Election List, PR, Promises, Corruption. Mehodist Church, Sandalwood, Termites
WHAT Needs to be Done Before the 2014 Elections. Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola said Government had an unswerving commitment to holding general elections in 2014.
”The timeframe takes into account the necessary reforms needed to be carried out for the future good of Fiji; the drafting of a new Constitution, which will also contain new electoral provisions with the fundamental democratic tenet of one man one vote and removal of race-based constituencies; consultation with the people of all 14 provinces and Rotuma on the draft Constitution; the creation and demarcation of constituencies pursuant to the new Constitution; revision of the National Register of Voters on a house to house basis; new Constituencies Lists; all the preparations required for the conduct of the elections; and the actual holding of the elections.”
Referring to recent "unfortunate" comments by Samoa’s PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi about Fiji, he said notwithstanding the comments, the Fiji government “looks forward to the Pacific Way, continued cordial relations with the Prime Minister, government and people of Samoa”.
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NOT Idle PM Promises. Commissioner Eastern LtCol Iferemi Vasu said everything promised to improve the lives of villagers during the PM's tour of the Lomaiviti islands had to be delivered. Where individual ministries lack funding for community policies and development projects, government will find the funds needed. "The bottom line is that the work must be done.
Next stops on the PM's provincial tours are the Lau Islands to the far east and south of the main island of Viti Levu, and the single island of Rotuma to the far north.
IMPROVED Public Relations - at Last? Newly-appointed Acting PS for Information Sharon Smith-Johns is asking all government agencies to appoint media liaison officers to help "improve the government’s information dissemination machinery and ensure policy decisions, plans and programmes are accurately and quickly disseminated to the public in a systematic and consistent manner.” She intends to use the MLO network as a means to train and develop the capacity of MLOs in the area of public relations; an area long in need of improvement.
CUSTOMS Officer Jailed. Farzand Ahmed Khan, 29, was convicted of forgery and abuse of office and was jailed for six months for altering passenger Mohammed Aiyaz's records to help him leave the country while he had a court order against him restraining him from travel.
FIJI Sugar Corporation reports another loss.
THE Methodist Church has already spent $40,000 on legal fees for 27 of its members despite the offer by some lawyers to represent them for free.
SANDALWOOD is Back. One of the reasons why Europeans visited Fiji in the early 1800s may again become an important trade item. Government, through the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare, is hatching up ways to revamp the industry. Minister Luveni said yasi (sandalwood) farming has a huge potential. After 25 to 30 years one yasi tree can value $30,000; prices are good and there's a huge market. An expert from India in the country who will be helping the mnistry. She said the response from Kioa islanders had been positive. “This development will see the empowerment of men and women in rural and remote areas. It will generate economic growth and employment for our people,” Dr Luveni said.
TERMITES Operation Kadivuka, funded initially with $177,000, set up to eradicate and prevent the spreading of the termite to other parts of the country starts this week. Update.