THE LTA has started visiting maritime islands in Fiji as part of its nationwide road safety awareness campaign. Authority CEO Naisa Tuinaceva said such proactive approach was necessary despite the fact that most islands don't have public roads or vehicles. "So far, nine islands have been visited, the furthest being Oneata Island in the Lau groups that have no major public roads and vehicles," he said.
THE FLP will engage unemployed youths in community service and vocational training as part of their policy platform for the 2014 elections. This was relayed at a meeting in Labasa over the weekend where party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said a national youth volunteer service would be established so unemployed youths could get jobs as volunteer workers while undergoing training.
PARENTS are being urged to keep their children warm during cold and rainy weather. Health Ministry spokesman Shalvin Deo said it was important that children be kept warm at all times. "We have continuously experienced wet weather conditions accompanied by cold chilled winds so children need to be kept warm to prevent them from getting sick," Mr Deo said.
THE Fiji College of General Practitioners Northern faculty met with the stakeholders over the weekend to discuss health issues. The seminar was held in Labasa and private doctors operating in the area spearheaded the discussions. The meeting provided an opportunity to share ideas and identify a way forward for practitioners in Labasa.
A HOMELESS family in Tovata, Labasa will be given their new house next week when social worker Selina Lee Wah hands over the property. Mrs Lee Wah said Shiu Wati and her two daughters had never owned a home and only ever lived with relatives. "I asked a few donors who have helped out in completely building their house which will be handed over next month."
A 26-YEAR-OLD man in Labasa has been charged with one count of assault causing actual bodily harm for allegedly assaulting a student during a drinking party. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the incident occurred following a heated argument over loud music. Ms Naisoro said the 21-year-old victim was allegedly assaulted.
A GROUP of youths from Bainisucu, Labasa will now have better understanding of how to turn farming into a business after completing a five-day farm management training in Labasa last week. Agriculture Ministry initiated training was aimed at helping the youths develop their farming skills and potentials for sources of income. Principal agriculture officer North John Cox said farming should not be treated as a daily activity but a business that would generate income for families.
THE slaying of sea turtles is only legal during the death or installation of a chief says Principal Fisheries Officer North Jovesa Naceva. Mr Nacewa said in these instances only two turtles had been allowed to be slaughtered for traditional purposes. "However, we are working closely with the provincial and district offices to ensure that this is followed," he said.