31 May, 2007

Another Dance Performance

A dance performance, ‘Silence & Aids’ and ‘The Journey’, will be held on Friday, 1 June 2007, from 6.30pm at the Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva. The Oceania Centre Dance Theatre will perform ‘Silence & Aids’ which is based on Aids and the taboos that are still present in Pacific societies of today especially for what concerns sex and sexual life. 'The Journey' will be performed by the Nyan Dance Company which showcases how in the Kanak society, as is the case for traditional societies, death is not an end, but the beginning of a journey. Entry fees are F$5.00 for each adult and F$3.00 for each student. Tickets are available at the Alliance Française, McGregor Road, and the ROC Café.

Dance Performance

A dance performance, When the Night Falls, will be held tonight, Thursday, 31 May 2007, from 6pm to 8pm at the Fiji Museum, Thurston Gardens, Suva. The performance is an unusual way of discovering the Museum with dancers taking them through the Museum in the shadowy light of torches. The dance is being arranged by the Nyan Dance Company of New Caledonia and the Oceania Dance Centre Theatre. Entry fee is F$12.00. Tickets are on sale at the Alliance Française, McGregor Road, and the ROC Café.

Beach Volleyball Dinner

A fundraising dinner to raise funds for the Beach Volleyball team to the South Pacific Games will be held on Saturday, 16 June 2007, from 6pm, at The Vineyard, Victoria Parade, Suva. Tickets are available at F$20.00 per person and can be obtained from Ane Tabuya on telephone (679) 9937367 or Alita Loki on telephone (679) 9992804.

Weekly Athletics Trials

Trials for the Fiji squad members to the South Pacific Games will be held at the Post Fiji Stadium, today, Thursday, 31 May 2007. Events and times are :
  • 6pm - 400m, long jump, discuss;
  • 6.15pm - 100m;
  • 6.30pm - 3,000m;
  • 6.45pm - 800m;
  • 7pm - 400m hurdles, javelin;
  • 7.15pm - 200m;
  • 7.30pm - 4 x 100m;
  • 7.45pm - 4 x 400m.

The trials will continue on a weekly basis in the run up to the South Pacific Games which will be held at Apia, Samoa.

Soccer : Battle of the Giants Tournament

The soccer Battle of the Giants Tournament will be held at Ratu Cakobau Park from Thursday, 14 June, to Monday, 18 June 2007. Tickets cost F$15.00 per person for VIP seats, F$9.00 per person for Grandstand A seats and F$8.00 per person for Pavilion B seats. The draws include :
  • Pool A - Ba (defending champions), Nadi, Nadroga, Nasinu and Navua;
  • Pool B - Rewa, Labasa, Suva, Lautoka and Tavua.
FMF is sponsoring this year's tournament with a total sum of F$40,000.00 with F$11,000.00 allocated as first prize. The tournament will also be used as a selection ground for members of the Fiji soccer team to the South Pacific Games. Note : For accommodation in Suva, try our two bedroom rental home with sea views. Check out links at the right hand side of this blog for details on amenities and photos of the home. For reservations, pls e-mail gilbertv@connect.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

30 May, 2007

Junior All Blacks expects a physical game

The Junior All Blacks expects a very physical game when taking on the Fiji 15s Rugby team this Saturday in Suva, particularly when they will be meeting Fiji in front of a big home crowd. The Junior All Blacks team is currently rounding up training in Samoa before coming in to Suva on Friday morning, 1 June 2007. In the meantime, the Fiji team has also been working on tying up loose ends after its win over Japan last week at Lautoka, Fiji. The team has been training in the Coral Coast area since and is expected to be in Suva later in the week. The Fiji vs Junior All Blacks match is to kick off from 1.30pm, Saturday, 2 June 2007, at the Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay. Note : Visitors looking for affordable accommodation in Suva, can try our two bedroom rental home with sea views. Click on the links at the right hand side of this blog for details of amenities provided and photos of the home. To contact us, pls e-mail gilbertv@connect.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

29 May, 2007

Ratu Sukuna student performs solo at Music Festival

Here is a picture from the Fiji Times today, Tuesday, 29 May 2007, of a student from my former school, Ratu Sukuna Memorial School, leading a rendition of R Kelly's song, I believe I can fly, backed by a multi-school choir of about 300 students from Suva. The performance was part of those that kick started the Suva Secondary Schools Music Festival in Suva yesterday. The festival runs up to Wednesday, 30 May 2007, and is showing at the Tattersalls Leisure Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva. Back to my former school, students from our school during my time there were very good vocalists with music classes and learning the tonic solfa heavily emphasised by the school. Ratu Sukuna would win most of the schools' choir competitions during those days, including the school children's category of the Annual Methodist Church Conference Choir Competitions. One remembers the "Isa Nau" and "Yavirau" songs performed by our school choir then, which still plays on Radio Fiji. Some of the students who went on to earn a living on stage included Litia Ravoka (now deceased) and Georgina Ledua. With the emphasis on music at the time, one simply had to be good at it to avoid having the "rugby corner flag", which was made of thick wood in those days, rain down on your head during music classes. Our music teacher then was Master Nacanieli Mataika (now deceased) - a "tauvu" of mine from Gau. The "tauvu" connection did not matter to Master Naca as you would still get that corner flag if your voice fell out of line when practising the tonic solfa. I am happy and proud to what it has made us and I wish the current students of the school the best in future. If you have the gift of music, making music or singing, use it. Photo : Ratu Sukuna Memorial School soloist, Pauliasi Koroiwaca, leading the 300-strong secondary schools' choir in the rendition of R Kelly's song, I believe I can fly, last night.

Mara-Iwai : Korova - Performance Art in and by the sea

The Pacific Studies Program at the Pacific Islands Institute of Development and Governance at the University of the South Pacific, together with the Korova community, invites all members of the public to attend ‘Mara-Iwai’. The performances run from Thursday, 30 May, to Saturday, 2 June 2007 between 4pm and 5pm at Queen Elizabeth Drive, opposite the Pony Club, close to the Hyundai Fitness Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva. The event will feature dances by the Korova Community choreographed by Letila Mitchell. ‘Mara-Iwai: Korova’ is an initiative by students from the Pacific Studies Program, who were requested to document some of the stories associated with Moce Island navigation at sea, loss and survival last year. ‘Mara-Iwai’ is a lament for the lost, but also an exhortation to the living. Korova is a community made up of families mostly from Moce Island now living in Suva. Moce Islanders continue their traditions of navigation, canoe building and masi making even in new urban contexts. No entry fees required. For further information, pls call Pate Nunu on telephone (679) 995 3598 or the Pacific Studies Program, University of the South Pacific on telephone (679) 3232655 or email sharma_ll@usp.ac.fj.

Wine Tasting

The regular Wine Tasting event will be held today, Tuesday, 29 May 2007, from 6pm to 8pm at the Bad Dog Cafe, Victoria Parade, Suva. For tasting will be Rose, Gewurztraminer & Barossa Reds. Fees are F$15.00 per person and should be booked in advance. For more information or a booking, pls e-mail jverma@victoriawines.com.fj or call telephone (679) 3312968. For advertising on this blog to reach our wide readership from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, Canada, UK and Europe, pls e-mail gilbertv2@connect.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

27 May, 2007

New Zealand Trade & Enterprise - New Zealand Week

The New Zealand Trade & Enterprise has organised the New Zealand Week in Suva from Monday, 28 May, to Saturday 2 June 2007, culminating in the Fiji vs Junior All Blacks 15s Rugby match at the Post Fiji Stadium at Laucala Bay, Suva. The program for the week is as follows :
  • Monday, 28 May 2007, NZ Profile Week Cocktail Party, Holiday Inn;
  • Tuesday, 29 May 2007, Taste NZ Dinner, Holiday Inn;
  • Wednesday, 30 May 2007, FIT Workshop with Hospitality Students and Ray McVinnie;
  • Friday, 1 June 2007, NZ Business Council Luncheon featuring guests from the Junior All Blacks;
  • Saturday, 2 June 2007, Fiji vs Junior All Blacks 15s Rugby match, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Saturday, 2 June 2007, After match drinks with the Kiwi Club and the Junior All Blacks, Holiday Inn, Suva.

For more information, contact the New Zealand Trade & Enterprise Office on e-mail suva@nzte.govt.nz or telephone (679) 3306090.

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IRB Quarter Finals on Fiji TV

Watch IRB London Sevens Tournament games from the cup quarter finals onwards on Fiji TV today, Sunday, 27 May 2007 from 11.20pm (Fiji Time).

26 May, 2007

Suva Sights

Sights of Suva.

Watch IRB London Sevens on Fiji TV this weekend

The IRB London Sevens Tournament is on this weekend. Watch Fiji's matches live on Fiji TV today at the following times :
  • 8pm Fiji time, Fiji vs Argentina;
  • 11pm Fiji time, Fiji vs Russia; and
  • 3.50am Fiji time, Fiji vs France.

World Oceans Day - Turtle Benefit Ball

WWF will be holding a Turtle Benefit Ball to celebrate World Oceans Day on Friday, 8 June 2007, from 7pm to 1am at the Tattersalls Leisure Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva. Tickets are selling at F$100.00 per person and F$800.00 per table. For more information, pls call WWF on telephone (679) 3315533.

25 May, 2007

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 25.5.06)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Art Exhibition by Fiji Institute of Technology's School of Arts, Culture & Design, Friday, 18 May, to Friday, 25 June 2007, Ratu Iloilovatu Gallery, School of Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Suva North Rotary Club - Casino Fun Night, Friday, 25 May 2007, from 7pm, Holiday Inn, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Fiji Arts Club Choir Concert, Saturday, 26 May 2007, from 7.30pm, at The Playhouse, Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Fiji Professional Golfers Association Pro Am Tournament, Sunday, 27 May, and Monday, 28 May 2007, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture Exhibition - ‘Hope springs from the sharing of knowledge’, from Monday, 28 May, to Wednesday, 30 May 2007, Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Beach, Suva;
  • Suva Secondary Schools Music Festival, Monday, 28 May, to Wednesday, 30 May 2007, schools matinee from 11am to 1pm and evening performances as well on each day, Tattersalls Leisure Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • New Zealand Trade & Enterprise's New Zealand Week, Monday, 28 May, to Saturday 2 June 2007, various venues around Suva;
  • Wine Tasting, Tuesday, 29 May 2007, from 6pm to 8pm, Bad Dog Cafe, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Mara-i-wai : Korova - Performance Art in and by the sea, Thursday, 30 May, to Saturday, 2 June 2007, between 4pm and 5pm, Queen Elizabeth Drive, opposite the Pony Club, close to the Hyundai Fitness Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Dance performance - 'When the Night Falls', Thursday, 31 May 2007, from 6pm to 8pm at the Fiji Museum, Thurston Gardens, Suva;
  • Athletics trials for the South Pacific Games, Thursday, 31 May 2007, from 6pm, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Dance performance - ‘Silence & Aids’ and ‘The Journey’, Friday, 1 June 2007, from 6.30pm, Oceania Centre for Arts and Culture, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations, Singing Contest, June;
  • Fiji vs Junior All Blacks FNZBC Pre-Rugby Luncheon, Friday, 1 June, 2007, 1pm to 2pm, Lali Room, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • Fiji vs Junior All Blacks 15s Rugby, Saturday, 2 June 2007, Suva;
  • South Pacific Bowling Carnival, Saturday, 2 June, to Friday, 15 June, 2007, Suva Bowling Club, Victoria Parade/Queen Elizabeth Drive, Suva;
  • Tabu Soro Pump Triathlon, Sunday, 3 June 2007, from 7am, at the National Aquatic Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Ambassadors for Christ - Pastors Conference, Monday, 4 June, to Friday, 8 June 2007, Civic Centre Auditorium, Suva;
  • TPAF Effective Change Management and Innovation at the Workplace Course, Wednesday, 6 June, and Thursday, 7 June 2007, Suva;
  • WWF's Turtle Benefit Ball to celebrate World Oceans Day, Friday, 8 June 2007, from 7pm to 1am, Tattersalls Leisure Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Start Your Business, 11 to 13 June 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • Battle of the Giants Soccer Tournament, Thursday, 14 June, to Monday, 18 June 2007, Ratu Cakobau Park, Nausori;
  • Fiji Museum Ball, Friday, 15 June 2007, 6.30pm to midnight, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Heat 1, Saturday, 16 June 2007, Suva;
  • Beach Volleyball fundraising dinner (to raise funds for the team to the South Pacific Games), Saturday, 16 June 2007, from 6pm, at The Vineyard, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Store Management, 18 to 20 June 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Heat 2, Saturday, 23 June 2007, Suva;
  • TPAF 2007 Management Development Program Module 1, Monday, 25 June to Friday, 29 June 2007, TPAF Training House, Narere, Suva;
  • Fiji Music Day organised by Fiji Arts Council and Alliance Francaise, end of June 2007, Suva;
  • Kula Film Awards, July 2007, Suva;
  • Weet Bix Kids Under 15 Triathlon Meet, Sunday, 1 July 2007, Pacific Harbour;
  • Double Dialogues Conference, 4 to 6 July 2007, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Art Display to coincide with the Double Dialogues conference, 4 to 10 July 2007, Suva;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Heat 3, Saturday, 14 July 2007, Suva;
  • Fiji Arts Club Annual Art Exhibition and Competition, Monday, 30 July, to Saturday, 4 August 2007, The Playhouse, Fiji Arts Club, Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations Ball, August;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Semi-finals, Saturday, 4 August 2007, Suva;
  • Fiji Hibiscus Festival, 17 to 25 August 2007, Albert Park, Suva;
  • Isa Lei Reunion (for former students of the International School in Suva), 17 to 19 August 2007, Suva;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Finals, Saturday, 18 August 2007, Suva;
  • TPAF 2007 Management Development Program Module 2, Monday, 3 September, to Friday, 7 September 2007, TPAF Training House, Narere, Suva;
  • Oceania Women's Hockey Qualifiers for 2008 Olympic Games, from 10 September 2007, Suva;
  • Opening of the new Morris Hedstrom's outlet, October, Thomson Street, Suva;
  • World Invitational U18 Rugby League Championship, October 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobie 16 World Championships, from 8 to 19 October 2007, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations, week long celebrations, October 2007.
Recurring Events:
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Talei Burns and Friends, every Wednesdays, 6pm to 10pm, The Malthouse, 88 Jerusalem Road (next to the Fiji Golf Club), Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Alternate Rock, every Wednesdays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Music Workshop organised by the Fiji Arts Council and the Alliance Francaise, every Thursdays, from 5.30 to 9pm, Fiji Institute of Technology (FIT) School of Arts , Culture and Design. Campus, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade; Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • FIT School of Arts, Culture and Design : Saturday Classes for Children (covering piano, art & craft, acting, choir), from Saturday, 3 March 2007, School of Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street (near Garden City), Raiwai, Suva;
  • Kid’s Arts Classes with Kathy Oyagawa, Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm, The Homestay, Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva;
  • SideStep, every last Saturday of the month, 9pm to close, Traps Upstairs Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • The Roc Market, every third Sunday of the month, The Roc, Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Wai Tui Cycles Ride, every Sundays, from 6am, start at Wai Tui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
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Music Festival - Suva Secondary Schools

A Music Festival for secondary schools in Suva will be held from Monday, 28 May, to Wednesday, 30 May 2007, from 11am to 1pm on each day, at the Tattersalls Leisure Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva. The Fiji Secondary Schools Music Festival follows the following week. The schools performing include :
  1. Marist Brothers' High School,
  2. International Secondary School,
  3. Laucala Bay Secondary School,
  4. Gospel High School,
  5. Nabua Secondary School,
  6. Nasinu Secondary School,
  7. Ratu Sukuna Memorial School and
  8. Adi Cakobau School.
The event is being coordinated by the University of the South Pacific’s Music Program and will feature the Malaga Group singers from the University providing music. The event's theme will be ‘Breaking Barriers, Voice and Harmony’ with the purpose being to bring school children together and create a sense of harmony and friendliness despite their different cultures and background. The Master of Ceremony will be Laughing Samoans performer, Tofinga. Students from all eight schools will make up a mass choir which will perform at the event with individual schools each performing their own individuals dances and musical presentations. The Malaga singers are also using the Festival as an opportunity to fund raise for their trip to Korea at the end of the year where they will showcase songs and dances from the Pacific. Tickets for the evening performances including the opening show on Monday May 28 are F$10.00 dollars per person and can be purchased from the USP Book Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva, or at the Boom Box, Downtown Boulevard and the FNPF Dolphins Plaza . Tickets will also be sold on the gate during the performance nights. Note : To advertise your products and services on this blog and take advantage of our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, Canada, Europe and the UK, pls check out our low advertising rates here. To contact us, pls e-mail gilbertv2@connect.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture Exhibition

An Exhibition, ‘Hope springs from the sharing of knowledge’, will be showing at the Oceania Centre for Arts & Culture, University of the South Pacific, from Monday, 28 May, to Wednesday, 30 May 2007.

Fiji Arts Club Choir Concert

The Fiji Arts Club will hold a Choir Concert, Saturday, 26 May 2007, from 7.30pm, at The Playhouse, Selbourne Street, Suva. The Choir will perform works by the two composers, Felix Mendelssohn and Sir Edward Elgar. Also performing are John Fong on guitar and Tara Mar on cello. The FIT 'Saturday morning children's choir' will also perform. Beverages will be available on the night. No entry fee required; only a small donation as you leave.

24 May, 2007

Ambassadors for Christ Pastors Conference

The Ambassadors for Christ Pastors Conference will be held from Monday, 4 June, to Friday, 8 June 2007 at the Civic Centre Auditorium, Suva. For more information or to register, pls e-mail afcfj@connect.com.fj or call telephone (679) 6283805. Note : For accommodation in Suva, try our two bedroom furnished home. Check the appropriate links at the right hand side of this blog for more details.

23 May, 2007

Fiji Golf Pro Am Tournament

The Fiji Professional Golfers Association Pro Am Tournament will be held on Sunday, 27 May, and Monday, 28 May 2007 at the Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa, Suva. Entry fee is F$20.00 per person. For more information, pls contact the Fiji Professional Golfers Association on telephone (679) 3270255 or (679) 9923905. Note : Advertise your products and services on this blog to take advantage of our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA, Canada, Europe and UK. Check our low advertising rates here. For more information, call telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbertv2@connect.com.fj.

21 May, 2007

TPAF Effective Management and Innovation Course

The Training & Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF) will be conducing an Effective Change Management and Innovation at the Workplace Course on Wednesday, 6 June, and Thursday, 7 June 2007 in Suva. Key benefits of the program for participants include :
  • understanding the importance of change and innovation;
  • understanding the fundamentals of change in an organisation;
  • analysing/identifying potential pitfalls in implementing a change and adopting to innovation;
  • gaining people support for change; and
  • using teamwork for identifying/solving problems.

Capabilities addressed include :

  • what is change?
  • basic tools for change and innovation in HRM;
  • introducing change - communication;
  • leading the change process;
  • employee involvement;
  • reward and recognition; and
  • the quality culture.

Target group :

  • corporate executives;
  • general managers;
  • HR managers and officers; and
  • middle managers.

The course fee is F$400.00 per person. For more information, pls contact Shereen Buksh on telephone (679) 3392000 extension 156 or e-mail shereen_b@tpaf.ac.fj.

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TPAF 2007 Fiji Management Development Program (MDP) Modules 1 and 2

The 2007 Management Development Program Modules 1 and 2 organised by the Training and Productivity Authority of Fiji (TPAF) is scheduled on the following dates :
  • 25 to 29 June 2007 - Module 1;
  • 3 to 7 September 2007 - Module 2.

Key benefits of the program for participants include :

  • providing a keen awareness and understanding of the various roles of a manager;
  • building the confidence of employees and provide an opportunity to network with managerial peers;
  • building the required managerial competencies to perform in a constantly changing business environment;
  • developing a strategic perspective;
  • developing personal goals and plans for managing managerial careers;
  • developing a deeper understanding of a person in order to become a better manager and leader.

Target group :

  • middle level managers;
  • supervisors and managers identified as having the potential for higher managerial positions;
  • managers wishing to upgrade their skills.

The program coordinator is Dr Jag Singh. For more information, pls contact Satendra Nair on telephone (679) 3392000 extension 256 or e-mail satendra_r@tpaf.ac.fj.

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20 May, 2007

New Sports Science Program at USP

The University of the South Pacific has introduced a new Sports Science program. The Bachelor of Science in Sports Science is designed to give students an opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge and sound practical skills in the fields of exercise and sports science together with marketing, management, counselling skills, coaching and industrial experience relevant to Health, Sports and Exercise. Entry requirements is a pass in Fiji Form Seven Science or Foundation Science or equivalent or relevant experience. For more information, pls contact Ravin Lal, Division of Biology, Faculty of Science and Technology, telephone (679) 3232169, e-mail lal_ra@usp.ac.fj or Professor Derek Gardiner, Dean, Faculty of Science and Technology, telephone (679) 3232080, e-mail gardiner_d@usp.ac.fj.

Fiji Arts Club Annual Art Exhibition and Competition

The Fiji Arts Club Annual Art Exhibition and Competition will be on again this year from 30 July to 4 August, 2007, at The Playhouse, Selbourne Street, Suva. Artists resident in Fiji can submit original artworks in 2D or 3D for this event. The event is sponsored by ANZ, Fiji. Entry forms are available at ANZ branches nation-wide. F$2,500.00 in cash and prizes to be won. For more information, pls contact Katherine on telephone (679) 9905266. Note : For accommodation in Suva, try our two bedroom rental home with sea views. The home is equipped with a Personal Computer together with Broadband Internet access provided complimentary for guests' use. Check the links at the right hand side of this blog for more details. To contact us, pls e-mail gilbertv2@connect.com.fj or telephone (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

18 May, 2007

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 18.5.07)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Start Your Business Training, 14 to 18 May 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • Fiji's First Animation Celebration, Friday, 18 May 2007, FIT School of Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Training on Bee Hives Case Making, 14 to 18 May 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • Art Exhibition by Fiji Institute of Technology's School of Arts, Culture & Design, Friday, 18 May, to Friday, 25 June 2007, Ratu Iloilovatu Gallery, School of Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai, Suva;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Auditions, Saturday, 19 May, 2pm to 5pm, and Sunday, 20 May 2007, 2.30pm to 5p, Lower Civic Auditorium, Suva;
  • Suva North Rotary Club - Casino Fun Night, Friday, 25 May 2007, from 7pm, Holiday Inn, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations, Singing Contest, June;
  • Fiji 15s Rugby vs Junior All Blacks, June 2007, Suva;
  • Fiji vs Junior All Blacks FNZBC Pre-Rugby Luncheon, Friday, 1 June, 2007, 1pm to 2pm, Lali Room, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • TPAF Effective Change Management and Innovation at the Workplace Course, Wednesday, 6 June, and Thursday, 7 June 2007, Suva;
  • South Pacific Bowling Carnival, Saturday, 2 June, to Friday, 15 June, 2007, Suva Bowling Club, Victoria Parade/Queen Elizabeth Drive, Suva;
  • Start Your Business, 11 to 13 June 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Heat 1, Saturday, 16 June 2007, Suva;
  • Store Management, 18 to 20 June 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Heat 2, Saturday, 23 June 2007, Suva;
  • TPAF 2007 Management Development Program Module 1, Monday, 25 June to Friday, 29 June 2007, TPAF Training House, Narere, Suva;
  • Fiji Music Day organised by Fiji Arts Council and Alliance Francaise, end of June 2007, Suva;
  • Kula Film Awards, July 2007, Suva;
  • Weet Bix Kids Under 15 Triathlon Meet, Sunday, 1 July 2007, Pacific Harbour;
  • Double Dialogues Conference, 4 to 6 July 2007, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Art Display to coincide with the Double Dialogues conference, 4 to 10 July 2007, Suva;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Heat 3, Saturday, 14 July 2007, Suva;
  • Fiji Arts Club Annual Art Exhibition and Competition, Monday, 30 July, to Saturday, 4 August 2007, The Playhouse, Fiji Arts Club, Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations Ball, August;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Semi-finals, Saturday, 4 August 2007, Suva;
  • Fiji Hibiscus Festival, 17 to 25 August 2007, Albert Park, Suva;
  • Isa Lei Reunion (for former students of the International School in Suva), 17 to 19 August 2007, Suva;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Finals, Saturday, 18 August 2007, Suva;
  • TPAF 2007 Management Development Program Module 2, Monday, 3 September, to Friday, 7 September 2007, TPAF Training House, Narere, Suva;
  • Oceania Women's Hockey Qualifiers for 2008 Olympic Games, from 10 September 2007, Suva;
  • Opening of the new Morris Hedstrom's outlet, October, Thomson Street, Suva;
  • World Invitational U18 Rugby League Championship, October 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobie 16 World Championships, from 8 to 19 October 2007, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations, week long celebrations, October 2007.
Recurring Events:
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Talei Burns and Friends, every Wednesdays, 6pm to 10pm, The Malthouse, 88 Jerusalem Road (next to the Fiji Golf Club), Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Alternate Rock, every Wednesdays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Music Workshop organised by the Fiji Arts Council and the Alliance Francaise, every Thursdays, from 5.30 to 9pm, Fiji Institute of Technology (FIT) School of Arts , Culture and Design. Campus, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • FIT School of Arts, Culture and Design : Saturday Classes for Children (covering piano, art & craft, acting, choir), from Saturday, 3 March 2007, School of Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street (near Garden City), Raiwai, Suva;
  • Kid’s Arts Classes with Kathy Oyagawa, Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm, The Homestay, Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva;
  • SideStep, every last Saturday of the month, 9pm to close, Traps Upstairs Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • The Roc Market, every third Sunday of the month, The Roc, Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Wai Tui Cycles Ride, every Sundays, from 6am, start at Wai Tui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone (679) 3396427, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbertv2@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Promote your products and services to our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA and Canada by advertising on this blog. Check out our very low rates for commercial ads here.

Sunday ROC Market

The ROC Market will be held on Sunday, 20 May 2007, as usual (being the third Sunday of the month). It will run from 10 am to 3pm, at Loftus Street, in front of the ROC Café, Dolphins Foodcourt, FNPF Place, along Victoria Parade, Suva. Check out arts, crafts and homeware on sale at the market. For more information, pls telephone (679) 3300828 or (679) 9267847. Note : Check out our low rates for advertising on this blog here.

FIT Art Exhibition

An art exhibition organised by the Fiji Institute of Technology's School of Arts, Culture & Design will be held from today, Friday, 18 May, to Friday, 25 June 2007. The exhibition will showcase recent work by Graphics Design, Screen Printing and Visual Art students of the school and will be held at the Ratu Iloilovatu Art Gallery , FIT School of Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai, Suva. No entry fees required. For more information, pls call telephone (679) 3387980. Note : Advertise your products and services on our blog to our wide readership base from Fiji, Australia, NZ, USA and Canada. Check our low advertising rates here.

2007 Hibiscus Festival to be bigger and better

The 2007 Hibiscus Festival will be bigger and better, according to the Festival Committee. The Committee Chairperson, Dhansukhlal Bhika, made the comment when introducing the first contestants for the Festival at the Lower Civic Auditorium in Suva yesterday. So far, 7 contestants have been confirmed for the Hibiscus Queen title with another 20 potential contestants being looked at. The Hibiscus King contest has 9 confirmed contestants with 7 confirmed for the Lady Hibiscus pageant and 10 contestants for the Teen Hibiscus contest. The organisers say that there will be something to be enjoyed by all age groups during the festival. The Festival runs from 17 August to 25 August 2007 at Albert Park, Suva.

17 May, 2007

2007 Kula Film Awards

The Fiji Audio Visual Commission and Telecom Fiji Limited will be holding the Kula Film Awards for 2007. As in 2006, the two organisations have planned an Open Day for the audio visual industry including a Bollywood Dance competition. As part of the awards, local schools will send in their locally produced films for the competition. The theme for 2007 is Finding Fiji's Future Filmmakers and the Awards are set up to encourage the creative arts talents of the young locals. The Open Day and Awards Night are scheduled in July 2007 in Suva. Note : Check out our low rates for advertising on this blog, here. For enquiries, send an e-mail to gilbertv2@connect.com.fj.

16 May, 2007

New faces of Fiji Rugby

Vitori Buatava, clearing the ball in a training session of the team. Photo taken from the Fiji Times, Wednesday, 16 May 2007.
Vesito Rauluni (photo taken from www.fijilive.com)

Graham Dewes (left) and Vesito Rauluni (right) - photo taken from www.fijilive.com.

13 May, 2007

2007 Rugby World Cup : Fiji's Games

The 2007 15s Rugby World Cup will be held in France from 7 September to 20 October, 2007. Fiji's matches during the tournament are as follows :
  • on 12 September : Japan v Fiji, Toulouse, Pool B (1700 BST);
  • on 16 September : Fiji v Canada, Cardiff, Pool B (1300 BST);
  • on 23 September : Australia v Fiji, Montpellier, Pool B (1330 BST);
  • on 29 September : Wales v Fiji, Nantes, Pool B (1600 BST).

Quarter final matches for Pool B are :

  • on 6 October : QF1: W Pool B v RU Pool A, Marseille (1400 BST); and
  • on 7 October : QF3: W Pool A v RU Pool B, Marseille (1400 BST).

Semi-final matches are as follows :

  • 13 October : SF1: W QF1 v W QF2, Stade de France (2000 BST); and
  • 14 October:SF2: W QF3 v W QF4, Stade de France (2000 BST)

Third place play off will be :

  • on 19 October : 3rd place play-off, Parc des Princes (2000 BST).

The final will be :

  • on 20 October : Final, Stade de France (2000 BST).

For other draws, click here.

FMF Flying Fijians 15s Rugby Team

The FMF Flying Fijians 15s Rugby Team that has been selected to prepare for the upcoming Rugby 15s World Cup in France, after the trials yesterday, are :

  1. Alefoso Yalayalatabua;
  2. Apisai Turukawa;
  3. Bill Gadolo;
  4. Graham Deves;
  5. Wame Lewaravu;
  6. Alifereti Doviverata;
  7. Tomasi Soqeta;
  8. Akapusi Qera;
  9. Tiko Matawalu;
  10. Kele Leawere;
  11. Langi Peters;
  12. Netani Talei;
  13. Seveci Rokotakala;
  14. Waisale Luveniyali;
  15. Jack Prasad;
  16. Epeli Ruivadra;
  17. Gabriele Lovobalavu;
  18. Marika Vakacegu;
  19. Dan Baleinadogo;
  20. Vesi Rauluni;
  21. Vitori Buatava;
  22. Vereniki Goneva;
  23. Taniela Rawaqa;
  24. Rupeni Nasiga;
  25. Derek Thomas;
  26. Dale Tonawai;
  27. Seru Rogo;
  28. Michael Tagicakibau;
  29. Isoa Neivua.

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12 May, 2007

South Pacific Bowling Carnival

The South Pacific Bowling Carnival will be held in Suva from 2 June to 15 June, 2007. Entries close on 18 May 2007. For the entry forms or more information, contact the Secretary on telephone (679) 3302394. Note : For accommodation in Suva, try our two bedroom rental home with sea views. More details and photos are available through the appropriate links at the right hand side of this blog. To enquire, send an e-mail to gilbertv2@connect.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

Fiji plays Junior All Blacks in Suva

Fiji will be playing the Junior All Blacks in June 2007 in Suva. All rugby lovers are invited to the FNZBC Pre-Rugby Luncheon to be held on 1 June, 2007, 1pm to 2pm, at the Lali Room, Holiday Inn, Suva. Tickets costs F$30.00 per person. Speakers include a Fiji/New Zealand Rugby Legend and members of the Junior All Blacks players and management. For reservations and tickets, pls contact Mrs Alka Nand, Fiji Islands Trade & Investment Bureau, Civic Towers, Suva. E-mail and telephone contacts are : alka@ftib.org.fj and (679) 3315988. For accommodation in Suva, check out our two bedroom rental home through links at the right hand side of this blog. To enquire, send an e-mail to gilbertv2@connect.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

Seminar : Reefs and Seafood in Ancient Times

The School of Marine Studies, University of the South Pacific, has organised a lecture/seminar on "Reefs and Seafood in Ancient Times : interactions between people and marine resources in pre-modern times in the Pacific Islands". Details are as follows :
  • Speaker : Dr Patrick Nunn, Professor of Oceanic Geoscience, USP;
  • Date : Wednesday, 18 May 2007;
  • Venue : Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, USP Lower Campus;
  • Time : 6pm to 8pm.

The seminar/lecture is sponsored by the Japan International Cooperation Agency.

2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival Star Quest Auditions

The Vodafone 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival will hold its Star Quest Auditions on Saturday, 19 May, and Sunday, 20 May 2007, at the Lower Civic Auditorium, Suva. Details are as follows :
  • Saturday, 19 May 2007, 2pm to 5pm; and
  • Sunday, 20 May 2007, 2.30pm to 5pm.

Competition starts on :

  • Saturday, 16 June 2007, Heat 1;
  • Saturday, 23 June 2007, Heat 2;
  • Saturday, 14 July 2007, Heat 3;
  • Saturday, 4 August 2007, Semi-finals;
  • Saturday, 18 August 2007, Finals.

Open to anyone over 13 years of age.

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11 May, 2007

Suva Activities, Events and Accommodation (Updated 11.5.07)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • Rewa (Beauty and Charity) Carnival, Friday, 4 May, to Saturday, 12 May 2007, Syria Park, Nausori (near Suva);
  • Carpenters Game Fishing Event, Saturday, 12 May, and Sunday, 13 May 2007, from the Suva Yacht Club, Walu Bay, Suva;
  • Start Your Business Training, 14 to 18 May 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • Fiji's First Animation Celebration, Friday, 18 May 2007, FIT School of Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Training on Bee Hives Case Making, 14 to 18 May 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • Corona Women's Society Morning Tea, Wednesday, 16 May 2007, from 9.30am, The Homestay, Tamavua, Suva;
  • Seminar : Reefs and Seafood in Ancient Times, Wednesday, 16 May 2007, 6pm to 8pm, Marine Studies Lecture Theatre, USP Lower Campus, Laucala Bay;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Auditions, Saturday, 19 May, 2pm to 5pm, and Sunday, 20 May 2007, 2.30pm to 5p, Lower Civic Auditorium, Suva;
  • Suva North Rotary Club - Casino Fun Night, Friday, 25 May 2007, from 7pm, Holiday Inn, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations, Singing Contest, June;
  • Fiji 15s Rugby vs Junior All Blacks, June 2007, Suva;
  • Fiji vs Junior All Blacks FNZBC Pre-Rugby Luncheon, Friday, 1 June, 2007, 1pm to 2pm, Lali Room, Holiday Inn, Suva;
  • South Pacific Bowling Carnival, Saturday, 2 June, to Friday, 15 June, 2007, Suva Bowling Club, Victoria Parade/Queen Elizabeth Drive, Suva;
  • Start Your Business, 11 to 13 June 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Heat 1, Saturday, 16 June 2007, Suva;
  • Store Management, 18 to 20 June 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Heat 2, Saturday, 23 June 2007, Suva;
  • Fiji Music Day organised by Fiji Arts Council and Alliance Francaise, end of June 2007, Suva;
  • Weet Bix Kids Under 15 Triathlon Meet, Sunday, 1 July 2007, Pacific Harbour;
  • Double Dialogues Conference, 4 to 6 July 2007, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Art Display to coincide with the Double Dialogues conference, 4 to 10 July 2007, Suva;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Heat 3, Saturday, 14 July 2007, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations Ball, August;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Semi-finals, Saturday, 4 August 2007, Suva;
  • Fiji Hibiscus Festival, 17 to 25 August 2007, Albert Park, Suva;
  • Isa Lei Reunion (for former students of the International School in Suva), 17 to 19 August 2007, Suva;
  • 2007 Suva Hibiscus Festival - Star Quest Competition, Finals, Saturday, 18 August 2007, Suva;
  • Oceania Women's Hockey Qualifiers for 2008 Olympic Games, from 10 September 2007, Suva;
  • Opening of the new Morris Hedstrom's outlet, October, Thomson Street, Suva;
  • World Invitational U18 Rugby League Championship, October 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobie 16 World Championships, from 8 to 19 October 2007, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations, week long celebrations, October 2007.
Recurring Events:
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Talei Burns and Friends, every Wednesdays, 6pm to 10pm, The Malthouse, 88 Jerusalem Road (next to the Fiji Golf Club), Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Alternate Rock, every Wednesdays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Music Workshop organised by the Fiji Arts Council and the Alliance Francaise, every Thursdays, from 5.30 to 9pm, Fiji Institute of Technology (FIT) School of Arts , Culture and Design. Campus, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • FIT School of Arts, Culture and Design : Saturday Classes for Children (covering piano, art & craft, acting, choir), from Saturday, 3 March 2007, School of Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street (near Garden City), Raiwai, Suva;
  • Kid’s Arts Classes with Kathy Oyagawa, Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm, The Homestay, Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva;
  • SideStep, every last Saturday of the month, 9pm to close, Traps Upstairs Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • The Roc Market, every third Sunday of the month, The Roc, Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Wai Tui Cycles Ride, every Sundays, from 6am, start at Wai Tui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone (679) 3396427, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbertv2@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Check out our very low rates for commercial ads

Suva North Rotary Club Casino Fun Night

A Casino Fun Night is being organised by the Suva North Rotary Club on Friday, 25 May 2007, from 7pm at the Holiday Inn, Victoria Parade, Suva. There will be a wide range of fun gambling games. Tickets are F$15.00 per person and include entry and draw for great prizes with all proceeds going to the Fiji Cancer Society. For more information, pls contact the Fiji Cancer Society by email on cancer@connect.com.fj.

Corona Women's Society Morning Tea

A morning tea is being organised by the Corona Women’s Society, on Wednesday, 16 May 2007, from 9.30am, at The Homestay, 265 Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva. Guest speaker at the tea will be local businesswoman, Kalara Vusoniwailala. The Corona Women’s Society is very active in fundraising for needy causes in Fiji and offers support for newcomers to Suva. Annual membership fee of the Society is F$30.00. Note : Check out our low rates for advertising on this blog here.

Music Workshop

A Music Workshop organised by the Fiji Arts Council and the Alliance Francaise is held every Thursday, from 5.30 to 9pm at the Fiji Institute of Technology (FIT) School of Arts , Culture and Design. Campus, Raiwai, Suva. The workshop is to prepare musicians for the upcoming Fiji Music Day 2007 scheduled for end June 2007. No entry fee required. For more information, pls contact the Alliance Française, 14 McGregor Rd, on telephone (679) 3313802 or e-mail fijimusicday@gmail.com.

Another Advertising Option - A Sponsored Link

Merchants, traders and small businesses have another advertising option on this blog. For a more permanent fixture, you can pay for a sponsored link to your website from this blog. The link will be placed under the "Sponsored Links" section at the right hand side of this blog. We will charge you a small fee for putting up your link. Take advantage of our wide readership base and high Internet rankings by making use of this offer. E-mail us now at gilbertv2@connect.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427 to discuss this further.

Weekend Sports in Suva

The following sports events are scheduled in Suva this weekend :
  • Golf - Monthly Medal Stroke Event, Saturday, 12 May 2007, from 8am, Fiji Golf Club, Vatuwaqa;
  • Hockey - Suva Club Competition, Saturday, 12 May 2007, from 12pm, National Hockey Centre, Laucala Bay;
  • Rugby League - Eastern Conference matches, Saturday, 12 May 2007, from 9am, Suva Grammar School grounds, Veiuto;
  • Rugby Union - Suva Club games, Saturday, 12 May 2007, from 9am, Albert Park, Kauvesi Park, USP Grounds;
  • Soccer - Fiji FA Sun and Sharma's 5-a-side soccer competition, Saturday, 12 May 2007, from 1pm, and Sunday, 13 May 2007, from 10am, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay;
  • Touch Rugby - Fantastic Four Franchise competition, Saturday, 12 May 2007, from 11am, Suva Bowling Club grounds.

10 May, 2007

Microsoft Windows Vista & Office 2007 Training

The Fiji Institute of Technology's (FIT) LearnKey Centre is organising a training session on Microsoft Windows Vista and Office 2007. Windows Vista is the new Operating System released by Microsoft on 27 January 2007 together with the new version of the Office Package (Word 2007, Excel 2007, Access 2007, etc). Details on the courses are as follows :
  • Date : Mondays to Fridays, 5pm to 8pm and Saturdays, 9am to 1pm;
  • Venue : FIT's Samabula Campus, Suva;
  • Fees : Windows Vista, F$400.00 for 18 hours and Office 2007, F$300.00 for 12 hours.

For more information, pls contact Seta or Agnes on telephones (679) 3389369, (679) 3389292 or (679) 3389377 or Salabogi Mavoa on telephone (679) 3389239.

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09 May, 2007

A favourable comment from another blog

Here is a comment to our favour from another blog.

"Rolling the “Promoting Suva” blog by Mr. Gilbert V. is like having an event calendar plug to your feed. He produces a well compiled list of everyday updates and event occurings, some of which I don’t even realize they excit."

You can read more on the comment here.

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New MH store in Suva to open in October 2007

The new Morris Hedstrom's (MH) store in central Suva will now be opened in October 2007 rather than June as was posted earlier on this blog. The complex will open two weeks before Diwali. The delay in the completion of the project was due to the late arrival of steel girders and the wet weather spell that Suva had recently. The complex will be a full department store mall with a supermarket on the ground floor as well as a food court, bakery, liquor store, pharmacy, butcher and speciality shops like clothing, banking and jewellery outlets. Level 2 would have a department store and MH Homemaker. The department store will continue onto Level 3 where there would be a high-end food court and car park. Note : Check out our very low rates for advertising on this blog here.

Triathlon Under 15 Event

The Weet Bix Under 15 Triathlon event will be held on 1 July 2007 at Pacific Harbour. Minimum age of 16 is required for the Olympic distance. Parents/guardians permission is also required for all events. Entry fee is F$10.00 per individual and F$15.00 per team. For more information, contact Ian on telephone (679) 9995625 or Robert on telephone (679) 9290802.

07 May, 2007

Advertise on this blog - Our low rates

Individuals and corporates can now advertise on this blog to enjoy our high Internet search rankings and readers from a wide geographical area. Our search rankings has really taken off over the last month after some Search Engine Optimisation changes on our blog. During April 2007, 80% of our readers were from Fiji, Australia, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Read here most recent statistics on our blog readership. Read an article here on the advantages and disadvantages of Internet advertising. Our advertising rates are the lowest when compared to those currently offered in Fiji. We offer two types of advertising :
  1. Post/Message Advertising - where ads will be included as an entry on our blog;
  2. Banner Advertising - where ads will be included in the banner area at the top of our blog page.

Post/Message Advertising rates are very low while Banner Advertising will be slightly higher.

Post/Message Advertising Rates will be posted as an entry on blog for number of days/weeks/months paid for and taken down thereafter :

  • 1 day ad rate - F$20.00 per post/message;
  • 1 week ad rate - F$140.00 per post/message;
  • 2 weeks ad rate - F$250.00 per post/message;
  • 3 weeks ad rate - F$380.00 per post/message;
  • 1 month ad rate - F$500.00 per post/message;
  • 3 months ad rate - F$1,200.00 per post/message;
  • 6 months ad rate - F$2,200.00 per post/message.

Banner Advertising Rates similar to present "Looking for Short Stay Accommodation in Suva?" ad at top of blog:

  • 1 day ad rate - F$100.00 per ad;
  • 1 week ad rate - F$700.00 per ad;
  • 2 weeks ad rate - F$1,200.00 per ad;
  • 3 weeks ad rate - F$1,900.00 per ad;
  • 1 month ad rate - F$2,500.00 per ad.

As mentioned in an earlier post, events in Suva will be posted free. The advertising rates will apply to shopping and commercial messages. Advertisers from overseas can market their products/services to Fiji residents while Fiji advertisers can market their products/services to our readers in Australia, USA, Canada and New Zealand.

Individuals and corporates may need to have their ads on the blog for a few days or a 1 week so that it would be captured in the updates of keyword searches by search engines such as Google, MSN and Yahoo.

To discuss how you can take advantage of our blog rankings, wide readership base and our low advertising rates, pls contact us on e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj, rnrhome_fiji@hotmail.com or telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

Learn Fijian, Hindi and French

The Alliance Francaise, Suva Branch, is now accepting enrolment for Fijian, Hindi and French language lessons for Term 2 which runs from 21 May to 11 August, 2007. Classes are for adults, teenagers and kids, private and corporate clients. For more information, pls contact the Alliance Francaise at 14 McGregor Road, Suva, on telephone (679) 3313802 or e-mail allifra@connect.com.fj.

05 May, 2007

Suva Activities, Events and Accomodation (Updated 5.5.07)

The following events are scheduled for Suva: One-off Events:
  • 'Words & Flowers' Photo Exhibition, currently showing until Thursday, 10 May 2007, Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • 'Suva on Sale', 28 April to 5 May 2007, Street Sale on selected streets of Suva;
  • World Chess Qualifiers, May 2007, Suva;
  • Fiji Games Beach Volleyball Competition, Friday, 4 May, and Saturday, 5 May 2007, 8.30am to 5pm, National Beach Volleyball Centre, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Fiji Games Athletics events, Friday, 4 May 2007, 9am to 5pm, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Rewa (Beauty and Charity) Carnival, Friday, 4 May, to Saturday, 12 May 2007, Syria Park, Nausori (near Suva);
  • Flour Mills of Fiji's Kids Fun Day, Saturday, 5 May 2007, 10am to 4pm, Sukuna Park, Suva;
  • Suva-on-Sale Closing Day, Saturday, 5 May 2006, Entertainment from 12pm to 2pm, then from 5pm to 9pm, Suva;
  • Fiji Games - Darts, Saturday, 5 May 2007, starts at 8.30am Sunday, 6 May 2007, starts 9am, China Club, Nasese;
  • Fiji Games - Archery, Saturday, 5 May 2007, 9am to 4pm and Sunday, 6 May 2007, 9am to 2pm, St Joseph School grounds, Waimanu Road;
  • Fiji Games Rugby League, Saturday, 5 May 2007, 10am to 4.30pm, Bidesi Park, Laucala Bay;
  • Fiji Games - Shooting, Saturday, 5 May 2007, 11am to 4pm, Military Rifle Range, Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • Training on Bee Keeping, 8 to 10 May 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • Carpenters Game Fishing Event, Saturday, 12 May, and Sunday, 13 May 2007, from the Suva Yacht Club, Walu Bay, Suva;
  • Start Your Business Training, 14 to 18 May 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • Fiji's First Animation Celebration, Friday, 18 May 2007, FIT School of Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Training on Bee Hives Case Making, 14 to 18 May 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations, Singing Contest, June;
  • Start Your Business, 11 to 13 June 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • Store Management, 18 to 20 June 2007, at Cooperative and Small Business Training Institute, Draunibota, Lami;
  • Weet Bix Kids Under 15 Triathlon Meet, Sunday, 1 July 2007, Pacific Harbour;
  • Double Dialogues Conference, 4 to 6 July 2007, University of the South Pacific, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Art Display to coincide with the Double Dialogues conference, 4 to 10 July 2007, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations Ball, August;
  • Fiji Hibiscus Festival, 17 to 25 August 2007, Albert Park, Suva;
  • Isa Lei Reunion (for former students of the International School in Suva), 17 to 19 August 2007, Suva;
  • Oceania Women's Hockey Qualifiers for 2008 Olympic Games, from 10 September 2007, Suva;
  • Opening of the new Morris Hedstrom's outlet, June, Thomson Street, Suva;
  • World Invitational U18 Rugby League Championship, October 2007, Suva;
  • 18th Hobie 16 World Championships, from 8 to 19 October 2007, Laucala Bay, Suva;
  • Queen Victoria School 100th Anniversary Celebrations, week long celebrations, October 2007.
Recurring Events:
  • Fiji Museum displays, daily at The Fiji Museum, Suva;
  • Bridge night, every Monday nights, from 6.30 to 9.30pm, The Fiji Club, 1 Selbourne Street, Suva;
  • Wai Tui Cycles ‘After Work’ ride, 5pm every Mondays and Wednesdays, starts from Wai Tui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Suva Orchid and Horticultural Group Meeting, from 5.30pm, every first Monday of the month, Wesley Church, Butt Street, Suva;
  • Stormy Monday Blues Night, Mondays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade;
  • Rasta Tuesday, from 9pm, Tuesdays, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Suva;
  • Talei Burns and Friends, every Wednesdays, 6pm to 10pm, The Malthouse, 88 Jerusalem Road (next to the Fiji Golf Club), Vatuwaqa, Suva;
  • Jazz at the Holiday Inn, every Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 6pm to 10pm, Holiday Inn;
  • Rucksack Club Meeting, every second Wednesday of the month, from 6.45pm, St Andrew's Church Hall, Suva;
  • Alternate Rock, every Wednesdays, from 9pm, Golden Dragon Nightclub, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Soul, funk, disco and classics DJ music, from 8pm, Fridays, Traps Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Velocity Cycling Ride, from 7am, every Saturday, leaves from The Roc, FNPF Dolphins Plaza;
  • FIT School of Arts, Culture and Design : Saturday Classes for Children (covering piano, art & craft, acting, choir), from Saturday, 3 March 2007, School of Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street (near Garden City), Raiwai, Suva;
  • Kid’s Arts Classes with Kathy Oyagawa, Saturdays, 10am to 12 noon and 2pm to 4pm, The Homestay, Princes Road, Tamavua, Suva;
  • Saturday Night at JJ's for the Family : Dinner, Saturdays, from 6.30pm, JJ's on the Park, Suva;
  • SideStep, every last Saturday of the month, 9pm to close, Traps Upstairs Lounge, Victoria Parade;
  • Arts Village Firewalking Show, starts 11am, every Saturday, Grandstand, Arts Village, Pacific Harbour;
  • The Roc Market, every third Sunday of the month, The Roc, Dolphins Plaza, Victoria Parade, Suva;
  • Wai Tui Cycles Ride, every Sundays, from 6am, start at Wai Tui Cycles, Garden City, Raiwai, Suva;
  • Sunday Church Services, 8am or 10.45am, Wesley Church, Butt Street;
  • Jazz by the Beach, Sundays, 1pm to 5pm, Pearl South Pacific, Pacific Harbour.
For accommodation for any events, please check out a two bedroom rental home with seaviews in Suva on links at the right hand side of this blog or contact telephone (679) 3396427, (679) 9921427 or e-mail gilbertv@connect.com.fj directly. Those that wish to have their events included can contact me on the e-mail address provided above. Note : Check out our very low rates for commercial ads, which will be posted on this blog over the next few days.

Rucksack Club Meeting

The Rucksack Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, 9 May 2007, from 6.45pm at the St Andrew’s Church Hall, corner of Gordon & Goodenough Street, Suva. The topic of discussion will be "The Fun and Games of doing Conservation Biology in Fiji". The speaker will be Dr Craig Morley who will talk about conservation issues Fiji faces. Note : Check out our very low rates for commercial ads which will be posted on this blog over the next few days.

FIT Iguana Animation Festival

The Fiji Institute of Technology (FIT), is organising Fiji's First Animation Celebration on Friday, 18 May 2007, at the FIT School of Arts, Culture & Design, Carpenter Street, Raiwai, Suva. Be there to see or hear :
  • Dancing Pigs, Car Chases, Funny Penguins, Sexy Girls;
  • Cartoon and Animation Music performed live on stage.

And meet the artists. You do not want to miss this historic event. Tickets are limited.

For more information, pls contact Vilisi on telephone (679) 3387980 or visit www.iguanafestival.com.

For a rental home accommodation in Suva, check out the links at the right hand side of this blog for details on our Suva two bedroom rental home with sea views. To contact us, you can e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

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fmf Kids Fun Day

Flour Mills of Fiji, fmf, is organising a Kids Fun Day today, Saturday, 5 May 2007, at Sukuna Park, Suva. The program includes :
  • free Chow Noodles tasting for every noodle wrapper brought in, singing part of the Chow jingle or explaining why Chow Noodles is better ...... ;
  • fun activities like face painting, shaving a balloon race, limbo dancing, spider web race, pani pyramid race, nail painting and more;
  • live music and dance with Talei Burns and her band, Oceania Dance Group, Salvation Army Rhythm Band Dance;
  • Special appearance by the Digicel Fiji 7s team, National Fire Authority.
There are many prizes on offer. The program runs from 10am to 4pm. Note : Check out our very low rates for commercial ads which will be posted over the next few days.

2007 Suva on Sale Closing Day Program

The program for Suva-on-Sale's Saturday, 5 May 2006, is provided below :
  • 12pm - Smokey;
  • 12.30pm - Children's competitions;
  • 1pm - Rugby personalities visit
  • 5pm - Vibe Band;
  • 6pm - FIT Students;
  • 6.3pm - Rotuman Youth Group;
  • 7pm - Mal o Mal Draw;
  • 7.15pm - Multi-ethnic Youth Lion Dance;
  • 7.30pm - Stomp the Night Winners;
  • 8pm - Oceania Dance Group;
  • 9pm - Closing.

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04 May, 2007

Fiji Games Roundup

The Fiji Games schedule in Suva this long weekend has a lot of fixtures from a diverse range of sports. The days/times they are scheduled are :
  • Taekwondo - Friday, 4 May 2007, 7am to 4pm, Yat Sen Hall, Yat Sen School, Flagstaff;
  • Karate - Friday, 4 May 2007, 7.30am to 4pm, Lambert Hall, Marist Brothers High School, Flagstaff;
  • Beach Volleyball - Friday, 4 May 2007, starts at 8am, National Beach Volleyball Centre, Laucala Bay;
  • Baseball - Friday, 4 May 2007, 8am to 5pm and Saturday, 5 May 2007, 8am to 4pm, Gospel High School grounds, off Rewa Street;
  • Touch Rugby - Friday, 4 May 2007, 9am to 4.30pm, Veiuto Grounds, Veiuto;
  • Athletics - Friday, 4 May 2007, 9am to 5pm, Post Fiji Stadium, Laucala Bay;
  • Cricket - Friday, 4 May 2007, 9am to 6pm, Albert Park, Suva;
  • Volleyball - Saturday, 5 May 2007, starts at 8am, Vodafone Arena, Laucala Bay;
  • Darts - Saturday, 5 May 2007, starts at 8.30am Sunday, 6 May 2007, starts 9am, China Club, Nasese;
  • Archery - Saturday, 5 May 2007, 9am to 4pm and Sunday, 6 May 2007, 9am to 2pm, St Joseph School grounds, Waimanu Road;
  • Rugby League - Saturday, 5 May 2007, 10am to 4.30pm, Bidesi Park, Laucala Bay;
  • Shooting - Saturday, 5 May 2007, 11am to 4pm, Military Rifle Range, Vatuwaqa.

In future, the organisers might like to introduce some old traditional Fijian games, some from the Indian community and from the other races in Fiji to make it less of a competition, more a fun day outing and to foster a spirit of multi-racialism.

All locations noted are in Suva.

03 May, 2007

Marist Brothers High School Reunion

To the lady that left an enquiry on my Guestbook (located through a link at the right hand side of this blog) on whether there will be a reunion in 2007 for former students of Marist Brothers High School, Flagstaff, Suva, I have been trying to get more details on the dates and events from the office bearers of the School's Old Boys Association. I can only confirm at this stage that there will be a reunion. More details on dates and events scheduled will be posted on this blog when I receive the information from the Association.

Fiji Games Powerlifting Competition

The Fiji Games Powerlifting Competition will be held on Saturday, 5 May 2007, at the YMCA Hall, Waimanu Road, Suva. The program starts at 8am. A participation fee of F$2.00 per person is due.

Suva on Sale : Mirchi Mela Night

Radio Mirchi has organised a Mirchi Mela Night on Thursday, 3 May 2007, in Suva. The program for the event is provided below :
  • 12pm - Mirchi competition and activities for the afternoon;
  • 2pm - End of afternoon entertainment;
  • 5pm - Introduction by MC of the evening - Arunesh, Introduction of the Mirchi team;
  • 5.30pm - Young Band introduced by Mirchi team (Sonnets);
  • 6.25pm - Song by Praneel;
  • 6.35pm - Skit (Mirchi);
  • 6.50pm - Sonnets;
  • 7.05pm - Song by Sherine/Neha;
  • 7.10pm - Skit;
  • 7.15pm - Song by Saral;
  • 7.20pm - Sonnets;
  • 8pm - Bad Boys Orchestra;
  • 9pm - Closing.

Tabu Soro Pump Triathlon Race 2

The Tabu Soro Pump Triathlon Race 2 will be held on Sunday, 6 May 2007, at Pacific Harbour (in front of the Arts Village). Events included in the races are :
  • Full Triathlon - 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run;
  • Half Olympic Distance - 750m swim, 20km bike, 5km run;
  • Super Sprint Distance - 500m swim, 15km bike, 3km run;
  • Sub-Junior Distance U14 - 500m swim, 3km bike, 1km run;
  • Duathlon - any two events;
  • Aquathon - Swim, Run, Only Individual and Team event on all distances;
  • 40km bike ride.
Entry fees are F$10.00 per person for individuals, F$15.00 per team, and F$5.00 for Tabu Soro members (per individual). The program start at 6am. For more information, pls contact Ian on telephone (679) 9995625.

Tappoos Mothers Day Shopping

Tapoos Stores in Suva and Nausori will be open on Friday, 4 May 2007, for exclusive Mothers Day shopping. The opening hours are :
  • Tapoos Department Store, Suva - 10am to 3pm;
  • Tapoos Home & Leisure, Raiwai, Suva - 9am to 2pm;
  • Tapoos Department Store, Suva - 9am to 1pm; and
  • Tapoos Home & Leisure, Raiwai, Suva - 9am to 1pm.

02 May, 2007

Blog Readership : March 2007 vs April 2007

Here are some interesting readership statistics for our Promoting Suva blog for the months of March and April 2007. Data for March is given first followed by data for April. March 2007
  • total number of visits (not page views, which would be higher) - 698;
  • top 15 countries of origin of readers and no of visits per country - Fiji, 238; Australia, 157; United States, 95; New Zealand, 59; Canada, 27; United Kingdom, 17; Nigeria, 15; Germany, 8; France, 7; Satellite Provider, 6;
  • top 10 referring source - google[organic], 407; (direct)[(none)], 71; www2.blogger.com[referral], 58; babasiga.blogspot.com[referral], 18; yahoo[organic], 16; msn[organic], 12; globalvoicesonline.org[referral], 9; technorati.com[referral], 9; wellington.craigslist.org[referral], 9; vakaivosavosa.blogspot.com[referral], 8;
  • top 20 keywords used in searches - nukulau island, 9; gilbert veisamasama, 7; vacation rentals suva vatuwaqa, 6; suva short stay, 5; lords jewellers, 3; adi nacola, 3; alliance francaise suva, 3; suva's tourist attractions, 2; ben fong"fiji", 2; nukulau, 2; promoting suva, 2; andrew durutalo, 2; suva grammar, 2; suva fiji, 2; laucala bay,suva accommodation, 2; talei bari, 2; fiji hindi singer ronald jai, 2; f whippy oil painting, 2; shobna chanel, 2; suva people, 2.

April 2007

  • total number of visits (not page views, which would be higher) - 1,246;
  • top 15 countries of origin of readers and no of visits per country - Fiji, 453; Australia, 214; United States, 202; New Zealand, 82; Canada, 48; United Kingdom, 47; Cote D'Ivoire, 34; Nigeria, 17; India, 15; France, 10;
  • top 10 referring source - google[organic], 913; (direct)[(none)], 122; www2.blogger.com[referral], 49; yahoo[organic], 17; babasiga.blogspot.com[referral], 13; ivebeenthere.co.uk[referral], 11; msn[organic], 8; google.com[referral], 8; southpacific.org[referral], 7; search[organic], 6;
  • top 20 keywords used in searches - kidanet fiji, 15; nukulau island, 9; suva on sale, 8; oceania centre for arts and culture, 7; fijiliving, 7; damodar brothers, 6; adi nacola, 4; mv westerland, 4; oceania centre fiji, 3; doreen francis fiji, 3; suva fiji, 3; courts homecentres, 3; email address lenora qereqeretabua, 3; nukulau, 3; jese mucunabitu, 3; fiji's activities and sports, 2; hibiscus.com.fj, 2; talica vuatalevu, 2; promoting suva, laucala beach, 2; cardos fiji, 2.
Observations :
  1. Page visits has almost doubled over April 2007 compared to March 2007. Page views would be higher than the page visits data;
  2. Readers from Fiji, Australia, USA, New Zealand and Canada make up 80% of our blog readers. Readers from these countries can best be targeted for marketing from this blog which we hope to do in a big way in the near future;
  3. Top referring site is google.com - look at our search results hit it off from google.com with google hits more than doubling in April 2007 compared to March 2007. This should give you an indication of our search rankings on google.com;
  4. Keyword searches indicate that readers are searching for a broad range of issues from individuals, to activities, to places and sights, to shopping and art.

We have just started to post Fijian recipes on the blog to satisfy our readers and note a rise in search for that on the Internet over the last few days. If you have any recipes which you wish to market over the Internet, send us a sample with your e-mail and contact details so that we can post it over the Internet.

Given the increasing readership and high search rankings of our blog on the Internet, we intend to market our blog to individuals and businesses in Fiji and overseas who wish to reach our target readers. They can advertise their products or services on our blog for a small fee. The fee charged will be minimal compared to those charged by other media e.g. newspapers, magazines, radio and TV.

The advantages of advertising on our blog include your having access to a broad range of readers from a wide number of countries; your advertisement being accessible 24/7; you enjoying our high search rankings at no additional cost, etc. See more details of this on an upcoming post.

At this stage, events will be posted free as has been our practice. All other posting will attract a minimal fee depending on how long the advertisement is to be put on the blog.

If you wish to contact us or discuss how best you can use our blog and services, pls e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj or call telephones (679) 3396427 or (679) 9921427.

Fiji Games Athletics

The Fiji Games Athletics events will be held at the Post Fiji Stadium on Thursday, 3 May, and Friday, 4 May 2007. The events scheduled are : Thursday, 3 May
  • 5.30pm, 10,000m men (final);

Friday, 4 May

  • 9am - 3,000m steeplechase men (final), Discuss men U20/Open (final), Discuss women U20/Open (final), 400m hurdles men/women U20/Open (final);
  • 9.30am - 100m men/women U20/Open (heats), Javelin men Open (final), Shot put men/women U20/Open (final), High Jump men U20/Open (final);
  • 10.30am - 400m men/women U20/Open (heats), Long jump women U20/Open (final);
  • 11am - 800m men/women U20/Open (final);
  • 11.30am - 200m men/women U20/Open (heats), Javelin women U20/Open (final), High jump women U20/Open (final);
  • 12pm - 1,500m men/women U20/Open (final);
  • 12.30pm - 100m hurdles women (final), 110m hurdles men (final), Triple jump men U20/Open (final);
  • 2pm - 100m men/women U20/Open (final);
  • 2.30pm - 400m men/women U20/Open (final);
  • 3pm - 5,000m men/women U20/Open (final);
  • 3.30pm - 200m men/women U20/Open (final);
  • 4pm - 4x400m relay women/men (final);
  • 4.30pm - 4x100m relay women/men (final).

Entry forms are available from Bola at the Fiji Sports Council and Seini Ratu at Athletics Fiji Office.

Ratu Sukuna Memorial School (RSMS) Old Scholars Events

A Ratu Sukuna Memorial School (RSMS) Old Scholars meeting will be held on Thursday, 3 May 2007, 5.30pm at the school. A reunion barrel night will be held at the Police Officers' Mess, next to the Central Police Station in Suva on Friday, 4 May 2007. For more information, pls call Luisa Cabealawa on telephone (679) 9955324.

Suva City Library Holiday Programs

The Suva City Library has arranged some activities for the school holidays. Some of the activities scheduled over the next few days include :
  • Story telling and puppetry, Wednesday, 2 May 2007, 10am to 12pm; and
  • Origami, Thursday, 3 May 2007, 10am to 12pm.

Air Fiji May Speacial Fares

Air Fiji has introduced special fares for the month of May 2007. These are :
  • Suva to Nadi, F$80.00, one way;
  • Suva to Labasa, F$100.00 one way.

Fares are inclusive of taxes and surcharges.

For further information, contact Air Fiji on telephones (679) 3313666 or (679) 3477160 or visit the company's website on www.airfiji.com.fj.

Suva on Sale : Bula FM and Radio Fiji One's Fijian Variety Concert

Bula FM and Radio Fiji One have organised a Fijian Variety Concert on Wednesday, 2 May 2007 in Suva. The program for the event is provided below :
  • 12pm - Bula FM entertainment starts with an introduction from hosts Apakuki Waqa and Apenisa Rakanace;
  • 12.15pm - Fun competition and giveaways;
  • 12.30pm - Entertainment by : Cadra ko Muana, Cagi Mudre ni Delai Roro, Savu ni delai Lomai followed by a brief appearance of the Fiji 7's Rugby team;
  • 2pm - Rundown of the program for the evening before closing;
  • 5pm - Introduction of MC's JQ and Emosi and introduction of the program for the evening's "Fijian Variety Concert". On stage entertainment begins;
  • 5.15pm - Cadra ko Muana;
  • 6pm - Savu ni delai Lomai Band;
  • 6.45pm - Komo Youth (Meke or traditional Fijian dance);
  • 7.20pm - Margaret's Dance Group of Muanikoso;
  • 8pm - Lau Boys;
  • 8.30pm - Savu ni delai Lomai Band;
  • 9pm - Closing.

01 May, 2007

Fiji Fashion Designers Wanted

Fiji's first lifestyle store, MH (Morris Hedstrom), is inviting applicants who dare to dream big and have their own clothing line instore. Apply today by calling Reshmani Murti on telephone (679) 3315299 extension 1787.

Connect Fiji's New Promotion

Connect Fiji has doubled the current data download caps on its Internet packages. Pls read more of it on my other blog here.

2007 Suva on Sale : 2day FM Stomp Nite

2day FM has organised a Stomp Nite on Tuesday, 1 May 2007 in Suva. The program for the event is provided below :
  • 12pm - 2day FM activities and competition;
  • 1.30pm - My time program promotions;
  • 2pm - run down of the program for the evening;
  • 5pm - Introduction of participants, criteria of judgement and rules of the competition. Judges are Tukini, Rowland and Lana;
  • 5.30pm - Competition starts (8 teams);
  • 7pm - All teams performances end;
  • 7.05pm - Finalise performance on stage - 2nd segment (6 teams);
  • 7.15pm - Mal-Mal draw for the day of F$150.00;
  • 7.20pm - Finals start;
  • 8.20pm - Finals judging by crowd;
  • 8.50pm - Presentation of prizes;
  • 9pm - Closing.