FijiFirst party leader and Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama appeared to be the favourite among Fijians who voted at the various army facilities over the pre-poll period, based on provisional results released so far at the National Tally Centre.
Max Sica's trial into allegations of sex with an underage girl has been deferred to Monday to allow his lawyers to consult two specialists.
The Courier Mail reports that his lawyers wanted expert opinions to refute a Crown report which found it was possible for the girl's hymen to remain intact after sexual penetration.
Brisbane District Court Judge Michael Shanahan said the trial would definitely start on Monday no matter what the situation with the defence experts.
Sica, now 42, who is serving a 35 non-parole jail sentence handed to him in July for the 2003 murders of his ex-girlfriend Neelma Singh, 24, and her siblings Kunal, 18, and Sidhi, 12, is alleged to have repeatedly molested a young girl during a 4-year period since 2004. The three were the children of former Fiji residents Vijay and Shirley SIngh.
He has pleaded not guilty to the 21 charges, including rape.
The girl was said to have started documenting her almost four-year intimate sexual relationship with Sica in a series of coded diary entries.
Sica is alleged to have had sex with the girl on numerous occasions, including in his parent's matrimonial bed, in a public park while delivering take-out meals from one of his parents' restaurants and after celebrating the girl's 12th birthday with cake.
Sica, then aged 35 to 39, between November 15, 2004, and September 10, 2008 is alleged to have sexual relationship with the girl when she was nine until she was 13.
The alleged relationship was revealed when the girl told school friends she was in love with an older man with whom she was having sex.
No repeat of 2000 burning, businesses toldFiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has assured the business community that the events of the 2000 coup where some businesses were looted and burned down will not be repeated in this year's election.
'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.
NZ concert for The Madden Brothers on Nov 4The Madden Brothers have announced a November 4 Auckland concert, after taking New Zealand by storm with their platinum certified smash single We Are Done, from their debut album Greetings From California, released this week.
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.