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26th August

Naisoro: Only ComPol will comment on assault investigations

POLICE comments on the alleged assault of Opposition Member Pio Tikoduadua by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will only be made by Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. Fiji Police Force spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said Brig-Gen Qiliho would be...

Tikoduadua: I have no hard feelings towards PM Bainimarama

I HAVE no hard feelings towards Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama because carrying a grudge has no value, says opposition member of Parliament and National President Party president Pio TIkoduadua. “But, this incident is bigger than me,” said Mr Tikoduadua, referring to the allegation of assault against Mr Bainimarama. “This all falls at the feet of...

Father of three to appear in court for murder

A FATHER of three children who allegedly murdered his wife last week has been charged with one count of murder. Wainikoro farmer Yogesh Lal will be produced in the Magistrates Court in Labasa today. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the suspect was charged over the weekend. It is alleged that the suspect, before committing the...

Agriculture ministry launches new pastoral program

A NEW pastoral program has been launched by the Ministry of Agriculture to grow a juncao grass – a type of pasture that could withstand long periods of dry weather. Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy said 50 tonnes of 80kilograms of juncao grass was transported to the Western Division last week. “The first shipment...

FLS refutes A-G’s claim

THE Fiji Law Society has refuted claims by the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum that some members of the private bar were not willing to provide legal aid services. Responding to the claims made by the AG at the opening of the Pacific Regional Legal Aid Commission Conference in Natadola last week, FLS president Laurel Vaurasi said...

Purchase of EFL shares a desperate measure, says Prof Biman

FIJI National Provident Fund’s purchase of the 20 per cent shares in Energy Fiji Ltd worth $220million is a desperate measure by Government, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. Prof Prasad’s comments come after a signing ceremony for the partial investment of shares in EFL was facilitated by Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in...

25th August

Child hygiene promoters attend symposium

SIXTY-three children in the Rakiraki area attended the first-ever symposium on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) at Penang Sangam School last Friday in a bid to encourage children’s participation in this platform. SCF chief executive officer Shairana Ali said getting children together for the symposium provided them a safe space and great platform to discuss issues...

Faith-based organisations urged to play prominent role

MINISTER for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa has called on faith-based organisations to play a prominent role in advocating for poverty alleviation and the elimination of family and gender-based violence. She made this call while addressing hundreds of members of the church congregation at the New Methodist Christian Fellowship Global Conference 2019 at...

Man charged with wife’s murder to appear in court

THE 41‑year‑old man who allegedly murdered his 35‑year‑old wife at Wainikoro in Macuata last Wednesday night will appear in the Labasa Magistrates Court tomorrow. Earlier, a police statement said that the suspect had been charged with one count of murder Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the man was arrested from his home at Navoalevu in Daku,...

Kumar reflects on Fiji’s strong relationship with China

FIJI’S Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Premila Kumar reflected on the strong and growing relationship between Fiji and China during the Guangdong 21st maritime silk road international expo that was held last week. She said this relationship included the link Fiji shared with the Guangdong Province. “This cooperation is envisioned to lead to elevated...

Weather watch: Damaging heavy swell warning in force

A DAMAGING heavy swell warning remains in force for southern and western coastal areas. The warming is also in force for waters of Yasawa and Mamanuca Group, Viti Levu from Momi to Navua, Kadavu, Beqa, Vatulele and the Lau group. The national weather forecasting centre in Nadi has forecast a high-pressure system to the Southwest...

WOWS Kids Fiji host thanksgiving service

WOWS Kids Fiji hosted a thanksgiving service today to the mark the end of Childhood Cancer awareness month. The service was held at the Pacific Tertiary Evangelistic Centre at Grantham Road in Suva. Team leader Viola Lesi said this was an important day as they remembered the children who had lost their lives to this...

Water situation: Navua residents advised to store water

RESIDENTS in certain parts of Navua are advised that they will be experiencing low water pressure to intermittent supply from today until further notice. In an advisory issued today, the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) stated the interruption was attributed to the limited water flow from the borehole. “The authority is kindly advising its customers...

We are The Fiji Times

THE Fiji Times wishes to inform its readers that it is in no way associated with The Fijian Times page available on the social media platform Facebook. Editor-in-chief of The Fiji Times Fred Wesley clarified this last night. “The Fiji Times newspaper is in no way associated or linked to The Fijian Times site on...

Drop in Men-C cases

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services suspects one case of meningococcal disease (Men-C) in the Central Division. Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete confirmed this, saying the cases of meningococcal diseases this year were less compared with last year. “We are suspecting maybe one but we have yet to confirm but certainly we’ve had 10...

Mums initiate fight against hard drugs

WITH the increase in seizure of hard drugs on Fiji’s streets, a group of mothers — known as the “Ministry of Mums” — has taken it upon themselves to steer children and the community away from the illicit drug trade. The group met for the first time at the Fiji Museum in Suva yesterday for...

Families unite to celebrate great-granny’s birthday

ABOUT one hundred descendants of Jotivini Vesidrau gathered at Rararua Village in the province of Ba, to mark her 92nd birthday on Friday. The Namena, Tailevu native was emotional as she was surrounded by nine of her 11 children, and more than 100 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “I never thought I’d see this day,” shared the...

Catholics celebrate opening of refurbished church

CATHOLICS in Lautoka had a reason to celebrate yesterday after the opening of the newly-refurbished Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. The famous Lautoka landmark was under renovation for a couple of months by a project team led by architectural project manager John Grey. He said the $800,000 project was a labour of love...

Prof Prasad: Pictures tell a thousand words

PICTURES tell a thousand words, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. Speaking in Lautoka yesterday, he said the 24-second video that went viral on social media on Friday showed how the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama allegedly used violence against NFP president Pio Tikoduadua. “Now the people can decide,” he said. “Was it assault?...

Tikoduadua: It is up to police now

IT IS up to the police now, says National Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua after a 24-second video surfaced of the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama allegedly manhandling him outside the Parliament complex on August 9. In an interview with this newspaper, he said the Fiji Police Force had a duty to investigate the alleged incident....

Mothers campaign against hard drugs

WITH the increase in seizure of hard drugs on Fiji’s streets, a group of mothers — known as the “Ministry of Mums” — has taken it upon themselves to steer children and the community away from the illicit drug trade. The group met for the first time at the Fiji Museum in Suva yesterday for...

It is up to Police now, says MP Tikoduadua

IT is up to the Police now, says National Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua after a 24-second video surfaced of the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama allegedly assaulting him outside Parliament on August 9. In an interview with this newspaper, he said the Fiji Police Force had a duty to investigate the alleged incident. “I haven’t...

Fellowship global conference ends

THE New Methodist Christian Fellowship’s global conference came to a close yesterday, gathering close to 13,000 people at the National Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva. NCF’s general manager field operations Senior Pastor Henry Sanday said the week-long conference was not confined to its members only. “We have all the congregation come in as well and...

Health ministry suspects a case of Men-C

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services has suspected one case of Meningococcal Disease (Men-C) in the Central Division. Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete confirmed this, saying the cases of meningococcal diseases this year were less compared to last year’s. “We are suspecting maybe one but we have yet to confirm but certainly we’ve had 10...

24th August

President Konrote receives courtesy call

FIJIAN President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote received a courtesy call from Dr. Hans Diehl at Borron House yesterday. Dr. Hans Diehl is a Clinical Professor of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University in the United States. He was accompanied by Pastor Luka Narabe, Dr Alipate Vakamocea, Dr Paul Wood, Sharon Stevenson, George Kwong and...

Ministry of Mums campaigns against illegal meth use

MORE than 10 mothers gathered at the Fiji Museum in Suva today in their bid to raise awareness about the increasing illegal use of methamphetamine and other hard drugs in the country. Known as the Ministry of Mums, the ‘Meth Awareness Picnic’ would now be a monthly event. Organiser Ellana Kalounisiga said mothers were the...

Water situation: Walu Bay residents advised of disruption

RESIDENTS in the greater Walu Bay area in Suva are advised that they will be experiencing low water pressures to intermittent supply from tonight. The Water Authority of FIji says the interruption in supply will allow its crew members to carry out urgent repairs to an underground leakage along Foster Street. Water supply will be disrupted...

WOWS Kids hold monthly meets for kids and families

CHILDREN who suffer from cancer do not get to enjoy life like any other normal child, says WOWS Kids Fiji Team Leader Viola Lesi. She said in an effort to help address this, their resource centre based in Rewa St held monthly get-togethers for the children who suffered from this dreadful disease and their families....

Parents, teachers reminded to prepare students well for final school term

PARENTS, teachers, and students have been reminded to ensure that all preparations are in place ahead of the beginning of the final school team. Minister for Education Rosy Akbar said teachers should have concluded their student free days program and should be now ready to teach from tomorrow. She said teachers should now be up...

Labasa residents brave wet weather at float procession

HUNDREDS of people lined the main streets of Labasa Town today to witness the float procession of the Vodafone Festival of the Friendly North. Despite the heavy rain towards the end of the program, the crowd joined the high spirits of contestants who braved the rain throughout the procession. Battle of the Giants champions, the...

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