News and Editor's Comments Tuesday 26.7.11
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PENSIONERS THREATENING COURT ACTION against FNPF board members. Dr Shaista Shameem, legal counsel for the protesting pensioners, has also written to the PM in his capacity of Minister of Finance. She has pointed out the proposed cuts run counter to Pillar 8 of the People's Charter. The protesters have challenged the authority of the appointed Board members and requested an independent enquiry.
MARA LASHES OUT at everyone, except the Great Council of Chiefs, the Methodist church, and the way things were before 2006. Do not be fooled.
TIMBER THEFT ALLEGED AND CORRUPTION. The alleged theft by one Ba company of 600 cubic metes of pine trees from another Ba company shows all the signs of possible corruption, with a government official, the Assistant Roko Tui, apparently siding with the alleged thieves, threatening the victim, and interfering with police efforts to obtain information from the I-taukei Lands Trust Board and the Department of Forestry. The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) says they are aware of the allegations and are addressing the issue.
REFEREE STEREOTYPES TEAMS. An interesting NZ Herald article suggests a subconscious attitude could have given the All Blacks three tries they did not deserve. Think wider than rugby. Such views could influence other inter-ethnic contacts, and bilateral relations between countries.
HALF A BILLION SPENT ON ROADS. Over $500 million has been spent on road in the last three years. I hear that the now improved Kings Road, that circles east from Suva to Lautoka, has already resulted in new economic ventures in villages along the road. Government's costly investment in infrastructure is starting to pay off.
WORKER COMPENSATION. The Ministry of Labour is progressively whittling down the backlog of claims dating back to 2001. That's eleven years!