FIJI government officials and youth representatives met in Suva to discuss the outcomes of the Rio+20 Conference. It was the first time such an official inter-generational dialogue has taken place in Fiji directly following a high-level international meeting on sustainable development, a statement said. Iosefa Maiava, the head of the Pacific office of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, emphasised the need to ensure the engagement of young people.
UNIVERSITY of the South Pacific's Pacific Centre for Environment acting director and Sustainable Development dean Anjela Jokhan says there is a need to educate secondary school students on the effects of climate change. She made the comments at the presentation ceremony for the Climate Zone (Fiji) quiz competition held across Pacific Island countries for secondary schools. It is designed to promote climate change issues with the students.
Police IT plans
THE Fiji Police Force has plans for its information technology department. Commissioner Brigadier General Ioane Naivalurua says all police officers should be computer literate by 2016. He also said there was a need to realign the units and streamline processes in operations like how it is done in Singapore.
Call to disabled
The Fiji National Council of Disabled Persons (FNCDP) has called on all persons living with disabilities to come forward and register for the elections. Executive director Dr Sitiveni Yanuyanutawa said under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities addressed persons with disabilities right to participate in political and public life. He also encouraged institutions dealing with people living with disabilities to contact the Elections Office and register members.
THE High Court in Lautoka has sentenced Paula Bete, charged with one count of aggravated burglary and two counts of theft, to a year in prison. The court heard that among his nine previous convictions, Bete had a sentence of two years, suspended for three years. Judge Justice Sitambarampillai Thurairaja said the burglary and theft were committed within that suspended sentence period.