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Fisheries officer Kadavu, Seru Batibasaga said developments in Kadavu were in line with the Peoples Charter regulation.
“Our corporate plan, business plan, and the individual work plan follows Pillar 7 and Pillar 8 by including government’s assistance in all small projects like planting seaweed and breeding ‘vasua’ within taboo areas, which will generate income efficiently for rural people,’ Mr Batibasaga said.
He said they also made sure they conducted their income generating effort in taboo areas sustainably for the long run.
“First we will survey areas in Kadavu that are suitable for seaweed farming at the same time we have a nursery to breed young seaweeds. Once we achieve 1,000 lines we will then begin mass planting of seaweeds in the various farms located in Narikoso and Nukuvou, Naivakarauniniu and Matanuku,” Mr Batibasaga said.
“We are marketing their fisheries produce to Agro Marketing.
“People are gaining a lot of money from their fisheries projects for example at Bulia Village two fisherman shared $34,000 in one harvest. So it shows the potential we have for fisheries in Kadavu,” Mr Batibasaga said.
“Some Kadavu fisherman are building new homes from the income earned from their fishing projects.
“For fishermen indulging in beachdemer diving we are advising them not to use gas tank but free diving for the time being,” he said.
New Korean Ambassador courtesy calls on PM
The new Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Fiji, His Excellency Cheong Hae-Wook courtesy called on Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama this morning at his office in Suva.
Mr Hae-Wook takes over from his predecessor His Excellency Zeon Nam-Jin.
The two countries established official diplomatic relations in 1970, when Fiji became independent.
Fiji does not have an Embassy in Seoul but our Ambassador in Japan His Excellency Isikeli Mataitoga is also our Ambassador to ROK accredited from Japan.
South Korea – officially the Republic of Korea is an important player in the Fijian Government’s “Look North” foreign policy which involves the strengthening of diplomatic and economic relations with Asian countries.
MSG Police Commissioners meeting in Suva
Heads of Police from the Melanesian region gathered in Suva for the 2nd Police Commissioners meeting today.
Fijian Minister for Defence, National Security and Immigration, Joketani Cokanasiga opened the meeting, which is being attended by Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea.
The police commissioners meeting begins a series of preliminary meetings in the lead-up to the 18th Melanesian Spearhead Group Leaders Summit to be held on March 31.
Issues of discussions include natural disasters; law and order; transnational crimes; sovereignty issues and a communiqué will be tabled at the MSG leaders meeting later next week.
Mr Cokanasiga said the meeting required Melanesian island states, to readjust their focus and discuss concrete steps to fostering cordial partnerships.
This will enable regional countries to share strategies and policies for nation building, to maintain peace and stability and give us the opportunity to decide and formulate our own pathways to protect our own individual sovereignties.
“ The region has always faced potential threats that are considered by many as beyond our capabilities,” he said.
“In order to mitigate these threats, it calls for national and regional commitment through coordinated bilateral or multilateral agreements, in some of the areas such as:
a) Natural Disasters - Cyclones, volcanic eruptions, floods, landslides, rising sea levels, tsunami, famines etc.
(b) Law and Order – Civil unrest, general lawlessness, ethnic tensions, land disputes etc.
(c) Transnational Crimes – drug trafficking, guns or small arms smuggling, crimes perpetrated by third country nationals, and illegal immigration issues.
(d) Sovereignty Issues – border incursions, illegal and unreported fishing and poaching, terrorism, nuclear weapons, chemical weapons and passage of radioactive substances through our waters, all pose significant threats to our island countries.
7s ref upsets Fiji
THE Fiji team management has written to the IRB referees manager to air their concerns over some decisions against the team at last weekend's Credit Suisse Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sevens.
Comments have been aired by rugby fans in Fiji and in Hong Kong about some of the referee Andrew Lees' decisions in Fiji's semi-final loss to New Zealand.
Team manager Talemo Waqa said he had lodged a complaint after viewing the DVD of Fiji's games last weekend and picked out several incidents where the referee's interpretations of the rules were questioned.
Waqa said while they respected the referee's decision as final, they needed to write a formal letter of concern because they felt their side of the story needed to be known by the tournament organisers.
"The letter is with them and I just hope they will also view the DVD and make their decision. We're happy that we have a process in place where we can air our concerns regarding issues like this," Waqa said. "But we will respect their decision."
Waqa is on his first assignment on the IRB series and is a Level Three referee. In the Cup semi-final between Fiji and New Zealand, Lees twice failed to penalise New Zealand players for late hits.
Naikalawaca villagers rejoice in electrical power
Naikalawaca villagers rejoice in electrical power
Rejoicing best describes the mood of Naikalawaca villagers in Namara, Tailevu when the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama commissioned the village’s electrical power system this morning.
The commissioning is the culmination of five years of efforts jointly put in by villagers and the Government.
The Turaga Na Tui Namuana Petero Tabualailai said the difficulties villagers once faced include difficulties in securing ice to preserve fish.
“We have relied on benzene and kerosene lights for a long time and it was difficult for the children,” he said.
“Now we can look forward to other micro business opportunities and even maybe set up an ice plant – we see the opportunities to make money can be endless with electricity.”
The Prime Minister challenged villagers to utilise electricity for the education of their children, to refrain from using it too much for yaqona consumption and to look at ways of improving their economic well being.
The Fijian Government invested around $100,000 that supplemented a $6,000 contribution by the community.
Commodore Bainimarama says rural electrification is an important focus of government development just as it placed great emphasis on water supply and road projects.
“In this regard, parents need to encourage their children to focus on their studies and electricity should be used for its proper purpose and not just for functions in villages.
“We need to utilise it properly so that it can create wealth in the village.
“We also need to use time wisely and we should map out plans so that we can continually work at improving our living conditions daily.”
Barclays Premier League in numbers
We look back at the latest weekend of the Barclays Premier League season with some key facts and figures.
1 - Birmingham City have managed just one point from a possible 12 after going down 2-1 to bottom club Wigan Athletic.
2 - Blackpool let slip a two-goal lead for the third time this season as they were pegged back for a 2-2 draw at Blackburn Rovers.
3 - Just three points separate the bottom eight clubs in the Barclays Premier League's tightest survival scrap for years.
4 - Stoke City's 4-0 win over Newcastle United was their best ever victory in the Barclays Premier League.
6 - West Ham United have now taken six points from their last four away matches after their creditable 0-0 draw at White Hart Lane where they have not won since April 1999.
8 - Dimitar Berbatov's late decider means Manchester United have won their last eight Old Trafford encounters with Bolton Wanderers. Sir Alex Ferguson's men have now won their last 12 home matches.
10- Fulham have lost all nine Premier League visits to Goodison Park where their only ever victory came in the FA Cup en route to the final in 1975.
12- Robin van Persie's late leveller means Arsenal are now unbeaten in their last 12 Barclays Premier League fixtures. They are the only team unbeaten in the division in 2011.
13 - Wigan Athletic have gone 13 matches without keeping a clean sheet but they came from behind to beat relegation rivals Birmingham City 2-1.
18 - Wolverhampton Wanderers' 1-0 win at Villa Park was their first success in 18 matches against Villa and their first victory at the home of their neighbours since March 1980.
20 - The 2-0 win at Sunderland means Liverpool have picked up 20 points from 10 Barclays Premier League matches since Kenny Dalglish took charge, the best record in the division.
349 - Sunderland have now gone 349 minutes without a goal since Asamoah Gyan netted at home to Spurs on 12th February.
Ishqiya sequel finally announced…
Last night, producers of the critically acclaimed film Ishqiya, announced its sequel
Ishqiya was a super success and for a long time, there have been speculations over a sequel. However, last night at a party the producers of the film, Shemaroo and Vishal Bhardwaj, announced the sequel with the same cast and crew.
A source said, “Ishqiya was a huge hit and was also critically acclaimed. The producers were very happy and were keen to make a sequel. However the film did not take off for a long time. Everything seems to be on track now and last night the film was announced at a private party at the producer Shemaroo’s office.
Arshad and Vidya were present when the film was announced, while Vishal, his wife Rekha, and Abhishek Chaubey were also present. Abhishek has an idea and the script is currently under finalisation. The film will go on the floors in the middle of this year.
The last draft is being written and maybe one or two people might be added. Vidya and Arshad are equally thrilled to do the sequel.”
The source added, “Abhishek was being offered to direct a film from several production houses. He too was in talks and there was a strong buzz that he was going to make a film with John Abraham. But it seems nothing did materialise.
Abhishek took a long break to decide his next film script and what he wanted to direct. Finally after this break, he has decided to direct his debut movie Ishqiya’s sequel.”
The producer of the film, confirmed the news and said, “Yes, we have announced the film. However, I will be in a better position to give you details in a few days.”
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Protecting Your Skin: Common Sunscreen Mistakes
Protecting Your Skin: Common Sunscreen Mistakes
Soon the darkness of winter will recede and spring, and the resulting sunshine, will be upon us. This means exposure to UV rays. While we all know how important making sure you’ve got some SPF on hand is to preserving your natural beauty, there are some sneaky missteps you could be leaving your skin vulnerable to damage. Without becoming housebound, there is no way to avoid coming in contact with the sun's rays, so here’s a round-up of the common mistakes people make:
Mistake 1: Missing those out-of-the-way places. According to dermatologist Dr. Arielle Kauvar, there are several spots that often get overlooked when it’s sunscreen-slathering time. Some areas that are commonly missed: Tops of the feet, the dip between your breasts, and your lips. So make sure to hit those spots before you leave the house. Also, since your bathing suit or clothes can shift throughout the day, make sure to put on your first coat of the day before you get dressed to get full coverage.
Mistake 2: Only remembering SPF on sunny days. When it’s bright outside, you get a natural reminder to take cover, but those rays are present on cloudy days, too. And since sun exposure is cumulative, meaning that all the sun you get—even just the few minutes you spent walking for your car to the grocery store in the parking lot—can add up to some big-time damage over time. That’s why it’s important to wear your sunblock seven days a week, all year round. And luckily, there are a slew of new everyday moisturizers on shelves now so you’ll never step outside without SPF again. One to check out: Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion with SPF 15.
Mistake 3: Not applying often enough. Though there are now longer-lasting formulas on the market, as a general rule, you should reapply your sunscreen every two hours when you are participating in outdoor activities, whether is is hiking, watching your child play sports, or hanging by the pool. And while you are more likely to remember to do a redo at the beach, it’s the everyday sun exposure you probably aren’t thinking about. Which means that the face or body lotion you put on in the morning needs to be refreshed by lunchtime. So keep an SPF lotion in your bag for a touchup. And if you’re afraid to mess up your makeup by reapplying on your face, a dusting of a mineral powder (which has natural sun filters) will do.
Mistake 4: Using it too sparsely. You may think a spot of lotion is enough to fend off sun damage, but in actuality, the American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you use a full ounce (about the amount of a shot glass) to cover your body. And since most bottles are 3 to 4 oz., you’ll be using a significant chunk of it every time. The bottom line: If your bottle lasts more than 4 applications, you’re not using enough. And even if you’re using a high SPF, of say, 30, spreading it out too thinly it can knock that protection factor down. So I say just keep piling the stuff on. Your skin will thank you.
PM signs condolence book for NZ earthquake
Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama signed the condolence book for victims of the Christchurch earthquake at the New Zealand High Commission today.
Commodore Bainimarama led government ministers as they joined the diplomatic community in sympathising with the New Zealand Government and families of victims of the earthquake, now considered the region’s major natural disaster to date.
A magnitude-6.3 earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand, has been labeled as the country's deadliest in 80 years.
The Prime Minister’s visit to the New Zealand High Commission follows his sympathy letter sent to his counterpart Mr John Key last week.
“Fiji is saddened to hear news of a devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand,” Commodore Bainimarama said in the letter.
“We have been shocked and saddened at the loss of precious lives and damage to property caused by the disastrous earthquake that struck Christchurch again.
“Our hearts go out to the affected people. We share with the Government and the people of New Zealand, the distress and sorrow, in these challenging times.
“On behalf of the people and the Government of Fiji and on my own behalf, I would like to convey our heartfelt condolence to the bereaved families and all those who have been affected by the terrible natural calamity,” Commodore Bainimarama said.
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