You are on page 1of 28

Flood Mitigation Discussion.

84 Bus Shelters Built Around

Pg. 4 Fiji. Pg 8

Pivot Class of 2017 Students Back In Classroom After

Graduate.Pg. 5 Eleven Years. Pg. 12


Malakiu Raoma. Pg. 13


You Healthy treat

visit us today
347 Main Street, Nadi
better Ph: 670 5514 | Mob:926 1543
Is Our with medirite
Fax: 670 5517


Sofitel’s $30M
$30 million is planned to be in-
jected into the refurbishment of the
Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa on De-
narau Island in Nadi.
Resort general manager Vincent
Macquet said this would be the first
upgrade done on the five-star resort
since it opened in 2005.
Macquet said over the next 12
months they will be extensively ren-
ovating the hotel.
“All our food and beverage will
have unique concepts, never seen
in Fiji to date, so something fresh,
something for people to talk about,”
Macquet said.
He adds the rooms and lobby are
going to be entirely renovated as
The refurbishment will also in-
clude the Waitui Beach Club.
“We are refreshing the whole Sofitel Fiji Resort and Spa outdoor infinity pool and sunbed. Photo: VOSSY.COM.
concept in the refurbishment, so that
we can bring the resort in line with will be in line with what the clients Although, Mr Macquet said he believe in the product, who believe that the Resort has got good relation-
today’s well travelled guests who want,” Macquet said. could not reveal what the upgrading in the Fijian destination and obvi- ships with multiple partners in Fiji.
have very high expectations. The 296 beach facing rooms he of the rooms would be like. ously believe in Sofitel, in upgrading “We’ve always had the spirit of
“Fiji above all else is a luxury fam- said would be totally renovated in Macquet said at the Sofitel, they the product and bringing this to the doing transparency in business and
ily or couple destination and what line with a true luxury angle to get it are extremely lucky to have a very next level. we believe in working together in
we are saying is our expectations in line with travelled guests. supportive board of directors who He adds that was also great to see collaboration.”

“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

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”

Cancer Day Why Study at UniFiji?


World Cancer Day is observed on February 4 every year all

over the world to raise awareness of cancer and to encourage
its prevention, detection, and treatment.
World Cancer Day was founded by the Union for Internation-
al Cancer Control (UICC) to support the goals of the World Can- By MARIA LAQETA
cer Declaration, written in 2008. The primary goal of the World
Cancer Day is to significantly reduce illness and death caused
by cancer by 2020. The University of Fiji is
Various events including seminars and rallies are held at the a fully-registered University
local level to raise awareness about the disease in major cities by the Government of Fiji
of the country. The disease, which manifests in different forms, through the Fiji Higher Educa-
remains one of the leading causes of death in the country. tion Commission (FHEC).
World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to spread the The University offered
word and raise the profile of cancer in people’s minds and in programmes in Medicine,
the world’s media. Sciences ,Education, Com-
The purpose of specifying a day for this disease is to plan merce, Management, Law,
some new strategies as well as implement some new pro- iTaukei Studies, , Nursing,
grammes which could help aware more people about this dis- Language, Renewable Energy
ease.To spread the special messages about the cancer aware- Management, Environmental
ness and its prevention, leading health organisations as well Sciences, Information Tech-
as nongovernmental organisations take part by organising the nology and much more.
camps awareness programmes, rallies, lectures seminars etc. It has unique core values
People suffering from any form of cancer should not be left which enable students from
alone in their battle against the disease. Rather, they should be low socio-economic statuses
supported by friends and family members to defeat the disease to get quality and affordable
and in many cases such struggles have yielded positive results. higher education. UniFiji
Remedial measures can be taken to better keep the dangers demonstrates this commit-
associated with the disease away. One of the foremost chal- ment by offering low tuition
lenges for a victim of the disease is early detection of the mal- fees as well as structured pay-
aise. ment plans.
If detected early, there are more chances for the survival of Students are an integral
the patient. At the national level, it is the government’s respon- part of the University and are
sibility to ensure that proper awareness is disseminated among always treated at the most im-
the general public regarding the symptoms and medication of portant stakeholders. UniFiji
this deadly disease. students have immense pride
q ANA SOVA for the University and state
that UniFiji was always the
first choice for them.
Speaking at the registra-
tion, second year Bachelor
of Law student, Siddarth Raj,
Send us your feedbacks or suggestions to: who hailed from Tavua, stat-
ed that education was given
priority in his family and he
always aspired to become
someone in his life.
“I aspired to become a lawyer since childhood af-
ter joining UniFiji, my fam-
ily moved to Lautoka for my
studies. I believed that UniFiji
was the best choice for me as
the Law Programme is unique
and the lecturers are helpful
THE JET is Fiji’s first community newspaper published weekly by and friendly,” he stated.
YOURSPACE LIMITED from Nadi - the tourism capital of Fiji. Joana Veiyasawa, Bache-
lor of Arts student majoring in
PUBLISHER/EDITOR: SAMUEL SHANKAR Cell: 9966115 iTaukei studies and Language,
NEWS : ANA SOVA Cell: 7378722 Literature and Communica-
NEWS : MARIA LAQETA Cell: 9216562 tions, said that she decided
ADVERTISING : MARGARET NAQIRI Cell: 9360047 to study at UniFiji because the
OFFICE PHONES : 6707075 / 6750443
fees were quite reasonable
and also because of the good
EMAIL : quality teaching offered.
: Second year Bachelor of
WEBSITE : Science student, Jason Ku-
mar, commented that UniFiji
was a place not only to gain
COMPLAINTS: The Jet Newspaper continues to strive for excellence in vast knowledge and develop
its publications, with this in mind we welcome all complaints and sug- holistically, it was a place to
gestions from our readers. All such comments could be sent to
UniFiji MBBS and Language, Literature and Communications (LLC) students. Photo: UNIFIJI.
socialize with peers and lec- We thank you our readers for your valued turers who guide you to a bet-
support towards The Jet Newspaper. ter and brighter future.
Enrolment is on-going at Campuses. Students are “After High School, It Must Be
both the Suva and Saweni urged to register. Remember- UniFiji”.



Flood Mitigation Heavy Rain

and Strong
Discussion Wind Warning

The Attorney-General and Heavy rain warning re- intensify into a tropical distur-
Minister for Economy, Aiyaz mains and a strong wind bance and possibly deepen
Sayed-Khaiyum met with the warning for land and waters into a Tropical Depression.
Japanese Parliamentary Vice- in the country and Rotuma The current guidance sug-
Minister for Foreign Affairs, now in force. gests it may pass close to the
His Excellency Iwao HORII, to A “Heavy Rain Warning” re- country and associated rain
discuss the Nadi River flood mains in force for Yasawa and and strong winds which can
protection project, among Mamanuca Group, Viti Levu be gusty at times is likely to
other topics. and Vanua Levu, Lau and affecting the country from
“Japan’s experience in Lomaiviti Groups. A “Strong Monday.
addressing extreme weather Wind Warning” also in force In areas of localised and
events, paired with its cutting- for the Land Areas and Waters frequent heavy rain, there is
edge technology and innova- of Rotuma. increasing risk of flash flood-
tive thinking, can greatly assist A trough of low pressure ing and flooding of low-lying
us in moving forward the Nadi with associated cloud and areas. With the forecasted
River Flood Protection Proj- rain remains slow moving rainy conditions in the com-
ect,” said Sayed-Khaiyum. over Fiji whilst another trough ing days and early next week,
“We look forward to of low pressure to the north there will be an increasing risk
further building upon the of the group is anticipated to of catchment level flooding.
already-strong relationship intensify and gradually drift The weather conditions
between the Japanese and south towards the country. will be closely monitored
Fijian peoples.” While you may see some and public will be appropri-
Mr. Horii also commended break in the weather activ- ately advised through alert
Fiji for its successful COP23 ity today, the next three day and warning as the situation
leadership, expressing Ja- is expected to bring increas- worsens. All communities are
pan’s continued support in ing rain, becoming frequent advised to remain prepared,
the global fight against cli- and heavy at times and thun- get updated with the latest
mate change, and encour- derstorms as troughs remain weather information and take
aged closer Fijian-Japanese slow moving and a tropical alerts and warnings seriously
cooperation in other areas of low develops to the west of and act responsibly to save
shared strategic interest. the country during this period. life and property.
He also welcomed Fiji Air- Early into next week, the
ways’ recently-announced di- tropical low is expected to
rect flight to Tokyo, a gateway

to new opportunities for both
countries in trade, tourism, Attorney General and Minister for Economy Hon. Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum with the Japanese
and investment. Parliamentary Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs, H.E Iwao HORII. Photo: DEPTFO.

Nadi Farmers Stressed Dead Following

Road Accident
to Work Together By ANA SOVA

A 24 year old mechanic of Nalovo, Nadi is dead following a

motor vehicle accident early this morning.
Police Spokesperson, Ana Naisoro said the victim was driv-
ing towards Nadi accompanied by two other men at around
3am on Sunday, 28 January when he allegedly lost control of
the vehicle near Korovuto causing it to veer off the road, and
crashed into a water authority chamber.
The two passengers who are in their 20s are currently admit-
ted at the Nadi Hospital in stable condition.
Investigations continue and a post mortem will be conduct-
ed to ascertain the cause of death.

Ravindra Deo
Acquitted of
Rape and
Sexual Assault
Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Viam Pillay inspects the A-Frame structures at Rapaviu Eggs & Poultry Farms. Photo:


The Nadi farmers were that you are aware of what and advice from the Ministry, farmers.
stressed in the importance of the Ministry is engaged in you can achieve more which “Nobody really knew me
co-operating and liaising with and what is being provided to is the reason for our continu- when I started farming and I
the ministry for the benefit of farmers because we can work ous visits to farms because did everything on my own. I
the agriculture sector. together to bring technical ex- that is the same for a lot of thank you very much for visit-
Assistant Minister for Ag- pertise, ensure advice and farmers around the country ing me.
riculture, Hon. Viam Pillay training for farmers like you,” who are doing so much on “I was not really into poul-
highlighted this while visit- he said. their farms.” try farming before as I started Ravindra Deo at the court.Photo : FIJI VILLAGE.
ing Rapaviu Egg Poultry Farm Asst. Minister Pillay said, Asst. Minister Pillay also off as a vegetable and crop
in Vuniyasi, Nadi last week “It is heartening for me to visit assured that the Ministry was farmer but now I have found
where he had an informal dis- your farm because all that you working to deliver its services my niche as the market is A thirty one year old Ravin- him not guilty of the charges
cussion with poultry farmer have achieved was through and will render the available readily available and with the dra Deo has been acquitted of laid against him.
and manager, Josefa Gavidi. your own effort and you are assistance to help farmers in little experience and knowl- rape and sexual assault charg- Justice Perera while deliv-
He emphasized the impor- already running well and the sector while urging them edge I now have, I want to es and is a free man now. ering his judgment said that
tance of collaboration as an managing your farm as this is to utilise the assistance. share it with my fellow farm- Deo has been alleged had the complainant’s evidence
integral part for agricultural what the Ministry wants from Mr. Gavidi, while acknowl- ers in the hope of starting up raped a 16‑year‑old girl in the was not credible and she had
development. farmers, we will then come edging the advice, said that an association for our own year 2011. not cooperated in the trial.
“It is very important to in to help develop your farms he was motivated to continue benefit as farmers,” Mr Gavidi High Court Judge Justice
Vincent Perera in agreement FIJI VILLAGE
take awareness down to the further”. his farming to reach another added.
ground level to farmers so “With regular guidance milestone and to assist fellow with the three assessors found


Radisson Blu Resort Fiji

has Santa on Fiji Time By ANA SOVA
Santa is showing no signs “The Resort has also Rukurukulevu Kindergar-
of slowing down at the Radis- reached out in assisting ten in Sigatoka and Vunidawa
son Blu Resort Fiji, continuing Nawai Kindy donating materi- District Kingergarten in Naita-
his visits to over five different als worth $1325 to complete siri were among the kindy’s
schools in the Nadi area over their kindy restroom”, Bendt- nominated by staff who re-
the past week. sen said. ceived a carton of school sta-
On Fiji time and dressed in A few of the winners from tionary this week.
his full attire with a sack of lol- the resorts ‘Adopt a School’ Bendtsen said the Respon-
lies, children from Champs on competition last December, sible Business team have had
Wheels, Mulomulo Second- personally delivered their a very proactive and reward-
ary School, Sabeto College school items valued at $350 ing week reaching out to the
& Nadi District Kindergarten each this week which was a community.
were delighted with Santa’s heart-warming experience for “This week alone 15 library
surprise visit. all. cartons have been handed to
Stationary, projectors, a Staffs were encouraged Swami Vivekananda College
multimedia speaker system to nominate kindergarten’s in Nadi, 15 cartons shipped to
and mini laptops were do- in need of assistance and all Labasa and 15 more cartons
nated to the various schools, schools nominated received a ready to be shipped to Tuva-
while library books were be- kindy pack with teaching aids lu next week. We are proud
ing shipped and distributed to and supplies designed for ear- of our ‘Adopt a School’ pro-
a few others. ly child education. gramme,”
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Kelera Bale of the House- “I commend the Radisson
General Manager, John keeping Department said tTo Blu Fiji team for taking respon-
Bendtsen said with the first go back to the interior and sibility to help schools and
quarter well on its way, the give back to her community communities in need. Our
Responsible Business Com- was an emotional experience stance on responsible busi-
mittee at the Radisson Blu Re- because she knows the chil- ness will remain throughout
sort Fiji have been busy with dren will truly appreciate all 2018 as we continue to invest
its ‘Adopt a School’ voluntary the books and stationary be- and develop local schools and
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji has Santa on Fiji Time. Photo: RADISSON. programme. ing donated. communities”, he said.

Hundreds Attend
Bollywood Dance

Close to 500 Fijians turned up Nadi’s Prince ists and two technicians.
Charles Park on Sunday night, 28 January to Mr Rishi said the group was also featured
watch Centre Stage Dance Company from in a number of prominent television shows in
New Delhi in India. India.
The dancers displayed a powerful perfor- “We love Fiji, the people are nice and the
mance that depicting a love story. culture is so beautiful. It’s a very peaceful
Nadi Town Council Special Administrator, country,” he said.
Robin Ali was also in attendance. He said the show was aimed at bringing to
He said the show will benefit the people of our shores a taste of Bollywood dances.
Nadi, “as we will get to know and witness In- The concert is part of the Namaste Pasifika
dian culture on display”. Festival, which was inaugarated in October last
The dance group director, Rishi Sharma, year, and is expected to end by March this year. Members of the Centre Stage Dance Company pictured outside the Nadi International Airport.
said their group consisted of 12 performing art- Photo: FACEBOOK.

Pivot Class of 2017

Students Graduate

211 students of Pivot Point thing in life.” thing,” she added.

Fiji Institute Class of 2017 She started the beauty After her Year 12 education
graduated from the institution, therapy course at the Fiji Na- she took on the challenge to
after undergoing a six month tional University. earn herself a wage and it was
beauty therapist programme She came to know of the mostly on finance, adminis-
on Friday, 26 January. course through Facebook and tration and book keeping.
The Pivot Point Fiji Institute her dad agreed to pay her “I then emphasised that
graduation ceremony 2017 fees. beauty is not about beauty
was held at the Tanoa Interna- Ms Chand currently works only, but it is also about skin
tional Hotel in Nadi. at the Beauty Mantra in Suva. care, client care, and custom-
Roma Chand, 19, scooped Meanwhile, Serena Daku- er service,” she said.
the principal’s award in her ni, scooped the Dux prize. Ms Dakuni is single; and
discipline. The Vadravadra, Gau na- resides with her mum who
She thanked God the Al- tive was delighted after she is her source of inspiration
mighty for the strength and passed with flying colours these days.
knowledge together with sup- which set her up for a special “It was just through God,
port the of her parents. award. family and friends in that or-
“I’m really grateful to the Ms Dakuni said after her der we can do it,” she said.
Almighty for the strengths last employment she tried to Major Awards:
and knowledge, secondly to do something that she will Dux Beauty 2017 –
my parents who were always enjoy. Sereama Dakuni Principal’s
there to support me and my “I always have an interest Award – Roma Chand
husband who is always en- in the beauty industry. For this Creative Award – Sonia
couraging me in every step of I wanted to do something that Lata
my life,” Chand said. is totally different,” Leadership Award – Tere-
“Actually becoming a “When you stay too long in sia Togamalo
beauty therapist is not as easy a work it becomes monoto- Excellence in Fitness–Ai-
as everyone thought and as nous and so I always wanted sea Tuidriva
always people think everyone to do something that I enjoy
who has their education and and that gives me satisfaction
courage can go through any- because money is not every- Pivot Point Fiji Institute 2017 Principal’s Award Recipient, Roma Chand. Photo: SUPPLIED.


FSC Encouraged by Progress

Ahead of the Cane Crop for 2018
Cane planting in the 2017 tive of re-building a robust Lautoka sector interviewed In Ba, Tavua and Rar-
season has seen a very posi- and bigger sugar industry has both confirmed that this awai, several sectors have
tive improvement in achieve- clearly been accepted from year’s planting has been bet- increased planting area by
ments of cane growers and all stakeholders. Everyone is ter than the previous year. more than double compared
the FSC’s Extension Team working together and at this This was aided by the to last year.
engagement with the grower juncture, this is crucial and government grants and good This season has also had
community. rewarding,” Clark said. technical support from anoth- the advantage of good rainfall
This is encouraging news He said all sectors have er key industry stakeholder, at the right time, throughout
for the sugar industry, as a achieved, and are projecting the Sugar Research Institute. the cane belt.
higher cane crop will result in growth in their planting ef- Rajnesh Naicker, a 39 year The rains have enhanced
an increase in sugar produc- forts. old commercial grower of cane growth prospects. Ex-
tion. Clark adds even some nil Lovu sector, on the outskirts treme weather patterns in the
FSC CEO Graham Clark producing growers have start- of Lautoka, is hoping to in- last three to five years have
said they are encouraged ed to replant sugar cane. crease his harvest this season. had a negative bearing on
and optimistic by the current “This new wave of opti- “Last season, I had 4.5 the crop, but this season, the
planting trend. mism has been welcomed by acres covered by cane, this rainfall has bolstered growers’
“We are also very grateful FSC. There is a spirit of excite- season, that has grown to determination.
to all industry stakeholders, ment and renewed enthusi- sevennacres and I am looking Lisala Kubu, an iTaukei
notably Government for their asm in the air,” he said. forward to at least 500 tonnes grower of the village Naviago,
financial support. The objec- Two growers within the of sugar harvest this year,” Lautoka owns a 3.9 acre sugar
Naicker said. farm, he started farming again
The Fiji Government as- after a few years lapse.
sistance to the growers this Kubu said he was moti-
season has been fundamental vated by the incentives in the
in assisting grower planting industry and he’s happy that
efforts. he ventured into cane farm-
He adds incentives from ing again.
government and support from “I started off with a 1.4 acre
FSC field operations, comple- farm but now I have close to
mented with good technical 4 acres and I am still looking
advice from the Sugar Re- to add 3 more acres. My fa-
search Institute has assisted ther was a sugar cane farmer
him greatly. but I’ve only just taken it up in
Government assistance to 2015,” he said. Lisala Kubu standing at his sugar cane farm in Naviago, Lau-
the sugar cane growers also Like other local cane toka. Photo: SUPPLIED.
comes in the form of incen- growers, both Naicker, Kubu
tives for weedicides and fer- are also looking forward to a 72% respectively. for use in 2019 continues.
tilizer. good harvest this season. Of the thirty eight sectors, Barring any extreme
The response to these ini- According to FSC, com- 15 sectors have doubled their weather disturbances, this
tiatives has seen significant parisons to last season, sugar planting targets. season’s crop should see a
increases in volume usage of cane planting is above target This is a positive direction much needed increase in
both fertilizer and weedicide. by 136% for sectors aligned to for the future of the industry cane production compared
FSC planting records con- the Rarawai Mill. and just general good news to the previous season, and
firm noteworthy growth in all Sectors aligned to Lau- all around. will contribute toward much-
Rajnesh Naicker of Luvu, Lautoka, explains of the success of sectors with over 5,800 hect- toka Mill have achieved 76% Whilst planting for the 2018 anticipated stability required
inter-cropping, his sugar cane farm seen here with legumes. ares planted in November and of target to date, Labasa Mill season has been concluded, to deliver a turnaround for the
Photo: SUPPLIED. December 2017 alone. sectors 86.2% and Penang Mill planting for new seed cane sugar industry.

LFC Shooting No Tolerance

Competition on Temple
Closed Desecration

The Government will protect the religious “None of that is right and none of it is ac-
freedom of every Fijian and will not tolerate ceptable.”
Office of the Land Force Command units of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces taking part in acts of temple desecration around the country. “I’m here tonight to tell you that we need to
This was the reassurance made by the At- move away from that backward way of think-
the two-day shooting competition. Photo: RFMF MEDIA. torney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during a ing. Otherwise, we will never progress as a
public forum and talanoa session at the Shree country.”
Gopal Sadhu Hanumaan Gadi Mandir temple Fiji Police Commissioner Brigadier General
By ANA SOVA in Nakasi. Sitiveni Qiliho reassured community members
The AG said the Fijian Constitution guaran- of Nakasi that the Police has dedicated a task-
The Land Force Command (LFC) units of will be selected to represents us to the compe- tees religious freedom in the country and the force of 20 officers to look into the escalation of
the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) two tition in Australia”, Colonel Motufaga said. perpetrators involved in the temple desecra- crimes such as temple desecration and dam-
days shooting competition was officially closed Colonel Motufaga thanked the instructors tions will face the full brunt of the law. aging of religious places.
by Commander Land Force Command (CLFC) for their commitment and hard work in order “We are a secular state; a nation where ev- “We need to work together to curb these
Colonel Motufaga on Friday, 26 January. for them to accomplish the competition that ery Fijian can choose their own religion, and crimes and I can assure the Police will work
The CLFC stated that the purpose of con- will prepare the soldiers before the coming no one – I repeat, no one – can force one de- hard to catch these perpetrators,” Commis-
ducting the shooting competition was to se- competition. nomination or faith on anyone, or prevent any- sioner Qiliho said.
lect those who will represent the RFMF in the The LFC units comprised of the Land Force one from following the religion of their choos- The forum was organized to address the
shooting competition that will be held in Aus- Command Headquarters Battalion, the Third ing,” Sayed-Khaiyum said. increase in the desecration of temples around
tralia in May. Battalion Fiji Infantry Regiment, The Force He adds that some people are trying to turn the country.
“In order for us to select the right person, we Training Group, the Logistic and Support unit, fellow Fijians against each other on the basis of Members of the community also engaged
will need to recognize firsthand the skills and and the Fiji Engineers Regiment. Hindu against Muslim, one Christian denomi- in a talanoa session to raise their queries and
the weapon handling of the marksmanship After all the shooting categories on those nation against another, iTaukei against Fijians suggestions.
that our men have”, two days, 3FIR manage to scoop the prize for of Indian descent, North Indian against South Cabinet ministers and members of Parlia-
“Now we have ascertained and recognized the best shooter of the year. Indian, Arya Samaj against Sanatan Dharam ment were also part of the forum.
that some of you standing in front of me today Sabha, this province against that province and
this confederacy against another.

Acts of Ceremony for
Sacrilege New Govind Park
The Citizens’ Constitution- ness and education on mul-
al Forum (CCF) strongly con- ticulturalism, it is extremely
demns the acts of sacrilege disappointing to see that sac-
at Hindu places of worship rilege rears its ugly head time
across the country as widely and again. Acts of sacrilege
reported in the media. endanger the socio-cultural
In recent months the Vish- fabric of our rich diversity. We
nu Bhavan Temple in Sasawi- urge all Fijians to strongly re-
ra, Nausori, Waila temple in ject all forms of sacrilege and
Nausori, Nausori Tirath Dham cultural vandalism and show
Temple in Votualevu, Nadi respect to all places of wor-
and Gopal Sadhu Hanuman ship,” said the CEO.
Gadi Mandir in Nakasi have Mr. Mataitawakilai also
fallen victim to the despicable highlighted that we must con-
acts. tinue to raise awareness on
“Any act of sacrilege and peaceful coexistence espe-
religious intolerance is un- cially to the younger genera-
acceptable and must be tion in order to build peaceful
denounced in the strongest and harmonious communi-
terms,” CCF Chief Executive ties in our country adding that
Officer Bulutani Mataitawaki- a space was needed for bridg-
lai said. ing religious and ethnic di-
“The disturbing images of vides.
graffiti on deities and racial “A research paper commis-
slurs is an affront to a multi- sioned by the Citizens’ Consti-
ethnic society like Fiji.” tutional Forum in 2015 titled
Mr. Mataitawakilai said ‘Charting a new course? Race
Fijians from all walks of life relations in Fiji, 2012-2014’
slamming these cowardly acts indicated that creating and
of vandalism especially on so- maintaining a forum for in-
cial media is a positive sign. terethnic dialogue and delib-
He also welcomed the erations could be an eventual
statement by the Police Com- solution to these incidences,”
missioner Brigadier General Mr Mataitawakilai said.
Sitiveni Qiliho-at the Shree “The task of keeping all
Gopal Sadhu Hanumaan Ga- places of worship safe should
dhi Mandir in Nakasi on Tue- not only be the responsibility
day night- that a taskforce of of a single person or entity, it
officers was investigating the is the responsibility of all Fiji-
acts. ans,” Mr Mataitawakilai con-
“Despite years of aware- cluded. By ANA SOVA
Minister for Local Gov- Government Grant; Ba Town cal room, one referees’ room while an embankment would

ernment, Housing and Envi- Council has started construct- with four canteens and four be constructed on the town-
ronment, Infrastructure and ing the new stadium. amenities,” he said. end side of Govind Park,” Bala
Transport, Parveen Bala offi- “The new 8000 bucket The total funding towards said.
ciated at the groundbreaking seating facility shall have a the construction with design Work on the new stadium
ceremony of the New Stadi- conference room with 200 and documentation of the sta- is expected to be completed
um at Govind park in Ba. seating capacity, one gym dium stands at $4.175million. in eight months.
The old stadium was facility, two squash courts, “The new stadium shall re-

Tatarovi New CIC Logo Launches

structurally damaged during four players change room, place the old stadium which
Winston in 2016 and through two dormitories, one medi- had a seating facility of 5000

Kicks Off New Year

A national operation fo- a concern.
cusing on road safety and The month long operation
the fatal five kicked off on 1st is in line with the Commis-
February throughout the four sioner of Police’s intent on
policing divisions. major operations focusing on
Police Chief of Operation, crimes and road fatalities.
ACP Rusiate Tudravu said Seventy lives were lost due
Operation Tatarovi is aimed to road accidents in 2017 and
at creating awareness on the to date three people have
five leading causes of acci- died as a result of motor vehi-
dents and fatalities in Fiji. cle accidents compared to six
These leading causes are for the same period last year.
speeding, drink and drive, “While officers will be
dangerous driving, pedestrian stepping up the tempo of traf-
at fault and driver fatigue. fic operations we do hope
ACP Tudravu said 2017 saw that members of the public
an increase road fatalities by will work with us in keeping
17 per cent when compared our roads safe,”
to the 2016 period and de- “As stakeholders work to-
spite the increased presence gether to create awareness on
of traffic and highway officers road safety the onus is up to
on our roads, speeding and every individual to listen and
drink driving continues to be comply,” ACP Tudravu said.

(L-R) CIC members Shane Harris of Kramer Ausenco, CIC President Gordon Jenkins, John Orton of Orton Architects and Chan-
dar Bala of Vinod Patel looking at the new CIC logo.Photo: SUPPLIED.

Send us your feedbacks or suggestions to: By MARIA LAQETA

The Construction Industry the introduction of its own ful- meeting, the head of the Min- country’s key infrastructure at
Council (CIC) has launched its ly functional Secretariat. istry of Economy’s Construc- all levels.
new logo after its first meeting Construction Industry tion Implementation Unit The Construction Industry
this year in Suva. Coucil President Mr Gordon (CIU), Mr Mohammed Shah Council comprised of all the
Stylized CIC logo is part of a Jenkins said this year’s initia- commenting the opportuni- major construction enter- significant effort by the Coun-
cil to make it even more rel-
tives was to work closely with
Government to addressed the
ties for partnership with Gov-
prises in the country, includ-
ing builders, sub-contractors,
evant to its members. ongoing critical issues like li- Mr Shah had said Govern- architects, engineers, quantity
The Council new plans is censing for all sectors of the ment was interested in seeing surveyors, hardware suppli-
to host a major construction industry and a greater empha- a strong CIC and that it would ers, developers, project man-
industry conference which sis on training. like to work closely with the agers and key Government
will be held shortly along with With the Current CIC’s Council in improving the representatives.

84 Bus Shelters
Built Around

Approximately 84 bus shel- to get the best service to the FRA about the acts of vandal-
ters around the country will public. ism on road assets and bus
be constructed within the Meanwhile, the new bus shelters for the communities.
next seven months. shelters have a category 4 Public were advised to
The Fiji Roads Authority cyclone certification and is look after the assets and be
(FRA) initiative benefits bus designed strong enough to vigilant and report all instanc-
commuters with much better withstand during tropical cy- es of vandalism to the Fiji Po-
accessibility and comfort. clones. lice Force.
Areas that are mostly in The new bus shelter is de- There will be more bus
front of schools and health signed in-house and have en- shelters constructed in the
centres will be replacing the gaged two local contractors to future as there were a lot of
old bus shelters with new install the shelters. requests coming in from the
The new bus shelter in front of Tamavua Primary School constructed by the FRA. Photo: FRA. ones and it was important There is a concerned of public.

Assistant Minister
Emphasizes Close

The Assistant Minister for that you are aware of what is the reason for our continu-
Agriculture, Hon. Viam Pillay the Ministry is engaged in ous visits to farms because
has stressed the importance and what is being provided that is the same for a lot of
of farmers and the Ministry of to farmers because we can farmers around the country
Agriculture cooperating and work together to bring techni- who are doing so much on
liaising with each other for cal expertise, ensure advice their farms.”
the benefit of the agriculture and training for farmers like Pillay also assured that the
sector. you,” Pillay said. Ministry was working to de-
Pillay highlighted this while The Asstant Minister said, liver its services and will ren-
visiting Rapaviu Egg Poultry “It is heartening for me to visit der the available assistance
Farm in Vuniyasi, Nadi last your farm because all that you to help farmers in the sector
week where he had an infor- have achieved was through while urging them to utilise
mal discussion with poultry your own effort and you are the assistance.
farmer and manager, Josefa already running well and Mr. Gavidi, while acknowl- Assistant Minister for Agriculture, Hon. Viam Pillay visiting Rapaviu Eggs & Poultry Farm
Gavidi. managing your farm as this is edging the advice, said that while Josefa Gavidi (far left) explains his farms operations. Photo: SUPPLIED.
He emphasized the impor- what the Ministry wants from he was motivated to continue
tance of collaboration as an farmers, we will then come his farming to reach another thank you very much for visit- my niche as the market is an association for our own
integral part for agricultural in to help develop your farms milestone and to assist fellow ing me. readily available and with the benefit as farmers,” Mr Gavidi
development. further”. farmers. “I was not really into poul- little experience and knowl- added.
“It is very important to “With regular guidance “Nobody really knew me try farming before as I started edge I now have, I want to
take awareness down to the and advice from the Ministry, when I started farming and I off as a vegetable and crop share it with my fellow farm-
ground level to farmers so you can achieve more which did everything on my own. I farmer but now I have found ers in the hope of starting up

Appeal to motorists in Trainers Undergo

Nadi & Lautoka Accreditation Training

Minister for Employment Hon. Jone Usamate with the returning seasonal worker Mr Josua
Wainigasau. Photo: DEPTFO.

The Ministry of Youth and It also intends to establish ering quality based trainings
Sports will continue to pro- a proper reporting structure, to our youth trainees and fur-
vide the best resources and registrar for learner’s record ther enhancing their knowl-
trainers at its five training cen- of learning and the necessary edge by using various teach-
tres to deliver quality training tools for monitoring, evalua- ing techniques.”
to the youths. tion and review of programs He further stated that the
This assurance comes for the Ministry. Ministry is committed in pro-
By MARIA LAQETA from the Minister for Youth Minister Tuitubou also ex- viding accessibility, facilities
and Sports Honourable Laise- tended his appreciation to the and adequate resources to
The Water Authority of Fiji Kamal Gounder said “To de- during peak time especially nia Tuitubou after 10 Youth facilitators which included Fiji trainees within the five train-
(WAF) wished to advise mo- liver water on a timely man- on Saturday as it is a shopping Training Centres trainers of High Education Commission ing centres.
torists travelling along roads in ner, the Water Authority of day so requesting travelling the Ministry underwent an accreditation Team Leader, “We are trying to stan-
the greater Nadi and Lautoka Fiji requests motorists to un- public in trying to understand accredited program Trainers Mrs Amelia Siga and Fiji Na- dardise our trainings. As a
area to give way to the water derstand that more than one one another during these pe- Training Workshop at the Min- tional University trainers As- Ministry we are trying to pro-
carting trucks during the dis- hundred trucks is deployed riod. istry headquarters recently. sessment/Levy and Grants vide each training centres
ruption period from February around Nadi and Lautoka to Mr Gounder said WAF The main objective of the Principal Training Officer, Ms with the resources they need
3-6. cart drinking water to major apologises for the inconve- training was to accredit pro- Gurmindar Singh. and also provide them with
The Authority requests services and to the members nience caused. gram trainers from the five “I would like to thank our trainers who have been ac-
motorists to follow the traffic of the public who are affected Members of the public can Youth Training Centres (YTCs) facilitators for delivering the credited and are good with
rules and be patient as water by the Nagado Water Shut contact toll-free number 1507 to understand the accredita- workshop to our training cen- facilitation skills,” Minister
carting trucks are deployed to down. to report rude drivers during tion purposes and require- tre trainers,” he said. Tuitubou said.
cart water to affected areas. Mr. Gounder added that the disruption period. ments while delivering differ- “These types of training DEPTFO
WAF Board Director, Mr there will be traffic congestion ent types of training. will ensure that we are deliv-

Happy Chinese New Year” Cultural

Celebrations Held in Berlin
A woman displays paper- in downtown Berlin on Thurs-
cutting handicraft during a day. (Xinhua/Shan Yuqi)
series of cultural celebrations A girl experiences Chinese
“Happy Chinese New Year” calligraphy during a series of
at a shopping mall in Berlin, cultural celebrations “Happy
capital of Germany, on Feb. Chinese New Year” at a shop-
1, 2018. “Happy Chinese New ping mall in Berlin, capital
Year”, a series of Chinese of Germany, on Feb. 1, 2018.
cultural celebrations for the “Happy Chinese New Year”,
upcoming Spring Festival, a series of Chinese cultural
kicked off in downtown Ber- celebrations for the upcom-
lin on Thursday. (Xinhua/Shan ing Spring Festival, kicked off
Yuqi). in downtown Berlin on Thurs-
A man watches photos day. (Xinhua/Shan Yuqi)
displayed during a series of Dancers perform during a
cultural celebrations “Happy series of cultural celebrations
Chinese New Year” at a shop- “Happy Chinese New Year”
ping mall in Berlin, capital at a shopping mall in Berlin,
of Germany, on Feb. 1, 2018. capital of Germany, on Feb.
“Happy Chinese New Year”, 1, 2018. “Happy Chinese New
a series of Chinese cultural Year”, a series of C.
celebrations for the upcom-
ing Spring Festival, kicked off Man watches photos displayed a series of cultural celebrations ‘Happy Chinese New Year’.Photo: SUPPLIED.

Valentine’s Day
Specials at Local

Valentine’s Day specials at local restaurants. Photo: CINCINNATI.COM.

Valentine’s Day is on a and chocolate mousse with 1211 Vine St.,
Wednesday this year. That candied kumquats. Feb. 14- Over-the-Rhine, 513-834-8670
gives you many opportunities 17, 5-10 p.m. $70 per couple,
to celebrate with a romantic or $130 with wine pairings. Jean-Robert’s Table is of-
evening out and may save 151 W. Fifth St., Downtown, fering a four-course menu
you if you forget to make res- 513-579-1234. in two seatings on Feb. 14.
ervations. Start mulling over Rhined Cheese Bar is of- Choices like Maine lobster
your options. Here are some fering, on Feb. 13, Galentine’s salad with pomegranate,
special offers at various price Day, a celebration of female mango and avocado, or rack
points to consider. friendship. Bring the girls to of lamb with goat cheese flan,
Three-course dinner at The the cheese shop, sip bubbles, tarragon syrah sauce. $110,
Grand Central Deli in Pleasant indulge in soft cheese, finish wine pairings $50. 713 Vine
Ridge, on Feb. 14, with both with truffles. No “crafts.” No St., Downtown, 513-621-4777,
vegetarian and omnivore op- reservations needed.
tions, with drink pairings with At Rhined on Feb. 14: Aph- La Petite France offers 3
each course. For instance: rocheesiac Raclette Night. courses plus amuse-bouche
balsamic glazed salmon with Dim lights and raclette, the and an extra chocolate course
caramelized onion risotto and cheesy Swiss dish. Share a for $70. Feb. 14. 3177 Glen-
asparagus or vegan garlic and plate before dinner elsewhere dale-Milford Road, Evendale,
white wine pasta with Brus- or make this a fancy dinner. 513-733-8383 www.lapetite-
sels sprouts with glass of wine. No reservations needed. 1737
White chocolate mousse or Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513- Bombay Brazier in Mont-
brownies $70 per person, 655-5938, the-rhined.myshop- gomery has a 5-course Val-
6085 Montgomery Road, 513- entine’s meal, with modern
531-3354 Another three-course din- takes on Indian food (such as
We Olive and Wine Bar is ner at Somm Wine Barin Price grilled pollock with roasted
offering a wine-tasting din- Hill $39, or $54 with wine pair- sweet peppers, granny smith
ner on Feb. 14. with grilled ings. It includes, for example, apples and coconut milk re-
oysters and antipasto, blood day boat sea scallops with duction. 7791 Cooper Road,
orange and raspberry dressed roasted beets, boucheron, 513-794-0000, and bombay-
salad, blackened salmon and clementine, hazelnuts and
spaghetti, cheesecake with mache with a pinot noir rose The Capital Grille is mak-
dark chocolate drizzle. Each and a beef tenderloin with ing Valentine’s Day Eve spe-
course is paired with a bou- wild mushrooms and blue cial with free Veuve Clicquot
tique wine tastings. $65 per cheese ravioli with a Bor- Champagne and chocolate-
person, 33 E. Sixth St., Down- deaux. See full menu here. covered strawberries. 3821
town, 513-954-8875 weolive. 3105 Price Ave., 513-244-5843, Edwards Road, Norwood,
com/cincinnati. www.sommwinebarcincin- 513-351-0814, www.thecapi-
Red Roost Tavern at the
Hyatt, Downtown, is format- Krueger’s Tavernis fea- Before or after dinner, stop
ting their three-course dinner turing Charles Krug wines by Harth Lounge for cocktail
to share, several choices in at a dinner on Feb. 14. Pair- and music tailored to all lovers
each course, including kale ings include sauvignon blanc with love songs by Billy Larkin
salad with grape, apple and with white asparagus salad and Amy McFarland. 125 W.
walnut, pan-roasted chicken and Purple Heart Red with Fourth Street St., Downtown.
with lobster sauce, pasta lamb and beef terrine. Four
with pecan pesto, butternut courses, $75 per person.
squash goat cheese fondue, Reservations through www. CINCINNATI.COM



Full Service
Digital Creative Agency

Web Designing Signage

Content Marketing Strategy

Web Development & Hosting
Network Security Consultancy
Social Media Marketing
Email Marketing
Online Presence Analysis
Mass Email Hosting

Signage Design Production
Call us Today
670 7075 | 996 6115 |
Suite 4 Mahijibhai Building, 6 Queens Road, Martintar Nadi


Back in Classroom After Eleven Years

Age is not a barrier for Ed- Services in the Department
ward Sarufi as he strived to of Environment Health and
reach higher qualification. the Rural Water, Sanitation
Forty six year old is a Water and Hygiene (RWASH) Pro-
Engineer by profession and gram that directly deals with
had been in the workforce for rural communities to ensure
the past 23 years before mak- clean water supply and proper
ing the difficult decision to re- sanitation.
turn back to school. “My area of work is very
Originally from the Solo- specific and 40% of what I
mon Islands, he started stud- studied here is relevant to
ies at the Fiji National Uni- my work. The training is very
versity (FNU) in 2004 before specific and with the practical
returning to his homeland in classes, it gives us a feel on
2006. the reality of work and how
Eleven years later, Mr Sarufi to handle different situations
returned to the College of En- when it arises.”
gineering, Science and Tech- “I am excited about this
nology (CEST) to complete his year and I am pleased more
Diploma in Civil Engineering. students from the Solomon
“It is hard to leave work are coming across to study at
and return back to school FNU because we adjust easily
but I need it in order to get to the life here and there are a
promoted at work. I need to lot of similarities so it almost
complete my Diploma pro- feels like we are home.”
gramme before I can go on to Mr Sarufi encouraged peo-
do my degree; hopefully here ple not to give up education
at FNU,” said Mr Sarufi. but to continue studies if need
Mr Sarufi previously to do so.
worked with Solomon Islands
Ministry of Health & Medical Edward Sarufi.Photo: SUPPLIED.

Education for Children a Priority for

Rice Farmer
Securing a good education ent at the Pasifika Campus
for his children has always auditorium and said he was
been a top priority for forty-nine happy that his daughter was
year old rice farmer Yaad Ram accepted Into the MBBS pro-
of Dreketi Labasa. gramme.
While he was not able to “I have studied until Form
continue his studies, he made Five and I was a very good
sure that his children were not student but wasn’t able to con-
deprived of any opportunity. tinue studies due to the death
Mr Ram was at the Fiji Na- of my brother,” he said.
tional University’s Pasifika Ram said he learnt farm-
Campus with his daughter Su- ing skills from his father and
shmita Devi to attend her orien- worked hard on the farm.
tation into the Bachelor of Med- Hard work and dedication
icine and Bachelor of Surgery won him Best Rice Farmer in
(MBBS) programme earlier this Dreketi in 2005.
week. He was then selected to go
Sushmita, who was excited to Indonesia to learn rice farm-
to be on campus said she was ing techniques in 2007.
looking forward to the start of a Ram told the students pres-
new journey. ent that upon his return he
She was passionate of pur- used the techniques learnt
suing Bachelor of Medicine and on his farm and produced 28
Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) tonnes of rice which won him
programme, however, she Best Rice Farmer in Fiji award
could not get a place in the in 2008.
programme last year due to her He said hard work and dedi-
Year 13 marks which required cation was the key to success
her take up foundation studies. in any field.
“I enrolled into full foun- “I have always encouraged
dation programme and upon and supported my children and
completion was able to get want them to achieve the best
the GPA required for the pro- in life,” he said.
gramme,” she said. His years of hard work is
Sushmita said she was hap- coming to fruition with his
py to fulfill the dreams of her eldest son working as an Ac-
dad who has always supported countant, his second child
her. pursuing MBBS in another Uni-
“I am going to work hard versity, third in her first year of
and get good grades in all MBBS at Fiji National University
units,” she said. and youngest daughter, a form
Meanwhile, Ram took the four student at Dreketi High
floor to share his experience School. Rice farmer, Yaad Ram with his daughter Sushmita Devi during College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences student
with hundreds of students pres- FNU orientation on Pasifika Campus. Photo: FNU.

Sweet Tweets: What do you think on Vandalism of Hindu temples?

Adaya Ratabua Josaia Samu Liku Loloma Manoj Kumar Kaiyara Tadrau Akaia Vakarau

“I think we should live them “I think it’s not right thing “I would say it is wrong to “It is a wrong idea to do “It’s wrong to demolish the “I don’t think its right hav-
as they were, because we to do harm and we need to do harm to other believ- harm to other denomina- Hindu’s temple because we ing to destroy a place of
are worshipping a true God respect them because it is ers. That is not the way to tion on what they believe in. Christian believe we should worship, no matter what
who will reward us accord- where every Hindu believ- approach people if we hap- Because we Hindu believers love each other”. religion. We all have the
ingly to our behavior and ers went and worship their pened to believe our God is we respect other denomina- right to serve and practice
attitude”. real”. tions and all religions are a religion. I’m disgusted
the same”. by those who commit this



Chef ’s life story drives family together

Staff of the New Laisa’s Kitchen from left to right; Jale Karavakibau, Makereta Lomaiviti, Simione Liga, Yunika Andrews and Malakiu Raoma. Photo: MARGARET NAQIRI.

The art of cooking learnt the professional Chef today. Malakiu said with a smile. lieve they can make a go of it with colors, delicious smells also overseer the safety of
from his superior has Malakiu’s journey all be- “I am here to give it my best in cooking is to utilize every and taste that see custom- customers when it rains
brought him a long way gan February 21 last year shot and make New Laisa moment they have to learn. er’s running back to the and flooded,” she added.
from the initial realization when he joined the New kitchen one of the best res- “If you are interested in restaurant as their choice Hardworking Jale Kara-
that his destiny was cooking. Laisa’s kitchen and start taurants in Nadi with go local something, you will get it. eatery when it comes to vakibau, 31 years old, he
Those were the words off being a kitchen hand. foods presented,” he added. If you have the heart, you authentic Fijian cuisines. plays major role in assist-
of Malakiu Raoma aged “I was told by a very close “Fiji has a wide range of will definitely succeed.” Meanwhile, for the restaurant ing the chef and as well as
25 years old hailed from friend that a newly built res- local, fresh vegetables and He says the quality of the to have work flow, four staff is waitress. Makereta Lomaiviti
Nasilai village in Rewa. taurant will be opened soon meat in its markets and I food is very important and always ready to assists Mal- aged 32 assists as a kitchen
“Becoming a professional in Nadi so I was grateful why want to make use of these a chef should ensure he akiu with food preparation. hand with the believe one
Chef one day was not in not give it a shot,” he added. vegetables, root crops and gives the right taste to ful- Outspoken Yurika Andrews day she will be a profes-
my bucket list even I’ve “I wanted to come here sea foods to make a variety fil a customer’s need. aged 26 year old worked sional chef and dreamt in
never dreamt I will be- because the opportunity of Fijian dishes,” he said. At New Laisa’s kitchen, as front office lady and also migrating to Australia. Then
come one day,” he said. was really good and I be- His advice to those who located at Martintar in Suva assisting as waitress. “I’m Simione Liga who always on
Because of his attentive learn- lieved that opportunities may be interested in becom- owned by Josephine Morris, always ready to assists in call if need of kitchen hand.
er and hardwork make him knocks once in a life time,” ing a chef or those who be- with the dishes are served serving the customers and

Menu Served at
the New Laisa’s
*fish ‘n’ chips [AIBACORE]
*Stuffed kai
*Plate size fish-kabatia
*Fried fish,boil fish, ika
tavu with optional salad, ota
miti, moca miti, eggplant tavu
with miti
*Sui with moca
*Beef burgers with fries
*Kakanadina - $3
*Side of Ota/Moca/Egg-
plant - $3
*Basket of fries/cassava
chips - $5
* Lemon/Chillie -$2 *Takeaway Packs - $1 juice
Chef Malakiu Raoma pictured. (Picture on far right) Miti kokoda, cassava, lemon and chilly *Tomato/TaRTAR Sauce-$1 Beverages * Coffee -$2.50
with readily served fresh lemon juice. Photos: MARIA LAQETA. *Bowl of miti-$3 *Freshly squeezed lemon * Tea - $2


AG Demands Transparency
in Education Ministry
Attorney-General and need to sit for examinations istry officials that they will be Forms will be made available ances were made that those valuable role in developing
Minister for Education, Ai- to receive a contract. Those transferred, but who have not by the end of this week. The found responsible would be our young people and we
yaz Sayed-Khaiyum, has an- teachers who were given that yet been transferred, will have Ministry will be placing prior- held accountable. need better protections in
nounced a range of new incorrect information will be their claims properly verified. ity on filling secondary school • There has also been place to ensure everyone is
protocols for the Ministry of granted one-year contracts, Once verified, those pending vacancies, mainly in the sub- misinformation spread about always treated with dignity
Education to address a num- but they will need to sit for teacher transfer requests will ject areas of maths, physics, teacher compensation; it was and respect. We need much
ber of systemic issues affect- proficiency examinations to be processed in the next two industrial arts and office tech- clarified that, because school greater transparency and ac-
ing Fijian teachers. determine their order of merit weeks. nologies. started in the middle of a fort- countability from the Ministry
He also set out clear ex- so they can be appropriately • Teacher shortages • For those interested night, some teachers were of Education to make that
pectations for the role of Min- placed in schools. All teach- are being addressed on an on- teacher candidates who were paid for three days’ work be- happen. Our teachers must be
istry officials in supporting Fi- ers who were given incorrect going basis. The past practice not previously available to fore a new fortnight began. All regarded as clients of Ministry
ji’s teachers in their important information and did not yet sit of Ministry officials touring take exams, new exam times teachers would be paid in full of Education officials, only
work educating young Fijians. for an exam will be required the country to assess teacher would be advertised on this for the next fortnight upon its then can our teachers focus
The AG announced the fol- to sign a statutory declara- shortages has been ended. coming Saturday, 3 February completion. fully on providing high qual-
lowing at a press conference tion stating the circumstances School Heads have now been 2018. The AG also said he looked ity education to the 200,000
today in Suva: around their situation. granted greater autonomy • Civil Service Reform forward to working with the Fijian students throughout the
• The Ministry of Edu- • The Ministry of Edu- and responsibility, and will Unit Director Jane Curran will newly appointed Permanent country,” Mr. Sayed-Khaiyum
cation has discovered that cation is in the process of as- be required to submit forms be chairing an independent Secretary for Education, Heri- said.
some teachers received incor- sessing appropriate school requesting additional teach- investigation into issues of tage and the Arts Ms Alison
rect information from some locations to best accommo- ing personnel and facilities if non-performance, deliberate Burchell to foster a culture
divisional education officers date teachers seeking trans- required. Ministry officials will giving out of wrong informa- of transparency and account-
and education officers in Suva fers. Teachers that have been then verify the need for addi- tion and leaks of teachers’ ability within the ministry.
and were told they did not given representations by Min- tional teachers and facilities. personal information. Assur- “Our teachers play an in-

Employment Minister
Launches USP
Orientation Week

The Minister for Employ- improved on this programme that employers would like
ment, Productivity and In- and you are going to get the to see which students can
dustrial Relations, Honour- benefit of that,” Hon. Usamate develop while they are here
able Jone Usamate officially said. at the University and these
launched The University of USP, he stated is the oldest include teamwork; ability to
the South Pacific’s (USP) 2018 University in the region and be inquisitive and innovative;
Orientation Week at the Lau- acknowledged the wealth of adaptability and flexibility;
cala Campus. knowledge and experience and the idea of collaboration.
Meanwhile, the Orienta- that students received during The Minister urged the stu-
tion Week, is designed to give their studies at the University. dents to make the best pos-
all new students an opportu- “I know that a small per- sible use of the Orientation
nity to meet Faculty members, centage of the children of the week which will help them
attend Faculty orientation ses- Pacific manage to get to USP, prepare for their stay at the
sions, seek academic guid- and you are the chosen few University. Minister for Eployment,Productivity and Industrial Relations during their address.
ance and register for courses. who have been able to make In his address, Profes- Photo: DEPTFO.
The week also provides it here and today and the next sor Rajesh Chandra, Vice-
an opportunity for students to few years will be some of the Chancellor and President of “We are excited by the ad- He further stated that we signed by the Faculty of Sci-
meet fellow students and get best years in your life,” he told USP told the new students ditional improvements in our now live in a world where ence, Technology and Envi-
linked to a Buddy under the the new students. that they have made the right lecture capture system that Mobile Applications make our ronment, has features such
Campus Life First Year Experi- Hon. Usamate said that choice by coming to USP, be- makes access to lectures to life easier and studying more as, News Feed, Notification,
ence Programme and receive the students should consider cause they will get the high- every student possible; the effective, hence, encouraged Events, Course Finder, Orien-
a guided campus tour with themselves special, as they est quality, internationally ac- distribution of tablet comput- students to use the two (2) ap- tation, Frequent Asked Ques-
their Buddy. are starting their studies at a credited programmes which ers has been made earlier and plications designed for them, tions, Timetable and other
While congratulating the time when the University is means that the quality of their easier; and we have shown a which are the ‘USP Campus important features.
students for enrolling at USP, turning fifty (50). qualifications is as high as major improvement in quality Map’ and ‘USP Mobile App’. Talking about the Univer-
Hon. Usamate thanked the An orientation programme those in Australia, New Zea- as evidenced by the Univer- The former application sity’s 50th Anniversary Cel-
University for an excellent Ori- in the work environment, land and other countries, and sity exceeding its Strategic is designed to help students ebrations this year, Professor
entation Programme. Hon. Usamate emphasised, that they can easily work in Plan targets by obtaining 26 navigate to their lecture and Chandra highlighted that a
“We did not have the op- assists workers to be as pro- any country they choose. international accreditations tutorial rooms, labs and any large number of activities are
portunity to go through such a ductive as possible in the Professor Chandra high- with hopefully a few more to other building in Laucala organised for the celebrations
good orientation programme shortest possible time, and lighted that the University is come this year; and of course Campus. It also shows near- and the President of Fiji will
when we were students so echoed the same sentiments very positive about this new we are excited by our 50th an- est ATMs, shops, washrooms launch the year-long celebra-
you students, are very fortu- for University life. academic year with total en- niversary landmark and cel- and other places around the tions on 5 February.
nate and over the years, the He talked about some rolment up by fourteen per ebrations,” Professor Chandra Laucala Campus.
University has continuously of the graduate attributes cent (14%) at this stage. shared. The latter application, de-

Be the Best Version of Yourself

More than 300 students managed to attend the 2018 orienta- from any staff because we are all here to ensure you get the
tion of The Fiji National University’s College of Agriculture, Fish- best possible education,” he added.
eries and Forestry (CAFF) at the Koronivia campus. He informed students the College has major developments
The event was the first of six orientation sessions scheduled including the construction of the new animal hospital and live-
at FNU campuses around the country in welcoming new and stock shed.
continuing students. Dr. Ravuniwasa reminded students that success only comes
College of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Associate Dean with hard work and no ‘short-cut’ in life.
– Learning and Teaching (AD-LT), Dr Kaliova Ravuniwasa said Meanwhile, continuing student like Akuila Vunidravo of
students need to be the best version of themselves while study- Noco, Rewa is looking forward to another exciting year.
ing at the University. “I’m thankful to FNU for the opportunity to further advance
“Learn as much as you could and enjoy your time at the my education. In my area of work, I do a lot of site visits and
campus and there is a need for students to embrace their in- with the training and knowledge from CAFF, I am able to ex-
dividuality and strived for greatness in your different chosen ecute my role to the best of my abilities. With the degree pro-
areas,” he said. gramme, I will be well knowledgeable with my workloads,”
“This is the beginning of your journey, i challenged you to be said Mr Vunidravo.
patient and continue to work hard because you have dreams to Mr Vunidravo completed his Trade Diploma in Agroforestry
help you succeed in life. Do not be hesitated to seek assistance in 2017 and is now enrolled in Bachelor of Science in Forestry. CAFF staff and students during the orientation. Photo: FNU.

Pacific Community (SPC) Oceanic
Fisheries Programme Completes
Latest Tuna Tagging Voyage
The Oceanic Fisheries Pro- Pacific tuna fisheries pro-
gramme completed its mis- duce over 60% of the world’s
sion in the waters of Papua tuna, and are an important
New Guinea and Solomon part of the gross domestic
Island. product of most countries in
Meanwhile, the Oceanic the region with threats such
Fisheries staff managed to as overfishing and climate
tagged 28,000 tuna before re- change put this vital natural
leased into the Ocean late last resource at risk.
year. The collection of data
Hardworking staff em- through tagging will provide
barked within 50 days voyage valuable information to as-
in the Pacific Ocean from Sep- sess fish abundance, move-
tember in targeting 20,000 ment and the impact of fish-
tuna to tagged but the crew ing. Thus, this information will
managed to exceed the target help the WCPFC determine
of 27,780 releases including sustainable management
over 20,000 tags in the Solo- practices and conservation
mon Islands waters. measures of tuna in the re-
Fisheries Scientist Bruno gion.
Leroy who overseer the mis- Tagging allows fisheries
sion, was part of the ongo- scientists to monitor mortal-
ing Pacific Tuna Tagging ity, movement and growth of
Programme, a Western and tagged fish. On this voyage,
Central Pacific Fisheries Com- the fish were caught using the
mission (WCPFC) project pole-and-line fishing method.
from 2006 for achieving the This allows the fish to be
largest tuna tagging project caught, measured, tagged
ever implemented. and released in just a few
“The key highlight was seconds. Information on each
obviously the number of tags tagged individual including
Bruno and the team released, species, length, fish condition
with additional highlights and tagging quality is record-
being the development of ed using voice recorders.
new tagging technicians, the Some of the fish were
amount of biological sampling over 60cm in length, and their
conducted, without forgetting powerful tails could bruise Pacific Tuna tagging.Photo: SPC.
that these good results would and scratch the fishers as they
not have been possible with- are caught for tagging. tuna fisheries, and the impact ment decisions that will help sion, commented the task FC) project in 2006 for achiev-
out the support and efforts of The data collected from of fishing activities on tuna protect tuna stocks and the is part of the ongoing Pacific ing the largest tuna tagging
the vessel crew”, according to the tags over next months fisheries throughout the Pacif- people who rely on them. Tuna Tagging Programme, a project ever implemented.
Neville Smith, SPC’s Principal and years will help increase ic. This data will help inform Fisheries Scientist Bruno Western and Central Pacific
Fisheries Scientist. people’s knowledge towards future sustainable manage- Leroy who overseer the mis- Fisheries Commission (WCP-

Nanuku Auberge Workshop Aimed at

Addressing Unsustainable
Resort Initiative
Land Use Commences
The Nanuku Auberge re- This is intended to provide a Heart Disease Foundation with
sort is committed to minimize community educational aware- resort vouchers to assist with
the properties ecological foot- ness and also encouraged fund raising initiatives.
prints, improving environment the recycling of bottles used For day to day operations,
surroundings and communi- throughout the village and sur- the resort has introduced vari-
ties. roundings. ous methods to reduce its en-
Thus, the resort’s ‘Planet The resort also offered to ergy consumption including
Auberge’ concept, successfully pay mangrove seedlings grown the installation of LED energy Assistant Minister for Agriculture Hon. Viam Pillay with participants for the Land Care
launched in mid-2017, contin- in the village nursery providing msaver bulbs throughout the Preparedness & Long Term Planning workshop in Nadave. Photo: SUPPLIED.
ued to prove a major success a source of much-needed in- resort along with the distri-
with the resort’s guests, staff come for the community. bution of solar lights around
and locals. Neighbor business entrepre- beach villas and surrounding By MARIA LAQETA
General Manager for Na- neurs, ‘The Earth Care Agency’ gardens.
nuku Auberge Resort, Sascha and Ranadi Regenerative Or- Steps have also been taken In an effort to minimise land degradation He said it is integral at the community
Hemmann led the initiatives ganic Plantation also assists in to reduce the resort’s environ- due to unsustainable land use practices in level for resource owners and users to orga-
with the support from staff, lo- the initiatives by allowing the mental impact from the recy- agriculture and forestry sector in the coun- nise and be empowered to plan and man-
cals and marine scientist Kelly removal and composting of all cling of all plastic bottles in the try, the Land Care Preparedness and Long age their resources in order to provide the
Dawn Bentley who all joined Green Waste as well as paper resort nursery, now used for Term Planning Workshop was brought forth. necessary input for interactive resource
in implementing the program waste. mangrove seedlings, and the The Assistant Minister for Agriculture, management.
with passion. In addition to all these replacement of Styrofoam con- Hon. Viam Pillay at the Centre for Appropri- “Land care approach is conducive to
The ‘Planet Auberge’ initia- environmentally-oriented pro- tainers and plastic straws with ate Technology and Development (CATD) in Fiji’s social structure where communities
tive includes several environ- grams, the ‘Planet Auberge’ eco-friendly, bio-degradable Nadave, organized the workshop in order could work together in an integrated way
mental programs at the resort initiative also focused on com- paper straws and bamboo pulp to strengthen partnership between relevant to minimise land degradation but it needs a
including two weekly programs munity outreach. containers. stakeholders for the sustainable manage- very strong and focussed Government sup-
which guests can take an active This includes involvement in Locally-made refillable ment of land resources at all levels. port to strengthen this approach,” Hon. Pillay
part in - coral and mangrove villa clean-up activity, an adopt pump bottles have replaced all “The expansion of commercial cropping said.
planting. a beach’ program, helping lo- single use amenity bottles in and forestry into marginal lands, cropping The workshop, which was jointly organ-
Coral planting is conducted cal artisans sell their handicraft, the resort while bicycles have on fragile soils without conservation mea- ised by the Ministry of Agriculture and the
on Nanuku reef making for a encouraging guests to donate also replaced the use of mo- sures in place, deforestation through uncon- i-Taukei Affairs Board, is being attended by
good snorkeling spot and an school supplies and education- torised resort carts for guests trolled logging and burning of grassland are conservation officers, middle level decision
unspoiled habitat for ever- al materials for local schools throughout the resort. Flip top causes of land degradation, lower crop and makers and land administrators.
expanding numbers of marine and arranging guest visits. bottles too have introduced pasture yields and growing food insecurity It is being held to create awareness and
life. The resort also actively instead of plastic water bottles and rural poverty,” Hon. Pillay said. educate participants on better land use
In order to sustained fish involved with several local plus the guest room refrigera- “Land degradation is currently addressed management technologies as well as cre-
populations in the area, about charities including the nearby tors now all feature water dis- in a sectoral and ad hoc basis but should be ating awareness on Government’s recently
430 mangroves were trans- Dilkusha children’s home and pensers. tackled in a participatory and holistic man- adopted Rural Land Use Policy.
planted in the resort nursery. assists the local Rheumatic ner to reduce or minimise its effects.”

Fiji Care Pays F$166k to Sugarcane
Farmers in 6 Months
Since launching its ‘Bun- the insurance policy that are ry that arise when a family
dled Microinsurance’ policy not covered under the insur- member is no longer around,
last July, FijiCare Insurance ance,” she added. and allows school fees and
Limited has already settled FijiCare will work with the regular bills for example, to
and paid out claims for 43 Sugar Cane Growers Fund be met.
sugarcane farmers. and the Pacific Financial In- This is the real value of
Commenting on the claims clusion Programme (PFIP) insurance and FijiCare is de-
payout numbers for the mi- to hold more awareness ses- termined to roll out more
croinsurance scheme that sions with the farmers in the microinsurance products this
protects 12,500 farmers, Fiji- coming weeks to provide fur- year to ensure that even more
Care General Insurance Un- ther information on coverage Fijians are protected.”
derwriter, Sunita Reddy said, under the insurance scheme. Regional Inclusive Insur-
“our aim is to pay valid claims The awareness sessions ance Specialist PFIP, Michael
fast. are part of PFIP’s ongoing ef- Carr, said that part of the work
Our figures are showing forts to work with stakehold- that PFIP is doing with the in-
that as time goes by, more ers to increase the penetra- surance industry in the Pacif-
farmers are becoming famil- tion rate of insurance in Fiji ic, is to help develop innova-
iar and more confident with and around the region. A tive insurance products and to
insurance, and this is evident national survey conducted in build new value propositions
from the increased number of 2015, found that only 12% of so that more Pacific Islanders
claims that are being lodged.” Fiji’s adult population had any take up insurance.
“Of the 43 claims paid, 37 form of insurance. “There are a number of
claims have been for funeral FijiCare’s Managing Di- ways of looking at microinsur-
expenses and term life insur- rector, Peter McPherson, ob- ance to see if it delivers value
ance and the remainder are served, “it’s important to look to customers. One approach
for fire damage to buildings. behind the headline claims is to look at things like the
The term life insurance numbers and to see how in- product cover and the values
cases have covered many surance has helped people in insured, and who is eligible to
causes of death, ranging from times of need. buy the insurance. Also, how
heart attacks to accidents and The claims that we have easy it is to join an insurance
the beneficiaries, that is, the processed have helped fami- scheme and to buy insurance,
people receiving the claims lies to repair and secure their plus the cost, are important.
money, have been both male damaged homes after a fire Customer experience in- Sugarcane farmers during meeting.Photo: SUPPLIED.
and female. and our funeral claims pay- cludes the way that claims
A few claims that were outs have also helped families are processed, and the gen- sure whether people under- has been funded by the Re- Nations Development Pro-
sent into us were not pro- to quickly pay for burial costs eral level of customer service stand the insurance product gional Disaster Resilience in gramme.
cessed due to “exclusions” at a tragic, emotional time.” given. and are using it effectively,” the Pacific Small Island De- UNDP
in the insurance policy. These He added, “the money PFIP is working with FijiCa- he said. veloping States (RESPAC),
are certain events and causes from life insurance payouts re to monitor claims and the PFIP’s work to help Fi- a programme funded by
of loss that are mentioned in can ease the stress and wor- payouts so that we can mea- jiCare design and roll out the Russian Federation and
its microinsurance product implemented by the United

First Home Buyers Return

as Foreign Buyers Leave
the Market, NAB Survey
First home buyers return
as foreign buyers leave the
market, NAB survey reveals
First home buyers are in-
creasing their share of the
property market as foreign
buyer demand diminishes, a
survey of industry insiders has
Sentiment towards Aus-
tralia’s housing market re-
mained at above-average

the FNPF TEAM at the

levels in the fourth quarter of
2017, according to NAB’s sur-
vey of property professionals.

Port Denarau
However, lower expecta-
tions for prices and rents saw
confidence in the New South
Wales and Victorian markets
take a hit.
“The latest survey showed
a clear shift in momentum
from the key eastern states to-
wards the rest of the country,” “Clearly, the efforts of poli- in its previous survey.
NAB chief economist Alan Os- cymakers both domestic and It follows a sluggish start

Date: 8th and 9th February 2018

ter said. offshore to stem the tide of to the year for the Sydney
First home buyers in- foreign capital entering Aus- market, with the latest figures
creased their share of housing tralian property markets are from CoreLogic revealing

time: 8.30am – 4.30pm

demand in the quarter, hitting bearing fruit,” Mr Oster said. prices in the city have now
the highest level since NAB’s It is a trend survey respon- fallen 3 per cent from their
survey began in 2011. dents expect to continue peak in July last year.
“Overall, they accounted over the year ahead, with That has seen the forecast
for almost two in five sales first home buyers, owner- for capital city average prices
in new housing markets and occupiers and local investors cut to a modest 0.7 per cent
around one in three in estab- tipped to increase their share rise, compared to 3.4 per cent
lished markets,” the report as foreign demand continues previously forecast.
Most of the first-time buy-
to fall.
NAB economists are now
“By capital city, house
price growth is forecast to You can:
ers were owner-occupiers forecasting a fall in Sydney be solid in Melbourne and • Sign up for our digital services (Online portal,
rather than investors. house prices in 2018, leading Hobart, followed by Brisbane
Recent lending data re- my FNPF mobile app, my Fund)
them to take a knife to their and Adelaide,” Mr Oster said.
flected the same dynamic, expectations for the average “Perth is expected to stabi- • Update your Nominees
with first home buyers mak- price across the capitals. lise, marking the beginning of
ing up 18 per cent of new • Sign up for Memorandum of Administration
NAB has tipped Sydney a gradual turnaround for the
owner-occupier loans. prices to decline by 2.4 per market.” • General Enquiries
Foreign buyer demand cent over the year, compared
continued to drop off in the ABC NEWS
to a 3.7 per cent rise forecast
quarter, hitting a six-year low.

Government Assists Villages

on Ovalau
Five sewing machines was critical if women has set aside programs
and a laptop were hand- were to realize their full to assist women’s groups
ed over to the women’s potential. around the country to
groups of Lovoni District Tui Wailevu, Ratu engage in income-gener-
on Ovalau by the Ministry Betero Vuniwaidrau ap- ating projects in order to
of Women, Children and plauded Minister Vuni- help their communities.
Poverty Alleviation. waqa and her team for I encourage women’s
Minister for reaching out to the rural groups to identify areas
Women,Children and communities. of need for economic
Poverty Alleviation, Hon. Lovoni Women’s empowerment of mem-
Mereseini Vuniwaqa said Group president, Kuini bers to reach out to
the sewing machine has Veremaibau acknowl- our offices around the
now equipped the wom- edged the contribution of country and ask for as-
en’s groups with a tool the Government towards sistance,” Minister Vuni-
to enhance their income the group, which would waqa concluded.
generating ability which assist in enhancing sew- A ‘Talanoa Session’
enables them to increase ing skills and income was also held with the
participation in econom- generation for more than men and women of the
ic activities within their 200 members. three villages in Lovoni
communities. Mrs Veremaibau said and the Nasaga Wom-
Honorable Mereseini last year, nine women en’s Group after the of- Hon. Mereseini Vuniwaqa with the Lovoni Women’s Group. Photos: DEPTFO.
Vuniwaqa and her del- from the group partici- ficial handing over of
egation made up of se- pated in the National the income generating
nior officials of the min- Women’s Expo and the projects, whereby Gov-
istry handed over some sewing machines would ernment assistance pro-
reading materials to the improve their sewing grammes towards fami-
school and stationery capacity to participate at lies and communities
to students in the area, that level again. were discussed.
which were provided to President of the Na- Department of Wom-
the ministry by donors saga Women’s Group, en acting director, Selai
from Australia. Fane Koyanasau said the Korovusere and director
Minister Vuniwaqa laptop provided by the Social Welfare, Rupeni
said the donation to the Ministry would assist the Fatiaki also took the op-
women’s groups would group to compile their portunity to inform the
help equip women with monthly report and other community about social
the skills and knowledge business matters without protection programmes
for economic indepen- having to travel to Levuka and women’s economic
dence and entrepreneur- Town to do so. empowerment pro-
ial empowerment. “The Fijian Govern- grammes that they could
The said the positive ment through the Minis- benefit from.
support from the men in try of Women, Children
their lives and the vanua and Poverty Alleviation


Aviation Seminar Ends on High Note

By ANA SOVA on-air connectivity for gen-
erating trade and tourism for
economic growth. Therefore,
Airports Fiji Ltd (AFL), it is important that we con-
with the support of Airports tinue to up-skill our people
Council International (ACI), through such trainings that
successfully concluded the will ensure that our airports
ACI Developing Nations As- are safe, integrated, efficient
sistance Programmes (DNA) and sustainable for air travel
Seminar on Aerodrome Certi- in today’s Jet Age,” Khan said.
fication, which took place be- Director General of ACI
tween 22nd and 26th January World, Angela Gittens, said:
in Nadi. sustainable success is what
The seminar was a success ACI’s DNA programme is all
as it attracted 23 participants about.
representing 10 neighbouring “I would like to thank Air-
countries from the Asia-Pacif- ports Fiji Ltd for hosting this
ic region. seminar on Aerodrome Certi-
ACI DNA Programmes’ fication. This is an increasing-
mandate is to engage in the ly important topic as airports
development of ACI airport must operate effectively to at-
Members in developing coun- tract and retain air service for
tries, delivering meaningful, the benefit of the communi-
sustainable results to help ties they serve,” Gittens said.
them realise their develop- She adds a well-developed
ment objectives. Pacific airport network im-
The seminar, jointly de- proves connectivity of the lo-
livered and organized by ACI cal economy and communi-
Asia-Pacific and the Inter- ties to the rest of the world.
national Civil Aviation Orga- “Helping airports located in
nization (ICAO), discussed the Pacific region, one of the
all aspects of achieving and ACI DNA seminar group photo. Photo: SUPPLIED. most remote regions of the
maintaining Aerodrome Cer- world, serves their communi-
tification, compliance and taining the certification took countries to attend such semi- nity to socialise and network the airport industry for con- ties and economies.Aviation
performing audit training with place. nars that are usually held far with each other. tinuous improvement in aero- is a global system and every
a particular emphasis on un- This provided participants and wide, we wanted to bring “As this is an ACI Asia-Pacif- drome compliance in accor- airport must consider the vi-
derstanding ICAO’s Annex with a great opportunity to as many seminars to the Pa- ic event, we hope more coun- dance with ICAO standards ability of other airports. The
14 certification requirements exchange best practices and cific’s doorsteps. tries from Asia will be coming and guidelines. DNA programme is a mani-
and the additional informa- lessons learned as well as a The 23 participants from to our beautiful Fiji to attend “Air Transportation is the festation of our philosophy to
tion provided in other ICAO range of solutions for consid- Vanuatu,Cook Islands,Kiribati, future workshops and meet- greatest enabler for connect- leave no airport behind,” Git-
guidance documents. eration. Marshall Islands, Nauru, Pap- ings,” Khan said. ing our people and our econo- tens said.
Various case studies were AFL’s Executive Chairman, ua New Guinea, Samoa, Solo- He adds they are are com- mies. In the Pacific, due to our The ACI DNA seminar con-
presented and several dis- Faiz Khan, said due to the mon Islands, Tonga and Fiji mitted towards building the geographical isolation, our cluded on Friday, 26 January.
cussions about airports chal- challenges of Pacific Island will also providethe opportu- capacity of our people and economies are heavily reliant
lenges in obtaining and main-

Jensen Appointed as UN Lauds Beijing

Chairman of Nauru Airport’s Strides in
Air Corporation Green Transformation

A Nauru Airlines Plane. Photo: PINTEREST.

The Government of Nauru announced in a at Ansett Australia.
media release that Mr. Trevor Jensen has been Following the takeover of Ansett by Air New Beijing Daxing Airport, located 42 miles south of Beijing, will measure 18 square miles.
appointed as Chairman of Nauru Air Corpora- Zealand, he was appointed Senior Vice Presi- Photo: GOOGLE.
tion effective 1st February, 2018. dent Operations for the new Group, the posi-
The current Chairman, Mr Kevin Power is tion he held until the collapse of Ansett in 2001. China’s Beijing Capital In- in the airport reduced by 45 consumption systems have
retiring after 17 years of service with the airline. In mid 2004 he was seconded to Jetstar Air- ternational Airport has made and 49 percent between 2010 reduced carbon emissions
In releasing this announcement the Govern- ways, the Qantas low cost carrier, as the Head huge strides in reducing its and 2016 respectively. and air pollution in China’s
ment expressed their sincere appreciation for of Technical Operations. carbon footprint thanks to ro- At the same time, the air- capital.
the many years of excellent and valued guid- In late 2006, Trevor accepted the position bust uptake of clean energy port’s per capita water con- Beijing Capital Internation-
ance that Mr. Power has provided to the airline of Chief Operating Officer of Mitchell Drilling, and transport systems, the UN sumption declined from 23.75 al Airport which is the largest
which maintains a vital link to Nauru and its at that time the larget privately owned drilling Environment said in a new re- liters in 2012 to 21.24 liters in in China handled an estimat-
people to places, near and far. company in Australia. port released on Wednesday. 2015 which translated into a ed 90 million passengers in
“The Government is pleased to be welcom- In 2007 he was appointed CEO of Toll Avia- The Assessment Report on 10 percent reduction. 2016 and is a major source of
ing Mr Jensen into this important role who tion. Beijing Capital International “Beijing Capital Interna- jobs in the metropolis.
brings a wealth of aviation experience having In mid 2009 he joined the Flight Safety Foun- Airport launched in Nairobi tional Airport has shown Zhang Wei, Vice President
held very senior roles in Qantas, Jetstar, Air dation team responsible for the development during the third edition of the strong commitment towards of Beijing Capital International
New Zealand and Aer Lingus throughout his and implementation of the BARS (Basic Avia- UN Environment Assembly sustainability, balancing Airport, said it has set a prec-
career”. tion Risk Standard) program. (UNEA3) says China’s largest growth in air, cargo and pas- edent in green aviation.
To name a few of Jensen’s achievements, During 2010/12 Trevor was based in Dublin, airport managed to cut car- senger traffic with enhanced “We have made some im-
between 1984 and 1996, Jensen held several Ireland where he was the COO of Aer Lingus bon emissions by 16 percent environmental performance,” provements in the past years,
senior appointments including Superintendent and a member of the airline’s Executive Board. between 2014 to 2016 by re- said Steven Stone, chief of UN including energy and resourc-
Flight Safety and General Manager B747 Opera- Since returning to Australia he has been ac- ducing consumption of fossil Environment’s Economics es efficiency and pollution re-
tions. tively engaged in senior consultancy roles with fuels to power its key opera- and Trade Branch. duction. This assessment re-
He resigned from Qantas in November 1996 Avlaw International and SkyNet Satellite Com- tions. Stone noted that electric port is just a start for our green
to take an appointment as the Executive Gen- munications. The report reveals that use vehicles, energy saving light- airport journey,” Zhang said.
eral Manager Operations and Inflight Services of gasoline or diesel vehicles ing and sustainable water XINHUANET

Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Awarded

Number 1 Family Resort in Fiji for 2018

The Radisson Blu Resort Fiji is Surrounded by tropical

once again the proclaimed win- beach, gardens and tranquil ar-
ner of the Number 1 Family Re- chitecture, the resort takes great
sort in Fiji through the reputable pride in the family friendly fea-
Trip Advisor Travelers Choice ac- tures, which include Fiji’s only
colades for 2018. white water tunnel slide and
This is the third successive four unique lagoon style swim-
year that the resorts innovative ming pools including an adult’s
‘Yes I Can’ service philosophy only pool.
has achieved the Number 1 All pools are climate con-
Family Resort positioning for Fiji, trolled (heating and cooling)
based on millions of reviews and with UV shades over family,
opinions of credible travellers. children and toddler’s pools pro-
The Radisson Blu Resort Fiji viding a wonderful experience
is also awarded top positions for every family combination.
in two other categories, Top 10 Boasting the largest suites on
Luxury Hotels in Fiji and Top 5 Denarau with kitchenette, wash-
Family Resorts in the South Pa- ing machine and dryer, the Re-
cific. sorts one bedroom suites are the
General Manager of the ideal destination for a great fam-
Radisson Blu Resort John Bendt- ily holiday.
sen said it was a great team He said it was wonderful
work and the remarkable ‘Yes I news to be recognised and
Can’ service philosophy of the awarded by TripAdvisor for an-
Radisson Blu Resort Fiji that other year and thanked the team
have been awarded as the Num- for their passion and unbeaten
ber 1 Family Resort in Fiji since spirit.
2016. “At the Radisson Blu Resort
Mr Bendtsen said “A Travel- Fiji we will work together not
ler’s Choice award was a pow- only to maintain the Number 1
erful benchmark in the industry Family spot in Fiji, but to improve
being the world’s largest travel our ratings in the South Pacific
site and the Radisson Blu Resort and in the world”, he added.
Fiji is the proud winner in three
separate categories and this
alone is a huge achievement for
the team and very rewarding. Radisson Blu Resort Fiji Awarded Number 1 Family Resort in Fiji for 2018.Photo. RADISSON BLU RESORT.

Israel Using Tourism to

Legitimise Settlements,
says EU Report
European Union Heads of Mission warn
‘touristic settlements’ are being used as a po-
litical tool
Israel is developing archaeological and
tourism sites to legitimise illegal settlements
in Palestinian neighbourhoods of Jerusalem,
European Union diplomats in the city have
A leaked report acquired by the Guardian
cited projects in parts of East Jerusalem – oc-
cupied by Israel since 1967 – that are being
used “as a political tool to modify the historical
narrative and to support, legitimise and expand
Advertisement while detaching the place from its Palestinian
The report identified settler-run excavation surroundings”.
sites in the heart of majority-Arab districts, a Approximately 450 settlers live under heavy
proposed cable car project with stops on con- protection in Silwan, the report said, alongside
fiscated land and the designation of built-up almost 10,000 Palestinians. Continued evic-
urban areas as national parks. tions of Palestinian families and the increased
“East Jerusalem is the only place where Is- Israeli security presence have created a par-
raeli national parks are declared on populated ticular tension, it warned.
neighbourhoods,” the report said. More recently, a cable car project approved
The document, a report written annually by the Israeli cabinet in May plans to connect
by the EU Heads of Mission in Jerusalem, pre- West Jerusalem with the Old City, part of Jeru-
sented a bleak picture, saying the overall situa- salem internationally recognised as occupied.
tion in the city and the prospects for peace had Expected to be operational in 2020 and aim-
worsened. ing to transport more than 3,000 people per
Marginalisation of Palestinians, who com- hour, the report warned the “highly controver-
prise about 37% of the city’s residents, contin- sial” plan would contribute to the consolida-
ued unabated, with more than 130 building de- tion of “touristic settlements”. The project also
molitions and the displacement of 228 people, aims, in a second phase not yet approved, to
it said. extend further into East Jerusalem.
A record number of Israeli settlement pro- “Critics have described the project as turn-
posals and the physical isolation of Palestinians ing the World Heritage site of Jerusalem into
under a strict Israeli permit scheme meant “the a commercial theme park while local Palestin-
city has largely ceased to be the Palestinian ian residents are absent from the narrative be-
economic, urban and commercial centre it ing promoted to the visitors,” it said.
used to be”. In addition, the diplomats warned, the
Archaeology and tourism development by cable car could lead to a deterioration of the
government institutions as well as private set- security situation, as it would be located about
tler organisations established what it said was 130 metres from the Temple Mount/Haram al-
a “narrative based on historic continuity of the Sharif complex, revered as a holy site by both
Jewish presence in the area at the expense Muslims and Jews.
of other religions and cultures”. Chief among This summer, gunmen killed two Israeli
them, the report warned, was the City of David, police officers at the entrance to the site, and
a government-funded archeological park in the the subsequent installation from authorities of
Palestinian neighbourhood of Silwan that pro- metal detectors led to further clashes.
vides tours in the ruins of ancient Jerusalem.
The site is operated by a settler organisation
“promoting an exclusively Jewish narrative, THE GUARDIAN

Mate Returns Ring Found in

Fiji 8 Years Ago
FINDING a needle in 100 gone. so he called them.
haystacks is still more likely They searched and Two days later, he showed
than the unbelievable dis- searched but the ring couldn’t the ring to his mate, who still
covery made by a Southern be found. wasn’t sure it was the one but,
Downs man, which led to a Russell bought a replace- when he showed Alana, there
reunion 10 years in the mak- ment in Fiji but it was a cut-off was no doubt in her mind it
ing. piece of pipe that was painful was the ring that was lost a
A wedding ring lost in the to wear, so he has not worn a decade ago.
South Pacific Ocean around wedding ring since. “It just doesn’t seem real,
Fiji was thought to be gone This week he was chatting it’s as if it can’t be true,” Alana
forever until a casual chat to workmate from Maydan said.
between two workmates Feedlot, Will Clothier, over a “I felt like it was so sur-
brought hope of its return to beer about a holiday he took real and it was meant to be,
the surface. to Fiji and it turns out Will had because it’s a decade and it
When Russell McMillan stayed at the same resort as a makes me really happy.
lost his wedding ring just four teenager. “There’s so many parts to
days after it was placed on his Russell mentioned he’d the story I can’t believe hap-
finger, he never expected to lost his wedding ring there all pened, that they could find it
see it again. those years ago, to which Will (eight years ago) and then,
He was snorkelling with revealed he had found a wed- within two days, Russell could
his bride, Alana, at the War- ding ring on the same reef wear it on his finger.”
wick Resort in Fiji almost 10 about eight years ago. Russell thought for sure the Russell McMillan (left) had his long-lost we1dding ring returned by workmate Will Clothier
years ago. It was shining on the bot- ring was gone. after he lost it in Fiji 10 years ago. Photo: WARWICK DAILY NEWS.
When the Ellinthorp cou- tom of the ocean and covered “We thought we should go
ple rose to the surface, Alana in moss when Will plucked it get a lotto ticket, we’re pretty a little stuck, which helps ing to celebrate their 10-year “I think it’s the universe
had clenched her hand so up. lucky,” he said. make up for lost time. anniversary in March and are (saying) we’re meant to be to-
hard to keep her ring, her “I didn’t really think it “For him to even keep it (is “This one won’t come off considering travelling back to gether and it’s a 10-year wed-
hand hurt. would be it, it’s two-toned but lucky), I don’t think he’s into now, I must have been a bit Fiji. ding anniversary present.”
But Russell looked down he thought it was just gold at jewellery terribly.” skinnier 10 years ago,” he “I always felt someone They thanked Will for his
and made heart-dropping re- the time,” Russell said. The ring now sits proudly said. would find it, I just thought gift with a carton of beer.
alisation his own band was Will’s parents kept the ring, on Russell’s finger but it’s now The McMillans are prepar- we would never get it back,”

WHO Promotes Healthy

Tourism in Pacific
The World Health Organ- to eat healthy local foods and as provide opportunity for
isation says it hopes a new get physically active. our tourists. I know there’s a
partnership with the South She said it would also sup- growing demand for healthy
Pacific Tourism Organisation port better access for tourists options when it comes to
will improve the health of with disabilities to popular visits to other countries espe-
both the tourism workforce tourism sites as well as hotels cially in the Pacific and so we
and tourists to the region. and restaurants. want to support those efforts.”
WHO Technical Officer, She said the move was Dr Moadsiri said the first
Dr Ada Moadsiri, said the so- aimed at locals as well as visi- initiative will be a workshop
called ‘Healthy Islands’ proj- tors. on tobacco-free tourism in Fiji
ect would promote smoke- “In fact it will involve in March.
free public places, increase helping to make our tourism
Eight Col Upolu Samoa. Photo:TEINESAVAII. the opportunities for people workforce healthier as well RADIONZ.CO.NZ

TTF Will Handle Ground Transfers

for Tourism Expo
Registrations for the 2018 Fiji’s great sights, experiences
Fijian Tour¬ism Expo (FTE) and adventures like the Sa-
have now closed but not beto mud pools, bilibili rafting
without a record number of and jungle treks, but also give
buy¬ers signing up for the tourists a taste of Fiji’s unique
event scheduled from April 10 culture and lifestyle.
to 12. The company also contin-
Tourist Transport Fiji (TTF) ues to invest into its people
has come on board as a major and build up their business.
sponsor for the Expo and will Last year the company invest-
be handling all ground trans- ed around $1.4 million to up-
fers, meet and greet for del- grade their fleet and this year
egates for the two-day event they plan to invest in seven
this year. new coaches to add to their
The transport company, fleet.
which has been in opera- The Fijian Tourism Expo is
tion for more than 25 years, an annual event, which helps
specialises in ground han- quality international buy¬ers
dling and transfers of tourists meet with Tourism Industry
across Fiji. partners here in Fiji.
This includes personalised Tourism Fiji Chief Ex-
private trans¬fers, day tours, ecutive Officer, Mat¬thew
adventure and sightseeing Stoeckel said, “We have a
and airport arrival services to great working relationship
name a few. with TTF and believe that they
Their fleet includes 52 ve- can exceed our guest’s expec-
hicles ranging from cars to 48 tations for the Expo. They did
seats. a fantastic job last year and
TTF General Manager John we expect nothing short of the
Hardaker said: “The Expo is best again this year.”
the biggest of its kind in Fiji The Fijian Tourism Expo
and we are pleased to support 2018 will be held at Denarau
Tourism Fiji again this year. Island Convention Centre.
“We believe that our abil-
ity to continue to deliver the TOURISM FIJI
best and reliable service has
helped us win this bid and
we look forward to this year’s
It’s these types of compa-
New Coaches. Photo: TOURIST TRANSPORT FIJI. nies that not only showcase




Jokes for Kids

Q: What did Tarzan say A garbage truck! A: Nowhere!
when he saw the elephants Q: Why did the man run Q: Where do monkeys
coming? around his bed? exercise?
“Here come the el- Because he was trying to A: At the jungle gym!
ephants!” catch up on his sleep! Q: A king had three gob-

Fiji Facts
Q: What did Jane Q: Why did the math lets. Two were full, and one
say when she saw the book look so sad? was half full. What was the
elephants coming? Because it had so many name of the king?
Q: How do all the oceans “Here come the problems! A: Philip III! (Fill up the
say hello to each other? grapes!” (She was color- Q: Can a kangaroo jump third)
They wave! blind.) higher than the Empire State Q: What do you call a
Q: What did one wall say Q: What do you call a Building? puppy stuck outside in the
to the other wall? cow with no legs? Of course! The Empire rain?
I’ll meet you at the corner! Ground beef! State Building can’t jump! A: A soggy doggy!
Q: What do you call a bear Q: What do you call a cow Q: If April showers bring Q: Why do seagulls fly Fiji is officially called the
with no teeth? with two legs? Mayflowers, what do May- over the sea? Republic of Fiji. Fiji has a population of
A gummy bear! Lean meat! flowers bring? A: Because if they flew Fiji gained independence around nine hundred thou-
Q: What do you call Q: What do you call a pig Pilgrims! over the bay, they would be from the British Empire in sand (896,758) as of 2013.
cheese that isn’t yours? that knows karate? Q: Why is it dangerous to bagels! 1970 after 96 years as a British There are 322 islands in
Nacho cheese! A pork chop! play cards in the jungle? Q: Why does Humpty colony. Fiji and over 500 small islets.
Q: Where do cows go for Q: Why are ghosts bad A: Because there are so Dumpty like autumn? Native Fijians of Melane- Around 110 of these islands
entertainment? liars? many CHEETAHS! A: Because he had a great sian and Polynesian ancestry are inhabited, although 87%
To the moo-vies! Because you can see right Q: Why are teddy bears fall! make up 54% of the popula- of the population lives on the
Knock, knock. through them! never hungry? Q: Why did the policeman tion. Under British rule, In- two biggest islands Viti Levu
Who’s there? Q: What animal needs to A: Because they are give the sheep a ticket? dian servants were brought to and Vanua Levu. The islands
Cows go. wear a wig? always stuffed! A: He was a baaaaaaaad Fiji to work in the sugarcane are spread over 194,000 km²
Cows go who? A bald eagle! Q: What is the Easter driver. fields. Descendants of these (75,000 mi²) of which just 10%
No, cows go MOO! Q: What do you call a fly Bunny’s favorite restaurant? Q: What do you call a Indian labourers are called is land.
Q: How do you know if without wings? A: IHOP! mad elephant? Indo-Fijians and currently Major industries in Fiji are
there’s an elephant under A walk! Q: Where do sheep go on A: An earthquake! make up around 40% of the tourism and sugar. Exports
your bed? Knock knock. vacation? Q: Why did the chicken population. also include garments, gold,
Your head hits the ceiling! Who’s there? A: To the Baa-hamas! cross the road? The main official language timber and fish.
Q: Why are elephants so A little old lady? Q: Why do birds fly south A: To show the armadillo of Fiji is Fijian. There are two Fiji is a major tourist lo-
wrinkled? A little old lady who? in the winter? it could be done! (Texas joke other official languages Eng- cation, with its white sandy
Because they take too I didn’t know you could Because it’s too far to – no one here ever sees a live lish and Fijian Hindi or Hin- beaches, beautiful islands, all-
long to iron! yodel! walk! armadillo…) dustani (a mix of Hindi and year-round tropical weather
Q: How do you keep an Q: Why do bees have Q: What musical instru- Q: What do cats eat for Urdu). and stunning coral reefs it is
elephant from charging? sticky hair? ment do you find in the breakfast? The capital and largest city a popular destination for tour-
Take away her credit card! Because they use honey bathroom? A: Mice Crispies! in Fiji is Suva, on the island of ists from countries such as
Q: Why did the elephant combs! A: A tuba toothpaste! Q: What’s gray and goes Viti Levu. Australia, New Zealand and
paint himself different colors? Q: What do you call an Q: Why did the belt go round and round? Other important towns in- the USA.
So he could hide in the alligator in a vest? to jail? Q: Why is it dangerous to clude Nadi and Lautoka.
An investigator! play cards in the jungle? The currency of Fiji is the
crayon box! Fiji shares marine bound- Fijian dollar.
Q: How can you tell if an Q: Why can’t you give A: Because he held up a A: Because there are so aries with Vanuatu to the west,
elephant has been in your Elsa a balloon? pair of pants! many CHEETAHS! New Caledonia (France) to Modern Fijian cuisine is
refrigerator? Because she will let it go! Q: What did the king say Q: Why are teddy bears the southwest, Kermadec diverse with great influenc-
By the footprints in the Q: What do you get when when he went to the dentist? never hungry? (New Zealand) to the south-
you cross a snowman with a A: I came to get my A: Because they are es from Indian cuisine and
butter! east, Tonga to the east, Ameri- spices along with traditional
Q: What is the difference vampire? crown! always stuffed! can Samoa, Samoa and Wallis
between elephants and Frostbite! Q: Where do people go and Futuna (France) to the local tropical fruits, vegeta-
grapes? Q: What has four wheels when they have two broken northeast and Tuvalu to the bles, fish and wild pork.
Grapes are purple. and flies? legs? north.


Apple Reports
All-time High
Revenue in
4th Quarter
U.S. top hi-tech leader Apple said Thursday The record gains have pushed the compa- Apple’s products sold well outside the U.S. investors through its “capital return program.”
that it has achieved an all-time high revenue ny’s quarterly earnings per diluted share (EPS) as the company said its international sales Apple expects to generate about 84 billion
for its fiscal fourth quarter ended Sept. 30, up 24 percent to reach 2.07 dollars. accounted for 62 percent of the quarter’s rev- to 87 billion dollars in revenue for its first fiscal
2017, with an increase of 12 percent. “We’re happy to report a very strong fin- enue. quarter in 2018.
The Silicon-Valley based hi-tech leader reg- ish to a great fiscal 2017, with record fourth Apple’s Chief Financial Operator (CFO)
istered a quarterly revenue of 52.6 billion U.S. quarter revenue, year-over-year growth for all Luca Maesti said the company has generated XINHUANET
dollars, up 12 percent over the same period of our product categories,” said Apple CEO Tim a strong operating cash flow of 15.7 billion dol-
the previous year, Apple said in a statement. Cook. lars, of which 11 billion dollars went back to

Vital Scout – Monitor Your Heart and Respiratory

Rate with This Wireless Wearable
Fitness wearables are all In order to find out more, sleep quality and physical ac- through the app. Like uncov-
the rage these days, more and we met with VivaLNK CEO, Ji- tivity. ering stressors and relaxers to
more people are caring more ang Li, at CES 2018 to discuss With no wires or straps, better manage your state of
about wellness and health their wearable product, Vital Vital Scout is a band-aid like mind to cope with stress.
maintenance. But the regular Scout. patch worn over the heart Health insights from Vital
fitness wearables calculating Vital Scout is a wireless with adhesives, so users can Scout will help encourage
steps and calories burned do wearable patch that uses easily go about their daily ac- healthy habits, pinpoint areas
not provide enough info. to electrocardiogram sensors to tivities with comfort. Up to 72 of improvement, set goals and
measure your wellness, let monitor heart rate and respi- hours of continuous monitor- tailor a routine that works best
alone accurately. Being able ratory rate with medical grade ing, users receive real-time for you.
to monitor sleep quality and accuracy. biometric feedback and ac- See how wellness is
stress levels is also important Using specialized algo- tionable insights. quantified by checking out
in managing health and well- rithms Vital Scout is able to Connect daily micro-be- Vital Scout at
ness. monitor your stress levels, haviors with personal health talscout today.




Vodafone Fiji signs $4 Million deal

with the Fiji National Rugby League

Vodafone Fiji Limited has already and I understand we The Vodafone Fiji Bati has
achieved a four year deal will be playing the Kiwis and qualified and consistently per-
with the Fiji National Rugby Tonga.” formed at three consecutive
League in committed with the Rugby League, he said Rugby League World Cups
sport for about 15 years. has grown leaps and bounds reaching the semi-finals in
Four million dollars spon- since Vodafone first signed 2008, 2013 and 2017.
sorship has been renewed on as official sponsors in 2006 Who can forget the 4-2 vic-
meaning Vodafone will spon- just before the Bati flew out to tory over New Zealand in No-
sor four rugby league teams the then-World Cup qualifiers. vember which knocked the
and also competition in Pri- “Vodafone’s logo will be Kiwis out of the tournament!
mary Schools, Secondary emblazoned across the front The performance speaks vol-
Schools, National Club Cham- of the jersey in all the spon- umes in the growth of the
pionship and the inclusion of sored competition,” he add- game as New Zealand had
the National team. ed. won the World Cup in 2008
Vodafone Head of eCom- Prasad added, “Today, and were Runner Up in 2013.
merce and Corporate Affairs, some 12 years on Vodafone “The future is indeed ex-
Shailendra Prasad said, “Vo- still honors the bond with the citing and we are ready as
dafone has much pleasure in sport and today we are to re- we wish Fiji National Rugby
making this joint announce- commit to the sponsorship League and players all the
ment. that has produced some of best in the above fixtures and
“We share the excitement the world’s best players. We hope to see some scintillat-
and anticipation of what the have displayed some of the ing footy just as we saw at the
sport has to offer moving for- biggest upsets at the world World Cup,” Prasad added.
ward. FNRL have some big stage proving that we can
Vodafone Fiji signed $4 Million deal with the FNRL.Photo: VODAFONE FIJI. plans on the game this year compete with Tier 1 Nations.”

Radisson Blu Sponsors Nadi Blazers

The Nadi Blazers women’s and been improving in the
rugby 7s team received a previous year’s.
timely boost from the spon- “At the moment no other
sors, Radisson Blu Resort at sports we are sponsoring
Port Denarau in Nadi. but we are adopting range
General Manager Radisson of schools, school libraries
Blue Resort John Bendtsen is and also assisting Fijians,” he
grateful in supporting the Nadi added.
Blazers all along since 2016. Meanwhile, the Nadi Blaz-
“This is something the Re- ers are extremely grateful for
sorts is doing to pleased young the ongoing support with Polo
people in Fiji,” he added. shirt and training vests.
Mr Bendtsen believed As rugby is a male domi-
the growth in development nated sport, one of the big-
through sports is available av- gest obstacles women rugby
enues for young people to de- players faced is the lacking of
veloped besides it was some- financial support at an institu-
thing the resort is pleased to tional level unlike male coun-
be doing. terparts whose clubs gener-
“At the moment we are fo- ally are well supported.
cusing on Nadi Blazers and So for such a large organ-
continue our sponsoring as isation as the Radisson Blu to
well seeing them developed,” go against the grain of normal-
he added. ity to support our players to
He said sponsorship pack- play the sport that they love, is
age is something the resort simply wonderful.
is interested to engaged with Nadi Blazers Rugby 7s team at Raddisson Blu Resort.Photo: MARGARET NAQIRI.

World’s Top Sports Court Stars Hope to Take

Lifts Lifetime Bans on 39 Stage in Bolt’s Absence
Russian Athletes Jamaican sprinter Asafa “I’ve been very exposed fixed on the Beijing worlds.
The world’s top sports Powell, pole vault king Ren- for a long time and now I feel Paris is a very interesting
court on Thursday overturned aud Lavillenie and Ethiopian very good below the radar,” date because it will be the
lifetime Olympic bans for 39 middle distance star Genzebe Powell admitted. “It would be first meet of a second series,”
Russian athletes for doping Dibaba are set to light up Par- good to run a little faster than Lavillenie said.
violations following the 2014 is’ Diamond League meeting my times so far this season.” “I’ll compete in five straight
Sochi Olympic Games. on Saturday in the absence of Fraser-Pryce is promised competitions to find the
The Lausanne-based Court injured Usain Bolt. a tough time in the women’s rhythm and the benchmarks
of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) Bolt was a late withdrawal 100 meters, having already ahead of the championships.”
also said that 28 of the athletes from both the French capital’s notched up the best time of But he was realistic about
have had all their bans lifted meet and that in Lausanne, the season (10.79 seconds), vaulting up to his world record
and their results reinstated. Switzerland the following a performance equaled by of 6.16 meters.
The CAS said it was up- week, pulling out with a prob- American English Gardner, “Jumping 6 meters is never
holding the appeals from 28 lematic pelvis injury that has also competing in Paris. simple,” the reigning Olympic
out of the 39 Russian athletes left him seeking treatment Cote d’Ivoire’s Murielle gold medalist said. “It’s impor-
given lifetime bans by the In- from world-renowned Ger- Ahoure is leading the IAAF tant to know that just 18 pole
ternational Olympic Commit- man doctor Hans-Wilhelm Diamond League ranking vaulters have cleared 6 meters
tee (IOC) for doping violations Mueller-Wohlfahrt. while also in the field will be in history. And there are only
at the Sochi Games. Olympics displayed.Photo: SUPPLIED. “He’s the best doctor in the reigning European champion three of us to have pulled off
“In 28 cases, the evidence world ...” said Bolt, who is suf- Dafne Schippers, the Dutch this performance at least five
collected was found to be fering from a blocked sacro- sprinter having brought her times. In the Stade de France,
insufficient to establish that secretary general Matthieu the privilege of an invitation,” iliac joint in the pelvis which personal best down to 10.94 it’s often windy and it rotates
an anti-doping rule violation Reeb was quoted by the Swiss the IOC said in a statement. effects his left leg and could seconds in May. and makes the competitions
(ADRV) was committed by the national broadcaster, RTS as It said it could challenge the potentially put in jeopardy his There will be an attempt complicated. However, if con-
athletes concerned,” said the saying, “This does not mean CAS rulings at Switzerland’s participation in next month’s on the world record in the ditions are favorable on Satur-
court ruling. that these 28 athletes are de- supreme court. World Championships in Bei- women’s­5000 meters, Ethio- day evening, I have to be able
“With respect to these 28 clared innocent.” An Olympic disciplinary jing. pia’s Dibaba out to better a to go high.”
athletes, the appeals are up- He noted that, “in their panel, chaired by IOC execu- So it falls to 32-year-old time of 14 ­minutes 11.15 sec- A second absentee, how-
held, the sanctions annulled, case, due to insufficient evi- tive board member Denis Os- Powell to fill Bolt’s shoes in onds set by her older sister ever, will be Ukrainian high
and their individual results dence, the appeals are up- wald, last year investigated 46 Paris, while Jamaica’s double Tirunesh in Oslo in 2008. jumper Bohdan Bondarenko,
achieved in Sochi 2014 are re- held, the sanctions annulled, Russian athletes and found 43 world and Olympic champion The younger Dibaba is al- who pulled out with an in-
instated,” the court said. and their individual results guilty of complicity in a Sochi Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce will ready holder of world indoor jured ankle.
In 11 cases, the evidence achieved in Sochi are rein- doping program. also run in what promises to records over 1500 meters, Arch rival Mutaz Essa
collected was found to be suf- stated.” be a very competitive wom- 3000 meters and 5000 me- Barshim of Qatar takes over
ficient to establish an individ- The IOC confirmed that en’s 100 meters. ters, but she will be up against as clear favorite to prevail in
ual anti-doping rule violation. because it had suspended the Send us your feedbacks or “My personal best is 9.72 compatriot Almaz Ayana at the high jump in his absence.
The court declared the Russian Olympic Committee seconds (set in 2008) ... But I the Stade de France, the lat-
in December after evidence suggestions to:
athletes to be ineligible for want to run another personal ter having run a world leading GLOBAL TIMES
the next edition of the Olym- emerged of widespread dop- best, that’s what I’m focused time of 14:14.32 this season.
pic Winter Games in Py- ing, Russian athletes could on,” said Powell, who will be In field events, world re-
eongChang, starting next only participate with its per- up against American duo Mi- cord holder Renaud Laville-
week, instead of a life-ban mission. chael Rodgers and Ryan Bai- nie will bid to keep the home
from all Olympic Games. “Not being sanctioned ley, veteran Kim Collins and crowd happy in the men’s
Following the ruling, CAS does not automatically confer teammate Nesta Carter. pole vault, with one eye firmly


Police Celebrate Win

The Commissioner of Po- “Those serving in rural sta-
lice hosted the champion Po- tions, in the small community
lice sevens team to a morning posts and members of the po-
tea after the side presented lice force serving in the mis-
their winnings at the Police sion field had followed every
Headquarters in Suva. match closely and for every
Led by team Captain Sitive- win we celebrated with you”.
ni Waqa the team presented “Keep up the winning cul-
the 2018 Mana Whey Coral ture and at the same time
Coast Sevens trophy and the create a legacy for yourself
prize money of $20,000.00 and so that we can have more
the Congo Waimanu Sevens officers representing Fiji and
trophy and $5,000.00 which ensure that your name is
the Police Blues won in the remembered as one of the
final as well as the $400 con- greats to have donned the Po-
solation prize won by the Po- lice jersey,” Brigadier-General
lice White for reaching the Qiliho said.
semifinals Mana Whey Coral Coast
The Commissioner of Po- sevens best player Sakeo
lice Brigadier General Sitiveni Railoa was not with the team
Qiliho whilst acknowledging during the presentation.
the two teams said Police of- Team manager IP Tomasi
ficers serving both in Fiji and Seviua confirmed that Sakeo
abroad celebrated the win had marched in with the Fiji
and it helped lift the morale of 10’s team.
the policing family.

FRU Launches “Fiji for 7s” Social Media

The Fiji Rugby Union the Fiji for 7s and Fiji Rugby only present it on behalf of the
launched a Social Media Facebook Page and all en- FRU but also on behalf of the
Campaign with the chance for trants must encourage their country and all Fijians in and
supporters to register the “Fiji friends and followers on Face- around the world.”
for 7s” bid in a creative way. book to “Like” their support “FRU will itself be post-
The campaign, “Fiji Flair” photo or video. Participants ing daily photos of everyday
already on board until Febru- are encouraged to enter as Fijians wearing “Fiji for 7s T-
ary 23 and five winners will be many times as possible. shirts’’ so watch out for our
announced on March 9. FRU CEO, Mr John own contribution, designed
For people to get into the O’Connor says that while the to inspire everyone to join
draw to win one of five signed numbers for the bid are slowly our campaign. Facebook fol-
Fiji Sevens jerseys, the FRU is increasing daily, there is still lowers will see a Firewalker,
encouraging all social media a need to reach the 100,000 Petrol attendant and Churchill
enthusiasts and Fiji Rugby mark in order to show World Park groundsman on the first
supporters to upload their Rugby that all Fijians are in full day and we have lots more
most creative and original support of the bid. to come over the next four
“Fiji for 7s” bid photo or video “I would like to encourage weeks.”
showing their support. everyone to participate in this “So come on Fiji get be-
These could be in the form Social Media Campaign in or- hind the bid and show your
of an individual, a group of der to show World Rugby that support - the Fijian creative,
friends or family members we have the support of the comical and energetic style
cheering, singing or posing at country and all Fijians around that all Fijians are well known
home, in the office, around the world, to host a leg of the for all over the world.”
the Grog tanoa or while sky- World Sevens Series right The campaign can be fol-
diving. here at home.” lowed on Facebook “Fiji for
All entries must also in- “This is one of the many 7s” and “Fiji Rugby”, Twitter
clude the slogan “Fiji for 7s, campaigns that the task team #fijifor7s, #fijirugby and Ins-
It’s time” in either written for- has engaged and this is our tagram “Fiji for 7s”; hashtags
mat or it can be chanted out way of involving all Fijians should include #fijifor7s and
like a cheer. because when we present it #fijirugby.
These can be uploaded to to World Rugby we will not Fiji Rugby Union Staff and Officials.Photo: SUPPLIED.

Senior World Rugby

Representatives Review
Progress of FRU Sevens Bid
The World Rugby repre- O’Connor said “Our taskforce fered us an opportunity to
sentatives accomplished a has completed considerable review progress made by the
two day visit in inspecting lo- work in preparing for our bid Fiji Rugby Union in preparing
cal venues, hotels and other submission and the visit by their World Sevens Series bid
facilities under consideration World Rugby was timely in and also to answer any ques-
by the Fiji Rugby Union as part receiving feedback in a range tions that the bid team had
of its bid for the HSBC World of areas. regarding the tender process,
Rugby Sevens Series. We inspected venues, ho- the tournament delivery re-
Head of Competitions and tels, observed prospective quirements, commercial and Senior World Rugby Representatives visit Churchill Park.Photo: SUPPLIED.
Performance, Mark Egan was training sites and engaged financial matters. many aspects of the bid prep- John O’Connor added
joined by General Manager with our team in relation to A very experienced and ca- ing the final document at the
end of February and I have ev- aration and there is no ques- “We still have a lot of work
of High Performance, Peter many matters. We thanked pable bid team is in place and tion that Fiji will offer a very to do but we remain on track
Horne for the inspection visit them for taking the time to it is obvious that they have a ery confidence that the FRU
will submit a professional and unique and passionate bid for to submit our bid at the end
which was supervised by FRU visit and assist us with our solid understanding of our re- our EXCO to consider when of February. We will be mak-
CEO John O’Connor and the preparations”. quirements and they are mak- robust bid that will seek to
meet all the World Rugby re- determining the host unions ing further announcements at
bid task team executives Bri- Head of Competitions and ing good progress in prepar- for the next World Series host- that time”.
an Thorburn and Greg Peters. Performance at World Rugby, ing the FRU bid submission. quirements.
We’ve been impressed by ing cycle. “
Fiji Rugby Union CEO John Mark Egan said “The visit of- We look forward to receiv-

Fiji Bowling Squad well

run between 10 secs to 14 management is considering is
secs. taking the team up a little ear-
The difference, he said is lier to give them more time to
in the delivery of the Bowl adapt to the conditions,” he

Prepared for where in Fiji you actually

heave the Bowl down the
green whereas in Australia
and New Zealand Greens you
Mr Mar acknowledged the
Nadi Sports club greens as
one of the Fiji Team prepara-

Commonwealth Games just let the bowl out of your

fingers and there is quite a
vast difference in delivery
styles needed.
tion venues and are grateful
to Nadi Sports Club and Suva
Bowling Club for allowing
them to use the Greens prep-
“Of comfort is the fact that aration.
By MARIA LAQETA majority of our squad mem- He added there are four
bers have had an opportu- best Nadi Sports Club players
This year will be good year “One of the major chal- travel offshore given our nity to play on these overseas in the squad preparing for the
for Fiji Bowling squad, says lengers the team will com- players have to adapt to the greens so they know what games yet the final team will
Bowling squad team manager pete on is the different playing quicker playing conditions,” to expect but the problem be announced on February
Curtis Mar, as they prepare for surface which will run much he said. is how quick they could re- 24.
Commonwealth Games to be faster compared to our slow Mr Mar said Overseas adapt to the conditions,” he Fiji Bowling Squad Team
held on the Gold Coast in April Fiji Greens,” he added. greens, managed to run at added. Mnager Curtis Mar. Photo:
2018. “This is always a challenge speeds between 16 secs to “One of the things that
for our Fiji Teams when we 19 secs and yet our Fiji greens GOOGLE.

Page 26 Page 27
Radisson Blu Police Celebrate
Sponsors Nadi Win



Nawaka All Stars and Big Bula Denarau Lions after the final.Photo: FIJI MASTERS RUGBY.

The Fiji Masters Rugby 10s “Tournament always host- also gear up to the tourna- Airport legends,” he added. while participating teams re-
Round Robin challenge, hap- ed in a yearly basis in promot- ment. “Semi-finalist teams were ceived $100 each for partici-
pened to fascinate the Nadi ing health and fitness ben- “Players like Sailosi Nawa- Gaunavou vs Big Bula Lions, pating,” he added.
crowd at St Mary’s ground in efits,” he added. vu, Vereniki Waqa, Lalai driu , Nawaka vs Airport legends, Upcoming Round robin
Nadi. “Clubs like Nawaka, Sau- Setareki Varo of Nawaka, Kiti- winning teams from semifi- challenged is on April, build-
Rugby 10s coordinator Epi naka, Gaunavou happened one Salawa, Siva Nauluma- nals were Nawaka and Big ing up to the main tourna-
Susu said the tournament to turned up apart from other tua the former Nadi running Bula Lions who later meets in ment in September with
pulls prominent key Nadi teams who play in the Masters hooker for Gaunavou, the Lu- the finals,” he said. $10,000 prize money.
clubs and also dragged family, category,” he added. tumailagi brothers Save and “Grueling final with Nawa-
friends and supporters just to Mr Susu said some promi- Asiveni, Joe Qoro for the Big ka winning by 15 to 10, tak-
watch clubs and village rivalry nent names who already Bula Lions, Tevita Latianara, ing home $500 dollars and
By MARIA LAQETA at its best. donned the national levels and Suliasi Ramasima for the the first runners up has $200

Full Service
Digital Creative Agency
Web Designing Offset & Digital Printing Signage

Content Marketing Strategy Social Media Marketing

Web Development & Hosting Email Marketing
Network Security Consultancy Online Presence Analysis
Mass Email Hosting Offset, Digital Printing & Signage

Call us Today: 670 7075 | 996 6115 | | Suite 4 Mahijibhai Building, 6 Queens Road, Martintar Nadi