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16th December

Fijian soldier shares his story working in Afghanistan, exposed to blood and dead bodies

EXPOSED to blood and dead bodies in Afghanistan four years ago affected a Fijian soldier to the extent that he developed post-traumatic stress disorder. The Nailaga, Ba, native joined the British Army 10 years ago, in search...

15th December

Typhoid risk warning: 31 confirmed cases as Health Minister reassures outbreak under control

YOUNG Fijians are at high risk of contracting typhoid after an outbreak in Naitasiri, the Health Ministry warns. After the outbreak in Naitasiri last week, Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said they had recorded 31 confirmed and 14 suspected cases in young Fijians and those between the ages of 30-40 years. Dr Waqainabete said the...

Rise in email scam cases

THE Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) recently detected a case where an estate property settlement proceeds totaling approximately FJ$845,000 was remitted to the foreign bank account of a cybercriminal. According to Fiji FIU Razim Buksh, the cybercriminal pretended to be the beneficiary of the estate in October this year. He said it appeared that email...

14th December

Man, 62, fronts court for allegedly raping daughter

A 62-YEAR-OLD father charged with two counts of rape appeared at the Suva Magistrates court today. It is alleged that the accused raped his 15-year-old biological daughter on November 4, 2018, in Lami. Police prosecutor Constable Volau Yalimaiwai objected to bail on the grounds that it was a serious offence involving the accused’s biological daughter. Magistrate...

$5m loss to scams

SINCE 2014, 39 businesses and individuals have lost funds totalling $5million in foreign remittance transactions to cybercriminals through email compromise scams. According to the Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU), only $169,000 was recovered. In a statement issued today, Fiji FIU director Razim Buksh has raised concerns on the continuous rise in cases of individuals and...

WAF engineer fronts court for alleged bribery

A 29-YEAR-OLD man appeared at the Suva Magistrates court today charged with one count of bribery. It is alleged that Mohammed Shahfraaz Ali, who is the Regional  Engineer Bulk for Water Authority of Fiji, without lawful authority accepted an advantage in the form of Fiji Airways return ticket to Sydney worth AUS $1430.60 which was paid...

Father jailed to life for raping biological daughters

THE High Court in Suva has made a milestone sentence after judge Justice Daniel Goundar sentenced a 74-year-old father to life imprisonment for raping two of his biological daughters. While sentencing the man, Justice Goundar declined to fix a non-parole period. The man is convicted of seven counts of rape and two counts of indecent...

Cabinet were in a urgent 48-hours meeting, says A-G

MEMBERS of Cabinet were in a urgent meeting over the 48 hours at Suvavou House in Suva, says Acting Prime Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He made the comment during the Fiji Ports Terminal Ltd bonus payout in Suva yesterday. He said for the past two days, all Cabinet ministers were involved in a strategic meeting which...

Weather update: Heavy rain alert for Fiji

A TROUGH of low pressure bringing cloud and rain to the north of Fiji is expected to gradually drift south spreading to the rest of the group tomorrow. According to the Fiji Meteorological Service,  a “Heavy Rain Warning” remained in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lomaiviti, Yasawa and Northern Lau Group....

ATH receives approvals for BlueSky deal

AMALGAMATED Telecom Holdings has finally received all necessary regulatory approvals for its deal with Spanish company Amper SA to complete the acquisition of Bluesky. A market announcement sent through the South Pacific Stock Exchange yesterday said ATH’s counsel received notification that in respect of the notified transaction for ATH’s acquisition of Amper SA’s interests in...

The Viking Sun cruiseliner berthed at the Kings Wharf in Suva yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

15pc rise in cruise earnings for Fiji

FIJI earned $10.4 million in cruise earnings last year, a 15 per cent increase compared with 2016, says Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism permanent secretary Shaheen Ali. Mr Ali said the cruise sector was becoming an important segment in the Fijian tourism industry and had been growing phenomenally around the world, confirming that the...

13th December

Weather update: Heavy rain alert for Fiji

A HEAVY rain alert remains in force for the rest of Fiji with a trough of low pressure bringing cloud and rain to the north of Fiji. According to the Fiji Meteorological Service, this is expected to gradually drift south and affect the northern parts of Fiji later today before spreading to the rest of...

WAF employee charged with bribery

THE Assistant Finance Officer for Water Authority of Fiji appeared at the Suva Magistrates court charged with one count of bribery this afternoon. It is alleged that Tuimasi Cataki accepted $500 from the Director of Phoenix Solution on account of him performing an act in his capacity as a public servant. The alleged incident occurred between...

Ask the A-G about the meeting, says Akbar

THE Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar says questions about their “meeting” should be referred to the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Her comments came after she was approached by Fiji Times Online at around 1.30 pm today upon exiting the Suvavou House in Suva. “Any questions about the meeting ask the A-G,” Ms Akbar...

Suspect charged for death of woman in car accident

A 22-year-old man accused of causing the death of a Canadian woman following a motor vehicle accident last Sunday in Ba has been charged. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the accused has been charged with one count of dangerous driving occasioning death and three counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm. “He will be...

Court rules for election petition to be advertised in local newspapers

HIGH Court judge Justice Anjala Wati and Justice Kamal Kumar in a joint ruling  granted an application for a petition to be  advertised in the two local newspapers tomorrow. This is for the 28 respondents in the election petition case which is before the Court of Disputed Returns. The Court of Disputed Returns had made...

Counsels leave Suvavou House

COUNSEL for the the general secretary of the FijiFirst party Devanesh Sharma was seen leaving Suvavou House a while ago. He was accompanied by lawyers from his office and are believed to be heading to the High Court in Suva for the 2018 General Election results court case to be called this morning. Meanwhile it...

Second call for election petition case

THE second call case on the results of the 2018 General  Election is ready to be called at the High Court in Suva. The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) and the National Federation Party (NFP) had filed for a petition on the results earlier this week. It is understood that petitioner counsel Filimoni Vosarogo had served...

Increased security at Government Buildings

THE Fiji Police Force has beefed up security at the Government Buildings in Suva. It is believed that this is due to the much anticipated court case for the 2018 General Election results which was filed by SODELPA and NFP a few days ago which will be called this morning. Ropes had been put up...

Efforts to serve election petition unsuccessful

EFFORTS by the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) and National Federation Party (NFP) to serve a copy of the petition against the 2018 General Election results personally on the 27 FijiFirst party respondents were unsuccessful. This was confirmed by the Opposition whip Lynda Tabuya at 7.45pm yesterday. Ms Tabuya said the SODELPA youths attempted to...

Update: SODELPA youths wait at Suvavou House

GOVERNMENT vehicles continue to enter and leave Suvavou House at this hour. This as 20 members of the Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) youth wing led by Jope Koroisavou and Ben Daveta wait outside the building Earlier yesterday, efforts by SODELPA and the National Federation Party (NFP) to serve a copy of the petition against the...

12th December

10.30pm update: SODELPA youth await respondents outside Suvavou House

TIGHT security can be seen at Suvavou House in Suva at this hour where the respondents listed in the 2018 General Election petition are believed to be having a meeting. SODELPA youths are currently waiting outside to serve the petition to the respondents. Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya was also among the youth members outside the building. Government...

8pm update: Petition against election results yet to be served

As at 7.20pm this evening food were seen being taken inside Suvavou House in Suva where respondents listed in the #2018GeneralElection results petition are believed to be having a meeting. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem refused to make a comment when approached outside Suvavou House. Members of the SODELPA youths are still waiting outside with...

NFP, SODELPA allegedly denied access into A-G’s office

THE National Federation Party Leader Professor Biman Prasad and the Social Democratic Liberal Party member Adi Litia Qionibaravi claimed they were denied access into the Attorney-General’s Office conference room earlier today. The two Opposition members were on their way to serve the election petition against the 2018 General Election results personally on the 27 respondents who...

Petition against election results yet to be served

THE election petition against the 2018 General Election results is yet to be served personally on the remaining 27 respondents. This has been confirmed to Fiji Times Online by Filimoni Vosarogo who is the lawyer acting for SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka and NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad. Mr Vosarogo said bailiffs tried to serve the...

11th December

Man remanded for alleged rape on Koro Island

A 21-YEAR-OLD man appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court earlier this afternoon charged with three count of rape. It is alleged that the accused raped his 16-year-old niece on December 5, 2018, on Koro Island. Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili informed the accused to make a formal bail application. The accused has been remanded. The case...

First call for SODELPA, NFP petition

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) and the National Federation Party (NFP) appeared in court this afternoon for a petition they filed yesterday on the results of the 2018 General  Election. They appeared before Madam Justice Anjala Wati and Judge Justice Kamal Kumar at the Court of Disputed Returns in Suva. Petitioner counsel Filimoni Vosarogo told...

USP responds to claims by staff union

THE University of the South Pacific (USP) has clarified the claims made by the USP Staff Union. In responding to questions sent by the Fiji Times Online, USP claimed in the Collective Agreement between USP and the USP Staff Union, there was no mention of a salary increase. “The salary rates for staff members at...

Karan: 150,000 Fijians estimated to have been impacted by storms this year

IT is estimated that around 150,000 Fijians have been impacted by storms in 2018 alone. This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister, Yogesh Karan at the 5th Anniversary of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. Mr Karan said people in Fiji experienced climate extremes in the...

High Court convicts man for raping 5-year-old cousin

A 25-YEAR-OLD man was today found guilty by the High Court in Suva for raping his 5-year-old cousin. Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe has refused the man’s bail after the Assistant DPP Dato Shyamala Alagendra objected to bail on the grounds that the man will be sentenced for a very serious crime. The court heard that...

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