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17th January

Fiji and China on good footing: Tarte

FIJI’S diplomatic relations with China is on a good footing, says University of the South Pacific Associate Professor Sandra Tarte. During an interview at her office in Suva today, she said Fiji had worked so...

Regional humanitarian crisis should be of concern: Deo

THE regional humanitarian crisis triggered by Australia’s indefinite detention of refugees and people seeking asylum should be an area of concern for Pacific island nation, says Amnesty International regional researcher Roshika Deo. She said the issue should be highlighted by Vanuatu and Fiji before Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison during his official visit to their respective countries....

LTA to crack down on overloaded buses

FIJI’S Land Transport Authority (LTA) enforcement officers will be checking for overloaded buses and will also be issuing Traffic Infringement Notices from today. LTA chief executive officer Samuel Simpson said the T.I.Ns would be issued if buses were found to be carrying excess passengers as per the PSV Regulation. It was highlighted by the CEO...

LTA warns of dangers of overloading buses

VEHICLE operators that are not notified by their drivers of Traffic Infringement Notices will not be excused from paying any outstanding T.I.Ns by their company vehicles or drivers. Land Transport Authority CEO Samuel Simpson made the comment as he noted the dangers of trucks being overloaded saying some people tend to overload their trucks in an...

Use registered bus cards to avoid travel disruptions: FBOA

MEMBERS of the travelling public are urged to use their registered eTransport cards to avoid the inconvenience of the shortage of disposable cards. The Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) made this call as he reiterated the statement by card supplier Vodafone Fiji – also the electronic ticketing administrator – that disposable travel cards are intended for...

Nasinu Rugby Club selects final squada for 2019 season

THE Nasinu Rugby club has selected its final squad for the 2019 season and is ahead in preparation for the Vodafone Vanua Cup championship. Coach Seremaia Bai said it was crucial for the team to prepare in advance because they needed more time for player development and skills training. “This is our final team for...

Nausori, Bau and Kiuva advised of water supply issues

MEMBERS of the public living along Nausori Town down to Bau Island and Kiuva Village are advised they will be experiencing low water pressure to intermittent supply during off peaks hours from tonight. The Water Authority of Fiji says following the Waila Water shutdown over the weekend, it had restored supply to some 90 per...

Fuel price decrease still leaves huge shortfall for bus operators: Latchan

THE Fiji Bus Operators Association says while the recent fuel price decrease has given some comfort to operators, it is still a long way from addressing the rising costs of operating bus services. In the past year, the world price for crude oil was about USD$70-80 per barrel, which had increased fuel price to about...

16th January

Matasawalevu explores technologies in graphic design

“DESIGNING and drawing have become an integral part of the business world today from magazines, websites, billboards to even product packaging.” This was stressed by Josaia Matasawalevu who enrolled in the Certificate IV in Graphic Design at the Fiji National University. Mr Matasawalevu said he wanted to be well-trained in this field to be able to use his...

Doctors must work closely with communities: Minister

FIJI’S Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says it is important that doctors work closely with the communities they are posted to. Mr Waqainabete made this comment during the induction event of 83 doctors at the Novote Hotel in Lami today. “We need to improve the physical surroundings in our hospitals and health centres,” he said. Dr...

Statutory bodies also need officers with people skills: Kumar

“ACCOUNTABILITY and transparency will only come up when we clearly spell out what your jobs are.” This was the comment made by Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism Premila Kumar during a workshop organised by the ministry and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Mrs Kumar urged the directors of the State statutory bodies to adopt a more comprehensive approach...

USP’s Dr Poinapen honoured as a Fellow

“I REMEMBER the many weeks and months spent away from home working on remote project sites within and outside Australia providing sustainable water and environmental engineering solutions.” This was the comment of the Director of the Institute of Applied Sciences of the University of the South Pacific, Dr Johann Poinapen, who has been elected to the grade...

Man on drug charge told to file formal bail application

A 20-YEAR-old man charged with one count of being found in possession of illicit drugs appeared at the Nasinu Magistrates Court today. It is alleged that Lomani Waqalevu, without lawful authority, was found in possession of 20.2 grams of marijuana on January 13, 2019, in Nasinu. Police prosecutor Constable Setareki Mocevakaca served the full phase...

Defence Minister visits Police HQ and special response unit

FIJI’S Minister for Defence and National Security Inia Seruiratu visited the Police Headquarters at Centerpoint and the Police Special Response Unit (PSRU) at Narere today. During his visit at PSRU, Mr Seruiratu was hosted and shown the new vehicles and components of the PSRU. Also, a riot demonstration and crowd control drill was held with Police officers responding...

Prioritise children’s education: SC Fiji

PRIORITISE and support children in their education. This is the message by Save the Children (SC) Fiji CEO Iris McKenzie to parents and guardians in this school year. Ms McKenzie said they were seeing children after school, selling food in key spots around Suva. “We are pleading with the families and guardians of the children to...

Teenager on drug charge granted bail

A 19-YEAR-old teenager charged with a count each of being found in possession of illicit drugs and resisting arrest appeared in the Suva Magistrates Court this afternoon. It is alleged that Moape Baleilekutu without lawful authority had in his possession 1.2 grams of marijuana on January 12, 2019, in Nabua. Magistrate Deepika Prakash has granted him...

Pastor in custody for alleged rape of a student

A PASTOR of a village outside Labasa is in Police custody for allegedly raping a student. This has been confirmed in a Police statement issued this afternoon that alleged the 66-year-old pastor raped a 16-year-old student of the village. The alleged incident occurred between November last year and early this year on four different occasions.

Western cane farmers voice concerns at public consultations

SUGARCANE farmers in the Western Division are taking advantage of a series of public consultations to voice their concerns on the industry. A team of officials from the Sugar Ministry, Lands Ministry and other agencies visited Ra and Tavua this week to meet and hear the views of farmers on the National Sugar Industry Policy....

Training begins for directors of Government statutory bodies

A THREE-day training aimed at building and educating directors and senior officials of Government statutory bodies on the Companies Act 2015 was opened today by Minister for Industry, Trade and Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar. Ms Kumar said the course modules would provide an in-depth understanding of effective decision-making, legal aspects of...

Champs Tuva defeats high flying Sigatoka Young Boys

DEFENDING champion Tuva defeated the high flying Sigatoka Young Boys 19-0 in their second pool game at Lawaqa Park this afternoon. Dominated by Cuvu College under 18 players, the Tuva side was unstoppable and on course to defend its crown. Speedster Ulaiasi Naraukawa showed a clean pair of heels when he beat his opponent and...

Court allows two weeks for Moala to decide on her plea

A 39-YEAR-old woman charged with one count of abuse of office and three counts of providing false travel document has been given two weeks to decide on her plea by Suva Magistrate Asanga Bodragama. It is alleged that Neomai Moala while being employed as a protocol officer for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prepared a...

Top teams stamp dominance at youth 7s tournament

TOP teams have stamped their dominance in the first round of the Shangri-la’s Fijian Resort and Spa Youth 7s tournament at Lawaqa Park today. Defending champion Tuva, Wesley Fijians, Sigatoka Young Boys, Ratu Filise and Kings 7s Selects have won their first round of pool games and will need to maintain the consistency to do...

Businessman among two arrested by Police in separate incidences

A MAN has been arrested in Visako Circle, Nadera, for allegedly being in possession of illicit drugs. Police have confirmed this in a statement stating they had received information that the 28-year-old man had drugs. They had stated that after a search, one sachet of dried leaves suspected to be marijuana was found and it...

Good start for Wesley Fijians at Youth 7s

KISSP Investment Wesley Fijians made a good start in this year’s Shangri-la’s Fijian Resort and Spa Youth 7s at Lawaqa Park. The side stunned the Cuvu Collegian 7s champion Ravuka Sharks 10-7 and then defeated the Rugby Fiji Academy 26-14 in its second game. The New Zealand-based side to face NFA in its last pool...

Bail extended for policeman and fraud specialist in corruption case

A POLICE officer and a Vodafone Fiji staff who are charged with corruption-related offences had their bail extended by the Suva Magistrates Court this morning. Vodafone Fiji Specialist in Fraud, Risk and Corporate Security Rajneal Rakesh Kumar is charged with two counts of bribery. Police Sergeant Nilesh Kumar is charged with a count each of...

Non-Fiji citizens can lodge complaint against a public official: Maharaj

NON-Fiji citizens could also lodge a complaint against a public official such as the President, Prime Minister, Attorney-General and a High Court judge under the proposed Code of Conduct Bill 2018. At a public submission in Nadi yesterday, Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights chairman Alvick Maharaj said the Bill did not specify if Fijians...

Opposition raises concern on Code of Conduct Bill

THE Opposition has shown its concern over how the proposed Code of Conduct 2018 Bill could be used by Government as a tool to “attack those they did not want”, says Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights member Niko Nawaikula. While speaking during the public submissions on the Bill in Nadi yesterday, he...

TELS: $302million given so far

DEBT repayment for the State’s Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS) will start once the recipient finds a secure job, says Fiji Revenue and Customs Service chief executive officer Visvanath Das. Mr Das said some recipients would pay off their debts on a voluntary basis. Since 2014, he said, a total of $302 million in loans...

Back-up batteries stolen from Hideaway tower

FIJIAN Police are investigating the disappearance of more than 10 back-up batteries owned by the country’s oldest mobile company. The 16 batteries valued at $20,000 belonged to Vodafone Fiji, and it was stolen  from Generator room at the Bucona Bay Hideaway Tower in Sigatoka on Monday, January 14. Police said there were 12 new batteries...

LTA issues road safety guidance to strengthen awareness

FIJI’S Land Transport Authority issued a Road Safety Guidance yesterday in a bid to strengthen awareness and inculcate a culture of responsible motorists in our country. Land Transport Authority CEO, Samuel Simpson said they issued the statement as a reminder for drivers to be safe on our roads in this new year, particularly with wet weather...

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