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Alarming rape, sex offence statistics

STATISTICS released by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) should be cause for serious alarm as the youngest rape and sex offence victims, as of August 30, are between the ages of...

Parents’ role vital

PARENTS need to teach their children about inappropriate touches and behaviour because of the rise in child sex abuse cases in the country, says Save the Children Fiji CEO Iris McKenzie. She also said it was critical that parents and guardians closely monitored children’s internet use and paid close attention to friends and family members...

Be wary of who’s looking after your children, expert says

STOP bringing family members into your homes to look after your children. This is the plea by University of the South Pacific lecturer and psychologist, Ofa Swann to parents and guardians across the country. She was reacting to statistics released by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) on children who were victims...

Drug accused granted bail

A 23-YEAR-OLD man charged with one count of being found in possession of illicit drugs has been granted bail by the Nasinu Magistrates Court this morning. Lekima Yabaki is alleged to have unlawfully had in his possession 26.6 grams of marijuana seeds on September 19, 2018, in Nasinu. Magistrate Sufia Hamza has granted him a...

Unions ‘still being targeted’, Singh claims

THE Fiji Public Service Association (FPSA) general secretary Rajeshwar Singh claims that the public sector unions were “still being targeted” to weaken the collective voice of their members. Speaking at their 75th anniversary in Suva today, Mr Singh also claimed that they were “suppressed” on a daily basis. He said it was sad that attacks on...

Young girls urged to raise issues of bullying, violence

YOUNG girls should raise issues of bullying and violence. This was stressed by Fiji Women’s Right Movement girls officer Lillian Delana and programs director Kaushal Sharma earlier this morning. The topic was brought up during a an information session attended by ten girls between the ages of 10 and 11 years from around Fiji at...

Man remanded for allegedly stealing items valued at $20.87

A MAN, who allegedly re-offended whilst serving a suspended sentence, has been remanded in custody this morning by Nasinu Magistrate Sufia Hamza. Police Prosecutor Setareki Mocevakaca informed the court that 40-year-old, Sitiveni Lesumaisuva was given a suspended sentence earlier this month by Magistrate Hamza for a similar offence. Mr Lesumaisuva is charged with one count...

Accused fails to appear in court, production order issued

A 25-YEAR-OLD man who is charged for assaulting two police officers failed to appear in court this morning as he is in remand. Police prosecutor Constable Setareki Mocevakaca made an application for a production order to be issued to the remand centre for Sekove Tawake’s next appearance. Mr Tawake is charged with one count of...

A-G launches free WiFi hotspot in Nadi

ACTING Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Communication Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum launched a free WiFi hotspot at Koroivolu Park, Nadi earlier this morning. He said people in the park, Nadi Bus Station and, in two weeks’ time, the whole of the Nadi Municipal Market would have free access to high-speed internet for one hour every day. He...

Man, 20, is latest road fatality

A MAN in his 20s, who was travelling to Waimicia, died last night following a motor vehicle accident. Fiji Police in a statement confirmed that the man, who is from Nasavusavu Village in Ra, was travelling from Matawailevu towards Waimicia after 6pm when he allegedly lost control of the car causing it to veer off...

Court grants bail for man on illicit drugs possession charge

A 35-YEAR-OLD man charged for being found in possession of illicit drugs appeared before Nasinu Magistrate Sufia Hamza, in a special court sitting earlier today. It is alleged that Daniel Raj unlawfully had in his possession 0.8 grams of marijuana on September 20, 2018, in Nasinu. Magistrate Hamza has granted Mr Raj bail with one...

Probe into Labasa fire

POLICE are continuing investigations into an incident where a two bedroom house was razed to the ground last night in Naduna outside Labasa Town. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the incident happened around 7pm on Friday evening. Ms Naisoro said there was no one inside the house when the incident happened. “The value of the...

Industry focus

LICENSING the operators in the construction industry is one of the first things that is on the to do list of the newly appointed chief executive officer of the Construction Industry Council. Vijay Naidu’s appointment was announced this week by the council president Gordon Jenkins who said this was a critical juncture in their development...

Ministry to initiate ban, fines by 2019

THE Ministry of Fisheries has not prosecuted any persons on the consumption or selling of kawakawa and donu this year, says Minister Semi Koroilavesau. Mr Koroilavesau said this was the first year of the seasonal ban and it was an exercise for awareness. “That’s basically what’s in place now as normal for the first year...

Manual to help improve dalo quality, exports

FIJI produces about 52,000 tonnes of dalo annually with the value of the industry standing at $120 million. This was revealed by the Ministry of Agriculture in a new manual launched this week in Navatukia Village in Serea, Sawani. The Fiji Dalo Quality Manual, developed by the ministry in collaboration with industry stakeholders including growers...

$480.3m in tourism earnings

FIJI’S earnings from tourism stood at $480.3 million for the June quarter of this year, an increase of 4.5 per cent over the same period last year. The Fiji Bureau of Statistics highlighted that the June quarter 2018 earnings stood at 34.1 per cent or $122.1m higher than the amount recorded for the March quarter...

‘Rainfall may not be enough to overcome drought’

AS the country closes in on the wet season that begins in November, the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) has forecasted that coming rainfall may not be enough to overcome the drought affecting most parts of the group. FMS director Ravind Kumar said rainfall was predicted to be normal to below normal between September and November....

Public service reforms

THE State’s public service reforms should focus on driving performance and not create fear of job losses, some political parties say. In our election issue this week, we questioned the six registered political parties contesting the 2018 General Election on their views on State’s civil service reforms and their policies for the Fijian civil service....

Concerns raised over festival funds

CONCERNS have been raised over the non-disclosure of the funds raised for charity during the week-long Sugar Festival in Lautoka last week. Lautoka Residents and Ratepayers Association president Narayan Reddy said festival and carnival committees needed to disclose the amount raised through such events. “Anything to do with charity and whatever amount is raised, they...

‘Bad dreams’ still haunt Park

“I STILL have some bad dreams to this day.” These were the words of former Grace Roads Church follower Park Chanmoon. Mr Park visited The Fiji Times office in Suva this week to share his story after leaving the church last year. The 70-year-old joined the church in 2009 before his wife and two daughters...

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