Two Announcements, Land, Visas, Airlines, Typhoid
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2. The second commentary on the Forum MCG meeting fallout, promised for today, will now be published tomorrow.
(G) STATE LAND REGISTER UNDER REVIEW. The land register administered by the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources is currently under review to ensure an effective administration of state land, says Permanent Secretary for Lands and Mineral Resources, Lt-Col Neumi Leweni.
“With whole of Government seeking social stability and sustainable economic development, the state land register is crucial to these aspirations being realised,” Lt-Col Leweni explained. The ministry recognises that land is a source of wealth and for the ministry to unlock that wealth an effective system of state land registration needs to be in place. “Good land registration would enable Government to clearly determine the best use of the land and get maximum returns from it."In addition, Lt-Col Leweni says one of the major concerns is the poor policing of state land and the developments undertaken on these lands.
With rental arrears of approximately $22million as of May 2010, and 284 state leases to expire by the end of this year, Lt-Col Leweni stressed that the ministry will focus on how state land could be best utilised, to ensure maximum return to Government while at the same time contribute effectively to land reform in the country. -- Minfo release.
ONGOING VISA RESTRICTIONS imposed on Fijian military personnel by the Australian government has cost the Fijian side to play the Wallabies in Canberra on Saturday the services of two key players.
BUDGET AIRLINE VIRGIN BLUE is considering cutting its loss-making Fiji service rather that complete with Qantas and its budget subsidiary Jetstar.
FLY DIRECT AUCKLAND TO SUVA. Air Pacific has re-introduced direct flights from Auckland to Nausori, saving time and money for business and other people wishing to visit the capital.A Boeing 737-700 aircraft with eight seats in Tabua/Business Class and 110 in Pacific Voyager/Economy Class will be used. Tickets are for sale now.
TYPHOID UPDATE.The vaccination of all people in the outbreak area started yesterday.Parental consent is being sought for the vaccination of children. All pubic gatherings,sports functions, the sale of uncooked food and grog (kava) drinking are banned until further notice. The Ministry of Health is grateful to the assistance given by AUSAid and WHO. No further cases have been reported outside the affected area that is located in five villagers in remote inland Navosa on the main island of Viti Levu. There is no perceived threat to tourists if their normal sanitary standards are maintained.
Having said that, it would appear that some typhoid cases (not outbreaks) have been reported in many areas and that all up there are 263 reported cases. The actual figure could be much higher, with new cases being reported after mass gatherings such as weddings and funerals.
On a more positive note, World Health Organization officials in Fiji think a mass immunisation of the population over the age of two could "completely eradicate the disease." Funding is being sought for this purpose.