Issue: 35 MAY 25, 2012

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Wings of Hope

Air Pacific partners with FRIEND to provide scholarships to students
this year our outreach teams have seen desperation among families seeking support towards education of their children after the devastation caused by the floods. “The initial $30,000 has supported children go back to school relieving their parents and guardians from a heavy burden. This enormous gesture would assist many more children around the country including the Northern Division to benefit from our scholarship program. “On behalf of the children of Fiji a big vinaka vakalevu to the visitors to our shores for contributing their change to the children of Fiji and a huge dhanyvaad to the Air Pacific management for having faith in FRIEND and donating the amount through FRIEND to the children of Fiji. “We look forward to an ongoing partnership between Air Pacific and the SAHARA scholarship in years to come to support the education of our future leaders,” Kiran added. At the cheque presentation ceremony at FRIEND Head Office, Air Pacific Managing Director and CEO Dave Pflieger commended the NGO for its outstanding work in the community. “That’s why we’re making an additional donation to FRIEND to continue its scholarship programs for children from flood-affected communities and those who need it the most,” he told staff and the board of FRIEND, and representatives of Ravi-

Tuvu, Lautoka, Fiji Islands. Fiji’s national carrier, Air Pacific under its auspices of Wings of Hope program has generously contributed towards FRIEND’s SAHARA educational assistance program, donating seventy thousand dollars, taking the total financial contribution towards the project this year to one hundred thousand dollars. Last month, Air Pacific’s Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Dave Pflieger handed a cheque of thirty thousand dollars to FRIEND Founder and Director Sashi Kiran for its educational program. FRIEND management was pleasantly surprised when the airline offered additional $70,000 towards the scholarship scheme. The CEO and his team visited FRIEND to handover the additional cheque in the presence of school head teachers from neighbouring beneficiary schools. FRIEND expressed its sincere most gratitude to Air Pacific Limited for their concern and care shown towards the children of Fiji through its Wings of Hope program. “The additional donation of $70,000 by the airline shows confidence in the accountability and credibility of FRIEND which exists to serve the underserved, assisting them to step out of poverty,” said Kiran. “Since the beginning of

Students of Raviravi Sangam School take a picture with Air Pacific MD and CEO David Pflieger Jr and headteacher Angili Devi Ratnam. INSET: FRIEND director Sashi Kiran with Mr Pflieger. Photos: FRIEND.

ravi Sangam and Drasa Secondary schools. “As we said last month, it’s an honour and a privilege for the employees of Air

Pacific to be able to assist in such a cause. I must thank Air Pacific staff and airline customers for their contributions to the Wings of Hope

charity chest. It really is the compassion and generosity of our customers that has made this contribution possible.” The Air Pacific team ac-

companied by FRIEND treasurer and board member Philip Gock also toured both Raviravi Sangam and Drasa Secondary Schools.

Bollywood cashes in on foreign subsidies, cut production cost
You might have been mesmerised by Prague after watching it in Bollywood flick Rockstar or by the bylanes of Berlin in Don 2. Most tourism boards are increasingly pitching for locations to producers and directors in India by offering subsidies, which can bear almost 40 per cent cost of a film. “These incentives range from tax rebate, free stays, visa facilitation, and in certain cases, they even bear the cost of production. Cashing on the foreign government subsidies, production houses are now trying to film in exotic locales and in some cases, even alter the script to avail of this,” says Karan Arora, co-founder and chief executive, High Ground Enterprise, which deals in film production and does consultancy work with foreign governments on these issues. Eros International has already scheduled the shooting of its two films in Fiji. The Fiji government recently announced it would offer 47 per cent of the production cost for films being shot there. “3G, staring Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sonal Chauhan, has already gone on floor. It’s a psychological thriller that revolves around the 3G spectrum scandal,” said an official from Eros. Tourism boards of many countries, such as Switzerland and UK, have offered benefits but the trend has taken off in a big way now. Aditya Chopra’s Ek Tha Tiger, starring Salman Khan, will be shot in five different countries, including Ireland and South Africa, while Housefull 2 was shot in Thailand and Imran Khan starrer Ek Main Aur Ek Tu was shot in the USA. According to industry officials, Don 2, which was filmed in Germany, got subsidy between Rs 20-25 crore from the German government, Ra.One got a subsidy of Rs 30 crore and Desi Boyz got about Rs 5 crore as subsidy from the UK government. Trade analysts agree it works out cheaper to take the cast and crew to foreign locations. The entire film is completed in a single schedule. Most countries offer tax sops in the form of VAT refund, 1020 per cent, depending on the location and the amount of budget spent on the location. South Africa gives 30 per cent and Australia offers about 40 per cent, with additional incentives from individual states like Queensland. The French government has set up Film France to attract international film shoots and it offers incentives such as refund of VAT on shoots by foreign film crews. New Zealand inked a co-production treaty with India in June 2011 in an attempt to gain from the Bollywood market, after realising the benefits derived from various Bollywood films shot there. Further, Spain and India are close to signing an agreement that would facilitate and promote co-productions. “We offer up to 20 per cent rebate to filmmakers on their payments, to both individuals and companies,” said Radka Neumannova, India director of Czech Tourism, as she stresses on the need to make the Czech Republic visible through Bollywood films. All this is a small price to pay for the huge benefits that accrue from it. Countries are realising what films can do as they showcase their locations as per the script, which in turn lead to tourist inflow in those countries. After Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara, the influx of Indian tourists to Spain increased to 32 per cent. “To turn this into an advantage, to increase the number of tourists and to keep the destinations’ name alive through continuous promotion, depends on many other factors. It is a great way to promote the country as movies are the most important form of entertainment in India. It strikes a chord with the movie buffs depending on how the location is featured in the movie,” Rakesh Jariwala, partner and segment champion (film entertainment), Ernst & Young.
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By RAJNEESH LATA of The Golden Age Home

Mother’s day at the Golden Age Home
Board of Visitors. The residents were overwhelmed by the love, companionship and the special treatment they received. This occasion also brought back to them some old memories as most mothers could not hold back their tears as the formalities began. Last month on Saturday 7th April the Board of Visitors also treated the residents for Easter with Easter tea. The Board of Visitors together with the Management celebrates all special occasions with the residents. The management also celebrates the birthdays collectively on a monthly basis for all residents. This small act of kindness goes a long way in making the residents feel special and wanted. The Home has many overseas based friends who keep sending varieties of things for the residents. One such organization is Sydney Mahila Mandal. They have sent 6 Boxed LARGE Jig Saw puzzles, 4 LARGE Jig Saw


Sunday 13th of May marked mother’s day and the mother’s at the Golden Age Home were not forgotten. Two families from Melbourne Australia, Rotary Club of Lautoka , Art of Living of Lautoka together with the Board of Visitors made special efforts in making the mother’s day memorable for the mother’s at the Home in Natabua, Lautoka. To mark this special day the residents at home were treated with morning tea sponsored by Vinita Khan and Kamlesh Singh of Melbourne Australia who donated AUD $160.00 towards this occasion. The President of Rotary Club of Lautoka, Rick Eyre with other Rotarians personally handed over gift packs to all mothers and the members of Art of Living, Lautoka gifted the father’s at the Home as well. The home was also decorated by members of Rotary Club and the

puzzles, 1 Boxed Checkers game, 6 DVD’S, 7 Packets playing cards, 4 pack puzzle cube, 20 Women’s warm shoes, 1 Men’s warm shoes, 9 Women’s Nighties, 4 Men’s Pajamas, 16 pairs of Women’s Socks, 20 pairs Men’s socks, 3 Leggings, 2 Shirts, 6 T/ Shirts, 3 Beanies, 1 Scarf, 2

Rotary Club of Lautoka president Rick Eyre with residents of the home. BELOW: Donors with residents during mothers day. Photos: RAJNEESH CHARAN.

Towels, 15 Ladies underwear; 3 Men’s underwear; 6 Combs and 3 Hair clips for the residents. The Board of Visitors has recently engaged services of a Volunteer worker to provide the much needed companionship and engaging the residents into various activities.


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ROTARY CLUB OF NADI is currently on a membership drive to increase members who represent all sections of the community. Nadi Rotarians meet every Wednesday at Sitar Restaurant in Martintar at 6.30pm. Interested people can call club treasurer Krupesh Patel on 6700478 SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL is a vibrant, dynamic organisation for today’s professional and business women, working through projects to promote equality, development and peace. We are seeking members to join our club. Interested ladies can call SI Nadi president Irene Chand on 9921090 FIJIAN WRITERS ASSOCIATION which has been recently established to form the first ever formal body representing writers, poets, journalists and everyone who has a passion for writing is seeking new members. Interested people can contact Professor Subramani via







Rotary Club assists

Rotarians Ajay Raniga and Krupesh Patel seen distributing flood relief items to a flood victim in Nadi. The two had also suffered badly during the recent floods with major losses to their properties but that did not deter them from reaching out to those in need.

The Rotary club of Nadi organized a flood relief campaign in which they assisted hundreds of people affected by the recent floods in Nadi. The club had distributed five hundred food parcels worth sixty dollars each, five hundred boxes of water, and close to fifty mattresses to those in need. “Ten emergency kits were given to families who had lost everything in the flood. Each kit was worth $1000,” informed Sanjit Patel, president of the Rotary Club of Nadi. Mr Patel said the club had worked closely with DISMAC during the distribution of rations. The areas covered were Sabeto, Nawaka, Navakai, Nakurakura and Qeleloa. “Donations were received from the New Zealand Rotary Clubs, and various organizations. The Bank of South

ANZ opens first water proof branch

Sanjit Patel

Former Nadi resident Dr Kamlesh Sharma who is also a trustee of the Sugar Festival Association has donated $10,000.00 to assist victims of the recent floods. While this is not the first time the Canberra based philanthropist has assisted the local community with his generosity, the major focus for this visionary man remains with the development of education. Sugar Festival Association administrator Anita Raj told The Jet that they have commenced with the assistance work already. “We have already donated the school uniforms to fifty-


Former Nadi resident continues to help students
three flood affected students of Korovuto College and Primary schools based in Nadi,” Mrs Raj informed. She said the cost for the uniforms was around one thousand dollars. “The Association is now in the process of distributing food packs and more particularly non perishable items to Lautoka and Nadi areas. “Our heartfelt thanks to Dr Kamlesh Sharma for assisting the people of Fiji via Sugar Festival Association,” Mrs Raj concluded. Meanwhile the 51st Sugar Festival will be held at Lautoka’s Churchill Park from July 21-28 and major sponsors are yet to be announced.

Pacific (BSP) had donated $5000.” Mr Patel also thanked everyone who donated during these hard times and those who had helped out with the flood relief distribution. “At the moment our main focus now is school children. We are providing lunch parcels to Nadi Muslim School students.”

The club is also working on an educational assistance program whereby families

will be able to identify and sponsor a needy child for their complete educational

needs from primary to tertiary level depending on the progress of the child.

ANZ has reopened its branch in Nadi which was completely destroyed in the March floods. The state-ofthe-art ‘waterproof design’ branch, underlines ANZ’s commitment to providing convenient banking services to its customers. Head of Retail Banking Fiji, Graham Meecham, said: “ANZ is optimistic about recovery prospects in the Western division.” “The town of Nadi is a critical hub as the gateway to Fiji and the focal point of onshore and offshore resorts and other major businesses, so it was important to ensure that our branch was quickly reopened so that customers weren’t inconvenienced by travelling to our Namaka branch.”

From left are Jitend (President of Korovuto College/ PrimarySchool), Pusp Raj (SFA Rep), Sanjesh (Principal), Hem Raj (SFA Rep), Gyan Chand Prasad (SFA Rep).




World Muslim Leader advises President Obama
both large and small, have nuclear weapons, grudges and hostilities are increasing between nations. In such a predicament, the Third World War looms almost certainly before us. Such a war would surely involve atomic warfare; and therefore, we are witnessing the world head towards a terrifying destruction. If a path of equity and justice had been followed after the Second World War, we would not be witnessing the current state of the world today whereby it has become engulfed in the ames of war once again. As we are all aware, the main causes that led to the Second World War were the failure of League of Nations and the economic crisis, which began in 1932. Today, leading economists state that there are numerous parallels between the current economic crisis and that of 1932. We observe that political and economic problems have once again led to wars between smaller nations, and to internal discord and discontentment becoming rife within these countries. This will ultimately result in certain powers emerging to the helm of government, who will lead us to a world war. If in the smaller countries conicts cannot be resolved through politics or diplomacy, it will lead to new blocs and groupings to form in the world. This will be the precursor for the outbreak of a Third World War. Hence, I believe that now, rather than focusing on the progress of the world, it is more important and indeed essential, that we urgently increase our efforts to save the world from this destruction. There is an urgent need for mankind to recognise its One God, Who is our Creator, as this is the only guarantor for the survival of humanity; otherwise, the world will continue to rapidly head towards self-destruction.

16 Gressenhall Road Southelds, London SW18 5QL, UK President Barack Obama President of the United States of America The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington D.C. 8 March 2012 Dear Mr President, In light of the perturbing state of affairs developing in the world, I felt that it was necessary for me to write to you, as you are the President of the United States of America, a country which is a world superpower, and thus you hold the authority

to make decisions which will affect the future of your nation and the world at large. There is currently great agitation and restlessness in the world. Small-scale wars have broken out in certain areas. Unfortunately, the superpowers have not been as successful as was anticipated in their efforts to establish peace in these conict-hit regions. Globally, we nd that almost every country is engaged in activities to either support, or oppose other countries; however, the requirements of justice are not being fullled. It is with regret that if we now observe the current circumstances of the world, we nd that the foundation for another world war has already been laid. As so many countries,

My request to you, and indeed to all world leaders, is that instead of using force to suppress other nations, use diplomacy, dialogue and wisdom. The major powers of the world, such as the United States, should play their role towards establishing peace. They should not use the acts of smaller countries as a pretext to disturb world harmony. Currently, nuclear arms are not only possessed by the United States and other major powers; rather, even relatively smaller countries now possess such weapons of mass destruction, where those who are in power are often triggerhappy leaders who act without thought or consideration. Thus, it is my humble request to you to strive to your utmost to prevent the major and minor powers from erupting into a Third World War. There should be no doubt in our minds that if we fail in this task then the effects and aftermath of such a war will not be limited to only the poor countries of Asia, Europe and the Americas; rather, our future generations will have to bear the horric consequences of our actions and children everywhere in the world will be born disabled or deformed. They will never forgive their elders who led the world to a global catastrophe. Instead of being concerned for only our vested interests, we should consider our coming generations and strive to create a brighter future for them. May God the Exalted enable you, and all world leaders, to comprehend this message. Yours Sincerely, Mirza Masroor Ahmad Khalifatul Masih V Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

For more than one hundred years the Ahmadiyya Muslim community has been leading a peaceful revival of Islam. From the time it was founded in India in 1889 it has enjoyed an unrivalled record for peace and for its efforts to build cohesive societies. A community that stands for education, integration and interfaith peace. We believe that Islam, which was established over 1,400 years ago by the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), is a universal religion of peace, with a simple but perfect message for mankind to develop and maintain a living relationship with a living God and to live in perfect harmony with all. Since the founder’s demise in 1908 we have been led by a series of Caliphs or spiritual leaders, the present being His Holiness Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad; this form of global leadership is another distinctive feature of this community. He continues to relay the message of peace to the corners of the earth, a message that has been reected in action by the community through humanitarian efforts by men, women and the youth of the community. In fact the members of the community willingly give time and money for relief work even in the remote parts of the globe, to help those in need regardless of creed or colour. In essence “Love for All, Hatred for None” is the unique banner upheld by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and a message that we believe is-the basis for lasting peace.

Introduction to Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

Religious Education Class

Humanity First is a charitable organisation registered in 34 countries across 6 continents. Over 93% of donated funds are spent directly on aid projects. Humanity First NZ in conjunction with Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Fiji, the Youth wing of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community provided cooked foods, 120 mattressess, 30 grocery packs 1.2tons of clothing, 1000 exercise books and stationeries to the ood victims and assistance to the members of the community who were devastated by the recent ood that hit the Western Region. The President of the Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Fiji Mr Ashfaaq Ahmad Khan said in his statment that they visited the DISMAC ofce in Nadi and enquired about the people who needed food and other items urgently and

Humanity First stamps it’s mark in Fiji
where no other NGO’s had reached yet for assistance. The MKA Fiji was advised to visit Qina settlement, Koromakawa,Kerebula and Nawaka settlement in Nadi. The MKA Fiji with the help of “Lajna Imaill ah” (ladies section) went house to house meeting with the affected ladies and provided them help and support. The Khuddam and Atfal (Children) also made house visits and spent time listening to the ordeals of the ood striken families and expressed their sympathies and offered advice and assistance as necessary. MKA Fiji and Humanty First (NZ) believes that ‘Service to Mankind is Ser vice to God’ and it hopes to continue with its efforts in helping, supporting and providing relief in whatever way it can to the disaster stricken people of Fiji.

The Majlis Khuddamul Ahmadiyya Fiji conducted their quarterly Tarbiyyati Class at the Aqsa Mosque Nadi, Nasir Mosque Labasa and Fazle Umar Mosque Suva from the 7th to the 11th of May 2012. The young boys classied as the Atfalul Ahmadiyya together with the members of the Khuddamul Ahmadiyya took part in these blessed days of learning the Holy Quran, emphasizing on the correct pronunciation of the Holy Verses and reect-

ing on the History of early Islam and Ahmadiyyat. A total of 30 members took part in the workshop at different centres Fiji-wide. The classes were conducted by the Missionaries of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Commuity in their respective regions in the west, north and central. The students also engaged themselves in sports like soccer and cricket daily. The classes was organised to instill spritual, moral, social and cultural values in members.

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Humanity First volunteers getting ready for distribution of essential ood relief items at Aqsa Mosque in Nadi after the devastating oods recently.



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Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation chairman Lionel Yee hands over a cheque of $40,000 to Sangam Foundation members. From left are TISI Sangam secretary general Damend Gounder, TISI Sangam national president Sadasivan Naicker, Sangam Foundation chairman Praveen Bala, Sangam executive officer Jagannath Sami and foundation vice-chairman Wella Pillay. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

By SHALENDRA PRASAD The Sangam Foundation has received a major boost in its efforts to reach out to those in need following a donation of $40,000 from the Vodafone ATH Foundation last month. According to TISI Sangam secretary general Damend Gounder, the Sangam Foundation was formed in 2007 with a clear objective of assisting members of the community and students in need of support to enhance their livelihoods. “Sangam Foundation was formed to give a better life to those in need,” Mr Gounder said during the handing-over function at Tanoa International Hotel. Mr Gounder said since its inception, the Sangam Foundation has embarked into various community and self development programs such as helping students and providing relief assistance to people affected by natural disasters. “Earlier this year we have seen the establishment of our first nursery in Nadi with an aim to support food security

Major boost for Sangam Foundation
to the greater community by supplying seedlings to schools and farmers. This will ensure a good supply of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables for the community,” Mr Gounder added. He said although the Sangam Foundation is an offshoot of TISI Sangam which was formed in 1936 to safeguard and promote the interest and culture of the South Indians whose ancestors first arrived in the country under the Girmit system in 1903, the foundation has clear objectives of serving the community for the betterment of everyone without any hidden agendas and is therefore available to assist every community in the country. “Members of the foundation have made a pledge to donate $10 a month for the next tenyears and we are also getting a lot of support from members who have migrated and want to give something back to the country of their birth,” Mr Gounder added. “During the recent floods, we provided 1000 grocery

packs which reached to almost 4000 people and in the second phase we reached out to 1000 students with educational assistance such as bags and books in affected areas. “Under our food sustainability program, we have almost 50,000 seedlings ready for distribution to schools and identified farmers and the timely donation from the Vodafone ATH Foundation will enable us to carry on with the good work without any hindrances.” Vodafone ATH Foundation chairman Lioneel Yee while handing over the cheque of $40,000 commended the Sangam Foundation for reaching out to those in need. “We are not just writing a cheque to you but creating a new partnership which will enhance the livelihoods of thousands of people,” Mr Yee said. He said the Vodafone ATH Foundation will continue to support such initiatives in the future and is looking forward to a long-term partnership with organizations such as the Sangam Foundation.

A group of staff from Bank of Baroda Suva were recently in Nadi to distribute flood relief items in Nadi. The staff took an early morning ride from Suva to Nadi to assist families which were unable to get rations from other agencies. “Baroda staff brought hundred parcels of food and clothing which were given out to those in need,” said Mr Prem Singh who volunteered to go around with the donors.

Bank of Baroda staff make a difference

Baroda staff with some of the victims in Qeleloa, Nadi. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.









An early warning siren system will soon be installed in Nadi to warn people well before any flood or tsunami occurs. Commissioner Western Commander Joeli Cawaki (pictured) said that this was part of the Integrated Water Resource Management Plan for Nadi. Commander Cawaki in-


Sirens to be installed in Nadi
formed that both Vodafone and Digicel platforms will be used to trigger the alarm for this siren during natural disasters. “We live in a world of technology and that’s why we have these two big companies on board to help us to send out alerts of flood or tsunami warnings,” said Cawaki during a meeting with various stakeholders in Nadi. “The benefit of the siren will be that people will be well informed before a flood happens.” Commander Cawaki also mentioned that in the March floods, the water levels rose during the night and people did not have any prior warning. “Having a siren would mean fewer damages and fewer casualties.” According to Vinesh Kumar, project manager of Nadi River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management project, two sirens will be installed, that is one at Sikituru Village in Narewa and the other at a suitable location in Nadi Town. “The sirens are being currently tested in New Zealand and should be in the country soon,” Mr Kumar said.



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Shree Sanatan Dharm Auckland Sabha helps flood victims

A generous sum of $7,025 was received by Vishva Hindu Parishad (Fiji) from Shree Sanatan Dharm Pratinidhi Sabha Auckland 2008 Incorporated from New Zealand through their President Pundit Sunil Sharma on April 30. The sum was handed over personally to the President of VHP (Fiji) Jay Dayal and his other members in Ba. The donation came at a

time when VHP (Fiji) was planning to assist mainly school children that are in need of food and other forms of assistance. The sum will also be used to assist flood stricken families in other districts. Pundit Sunil Sharma, President of the Auckland based Hindu organization, said that he was very pleased with the noble and commendable efforts of VHP (Fiji) and thought to be a part of the extensive relief work being

carried out. He also pledged future support to VHP (Fiji) through both financial and other means. So far, VHP (Fiji) has assisted more than 2,000 people during the flood with 1,000 school children and fed up to 8,000 people and also had a free medical camp on Saturday, April 21 in Ba. It is now working with farmers to assist with their farming needs so they have a sustainable income. VHP (Fiji) has written to aid donors

VHP Fiji president Jay Dayal, third from left, receives the timely donation from Auckland Sanatan.

for its intended farm rehabili- aims to help over a thousand tation project funding which farmers.

By RITESH SHARMA Savunawai Neighbourhood

Votualevu residents take matters in their own hands
signs and helping each other is part of the initiatives. In recent floods the committee and one of our member Mr. Raj Prasad, the Manager of Solomon Airlines with assistance from Humdard Incorporation assisted approximately 1,500 flood victims with food items. Furthermore, in Savunawai the Driu & Koroitamana street tar-sealed roads were filled with gravels by the Savunawai Care Committee to protect damages to vehicles. The committee has on several occasions requested the Nadi Town Councils support and assistance in maintaining the roads, drains and solution for stray dogs but is still waiting to get a response from them. At the moment critical positions of drains are collapsing and in risk of getting further damaged. We specially thank our members Bhan Prakash, Vikash Sharma, Raj Prasad, Sharnil Dutt, Vipin and S. N. Sharma for their continued support and hard work.

Savunawai Stage 1 Votualevu Nadi Neighborhood Committee has its general aim of helping people and caring for them. Various community works has been taken by the committee in conjunction with Savunawai Novjyoti Ramayan Kirtan Mandali. Community Care such as helping people with food items, giving cash to needy, erecting neighborhood watch

Residents filling up the potholes with gravel. Photo: RAJ PRASAD.

Following a public call for tenders Nadraki Weather, in partnership with independent consultants Mr Atu Kaloumaira and Mr Bikenibeu Paeniu, have been selected to undertake this review. The review commenced on 14th May and will conclude on 18th June, 2012 with a report presented to the Fijian Government. The review process will consider past reviews of FMS as well as looking at present and future needs for weather and climate services, and provide the Fijian Government with recommendations for an optimal organisational structural path for the dual provisions of weather and climate services in Fiji in to the future. This review will also consider FMS’s current regional responsibilities, and will incorporate the views of all stakeholders both locally and around the region. In this context, the consultants welcome constructive input from the public, and invite citizens, residents businesses and investors in Fiji, with an interest in weather services here, to provide written submissions if they wish. Submissions can be sent to the consultants by email to FMS_Review@nadraki. com or by regular mail to FMS Review, PO Box 19231, Suva. Submissions must reach the consultants before 10th June, 2012 to be considered as part of the review.



Mana Island Resort & Spa located in the Mamanuca Group has come a long way from its humble beginning in 1972. Managing director Takehiro Nishida said in so many ways, Mana Island Resort and Spa was an icon of the positive changes that have taken place in Fiji in the last four decades. "Initially we had a planning of around a 100 job operation, now we have 300 employees and we would be one of the biggest employers for landowning unit in the Mamanuca region," Mr Nishida said during the official opening of their new state-of-the-

MANA Island Resort and Spa turns 40
art conference centre earlier this month. "In the last 40 years we have done many developments in ensuring the services and quality of our product that has increased our market share in our tourism sector and thus contributing a great deal to the economy of Fiji." Apart from its success in the tourist market, the resort has also become a pioneer in marine conservation. The four-star resort has become a turtle sanctuary and holds daily programs of coral replanting for its guests. Minister for Local Government, Urban Development, Housing and Environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua also paid tribute to the resort's achievements. Col. Saumatua said the resort had gone through a lot of developments and improvements for the past 40 years. "Mana Island Resort had developed and improved a lot in terms of its operations, accommodation capacity, provision of service and most importantly revenue generation. "All these were done amongst the clawing fingers of political turmoil and economic downturn which brought about financial difficulties to the business entities in the tourism industry," said Col. Saumatua.


Tui Lawa Ratu Sevanaia Vatunitu, Colonel Samuela Saumatua and Mr Takehiro Nishida officially open the new conference centre. Photos: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Government salutes Mana Island


The Tourism Industry is vital for our economy’s survival and sustainability says the Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Country Planning, Colonel Samuela Saumatua. While opening the new state-of-the-art Conference Centre in Mana Island Resort and Spa earlier this month, Colonel Saumatua said our tourism industry had gone through some trying times in the past three decades. “Some had fallen on the way; however some had strived through the tests of times. I must mention today that one of those hotels that had survived this test is Mana Island Resort and Spa.” “These are the ones that should be commended for the courage and determination to rise up, tap away the dusts of the past, set new goals, look

forward and take those hard steps towards their goals.” Colonel Saumatua added words of encouragement saying that “the danger is not in the fall but in the failure to rise and make things right and strive for the better.” “Furthermore, MIRS had developed and improved a lot in terms of its operations, accommodation capacity, provision of service and most importantly revenue generation. All these were done amongst the clawing fingers of political turmoil and economic downturn which brought

about financial difficulties to the business entities in the Tourism Industry.” “For the past 40 years, MIRS had gone through several changes in management, who had all contributed to what we see today of Mana,” Colonel Saumatua added. “At this juncture, I must convey a very special “Vinaka Vakalevu” to the Japanese Management and staff who have left their country behind to work in Fiji and had contributed immensely to the development of MIRS, the Tourism Industry and ultimately to the national economy as a whole.” “All those that had endured the test of times for the past decades had survived and prospered and on this day and time, we are about to witness a milestone in the prosperity of MIRS which is subsequently the fruit of its hard working management and staff.”

The management and staff of Mana Island pose for a group photo.

Interior of the new conference centre.

Young guests after taking part in the Meke.


Resort assists flood victims
over to the minister of local government, housing and environment Colonel Samuela Saumatua who was the chief guest at the opening of the new convention centre. Colonel Saumatua saluted the management of the island resort for their commitments towards the economy and their efforts in trying to bring relief to the recent flood victims. Mana Island Resort director of business development

The management of Mana Island Resort & Spa is the latest donors towards the Prime Minister's Flood Relief appeal. The company made a donation of $10,000 towards the flood appeal following the opening of their brand new convention centre at the island resort on Friday, May 4. The money was handed

Hiroshi Matsumoto said the money donated was raised by the management and staff of the resort and contributions were also made by guests who wanted to assist the flood victims in their own little way. "We have also been involved in donating goods and clothes to the flood victims in partnership with the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprise N Development (FRIEND)," Mr Matsumoto informed.

The management of Mana Island handover a $10,000 cheque to Colonel Samuela Saumatua for the PM’s flood appeal.

Adam and Darin share a light moment during the function.

Mana Island entertainers kept guests busy with their great performances.




Nadi women excel in Bee Farming


The Minister for Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation, Dr Jiko Luveni visited the Mothers Club of J.P. Bayly Kindergarten at Nawaicoba, Nadi District on Wednesday May 16. The Club comprises of 17 women who are part of the bee farming project. Minister Luveni said she was impressed by the women's group initiatives who have now ventured into other areas of income -generating projects. "When I visit women I always encourage them to go into bee-keeping, sewing, poultry and other incomegenerating projects but here I see that women are taking the initiative themselves to do such activities," Dr Luveni

said. The group consists of both i-taukei and Fijian women who have gone through beekeeping training on how to build boxes, harvest honey and take care of the hives. The group leader of the club, Mrs Sheela Charan said the project is a viable one that anyone can start. "I received assistance from the agriculture department and the ministry of women here in the western division in terms of training, capacity building, monitoring and advice,” Mrs Charan said. The group initially started off with 10 bee hives and are now into 20 boxes of bee hives. Honey extracted from the hives are bottled and sold at $6 and $15 to communities and individuals. Mrs Charan said the recent bad weather and the floods

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Bee farmers seen with Dr Jiko Luveni during her visit to Nadi this month.

affected their project as most the bee hives were destroyed in the rain. "We invest the money back into the project through the purchase of wax, frames, box materials." Dr Luveni said Govern-

ment is taking women development seriously in terms of providing avenues and capacity building to generate income. "The Prime Minister has advised all ministries to visit project sites and meet with

the people so that we know of the progress and have evidence of what was done. It also strengthens links with the people and encourages them to start off with income generating projects,” Dr Luveni said.

BBC Blood Drive attracts many donors

Sister Muniamma Sami assists Roneel Chand during the blood drive at RB’s Jet Point. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

The recent blood drive organized by Bhika Bhai & Company in association with the Western Blood Bank at the RB’s Jet Point in Martintar attracted many donors. One such donor was Sigma Security administration staff Roneel Chand who takes a keen interest in community initiatives as such. “I like donating blood as it helps save lives,” Chand offered. “I missed out on the last blood drive in Nadi but made a point to donate this time after seeing the article on The Jet website,” said Chand who has already donated blood five times and wishes to continue in the future as well. “It was good to see a lot of people coming down to give blood despite the recent floods,” said Sister Muniamma Sami of the Western Blood Bank. A total of 35 pints of blood was collected. After this successful drive, Bhikha Bhai and Company Limited thanked everyone who supported them in this drive as they plan to organize a blood drive every four months. A spokesperson of the company thanked everyone for their support. “We live in a small society and it is only right that we give back to the society with such initiatives,” said Viraaj Lad, a director of the company.

Media freedom keeps societies and economies vibrant, energetic, and healthy. When the free flow of news and information is cut off, individuals suffer. Societies suffer. Economies suffer. These were the comments made by the U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Her Excellency Ms Frankie A. Reed, during the World Press Freedom Day celebrations at the University of the South Pacific in Suva on 4 May, 2012. The annual event, which is celebrated worldwide on 3 May, promotes free access to information for every citizen and celebrates the principles of press freedom. Ambassador Reed was welcomed to the Laucala Campus by the University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Learning, Teaching and Student Services), Professor Susan Kelly. Speaking to journalism students of the University including staff and other guests, the Ambassador stated that information is power. “Few people can make a living, hold their governments accountable, and educate their children without a healthy supply of free-flowing information. Citizens need accurate, timely, independent news they can trust. So do businesses and markets and governments,” she added. While journalistic freedom and freedom of expression enhance the abilities of governments and countries to enjoy economic prosperity and strength, Ambassador Reed said, the exchange of ideas is also the foundation for accountable governance.



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E-Z-GO golf carts hits our shores
Islands premier resort to be used on the 18-hole International golf course. Mr Georgiou said the electric E-Z-GO RXV’s include features such as: a 48 volt AC motor, an ergonomically designed console with integrated cup, ball and tee holders, as well as permanent tow bars. “Our opposition in Fiji has had their own way for too long and it’s about time we give them a good go. With the joint force of well established J. Kevi Group and the resources we are investing in Fiji, we hope we will overtime become a premier brand and a dominant force in Fiji,” Mr Georgiou said confidently. “The E-Z-GO/CUSHMAN is made up of at least 30 different products we have the vehicle to satisfy different needs or even better we can custom-build a product to suit your individual needs. We basically move from being a fleet golf cart to a niche specialty golf cart operators so we invite everyone of you that have requirement to contact the J. Kevi Group and we hope that we can suit your requirement,” says Mr Georgiou.
His Excellency Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, the president of the Republic of Fiji Islands enjoys his ride on a E-Z-GO RXV Cart during the Nadi Chamber of Commerce & Industry organised charity golf tournament at the Denarau Golf & Racquet Club in aid of Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama’s flood relief appeal. Photo: EMOSI LASAQA.


J.Kevi Group in conjunction with Augusta Golf Cars is thrilled to announce, Denarau Golf and Racquet Club as the recent recipients of a beautiful fleet of E-Z-GO golf carts in Fiji. And the company Chief Executive Officer Raymond Georgiou said they have a long term view for Fiji. “We are not going anywhere, we are going to be around for a long time to come and I hope that over the many years we will come to contact with those people running resorts and golf courses and use the type of products we sell,” he said. Augusta Golf Cars Pty Ltd is the Exclusive Master Distributor of all E-Z-GO, CUSHMAN and BAD-BOY products for Australia and the Pacific Islands with the J. Kevi Group in Fiji being the local agents. Denarau Golf and Racquet Club took delivery of the new vehicles recently being one of the only resorts in the Pacific region to have a fleet of E-ZGO ‘Inferno Red’ RXV’s. Augusta Golf Cars sent a fleet of 65 vehicles to the

Sheraton Fiji general manager Shane Cunning delivers his official address. Photos: EMOSI LASAQA.

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The relationship between E-Z-GO Carts and the Starwood Group, particularly the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club has been a healthy one for the past ten-years or even more says Sheraton Fiji general manager Shane Cunning. Speaking as the chief guest at the launching of the E-Z-GO Carts at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club recently, Mr Cunning recalled the strong relationship the Starwood Group has had with the distributors of the renowned golf carts – Augusta Golf Cars PTY Limited. “We have had the pleasure of using almost two or three generations of golf carts and each one of them have actually proven to be the work horses that our golf management want to use due to many good reasons.” “I know in Australia, the Augusta Golf Cars company and E-Z-GO Carts are the ones everyone wants to work with and I see Raymond (CEO of Augusta Golf Cars) here almost four times in a year with his after sales calls and he certainly walks the talk when it comes to the golf carts and telling us how to go about the servicing and also training of our people on how to handle the carts,” Mr Cunning added. He said J. Kevi and Augusta Golf Cars have formed a strategic alliance with the Starwood Group and the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club and they wish to continue the good relationship for many years to come.

From left are Bob Speed, Raymond Georgiou and Shane Cunning. J. Kevi Group director Kevi Reddy shares a light moment with Sheraton Fiji general manager Shane Cunning.




Man of the moment...J. Kevi Group managing director Narendra Reddy stands with the fleet of Augusta Golf Cars line of carts during the official launching at Denarau Golf & Racquet Club recently. Photos: EMOSI LASAQA.

They say work is for people who don’t play golf but one of Nadi’s leading businessman Narendra Reddy likes to mix work and golf together to ultimately give customers the best service and

By SHALENDRA PRASAD reporting from Denarau Golf & Racquet Club

Reddy is ready to serve
products on the course. Reddy who owns J. Kevi Group has been a pioneer in distributing quality golf carts to golf courses and resorts all over Fiji for the past twentyone-years now. “E-Z-GO is the best product of its type and is made in USA and we are proud to be the exclusive local distributors of Augusta Golf Cars PTY Limited,” Mr Reddy said. According to Mr Reddy, his company is now distributing other lines of golf carts from Augusta Golf Cars such as Cushman and Bad Boy. “Each model has its own uniqueness and is built to satisfy the individual needs of the customers,” Mr Reddy adds. While addressing guests at the official launch of the new generation E-Z-GO carts in Fiji, Mr Reddy said his company provides the greatest products and services for golf carts and utility carts around golf courses, resorts and island properties. “We are very confident that there will be no rooms for complaints from our valued customers and we will be fully geared for all back-up service.” “A lot of you already know

about Cushman products and it is a pleasure to inform that the Cushman line is back in the country.” Mr Reddy also acknowledged the support of Mr Shane Cunning, the general manager of Sheraton Fiji and various valued customers around the island.

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By BRENDON COFFEY Executive Chef Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

Who doesn’t like lobster? Other than those of course who may suffer from a food related allergy. Lobster really is the food of kings and the king of foods and has held this esteemed position across a number of centuries. There is notable culinary evidence that highlights lobsters were no strangers to the lavish banquet tables of the ancient Romans and their Greek cousins. History also shows that this seafood “delicacy” was always highly esteemed by the British and Europeans over time however this was not so much the case by American colonists and was often regarded as peasant food. The Americans eventually caught up and enjoyed a resurgence of demand in the 19th century which still holds true today thanks in part to the popular Maine or Atlantic lobster. So is it lobster or crayfish? Lobster, crayfish, crawfish, rock lobster, painted lobster, spiny crayfish……..would the real lobster please stand up! Spiny lobster also known as rock lobster is the most common variety of lobster found in the waters of Australia and New Zealand and are often referred to as crayfish.

The term crayfish is actually more common to fresh water varieties and is derived from the term crawfish. The spiny lobster is one member of a larger family of approximately 60 various species of lobster. Another member of this royal family is the “Panylirus Versicolor” or more commonly known in Fiji as the “Painted lobster”. The name ‘painted’ derived from the ornate pale greenish blue shell with its light shades of pink and the black and white racing stripes that almost look like they have been delicately painted free hand across its back. These are the lobsters that you can often find on roadside stalls, often and unfortunately, basking in the hot sun. Found in the tropical waters of the Pacific and Indian oceans, the painted lobster can easily grow to an impressive 40 cm in length and live for 50-years or more. I remember reading an article about lobsters in which the article speaks about the lifespan of lobsters and points out that, “as best scientists can tell, lobsters age very gracefully show no formidable signs of aging, retain good appetite, no change in metabolism, strong reproductive urge and ability and no decline in strength or health” ….and as I happen to have celebrated my birthday this past week I am of the thinking how similar I am to a lobster! As much as I may enjoy eating lobster, I also enjoy cooking with it. It is a ver-

A Lobster tale...

satile meat with a unique sweetness and flavour and of course is revered as a delicacy to most palates and budgets. It is a regal product that requires little preparation and is best served in its simplest form. However, to be successful in cooking lobster you must first start with the very best product. In cooking there is one rule above all others and that is you must start with the best produce you can possibly get. It is simple but non negotiable. You cannot have the driving experience of a Porsche with a car made with parts from a Datsun. You cannot make inferior product superior again and herein lays my dilemma and why lobster

Island Lobster Roll with Spiced Salsa
Makes two rolls
Ingredients Roll Roll or wrap of your choice Olive oil spread Lobster meat (cooked) Lettuce cos or ice berg Roquette or watercress Cucumber sliced very thin Lemon or lime juice Tabasco Mayonnaise Seasoning Salsa Tomato (blanched, peeled and seeded) Chilli oil Lemon or lime juice Seasoning Roquette or watercress to garnish Unit 2 ea 40 gr 300 gr Small bunch Small bunch 6-8 2-3 tsp A few drops to taste ¼ cup To taste

features very rarely on my menus. For the most part I decline the lobster that is often brought to the resort for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is usually far from fresh. Ideally I would like to buy lobster that is still live but understand most lobster here is harvested by spearing so I know this is not probable. I do suggest though that the lobster could be better handled for optimum quality when it is caught. Secondly I quite often choose not to deal with suppliers who do not wish to have an understanding of current regulation and a mind for sustainability. Equally I encourage all Chefs, restaurants

and hotels to refuse lobster that is under size or is laden with roe. It is disheartening when sorting through a tub of lobster or even crabs for that matter where it is obvious that the supply could damage the future of these delicate culinary resources. So what do I look for when selecting and handling lobster to keep it at its best. • Find the freshest possible lobster preferably straight from the water. • The lobster should look fresh with a slight sheen to it and all legs should be attached. • Turn the lobster on its back and check that the tail meat is creamy white. There

should be no traces of bleeding or blackness in the meat. • The lobster should have a fresh sea aroma. If the lobster is not fresh it will have an ammonia smell to it. The best way to keep the lobster is to remove the tail from the body as soon as possible after it has been caught. Wash the tail in salted cold water with a squeeze of lemon. Dry on absorbent paper and keep thoroughly chilled or on ice until you want to use it later that day. When I do happen to come across some premium first class lobster then I like to make the most of it and this we did recently with one of our famed wine maker dinners at our popular signature V Restaurant. In conjunction with Victoria wines we were privileged to host Mr Clive Westin, Managing Director of Negotiant Wines New Zealand. Clive brought with him a line up of premium wines from the Nautilus Estate out of Marlborough NZ. One of the stars of the night was the Nautilus Chardonnay which we matched with a beautiful terrine of painted lobster, green pea mousse and tempura prawn. This very elegant wine matched perfectly with this royal member of the lobster family. A more simple but just as elegant way to enjoy is this lobster roll. And if you are going to be this indulgent you might as well go all the way and pick up a bottle of Nautilus Chardonnay from Victoria wines. Enjoy!

2 medium size 15 – 20 ml 3-4 tsp To taste

Salsa • Evenly dice the tomatoes and place in a bowl. • Dress with the lemon juice and chilli oil. • Season lightly with a little sea salt and black pepper Lobster roll • Split your roll length ways and lightly butter with the spread • Season your mayonnaise with the lemon juice and Tabasco. • Wash and dry the lettuce and lightly mix with roquette or cress. • Dice the lobster and gently dress with the seasoned mayonnaise • Arrange the cucumber, salad and dressed lobster carefully in your roll. • Serve with a spoon full of salsa and garnish with a little more roquette or cress. • Serve with a nice glass of chilled Nautilus Chardonnay.

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From Nothing to Everything
No father, no elite education, no family wealth and no old schoolboy network to help me in life, except Mother’s blessings and also the British sense of tolerance and fair play. As a result, an ordinary immigrant like me could realise his ambitions and become an asset for his family and adopted country. This is the story of Dr Rami Ranger - a Greenford businessman’s rise to success.


By JASMINE MARSH of Ealing Gazette

A SUCCESSFUL entrepreneur who set up his first business in a shed with only £2 has been awarded by the Queen for a record-breaking fourth year running. Dr Rami Ranger, director of Greenford food shipping company Sun Mark, clinched the Queen's Award for Enterprise recently. The prize, announced on Her Majesty's birthday, celebrates top UK businesses. Sun Mark, based in Long Drive since 2001, is the only business to have won the title for four consecutive years. Originally from Punjab, north India, Mr Ranger, 64, battled his way to the top from poor beginnings in a refugee camp before finding a home and success in the UK. And he met the Queen in person in 2005 when he picked up his MBE medal for services to British business. “I am very fortunate that I came to this country,” he said. “When I came I had very little, I had nothing and now I have everything. It is thanks to the British sense of tolerance and fair play, an immigrant like me can realise his ambition and become an asset to his family and his country.” He was born in July 1947, two months after the assassination of his father, who bravely opposed the division of India between Muslims and Hindus. At the age of 24, Mr Ranger emigrated to the UK with his mother and seven siblings, to study law at university. But due to lack of financial support, he was forced to quit his studies, and began working in a fast-food restaurant for six years. He began as a chef but the determined youth quickly worked his way up to district manager. And even in those early days, the businessman said he realised smiling and being polite to customers helped increase sales - an attitude which has served him well ever since. “If everything was given to me on a plate even I would not improve and my business would not improve,” he said. He then bought a newsagent's shop, until eventually setting up his first business, Sea Air and Land Forwarding, in 1987. His biggest venture Sun Mark soon followed in 1995. The company trades household products popular in Western supermarkets, including British brands like Unilever, McVities, and Mars, to developing countries such as Nigeria and Vietnam. The climb to the top began in his garden shed with only £2 shipping electrical goods. He then approached international companies like Cadbury and Heinz which led to an empire with a turnover of £109 million a year. When asked about what makes his award-winning business so successful, he said: “Our company is based on principles. In my life I would rather lose money then lose a customer. I can make money back again but I can’t get the customer back.” These principles are a strong work ethic, empathy for others and commitment. He says his clients are loyal because he practises these every day. Sun Mark jumped seven places to 25th in this year’s Sunday Times Profit Track 100 and was ranked 50th in this year’s Investec Hot 100 of leading British businesses. Mr Ranger lives with his wife of 36 years in Northwood, Harrow, and has three daughters and two grandchildren. When speaking of his family he said: “I couldn’t do it without the help and support of my wife, family and staff, although Chanel handbags have given me a headache over the years.” Son-in-law Sunny Ahuja will take over the company when Mr Ranger retires to keep it in the family name.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II greeting Dr. Rami Ranger MBE, Chairman of Sun Mark Ltd., and winner of the Queens Award for Enterprise 2009 & 2010 in International Trade at the Buckingham Palace, London.






The Ministry of Health is steadfast in its commitment to reducing the incidence of diabetes and other non-communicable diseases in the country. Minister for Health, Dr Neil Sharma made these comments at the official opening of the Western Dialysis Centre located at the Zen Min Low Medical Centre in Nadi this month. Dr Sharma said the Western Dialysis Centre would bring relief to those suffering from kidney failures in the West because they would not have to travel to Suva anymore for dialysis. He said the percentage of Fiji’s population suffering from kidney diseases as a result of Diabetes was worrying. “We note a substantial incidence of Diabetes in our midst. 16 percent of the population now has diabetes, over all divides of ethnicity and culture. The end stage of diabetes mellitus includes eye, heart, kidney and limb damage,” Dr Sharma said. The Health Ministry is also working on having a facility for kidney transplantation in Fiji which would bring more relief to patients of renal disease. “Short term dialysis prior to renal transplants is one option for our Fiji citizens. Shortly, we will have facility for renal transplantation in Fiji through joint venture-ship being formalized. Long term renal dialysis is the other option when renal transplant is not an option. “Government of Fiji through Ministry of Health is

Dialysis Centre brings relief to west patients


propecting the option of generic Erythropoietin (A hormone produced by the kidney that promotes the formation of red blood cells in the bone marrow) and post renal transplant medicine for patients following kidney transplants,” Dr Sharma added. The $400,000 Western Dialysis Centre has been set up by the Smith family of Musket Cove and Doctor Zen Low of Zen’s Medical Centre as well as ANZ Bank, which provided financial support to buy equipment. Dr Sharma added that former citizens abroad and tourists would also benefit hugely from the facility when they come to Fiji for a holiday. “A lot of our former citizens abroad especially from the West will be comforted to know of this set up. They will probably consider a vacation to Fiji along with others who may wish to travel to our beautiful islands. They would have a holiday and at the same time, a facility in the West for dialysis,” he said. Dr Sharma highlighted that the Western Dialysis Centre is in operation with the hope of providing life support to the people of Fiji. The centre is also trying to set up a charity trust fund to help those patients that cannot afford dialysis or have to do lesser dialysis than required of them. A dialysis charge per session is $250 with injection cost amounting to $80. Thirteen patients are on dialysis at the Western Dialysis Centre.

Tourism veteran Dick Smith is flanked by Minister for Health Dr Neil Sharma, ANZ CEO Norman Wilson, WDC nurse Babita Anjali, Dr Zen Low and centre manager Nizbat Warid during the opening. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

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Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation launches Dr SMS
Deo. Dr SMS project aims to provide comprehensive information on health-related resources via short message service *979# with an aim to develop data repository in 14 provinces in Fiji. The facility also has an aim to reach wider population in a timely; speedily manner to improve health in turn saving lives by taking proactive approach to health. Currently, Doctor to patient ratio in Fiji is 1:1600. This illustrates that it is practically impossible for all individuals to see a doctor on time when need arises. This facility allows our doctors to advise more people on health related crisis to address unmet medical needs and humanitarian crisis. Currently, DR SMS platform has the potential to reach 5m consultations per annum. One of the key factors in achieving inclusive growth is ensuring inclusiveness in healthcare. mHealth could be seen as a significant corollary of e-health and all is about providing health related services through Dr SMS. While treatment and diagnostics are not possible through this medium, the Dr SMS program is an advisory platform on health and Wellness program said the Foundation Executive, Ambalika Devi. To access Dr SMS, the customer will be required to dial *979# and register for Dr SMS e.g name, age, gender, address, phone numbers, email address, family medical history (diabetic, cancer, heart diseases etc), pre-existing conditions, patient history (medications) and lifestyle patterns and agree to allowing the Doctors to use the history to provide health advisory. The customers are required to provide TRUE information for effective advice. “Upon registering, the mobile number will become the patient card number. So when the doctor clicks on patient

Dr SMS is a noble project of mHealth under the Vodafone Fiji Foundation mobile for good program. Dr SMS will enable our customers to register with Dr SMS so that they can communicate with the Doctors in regards to their health and wellbeing. Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation trustee, Mr Divik Deo said the launch of DR SMS is a ground breaking programme for a leading corporate philanthropy like ours in Fiji. Social responsibility is everyone’s responsibility, be it state, corporate or individuals, however, developing community solutions to address health and social issues can only be identified from our grassroots’ and charity organizations. The reason to share our giving experience is to enable other corporate to give where it matters most and with maximum impact and replicator effects said Mr

mobile number. The patient’s history is displayed which helps the doctor to provide advice,” said Praneel Singh, senior engineer of Vodafone Fiji. According to Dr B P Ram of ACATA Trust Fiji, Dr Responses to SMS will be within 24 hours via portal, referrals will also be made in case of specialist advice need e.g Gynecology, cancer, kidney, diabetes etc. For face to face consultation, Doctors will provide referrals to nearest medical facility. “The aim of Dr SMS is also to reach out to the poor and the vulnerable that are not able to access doctors and medical personnel due to poverty and remoteness,” said chair of Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation, Mr Lionel Yee. He said that he is very enthused about this project and will be closely monitoring how the project will make a difference to the mortality age band.







Bula everybody. Why again? Why us? Why Nadi all the time? And above all how long can we survive such terrifying and costly floods? What is the solution? Where to start? What to do? There are heaps of questions that we are asking but there is no fixed answer for our questions. I am myself sick and tired of talking about floods. Frustration has its limits and we in Nadi have passed the mark. Our situation at this point of time is as an Indian would say “Na Maro Na Motao” meaning don’t die but don’t live. We can go around the bush talking about this recent floods and waste our time and effort. We have to move ahead. I know it’s easy to say and hard for many to move ahead as some have lost all their savings. Our minds at the moment are not thinking right but if we try to set our selves some direction than we will be certainly taking a step forward. To do this you have to dig deep inside yourself, see how much you have saved and what are your options today. One of my Hobbies now a day is reading articles, magazines, newspapers and watching some good movies which takes me away from my daily routines. One of the articles inspired me to watch one of the greatest movies again. The Godfather is widely regarded

as one of the greatest films in world cinema – and as one of the most influential, especially in the gangster genre. Now ranked as the second greatest film in American cinema (behind Citizen Kane) by the American Film Institute, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1990 for being "culturally significant." The film's success spawned two sequels: The Godfather Part II in 1974, and The Godfather Part III in 1990. The film stars Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and James Caan as the leaders of a powerful New York crime family. The author of this article relates this powerful movie to the present day CEO or the Manager or the person in charge of running the Business. After watching the movie again and reading the article I fully agreed with this author and it has been summed up as follows. The following five essential points that I found related to us today. Firstly we need to build a powerful community. As Marlon Brando would say in this movie “Someday, and that day may never come, I’ll call upon you to do a service for me”. As we saw in recent floods, enemies started talking to each other during crisis. If you are alone you will suffocate theoretically. You need to build relationships and this means with your neighbors, with other company managers and share ideas, and with the community as a whole. Another very interesting point today I realized is that social networking today is very helpful in keeping people connected to each other. The mission statement of Facebook is to give people the power

Time for more action and less talk
to share and make the world more open and connected. As of December 2011 there were 845 million monthly active users. In the last three months of 2011, users generated an average of 2.7 billion "likes" and comments every day. And Twitter now records over 200 million tweets per day. That's up from January 2009 when users sent two million tweets per day. This is not to mention the figures for other platforms such as youtube, myspace, instagram, flickr, pinterest, posterous and foursqare. The list of course goes on. Online, we never have to be alone. There is always someone, somewhere who is awake and can 'like' us. It also provides a platform from which we can share in a way we've never done before. Secondly, hold people accountable. As Marlon Brando would say “Whats the matter with you? I think your brain is going soft”. Godfather reminds us of the importance of being tough when necessary. In business, accountability isn’t achieved by a murderous rampage. But the lesson is this - to be successful in business you have to be tough, and you have to be extremely focused on hitting goals and getting results. That doesn’t mean patience and understanding don’t have a place, but ongoing tolerance of low-performing people or products just eats away at the success of the entire company. You are ultimately responsible for all of your employees and shareholders, and that requires tough and swift decisions. Thirdly don’t get emotional. In business there are winners and losers and we need to accept that fact. If your business is not making profit


National Fire Authority officers help in cleaning Nadi Town after the floods. Photo: EMOSI LASAQA.

then quickly change your strategy. We have seen many shops closed after the floods. May be it was the floods that caused it but many I spoke to made very wise decisions. Continuous loss will harm but a stop being placed before hand will save money. Getting emotional such as I have had this business for so many years and what will people think about me are some of the common feelings amongst us but those who don’t give a damn are winners at the end. “Its not personal sonny, its strictly business” – Marlon Brando. Fourthly, Be decisive. As soon as you know what choice to make, move forward. Hesitation too often leads to missed opportunities. One of my business mentors is Mr Hari Punja who happens to be my uncle as well. He would always place emphasis on our ability to make decisions and sticking by it. Changing ideas and decisions often leads to losses, mental disturbance and emotional blackmail. A decision is easy to make but implementing the same decision into action is what we require.

Fifthly, spend time with your family. “Do you spend time with your family? Because a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man” – Marlon Brando. A leader can’t be successful in creative problem-solving and making excellent decisions unless that person is connected to people and passions outside of work. I find that it’s often time with family and friends that gives me the perspective I need to build the relationships and make the decisive actions required for continued success in business. We all have families and sometimes we neglect them as we are too busy with our daily businesses. Families are important part of your life. Be it your wife, children, parents, brothers, they all are important. Today when you walk in Nadi town, none of the shop owner’s face is happy. It is a sad, shocking and terrible situation that we are facing in Nadi. Be it commercial or residential, everyone has been affected some way or the other. How to solve and come out of this misery nobody knows. Businesses have

dropped significantly and thus affects Government revenue as well. Tough as it sounds, but as I said we need to dig deep in ourselves and find solutions. Business decisions need careful attention and keeping emotions aside. After the floods there has been as usual lots of meetings, seminars, talks and planning by relevant authorities. Some as usual are talking again of rising sea level, shifting town and what not. It’s all talk and talk but no action so far. Let us get the facts right. First we need money and for that we need to bring back business in town so that economic cycle resumes. For this we have to target tourism and tourism. Then we all know Nadi needs another river to take all that excess water out to sea. Developments have taken place in past and we are paying price for it. Dredging the river, widening the river mouth and getting some professional help from overseas as to how to upgrade our drainage system is immediately needed. Only talk will not help. We need action, action and action. God bless Nadi and Fiji.



By DIANA TORA Mamanuca Environmental Society

Sharks! Sharks! Sharks! This has recently become a very hot topic in the country. In the local newspapers we read about conservation organizations and groups going on about the importance of sharks and why we need them in our oceans, and then you have some who agree and yet others who believe the less sharks we have the safer it is for us. Really are we that selfish? The sea is their home; we humans only use it as a food source and for recreational purposes. Sharks are the apex predators of the ocean! They control the species populations below them making them very important in the ecological balance of the ocean ecosystem. Sharks have often been portrayed as monsters by the movie industry through fatal attacks during picnics and recreational water activities and have over the years instilled fear to beachgoers. Sharks have been given unfair negative publicity and it is very important that people make an effort to learn about them and try to understand their qualities. Most sharks are meat eaters and so they feed on other fish and even other sharks, however humans are definitely not on their list of delica-

cies. Research has shown that if a shark attacks a human it’s usually with one bite to taste thinking they are something good to eat until they taste human flesh and realize it isn’t their normal food source, they let go and swim away. Sharks that feed on other animals usually roam the deeper waters while the reef sharks feed on small crabs, shellfish and octopus buried in the sand and inside holes in rocky reefs. An average of 65 people worldwide are injured by the ocean's top predator each year—with only two or three deaths—but up to 73 million sharks are killed annually by people.Sharks are the perfect example of our lack of concern for our natural environment and the impacts our actions have on it. Sharks have been around for more than 400-millionyears having outlived the dinosaurs to become the apex predators of our oceans. This means they are the predatory species that do not have any species that prey upon them. But, today sharks are being hunted at alarming levels which can lead to extinction. In addition to our failure to learn about and lack of willingness to understand this species are activities that are placing an enormous strain on the shark population. Commercial fishing practices and finning are the main serious threats to the shark populations worldwide with an estimated 70%-80% decline due to this. Sharks are caught for their fins for use in shark fin soup particularly in China and other Asian countries. The fins of these sharks are cut off

Let’s save our sharks !
Seventy three million sharks are killed each year according to research.

and their bodies thrown back into the sea. These sharks later die from their injuries, suffocation or are eaten because they are not able to move normally. The increasing demand for this high status dish has increased and spread shark finning to many countries including Fiji. Throughout the month of April, the people of Fiji were given the opportunity to celebrate and record Fiji’s amazing coral reef bio-diversity, by taking part in the ‘FIRST FIJI-WIDE SHARK COUNT’, an activity that was organized

by Helen Sykes of Marine Ecology Consulting. The Mamanuca Environment Society was a registered participant for this survey and we limited ourselves to counting the inshore sharks or reef sharks. We saw mainly white tip and black tip sharks during this survey but we hope to see more in November when the survey is conducted again. The results obtained will help to develop better shark protection measures and contribute towards proper management of this species. The data collected from this sur-

vey will give us a fair idea of real shark numbers and also allow us to map the distribution of this species. Most importantly the numbers will allow us to understand patterns of marine ecosystem health since sharks are the apex predators and vital to overall marine life balance. The continued fishing of sharks down to an unsustainable level will affect the populations of their prey species below them and this will ripple along to the other species. It is not exactly known on the consequences of hunt-

ing sharks to extinction but it is obvious the impacts will affect the entire ocean ecosystem. “Nobody knows what will happen if they (sharks) are overfished to the point of extinction, but it will be something like taking all the CEOs out of companies - nature will be left with no direction,” says Jonathan Ali Khan the founder of Sharkquest Arabia. Let’s work together and raise awareness on the environmental impact of removing these predators from the sea.



Every Wednesday night Sonaisali Island Resort, Fiji is treating guests to the ancient Fijian tradition of Fire Walking, with a breathtaking Fire Walking show and traditional Kava Ceremony. “Since its introduction the Firewalking and Kava Ceremony has been the most popular of the cultural events showcased at Sonaisali. The show takes about 45 minutes to an hour and the performers all interact with our guests, often sharing stories and other Fijian Traditions,” says Aaron McGrath – Sonaisali Island Resorts Managing Director. Fijian Firewalking is unique to the Sawau Tribe of the island of Beqa in the Southern Islands of Fiji and each week a group of 8-10 performers make the weekly trip to Sonaisali Island Resort to entertain guests and explain this ancient tradition. All members must observe two strict rules, there must be no contact with women and eating coconuts is forbidden in the days preceding the ceremony. Failure to observe these taboos may result in severe burns. This ancient religious ceremony often requires great strength and discipline of the mind, body and spirit. Six to eight hours before the ceremony a huge bonfire is built with the ceremony starting with the smouldering logs being removed with long green poles whilst the participants chant, to clear away the logs from the hot stones. A long tree fern, said to contain the spirit of God, is laid across the pit in the direction of the bete (the priest/master of ceremonies). Large vines

Weekly fire walking at Sonaisali island
are still used in many Fijian villages to welcome visitors. Feedback from guests includes: “My boys loved it and cherish the photos of them with the firewalkers” ~ Jenny Clarke. “We attended and loved it” ~ Kathryn Brown. “My hubby was chosen as Chief, so funny, great night” ~ Jo Hamilton Sime. 4 Star Sonaisali Island Resort is a true island escape, a small green dot in the beautiful South Pacific Ocean – yet the world you’ve left behind is only a 3 minute boat ride across the lagoon from the Main Island and 25mins drive from Nadi Airport.


are then dragged across the stones, levelling them for the actual firewalking. When the stones are finally in position, the bete jumps on them and takes a few trial steps to test their firmness. He will then call for bundles of green leaves and swamp grass which are placed around the edge of the pit. Finally, the position of the tree fern is adjusted at the command of the bete, and the firewalkers will approach the pit from the direction in which it points. The tree fern is removed and the firewalkers walk, single

file, across the red-hot stones. This performance is followed with a traditional Kava ceremony, where one member of the audience is appointed as the Chief. Kava (also known as Yaqona) is the traditional drink of Fiji and is mixed from the roots of the piper methysticum plant and diluted in water. Participants sit in a circle on a mat facing the tanoa, a large hand carved wooden bowl. One by one, amidst chanting and hand clapping, each person drinks the kava from a share half coconut shell. Kava ceremonies

Air Pacific has announced the historic name change from Air Pacific to Fiji Airways, a major development for the airline with government’s full support. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said that as Fijians, “we take pride in our country and now our national airline can better reflect this in name also”. “There are exciting times ahead for our national airline, the new interior cabin design will be revealed in the coming months and the general public and the tourism industry looks forward in anticipation of the new design,” Prime Minister Bainimarama told guests including those from both the tourism and airline sector. “All of these positive changes in Fiji Airways, formerly Air Pacific, in recent years have been facilitated by and has the support of my Government.” Prime Minister Bainimarama added that government recognised Fiji Airways as

Air Pacific to be renamed
the national carrier as being vital contributor to the Fijian economy. “It, therefore, is only logical that Fiji Airways continues to be a viable and sustainable commercial entity,” Prime Minister Bainimarama said. “It is, therefore only logical that the staff, the management, the shareholders and the other partners remain committed to Fiji Airways.” In addition, Prime Minister stated that any deviation from this objective could spell disaster for the national carrier, its employers, the tourism sector and the economy as seen in other countries. Attorney General and Minister for Civil Aviation, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said that the rebranding of Air Pacific to “Fiji Airways” was a milestone for the company and also part and parcel of the Bainimarama government’s agenda of utilising and capitalising on the Fijian brand. “The Fijian brand conjures

up different images, if you go to Europe and you mention Fiji, people will never respond to you in a negative fashion even though they may have never seen the map of Fiji,” Sayed-Khaiyum said. Minister Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted that this was one of the reasons for the change in name for the Fiji Visitors Bureau to Tourism Fiji, the Fiji Trade & Investment Bureau to Investment Fiji and the Fiji Audio Visual Commission to Film Fiji under the Bainimarama government. Chief Executive Officer for Air Pacific, Dave Pflieger said that an extensive brand and marketing audit revealed that Air Pacific’s customers and the traveling public did not associate the name of the airline – Air Pacific with Fiji. “In short, despite our 42 years of efforts to market the name ‘Air Pacific’, Fiji is the word that resonates and motivates people to find us, to buy tickets on us, and to build vacation packages.”






With swiftly flowing brown flood water still on the minds of everyone in the Western Division, children who are members of the Nadi-based Barracuda Swim Club got a chance recently to find out what to do if they come across someone who is drowning. Air Pacific Safety Instructor, Mrs Kelera Dakuliga, volunteered her safety teaching expertise to give the thirty Nadi Barracuda Club swim-

Barracuda Swimmers Learn Life Saving Skills
mers a lively lesson in the vital steps to take in keeping a victim alive until medical help arrives. During a short break in the middle of a swim marathon the children had undertaken in order to raise funds to attend the Fiji Swimming Long Course Nationals, the swimmers found out how to check for breathing and heartbeat problems, and how to administer CPR to an unconscious victim. The poolside at the Nadi Sports Club was a lively scene as both children and their parents took turns practicing their newly acquired life-saving skills on plastic dummies. “The recent floods and the current media coverage on drowning stats continuously remind us how important it is to be able to swim and understand basic water safety skills,” said Barracuda Swim Club president Ben Rova. “Plans are in the pipeline to involve our Swimming Club and other interested stake holders along with local hotels in a community-wide event that will give members of the public a chance to learn the basics of survival swimming and rescue.” For more information about this upcoming innovative water-safety project, email the Nadi Barracuda Swim Club at


Sunny West Bowling Carnival returns

Twenty-seven overseas based bowlers will join forces with around sixty local bowling enthusiasts to be part of the 2012 Shop N Save Sunny West Bowling Carnival from May 25 – 31 at the Nadi Sports Club. The participation of the bowlers was confirmed by the chairman of the tournament Shorab Khan adding that the committee was almost on the verge of cancelling this year’s tournament due to the effects of the recent bad weather and floods. Khan who is also the bowls director at the Nadi Sports Club said a timely boost from Shop N Save who are the major sponsors of the tournament was the

key factor in the committee changing their mind to continue with the major event this year. “Thanks to Shop N Save, our major sponsors and also supporting sponsors BSP and Williams & Gosling together with individual sponsors who have come onboard to support us for the tournament this year and we are expecting the week-long bowling tournament to create a great atmosphere here at the sports club,” the former national rep offered. Team BSP consisting of champion bowlers Deepak Deoji, husband and wife team of Curtis and Sheral Mar and national rep Arun Kumar are the defending champs in the team event while Som Padayachi and Ratish Lal are

Team BSP...last years winners of the team event. From left are Deepak Deoji, Arun Kumar, Sheral Mar and Curtis Mar. Photos: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

the defending champs in the pair’s category.

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Namaskaram...champion bowler Som Padayachi in action during the Sunny West Bowling Carnival last year. Padayachi and his partner Ratish Lal are the defending champions under the pairs category.

Runners-up of the team category last year.

The Fijian Government saluted the Fiji national 7s team for winning the London 7s tournament in style. The national side ended the series on a high note winning the last event of the IRB World 7s Series in London. Minister for Sports, Mr Viliame Naupoto said the win has surely put smiles on every Fijian fan. "Congratulations on your magnificent win in London and on your overall achievement in the IRB HSBC World Sevens Series 2012," Minister Naupoto said. "You have made the nation proud and thank you for the wonderful gift to our mothers on Mothers' Day." However, he added that the players must not rest on their laurels as they have the 7s World cup next year. "Vinaka vakalevu and enjoy your time with your family before we begin the preparations for the World Cup next year." Fiji finished the series with three titles namely the Gold Coast 7s, Hong Kong 7s and the London 7s titles. The Alifereti Dere - coached side finished second in the overall series, six points behind winners New Zealand.

Govt salutes sevens heroes

This couple came all the way from PNG to be part of the carnival last year.

Minister for Sports Viliame Naupoto.





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