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Issue:36 JUNE 25 - JULY 24, 2012

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Korovuto to Canberra
The story of a Kai Nadi who comes home to make a difference
He is a highly educated person but his nature and actions are very simple, generous and humble. In February 2012, through the Sugar Festival Association, Dr Sharma donated five sets of computers, a server, a projector, five laptops and flash drives to our college. In April 2012, after the recent floods, Dr Sharma through the Sugar Festival Association donated uniforms for twenty boys and fifteen girls from Korovuto College. Mr Chandra said uniforms were also donated to fifteen boys and seventeen girls from Korovuto Primary School. The students were badly affected by the recent floods which hit the western division and had lost most of their school belongings. The students expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the assistance that has been rendered during their difficult time. Dr Kamlesh Sharma is an ardent writer and has written a number of books based on his island home Fiji. Korovuto has always been in his heart and is central in the stories that he writes. His struggles and village life stories are portrayed in the books that he has already written. Some of Dr Kamlesh Sharmas publications include Golden Years of Generous Giving - A publication dedicated to the Sugar Festival Association, Rahuls Road, Community Service - the Fijian way, Gulaami Slavery in Fiji, Fiji - My Island Home and his latest publication to come is Chal Akela. I feel very humbled with the comments made about me

Former Korovuto resident Dr Kamlesh Sharma is a shining example of how generosity and a will to assist those in need can help make a difference in the community. Since January 2011, Dr Sharma has donated computers, flood relief items and cash around a tune of $150,000. Last month the Canberra based philanthropist who is a qualified lawyer and accountant was in the country to give out computers to needy schools and also donated $10,000 to the Sugar Festival Association to assist families severely affected by the recent floods with food items. Dr Sharma is also an avid writer and has published many books with the sales of the most recent ones being directed towards the Sugar Festival charity chest. Your good deeds will always be cherished, said Sanjesh Chandra, principal of Korovuto College after receiving a brand new laptop for the school last month. A small function was held at Korovuto College where the management, staff and students thanked Dr Sharma, his family and the board members of the Sugar Festival Association. We are really exhilarated by Dr Kamlesh Sharmas presence. Dr Sharma has attended Korovuto Primary School and Korovuto College, Mr Chandra said. Despite becoming a very learned personnel and holding a very high position, Dr. Sharma has not forgotten Fiji and especially Korovuto where he grew up and was educated.

Dr Kamlesh Sharma, left, hands over a brand new laptop to the management of Korovuto College recently. Receiving the laptop are school president Jitendra Kumar, second from left, principal Sanjesh Chandra and manager Pravin Singh. INSET: A truck full of rations which was distributed to flood affected families in Korovuto last month. Photos: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

but I dont like to listen to my own praises and feel a little embarrassed with that, Dr Sharma said while addressing students in Korovuto. My message to the students is to work very hard and excel in studies. Also when you become something after achieving the necessary education and do well in life, do

not forget those who are not that fortunate as you are. No matter where you end up in life, never forget your roots, your struggles, that has been the motive in my life and I will continue to carry on the work as long as God allows me to do so. Always think about people who are not as fortunate

as you are so I urge you to go out and make a difference in the community when you can. We had delayed the distribution of rations until this time as there were many agencies carrying out donations immediately after the floods so we did not want to duplicate the process. I have also asked the

school management to let me know if more students need uniforms so we can work at getting it for them, Dr Sharma said. Dr Sharma also thanked the Sugar Festival Association for coordinating the relief efforts with the distribution of uniforms, computers and food rations.

FOUR-years-ago I asked Bollywood stars Lara Dutta and Kunal Kapoor if there were any plans of shooting movies in our beautiful country immediately the room full of journalists and invited guests at Radisson Resort (Now Radisson Blu) in Denarau Island burst into laughter. The reaction was not to make fun of my question but due to the fact that no one in that room ever thought that what I had asked the two stars could one day turn into a reality. I was impressed with the answer Kunal Kapoor gave. He said given the beauty of our country and the friendliness of our people, any actor would love to come and shoot movies here, but that was a choice which the producers and directors would have to make considering the type of support they receive from the various agencies concerned. Not to be mistaken with their presence on Denarau Island as a movie project, the two were in the country to actually spread the gospel on the Art of Living movement and had no Bollywood related activities during their short stay in 2008. Fast-forward to 2012 from that time, and here we are luring movies after movies from the worlds largest film industry Bollywood. All this did not happen overnight, it took a lot of hard work from our government officials especially our tourism minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who worked tirelessly with various agencies and Film Fiji (previously Fiji Audio Visual Commission) to turn the dream of hosting Bollywood in Fiji into a reality. With four movies being shot one after the other - three being done here simultaneously, Fiji is all set to take its share of Bollywood with multiplying benefits to our economy. We salute the Fijian Government for coming up with creative and attractive concessions which has enabled us Fijians, especially we here in Nadi to witness and be part of something we had previously only seen in movies. (More on page 5)
SHALENDRA PRASAD Lara Dutta and Kunal Kapoor in Denarau Island. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Finally, worlds largest film ON THE BRIGHT SIDE industry comes to A rare collection of poems launched in Nadi our shores...


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

Fiji - the way the world should be

Fijis former deputy prime minister Pandit Harish Chandra Sharma launched a collection of poems which were written by his late father Pandit Pratap Chandra Sharma many years back in form of a book at the Fiji National University (FNU) Namaka campus on Friday, June 8. Called Pratap Kavitanjali Voices from Sawani, the book contains hundreds of poetries of different categories that had been written by Late Pandit Pratap Chandra Sharma during his days as a farmer in Sawani, Nausori. Dedicating the book to his late mother Phul Mati Sharma, Mr Harish Sharma said his fathers poems were written in pieces of paper which he had held close to him for many years. Mr Sharma said he had always wanted to publish his fathers collection of poems in form of a book but it was

By RAJNEESH LATA of the Golden Age Home

Golden Age Home residents learn craft work

only after he discussed this with Professor Subramani of FNU, things started to slowly take shape in the right direction. I wish to sincerely thank Professor Subramani who has time and again inspired and at times pushed me to get things in order and here we are launching the book today, Mr Sharma said. According to Mr Sharma, the book is suitable for every age group and has poems based on children, politics, religion, leaders and society at large. The book was officially launched by Indian High Commission consular Ajay Sharma. FNUs acting vice-chancellor Doctor Mahendra Reddy while addressing the large number of guests present to witness the occasion said the university is proud to be playing a facilitating role in the promotion of art and literature.

Chief guest Ajay Sharma, left, of the Indian High Commission with Pandit Harish Sharma during the launching at FNU Namaka Campus. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

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Residents of the Golden Age Home have been busy learning craft work. This became possible through the initiative of a Board member, Mrs. Elina Saurara. Some of the residents are really talented and it only takes initiative to tap on their talents. The residents with help from Mrs. Saurara managed to produce some beautiful craft works. The Board plans to host an open day later in the year where the residents will be able to display their creativity. Meanwhile the Vuda Marina Management and Staff hosted thirty-five residents of The Golden Age Home of Natabua, Lautoka at the Marina for an afternoon tea re-

cently. The residents were requesting for an outing as they got bored being in the same environment. They were taken for a day out on Saturday, May 19 to the airport for a "sarasara" around there and later taken to the Marina for an afternoon tea. Taking into account their dietary concerns, the residents were provided with afternoon tea consisting of draunimoli or green tea, pawpaw scones, banana cake or muffins (with low sugar of course), tropical fruits, cakes and the good old "tavioka yaca". According to the Manager of the Marina, Milika Marshall, the staff at the Marina was overwhelmed with the visit and the chef was so happy that Vuda Marina was able to do something for the

Residents of the Golden Age Home seen having a good time with the staff at Vuda Marina recently.

group of special visitors from the Home. She further said that, I am so glad that my staff had the opportunity to put something out for the lovely residents. How truly blessed we are to host the senior citizens. Thats the satisfaction I get, the residents had a good time and enjoyed themselves and as a result my staff got inspiration for doing something for the community.

The residents really enjoyed the beautiful environment, warm reception and the afternoon tea itself. The residents always look forward to such opportunity and this one came in time when they really needed an outing. The Management, Board of Visitors and the residents of The Golden Age Home are really grateful for this kind gesture provided by the Marina Management and Staff.


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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 todays 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





Tourists bring smiles to Nadi District students


Children of Nadi District School were on cloud nine after two Australian tourists while holidaying at the Sheraton Fiji Resort decided to pay them a visit with some school items. Najee Tannous and Peter Hyer of Sydney were recently at the school donating stationery to kids who were severely affected by the recent floods. Peter and Najee donated stationery and spent time with the kids and teachers, asking them various questions and interviewing them on their day to day experiences as well. Najee is the owner of Performing Arts School Boombox Performing Arts and together the two friends wish to help the local community in Fiji , and to perhaps bring in dance workshops or promote an artistic curriculum in the programs of more underprivileged schools. Boombox Performing Arts is looking at the possibility of providing scholarships to some of these underprivileged children as Najee will be putLoloma Fiji is a charity that was founded by Lesley Bryce, (pictured), who lived in Fiji back in 2009. She recently donated essential items to the Lautoka Special School and donations were assisted by Australian businesses Beach to Bush Pool Safety, Veve Glamour Swimwear, The Buzz PR, Fiji: Naisoso Residential Management, and Northern Blue Construction, New Zealand: Thilaia Berryman.

ting together a documentary from the trip here to encourage others in Australia to actively participate in helping the local schools and those who need it most here. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to visit a school in-person. We see this all the time on television but it is so different being here personally, Najee Tannous said. Peter and I are so amazed to see all the smiles from these children although they have been affected by such disaster. We were actually speechless as it was overwhelming to see such passionate teachers and leaders at the school and we really want to see the school grow. Ive worked with underprivileged communities before and am so grateful to the Starwood Group for organizing this trip. The two friends also visited the Treasure Home before departing for Australia. We really want to encourage other Australians to come out here and see for themselves and get in touch with the people who need assistance the most. You really need to be here to see it,

Najee Tannous and Peter Hyer of Sydney with children of Nadi District School. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Najee added. Sheraton Fiji spokeswoman Salome Tukuafu said it was great to see a lot of their guests and the greater Starwood international community showing concern for the plight of the local communities here. It has definitely seen a greater reach in our philanthropic efforts, to reach out to those who need it most. We have many staff that were affected by the floods, and have recently started the distribution of a substantial amount of monies granted to us, she added.


Resort protects Ocean and Environment

Malolo Island Resort celebrated the World Ocean and Earth Day on Friday, June 8th. To mark the important event, the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES) along with the Marine Activities Coordinator of Malolo Island Resort organized a daylong function where booths were setup to showcase to guests how important our environment is and which products the resort uses to ensure protection of the fragile environment. 8th of June is an important day to the world. To show that we are a part of the green economy, we need to take important steps and bring good changes to the ocean. Please stand up and fight for the environment,said MES Field Officer Soropepeli Seru. Six booths were setup by various departments namely, maintenance, marine activities and kids club, spa, housekeeping, front office and food beverages & kitchen. The Spa department informed guests that all the products used by them are from Pure Fiji which is environmentally friendly and the bottles can be recycled. The Front Office Department explained that they were the first point of contact for guests arriving at the island and upon arrival; all guests were given an arrival kit which contained information about water usage and the Ahura Resort Environmental Policy. The Marine centre and the kids club explained about marine awareness and have targeted to plant at least 300 corals by the end of this year. The Housekeeping department informed guests that all the laundry was taken daily to mainland and not done on the island. The chemical used in servicing of rooms were from Ecolab and environmentally friendly. The food, beverages and kitchen department informed that all food wastages were given to the village as pig food or decomposed and later used as manure. All breakages were sent to the mainland. The maintenance department displayed how waste water was treated and won the best booth prize. According to house guests Glenis Groce and Bev Sterling, the day displays the initiatives taken by the resort staff which was absolutely wonderful. They have to do this to sustain the environment. An underwater clean-up activity was also organized by the staff.

HUNDREDS of needy Nadi residents took advantage of a donation drive from the Rotary Club of Nadi recently. The club members were busy distributing the free clothes which was donated by their Australian counterparts on Saturday, June 9. Following the floods, the Rotary Club of Nadi has assisted those in need in many ways and this is our last flood relief assistance for the time being, club president Sanjit Patel said.

Free clothes for needy

Loloma Charity!


Bollywood Bonanza


Four back-to-back Bollywood movie shootings in the country takes Fiji into a new direction

Fijis newest town, Rakiraki has received a major boost following the arrival of Bollywood producers in the area. Renowned Bollywood director Anubhav Sinha who has directed block-buster movies such as Shahrukh Khan starrer RA-One is shooting his latest project named Warning in the beautiful Sun Coast a truly hidden beauty of Fiji. While launching the movie in the presence of AttorneyGeneral Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum on Denarau Island recently, Sinha said the scenes and sea of Rakiraki was most suited for the horror movie which has a storyline centred around a yachting trip gone wrong for a couple of friends. The crew will be staying in Rakiraki for almost two-months giving the small townships economy a major boost. The first effect that has been felt immediately upon the arrival of the film crew is the unavailability of good accommodation for workers and travelers. This is a good sign that more investment needs to be put into upgrading boarding or home-stay facilities so that there is affordable, clean and safe accommodation always available, said Rakiraki Town

Council interim administrator Seini Raiko (pictured above). The good thing about such a project coming to our town is that the workers in the respective resorts and boarding places are now on full time employment for the duration of the film crews stay here. There is an indirect benefit to the markets because of the increased demand for fruits, vegetables and groceries a much needed economic boost for the local economy. Another benefit is the need for ancillary services such as transportation, guides, security officers, maids, housekeepers, extras on the set, etcetera, which directly contribute to household incomes and the flow of economic activity in the area. It also puts Rakiraki on the tourist map and creates interest in the international circles, free advertisement that the toddler town sorely needs, Ms Raiko said. (Editorial comment on page 2).

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is flanked by the cast and production team of Bollywood movie WARNING at the films shoot launching in Denarau Island on Wednesday, June 13. The film is being currently shot in Rakiraki. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also launched another movie shooting titled Table. 21 on Sunday, June 24 at Novotel Hotel in Lami. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Neil Nitin Mukesh and Sonal Chauhan on the sets of 3G at Mana Island Resort. Photo: RANJEETA RANIGA.

A scene from another Bollywood movie Supermodel starring Veena Malik and Ashmit Patel captured by our cameras at Mr Wahid Alis residence in Denarau Island. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.



Sayonara - Mana farewells MD


MANA Island Resort bid farewell to its managing director of seventeenyears with a special function held on Wednesday, June 20 at the Denarau Golf and Racquet Club. While addressing guests on his last official program as managing director of Mana Island, seventythree-year-old Takehiro Nishida vividly recalled the challenges he has faced since taking up office in 1995. During my term here, I have seen a lot and we have had to go through various challenges like the political crisis two times, in 2000 and in 2006 and the floods in 1999, 2009 and this year that directly


LTA accredits Driving Course

understanding and management on the effects of alcohol, yaqona and drugs as a professional driver. Speaking at the certificate handing over ceremony Mr Kinnaird commented that it was a pleasure and privilege to be invited each year to provide the most up to date professional and advanced driver training available in New Zealand to the team here at Pacific Destinationz Fiji. "This training will upgrade the skills of the drivers which will ensure a safe and professional experience to the visiting tourists and the local community," Mr Kinnaird added. LTA CEO Naisa Tuinaceva said that he was delighted about the theory of the training. He was thankful to the initiative adapted by Pacific Destinationz Fiji in training its drivers and said that it is a trend setter for other organizations in the country. With increasing road accidents and declining attitudes of certain drivers on the roads each year, Mr Tuinaceva said that he has faith on the drivers who graduated from

Mana Island Resorts outgoing managing director Takehiro Nishida, right, shares a moment with Fiji Islands Hotel & Tourism Association (FIHTA) president Dixon Seeto during his farewell. Photo: EMOSI LASAQA.

affected our business, Mr Nishida said. Cancellation of direct flights over Japan in 2009 damaged our business to a great extent but due to your good assistance and hard work of our staff, we were able to generate good results for our company, Mr Nishida told his industry partners present at the function. Mr Nishida will be returning to Japan and intends to travel the world after relaxing at home for a whole. He has been succeeded by Kaoru Gocho who takes up office from July 1st.

The Land Transport Authority has accredited a driving course initiated by leading inbound tour operator Pacific Destinationz which is based in Martintar, Nadi. The course was scheduled for one whole week in which the Pacific Destinationz drivers joined forces with LTA officers and were provided with the Professional Driver Training. The training was conducted by Mr David Kinnaird who is an accomplished Professional Driver Trainer from New Zealand. Mr Kinnaird carries with him seventeen-years of experience in driving, from working for the largest coach-line operator in New Zealand to being a National Operations Manager at the Mini Fuels & Oils Ltd (Z Energy), New Zealand. During the training the drivers were made knowledgeable in providing transfers in an advanced level of safe and fuel efficient driving technique, advanced defensive driving skills with the

the course recently to bring changes on the road. "These drivers (graduating drivers) are a sample of a new breed of drivers on the roads of Fiji." "I acknowledge the work done by Pacific Destinationz in uplifting the standards of its drivers. "I assure that we will work together with Pacific Destinationz in bringing the program across the country," Mr Tuinaceva added. James Sowane, Managing Director of Pacific Destinationz Fiji stated that the training has been conducted for the past 3-years but it's like an icing on the cake when given the recognition from LTA. "Last year we serviced over 88,000 international visitors which is a large number of precious lives to be responsible for and it is our commitment that our professional drivers and transport team are up-skilled and trained to New Zealand standards to take on this responsibility," he added. Graduating from the training were thirty-eight Pacific Destinationz drivers and seven LTA officers.


New licences to help fill in gaps in services

There have been gaps in services that Fiji can provide to the tourism sector that will now be addressed by new players who have been granted licences by Government. Attorney-General and Minister for Industry and Trade, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji had not really been able to tap into the Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibition market due to the lack of capacity. "We have been approached in the last couple of years to host some fairly large film awards but we do not have the capacity. Suva has the capacity to hold it in the Vodafone arena but it has no room inventory while Nadi has room inventory but does not have the capacity to host a convention or such an event," Minister Sayed-Khaiyum highlighted. The Attorney General, while speaking at the Fiji-New Zealand Business Council meeting, which also commemorated the council's 25th anniversary, explained the rationale behind the licences that Government was granting to companies wanting to set up business in Fiji. In the case of One Hundred Sands that will operate the first ever casino in Fiji, Minister Sayed-Khaiyum explained that one of the requirements of the licence was that they provide a minimum sitting of 1,500 so as to address the needs of this niche market. "So that has been the rationale behind it; it's not simply just giving a casino licence but to have the various ancillary services or activities that can be tied in with the casino," he said.

LTA CEO Naisa Tuinaceva, LTA Board Member Commander Mosese Semi,Course Coordinator Mr David Kinnaird, Managing Director Pacific Destinationz Fiji James Sowane, management staff and graduating drivers pose for a group picture. Asco Motors manager west Subhash Chandra is also seen in the picture. Photo: SAJNEEL ROHIT.

Minister Sayed-Khaiyum also explained to the members of the business council why the Fijian economy grew despite the global and internal shocks to the economy. "One of the reasons has been that 99.1 percent of the tax payers have received a tax cut so that has fuelled consumption." "That's been one of the reasons for bringing about tax cuts, so as opposed to going about and taking very stringent austerity measures as you might have seen in some of the other countries." "We have in fact taken a different mixed approach to spurring economic growth but at the same time this coupled with the fact that a number of laws have been passed too in fact increase competition within the economy," Minister Sayed-Khaiyum said.


In its first year of operating under new ownership, Aquarius On The Beach hotel in Nadi has received a great honour winning the Certificate of Excellence Award for 2012 from TripAdvisor, the international online review site which allows anyone to rate hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related activities. Were really excited winning this award, says Managing Director, Dale Hermanson, because it really reaffirms our recent efforts to raise the standard of our hotel and provide great customer service for our guests. Aquarius On The Beach is located on Nadis Wailoaloa Beach. The international TripAdvisor award is given to Hotels and other tourismrelated business that consistently achieve a high level of positive customer online reviews.

Nadi hotel wins international award

For Aquarius On The Beach, the award has been received with great enthusiasm. Theres no way we could have achieved this award without the friendly and professional service our staff provide to our guests, Hermanson related. Were a small, family owned hotel, so for us to receive such a prominent award is really exciting for us. The hotel is locally owned by Hermanson and his two daughters. Aquarius On The Beach has 15 rooms, with a mixture of ten private rooms and ten dormitories. Its Ocean View rooms are its premier room offering, with its location directly on Wailoaloa Beach one of its major attractions. It also offers the very popular Sunday Brunch On The Beach, which has become very popular with locals in the Nadi area. Weve upgraded our rooms, our bar, our lounge and our whole look, says Hotel Manager Angie Nair. Anyone who has been to Aquarius before would be surprised at the new improved look of our hotel, she added. TripAdvisor online reviews consistently commend the hotel for the value and quality of its meals, the friendly service of its staff and its convenient location. With guest-generated reviews, such as on TripAdvisor, there is more fairness and honesty than with paid advertising and promotional reviews. Of course you get the occasional negative review, stated Hermanson. I dont think any hotel can please everyone, but considering the value and quality of what we offer, its clear that our guests recognise this and respond online to other travellers worldwide.


Sofitel Fiji celebrates Fte de la Musique

One hundred and twenty Sofitel Resorts across the globe have a common thing going when it comes to June 21 each year. Sofitel hotels become musical ambassadors in celebration of the annual Fte de la Musique. This popular street Music Festival was launched in France back in the summer of 1982, on the June 21st Solstice, and soon spread across the globe to become an international phenomenon. As a French brand of international hotels, Sofitel naturally plays an active role in this federating cultural event. In Paris, Washington, Melbourne, Buenos Aires or Marrakech, the 120 Sofitel hotels on all five continents joined together to celebrate music and summer cheer, mixing French tradition with the very best of local culture. Whether a piano solo in the lobby, an intimate concert in the bar or live jazz beside the pool, each hotel celebrated music in its own individual way. Here is Fiji the luxurious five-star resort situated on Denarau Island had its own mix of music which was also blended in with local art display in conjunction with Tokani Arts a local arts agency well known for its marvelous promotion of experienced and budding local talents. The resort in Denarau was a hive of activity as two-parallel functions were held to mark the occasion. On one side the guests were kept on their feet by a Polynesian dance group and live band while on the other side, guests enjoyed soothing music performed on the violin and keyboard by Korean nationals Enok Jo and Tianna This is an annual event for us and Sofitel resorts all over the world celebrate this in their own way linking the loChoi respectively. cal music and culture together to celebrate music. Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa director sales and marketing Nicholas Mina said being the only five-star French brand in This special day has been created to celebrate music and art and this is exactly what we do come June 21 each Fiji; they took the opportunity to invite special guests to year. be part of the function.

Sonaisalis new sales and marketing manager Alana Tilly.

Sonaisali Island Resort appoints new sales & marketing manager

Sonaisali Island Resort, Fiji is proud to announce the appointment of Alana Tilly as Sales & Marketing Manager. Alana joins the Sonaisali Management Team after working in similar roles in Australia. Alana's previous role before moving to Fiji was as Business Development Manager for NobleDentist, a nation-wide dental plan in Australia. While working for NobleDentist Alana led the company to produce triple figure sales growth year on year and grew the number of participating businesses throughout Australia from 120 to 500. Alana brings to the team her extensive knowledge of business development and experience in a wide range of areas and in ecommerce and online marketing in particular. Alana didn't hesitate accepting the Sales & Marketing Manager position and brings to the team her extensive knowledge of business development and experience in a wide range of areas, in particular ecommerce and online marketing. Alana anticipates a prosperous future working in conjunction with the dynamic Management team at Sonaisali Island Resort. Alana is also very excited to be based in Fiji having spent some time here over the last 6 years working in Rotary International Projects and also travelling to various

parts of the country on holidays. Alana's mother was originally from Fiji, having been born there, so she is looking forward to continuing the connection with her heritage and being part of Fiji as a country and promoting its warm hospitality and great future in tourism. "It was an easy decision to accept this role as it was such a great opportunity to work in such a well recognised resort that has such a long history in Fiji. I look forward to using my experience and expertise to further the potential of Sonaisali Island Resort and help it to continue to be a highly sought after holiday destination." Sonaisali Island Resort's Managing Director, Aaron McGrath, welcomes Alana to the team and looks forward to working with her. "We are very excited to welcome Alana to our team at Sonaisali Island Resort. Not only will she bring a new and exciting focus on business development, but also be an innovative leader for the Sales Team." 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 International Airport.




Economist briefs clients on global trends

Westpac leads by example
By SHALENDRA PRASAD WESTPAC recently held an economic conference with its clients at the Capricorn Hotel in Nadi to brief them about the relevance of the world economic outlook to Fiji. The conference was conducted by Westpacs senior economist Justin Smirk (pictured) who is based in Sydney, Australia. The purpose of the conference was to brief our clients that there are some very big external shocks about to come, people should get ready for increased uncertainty and vulnerability coming out of Europe and there are some problems in the US and it paints a very negative picture, Mr Smirk said. Actually Fiji is quite well placed to ride through this, Australia will go through some uncertain periods but will be stronger in comparison to those most affected by the upcoming economic conditions. Fiji will be well placed with its current trade with the Asia Pacific region, with China and Australia so the effects of the global economic situations may be minimal here. There are some interim risks for Fiji but they are not going to be long-term. Fiji has got a very good opportunity to grow through this and build a solid base to grow from. Mr Smirk said the visit to Fiji has enabled Westpac to share the knowledge on inter-


Patrons hit the dance floor.

national economic trends and risks ahead with its Fiji customers. Westpac General Manager Adrian Hughes echoed similar sentiments and was encouraged with the response received from customers. The conference was all about giving Fiji business community access from an overseas expert, Mr Hughes said. Particularly with the current business turmoil, customers have been asking us many questions, such as if there is an economic turmoil in Europe, what would that mean for us? Our customers have been asking for expert assistance from overseas particularly talking about the economy and here we are presenting Justin who rides on the backs of nineteenyears of experience with many credential. The overwhelming response from customers is very encouraging and they have asked us to bring Justin back and speak more about Pacific trade. In his next visit, Justin will be able to speak more about Fijis economic position in the world market.


Hard Rockers celebrate in style

marks the 41st birthday of Hard Rock worldwide and we are very fortunate to have Hard Rock in Fiji for the past four-years now," Mr SayedKhaiyum said. "The government is very supportive of such ventures and we have offered various incentives in the tourism sector and will continue to do so overall," he added. "Fiji is about to witness its first Casino which is owned and operated by American Indians and I believe the company which owns the Hard Rock franchise worldwide is also owned by American Indians so there is a lot of synergy for us to explore and take advantage of. "I wish to congratulate the owners and management, staff of Jacks of Fiji which is a household name in Fiji and they have done a wonderful job in all the sectors in which they are involved and Hard Rock Port Denarau is a testimony to that as well," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum concluded. Sanjiya Devi, the assistant marketing manager of Jacks of Fiji Restaurants said: "Our passionate and dedicated team members in the Local Ambassador Program help out communities on a daily basis. More than just words on the walls of every Hard Rock Caf, we the Hard Rockers, live by our motto "Love All Serve All", "Time to be Kind", "All is One", and "Save the Planet" as it is our goal to make the Earth a safer, healthier and better place for all." "In the recent past Hard Rock has contributed in various Charity Program such as cleaning Old People's Home, Nadi Hospital, Blood Donations, collecting charity for cancer charity, help in raising funds for the poor, raising food and clothing items for needs and now fund raising for the flood victims. According to Ms Devi some of their major commu-

Harley Davidson riders present a cheque to Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Hard Rock Cafe 41st Founders Day celebrations at Port Denarau on Saturday, June 16. From left are Jason Bates, Michael OConnor and Dean White. Photos: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Bhavin Khatri greets the A-G.

Internationally renowned food-chain Hard Rock which has been in Fiji since 2007 was a hive of activity while celebrating its Founder's Day and 41st birthday in style on Saturday, June 16 at their renowned outlet in Port Denarau. Ever since its inception in 1971, Hard Rock has been committed to a wide range of philanthropic causes and activities around the World. The event which was organised in two separate days (Thursday and Saturday) turned out to be a great success as a large number of patrons graced the occasion. Attorney-General and Minister for Tourism Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who was the chief guest for the final celebrations on Saturday, June 16 commended the Jacks of Fiji Group which runs the Hard Rock franchise in Fiji. "Today's occasion also

nity initiatives have been centred around - Flood Appeal, Imagine - There is no Hunger (Poverty) initiative , Pinktober - Breast Cancer Awareness Program to name a few. "To mark this special event Hard Rock Caf Fiji did a special Charity contribution to flood affected areas in Fiji by donating $3200 to the Prime Ministers Flood Appeal which was raised by the Harley Davidson bikers of Nadi as they joined forces with Hard Rock and did a fundraising ride from Nadi to Pacific Harbour to raise the funds." Biking organiser Jason Bates told THE JET they had also stopped on their way to meet Semo Villagers in Sigatoka to hand over flood relief items to them. "Semo Village was one of the worst affected during the recent floods in the western division and it was an honour to be able to help them in our own little way."





Twenty-five-year- old, Mohammed Jabed, and twenty-sevenyear-old Mauzeem Bano, both of Olosara, Sigatoka, confined to bed for over five-years due to immobility in their lower body, were full of smiles when a wheelchair was donated to them by the Fiji Wheelchairs and the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation. Mother, Naseem Bano, said that the wheelchair will allow her to finally take the children outside the house to get a breath of fresh air and sunlight. My children have been ill due to unknown causes and we have been desperately trying to get medical attention for the two children. I look after my children almost 24-hours-a-day, which is exhausting at times and the wheelchair will provide a lot of relief as I have had huge difficulty in moving them around. The physical challenges of her children have almost taken over her whole life. Handing over the wheelchair, Rosan Lal, a Vodafone World of Difference candidate working for ACATA Trust Fiji said that physically challenged individuals also need to have distractions from the circumstances surrounding paralysis. Keeping the person's mind active, talking to the person about what is going on in the lives of family members and friends, listening to the news together and talking about world events with paralyzed individuals helps the persons maintain an interest in the world around them. They need to express their thoughts in every way possible. Laugh and encourage visitors to laugh and have fun. The paralyzed person needs something to think about besides their own condition. Watching educational programs together also encourages learning, said Mr Lal. He further reiterated that there is an urgent need for family members to be educated on the social, emotional and medical needs of the physically challenged individuals and how to best deal with such situations. He said that ACATA Trust, together with its strategic charity partner, the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation is planning to embark on projects that will address the educational and emotional challenges facing the physically challenged and their families. Whilst addressing the challenges of disability in Fiji, ACATA Trust with Spinal Injury Association is also sharing the type of balanced meal to be given to the physically challenged children who have hopes to be healthy and be able to productively contribute in any way possible. While talking to Mauzeem, she said that she just wants to go out and be able to communicate so she can keep her brain active. Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation Executive, Ambalika Devi reminded the family to keep the paralyzed person moving throughout the day. She also reiterated that the family should accept the challenge and make plans to move forward in any way possible with the help of our disable associations. Change their position at least every two-hours in order to increase blood circulation. Exercise her limbs carefully according to therapists' instructions. Physical touch and relaxed conversation promote emotional health, said Dr BP Ram, ACATA Medical Team leader. He further said that we need to give the disabled children proper food so they can arrest deterioration of conditions. Vinod Kamal, Bank of Baroda, Sigatoka Branch Head helped identify the needy siblings through his community networking. Once on a home visit, Kamal asked one of his friends Janif, the father of the two siblings, as to how many children he had, their age and the school they go to. When Janifs facial expression changed and he said that his two children, a boy and a girl who were once schooling in form 4 and form 2 are now bed ridden because they cannot move, I was flabbergasted, said Kamal. Immediately, I was curious to know what happened, but when we went inside and saw the children, we could not believe that once living a normal life, the kids could not move at all, said Kamal Janif said that they took the children for all medical checks and wherever people told him just to get their children return to normal life but the struggle was not successful and even the doctors gave up hope when they could not say what went wrong and what the cure was. On behalf of our Chief Executive (Fiji Operations) of Bank of Baroda, we thank the Vodafone Foundation and its charity partners for the timely response, Mr Kamal added. While extremely grateful with the donation, Janif is patiently praying for the day his kids are able to live a normal life once again.

Mobility provides new ray of hope


International School organises Family Fun Day


Bank of Baroda, Sigatoka Branch Manager, Vinod Kamal, handing over the wheelchair to Mauzmeen. Photo & Article: SUPPLIED.

Fun, fun and more fun. That is what parents, teachers, children and well wishers of one of Nadis elite educational institutions can expect come next month. International School Nadi (ISN) will be holding their annual "Family Fun Day" on Saturday, July 21 from 10am to 3pm at the school grounds, Nadi Back Road. Suzanne Hopf, ViceChairperson ISN ParentTeacher Association (PTA) said the funds raised will assist ISNs road to recovery and support the local community.

A huge array of activities and international food stalls will be available for your enjoyment, Ms Hopf said. She said entertainment for all ages including: 4WD buggy or horse rides, bungee trampoline, bouncy castle, local business exhibits and white elephant stalls will keep the day filled with fun and activities. The entry for the special day is absolutely free and free shuttle bus from Jacks -Nadi Town to International School will be available from 9.45am to 2.30pm. We wish to welcome everyone to the fun and family day.




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Letters to World Leaders by Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

er world war has already been laid. As so many countries, both large and small, have nuclear weapons, grudges and hostilities are increasing. In such a predicament, the Third World War looms almost certainly before us. As you are aware, the availability of nuclear weapons will mean that a Third World War will be an atomic war. Its ultimate result will be catastrophic, and the long term effects of such warfare could lead to future generations being born disabled or deformed. It is my belief that as followers of the Holy Prophet Muhammad(pbuh), who was sent to establish peace in the world, and who was the Rahmatullil Aalameen the Mercy to all of Mankind we do not and cannot desire for the world to suffer such a fate. This is why my request to you is that as Iran is also a significant power in the world, it should play its role to prevent a Third World War. It is undeniably true that the major powers act with double standards. Their injustices have caused restlessness and disorder to spread all across the world. However, we cannot ignore the fact that some Muslim groups act inappropriately, and contrary to the teachings of Islam. Major world powers have used this as a pretext to fulfil their vested interests by taking advantage of the poor Muslim countries. Thus, I request you once again, that you should focus all of your efforts and energies towards saving the world from a Third World War. The Holy Quran teaches Muslims that enmity against any nation should not hinder them from acting in a just manner. In Surah Al Maidah, Allah the Exalted instructs us: And let not the enmity of a people, that they hindered you from the Sacred Mosque, incite you to transgress. And help one another in righteousness and piety; but help not one another in sin and transgression. And fear Allah; surely, Allah is severe in punishment. (Ch.5:V.3) Similarly, in the same chapter of the Holy Quran we find the following commandment to Muslims: O ye who believe! Be steadfast in the cause of Allah, bearing witness in equity; and let not a peoples enmity incite you to act otherwise than with justice. Be always just, that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah. Surely, Allah is aware of what you do.(Ch.5:V.9) Hence, you should not oppose another nation merely out of enmity and hatred. I admit that Israel exceeds beyond its limits, and has its eyes cast glance upon Iran. Indeed, if any country transgresses against your country, naturally you have the right to defend yourself. However, as far as possible disputes should be resolved through diplomacy and negotiations. This is my humble request to you, that rather than using force, use dialogue to try and resolve conflicts. The reason why I make this request is because I am the follower of that Chosen Person of God who came in this era as the True Servant of the Holy Prophet Muhammad(pbuh), and who claimed to be the Promised Messiah and Imam Mahdi. His mission was to bring mankind closer to God and to establish the rights of people in the manner our Master and Guide, the Rahmatullil Aalameen the Mercy to all of Mankind the Holy Prophet(pbuh) demonstrated to us. May Allah the Exalted enable the Muslim Ummah to understand this beautiful teaching. Wassalam, Yours Sincerely, Mirza Masroor Ahmad Khalifatul Masih V Head of the Worldwide Ahmadiyya Muslim Community

His Excellency President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tehran 7 March 2012 Dear Mr President, Assalamo Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahe Wa Barakatohu, In light of the perilous state of affairs emerging in the world, I felt that it was essential for me to write to you, as you are the President of Iran, 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. In some areas small-scale wars have broken out, while in other places the superpowers act on the pretext of trying to bring about peace. Each country is engaged in activities to either help or oppose other coun tries, but the requirements of justice are not being fulfilled. It is with regret that if we now observe the current circumstances of the world, we find that the foundation for anoth-

Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad Head of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.

National Peace Symposium at Baitul Futuh Mosque in London organized by Ahmadiyya Muslim Community in UK.

Hadhrat Mirza Masroor ated all segments of society. Ahmad has repeated his Speaking about the curcall for Muslims the world rent situation in Pakistan, His over to show loyalty to Holiness said that every day their respective countries. there was news of killings, In a speech delivered be- protests and strife. The entire fore thousands of Ahmadi country had become engulfed Muslims in London he said in discord. He said that the that love and loyalty to ones Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat country was a fundamental had always counselled the principle of Islam. His Ho- Pakistani leaders to maintain liness also spoke with re- a distance from extremist elegret about the widespread ments. However out of a fear problems faced by Pakistan. of losing their grip on power He said the fundamental the majority of leaders had cause for its current state failed to heed such warnings was a failure to maintain a and had involved themselves separation of religion and with various forms of negoState. In particular, extrem- tiation and deals with the exist elements had perme- tremist religious right. He said THE JET - FIJIS FIRST COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER

Religious Extremists have no place in Society - Hadhrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad

that any system that bowed down to such religious elements was bound to fail and lead to turmoil and despair. It was the duty of every Ahmadi Muslim to profess love to his chosen country. Each Ahmadi Muslim had an obligation towards working for a better future for his country and his fellow citizens. Citing Pakistan as an example he said Ahmadis were treated as inferior citizens and had suffered the most barbaric cruelty, however this had never stopped them from being utterly loyal to the nation. He said that Pakistan had been founded upon the sacrifice of thousands of lives and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat would always do its utmost to make sure that those lost lives were not taken in vain. He said: As citizens of any country, we Ahmadi Muslims, will always show absolute love and loyalty to the State. Every Ahmadi Muslim has a desire for his chosen country to excel and should always endeavour towards this objective. Whenever a country requires its citizens to make sacrifices the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat will always be ready to bear such sacrifices for

Loyalty to Country is Part of Islam

the sake of the nation. His Holiness continued: We feel pain and distress when any nation suffers and we share the grief and pain of others. Thus whenever any country faces difficulty we try our utmost to alleviate their suffering. That is what the founder of Islam, the Holy Prophet Muhammad, taught us. It was the Holy Prophet who counselled that you should put your own pain to one side in an effort to alleviate the suffering of all of mankind. It is thus that the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jamaat is involved in spreading humility, love and kindness.

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SHOP N SAVE new Market Branch opens to serve


The more you shop, the more you save!



ijis leading supermarket chain SHOP N SAVE has opened its newest outlet in Nadi on Friday, June 1 in a location which is convenient to thousands of customers. Located right opposite the Nadi Market, the new outlet which is being referred to as the Market Branch is already gaining popularity amongst customers only within a month of operations. Even though the company was severely affected during the recent floods, the resilience within the SHOP N SAVE management and staff and the confidence they have in Nadi did not make them think twice to open up a completely new shop for customers. We believe that the location of our new shop, just opposite the market and very

close to the bus stand, is ideal from a customer convenience point of view. Our company has consistently followed the policy of being present in locations that allow our customers to shop with convenience and comfort and this location is in keeping up with that policy, offered company CEO Kavishay Abhimannu. According to Mr Abhimannu, response from customers has been overwhelming since the supermarket opened. The response has been encouraging so far. This is in line with expectations whenever a new branch is opened by any major supermarket. We shall now strive to retain most of our new and existing customers by offering them the best value for their money. Asked on what kind of benefits customers can expect from the outlet, Mr Abhimannu said: It has been our con-

The new Market Branch was a hive of activity on opening day. Photos: SAJNEEL ROHIT.

tinuing endeavour to provide the best value to our customers by offering them optimum range, best prices and a clean and hygienic shopping environment. Customers at our

new outlet can expect all of the above. The company employs fourty-five staff in the new outlet while having a total workforce of one hundred

and fifty workers in the entire Nadi area. When our shop in Lodhia Street was closed following the floods, the company took a conscious decision of retain-

ing our staff by distributing them across our branches in Nadi and Namaka. Now that the new branch has opened, the staffs have been pulled in for the new branch.



More plans for development



HOP N SAVE Supermarket continues to invest heavily in the tourism capital of Nadi in more creative ways. The company intends to continue further development of its Namaka Complex the largest commercial property in the entire Nadi area. Apart from investing heavily in the central business district (Nadi town area), work is also progressing well in the companys Namaka Complex. The second phase of development of our Namaka complex has commenced and construction work is progressing well, informed Shop N Save CEO Kavishay Abhimannu. In this phase, we shall offer two levels of serviced apartments and one level of retail and office space. So for those who are looking for quality accommodation and office space in a modern and flood free environment - look no further than the Shop N Save Namaka Complex. The company is also planning to turn its flood ravaged Lodhia Street Branch into something attractive for customers with more retail outlets, a bakery, bottle shop and much more. Soon we have planned to set up the Lodhia Street building as a small shopping complex (mall) with certain busi-

nesses operated by ourselves and space for other small businesses such as a DVD

The Shop N Save Namaka complex will soon have more retail and office spaces together with residential apartments for lease. Interested parties can contact the management for more information. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Store, Internet Store, Copy Centre, Barber shop etcetera, Mr Abhimannu added.

We will operate a bakery like the one in our Namaka complex, a restaurant and a

liquor outlet from the Lodhia Street outlet. Shop N Save Supermarket

also has a large outlet at Sahu Khan Street in Nadi Town as well.

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The new SHOP N SAVE Supermarket Market Branch has everything you need to drink. The outlet carries a wide range of local and imported wines and spirits, beers and liqueurs and many types of RTDs. If you are looking for the right drinks at the best prices available in town, there is only one name that comes to mind SHOP N SAVE SUPERMARKET!







Quality and fresh meats available at all times. You can get your meat sliced in the butcher as well. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.


Everything under one-roof at new outlet

Service with a smile...the friendly staff at the New Market Branch are ready to serve customers to the best of their satisfaction. The advanced point of sale machines mean customers are able to check-out faster. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

If you are looking for quality products and great service all under one-roof, the newly opened Market Branch of SHOP N SAVE Supermarket is the best place to be. From groceries, frozen goods, wines and spirits, to cosmetics and personal care products, you name it, and the new store has it all that too at the right price which will suit your budget. The more you shop, the more you save which is the slogan of the supermarket chain is not a mere statement but a commitment to its customers and it is followed daily in all Shop N Save outlets Fiji wide. According to shop manager Minesh Prasad, customers are really enjoying their shopping experience at the new outlet since its opening almost a month ago. We are getting a very good response from our customers and more and more people are now taking advantage of our great products coupled with even better prices and a friendly service, Mr Prasad said. The new outlet which is directly opposite the Nadi Market is open seven days a week as follows: - Monday Wednesday 7am-7pm, Thursday 7am-7.30pm, Friday 7am-8pm, Saturday 7am-7.30pm and Sunday 7am-1pm.

Customers shopping on opening day of the new Market Branch. Photos: SAJNEEL ROHIT.




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Reef Endeavour marks a milestone

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aptain Cook Cruises Fiji owned cruise ship MV Reef Endeavour for the first time berthed at the Port Denarau Marina before leaving for the seven-nights northern division cruise on Tuesday, June 5. The 1996 Fijian built ship which was taken away to operate around the Great Barrier Reef - worlds biggest reef situated in Queensland, Australia under Captain Cook Cruises Australia was brought back in the country after fifteen-years in 2010 following the unfortunate grounding of MV Reef Escape in a tropical cyclone that left the vessel un-repairable in Fiji. Today MV Reef Endeavour boasts as Fiji's, biggest, one and only exotic and most luxurious small ship which is cruising the Fiji Waters. To bring flavor to the auspicious occasion the Fiji Police Band kept the atmosphere electrified by entertaining the crowd during the two hours of function to mark the arrival of the ship into Port Denarau and its subsequent tour of the northern division. To add on, the 73-meter MV Reef Endeavour is built to carry over 3000 tonnes, capable of carrying maximum of 150 passengers with 75 cabins. It was the first time yesterday that the ship reached the Port Denarau since its operation in Fiji. This was made possible by the Fijian Government


'Pamper Me' cruise launched

seven-years of experience in working with women, and share their passion for style, fashion and inner beauty. The duo said that they have this craze to promote women empowerment by sharing their love and knowledge of fashion and beauty. Ms Powart said that in her life she has travelled through Europe, America and the South Pacific; however she has never experienced the cruise ship lavishness. "I am extremely excited about this Pamper Me cruise and hope to share my knowledge of fashion and beauty at my best," said Ms Powart before departing for the inaugural cruise on Tuesday, June 12. Both the sisters have been running body workshops with great success over the past five-years which has been incredibly, empowering and inspiring. They commented that it was great to watch women gain confidence in their own body, style and self image. Karen and Cheryl had de-

through its Ministry which completed the dredging of Port Denarau Marina at a cost of $4 million. The dredging works has increased the depth from 3.5 to 5 meters to allow super yachts and small cruise ships an easy access. Minister for Works, Transport and Public Utilities Colonel Timoci Lesi Natuva who was the chief guest at the special occasion thanked Captain Cook Cruises Fiji for their contribution to the tourism industry in Fiji. "My Ministry through the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji [MSAF] is also working closely with the Government Shipping Service [GSS] in improving Fijis navigational aids around our waters," assured Colonel Natuva. He added that Fiji is fast becoming the super yacht hub of the South Pacific with Port Denarau Marina positioning itself as the main port for operations to which the government's initiative of the dredging would be beneficial. Managing Director of

Captain Cook Cruises Commander Semi Koroilavesau thanked the Fijian Government for their huge support to dredge the Port to make MV Reef Endeavour possible to dock at the Port Denarau Marina. "The dredging has brought huge benefits to us as before we used to dock out at sea and had to go for refueling and resupplying at the Lautoka Wharf, so now we are able to save up with the cost of travelling to Lautoka." "This not only provides benefits to us but to other super yachts as well," the Commander added. MV Reef Endeavour which operates all year around embarked on its cruise with more than 95 passengers on board to circumnavigate the northern division with a seven-nights cruise following the official ceremony and returned to Port Denarau to embark on another important journey The Pamper Me Cruise which departed the port with its initial cruise on Tuesday, June 12.

CAPTIONS: 1. Captain Cook Cruises founder Captain Trevor Haworth. 2. Honourable Minister Timoci Natuva. 3. MV Reef Endeavour at Port Denarau. INSET: Some members of the crew. 4. Staff in a jovial mood. 5. Managing Director Commander Semi Koroilavesau. 6. Guests onboard ready for the northern division sevennights cruise. PHOTOS: SAJNEEL ROHIT.

(From L-R): Twin sisters Karen Matich and Cheryl Polwart with Managing Director of Senikai Spas Fiji Debra Sadranu before boarding the cruise ship MV Reef Endeavour (in the background). Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Captain Cook Cruises Fiji for the first time ever established an extraordinary fournight exclusive, indulgent 'Pamper Me' Yasawa Island cruise onboard MV Reef Endeavour which is Fiji's biggest, one and only exotic and most luxurious ships cruising the Fijian waters. The cruise has been made special with the inclusion of two top New Zealand fashion experts, the pair of twin sisters Cheryl Polwart and Karen Matich who shared life changing tips and educated men and women onboard how to create new looks to match with different environments. The twin sisters operate a fashion shop in New Zealand called the Polwarth Design and are the leading fashion consultants there. They took time out from their busy schedule so that they can be part of the cruise as they noticed that this was an amazing chance for them to showcase their twenty-

veloped three fashion workshops for the 'Pamper Me' Cruise in which they provided tips about body lining, how to avoid fashion disasters and shared their experiences with the facts of how to lose 5-kilos without putting your running shoes on. "No matter how pretty or beautiful we are, we always feel that there is always something the other person has and we don't, so we are here to help you to overcome these situations," she added. To give more flavor to the cruise the duo were joined by beauty expert Debra Sadranu, Managing Director of South Pacific Academy of Beauty Therapy and the Senikai Spas Fiji. While on board, Mrs Sadranu revealed the new trends in makeup and also revealed some of her secrets behind weight loss, body sculpting and beauty therapy. Sadranu also advised and conducted workshops with Cheryl and Karen. "I will be looking on the beauty side of the workshops

whereby I will be advising people on the skin types and the specified products to use on it," she said before departing for the inaugural cruise. In the workshop she also talked on methods of how to feel good, how the detoxification process can help remove toxins from the body and the benefits of sea minerals to our body with a touch of weight loss tips. Good looks are a major concern of today's people so Ms Debra Sadranu through her knowledge also elabo-

rated on the application of makeup and the dos and don'ts when applying them. The specialists from two different paths (beauty and fashion) of work combined to offer the Pamper Me experience onboard the MV Reef Endeavour for the first time in the history of Fijian cruising experience. The Pamper Me cruise has been initiated by Captain Cook Cruises Sales Manager New Zealand Anne Radonich after discussing it with Cheryl, Karen and Debra.

Ms Radonich said that this is the first time this sort of cruise has been organized in Fiji. "This is an addition to the activities to the cruise and we would love to continue with this after looking at the response of the people on board," Ms Radonich said. It will be interesting to see what these overseas and local fashion and beauty experts' have to offer and how they indulge and work together to provide the best service to the people onboard.






Festival brings hope and smiles back to The Jet Town

We will stand with hope in our hearts. We will smile our famous bula smiles and we will hear the cries of delight of our children as they ride the merry go rounds. We will hear the delight of our crowds at the entertainment stages. We will admire our contestants as they appear for public judges or parade past in their floats led by marching bands. We will have fun and be happy. The flood will not continue to dampen our spirits. We will put our hands in our pockets and help the 23 primary and 27 secondary students who lost all their school things and belongings at the last two floods and seek our assistance. We will not turn them away. We will hear their pleas and bring hope and the bula smile to them. All this will be possible with the assistance of our sponsors and I acknowledge and thank our major sponsor Vodafone and all other sponsors. Without your assistance this festival will not be possible. I thank Nadi Town Council for their assistance in providing the festival grounds and an office to the Nadi Bula Festival Association. I thank the Acting Commissioner Western for launching this years festival and also the District Officer for his help. I thank the media especially FBC, Fiji Sun and THE JET Newspaper for their promotion of this years festival events. I thank Tom and Tracey for giving us the venue. You are beside the Nadi River and were badly flooded this year. But you came back again with your Bula Smile. Lastly, but not the least I acknowledge and thank the hardworking team at the Nadi Bula Festival Association and their families for their tireless work behind the scenes in bringing the events for this festival together. Above all I acknowledge our Father in Heaven for hs grace in all things.


Message from Nadi Bula Festival Association President Mrs Titilia Vuataki
There is light at the end of the tunnel. There is sunshine after the rain. There is hope and the Bula smile after the floods of January and March, 2012. We may have lost homes. We may have lost belongings. But we will not sit down and cry forever.

Our Chief Guest The Acting Commissioner Western, Mr. Luke Moroivalu, Madam President and Executives of Bula Festival Committee, Members of the Media, Contestants, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentleman. Good evening, Cola vina, salaam weilekum and Namaste! Before I give my formal address about tonights launch, I would like to salute the Spirit of the Nadi people. Your Never Say Die Attitude is an attribute that the whole of Fiji can be proud of. You have shown the whole of Fiji that life must go on despite all adversities. And have live up to your popular and familiar slogan O Nadi Ko. Who could have imagined that Nadi will be hosting the Vodafone Bula Festival next month when just two months back, the whole of Nadi town and the greater Nadi area experienced the worst ever flooding in its history. The roads, the businesses, the infrastructure even the Koroivolu Park where this festival will be staged was damaged

Speech by Chief Marketing Officer, Sanjeewa Perera, Vodafone Launching of Vodafone Bula Festival 2012
beyond imagination. There was nothing but total despair and a sense of hopelessness everywhere. But 3 months on, as time has healed some of those solemn moments, I must acknowledge the fighting spirit of all the people of Nadi to once again get on with their normal lives. Of course, Vodafone as a responsible corporate citizen, played its part to assist where it could through flood relief campaigns, enabling communications and of course through sponsorship such as the Bula Festival. With the theme this year Festival of Hope and Smile, we will assist the Committee and Nadi Town Council in bringing this theme to reality. Ladies and gentlemen, our support of the Vodafone Bula Festival is yet another effort by the company to revive Nadi and bring back some fun and glory to the Jet-set Town. Here, I must acknowledge the support of other sponsors and especially those who have sponsored a queen to raise money for the charity. Your presence here tonight demonstrates your genuine desire to contribute to such

Ayubovan...Vodafone Fijis chief marketing officer Sanjeewa Perera reaffirms their sponsorship for the Bula Festival with NBFA president Mrs Titilia Vuataki. Photo: RAMESH STUDIO.

a great cause. In the coming weeks and during the weeklong festival we will see the melting pot in action with a mix of all ages, gender, religion and culture coming together for a common good. For this reason alone our support of the festival is a success as it promotes and breeds, respect, mutual trust and understanding amongst our people to make Fiji a harmonious place to live. If we can forget our differences and focus on our strengths and unity, we can surmount any problems facing our nation. I would like to thank the organizers for their commitment and hard work to stage the carnival. An event of this magnitude is not easy to organize and requires dedication, commitment and hard work but the results of your labor will have lasting impact on many lives that are desperate for assistance with little opportunities open to them. Vodafone Fiji has been proud sponsor of this important carnival and we are excited that we are partners in this annually much anticipated event The funds raised from this carnival will go to-

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wards many worthy projects. Vodafone itself and through the Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation has contributed over $9million dollars in the last eight years to touch the lives of many in the society. We are company that cares not

only in word but in deeds. We urge other corporate bodies to come forward to get the satisfaction and pleasure of giving back to the community as it truly makes doing business more meaningful. Ladies and gentlemen thank

you for your time and thank you for supporting the Vodafone Bula Festival 2012and I look forward to attending the festival next month. As we like to say at Vodafone, power to you. Vinaka & God Bless you all.




2012 Vodafone Bula Festival contestants pose for a group shot during the launching of this years festival at the New Nadi Farmers Club on Saturday, June 16. Sitting from left are:- Melissa Bonaveidogo, Adi Salote Tagilala Caginidaveta and Laisa Yabakisiga. Standing from left to right are:- Seruwaia Navukitu, Pasemaca Rosinileba, Yurika Andrews, Shahin Shahista, Nafisah Sahim, Fiona Pirie and Ilisapeci Naisua. Photos: EMOSI LASAQA.

Bula Festival is Back!


TEN beautiful girls will vie for the prestigious Vodafone Bula Festival crown in the next two-weeks as Nadi gets prepared for the biggest charity event of the western division. As usual, the festivities will be held at Nadis Prince Charles Park and Koroivolu Park respectively from July 7 14 following the official launching on Saturday, June 16 at the New Nadi Farmers Club. Entering the 52nd year of festivities, the Bula Festival is proudly the only festival in the country with an unbroken

Are you ready?

record and has been held every year since its inception in 1960. The festival was officially launched by the acting divisional commissioner western Luke Moroivalu (pictured) in the presence of hundreds of supporters, festival sponsors and contestants. Mr Moroivalu while launching the festival said the Fijian Government is grateful to the Nadi Bula Festival Association for having the courage of going ahead with the festival this year despite the two devastating floods which wreaked havoc in the tourism capital and the greater western division. Government is grateful that the two devastating floods did not dampen the spirits of the Association committee and supporters in running this annual festival which has been the trend for the last fifty-one years, Mr Moroivalu said. They are to bring hope and the Bula smiles to Nadi, Mr Morivalu added in reference to this years theme which is Festival of Hope and Smiles. Mr Moroivalu noted with pleasure that the funds raised this year will be directed towards the Foundation for Education of Needy Children (FENC Fiji) which is working very hard to support the education of children who can be classified as poorest of the poor and also assist the Loloma Home Orphanage. I would like to encourage business houses, tourism operators and members of the Nadi community to assist these children who are going to be our leaders tomorrow, Mr Moroivalu said. Bula Festival Association president Titilia Vuataki took the opportunity to thank everyone who have stood up and supported the Association in both good and bad times. There is light at the end of the tunnel. There is sunshine after the rain. There is hope and the Bula Smile after the floods of January and March 2012, Mrs Vuataki said as the opening statement of her official address. We may have lost homes. We may have lost belongings, but we will not sit down and

cry forever, Mrs Vuataki said. Mrs Vuataki also thanked Vodafone Fiji for continuing their support as major sponsors, the Nadi Town Council for their years of continued support and everyone involved with the festival in one way or another. She has also requested members of the public to come up in large numbers to support the festival this year. For regular updates, and contestant profiles, keep following our website www. and our Facebook Page



By BRENDON COFFEY Executive Chef Sofitel Fiji Resort & Spa

A very clich question that usually prompts a very clich answer, Because I love cooking! This is a question I used to ask until it dawned on me that it really is a bit of a stupid question in as much as that anyone applying to work in a kitchen wouldnt really tell you otherwise. This particular topic comes up as we have recently taken on a number of trainees in our Kitchens to do their industry placements and I just love meeting all these young exuberant, passionate young chefs just starting out on what can be a very inspiring career. It excites me to hear of their goals and ambitions knowing where my cooking ventures have taken me. The down side is that I meet so many of these budding young Chefs, I would like to give them all an opportunity but alas only have one or two positions available at any one time. It is a growing and very popular career path to take. Of course this was not always the case. So the following is a bit of my own experience wrapped up in a little advice that I maybe able to offer Fijis future executive and head Chefs.

Cooking was certainly not a path I had purposely chosen. My initial vocational goal was to first.get out of school as fast as I possibly could. I am probably not alone in saying that I only went to school to eat my lunch unfortunately most days my lunch got stolen. This subconsciously may have attributed to my second goal of wanting to be a policeman. So out of school and straight to the local police station I went. Imagine the disappointment only to hear suggest you go back to school, do two more years and grow another inch or so. Thank you very much. but I do not want to be a police man that badly. As I had been working part time as a kitchen hand while at school, yes thats right washing pots, scrubbing floors and cleaning up after some very dysfunctional cooks, I took up a full time role as kitchen hand - just until I decide what I want to do of course. Something about the buzz and hype of the kitchen appealed, it gets into your veins and there is no going back. I cant tell you why, it just is, the heat, the long hours, the cuts, the burns, the yelling on the pass, back to back shifts, little or no social life, you live, eat (no pun intended) and breath cooking. Im not so sure my parents were that impressed with

So why do you want to be a chef?

my new found career path. The hospitality trap was still very young and wasnt really viewed as a Profession. I remember my Dad telling a friend of his that I had chosen to be a cook and was looking to do an apprenticeship. Really was the reply with an obvious glance of Oh so he didnt do so well at school then! It was the beginning of a great career that I wouldnt change for anything. For those looking at or starting out in cookery, it is important to understand what hospitality is about and why you want to be there. You must be prepared to work hard and you have to be passionate about what you do. These are possibly the two most important attributes you can have. Of course it is good to have cookery certificates and diplomas and I encourage you to follow these courses, but all the paper qualifications in the world wont matter if you dont have a positive and teachable attitude coupled with hard work and passion. I encourage all young Chefs to get as much experience and exposure to other ideas as possible, you have to read cookery magazines and books, you have to watch food television, venture out and try foreign tastes and flavors, just saturate yourself in as much as you can in regard to food. One of the best ways to do this is through the internet. Next to a couple of good sharp knives, the internet is one of the best tools you can have. You can virtually visit and browse some of the best restaurants in the world, browse menus, have cooking demonstrations by some of the most renowned Chefs of the culinary world and view gallery upon gallery of artful presentations that will leave you inspired and hungry for more. Networking and sharing your ideas and experiences is also very important and one of the best ways to do this is through Associations such as the Fiji Chefs Association. FCA is part of a larger network called The World Association of Chefs' Societies, or WACS in short. WACS is a global network of chefs associations first founded in October 1928 at the Sorbonne in Paris. At that first congress there were 65 delegates from 17 countries, representing 36 national and international associations. Today, this global body has 93 official chefs associations as members that represent over 10 million professional chefs world wide. Fiji Chefs Association is currently undergoing resurgence with a number exciting events and initiatives over the coming months. This starts

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with an open day in Suva on the 29th of June at the Holiday Inn. A day for all chefs, trainees and industry partners to come along meet, network and of course be encouraged to be involved. Fiji Chefs Association will also launch Women in WACS, a branch of the Chefs Association dedicated to the ladies of our kitchens allowing them to connect, share and be mentored by others from our global kitchen. There will also be International Chefs Day in October

and watch out for November and Moffat Fiji National Salon Culinaire. This no doubt the highlight of any Chefs calendar with three days of cooking competitions that challenge, inspire and up skill our pacific kitchen brigade. These three days see a wonderful array of skill, ideas and that driving culinary passion that I am always alluding to. See some of these creations from 2011 competitions. For more information come and join us. Fiji Chefs group is on Facebook.

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adi has now opened a new Auto accessories shop that specialises in latest car accessories imported from Australia. You can now buy latest seat covers, floor mats, air fresheners, car detailing products and much much more at Supreme Auto Accessories in Martintar, Nadi. After years of bringing accessories from Australia for family and friends the director of Supreme Auto Accessories Mr Satish Chand came up with the concept that why should people wait until someone went overseas to get good quality accessories. In conjunction with my younger brother, Sunil who is also in the automotive trade in Australia, we have brought the goods to your door step, Mr Chand offered. Mr Chand informed that Supreme Auto Accessories also provides NRL merchandise. If you are a Akuila Uate or LoteTuqiri fan, now you can show this with car products from Supreme, Mr Chand added. Even though Supreme has been in the market for a short time, we have not wasted any time in contributing towards the local community. Supreme was quick to sponsor the local soccer team Aries Warriors by providing jerseys, training equipment and cash funding. Mr Chand said sponsoring sporting activities for our younger ones is a good way of keeping youths off the streets and into the sporting fields and also fits well with the companys corporate social responsibility initiatives.

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Aries Warriors team members and officials pose for a group photo donning the new uniforms donated by Supreme Auto Accessories with Mr Satish Chand, extreme right. Photo: SUPPLIED. Article written by SUNIL PRASAD, SHALENDRA PRASAD AND MOHAMMED REAZ.

Aries Warriors President Johnny Singh saluted the management of Supreme Auto Accessories for coming up with the timely donation. The donation from Supreme could not have come at a better time as we were struggling financially as the day-to-day running of the club was mostly self funded, Mr Singh said. Running a soccer club these days is an expensive affair and we also request other business houses in Martintar to come up and support us as

we are a truly Martintar based team with all local, young and upcoming players. According to Mr Singh the team is currently in the fifth place in the Nadi Local League competitions but the boys are working hard at improving their performance. My vision is to see that our club becomes a champion club in the Oceania region one day and only hard work by players and officials and support of the business community will enable us to realize that dream, Mr Singh

concluded. More information on the team:- Aries Warriors Football Club is a registered Super Premier Football club under the Nadi Football Association. CLUB MOTTO Talk with your feet, play with your heart. MISSION STATEMENT The purpose of the Aries Warriors Football Club is to provide a supportive environment for members to develop

and mature through football participation as players, coaches, administrators and supporters. OUR VALUES We value: Respect for teammates, opposition players, coaches and officials, Fair Play according to the rules and spirit of sportsmanship. Education for coaches, players and administrators in a supportive team environment. A culture of mature, responsible behaviour at all levels.

Our Sponsors: Supreme Auto Accessories The members of Aries Warriors FC sincerely appreciate and thank the sponsorship, the time and the commitment from Supreme Auto Accessories for the 2012 Nadi Local League. Under the Supreme Auto Accessories banner, the team has improved a lot in terms of commitment, discipline and results. The Executive Members: President: Johnny Singh, VP: Sunil, Secretary: Asif, Treasurer: Mohammed Rizwan.







Bula everybody. To be, or not to be? - that is the question. To be or not to be is probably the best-known line from all drama or literature. Certainly, if anyone is asked to quote a line of Shakespeare this is the one that first comes to mind for most people. It is, of course, from Shakespeare's play Hamlet, 1602 (Shakespeare's actual title is - The tragedie of Hamlet, prince of Denmarke): HAMLET:To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? What Hamlet is musing on is the comparison between the pain of life, which he sees as inevitable (the sea of troubles - the slings and arrows - the heart-ache the thousand natural shocks) and the fear of the uncertainty of death and of possible damnation of suicide. Now you all must be saying why the hell this fellow is talking Shakespeare in the Talk Business column. Well those who have done Shakespeare at some stage of their lives would understand easily as to my understanding and how I have related this to modern day business. To be or not to be relates to our daily lives. To be or not to be means whether to live facing all the obstacles in our life or to sim-

ply give up and face defeat. Being in business can be exciting, liberating, empowering and rewarding. It can also be stressful, with long hours, too much to do and financially challenging. Regardless of how great your idea is, if you personally cannot handle the specific stresses and rewards of being in your own business, then it is unlikely to succeed. Not everyone is made to be their own boss. It is crucial you work this out for yourself before you start to quit jobs, borrow money and open your doors for business. One of the most common challenges business owners face is whether To be the best or to be the largest or simply not to be anything other than survive. Complacency or fear are the biggest enemies of greatness and business owners must confront that question and be totally clear on what they are going to do about it. I suggest business owners come up with ideas of what their idea of an ideal life for themselves looks like, get some visual images of it and even the way they could contribute to other interests above their own and they will quickly identify the absolute must to implement all the strategies they need to ensure that they live life in that way. We do, however, need to unlearn the false beliefs and habits that nest in our consciousness. We do need to challenge the false self and transcend the limitations it imposes. We do need to reclaim the energy it drains off us in order to maintain its tyranny. As Shakespeare would say And this above

Having the right attitude

all, to thine ownself be true, and thou cans't not then be false to any man. The only thing to fear is fear itself'. The only thing that distinguishes an authentic leader from his false counterpart is courage. The courage to risk facing the truth. Living life is for swimmers, surviving is for drowners. Shakespeare also elaborates on the fact that what ever we choose, there are pros and cons to both. To live means facing the daily problems and to die does not happen easily as there is also pain and sorrow. In business the one who keeps going under all circumstances (poor profit, no customers, increasing debt) then he will last. One has to set firm boundaries and protect his business from external influences. For example when you feel pressure from family and friends to take out cash and stock from business, there has to be a blunt no but no. Always be positive and being positive also affects your employees as positive energy is passed on. As I mentioned in my previous articles, always have a network of friends and business associates as they will share ideas and perhaps indirectly help your business. Being stubborn is a failure. If you can't set and meet deadlines or get up in the morning, forget it. Do you have the discipline to do the boring parts (there will be some, don't worry), or continually ring potential clients? Do you have the discipline to do the small things every day that matter? Are you able to source work, get access to people, and able to find suppliers? Can you make things work, or find a solution when problems occur? To be in business requires lots of mental and physical energy. It requires plenty of patients, calmness, clear conscious, positive and vibrant environment, courage, self belief, self respect, respect for others especially your competitor, and above all faith. Nothing can be achieved until you believe in that thing and have faith in your doings. Having a passion for what you do is paramount. It is about believing strongly in your product or service. It is being excited about what you are doing, regardless of what other people think. Do you think you can be passionate about your business idea every day? Having passion in life is very important. Passion drives you towards success. Passion in business is about you jumping out of bed in the morning enthusiastic about the day ahead. Its about your team coming to work every day with ideas about how to make a difference. Its also about your customers having a smile on their face when they think about your business and coming back for more. Experience in your trade is very important. Industry experience is all about knowing your industry backwards. Who to talk to, what the current politics are, and what people are saying on the street. What your customers, staff and business suppliers think and expect. It's about having your finger on the pulse. Experience working in a similar field or the same


industry will of course mean that you have a greater understanding of that market and the way in which businesses in that field work. Experience can also give you more confidence in a certain area than if you've never done anything like it before - you have a better idea of what to expect and can foresee problems more clearly. Everything in life, everything we do everything we say and every result we get comes from what we are thinking. We are the product of our thoughts, all of our thoughts. As such, I believe that so many more entrepreneurs would succeed if they knew how to truly leverage the power of their infinite mind. If they knew how to set inspirational goals which then forced them to create and not just compete - forced them to use their highest faculty, to think. If they knew how to competently bridge the knowing, doing gap and how to embrace and successfully

Having the right attitude is an important ingredient in business success. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

navigate those guaranteed terror barriers in business. If they knew how to capitalize on the power of praxis and how to really make that magic word, attitude, work for them and then finally, how to magnify the immense power of their mind. I do not subscribe to the current fear filled marketplace messages around what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur. I do however believe that anything and everything is possible and that when you back yourself, trust your thoughts and train your mind into thinking into the results which you want, you will succeed. We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act. Swami Vivekananda.



By EMOSI LASAQA Mamanuca Environmental Society

Mamanuca Environment Society field officers Diana Tora and Matereti Mateiwai share two special things in common. They are both from Kadavu and have a soft spot for sea turtles. The former's first encounter with this gentle creature was at her mother's village in Ogea, Lau when she was just twelve-years old. Mrs Tora has a degree in Marine Science from the University of the South Pacific, but that, she says did not prepare her for the real world challenges of turtle conservation. She agrees that helping her 'tauvus' in the Mamanucas keep turtles out of their nets was not easy at first but the progress over the years has been encouraging. "Our village fishermen now apply for permits through us and abide by the conditions set by the Fisheries Department. They also alert us on illegal turtle harvesting and poaching of turtle eggs by any member of the village," she said. "I've encountered many turtles mainly hatchlings -too many to remember. After three years of the project I have observed an increase in turtle nesting in the Mamanucas and also a return of turtles into the area to either forage

or nest. "For example when we just started the program, Navini Island Resort told us that they can have one or two hawksbill nests every two years but this year they recorded seven nests and also witnessed two green turtles come up to nest. "Beachcomber hasn't had a turtle come up to nest in the past ten-years or so and this year they discovered two nests from hawksbills. Communities in Mana Island hadn't seen any turtles nesting on their beach in a very long time until last year. "Turtles return to their natal beaches (beach where they hatched) to nest. So it is very important to protect our nesting beaches by keeping development to a minimum or having turtle friendly beaches that help turtles come up to nest and not drive them away. "They are an endangered species and Fiji is blessed to have five of the seven species in our waters. The hawksbill and green turtles are known to nest on our beaches and the other species swim through our waters to forage," says Mrs Tora. Twenty-Five year old Matereti who started with MES this year says the journey has been very educating and exciting. "Before joining MES, I only found out in the news how certain coastal villages would slaughter turtles by large numbers for their feasts (such as the case in Macuata in 2007 when they applied for a permit from fisheries and ended up killing 82 turtles). "But, in the short amount of time spent at MES, I have

Heart for sea turtles

witnessed how the issue of turtle conservation is treated differently, perhaps, we could say that the Mamanucas is just a few of the islands actually sticking by the moratorium on turtles-even those who are caught or suspected of consuming turtles are taken to task, be it a lengthy procedure. "In my recent trips up to Yanuya village, villagers would inform me on the number of turtles that they encounter on their fishing trips and their sizes. To hear villagers mention the increased sightings of turtles, one can tell that they are almost proud to be part of turtle conservation. "For most of us, we all want to save sea turtles, because of their decline in numbers and that we want to conserve turtles so that the next generation can have the opportunity to witness them in the wild and not just read about turtles in books and how turtles disappeared or became extinct. "In some cultures, turtles are associated with patience and longevity. Turtles have been around for about 200 million years-that in itself, is a good reason to conserve turtles," the Nabouwalu, Ono native said. Matereti said he has encountered about four juvenile-adults turtles for the last five-months of field work. "In April we were at Navini Island Resort conducting a shark count and it just happened that a turtle nest had just hatched and there was a little more than 80 hatchlings. Navini was special in the sense that in the previous two-years there was not any sightings of turtle nests but this year while we were there, staff showed us seven nesting sites of Green and Hawksbill Turtles, one of which as mentioned earlier had just hatched. "It was a great experience to come across those hatchlings it was my first time to dig up their nest and count up all the eggs that hatched or did not hatch." "Another encounter was at Castaway Island Resort while on a shark count snorkelling trip. A colleague spotted a Hawksbill Turtle and we followed it along the reef to a popular dive site known as Southern Sisters -forgetting the shark count that we were supposed to do. "There's a moratorium in place until 2018. There's only six years left and already the amount of sightings we have been hearing about is positive," Matereti says.

Diana and Matereti at the MES office.

A turtle wading in the Mamanuca waters. Photos: SUPPLIED.



By CLAIRE D. GIRALDEAU Executive Mentoring Group (EMG) Fiji

Changing Employees Mindset for Better Customer Service A new series of articles for your business with challenging perspectives
had difficulty with English speaking but more with their different management style. In a case study, we established how they did not get feedback from employees even if they asked for it. What happens here is the autocratic management style versus the more participative one, however in Fiji most employees would not dare tell boso levu anything that contradicts what they say. They can say they understand and walk away without any idea of what to do next. In a blaming game, we can throw the ball here and there, but culture is so deeply ingrained that it will demand practice to cause change. We did a simple exercise with our group and presented the teams to solve a communication problem with the opposite management style profile. It was such a revealing exercise for them to realize how they automatically were very autocratically- participative or participatively-autocratic even in the way they presented their small case. The New Zealand manager who was supposed to be following the Bangladesh profile (autocratic) ended up getting all members of the team to present, as where the Sri-Lanka manager imposed a setting goals technique for staff. Another group mostly local staff came up with the fact that because we had put the GM in their team they made the comment in Fijian that they would not be able to talk freely. Now on one hand the manager is willing to come down to the employees level to get feedback but staff are still afraid to speak up (lamulamu). In reconciling these dilemmas staff must be willing to come up to the management level as well. Of course a certain guarantee of freedom needs to be clear for all and learning the ropes of managers is necessary. That is what our workshop session was for. So in order to change the mind set of your employee, you may very well have to first do an audit of the various cultures that influence your workplace. Now culture is NOT just about the country your management teams come from, it is about ALL the values & beliefs that have been accepted by a person over the years. It is social, education, religion, family background that creates that melting pot even more so nowadays with people moving from one country to another. To put it simply people always behave according to their beliefs & values, not according to the system. I recall a client in Mexico where I was asked to conduct a Time Management Course and I thought what? My God! These people are always on maana mode (similar to Fiji time) and one of the slide from the training center I represented was saying Time=$$$$, well not in Mexico. My mentor and business partner is an anthropologist and he gave me this concept of looking at the organization as a community. So I had to figure out what is it that Mexico would value as much as money, to start managing their time. I discovered that it was family and spending more time with their family would give them the motivation to better manage time at work. We define Organizational culture on 3 levels: Beliefs & Values, Systems & Procedures and Behaviors. Our premise is that Culture dictates Structure, Structure assumes Behaviors, Behaviors reflect Beliefs and Values. So if you want to change the behaviors of people you have to tickle their beliefs. Whether you are aware of it or not: Culture dictates structure, we often refer to this as the informal structure. It is an internal system that seems to work behind the scene. It does not matter that management changes the structure; things will not change unless culture is considered in the process. Structure assumes behaviours is easy to refer to as we all know how many organisations have tried to reengineer, downsizing and yet still things are the same even worst with less people to do the same amount of work. Most management style assumes that by restructuring or putting in place a Quality Management system employees will behave differently. This is just a farce it does not work, if you dont believe me, check the


As business advisors, we are often asked: How do we change our employees mindset? We want to improve on our customer service skills and it seems like so many trainings and courses do not really achieve much result. Lately I visited some good Fijian friends who recently migrated to Papua New Guinea for work purposes and they were actually recognizing the qualities of our people in Fiji. Yes this great reputation of being the friendliest people in the world becomes more obvious once you live or travel to other places. Yet when it comes to services especially for those who live in Fiji, it is a different story, even amongst locals. I have been living in Fiji for 20-years; I am a Kai viti in a white suit as my local friends call me. I am now a very proud Fiji citizen and I get quite angry at comments demeaning and discrediting people here. I am so tired of the typical excuses like: This is Fiji, Only in Fiji. In the many organizations where I worked to implement Change Management Program I have never seen these comments to be a reality. Of course we are aware that there are always in organizations from all countries of the world, people who do not perform but to generalize like this is unacceptable to me. I heard for the first time

recently another judgmental comment by an expat lady, she told me: Fijians are lazy, Indians are liarsand I would add to her: well expats are arrogant. Come on! How can someone say such a thing I was so offended. Again I do not mean to be blind to some practices, but to put everyone in the same basket is wrong. Most of you would know the 20/80 rule in management, as far my experience goes 80% of the problems come from the system and out of the 20% there is at least 10% that goes to lack of training, 5% to supervision and only 5% are real non productive. It is often because they are at the wrong place and not appreciated. Now if you would like to change the mindset of your staff, it has to start with you. Beliefs and values in the organization are the real drivers of the behaviors. As long as you believe that your employees are lazy, they will be, so review your own thinking about them first. Like Joyce Meyer puts it check your stinking thinking. Secondly I would like to encourage employees to explore seriously what they do at work. One of the greatest challenges is to remember that the work environment is different than home or the village. I recently ran a workshop on Cross cultural communication, and that specific company had managers from Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Fiji and customers from Australia. They not only

public service. Behaviours reflect beliefs & values. People always behave according to their beliefs. It is the difference between what people say & actually do. It often shows the lack of integrity when people do not act on what they say. Do you know the difference between loyalty and Integrity? Loyalty is something outside of you; you are always loyal TO someone or something. Integrity is within you, it is about your own conscience, your relationship with God. When you do something wrong you know it because deep down in your heart you know, it bothers you. Therefore in order to manage change you must first audit your organizational culture and you will discover the many inconsistencies that cause people to give up. They come to work to earn a living, the commitment is not there and honestly we cannot blame them. If you truly want to change the mindset of your employees, start looking at them with respect and appreciate every good thing they do. There is something magic about believing genuinely in people, I do and the more I do the more I discover the extraordinary potential in human beings. People are the greatest asset of the organization and yet low maintenance is the usual practice. Reverse that thinking and you will see miracles happen!!! Next article title: Does your Appraisal System supports mediocrity?









The Nadi Gujarati soccer team was announced the champions of the 2012 Fiji Gujarati Inter District Championship after they thrashed the Lautoka team by three goals to nil at the Prince Charles Park in Nadi on Monday, June 11. The Nadi team maintained their unbeaten run throughout the tournament and touched down to glory as they were tagged favorites from the beginning of the tournament. The final was dominated by Nadi and the Lautoka strike force was kept at bay by the strong wall of defense of the Green Machines. Nadis right link Aslam Rahim scored the first goal in the 14th minute of the first half when he floated the ball over Lautoka goalkeeper Vishal Kumar from the left hand corner of the eighteen yard box. Star striker and tournaments highest goal scorer Shabbir Ali was kept at the bench but was sent in the field of play in the 15th minute when Nadis Nauman Patel sustained an injury. Nadi veteran Rajesh Morriswala had a couple of good chances to add a goal to his name when his shots hit the Lautoka goal post twice. As expected Shabbir Ali of Nadi delivered his excellent goal scoring streak and chipped the ball over Lautoka goalkeeper in the 22nd minute to insert Nadis second goal. The score remained two goals to nil at the breather in favour of the hosts. Upon return to the second half Shabbir Ali got another goal to his name in the 2nd minute of play.


Nadi thrashes Lautoka 3-0 to lift the 57th Gujarati IDC Cup


The victorious Nadi Gujarati side after their win. Photo: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Nadi continued to threaten the Lautoka goal mouth as Sagar Patel fired a shot which could have turned into a goal but was saved by the crossbar. The Blues had a chance to pull one back in the dying minutes of the game but Nadi

goalkeeper Dharmesh Kumar denied them to do so. It was not long after match referee Dinesh Chand puffed hard into his whistle to end the game with Nadi defeating Lautoka by 3 goals to nil. Nadi Captain Mohit Jogia

thanked the Nadi Gujarati community for coming out in numbers and supporting his team because the win has been a long time coming. The Nadi Gujarati soccer coach Pranesh Amarsee said that this was the best thing

that has happened to him and was one of the sweetest victories Nadi has ever had. The team dedicates this win to their new president Captain Nitin Hiralal who is a senior pilot for our national carrier Air Pacific.

This is a gift to the flood affected Gujarati community of Nadi, Mr Amarsee added. Nadi was the only team which did not have any imported players and managed to claim the 57th IDC title with their local boys.




Nadi Gujarati players showing their football skills against a puffed-out Lautoka side which was thrashed 3-0 by the Jetsetters in the finals of the 57th Gujarati IDC. Photos: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Yogesh Solanki and Mohit Jogia collect the IDC Cup from BSPs Curtis Mar and FGSA president Sashi Dhanji.

Best player and highest scorer Shabbir Ali receives his trophy from chief guest Ahmed Bhamji.

Veteran Rajesh Ratanji was in good form for the Nadi side.




New era for Fiji Rugby


Every rugby fan who watched Fijis recent games against Scotland and Tonga at Churchill Park will agree that the tide has changed. Laced with local players and current 7s reps, the Flying Fijians are slowly but surely finding their mark again. Against an experienced Scotland outfit on 16 June, the national side managed to contain the bigger and mobile Scotland forwards in the scrums despite going down 37-25. Their efforts won the hearts of the fans and rugby critics. On Saturday June 23rd against the Ikale Tahi, they were at it again. Despite tailing the Tongans 9-7 at the break, they bounced back to win the game 29-17. You had to be at Churchill Park to understand what it meant for the die-hard fans. Flying Fijians backline coach and former 7s mentor Iliesa Tanivula believes Fijian Rugby is turning a new page. But the standard, he said, needs to be maintained for a better picture in the near fu-

ture. Asked whether he was concerned with the number of penalties and handling errors, the one-time New Zealand rugby player of the year said he was proud of the way the current Flying Fijians are performing. Tanivula said beating a team laced with experience is not easy. This team is made up of local players. Off course theres lot to be done but Im proud of the way they carry themselves. We are still in the development process but the results are showing many positives signs, Tanivula said. Its a good call by the head coach giving local based players a chance. They have been knocking on the doors for some time. Giving them opportunities will show what they have and what they can offer to the team. Come next year, we will be competitive, the former Auckland Blues flyer says. He also praised the performance of the 7s players like Metuisela Talebula, Nikola Matawalu, Waisea Nayacalevu, Watisoni Votu and Ai-

Action from the Fiji versus Scotland match at Churchill Park in Lautoka on Saturday, June 16. Photos: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

sake Katonibau saying, their performance showed that it's going to be a bright future for the Flying Fijians. Talebula made his debut against Scotland and scored his first try from his first touch and also scored two tries against the Tongans. Nayacalevu was also impressive scoring two tries against Japan and Scotland respectively while Votu improved in every game. Nikola Matawalu was perhaps the most impressive with his all round skills. He started as a halfback against Tonga, than played inside centre for a while before being shifted to

play fullback. Even Tongan coach, Christopher Hickey was impressed. He said his boys did everything they could but the Flying Fijians played extraordinarily in all facets of the game. We would have loved to finish the PNC with a win but Fiji is always going to be impressive. We lost the ball and they were able to score from that. That shows their strength and Im impressed. Flying Fijians skipper against the Tongans, Setefano Somoca said the concentration is now for the end of year tour.




Green Machine in top gear


FIVE back-to-back wins and a lead in the Fiji Sun / GP Batteries National League series points ladder are enough reasons for Nadi fans to celebrate their teams recent performance. Following the fourth consecutive league win against neighbors Nadroga, the jetsetters gained the first spot and further cemented their lead after defeating Labasa 3-0 at home on Saturday, June 23. The win gives the jetsetters twenty-three points ahead of Ba and Lautoka which share the second and third spots respectively. We have eight games remaining for the league series, offered team director Kamlesh Narayan. He also thanked coach Kamal Swamy for his dedication towards the team. Kamal has also brought in Imdad Ali to help out the team as they are good friends and we deeply appreciate the commitment from them.

The Nadi side pose for a group photo before going on to thrash visitors Labasa 3-0 at Prince Charles Park. Photos: SHALENDRA PRASAD.

Nadi coach Master Kamal Swamy, left, and interim president Tarun Patel during the games.


Fiji Islands Classic Game Fishing

to the 15th 2012. The Fiji Islands Game Fishing Classic Tournament is been organized by the Denarau Game & Sports Fishing Club, and offers offshore sport fishermen three days to experience the rush of screaming reels and bent rods. Organizers of the Fiji Islands Classic sponsored event expect to attract at least 20 vessels with some 100 local and international anglers, all aware of the facilities at Port Denarau, and the favorable proximity to the surrounding deep water fishing areas. With over $15,000 worth of prizes and various trophies up for grabs, the event promises to be highly competitive and exciting one. The majority of anglers will no doubt will be focusing their efforts on tagging and releasing bill fish for maximum points. Boats will depart Denarau Marina daily and return by 5 pm each evening for the daily weigh in spectacle. Every afternoon all of days catches are weighed and points awarded to participating anglers. Spectators are welcome to come and witness some of

Pictures from the Nadi versus Labasa clash on Saturday, June 23 at Prince Charles Park. Nadi won 3-0.

Port Denarau will soon be known as the venue for the exciting and challenging sport of GAME FISHING, with the upcoming Fiji Islands Game Fishing Classic Tournament to be held from July the 13th

the surrounding oceans bigger catches. For registration details or further information please email the Denarau Game & Sports Fishing Club: dgsfc@ or contact Marc McElrath on Mobile: 9997 230.