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Police officer assaulted by student

A 22-YEAR-OLD tertiary student is in custody after he assaulted a police officer along the Tavakubu Road. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the suspect’s vehicle was seized by the victim and another officer on Friday...

Five in custody for allegedly stoning police vehicle

FIVE men are in police custody at the Nakasi Police Station for allegedly stoning a Police Special Response Unit vehicle along Wainunu Road in Nakasi on Friday night. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the five who are in their 20s allegedly threw stones at the vehicle while officers were on mobile patrol causing damage to the...

Lami roadworks delayed due to weather

ROAD works in Lami has been delayed due to the unfavorable weather. Fiji Roads Authority chief executive officer Jonathan Moore said FRA would prefer to lay the asphalt at night however they are not permitted to operate after 5pm and not before 8am. He said they have lost at four days in the last week...

10 people to front court for disobeying police

TEN people will appear in the Nadi Magistrates Court tomorrow for disobeying police. Charged with one count of disobedience of lawful order, the group which included three women were found drinking in public spaces. According to police, the ten people refused to leave the drinking spots after being told to leave.

Focus on family values

TWO Christian churches in Fiji believe addressing moral decay can only be done by strengthening family values. General-secretary of the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma the Rev Ili Vunisuwai said the basis of society was family and this was an area that the church must highlight to its members. He said children must be...

MenC deaths, no outbreak says minister

TWO people have died recently of the Meningococcal (MenC) disease but Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says there is no outbreak of the disease. He made the statement while responding to calls from the family of Nadi resident Dhirendra Kumar for testing to determine whether they had contracted the illness. The...

Latabua: I’m so sorry

“I know they are hurting and I am so sorry.” These were the words of a man who is grieving the death of his brother, Jeremiah Digitaki, and at the same time struggling to accept that his deceased sibling was responsible for the tragic death of his 43-year-old wife, Edith Holmes. Police have classified the...

Police classify deaths as murder-suicide

AS families and friends struggle to understand the circumstances that led to the horrific deaths of a former Fijian couple living in the United States, US police have classified the deaths of Edith Holmes and Jerry Digitaki earlier this week as murder-suicide. News of the double deaths has rocked the close knit Fijian community in...

Family escapes early morning blaze

VAKACEGU Tuibua is counting his lucky stars after barely escaping a fire that destroyed the two-bedroom house he was living in at Lami Village Rd. He said the fire started around 8am on Saturday. “I was still sleeping when I felt a part of my hand burning,” he said. “It woke me up. “The fire...

Lesi: Take heed of signs

THE unfavourable weather in Sigatoka yesterday failed to dampen the spirits of families and friends who turned out in huge numbers to participate in the Walk On Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji walk and fun run. Dressed in superhero attires, the event was dubbed a success. WOWS Kids Fiji team leader Viola Lesi said she...

Mum relives daughter’s final moment

ELEVEN years ago yesterday, Sina Kami spent her final moments with her 15-year-old daughter Tae Kami. Tae’s passing sparked a flame in her mother’s heart and from this emerged the slogan “Walk On Walk Strong” and the birth of WOWS Kids Fiji — an organisation established to assist children living with cancer and their families....

Family returns after 35 years

A Belgian family saved every month for five years so they could revisit their home town, Savusavu, after being away for about 30 years. Florence Deserranno was two when she left Savusavu, her place of birth, in 1983 with her parents, Patrick and Myriam Deserranno who worked in Fiji from 1980 to 1983 under the...

17th August

New joint rural water scheme to benefit 800 Fijians

THE joint rural water scheme project at Sawakasa Village, in Tailevu was commissioned yesterday. In his address at the commissioning, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Service, Jone Usamate said “Government will not rest on its laurels until every single household has access to safe clean drinking water.” The new water supply system...

Agriculture ministry launch five year strategic development plan

THE five year Strategic Development Plan (SDP 2019-2023) for the Ministry of Agriculture aims to deliver a demand-driven and resilient agriculture sector that delivers economic opportunities, environmental sustainability and food and nutrition security for all Fijians. Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy while speaking at the launch of the five year Strategic Development Plan  said...

PIF leaders to be a voice for all climate-vulnerable people

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama along with fellow Pacific heads of Government will continue to push the region’s largest carbon emitter to transition from coal to clean energy. Mr Bainimarama highlighted this while addressing the Fijian media at the end of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) meeting. He said they will continue to be a voice...

USP Tuvalu campus new satellite commissioned

THE new satellite for the University of the South Pacific (USP) Tuvalu Campus was commissioned by the New Zealand Minister for Pacific People, Aupito William on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. Dr Giulio Paunga, USP Vice-President Regional Campuses and Estates and Infrastructure said the event, “marks the accomplishment of our dream that we believe will make...

Rugby fans meet their stars

THE Flying Fijians Rugby World Cup squad took a break from their normal routine holding an open training session for their fans today at Albert Park. “The pride of representing Fiji is a real drive for our players,” said coach John McKee. “And to give the fans an opportunity here to see their stars in...

Fire destroys two bedroom house in Lami village

A TWO bedroom house with wood and corrugated iron in Lami village was completely destroyed this morning by a fire. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed this saying the property belonged to Ratu Isoa Damudamu who was away in the West. “A 24-year-old was looking after the house, he woke up at about 8am and noticed...

Cane truck driver believed to be latest road fatality

A MAN from Vunisea Village is believed to be the latest road fatality victim. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the victim was driving a cane truck along the Nayaulevu Road, Barotu in Rakiraki when he allegedly lost control of the vehicle causing it to veer off the road. “The victim died at the scene of...

Sigatoka residents participate in WOWS super hero walk and fun run

PEOPLE living in Sigatoka flocked in numbers to the Sigatoka Town Council grounds early this morning to participate in the Walk On Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji super hero walk and fun run. The walk and fun run had witnessed children and adults dressed in super hero attires in line with the theme of the...

Deal with it

ANYTHING that happens within the Parliament precincts involving members of Parliament should be dealt with by the Speaker of Parliament. This is the view of former Parliament secretary-general Mary Chapman. She made the comment in relation to assault allegations by National Federation Party MP Pio Tikoduadua against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama one week ago. The...

What’s keeping the kids up late

UNSUPERVISED and unkempt, children as young as 11 years are using car parks in Laucala Bay, Suva, as a popular spot to sell coconuts and pastries at night. A team from this newspaper saw quite a number of children in hotspot areas in Suva on Thursday night engaged in their nocturnal trade. When quizzed, the...

Children sell coconuts at night to make ends meet

ATTENDING classes by day and selling coconuts and pastries at night is the norm for children as young as 12. This newspaper came across a group of 10 young lads immersed in their ‘business’ at a car park in Laucala Bay, Suva, yesterday. “We are selling young coconuts (bu) because our parents can’t afford to...

Church celebrates seniors’ contribution

THE contribution of senior citizens who journeyed with the Catholic faith from the 1960s was celebrated yesterday at a special mass. Residents of the Golden Age Home in Labasa joined the festivities at the Holy Family Primary School in Labasa. The celebration was part of the 55-year emerald anniversary of the Catholic Church in Labasa....

Search called off

THE search for helicopter pilot Gilbert Parker and two-year-old Epeli Jeremiah is officially over. The duo remain missing 15 days after the chopper they were in crashed into Natewa Bay, Vanua Levu. Mr Parker was transporting Epeli — who had a serious respiratory illness and his mother Taraivosa Kalougata — to the Labasa Hospital from...

New base opens for auditors

A NEW auditor-general’s office was opened in Nadi last month to monitor a number of important government sectors, Auditor-General Ajay Nand said. “We wanted to have a greater visibility in these areas because sometimes our presence promotes accountability,” he said. “Our officers are able to go to these government offices and carry out their audits...

Authorities mum on issue

ONE week after the assault allegations by National Federation Party MP Pio Tikoduadua against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, authorities remain silent on the issue. The Fiji Times has issued questions to the Parliament secretariat asking whether Speaker of the House Ratu Epeli Nailatikau had acquired and viewed close circuit television footage of the alleged altercation...

No accord after 12 hours of talks

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is disappointed that Pacific Islands Forum leaders could not reach a consensus after 12 hours of talks during the Leaders Retreat on Thursday. In a statement yesterday, Mr Bainimarama said while there has been a great deal of agreement in Funafuti, it was clear that there were differences of opinion, emphasis...

Leaders did their best, says Sopoaga

FORUM leaders worked to the best they could, says chair of the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders Meeting and Tuvaluan Prime Minister Enele Sopoaga. Mr Sopoaga said the 18 forum leaders brought their common interests and their own national interests and as chair he appreciated the contribution of all leaders. Responding to Prime Minister Voreqe...

Australia reaffirms stand

AUSTRALIA will stand with its Pacific family when it comes to issues affecting the region such as climate change, says Prime Minister Scott Morrison. During a press conference in Funafuti, Tuvalu yesterday, Mr Morrison reaffirmed Australia’s commitment to meeting carbon emission targets because of the impact global warming was having on Pacific Island nations. “They’re...

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