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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says she was not consulted by filmmakers regarding “They Are Us”.

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The US-backed film “They Are Us” has been criticized by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand as poorly timed and focused on the wrong subject. According to Prime Minister Jacinda she was not consulted by the filmmakers.

“In my view, which is a personal view, it feels very soon and very raw for New Zealand, And while there are so many stories that should be told at some point, I don’t consider mine to be one of them, they are the community’s stories, the families’ stories” Ardern told TVNZ

The movie, set to depict Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s widely praised response to the Christchurch terrorist attacks, garnered immense backlash in the New Zealand Muslims Community, with community leaders criticizing the project for pushing a “white saviour” narrative. The National Islamic Youth Association’ petition calling for the production to be shut down has gathered more than 58,000 signatures.

According to The Guardian, Philippa Campbell, New Zealand producer announced her resignation from the project stating she had listened to the concerns raised and heard the strength of people’s views. She further stated that she was in agreement that the events of March 15, 2019 are too raw for film at the time being and did not wish to be involved with a project that is causing such distress.

Prime Minister Jacinda was widely praised for her prompt action regarding the worst terror attack in modern New Zealand history where mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch left 50 dead and 40 injured.

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Econ Minister assures food supply without interruption

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Minister of Economic Development and Trade Mohamed Saeed, has assured Maldives will receive essential food item supplies without interruptions.

Speaking at a recent rally at Shaviyani atoll Milandhoo, the minister said a shipment of flour from Turkey has been dispatched already, and added that the government has already arranged for uninterrupted supply of essential food items throughout the year.

He added that President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu has arranged for a total quantity to last one entire year with an additional 10% of essential food rations from Turkey.

According to minister Saeed, under the Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with the Turkish government, Maldives will now have ease of importation of 35 different types of commodities from the Middle-Eastern ally.

The minister further announced government’s strategies to maintain prices of staple and other essential foods with the assistance of State Trading Organization (STO). He said that a working committee has already been formed comprising of the ministry and STO’s officials, who are working with the oversight of the President’s Office.

Additionally, the minister said a Maldivian trade delegations will be flying to the UK on May 15, 2023 and to Washington, US, on July 10, 2024, to seek advise and support on shaping up the public finance sector of the Maldives for long-term efficiency.

Source(s): sun.mv

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SDFC expands funding assistance for reef fishers, related SMEs

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The SME Development Finance Corporation (SDFC) has added new categories to the ‘Kandufalhuge Nafaa’ loan facility; specifically “targeted toward supporting the growth and development of reef fisheries”.

SDFC will issue up to a maximum of MVR 700,000 in funding towards the development of reef fisheries; by way of financing either local fishers or small-to-medium (SMEs) enterprises operating in reef fishing activities.

The loan facility is subject to an interest rate of 5% with a six-month grace period, and a 10-year repayment period.

SDFC further highlights that all the vessels financed under the loan would be held as collateral or mortgage.

Expenses exceeding the maximum MVR 700,000 ceiling of the loan facility should be incurred by the debtor, added SDFC.

The facility is specifically targeted for reef fishers, suppliers of reef fish; either processed, packed or frozen to be sold at industrial capacity, exporters, and local suppliers from the atolls.

SDFC further highlighted that the facility is aimed at boosting specific activities of any individual or SME operating in reef fisheries sector, and they include;

  • To develop a new vessel or repair existing vessel used in reef fisheries activities
  • Installation of engines in vessels used for reef fishing
  • Procurement/purchase of equipment used in navigating or commandeering the vessel
  • For repairs and modifications of a vessel used in reef fishing
  • Procurement/purchase of fish processing machinery and equipment
  • Procurement/purchase of packing materials and equipment

Source(s): sun.mv

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Maldivian lowers surfboard transport fees as pledged by President

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Island Aviation Services Limited (IASL) has announced the fee reduction for transporting surfboards via the national airline, Maldivian, as pledged by President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu.

As such, the national airline has announced reduced fees for surfboard transportation. Charges for larger surfboards were decreased by 33%, while smaller ones saw a reduction of 66%, marking a tangible step towards supporting local businesses and promoting tourism.

President Dr. Muizzu responded to concerns raised by Surfing Operator Ahmed Rasheed from Gadhdhoo in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll, during the “Raees ge Javaab” series, where citizens directly engage with the President on various issues.

During the session, Rasheed highlighted the steep fees imposed by the national airline for transporting surfboards, stressing the impact on local businesses in Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll. Acknowledging the significance of the issue, Dr. Muizzu committed to reducing the fees, recognising their adverse effects on surf-related enterprises and the tourism sector. Stressing surfing’s vital role in the Maldives’ economy, particularly in Gadhdhoo, the President swiftly acted to fulfill his pledge.

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