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PM Bainimarama challenges Fiji to a new way forwar
Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama has challenged the nation to a new way forward for Fiji's politics and stepping away from the traditional culture birthed out from the post colonial era.
He made his vision known at a luncheon hosted by Kaiviti Friends at the Tradewinds Hotel in Lami today.
"The major challenge for us is to develop a political, social and governance framework or road map that will be democratic, accountable, inclusive, equitable, non-racial and which unifies Fiji's diverse communities as a nation," he said.
He said the Road Map must consist of a program of major political, institutional, social and economic reforms which seek to achieve the following goals:
1. To restore stability, law and order and confidence including
restoring of confidence within the security agencies;
2. To strengthen institutions relating to good governance and
elimination of abuse, mismanagement and corruption;
3. To conduct major reforms in the economy and society at large; and
4. To convene free and fair elections.
PM Bainimarama said the perception at least on part of the
international community and some locally, is that Fiji's unique problems and challenges will all be overcome as soon as we have elections and return Fiji to parliamentary democracy.
He said this was also the perception in the aftermath of the previous three coups which took place in 1987 and 2000 respectively.
And to this the PM said is far from the truth.
"You will, however, no doubt be aware that the 'coup culture' in Fiji is far from over," he said.
" The reason being that the international community has been rather naďve in pressurizing Fiji to return to parliamentary democracy in each instance without allowing the people of Fiji to comprehensively address the root causes of conflict and disagreement."
PM Bainiamarama said this is exactly what the Interim Government is expected to address through the Mandate it has been given by His Excellency the President and the proposed National Council for Building a Better Fiji.
"And yet too conveniently, the international community is saying that such matters be best left to an elected Government," he said.
" In the context of Fiji, however, you would no doubt be aware that elected Governments came into being based largely on manipulation of grassroots people, promotion of racially divisive policies and corrupt practices."
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Vatukoula poses no health threat
Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources Dr. Rohit Kishore has today reassured that the Vatukoula Gold Mines holds no environmental or health hazard as contrary to a report by the Fiji Times today (05/09).
Dr. Kishore duly noted that the Mineral Resources Department has put in place a Vatukoula Mine Contingency Plan to fully contain any hazard in the mines.
He stressed that when the Emperor Mining Company pulled out of Vatukoula the Mineral Resources were there to ensure the safety of the mine and the Government paid for the fuel to provide electricity to the mine speaking volumes of Governmentâ€™s commitment to maintaining the safety of the mine.
â€śThe mines in Vatukoula was never neglected and even before Westech Gold came the Mineral Resources Department was there and will continue to be there to ensure safety from any health or environmental hazard,â€ť said Dr. Kishore.
He added that even the diesel fuels in the mines had been adequately cleaned a month before the takeover of the mines and Dr. Kishore is positive that the mines poses no health hazard.
On the other hand, he added that the comment by the Director of Environment Epeli Nasome was just a forewarning towards the possibility of a health hazard that may be posed if the mine was ever to be flooded.
Likewise he said that this was a good thing but that he was positive that this would never happen in the watch of the Mineral Resources Department.
Rewa to stamp mark in Sanatan soccer tourney
REWA will be heading for the third Fiji Sanatan Youth and Sports Battle of the Giants soccer tournament in Nadi after missing out last year in Ba.
The reds have been boosted with the confirmation that key players Sarvesh Pal, Satlesh Kumar, Kaushik Kumar and Joseph Mishra are available to travel with the team to Nadi.
The senior members of the side have been training with the team from last week. The side under coach Tarun Prasad has been preparing well to make their presence felt at the two-day tournament at Prince Charles Park this weekend.
FSYS organising chairman and national vice-president Vikash Deo Sharma said Rewa would pose a threat to Nadroga and Nadi in their pool.
He said no teams should be taken lightly.
The eight participating teams will be gunning for the Late Mr& Mrs Shiu Narayan Pattan trophy.
Navua and Lautoka play the first match at 9am on Ground One. Also at 9am on Ground Two Labasa faces Tuva.
Pool 1: Nadi, Rewa, Nadroga, Suva.
Pool 2: Navua, Lautoka, Labasa, Tuva.
Draws: Saturday: 9am Ground One Navua vs Lautoka (P2), Ground Two- Labasa vs Tuva (P2); 10-10am Nadi vs Rewa (P1), Nadroga vs Suva (P1); 12-30pm Tuva vs Navua (P2), Labasa vs Lautoka (P2); 1-40pm Nadi vs Suva (P1), Nadroga vs Rewa (P1); 3-40pm Labasa vs Navua (P2), Lautoka vs Tuva (P2), 5pm Nadi vs Nadroga (P1), Suva vs Rewa (P1).
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Forum for national air pollution control strategy
The Department of Environment will be hosting a forum for the formulation of a National Air Pollution Control Strategy for Fiji.
A total of 70 stakeholders have been invited to the one - day forum, which will be opened by the Interim Minister for Labour, Industrial Relations, Tourism and Environment Mrs. Bernadette Rounds Ganilau.
The forum will provide an opportunity for participation and discussion in the formulation of the Air Control Strategy and Action Plan.
In a statement from the Ministry, this is in line with the requirement under the recently enacted Environment Management Act (March 2005).
The Act requires the Waste Management and Pollution Control Unit to formulate, implement and monitor strategies for the minimizing of packaging wastes, special wastes, liquid wastes and any other type of waste.
This will also include air pollution and gaseous waste.
The objectives of the forum include scrutinizing air pollutant types in Fiji, highlighting the health and environmental impacts and collating submissions on the draft strategy and action plans.
Facilitators at the forum include experts from the University of the South Pacific and staff from the Department of Environment.
The Forum will be conducted at the Raffles Tradewinds in Lami today, Wednesday 01/o8 at 9am.
Fiji Fuel prices drops
THE wholesale and retail price of motor spirit, diesel and premix outboard fuel will drop from today.
This was announced by the Prices and Incomes Board.
Motor spirit has been reduced by 7 cents to $1.91 per litre from $1.98 per litre previously.
Diesel is down two cents to $1.53 per litre from $1.55 previously.
Premix outboard fuel is down 7 cents to $1.89 per litre from $1.96 previously.
But kerosene will remain at $1.28 per litre.
The decrease follows movements in world product market prices for June.
“The rebounding of refinery productions after earlier problems together with reductions in tanker freight rates are key contributors to the price reduction for the month,” PIB said.
Flying Fijians to return to camp
FMF Flying Fijians players will return back to camp later today for another week of training for the Rugby World Cup.
FRU's High Performance Unit Manager Peter Murphy says the players will get Army training in Suva next week, as they have been spending much time training at Lawaqa Park.
Murphy says different types of training will help the players more, as they have only 16 more days to train in Fiji as they leave for France on the 17th of next month.
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