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Rape report lodged against businessman

A case of alleged rape has been lodged at the Raiwaqa Police Station against a businessman. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the man is in his 60s. Ms Naisoro said the report was lodged by...

FICAC charges two with bribery

FICAC has charged two National Fire Authority (NFA) officers from the Lautoka Fire Station with bribery. NFA operations sub-officer Josefa Tora and structural fire safety sub-officer Inoke Raleba appeared in the Lautoka Magistrates Court charged with bribery and aiding and abetting. According to FICAC, Mr Tora was charged with three counts of soliciting an advantage...

DPP: Superyacht Amadea responsibility of A-G

The superyacht Amadea is the responsibility of the Attorney-General while in Fiji, Director of Public Prosecutions Christopher Pryde said. He said this in the Court of Appeal when the Milemarin Investments Ltd appeal of the registration of the United States warrant was called before Justices Eric Basnayake, Susantha Lecamwasam and Almeida Guneratne yesterday. Mr Pryde...

State approved 10 native land projects

The Government has approved 10 native land development projects under the iTaukei Land Development Grant. Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said in Lautoka yesterday that work on each project had begun. “Of all of the developments we have approved so far, of a total of 10 that are in the pipeline, eight of them are...

$900m loan repayments to begin after 10 years

Repayments for “close to $900 million” in loans taken by the Government during the COVID-19 pandemic will begin in 10 years time, says Economy Ministry permanent secretary Shiri Gounder. He said the funds were concessional on zero interest rate and repayments scheduled for the 11th year after they were secured. He said this during a...

Fijian landowners given a chance

ITaukei landowners have been given an opportunity to develop their land and earn premium capital from their property. This was made clear during the commissioning of a 15 residential lot property development worth $616,000 in Vuda, Lautoka, yesterday. While commissioning the project, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said the problem was that many landowning units did...

NFP will not form a coalition with FijiFirst – Biman

The National Federation Party will not form a coalition or partnership with the FijiFirst party, says its leader, Professor Biman Prasad. Prof Prasad made the comments while speaking at a party meeting in Malolo, Nadi on Monday night. “The NFP doesn’t want to partner with a party that has brought this country to its knees,”...

Digital platform: ‘Has done more harm than good’

President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere believes the digital platform has done Fijian society more harm than good. He said this while speaking to parents and students of Bua Central College during their prefects induction ceremony on Wednesday. “In this day and age, there are many factors that we can consider challenges but I strongly believe that...

Vesivesi residents complain of dirty water on tap

Vesivesi road residents in Kinoya experienced receiving dirty water in their taps for a few hours last night. Kinoya resident Mary Batita, 52, said water had been dirty since 5pm earlier in the afternoon. “My daughter was washing her clothes and the whole tub was filled with brown water,” Ms Batita said. “My friend who...

Rehab work underway on Moala RORO jetty

Members of the public are being advised that the rehabilitation phase of Moala RORO (roll on roll off) Jetty is currently underway. According to the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA), boats visiting Moala Island can berth at the nearby harbour for loading and unloading. The FRA says works are anticipated to be completed by early July...

Sharma Joins Trade Course at FNU

Tanisha Sharma has always been interested in baking, so when it was time to choose tertiary study options, taking up a course in baking and patisserie at the Fiji National University (FNU) was an easy decision. Enrolled in Trade Diploma in Baking and Patisserie offered through the College of Business Hospitality and Tourism Studies (CBHTS),...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today. First, here is your weather forecast for today: Weather A trough of low pressure is expected to approach the group from the north and lie just northwest of Fiji on Thursday. Associated cloud and showers expected to...

18th May

Anne Tamarei Bolavatu – A keen learner

Success comes to those who seek it diligently — these words have inspired, Anne Tamarei Bolavatu, one of Suva’s budding handicraft vendors. Becoming a businesswoman was never on the 43-year old’s mind when she was growing up in rural Cakaudrove. But being a quick and keen learner, she carved her way to business success by...

Common interests – Navy frigate graces Fiji waters

A navy frigate, named after a month from the French revolution calendar and headquartered in New Caledonia graced Fiji waters last week. The ‘Vendemiaire’, under the command of Commodore Alain Gaborit, had a three-day port call last week at the Suva wharf with 95 crew members on board. The Noumea-based ship was commissioned in 1994....

Back in history: Queen’s fifth visit to Fiji

When Queen Elizabeth visited Fiji for the fifth time back in 1977, she commended Fiji for being an example of how much could be achieved when different races lived and worked together, pooling their talents and resources for the good of all. The Queen said this while addressing chiefs and members of the public who...

Hepatitis in children – Cases continue to grow globally

Health authorities around the world are continuing to investigate an outbreak of severe and unexplained hepatitis in children, with about 450 cases now reported worldwide. Hepatitis is an inflammation of the liver, often caused by a viral infection and generally rare in healthy children. The spate of unusual cases first came to global attention in...

Last year was a good year for service provider

The year 2021 was a good year for Aon (Fiji) and for its clients despite the challenges presented by COVID, according to general manager Steve Vincent. He said there were no major cyclone events in Fiji last year, which was a big risk factor for the company as it caused the most damage. “Because we...

Struggle of SMEs

The opening of the local and international border has not brought the economic uptake for SME business owners as expected. According to Fiji SME Business Owners Network founder Kim Beddoes, the perception with the reopening was that economic activity would pick up and the problems for SME owners would disappear. “It has been nothing of...

Fiji Police-organised wellness marathon advocates against violence and pornography

The Duavata West Champs 4 Wellness Marathon Day 3  began this  morning from Korovou Town. In a statement, Police said the marathon was a campaign by the Fiji Police Force and volunteers from various stakeholders in Nadi. “Supported by the Fiji Police Duavata Community Policing team raising awareness on ending violence against women and children, and...

Weather watch: Strong wind warning for land areas

A strong wind warning remains in force for land areas of Yasawa group, Rakiraki and southern Bua province. The weather bulletin issued from the national weather forecasting centre in Nadi this afternoon says a trough of low pressure is expected to approach the group from the north and lie just northwest of Fiji on Thursday....

Refusal of recusal

Justice Dr Thushara Kumerage will hear Opposition MP Ratu Suliano Matanitobua’s case after refusing and dismissing Ratu Suliano’s application for him to be recused. The matter was called in the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court in Suva for a ruling on the application after the hearing on Monday. Ratu Suliano is charged with one...

Railala: Two days without water

Residents living in the greater Lami were without water from Monday to 4pm yesterday afternoon. The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) said this was due to a 375mm burst main along Tamavua-I-Wai. Reijeli Railala, 42, of Solomoni St said the two days without water was tough for her family. She said her children had to...

Schools encouraged to purchase tablets

Education Minister Premila Kumar has encouraged schools around the country to start purchasing tablets via the free education grant for students’ academic studies. She said this when she officiated at the Tilak High School prefects investiture ceremony in Lautoka yesterday. “We need to introduce devices, we must introduce gadgets and we must teach them through...

Singh: Ministers ‘scurrying’ to Nadi for votes

Aspiring National Federation Party candidate Prem Singh claims Government ministers are “scurrying to Nadi” because of the significant number of Indo-Fijian votes in the Jet Set Town. Speaking at a meeting in Malolo on Monday night, he said there were 33,000 Fijians of Indian descent in Nadi alone. “The elections could be won by National...

State to recruit 22 permanent secretaries

Government is going to advertise and recruit 22 permanent secretaries, online tender documents released by the Fiji Procurement Office state. The Public Service Commission (PSC), through the Ministry of Civil Service is looking for a recruitment agency for the purpose of selecting and recruiting permanent secretaries. The agency will need to advertise the vacancies extensively...

Graduates ‘still waiting’ – Minister: A number of education degree holders still don’t have a school

A number of teachers who completed their degree in 2018 are still waiting for a vacancy in the school system, says Education Minister Premila Kumar. “Unfortunately, some of these teachers had studied accounting and economics,” she said. “They studied English and they also studied a few other subjects like chemistry and biology. We don’t have...

Aviation academy a ‘life saver’

National carrier Fiji Airways has labelled its aviation academy a ‘life saver’ because it has provided training for local pilots and the new cabin crew absorbed into its workforce. Managing director and chief executive Andre Viljoen said the airline had done a lot of work to upgrade more local pilots and the Namaka-Nadi based academy...

‘Retain’ local pilots

Fiji Airways managing director Andre Viljoen says the national airline wants to minimise recruiting foreign pilots. “We kept all the local pilots during COVID, 104 of them, and basically terminated all the foreign pilots – about 98 of them,” he said. Mr Viljoen said the airline wanted to keep local pilots, and if the need...

National carrier to recruit 150 cabin crew members

Fiji Airways is hoping to recruit yet another 150 cabin crew to meet the increasing demand for air travel from the international market. Managing director and CEO Andre Viljoen said flight attendants who were terminated in 2020 were entitled to apply, adding this was an exciting time for the airline. “We need more and more...

Raj condemns act of violence

The police badge and uniform does not give officers the right to use senseless violence on ordinary citizens, says Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj. Mr Raj was commenting on a video that is being widely shared on social media showing a police officer physically assaulting a bus driver in Labasa on...

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