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Bid to integrate new financial system to provincial councils

THE iTaukei Affairs Board for the first time since its inception will integrate its new financial system with the 14 provincial councils which will enable real-time reporting. This was highlighted by the iTaukei Affairs Ministry...

Where your government officials are today

IT is a cold and rainy Saturday in the capital city but there are number of events scheduled by the Government around the country. Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum will officiate as chief guest at the launch of WiFi hot spot at 10.45am at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva. Minister for Women, Children...

Strengthen rural agricultural advisory services for long-term benefit

THE strengthening of rural agricultural advisory services in Fiji will contribute immensely to achieving the long-term vision of the Ministry of Agriculture. Ministry permanent secretary David Kolitagane made this comment while opening a two-day workshop focused on strengthening agricultural advisory services in Fiji to improve extension services and agricultural practices that was held at Southern...

Fifth Burger King restaurant opens in Nakasi

BURGER King is now within easy reach of Nakasi and Nausori residents. Today, the franchise held a soft opening of its latest restaurant at the Rups Nakasi Complex. The restaurant will be officially open to members of the public at 6am on Monday. This is the fifth Burger King restaurant in Fiji since the first...

Wainimakutu women continues papermaking business 23 years on

WITH no electricity, the women of Wainimakutu Village in the province of Namosi have found the strength to continue making paper – a business project that had started in the village 23 years ago. The second last village in the remote region of Namosi is where the Wainimakutu Women’s Papermaking Project is situated and they...

Fund enhances myFNPF mobile app for members

THE Fiji National Provident Fund’s enhanced myFNPF mobile app is part of its Go Digital initiatives aimed at empowering members by providing them direct access to their retirement savings account and to engage effectively with the fund. Fund chief executive officer Jaoji Koroi urged the 64,600 members whose email addresses were registered with the fund...

Development bank launches new product for investors

THE Fiji Development Bank today launched their Yaubula term deposit which offers customers a secure and fixed investment opportunity with active returns. According to the bank, the facility has been designed for investors seeking a secure fixed investment opportunity with maximum guaranteed returns. FDB chairman Robert Lyon launched the product earlier today the Grand Pacific Hotel...

Youths pave the way

SLIGHTLY more than two years ago villagers of Silana in Sawakasa in Tailevu experienced the wrath of Tropical Cyclone Winston. Thinking that all hell has broken lose after that devastation, the village youths have shown their resiliency and bounced back to life with the construction of three beautiful buildings known as the “Babale Bures”. Active...

Visitor numbers increase by 6.6 per cent in June

FIJI received 81,653 visitors in June this year, representing an increase of 6.6 per cent compared with the same period last year. In its July issue of provisional visitor arrivals the Fiji Bureau of Statistics noted that increases were recorded in the number of visitors from New Zealand, US, Pacific Islands, Canada, Rest of Asia...

Business as usual

ANZ Bank has put to rest any speculations on the possibility of sale of its Fiji operations after the sale of its retail, commercial and SME businesses in Papua New Guinea to Kina Bank. A spokesperson from the bank said ANZ’s decision to focus its business in PNG on servicing institutional and large corporate customers...

Community clubs receive grant to fund business projects

A GRANT of $7500 has been distributed by Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation to three community clubs in the province of Ra to fund income-generating projects. Nausori Women’s Club, Rewasa Youth Club, and Lado Youth Club, which does bee-keeping and poultry farming, received $2500 each. Vodafone Chief Marketing Officer Rajnesh Prasad said they were committed to...

The Fiji Times nominated for Regional Brand of the Year

FIJI’S oldest newspaper company, The Fiji Times, has been nominated for the regional brand of the year in the 2018 News Media Awards. The winner of this category will be announced on September 14 at the Hilton in Sydney, Australia. Along with the company, editor-in-chief Fred Wesley has also been nominated as the news media...

New penalty to assist farmers during mill breakdowns

A NEW penalty to assist sugarcane farmers in the event of a mill breakdown was announced yesterday. A Government statement said cane farmers could now claim a penalty of $5 a ton of affected cane in an event of mill breakdown. While announcing the new penalty to aid affected farmers, Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) CEO...

Training videos to enhance farmers’ development

PACIFIC Community (SPC) director general Dr Colin Tukuitonga says there are 16 agricultural training videos that will further enhance the Improving Key Services to Agriculture project (IKSA) work to support farmer training and development. He made the comments at the launch of the series of 19 technical videos by the European Union(EU)-funded IKSA project. “The...

Women graduate from vocational training centre

FIFTY-nine women students graduated from the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre and received certificates after completing eight weeks of training in sewing, cooking, and hydroponics. Fiji Muslim League president Hafiz Khan said the women who graduated yesterday brought the number that had graduated from the centre close to 600 over the last three years. “That...

Koya reiterates Government’s vision for inclusive economy

FIJI’S Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya reiterated Government’s vision for a modern and inclusive economy at the launch of the 2018 Prime Minister’s International Business Awards at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva last night. Mr Koya said the five-year and 20-year National Development Plan (NDP) would help map out the way...

PM commissions $2.4m PRB flats

JUST as families are the heart of Fijian society, the home is the heart of any family. These were the words of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while commissioning the 36 new public rental board flats for occupancy at Kalabu in Nasinu this evening. Mr Bainimarama said the new flats were at a cost of $2.4...

Fiji companies awarded grants

ELEVEN companies were today awarded grants under the National Export Strategy to help boost their business. While handing out the grants, Fiji’s Minister for Industry, Trade, and Tourism Faiyaz Koya said the 11 companies were being assisted with the upgrading of infrastructure, procurement of value-adding machines and equipment to address supply-side constraints usually faced by...

Iowa, Illinois investigating infections linked to McDonald’s salad

(Reuters) – The Iowa and Illinois health departments said on Thursday that they were investigating cyclospora infections linked to salads at McDonald Corp’s restaurants. McDonald’s shares fell 1.4 percent after-hours on Thursday. The Illinois Department of Public Health said it had seen about 90 cases, and the Iowa Department of Public Health said it had...

Landowners bless $350m development

THE traditional landowners of Malolo Island have given the developers of Vunabaka, a multimillion exclusive residential and hotel development on the island, their blessings. While opening the $350 million development yesterday, Taukei Nalotu Ratu Josaia Qauqau said tourism development on Malolo Island had brought positive change for the people. “I believe the members of my...

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