Business

6th December

Seruiratu highlights importance of inclusivity

FIJI is represented at the 12th edition of the annual Bali Democracy Forum in Bali, Indonesia, by Minister for Foreign Affairs, National Security and Defence Inia Seruiratu. And speaking at a panel discussion on ‘Developing...

Work hard and utilise knowledge and skills, Nasau youths advised

GRADUATES at the Nasau Youth Training Centre in Nasau were told yesterday to realise their dreams by working hard and being determined. Officiating at the graduation ceremony for 46 youths, Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Alipate Nagata told the youths that their dreams would only materialise through hard work and sheer determination. “As you...

Fiji Fashion Week launches new identity

FIJI Fashion Week today launched its rebranded logo and members of the public should expect greater things for the show to come next-year. FJFW managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight said the fashion industry touched everyone whether they realised it or not. “Fashion is engrained into our daily lives under many levels, and for many of us...

5th December

Privacy concerns pushing people to change online behaviour, poll shows

TBILISI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Privacy concerns are pushing people to change their behaviour online, according to an international poll published on Wednesday that found one in three avoid specific search terms or web pages to elude tracking. More than seven in 10 respondents to a survey of almost 10,000 people in nine countries said...

Jiuta: FCCC to meet FBOA soon

THE Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission will hold a meeting with the Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) soon to discuss the bus fare review application. FCCC acting chief executive officer Senikavika Jiuta said the process was in its early stages. “We will be conducting a meeting with the bus operators soon and we are in...

4th December

Bamboo Airways to take delivery of first Boeing Dreamliner this month

HANOI (Reuters) – Vietnamese startup Bamboo Airways said on Tuesday it will take delivery of a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner <BA.N> this month, its first wide-body aircraft, and aims to start direct flights to the United States by early 2021. The plane will be the first that Bamboo owns, Vice Chairman Dang Tat Thang said, adding...

Major restructure of research stations

THE Ministry of Agriculture will soon unveil a new structure and brand for its research division. This includes renaming research stations around the country. Agriculture Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy said this at the commissioning of new quarters at the Dobuilevu Research Station in Rakiraki yesterday. He said the ministry had embarked on a major restructure...

Lautoka food operators to apply for new licence

LAUTOKA food operators have until January 17, 2020, to apply for a new Food Safety Health Licence. Lautoka City Council CEO Jone Nakauvadra said the council would distribute reminder notices to all food businesses this month. He said it was an offence for a food operator to operate their business without a proper licence. “Part...

90-plus Lautoka eateries graded

A TOTAL of 96 eateries in Lautoka were graded by the Lautoka City Council this year. Among those graded was a prominent business found operating a restaurant under unsanitary conditions. Lautoka City Council CEO Jone Nakauvadra said more work was needed to be done by a few of the businesses. He said a few eateries...

3rd December

Grant benefits smallholder farmers

A TOTAL of 104 smallholder farmers from around Fiji have benefited from a grant of $140,000 given by the Ministry of Agriculture. Eleven smallholder farmers received fencing materials last week in Rakiraki through the program earmarked to benefit 134 smallholder farmers in total, with the remaining 30 assistance packages to be handed out to selected...

FCCC investigates Nadi-based travel agency

THE Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) is investigating Nadi-based travel agent company Go Locals Holidays Pte Limited. It has been established that FCCC had received more than 20 formal complaints against the travel agent so far, where it had been alleged that Go Local Holidays accepted payment but did not issue airline tickets to...

2nd December

LTA urges companies to register for eServices

FIJI’S Land Transport Authority (LTA) is urging companies that employ drivers who regularly drive company vehicles to register for eServices. “If you are a bus company, minibus, taxi, licenced carrier or in the haulage or distribution business or a rental car company, you need to register for eServices,” LTA chief executive Samuel Simpson said. “This...

Carpenters fined $20k for breach

CARPENTERS Fiji Limited has been fined $20,000 by the Nasinu Magistrates Court on two counts of failure to display prices on certain price-controlled items and non-controlled price items. This concludes action taken by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) which charged the company with failure to display prices on one price-controlled and four non-controlled...

Mushroom growers body will strengthen farmers’ collective power

THE recent formation of the Fiji Mushroom Farmers Association under the umbrella of the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) “adds voice and strengthens the collective power of farmers”. Fiji Mushrooms Farmers Association member Litia Naitanui – who is bound to a wheelchair and represents women with disabilities group in Rewa –  said mushroom farming was...

FBOA awaits word from FCCC after another fuel price hike

THE Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) has yet again raised its concerns following the increase in fuel price as they continue to wait for a long-delayed decision on a bus fare review. In a statement, the FBOA said while two cents increase in fuel price may not seem much, in terms of volume, each cent...

Construction council opens new office

THE Construction Industry Council has appointed an office administrator in parallel with the official opening of its new office on the Fiji National University campus at Samabula. CIC chief executive officer Vijay Naidu said the set office hours and services were expected to improve communications with its associations, industry and government. He also noted the...

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