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500-plus attend resort’s walk-in recruitment drive

More than 500 people attended a walk-in recruitment drive held by the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay last week at Lawaqa Park in Sigatoka. This was the first recruitment drive along the Coral Coast with...

Kumar: Demand for aged-care training

To meet the demand for aged-care training in Fiji, more and more training institutions in Fiji are signing up with the Australia Pacific Training Coalition (APTC), said Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar. He made the comment while handing out certificates to members of the Nakorokula youth club who graduated with Aged-Care Certification conducted...

Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatnagar delivering her speech at the 59th Sanatan Annual Convention in Samabula, Suva. Picture: SUPPLIED

Women empowerment – Females increasingly participating in all spheres of life – Bhatnagar

Those days are gone when women in Fiji remained confined to the four walls of their homes and their immense strength and potential remained unrecognised and unaccounted for, says Assistant Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Veena Bhatnagar. Speaking at the opening of the Tavua Women’s mini-craft show last week, she said presently, women...

Award stuns veteran artist

For Manunivavalagi Korovulavula, being awarded the Living Treasure Award at the 2022 Fiji Performing Rights Association (FPRA) music awards, came as a surprise for him. The 88-year-old man told this newspaper that he did not expect to be given the award. “It was a big surprise but a pleasant one,” he said. “I look through...

‘Exercise, lifestyle change will not improve your situation’

If you have a slow heart rate, exercise and lifestyle change will not be able to improve your situation, only a pacemaker can do that, says Pacific Island Pacemaker Services chairwoman Dr Fiona Riddell. She said a slow heart rate was completely unrelated to lifestyle changes and exercise. “And it can’t be improved with medication,”...

RHD in pregnancy – Echo screening introduced to address disease – Malo

The burden of rheumatic heart disease in pregnant women is not well defined as there has not been any research conducted to establish its prevalence in Fiji. Cure Kids Fiji RHD project manager Dr llikena Malo said to address this they began a pilot research in August by introducing echo screening for pregnant mothers. “Right...

‘Gap’ in workforce – Cawaru: Ministry to address issues

The Ministry of Employment is working around-the-clock in trying to address concerns raised to them from various organisations and institutions regarding the high turnover of people from work places leaving for Australia and New Zealand. Permanent secretary for Employment Osea Cawaru said this had left a gap in the market which needed to be filled....

Growing number of alcohol-related cases

With the high number of Fijians joining the Pacific Australia Labour Mobility Scheme (PALM) and as well the Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) scheme program, the Ministry of Employment is also receiving a growing number of alcohol-related cases. Permanent secretary of employment Osea Cawaru highlighted this while sending off 99 selected Fijian workers to both Australia...

Lami Police investigate stoning of bus

An investigation is underway by the Lami Police into a case where a bus conveying students, parents and guardians of a Suva school returning from Nadi was stoned on Saturday night. Chief Operations Officer ACP Abdul Khan said Police had received information of the alleged incident at Kalokolevu whereby a fire call was conducted and...

Baravilala: Fiji working to bridge communication gap with remote areas

Fiji’s Acting Permanent Secretary for Communications Tupou’tuah Baravilala delivered a statement at the International Telecommunications Union Plenipotentiary Conference 2022 in Bucharest, Romania. The event is being attended by more than 3000 participants including heads of governments, ministers, diplomatic corp, senior government officials, regulators, technical experts, academia, and the private sector. In her statement, Ms Baravilala...

FIU warns Fijians of cryptocurrency scam

The Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) is warning members of the public of a current cryptocurrency scam in the country. The FIU stated those scammers had circulated advertisements on various Viber and other social media groups using theofficial logo of a government agency and staff photo. “These advertisements are fake,” FIU director Razim Buksh said....

What’s happening today!

Bula readers! Here’s some quick basic information that could come in handy when making some decisions on what to do today. As usual, here is our quick look at the weather forecast for today to until midnight tonight: Weather Situation: A trough of low pressure is anticipated to approach the group from the west and...

2nd October

V5 wows crowd at 2022 FIPRA Music Awards

Young talented V5 comprising four teenage singers and songwriters wowed the crowd at the 2022 FIPRA Music Awards at the GPH in Suva last night. The musical group was the winner of the inaugural 2022 Domo Vou Talei competition. Lia and Jasmine Daunakamakama, and Sevu and Vika Tuisawau performed their winning ‘Mango tree’ – inspired...

Drinking session turns sour in Raiwaqa; police investigate teenager’s death

A drinking session at Raiwaqa in Suva turned sour following the death of a 16-year-old boy who was part of the group. Police say the teenager was among a group of youths. According to initial information gathered by police, the boy was tackled by another youth in the group, and they only sought help when...

Sexism against women vendors

Some women market vendors are victims of domestic violence at home and even inside the market from jealous husbands. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali shared this with Namaka market vendors during Market Vendors Day celebrations in Nadi this week. She said over the years, the FWCC had received complaints of sexual harassment and sexism against...

Climate change fight: Asia-Pacific DRR ministers reminded of their responsibility

Climate projections for the region paint a grim picture with all climate change scenarios showing that Asia and the Pacific would be most impacted, says Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu. Speaking during the Pacific reception at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) in Brisbane, Australia last month, he reminded...

LTA: 80,000-plus TINs issued in 2020

Over 80,000 traffic infringement notices (TINs) were issued by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in 2020, says LTA CEO Flagon Bekker. Speaking before the Standing Committee on Social Affairs regarding LTA’s 2014-2017 annual reports, Mr Bekker said 64,126 offenders held full licences while 16,230 were provisional licence holders. This number dropped in 2021, with 57,280 fully licensed...

Exercise your right to vote, says Ali

Women vendors at the Namaka market were encouraged to exercise their right to vote at this year’s general election. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator and human rights activist Shamima Ali urged the women to register and vote when she officiated at the Market Vendors Day celebrations in Nadi this week. “Do not let this golden opportunity...

Missing Cikobia islanders found safe; survived on vegetables and a bottle of water

The three men and a four-year-old child from the island of Cikobia in Macuata who were reported missing on Thursday earlier this week survived on vegetables and a bottle of water during their three-day ordeal. The four reached Labasa safely this morning. They were found by an aerial team drifting 300km away from Kia Island,...

New SODELPA executives elected; Ratu Manoa beats Kepa for presidency

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) appointed its new executive members during their special general meeting in Suva yesterday. The new party president is Ratu Manoa Roragaca from the Naitasiri constituency. He will be assisted by Filimone Soqeta (Burebasaga), Ro Avenito Kolikata (Kubuna) and MP Anare Jale. The new office holders will serve for a term of...

Taito: TTFB initiatives going ahead

A number of initiatives undertaken by the iTaukei Trust Fund Board (TTFB) are going ahead despite hiccups encountered during the COVID-19 phase. Speaking on the fund’s 2020 annual report before the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, CEO Aisake Taito said in terms of culture and heritage, they continued to progress with the vanua fieldwork program. “This is...

Radrodro: Party must appoint acting SG; ‘this weakness’ need to be addressed

The need to have an acting general secretary for the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) was raised during the party’s annual general meeting in Suva yesterday. SODELPA Member of Parliament Aseri Radrodro raised this to the new executives of the party to amend the constitution and have an acting general secretary. Mr Radrodro said if the general secretary...

Expect wetter than normal rainfall, says Fiji Met

Expect wetter than normal rainfall which could lead to flooding events and in the aftermath of floods there could be incidents of water borne diseases, says the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS). The FMS stated the higher than normal rainfall was the result of a triple dip La Nina event which referred to the large-scale cooling...

Fiji Met: There will be increased risk of tropical cyclones affecting the West

The Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) states there will be an increased risk of tropical cyclones affecting the Western Division this season because of the country being affected by a La Nina event. While TC activity would most likely be the same as in normal cyclone season, La Nina would increase activity for the West, the...

ICAO awards Fiji

Fiji has been recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for its thorough and effective implementation of safety and oversight systems. This was shared by Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) acting CEO and controller aviation security and facilitation, Rigamoto Aisake, while submitting their Annual Report for 2020 before the Standing Committee on Social...

What’s happening today!

Weather A weak trough of low pressure is anticipated to approach the group from the West Fine weather apart from isolated brief showers over Suva/Nausori-Tailevu, eastern Ra, and Serua-Namosi, Sigatoka- Korolevu, Lau and Lomaiviti groups, Cakaudrove and Southern Bua Mainly fine weather elsewhere Moderate to fresh easterly winds Moderate to rough seas General information Events...

List of 2022 FIPRA Awards winners

Local musicians, artists and composers were celebrated at the 2022 FIPRA Music Awards tonight at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Here is the list of winners: Best iTaukei Song: Tei Sa Kadre – Voqa Kei Munia and composed by Josateki Wainiqolo Best Hindi Song: Mere Maal (6th award won by Ra V the surgeon)...

1st October

2022 FIPRA Awards: Tappoo wins International Achievement award

Fiji-born award-winning singer and international artist Sumeet Tappoo was presented the International Achievement award by the Australian High Commission in Fiji at the 2022 FIPRA Awards at the GPH in Suva tonight. “I’m so so happy, so excited and so blessed to have won this award. This means a lot to me,” Tappoo told Fiji Times...

2022 FIPRA Awards: Yanu Boyz win Most Popular Music Video

Popular iTaukei hit song ‘Noqu Dina‘ by boy group Yanu Boyz won the Most Popular Music Video category by public vote. The trio received their award at the 2022 FIPRA Awards at the GPH in Suva tonight. A public vote was cast for the Most Popular Song 2022 and the Most Popular Music Video, which closed...

Export partnership: Nama Fiji set to hit NZ shelves

Premium local skincare brand Nama Fiji is set to hit the New Zealand shelves from next week following an exciting export partnership announcement by Essence Group Fiji with renowned New Zealand retail chain, Farmers. Essence Group managing director Debra Sadranu said the partnership with Farmers provided exciting opportunity for its premium skincare brand to be...

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