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FIJILEAKS WAS SPOT ON: Leaked e-mail (11 May) from USP's VC Rajesh Chandra confirms our earlier revelation that Professor Gandolfi has resigned; Chandra appoints Professor Arvind Patel, Head of School of Accounting and Finance to act as Dean; he has also appointed Dr. Nathanieli Rika as the Acting Head of the School of Accounting and Finance during the period that Professor Patel is Acting Dean
As revealed by Fijileaks, Professor Franco Gandolfi, Dean for the Faculty of Business & Economics, has resigned effective from Tuesday 10 May 2016. The confirmation is contained in an e-mail (dated 11 May 2016) from VC Rajesh Chandra which reads as follows:
"Professor Franco Gandolfi, Dean for the Faculty of Business & Economics, has resigned effective from Tuesday 10 May 2016. His resignation is based on his family consideration which I respect. Professor Gandolfi has assured the University that “I have every confidence in the USP leadership and know that the University will contine to thrive under the current leadership”.
I thank Professor Gandolfi for his contribution as Dean and a member of my Senior Management Team in the short time he has been with the University. I wish him all the very best in his future endeavors.
The position of the Dean will be advertised in the normal way and an appointment will be made in due course. In the interim, I have appointed
* Professor Arvind Patel, Head of School of Accounting and Finance to act as Dean, FBE from today until further notice.
* With Professor Patel taking up the position of Acting Dean, I have appointed Dr. Nathanieli Rika as the Acting Head of the School of Accounting and Finance during the period that Professor Patel is Acting Dean.
I look forward to staff in FBE and the University to supporting Professor Patel in his new and crucial role as the Acting Dean of FBE."
Professor Rajesh Chandra
Vice-Chancellor and President
The University of the South Pacific
Headquarters and Laucala Campus
USPGATE: Another toady and former Electoral Commissioner, Professor Vijay Naidu, has his contract at USP renewed for just SIX MONTHS - VC Rajesh Chandra's tactic to keep
"the old academic dogs, with nowhere to go, in line"
FFPGATE: The self-confessed "Mashoor Goonda Boy" to become chairman of Public Accounts Committee - Professor Biman Prasad to be replaced by Ashneel Sudhakar when the Committee meets on Friday; Aiyaz Khaiyum has directed the Government MPs to vote out Prasad and appoint 'Mr Mortein Sudhakar'; there is also speculation Aseri Radrodro could be lured to takeover but PAC is now toothless, given the change Khaiyum legislated, which restricts it work considerably!
CHOPPED UP: Who says Social Media is a destructive force? A posting was sent to us which we forwarded to Fiji Police but as usual, they did not respond to us. We were asked to contact the POLICE so they could follow it up. "Ram ram bhai check this oy[u]t muslim boy has chopped the fijian girl into pieces in Ba, Mr Dayal Street, till now media is silent . Later the boy tried to pack all the pieces into a carton and burn her body pieces but the boy got burn and went to the hospital"
WARNING about the graphic nature of the posting:
'SALA' BALA FFP MINISTER still on the run for 'killing' Indo-Fijian pedestrian
New trial date set for Bala's case
A trial date for Local Government Minister Parveen Bala for the 2013 road accident case has been set for 5th to 6th July this year.
Bala has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death.
The matter was today called at the Lautoka Magistrates Court before Magistrate Rangajeeva Wimalasena.
Magistrate Wimalasena informed Counsel the trial date already set was unsuitable to the court.
Bala’s bail has been extended.
A 48‑year‑old man was crossing the road in Teidamu Lautoka when he was allegedly hit by Bala in November 2013.
He was taken to the hospital but died three hours later. Source: Fijivillage News