Between the Lines

BTL: 5th June, 2019

At a rape trial in the High Court in Suva yesterday, it took more than 20 minutes to confirm that the reference being made by the witness was for the male genital.
05 Jun 2019 14:07
BTL: 5th June, 2019

Qualified translators?

The courts in Suva have to ensure incidents where evidence given by witnesses have been lost in translation.

At a rape trial in the High Court in Suva yesterday, it took more than 20 minutes to confirm that the reference being made by the witness was for the male genital.

The witness who were giving evidence in the chosen vernacular language may have been confused by what was being put to her by the court translator.

Perhaps the courts could look at this as evidence could get lost in translation.

Fake news?

The end of Ramadan is being awaited eagerly as many Muslim brothers and sisters look forward to ending their fast by celebrating Eid.

A particular fellow was overjoyed as he announced the momentous occassion would be today as the moon proving the end of fasting had been sighted.

News on his social media feed was that the moon, had been sighted in New Zealand.

After making plans on what will be on the menu for today, he had to sadly change his plans after he realised the news feed was fake.

Eid Mubarak to all.

Dejavu at it again

Alarm bells should be ringing for the Ministry of Labour as a large number of former soldiers and members of the territorial forces gathered near Albert Park for their blood tests.

Apparently, there are more than 400 security jobs in Papua New Guinea at a gold mine.

It seems so much of a dejavu to a similar work scheme that left many disappointed.

There are some former soldiers who have been waiting at least two years to make the trip where they have been promised that they would be making as much US$5000 a month.

Some have been waiting almost two years.

Sounds too good to be true, then again good things take time.

Press Club lunch

Journalists who have been around for a long time are excited about an event that is happening at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva today.

It’s the Press Club lunch organised by the Fijian Media Association and the Australian High Commission.

The chief guest will be the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women Senator Marise Payne.

It reminds the journalists of similar events not long ago when Press Club lunches were a regular event.

They are hoping that today’s event will be the start of many similar activities.

Feedback: selita.bolanavanua@fijisun.com.fj




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