Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the plight of the army veterans still grappling with the effects of Operation Grapple is a testament to never again allow the Pacific environment to be violated by outside powers "in such a destructive and terrible manner".
Tears flowed as 26 of the 80 surviving soldiers exposed to radiation during British nuclear tests on Christmas Island in 1958 received payment of more than $F9000 each from the Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Suva today.
Fiji’s traditional costume and dance will be showcased live worldwide when Miss World contestants take the centre stage in the finals of the Miss World pageant on August 18 in Ordos, inner Mongolia, China.
The costume and dance to be worn and performed by Miss Fiji Koini Vakaloloma with the backing of Miss World Fiji national director Andhy Blake and Pasifika Voices Meke performers was one of the selected items from the 117 participating countries chosen to open the ‘dances of the world’ segment during the world finale.
Blake said this segment of the contest allows carefully selected contestants to display the excitement that showcases the uniqueness of their countries.
And he said with Fiji’s entry, the whole world will take notice of what we can offer on the biggest creative platform.
Miss Fiji was also one of eight specially invited contestants by the Mongolian government to tour the city of Ordos alongside Miss New Zealand who was the only other contestant from the Pacific.
Fiji’s participation has been received well with special appointments to meet with Julia Morley the chairman of Miss World who is excited about the impact of the Miss World brand and the outcome it will place on Fiji as a tourism and trade destination.
The 117 contestants are now in Shanghai, China for filming, touring and fast track competitions followed by a Best Designer Dress competition in which local designer, Fumaru Fatiaki will be up for the top award if his garment is selected winner.
Westpac sells operations in 5 PICs to BSPWestpac Banking Corporation today announced the sale of its banking operations in five Pacific Island countries to the Bank of South Pacific Ltd (BSP) for A$125 million.
Viriviri in final Fiji 7s team to NZ, US tourneysVodafone Fiji Sevens coach Ben Ryan has made five changes, calling up Emosi Mulevoro and Samisoni Viriviri, in his final 12-member team to the forthcoming Wellington and Las Vegas Sevens tournaments.
'Green'-tinted SUVs at Seoul Motor ShowGas-guzzling SUVs, eco-friendly electric cars and the odd brave attempt to marry the selling points of both are taking centre stage at the biennial Seoul Motor Show.
Vodafone Fiji, Tonga telco in allianceVodafone Fiji and Tonga Communications Corporation today signed a strategic partnership alliance that will allow the Tongan company to leverage off the experience of their Fijian counterparts.
Clean-up day to curb dengue outbreakFiji's Ministry of Health has declared a clean-up day next Thursday for residents in the central division as it ups the tempo against a dengue fever outbreak currently experienced in the country.