PM AT THE UN (AND A COMMENT BY BIMAN PRASAD). Speaking at the 69th session of the UN General Assembly in New York at the weekend, the PM said he had kept his promise to hold elections, and said Fiji would maintain its contribution to peacekeeping. He also extended a hand of friendship to all his political opponents, calling on them to put aside their differences and work constructively to improve the lives of every Fijian when the new Parliament convenes on October 6.
WOMEN SHOW THE WAY TO GO. Two womens' organizations, FWCC and FemLINK, have signaled their intention of working with the new Minister of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation, Rosy Akbar. The more people who come forward to assist the various ministries, the greater the benefits for the nation.
PHOTOS OF THE CABINET. Click this hyperlink to see photos of the new Cabinet and their responsibilities
- A Fiji Live informal poll asked "Are you satisfied with the outcome of the 2014 General Elections?" 81% said Yes and 19% No.
- The Election turnout was the highest ever. 81.9% of registrered voters voted.
- Informal votes also set a new record. Less than 1% were informal compared with 8.8 % in 2006 nd 11.9% in 2001. Invalid votes were even higher for Fijian Communal voters: 10.4% and 12.9%. The figures for Indian Communal voters were 9.3% and 13.2% .
MEDIA FREEDOM. Reporters Without Borders and the Pacific Media Cenre headed by Prof David Robie have expressed concerns about media freedom in Fiji, and singled out the Media Decree for special mention.
MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS should not be too far away now that the elections are over.
MEDIA AND SODELPA. The media were excluded from aThanksgiving service at the weekend.
Comment. Media freedom?
A PLEA TO AUSSIES. Sydney-sider Peter Reith urges Australians to holiday in Fiji and help democracy.
BEATEN BY SOLDIERS? The social network is full of wild accusations but this one, on Fiji Economic Forum, seems genuine and can be easily checked. Asenaca Rokowati Bilitaki says her Father was beaten by four soldiers last Friday and had to be taken to the CWM Hospital. Would readers please check this out with the police and hospital.
PUT DIFFERENCES ASIDE. The Minister for Agrculture, Rural-Maritime Development and Natural Disaster Management Inia Seriratu has urged workers in his ministry to set aside their political differences and work together to on the work that needs to be done to build a better Fiji.
VILLAGE INITIATIVE SHOULD BE COPIED. Nadavaci village in Nateva tikina has started its own library. Librarian Lote Saro said, "We need to change the attitude and mentality of our people in villages and bring closer to them services like the library to help broaden their understanding," he said. "Most of our elders didn't complete their education and only reached lower forms or even primary schools so this library is helping out a lot, teaching them again basic English words," he said. "For our little children at home, we read stories to them when they come in on Saturdays and most of them enjoy it.
CAN ONE MP CALL ANOTHER A MURDERER? Strange questions at Q&A session.
RECORD LAND RENT PAYOUT. The iLTB paid out $51,927,128 to land owners and is on track to pay more this year. Some 87% of Fiji land is in indigenous communal ownership. Retiring general manager Alipate Qetaki said the iLTB had embraced government's land policies for the benefit of landowners and remained firmly anchored to the Board's trustee role. See also Alipate's remarks at his retirement.
METHODISTS ULTA CAUTIOUS in The Methodist Church in Fiji is in the process of developing a policy for engaging with communities of other faiths. See more on developing inter-faith communications.
CONFUSION REIGNS ON MEANING OF SECULAR STATE. The Methodist Church will not be helped by uninformed sentiments like this from Nayagodamu Korovou on Facebook:
"The President of the Methodist Church elect should be commended for standing up and speaking out about what they believe in that Fiji should be a Christian State. May all Christians religious leaders join us in declaring the Name of God even Jesus Christ as the only God of Fiji. May we be united in prayer and in spirit about this issue and continue to love our neighbour even as Jesus has loved them. May we have more combined meetings organised each month to pray together for the future of our Nation Fiji."
Nayagodamu seems unaware that most modern states, including the UK, USA, Australia and NZ, are secular states and in none of them is religious practise threatened.
NEW WEBSITE. The Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) has launched its newly revamped website.
PLEASE DON'T FORGET TO COMPLETE MY SURVEY IF YOU HAVE NOT ALREADY DONE SO. Click here to view and answer. And tell your friends and colleagues of all political beliefs. All are more than welcome!