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SPBD assistance helps mum

SINGLE mum, Melaia Kawaicei, 40, wasn’t able to afford a proper bed for her three children due to financial problems. But through the assistance of South Pacific Business Development (SPBD), she was able to purchase...

Police investigates alleged suicide case

NADI Police are investigating a case of an alleged suicide where the victim is an 8 year old child. The matter was reported to Police by health officials from the Nadi Hospital after the victim was brought to the hospital on Friday night. The alleged incident occurred at Solovi in Nadi. The victim was playing...

Search for toddler continues

THE search for the 3year old child continues who allegedly disappeared from her home in Kalekana settlement, outside Lami last weekend. According to Police, investigators continue to question family members and neighbours regarding the circumstances surrounding the child’s disappearance. Reports that the dress the child was last seen wearing was found by family members are...

Pot issue generates huge interests

ATTORNEY-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says Fijians have a very shallow understanding of the use of marijuana and there is a need to understand this kind of social issues to ensure we are on the same page with what is happening with the rest of the world. He noted this while closing the...

Inmate display works on art

FIJI is the second country this year after Israel to organise an art exhibition and fashion show featuring and displaying works produced by women inmates from their corrections facilities. This was highlighted by President Jioji Konrote at the opening of the “Christmas Vakaviti” Art Exhibition Yellow Ribbon Project 2019 at the Tagimoucia Gallery in Walu...

Two people charged for alleged interference

TWO people have been charged for allegedly interfering with the work of police officers in Nausori last week. The two are a 24-year-old woman from Kasavu and a man from Bau, and both have been charged with one count of obstruction each. The two allegedly interfered with the work of two police officers who were...

Be aware of your children’s whereabouts, urges MP

PARENTS and guardians have been advised to be wary of their children’s whereabouts during this school holidays. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa said parents needed to know what their children were doing and whose company they were in at all times. Mrs Vuniwaqa has also reminded parents and guardians that they...

PM hails climate warriors

YOUNG Pacific climate warriors are among our most valuable champions for the cause of climate action. This was reiterated by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the high-level talanoa with Pacific youths on ambitious nationally determined contributions (NDCs) in Madrid, Spain yesterday. Mr Bainimarama said his voice carried weight in these forums because he led a...

Paraquat blamed for 86pc of lives lost

EIGHTY-SIX per cent of Fiji’s suicide deaths could have been avoided if there were means of restricting access to paraquat. While acknowledging the bold step taken by the Ministry of Agriculture to ban the weedicide from being imported into the country, Dr Odille Chang told more than 470 participants at the 21st Attorney-General’s Conference that...

450 suicide deaths between 2014-17

FIJI recorded a total of 450 suicide deaths in a three-year period from 2014 to 2017. The shocking statistics were revealed at the 21st Attorney-General’s Conference by Dr Odille Chang, the associate professor head of school of medical services at the Fiji National University. While presenting on the topic, “Are you well? Right to health”,...

700 Fijian soldiers in Middle East

SEVEN hundred Fijian soldiers are currently serving in three different peacekeeping engagements across the Middle East. This has been confirmed by Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Deputy Commander Brigadier-General Mohammed Aziz. The peacekeeping engagements are Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Sinai, United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in Syria and the United Nations...

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Rape trial set for next year

THE trial of a  church  pastor accused of raping three women  has been set in May next year. Waisake Tulavu appeared before Suva High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar today. He is charged with four counts of rape and one of sexual assault. Mr Tulavu is alleged to have committed the offences on three complainants...

Rotary clubs looking forward to support more youth

PRESIDENT  of the Rotary Suva East Club Molly Powers-Tora says with the continued success of the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) program, the club looked  forward to identifying and supporting more youth applicants to participate in 2020. She highlighted that the club was also making plans to develop a children’s playground. “We have identified a...

Mother taken in for questioning

THE mother of the three-year-old girl, who allegedly disappeared from her home in Kalekana settlement, outside Lami last weekend, was taken in for questioning by police on Friday. A team from this newspaper was at the settlement, where close family confirmed that she was being questioned at the Lami Police Station. Police spokesperson, Ana Naisoro...

Suva Golden Oldies Rugby Club visits 81 venues

FOR the month of November, 81 venues around Fiji were visited by awareness teams from the Suva Golden Oldies Rugby Club. Club president Mason Smith said  1715 men were  tested during the prostate awareness month of “Movember”. “Support has been provided by the  Minister for Health and Medical Services and his team, the Fiji Cancer...

Singh warns cabbies

ANY taxidriver involved in any illegal activity should be ready to face the full brunt of the law. As the country gears up for Christmas and the new year, its parent body — the Fiji Taxi Association (FTA) — has reminded taxidrivers to be well aware of their roles as public service providers. While the...

Man vows to take full responsibility

AN emotional scene was witnessed at the High Court in Lautoka on Thursday when a man promised to take full responsibility for his father while he was on bail. The Nadi plumber was called alongside his wife before judge Justice Sunil Sharma to be reminded of their roles as sureties for his father who faces...

Rape case transferred

THE Nausori Magistrates Court has transferred a case of a 64-year-old man accused of raping his 12-year-old granddaughter to the High Court in Suva. The accused is charged with five counts of rape and one count of indecent assault. He is alleged to have committed the offences on several occasions at a settlement between January,...

‘Use water wisely’

WATER levels at the Vaturu water catchment are nearing critical levels. As a result, the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has issued the level one restriction for customers in Nadi and Lautoka. In a press conference in Nadi yesterday, WAF general manager customer services Sekove Uluinayau said the level one restriction was for customers to...

Fiji bows out of Dubai 7s cup competition

DESPITE the 24-14 win against France in their last pool game at the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series Dubai 7s tournament, the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team failed to progress to the cup quarterfinal stage with France and Argentina going forward from Pool A. A derelict performance filled with indiscipline from Fiji saw them loss...

Dishonest canecutters a worry

DISHONEST canecutters became an added burden for canefarmers this crushing season, apart from the shortage of labourers, says National Farmers Union president Surendra Lal. Many farmers, he said, had faced this situation over the past years in which cutters received advance payments but failed to return to the farms. “This has happened in almost every...

Fish poisoning

ELEVEN people were admitted and treated for fish poisoning at the Labasa Hospital this week. And the Ministry of Fisheries has cautioned fish consumers to be vigilant over their choices of fish during this festive season. It is understood that the 11, who were taken to hospital on Tuesday night, consumed ogo buidromo (yellowtail barracuda)....

Villagers fund proper sanitation facilities

HAVING experienced typhoid threats over the past years, villagers of Tiliva in Bua have taken proactive measures, raised $7500 and built proper sanitation facilities. The village project, which started in October, was completed yesterday as 17 houses now have proper bathrooms and flush toilets. Tiliva is the first village in Bua to fund their own...

Ministry on mass gatherings

PEOPLE who were vaccinated in phase one of the measles immunisation campaign will not be vaccinated again in phase two. This is the clarification from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. Phase two of the campaign started in the Central Division this week, targeting people who may not be fully immunised and were most...

New logo for FJFW

YESTERDAY marked a new era for Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW) with the launch of its re-branded logo. FJFW managing director Ellen Whippy-Knight said a firm called Strategy Creative from Australia designed FJFW’s new logo with a new font which now belonged to FJFW. She said she had been working with Strategy Creative while in Australia...

18 confirmed cases of measles

TWO more cases of measles have been recorded in the Central Division with the Health Ministry anticipating an increase in the number of cases. The two newly-confirmed cases included a three-month-old baby from Wailali settlement in Wainadoi and a one-year-five-month-old baby from Wailekutu in Lami. In a statement yesterday, the Health Ministry strongly urged Fijians...

Patel: Land prices have escalated in Fiji

WHILE Fiji does not have a shortage of land available for housing needs, in recent times, land prices have escalated so much that many people are finding it difficult to buy land. This was shared by seasoned lawyer Ramesh Patel while speaking on Property Opportunities – Strata Title Ownership at the 21st Attorney- General’s Conference...

A-G talks on value of properties

THERE is no appreciation on the value of property in Fiji, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He highlighted this at the 21st Attorney-General’s Conference at the Natadola’s InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort and Spa. While acknowledging the four speakers who elaborated on Property Opportunities – Strata Title Ownership, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said this was an area that needed...

Taxi drivers warned against illegal activities

ANY taxi driver involved in any illegal activity should be ready to face the full brunt of the law. As the country gears up towards Christmas and New Year’s, its parent body – the Fiji Taxi Association has reminded taxi drivers to be well aware of their roles as public service providers. While the association...

Man on rape charge bailed; Son promises to take responsibility

AN emotional scene was witnessed at the High Court in Lautoka on Thursday when a man promised to handle full responsibility of his father while on bail. The Nadi plumber was called alongside his wife before Justice Sunil Sharma to be reminded of their roles as sureties for his father – who faces one count...

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