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21st November

School employment exposure

THE Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations, the Ministry of Education, International Labour Organization and Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF) have joined forces for the School Employment Exposure Program that was launched at...

Competency-based business training organised for young Kadavu entrepreneurs

THE Ministry of Youth and Sports, in partnership with the National Centre for Small and Micro Enterprise Development (NCSMED), has trained more than 30 youths in the district of Ravitaki in Kadavu on Competency-based Economies through the formation of Entrepreneurs (CEFE) Business training. Held at Wailevu Village, the training was designed to ensure youths would improve...

20th November

Fiji’s seasonal work cap to New Zealand increases

FIJI’S participation has increased by 1750 in the seasonal work cap under New Zealand’s Recognised Seasonal Employer (RSE) Work Scheme. The new increase was recently announced by the New Zealand government earlier this month. Fiji’s Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations permanent secretary Salaseini Daunabuna said the increase would strengthen the country’s labour-sending opportunities...

Tablets issued to boost vulnerability and disaster assessments in agriculture

THE capacities of Fiji’s Ministry of Agriculture to conduct vulnerability and disaster assessments in Fiji received a boost with the handover of 50 tablets. The tablets are components of the Pro-Resilient Fiji project that was funded by the European Union (EU) and implemented by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The...

Gender non-conformity still an excuse for violence against transgenders

GENDER non-conformity is still used as an excuse for harassment, violence and even murder of transgender people. These were the sentiments shared by the executive director of Rainbow Pride Foundation (RPF) and the Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network (PSGDN), Isikeli Vulavou, while speaking at an event to commemorate the Transgender Day of Remembrance in Nabua, Suva...

Lynda Tabuya. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Ensure women’s voices and issues are well represented, FWRM urges women MP-elects

THE 10 female candidates who would be sworn-in as Members of Parliament soon have been encouraged to ensure the voices and issues of women are well represented in the House. The call was made by Fiji Women’s Rights Movement’s executive director Nalini Singh who acknowledged women’s participation in Fiji’s 2018 General Election. “We are pleased...

Higgins group opens refurbished depot in Tavua

ROADING infrastructure company Higgins Group Holdings Limited has opened its newly-refurbished depot in Tavua. And the opening of this facility has now seen the number of staff at the facility increased from three to 19. The group has just begun the new roading corridor maintenance contract covering the northern part of Viti Levu, that includes the towns Ba,...

FEO app to include data on Government distribution boundaries

THE Fijian Election Office (FEO) app will soon include another tab that will list the data based on the Government distribution boundaries. During a press conference this afternoon, Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the FEO app presently gave people the breakdown of statistics based on the FEO administrative areas. “We will be updating the...

Fulton Hogan’s Taunovo depot oversees provincial networks

FULTON Hogan Hiways Taunovo depot will now oversee road repairs and maintenance in the Serua, Namosi and parts of the Rewa provinces. In a statement released this afternoon, the company said the facility, which was formerly the property of the Public Works Department (PWD), had access to four quarries, with two located in Waiyanitu, one...

Security forces storm PNG parliament over unpaid wages after APEC summit

PORT MORESBY (Reuters) – A group of up to 100 Papua New Guinea (PNG) security personnel forced their way into parliament on Tuesday to demand unpaid wages, lawmakers said, just days after world leaders attended a regional summit in the impoverished island nation. “It was the armed forces, police and correctional workers. They have entered...

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RFMF will continue security provision for FijiFirst government

REPUBLIC of the Fiji Military Forces Chief of Staff Colonel Jone Kalouniwai says they will continue to provide security for the FijiFirst government they are about to enter their second term of another four years. His comments came after party leader Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as Prime Minister at the State House in Suva...

2018 Sukuna Bowl: RFMF footballers win title

THE RFMF football team has won the 2018 Sukuna Bowl competition defeating Police 2-nil in Suva today. Goals from Epeli Saukuru and Christopher Wasasala were enough to hand the trophy to the army brigade after a lapse of three years. Team defender and national rep Kolinio Sivoki said it was a tough match. “It was...

Oceania women’s 15s: Samoa thumps Tonga on Fijian soil

SAMOA thumped Tonga 68-7 in their Oceania Women’s 15s encounter at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this afternoon. The Samoans played structured rugby and outclassed their opponents throughout the game. The side also defeated Papua New Guinea in its opening match and to face the Fijians in the decider match this weekend.

Fiji Meteorology director dies

THE Fiji Meteorological Service is mourning the loss of its director Ravind Kumar. Mr Kumar passed away suddenly in Nadi on Sunday, November 18. Mr Kumar’s funeral cortege will leave his residence at Cooperative Road, Waqadra, for the Wailoaloa Crematorium at 1pm tomorrow.

Haus of Khameleon commemorates International Transgender Day of Remembrance

INTERNATIONAL Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDoR) was commemorated by the Haus of Khameleon today. Haus of Khameleon Trans Feminist activist Miki Wali said the celebration was a human rights initiative to commemorate the many transgender persons of all diversities in the country, across the Pacific and the world. “This day is also a time to...

High Court orders release of Nadarivatu man

THE High Court in Lautoka has granted an appeal by a Nadarivatu man who was sentenced to 12 months in prison on May 25 earlier this year after pleading guilty to charges of theft. Inia Nairaviravi was charged after stealing nine yaqona plants from his uncle on January 18, 2016. High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan...

2018 Sukuna Bowl: Army football team leads Police at half time

The RFMF football side is leading Police 1-nil at half time in the 2018 Sukuna Bowl competition. The lone goal was scored by Epeli Saukuru. Police are the defending champions of the football competition.

Luveni could continue role as Speaker of Parliament

INDICATIONS are that Dr Jiko Luveni would continue her role as the Speaker of Parliament. The Fiji Times understands that discussions on the Speaker of Parliament had started following the swearing-in of FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama as Prime Minister for his second term at the State House today. Under the 2013 Constitution, the candidates,...

Missing toddler’s body recovered: Police

THE body of a three-year-old toddler who went missing while playing near the Sigatoka River on Sunday afternoon has been recovered. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the boy’s body was discovered this morning. She said investigations into how he disappeared were still continuing.    

FijiFirst party leader Bainimarama sworn in as PM for second term

FijiFirst party leader Voreqe Bainimarama was sworn in as Prime Minister for the second term at the State House in Suva this morning. Mr Bainimarama vowed to serve the people of Fiji. He said voters of the 2018 general election had shown that they wanted a government that doesn’t want discrimination. This,  he said resulted in...

Tudravu reminds new recruits to serve the people

FIJI’S acting Police Commissioner Rusiate Tudravu today reminded the new recruits that the force will serve the Government that has been appointed by the people. “Our loyalty is to the government, the people have spoken and our job is to serve the people,” ACP Tudravu said. He also reminded the officers to act within the...

Search for missing toddler resumes today

THE search for a three-year-old toddler who went missing while playing near the Sigatoka River resumed this morning. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed that a joint search was conducted yesterday by Police, National Fire Authority and six divers from the Diveaway Resort. However, the search was called off at 7 o’clock last night with negative results....

Academic: Stronger Opposition to scrutinise State policies

THE final results of the 2018 General Election mean there will be stronger Opposition in Parliament to scrutinise government policies more robustly and rigorously, says University of the South Pacific academic Professor Vijay Naidu. Prof Naidu said the new faces in Parliament, combined with the experience of former prime minister Sitiveni Rabuka, would provide fresh approaches to debates...

MOG to continue engagements

THE Multinational Observer Group (MOG) will continue to welcome engagement with stakeholders as the views of all Fijians are important to them. MOG co-chair Jane Prentice said the MOG attended the announcement of the final results of the 2018 General Election and the Returning of the Election Writ on Sunday, and they were now working...

Rabuka: Expect robust debates

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka says Fijians should expect robust discussions from SODELPA when they enter Parliament. The former prime minister said they knew they would be representing almost 50 per cent of the voting population in Parliament. The party received the second highest votes of 181,072, equivalent to 39.85 per cent of...

Vunivau commuinity mark World Diabetes Day

COMMUNITIES in Labasa marked World Diabetes Day and were reminded of the importance of living a healthy lifestyle to prevent the disease. The event which took place at Vunivau yesterday included about 100 people from surrounding communities. Marawa Kini, Diabetes Fiji Community Program co-ordinator, said this year’s activities focused on promoting three key messages. “These...

Bainimarama: We will unite Fiji

“WE will not discriminate against anyone, we will help and grow all, we will unite Fiji despite the poisoning of minds and we will build a country where we all become truly proud and progressive citizens.” That’s the word from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama whose FijiFirst party will form government after winning the 2018 General...

800 gather to celebrate the Prophet’s birthday

THE celebration of Prophet Mohammed’s birthday signifies the importance of upholding the principles and values of life, says UK-based Islamic scholar and barrister Sheik Zain-Ul-Aqtab Siddiqi. He told about 800 Sunni Muslim followers at the Vanua Levu Muslim League headquarters in Labasa yesterday that values such as love, kindness, caring and helping one another should...

Two students drown in Labasa

TWO students drowned in Labasa over the long weekend and police have called on parents to be vigilant as the school holidays approach. The first incident happened on Friday evening at the Labasa River where a six-year-old girl drowned after following her two elder brothers to the river. The second incident happened on Sunday afternoon...

‘Bullying, a form of child abuse’

A CHILD bullying another child is a form of abuse, says Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation permanent secretary Dr Josefa Koroivueta. While opening the month-long Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect campaign in Lautoka recently, Mr Koroivueta said children should not engage in abusive behaviour towards one another. “As children seeking our intervention...

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