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Talks centre on Pacific crop production

IMPROVING the production of root and tuber crops in the South Pacific was the focus of discussions at the first ever symposium by the Pacific branch of the International Society for Tropical Root Crops which...

Miss Grand Fiji applications open

THE Miss Grand Fiji team is now accepting applications for this year’s representative to the Miss Grand International (MGI) to take place in the ‘Golden Land’ of Myanmar on October 25 later this year. A statement issued by the organisers of Miss Grand Fiji said the Fijian mission included providing aid and relief to those...

Consumers lack confidence, says Kumar

CONSUMERS in Labasa lack the confidence to speak up about issues affecting them, says Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive officer Premila Kumar. At a workshop for traders and consumers organised by the Consumer Council of Fiji at the USP Labasa campus yesterday, Ms Kumar said most times when customers lodged a complaint about faulty...

Mynah bird cause of weekend power disruption

A POWER disruption experienced in the Central Division last Sunday was caused by a mynah bird that had bridged the high-voltage phase connections of one of the two transformers at the Cunningham Road Substation. In a media statement, Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL) said the incident had affected the 132,000/33,000 volts transformer, affecting the 132,000 volts...

Warning against vandalism

THE Ministry of Waterway has warned members of the public to refrain from vandalising floodgates as it costs $6000 to $7000 to rehabilitate a damaged floodgate. Minister for Waterways Mahendra Reddy said maintaining damaged floodgates was an expensive exercise. Dr Reddy has warned members of the public to refrain from tampering with floodgates. For more...

Procurement of drug ‘taking too long’

THE Health Ministry is taking too long to procure the meningococcal C vaccines, says a former health minister. Dr Neil Sharma claims the delay is caused by a “lack of leadership” within the ministry. “If you don’t do the right thing at the right time, then someone will suffer. The poor kid in the village...

Nude photos go viral

POLICE will not hesitate to investigate and charge people who are found distributing pictures or videos deemed to be pornographic in nature. The warning comes after nude pictures and a pornographic video of two young girls are currently being circulated on social media. Police chief of operations officer Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Maretino Qiolevu...

Focus turns to managing water catchments

IN an effort to address flooding in flatlands in the Western and Northern divisions, the Ministry of of Waterways will focus on managing water catchments and watershed in vulnerable areas. Waterways Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy said they were now working towards demarcating entire catchment areas which was not done before. Dr Reddy said the ministry...

Anaemia concern

STATISTICS highlighting anaemia in young children continue to worry health officials, with 80 per cent of children below two years and 60 per cent of children under five years of age suffering from the illness. Ministry of health national advisor NCDs and National Wellness Centre head Dr Isimeli Tukana said in an effort to address...

Flooding to be history for elderly Labasa resident

FLOODING will now be a problem of the past for 65-year-old Gyan Wati after drains near her home were widened and cleared recently. The spinster who lives alone with a son said her compound was always inundated with rain and sea water during heavy rain. Ms Wati said this affected her vegetable farm from which...

Assessors return with guilty opinion in incestuous rape case

THREE assessors in the trial of a man who allegedly raped his granddaughter returned with a unanimous guilty opinion following their deliberations today. The 47-year-old man is charged with two counts of rape and an alternative count of sexual assault. The assessors had, however, found him not guilty of the alternative sexual assault count. The...

CMF annual conference renamed Global Mission Conference

THE yearly Christian Mission Fellowship (CMF) conference is now known as the Global Mission Conference and is underway at the World Harvest Center in Kinoya, Suva this week. CMF media liaison officer Fauoro Titifanua said the change in name symbolised the church’s commitment to the Great Commission. The Great Commission is referenced from the Holy...

Fiji 7s with a mission

THE Fiji Airways 7s team will want to continue their winning streak in the HSBC World Sevens Series this weekend in Singapore. While Fiji lost the Commonwealth Games final to NZ, it has won the last two tournaments- Vancouver 7s and Hong Kong 7s- of the series. Coach Gareth Baber said his players are now...

Police aware of another alleged pornographic material involving minor

FIJIAN Police are ready to investigate another case of pornographic materials being circulated on social media, this time allegedly involving a girl believed to be a minor. Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police and Chief Operations Officer Maretino Qiolevu said Police was yet to receive a complaint regarding that video. However, he said they would not...

Vodafone warns on calls

IF you have received missed calls from Yemen like I have today, it’s probably from someone trying to scam you. Vodafone Fiji has released a statement today warning its users to be vigilant regarding incoming international calls from unknown international numbers. “Some of these calls maybe coming from scam operators based in other countries with an...

Post STC-Keni: FNPF mobilises team to Kadavu

KADAVU is now the focus for the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) as it mobilises its team to assist members in accessing funds under the Natural Disaster Assistance scheme. The focus has shifted from the Western Division to the islands battered by Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni earlier this month, which left a trail of destruction...

Damodar City Labasa by 2019

CONSTRUCTION of the multimillion dollar Damodar City Labasa should start in the next three to four weeks. Damodar Group CEO, Div Damodar confirmed the construction of the $40million (m) venture would be in three phases. The first phase to be completed within a year and worth $15m would include a supermarket, 24 retail shops and...

SC Fiji: It’s important to listen to children

ABOUT 40 children are attending a three-day workshop focused on bringing to the forefront their voices on the Natural Disaster Management Act. Save the Children Fiji’s (SC Fiji) Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction Project (CDRR) is hosting the Children’s Consultation Workshop on the Natural Disaster Management Act at the Latter Day Saints College in Suva. SC...

Reading inspires and ignites imagination within children

IN commemoration of World Book Day yesterday, author booths and book activities were set up in Rakiraki town to remind students of the importance of reading. The Education ministry also set up reading activities and prizes that students could win by answering questions, performing speeches and reciting poetry and other literary works. Fiji’s Attorney General...

Consumer issues raised at council workshop

THE Consumer Council of Fiji has received reports of consumers blindly signing agreements without reading it first. This has been a common problem in Labasa and traders were asked at a council workshop this morning to allow customers time to read and understand the agreement before it is signed. Council northern coordinator Nanise Veikoso said...