One Hundred Sands has defaulted on a $US1.5million ($F2.73m) note which was due to the tribe in February 2014.

Tribe quits casino deal

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, April 24, 2014

SNOQUALMIE Tribe, the American Indian tribe that had invested in a project to build Fiji’s first casino, says it pulled out of the deal because of issues with the developer, One Hundred Sands.

Jaime Martin, the communications and public relations officer for the Snoqualmie Tribe, said the developer was granted an exclusive licence to build and operate casinos in the country, had defaulted on payments due to the tribe, which resulted in their decision to end their involvement in the Fiji project.

“Since 2011, the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe invested with One Hundred Sands to develop a casino experience that would provide first-class entertainment and provide a positive economic impact for the people of Fiji,” he said.

“Unfortunately, One Hundred Sands has defaulted on a $US1.5million ($F2.73m) note which was due to the tribe in February 2014.

“The Snoqualmie Indian Tribe has been patient and co-operative throughout this project.

“We have reached out to One Hundred Sands seeking repayment of this loan but have yet to receive payment.

“We wish the people of Fiji and the project much success.”

One Hundred Sands chairman Larry Claunch said after the deal with the Snoqualmie Tribe fell through, he managed to secure funding through other means.

“We have secured other investors through Tim Manning from New Zealand,” he said.

“Tim Manning is One Hundred Sands investment partner, president and CEO.

“The project is moving forward quickly,” he said.

I’ve got a problem and if I don’t say anything about it

MIDA defends decision to censure Fiji TV for ‘hate speech’

Updated at 2:47 pm today

The chairman of the Media Industry Development Authority in Fiji has defended his decision to censure Fiji TV for broadcasting so-called hate speech.

Earlier this month MIDA ruled Fiji TV had breached the constitution and Media Decree for airing certain comments by a provincial chief during a visit by the regime leader.

The chief, Ratu Timoci Vesikula, is reported to have made remarks around Rear Admiral Frank Bainimarama’s stance on indigenous matters.

The Media Authority’s chairman, Ashwin Raj, says it’s in his remit to intervene.

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“Because of the timeliness of it, and the seriousness of it, in the sense that we are approaching national elections and if that is going to be the tenor of public discourse then I’ve got a problem and if I don’t say anything about it, then I’m obviously sleeping on the job because these things have a tendency to do an irreparable amount of damage.”

Ashwin Raj says the media should be free to do its work but exercise reason and follow the media code of ethics

He will not confirm or deny the report that soldiers were present on his campus to force one of his staff from the campus.

Heavy hand of regime censorship confirmed

April 23, 2014

http://fdnblog.wordpress.com/

On 4 April Freedom Blogs revealed that on Monday the 31st of March FNU lecturer Pita Waqawai had been sacked for revealing the facts about the ethnic composition of scholarships at FNU.  It was reported that two soldiers had escorted Mr Waqawai out of the University compound where his termination letter was delivered to him by the Manager Human Resources of FNU, Poasa Koroitamana.  Now Fiji Village have confirmed that he has been sacked, but no-one can say anything more about the report.  FNU Vice Chancellor can say nothing.  He will not confirm or deny the report that soldiers were present on his campus to force one of his staff from the campus.  He knows this is a job for the police, so why can’t he deny this happened.  His silence is confirmation of the original report.

Fiji Village: 23/04/2014 FNU senior lecturer sacked for misusing facilities

http://www.fijivillage.com/?mod=story&id=220414c3b8ecbfdba841b9cbcb0e79

SODELPA backlash; Rabuka quits

Former PM Sitiveni Rabuka

Taken from/By: FBC News 
Report by: Shanal Sivan

Former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka has quit from the Social Democratic Liberal Party.

The Fiji Sun reported Rabuka, will not be contesting the 2014 general elections as a SODELPA candidate.

Rabuka says the SODELPA Youth Council and Women’s wing objected to his membership with the Party.

He was being lined-up by supporters within the SODELPA to be the deputy leader, but there was a strong backlash by opponents within the party.

A statement from SODELPA issued yesterday says Rabuka will not participate in the party under any official capacity.

However, it said Rabuka remained a party member and staunch SODELPA supporter.

The party wished Rabuka every success in his future public and private endeavours.

Rabuka says he will wait for a while until; he makes a decision on his next political move.

- See more at: http://www.fbc.com.fj/fiji/19345/sodelpa-backlash;-rabuka-quits#sthash.MR1XyzYT.dpuf

USP will not host Media Watch’s panel discussion “Reporting On The Elections Now and After the Elections” as it is likely to be in breach.

NGO’s election debate to avoid Fiji decree breach

Updated at 3:55 pm today

The University of the South Pacific in Fiji has cancelled a non government organisation’s debate on issues relating to the election because it could be in breach of the Electoral Decree.

Section 115 restricts any group receiving foreign funding from campaigning on election issues, which includes organising debates, panel discussions or publishing information.

A journalism lecturer, Pat Craddock, says the USP will not host Media Watch’s panel discussion “Reporting On The Elections Now and After the Elections” as it is likely to be in breach.

He says Media Watch’s offer to pay for refreshments may also infringe the decree as it could be seen as a gift from an NGO.

Mr Craddock says the university will put on a replacement event to discuss press freedom.

“It excludes educational organisations such as the USP, so we’re going to do it ourselves, because there is no point in putting any NGO under pressure. They can be fined up to 50,000 bucks and they can get 10 years prison or both.”

Pat Craddock says Ashwin Raj from the Media Industry Development Authority is a confirmed panelist at USP’s event.

You can have “policy”

Is anyone surprised that Frank’s big tour has produced questions from villages about the long-promised by never delivered village By-Laws? The By-laws were about to be delivered in 2010 when they were shelved without a proper explanation.

Since then, for four years, we’ve been told the by-Laws are on the way, but they never arrive. Now as Bainimarama tours villages people are asking: where are the By-laws you promised?

Deputy Permanent Secretary for iTaukei Affairs, Colonel Apakuki Kurusiga, has been pushed out to answer for Bainimarama. The hapless Colonel was forced to admit there have been a lot of questions about Village By-laws. People went through a long process of discussing By-laws and sending them to the Ministry for approval and implementation. They will not be happy to find out this was just going through the motions.

Kurusiga’s response was to advise villages to call a meeting under the turaga ni koro and discuss what they want to be observed by everyone within the village, like the dress code, the consumption of alcohol, respect for village elders, etc. They could then take a vote and agree on a POLICY!

But then what? Anyone can see that Kurusiga is just stalling. Why doesn’t Bainimarama just come out and say it straight: “We are all Fijians, there can be no law that applies only to iTaukei villages.”

At least the IAG who wrote the constitution should tell us if the Constitution would permit Village By-Laws, which apply only in villages, to have the force of law.

“Fiji can be so much better”

Peter,

I was listening to a prospective politician last night and was blown away when he said “Fiji can be so much better”

This sums up our options at the poll.

Someone needs to step up and explain how they can correct the mess we are in  physically,morally and spiritually as a country.

Samu