Local News in Brief
Buses in order
THE Land Transport Authority is working with the Fiji Bus Operators Association to ensure all buses operating on our roads meet the necessary fitness requirements. Authority chief executive officer Naisa Tuinaceva said it was important that buses transporting commuters were up to standard. Mr Tuinaceva said the safety of the travelling public could not be compromised.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola met representatives from the Wisdom for future Foundation (W-Foundation) to discuss an initiative that aims to provide fresh water to Pacific small island states that face difficulties in accessing drinking water. Christine Lee, the representative director of the W-Foundation, said they wished to provide comprehensive support to the people of the Pacific Islands by providing fresh water and, in the long-term, assist those countries in building seawater desalination plants.
MINISTRY of iTaukei Affairs permanent secretary Savenaca Kaunisela has urged iTaukei scholarship recipients to work hard and make the best use of the opportunity provided by government as scholarship assistance does not come easy. Speaking to 550 student recipients over the weekend, Mr Kaunisela said with a scholarship allocation of about $10million, government could now cater for new incoming students and the on-going students at various local and overseas universities.
FOREIGN Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola last week visited Guangzhou City in the province of Guangdong and met Chinese investors and officials. Ratu Inoke was hosted by Qian Xuequan, a prominent businessman in Guangzhou who has been appointed by government to assist in the promotion of Fiji on a voluntary basis to potential investors from the province. He also visited a piece of land that Mr Xuequan plans to develop and build a high rise building that could also house a Fiji Consulate Office. Ratu Inoke also met Zhang Weidong, the deputy director general of the Guangdong Foreign Affairs office, to discuss developments in relations between Fiji and the province.
APART from running small businesses in the village, the women of Vunikura in Cakaudrove on Vanua Levu have also contributed to the cleaning program of the village. While men have their share of duties, women look after the village compounds ensuring all rubbish are burnt and buried. Villager Ana Tukana said the monthly program had been a success because people observed the importance of cleanliness.
THE ATH Fiji Foundation World of Difference program and the Action for the Children and the Aged will hold more free clinics in Labasa Town. ACATA executive Rosan Lal said the weekly free medical clinic would allow them to collect data of the medical screening help them tackle health issues.