New detector dogs boost New Zealand, Fiji borders

Supplied Content  Nine detector dog teams bound for Wellington, Auckland and Fiji have graduated from the Royal New Zealand Police College’s Dog Training Centre. The addition of three new dogs boosts the New Zealand Customs Service’s detector dog capability to 14 teams, with 10 located in Auckland and two each in Wellington and Christchurch. Fiji Project The six graduating Fijian…

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Girmityas are best remembered by connectivity

Sir Anand Satyanand –  For nearly a century, people from India travelled by ship to Mauritius, South Africa, Malaysia, Fiji and notably the Caribbean, essentially to work in the sugar industry, harvesting, cutting and processing sugar cane for eventual shipment, mainly to England and more latterly to other European destinations. We meet here in Trinidad and Tobago, in the Caribbean,…

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Media under siege throws democracy into jeopardy

Dr Biman Prasad –  An NFP Government will repeal the Media Industry Development Decree because we believe that the media should not be regulated in any way by the State or any government. An NFP Government will also (a) Ensure taxpayer funds are justifiably used by spreading advertisements by Government and Statutory organisations across all media outlets and end the…

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Getting to the heart of the matter in Fiji

Venkat Raman –  Almost eleven years ago, we reported that an organisation called, ‘Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation’ has been established in Auckland to treat Fijians suffering from valvular heart disease in the South Pacific nation. We quoted (Indian Newslink, September 1, 2006) Trust Chairman and Consultant Cardiac and Thoracic Surgeon at Auckland and Mercy hospitals Dr Parma Nand as…

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“Sack the Media Boss,” says NFP Leader

Professor Biman Prasad – The National Federation Party (NFP) has called for the immediate dismissal of Ashwin Raj from his post as Chair of the Media Industry and Development Authority (MIDA) and Director of the Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (FHRADC), because of his suggestions to stifle freedom of speech on national television. Following is the statement issued by…

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