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This week in FIJI Dec 23

Compiled By Ruby Taylor Newton
Sunday, December 23, 2012

Star Dog

A star of the Fiji Police dog section, Foster, obeys a command from his handler, Sergeant Ilisoni Koroi, as he climbs down a catwalk during his daily exercises. Foster helped to recapture a prisoner who escaped from Naboro Prison Farm recently. He picked up a trail which led into the bush, and after tracking for three miles in rough country, found the prisoner hiding up a tree.

Senators asked: Are you looking for higher pay?

Some members of the Senate wanted to be $3,500 a year members of the House of Representatives rather than $1000 a year senators, Senator Ratu Jone Mataitini said yesterday.

Speaking in the budget debate, he questioned the motives of senators who intended to stand in the general election as candidates for the House of Representatives.

Senator Mataitini said he believed that some senators were just attracted by the higher pay rate they would get as Members of the House of Representatives.

10,000 meals a day at the kitchen for jet setters

An ultra-modern flight kitchen at Nadi airport is designed to prepare up to 10,000 meals a day for airline passengers.

Built by Qantas Airways, the $1, 250,000 facility was inspected by government and Nadi-based airline officials. Two tour groups were escorted through the immaculate cream and white food processing areas by the flight kitchen manager, Mr Keith Sheppard, and the executive chef, Mr Loui Vigeni.

He said that on the night before the inspection tour, the kitchen served more than 1000 meals for passengers on planes leaving from Nadi.

Mr Sheppard said 71 people worked in the kitchen and only he and the executive chef were Europeans. He said that within the next four months, he expected a 50 per cent increase in staff.

Bogged down

Suva doesn't appear to be the only place which has been overwhelmed by rain during the past few days. Here, a taxi runs into trouble along the flooded road at Lovonivonu, about one and half miles fron Waiyevo. The picture was taken during this week's heavy rain. Matei Airport reported a total of 3.1in of rain in the two days the road was flooded.

Last two named for awards

Twenty-five nominations have been received for the annual Carreras sportsman and sportswoman of the year awards. Fiji Basketball Association made the last two nominations yesterday - William Warwick -Smith and Isabel Heritage. Other recent nominations were from yachting, soccer an badminton.

Fred Reymond is the yachting representative, Lautoka's Arjun Gopal is soccer's and Suva's Aubrey Low is badminton's.

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