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Tourism excellence awards to encourage transformation

THIS year’s Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards, which recognises the immense contribution of the tourism industry in Fiji, has been launched. ANZ FETA promotes excellence by bringing together industry members to recognise and celebrate achievements...

Tonga evaluating strength of anti-money laundering laws

NUKU’ALOFA, 15 AUGUST 2018 (RNZ PACIFIC) – Tonga’s ability to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism is being scrutinised. The acting Attorney-General ‘Aminiasi Kefu said the project is being carried out by the government and the Asia Pacific Group on Money Laundering. The move comes eight years after the last evaluation, which found...

Fiji to launch employment policy at month-end

THE National Employment Policy (NEP) will be launched at the end of the month. This after its implementation was endorsed last week by the Government. Fiji’s Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Jone Usamate in a Government statement issued today said the purpose of the NEP was to identify and implement ways to improve...

InterContinental appoints culinary talent David Bell as executive chef

THE luxurious InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa in Natadola Bay is further elevating its dining experiences and signalling an exciting journey of culinary delights. This comes as the resort recently appointed culinary talent David Bell to the position of executive chef, promising new innovative dishes that reflect local and sustainable ingredients. Chef Bell brings...

TLTB and Denarau landowners agree to share documents

A SETTLEMENT has been done in court today between the landowners who own the Denarau land on which two major resorts are built on and the iTaukei Land Trust Board. Three hundred and forty-five landowners own the land on which Sheraton Fiji Resort and Spa and Westin Denarau Island Resort and Spa sit on and...

Consumer watchdogs call for vigilance at Hibiscus

THE Consumer Council of Fiji has urged customers to be vigilant and exercise caution when purchasing items during the Hibiscus festival. In a statement, the Council stated that complaints in the past had ranged from poorly-cooked meals, unhygienic food practices and faulty foods. The council has a booth set up at the festival and consumers...

Pohiva says ‘slow down’ on Chinese loans

APIA, 15 AUGUST 2018 (SAMOA OBSERVER) – Tonga’s Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva has cautioned Pacific Island nations, saying they should “slow down” asking China for loans. Speaking on the sidelines of the one-day Forum Foreign Ministers conference in Apia last Friday, the Prime Minister told Samoa Observer in an exclusive interview that the debts that...

Wage deductions can include medical insurance

FROM August 1, 2018, the authorised deductions from wages with the written consent of a worker now includes medical insurance. The recent law amendment under the Employment Relations (Budget Amendment) Act 2018 means that an employer may, with the written consent of the worker, deduct an amount due by the worker as a contribution to...

ANZ enables Wi-Fi for customers

ANZ Bank has enabled its customers and staff members to use free Wi-Fi connection in any of its branches, a move aimed at accelerating the shift towards digital banking. The blue bank made the announcement this week where its customers can use free Wi-Fi in any ANZ branch up to 100MB or for one hour,...

Basketball Fiji and Damodar Group ink MOU

BASKETBALL Fiji in partnership with Damodar Group will host a first ever Basketball event at the Damodar City Car park from August 20 -24, at the Damodar City Car park at Laucala Bay, Suva. This was announced at today’s (August 14) signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between Basketball Fiji and Damodar Group of companies....

Lautoka Port works towards sea container hygiene system

A TRIAL test on the implementation of Sea Container Hygiene System (SCHS) will be conducted this week at the Lautoka Port. This follows a successful workshop held in Lautoka last week by the Pacific Horticultural and Agricultural Market Access Program (PHAMA). Those attending the workshop included Fiji Ports Corporation Limited, Fiji Ports Terminal Limited, Ministry...

Weight and lane restrictions for Tamavua-i-wai bridge

THE Tamavua-i-Wai Bridge will undergo weight and lane restrictions that will come into effect from next week. Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) CEO Jonathan Moore said in a statement issued today that they would be carrying out maintenance work to the bridge substructure that would provide support to the deck. “Our latest inspection has indicated that...

Group asks Trump to unblock 41 Twitter users after court ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. free speech group last Friday asked President Donald Trump to unblock 41 Twitter users after a federal judge in May ordered him to restore access to a group of individuals who filed suit. U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald in Manhattan ruled on May 23 that comments on the president’s...

Taxi permit re-draw

LAND Transport Authority of Fiji has announced the re-draw of taxi permits after August 21, when the grace period for those who have dishonestly obtained provisional taxi permits ends. The authority drew the names of new taxi permit owners on July 28 but soon discovered that some may have been dishonest in their applications. “The...

EFL: Due process followed

ENERGY Fiji Ltd reaffirms that it had followed due process as clearly stipulated in the Environment Impact Assessment report, before the raising of the Wainisavulevu weir in Naitasiri. EFL chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel said proper consultation was done with the landowners and other stakeholders before the $43 million project began. Satellite images and photos...

Quantity surveyor: $7k assistance not enough

A QUANTITY surveyor reveals the $7000 given by Government in its Help for Homes initiatives as part of the rehabilitation works for devastation caused by Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston, is enough to only build the foundation of a house that can withstand a Category 3 cyclone. Joape Tiko, who has been a quantity surveyor for...

‘Important’ industry

THE coconut industry is very important to economic and social development in Fiji. These were the words of Agriculture Minister Inia Seruiratu while launching the Coconut Development Program where he said over the years, it had become an important source of livelihood for rural and maritime people. Mr Seruiratu said the industry had been on...

Katonitabua urges youths to take pride in culture, origins

ARTISANS at the 2018 National Craft Exhibition were today reminded that their skills and ingenuity would drive them to greater things. Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua while opening the craft exhibition at the Valelevu Ground in Nasinu as part of the 2018 Vodafone Fiji Hibiscus Festival acknowledged the artisans for...

A-G starts post budget roadshow in Lautoka

ATTORNEY-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum this morning began the 2018-2019 Post Budget roadshow event in Lautoka. About 70 people have gathered at the Sugar Cane Growers Council hall. The post budget events in the Western Division have drawn robust and vigorous discussions on various aspects of the budget. *More on this story in...

Customs seize undeclared R22 gas cylinders

FIFTY undeclared R22 gas cylinders were seized by Customs from a fishing vessel at Suva Wharf yesterday in an attempted smuggling case. Confirming this late last night, the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) Customs Border Maritime Compliance Team intercepted the gas cylinders – which is said to be an Ozone depleting substance. The FRCS...

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