Fight against Climate Change should go beyond politics

Bainimarama’s frank speech in California Fiji’s Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama has challenged international and regional leaders to be more assertive in their efforts to fight climate change. Speaking at the opening plenary of the Global Climate Action Summit on Saturday, September 15, 2018 in San Francisco, he appealed to “the national and regional leaders in the room, and around…

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Friendly policies attract investors to Fiji

Supplied Content The manufacturing sector is often regarded as the backbone of any economy, as it drives employment, creates know how and encapsulates a much wider network of ancillary suppliers. Being the ‘Hub of the Pacific,’ Fiji is also a strategic trans-shipment and re-export centre for cargo traded between the Pacific Island States. Trade Agreements for access Fiji is signatory…

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‘Enslaved in Paradise’ released in Wellington

Sir Anand Satyanand The Wellington launch of Rajendra Prasad’s latest book, ‘Enslaved in Paradise’ was a well-attended community occasion on Saturday, September 22, 2018, jointly promoted by community organisation Ekta, and the Wellington Hindi School. The author led off explaining that a sequel to ‘Tears in Paradise’ was necessary because, having focused in his first book on past tribulations of…

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IRD says Oxfam report on pharmas misleading

The Oxfam report claiming pharmaceutical companies in New Zealand are underpaying tax by some $21 million completely misrepresents the situation here says Inland Revenue Department (IRD) international Strategy Manager, John Nash. “Obviously we cannot comment on specific taxpayers but taking a global profitability figure and applying it across the board, as this report does, cannot illustrate what’s really happening in…

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IRD affirms close watch over property investors

Richard Owen Any suggestion that the Inland Revenue Department (IRD) has taken its eye off the ball when it comes to property investors is thoroughly misleading. Just under 100 Inland Revenue compliance specialists are focused on making sure property investors are aware of their tax obligations – including the bright-line test. The Property Compliance Programme was established in 2008. Some…

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SIA scores another first with pharmaceutical cargo

Supplied Content Singapore Airlines (SIA) has announced the launch of ‘Thrucool,’ a new service to transport high-value, time-sensitive and temperature-controlled pharmaceutical cargo with speed and reliability. Dedicated Cold Chain Thrucool offers dedicated cold chain services to safeguard the integrity of pharmaceutical and healthcare shipments during air transportation. These include priority uplift and handling, quick ramp transfers at airports, cold room…

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Employment Amendment Bill being fine-tuned

Labour and New Zealand First are working on some changes to the government’s employment law legislation, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has said. ‘The Employment Relations Amendment Bill,’ which is before Parliament, scraps the 90-day trial period for businesses with 20 or more employees and carries a raft of union-friendly changes including collective agreement bargaining and greater union access to workplaces. Concerns expressed…

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