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Itchy Grass: Predicted 43% Drop in Sugar Production
Rottoboellia amongst sugar cane
The anti-Government blog Fiji Today reports that a weed is infesting cane farms in the Nadi area. The weed is nearly a metre tall, has sharp thorns and can only be handled with gloves on. The Sugar Industry Research Institute —that so far has received no information from farmers about the weed— thinks it may be Rottoboellia that will need to be cut out and sprayed with Veltar K4 to destroy it for good. Meanwhile, Fiji Today has predicted a possible “43% drop in sugar production.” They are clearly advised by a statistician who is a probability genius.
It may seem far away and not all that relevant to Fiji, but in this TED talk former Finance Minister of Nigeria Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala spells out the six things that Africa's doing right, the eight things it's doing wrong (because in the West's perception, most things in Africa are wrong), and what needs to be done about them. Many rights and wrongs are very relevant to Fiji -- and for the West for that matter. Click, or copy and paste, on the link and listen to this courageous, inspiring woman.
A bizarre rerun of the political intrigues of the 19th century South Seas aristocracy is being played out at a stately royal residence on the waterfront of the sleepy Tongan capital, Nuku’alofa. Consular House was once the home of the British High Commissioner to Tonga and the lion and the unicorn still gaze majestically down from the wall in the foyer. But now the timber tropical pile with its push out shutters houses the region’s latest and most celebrated political refugee – a Fijian chief who’s sought sanctuary with his distant kinsmen, the monocle-wearing King George Tupou V.
This is a resource page to assist readers to check the separate developments that are reported almost daily on this blog against the aims of the People's Charter that are also incorporated in the as yet unpublished Strategic Framework for Change and the Roadmap.