SURGICAL FLIGHT PLAN AT TAXPAYERS EXPENSE: The Globe trotting Kubuabola to attend Financing For Development Conference in Ethiopia so he can dash to Shanghai in China for his regular medical treatment!
GLOBE TROTTER Inoke Kubuabola's tentative schedules are as follows:
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LOCK UP YOUR PUPPY DOGS, SOUTH KOREANS: Kubuabola extends dog thief Filimone Kau's contract for another three years, to 2018, as Ambassador to South Korea - position not advertised, for Kau CRONY!
MERITOCRACY? The Fiji Ministry of Foreign Affairs is stuffed with relatives of Foreign Minister Inoke Kubuabola and Fiji First Party supporters; all the high positions in the Foreign Ministry are given to Kubuabola's close friends, relatives and Fiji First supporters - two junior staffs, Eliki Salusalu, younger brother of Esala Teleni and Emosi Rakai (Kubuabola's nephew) in the UAE Embassy are behind the hounding of Ambassador Robin Nair - in overtly racist fashion! Esala Nayasi is another one - he is currently Acting Permanent Secretary, who just rose from the ranks of Second Secretary, Director Political and Treaties, Deputy Secretary Operations and now Acting Permanent Secretary. Kubuabola is refusing to act against Nayasi for 'swearing' at Nair!
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SODELPA appoints new party President - Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu but "Vutusona" outburst refuses to fade way as Luveni under new attack!
Fijileaks: More later...as we wait for a response from Luveni (Oops) DR:
It is now my pleasure to introduce our Chief Guest the Minister of Health, Women and Social Welfare Dr Jiko Luveni.
DR JIKO FATAFEHI LUVENI
MINISTER FOR HEALTH, WOMEN and SOCIAL WELFARE
Dr Luveni graduated with a Diploma in Dental Surgery at Fiji School of Medicine in 1967 and Diploma in Public Health Dentistry from the University of Sydney in 1982. During the course of her career, she continues to undertake short courses in various disciplines of program management nationally, regionally and internationally including the United Nations training programs in New York and Washington DC.
Dr Luveni has undertaken advisory assignments for the WHO in health education and management of health learning materials in Malaysia, Japan and Tanzania. She represented Fiji as the Pacific resource person for the Year of the Family conference sponsored by UNFPA held in New Zealand in 1994.
Dr Luveni practiced and provided dental services through out all the Divisions in Fiji before joining the Primary and Preventive Health Unit at the Ministry of Health headquarters. IN 1988, she joined the United Nations Population Fund where she worked for 15 years as a Program manager serving the Pacific region. UNFPA supports populations programs. She also worked for three years at the Ministry of Health as the HIV/AIDS Project Officer before setting up the NGO, Fiji Network for People Living with HIV and AIDS as its Executive Director.
As the program Manager for UNFPA, Dr Luveni was instrumental in the provision of technical and financial support for the Soqosoqo Vakamarama in its population and family planning project and was involved in the program throughout Fiji. She continues to maintain the contact with women of all races in her work in the HIV and AIDS program in communities throughout Fiji. A specific need of women living with HIV, is social welfare support and income generation in which she has been in close contract with the assistance provided by the former Ministry of Women, Social Welfare and Housing.
A former sports enthusiast, Dr Luveni was a women’s champion in table tennis and Golf representing Fiji in three South Pacific Games in both events. Has served as a member of the Board of the Fiji Sports Council and the Tripartite Appeals Committee of FASANOC.
Ladies and gentleman please join me in welcoming Dr Luveni to the lectern.
Fijileaks: We understand a person registered as a dental practitioner could take or use the courtesy name or style of "doctor" - we look forward to hearing from Jiko Luveni and Fiji Dental Association! Meanwhile, we can't find Luveni's name in the dental register:
SHIFTING THE FLAG POLE: When Bainimarama led in Tebbutt Poll before election, Khaiyum was flying high; now when Tebbutt Poll says people want a vote on the NEW FLAG, Khaiyum rubbishes poll result!
A-G questions Tebbutt Times poll
THE Tebbutt Times poll on the national flag is an avenue to seek and voice people's opinion, The Fiji Times editor-in-chief, Fred Wesley said yesterday.
Attorney-General and Communications Minister, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, in a press conference yesterday, questioned the credibility of the poll, in particular, Tebbutt Research.
"Even prior to the election they (Tebbutt Research) made a number of predictions through The Fiji Times and they were incorrect and in fact, they got it completely wrong," Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.
Of concern to him was the sample size and the manner in which the sample size was distributed.
"Obviously your ability to get a response from a sample size from landline and on mobile phone is again limited.
"How was the age determined? They (Tebbutt Research) said they talked about rural urban, what percentage of it was from the rural areas and what percentage of it was from urban?
"What were those urban and rural areas? So you see, just because a poll was published it doesn't make it necessarily correct.
"And as we know that this poll is being conducted through The Fiji Times, previously it's been proven to be wrong on a number of occasions so we take it with a pinch of salt.
"The feedback that we've been receiving is that a lot more Fijians are now engaged with the flag issue."
The minister admitted though there was a vakamalua attitude, more people were getting engaged who may necessarily not participated previously.
"So they are saying OK we don't like the 23 (new flag designs), some people are saying 'but this is the type of flag we want, can you please change it'.
"I'm sure when the submission at the end of this month closes, the Prime Minister as minister responsible, will make comments on that further more."
But Wesley said the Tebbutt research was conducted in a credible manner and that the newspaper reported its results.
"Obviously everybody is entitled to their opinion. What is also important is the fact that there are numbers to work with. There is a base for us to work from and people had an opportunity to speak their minds. Then there is the bit about stimulating discussion on the flag issue which is clearly a very important one for many people. We are not taking a side in this debate. We are merely providing an avenue for people to voice their opinions which many are doing already," said Wesley.
Tebbutt researcher, Tim Wilson said the company had been conducting polls in Fiji since 1992. "In every case the poll has been done in accordance with industry guidelines and global best practice." Source: Fiji Times, 29 June 2015
From C4/5 Archives:
The Lowy Institute in Australia, which has released the opinion poll results, said the result is the voice of the people of Fiji. The Institute’s Jenny Heyward-Jones says that while some may not like what they see in the results, the poll was conducted in an independent manner to find out what the people of Fiji think.
The poll report stated that Bainimarama has good support from 66% of the people polled, and 65% of the people believe Fiji is heading in the right direction. An overwhelming 95% of people support the right to vote in a free election, and around half of the people feel the government is doing a good job making progress to elections. 83% of the people surveyed believe Fiji should be left alone to sort out its return to democracy, and sanctions against the country should be lifted. 96% said the right to a media free from censorship is important to them.
The opinion poll had surveyed 1,032 people.
What did the Tebbutt Poll tell dictator Bainimarama in 2006
On 17 November 2006, at the height of a dangerous standoff between army commander Bainimarama and the Qarase led multi-party government, Tebbutt was commissioned, in part, by the Fiji Times to gauge public opinion in Fiji. Polling took place via personal interviews across Fiji between 14 and15 November, with a sample of 1018 adults.
Here are some of the questions and answers:
“Who do you believe is in the right in the current standoff between the Military and the Government?”
The overall results showed 45% favouring the Government; 36% the Military; 6% both; 4% neither; others unsure. By ethnic group, 67% of Fijians favoured the Government and only 18% favoured the Military; 54% of Indo-Fijians favoured the Military and only 24% favoured the Government. By region, the Suva area was pretty evenly split: 42% Government; 38% Military. In the West, the split was 51% Government; 31% Military.
PM Laisenia Qarase had strong Fijian backing; Bainimarama did not in the poll.
The poll also asked how good a job leaders were doing. Overall, PM Qarase had 57% approval and 23% disapproval. He received 81% support from Fijians, with only 5% disapproving; Indo-Fijians showed 40% disapproval, with 34% approval.
Overall, Bainimarama had 51% approval and 31% disapproval. He received only 30% approval from Fijians, with 53% disapproving; Indo-Fijians showed 71% approval and only 12% disapproval.
Police Commissioner Andrew Hughes had public backing
Despite the dictator screaming for the resignation of Australian, Andrew Hughes (right), the Police Commissioner, Hughes received 79% approval and 7% disapproval, with all segments overwhelmingly positive. As we know, Bainimarama wanted Hughes out of Fiji because the Police Commissioner was pressing for various investigations into the dictator’s conduct since the 2000 mutiny, deaths and murders etc.
Chaudhry and Beddoes showed strong approval rating
The then Leader of Opposition Mick Beddoes also had strong figures, with overall 56% approval and 12% disapproval. FLP leader Mahendra Chaudhry had 42% approval and 27% disapproval. As expected, Chaudhry was favored by a majority of Indo-Fijians, but by only 30% of Fijians.
The Tebbutt Poll results reconfirmed the election results from May 2006: that a large majority of Fijians backed the SDL-FLP Qarase Government.
The very high approval rating for Police Commissioner Hughes was another signal to Bainimarama that at least the demand for Hughes to resign was going against the public will. The only way Bainimarama could stop various criminal charges against him was to ignore the Tebbutt Poll results, and execute a coup on 5 December 2006 to save his skin.
How should one read the two Tebbutt Opinion Polls? One was conducted in a democracy and the recent one in a dictatorship.
From the Archives: Wednesday, September 14, 2011
"...Secrecy is the keystone of all tyranny. Not force, but secrecy... censorship. When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives." --Robert A. Heinlein, -If This Goes On
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