CAPTION: Mr Sivakumaran Financial Controller of Niranjan Auto Port handing over truck keys to PSE Dr Brij Lal.
1. BEQA ISLAND TO GET NEW NURSING STATION – The construction of a new nursing station in Beqa Island is expected to bring relief to many villagers who often have to travel long distances for medical assistance.
2. GOVERNMENT PRESENTS NEW TRUCK TO QVS – The Queen Victoria School was presented with a new seven tonne Hino truck from the Ministry of Education to assist with the school’s overall development.
3. YOUTH MINISTRY EMPOWERS NABORO INMATES – Seventeen correctional service inmates recently received certificates from the Ministry of Youth and Sports after completing the one-week Seeds of Success Empowerment workshop.
4. SPORTS MINISTER COMMENDS TAILEVU NETBALL TEAM – The Minister for Youth and Sports Viliame Naupoto recently commended the Tailevu Netball team for their contribution towards sporting development in the country.
5. ADI MAOPA SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS VISITS EDUCATION MINISTER – The Minister for Education, National Heritage Culture and Arts, Filipe Bole this afternoon received thirty students and six teachers from Adi Maopa Secondary School.
6. NAMING RIGHTS AGREEMENT TO BOOST SPORTS DEVELOPMENT IN FIJI – The signing of the ANZ Stadium Naming Right Agreement between ANZ and Fiji Sports Council took place today with the handing over of the first quarter sponsorship payment.
1 BEQA ISLAND TO GET NEW NURSING STATION
The construction of a new nursing station in Beqa Island is expected to bring relief to many villagers who often have to travel long distances for medical assistance.
The $400,000 nursing station on a hill overlooking Raviravi village will service four villages including Raviravi, Lalati, Nawaisomo and Rukua.
Additionally, this service will cater for Naiseuseu and Naceva village which means the nursing station will serve 1500-2000 people.
Divisional Commissioner Central Laisenia Tuitubou said this development followed a request from villagers for improved medical resources.
“This (construction of nursing station) is under the IRDF (integrated rural development framework) programme where the Government is trying to involve the people including the tikinas.”
District officer Orisi Cagilaba said the nursing station will be a big relief to the people who had to travel to the other side of the island to Dakunibeqa Health Centre or to Navua hospital.
“We will not only save a lot of money but the service is being brought to the people,” he said.
Meanwhile villagers will also benefit from another Government funded project with the extension of the Beqa Yanuca secondary school.
This project will see students from the village undertake their secondary studies on the island instead of travelling to Suva or other areas for secondary studies.
Government’s assistance to the island also includes $200,00.00 for sea wall projects.
2 GOVERNMENT PRESENTS NEW TRUCK TO QVS
The Queen Victoria School was presented with a new seven tonne Hino truck from the Ministry of Education to assist with the school’s overall development.
Ministry of Education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal today presented the keys for the new truck to the school’s principal Mr Ilaitia Lewanavanua.
In his brief address, Mr Lal said that today’s donation comes at a time when the school is undergoing a period of development.
“I am thankful to the Ministry of Finance for allocating funds to finance this vehicle to improve better services in a boarding school with a large number of students.”
Principal Lewanavanua thanked government for this gift adding that “they had been waiting for some time since requests were made”.
This new truck will be used to cart supplies between the Ministry of Education and the school and for other general use.
Also present at the handing over ceremony was Mr Alipate Qetaki, the Chairman QVS Board of Governors and Mr Kini Kiliraki the President of the QVS Parents and Teachers Association.
3 YOUTH MINISTRY EMPOWERS NABORO INMATES
Seventeen correctional service inmates recently received certificates from the Ministry of Youth and Sports after completing the one-weekSeeds of Success Empowerment workshop.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports in collaboration with the Fiji Correctional Services conducted the Seeds of Success Empowerment programme to inmates at the Medium Naboro Correctional Centre.
Presenting the certificates was the Ministry of Youth and Sports permanent secretary Mr Joseva Sania who in his address thanked the Fiji Correctional Services in working to ensure that participants are given another opportunity for learning especially by providing avenues for education and training.
“The right to education is a universal entitlement to education, a right that is recognised as a human right,” emphasised Mr Sania.
He also told the participants that only through commitment can they succeed in the program.
“Don’t let other people stop you from trying your best,” stressed the Permanent Secretary.
Luke Ravuwai who has two more years to serve said that the empowerment programme was timely for those of them who were about to be released.
The participants also had a’ talanoa session’ (informal talks) with the Permanent Secretary for Youth and Sports.
The Ministry of Youth and Sports has been conducting empowerment programmes for young people in the Correctional Services Centres throughout Fiji.
4 SPORTS MINISTER COMMENDS TAILEVU NETBALL TEAM
The Minister for Youth and Sports Viliame Naupoto recently commended the Tailevu Netball team for their contribution towards sporting development in the country.
At the official opening of the Tailevu Netball 2013 season in Nausori, Minister Naupoto urged the netball players including sporting officials to work closely with each other to develop the sport.
“It’s all about giving your best and be happy because victory comes easily from a happy soul.”
While highlighting the contribution by the sporting sector towards socio economic development in the country, the Minister said that sports development is also influencing healthier lifestyles.
“Your participation in sports has also contributed towards our move as a nation in fighting non-communicable diseases,” said Mr Naupoto.
Tailevu Netball Association president, Mrs Una Ravouvou thanked the Minister for participating with them at the opening of the 2013 season.
“We thank the Minister for bringing the National Youth Band and this helped to kick-start our season with a different note,” explained Mrs Ravouvou.
Thirteen teams have registered for the Tailevu Netball Association for the 2013 season.
5 ADI MAOPA SECONDARY SCHOOL STUDENTS VISITS EDUCATION MINISTER
The Minister for Education, National Heritage Culture and Arts, Filipe Bole this afternoon received thirty students and six teachers from Adi Maopa Secondary School.
The group is on an educational tour around Viti Levu and paid a courtesy call to the Minister at his office in Suva.
In his welcome address to the students and teachers, Minister Bole spoke on his own experiences as a student.
“The most powerful kinds of memories are those of episodes in our lives we experiences and we can recall and relive throughout our lives. Educational experiences away from the classroom are a critical tool for creating these kinds of memories”.
Students were reminded to be focussed on their school work and use experiences gained to prepare well for their upcoming external examination.
“Scholarships will only be granted on merit basis and students need to be aware of this,” Minister Bole said.
Teachers were also reminded to be prepared as second term begins next week Monday.
The students were also excited to share with the Minister on their experiences of their tours which included the Nadi Weather Station, Nadi Airport, Sheraton Fiji, Denarau Island, Punjas Factory in Lautoka, Fiji Water and Ba Sugar Mill.
6 NAMING RIGHTS AGREEMENT TO BOOST SPORTS DEVELOPMENT IN FIJI
The signing of the ANZ Stadium Naming Right Agreement between ANZ and Fiji Sports Council took place today with the handing over of the first quarter sponsorship payment.
ANZ Pacific’s Fiji chief executive officer Vishnu Mohan said the 3 year sponsorship of $879,750 for the stadium’s naming rights will help build on the country’s international reputation.
“The stadium will enhance Fiji’s ability to bid for and host regional and sporting events. This is an opportunity as well to Fiji’s sports tourism,” Mr Mohan said.
“Fiji sporting future depends on what we do today in rapid shifting landscape and how this will provide for younger participants to excel in the field of sports,” he said.
Fiji Sports Council Board chairman Peter Mazey thanked ANZ bank for the sponsorship and highlighted that this will preparations towards 2013 Coca Cola games and hosting of other national and international events sporting.
The first quarter of the sponsorship payment of $73,312.50 was paid out today.