THE Vodafone Tavua Gold and Water carnival surpassed its $50,000 target by raising $62,143 during the carnival. Ba/Tavua special administrator Praveen Bala thanked the people of Tavua for supporting efforts to lift the image of the town. He thanked Vodafone for giving $10,000 towards this worthy cause. "The money will be used for the town's beautification," said Mr Bala.
A RESEARCH team from the Health Ministry and the touring London School of Tropical Medicine will visit parts of Ba and Tavua this week.
Health spokesman Shalvin Deo said the main objective of the visit would be to identify typhoid and leptospirosis hotspots as well as determine the vaccines. "This is the first research of its kind to be conducted in the West," Mr Deo said.
EDUCATION Minister Filipe Bole has signed an MOU with the Sathya Sai School of Lautoka to establish a partnership to facilitate the school's operations. The school has been privately-owned since its inception. Mr Bole said the ministry would look at assisting the school with staff, resource and training to teachers, curriculum and assessments for students and teachers.
WOMEN'S and Social Welfare Minister Doctor Jiko Luveni visited Tauvegavega and Koronubu villages in Ba and met about 50 women from the women's group. The minister discussed with the women on ways two village women's group could be assisted to improve their livelihood. The minister also launched the Zero Tolerance Violence Free Community Campaign.