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12th April

MASF boss visits Survivor series locations

Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji CEO, Simon Gravenall has visited the locations in the Yasawa Islands where the USA television series, Survivor 41 is being filmed. “With over 37 vessels ready to film 24/7 it...

Duo arrested and charged in Kadavu drug raid

Two men are expected to appear at the Suva Magistrates Court today after being charged with one count each of unlawful possession of illicit drugs. This after a successful raid conducted by the Police Special Response Unit last week which resulted in the uprooting of more than thirty green plants confirmed to be marijuana from...

What’s happening today

Bula readers! Here’s a bit of information on some of the happenings around the country today – Monday, April 12, 2021. But first, to the weather forecast for today until midnight tomorrow:   Weather   Cloudy periods with some showers and isolated thunderstorms over Yasawa and Mamanuca group, eastern, western parts and interior of the...

11th April

Residents fight for clean air

Some residents of Lami took to the Queen’s Rd yesterday to peacefully protest air pollution in the form of clinker dust that was being spilt on to the road while being carted to the cement factories. Wearing red in revolt against the spillage of cement clinker from trucks as they cart the clinker from the King’s Wharf in Suva to the factories,...

300 children for children’s wear show

The Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW) has noticed support and engagement from Fijian families who have recognised that FJFW runways are also about boosting young people’s confidence. This, according to FJFW spokeswoman Lice Movono who said that yesterday, more than 300 children auditioned for the FJFW’s children’s wear show at the Yue Lai Hotel in Suva....

‘Benefits outweigh risks’

The benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine’s effective protection against COVID-19 far outweigh the risks. This, according to permanent secretary for the Ministry of Health and Medical Services Dr James Fong, amid investigations by British and European regulators into an association between the vaccine and a rare blood-clotting disorder called “thrombosis with thrombocytopenia”. “To put those...

Ratu Epeli recalls interaction with Prince Philip

  It was a great honour to have served as Equerry for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and the late Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. These were the sentiments of Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau of his interaction with the late Prince Philip, who passed away on Friday at the age of 99. “I was...

Standard operating procedures to manage risks

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services will soon develop new standard operating procedures (SOP) to manage the rare but serious risk associated with the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, says health ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong.   Dr Fong said given the low incidence rate of the potential side effects after the first dose, which...

Helping parents is not child labour, clarifies minister

Minister for Employment, Productivity, and Industrial Relations and Youth and Sports, Parveen Kumar says simple work done after school by children like gardening and helping their parents at home are not considered as child labour. Mr Kumar said such work was important as it would assist to develop children. He said Fiji has domesticated the fundamental principles...

Leaders pay tribute

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has joined world leaders in paying tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip. Yesterday, on his social media account, Mr Bainimarama shared a heartfelt tribute to Prince Philip following the announcement of his passing on Friday. “I will never forget the stories my parents told me of Prince Philip’s visit...

Travel bubble discussions continue

Fiji’s discussions with Australia and New Zealand to establish a travel bubble are still continuing, says Minister for Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya. He explained that Fiji’s vaccination program that encourages Fijians to get vaccinated could assist in our borders reopening. “Quite a few people have actually registered for the vaccine and I urge all...

Lautoka residents warned

Residents of Lautoka have been warned to store their garbage properly in storage bins or face a fine of close to $1000. This was a warning from the Lautoka City Council following the increasing number of stray animals going through people’s rubbish. In a public notice, the Council expressed concerns that many residents were discharging...

What’s happening today

Bula readers! Here’s a bit of information on some of the happenings around the country today – Sunday, April 11, 2021. But first, to the weather forecast for today until midnight tomorrow:   Weather   Cloudy periods with some showers and isolated thunderstorms over Yasawa and Mamanuca group, eastern, western parts and interior of the...

Kishore in court

The Suva Magistrates Court has given the defence counsel representing former teacher Kishore Kumar 14 days to file their grounds for a voir dire application. Mr Kumar appeared in court yesterday before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili. He is charged with six counts of indecently insulting or annoying a person and one count of criminal intimidation...

Developer found guilty

The Suva Magistrates Court has found Malolo developer Freesoul Real Estate Development (Fiji) PTE Ltd guilty on two counts of undertaking unauthorised developments and not guilty on one count of failure to comply with a prohibition notice. Magistrate Seini Paumau delivered her judgment yesterday. One of the charges was related to development activity on dry...

10th April

PM gets ‘injection of hope’

These vaccines are more than just a shot in the arm – they are an injection of hope. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama made these remarks as he and his wife, Mary, received their AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccinations at the Republic of Fiji Navy Stanley Brown Naval Base in Walu Bay, Suva. “Being vaccinated is our duty...

Fiu’s journey through test of times

Jovial, enthusiastic and warm are some of the words that best describe Nigel Fiu. Should you get the chance to meet the Lautoka man, you would not know the challenges he has overcome or is facing at the present time. A few years ago, his wife developed cancer and had to relocate to New Zealand...

Returning citizens to pay costs

Returning Fijian citizens have to pay $2890 in accommodation and government fees for the mandatory 14-day quarantine. In a new advisory, the COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Taskforce (CRMT) has classified them as non-repatriated Fijian citizens who hold Fijian passports. These are Fijians who travelled overseas, those who have dual citizenship and those who are permanent residents...

Civil servants warned of scheme

Any Fijian civil servant caught getting involved in the pyramid gifting scheme will be taken to task and charged accordingly, says Minister for Commerce, Trade and Tourism Faiyaz Koya. “If you are a civil servant, please remember this goes against your code of conduct,” Mr Koya said. “In addition to this, Fijians should remember that...

Aust funds $18m to rebuild schools

The Australian government will rebuild 15 permanent school structures on Vanua Levu at a cost of $18 million. Education Minister Rosy Akbar said the new structures would be constructed to withstand Category 5 cyclones. She made the comment at Dama District School and Bua District School yesterday where she conducted groundbreaking ceremonies for temporary classrooms....

US report puts FICAC under spotlight

Some high-profile Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption prosecutions were viewed as politically motivated, according to the United States Department of State 2020 Country Report on Human Rights Practices in Fiji. The report said Government adequately funded the corruption commission. “But some observers questioned its independence and viewed some of its high-profile prosecutions as politically motivated,”...

‘Needs to be sorted’

Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete says his team is working round-the-clock to sort things at Suva’s Colonial War Memorial Hospital. He made the comment in response to queries from this newspaper about four out of eight operating theatres not working because of issues with air-conditioning. Dr Waqainabete said the four theatres that were operational at...

Focus is election victory: Duru

Newly-appointed Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) general secretary Lenaitasi Duru said the main focus of the party now was to win the next general election. He made the comment yesterday after party leader Viliame Gavoka announced his appointment. Mr Duru succeeds Emele Duituturaga who resigned a month ago. “It’s a big shoe to fill after...

‘National consultations on the Maritime Travellers Rights encouraging’

Minister for Transport and acting Attorney General Faiyaz Koya says the national consultations on the Maritime Travellers Rights held in the Western Division earlier this week have been encouraging. He said the whole heart of the exercise was to hear people’s thoughts and opinions on this important issue. “We need to have people’s thoughts across...

Lami residents : We want clean air

The residents of Lami banded together along the Queen’s Road to protest against air pollution from clinker dust this morning. Clinker is an ingredient used to make cement and is a hazardous material. With placards and banners in hand, residents young and old turned out to draw attention to the issue in clusters at Nadonumai,...

Search underway for driver involved in hit and run case

Police are in search for the driver of vehicle number LR 5276 who is alleged to be involved in a hit and run case while on his way to Lautoka this morning. According to Police, the suspect is alleged to have hit a 23-year-old man who was walking along the Saweni road in Lautoka. The...

First-aid training benefits youth

24-year-old Neel Akashni believes first-aid training should be compulsory for people of all ages. The Makoi resident was part of a three-day exercise on Mobile Skills Training on First Aid Training this week at the Nausori Community Village Hall in Nausori and said such events would assist people in any situation. “I have learnt how...

Crime Officers reminded of their role

The Acting Commissioner of Police has reminded the more than forty Crime Officers in every Division who are all part of the One month Basic Prosecution Course focusing on Investigation that the investigation process carries a lot of weight in court. “The success of any case prosecuted in court will depend on the investigation process...

World reacts to death of Britain’s Prince Philip

LONDON (Reuters) – Prince Philip, husband of Queen Elizabeth and a leading figure in the British royal family for almost seven decades, has died aged 99, Buckingham Palace said on Friday. Here are reactions from major public figures in Britain and around the world. UK PRIME MINISTER BORIS JOHNSON “We remember the Duke … above...

COVID-19: Fiji among 102 recipients of COVAX-delivered vaccines – WHO

Fiji is among the list of 102 ‘Facility partners’ that have received COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX. COVAX is short for COVID-19 Vaccines Global Acess – a global initiative aimed at equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines led by UNICEF, Gavi – the Vaccine Alliance, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations, and...

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