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Ruby Taylor-Newton
Sunday, November 18, 2012

On November 18, 1971, The Fiji Times ran the

following articles.

Govt presses for weaker Fiji Beer

The Government is pressing the Carlton Brewery Fiji Ltd to reduce the strength of Fiji beer.

The Minister for Commerce, Industry and Co-operative, Mr Vijay R Singh said yesterday, that he was concerned about the strength of beer and had made representations to Carltons.

"Only a few days ago, the brewery informed me they were carrying out certain experiments," he said.

"The aim is to develop an acceptable quality of beer with a reduced alcohol content. I first raised this matter in 1969. I know other ministers and the Prime Minister have been concerned."

the present strength of local beer is about four per cent alcohol by weight and has been so since the company began brewing in Fiji more than 10 years ago.

Social workers and churchmen, in frequent expressions of concern about drunkeness have suggested that one way of curbing might be to reduce the alcoholic content of beer.

Imported British, New Zealand and European beers had about three-quarters the alcoholic content of local beer.

Machine sweeps our sweepers off the streets

A familiar sight in Suva for many years - its street-sweepers - will be replaced next week by a mechanical street-sweeper. Then these five men (left to right) Shiu Dyal, Hari Prasad, Dulai Prasad, Sirpat Prasad and Shiu Prasad will be allotted other jobs. In all, 13 men will set aside their trolleys and brooms next week. Of these, many would be ready to retire and others would be assigned to other jobs within Suva City Council, the city engineer, Mr CC Bradnam said.

The street-sweeper's day begins at 7am when each man arrives at the depot, an air-raid shelter saved from World War II, and near the power station, to gather his trolley, broom and other equipment.

Six youths escape

Six youths from the Nasinu Approved School who escaped early on Tuesday morning were still free yesterday. They are aged between 15 and 17 and are from the Suva, Rewa, Tailevu and Vatukoula areas. One of the escapees from Suva was sentenced to approved school training less than a year ago and has escaped twice before. About a month ago, a similar party escaped from the school.

YMCA starts plan to attract youth to country life

A new plan to make life in the country more attractive for young people will be launched next year.

Specially trained workers will set up a network of village youth clubs and agricultural schemes.

The plan was announced yesterday by mr Dennis J Oliver, general secretary of the Fiji Young Christian Men's Association and the Suva Youth Centre.

"Our organisation is concerned at the rapid movement of young people from the villages to the city and towns," Mr Oliver said.

He said the YMCA felt many young people were becoming disenchanted with the village way of life. This was because of adult domination, a lack of social life and limited wage prospects. "The race to the city is accelerating at an alarming pace and is compounding many of the accomodation, unemployment, and social welfare problems already being experienced there," Mr Oliver said.

He said the YMCA and the youth centre would receive Government help to employ a staff specialist trained in agriculture and youth work.

Indian Cultural Centre to open

An Indian Cultural Centre is likely to open in Suva early next year

The attache in the Indian High Commission, Mr OP Dhawan said yesterday that a floor of the new Bank of Baroda Building in Marks Street was being leased for the centre. It will have a library and an auditorium with training facilities for North Indian music and dancing.

Pedestrians' stop-go

Three sets of traffic lights have been installed in Suva to help people cross the roads without causing pedestrian jams. Lights have been set up on Kings Road near the Ajanta Theatre at Grantham Road, Raiwaqa and at the Pratt Street and Renwick Road junction. The city engineer, Mr C. C Bradnam said heavy pedestrian congestion had prompted the council to install the lights.

Film head says violence not bad

Film violence did not encourage violence in society, the chairman of the Film Control Board, Dr Ali Asgar, said yesterday.

Dr Asgar said films mainly showed that violence did not pay.

"It is always the good man who wins in the end," Dr Asgar told The Fiji Times. "The fellow who is violent loses in the end."

Dr Asgar was asked for his comments on a recent controversy involving a call for a ban on "undesirable" films.

"There have been some films we could have done without," he said. "But what is 'undesirable'? What is undesirable to one person might not be to another.

"What we have to watch in Fiji is that there are people who take their religion very seriously. We have to be cautious of any film which makes a mockery of religion for instance. The same applies when racial issues are involved."

Patients suffer in long queues

This is just part of the crowd of people who queue up daily at Suva's Colonial War Memorial hospital outpatients department for treatment. Like hospitals in many places, the CWM has an outpatient waiting problem.

The Director of Medical Services, Dr Dharam Singh said the problems was inevitable and insoluble. But he said, the waiting problem occurred only in the early part of the day.

"This results in about 200 to 250 people arriving at the same time and what can we do with a staff of only eight in this department?" Dr singh said.

He said these people often had a wait of three or four hours, but it was something that couldn't be helped.

Dr Singh said the problem at Lautoka Hospital was worse than that of CWM.

Fiji Teachers receive training in Australia

Two teachers are among 22 men and women from seven countries receiving specialist training for teaching in infant and lower primary schools at Wollongong Teacher's Training College, south of Sydney.

Miss Kolora Tuwai Latianara, a demonstrator and visiting teacher from Suva and Mrs Litiana Bavi, a supervisor demonstrator from Nausori are doing a one-year course.

The programme provides for 10 subjects to be studied. Half of the course is devoted to infant education and the balance consists of general, civic and health education, science, psychology, music, art and craft work and oral and written English.

Both women have been made honorary members of Wollongong Soroptomist Club, an international women's organisation devoted to community welfare.

Fiji soldiers in Australia

Two servicemen from Fiji are taking an officer training course at the Australian Army Cadet school at Portsea in the southern state of Victoria.

With 77 classmates from Australia, New Zealand and several other overseas countries they hope to graduate as commissioned officers next year after 12 months of intensive study and practical work. The two cadets from Fiji are George Konousi (23) of Ahau, Rotuma and Viliame Rasari (22) of Naidi, Savusavu.

They arrived in Australia in mid-July from New Zealand where they had been on attachment from the Royal Fiji Military Forces.

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