Inspection of the kitchen storeroom at CWM Hospital early this year revealed that dry goods were not properly stored and the kitchen where patients’ meal were prepared were in need of repair with toilet that were not properly cleaned and looked unhygienic, the Auditor General revealed in his 2013 report.
The Department of Immigration’s did not prepare an action plan to eradicate trafficking in person for Child Trafficking in Fiji despite funds set aside for them by the United Nation International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
After the announcement of the team to the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) East-Asia Pacific (EAP) region’s Twenty20 World Cup and World Cricket League Qualifiers in Lismore next month, Cricket Fiji has now turned its attention to the Senior Men’s De
Fiji’s inaugural National Summit for Building Resilience to Climate Change (NSBRCC) opened today in Labasa focused on women’s role in Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change.
Addressing participants, Permanent Secretary for Women, Social Welfare and Poverty Alleviation Govind Sami described women as the “invisible force of resilience’, hence must not be neglected in disaster preparedness, mitigation and rehabilitation.
He said differences in socioeconomic and cultural circumstances often mean increased vulnerability and longer term disadvantage for women following a disaster.
“During disaster women face restricted access, to the resources that are essential in disaster preparedness, mitigation and rehabilitation,” Sami added.
He said in the aftermath of disasters women are directly impacted in their role as providers of basic needs of the household.
“Fetching fuel, firewood, water, harvesting and preparing food, or taking care of the ill, wounded members of family is their responsibility,” Sami said.
He added that without disaster preparedness or effective coping mechanisms the increased domestic and economic burden placed on women can have long term consequences, particularly for gender equality.
Hence welcomed moves by governments who are working on risk reduction in the context of development.
“Because development can either reduce or increase people’s vulnerability or risks to disasters, there is a greater need to integrate disaster risk assessment into development planning and programmes so to make development more resilient to natural hazards,” Sami said.
The NSBRCC is a 2-day event that is being held at the Civic Centre in Labasa and is hosted by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature’s South Pacific Programmes Office.
Discussions on day one revolve around Gender and Mainstreaming of issues of Climate Change.
Change to see Fund returns to purposeChanges soon to be implemented by the Fiji National Provident Fund where it will secure 70 per cent of members' funds and allow members' the 30 per cent for their use, is not new and one that had been in the pipeline since 2012, says fund chief executive Aisake Taito.
'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.
Logic’s debut album Under Pressure out Oct 24After years of hard work in the studio and on the road, Logic has completed his debut album with Under Pressure due to release October 24, with the title track, Under Pressure, is now available.
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.