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Biman Prasad: His Ideas are Always Worth Reading

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Challenges for Principals of secondary schools and colleges in Fiji: Leadership, Integrity and Excellence1
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Professor Biman Prasad Professor Economics The University of the South Pacific

Introduction The President of Fiji Principals Association, School Principals, invited guests, ladies and gentlemen. I thank you for the invitation to address you on your conference theme on leadership, integrity and excellence. All three are very important attributes for the future of education and the well-being of our nation.
I feel very much honored to have been invited to the Principals conference. As a secondary school student, I had the privilege of studying under three very fine Principals: the late Valekuta Mateni, Mr. Setareki Delana and Mr. Amraiya Naidu. These three individuals showed great dedication, selflessness and passion for the welfare and development of students. They were role models for many of us. The way they led the school had a lasting and significant impact on the lives of man…

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

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Here is a suggestion

Next time a business/government delegation goes to China, the US or whatever country that's holding a business showcase, include a few farmers.

If the showcase is about vegetable farming, take a few vegetable farmers. If it's about dairy farming, take some dairy farmers, and if it's  about sugar, take a few cane farmers. Then there is fishing, poultry, beef , seafood and much more.

Take the people on the ground to visit the places with Government funding  everything. It will be a good investment. Civil servants often come back from these trips and sit  on their experiences and the very people who should be informed are left wanting.

I know these people on the ground will come back and take the news to their various rural areas and inform the people during religious gatherings and even grog sessions.

Taking all civil servants and rich businessmen is good, think of the consumer next time a government delegation goes.

The people selected need not even spea…

PM Bainimarama Addresses UN General Assembly

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Click here for the full address.

Fiji's interim Prime Minister, Frank Bainimarama, has used his address to the United Nations General Assembly in New York to defend the coup that gave his regime power.

Commodore Bainimarama led the military coup against the government of Laesenia Qarase in December 2006, and was appointed as interim prime minister in 2007. He's told the UN prior to the coup, Fiji was struggling under 'elites' that sowed the seeds of division and undermined independent institutions. He says the previous coups, in 1987 and 2000, were expressions of the dysfunction. "Tens of thousands of Fijians suffered and many made the decision to leave their home forever, to leave Fiji," he said. "This is one of the most shameful episodes of our history and I determined that this must never, never happen again. "We must never allow a fellow citizen to be second class, to be less than an equal of his neighbour." Commodore Bainimarama also used …

ROUNDUP FOR Wednesday 25 September 2013

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"Look North Policy." I don't know what to make of Government's reach into the Middle East, with the PM meeting the Iranian President and Ambassador Robin Nair meeting the Emir or Ajman, one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, but if they keep going, I'm sure the USA and Fiji's former traditional allies will experience mounting concern.
Development for Women policy. Six new women's centres will open before the end of the year. Eleven women's resource centres have been built and 12 extended since 2011. Each new centre will have a business plan and focus on core products such as handicrafts, embroidery, jewelly, virgin coconut oil, tailoring, wood carving, catering, baking, salt making and seeweed production. The purpose of the centres is to help mainly underprivileged or rural women generate income for their families.
Election Registration. Registration of overseas Fijian with valid passports and eligible to vote in the 2014 ele…

On Archbishop Chong's Criticism of the Constitution

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By Crosbie Walsh
I am more than a little perplexed on two counts by Archbishop Chong's criticism of the 2103 constitution. First, by the criticism itself which I think misplaced, and secondly by its purpose that leaves me rather worried.
The Archbishop agrees that the constitution upholds religious liberty, but it also states that religious belief is personal. He sees this as preventing the church from publicly stating its beliefs.

 If religion is limited to personal matters, he says, "you are infringing on people's rights to freedom of expression. If the church wanted to speak out about human rights in the pubic sphere, it would be seen to be violating the constitution."
Thus, according to the constitution, he continued, the church cannot be involved in party politics; it cannot support a party or tell a congregation which party they should support. "Our role", he says, "is to make people aware of the current situation in Fiji."
I had to r…