LOCAL NEWS IN BRIEF
Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola was briefed on the upcoming 68th session of the UN General Assembly by Fiji's permanent representative to the United Nations in New York. This as Ratu Inoke was returning to Fiji after a meeting on small island developing states in Bridgetown, Barbados. In a statement, the Ministry of Information said Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama was expected to lead a delegation to the session.
ABOUT 400 people visited the Public Service Commission booth at the Friendly North carnival. PSC permanent secretary Parmesh Chand said this highlighted the growing need for access to information regarding services and assistance. The PSC team also visited the Wainikoro community in Nadogo and the Namuka district to disseminate information based on a request by the Tui Namuka.
85 years on
THE Pan Pacific Southeast Asia Women's Association (PPSEAWA) members gathered at the Peace Garden in Suva at the weekend to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the PPSEAWA International and 25th anniversary of the PPSEAWA International Triennial Conference. Fiji's Ambassador for Women Nazhat Shameem lauded PPSEAWA's achievements. She said it was the only organisation devoted to families, peace and understanding in the Pacific and in Southeast Asia.
Garden of peace
THE PPSEAWA has recognised the existence of the Peace Garden during its recent anniversary celebrations. PPSEAWA International president Teresa Hintzke said Fiji was a beautiful place and their stay had been a wonderful experience. She expressed hopes to return for the association's international conference.
TRAFFIC officers from the Central, Southern and Eastern divisions have been conducting basic safety awareness programs with taxidrivers and operators. This follows the increasing number of aggravated robbery cases targeted at taxidrivers. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said 29 taxi bases and 181 drivers participated in the program.
THE Consumer Council of Fiji has warned people to make an effort in getting correct and legitimate information before applying for visas through the US green card lottery. Council CEO Premila Kumar said they had received calls seeking advice about the authenticity of a public notice advertised in the local dailies offering entrance into the lottery. She said those interested should visit recognised website www.travel.state.gov for official information on the lottery.