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Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

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Allen Lockington is a self-employed customs agent and business consultant who has regular articles published in Fiji. I thank Allen for permission to reprint some of them in this political blog. They remind us that life goes on, whatever the political situation. And it's good to know that. Boxing Day
Boxing Day in Lautoka and people were out and about. Worries and problems were far away as people flocked to Village 4 to watch a 3D movie The Theater was filled to the brim. Lautoka Hotel was full with people buying a food and having a drink. Restaurants that were open were filled with smiling people just sitting, eating and drinking.
And I am guaranteed that life is really carrying on in Fiji while our neighbour big brothers put in place little sanctions here and there.  And as I saw the faces I said, “These people probably couldn’t care less about the bans and sanctions.”
Yes, life carries on in Fiji.

Fiji has moved on and Australia must play by the new rules

By: Michael O'Keefe From:The Australian  December 29, 201112:00AM

A KEY assumption underlying Australian foreign policy towards Fiji may prove to be false. Even if sanctions are lifted, Fiji may not welcome Australia with open arms. Australia now faces a mature and confident Fiji across the negotiating table and elements in the Fijian government are truly "looking north".

Fiji's Human Rights Situation in 2011.

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By Matilda Bogner* As part of a series of articles to mark International Human Rights Day, 10 December 2011, Matilda Bogner, OHCHR Regional Representative for the Pacific, writes that Fiji is yet to show progress in implementing significant commitments made during a UN human rights review of the country. Incidents in 2011 have continued to raise human rights concerns. However, there is potential to improve and show progress before Fiji comes back for review in 2014.

SUVA, Fiji (OHCHR Regional Office for the Pacific, Dec. 16, 2011) - In 2010, Fiji appeared before the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council in Geneva and made a series of commitments to progress human rights in the country. Fiji was participating in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process that reviews the human rights record of all UN Member States. Fiji accepted 97 of 103 recommendations.

Serulagilagi Pleased with 2011

(Friday 30th December, 2011 No:2316/PSC) PSC PLEASED WITH 2011 OUTCOMES In terms of its contribution to reforms, changes and improvements in service delivery during 2011, the Public Service Commission is indeed highly satisfied and pleased.

PSC chairman Mr Josefa Serulagilagi made the comments as the commission reflected on its achievements for the year.

Mr Serulagilagi said the civil service had a workforce of nearly 27,000 and obviously this was a large workforce, given the size of our country and the limited fiscal resources at our disposal.

The salaries and wages bill in the civil service constitutes 37 per cent of total revenue, and 42 per cent of total operating expenses of the State. In accordance with international standards, these statistics are considered high.

Mr Serulagilagi stated that “while there have been mixed results so far, in terms of reducing the size of the civil service, or for that matter attaining a reduction in its operating costs, I can confid…

Is this the Way Fiji May Go?

(Wednesday 28th December, 2011 No:2307/MOFA) OFFICER GRADUATES FROM RESILIENCE INSTITUTE
Superintendent Sakiasi Tamani of the Fiji Police Force recently completed a 13-month course organized by the National Resilience Institute of Indonesia.

Superintendent Tamani, who graduated this month from the institute, joined participants from 13 countries to undergo the ‘Regular Training Course’ which took place between March and December this year. Prior to this, participants attended a mandatory Indonesian language course in September last year.

The institute serves as a think-tank for the President and the Government of the Republic of Indonesia. It is also a non-department government institution subordinate and responsible to the President.

A statement issued by Fiji’s Embassy to Indonesia reports that the institute has a vision to create national leaders who dare to maintain a robust, comprehensive, integral and holistic national integrity based on the nation’s ideology na…

.PM's Christmas Message

Let's renew our commitment, says PMDecember 25, 2011 11:54:24 AM As Fiji celebrates Christmas today, Prime Minister Commmodore Voreqe Bainimarama has urged all citizens to renew their commitment to the future of the country

In his Christmas message to the nation, Commodore Bainimarama said with a renewed commitment, Fiji will benefit from full social and gender equality and become a nation that protects the welfare and livelihood of all of its citizens and a nation that unitedly moves to strengthen its economy and modernalise along a progressive timeline.

"We, as a nation have accomplished many great things in 2011 and look forward to a holiday season and a New Year filled with joy, steeped in hope and surrounded by family," he said.

"This is a time when families and friends get together in warmth and happiness to remember the birth of Christ and the promises he brought to a troubled world- a world not unlike our own in this time with conflict and unrest.