CLOCKS and watches were moved one hour ahead yesterday as daylight saving was activated in Fiji early Sunday morning. The intention of daylight saving is to allow people to maximise the use of daylight in the evenings during the warmer months. Daylight saving ends on January 19 next year when the clock will be turned back one hour at 3am.
Japanese to visit
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola has invited a Japanese delegation to visit Fiji next year. He extended the invitation during a meeting with his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida at the PALM 6 interim ministerial meeting held in Japan . The last visit by a Japanese delegation was in May 1985, when the then Foreign Affairs Minister Shintaro Abe accompanied former prime minister Nakasone.
FOREIGN Affairs Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola is making the most of his Japan tour. He met JICA officials to discuss projects which both parties were involved in. The meeting between Ratu Inoke and JICA's vice president Kiyama Shigeru and director general for South East Asia and Pacific Department Irigaki Hidetoshi in Tokyo last week provided the platform for an update on projects.
THE government has granted diplomatic status to the Pacific Islands Development Forum. Fiji will also provide the initial funding for the establishment of the PIDF. An Information Ministry statement said diplomatic status was granted under the Diplomatic Privileges and Immunities Act 1971. Work on the PIDF Secretariat, which is the former office of the ministry's Film and Television Unit, is being carried out and is expected to be completed at the end of the year.
THE Ministry of iTaukei Affairs launched a website on Friday that will provide readily available information to members of the public on sustainable forest management. The website known as REDD+ is an initiative by the ministry in conjunction with the Ministry of Fisheries and Forestry. The website also provides answers to challenges that accompany deforestation, unsustainable forest degradation and activities causing depletion of forest stock.
PRESIDENT Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has called on the Melanesian Spearhead Group (MSG) not to forget its Micronesian and Polynesian counterparts. Ratu Epeli made the comments while visiting the MSG secretariat in Port Vila, Vanuatu on Saturday. "We must never forget two other great people in the Pacific, our brothers and sisters in Polynesia and Micronesia in our efforts in developing and transforming the lives of our people," he said.
EDUCATION Minister Filipe Bole confirmed that reforms of the newly-revised Fiji National Curriculum framework will unfold next year. Mr Bole said the ministry had a curriculum framework that governed the subjects taught in classes and their assessments. He made the comment at the prize giving ceremony for Form Six and Seven students of Labasa College. "In 2014, there will be new names to our classes."