Man remanded for allegedly stealing items valued at $20.87

A MAN, who allegedly re-offended whilst serving a suspended sentence, has been remanded in custody this morning by Nasinu Magistrate Sufia Hamza. Police Prosecutor Setareki Mocevakaca informed the court that 40-year-old, Sitiveni Lesumaisuva was given...

Accused fails to appear in court, production order issued

A 25-YEAR-OLD man who is charged for assaulting two police officers failed to appear in court this morning as he is in remand. Police prosecutor Constable Setareki Mocevakaca made an application for a production order to be issued to the remand centre for Sekove Tawake’s next appearance. Mr Tawake is charged with one count of...

A-G launches free WiFi hotspot in Nadi

ACTING Prime Minister, Attorney-General and Minister for Communication Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum launched a¬†free WiFi hotspot at Koroivolu Park, Nadi earlier this morning. He said people in the park, Nadi Bus Station and, in two weeks’ time, the whole of the Nadi Municipal Market would have free access to high-speed internet for one hour every day. He...

Man, 20, is latest road fatality

A MAN in his 20s, who was travelling to Waimicia, died last night following a motor vehicle accident. Fiji Police in a statement confirmed that the man, who is from Nasavusavu Village in Ra, was travelling from Matawailevu towards Waimicia after 6pm when he allegedly lost control of the car causing it to veer off...

Court grants bail for man on illicit drugs possession charge

A 35-YEAR-OLD man charged for being found in possession of illicit drugs appeared before Nasinu Magistrate Sufia Hamza, in a special court sitting earlier today. It is alleged that Daniel Raj unlawfully had in his possession 0.8 grams of marijuana on September 20, 2018, in Nasinu. Magistrate Hamza has granted Mr Raj bail with one...

Probe into Labasa fire

POLICE are continuing investigations into an incident where a two bedroom house was razed to the ground last night in Naduna outside Labasa Town. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the incident happened around 7pm on Friday evening. Ms Naisoro said there was no one inside the house when the incident happened. “The value of the...

Industry focus

LICENSING the operators in the construction industry is one of the first things that is on the to do list of the newly appointed chief executive officer of the Construction Industry Council. Vijay Naidu’s appointment was announced this week by the council president Gordon Jenkins who said this was a critical juncture in their development...

Ministry to initiate ban, fines by 2019

THE Ministry of Fisheries has not prosecuted any persons on the consumption or selling of kawakawa and donu this year, says Minister Semi Koroilavesau. Mr Koroilavesau said this was the first year of the seasonal ban and it was an exercise for awareness. “That’s basically what’s in place now as normal for the first year...

Manual to help improve dalo quality, exports

FIJI produces about 52,000 tonnes of dalo annually with the value of the industry standing at $120 million. This was revealed by the Ministry of Agriculture in a new manual launched this week in Navatukia Village in Serea, Sawani. The Fiji Dalo Quality Manual, developed by the ministry in collaboration with industry stakeholders including growers...

$480.3m in tourism earnings

FIJI’S earnings from tourism stood at $480.3 million for the June quarter of this year, an increase of 4.5 per cent over the same period last year. The Fiji Bureau of Statistics highlighted that the June quarter 2018 earnings stood at 34.1 per cent or $122.1m higher than the amount recorded for the March quarter...

‘Rainfall may not be enough to overcome drought’

AS the country closes in on the wet season that begins in November, the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) has forecasted that coming rainfall may not be enough to overcome the drought affecting most parts of the group. FMS director Ravind Kumar said rainfall was predicted to be normal to below normal between September and November....

Public service reforms

THE State’s public service reforms should focus on driving performance and not create fear of job losses, some political parties say. In our election issue this week, we questioned the six registered political parties contesting the 2018 General Election on their views on State’s civil service reforms and their policies for the Fijian civil service....

Concerns raised over festival funds

CONCERNS have been raised over the non-disclosure of the funds raised for charity during the week-long Sugar Festival in Lautoka last week. Lautoka Residents and Ratepayers Association president Narayan Reddy said festival and carnival committees needed to disclose the amount raised through such events. “Anything to do with charity and whatever amount is raised, they...

‘Bad dreams’ still haunt Park

“I STILL have some bad dreams to this day.” These were the words of former Grace Roads Church follower Park Chanmoon. Mr Park visited The Fiji Times office in Suva this week to share his story after leaving the church last year. The 70-year-old joined the church in 2009 before his wife and two daughters...

$26.4m for MSBG

GOVERNMENT has provided $26.4 million to about 28,004 Fijians who have started their micro and small businesses. Minister for Industry and Trade Faiyaz Koya told about 1000 recipients at Wairiki, Taveuni yesterday that this had impacted 140,020 lives around the country. “We have seen the emergence of many new and innovative ideas through the Micro...

Police probe alleged disposal of packages

POLICE are investigating a case of a villager who allegedly dumped into the sea a package of white substance believed to be cocaine. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident happened in the North. “There were claims made about disposing of the substances, but still subject to investigations,” she said. “We have asked members of...

How Lee ran away

GRACE Road Church members were “worked like slaves” and subjected to violence by their leaders, a former member has told this newspaper. Yunzae Lee, 53, said he had no regrets after escaping from the Grace Road base in Navua last year, saying he still cannot face attending church. Grace Road has denied the allegations. In...

Grace Roads says truth will be revealed

THE Grace Road Group says it will “wait for the truth to be revealed”. The group was responding to allegations made against it and its leader, the Rev Shin Ok-Joo by two of its former followers. This week, Lee Yunzae and Park Chanmoon shared their experiences as church members with this newspaper. The two claimed...

Suicide isn’t the answer

By CHANTELLE VALENTINE  READING the daily news, I am greatly saddened by the suicide cases. They would have been budding musicians, doctors, engineers, pilots etc. Lives that are young and vibrant snatched away in a mere blink of an eye. There are many causes of suicide and one in which is the lack of support...

National U16 side sets target

THE Fiji U16 team to the Australian Junior Rugby Championship has set its target to focus on their game plan rather than playing individually. Coach Masi Saqanavere was happy with the players that he had selected and thanked the parents for their support towards their children’s welfare for the past one month. “We had to...

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