Inspection of the kitchen storeroom at CWM Hospital early this year revealed that dry goods were not properly stored and the kitchen where patientsí meal were prepared were in need of repair with toilet that were not properly cleaned and looked unhygienic, the Auditor General revealed in his 2013 report.
The Department of Immigrationís did not prepare an action plan to eradicate trafficking in person for Child Trafficking in Fiji despite funds set aside for them by the United Nation International Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF).
After the announcement of the team to the International Cricket Councilís (ICC) East-Asia Pacific (EAP) regionís Twenty20 World Cup and World Cricket League Qualifiers in Lismore next month, Cricket Fiji has now turned its attention to the Senior Menís De
Fiji’s High Court in Suva this afternoon refused another application made by ousted Prime Minister and former director of Fijian Holdings Limited (FHL) Laisenia Qarase to give away with the agreed facts already filed and signed in court.
The application was made this morning by Qarase’s lawyer Samanunu Vaniqi and Tupou Draunidalo on the basis that they have a different theory and do not agree on the proposed agreed facts initially filed in court. The new counsel wants some of the agreed facts from the bundles of documents to be amended or deleted.
The first application was made earlier by Qarase’s former lawyer Qoroniasi Bale to vacate a trial date in order to find a new lawyer but it was refused.
However this new application was opposed by Fiji Independent Commission against Corruption (FICAC) lawyer Michael Blanchflower.
The court heard that the agreed facts had been filed and agreed upon by both parties.
The court also heard that everytime a counsel changes, the agreed facts already filed cannot be allowed to give away with on the premise that the new counsel takes up a different defence story.
Justice Priyantha Fernando said in this case the previous counsel has confirmed by his letters that the accused also considered the proposed agreed facts before it was finalised and therefore he has also agreed to the proposed facts.
Qarase is charged with six counts of abuse of office and three counts of discharge of duty with respect to a property in which he has a private interest.
It is alleged Qarase between 1992 to 2000 while employed as a director of Fijian Holdings Limited, Financial Advisor of the Fijian Affairs Board and advisor to the Great Council of Chiefs, in abuse of the authority of his office, did arbitrary acts.
It is alleged he applied in the name of Cicia Plantation Co-op Society Limited, Mavana Investments Limited and a family owned company named Q-Ten Investments Limited for the issuance and allotment of Class A shares in Fijian Holdings Limited.
Change to see Fund returns to purposeChanges soon to be implemented by the Fiji National Provident Fund where it will secure 70 per cent of members' funds and allow members' the 30 per cent for their use, is not new and one that had been in the pipeline since 2012, says fund chief executive Aisake Taito.
Sportsperson charged with briberyAn upcoming sportsperson who tried to bribe his way past a customs officer in Nadi this week with $500 appeared in a magistrate court in Nadi today charged with one count of bribery and one count of providing false and misleading documents.
'Green'-tinted SUVs at Seoul Motor ShowGas-guzzling SUVs, eco-friendly electric cars and the odd brave attempt to marry the selling points of both are taking centre stage at the biennial Seoul Motor Show.
Vodafone Fiji, Tonga telco in allianceVodafone Fiji and Tonga Communications Corporation today signed a strategic partnership alliance that will allow the Tongan company to leverage off the experience of their Fijian counterparts.
Logicís debut album Under Pressure out Oct 24After years of hard work in the studio and on the road, Logic has completed his debut album with Under Pressure due to release October 24, with the title track, Under Pressure, is now available.
Clean-up day to curb dengue outbreakFiji's Ministry of Health has declared a clean-up day next Thursday for residents in the central division as it ups the tempo against a dengue fever outbreak currently experienced in the country.