation in taking up know how to read and write
nese language and culture. these classes. in Mandarin is a big plus for
The duos were part of the It was just from 2pm-5pm her.
93 graduates that graduated once a week. When I was a I love this language and
from Fiji National Universitys child I really liked this lan- that is why I took it, I can read
National Training and Produc- guage and for me I had also and write in Chinese, she
tivity Centre department of wanted to do this course but said.
hospitality and tourism. I couldnt but when I got to Meanwhile, a total of 93
I am very happy with what know about it I wasted no students graduated.
my two kids have achieved opportunity and made sure Neelam Pratap with her two daughters Trisha and Tasha. Photo: LUKE NACEI.

Ministry Must Arm

staff to work more closely with school heads performance, Khaiyum said.
in arranging the delivery of free textbooks and He adds teachers need to be able to focus
eTransport cards so that students could hit the on teaching and our students on learning, and
ground running when they return to school on systemic issues and bureaucratic obstacles

Students with Tools to

15 January 2018. cannot be allowed within the Ministry of Edu-
He emphasised that ministry officials re- cation to limit outcomes in the classroom.
quired timely and up-to-date information from In order to fill outstanding vacancies for
school heads, especially given the unprec- classroom teachers in primary schools, the AG
edented pay rises for school heads announced directed education staff to hold consultations

Succeed: AG
in the latest national budget. To boost account- with Fiji National University and other institu-
ability, the AG also requested that yearly re- tions to ensure aspiring teachers receive their
cords on the maintenance of textbooks and final test results by late December, so that they
timely requests of text books be included as can be screened and appointed before the
Key Performance Indicators for school heads, start of Term 1.
as well as for Education Resource Staff. During the meeting, the AG instructed the
By ANA SOVA Parents throughout the country need to Ministry of Education Head Office to ensure
have full confidence that our schools are well- that a proper logistical plan is in place and
The Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khai- for school heads and classroom teachers equipped and have accountable management that relevant information is made available to
yum has set out strict deliverables for the dis- be filled with qualified applicants as soon as in place that makes students success the parents, so that schools can work with parents
tribution of textbooks and eTransport cards to possible. single most important consideration. Weve in- to ensure all primary school students receive
students before the start of the 2018 School At a meeting with officials from the Minis- troduced record pay rises to our school heads, their eTransport cards on time.
Year, and instructed that remaining vacancies try of Education, the AG directed education and expect to see a commensurate return in

USP Tuvalu Campus

Develops Inaugural
MBA Cohort

Two years of commitment, opportunity, Dr Rosiana Lagi, leaves this world.

dedication and hard-work has Tuvalu Campus Director said. He is grateful that he is able Tuvalus 1st MBA Cohort with Dr Rosiana Lagi, Tuvalu Campus Director (3rd from right). Pho-
finally paid off for the seven- He said students enrolled to take up the programme to to: SUPPLIED.
teen students attending the in the programme are from better equip him to enable
University of the South Pacific different fields of studies rang- him to perform his work more Churchs plan for 2018. critical decisions that will not programme in 2019 and are
in Tuvalu. ing from Theology, Banking, effectively. Kilifi O Brien, the class only affect their work but their thankful to the Government
This was after they Accounting and Environment. Doing this programme, it captain believes that doing lives as well. for the financial support.
achieved the Master of Busi- However, she added one has enabled me to apply what this programme compliments We hope that future stu- Hence, Dr Peter Loresio
ness Administration after thing they all have in common I have learned from the cours- the knowledge and skills they dents will have the same taught the first course of the
being part of the inaugural is the passion to develop their es to his work as a Church already have in their areas of benefit so that they can con- programme Human Resource
Masters of Business Adminis- people and business skills for Minister, he added. expertise. tinue to develop Tuvalu, Mr Management and currently
tration cohort in October 13. the benefit of their country Tausi believed one good Not only that, he believes OBrien added. the students are completing
I expressed my sincere and this is truly impressive. outcome of the programme it enables him to be critical Tuvalu Campus Director Dr their second course Business
and how grateful I am and 63-year-old Reverend Kitio- to him is that he now able to thinkers and great analysts Lagi said, The students are Economics, taught by Dr Ste-
the students as well to the na Tausi believed education is develop a vision, mission and of situations, before making excited about completing the phen Pratt.
Government of Tuvalu for the life-long and ends when one strategic objectives for his

Inagural Yidan
Recipients Honoured

FOR 2018
Invest in Training and see your career flourish;
Attend training on Flexible Delivery Arrangements close to your workplace;
Earn a widely recognised qualification within a short time;
Pay your fees through FNPF eligibility;
Enhance your employability skills;
Improve your marketability and earning power;
Get trained in Caregiver and support your loved ones; and
Develop a firm IT foundation and use it as a productive tool.
Your Expressions of Interests will help us schedule deliveries in all the towns of the Western Division
and establish our contact base.

Programme Target Group Duration Fees

Caregiver Homecare workers or those pursuing a career 7-9 weeks $900
Fundamentals in caregiving/ alternative employment here or
CISCO: 1-4 Those employed or aspiring a career in 10 $900
(Saturday/Evening networking weeksPer
class) stage
Certificate II in Those in workplace wishing to refine their 8 weeks $1100
Professional personal and work skills
Training (PDT)
Certificate IV Those appointed or getting ready for leadership 8 weeks $1350
in Workplace positions
Leadership Training Inaugural Yidan Prize recipients. Photo: SUPPLIED.
Trainer the Trainer Suitable for teachers, Government workers, 10 hours $220 per By MARIA LAQETA
(ToT) private sector, community workers per stage stage
Certificate II in IT Students and adults. Those wishing to use 48 hours $800 The worlds largest edu- tive learningto happen in Honorable Mrs Carrie Lam
(Beginners) computer skills in the workplace/study cation prize- the inaugural a mind that is disconnected said: The Yidan Prize gives
effectively YIDAN PRIZE creates history from the heart, she added. us much to look forward to in
(Special Offer available for School Students) after successful rewarding re- Another recipient, Vicky education excellence.
cipients with the awards and Colbert, a founder and direc- She appreciative Dr Chen
MYOB People using MYOB. Those wishing to 2 days per $250 per each received a gold medal. tor of Fundacin Escuela Nue- initiatives, the Yidan Prize
acquire MYOB skills to add value to CV and stage stage Meanwhile, the event hap- va, Colombia, was awarded Foundation and the interna-
employability pened at the Hong Kong Con- the Yidan Prize for Education tional judging committee for
vention and Exhibition Centre Development. their commitment to global
OHS Modules 1&2 OHS Committee reps, Employers and individuals 3 days $320 and each recipient received Colberts project Escuela education and educators, and
OHS 3&4 2 days $240 HK$30 million (about US$3.87 Nueva (New School in for their contribution to the
million) to recognize their dis- Spanish) has improved the sustainable development of
Short Training We have over 80 short training courses 1-2 days TBA tinguished contributions to quality of education at rural the world people live in.
courses in soft skills covering a range of soft skills and can be global education and to help public schools in Colombia Dr Charles Chen Yidan,
delivered fund their future work. since the mid-1970s besides founder of the Yidan Prize,
Carol S. Dweck, Lewis and the pedagogical model has said: Yidan Prize aims to em-
We will reach out and deliver in your community. Virginia Eaton Professor of also been adopted by 14 power educators to transcend
Psychology at Stanford Uni- countries, reaching over 5 religion, race and nationality;
Please contact Babita Sharma; email:; tel: 6666800; fax: 6667133 versity, the United States, has million children. to exert far-reaching, positive
received the Yidan Prize for I am honored and deeply influence over humanity; and
Education Research. moved to receive this presti- ultimately, to help create a
Dwecks groundbreak- gious education Yidan Prize better world.
ing research on the power of for Education Development, I hope that their practi-
CISCO NETWORK ACADEMY the growth mindset, based
upon the belief that intelli-
she added.
The recognition she re-
cal experience and research
findings can be applied more
gence is not fixed and can be ceived through this pres- extensively, expanding their
Expression of Interest for Enrolling in 2015 CCNA Course developed over time, has be- tigious award is a further impact, and benefiting more
come an influential concept motivation to continue com- people, he said.
CCNA Routing and Switching V5 focuses on network infrastructure, mainly Routing and Switching,
in the field of education. mitment to the cause of basic The event was attended by
but it also includes Wireless access, Security and Connectivity to branch offices using WAN. She commented that it education of high quality for prominent figures including
Students from Basic networking to more complex enterprise and theoretical networking models was a great honor to receive all children. H.E. Dr Ahmed Al-Eissa, Minis-
the Yidan Prize for Education- At Escuela Nueva Foun- ter of Education, Saudi Arabia;
later in the curriculum. al Research and she accept it dation, in Colombia and many Cherie Blair, Founder, Cherie
Target Group: This specialized training is suitable for fulfilling the career aspirations of those either on behalf of her extraordinary other countries of the world Blair Foundation for Women;
employed or seeking a career in networking in a competitive environment during this era of rapid students and colleagues. we work to establish afford- Jaime Saavedra, Senior Direc-
Dweck believed the work able schools of excellent qual- tor, Education, World Bank
technological advancement. was much more of her colle- ity where children, teachers Group; and among others.
gues as hers and it was criti- and parents are empowered
cal for educators to know that to learn and contribute to a
Module Key Concepts Duration
people cannot nourish the culture of peace and citizen-
CCNA-1 TCP/IP Suite, Application Layer, Transport Layer, 10 weeks mind without the heart. ship in their environment,
Introduction to Networks Internet Layer, Network Access Layer
We cannot expect good Colbert said.
learningjoyful and effec- Presenting the awards, The
CCNA-2 Switch Network Device, Switch Network Configs, 10 weeks

FNU Students Mini

Routing & Switching Routing Protocols (OSPF),
Configuration (IPV4 & IPV6)
CCNA-3 LAN Redundancy, Etherchannel, Advance OSPF/ 10 weeks

Scaling Networks EIGRP, (IPV4 & IPV6),
Trouble Shooting
CCNA-4 Hierarchical Network Design, 10 weeks
Connecting Networks Connecting to the WAN,
Point-to-Point Connections,
Frame Relay, Network Address Translation for By MARIA LAQETA
Broadband Solutions To alleviate and boost the tourism industry try and also work with them because they help
in the economy, ninety three (93) students of us develop specialised training programmes
Venue: USP Lautoka Campus- Saturdays only from 9am to 4pm. Fiji National University tourism and hospitality that meet daily needs. He said the faculty is
faculty were graduated at Nadi campus. intending to facilitate more programmes for
Fees: $900 per module Chief guests Dr Isimeli Tagicakiverata smaller scale entrepreneurs with tailor-made
Placement: Only 20 places are available so it will be offered on first come-first served basis. thanked members of the faculty, parents, programmes.
friends, and all stakeholders to celebrate the Our programmes are set up to assist train-
To obtain enrolment form and for further information, contact: Babita Sharma, important occasion. ees to perform when they join the industry, or
tel: 6666800; fax: 6667133 or email: or enquire at the USP Lautoka This graduation is only the beginning of trainees who are already in the industry, he
Campus, Western House, corner of Vidilo Street, Lautoka. greater things to come and I urged students to added.
continue pursuing higher qualifications in the Tourism sector already generates signifi-
near future, he said. cant income, employment and investment and
Dr Tagicakiverata mentioned that the ex- we are playing our part at NTPC to ensure that
citement of joining the workforce for new the industry grows from strength to strength,
comers, marks individual transition from being he said.
We are proud to associate with the indus-


Sofitel Reach Out to

the Less Fortunate
Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa
has reached out to local com-
munities in Nadi as part of its
Christmas Donation initiatives.
It was a big boost to the
less fortunate members of
the community living in HART
homes and childrens Homes
in Nadi like wise to staff of the
Director of Rooms Sofitel
Fiji Resort and Spa, Ms Sunny
Goo said with it was a quick
visit just to give out some food
and a kind gesture to families
in need.
To make the initiative
happened, the resorts Green
team managed to collect
canned foods and donations
from all ambassadors at Sofi-
tel Fiji Resort and Spa.
Meanwhile, Sofitel Fiji
staff are ambassadors while
green team are volunteers for
the hotel.
With this generosity,
Green Team went to places in
need on the way to Mangrove
planting project in planting
2,780 plants with Ministry of
Forestry, she added.
Ms Goo said places vis-
ited were Navakai Hart, Saint
Minas, Loloma Home and
Golden Age Home Natabua.
As a chairperson of Green
Team I love new opportunity
just to contribute to commu- Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa distribute canned food to Navakai
nity in various ways and it was Hart Community. Photo: SUPPLIED.
rewarding, emotional and
physical - yet fun filled day to Priya Sharma, to be part Green Club Attendant Mere Varo
spend time together to reflect team is a stepping stone to me aged 50years old believed it
on the year, he added. as an individual because it is is important to educate youth
With good hope, team something to give back to the and create environment
Green is hoping to do more community especially people awareness in order to save
next year. in need. environment for future gen-
According to Sofitel Sales As partake in planting man- eration.
Marketing representatives, Ms groves, Sofitel Fiji staff Kids




New Aviation Academy for Fiji


Fiji Airways has celebrated another mile- of the Pacific, he said.

stone achievement in the ground-breaking The facility is scheduled to be opened in
ceremony for its $95 million Fiji Aviation Acad- March 2019 and as part of Phase 1 of the proj-
emy in Namaka, Nadi. ect, the Academy will house two CAE Full
Attorney General and Minister responsible Flight Simulators for Boeing 737 MAX and Air-
for Civil Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum today bus A330 aircraft.
officiated at the ground breaking ceremony on The Fiji Aviation Academy building using
7 November. the very latest construction and green energy
The facility will be the largest in the Pacific design.
and will allow Fiji to boast a world class avia- It will feature three simulator bays, other
tion training facility, offering the highest stan- Flight Simulator Training Devices for various
dards of pilot training in the world. states of pilot learning, briefing rooms, multi-
Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum said the opening of the media rooms, along with training, workshop
Aviation Academy would further strengthen and services centres.
Fijis position as the hub of the Pacific by pro- It will also house ground training facilities
viding its neighbours with a world class train- for a Flight School (Phase 2) and a Cabin Crew
ing facility. Training Facility (Phase 3).
We have the Maritime Academy in Suva The Academy will be located opposite Max
and now the opening of the Aviation Academy Value Supermarket in Namaka, Nadi
would allow Fiji to capitalise on its hub status

Attorney General and Minister responsible for Civil Aviation Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Fiji
Airways Managing Director and CEO Andre Viljoen, and Fiji Airways board chairman Rajesh
Punja officiate at the ground breaking ceremony. Photo: DEPTFO. An artists impression of the Nadi Aviation Academy. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Direct Flights Between

Nadi and Tokyo Narita

Fiji Airways Managing Director Andre Viljoen congratulates Japanese Ambassador to Fiji HE
Masahiro Omura. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Fiji Airways, has announced the launch of comed the route as a victory that would benefit
direct flights between Nadi and Tokyo Narita the airline, bolster the relationship between the
three-times a week, subject to regulatory ap- Fijian and Japanese peoples, and advance the
provals. Governments long-term development goals.
Starting 3 July 2018, the new, nine-hour This opens a direct gateway between Fiji
flights will operate from Nadi International Air- and the most populated metropolitan area in
port to Narita International Airport. Each week, the world, and we expect the impact to go far
flights will be scheduled for Tuesday, Friday beyond attracting more tourism to our shores,
and Sunday, offering over 80,000 seats per year said Sayed-Khaiyum.
between Fiji and Japan aboard Fiji Airways He adds as Government works to further
state-of- the-art planes, the Airbus A330-200/- solidify Fiji as the go-to regional development
300. hub for international businesses, investors and
Fiji Airways Managing Director, Andre Vil- development organisations, this connection
joen said the three times-weekly flights make with Tokyo a global financial centre and eco-
Fiji and the South Pacific more accessible to nomic powerhouse that is home to dozens of
Japanese tourists than ever before. Fortune Global 500 company headquartersis
Attorney-General and Minister responsible an invaluable step in achieving our goal.
for Civil Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, wel-

Santas Splashdown at Outrigger Fiji Begins a

Day of Family Celebrations and Entertainment
Santas arrival on the from a traditional buffet to
beach aboard a traditional classic fine dining Christmas
Fijian bamboo raft marks the favorites with a five-course
beginning of a day of excit- menu designed by Executive
ing kids activities and adult Chef Shailesh Naidu served in
Christmas celebrations for the award winning Ivi Restau-
2017 at Outrigger Fiji Beach rant.
Resort. Kids are also included in
Fiji is the beginning of San- Outrigger Fijis New Years Eve
tas journey around the globe celebrations their own Kwa
and the kids at Outrigger Fiji Hewa Sunset Party while
will be among the first to re- adults enjoy the Pool Party at
ceive gifts when he hands out the Vahavu Pool where guests
presents at the resorts Kids dress in their sulus (sarongs)
Club. and favorite swimwear for
Kids are then invited to an evening of cocktails and
break up the huge Ginger dancing.
Bread House baked by staff as Parents and children then
part of an Outrigger Christmas Chritsmas celebration at Outrigger Fiji Beach Resort. Photo: supplied. meet on the beachfront lawn
tradition. to welcome in 2018 where
Childrens activities con- live entertainment, fire danc-
tinue throughout the day and Christmas movie while disco. ence by joining in a special In the evening all of the ing and fireworks celebrate
while in the evening there are older children are entertained Adults are invited to share morning church service held resorts four restaurants of- the arrival of the New Year.
events such as a talent quest with limbo dancing and a the Fijian Christmas experi- in the resort ballroom. fer Christmas cuisine ranging

Local Art Exhibition at

The Denarau Yacht Club yourself Mr. Dennis, Manag- Vuidrakeli.
has offered the venue to sup- ing Director said. There will also be some
port the artists in order to pro- The event has been or- food items such as Honey, Co-
vide a new outlet that gives ganized by the artists them- conut oil and selected wines
the artists direct access to the selves, with the help of The to taste and purchase at spe-
public. Yacht Club and other spon- cial holiday rates.

the Denarau Yacht Club

We hope that we have sors. The highlight of the show
a lot of people from Nadi, Local artist Abraham Lagi, will be performed by the artis-
Lautoka and visiting tourists was the main liason between tic-cultural music-fusion of is-
come view, enjoy and even all the other artists including land vibes and modern Pacific
purchase some of the won- Anare Somumu, Esala Cau- Contemporary music.
derful artwork on display. Be- cau, ILiesa Maikeli Lee, Josh
By LUKE NACEI ing Christmas and the holiday Toganivalu, John Mosio, Pan-
season, it will be a perfect apasa Belana, Mere Rasue,
More than 12 local artists be exhibiting over 100 lic at the Denarau Yacht place to find a nice present Meli Somumu, Tilley, Mason
from around the country will pieces of artwork to the pub club on December 19-20th. for loved ones, or even for James Lee, Suli and Waqa


Dec 19th & 20th 11am- 7pm Dec 18th VIP Viewing : Invite Only
Featuring 10 local artists, over 100 pieces. Stop in for 5 minutes or an hour, no
speeches or formalities, just come, enjoy and look. For those Interested in finding
new art for your home, office or as a gift. If you like something buy it, take it home for
yourself or as a gift. Open to all, Free admission. Meet the Artists, Buy direct, or have
something commissioned. Leave your business card or contact details and be in to win prizes.
Contact : or 770 - RHUM (7486)

H unters


PM Personally Womens Weather

Congratulates Watch Goes Regional
Prince Harry

Executive Producer-Director of femLINKpacific Sharon Bhagwan Rolls. Photo: DEPTFO.

Pacific women is support- regional women-led com- mentation of the Womens
ing gender inclusive disaster munity media network, in- Weather Watch platform at
risk reduction and recovery. cluding partner organisa- a regional level also ampli-
Thus, the femLINKpacific tions the Talitha Project, fies womens humanitarian
regional womens radio cam- Vanuatu Young Women for priorities through a commit-
paign is promoting the idea in Change, Vois Blong Mere ment made to United Nations
Prime minister Voreqe Bainimarama is pictured in the United Kingdom with Prince Henry of Fiji, Solomon Islands, Tonga Solomons,Transcend Ocea- Security Council Resolution
Wales following the announcement of his Royal Highness engagement to American Actress, and Vanuatu. nia and members of the Shift- 1325 on women, peace and
Megan Markle. Photo: DEPTFO. Executive Producer-Direc- ing the Power Coalition, in security.
tor of femLINKpacific Sharon particular the Pacific Disability Thus, the femLINKpacific
Bhagwan Rolls said the cam- Forum. is dedicated to more than
By ANA SOVA paign is bridging the gender femLINKpacifics Wom- 500 community radio hours
gaps in disaster preparedness ens Weather Watch is an in- in Suva and Labasa as well as
The Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama His Royal Highness congratulated Fiji for messages that are tradition- teroperable information and produced Instagram, Twitter
was among the first to personally congratulate winning the Gold medal in Rugby Sevens at the ally heard this time of the year communication platform that and SMS messages during its
His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Wales, on 2016 Olympic Games. and it also demonstrates the amplifies the voices of our 2nd Womens Weather Watch
his engagement to Ms. Meghan Markle. Prince Henry, familiarly known as Prince vital role of radio in communi- network of women leaders, National Consultation 2017.
At a meeting in London, Mr. Bainimarama Harry said he was a keen follower of Fijian cating to communities. campaigning for the inclu- Its all part of femLINK-
and Prince Harry also discussed Fijis growing rugby and passionate about watching Fiji play. We are also looking for- sion of women in all aspects pacifics regional Womens
engagement with the Commonwealth, new He also reiterated Britains support for Fijis ward to producing our first of disaster preparation, man- Weather Watch network sup-
opportunities for cooperation between Fiji and efforts to rebuild after Cyclone Winston, and regional HEROWINS comic agement and rehabilitation ported by the Australian Gov-
the United Kingdom and the historical ties be- thanked Fiji for its initiatives in environmental book in 2018, she added. through community media, ernment, ActionAid Australia
tween the Fijian and British people. sustainability and food security. The messages, she said Rolls said. and the International Wom-
were developed through our Rolls added the imple- ens Development Agency.


US Government Supports Business

Continuity Planning and Disaster
Proofing and Enterprise in Fiji
On November 30, the Unit- governments post-disaster as- be certified to mentor other
ed States government, in part- sessments, Tropical Cyclone businesses and private sec-
nership with the Fiji Business Winston caused FJD$1.99 bil- tor organizations across the
Disaster Resilience Council lion in damages and losses country.
and the Fiji Commerce and in total. Through this 2 day USAIDs five-year Ready
Employers Federation, will training, 20 participants will project strengthens the ca-
launch a Business Continuity learn about business continu- pacity of governments and
Planning Train the Trainers ity planning, the role of first institutions to develop and
program at the Takia Hotel for responders, and how climate implement effective environ-
businesses in Labasa, Fiji to variability affects businesses. mental and disaster mitiga-
better prepare for natural di- They will also learn about tion policies and strategies.
sasters. The training is part of government services and di- Ready works in 12 Pacific Is-
the United States Agency for saster management plans. land nations: Fiji, Kiribati, Na-
International Developments These measures not only help uru, Tonga, Federated States
(USAID) Ready project, which businesses better prepare for of Micronesia, Nauru, Palau,
is strengthening the environ- disasters, but also position Papua New Guinea, Republic
mental and disaster resilience them to effectively contribute of the Marshall Islands, Sa-
of Pacific Island nations. to recovery efforts. moa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu Ms. Brett Jones, USAID/Pacific Islands, Mr. Lee Baker, Chief of Party, USAID Climate Ready,
Natural disasters have a Following the training and Vanuatu. Ms. Hazel Kirkham, Principal Partner, Breadfruit Consulting, Mr. Nicholas Ting, Acting Divi-
major impact on Fijis busi- program, which will also be
nesses and the economy as implemented in Suva later sional Planning Officer Northern from the office of the Commissioner Northern and Mr. Mike
a whole. According to the Fiji this month, participants will US EMBASSY Worsp, Head of Business Support, Kontiki Finance. Photo: SUPPLIED

AG Commends Participants Conference has been running that took place over the past couple of weeks and the com-
Attorney General and Min- for quite a number of years two days. He highlighted on a pensation actually will be paid
ister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed- now and indeed has become out through the Commission
Khaiyum has commended on a Premier Conference as far number of significant from 1st of January, the AG
the quality of discussions in as discussing not only legal changes in the two major laws added.
the Attorney Generals Con- issues directly but also socio- that have been brought about The AG also stressed to
ference in the last four to five economic issues that actu in parliament this year. One regulate the use of cyber
years which has improved sig- of the laws discussed in the space and also raised concern
nificantly. ally affect the making of Conference was the Accident on people making negative
During the closing remarks laws and indeed the formula- Compensation Act that has remarks about the Attorney
at the 19th Attorney Generals tion of laws. And also being to been put in place. Generals Conference on so-
Conference 2017, he question laws that currently The actual Commissions cial media, however, there is
exist and laws that need to work commences on the 1st currently no law in Fiji to take
thanked the delegates for be introduced in Fiji, Hon. of January. We understand action against the people con-
their participation in the last Sayed-Khaiyum said. the Commission has selected cerned. AG and Minister for Justice, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum congratu-
two days. The AG also gave a sum- a new CEO which the Com-
lates the support staff at the 19th Attorney-Generals Confer-
The Attorney General mary of the penal discussions mission will announce in the DEPTFO ence 2017. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Radisson Blu Resort

Welcomes New GM

Newly Appointed General Manager of the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji, Mr. John Bendtsen. Photo:

The Radisson Blu Resort the pipeline for the upcoming satisfaction.
Fiji staff and workforce wel- year and I look forward to the Meanwhile, having Bendt-
comed the newly appointed great team work in making sen on board, is an eye open-
General Manager Mr. John this possible, he said. er for shaping and restructure
Bendtsen in Denarau, Nadi With room re-modelling of the resort.
today. underway set for a comple- Prior to his appointment to
Australians by origins val- tion date early 2019, there is the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji,
ued wealth of knowledge and much work to be done with he was the General Manager
experience besides Radisson lots to look forward to from for the 5 Star Atmosphere Ka-
Blu Resort is not new to him the Radisson Blu Resort Fiji nifushu Resort in Maldives
because of his experiences as says Bendtsen. and has held several general
the General Manager position Mr Bendtsen is confident management and regional
for over 25 years in the inter- to understand and work with management roles in various
national hospitality industry in all departments and is able high end Resorts in Australia,
the Oceania and Asia region. to get the best out of people Maldives, Mauritius, Thailand,
I am so excited to be a and the Radisson Blu Resort Bangkok.
part of the Radisson Blu fam- family are confident he will lift Bendtsens role as a Gen-
ily and Fijian culture and the Resorts standards higher eral Manager was effective
there are exciting projects in while optimising customer from the November 1st 2017.

Christmas Jokes for Kids

other month? Christmas? burns longer, a red candle
The letter D! Sandy claws! or a green candle?
Why is it always cold at What is Santas dog Neither, candles always
Christmas? called? burn shorter!
Because its in Decem- Santa Paws! Why are turkeys wiser
berrrr! Who delivers presents to than chickens?

Bet You Didnt Know...

What Christmas carol baby sharks at Christmas? Ever heard of Kentucky
is a favorite of parents? Santa Jaws! Fried Turkey?
Silent Night! What do you get if you What happened to the
Whats impossible to cross Santa Claus with a man who shoplifted a cal-
Whats white and goes overtake at Christmas? detective? endar at Christmas? Vanilla behind them without turning
up? The three wide men! Santa Clues! He got 12 months! Did you know, 80 percent their heads.
A confused snowflake! Who hides in the bakery What do you get if Santa What do you call people of vanilla flavored food (in- Volcanoes
What do you call an old at Christmas? goes down the chimney who are afraid of Santa cluding the ice cream and Did you know that Austra-
snowman? A mince spy! when the fire is lit? Claus? essence) is made artificially, lia is the only continent in the
Water! How does a snowman Crisp Cringle! Claustrophobic! because natural vanilla beans world that has no volcanoes.
What do you sing at a lose weight? What do you call Santa Why are Christmas trees are very expensive. Hands and Feet
snowmans birthday party? He waits for the weather Claus when he doesnt like bad knitters? Kangaroo Bones
Freeze a jolly good fel- to get warmer! move? They both drop needles! Did you know, Kangaroos Hands and feet have more
low! What do snowmen eat Santa Pause! What often falls at the cannot walk backwards! than half of the bones in the
What goes: now you see for breakfast? How do sheep greet each North Pole but never gets Potato human body.
me, now you dont, now you Frosted flakes! other at Christmas? hurt? Did you know, potato, the Honey
see me, now you dont? What did one snowman A merry Christmas to Snow! delicious and favorite veggie Did you know that there is
A snowman on a zebra say to the other snowman? ewe! What is the best Christ- of children is the staple food no expiry date to honey! The
crossing! Can you smell carrot? What do you get if you mas present in the world? in many countries and is the edible food remains good for-
What goes ho-ho What do you get when cross an apple with a A broken drum you most cultivated vegetable ever until used otherwise, like
whoosh, ho-ho whoosh? you cross a snowman with a Christmas tree? cant beat it! across the globe. using a wet spoon!
Santa caught in a revolv- vampire? A pineapple! Lighter Dolphin Names
ing door! Frostbite! What kind of candle Did you know; the light- Did you know that just
What goes oh, oh, oh? Where do snowmen go er was invented long back like us, Dolphins have unique
Santa walking back- to dance? before the matchbox and names. What could be their
wards! A snow ball! matchsticks are invented. language? The study is pub-
Knock knock! How many presents can Problem lished in the National Acad-
Whos there? Santa fit in an empty sack? When you can solve a emy of Sciences Proceedings.
Snow. Only one, after that its problem, why should you Dogs Nose Prints
Snow who? not empty any more! worry? When you cannot Just like humans finger-
Snow use Ive forgotten What do you get if you solve a problem, just ignore prints, Dogs nose prints are
my name again! eat Christmas decorations? and dont worry. unique, and it can be used to
Why does Santa have Tinselitus! Lipsticks identify the identity of dogs.
three gardens? How does Good King Lipsticks are not vegan Apple Floats on
So he can ho ho ho! Wenceslas like his pizzas? cosmetics! More than 95 per- Water
When does Christmas Deep and crisp and cent of lipsticks contain fish Have you ever put an apple
come before Thanksgiving? even! scales! into the water and noticed the
In the dictionary! What carol is heard in Venus apple float? Yes, apples float
Whats the difference the dessert? Venus is the only planet in on water. It is because apples
between the Christmas Camel ye fathful! the solar system that rotates are made of 25 percent air!
alphabet and the ordinary What do monkeys sing at clockwise, whereas all other The Number 4
alphabet? Christmas? planets rotate anti-clock wise. The number four is the
The Christmas one has Jungle bells, jungle Rabbits and Par- only number that has the
no L (noel)! bells! rots same number of alphabets/
What do you have in What does a cat on the Did you know that rabbits letters.
December thats not in any beach have in common with and parrots can see what is




Intercontinental Fiji Wins Double
Honours at World Luxury Awards 2017
InterContinental Fiji wins double honours at World Luxury pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry offering unmatched location on the best beach on the main island of
Hotel Awards 2017 international recognition voted for by discerning travellers and Viti Levu, says Andrew Davidson, Area General Manager South
InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is delighted to an- industry stakeholders. Pacific at the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa.
nounce their win as Australia & Oceanias Luxury Family Re- In addition to our recent win as Haute Grandeurs Fijis The people of Fiji are well known for their family focused
sort and Luxury Golf Resort at the 2017 World Luxury Hotel Best Beach Resort and Best Family Resort 2017; this double- reputation and their love for taking care of children be it their
Awards Gala Ceremony hosted on 2 December 2017 at the honour award has further reinforced our commitment to pro- own or others. This is clearly evident with the families returning
Kulm Hotel St. Moritz in Switzerland. viding amazing guest experiences with the promise of inter- to our shores at Natadola Bay each year.
Established in 2006, the World Luxury Hotel Awards is the national luxury whilst reflecting our unique Fijian culture and We are very proud of this achievement which is only pos-
sible through the unwavering commitment, tireless effort and
teamwork of our resort team. With 2018 at our doorstep, we

look forward to continue excelling in delivering exceptional
guest experiences that create lifelong memories, said Mr. Da-
The InterContinental Fiji is also the official host resort part-
nered with the Fiji International golf tournament; a tri-sanc-
tioned ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour and
Asian Tour that just completed its fourth year at the Natadola
Bay Championship Golf Course. The 18-hole golf course is de-
signed by renowned golfer Vijay Singh, and recently completed
ISO 9001:2015 CERTIFIED renovations in August this year; now boasting some of the best
greens and fairways with stunning views of rolling greens com-
plemented by the South Pacific Ocean.
Fireworks in the vicinity of airports can be dangerous to aviation and for this One of two iconic Fijian hotels owned by the Fiji National
Provident Fund (FNPF) and managed by InterContinental Ho-
reason, their use in these areas are strictly controlled. Many fireworks dispense tels Group (IHG), the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa
provides services that go beyond the world-renowned Fijian
canisters several hundred feet into the air, and when used near an airport there is warmth and hospitality to give guests authentic, enriching ex-
periences and insights into the Fijian culture and way of life.
a possibility they could be detonated in the path or in close proximity of an InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa is part of the Intercon-
tinental Hotel Group with over 5,000 and 744,000 guest rooms in
aircraft. This could endanger the aircraft and lives of passengers on board. nearly 100 countries. Overlooking the azure waters of Natadola
Beach voted by CNN as one of the best beaches in the world,
and Fijis finest beach, the resort is spread across 35 acres of
tropical manicured gardens and offers all of the facilities and
Shooting at or directing fireworks within proximity of an aircraft whether in flight or services expected of luxury international resort.
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Radisson Blu Resort

deliberately shooting/directing fireworks at an aircraft is liable for criminal

In the interest of Public Safety:- Fiji Ranked as

1. DO NOT direct any firework activity at or towards any aircraft or airport; No:1 Resort on Trip
2. If you see anyone directing firework activity at an aircraft or airport,
REPORT IT immediately to the nearest Police Post; Advisor
3. IT IS PROHIBITED to operate any fireworks within 5 kilometers of the
Nadi and Nausori International Airports OR within 3 kilometers of other
Domestic Airports unless a permission has been obtained from the CAAF;
4. IT IS PROHIBITED to operate any fireworks outside of the prohibited
areas stated in 3 above, to a height in excess of 200ft above ground level
unless a permission has been obtained from the CAAF.
For the New Years (2017-2018) festive period, PERMISSION is granted for the The Radisson Blu Resort is 1 Spirit Brand of the Year in
rated amongst the most pres- 2016.
use of fireworks to a maximum height of 200ft between the hours of 0800pm tigious top class on Trip Advi- In anticipation of the
sor for Resorts on Denarau launch of the pop up bar,
Sunday 31st Dec 2017 and 0200am Tuesday 02nd Jan 2018. Island. Mr Bendtsen said the Ambas-
Newly appointed General sador from Dubai, Hirman
Manager, Mr. John Bendt- Asnadi hosted a Vodka train-
However, this Permission excludes the area within 500m on either side of the sen was thrilled with the rat- ing course for the Radisson
approach and take-off path from any airport (refer diagram below). ings and salutes the team for Blu Fiji cocktail bar team last
the hard work and passion week.
throughout the year. This innovative concept,
Being rated as the Num- he said will be scheduled
ber.1 Resort on Denarau Is- from the 22nd December
land is tough competition to 14th of January at the Re-
especially against well re- sorts Thai Restaurant Chan-
spected properties around tara, which is also rated as the
Denarau, he said. Number one Restaurant on
Mr Bendtsen said since Denarau Island.
joining he had no doubt his Director of Food and Bever-
team would shine through age at the Radisson Blu Resort
and exceed guest expecta- Fiji Mr Jack McNamara said
tions so he would like to com- there will be live entertain-
Any proposed fireworks activity within the restricted area depicted in the diagram mend staff commitment and ment on selected nights and
passion throughout the year. on a daily changing cocktail
above must be coordinated with the CAAF for assessment and issuance of the Mr. John Bendtsen has a menu and guests are invited
number of exciting plans pre- to drop by during the festive
appropriate permission. pared for the upcoming year break to experience the com-
and is optimistic the Resorts panies exciting new concept.
top ratings is a great step for- The Radisson Blu Resort
ward. guests can feast on world-
A CAAF fireworks permission does not cover permits/approvals required by other One of the exciting plans class cuisine from 6 different
is the Christmas season set dining outlets while soaking
organisations for a fireworks display. aside from the hotels festive in romantic waterfront views
programme, 12 day count- or cooling their toes in one of
down to Christmas and New the four lagoon pools along
Year bash is our Titos pop up with charming event facilities
For any clarification, please contact CAAFs Ground Safety Department on email: bar, he added. and a staff determined to pro- Titos Vodka, he added is a
unique brand of vodka from
vide 100% Guest Satisfaction,
ideal for weddings, meetings
Texas which won number and social gatherings.


7s Plan

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team there was miscommunication

captain Sereamaia Tuwai said breakdown.
wrong decision made in cru- This all led to our op-
cial moments was a major ponents getting back in the
contributor to the sides loss game
in both the Dubai and Cape He said playing South Afri-
Town 7s tournament. ca was tough adding that play-
And for that the boys will ing an experience side was
need to regroup and stat huge challenge for the nation
working on their mistakes to side.
avoid disappointments in the Our loss came at the hand
next leg of competitions. of South Africa, the most ex- National 7s player Apisai Domolailai pictured with his wife at the Nadi Inetrnational Airpot. Photo: LUKE NACEI.
Tuwai said after reviewing perienced team in the world
their performance they had Sevens Series right now.
sustained a lot of injuries. After Cape Town we re-
There is no excuse even viewed both tournaments.
though were lots of injuries, We have to consider that is a
he said. lot of new boys in the squad.
In Dubai the side were Sydney and Hamilton should
playing with 10 men but with be different.
Cape Town Tuwai said we The side arrived in the
had a few defence issues and county on December 14.

Year for
Former New Zealand Netball player Irene Van Dyk at the Nadi International Airport. Photo:


Jordan Taufua, Seta Tamanivalu and Mitchel Hunt with the

Super Rugby trophy at Nadi International Airport. Photo: SUP-


All Blacks and Crusaders Dont limit yourself, work

Star Setaraki Tamanivalu has hard, stay focused and most
rated his 201 rugby season as of all remain humble in all that
a phenomenal one and looks you do..
forward to even better 2018. The players brought the
The Yasawa native is in Super Rugby trophy with them
the country along with fellow and fans at the airport were
Crusaders teammate, first given the opportunity to take
five eighth Mitchell Hunt and photos with the trio and the
No.8 Jordan Taufua as guests cup.
of national carrier Fiji Airways. Many in New Zealand
They are here to meet key Fiji have yet to see this cup and
Airways partners and staff. its been good to bring it here
Speaking at a press con- to Fiji for the people here to
ference at Nadi International see it. Tamanivalu said.
airport, Tamanivalu said his He is here to also spend
hard-work has made him Christmas with his family who
achieve bigger things and have turned up at the airport
achieve his dream of becom- to welcome their hero home.
ing an All Blacks. Fans, young and old turned
The year has been good. up in numbers to meet the
We have achieved a lot. And players and take photos with
I am happy with performance them at the specially prepared
yet I know I must train even booth set up by Fiji Airways
harder for 2018 and in Super and Crusaders management.
Rugby, we will defend the title Meanwhile, Tamanivalu
and that means working extra is looking forward to having
hard, he said. more game time with the All
I always believe that if Blacks.
you want something badly, Im looking forward to
you will do all you can, you what next season has in terms
will go beyond whats re- of All Blacks commitment and
quired to achieve it and thats game time. Really excited
exactly what you need to do. about the future, he said.


Fijian Spirits Shine at the Cup Competition

The spirit of Fiji is bringing Engadine Crusaders. Young
the best out of the visitors in Hamilton is a skilful winger,
the 2017 Ultimate Fiji Cup. who idolises Lionel Messi
Tournament Director and supports FC Barcelona.
Bruce Tilt is a big advocate Like his idol Hamilton is left
of FIFA Fair Play Rules, and footed, and plays on the right
is very proud of how re- wing.
spect and sportsmanship has Hamilton is a great listen-
thrived in the Ultimate Fiji Cup er, and he is very committed
over the years. on the field.
He said 2017 has been no A similar generous act
different to previous years. occurred following a tight en-
Bruce also said that the Fi- counter on Tuesday between
jian spirit has really boosted the IFG boys and Nadi 14s.
the players themselves. The result ended in a 2-1 vic-
Off the park, Hamilton is tory to the Nadi 14s, and one
a very good person too. After of the reasons for Nadis vic-
a game yesterday, a Fijian boy tory was due to the heroics
asked Hamilton for his shin of their keeper - who played
pad straps. Hamilton gave the game without goalkeeper
the boy his straps, much to gloves. Following the game
the Fijian boys delight. After- Jack, the IFG goalkeeper, took
wards, I asked Hamilton if he it upon himself to hand the
had any spares straps. Hamil- Nadi goalkeeper his gloves.
ton said no. Given the age of these
Hamilton Magrath is from two boys, these gestures are
Bangor in Sydney who recent- quite amazing and very im-
ly won the U12s Sutherland pressive, he added.
Shire Competition with the Action from the Fijian Cup competition. Photo: SUPPLIED

Talents Showcased at- Hockey Welcomed

Uronibuto 7s By LUKE NACEI
The Minister for Indus-
try, Trade and Tourism, Land
and Mineral Resources Faiyaz
sports in the world. And while
it may be a minor sport in Fiji,
it could very well become a
Invitation Hockey Series, is an
added bonus.
He also said that it is the
By MARIA LAQETA Koya believes hockey could leading sport due to its inclu- first time this year for our
become a leading sport in Fiji siveness and its adaptability to national squad to compete
Kadavu will now include would be another inclusion to The game was held at due to its inclusiveness and its be played anywhere and with against the Japan National
another new 7s tournament the tournaments to be hosted Namalata Primary School adaptability to be played any- anything, Minister Koya said. Under 21 Mens Hockey Team
which began its inaugural in- in Kadavu annually Grounds. The Inaugural Tour- where. While welcoming the Aus- and the Japan U18 Womens
ception. We are looking forward nament was sponsored by Mr Koya echoed this senti- tralian Country Hockey Team, Hockey Team.
Being organized by a to seeing some good quality two businesses Uro Kadavu ments while officiating at the New Zealand Presidents XI, The Minister stressed that
group of passionate indi- rugby in the upcoming 3 days and Niubuto. Traditional Welcome Ceremo- Fiji Presidents XI, Japan Na- Hockey is one of the oldest
viduals who see the talent Ka- as otherteams are battling for Prizes: ny for Fiji Hockey Federation tional Under 21 Mens and team sports played in Fiji, with
davu has to offer thus the finals in Vunisea. Overall Tournament cup 2017 Oceania Challenge Cup Under 18 Womens Hockey the first organized hockey
creating another platform for 12 teams from around Ka- winner is $10,000.00 at the Albert Park Pavilion. Team, the Minister highlighted held in Suva in 1916 with six
developing 7s on the island. davu are confirmed for the Runners Up : $2000.00 You have proven that that with the development of teams participating in regular
A statement released from tournament and will also fea- Plate Winner : $500.00 hockey is inclusive and a hockey in Fiji over the years competition.
the organization stated that ture five Nadi notable teams Bowl : $500.00 sport for all and one of the to where we are now, our
: Kadavu has a lot of talent. such as Army Green ,Army highest profiled and played determination to host the Fiji
Organising such tournaments Red,Amacia, Ratu Flisie &


gives a chance for individu- Mcdonalds Saunaka.
als to showcase their talents
before chosen to represent
the nation in the International
The Province of Kadavu al-
ready has other tournaments
such as the Tiliva Sevens and
the Asco Sevens and this

Fiji Ultimate Cup

The 2017 Ultimate Fiji Cup Under 13s Tournament with The Ultimate Fiji Cup of-
has commenced with a mov- the overall aim of developing fers an opportunity for players
ing Opening Ceremony at A D players through the National to compete at an international
Patel College in Ba, followed Coaching Curriculum. level, expanding their expo-
by fixtures for all age groups. In 2016 we welcomed the sure of the sport at a semi-
The inaugural Ultimate Fiji Under 11s Boys to experience elite level.
Cup commenced in 2010 with international football and this In addition to an intense
a vision to develop junior foot- year, we have over 800 young week on the football field, Dr Liviana Kaiwalu (left), and her golden boy Malakai Kaiwalu at the ANZ Stadium in Suva
ball. There was no specific players, both men and ladies the tournament also provides
agenda, but most certainly a travelling around Fiji to com- players, coaches and offi- . Photo SUPPLIED.
purpose to spread the word pete across seven concurrent cials educational seminars
throughout Australia and our tournaments. focusing on health, nutrition By LUKE NACEI
near neighbours. This weeks tournament (particularly hydration) and
Following the success will culminate with a day of recovery. For Malakai Kaiwalu win- ning that gold was the only es.
of the first year, the passion Finals for our Youth and Se- In addition to this, there is ning a gold medal at the Pa- thing I could pay them back There were times when I
spread throughout Oceania nior teams on Saturday, the a large focus on player integ- cific Mini Games in Vanuatu for everything theyve done had to ask my mother to give
and we welcomed a New 9th of December. rity, respect and sportsman- was all he had wished for. for me, he said. me money for my training
Zealand team to the tourna- The games will commence ship. These sessions have And that one wish came Malakai dedicated his gear and bus fare.
ment. from 10am at Churchill Park been delivered by a number true after the Vatulele native achievements to his my moth- Kawalu said God had also
In 2012, we introduced in Lautoka. Many of the tour- of esteemed former players, jumped 2.06 meters in the er for her endless support and blessed him with his talents.
a ladies tournament to the naments young players are current coaches and general high jump at the Korman Sta- coach for his guidance. It was a happy moment
program to run alongside the lovers of the game and have football personnel. dium in Port Vila bagging a My grand-mother for her for me to win since it erased
mens. In 2013 and 2014, we the aspiration, motivation and gold for the nations side. inspirational words before I those sad memoroes.
evolved the program further drive to develop their skills for All emotional with his win, left the airport on Saturday. I changed some of the
with the introduction of an a professional platform. FIJI CUP Kaiwalu said he wouldnt She had told me to always put techniques which helped me
asked for anything more than god first and have faith in my- win the gold medal. Before I
to win that gold medal. self that I can do it because used to run sideways before I
I am excited and over its only through him that I jumped, but now after some
Send us your feedbacks or suggestions to: the moon with what I have
achieved. I wanted to do
will be able to get victory, he
coaching, I polished my run-
ning techniques.
much more than the height He was raised by a single The win is for all my fami-
I jumped but it didnt really parent after his parents sepa- lies in Suva and Ba for being
happen. But at least winning rated when he was in Year 9 there and supporting me. God
that gold is enough for now. in 2008. has played an important role
I was just thinking about In 2008 when I was in in my life since I am blessed
the sacrifices that I have done Year 9, my parents separated with the talent the Almighty
towards my training and and I lived with my mother has given me.
didnt want it to go to waste Liviana Kaiwalu, he said. Meanwhile, Peniel Richard
so I was aiming for that gold. He was emotional. of Papua New Guinea and
I was also thinking of my Despite that I have been Mosese Foliaki came second
mother and my whole family getting support from my mum and third respectively.
back in Fiji their prayers and and dad where my dad had
support towards me so win- been giving us the well wish-

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7s Plan Ahead Fiji Ultimate Cup



Bigger and better plans
are underway to allow more
teams to be part of whats ex-
pected to be another annual
7s tournament in the country.
The culmination of the in-
augural UroNiubuto 7s held
in Kadavu last week has had
organisers going back to the
drawing board-allowing them
to promise something more
for another tournament in
Onisimo Moi, the tourna-
ments public relations offi-
cer said they were impressed
with the turnout on the island,
despite the late publicity giv-
en to the tournament.
Yes there are definitely
plans to have the UroNiubuto
7s annually, however it will
be held earlier in the year as
compared to this year, Moi
told this newspaper.
Moi said the tournament
also unearthed more raw tal-
ents in the abbreviated code
from the island located south
of Fiji.
Optimistic that those tal- The winning Niubuto Brothers team after securing their victory at the UroNiubuto 7s in Kadavu. Photo: SUPPLIED.
ents if nurtured and given
more game time could see we saw a lot of talents from something new as they have this, lookout for calls next year store for next year. mainland namely LSU Army
them donning the white players in teams around Ka- produced their fair share of in the papers and on our offi- Satisfied with what the or- and Western Marines.
jumper, Moi said another tour- davu, some of whom can national reps too in the likes cial UroNiubuto 7s Facebook ganisers have achieved this The tournament was spon-
nament would be announced become future Fiji Reps with of Sireli Naqelevuki, Leone page for announcements. year despite a few setbacks, sored by Uro- a retail business
soon. more development and train- Nakarawa and Jonetani Ralu- With the prize money in Moi said overall we were in Vunisea, Kadavu and the
We are very happy with ing. lu to name a few. this years tournament being happy with the turnout and chiefly family of Niubuto, from
the inaugural tournament as Talents in Kadavu is not To team officials reading $10,000, more could be in also having two teams from the Tui Gasele.