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22nd January

Year 8-13 to resume classes on Monday

Face-to-face classes for Year 8 to Year 13 will resume on Monday. However, the Education Ministry said in a statement that dates could be revised if the weather pattern changed. The ministry said all schools...

Contingent on 6-day mission

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes extended his well-wishes to a government contingent dispatched to the Lau Group on Thursday evening. The team led by the Office of the Commissioner, Eastern Division, included 25 soldiers. “It was an honour to help send off the MV Iloilovatu and MV Veivueti which departed for the Lau...

Nurses ‘resign’

The Fiji Nursing Association claims nurses are resigning because of stress, fatigue, and lack of compensation. President Dr Alisi Vudiniabola claimed at one hospital, the nurse manager was working alone and looking after 28 patients because “most of the nurses were sick and tired”. Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete did not respond to queries on...

RFMF plans two deployments to assist Tonga and affected islands in Lau

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) says its planning consideration for its response efforts for Tonga and islands affected in the Lau group – following the volcanic eruption last weekend – are based on two deployments. Commander RFMF Major-General Jone Kalouniwai said the first is a contingent of 25 military personnel in support...

FEO offers cash prize to encourage participation in pre-election survey

The Fijian Elections Office will be giving away a cash prize of $300 as part of its Pre-Election Voter Survey launched in Suva yesterday, ahead of the 2022 General Election. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said this would encourage participation in the survey. Mr Saneem said at the end of the project, all voters who...

Pre-election voter survey launched ahead of the 2022 General Election

The Fijian Elections Office launched its Pre-Election Voter Survey for the 2022 General Election in Suva yesterday. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said the pre-election survey was a first of its kind to be done before a General Election in Fiji. He said this would help the FEO in its preparations for the 2022 General...

Wellness bodies hope sugar price increase will ”curb consumption’

The overconsumption of sugar, salt, oil, and processed foods are all major contributors to the prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Fiji – a crisis that is claiming lives and creating serious suffering for many Fijians. Dr Devina Nand, the head of Wellness Fiji – the implementing body of the Fiji Policy on Food and...

Sections of Queen Elizabeth Drive closed to motorists

Members of the public are advised of continuing road works along Queen Elizabeth Drive and changes to the local area traffic management. As such, motorists are advised to make necessary changes to their travel plans accordingly. The Fiji Roads Authority has also advised pedestrians to use designated footpaths when traversing between Muanikau Road intersection to...

Desilting works commissioned for Nasivi River

The commissioning of desilting works along the Nasivi river in Tavua is part of our efforts to safeguard the township of Tavua and its adjacent communities from flooding. These desilting works are also expected to mitigate flooding as well for crop and livestock farms, sugarcane farms, and communities along the river. A total of 3kilometres...

21st January

COVID-19 Fiji: Minister responds to critics on school reopening

Why should schools be closed when borders are open? This was Minister for Education Premila Kumar’s response to critics of Government’s school resumption plans. While speaking to teachers at the Balata College in Tavua yesterday, Mrs Kumar reiterated that schools would be COVID-19 safe once they reopened. “If I look at the statistics or the...

Court awards farmer $45k in damages

A company that tarsealed a road in Sigatoka has been ordered to pay $45,577 to a farmer for the damage of crop because of flooding. Chief Justice Kamal Kumar found China Gezhouba Group (Fiji branch) Company Ltd had a duty of care towards Liangui Wang of Simla, Lautoka, trading as Fresh Green in Valley Rd,...

Autopsy to confirm next step of action

A post-mortem examination yesterday of a male found dead inside a flat in Namaka, Nadi on Tuesday afternoon will determine the next course of action by police. The man is believed to have been living alone and his body was discovered after neighbours reported a foul smell emanating from his flat. Police spokesperson Wame Boutolu...

Expat files for judicial review

A High Court in Suva ruling on January 10 reveals the Fiji Immigration Department had detained and deported an expatriate from Fiji in December 2021 for not possessing valid permits to stay in Fiji. Rachel Wailana Whalen-Holderbaum of Waisalima, Nakasaleka, Kadavu was listed in the ruling as a company director and her lawyers had filed...

COVID-19 Fiji: ‘No severe cases in children’

There have not been any severe cases of COVID-19 recorded in children, says Minister for Education Premila Kumar. While speaking during a COVID-19 inspection tour of Tavua schools yesterday, Mrs Kumar said the Ministry of Health had yet to report such cases. She said the global vaccination focus on adults was a clear indication that...

Minister Kumar: Two schools affected by tsunami and ashfall

There are signs that two schools were affected by both the tsunami and ashfall caused by the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai underwater volcano eruption. This, according to Minister for Education Premila Kumar during a tour of Tavua schools yesterday. “Two schools were flooded by the tsunami and there are signs of ash in the surrounding areas,”...

NZ expert on volcanoes: Further eruptions possible

While data indicates no signs of further underwater eruptions in the past few days, New Zealand volcanologist Professor Shane Cronin says the potential for further eruptions are real. Prof Cronin said current thinking suggested two main scenarios were possible. First, the magma present during the recent eruption had been exhausted, calming the volcano down, or...

New sugar price ‘unjustified’ – Chaudhry

The increase in the price of sugar by 90 cents per kg was unjustified and should be rescinded, Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said. He claimed that none of the five reasons given by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) in support of the increase provided any justification for the hefty 64 per...

Exorbitant increase to ‘bail out a bankrupt FSC’

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad claims the exorbitant increase in the price of sugar with the concurrence of the FijiFirst Government is aimed at bailing out a bankrupt Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC). He said the 90 cents increase per kilogram approved by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) was yet another example...

FSC welcomes new sugar price

The price increase approval on sugar by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) will support the industry, says Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) chief executive officer Bhan Singh. He said the commission welcomed the sugar price increase by 90 cents (VEP) per kilogram. “This decision will not only help support the industry and make it...

COVID-19 Fiji: Health Ministry receives hand sanitisers and dispensers

Hand sanitisers and dispensers worth $1 million were yesterday given to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services in a bid to help fight the Omicron COVID-19. Dr James Fong, the permanent secretary, acknowledged the assistance from former Fiji resident and Smart-Gen Australia owner Rakesh Ram. “The donation has come at a time where we’re...

Juveniles cop suspended terms

Two juveniles who stole $217 worth of liquor from a restaurant in Sigatoka were sentenced to one year and 10 months imprisonment, suspended for three years. The incident happened in November 2020 when the duo were 14 years old. Both pleaded guilty to the offence and the High Court in Lautoka noted they fully understood...

Nausori Highlands murder trial: Isoof handed life sentences for family’s death

Mohammed Raheesh Isoof has been handed life sentences for the murder of Nirmal Kumar and his family in the Nausori Highlands in 2019. Justice Thushara Rajasinghe handed down his sentence at the High Court in Lautoka a while ago. Justice Rajasinghe stated Isoof betrayed the trust of his best friend by murdering them. He has...

Fijian Police investigate claims of impersonation

Fijian Police are investigating a man who has allegedly been posing as a lawyer and obtaining money as fees for those seeking jobs in Australia and New Zealand. This was confirmed by police spokesperson Wame Boutolu who said a complaint was lodged at the Totogo Police Station in Suva. “There is a report and investigation...

Equipment boost for NDMO

The National Disaster Management Office’s emergency communication capabilities got a boost yesterday as a result of equipment given by the New Zealand government. The new gear will also ensure the effective dissemination of messages at the height of any event. New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Charlotte Darlow said the incident in Tonga had proved...

202 teachers test positive for virus

Education Minister Premila Kumar said 202 teachers had tested positive for COVID-19. Mrs Kumar said the teachers were already COVID-positive before they entered the school premises. “As of today, we are in the third week and students only went to school on January 4 and they were there for five days and so this is...

Farmer loses $20k worth of vegetables

Vishnu Prasad, 65, of Mataniqara settlement in Ba says he has lost more than $20,000 worth of vegetables to Tropical Cyclone Cody. Mr Prasad says rehabilitating his farm would take months. “I had all of my vegetables on an eight-acre land and all of it got flooded,” he said. “All of our seasonal vegetables like...

Tonga volcanic eruption: Government response teams deployed to Lau

Two joint Government teams departed for a six-day deployment to the Lau group last night. The teams were deployed on the MV Iloilovatu and MV Veivueti. This deployment is part of the Fijian Government’s immediate response to the impacts of the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcanic eruption in Tonga last week. Minister for Rural and Maritime...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today. First, here is your weather forecast for today: Weather An east to southeast wind flow prevails over Fiji waters. Forecast to 6pm today for Fiji waters: East to southeasterly winds 10 to 15 knots. Moderate seas. Moderate...

From the Editor-in Chief’s desk: Your January 21 briefing

Bula Here are some headlines that made The Fiji Times’ edition for Friday, January 21. Before that though. .. NEWSROOM Dreaming about joining a newsroom? Want a break? Want to make a difference? Want to be part of a dedicated team of journalists? Do you have what it takes to ask the tough questions? We...

20th January

Mother completes isolation in remand

The High Court in Lautoka heard that a mother facing a charge of manslaughter contracted COVID-19 and completed her two-week isolation period in remand at the Ba Police Station. Aseri Naivou was produced for her first High Court appearance before Justice Sunil Sharma yesterday, and in her bail application the court heard she was supposed...

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