Between the Lines

BTL: March 23, 2019

One resident, a foreigner, claimed he was charged $23 for every carload of rubbish he takes to the dump. It is alleged he was later told by a security guard that it should be $23 for the whole year.
24 Mar 2019 01:18
BTL: March 23, 2019

Another change at Fiji Times after BTL revealed that outgoing Publisher Hank Arts is heading to Australia.
An email sent out to all staff revealed that senior reporter Nasik Swami is moving on to become editor of the struggling Hindustani paper Shanti Dut, part of the Fiji Time stable.
The long-time backbone of Shanti Dut, Nilam Kumar, has been moved to be the sub-editor on the vernacular paper.

LARGEST WORKER GROUP?
BTL has heard through the grapevine that a big contingent of Fijian seasonal workers could be leaving soon for Australia for fruit-picking.
One figure that has been bandied about is more than 70.
If indeed it comes that then it is understood to be the largest group to leave our shores so far.
It reflects the strengthening of relations between the two countries and the reputation of Fijians as excellent workers.

88 AND GOING STRONG
He is 88 and still going strong.
The leader of the Wesley Mission Connexion Church, a breakaway group from the Methodist Church of Fiji and Rotuma, was the oldest person at yesterday’s awards ceremony of the Waitui Cluster in Rewa, comprising five primary schools – Rewa District School, St Joseph’s Primary School Naililili, Nukui District School and Burebasaga District School.
Reverend Anare Maravu said his secret is: “Retire to bed early and arise early. Do not overeat and do not walk in the rain.”

WHY TWO PRICES?
Why is it that there are two sets of prices in this retail shop? One for the locals and one for foreigners. BTL thinks there should be one price for everyone.
This practice seems to have spread to one town council.
One resident, a foreigner, claimed he was charged $23 for every carload of rubbish he takes to the dump. It is alleged he was later told by a security guard that it should be $23 for the whole year. If that’s true the council needs to be taken to task.

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