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15 years behind bars for raping 11-year-old daughter

A 59-year-old farmer was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the High Court in Lautoka last week for raping his 11-year-old daughter on separate occasions in 2005 and 2006. While passing his sentence on...

Roads closed in the West due to heavy rain

Several roads in the Western Division have been closed off after heavy downpour caused multiple floods across the region. According to the Fiji Roads Authority, a total of six roads in Tavua and Rakiraki have been closed off while four pathways could only be accessed by four wheel drive vehicles. Roads inaccessible due to the...

Seismic activity: 5.1 magnitude earthquake recorded in Ba

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Navai, Ba this morning. The Seismology Unit of Fiji’s Mineral Resources Department stated that the earthquake occurred at 8.37am. The seismic activity was located 4.4km West-southwest from Navai in Ba, 86.64km West-northwest from Levuka and 75km Northwest from Suva. The inland earthquake occurred at a depth of 61.8km,...

COVID-19: Over 25,000 lab tests conducted

A total of 25,014 COVID-19 laboratory tests have been conducted, with a weekly average of 1120 tests over the last two weeks. This is according to a statement by the Ministry of Health statement issued yesterday. The statement says there have been zero new cases of COVID-19 since the last update on January 22, and...

ADF helicopters assist in delivering aid during Operation Fiji Assist

Helicopters from HMAS Adelaide flew more than 166 hours, delivering 71,475kg of aid during Operation Fiji Assist. The Australian Defense Force states during Operation Fiji Assist, Air Force air traffic controllers liaised with Fiji air traffic control to ensure the ADF aircrew were provided up-to-date information on Fijian airspace procedures. “We also provided traffic de-confliction between...

Vehicle maintenance costs rise amid poor roads

Cunningham resident Asinate Seninewa has had to change the tyres of her car more often now because of poor road conditions in the area. She was among concerned residents this newspaper spoke to yesterday about poor road conditions in their residential suburb outside Suva. She said she had to take her car to the garage...

Resident points out road risks

Some people would drive their cars on footpaths to avoid damage from potholes, claims Cunningham resident Mili Vasukicakau. She said it was a concern because pedestrians would have to dodge the cars. “That is dangerous as we have small kids who walk on footpaths,” she said. “For the taxidrivers who are operating from our area,...

Rakesh continues family legacy

Tailoring business Rakesh Emporium has been serving the people of Fiji over the past 38 years with tailor-made clothes for different occasions. Owner Rakesh Kumar Bulsara took over the family business from his late father, Chandravandan Bulsara last year in July. The business located in Toorak was established in 1982. Mr Bulsara said their family...

25th January

NTS bungle

Expenditure cuts imposed by the Economy Ministry could have resulted in the Tertiary Scholarship and Loans Board’s (TSLB) decision to raise the academic performance requirements for those under the National Toppers Scheme (NTS), claims Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. Mr Chaudhry was responding to Economy Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum’s statement about TSLB failing...

Rapist gets 10-year sentence

A man in Tavua, convicted of raping his daughter-in-law, was sentenced to 10 years this month by the High Court in Lautoka. He was charged with two counts of indecently annoying a person, one count of sexual assault and one count of rape. The incident happened in July 2014. High Court judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe...

Kids ‘see’ adults with drugs

Some primary school students on the island of Kadavu have been exposed to marijuana because they have seen the illicit drug with an adult. This, according to Kadavu Police Station Officer Inspector Josua Daveta, who added it was a serious concern. He said they were made aware during an awareness program in primary schools. However,...

Marijuana taints island’s image

The cultivation of illicit drugs such as marijuana on the island of Kadavu has tainted the image of villagers who work hard daily to earn an honest living, says Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu. He made this statement while commending the Methodist Church in Fiji and Rotuma for joining police in the fight against...

Bitter end to religious festival

On the front page of The Fiji Times on Monday, March 4, 1980, it read Holi joy lands eight in hospital. The article was about eight Nausori men who were recovering at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital after accidently drinking a deadly weedkiller during the Holi festival celebrations. The men drank a mixture of rum...

RBF: Bill to create modern, efficient payment system

Th National Payment System Bill 2020 will create a modern, efficient and reliable payment infrastructure once passed in Parliament. This, according to the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF)while making submissions before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights last week, adding it was a major reform that would revolutionise a critical part...

NGO assists island students

Incomes of people in the Yasawa Group was crippled when the tourism industry was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This prompted the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND) to assist students in the group with stationery kits to ease the burden of families who depended heavily on tourism for their sources of income....

FSC top job attracts overseas interest

There has been huge interest from people overseas in the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) chief executive officer’s job, says Sugar Ministry permanent secretary Yogesh Karan. Mr Karan said huge interest was also expressed by locals. Outgoing CEO Graham Clark’s term will end at the end of next month. Mr Karan said they hoped to recruit...

Resort staff help struggling families

Turtle Island Fiji gave $10,000 worth of stationery to 342 students in the Yasawa Group last week. Resort managing director Richard Evanson Jr said they were aware that parents struggled to send their children back to school. He said the income of families in the group were heavily affected. “We could only imagine the concerns...

Financial constraints impact union membership

Financial constraints led to the huge decrease of members as they pulled out from the Fiji Nursing and Associates Credit Union. This, according to union president Mereani Waqa during the annual general meeting in Suva last weekend. She said one of the major challenges faced by the union over the past years was the decrease...

NGO hopes to promote ‘solesolevaki’ initiative

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Fiji hopes to promote the initiative of collective community effort known as solesolevaki in areas severely affected by STC in the Northern Division. The NGO recently distributed basic food items to people on Kia Island in the villages of Yaro, Daku and Ligau as part of its STC Yasa...

Wakaniyasi: We want opportunities

“We do not want sympathy, we want opportunity.” These were the words of Fiji Spinal Injury Association president Joshko Wakaniyasi during a reception co-hosted by the British High Commission in Suva last week. The event was organised to celebrate the contribution of people living with disabilities in Fiji to the society. Mr Wakaniyasi said they...

Tudravu reminds officers

Police officers have been reminded to treat members of the public with respect. Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu made this statement during the Fiji Police Force thanksgiving church service in Nasinu yesterday. He said 2020 was a challenging year with increased operational demand and police officers had to put in more effort which resulted...

A-G: Fiji to use WHO certified vaccines

The Fijian Government will only approve COVID-19 vaccines that are World Health Organization (WHO) certified, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. Speaking at the recent Suva Retailers Association meeting in Suva, he said there were a number of suppliers and countries such as Fiji was assessing the issues surrounding the vaccine. “My fundamental message is that we...

Met office issues heavy rain warning

People have been advised to expect rain which could be heavy at times from today. This, according to the Fiji Meteorological Service, adding a heavy rain alert was in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni, nearby smaller islands, Lau and the Lomaiviti groups. Meanwhile, a trough of low pressure which lay over the western parts was...

Free education promise

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) will grant free education to all students when they come into power. Party leader Viliame Gavoka made this statement during a recent press conference in Suva. He was responding to the suspension of student loans for Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and Dentistry under the Tertiary Education Loans...

Students study on verandah

Seventeen kindergarten students in Wainadoi had to use the verandah of a house in the area on the first day of school last week because there was no classroom. Concerned parent Monika Prasad said it was sad to see kindergarten children learning in such an environment. “The learning environment is not safe for children because...

Bainimarama conveys congratulatory message to Australia

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama reaffirmed Fiji’s commitment to continue working closely with Australia in building a brighter and resilient future for the two nations and for regional prosperity. Mr Bainimarama highlighted this in a congratulatory message to the Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison for the occasion of the Australia National Day commemorated on Tuesday, January...

Back in time: Sunday, January 25, 1981

On this day in 1981, three stories were published on the front page of The Sunday Times. The main story was about the prediction of a gynecologist that Government will lose money as hospital costs for having a baby has gone up. The second was a picture story of flash floods in Lautoka because of...

COVID-19: Nine people arrested for breaching curfew

Police arrested nine people were arrested over the last 48 hours for breaching curfew restrictions. Acting Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu said from Saturday 11 pm to Sun 4 am nine cases were recorded while no one was arrested from 11 pm Sunday to 4 am today. The Western Division recorded five cases while the...

Multiple-murder suspect denied bail

Multiple-murder suspect Mohammed Isoof has been denied bail by the Lautoka High Court. Appearing before Justice Chamath Morais earlier today, Isoof applied for bail in December last year. Justice Morais said that the New Zealand citizen had not provided sufficient evidence that he was not at flight risk. The case has been adjourned for mention...

Weather watch: Heavy rain warning remains in force

A heavy rain warning remains in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni, Lau and Lomaviti group. The weatherman says a heavy rain alert remains in force for the rest of the Fiji group The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this morning says a low pressure system lies slow moving to...

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