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FEBRUARY 25, 2012

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Japanese students undertake courses at the Fiji National University


Six Japanese students will for the next twelve-months call Fiji home as they will undertake studies at the Fiji National University. The students are from Tohuku University, located in the earthquake and tsunami devastated Sendai region of Japan. They are in Fiji on a full scholarship under a trauma relief and rehabilitation project initiated by FNU. This project was part of the aid package offered by the Fiji government to Japan following the massive earthquake and tsunami last year. The students, all of whom are females, were welcomed by officials from FNU and the Foreign Affairs Ministry at the Nadi International Airport. FNU representative Salabogi Mavoa said the programme is designed to assist students recover and heal from the trauma caused by the massive devastation. “FNU is very fortunate to be part of this. It was an initiative that we had put through to the Fiji Government and they were happy to support it and take up the idea,” said Mavoa. “The six students are from the north east part of Japan. We offered assistance for ten students but so far six have shown up.” The students have enrolled in courses ranging from nursing to hospitality. “We saw this as an opportunity to reach out to the

Japanese students arrive into the country to undertake a 12-month course at the Fiji National University. Photo: ANA NIUMATAIWALU.
people of Japan in their time of need. FNU will provide free boarding and tuition for the students plus meals,” said Mavoa. Tohoku University’s main campus is located in Sendai, north eastern Japan, and suffered major damage during the disaster. Prime Minister, Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama will host an official welcome ceremony for the visiting group next month.

The recent deaths linked to dengue fever and leptospirosis in the western division is of serious concern. According to Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki there are eighteen cases of dengue fever, fourteen cases of typhoid with twelve confirmed and of the sixty-nine suspected cases of leptospirosis, six have been confirmed. Three weeks of heavy rain caused extensive floods in west damaging many homes and infrastructure. Now with rain easing it’s important that those affected by the natural disaster thoroughly clean their homes and surroundings. All blocked drains need to be cleared, tin cans or containers filled with water need to be destroyed or buried and the grass trimmed. All these measures are vital to prevent the outbreak of diseases such as dengue fever and typhoid. Here are a few tips to use during your cleanup campaign: Contaminated mud: Shovel out as much mud as possible, then use a garden hose or water blaster to wash away mud from hard surfaces. Clean and disinfect every surface: Scrub surfaces with hot water and a heavy-duty or disinfectant cleaner. Kitchen: Immerse glass, porcelain, china, plastic dinnerware and enamelware for ten minutes in a disinfecting solution. Air-dry dishes. Do not use a towel. Disinfect silverware, metal utensils, and pots and pans by boiling in water for ten minutes. Chlorine bleach should not be used in this case because it reacts with many metals and causes them to darken. Cupboards and counters need to be cleaned and rinsed with a chlorine bleach solution before storing dishes. Furniture and household items: Take furniture, rugs, bedding and clothing outside to dry as soon as possible. Open all windows and use fans to circulate air in the house. If mold and mildew have already developed, brush off items outdoors to prevent scattering spores in the house. Vacuum floors, ceilings and walls to remove mildew, then wash with disinfectant. Always wear protective mask to prevent breathing mold spores. Mattresses, pillows, toys and stuffed animals contaminated by flood water should be thrown away. Upholstered furniture soaks up contaminants from floodwaters and should be cleaned thoroughly. Solid wood furniture can usually be restored, unless damage is severe. Carpets: Clean and dry carpets and rugs as quickly as possible. If sewage-contaminated floodwater soaked your carpeting, discard it for health safety reasons. Also discard if the carpet was under water for 24 hours or more. Electrical system: The system must be shut off and repaired and inspected by an electrician before it can be turned back on. Wiring must be completely dried out- even behind walls. Switches, convenience outlets, light outlets, entrance panel, and junction boxes that have been under water may be filled with mud. Remember clothing, mosquito repellent, and netting can help reduce exposure to mosquitoes. Traveling during periods of minimal mosquito activity can also be helpful.

Clean up thoroughly to prevent outbreak of diseases


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BSP donates to Rotary
BSP country manager Kevin McCarthy, centre, hands over cheques to Lautoka Rotary Club president Rick Eyre, left, and Nadi Rotary Club president Sanjit Patel. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Bank of South Pacific donated five thousand dollars to the Rotary clubs of Nadi and Lautoka to boost their efforts in assisting those affected during the recent floods. BSP country manager Kevin McCarthy while handing over cheques to Rotary Club officials said they were ready to assist those that were devastated by the natural disaster. “We know that many people were seriously affected by the floods and this is our way of assisting them,” said McCarthy. Nadi Rotary received a cheque of two thousand dollars while three thousand was

given to Lautoka Rotary. Nadi Rotary club president Sanjit Patel said the money will be utilized to buy food packs for affected victims. According to Patel, they

have already distributed more than thirty thousand dollars worth of food items, emergency kits and clothing. “We have visited many areas that were devastated by

the floods and gave out essential items. We will continue to assist these victims and we are also looking at giving out educational materials to students,” said Patel.

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Kritesh Kumar Sabeto

IRB 2011/12 sevens circuit. Fiji remains in second spot five points behind the All Blacks. The core of the team comprised of new players. Although the result wasn’t 100% the team did a good job given the injuries key players sustained during the two tough outings. The coaches and selection committee are trying out new players to build a winning combination. The younger players have shown commitment, discipline and passion and like fine wine, it will take some time under proper guidance before they click. The team management is doing their best, patience and encouragement is needed from fans to boost the morale of players. The team has begun preparations for the next leg of the series. A lot of focus will be on fitness, stamina, working out the various game plan and combination, basically all the hard yards before the battle again in March. No doubt the series is getting tougher. Samoa’s win at the Las Vegas tournament would have renewed their fighting spirit. Traditional giants South Africa, England also remain in the race for top honors. If anything fans are guaranteed more champagne rugby in the months ahead.
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Still in the of talk following the third leg of the race There has been a lot

I would like to air my concerns on the increase in vandalism in Nadi. Many road signs which display the speed limit have been tempered with. While this may be amusement to some hooligans, it drains unnecessary resources and money which can be better utilized by the authorities. More importantly these signs are displayed to ensure motorists follow the speed limits to minimize accidents and even fatalities. I hope those that are caught in the act of vandalism are dished out harsh penalties. This also goes for those irresponsible few who scribble nuisance wordings at the back of bus seats and public toilets. If only this energy is directed to more productive use we would have many more local artists, writers, columnists and authors! Remember all these acts also paint a negative image for our visitors. So it’s time for those engaged in this illegal activity to stop and become responsible and productive citizens.

were shocked to see the kind of timber that had been used. It was off cuts and pieces of waste wood including fiberboard. Looking at the workmanship and the quality of the timber, we were convinced that we bought something that is of very low quality which does not match the cost. What made us cringe was that we saw timber had been joined to make a whole length. The Commerce Commission had been conducting enquires into medicine and hardware, it’s time to start again and begin with furniture.

and or their relatives. No doubt the people have erred and so did the doctor but we can forgive and give second chances. The Yellow Ribbon Project is an example. But I wonder why it took so long for someone to find out. That person in charge should have been the first to go.

Bad Roads

mon practice. The Land transport Authority, National Road Safety Council and Police have time and time again warned motorists to refrain from use phones while driving, as this has caused many accidents. I hope motorists take heed of these warning as we don’t want to see more accidents or fatalities on our roads.

Divesh Shiv Prasad Namaka

Dusty Roads
Rahul Nand Votualevu

There has been an increase in the amount of dust seen on our roads in Nadi. The stretch at the CBD in Namaka is like travelling through a dusty track in the Sabeto outback. This poses a serious health and hygiene problem to those passing through, working or shopping in Namaka. Authorities need to take swift action by spraying water to minimize the dusty or better to clean it completely; otherwise we will have members of the public falling ill.

The concerned authorities need to take a pro-active approach in repairing roads damaged by the recent floods. I have noted the officer’s of the Land Transport Authority (LTA) on the roads in Nadi booking vehicles failing to comply with roads laws. While vehicle owners no doubt have to comply with these laws, it would also be good to see that roads are repaired promptly. One drive from Nadi Town to the airport, Votualevu or Sabeto will give you some indication why I’m raising this concern.

Booming Business
Rahul Nand Votualevu

Three weeks of continuous rain experienced in mostly western Viti Levu, caused widespread devastation to many as a result of floods. But on a positive note, the rain brought smiles on the faces of those in the grass cutting and car wash business. Business is booming for these micro business operators and it’s good to see many are working hard to earn an honest living.

Phone Drivers
David Chan Lautoka

Settee Quality
Allen Lockington Lautoka

Second Chance
Allen Lockington Lautoka




Sometime last year I had written about our settees and what they are made of. Some are so expensive that it costs right up to $5,000. With that kind of amount I could make a small extension to my home. We have a four-piece settee – two single seaters and two – two seaters. Then we noticed that one of the two seaters was starting to recline, so to speak. We thought it was a spring or loose strap and just left it like that. As the days went into months the settee reclined more and more to a stage where we thought we would soon be lying down instead of sitting. So we flipped it over, tore of the bottom covering and

The sick sheet issue will go down in the history of Fiji. No doubt in years to come it will still be talked about as the biggest exodus of government workers. Sad, really sad. I do have pity on the people who have been sacked, to use an unkind word, but that’s the bottom line. This government is not standing for any slackness or illegal activities, but I do pity the children of those who have been sent home because their future is a stake. However I plead with our government to take have a heart and give the workers a second chance, if we do this we will be looking out for the future of our own country, because they will become social problems for the country

It is good to see that nearly everyone, from children at school to our grandparents carry cellular phones to stay in touch with their loved ones or make that call during an emergency situation. However it is a concern to see motorists using their cellular phones while driving. This has become a comDear Readers, We are pleased to announce that as of next month, we will give out books written by well known academic and author Professor Satendra Nandan as prize to the best letter of the month. Keep sending your letters to us.

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From Australia with love


Students at two secondary schools in the western division will now have greater access to e-learning, following the generous donation of laptops and other gadgets by former Fiji resident Doctor Kamlesh Sharma. Dr Sharma who now resides in Canberra, Australia donated seven laptops, portable drives, memory sticks, projector and other accessories to Sangam SKM College Nadi and Korovuto Secondary School. The soft spoken barrister and solicitor loves philanthropy work, having worked closely with the Sugar Festival Association in assisting under-privileged members of society, in recent years. “Computers are a vital tool in this modern age and it’s important that students have access as it opens a new world of learning for them. We have to ensure that our children keep abreast with what’s happening around the globe and certainly these laptops will assist them greatly in their education,” said Dr Sharma. The Korovuto man urged students to work hard while in school as good education would ensure them having a prosperous future. Students were also reminded to be honest and respect their elders. “If you want to have a good job and become a responsible and productive citizen, then you must work hard in school. Remember there are no shortcuts in life. Life is tough and only with good education will

you become successful,” said Dr Sharma. Dr Sharma an ex-student of Korovuto and Nadi SKM College said he was happy to be back in Fiji and assisting both institutions. “I have a lot of good memories about these two schools. I’m glad to be back and assist in the educational development of the students. I hope this will also encourage former students to do the same in all other schools around the country,” said Dr Sharma. Sangam SKM College principal Anita Gounder was over-whelmed with the generous donation. “The donation has come at the right time as the new school year has just started,” said Gounder. “The laptops and gadgets will help students in their internal assessment mainly project research and writing. Most students cannot afford computers at home therefore the College will make provision for them to use it during and after school.” The school has a student roll of 1000 and 50 teaching staff. Sangam SKM College, school manager Bala Dass thanked Dr Sharma and his family for the computer equipment saying it will provide great assistance to students academically. Bala urged other former students to come forward and assist in the schools progress. “It is great to see people like Dr Kamlesh are committed to assisting schools and our future leaders. We hope that this partnership will grow in years to come,” said Dass.

Sangam SKM College manager Bala Dass receives the laptops and other accessories from Dr Kamlesh Prasad Sharma and his family while principal Anita Gounder looks on. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Korovuto College principal Sanjesh Chandra and president Jiten Kumar receive the donation from Dr KP Sharma. Photo: SUPPLIED. Computer classes at Korovuto College in Nadi have been given a boost, with the donation of five computers, a laptop and a server. The donation was made by the Sugar Festival Association, which it had received the equipment from Dr Kamlesh Sharma last year. Association senior vice-president Pusp Raj said the school needed the equipment as it in the process of constructing a new block which will host its computer lab. “We had some computers remaining from last year and since Korovuto College was in the process of setting up a lab, we stepped in to assist them,” said Raj. Korovuto College school manager Praveen Singh said they were grateful for the generous donation, having earlier received four laptops from Dr Sharma. “This is a big boost for our students. We are over-whelmed with the kind gesture. We have plans to expand the school building which will enable us to have a new computer lab,” said Singh. Dr Sharma assured the school of more assistance during the year.

Computer boost for school

Maharishi College, located in Votualevu, Nadi aims to carry out sustainable projects to assist disadvantaged students, following a three thousand dollars donation by the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation, under the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Programme. College principal Parma Nand Varma said they were extremely grateful to the organisation for coming to their rescue. “We are going to use this money to carry out sustainable projects in the school to assist students coming from all over Nadi. The school will start a garden project to initiate a long term feeding program for the disadvantaged children. This project will also help us generate income for the school and help students further,” said Varma. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is a self-directed development programme for youths aged between 14 and 25. It provides the youths an opportunity to explore and develop skills and strive for success. The Award Programme comprises of activities which youths can do in their spare time. There are three award categories; Bronze, Silver and Gold. Achieving an award is as easy as setting and achieving your personal goals in four areas, which include: Community Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. The income generation, team building and leadership program fits well with Foundation Strategy ensuring health and well-being of youths in Fiji. Over the past three years, the programme has assisted close to two thousand youths in forty-five secondary schools, with more than $165,000.00 invested by the Foundation. Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation Executive, Ambalika Devi, said the project is a challenge for the schools to multiply the initial capital given to them. “Research has proven that students are entering adolescents with a marked imbalance in their health due to consumption of heavily chemical laden food, and this project will instigate a healthier new generation,” said Devi. “Proper fostering of the programme would eventuate into a long term feeding program for students whereby the students grow their own food, in the schools as well as their homes through a seed germination project. “This will enable students to start their own home backyard gardens to supplement the family income as well as give an avenue for the whole family to consume fresh foods free of chemicals and pesticides,” Devi added.

School embarks on sustainable feeding project




Nadi Town Council appoints new CEO
business community. “I hope to use my engineering background and look at some of the projects which need to be implemented to address this issue. “The drainage and road needs to be fixed as soon as possible. We also need to look at making Nadi into a cleaner and greener destination for our citizens as well as our visitors,” said Tagi. Members of the Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry held a meeting with Tagi this month, where it raised many ‘pressing’ issues affecting its members. NCCI president Dr Ram Raju said they looked forward to working with Tagi and his team in addressing these concerns. “It’s good that we have someone with an engineering



NCCI hosts business forum

Civil engineer Nemia Tagi has been appointed as the new chief executive officer of the Nadi Town Council. Tagi comes with a lot of experience having worked both locally and aboard. Originally from Ra, Tagi says he’s looking forward to the new role, which he described as ‘demanding.’ “I look forward to working with all the stakeholders and ratepayers and lift the level of our services. There are a lot of things that needs to be done and I’m looking forward to the challenge,” said Tagi. “Nadi recently experienced the floods which caused damage to infrastructure and also major losses to members of public and the

Newly appointed NTC CEO Nemia Tagi. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Government empowers women

background as the CEO, as Nadi is going through a lot of problems as far as infrastructure is concerned and we hope to work with him and the staff

in finding some solutions,” said Dr Raju. Tagi replaces Terrence O’Neill who resigned recently.


A good turnout is expected at the Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) business forum which will be held at the Fiji National University Namaka campus this month. The one day meet includes a strong line up of guest speakers who will make presentations on the theme ‘A look at budget 2012 and the private sector.’ Some of the speakers include Lorraine Seeto from the Reserve Bank of Fiji, Dianne Reddy of Investment Fiji, Executive chairman of the Fiji Sugar Corporation Abdul Khan, Dr Sunil Kumar and Professor Biman Prasad of the University of the South Pacific, Tui Kabu from the backpacker industry and Commerce Commission’s Dr Mahendra Reddy. “It’s going to be a very interesting meeting as we have roped in some very good speakers from different sectors which will provide us a good indication as to how our economy is fairing and at the same time allow participants to ask questions or clarify any issues they may have,” said Dr Ram Raju, president of NCCI. “The recent floods have affected many of our members as well as the general public and we will have Vinesh Kumar from IWRM (Integrated Water Resource Management) who will brief us on the development and progress of the river dredging and other mitigating factors which are being implemented along the Nadi River basin. “Dr Mahendra Reddy will make a presentation on how the Commerce Commission supports growth in the private sector while Abdul Khan is expected to highlight the damage caused by the floods to the mills as well as cane production,” said Dr Raju.

The women of Nabudrau village in Noco, Rewa will soon be able to pursue commercial tailoring - thanks to the generous donation of twenty electrical sewing machines by the Minister for Women Dr Jiko Luveni. The gift comes as government remains determined in recognizing and motivating Fijian women to upgrade their skills as well as their financial status. Speaking to more than two hundred women in Noco, Dr Luveni also highlighted the various programmes and incentives offered by government. “Rural women have huge potential to generate income and government stands ready to work with them to open up economic opportunities. When women earn income that income is more likely to be utilized in the livelihood of her families and benefit reaches out to the community. I have encouraged women to be proactive in working together to start up an income generating project for this will uplift their decision making skills and help them walk out of poverty,” said Dr Luveni. Nabudrau women’s group president Alisi Vulaidausiga while thanking the Minister highlighted how members were undertaking several projects and becoming financially independent. “The main sources of living for women in Noco are fishing, farming and domestic duties. Given that we always try to earn income for our-

Nadi Chamber of Commerce & Industry board members. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Dr Luveni while handing over the sewing machines to women groups in the northern division.


Taiwan lends assistance

selves other than depending entirely on our husbands, we have a vision to be financially independent. Since last year, we have collected around $500 by selling pillow cases, dresses, cushions, table cloth and door mats. Given these new sewing machines and sewing training, Noco women will be fully equipped to pur-


Korean government donates food supplies
and two hundred cartons of biscuits. According to ambassador Hae-Wook, from various briefing received by them, food rations have been one of the major challenges as many shops were affected by the natural floods. “No country and people are safe from disasters that Mother Nature brings about,” said ambassador Hae-Wook. “I sincerely hope that this relief food, as a token of Korea’s goodwill, could help people in the western division overcome their difficulties and return to normal life”. Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki thanked the Korean government and its people for their generous assistance. Commander Cawaki said it was over-whelming to see the kind response from overseas countries, donor agencies as well as individuals who came to the rescue of the flood victims.

sue commercial tailoring,” said Vulaidausiga. Similar opinions were shared by head of the Nakauwaru Women’s Club, Sovaia Rokouma who said members will now be able to easily sew school uniforms for the children. “We have been waiting to have this gift for years and

now it will save us money so we no longer have to travel all the way to Nausori to get the school uniforms. These donations I would say are just in time, when we are looking for opportunities to improve our livelihood,” said Rokouma. The Ministry has so far date donated over 1800 sewing machines.

The Trade Mission of Taiwan to Fiji presented thirty thousand dollars to the Fiji Red Cross Society to assist in the rehabilitation of flood victims. Taiwan’s representative Ming Chang said they were always ready to assist Fiji during times of disaster. “Taiwan and Fiji are very small countries and we both have the same challenges so we know how devastating it can be for the people. This small assistance is a way of saying to the people of Fiji that we are always here to help one another,” said Chang. “We are currently in discussion with Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma for aid in the medical field especially in times of disaster,” he added.

Hundreds of families who were affected by the recent floods in the western division received food rations donated by the Korean Embassy, based in Suva. Korean ambassador Cheong Hae-Wook handed over the donation worth close to eightyfive thousand dollars which included four thousand bags of five kilograms flour, two thousand cartons of instant noodles

Korean ambassador Cheong Hae-Wook. Photo: USP.

“This contribution will go a long way in our relief efforts to

assist those that were affected,” Commander Cawaki said.






By Dr NAHINA NAAZ Ace Medical Clinic Nadi

Life-style diseases are becoming a serious concern in our society. Diabetes Mellitus (DM), which if not controlled is set to become a major health burden for our country. About half of the older population (people above 40 years of age) in Fiji suffer from diabetes. There are two types of diabetes, Type 1 and Type 2. Acquiring Type 1 diabetes is in nobody’s control. As my aim of writing this article is to create awareness for health promotion and disease prevention, I will just focus on Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. And as Type 2 DM is such a vast topic in itself, this article will focus only on etiology and symptoms of Type 2 DM. Hopefully in the coming issue we can talk about complications and how to keep DM under control. Diabetes is caused by a problem in the way your body makes or uses insulin. Some views on the reason why Type 2 diabetes is so prevalent in this country are because of gene pooling where the disease is genetically passed on

from generation to generation. So if you have DM in your genes (from your grandparents or parents) at certain age (usually above 40yrs) your pancreas, which is an organ in the human body which produces insulin starts giving up. Insulin is a hormone which is needed to move sugar (glucose) from the blood into the cells of the body, where it is stored and later used for energy. Moreover, if you have a defective pancreas inherited from your parents or grandparents, eventually it will not be able to produce enough insulin to normalize the glucose level in the blood. Also in some cases it does produce the insulin but this insulin has resistance from target cells to move the glucose across. Thus in these cases if you have it in your genes, you can delay acquiring diabetes mellitus as much as possible but you cannot hide from it. Another reason for the increase incidence of Type 2 diabetes is obesity. Now in this day and age we have adopted a very sedentary lifestyle. In between work and home we do not take out time to exercise. We prefer take-outs and processed foods as its convenient to proper home cooked meals and fresh vegetables. So basically we consume a lot of fats and carbohydrates but don’t do enough work out to utilize it, thus it’s all stored as fat. This accumulated fat

Diabetes - a major health burden
makes it harder for the body to use insulin the correct way because of resistance. According to the WHO standards, you have Diabetes Mellitus if your fasting (before breakfast) blood sugar level is greater than 6.9mmol/l and your non-fasting (after a meal) is greater than 11mmol/l. Once a person has acquired diabetes, it will be with him or her for life time. Diabetes can be controlled with proper diet, exercise and medications. But it cannot be completely cured as yet. Some of the symptoms of diabetes are: 1. B ladder, kidney, skin, or other infections that is more frequent or healing slowly. 2. Fatigue. 3. Hunger. 4. Increased thirst. 5. Increased urination. 6. Blurred vision 7. Erectile dysfunction. 8. Burning sensation or numbness in the feet or hands. Thus if you have any of these symptoms, have a family history of diabetes, are obese and over the age of 40yrs, you should get your sugar level tested at your nearest health facility regularly. Remember knowing it and taking early actions to control it is better than being ignorant and have it slowly kill you from the inside.


Important tips when dealing with stress
come them. Try to express your feelings openly whenever you can but if you don’t, you may suppress them or drive it inwards, directing them at yourself. By expressing them, you will be able to dissipate them quickly and completely. People vary in their preferred techniques for breaking down conditioned stress patterns. Diversion exercise which you can do sitting down are just as effective. Sit down calmly, put your hands firmly on a table, and say “STOP” loudly. Keep your knees uncrossed, your body relaxed, and breath slowly and rhythmically. Focus your gaze on any object in your environment. It can be anything: your left thumb, a pencil, or a bowl of sugar. Observe all its aspects in minute detail. Become aware of its smell and texture. Lose yourself completely in it. Silently describe it and your relationship to it over and over to yourself until you are lost in a fantasy. After 5 minutes you should feel calm and relaxed. Even if you do not have


Mental calm and strength, the tranquil, or relaxing, quiet state that allows you to be perfectly centered, gives you more control over your thoughts and actions. When faced by a potentially stressful situation you will be aware of all options open to you. If you are strong and calm, you can stand back, become more objective, and rationalize your feelings. Tranquility may seem difficulty to achieve if you are angry, frustrated, or afraid. But if you look upon these emotions as a normal part of life, and know what causes them, it will be easier to over-

much control over events that take place around you at work, at home, and in your relationships, you do have a choice as to how you react to them. Look for the positive aspects of any event or situation, no matter how stressful or unpleasant. Always try to learn or gain something from the situation. You may feel trapped because you have not examined the choices you have of responding differently. Simply refusing to lose your temper or to get tearful or worried can help you gain control. Each time a stressful situation or events occur and you start getting anxious or angry, it’s important to give yourself a control test. Sit down on your own for a few minutes and make yourself aware of your pulse, breathing and muscle tension. Then hold your breath for ten seconds and exhale loudly. Do this few times, then breathe normally and smile. As you gain control over your innermost responses you will be able to act more positively and you will find it easier to feel good about yourself!



Heartburn is becoming a growing concern
phragm, increasing the risk of reflux. It is important to treat reflux symptoms and limit the exposure of the oesophagus to acid damage. There are several consequences of long term reflux including cancer of the oesophagus, which has become more common in some western countries over recent years. The oesophagus may become scarred and narrowed. Acid reflux may also be associated with chronic cough, asthma, laryngitis and erosion of dental enamel in some instances. Treatment involves firstly avoiding things that aggravate the symptoms which can include alcohol, smoking, and heavy or acidic meals. For those with night time symptoms, raising the head of the bed may help. Weight loss helps symptoms in over weight sufferers. There are a variety of antacid preparations available to counteract the acidity of stomach contents and thus reduce damage to the oesophagus. A range of medications actually reduce stomach production. Some of these are available at supermarkets while others may only be obtained from a pharmacy. While short term treatment is available without a prescription, anyone with ongoing symptoms should see their doctor for examination and advice. Heart Disease must always be excluded. A Gastroscopy or Endoscopy can provide important information and exclude cancer. In this test a fibre-optic tube is passed down the throat under sedation. The oesophagus can be directly seen and samples taken if necessary. A Gastroscopy may also be used to check recovery from Oesophageal damage. Occasionally surgery may be recommended.



Most people will suffer from indigestion or heartburn at some stage. This may be a short-lived episode following an over indulgence in food and drink. Many however develop ongoing symptoms. It is estimated that one in five adults experience heartburn regularly. The medical name for this disorder is Gastro Oesophageal Reflux Disease (GORD). In the disease this acid contents of the stomach flow backward (reflux) into the oesophagus or gullet. The oesophagus does not have a
Go for banana fruit, nature's own energy rich food that comes in a safety envelope! Fresh, delicious bananas are available year around and are very cheap. Health benefits of banana fruit  Banana fruit is rich in calories, but very low in fats. The fruit contains good amounts of health benefiting anti-oxidants, minerals, and vitamins. Banana pulp is composed of soft, easily digestible flesh with simple sugars like fructose and sucrose that when eaten replenishes energy and revitalizes the body instantly; thus, for these qualities, bananas are being used by athletes to get instant energy and as supplement food in the treatment plan for underweight children.  The fruit contains

protective mucous layer like the stomach, so it is easily burned by the acid causing the classic pain of heartburn (burning pain in the centre of the chest).The heart may cause similar pain hence the term ‘Heartburn’ and a heart attack might be described by some sufferers as “Indigestion”. The Oesophagus is normally protected from acid reflux by the strong muscle of the Diaphragm, through which it passes to the stomach. This keeps the opening to the stomach closed except when food is swallowed. If the muscle relaxes, reflux may occur. Sometimes part of the stomach itself may bulge back through the diaphragmthis is called a hiatus hernia. Reflux can be aggravated by increased pressure from a heavy meal, pregnancy or abdominal obesity. Alcohol and some drugs may relax the diagood amount of soluble dietary fiber (7% of DRA per 100 g) that helps normal bowel movements; thereby reducing constipation problems.  It contains many health promoting flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, zeaxanthin, beta and alpha carotenes in small amounts. These compounds help act as protective scavengers against oxygen-derived free radicals and reactive oxygen species (ROS) that play a role in aging and various disease processes.  It is also a very good source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), provides about 28% of daily-recommended allowance. Pyridoxine is an important B-complex vitamin that has beneficial role in the treatment of neuritis, anemia, and

GORD is common, however currently there is no proven cure. Medications may be needed long term to control symptoms, along with
heart rate and blood pressure, countering bad effects of sodium. Selection and storage Once ripened, bananas are very fragile and start decaying in short time. In the stores, choose banana fruits based on when you want to use them; greener ones last for more days, while yellow and brown-spotted bananas should be eaten in a few days. Ready to eat bananas should be quite firm, bright yellow in color and emanate rich fragrance, and the skin should be peeled off easily. Ripened, fresh bananas are nutritionally enriched and sweeter in taste. Preparation and Serving methods Bananas comes with nature gifted protective outer layer of skin, therefore are less likely

changes to diet and lifestyle. See your doctor to discuss how to best use medications and if further tests and treatment is required.
contaminated by germs and dust.  Just remove the peel and enjoy!  Banana fruit sections are a great addition to the fruit salads.  Fresh "banana-milkshake" with sugar syrup is a delicious drink.  Bananas have also been used in the making of fruit jams.  Banana fritters can be served with ice cream as well.  Banana chips are a snack produced from dehydrated or fried banana or plantain slices.  Mash ripe banana fruits and add to cakes, casseroles, muffins, bread pudding etc.  Plantain is raw unripe banana that is used in recipes.

Let’s go Banana’s
decreasing homocystine (one of the causative factor for coronary artery disease (CHD) and stroke episodes) levels in the body.  The fruit is also good source of vitamin-C (about 8.7 mg per 100g). Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen free radicals.  Fresh bananas provide adequate levels of minerals like copper, magnesium, and manganese. Magnesium is essential for bone strengthening and has cardiac-protective role as well. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Copper is required in the production of red blood cells.  Fresh banana is a very rich source of potassium. 100 g fruit provides 358 mg potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control




FNU’s Meteorology programme commences


There was much excitement all around as FNU launched its pioneering courses in Meteorology. The academic Meteorology programme started without any fanfare or official opening and there were over 40 students waiting to get into the lecture theatre at 7.30-8.00 am on Tuesday 7th February 2012. The response from the general public has been electric! They have called from everywhere around the country and even a farmer working on his “teitei” farm deep in the bush in the interior of Vanua Levu called me about the course, while he was busy planting taro. The reception being bad he climbed on top a mountain to communicate. Over 100 students showed direct interest to be in the course but due to space limitation on the Namaka Campus, more than 35 students could not be accommodated and were very disappointed not to be able to come into the class. The course has been now running for two weeks and the 65 students cramped like “Brunswick sardines in a flat can” in one of the larger lecture rooms, are able to have a sigh of relief when it’s their turn to be in the large spacious lecture theatre. The most remarkable story of this certificate course is, that this very specialized and purely technical scientific course has almost “outgunned” males that traditionally used to outnumber girls

FNU’s meteorology students pose for a group photo with Dr Sushil Sharma.

in their classes. A humungous startling number of girls, 27 to be exact are in this class, which comprises 42% of the class total. This is more than the entire intake that was previously expected by the FNU academics and administrators. However to me this was no surprise as the entire country is abuzz with excitement and especially when we have just gone through a period of over three weeks of severe weather

systems and the most devastating flood of recent times on January 24 2012, many more people noticed this programme and showed interest, as they all want to do something for the community. The course has attracted students from all over Fiji with 17% from Suva, 4% from Navua/Serua, 5% from Nausori, 8% from Sigatoka, 31% from Nadi, 23% from Lautoka, 6% from Ba, 2% from Rakiraki and 3% from Labasa. Looking at age group distribution 23% are between 16-18 ( representing 14% of the entire male group and 9% females); 49% of the students are between 19-21 (26% Males, 23% females); 15% in the 22-24 age group (11% males, 5% females) ; 5% in the 25-27 age group (3% males, 2% females) and 8% in the 28-30 age group ( 5% males and 3% females). The only startling thing I have noted is that the pro-

gramme has only about 5 Fijian students and the rest of the group comprising 60 are itaukei students. This is startling but it seems that the Fijian students feel that the programme is only at certificate level and thus they are trying to go directly to degree programmes or higher level Diploma programmes both at FNU and USP. This misconception is misguided as the programme is solid and will act as a bridging programme for all the 38 students who have not done Form Seven, and even if they have, they may not have done either or both Mathematics and Physics. The School certificate students are the real winners in this course, as they are now able to skip the Form Seven programme and use this programme as a venue to bridge their studies, and will be able to enter directly into the Bachelor of Meteorology programme when it is offered

next year. This course has about 27 students who have done Form Seven and passed both Physics and Mathematics. They get full credit for the foundation Mathematics and Physics programme they have done and now only have to attempt units in the Atmospheric Sciences, Synoptic Meteorology, Tropical Cyclone Genesis, Climatology and Forecasting, and Climate Variability, Change and Prediction. The Programme is for one year and students will attend classes in Trimester 1 and 2 (January to September) after which they go on a three month of Industrial training before certification. I envisage the bulk of the students to carry on next year into the degree programme leading to a Bachelor of Meteorology degree. This programme may have a very short life and may be retired gradually or have a very small intake of school certificate

students. The programme is already making huge impacts on the thinking of these students towards our atmosphere and forecasting as a predictability issue, and also they are looking critically at all aspects of the warning systems and the likely response required from the community and the need to realize that no one can stop nature’s wrath; all we humans can do is adopt to our environment we live in, to try not to underestimate its fury and also to be sensible about where and how we live in this world. Many times we humans are responsible for our own misery by not taking heed to all the misery that a flood may bring, but despite that we make homes right on the banks of rivers that constantly flood or pose a threat or risk to humans. The time may be very near when insurance companies may not insure for risks that the community puts itself under, by not relocating to areas where the danger is lower or minimal. The governments and the international community also may look closely at the huge damage bill to our economy needlessly in lost lives, lost property and possessions due to the sheer foolishness of our people. The FNU Meteorology students will be going out to the community and conducting some field research work and try to establish a number of things amongst them study the extent of the early flood warning system failure, as perceived by the community, and the extent of damages and the likely outcomes that they seek for the future. Some risk assessment of the different regions will be done and also the frequency of flooding looked at critically and some suggestion made as to the areas that may need to relocate. The other message is that none of these severe weather conditions have anything to do with changes in the climate. These are normal seasonal weather within the bounds of natural variability of our earth atmosphere climate and weather system.

Ashika Shankar of Media Management draws the entries which were received in THE JET newspaper Valentine’s Day Promotion while Corporal Ananaiasa Mataitoga of the Namaka Police Station looks on. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.


Promotion a success

A record number of entries were received in the Valentine’s Day promotion ran by THE JET newspaper in conjunction with Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa, Vodafone Fiji and New Net Limited. Surprisingly all prizes were won by resident of Ba following a draw done at the newspaper office on Friday,

February 17 in the presence of a police officer from the Namaka Police Station. The first prize which was a weekend for two at the prestigious Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa was won by Renuka Lata. Atesh Gosai and Shelvin Chand won the second and third prize which was a Vodafone Webbox and a 3G mobile phone respectively.



The joy of writing
amazes me. Writers are just messengers after all. I have experienced many bad days and embarrassing moments throughout my life. I still do make mistakes and on those days I wish I was someone else – someone better. Perhaps writing provides me an avenue to become someone better- to learn from the messages which get transpired through my writing. Perhaps that’s why I contribute regularly to my home town community newspaper THE JET in the first place, to remind myself to stay strong and be a source of information to others. Some people may think that writers are like selfless people, but I disagree. You can truly be selfless unless you are talking about your children, or a mythological enlightened person you hear stories about–who have achieved the heightened and permanent state of unconditional love to all things alive. If this enlightened state is even possible I know I have definitely not reached it–at least not yet. What I do know is this. I am not writing out of “choice”, but out of a force beyond me that pushes me, urging me to write and it won’t leave me alone until I do. Call it inspiration, if you will. I feel like we are all here for specific purposes–to be great at something and to provide something unique that makes each one of us exceptional. For me I think that means writing things that inspires motivation, happiness and empowerment. And if I’m allowed one more life purpose–which I am, I would be writing about people and places–capturing a moment between a person’s true spirit till revealed. You can always tell from the eyes of a person if the moment is genuine. That would be pretty amazing. Besides the obvious people in my life whom I love, motivating people through inspirational writing and capturing authentic moments through photography are all the love of my life. When I engage with these favourites authentically they make me feel utterly alive with overflowing bliss. They make me feel like a loose cloud, floating freely in the beautiful blue sky, bathed by the sun and watching as the world unfolds around me. When I say I am a messenger, I am not referring to channelling a mystical spirit, or some holy magical person. I just mean that I know this is my unique purpose in life. I now know that with unquestionable clarity. I’m like a little green plant, standing proudly in the garden. Even though each plant may seem insignificant on its own, without it, and all the other plants around it, the garden would no longer be green and wouldn’t be a garden. So you see, the little green plant (me), in collective effort with all the other green plants

By ASUAD ALI in Canada

For me, writing is not work but rather like dancing with existence, spirit and reality. It’s beautiful and precious. I get more satisfaction and energy from writing than I do from a few extra hours of sleep. Some days, when I’m deeply absorbed writing down a stream of thoughts, I lose track of time and skip sleep altogether but I function fine the next day wearing a bigger bula smile. Sometimes a string of words will hit me so strongly that I will sit in front of the computer bawling, not because I’m sad, but because I’ve experienced such intense joy that it moved me to tears. Writing is just one form of creative outlet. I’m no more qualified to write than most out there. And usually, as I relax and flow with my stream of consciousness, and write down whatever comes to mind, the outcome simply

Take a self date
peat dates or finding fresh dates and their availability for us? Instead, let us try this: 1] Who knows and understands your emotional needs the best? Who would better know that from where have your needs stimulated? The reasons behind them? Right and the acceptable ways to fulfill them? Yes, it is You!! 2] Many emotional incompletions of life start and end on us. However, we keep ourselves very busy in doing this externally. We miss on taking a break and introspecting that, “Hey, wait a sec, I too can have an answer for this…..” 3] Self-date is more like a self-celebration. It is a sort of event which you have to plan/ manage for yourself and enjoy it as much as you can. You need to actually sit down with your notebook, think of what really makes you happy? Activity? Place? Art gallery? Movie? Shopping? Sea / beaches? Pick any one, decide the weekend day, time and go on with the plan. Make sure that you choose the time which pushes you into more loneliness, may be evening hours or couple of hours after you wake-up. This is the right time to do some fun and cheer-up yourself. 4] Understand and accept the need of this ‘Me Time’. Try not to get busy with the calls/ emails in this time. More the distractions, more disappointment it will lead to. Thus, regulate these ways and not disappoint yourself. 5] Let the ‘pressure of performance’ stay away. This isn’t some business or office work; so, let not this date give

(you) is important in the end. Together, they (we) make the garden possible. I’m like that little green plant in the corner against the maple fence, and you are that little green plant next to the pink flower, and you are that little green plant two rows next to the apple tree. We are all important, and together, we make up the gardens of this world. “We are” what make this world beautiful. And not doing what I was

brought into this world to do would be like the little green plant letting itself die, leaving a little patch of brown dirt where the green plant once stood. This is the reason why I write. To keep the little green plant in the corner against the maple fence green (happy and healthy). I’m simply playing my part, following my heart, flowing with inspiration, and doing a little bit everyday to keep the garden green.

And it is with my deep hope that you will find and recognize the little green plant in you. If you haven’t already, remember to be nice to yourself. Just relax, it’ll happen. Follow your heart’s song, and all things will fall into place. Life is not a race. Only we, confused humans, make it so. It’s rather a journey to be enjoyed. Slow down. Listen to your inner voice. What is it telling you?

By SHWETA SAXENA in Australia

People, it is high time that we stop grumbling about our partners and their, either justified or unjustified, inability to spend time with us. Why not just stop going back to ‘that’ date on the calendar when we dated with our special one? Why not stop all the time anticipating when can we plan the next date to once again cheer-up our souls? Have we taken a short break and cared to realize that there were times when even planning weekends was so much fun? Exchanging calls, emails, discussing and planning the next holiday destination or some innovative dating idea was so destressing. Wednesdays were real gear-up days for fantasizing on how would the coming date be? What to wear? How to look special? What to gift? And so on….. Please do not give that ‘Alas’ look because it is just the right time for us to realize that we do have one more love relationship in life. And that is with our own self! Why worry about the re-

you any stress. Even if you return home earlier than expected, it is fine. What remains important is ‘you’ did it. 6] Say a big ‘no’ to the guilt. Couple of hours or halfa-day dedicated for self is alright. You need not feel guilty for your absence in the family or with kids. Do not delay anticipating your partner might want to change his/ her mind and be with you. 7] Implementation is the key. Stick to your plan; respect your need and efforts behind it. Trust that you ‘will’ give immense happiness to yourself through this. Take it as a long-awaited responsibility and surely consistency will follow. 8] Once you are back from the date, talk about it to someone, share it with joy, upload some pictures which would later keep reminding you of the good time spent, write a blog or just write an email and send across to the people who you feel will appreciate it. 9] As soon as you are done with one, plan the next date. This will help in keeping your mental preparations on and the emotion of happiness will continue to flow. 10] Try and empower others to do the same. Talk about the benefits you obtained out of it. Look around if your few such ideas could help someone peep out of their loneliness. Share your stories to help others to make their own stories. Surely you must have been out alone before. The only positive difference now would be is that you would be clear the next time and will happily term it as a ‘Self-Date’.



Pacific Cuisine
yourself what you are serving. Fusion cooking or cuisine is largely the blending of cultural cuisines and ingredients. Whilst this can be quite successful with some great food experiences to come out of it, it can also be quite difficult and if not approached in the right way you can end up with a menu that echoes a very loud “con – fusion”. I would like to think we are now seeing a much more balanced approach to our cooking with a strong focus on very fresh and high quality produce cooked quite simply to accentuate the flavor and textures. For a number of months now we have been hearing the discussions surrounding the importance of local produce, import substitution and of course local cuisine. These discussions are for more formidable reasons than just highlighting our local food styles. I must at this point make reference to one of the most wonderful cookbooks of the last couple of years. To me a good cook book is one that encompasses not just recipes but a spirit of creativity and inspiration, a book which evokes the romance of travel, a bridge to other cultures. These books will always hold a place on the coffee table, almost as an antique or piece of art to be pondered over. Such a book and one that evokes this “Pacific or Local Cuisine” is one called “Me’a Kai” by Robert Oliver. Robert and friends have travelled the Pacific region and have sought a wonderful collection of vibrant recipes highlighting some wonderful ingredients. So if you love island cooking this book is a must for you! So from where I sit as a Chef and looking to cater to a largely foreign palate which will only ever consume a limited amount of cassava or dalo, how would I describe our Pacific food styles? I am of course extremely passionate about the wonderful produce that is available here and I am equally passionate about the various food styles and flavors that are a part of our local community. I look at Pacific Cuisine in three ways….. “Local Produce” Local produce should not be confused with local cuisine. They are two quite separate entities and should be viewed accordingly. For example we use a lot of zucchini in our restaurants and they are for the most part local produce. Although they are grown locally they generally are not a common staple of local cuisine. “Local Cuisine” Fish Lolo, Khatta Bhaji, Palusami, Masala fried fish are all wonderful, well defined local dishes to be found in most homes in and around Fiji. Derived from local produce and what I would describe as local cuisine. These dishes may take on a slight twist in some form and be added to our own menus. This gives an experience that both our staff and guests relate to and understand the relationship to local culture. “Pacific Flavors” Essentially means, let’s have fun! Pacific flavor is about taking aspects of the above and creating new and enticing dishes. One such simple idea which may not be so new other than to me is Jackfruit ice cream. While at the market with my friend “Farm Boy” he showed me one very ripe jack fruit telling me about the sweet fruit inside. This was hard to comprehend as I have only ever seen the big gluey mess and the woodchip looking flakes that we fry off as a delightful curry (kattar) to be eaten with fresh roti. Within a short time the somewhat “Fragrant” sweet and earthy fruit pieces duly arrived. The taste is very unique but is quite reminiscent of banana, orange and custard. Ice cream was the first thing that came to mind and because of the slight banana flavor, I know it would work well served with something chocolate. So Jackfruit ice cream and chocolate tart it is. And that would be Savu Savu chocolate by Adi. A new dish utilizing local product a little differently to exude an experience dripping with “Pacific Flavor”

By BRENDON COFFEY Executive Chef Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

Quite often we (chefs) are approached by various people, in particular food and travel writers (mostly from overseas) and asked “How would you describe the style of food you serve?” largely in reference to a particular restaurant or outlet. The question itself is relatively straight forward and essentially is one designed to inform guests of what to expect and help them to make a choice when dining out. But once upon a time this question could quite easily have been answered with a simple description of French, Italian, Indian, Mediterranean etc. It has always been interesting if not a challenge to try and describe the cuisine or food style of this part of the world in particular that of New Zealand and Australia. Essentially our Pacific neighbors of NZ and OZ have a very young food culture and food especially was quite anglicized in its approach. Our colonial culture unfortunately was not really steeped in a rich history of ancient recipes passed down through the ages and centered in a deep sense of family and community. Growing up food was certainly fresh and plentiful but quite ordinary. I had never seen a clove of garlic before I ventured into my first commercial kitchen as was the case with so many staple pantry items of today. I guess this youthful culture is why we struggled to have our own culinary identity. As the hospitality industry grew, we were able to experience many number of ethnic flavors and cooking techniques along with new ingredients. This along with a curious kitchen temperament to explore led to all manner of concoctions and new food style’s not least of them being “Fusion Cuisine”. So what is Fusion Cuisine, well it’s the description that you give the food and travel writer when you’re not sure

Jack Fruit Ice cream - 1 litre


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In a large mixing bowl cream the yolks, orange zest and sugar together Bring the milk, cream, vanilla and glucose just to the boil Pour the cream and milk mixture over the egg yolks mixture and whisk well while pouring. Place the custard in a double boiler and gently stir until the mixture coats the back of the spoon. Remove from double boiler and allow to cool When cool mix the jackfruit puree into the custard. Place the jackfruit custard now into an ice cream machine and churn.

(Alternatively if you do not have an ice cream churn you can place it in a stainless steel bowl and place in the freezer. Remove from the freezer every 15 – 20 minutes and beat well to keep the mixture light and creamy)

To serve: Scoop into glasses and layer with chopped jackfruit pieces. Serve with your favourite cake or cookies.



Sports Fashion
Cecil Afrika Osea Kolinisau


Someone once said to me that men’s fashion in Fiji is almost non-existent. I choose to disagree. One just has to be at a sporting event, be it soccer, boxing or rugby or any other sport (where thousands of males are drawn to) to see the latest fads and fashions in the field. The recent Uprising International Sevens in Suva was no different. You would be forgiven if you thought the tournament was all about the Rugby. It was all about the tattoos, big hair and colourful boots. The world of sports celebrities has brought about a few wild and woolly hairstyles that are unique signatures for a player – something like a trademark. For some it adds value and in American Football Star’s Troy Palomalu’s case, insurable for US$1m. Fiji players are fast becoming known for their own unique hairstyles of which, on the playing field can’t be missed and the trend is fast catching on. Sports stars are also now graded on the who’s sexiest

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Troy Palomalu

and who has the best body and a quick few snaps in the locker room during the 7s starts to reveal our boys are looking pretty sharp. Where sex sells on the field in America is where there’s a multi-million dollar advertising contract behind it, but let’s not go there! Keeping Fiji clean and natural is the only way to go!

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TGAH undertakes major projects
well as the members of the Natabua community. Income generated from the leasing of the canteen will be utilized towards the maintenance and upkeep as well as accomplishing other projects ear-marked for the Home. The board of visitors has appointed Habitat Designs of Lautoka as the project managers. The company has already completed the concept plans. The board is also thankful to Habitat Designs director Shableet Chandra for providing their expert services free of charge. The construction of a new ward and extension of the dining area are other projects being looked into by the board of visitors. The occupancy at the Home is now reaching full capacity as a number of applicants are also on the waiting list. A survey conducted by Art of Living Lautoka also reveals that there are around twenty homeless people living on streets of Lautoka City. The board feels that some of these homeless people could be accommodated at the Home as space was available. The Board is currently preparing a paper that will be forwarded to possible donor agencies for assistance. Jacks Group of Companies is set to start its beautification programme at the Home very soon. The company which has been conducting regular clean-up campaigns at the complex as well as hosting residents to luncheons is expected to put a fresh coat of paint in the activities room and also the hall.



The corporate fundraising dinner hosted at the Anchorage Beach Resort in Vuda, Lautoka last December was a great success with more than twenty four thousand dollars collected. The Board of Visitors wishes to announce that this fundraising dinner will now become an annual event. We would like to thank all those that contributed towards this worthy cause and we hope to make this event bigger the next time. The funds raised will be directed to the ongoing projects at the Home, which includes proper fencing and constructing covered walkways. The remaining funds will be utilized towards the Canteen Project. The Board of Visitors wishes to take this up as an Income Generating Project for the Home. This project is estimated to cost around sixty to eighty thousand dollars to construct. The Board has received positive feedback from the business communities who are keen to assist in this worthy cause. The canteen will serve the staff at the Home, members of the public who come to the health centre located within the Home as

FDB supports flood victims

The hardworking board members of TGAH.

The Fiji Development Bank donated five thousand dollars towards the Prime Minister’s flood relief appeal. The cheque was handed over by FDB chief executive officer Ratu Deve Toganivalu to the permanent secretary for provincial development Colonel Inia Seruiratu. The floods caused widespread devastation to people in the western division. “This is just a small donation from us all in response to what has been a devastating event to the lives of those affected,” said Ratu Deve. “I would like to acknowledge and also thank DISMAC

for the great work that you have done over the last three weeks, it could not have been easy and for that we are grateful. “The recovery part is now underway and we have in place the Reserve Bank of Fiji’s Flood Rehabilitation Facility (FRF), which we are offering to FDB clients and non-clients who have been affected to help this process along. “For our clients, this assistance is being offered in addition to the other considerations such as rescheduling of loan repayments, freezing of interest rates in the interim and/or interest free repayment,” said Ratu Deve.

Ratu Deve Toganivalu, left, with Colonel Inia Seruiratu.

Colonel Seruiratu thanked assisting those severely afthe bank for its generosity for fected by the natural disaster.




The start of the New Year was a nightmare for many business people, especially for those in the western division. The continuous rain ensured that the water levels at both the Nadi and Ba rivers remained high and kept people residing along its banks and the business community on their toes. The floods also forced tourists to cut short their holiday and those intending to visit our shores to reconsider their plans. The shopkeepers in Nadi and their staff followed the flood routine- all stocks were packed and put away at a certain height safe from the flood waters and the next morning it was all unpacked and placed back on shelves- a bit of an exercise. And as the weather drama unfolded some of the common questions amongst business operators were ‘Will you be putting your stock up this afternoon? And ‘What is the latest weather report? The answers to these questions are vital for business owners, as a wrong option would result in huge losses even could force some businesses to fold up. So what is decision making? It can be regarded as the mental processes (cognitive process) resulting in the selection of a course of action among several alternative scenarios. Every decision making process produces a final choice. The output can be an action or an opinion of choice. When trying to make a good decision, a person must weigh the positives and negatives of each option, and consider all the alternatives. For effective decision making, a person must be able to forecast the outcome of each option as well, and based on all these items, determine which option is the best for that particular situation. In the situation where there’s a threat of natural disasters such as floods cyclone one must act responsibly, thoughtfully, courageously and be mindful of the consequences of their decision. We sometimes also face a problem called decidophobia, which is the fear of making the wrong decisions combined with nervous agitation. Listed below are some strategies used when making serious decisions: Being worried about making serious decisions is like sitting on a rocking chair; it gives you something to do but doesn't get you anywhere. Therefore worrying about making a decision is a waste of time. The first principle in making a good decision is that you must not fool yourself. Moreover, making a decision and implementing it are two different things. Decide like a man of action; implement like a man of

thought. It does not take much strength to decide what to do, but it requires great strength to do things. • Self-esteem (not pride): Is a big factor in making good decisions. Some people easily pressured into doing things by others are easily told what to do because they have very low self-esteem. Never feel sorry for yourself as it has a deadly effect on your thinking. Recognize all problems, no matter how difficult, as opportunities for enhancement and/or affirmation of your life, and make the most of these opportunities. Creativity in making good decisions requires having a clear mind. • Courage: Is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you are scared. When one has low self-esteem one can be talked into doing almost anything because one depends on others too much for advice. This is all because one may not have strength and courage to listen to his/ her own thoughts. There are many ways to escape from your own strategic thinking engagement. • Honesty: Is to be the one you are. Be objective about yourself and others. It’s important to identify your weaknesses as well as your strengths. Being honest with yourself is the most important thing you can ever do. To be honest, you must fully accept that at this moment, you can only be what you are. No more, no less; however, with the inevitable passing of each moment of time, you will gradually, but surely change, to become more or less, better or worse, stronger or weaker. • Belief: Believe in yourself, you are right and others are wrong. Opinion is good if it carries facts and figures. • Gossips and Rumors: They both are the most dangerous obstacles when making a good decision, so avoid them totally. • Conflict is a part of life: People and businesses suffer when conflict is ignored and not managed properly. Relationships are strained, productivity diminishes, and destruction can be the ultimate result. So deal with conflicts. Never make any serious decisions because you are angry, hurt, depressed, desperate, or frightened. Don’t make decisions just to get revenge or to harm someone else. Don’t make decision when you are incapable of rational thought. Make decision for the right reasons and when you are calm and thoughtful. Even in this state of mind you must decide whether making any decision is necessary or desirable. Spend some careful thought before acting, so that you will not end up creating unnecessary problems. "Somewhere along the line of development we discover what we really are, and then we make our real decision for which we are responsible. Make that decision primarily for yourself because you can never really live anyone else's life." -- Eleanor Roosevelt

Tough road to recovery

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama talks to Nadi / Sigatoka Town Council special administrator Aisea Tuidraki. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.



By DIANA TORA Mamanuca Environmental Society

Coral reefs are often referred to as the rainforests of the sea as it is among one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world. In the Pacific Islands, reefs are the main source of food and income for those that live along the coasts. The coastal dwellers catch fish and invertebrates as a source of food and income from sales in local markets. Thousands of tourists each year are also attracted to Fiji to explore the beautiful reefs and marine life in our pristine environment. But most importantly the reefs provide a barrier of protection from strong waves approaching the mainland from the deep sea. Coral reefs are very strong natural structures that have taken thousands of years to form, but at the same time, they are also very sensitive and fragile. These structures are constantly under threat from natural stresses such as floods, cyclones, crown of thorns starfish outbreaks and climate change. Our reefs have suffered major disturbances and have come a long way, pulling through the mass bleaching events of 2000-2002 which saw the mortality of forty between to eighty percent of our hard corals, a series of natural

disaster including cyclones during 2001-2004, and the crown of thorns starfish outbreaks during 1998-2000 and 2006-2010. Fortunately enough coral reefs have the ability to take the hit and bounce back. Reefs have the ability to withstand and recover from these natural catastrophes that threaten its survival. While Fiji reefs are resilient, scientific research and close observation over the years reveals its ability to recover from these disturbances has unfortunately decreased. And this also could be due to the added stress linked to human activities. Activities such as unsustainable fishing practices, unsustainable farming, littering, deforestation, mangrove removal, improper waste management, runoff from land and unsustainable tourism are some factors that pose a serious threat to the existence of our precious coral reefs. Relevant research and monitoring in Fiji indicate that despite all these stresses, our reefs when compared to the rest of the world, have proven to be quite resilient, recovering fully and at a faster rate, but the serious question remains, for how long can our reefs take this battering? The Mamanuca Environment Society (MES) in partnership with its member resorts and dive operators have been working closely since 2002 to help restore and regenerate coral reefs within its region. Conservational activities such as coral planting and transplanting, crown of thorns

Protect our coral reefs
starfish removals, clam restoration and mangrove rehabilitation are a few activities that MES carries out that directly assists in coral reef recovery. MES also conducts awareness presentations for resorts guests, whereby our overseas visitors are briefed on ongoing conservation efforts of our precious marine resources. Guests are also invited to actively participate in the conservation efforts, such as the coral planting and transplanting activities. The use of traditional methods, such as establishment of permanent or seasonal ‘tabu’ (no fishing zones) around resorts and communities within the Mamanuca Group has proven to be effective. It’s encouraging to see that local villagers have come around and are slowly accepting and adapting to the ideas of conservation and its importance. Creating awareness within our local communities, I believe is the key to protection and conservation of our marine resources. Since the implementation of the ‘tabu’ the locals have observed the return of certain species of fish that used to be a commonly seen at the reefs many years ago. MES also conducts educational and awareness programmes with villagers and children attending surrounding schools on the importance of proper waste management systems. Fiji’s reefs are seen to be resilient and this is something we all should be proud of, as this indicates that our coral reef ecosystem is healthy, vibrant and full of life. The consequences of losing our coral reefs are unimaginable. The reefs have for decades been an important source of food and income for our people and it’s something that we will continue to heavily depend on in our future. Continuous awareness and education programmes on the protection of our environment are important to ensure a sustainable livelihood for all our people as well as the billion dollar tourism industry. And given the fact that so much depends on the well being of our coral reefs, it without a doubt becomes everybody’s responsibility to ensure that our marine resources always remains protected. So let’s all work together to conserve our coral reefs and ensure it’s sustainable for our future generation!
Volunteers taking time out in removal of Crown of Thorns Starfish.

Guests taking part in coral planting activities.




FIJI Water Foundation donates to Save the Children Fiji


Sangam teams up with Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation to assist students

The FIJI Water Foundation has come to the rescue of hundreds of children in the western division who were affected by the recent floods. The Foundation donated thirty thousand dollars to Save the Children Fiji, which will be used to purchase educational needs. “This donation will go a long way in helping children in the flood areas to return to school, as many have lost their school supplies. We are very grateful to FIJI Water for their support,” said Asilika Rainima, Save the Children’s Assistant Programme

Manager, after receiving the cheque from FIJI Water’s Counsel, South Pacific, Marigold Moody. “Also, many of the families are farmers and the floods have destroyed their source of income, making it difficult for parents to pay school fees and replace stationery that was damaged during the flood,” said Rainima. According to Moody, FIJI Water was pleased to be able to contribute during the time of crisis. The company had also made a ten thousand dollars donation to the Prime Minister’s Flood Relief Fund and further ten thousand dollars donation to FRIEND, based in Lovu, Lautoka.

Save the Children Fiji’s Asilika Rainima, right, accepts FIJI Water Foundation’s cheque from Marigold Moody.

TISI Sangam Fiji Foundation has partnered with Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation to assist children affected by the recent floods in the western division. Twenty thousand dollars have been set aside for this project, which will benefit six hundred and sixty-three students from thirteen schools. Under this initiative students will be provided food packs and educational materials as per each child’s requirement based on a survey conducted by the respective school head teachers. “We have received the details of these students and they will be assisted accordingly,” said Jagannath Sami, Executive Officer TISI Sangam Fiji Foundation. “We want to ensure that students affected by the floods, in Nadi, Lautoka, Ba and Rakiraki receive all the assistance they need. We also will be providing food packs to students whose parents cannot afford to provide lunch as well.”

These donations are in addition to the contribution of forty thousand dollars of clean water given to the Red

Cross and distributed by FIJI Water staff to households and schools in the flood stricken areas.

Prefects urged to lead by example
Sixty-five student prefects attending Nadi SKM College were inducted by the permanent secretary for education Dr Brij Lal earlier this month. Speaking at the induction ceremony, Dr Lal reminded students of the important responsibility bestowed upon them urging them to lead by example and not abuse their powers. The prefects were reminded to assist their school mates and be approachable. He told students to make each day at school a happy one. “Prefects have advantages over teachers in that younger children look up to them, and so keeping the rules is a much easier job for prefects than it is for teachers,” said Dr Lal. Apart from the induction programme, Dr Lal also conducted professional development session for teachers focusing on the importance of good leadership Nadi SKM College principal Anita Gounder said it was an honor to have the permanent secretary visit the school. “The message given by Dr Lal was truly inspiring for the students. The teachers were also were happy to discuss issues with him during the professional development session,” said Gounder. The programme was attended by members of the school management as well as invited guests.

TISI Sangam executive officer Jagannath Sami. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Sixth form student Akshay Kumar receives his prefect badge from permanent secretary for education Dr Brij Lal. Photo: SUPPLIED.

Landscaping course to provide more job opportunities


The Fiji National University’s Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries will soon launch a short course in Ornamental Horticulture and Landscaping. Horticulture lecturer Tanay Joshi (pictured) said the programme was developed to enable its graduates work with hoteliers, resort owners and home owners to beautify properties. Students could practice ornamental horticulture as their own business as well as findemployment in organizations that currently face a shortage of skilled professionals to undertake landscaping and ornamental horticulture. At the completion of the programme students will be able to identify and raise different types of ornamental plants including varieties of annuals, herbaceous, perennial, and climbing and its appropriate use in landscaping. “They will also acquire the knowledge and understanding of soft landscape elements including trees, shrubs, flowering herbs, lawns and groundcovers,” said Tanay Joshi. “This course will assist

students in understanding of basic principles of landscape design. Students will be capable of independently creating different landscape patterns and designs by correlating their scientific knowledge on ornamental plants with the situation by drawing on their acquired skills.”









His passion for Tennis has taken him around the world both as player and now as coach. Mohammed Jannif was introduced to the sport when he was in secondary school, by tennis stalwarts Bob Fong and Bobby Tikaram, both who were members of the Nadi Airport Tennis Club. Now at the age of forty, Jannif runs a successful business, MoTennis in Tokyo, Japan, which provides training programmes, workshops, coaching clinic’s and tennis tours to major Tennis Tours around the world. The Nadi man spoke with The Jet Editor Ranbeer Singh on his twenty-five year playing experience and fifteen years as a professional tennis coach. Q. Where are you originally from and which schools did you attend? A. I’m from Nadi. I attended Nadi Sangam Primary School and attained secondary school education at Nadi Muslim College and Swami Vivekananda College. Q. How were you introduced to the sport and who were your mentors? A. Played a lot of cricket and soccer during my school days. I came to know about tennis when I was about fourteen years old. My dad was assistant manager at Nadi MH's and he got transferred from Nadi to Lautoka Branch in the early 80's and since my mum didn't want to move to Lautoka, my dad built a house in Namaka. That was when I was first introduced to a tennis court! My elder brother got to be a member at Nadi Airport Tennis Club and I used to follow him every day to watch him play from outside the court side. Bob Fong who was the club captain asked me to join. He provided me an opportunity to take my first serve and despite being a southpaw I felt like a "King"! This was the start to my career. I met Bobby Tikaram who became a mentor and his wife was like a mother, looking after me since my mum was leaving in New Zealand with my other siblings who were attending University there. Graham Pettitt a well known businessman in Nadi and tourism circles was my biggest support in my tennis career. Graham was not just my friend and sponsor, but my god father. Without his sponsorship and support I do

Tennis in his blood


not think I would be what I am today. Q. Tell us a bit about your playing career? A. I was crowned the junior champion of Fiji at the age of sixteen and my national career took off from there. At the age of twenty-one, I was selected to represent Fiji at the South Pacific Games, which was held in Papua New Guinea. I won bronze at that tournament. In 1998 and 1999 I represented Fiji in the prestigious team competition Davis Cup which was held in Brunei and Jordan respectively. In 2000 and 2001, I won back-to-back Guam (USA), Men's Open Singles Championship title, and in 2004 I travelled with a team of 13 Japanese players as player/manager to Guam to compete at the Annual Guam International Tennis Championships. Q. As a player which countries did you visit? A. I have visited and played in twenty-one countries so far. These include Tonga, Western Samoa, American Samoa, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Australia, Guam, Saipan, Hawaii, South Korea, Caribbean Islands, Canada, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, USA (California, Texas, Georgia, New York, Florida, Nevada, Louisiana) Jordan, Brunei, Austria, Germany and Japan. Q. Tell us a bit about your career? A. I have been a professional tennis coach since 1995. I worked in many hotels and resorts around the world some include Tennis Director/The Inn at Manitou, Toronto - Canada, Head Coach/Showa No Mori Tennis School, Tokyo-Japan, Tennis Director/Hilton Shinjuku Hotel, Tokyo-Japan, Tennis Director/Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, Guam-USA, Tennis Director/Grand Hyatt Seoul, Seoul- South Korea, Tennis Professional/Malliouhana Hotel, Anguilla, in the Caribbean Islands, Tennis Professional/Four Seasons Hotel-Singapore, Tennis Professional/Marriott's Rancho Las Palmas, California-USA, Tennis Professional/The Inn & Tennis Club at Manitou, in Toronto-Canada, Tennis Director/The Sheraton Fiji Resort-Denarau Golf & Racquet Club, Nadi, Fiji Islands. I also travelled and coached Fiji (ITF) Junior National Tennis Team to three South Pacific

Nations match-play. Q. Since when have you been based in Japan? A. I have been based in Japan since late 2002 and since late 2005 I started my own tennis company MoTennis. It’s a big challenge. I have been running programs in Tokyo, Guam, Hong Kong & China and hope to grow it more around the world. Days off are inconsistent since I constantly move from place to place and yes my work is difficult since it entails me to speak trilingual and speaking in Japanese is not an easy process since it has a lot to do with its custom, culture and representation of how you speak to each person. Teaching tennis is interesting as well and we go on camps and
Tom Gullikson and Jannif

you can stay at cool places like in the mountainous areas, seeing exotic tradition Japan by staying in the outskirts area and seeing how people live traditionally unlike city life! Q. What it’s like living in Japan? A. I live in Tokyo, so we have 4 seasons summer (July~ mid Sept), autumn (late Sept ~ Mid Nov), winter (Late Nov ~ mid May) and spring (late May ~ Jun). It’s a busy place with more than ten million people living in the City. It’s quite hard to keep up friendship on a constant basis due to work and time constraints we all have. The Fiji embassy in Tokyo is my closest contact. My good mate from my childhood Prashant

Nandha (who owns a well established IT company lives an hour away from me and we talk with each other constantly on skype), my friend Dinesh Chand (who has made a name for himself here as being a professional golfer lives about 90 minutes from my place and we keep up on the phone every now and then, Minesh Raniga, who is a financial controller at the Hilton Fukuoka lives in another city Fukuoka which is about two hours by plane Tokyo. Another friend Fazlat Khan who graduated in electronics presently manages his private company lives about 2 hours or more from Tokyo by train. My company MoTennis Ltd is conveniently located in Tokyo about 10 minutes bus
Bobby Tikaram

ride from the Central Tokyo Railway Station to Shinkawa Ni-chome bus stop. Q. What’s your message to children at school? A. Have a dream (just one is OK), be honest to yourself, believe in it and follow your dream as long as it takes and never look back to question yourself! Try not to let anyone tell you that you cannot do something. It’s always better to ask someone who has been successful in the things you are interested in instead of asking someone who hasn’t. This whole wide world is full of nice things and good people. One needs to remember that there are two kinds of people (the good ones and the bad ones). Find out the good ones and stick with them.

Tracy Austin and Jannif

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By MOHAMMED YUSUF in New Zealand

Greetings football fans, it’s been a painful few weeks especially for those in the western division. The floods caused widespread damage to many people whom I know personally. Images of the Rarawai Mill, which was covered in thick mud, also shocked me. It’s good to see that many people have pitched in to assist the victims of the natural disaster. I hope and pray for a speedy recovery for thousands of those that were affected by the floods. Anyway, back to football and it’s good to see that Nadroga, managed to retain its place in the Super Premier division after its promotion relegation battle against Tailevu Naitasiri. A win for Ba against New Caledonia’s AS Mont Dore in the O League competition would have brought some relief to its fans affected by the recent floods. As promised in the last edition I now bring you the great footballer people did not know well, yet he was the darling of thousands of Nadroga fans from the very early 1980s, the ginger-haired towering midfielder Ilikimi Tulalevu. The late Master Bose who used to commentate in vernacular on Radio Fiji, called him ‘Uliu Kaki’ and the man who hailed from the highlands of Navosa always gave his all whenever he took the field. Tulalevu, was spotted while playing for Simnilaya club in the Nadroga Club League competition. The blonde haired along with Gudru, Viliame Nabure and Sitiveni Natoko were some of the key players in the club. Tulalevu’s commitment and zeal saw him drafted into the Nadroga team. He was well-known for his fitness and passion for the sport. Tulalevu was one player who could be counted to inspire his team-mates when the chips were down. Time and time again, the fighting spirit that burned within him rubbed off on his team-mates and led Nadroga to many memorable victories. Tulalevu would overcome injuries to play for his team, so deep was the passion, drive and discipline within him. The gentle giant’s positive mental attitude despite what the situation would be is something the younger players of today can surely learn from. In 1985, while I was the manager of the Nadroga soccer team, Tulalevu injured himself during a tournament at Ba’s Govind Park. The star player sustained a knock on his foot in a pool match against Labasa. Despite the ice packs, by late the same afternoon this injury had worsened. Tulalevu could stand, let alone walk properly. Because of the seriousness of the injury we decided to take him to Ba Mission Hospital. There was a doctor from the Philippines who was incharge of the Ba Hospital. He examined Tulalevu’s injury and ordered an x-ray to be conducted to determine the

extent of injury. He told us to wait for while as necessary arrangements were made. This however didn’t go down well with Ilikimi. From his interpretation of the doctor’s assessment, there was going to be a surgery on his injured foot. Ilikimi didn’t know what the meaning of an x-ray was and so was in a panic mode. I tried to calm him down by assuring him that there wasn’t going to be any operation. “Don’t worry there won’t be any injections or operation. They will just take a picture of your injured foot,” I told him in the Nadroga dialect. The debate continued for a few minutes in the waiting room. “I don’t want a scratch on my foot,” replied Ilikimi stubbornly. So I went to get the doctor again to help me explain and re-assure our patient that there won’t be an operation. When I returned to the waiting area, I saw no sign of ‘Uliu Kaki’! He had done a runner. Ilikimi hobbled his way from the Hospital, across the Namosau School grounds and straight to the camp. Assisted by the Hospital staff, we searched the entire complex for Ilikimi, but he couldn’t be found. I hurriedly headed back to camp completely baffled. To my surprise I met Tulalevu in camp, relaxing with his team-mates. He told me not to worry as he had everything under control and further assuring me that he would be ready to play Ba the next day. I didn’t know what his plans were, until I saw a taxi park in front of our camp. Tulalevu hobbled into the taxi and headed off to the Fiji Sugar Corporation lane in Rarawai. Ilikimi’s brother in law the legendary late Waisea Naicovu was not only a great footballer but a gifted traditional healer. The deadly striker started work on the injured patient, with a packet of matches, glass, newspaper and a packet of razor blades. The idea is to draw clotted blood from the injury. The method is to make several


The Nadroga soccer team which featured in the promotion relegation series against Tailevu Naitasiri. Photos: AVIKASH CHAND (

tional team manager the late C.D Sharma settled with the hotel management. But so was the fighting spirit of ‘Uliu Kaki’. I would without a doubt rate him alongside Naicovu, Esala Masi, Mani Naicker and other Fiji soccer legends. Ilikimi is now a tobacco farmer doing extremely well with an Australian investor in

slits over the injured part of the body, light a small piece of newspaper and then cover it with a glass. The lack of oxygen will put out the flaming newspaper hence sucking out the ‘bad blood’ from the body. I could see the determination in Tulalevu’s eyes he was a true warrior determined not to let his team and fans down. The treatment didn’t take long. Tulalevu had a hearty meal and rested the night. And to our amazement he was up and ready to play the next day against the home team, without any sign of injury. Ilikimi was always a leader and hated player’s who didn’t give their hundred percent. There was an incident in New Caledonia, during the Melanesian Cup where Fiji missed out on the finals after drawing all its matches. Tulalevu was furious and he had to be calmed down by Tagi Vonalagi and Abdul Mannan. The rage of Tulalevu saw some players run for cover. I was informed there was some damage as well, which the na-

the highlands. And I’m sure the gentle giant still wears the same smile that could stretch across the Melrose Bridge, in Sigatoka.




Boxers get more exposure

Local boxers are expected to get more valuable and regular overseas exposure with the formation of the Pacific Rim Boxing Championship (PRBC). The PRBC is made up of credible boxing promoters and competent officials from the region. The aim of the organization is to lift the development and promotion of

Let’s get it right in Happy Valley
Debate and mudslinging is a common component of human failures. On one hand it’s healthy because we are showing our concern. It is our Team and we expect nothing less than a win. The technical team must accept they have an important role to play. However, we don’t realize that all our smart ideas if they are not taken on board by them will still remain as a problem and not a solution. Being second in the IRB Sevens series is good but very risky when we consider the intensity of the tournaments. If we accept the fact that we are second to New Zealand and allow the points standing to widen, then we will surely remain in second placing. Fiji is a proud sporting nation and we hold sevens dearly to our hearts. It encourages nation building in the form of education, health, reconciliation, financial assistance, political means, diplomatic purposes, cultural and social adaptations. Sports with 7s inclusive are ranked highly in our economy and have helped many families put food on the tables during these crucial times. We are all caretakers of our rugby. The FRU is custodian of the sport and we must adopt a give and take framework guarded by the constitution to move and drive our national team to the top. We must be analytical and try to identify major errors in our system and remedy them rather than be defensive about our mistakes and assume the solution. The FRU’s intention is to take the sport to greater heights and we applaud that vision. The dismal results of the last world cup have seen FRU take a paradigm shift, making wholesale changes. Our results for the first leg were impressive but after that we have been victims of our inconsistency. We don’t have to look far to find solutions- just look at our neighbors Samoa and New Zealand core of the team members and officials. Secondly, we have to look at our system of selection; are we consistent with it, or have we played it by the rules or, otherwise. This year we have made some critical changes in a short time of the IRB Series which did not work on our favor. Reality and truth are hard to compromise. A head coach was appointed couldn’t travel with his team because of conditional reasons. On the same hard note the assistant coach who traveled with the team has a different coaching philosophy. Did it make any sense or are we contradicting ourselves and leave the players in confusion thus forcing them to make crucial mistakes when the pressure mounted from the elimination stages of the competition. The wholesome change of players may be an area of concern worth discussing. According to Waqa we will have to make some changes due to injuries and work on the player’s strength to improve on their tackles which was a sorry sight during the last leg. We can work hard on that but unfortunately Eddie will not be travelling this time around as it’s the head coach’s turn to take the team to Hong Kong. His coaching philosophy is an attacking game. But if Eddie does go as manager, then Semi Rogoyawa is going to stay back, unless the FRU pays for all the expenses. This is a major fault in the system which we have to address boldly. To have a training squad preparing while the national team is away is not the solution. Appoint one national coach who understands the game principles well, a good qualified trainer who understands methods and principles of training, a good manager who is not only good at looking at the logistics but a strong mentor who possesses motivational and psyching skills, a qualified physio and a masseur who can do muscle toning and conditioning. Alipate Korovou, Joe Tukana, Simione Kuruvoli used to be hired for their services in the past. During my term as a national team manager I pleaded to the board to take a masseur with us. And Alipate was the busiest person; he started seeing players from evening to the early hours of the morning not only with our boys but players from New Zealand, Australia, England Samoa and South Africa. There is a slight difference from a Physio and a masseur. Turaga na CEO keimami sa kerea saka me lako tale tiko ga e dua na dau ni veimasi. (Please CEO also consider taking along a masseur for the Team) The door is still wide open for Fiji to take the lead and maintain its standing in the points table. I agree with Graham Eden to rope in Frank Boivert as technical assistant and assist in the preparation. We need someone who understands the theories of handling pressure during high level competition. Many players will melt under pressure. So it’s important to educate players on how to handle pressure. All they need to do is have mental organization

boxing talent in the Pacific by providing a regular and much needed regional tournament which will develop top professional boxers both nationally and internationally. There are also plans to establish a Pacific Rim Boxing ranking and titles as well as setting up of a boxing institute in future. “Through this initiative we want to take this sport to greater heights internationally,” said Edwin Puni, PRBC

It’s a deal...Wild West Boxing Promoter Abdul Khan, right, shakes hands with Edwin Puni, chairman of the Pacific Rim Boxing Championship while Allen Harris and Rakesh Martin look on. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

chairman. “We know the Pacific has a lot of talent and through regular competitions such as this, will provide our boxers the much needed exposure and open windows of opportunity for them.” Four boxing promoters from New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti and Samoa make up PRBC.

Fiji’s Abdul Khan of Wild West Promotions, with the blessings of Professional Boxing and Wrestling Association (PWBA) signed up with the regional body. “This is a really exciting concept and it will give our local boxers an opportunity to get much needed quality competition,” said Khan.

Each of the four countries will host one promotion this year. The host country will provide six boxers with each of the other three providing two each as opponents. The first promotion will be held in New Zealand, followed by Fiji, Tahiti and Samoa. “Apart from hosting the

event, special clinics will be held in each of the countries which will upgrade the skills of match officials,” said Allen Harris. “This promotion provides top boxers from each of the four countries in different weight categories to contest each other. This is the sort of competition which is needed to strengthen and grow the sport. The Pacific has a lot of talented boxers and this will be a good way to nurture and develop it further,” he added. PRBC tournament committee: New Zealand Jenkins Tesese (Manukau Pro Am Fights), Fiji Abdul Khan (Wild West Promotions), Tahiti Patrice Gobrait (Polynesia Professional Boxing League), Samoa Tuilagi Saipele Esera (Samoa Pro AM Fights). Ranking Committee: John Glozier (WBO Asia Pacific Supervisor), Rakesh Martin (President PBWA of Fiji), Reginald Leca (UBO Oceania Commissioner), Ale Vena Ale (Samoa Boxing Commissioner).


The writing is clear on the wall and unless we get our acts together we will continue to pay the price. Almost everyone talked about the performances of our national sevens team. Some critics even suggesting ways to improve player’s performances and the coaching styles. A few criticized team selection while others called for changes and even naming players who rose to the call and those who need more time at international level. Assistant coach Eddie Waqa also expressed his feelings on how the technical aspects of the game should be improved. Our CEO and the FRU board are very supportive in trying to avail all avenues to render assistance to the team. The sponsors and other stakeholders are all playing their part.

and structure and just do the basics skills correctly are the two principles of the game. We have seen that players lack these assets and seem to worry more about the outcome rather than the sequential processes. I’m sure the major cause of some of player’s injuries is caused from their lack of mental organization. The Hong Kong tournament is a decider for our national team because of its status. For Fiji to win this leg and fight it on from there onwards will surely win us the series. Sharing all these views from the past experiences and the nature of my profession I am positive that we will all enjoy watching the next sevens circuit. The Department of Sports Education of FNU isn’t against FRU or the technical and sevens management team, we feel that through our profession we are duty bound to contribute positively in any technical aspect of our national team. We wish Alifereti Dere and the boys all the best in their preparation and hope to see that you bring back smiles and satisfaction to the Nation.

Epeli Lagiloa is a lecturer in the Department of Sports Education, College of Humanities and Education at FNU, Lautoka Campus.