Isei, Dawi top golf event

THE Fiji Golf Club has two new winners in its 2018 A Grade Championship held on the weekend. Isei Verevakabauta won the men’s competition while Dawi Jee was in top form in the women’s competition....

Dry spell taking its toll

THE impact of the dry period has also claimed sheep, goats and cattle in Nagigi outside Labasa, forcing owners to sell the livestock. Farmer Din Dayal said he had lost eight sheep and a goat over the past two months. “It’s difficult for me because this dry weather is beyond my control and I can’t...

Team sets target

THE Lautoka-based Williams & Gosling mixed volleyball team is aiming for the top award in this weekend’s Nadi Airport International Volleyball Festival at Prince Charles Park in Nadi. The side has been working hard at training –– working on various combinations to counter any opposition in its quest to fulfil its goal. The team lost...

Wadigi 7s crowns two winners

WADIGI and First Landing shared the top prizemoney during the Wadigi Salvos 7s tournament at Lautoka’s Churchill Park on Saturday. The two sides emerged the best out of the 32 participating after surviving the elimination rounds to reach the final. Wadigi defeated Namuaniwaqa 17-7 while First Landing defeated Coastal Brothers to win their respective semi-finals....

Farmer buys milk to feed livestock

THE prolonged dry spell has incurred financial costs for affected families in a cane belt area of Labasa. The residents of Nagigi have increased their weekly budget to cater for their farms and animals that have also felt the brunt of the dry spell. Bhina Dayal spends about $20 to buy milk and other necessary...

Fereti honoured

REPRESENTING Fiji at the national level has been a dream made true for Fiji rugby under-16 player Daniel Fereti. He never thought that one day he would be at Borron House to be farewelled by the President of Fiji, Joji Konrote. “It is very exciting and I am honoured to be part of a great...

Children, parents struggle for ECE

TAVEA villagers in Bua feel that their children continue to be denied their rights to access early childhood education (ECE), an important cornerstone of any person’s academic development. The school’s manager Inia Vivini said parents on the island had trouble letting their young children board at the Lekutu Primary School because they were still not...

A giant among boys

JENEIRO Paul Wakeham of Suva Grammar School will be a key player for the Fiji rugby under-16 team during their tour to Australia next week. The 2.03-metre (6 feet 6 inches) tall forward and his teammates presented their itatau to President Jioji Konrote at Borron House in Suva yesterday. The Fiji U16 team will play...

Grisly find made

A NADI community is in shock after the gruesome discovery of body parts in an unused well in rural Malamala. Police have confirmed that a man in his 20s, is in police custody as a result of last weekend’s grisly find. Yesterday residents were still grappling with the news as police had not officially identified...

Australian filmmaker freed from Cambodia prison arrives in Sydney

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – An Australian filmmaker arrived in Sydney on Sunday after a pardon by Cambodia’s king released him from a six-year jail sentence for espionage that he received after flying a drone over an opposition rally. James Ricketson, 69, was last month found guilty of spying and collecting information harmful to the nation following...

Champion for youths

SOCIAL Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) provisional candidate Ioane Tupou Nawaikula will be focusing on championing youth and children’s agenda during this year’s general election. Raised in Pacific Harbour, Serua, Mr Nawaikula, 49, attended Lomary Secondary School and later earned himself a Diploma in Hotel Management and a BA in Tourism and Industrial Relations. Mr Nawaikula...

Man jailed for sex assault on daughter

A LAUTOKA man was jailed for five years and 11 months for sexually assaulting his daughter in August 2016. Lautoka High Court judge Aruna Aluthge highlighted the seriousness of the case and the fact that the perpetrator was 37 and his daughter was only 12 years old at the time the offence was committed. Justice...

Family-run business thrives

ASHOK Chand started working in his family shop straight after school and has not looked back or regretted his decision to join the family business throughout the years. The 61-year-old still owns and operates their family business from his home in Tokotoko Back Rd in Navua. Mr Chand said the business had been good and...

Farmers discuss maximum income potential

MORE than 50 farmers from the interior of Naitasiri, Navosa and Ba met at Rewasau Village in Naitasiri to discuss ways to maximise income generation through agricultural practices. The two-day meet is part of the Viti Levu Highland Farmers second project area meeting organised by the Ministry Agriculture of through the Fiji Agricultural Partnership Project...

Price of kava fluctuates

FOR more than four decades Savenaca Taganekece has been a yaqona farmer. The 62-year-old Nasau villager from Koro in Lomaiviti began planting the root crop since he left school at the age of 17. Despite not having a stable market, Mr Taganekece takes things as they come and he often sells his yaqona to middlemen...

NZ helps local dairy farmers

THE New Zealand Government through the Dairy Industry Leadership Group (DILG) has designed a package that will address many of the major problems confronting local dairy farmers. Fiji Cooperative Dairy Company Ltd (FCDCL) chairman Simon Cole said the Government was working closely with the dairy industry in the implementation of an agreed package which is...

Texan who published 3-D guns plans jailed on sex assault charge

(Reuters) – A Texas man running a 3-D printed guns company was booked into a Houston jail on a charge of sexual assault on Sunday after Taiwanese officials sent him back to the United States, where he is accused of having sex with an underage girl. Cody Wilson, 30, flew to Taiwan after learning he...

Private sector commitment to marine environment program

THE continued commitment from the private sector has given a much needed boost to the marine environment protection program that’s being run by the Mamanuca Environment Society (MES). Local beverages company Paradise Beverages Fiji Ltd announced its new long-term partnership with MES with 10 of the company’s executives working with the society’s marine biologists, planting...

Letters to the Editor – September 25

Drua wins thriller IN a bid to redeem our status, Seruvakula made a number of changes to the Fiji Airways Drua side against the winless Sydney Rays outfit. This paid dividends as our boys returned home victorious. Dyer, Manu, Naqali and Vularika earned their first starts for the season. Rabukawaqa and Atunaisa made their campaign...

Editorial comment – Making fire safety our business

The National Fire Authority was praised for its quick response to an early morning fire on Sunday in Lautoka. Residents of Lovu Seaside, on the outskirts of the city spoke highly of the NFA’s response. A vacant property was on fire and flames had begun to reach the roof of a neighbouring house when the...

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