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20th April

Fiji bus operators propose interim fare structure

AN interim measure of increasing fares for the first four stages around the country has been proposed by the Fiji Bus Operators Association. At least, the association says this is where a majority of bus...

Easter scare on board distressed inter-island vessel

AS Fijians commemorated Jesus Christ’s crucifixion yesterday, more than 100 passengers on board the MV Liahona II, who were on their way to spend Easter in Kadavu, were in fear of their lives after the ramp detached from the vessel early yesterday morning. The vessel, carrying 121 passengers including crew members, left Suva on Friday night for...

Principal questions hostel grants disbursement formula

A SCHOOL principal has questioned the formula used by the Education Ministry to disburse hostel grants to boarding schools. During a discussion at the Fiji Principals Association Conference, the principal from Niusawa Methodist Mission School in Taveuni claimed there was a huge difference about how hostel grants were allocated to government-owned schools and schools that...

Fisheries ministry hesitant to install ice plants on remote islands

THE Fisheries Ministry is hesitant to install ice plants on remote islands because it demands a lot of water which is scarce on many of these areas within Fiji’s maritime zones. Responding to requests for such plants on Kioa and Cikobia, Fisheries Minister Semi Koroilavesau said it would cost $800,000 to establish one ice plant....

19th April

Mobile unit set up for consumer convenience this Easter

WITH the Easter holidays surely to be accompanied by business traders’ momentous specials, the watchdog of consumers in Fiji has seen it fit to set up a mobile unit in Suva tomorrow, Saturday, April 1, 2019. The mobile unit will be set up on the ground floor of Vanua Arcade, Suva, from 8am to 1pm. Consumers...

Family continues Easter tradition at psychiatric hospital

A FAMILY of a former patient of the St Giles Hospital celebrated Easter by donating clothing and snacks to the patients of the institution. Family member Ravinesh Kumar said they were pleased to provide assistance to the patients, a moral initiative he noted was motivated by his elder brother who was also a patient at...

Easter: Share the love on this day

ST VINCENT de Paul Parish priest Father Vincent Mane said it was a significant day for Catholics today because they remember Christ’s suffering as a reminder of the love He had for us. Mr Mane led the service at a packed Nausori parish today as Catholic devotees gathered to observe this special day, and also witness...

Minister Reddy reminds Sanatanis ethos and values of forefathers

“WE have to cherish the seeds of Sanatan Dharm that our forefathers have inculcated among us by establishing various formal, non-formal and religious institutions that define contemporary Fiji today.” Fiji’s Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Dr Mahendra Reddy said this while reminding members of Shree Sanatan Dharm Prathinidhi Sabha of...

Time for self-reflection this Easter, youths say

CHRISTIANS today converged in church services around the country to commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Mount Calvary more than 2000 years ago. For Saint Pius X Parish in Raiwaqa, Suva, more than 20 youths reenacted the events of Jesus’s suffering that even moved some of its members to tears. Youth coordinator Amini Qalo...

MV Liahona II passengers to reach mainland this evening

PASSENGERS on board the distressed MV Liahona II have been advised that they are expected to reach mainland Kadavu between 5pm -6pm today. This was confirmed to the Fiji Times Online team by David Vosawale, a passenger on board the vessel when contacted this afternoon. Mr Vosawale said the weather situation out at sea at...

Cikobia women request for electrical scapers to boost VCO production

MINISTER for Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau will liaise with the Ministry of Women regarding requests for electrical coconut scrapers from women on Cikobia Island. Women on the island told Mr Koroilavesau during his tour this week that they needed the electrical scrapers to boost virgin coconut oil (VCO) production on the island. Speaking on behalf of...

FBOA demands withdrawal of EOI issued for western bus routes

THE Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) has demanded the withdrawal of an expression of interest issued by the Land Transport Authority for the routes presently serviced by a Lautoka-based company. FBOA general secretary Rohit Latchan said the LTA’s call for expressions of interest as published last Saturday, April 13, was both unreasonable and arbitrary. In...

Fiji Navy’s RFNS Kikau to escort distressed MV Liahona II

NAVY vessel RFNS Kikau has departed Viti Levu to provide escort to the MV Liahona II which is reported to have lost its ramp in open seas. The MV Liahona is a roll-on/roll-off vessel that is used to carry wheeled cargo and passengers on board, which means vehicles and passengers in the ship are loaded...

Ramp falls off inter-island vessel bound for Kadavu: Police

FIJIAN Police are monitoring an incident where a vessel had its ramp fall into the sea this morning. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident saying that Police Crime Stoppers had received a call at 8.30am today to report that the MV Leahona 2 bound for Kadavu had its ramp completely detach from the vessel...

Weather watch: Strong wind warning remains in force

A STRONG wind warning remains in force for land areas of Lau and Lomaiviti group, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands. The weather bulletin issued from the national weather forecasting centre in Nadi this afternoon says a trough of low pressure with associated cloud and showers lies slow moving over the Southern and Eastern parts of...

Fiji man’s voting privileges barred for five years

A MAN convicted of electoral offences has had his voting privileges barred for five years by the Suva Magistrates Court. Rajnil Pratap Sobha has been sentenced to 22 months imprisonment. He has been ordered to serve one year in custody and the remaining 10 months suspended for five years. Sobha was initially charged by the...

Resource owners await endorsement of fisheries access fees

FISHING resource owners around the country are still awaiting the endorsement of the proposed fisheries access fees by Cabinet. Since it was tabled in Cabinet in 2017, the proposed fees have been under several reviews as Government attempts to establish a suitable fee to be paid to resource owners. Responding to questions raised during a...

Remain faithful in all callings; All Saints cadets advised

THE 212 students who completed the cadet passing-out program at All Saints Secondary School in Labasa have been reminded to remain committed and faithful to whatever calling they pursue in life. In addressing the students, outgoing school principal Serafina Saukilagi told the students that there were many races in life. “The important thing to remember...

Easter – A call to everyone to be agents of peace

EASTER is not only about the dead body of Jesus returning to life but about how the disciples experienced peace through the spirit, teachings and principles of Jesus, says the head of the Catholic Church, Archbishop Peter Loy Chong. His message, made known to students of Holy Family Primary School yesterday during the Easter program,...

Easter – Gain courage to love radically

LEADERS of the churches in the Pacific have been reminded to continue to reflect Jesus’s calling for them and to follow a radicalism of love which dispels the division of the sacred and the secular that attempts to place the practice of love of God, neighbour, creation and oneself in a silo of purely individual...

Easter – Christians reminded to relook at relationship with others

AS Fijians mark Good Friday today commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on the cross, Christians have been reminded that the Cross summoned one to change the way they see things. Fiji Council of Churches general secretary the Rev Iliesa Naivalu highlighted this in his Easter message, saying that the Cross was also a symbol...

President of the Methodist Church in Fiji Reverend Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa. Picture: FT FILE

Easter – a time of reflection and remembrance

EASTER is a time to revisit not only the death and resurrection of Jesus, but most importantly the reason He sacrificed His life for all humanity. As Fijians across the country celebrate Easter this weekend, president of the Methodist Church the Rev Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa believes this is a time of reflection and remembrance. “This...

2019 Coke Games: Clean sweep – ACS dominates girls’ division

GOVERNMENT schools Adi Cakobau School (ACS) and Ratu Kadavulevu School (RKS) were crowned champions in the girls and boys divisions of the 2019 Coca-Cola Games. The girls from Sawani won all grades as well as the best athlete titles in each grade to stamp their supremacy in the girls’ competition. RKS and Marist Brothers High...

Decline in sector

THE decline in the economic contribution of the forestry sector over the past seven years has resulted in reduction in sawmilling operations and some job losses. Minister for Forests Osea Naiqamu said for the past seven years, the sector contributed an average of $36 million per year to Fiji’s gross domestic product. “This equates to...

Mum inspires chef

MANY find their parents fountainheads of their personal success and inspiration. For Volivoli Beach Resort executive chef, Lakepa Setitaia, it was his late mum. While growing up, observing his mother work as a waitress at an Asian restaurant along Cumming St in Suva influenced his career. It also gave him enough motivation to weather the...

2019 Coke Games: ACS coach commends tight competition

ADI Cakobau School coach Antonio Rabualiku says this year has been a tight competition and it shows the improvement in preparation by smaller schools. He said the competition has made his athletes work really hard for their medals. “We thank God for giving us the gold medals but we’ve been amazed at how other schools...

Women peacekeepers lead to protection responses: UN S-G

GREATER numbers of women peacekeepers lead to protection responses that are more credible and meet the needs of all members of local communities, says UN Secretary-General António Guterres. He made the comments at the UN Security Council’s peacekeeping operations debate held on the women in peacekeeping that Fiji was also a part of. The meeting...

Arya trial: Managers, school heads familiar with use of grant, says witness

THE fourth prosecution witness in the trial of former diplomat and media relations officer of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji, Kamlesh Arya, today informed the court that school heads and managers were familiar with how they used the free education grant. In her evidence, prosecution witness Makereta Fuata who was an accounts officer at...

President of the Methodist Church in Fiji Reverend Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa. Picture: FT FILE

Easter: Time of reflection and remembrance

EASTER is a time to revisit not only the death and resurrection of Jesus, but most importantly the reason he sacrificed his life for all humanity. As Fijians across the country celebrate Easter this weekend, President of the Methodist Church Reverend Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa believes this is a time of reflection and remembrance. “This year...

Man barred from voting for five years

A MAN convicted of electoral offences has had his voting privileges barred for five years by the Suva Magistrates Court. Rajnil Pratap Sobha has been sentenced to 22 months imprisonment. He has been ordered to serve one year in custody and the remaining 10 months suspended for five years. More details on this story in...

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