LOCAL NEWS IN BRIEF
THE Fiji Police is asking members of the public to enjoy Diwali and to also take safety precautions at all times. "It is the festival of lights and everyone should enjoy it but we are reminding people to do it sensibly," Police chief of operations ACP Rusiate Tudravu said. "This celebration is associated with fireworks, candles and diya and has been proven in the past to be main causes of fires during this time."
TWO Fijian nationals who are currently under heat following a financial audit that alleges theft of a significant amount of money from their employers in Vanuatu will appear in the local court today. The duo are alleged to have stolen millions of dollars in total from two Carpenters Group subsidiaries based in Port Vila. The Vanuatu's Transnational Crime Unit confirmed yesterday that the duo are on bail and would make their first appearance today.
WITH the sudden weather changes, the Ministry of Health is advising that people take extra care. This warning is particularly for people with health conditions such as breathing problems, sinuses and skin problems. Deputy secretary hospital services Dr Meciusela Tuicakau alerted people to be wary of flu-like illnesses with symptoms of fever, sore throat and body aches, diarrhoea and exacerbation of asthma and skin diseases such as dermatitis.
FIJI'S ambassador to the UN Peter Thomson in addressing members of the United Nations has called on people to be proactive towards addressing the issues surrounding sustainable urban development. Mr Thomson said this had become one of the most pressing global challenges of the 21st century. He called for sustainable cities to be given all due attention in the formulation of the Post-2015 development agenda.
New marine law
BOAT owners in the country can soon expect a huge reduction of up to 60 to 80 per cent in fees. The Ministry of Transport yesterday announced a new marine registration, coastal trading and survey fees regulation. The new decree is expected to come into effect from next year, and all craft —motorised and non-motorised — surveyed and registered under the new decree.