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Villagers question pending promises

VILLAGERS of Nakavu and Veivatuloa in the province Namosi have questioned years of promises for the installation of seawalls in the two communities by Government over the past years. These concerns were highlighted during the...

‘Men can also apply for DVRO’

MEN can also apply for Domestic Violence Restraining Order. Speaking during the Namosi district council meeting a representative from the Justice Department said a lot of times they later found out that women were the instigators of domestic conflicts. The personnel said the order protected both women and men. He said they were ready to...

RBF receives 94 complaints in last financial year

THE Reserve Bank of Fiji received 82 new complaints from individuals and 12 complaints referred from other regulators and government agencies during August 2018 and July 2019 financial year. In its August 2018 – July 2019 annual report the central bank highlighted that as at July 31, 2019, 58 complaints were resolved and 36 were...

Minister visits municipal markets

MINISTER for Local Government Premila Kumar is touring municipal markets in the Western Division. Her official tour began yesterday at the Korovou Market in Tailevu and the Rakiraki, Tavua and Ba markets. She also visited the Namaka market today before heading to Sigatoka. “The purpose of my visit is to see the progress on various...

Police investigate Raiwaqa car crash

A PRIVATE car driven by a man veered off the road and crashed near the basketball court in Raiwaqa yesterday. This was confirmed  by police spokeswoman, Savaira Tabua to this newspaper. She stated both the driver and his passenger were alleged to have been intoxicated. “The driver was rushed to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital...

Five more for Bulanaires campaign

TOURISM Fiji has announced the names of five more Bulanaires for Phase Two of its Bulanaires program for 2020. A media statement from Tourism Fiji said: “As we countdown to the start of the happiness month in March, our signature destination campaign Bulanaires is gaining momentum throughout the tourism industry by celebrating our true heroes...

Province puts more emphasis on education

WE need to put more emphasis on education and encourage students from the province of Tailevu to enhance it to the next level. This was highlighted by the chairman of Tailevu Provincial Council Rusiate Tudravu while speaking at the scholarship awards at their office in Nausori yesterday. He acknowledged the support shown by the chiefs...

Trade show a success

THE first trade show for the Women Entrepreneurs and Business Council (WEBC) held yesterday proved to be a success for the members. WEBC chairwoman Eseta Nadakuitavuki said their plan was to come up with a lot of activities such as business mentoring for members, toastmaster competitions to ensure they boosted their self-confidence and be able...

Wycliffe: Set up resistance hubs

ENVIRONMENT Ministry permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe has called on Fijian communities and councils to set up resistance hubs to promote a plastic free message. He made the call while officiating at the recent opening of the Pacific Waste-Free Islands Inception workshop at Nadi’s Tanoa International Hotel. Mr Wycliffe said everyone was part of all this...

Students plant mangrove seedlings, clean foreshore

STUDENTS of St Joseph’s Secondary School planted mangrove seedlings at the Nasese foreshore in Suva yesterday. Supported by their parents and guardians, students also cleaned up the foreshore area, picking up rubbish and debris left by people and the tide. School principal Jacqueline Low said the initiative was purely an idea generated by the students....

Virus affects supply of disposable cards

THE outbreak of novel coronavirus in China has taken its toll on the supply of disposable eTransport cards to Fiji. In a public notice, service provider Vodafone Fiji stated many factories were on lockdown mode in China, prompting the delays in production and shipping of the disposable cards. As a precautionary measure, Vodafone Fiji has...

$5.8m market to open soon

The new $5.8 million Rakiraki market could be opened in two weeks’ time. Minister for Local Government Premila Kumar inspected final works at the market and met vendors yesterday. “You can see that some work is still ongoing and we are hoping to get the completion certificate this week then we can do the opening...

Reddy: $2m spent annually to address brucellosis and TB

The Fiji Dairy Industry has suffered significantly due to the bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis in the past four years. Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy said the industry had lost close to 5000 animals because of those two diseases. He also told parliament earlier in the week that the Government had spent $2million annually from...

House destroyed in fire

A newly-renovated house on Hibiscus Lane, in Bryce Street, Raiwaqa, was completely destroyed by a fire yesterday. Asenaca Atama, a resident of Milverton Road, who witnessed the fire said she ran across from her home when she saw black smoke coming out from one of the houses on Hibiscus Lane. “At around 1:30pm, I was...

Three deacons ordained

THREE transitional deacons were ordained at the Sacred Heart Cathedral yesterday. Iosefo Wailoa of the Archdiocese of Suva, Sinapati Ioane of the Salesians of Don Bosco and Aminiasi Ravuwai of the Society of St Columban were ordained by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong. Following an average of seven months of training at the Pacific Regional Seminary...

Trade show hailed a success

THE first tradeshow for the Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC) held yesterday proved to be a success for the members. WEBC chairperson Eseta Nadakuitavuki said their plan was to come up with a lot of activities such as business mentoring for members, toastmaster competitions to ensure they boost their self-confidence and be able to communicate...

‘We need to put more emphasis on Education’

WE need to put more emphasis on Education and encourage the students from the province of Tailevu to enhance it to the next level. This was highlighted by the Chairman of the Tailevu Provincial Council, Rusiate Tudravu while speaking at the scholarship awards at their office in Nausori yesterday. He acknowledged the support shown by...

Lakers game postponed due to Bryant’s death rescheduled for April 9

FILE PHOTO: The NFL logo is pictured at an event in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., November 30, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri. LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Los Angeles Lakers Jan. 28 game against the LA Clippers, which was postponed when Lakers great Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter accident last...

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COVID-19: Fiji cannot have a business-as-usual response, says MP Lalabalavu

Fijian authorities cannot have a business-as-usual response to the deadly global coronavirus outbreak, says Opposition MP Dr Ratu Atonio Lalabalavu. He said while Fiji as a nation considered measures to counter the WHO-declared global health emergency, added one thing that must always be paramount was prevention. “Prevention is better than cure. The Government of the...

Fiji gets funding to prepare for natural disasters

FIJI has secured new funding to improve its preparedness for natural disasters after signing a loan agreement with Japan. According to the Fijian Government, Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum signed a standby loan agreement worth $98,986,440.50 FJD (5 Billion Japanese Yen) with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) yesterday. The A-G said in a statement the standby...

Fiji and China aim to create sustainable plastics economy

For Fiji and the Pacific, plastics are a threat to the ocean, to fish, and to tourism, and that this was a chance for the global trading community and the WTO, to be on the right side of history. This was the sentiment shared by Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to to the...

Road closure: New Zealand PM visit to Fiji

THE Fiji Police Force is advising members of the public of the following temporary road closures during the visit of New Zealand’s Prime Minister R.H Jacinda Arden to Fiji on Monday. According to Police, there will be a dry run on Sunday which will see the roads from Nausori Airport along Queens Road, into Rewa...

14 WEBC members showcase products at trade show

THE Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC), a council under the Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation (FCEF) hosted its first Entrepreneurs Trade Show at the Terry Walk in Suva today. WEBC chairperson Eseta Nadakuitavuki said this initiative was part of WEBC’s strategy for establishing a sustainable event which its members can look forward to annually. About...

Sinipati Ioane initiated as deacon of the Catholic Church

ORIGINALLY from Lotofaga in Samoa, Fiji resident Sinapati Ioane was proud to be formally initiated as a deacon of the Catholic Church today with two other of his comrades after their training at the Pacific Regional Seminary in Suva. Mr Ioane said his role in the church complemented his teaching career which he had left...

Firefighters attend to Raiwaqa house fire

Firefighters are at the scene of a house fire on Hibiscus Lane in Bryce St, Raiwaqa. Three fire trucks from the National Fire Authority are at the scene trying to douse the flames to avoid it spreading to nearby homes. Residents in the area claimed that no one has been injured. More details are being...

Tailevu Provincial Council’s Education committee handover scholarships to 88 students

A TOTAL of 88 students from the province of Tailevu have been awarded scholarships from the Tailevu Provincial Council’s Education committee today. Chair of the committee , Dr Akanisi Kedrayate said this was an initiative the council saw to help enhance the capacity and the skills of the students from the province of Tailevu. “Education...

New Zealand PM Ardern will visit Fiji next week

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern will visit Fiji next week. It will be the first time a New Zealand Prime Minister has visited Fiji in four years and comes during the 50th anniversary of Fiji’s independence. Ms Ardern says Fiji is New Zealand’s largest trading partner in the Pacific, visited by 200,000 New Zealand...

Ratepayers told to ‘pay for service’

“WITHOUT paying the money, you can’t ask for service.” This was Local Government Minister Premila Kumar’s response when Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya asked why private rubbish collectors were not being paid on time. Ms Tabuya said this was the reason why rubbish was not collected in most areas around Nasinu. “One only need to drive...

‘Project information to be used in other municipal council’

THE Local Government Ministry has engaged the Auckland City Council to assist its counterpart in Suva become a more streamlined and effective service provider. This was the word from Local Government Minister Premila Kumar in Parliament yesterday. She made the comment in response to a question from Opposition parliamentarian Simione Rasova. “There is a wide...

Worry over impact of $9.9m grant cut

THE University of the South Pacific was not paid $9.9 million from Government as part of the 2018/2019 grant the institution was expecting. The information is contained in the USP’s 2018 annual report review by the Standing Committee on Social Affairs that was tabled in Parliament on Thursday. The committee said they “are concerned with...

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