Showing posts from August 4, 2013

PIDF Here to Stay

The inaugural Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF) ended yesterday an outstanding success.

PIDF is here to stay despite what appears to have been a concerted behind the scenes effort by the Australian and New Zealand governments to attempt to undermine it.    Continue reading by clicking here

The CCF-Yabaki Sentence in Full

IN THE HIGH COURT OF FIJI AT SUVA ACTION NO: HBC 195 OF 2012 THE STATE -v- CITIZENS’ CONSTITUTIONAL FORUM LIMITED and AKUILA YABAKI Respondents EX PARTE : THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL OF FIJI Applicant Mr R Green with Ms R Mani for the Applicant Mr N Williams SC with Mr J Apted and Mr J Cati for the Respondents SENTENCE [1] In a judgment delivered on 3 May 2013 the Respondents were found guilty of contempt scandalising the court. On 17 June 2013 the parties appeared before this Court for a mitigation hearing. Prior to the hearing the parties filed affidavits and written submissions for the consideration of the Court. On the day of the hearing Counsel presented further oral submissions. [2] The background facts were set out in detail in the earlier judgment and since they are relevant to sentencing it is appropriate to summarise them in this decision. Between 13 – 18 November 2011 the Chairman of Law Society Charity, a Mr Nigel Dodds, made a private visit to Fiji. The Law Society Charity is b…

Lockington's Everyday Fiji ... Life Goes On

          Give the Farmers a Chance

Would the Ministry of Agriculture give the job of growing potatoes to farmers who have been successful with their farm? Especially farmers who have come out of poverty and turned their lives around and been successful and become rich without letting everybody know. These are the kinds of people we need to boost agriculture.

Countries all over the world will have people who can turn dying industry around. lets look around our own Fiji for these people, people who said, "Never say die."
We have many of them who live in obscurity but employ hundreds of people and are humble enough not to advertise. I can say more but I will end here.  

Camp Inspection

I commend the Health inspectors in Seqaqa and Labasa for the initiative to inspect sugarcane farm camps. There will be many issues regarding this and I hope the same could be also done for the Western Division. Having travelled around the cane belt in the west, I have seen many camps that coul…

Fiiji-NZ Relations

Fiji says no diplomatic exchange due to continued campaignFiji’s Foreign Minister Ratu Inoke Kubuabola says high level diplomatic exchanges between Fiji and New Zealand will not happen until after Fiji’s elections next year because New Zealand continues to campaign against Fiji. The two governments, together with Australia, agreed in July last year to restore High Commissioners to each others capitals following tit for tat expulsions in 2009. Last month, Fiji said Australia’s High Commissioner designate would not be allowed in until after the Fiji elections and Ratu Inoke says the same applies to New Zealand. He says that’s because of some of the things New Zealand and Australia have done towards Fiji including their actions before the Suva-initiated Pacific Islands Development Forum. “I think they continue to campaign against Fiji in different fora and we have been told from reliable sources even from some of the leaders they have been approached not to attend this me…

Fiji Leads in ICT Communications

Fiji is one of the first nations in the South Pacific to allocate frequencies on the radio spectrum for 4G LTE communications.

This was revealed at the 6th annual Asia Pacific Telecommunity (APT) Policy and Regulation Forum, held at the Novotel in Nadi last  week.

“Fiji once again emerges as a leader in ICT in the region, being the second Pacific island nation to allocate frequencies in the 700 MHz range for 4G, behind Papua New Guinea, and the first to do so by open auction, ahead of even New Zealand,” said Attorney-General and Minister for Communications, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

The AG explained that Fiji’s recent auction of 4G spectrum was in line with the APT’s 700MHz Band Plan, which was endorsed this week by the forum.

“While Fiji has already implemented this Band Plan, the forum's endorsement today marks a significant step forward for the region,” the AG said

“The Band Plan encourages Pacific island nations to earmark the 700 MHz range of frequencies for mobile service…

CCF and Yabaki Convicted and Fined

The Citizens Constitutional Forum has been convicted and fined $20,000 while CCF Chief ExecutiveOfficer, Reverend Akuila Yabaki has been convicted and handed a three month sentence, suspended for 12 months.

While handing down the sentence in the contempt of court case today, Justice William Calanchini also said that Yabaki's sentence will be suspended upon the condition that Yabaki pays a $2,000 fine within 28 days. He also has to pay costs of $2,500 within 28 days to the Attorney General's Office. CCF also has to pay $2500 in costs to the Attorney General's Office within 28 days.

Justice Calanchini also ruled that CCF has to arrange an apology directed to the judiciary of Fiji. This is to be drafted and submitted within 28 days to the court for approval. Once the apology is approved, it has to be printed in the next edition of the CCF Newsletter, Tutaka.

CCF and Yabaki were found guilty of contempt scandalising the court on the basis that the words in the article as…

NZ Must Take Balanced Approach to Fiji Government

                                                                                      By Gerald McGhie*  Dominion Post Tuesday 6 August 2013
There has been a significant change of attitude in Australia to Fiji. Last Tuesday Julie Bishop, deputy leader of the Opposition and shadow minister of foreign affairs and trade, recommended re-engagement with Fiji and the restoration of diplomatic ties with the Bainimarama Government. In a comment that would have done justice to New Zealand's seemingly forgotten traditional relationship with the Pacific, Ms Bishop said: "We will be guided by the Fijian Government on what they seek from Australia". She pledged Coalition support "in whatever form Fiji requires" to assist them to get to grips with the challenges involved in establishing a workable parliamentary democracy. Ms Bishop is, of course, the Opposition representative - though that may change after Australia's election in September. The Australian Labor Government …