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State to file summary of facts

State lawyers at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) have been given until next Monday to file finalised details of allegations against 18 people facing sedition charges. The group appeared before Justice...

Judge: Tariffs unresolved

Sentencing tariffs for people charged with the cultivation of illicit drugs among trial judges is unresolved by the Court of Appeal or the Supreme Court, said Court of Appeal judge Justice Chandana Prematilaka. He made the comments when he delivered a ruling on January 8 against a man who had appealed against his sentence. Waisake...

Goundar: Sentence ‘fits your crime’

A man who robbed and raped a woman was told that his criminal sentence was appropriate for the crime he committed. High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar sentenced the 39-year-old man to 20 years imprisonment. “Your sentence fits your crime,” he said. The incident took place in 2019 at Vuci Rd in Nausori. He was...

Lawyer given 7 days to file papers

THE lawyer representing suspended under-19 Naitasiri rugby player Keresi Maya has been given seven days to file and serve statements to the Civil High Court in Suva. The matter between the suspended player and the Fiji Rugby Union (FRU) was called before judge Justice Deepthi Amaratunga yesterday. In the civil action, Maya claimed proper processes...

Wealth of the sea

On January 11, 1980, The Fiji Times published a report on how fishing had developed and helped Viwa islanders in the Yasawa Group. The report stated earnings from fishing had helped establish a housing scheme for Viwa islanders. The people on the island had been operating a fishing scheme for the past decade (1970-1980) and...

Students cross flooded river

School students living at Naqeledina Settlement in Qwali, Sigatoka were forced to cross a flooded river on Monday afternoon. The students were assisted across the flooded waters by their parents who held on to ropes used to guide them across the river. Former Yavulo Village headman Jone Ratubuli said about 20 students had to be...

Probe into Lautoka court incident

Police investigation into the incident where a man jumped off the two-storey building of the Lautoka Magistrates Court has begun. Divisional police commander West, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP)Surend Sami has confirmed the inquiry. “The accused has been discharged and we are conducting a full investigation into the incident,” he said. “Right now I cannot...

NFU: Farmers need financial assistance

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has called on Government to announce assistance for sugarcane farmers affected by STC Yasa in the North. This was one of the major topics discussed during union’s executive board meeting in Lautoka yesterday. NFU general secretary Mahendra Chaudhry said farmers needed financial assistance now. “Farmers have the crop to look...

$4 million project to finish next year

Construction of the $4 million Barefoot College has started in Macuata, Vanua Levu. Minister for Women Mereseini Vuniwaqa said the project, based at Wainikoro outside Labasa Town, is expected to end next year. “They have started building the project and the whole project ends in the next financial year, which is next year,” she said....

Students help deliver stationery

Students were part of a team that travelled from the Gold Town of Tavua to Vanua Levu to distribute school stationery to children living in Sever Tropical Cyclone Yasa-affected areas. The group visited affected families twice with the first round including cartons of food rations and cash, while the second was targeted at students. The...

Man dies in power pole mishap

A power line contractor fell to his death after his safety harness equipment allegedly failed to support him while working on an EFL power pole as part of the STC Yasa rehabilitation program. Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL) confirmed that on January 9, the contractor, who was working on a pole at Malau, Labasa, fell from...

Canefarmers work on a sugarcane field in the West. NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad claims the sugar industry is struggling for survival. Picture: SUPPLIED

Canefarmers worry about their yields

Canefarmers are worried about the yield of their crops after the prolonged wet weather and the impact of STC Yasa. National Farmers Union president Surendra Lal said they expected more than 50 per cent of cane fields on Vanua Levu to be affected as a result of prolonged wet weather. “STC Yasa hit the cane...

Namosimalua accepts contract non-renewal

Former acting secretary-general to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua has accepted the non-renewal of her employment contract. Ms Namosimalua said she was content with her performance and the contributions she had made in Parliament over the past six years. “Everyone has a season and this is the end of my season,” Ms Namosimalua said. She said no...

TD04F may develop into a cyclone, say forecasters

The tropical disturbance (TD04F) located to the north of New Caledonia could merge with a low pressure system near Vanuatu. This, according to the Fiji Meteorological Service, could possibly result in a tropical cyclone that has been forecasted to move east between Fiji and Vanuatu later this week. “A trough of low pressure remains slow...

Police urge public to be vigilant

The Fiji Police Force is calling on the public to assist in preventing further loss of life by avoiding swimming in flooded waters. Police spokeswoman Savaira Tabua says the force is reminding the public about the dangers lurking beneath the waters, especially in flooded areas and people must be aware of this. “Accidents can occur...

Storm threat lingers

The Western Division is at a greater risk of being hit by tropical cyclones during the current La Niña event, states the Fiji Meteorological Service. This is stated in their El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) outlook released on Monday. ENSO is an irregular cycle of persistent warming and cooling of sea-surface temperature in the tropical Pacific...

Gavoka: Rescind changes to Toppers

Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Viliame Gavoka has called on the Government to rescind changes made to the National Toppers Scheme (NTS). Mr Gavoka said there was a lot more behind the decision by Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board (TLSB) than meets the eye. “For a start, where are the students’ rights to equality under...

First batch of drug soon

Fiji is expected to get its first batch of COVID-19 vaccines from India soon, says Acting Indian High Commissioner to Fiji Sukanta Charan Sahoo. He said the vaccines could arrive as early as next month. “Discussions are underway and we will see how early the vaccine is brought to Fiji,” he said. “We have been...

Akbar: More children will need help

MORE children will need assistance after the devastating impacts caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasa and the COVID-19 pandemic, says Education Minister Rosy Akbar. She made the comments yesterday after Aquaheat South Pacific Ltd launched its Education Support Fund at its headquarters in Wailada, Lami. The company provided $30,000 towards assisting students facing difficulties during this period. Aquaheat’s owner, Horizon Energy...

Climate of fear claim

Civil servants are working under a climate of fear and victimisation, claims Unity Fiji party leader and former Reserve Bank of Fiji governor Savenaca Narube. He made the comments in response to the announcement on the non-renewal of the employment contract for the acting secretary-general to Parliament, Viniana Namosimalua. Mr Narube said Ms Namosimalua had...

Project to enhance trade capacity of Pacific countries

The  European Union(EU) was  a business partner for the Pacific. These were the sentiments shared by Ambassador of the European Union for the Pacific, Sujiro Seam while speaking at the signing of a  new project worth EUR 5.75 million ($F 14.3 million) with the  Pacific Islands Forum Secretary General this morning  to enhance the trade capacity of...

COVID-19: Three arrested in last 24 hours

Three arrests for breach of curfew restrictions were recorded in the last 24 hours. Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said of the three cases, two were recorded in the Central Division while the lone case recorded in the Northern Division involved a 38-year-old man who was found drunk in the Namara area in Labasa....

FRCS simplifies customs process

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) has implemented initiatives and processes to further support and enhance trade facilitation and ease of doing business in Fiji following the COVID-19 pandemic. FRCS Acting Chief Executive Officer Jonetani Vuto said the COVID-19 challenges meant that FRCS needed to make the customs process more simplified to ensure that...

Citizens query materials in potholes

Residents of Namadi Heightsin Suva have complained about patches contractors have used to patch up their roads following recent roadworks. Shaturhan Sinha, 43, said as city ratepaying citizens, they were at least entitled to decent roads. “After numerous complaints, they patched up the roads here at Kaukimoce Rd, but they used soapstone,” claimed Mr Sinha....

Dr Sunil Pillay leads a team of doctors using the new surgical equipments they recently donated at Labasa Hospital. Picture LUKE RAWALAI1

Ronald McDonald House Charities Fiji receives $10k donation

The Ronald McDonald House Charities Fiji today received a cheque of $10,000 which will help it build a project at the Labasa Hospital. Vuvale Restaurants Fiji Ltd development partner Marc McElrath said the Ronald McDonald House at the Labasa Hospital will provide housing for all the sick children admitted at the hospital. The building will...

Rowers race for South Island titles on Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel

South Canterbury rowers will be out in force for the South Island rowing championships at Lake Ruataniwha near Twizel on Saturday and Sunday. Crews from the Timaru Rowing Club and schools Timaru Boys’, Timaru Girls’, Roncalli College and Craighead Diocesan will be among those lining up. Craighead rowing coach Dean Milne said they would have...

Fiji PM conveys congratulatory message to India

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has conveyed a congratulatory message to the Prime Minister of the Republic of India, Shri Narendra Modi for the occasion of the 72nd Republic Day of India, commemorated on Tuesday, 26 January, 2021. According to the Fijian Government, in a congratulatory message to his counterpart, PM Bainimarama said that Fiji attaches...

Weather watch: Heavy rain and strong wind warnings remain in force

A heavy rain alert remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands and the Northern Lau Group. According to the Fiji Met Service, a flash flood alert remains in force for low lying areas and areas adjacent to rivers and streams for Vanua Levu, Serua Coastal areas to Togalevu and Ba to...

Hot corns for sale

Pursuing her dream to become a civil engineering was cut short when she met the man who would later become her husband while attending Fiji National University in 2017. Fipemoce Vakanananu from Kocoma Village in Qamea was onto her second semester when she met the love of her life and the rest was history. She...

Changes in the weather

The Fiji Meteorological Service in Nadi is forecasting heavy rain for parts of the Fiji Group. A heavy rain warning is in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and Lomaiviti groups. A heavy rain alert, it says, is in force for the rest of the Fiji Group. A trough of low...

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