THE UK continues to show its support to Fiji's road towards restoring democracy in the country. Acting British high commissioner Steven Chandler said UK, as a friend and partner to Fiji, stood ready to help deliver the inclusive and credible elections people were striving towards. "Half a million voters and four political parties have been registered, the political space has widened to allow for debate and campaigning," Mr Chandler said. "We sincerely wish the people of Fiji the very best for a successful free and fair election and we look forward to welcoming Fiji back into the Commonwealth family, where she belongs, upon their conclusion."
MEMBERS of the public should not put away umbrellas, raincoats and warm clothing as more rain is expected this morning. The Nadi Weather Office yesterday predicted rain to slowly ease by later tonight.
A trough of low pressure is still hovering over the northern and eastern parts of the country, bringing associated clouds and rain with it.
THE non-resident high commissioner to Fiji from the Republic of Singapore, Verghese Matthews, yesterday paid a courtesy visit to the Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama. During the visit, Mr Matthews said small island countries needed to form allies in order to succeed. He will visit Tuvalu as part of his Pacific region visit. Meanwhile, the non-resident ambassador for the People's Republic of Hungary to Fiji also presented her credentials, but to the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau. Ms Siko Ana is a qualified linguist and has only been posted as ambassador to Australia and New Zealand in 2011.
THE Ministry of Agriculture has noted an increase in students enrolling in agricultural programs in tertiary institutions. Agriculture Minister Lieutenant Colonel Inia Seruiratu said his ministry received a report from the Ministry of Education highlighting the increase of students enrolling in agriculture courses. Forty-six students from the Fiji National University have been granted commercial agriculture scholarship sector.