Showing posts from July 3, 2011

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

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.

Miracle Emails
 I usually receive emails that tell me to forward the email to more people and I would get a surprise the next day. The more people I send it to the better my chances of receiving something good.

 I never forward such emails, but I often wonder what if life was like that. What if, when we receive those kind of emails and send them to twenty five people I will receive some good luck the very next day, in reality. And then my vivid mind got working and I said to myself, “What if I could send one hundred emails to FEA or the Water Authority of Fiji and somehow my bills would be paid.” And if I send two hundred emails to MHs, R B Patel or New World Supermarket and they would send me $…

Address by U.S. Ambassador-Designate

Statement by Frankie Reed, Maryland, Ambassador-Designate to the Republic of the Fiji Islands, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu - June 29, 2011 [Sub-headings and emphasis added. Ed.]

Mr. Chairman and Members of the Committee, I am deeply honored that the President has nominated me to be United States Ambassador to the Republic of the Fiji Islands, the Republic of Kiribati, the Republic of Nauru, the Kingdom of Tonga, and Tuvalu. I want to thank the President and the Secretary for nominating me for this position and thank you for the opportunity to appear before you today.

Chicken Farming Helps Rural Women

          Reducing Poverty - Boosting Food Security - Empowering Women For Naroi villagers on the island of Moala in Lau, importing four bags of chicken and 42 dozens of eggs each month isn’t enough to sustain them, especially when the rainy season makes it both difficult and dangerous to go fishing.
That all changed when the Ministry of Social Welfare, Women and Poverty Alleviation through their Non-Government Organisation grant decided to assist the Naroi Women’s Group to develop a poultry farm in April.  To date, the poultry farm is not only addressing financial independence but also address the issue of food security among villagers.

Naroi Women’s Group leader Litea Draunidalo said the shortages faced and the isolation of their villages meant that purchasing from nearby shops at a higher price was the only option available.

The Sordid Story of Timoci Lolohea's Meridian Services Agency (Now Phoenix Logistics Corp)

If two of his Fijian victims who are mentioned in this New Yorker story by Sarah Stillman are to believed, they were falsely recruited, not for Dubai but the Iraq War Zone, where they were abused and one was sexually assaulted, and not for $3,800 a month but $700. That was in 2007. The recruiters, headed by Timoci Lolohea, are still operating in Fiji. Why has this recruitment agency not been investigated, and charges laid for misrepresentation?
"Timoci Lolohea, had, according to the Fiji Times, extracted more than $1.6 million from his victims over the previous five years; they included not only poor workers but also church congregations, tribal elders, and village community centers seeking overseas employment for their constituents."
I have highlighted the Fijian parts of the story in grey.

A Reader Sent Me This on UK Pensions

HOW PENSION INCOME HAS FALLEN 20% IN JUST 3 YEARS Figures show that an average retirement pot for users of its annuity service is £56,000 Monday July 4,2011 Daily Express U.KBy John Chapman Have your say(3)

Industrial Sabotage: If it’s Good for the Goose, it’s also Good for the Gander

By Crosbie Walsh
Last Thursday FINTEL, the nation's internet gateway provider, cut telecommunications provider Telecom's access to its services, causing costly disruption to government departments, national and international airlines, banks and other business houses for up to three hours.
The Fiji Times said the action "brought the country almost to a stop [and] crippled critical services." Air Pacific, whose major shareholder is the Fiji government, had its flights to Brisbane, Sydney, Auckland, Melbourne, Honolulu and Korea delayed and its domestic carrier, Pacific Sun, had its flights disrupted.

The FDFM Agenda, the 1997 Constitution, Communal Voting … and the Great Council of Chiefs

The Australian-based Fiji Democracy and Freedom Movement (FDFM) interim president Suliasi Daunitutu has again defended the inclusion of the Great Council of Chiefs in his organization’s solution to the Fiji situation, saying that opposition to the GCC being allowed to ‘reconvene to deliberate on the affairs of the nation because it is unelected or a colonial invention ’ is irrelevant and misplaced.’The FDFM in Australia is sticking to its belief the Bose Levu Vakaturaga (GCC) must play a crucial role in its plan for a return to a fair and free Fiji.

Tea Party? Or Tea Party, Sarah Palin Style?

POLICE SHUTDOWN FIJI WOMEN'S RIGHTS MOVEMENT MEETING. The FWRM is an NGO, largely funded like most Fiji NGOs by overseas aid money. It was formed in the 1980s to help remove discrimination against women.

World Cup Shattered Dreams

This story by TV3. Note also the comments.   Click on the link below.

Jul 3 - Shattered Dreams - Stories - Story Archive - 60 Minutes - Shows - TV3

What Goes Up Must Come Down: New Revelations on FNPF Pensions and Rick Rickman's Letter

FNFP Pay Shock
By Leone Cabenatabua in the Fiji Sun
Some Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) pensioners have been paid more than three times what they and their employer contributed towards their pension, it has been revealed.