Showing posts from October 7, 2012

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

FFA Furore
I was bemused when I read the article about the FFA “furore”. It seems that national soccer coach Claudio Canosa isn’t happy with the way the Fiji team is selected. 
Sports in Fiji seem to take the same road where the coach doesn’t have full authority when choosing the national team. Heck, is this the universal way of choosing a national team? 
I wonder what happens when other countries choose their national team. Do they do it like Fiji where the coach takes the first selection for runs and training sessions and then he chooses his best, hands the list to management and they have the final say? I have to ask, why? Does the management also run with the team? Are they present at the training clinics, the bonding sessions, the camps, the classroom lessons, the long jogs on the road? Do they know each individual’s skills, health status, mental capability, fitness and endurance? 
I wonder if this the universal way a national team is selected. We saw this happen in the Sevens team, …

Rodney Yee's Submission to the Constitution Commission

I publish this submission because it is succinct and covers most major issues.  Ed.

Submission to the Constitution Commission* 8th October, 2012
1. The Preamble - must acknowledge the protection of human rights, indigenous rights and the
protection of native landownership, the various beliefs, cultures, beliefs and the freedoms for all
that emphasises that the constitution is a living document that draws its legitimacy from the
people of Fiji.
2. NATIONAL IDENTITY - Citizenship to be clearly defined as non-ethnic and a national identity
that should be determined through a national referendum after a selection of top three choices
drawn from a competition by our next gen 6-18 years.
3. Citizenship education must be part of the national school curriculum. The distinction
between nationality and ethnicity must be emphasised.
4. Ethnicity – Protection of the rights of all ethnic groups including their cultural practices,
traditional and belief practices.
5. The National Anthem – A new nati…

Part VII, The 1990 Constitution by Subhash Appana

Changes in Constitution-Making in Fiji Part VII – the 1990 Constitution By Subhash Appana
The last article argued that the May 1987 coup essentially created a moment of truth for the powers that be at the time; this basically meant the GCC and the military under the benign guidance of Ratu Penaia and (to a lesser extent) Ratu Mara. There was no arguing the seniority and experience of Mara at that juncture. Fiji needed him to minimize the international fallout and stabilize the domestic situation.
The immediate anticipated question was: what sort of a constitutional framework would ensure power in perpetuity for the Fijian and an acceptable political voice for the Indo-Fijian. Rabuka’s defiance and the emergence of multiple demands among newly-seen leaders of Fijian factions that had hitherto resided grudgingly under the Alliance umbrella complicated the situation in unanticipated ways.
Given the distrust, fear, unclearly-articulated ambitions and often-violent demands of the Fijian at …

Grameem Bank Threatened

Dear friends,

One powerful woman is threatening the future of millions of others -- using her power as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh to destroy the one bank has helped more women out of poverty than any other. But if we stand together now we can save it and end this attack on the poor:

One powerful woman is threatening the future of millions of others. But if we all weigh in right now we can rescue the people-powered bank that’s an inspiration to the world.

The Grameen Bank has enabled millions of women to lift themselves out of poverty by giving them tiny loans to buy animals or equipment to start earning money. But Bangladesh's jealous Prime Minister, Sheikh Hasina, has fired its Nobel Prize winning founder Muhammad Yunus and now wants to seize control of the bank, all to silence a political rival. This takeover could break the bank and destroy millions of people's hope.

Hasina has been mired in a series of scandals at home -- if we can add a giant global backlash to…

Take Your Pick: Hunter v. Davis

 WEEKEND READINGS. • Allen Lockington Column • Subhash Appana continues his series on constitution-making in Fiji with VII:The 1990 Constitution • Robert Yee's Submission to the Constitution Commission 
• Grameem Bank Threatened

Within only a few days of each other we have been presented with two very differing views of Fiji today. First up was Australian Russell Hunter, former Fiji Times editor and Fiji Sun publisher before he was expelled from Fiji in 2008.In an article published by FijiToday headed “Frank's boat is sinking but he will ride out the waves” Hunter argues that “many thousands of Fiji Islanders who eagerly await their chance to remove him by means of the ballot box are doomed to disappointment.” There will be no elections in 2014. Why? Because Bainimarama “cannot allow a winner other than himself.”On Bainimarama's multiracialism agenda, Hunter says “The majority of the people he illegally governs do not agree – and not just the ethnic Fijian majority. It will …

A Cautionary Note on Fiji Day 2012

The Prime Minister struck all the right chords in his Fiji Day address.

Fiji can indeed have an exciting future but only if its people act out the dream of strengthening the unity of its citizens. There are, thankfully, growing signs of respect for what the Prime Minister calls "all the strands of its many cultures, traditions and history" and an acceptance that "common and equal citizenry is the only foundation upon which a modern and democratic Fiji can rest."

But Fiji is not quite there, Prime Minister. You are right, though, in urging all citizens to commit themselves to leaving behind a better Fiji for all their children, and "reflect on what the country that we all call home means to us, our friends and our families."

It is also a day, as you say,"where all should join hands and commemorate the things that bind the people" for the "people have never abandoned the dream to achieve the goals and build a strong nation."

But it is…

Obituary: Susan Parkinson

Susan Parkinson OBE, OF  July 26, 1920 – October 7, 2012 By Matt Wilson  
Susan Parkinson, celebrated South Pacific nutritionist and a pioneer of women’s rights in Fiji died in Suva on Sunday October 7, 2012, after a short illness. She was 92.

Ms Parkinson was brought up on her family’s sheep farm, Te Hopai, in New Zealand’s Wairarapa Valley with her late younger sister Betty. Their father, Edward Carlton Homes, formerly of\ Matahiwi near Masterton, was a leading figure in the community. He had strong links with local Maori as a benefactor and friend.

Young Susan’s future seemed to point in one direction. She would become a farmer’s wife and raise sturdy children who would continue in the agrarian traditions of the Holmes family. But she had other ideas.  Susan said she had no desire for what she described as routine domestic life. She was interested in science and wanted to attend university.

When she was 21 she graduated from Otago University with a diploma in home science. She then …

The Mahatma and Wadan Narsey

Wadan Narsey was invited by the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School to address pupils on  Mahatma Gandhi Day. Click this link to read what he said.

The invitation to be chief guest came from  Kamlesh Kumar, the President of the Gujarat Education Society, and Kailash Rajput, the MGM Principal.

Graham Davis takes Wadan to task for using a school assembly to advance his own political ideas

In one of his several comments to Graham's posting, former Fiji resident Charlie Charters says Government does it all the time.  I think he's wrong, The intrinsic nature of what Government speakers and Wadan say differs.

As for Wadan's address, I'm not altogether convinced by Graham's argument  but there were times in his address when he crossed the line from a broad ranging address to making a political statement. Given the political division in Fiji, presumably replicated among MGM parents, a  captive audience of 14 to 17-year olds would seem to be an inap…

Confusion Still Reigns on Merits of Christian State

Labasa Methodist Minister Rev Savirio Vuata continued the misunderstandings on the merits of Fiji as a Christian state in his submission to the Constitution Commission in Labasa last  week.

He said a Christian State  would "remind all the people of Fiji, especially the Christian denominations, of how the Christian missionaries brought 'light and life' during the ages of cannibalism." The early missionaries not only brought Christian principles but also trade and jobs. "People should also be informed of the importance of Christianity and at the same time be reminded of the privileges it offers to all the different races to live in harmony."

The Rev. Vuata said there should also be a Remembrance Day set aside to commemorate the arrival of Christianity into the nation.

"If we want the favour and blessings of the Almighty, we must be reminded that Christianity is not a religion, it's a relationship we have with God. "We might do whatever we want…