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Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

♠ Leadership and the Economy by Biman Prasad  ♠ Turbulence in Paradise by  Rajendra Prasad ♠ Fiji Rugby and the NZ Government by Charlie Charters ♠ Why Review the FNPF Act (official release) 

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.
FNPF Truth
There have been a lot of negative stories about the FNPF. 

Leadership and the Economy

Speech by Professor Biman Prasad, Professor of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Economics at the Lions Club Dinner on Saturday 28 May 2011 at the Peninsula Hotel, Fiji.

I thank you for the invitation to speak this evening. I am really pleased to be here and also to take the opportunity to speak to such a distinguished audience. It is not easy for people like us these days to find an audience of this stature to say what we want to say given the emergency laws and the strict media censorship that we have in Fiji. It is a delicate situation, to say the least.

Turbulence in Fiji

By Rajendra Prasad Author of Tears in Paradise – Suffering and Struggles of Indians in Fiji 1879-2004.
Recent political developments in Fiji, following Lt Colonel Ratu Tevita Uluilakeba Mara’s defection to Tonga, has stirred observers, eager to see its impact on Commodore Bainimarama-led Government that came to power on December 5, 2006 following a military coup against the Qarase Government. Ratu Tevita Mara was third ranking military officer in the Fijian army and son of former President Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, father of modern Fiji, who led Fiji as Prime Minister since independence from 1970-1987 and later became its President in 1992 but was deposed in the Speight-led coup of May 19, 2000 that also deposed the Chaudhary Government.

Fiji Rugby and the NZ Government by Charlie Charters

Charlie Charters worked in sports marketing for almost 15 years, includingat the Fiji Rugby Union from 2001-2004 and was the CEO of the first-everPacific Islanders Test team. He now works in North Yorkshire as a thrillerwriter, but has helped a number of young Fijian rugby players getscholarships to study in the UK.

As a matter of principle I think sporting sanctions targeting athletes are
WRONG. My overwhelming interest is that of the sportsman or woman. We only have a tiny amount of time on this Earth, and in the case of the athlete
their window to learn, to advance, to earn from their career, is but a blink
of the eye. Without exception the athletes effected by these sports
sanctions have no ability whatsoever to alter the course of events in Fiji,
so to punish them is symptomatic of lazy thinking.

Why Review the FNPF Act and Pension Scheme?

Official release.
FNPF is undergoing reforms that are in line with its corporate vision to secure members’ future by ensuring sustainable returns and delivery of excellent services. The Fund has adopted an integrated and holistic approach to these reforms that takes into account all aspect of its business including business processes and designs, investment, IT infrastructure and most importantly, its people.
A key component of the reforms is the review of the FNPF Act and the Pension Scheme to ensure the delivery of a sustainable, transparent and fair retirement

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Infrastructural Work Helps Empower the People

Questions on Blogs, and Do They Represent the Voice of the Common People?

The Makings of a People's Constitution?

NPCAC Chairman Josefa Serulagilagi has urged Government to fast-track work on the new Constitution. The Strategic Framework for Change Committee —working from the People’s Charter and the Roadmap— originally scheduled dialogue on the Constitution to start late this year or early next year when the work would be completed.  This blog has been one of many voices urging that dialogue be brought forward. 

Ratu Tevita and Coup4.5: Over the Limit, and the ‘Assassination’

I intend to limit my reporting on Ratu Tevita and Coup 4.5. I find many of his  accusations contradictory and unsupportable and see no reason to give his almost daily releases any more publicity.  There are other things to write about. I agree with David Robie’s Cafe Pacific  that  called his carefully orchestrated releases a media circus: “This entire saga has all the hallmarks of a carefully orchestrated virtual internet coup. At least, of the propaganda kind. One virtual coupmaster getting one-upmanship over the grand coup master."

Proposed Constitutional Commission Needs to be Representative

It's great news that work on the new Constitution has begun, well over six months ahead of  the Roadmap schedule.  I fully support this CCF release,  and would add this is where Australia and NZ could also add their support, by helping finance dialogue in Fiji and by providing constitutional legal and drafting assistance -- Croz Walsh.


Blogs Politically-Motivated: Fiji Journalists Should Counter Untruths

Tuesday May 31st 2011, No:1118/MOI.  Think Fiji First. Statement by Sharon Smith-Johns, Permanent Secretary for Information, 
First let me take this opportunity to thank you for your attendance. I wish to address the issue surrounding media coverage regarding the ex soldier Ratu Tevita who is in Tonga awaiting extradition. The media in New Zealand and to some extent Australia have helped fuel rumors regarding this person and the false accusations targeted at the Fijian Government and its citizens. I must stress to you all that reading these anti Fiji blog sites is not a source of credible information, these sites are run by politically motivated individuals who are mostly failed politicians and a smattering of disgruntled journalists. The majority of those commenting are from overseas and not from Fiji. These blog sites have nothing positive to contribute to the growth of Fiji. They propagate rumors and stir up emotions to destabilize this country. Suffice to say the loca…

Come Clean, Ratu Tevita: Who Really Assaulted the Women?

The headlined accusation "Bainimarama Beats Women" is the latest statement by Ratu Tevita that has been reported, on trust, by the international media.  

He promised us that all would be revealed over time but for the moment he is releasing one  small story after another that keep the media in titivation mode.

First came the  release in which he said he was rescued on a fishing trip that went wrong and he'd fled because he wouldn't receive a fair trial.  This was followed by the statement that Banimarama laughed at the idea of elections, and that no elections would be held in 2014. We then heard that Bainimarama was taking his orders from Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, a view earlier reported by the blog Coup4.5. 

He then accused Bainimarama and Sayed-Khaiyum of corruption and said Bainimarama's salary, paid by Khaiyum's aunt’s accountancy firm, was $700,000 a year. Much of this story was also earlier reported by the blog.

This was followed by general accusations of tortur…

Ratu Tevita and the Gullible Media

This case also exposed New Zealand main­stream media’s blind depen­dency on a polit­i­cal blogsite, Coup Four Point Five, which hardly resem­bles a respectable, free and inde­pen­dent media. This site has anony­mous and face­less pub­lish­ers and edi­tors whose cred­i­bil­ity has been under scrutiny by var­i­ous aca­d­e­mics and this author because of their selec­tive, unsub­stan­ti­ated and unbal­anced news-postings. This is Qarase’s SDL Party site tasked with get­ting the racist régime back into power under the sham of democ­racy. It is such ques­tion­able blogsite that the main­stream New Zealand media, includ­ing NZ Her­ald and TVNZ, have relied upon as a source.

Foreign Policy and Rugby: A Strange Game Indeed

By Balor
Goodness only knows —though history often bears out— it’s hard at times to understand what goes on in Fiji, but these days it’s twice as hard to figure out what’s going in Canberra and Wellington.
Do we live in parallel universes?
A few days ago I was intrigued to read the FRB was appealing to the IRB to relocate IRB 7s rugby tournaments away from Australia and New Zealand. The strategy is intended to counter the ban the two countries have put on players with links, direct or indirect, with Fiji’s military.