Fijian academic Professor Brij Lal has been awarded the Order of Australia. Professor Lal who currently teaches at Australian National University (ANU) was given the award in the Queens's Birthday Honour List. He was recognised for his significant service to education, through the preservation and teaching of Pacific history, as a scholar, author and commentator. Professor Lal who has been banned from returning to Fiji indefinitely applied for re-entry in late March after his case was highlighted by the Opposition in a Parliament sitting. And while Fijian authorities are yet to comment on the status of his application, Professor Lal is confident he will get a chance to return to his country of birth someday. Read more at: http://fijilive.com/news/2015/06/professor-lal-awarded-order-of-australia/61209.Fijilive
BAINIMARAMA'S ROME AWARD: There was an award for "COMMITTMENT" but not for "REDUCING MALNOURISHMENT" as claimed by Fiji Sun. POOR REPORTING?
On Thursday June 4th the Fiji Sun ran a front page story "PM off to Rome for Top Award". Maika Bolatiki wrote about how the Food and Agriculture Organisation was to give an award to Fiji for "reducing the prevalence of undernourishment from 6.6% in 1990-1992 to 4.5% in 2014-2016." If you log onto the FAO website Awards | FAO | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations you will see no such award was given to Fiji. Fiji isn't mentioned on the list of recipient countries. Solomon Islands is the only Pacific country that received the award.