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16th December

Fiji’s A-G meets US Assistant Secretary of Defense

FIJI’S Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum met the United States Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia and Pacific Security Affairs, Randall Schriver, yesterday afternoon. A Government statement issued on Friday night stated that...

Courts hosts in-store cookery demonstration

COURTS Mega store in Samabula, Suva, today hosted an in-store cookery demonstration with the use of Philip brands. Chef Nicholas Jordon from Malamala Beach Club presented a live cookery demonstration of how to cook a healthy-styled fish and chips. Courts stated that the event was also in line with raising awareness on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). “The two...

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 of better opportunity and greener pastures. Four years ago, while on a six month tour of duty in Afghanistan, his world literally...

Parents must be aware of their children’s whereabouts: Police

IT is the responsibility of every parent to be aware of their children’s whereabouts this festive season, police has warned. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro issued the warning in response to concerns raised by some people on the number of children seen loitering around the towns and cities in the wee hours. “As far as young children are...

Fiji Airports gear up for another record financial year

FIJI Airports is gearing up for another record year in terms of profits, says company executive chairperson Faiz Khan. He said their performance over the last 12 months was a significant improvement from 2017. “The year 2018 has been a phenomenal year,” he said. “A phenomenal year thanks to the efforts of our staff and...

15th December

Coconut industry experts complete risk management and mitigation training

TWENTY-seven experts and stakeholders from the coconut industry completed a four-day ‘Coconut Risk Management and Mitigation Manual for the Pacific Region’ yesterday at the Tanoa International Hotel, Nadi. According to the Pacific Community (SPC), the training was a follow-up of the successful Coconut Industry Development Programme (CIDP) workshop conducted in April this year that resulted...

Inmates share Christmas spread with families and friends

HUNDREDS of families and friends crowded the corrections institution at Suva and Naboro today to share a Christmas lunch with their loved ones at the centre. Assistant Commissioner Senior Superintendent of Fiji Corrections Service Sakiusa Veiwili said this was part of the institution’s corporate social responsibility. “Our role is to ensure that when inmates are discharged,...

Canberra-based Youth With a Mission visit villagers of Kavewa Island

AN initiative of Australian-based ‘Youth With a Mission’ team will be accomplished soon as members begin their work with villagers of Kavewa Island in Macuata. A team arrived from their Canberra-based mission this week visited the villagers with boxes of gifts. YWAM-based coordinator Wati Savu said the gifts signified the season of Christmas and love....

Samabula Police team clean up senior citizens’ home

CHRISTMAS is a time for giving and this is a small way of giving them a different environment to welcome their special guest for their Senior Citizens Christmas Party. Samabula District’S ASP Tomasi Bulimaibau lead a team of officers on Thursday afternoon cleaning up the Gloden Age Home at Samabula in Suva. Mr Bulimaibau said...

Soaki presents credentials to President Konrote

SOLOMON Islands High Commissioner to Fiji William McDonald Soaki presented his credentials to the President Jioji Konrote at Borron House yesterday. Mr Soaki who attained his Post Graduate Certificate in Diplomacy and International Affairs and his Bachelor of Arts in History/Politics and Geography from the University of the South Pacific presented his credentials after inspecting...

Reshuffle in ranks at Rugby House as coaching positions announced

A RESHUFFLE in the ranks at Rugby House as the Fiji Rugby Union announced the selected appointments for the positions of the Fiji Airways Fijiana Sevens coach, the Fiji Airways Fijiana XV’s coach and the positions of Strength and Conditioning coaches in both codes. FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor has highlighted that the appointments...

Pacific island reps agree programs to end violence against women and girls must emerge locally

REPRESENTATIVES from 11 Pacific Island countries participating at the 8th meeting of the Pacific Women’s Network Against Violence Against Women members have agreed that a critical concern for them is that programs to end violence against women and girls must emerge from local women’s human rights groups and be sensitive to the community context. The...

Water situation: WAF improves supply in Nadi elevated areas

WATER Authority of Fiji general manager Customer Services Sekove Uluinavau says work is being done to improve the supply of water to elevated areas in Nadi where intermittent supply has been an issue. In a press statement issued today, WAF said it had successfully commissioned the DN600 transmission pipeline from Nadele to the Votualevu Rice...

Fiji Police begins community policing through music programs

PEOPLE living in the Western Division can look forward to some early festive cheer. The Fiji Police Force will begin its Community Policing through Music program from Monday, December 17 in the West. Director Community Policing senior superintendent Waqa Cavuilati said the tour in the Western Division would begin in Sigatoka in the villages of...

Weather watch: Expect cloudy periods with showers

MEMBERS of the public have been advised to expect cloudy periods with some showers over the eastern parts and interior of the larger islands from today until midnight tomorrow. In its bulletin issued earlier today, the weather forecasting centre in Nadi has also forecast isolated afternoon thunderstorms. Elsewhere, fine apart from isolated afternoon or evening...

A role model: Those who grab opportunities will succeed

LIFE is full of challenges and opportunities, only those who grab those opportunities and overcome struggles will succeed in life. This advice was given to Dr Amar Singh by his father, while growing up at their sugarcane farming settlement in Kabisi, Sigatoka, many years ago. And it happened that he took on this advice seriously...

Fijian Elections Office receives petitions

THE Fijian Elections Office has confirmed receiving the petitions filed by Satish Kumar, Jone Dakuvula and a joint petition by Sitiveni Rabuka and Professor Biman Prasad. The petitioners are challenging the results of the 2018 General Election. According to a statement issued from the FEO, in all petitions, the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, has...

Naitasiri villagers act to keep deadly disease away

THE village of Nabaitavo in Naitasiri was one of three villages that reportedly recorded typhoid cases. After the visit to the village on Thursday by the Health and Medical Services Minister, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete, the villagers began work on the construction of a base for a 10,000 litre water tank yesterday. Village headman Ratu Isoa...

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...

FSC: Crush improved

THE Labasa mill crushed 620,000 tonnes of cane and produced 64,000 tonnes of sugar this year. Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) chief executive officer Graham Clark said the performance of the mill improved this year. “Labasa did well and is the best performing mill this year and generally we have had weather impact,” he said. “We...

Man allegedly buried alive in western Fiji

THE family of Vivek Nand, who was allegedly buried alive at a development site in Nasoso, Nadi, yesterday, is seeking answers. The Saweni, Lautoka, resident was laying pipes in a five-metre deep trench when the horrific accident occurred. His family is questioning the way they were informed of his death and claim there was failure on the...

Vuniwaqa: Christmas is about love

CHRISTMAS is about love and we must continue to spread love during this festive season. This was the sentiment of Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa during the Christmas celebration at the Golden Age Home in Samabula, Suva yesterday. Mrs Vuniwaqa said the main purpose of the celebration was to mark the...

$816,004 bonus payout for Fiji Airport staff members

CHRISTMAS came early for Fiji Airports staff members after they were given a $816,004.62 bonus payout yesterday. In announcing the payment, Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Fiji Airports was the highest contributor of government dividends and unparalleled in terms of performance and profit. “I want to congratulate all of you,” he said....

Nadi taxi body concerned with traffic system

THE Nadi Taxi Association claims the Fiji Roads Authority’s traffic management system in the central business district area is costing passengers extra dollars in taxi fares. Association president Vasu Nair also said the first impression tourists from Denarau had of Nadi Town was Prince Charles Park and back alleyways. “We are not happy about the...

Fiji Sugar Corporation’s Lautoka Mill began the crushing season yesterday. Picture: REINAL CHAND

Crushing extension for Fiji’s Western sugar mills

THE Sugar Cane Growers Council and Fiji Sugar Corporation have agreed to extend crushing at the Lautoka and Rarawai sugar mills. SCGC chief executive officer Sundresh Chetty said he was grateful to the FSC for agreeing to push the termination of crush dates back. The Sugar Industry Tribunal had earlier ordered that crushing at Lautoka...

Fiji’s first cultural heritage online exhibition

THE Fiji Museum launched its first ever Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) Google Art and Culture Online exhibition yesterday. Fiji Museum director Sipiriano Nemani said they had received funding in 2016 to prepare a submission on an intangible cultural heritage (ICH) element for Fiji. “So after some discussions, dialogue and deep thought, although at first there...

‘Action of countries need to increase fivefold’

IF we are to have any hope of capping the global temperature at no more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above that of the pre-industrial age, actions of countries need to increase fivefold. This was shared by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama as COP24 came to an end in Poland yesterday. “We know that this ambition needs...

Review examines Fiji’s debt levels

A NEW review by the Asian Development Bank has suggested that the Fijian Government reconsider its limit on external borrowing at 30 per cent of total borrowings. This is on account of liquidity and interest rate movements in the domestic market. Government intends to maintain foreign-sourced debt at no more than 30.0 per cent of...

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...

No date, venue yet for Miss Fiji Pageant

THE Fiji Pageant Contest 2018 could not be held in time due to elections, for Fiji to participate in the Miss Pacific Island Pageant. This was revealed in a statement from Government. Fiji was not represented at the regional pageant which was held in Nuku’alofa Tonga last month. Miss Fiji Pageant Association chairman Hirdesh Prasad confirmed...

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