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Rape accused told to sort out arrangements with lawyers

A 26-YEAR-old man charged with one count of rape had his bail extended by the High Court in Suva today. It is alleged that on March 24, 2019, the man entered the 24-year-old complainant’s home...

Infectious disease ruled out as cause of US couple’s death in Fiji: Government

FIJI’S Ministry of Health and Medical Services has ruled out infectious disease as a cause of the death of American couple David and Michelle Paul who died in Nadi while on holiday last month. In a statement, the ministry stated a number of investigations were carried out to reach a final result. “Following an extensive,...

Up Fiji Navy surveillance operations funding: MP Tikoduadua

AN allocation of $50,000 made to the Fiji Navy maritime surveillance centre operations under the 2019-2020 National Budget was scrutinised in Parliament earlier this evening. Opposition MP Pio Tikoduadua proposed that the allocation was increased considering the vast area that such operations covered. “I think we should increase the allocation to another $50,000 because they play...

Goundar Shipping commissions new inter-island vessel

GOUNDAR Shipping commissioned its latest addition to its fleet – the Lomaiviti VIII in Suva today. The new vessel, acquired from Japan at about $2.2million, will service the Natovi-Nabouwalu route. “We’re hoping to get the ship operational by the end of this month,” managing director George Goundar said. “We’re just going to do a bit of...

Security officers arrest alleged car thief

SECURITY officers helped in the arrest of a 26-year-old unemployed man who allegedly stole the car from an elderly businessman in Suva yesterday. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the 69-year old man was loading the vehicle outside a hotel in Suva when the suspect allegedly stole the vehicle. She said the victim gave chase in a...

Animals Fiji proposes tax for backyard dog and cat breeders

ANIMALS Fiji has called on the Government to start taxing backyard breeders of cats and dogs. “There are zero licensed or qualified breeders in Fiji,” the NGO said in a statement on its Facebook page where it also sent well wishes to the family of Amari Whippy, the two-year-old who was attacked by a pack...

Fiji Airways scoops top award; Flight attendants ranked among top 20

FIJI Airways has leapfrogged from fourth to first place to scoop the “Best Airline Staff in Australia Pacific”, acknowledging the airline’s continued commitment to world-class service and customer experience. The national airlines’ flight attendants have also been ranked among the top 20 in the world in the Skytrax Best Airline Cabin Crew awards. In addition,...

Stop-work order issued to WG Friendship Plaza developers in Fiji

A STOP-work order has been issued to developers of the WG Friendship Plaza in Fiji’s capital city Suva after they allegedly broke boundary laws, encroaching a nearby property. Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar said the stop-work notice had been issued to WG Friendship Plaza by the Suva City Council. Mrs Kumar said the notice...

Qorvis receives $1m allocation; Gavoka says it has overstayed its welcome

QORVIS Communications has overstayed its welcome and it’s time that we send them home, says Opposition MP Viliame Gavoka. He highlighted this issue in Parliament yesterday during a debate to take out the $1 million allocation to Qorvis Communications under the 2019-2020 National Budget. He said the organisation was a creature of the 2006 coup....

Foreign Affairs ministry struggles to fill vacancies: Seruiratu

THE Foreign Affairs Ministry is facing difficulties in filling vacant positions, Minister Inia Seruiratu told Parliament during the Committee of Supply’s deliberations on the 2019-2020 National Budget yesterday. Mr Seruiratu said the budget allocation for staff recruitment had been reduced when compared with the past financial year. “We can manage with the reduction. At the...

MIDA failed to submit annual reports since 2010: Prof Biman

THE Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) has failed to submit its annual reports since 2010, opposition MP Professor Biman Prasad told Parliament during the Committee of Supply’s deliberations on a motion to remove its budget allocation of $150,000 during the 2019-2020 National Budget debate. “The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum should hit the nail on the head....

Nabuli inspires locals

FORMER Wallabies winger Etonia Nabuli said the Radradra 7s tournament would help local players understand that rugby was a career path. The Boardeux Begles Club player in France said rugby in Fiji had always been played with the mentality of winning and he hoped that local players could see the sport as a career they...

MP claims serious cash flow problem

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party parliamentarian Niko Nawaikula said he had been informed one month before the 2019-2020 budget that Fiji was facing “a very serious cash fl ow problem”. In his response to the budget in Parliament this week, he also said that at the time, there was $200 million in approved LPOs (local purchase...

Qereqeretabua calls for service provider’s stats

WHY did taxpayers only hear about the issue of parents using their children’s e-ticketing cards on budget night? This was the question asked by National Federation Party parliamentarian Lenora Qereqeretabua during her response to the 2019-2020 budget this week as she called for a report from Vodafone be tabled in Parliament. The NFP member also...

Raj: Commission’s financials unaudited since 2008

FIJI Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (FHRADC) director Ashwin Raj has acknowledged that the commission’s financial accounts for August 2016-July 2017 and August 2017-July 2018 have not been completed. In response to queries from this newspaper yesterday, he said the reason for this was “that the commission’s financials remained unaudited since 2008”. “During a meeting...

Labasa labourer dies in road accident

A 33-YEAR-old labourer of Naleba outside Labasa is dead after an alleged road accident last night. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro has also confirmed that the driver of a ten wheeler truck was now in police custody in relation to the accident. Ms Naisoro said the victim was walking along the Labasa/Wainikoro Raod last night when...

FBOA agrees to begin providing audited accounts

MEMBERS of the Fiji Bus Operators Association have unanimously agreed to begin providing audited accounts for each of their companies from the next financial year. According to FBOA, at the annual general meeting held on Saturday, June 15, 2019, the members agreed that electronic ticketing data now provided a good basis for tracking and auditing...

Krishna to try and avail his service for Fiji football

INDIA-bound Fijian International Roy Krishna will be available for Fiji whenever the need arises. The former Wellington Phoenix striker confirmed earlier this week he is joining India Super League side ATK. Krishna said he may not be able to come for all national matches but he will do his best to present himself whenever required....

Budget will affect children and education sector: MP Qereqeretabua

CHILDREN and the education sector would be the most affected by the 2019-2020 budget because of the FijiFirst Government’s excessive spending spree and “champagne lifestyle on a beer budget”. This was the word from National Federation Party parliamentarian Lenora Qereqeretabua in the House this week. “The NFP warned last year when FijiFirst was traipsing around...

MIDA failed to submit annual report since 2010: Prof Biman

THE Media Industry Development Agency (MIDA) has failed to submit its annual report since 2010, Opposition MP Professor Biman Prasad told Parliament during the Committee of Supply’s deliberations on a motion to remove its budget allocation of $150,000 during the 2019-2020 National Budget debate. “The Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum should hit the nail in the head....

QORVIS has overstayed its welcome: MP Gavoka

QORVIS Communications has overstayed its welcome and it’s time that we send them home, says opposition MP Viliame Gavoka. He highlighted this issue in Parliament yesterday during a debate to take out the $1 million allocation to Qorvis Communications under the 2019-2020 National Budget. He said the organisation was a creature of the 2006 coup....

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Chunk of Waterways ministry budgetary allocation earmarked for capital projects

OUT of the $23.8milllion allocated to the Ministry of Waterways, 75 per cent of the allocation would be utilised on numerous capital projects across nine programs. Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Dr Mahendra Reddy confirmed this during his 2019-2020 budget address in Parliament yesterday. Services offered by the Ministry of...

Controlling stray dogs requires coordination and planning: Ministry

CONTROLLING stray dogs requires coordination, cooperation and planning, says the Ministry of Agriculture. A ministerial statement regarding the eight-week campaign conducted by the ministry beginning this week stated the community approach was the best way to provide a long-term solution to the stray dog problems. “Responsible pet ownership is the key” the statement said. “The...

Education Minister confirms completion of MY APA for teachers

FIJI’S Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar today confirmed that the MY APA annual assessment or appraisal of teacher’s performance have been completed. Ms Akbar said in an interview with The Fiji Times today this assessment would determine the pay increment that teachers are expected to receive. The Education Minister said it was...

PCN director fronts court

THE Director of People’s Community Network (PCN), Semiti Qalowasa appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court today. The Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) had taken Mr Qalowasa to court and charged him with failure to furnish information. In court today, defence lawyer Lisiate Qetaki filed a motion to vacate plea and sought time for a...

Motion to increase wages for Corrections officers defeated in Parliament

FIJI Correction Service officers should get pay increments for the work they do, says Opposition MP Mosese Bulitavu. He highlighted this issue during a debate to increase the salaries of Fiji Correction Services officers by $2million in Parliament today. “The RFMF and Fiji Police  Force had their pay increments as promised but the Correction officers...

Radradra 7s: More spectators expected; First day results

THE first day of the Radradra rugby sevens tournament ignited a flare of interest for the people of Taveuni and more spectators are expected to be part of the tournament tomorrow. Tournament director Sakiasi Veitogavi said the excitement had just begun as they expect more people over the next two days. “Today’s games were just...

State yet to finalise victim impact statement in multiple rape case

THE State has yet to finalise the victim impact statement and previous convictions list in a case involving a serving prisoner facing multiple rape and sexual-related charges. Luke Ravuga appeared before judge Justice Vinsent Perera at the High Court in Suva today charged with three counts of rape and two counts of sexual assault. It...

Motion to strike out grant to PIDF defeated in Parliament

A MOTION to strike out an operating grant of $1.2million allocated to the Pacific Islands Development Forum Secretariat ( PIDF) was defeated in Parliament today. This issue was highlighted during the committee of supply’s deliberation on the 2019-2020 National Budget in Parliament. Opposition MP Anare Jale said there was no need to allocate such funds to...

Motibhai Group hosts Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea

THE Motibhai Group of Companies hosted its 13th Bushells Fiji’s Biggest Morning Tea today as they continue to further their efforts in the fight against cancer. During the event, the message on the importance of early presentation to the doctor was emphasised given that cancer is the third leading cause of death in Fiji. The Fiji Cancer Society stated it was imperative for...

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