Fiji Sun Leading Fiji newspaper for Fiji News, Sport and Pacific news Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:39:29 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rotuma Swimmers Top Games Competition Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:39:29 +0000 Rotuma won the Fiji Swim­ming competition in the fi­nal day of Fiji Games at the Damodar City Aquatic Centre yes­terday.


The Matelita Buadromo’s Rotuma team collected 20 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze medals.

It was disappointing for Nadi players who left the competition early due to the adverse weather condition.

They finished in second place with 14 gold, 18 silver and 17 bronze medals.

The capital city side was third with 8 gold, 13 silver and 7 bronze medals.

Fiji Swimming president Ben Rova said: “Nadi team did not finish the event on the final day because of the adverse weather. We don’t want to take the risk but to get our swimmers safely home.”

Nevertheless the team from the jet­set town had a clean sweep in the 50m backstroke winning gold, silver and bronze in both the women’s and men’s division.

The team consists of Yolani Blake, Cheyenne Rova, Ella Rasau, Hansel McCaig, Netani Ross and Troy Maivusa­roko.

Rotuma’s Temafa Yalimaiwai won the men’s 100m butterfly with a new re­cord time of 57.4sec.

Final squad

Rova confirmed they will release the 2019 Pacific Games 16 players follow­ing approval by the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Commit­tee (FASANOIC) selection justification committee.

Edited by Osea Bola


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I’m A Better Player: ‘King Krishna’ Tue, 23 Apr 2019 06:12:51 +0000 Wellington Phoenix star striker Roy Krishna has hailed the important role his teammates and coach have played in helping him hit top form this season.

Krishna scored his first profession­al hat-trick on Sunday, including a 94th minute winner, to help propel the Phoenix to a 3-2 win over Mel­bourne City.

The win kept them within touching distance of fourth-placed Adelaide United with one match – against Perth Glory on Sunday – remaining in the season.

The Siberia, Labasa, native said he did not expect to score a hat-trick but gave all the credit to his team­mates for feeding him with “some great balls.”

“It’s always great to win especially when it’s at this stage of the sea­son because we needed that win,” Krishna told SUNsports from New Zealand last night.

“The team played very well, work­ing together to create opportunities and it’s a great feeling to be on the score sheet.

“It’s my first hat trick as a profes­sional so it means a lot more to me personally.

“I always work hard to do better in the field. I’ve had a couple of braces so this is more than what I’ve ever achieved.”

The match-winning performance prompted outgoing Phoenix coach Mark Rudan to label Krishna the ‘King of the Wellington Phoenix.’

“He puts the fear in anyone,” Rudan told news website Stuff NZ.

“We know his skill sets, how im­portant he is. I knew how important he was when I first came to the club.

“Roy is an example of the whole team but he certainly puts the fear of God into any defender out there.”

The hat-trick took Krishna’s tally to 18, breaking the record for most goals scored in a single season and making him a frontrunner for the golden boot award.

It was also his 50th goal in the Hyundai A-League, an achievement Krishna called “the highlight of my career.”

Following the win, interest in the 31-year-old’s signature has report­edly intensified.

The striker is out-of-contract at the end of the season and specula­tion that rival A-League clubs have begun circling him continues to gather pace.

But the Fijian captain refused to add fuel to the rumours, saying he was focussed on the main goal of going as far as possible with the Nix this season.

“I will make a decision when the time is right but for now I want to train hard and do well for the club,” he said.

“We would be very happy with a home playoff and will give it our all in the last round because our fans at home have been very supportive throughout the season.

“We are overwhelmed with their support and it’s a great feeling to be playing in our home ground.”

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Letters, 23rd April 2019 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:56:00 +0000 People’s Will

Mere Samisoni, Lami
May I respond to a letter in your Fiji Sun print dated Wednesday 17th P11, under “The People’s Will”.

I am surprised that the writer has drawn in a process of business decision making that is required to cover customer service and quality needs, cost, regulations and profit. All of which is accessible to the public to succeed in business.

It has become apparent to me that the reasoning of the author reflects the same pattern used by the Fiji Commerce Commission (FCC) before the 2014 General Election to discredit me and my company. This was despite my company being the only bread making company to provide documentation of ingredient use, cost, amount, products and sales expected from each shift day by day.

My company produced according to our customer demand for each shop. The shop managers are taught to match “supply and demand” and know who our regular customers are, which is necessary for daily planning.

They carry out this role well and produce only a few more to accommodate casual buyers.

Therefore, we do not over produce, but maintain a balance to reduce risks of wastage and costs. Doing so, we emphasise, compliance.

However, records will attest that the FCC people would appear at any time in our 25 shops, at odd hours to demand the price controlled items should be on the shelf despite the fact that all our regular price-controlled-item customers have been catered for.

Additionally, on price-controlled-item, customers have the luxury of choice to go to other bread shops for their needs.

In fact, their choice also includes biscuits and home-made items like bread itself, pancakes (sapapa and round like gulagula), topoi, roti, pita bread etc.

The choice for the public can be further extended to rice, tapioca, dalo, dalo ni tana, uto, yams, vudi, kumala, and tivoli etc., all of which, are healthy alternatives and should be encouraged in the gluten-free markets today.

I recognise the important issue of convenience, but why push government institutional power which becomes a barrier when it controls business.

I recommend innovation by empowering human talent and resources to add value in order to link up with the “Global Value Chain Management Structure” with inherent market opportunities.

Why does government and their letter writer supporters, push me and my company to produce for their control policies rather than customer needs and demand?.

Why don’t they allow free market choices for more investments and success through innovations and training of human resources, which will increase productivity, good governance, transparency, accountability and inclusivity?

Why? Because Government is interfering with private sector business when government should be keeping out of the private sector, reducing its size and focusing on growing the economy with improved infrastructure access between markets, investments and customer driven relationship based on service.

Business success will grow exponentially in free democratic business environment not under big government power to micro manage and then end up in the European Union blacklist.

On the dirty politics by SODELPA on me, this pattern was also evident, statistically in Central – Naitasiri, Tailevu South, Rewa, Lami, Nasinu, Suva; the West; the South and minimally in the North.

I was informed by one of the successful candidates, from the North, that he chased away the HQs team, when he identified their motives in time.

About ten (10) SODELPA candidates, did not find out in time to prevent the HQs team violating its own SODELPA policy and mission which is to develop talent from the grassroots up and not just down the organisational structure.

Thus it adopted the policy (Chaired by the late Ratu Jone Yavala Kubuabola) of identifying candidates through its various constituencies, to ensure easy access to the Members of Parliament following elections, ensure the people’s voices are heard and to increase likelihood of success given the candidates should be well grounded and have served in their local communities extensively prior to contesting.

I agree that the people’s will should be served at general elections time, but with “Dictatorship” dressed up like democracy accompanied by lies, fear and hate thrown into the equation, the people were confused.

This communication process between the party and the base voters for clarity, interpretation, understanding and acceptance is part of the 21st Century Information Economy to ensure the rights of all voters are met using good governance – accountability, transparent participation.

I also understand that the Opposition Leader Retired Major General Sitiveni Ligamamada Rabuka received sympathy votes but from all over Fiji but the HQs team did not promote the local candidate selected by the local community violating their own policy objective to win more seats and therefore majority to govern Fiji.

To this mission, I and the SODELPA Lami Constituency Council (SLCC) members along with president Jope Koroisavou, SODELPA Youth Wing (SYW) leader and his team, put forward our respective but similar base voters’ concerns at different times.

SLCC handed ours over in January and February 2019 and SYW recently.  We have asked the party to hold a retreat in order to evaluate the 2018 General Election in order to guide SODELPA to the 2022 General Elections.

In addition, we have submitted justifications why we believe it best for the AGM to be held in Suva.

Alternatively, SODELPA in our opinion can take the AGM to the North next year.

But for such an important post elections AGM, it requires majority participation logistically.

Another pressing concern that our base voters have and related to the heading of this letter “The people have spoken”, I would like to state that in belonging to a patriarchal society which the Indigenous Fijian (IF) community particularly are aligned towards, the tall poppy syndrome remains and is present even at the Business community level, and this must change.

Respect for women and our abilities is often not welcomed by men who have been used to positions and relationships of power. Hence the resistance from SODELPA to reform and change to keep control.

The same symptoms and archaic values the letter writer amplifies.

On violence against women & children Fiji’s position in the Pacific is 64-67 per cent 2nd behind Papua New Guinea and rate 5th globally (MoWC&PA, 2018).

This is shocking for any woman to accept today.

The Strategic Development Goals (SDG, 2030) #5 on gender equality; # 10 to reduce Inequality # 16 Promote Justice and #17 all equally advocate for the promotion of partnerships, so policies address, misogyny or the hatred of women. [For emphasis, the tall poppy syndrome that I represent as a successful business woman).

At this stage, may I, honour, the late speaker Dr Jiko Luveni who did much to promote the ratification of this landmark UN 17 SDG (2030) that focus attention on the role of women in development and decision making through education and training with support from understanding men.

Accordingly, the power to control is an old world view and order which has changed to the new world view and 21st Information Economy.

Here, data, stats and facts are used to add value to Human Resource Development (HRD) using innovation and entrepreneurial investment to develop people skills that add value to all capital base – social, cultural, technical financial, economic, moral, spiritual, ethical, legal, political, and informational by empowering local talent from the grassroots to invest in and grow the economy.

This is biblical and spiritual (Mathew 25: 14-30 about talents for development).

On the FijiFirst Party Government, Actual Debt stands at $5.1Bilion or 47 per cent of GDP. The average budget for the last 13 years stand at approximately 40-45 per cent of GDP. This is wasteful spending.

On economic growth, actual 3.2 per cent of GDP. Reality is average 2.3 per cent of GDP from 2006-2018.

On Deficit Actual is 7.1 per cent of GDP. Budget target is 2-3 per cent of GDP (RBF 2006-2018).

On Human Development Index (HDI) Fiji has slipped from 66th Position in 1995 to 72nd in 100th position in 2011 (FBoS, 2011).

This narrative and picture tells us Fiji is consuming not producing from our diverse market bases in the new 21st Century Economic world order.

Savenaca Narube has argued for IMF’s concern on governance in order to remove Fiji from the black list urgently. It would augur well for these views to be independently accessed and evaluated for adoption. No thought is a wasted thought.

Having said the above, I submit that my experience remains useful and gold in my opinion, to my voter base from the grassroots up, where I champion the concept of producing, as a preferred alternative to consuming in order to move people, especially here in Fiji out of poverty.

Poverty contributes to the high level of violence against women and children which Fiji must address collectively among other challenges like its liquidity position, high debt, high consumption without national information on productivity etc.

I am compelled as one who understands business and economic development, to speak out now against leaving such irresponsible financial and social calculations to our children and their heirs. Accordingly, I do not accept the casually thrown “not blame or retire” misogynist line as suggested by your writer.

History will capture my desire to reverse the high prison population of Indigenous Fijians (IF) incarcerated despite the fact, we are asset rich yet cash poor, and in my position to do so, I am willing to be admonished.

I thus also take this time to say that the risks and benefits of the economy are not spread out as designed for a free democratic society with supportive institutions to grow Fiji’s economy and Trade, as captured in the Qarase, Soqosoqo Duavata ni Lewenivanua (SDL) Government’s Strategic Development Plan of 50/50 by 2020.

What a waste of time, energy and resources, the last 13 years has been, only to show an EU Blacklist and an IF successful business woman being kicked out of SODELPA because she has dared to prove the ‘establishment’ wrong.


Union Blackmail

Simon Hazelman, Savusavu

The revelation that unions are encourag­ing their members not to turn up to work on May 3 is not only reckless but totally ir­responsible.

Once again we get to see these union lead­ers who have failed miserably at past elec­tions finding an unethical and unproduc­tive way of taking absolute advantage of disrupting the upcoming Asian Develop­ment Bank meeting.

No doubt this stunt is based solely on the selfish and arrogant attitude of a handful of under-achieved losers!

Basically this nasty plan will not only in­flict financial loss to the nation, but paint a rather bad picture of what we are as a people. The fact of the matter is that the na­tion, its employees and their families will ultimately suffer.

It’ll become a costly affair for all.

It is already hard enough to keep up with the best of times.

Many families have existing problems and such action will only aggravate the existing issues and the tensions, and the uncertain­ties of the work situation will be reflected in the home. Invariably it’ll affect the lives of everyone.

For a developing nation such as ours, such a move is never a forward march but a back­ward one!

Absolutely irresponsible on the part of all unions and they and the country will sim­ply reap what it sows.

Wake up and remove the blinkers people, we don’t need such arrogant thinkers!.

Traffic Congestion

Dharmendra Kumar, Suva

The Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore has hit the nail right on the head by saying, the new elec­tronic car parking system at Sports City is contributing to more traffic congestion.

Mr Moore, it’s not only the Sports City electronic car system but also the one at Da­modar City.

We have two huge shopping centres beside Grantham Road and both entry and exit is on the same side.

A lot of emphasis was given to the look and feel or exterior finishes of the malls, but not to the basics, shopping centres should be adequate to accommodate traffic at the busiest hours of each centre.

Traffic congestion is not caused by people rather by vehicles in poorly designed roads. Who is responsible?

Noisy Preachers

Joji O. Toronibau, Tunuloa

I listened to radios, watched television and often hear preachers, yelling, screaming and stomping if you like to the top of their voices. They are holding on to a microphone instead and still not satisfied with the din.

Maybe the One above is deaf and out of reach?

For some last week it was holy week but for most of them there would have been many noisy preachers.

Senior Citizen

Vijay P. Madhavan, Suva

When is a Senior Citizen NOT a Senior Citizen?

After 6pm every day and on Public Holi­days according to Damodar Cinemas.

Mr Joel Abraham , FCCC, please help.

Savusavu Airport

Shariff Shah, Savusavu

Can the authorities please advise as to why the above airport carpark and entry is in such a state.

The first impression is very important.



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 Religious Holidays Become Money Oriented Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:51:34 +0000 Editorial: 

How commercialised have we become.

Gone are the days where there was respect for religious holidays, more significantly Good Friday than any other.

The Easter long weekend which ended yesterday has been a glaring example of how times have changed.

Religious holidays nowadays are surely at odds with the new culture of this world and religion has become the target of terrorists as witnessed in Sri Lanka.

Why do many people celebrate holidays like Christ­mas and Easter with one depicting the birth of Jesus Christ and the other his crucifixion and ultimate death on the cross?

Yes, it is a time where family bonds are strengthened.

Joel Hodge, a senior lecturer at the Australia Cath­olic University said capitalism was manipulating people to be more social and was using the religious, familial and social dimensions of these holidays in or­der to push products.

“In many ways, this is true. Christian feasts have be­come commercial holidays – homages to the products, marketing strategies, and constantly stimulated de­sires that make-up the commercial existence around which Westerners base their lives. Commerce is king – and god too – in many ways.

“Moreover, commercialisation has occurred to a number of holidays and feasts, like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, yet these days have not attained the significance of Christmas or Easter.”

Religious holidays like Christmas and Easter have a deeper meaning than mere socialising.

On the Cross at Calvary, Jesus Christ encountered one of the most violent methods of torture any one could encounter.

Others are more hell bent on destroying these reli­gious holidays, as shown by the bombings of three churches and a hotel in Sri Lanka during Easter Ser­vices which resulted in nearly 300 deaths up till last night (Fiji time).

This is the sick world we live in right now.

There is no respect for religion or anyone for that matter.

Our focus is taken away from Easter and shifted to watching and reading these horror killings which is exactly what these sick people want.

Such events keep our focus on them while we neglect the call of love to deeper forms of kindness, humility and being selfless.

The onus is on every person to change that so the world will become a more meaningful place to live in.

If this is not done now, then surely we will see the diminishing of ‘Love for one another’, which is the powerful message of Easter.

And all religious holidays will become insignificant.

Hope you all had a blessed Easter Season.


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Be Pro Fiji Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:47:24 +0000 Analysis:

The 52nd Asian Development Bank’s annual governors’ meet will be a success wheth­er the unions and unionists like it or not.

We are a week away from hosting the biggest international meeting and we will have the world’s eyes on Fiji. This is the time for everyone to rally behind the local secretariat and make this a success.

Unfortunately, Fiji Trades Union Congress and their affiliates want to use this as an opportunity to do something which is against the very core of being good hosts. They want to hold their national strike on May 3, which will be the day when one of the most important events of the ADB meet will be held – the Board of Governors meeting followed by the Host Country recep­tion.

More than 3000 people will be par­ticipating in these events and the unions want their members to stay away from work, whether they get the permit to go on strike or not. And there are already talks for peo­ple to use Family Care Leave and Sick Leave benefits to give their strike a chance.

This is where every Fijian has to stop and think. Is this what we want to be known for? Fiji has al­ways opened their arms to visitors. This meeting will open the doors to other international conferences and we need to be pro-Fiji to make it a success.

Why did Unions choose this day for their national strike? They want to hold this over the heads of employers as a bargaining chip. This goes against the ethos of ne­gotiating in good faith and this is really a time for some unionists to show that they are still relevant.

They want to target the hotels, to get their members to stay away from work. This can very well back­fire. The hotels have no doubt made back up arrangements to ensure everything works out smoothly.

No one is asking the unions not to protest. But to do it to embar­rass Fiji on the world stage is being purely anti-Fiji. Fiji can become the way the world should be.

Even with the threat of a national strike, this event will be a resound­ing success. Unionists need to real­ise this and not put their members in an awkward position.


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Be Careful Avoiding Potholes, FRA To Motorists Tue, 23 Apr 2019 05:06:02 +0000 Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) chief executive officer, Jona­than Moore has advised members of the public to drive carefully on our roads during this rainy weather.

With the heavy rain in the past couple of days, motorists have ex­perienced bad roads with the in­crease and worsening of potholes on roads.

“Potholes are everywhere and we are doing our best to patch it up and minimise this issue,” Mr Moore said.

“My advice to motorists is to be ex­tra cautious while driving and to be considerate of other drivers when trying to avoid potholes.”

Motorists are advised to be alert while driving so as to avoid road accidents during these periods of heavy rain around the country.

The FRA has also closed off a few roads in Rakiraki and the Northern Division and is trying to keep mem­bers of the public safe and out of harm’s way.

Drivers manoeuvre through potholes filled with water after the continuous downpour on April 22, 2019.  Photo: Ronald Kumar

Drivers manoeuvre through potholes filled with water after the continuous downpour on April 22, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

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BTL: 23rd April, 2019 Tue, 23 Apr 2019 04:36:44 +0000 Picked on merit

Some civil servants, who applied to be liaison officers for the Asian Development Bank annual meeting at Denarau in Nadi from May 1 to 5, got a shock.

They did not know that part of the requirement is a Police clearance.

Some withdrew because they knew they had Police records.

Others who, had forgotten, found out when they were informed that they had not passed the Police test.

The vetting process also included grooming and dress. Some failed on this count too.

Those who got through are the pick of the crop – selected on merit.
Women power

If there is one employer that recognises women power it is the Hot Bread Kitchen chain.

More than 53 per cent of its more than 630 workers are women.

And if you have not noticed, the women dominate the frontline of the business because of their customer service touch. They are also good with handling cash.

The men are good at the back  doing the baking.

A woman is also at the helm of the successful business as founder-owner-operator. Mere Samisoni is an inspiration. Sadly she has noted that some men  do not recognise women’s abilities.

Men, who are guilty, should get rid of their male chauvinism. She is speaking based on her experience in SODELPA. But she is not discouraged.

BTL understands Hot Bread Kitchen is poised to expand again as Ms Samisoni continues to soar flying the women’s flag.
Fake forum

Looks like the fake forum where people easily defamed others, spread hatred and lies may finally be suspended.

Fiji’s Exposed Forum was nowhere to be found by its admins over the weekend.


Following Jesus example

Sunday is their Sabbath for the villagers of Vadrai, Nakelo. Tailevu. It’s the day they rest from their labours.

But last Sunday, they took off their church garb, changed into their week-day wear, for a  compassionate service. They heeded the cry for help from the family of  Rayshal Roy who was swept away by waves during a picnic. After several hours of search his body was found yesterday.

The experience gave real meaning to the significance of the day of resurrection when Jesus Christ rose from the dead after he was crucified for the sins of all people.

One of the searchers said: “ I feel for the family and I was happy to help. I felt I was following the example of Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer.”


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Viseisei Accident Victim Recovers In Hospital Tue, 23 Apr 2019 02:21:15 +0000 A man is recovering in Lautoka Hospital after a road accident at the weekend.

He was among passengers of a rental car, who were rushed to the Lautoka Hospital on Sunday, after their vehicle collided with an oncoming vehicle and veered off Vuda Bridge, Viseisei in Lautoka.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident happened at 4pm on Sunday.

She  said a vehicle registration JS206 was on its way to Lautoka from Nadi when it allegedly collided with a vehicle registration LR2136.

“Due to the impact, vehicle  registration LR2136 veered off the bridge and submerged in the river,” she said.

“All victims were conveyed to Lautoka Hospital by bystanders.”

Ms Naisoro said a passenger from the private vehicle was recovering in Lautoka Hospital while others were treated and sent home.

Results of vehicle collision in Lautoka over the Easter weekend.

Results of vehicle collision in Lautoka over the Easter weekend.

Police have reminded motorists to take precautions when on the roads.

Fiji Roads Authority Communications & Public Relations Officer Zafiya Shamim said, “The vehicle hit the railing and fell into the river. A FRA contractor will temporarily secure the damaged railing area after the Police clear the site”.

Edited by Percy Kean

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German Diplomat Praises Fiji’s Role In Cop23 Mon, 22 Apr 2019 23:56:47 +0000 A top German diplomat has praised Fiji’s presidency of COP23, saying the country set the example for others to follow on an issue of global significance.

The outgoing Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Ger­hard Thiedemann, made this state­ment after his three-year term ended last week.

Mr Thiedemann served as the Ger­man Ambassador to seven Pacific Island countries: New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Kiribati and the Cook Islands..

COP 23

Mr Thiedemann said Fiji’s co-oper­ation with Germany through COP23 had been the cornerstone of the re­gion.

He added that Fiji made a big im­pact during the COP23 and he was happy to be a part of it.

“The COP23 was a chance and a well taken one to make Pacific issues global issues,” Mr Thiedemann said.

“COP23 was a positive cornerstone for global climate politics and we can really see that as a success story of Fijian-German cooperation.

“COP23 was only a couple of days, what came before and after had the influence over Fiji and the Pacific.”

Fiji’s presidency

Fiji presided over the COP23 in Bonn, Germany, from November 6 to 17, 2017.

COP 23 formally known as the 23rd Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Conven­tion on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

The UNFCCC was adopted in 1992 at the Rio Earth Summit, which marked the beginning of the inter­national community’s first concert­ed effort to confront climate change.

In an earlier statement, Prime Min­ister Voreqe Bainimarama high­lighted the high ambition for climate action that Fiji has promoted as COP23 President to continue under the COP24 Presidency of Poland.

Mr Thiedemann added Fiji has con­tinued to show its support by voting Germany as a non-permanent mem­ber of the United Nations Security Council for the 2019-20 terms.

This is the sixth time that the coun­try has assumed major responsibil­ity for peace and security in this function.

“We are happy that the Fijian gov­ernment voted for us, because it is not always about assistance, but we also enjoy collaboration on a high-level approach,” he said.

“It was an effort that will dominate the 21st Century and the upcoming generation.

“Every Government has a broader responsibility and I have the impres­sion that the Fijian and German Gov­ernments is quite aware of that.”

Mr Thiedemann said he was leav­ing with a heavy heart, knowing that Fijian-German relations had further strengthened through his three-year term.

“This is my first time in the South Pacific and I have learned a lot along the way,” he said.

“I have had the advantage to travel to Kadavu, where the German aid provided the solar power to commu­nity halls.

“I will miss the friendliness of the people and the way things are done differently.”

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Planned Family Picnic Turns Tragic Mon, 22 Apr 2019 23:49:24 +0000 An organised family picnic at Nasilai Beach, Kiuva, Tailevu, turned tragic when Vunimono High School Year 10 student Rayshal Roy, 15, drowned.

His father, Atish Chand, said they had been planning for this picnic for quite some time and agreed to have their picnic at Nasilai Beach on Sunday.

Mr Chand said the family arrived at the beach around midday and the incident happened around 2.15pm when Rayshal was swept away by big waves.

He said he had been taking pictures of fam­ily members swimming when the incident hap­pened.

Mr Chand said he tried to save his son, but it was too late because he was carried away by the waves.

“I only saw him twice and that was the last time I saw him,” he said.

He said Roy knew how to swim and they used to go for family picnics at Colo-i-Suva.

Rayshal was found dead yesterday by 18-year-old Tomasi Naborisi from Vadrai Village in Na­kelo, Tailevu.

He said they searched Nasilai Beach on Sun­day when the Police alerted them of the miss­ing boy believed to have drowned.

Tomasi said they did not see anyone because it was getting dark so they returned to their vil­lage.

Yesterday, he said, as soon as he woke up he went again to search for the missing boy.

“I went down the beach from my village and as I neared the place where they were swimming, I found a body washed ashore,” he said.

He said he called the Police in Nausori and went back to the village to relay the news and got some others to carry the dead boy to the road.”

Tomasi Naborisi 18 shows where he found the body of 15 year-old Rayshal Roy at Naselai Beach in Tailevu on April 22, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Tomasi Naborisi 18 shows where he found the body of 15 year-old Rayshal Roy at Naselai Beach in Tailevu on April 22, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar.

Tomasi said they were at the roadside with the body when the Police arrived and took Rayshal to Wainibokasi Hospital.

Rayshal’s elder brother is in Year 13 at Vuni­mono High School and younger brother in Year 3 at Vunimono Primary School.

Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the discovery and renewed a warning for mem­bers of the public to adhere to safety advisories in light of heavy rain and flooding experienced in parts of the country.

Parents and guardians have also been urged to ensure that children do not play near or in flooded drains, creeks and rivers.

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Former Fiji Member Of Parliament Accuses SODELPA Leadership of “dirty politics” Mon, 22 Apr 2019 23:41:50 +0000  


Former Member of Parliament Mere Samisoni has accused the SODELPA leadership of “dirty politics”.

This is the first time she is speaking out publicly after declaring her position in a confidential email exchange with other party members leaked to the Fiji Sun.

The Hot Bread Kitchen owner, a founder of the party and an unsuccessful 2018 election candidate, also called the party “a dictatorship dressed up like democracy”.

The Hot Bread Kitchen owner said that the party conspired to kick her out of the 2018 General Election by telling the voters that if they did not like the local candidate, they could vote for the party.

The voters were confused, she added. Ms Samisoni said the communication between the party and the voters must have clarity. It was part of good governance, accountability and transparency.

She said that the same pattern was evident statistically in the Central – Naitasiri, Tailevu South, Rewa, Lami, Nasinu, Suva; the West, the South and minimally in the North.

“I was informed by one of the successful candidates, from the North, that he chased away the HQ team when he identified their motives in time,” she said.

“About 10 SODELPA candidates did not find out in time to prevent the HQs team violating its own SODELPA policy and mission, which is to develop talent from the grassroots up and not just down the organisational structure.”

Ms Samisoni said the whole idea of the constituency was to identify candidates, who members could access help from before and after the election.

It required candidates who were active and well-grounded in serving their local communities, she said.

She said the party violated its own policy objective to win more seats.

Opposition leader and former party leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, said her comments were unfair. He said the strategy used was in the best interests of the party.
Other points Ms Samisoni raised:

She and her supporters have submitted justifications why they believe it best for the annual general meeting to be in Suva. The North can have it next year;

Respect for women and their abilities – Ms Samisoni said these were often not welcomed by men used to positions and relationships of power.

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Fiji-Based Sri Lankans Tell of Attack Shock and Sorrow Mon, 22 Apr 2019 23:00:21 +0000  

The Sri Lankan community in Fiji is still trying to come to terms with the bombings back home, which has left near 300 people dead and hundreds more in hospitals.

Eight co-ordinated blasts shook the island nation, three in churches where worshippers had gone for Resurrection Sunday prayers and three hotels targeting tourists with two other areas where alleged suicide bombers struck.

Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul to Fiji Ajith Kodagoda confirmed that there were no reports of any Fijians injured in the bombings, adding that they were all shocked at what had happened.

“Well we are very, very surprised and saddened. Our community in Fiji consists of all faiths and we are altogether without any differences on this matter. We have never had this amount of casualties in one incident even during the civil war. It’s now close to 300 deaths,” he said.

Fijian Holdings Limited chief executive officer Nouzab Fareed lost a close friend who had gone to one of the churches attacked in the blasts.

He recalled visiting those areas in Sri Lanka and shared his disbelief that something of this nature happened there.

Speaking about the church in Colombo which was torn apart in the bombing, Mr Fareed said people from all faiths frequented that church.

“The belief is that the church has healing powers. I have been there with my wife and people from different religious backgrounds go there often. That is a place of miracles and that is a symbol of Sri Lanka’s multiculturalism,” he said.

Of the four hotels that were bombed, the Shangri-La was Sri Lanka’s newest five-star hotel while also targeted was the island nation’s first five-star hotel – the Cinnamon.

“The Cinnamon was our grand old lady and the first five-star hotel built in Sri Lanka.”

Mr Fareed said no one expected such an incident to take place back home.

“We have hardly had any issues at international level and I don’t think this is linked to international terrorists,” he said.

Mr Fareed confirmed that there were no reports of any Fijians losing their lives or sustaining injuries in the blasts.

As questions continue to be asked, the Sri Lankan community here continue to frantically reach out to friends and families back home to get details of their welfare.

Edited by Epineri Vula


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Man On Remand For Property Damage Charge Mon, 22 Apr 2019 22:42:08 +0000 A man facing damaging prop­erty charges has been re­manded in custody by the Suva Magistrates Court.

Druavalu Yalimaiqamea appeared before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa during a special court sitting yes­terday.

It is alleged that Yalimaiqamea, on April 17, 2019, at Suva, wilfully and unlawfully damaged the showroom glass of Bobs Hook Line and Sinker on Thomson Street valued at $700.

Police prosecutor Corporal Sanil Kumar served the accused with full phase disclosures.

He objected to bail on the ground that the accused was a habitual of­fender. Magistrate Boseiwaqa re­manded the accused in custody and adjourned the matter to May 6 for mention.

Yalimaiqamea was also told to file a formal bail application.

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Alleged Arsonist Ends Up In Hospital Mon, 22 Apr 2019 22:40:18 +0000 A man, who allegedly burned his neighbour’s house at Batinikama in Labasa last Thursday, is still admitted at the Labasa Hospital.

This was confirmed by the Divi­sional Police Commander (DPC) Northern Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Eparama Waqa yesterday.

“The man who set fire is the house owner’s brother-in-law,” SSP Waqa said.

“He tried to commit suicide after the alleged fire incident and Police had to take him to Labasa Hospi­tal. We are waiting for the doctor to provide us with the clearance so that we can take him to the station for questioning,” he said.

Police investigations continue.

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Complainant, Accused Live On Same Property, Bail Denied Mon, 22 Apr 2019 22:37:10 +0000 A 40-year-old man of Suva facing an assault charge has been remanded in custody by the Magistrates Court in Suva

Esala Delana Kama is charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm. He appeared before Magistrate Jioji Boseiwaqa during the special court sitting yesterday.

It is alleged that Kama on April 20 at Suva, assaulted a man causing actual bodily harm.

Police prosecutor Corporal Sanil Kumar served the accused with full phase disclosures. He objected to bail being granted on the grounds that the accused and the complainant lived on the same property.

He told the court that there was a high chance of interference with the prosecution witness by the accused if he was released on bail. The matter was adjourned to May 6 for mention.

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Magistrate Orders Formal Bail Application Mon, 22 Apr 2019 22:36:49 +0000 A 27-year-old unemployed man of Nasinu has been remanded in custody after appearing during a special court sitting at the Nasinu Magistrates Court yesterday.

Manueli Nakurekure appeared before Magistrate Charles Ratakele charged with one count each of un­lawful possession of illicit drugs and of resisting arrest.

It is alleged that on April 19, 2019, at Nasinu, Nakurekure had in his possession 1.7 grams of cannabis sativa, an illicit drug.

On the same day, Nakurekure al­legedly resisted arrest by Police constables in execution of their duty.

The accused waived his right to counsel and opted to represent him­self.

Police prosecutor Constable Satereki Mocevakaca served the full phase disclosures to the ac­cused.

He objected to bail and sought the court’s assistance for the accused to make a formal bail application.

Magistrate Ratakele ordered the accused to make a formal bail ap­plication.

The matter was adjourned to April 29 for mention to check on the bail application and the prosecution’s response.

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Fiji Rugby, Coaching Room Team Up Mon, 22 Apr 2019 22:34:44 +0000 The Fiji Rugby Union has joined renowned corporate organisations and sporting bodies by teaming up with The Coaching Room.

And Fiji Airways Fijian 7s head coach Gareth Baber is among the many clients who are trying to unlock their full potential by joining the or­ganisation which was incepted in February 2006 by Australians Joseph Scott and Jay Hedley with the concept Together Everyone Achieves More (TEAM).

Other sports organisations teaming up with Coaching Room are Rugby Australia, New South Wales Rugby, Wallabies and Waratahs while cor­porates include our own international airline Fiji Airways, Optus, KPMG and many more.

Baber said: “As a sports coach and leader I am exposed to the numerous differing and diverse is­sues which can affect performance.

“Through the work I have accomplished with Jay I feel that I am beginning to have a greater understanding of these issues as well as those strategies which are required to enable an in­dividual and team to rationalise and overcome such problems.

“The focus of this work has very much sur­rounded my own coaching process and specifi­cally my own in built belief system.

“Through challenging this process and mind­set, I’m recognising how my own personality and characteristics play such a pivotal role in my coaching and particularly my relationships with my players.

“I believe that for anyone in a similar position, having someone in your management group with Jay’s qualities, skills and vision is fundamental in enabling both oneself and team unlock their potential.”

Everyone involved at The Coaching Room has a passion for helping individuals and organisa­tions to realising their fullest potential


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Unsuitable Sureties Lead To Assault-Charge Man On Remand Mon, 22 Apr 2019 22:33:32 +0000 A 20-year-old unemployed man of Nasinu appeared at the Magistrates Court in Nasinu yesterday during a spe­cial court sitting charged with one count of assault.

Lepani Liunaba appeared before Magistrate Charles Ratakele at the special court sitting yesterday.

It is alleged that on April 20, 2019, Liunaba assaulted an 18-year-old man in Nasinu.

The accused waived his right to counsel and opted to represent him­self.

Police prosecutor Constable Satereki Mocevakaca did not object to the bail, however he requested the court to grant bail on two suit­able sureties and strict bail condi­tions.

Liunaba had two sureties present in court. However, Magistrate Ra­takele declined to accept the sure­ties because they were his niece and nephew and said the proposed sureties did not have any authority over the accused.

The accused was remanded in cus­tody and the matter was adjourned to April 23 to check for suitable sureties.

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5 Year Jail Term for Knife Mayhem at Resort Mon, 22 Apr 2019 22:30:51 +0000 A woman was transferred to CWM Hospital from Savusavu District hospital after she was beaten with a knife blade sustaining injuries from her ex de facto partner Oliver Whippy.

Whippy attacked the woman at the Koro Sun Resort, where she works, brandishing a cane knife on the morning of August 25, 2018, after days of phone threats and harassment.

Whippy was found guilty after trial on the charge of one count of causing grievous harm and pleaded guilty on his own plea of two counts of criminal intimidation.

Telling her he was going to kill her, Whippy wielded a blow with the knife towards her neck, a blow that she fended off with her hand resulting in the grievous harm to her hand, that needed subsequent surgery at CWM Hospital.

Whippy dragged the woman from her office through the grounds of the resort beating her with the blade of the knife and uttering threats of murder. Her colleagues filmed the ongoing attack.

Police arrived at the scene, however Whippy threatened to kill the woman if they came anywhere near him.

The Police were able to defuse the situation and Whippy surrendered himself and the knife.

Whippy was sentenced to five years imprisonment at the High Court in Labasa on April 17 by Justice Paul Madigan.

Whippy is to serve a minimum of four years imprisonment before being eligible for parole.

He is 37 years old and until his arrest was a farmer at Wainunu in Bua. He has two daughters, including an 18-month-old, from his relationship with the woman.

“There is serious aggravation to this offence in that the continuous assault took part in a well-known Vanua Levu tourist resort, where tourists could well have been alarmed by witnessing mayhem in what they would have expected to be a peaceful welcoming Fijian resort,” Justice Madigan said.

He added that any crime that would impact on tourist perception of the hidden paradise must be regarded with great severity.

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Cleary: Do Well, Deliver Mon, 22 Apr 2019 22:30:38 +0000 The national team aim to do Fiji proud at the 2019 Touch World Cup in Malaysia on April 29 – May 4.

Fiji Touch Federation vice-president Trevor Cleary said the teams, which departed yesterday, are made up of senior and young players.

“We expect a good outing and the onus is on the players to do well and deliver,” he said.

“Our men are in the pool of death with champions Australia and fourth ranked Japan.

The men’s team was fifth in the last World Cup in Australia.

“We need to go up a notch,”he said.

The women Open team is captained by Daniella Kolikoli. Missing from the mixed team is Jasper William High School student Ateca Leiamo who has been selected to be part of the Fiji Women’s 9s Rugby League team to the Pacific Games.

Cleary thanked their major sponsor Hooka Rugby and other co-sponsors Greenline, TFL, Kokomo Private, and BSP Life.

Pool A: Scotland, South Africa, Singa­pore, Australia, England, Samoa, Fiji.

Women’s Open: Pool A: Fiji, Aus­tralia, Samoa, Scotland, China, Japan, England;

Mixed Open: Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Chinese Taipei, Ireland, Malaysia, Sin­gapore, China, NZ, Japan.

-Edited by Osea Bola


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