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Chandra Fisi'iahi
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Wednesday August 13, 1986

Stinson on TV: Why PBL Won

The Government did not seek detailed submission from four other television companies because it had already accepted an offer from Australia's PBL Pacific Television Ltd, the Minister for Economic Planning, Mr Peter Stinson, said in Suva yesterday

Mr Stinson told the news conference, called to announce the signing of a 12-year agreement between the Government and PBL that originally seven companies had applied to set up a TV service.

Four of them were three or four-page letters and the Government did not ask for more details from these companies.

Of the three detailed submissions received Mr Stinson said one from NBN of Newcastle, Australia, was not impressive while the local Television South Pacific Ltd did not have adequate resources or finance.

Wednesday August 13, 1986

Alliance names man for Vanua Levu contest.

An Alliance meeting in Labasa chaired by the former Minister for Home Affairs, Militoni Leweniqila, has recommended a candidate for the Fijian National Vanua Levu North and West seat.

The meeting at Tabia last Saturday shortlisted Ratu Joe Ritova, the brother of the Tui Labasa, Raut Qomate Ritova, to contest the seat now held by Opposition Parliamentarian, Ratu Soso Katonivere.

The treasurer of the Alliance Labasa branch, Keshwan Nair, told The Fiji Times that "the choice was the most suitable one from all the names we received.

According to an Alliance source, four other names were recommended for shortlisting.

Thursday August 13, 1998

Church aims to raise $1m

The Methodist Church aims to raise up to $1 million during its annual conference which starts tomorrow.

And arriving in Suva to officially open the conference are the islanders from Koro in Lomaiviti, who according to sources, want to donate over $140,000 to the church.

About 500 villagers from the island were accorded a traditional Fijian welcome after they arrived in Suva yesterday.

The islanders were entertained by the Fiji Police Band and a choir before they were taken to Ratu Sukuna Memorial School where they will stay.

Friday August 13, 2004

Gun culture

Two organisations have expressed concern at primary school students being shown the workings of heavy military weapons while on a field trip to the naval base in Suva yesterday.

Fiji Teachers Union general secretary Agni Deo Singh said while teachers meant well by exposing students to military and police institutions, they needed to be careful as it could have a negative effect.

"I think primary students should not be exposed to guns and weapons as they have innocent minds and such exposure could mislead them, even though teachers may mean well because there are always two sides to things," he said

Friday August 13, 2004

PSC looks at ways to help students

The Public Service Commission will fulfil its obligation to students it sponsors, said human resource director Kaminieli Wainibalagi yesterday.

Mr Wainibalagi said money owed to the Government through PSC scholarships could be recouped from students.

"The first way is through cost sharing where the Government pays tuition fees and the sponsored students pays back a third of the amount," he said.

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