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13th December

Association to give young women a voice

THE newly formed Qaqa Fijian Young Women’s Grassroots Association will give young women around the country a suitable platform to voice their opinions. After concerns were raised from young women on the lack of such...

Claims of LGBTQI community openly persecuted continuously

DESPITE developments in the country, Fijians continue to shun and openly persecute members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTQI) community, claims DIVA for Equality’s Frances Tawake. Ms Tawake said in her work as a human rights activist, she had met members of the community who had been rejected from their families...

12th December

Lautoka unplanned outage due to truck pulling down EFL overhead lines

AN unplanned power outage that occurred this morning in Lautoka was due to Smak Works Limited tip truck breaking Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) overhead power lines at the Navutu Industrial area, Lautoka. EFL acting Chief Executive Officer, Bobby Naimawi said the accident caused power disruption residents in the surrounding areas who are provided electricity supply...

Five men to front court to assaulting a police officer

FIVE men are expected to appear at the Suva Magistrates Court tomorrow for allegedly assaulting a police officer. The five who have been charged with one count each of serious assault are alleged to have assaulted a police officer based in Suva during a carnival in Navua last Saturday sustaining injuries to his head and...

Stolen items seized by Police in Nasinu raid

ITEMS believed to be stolen were seized during separate raids conducted by police in the Nasinu. According to Police the raid was conducted by the Southern Division Task Force on Tuesday and items recovered included laptops, mobile phones, hard drives and other gadgets. Police say the three suspects are currently being questioned at the Valelevu...

FHTA charity funds to assist in construction of orphanage home

FUNDS raised at the Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) Charity Golf Day were handed over to the St Christopher’s Home for Children today. FHTA chief executive officer Fantasha Lockington said the funds would go towards the construction of a new home for young male orphans who are currently required to leave the orphanage in...

Savuto’s gift of love

WITH whatever negativity you go through in life you come out stronger with love. This was highlighted by Fiji’s ‘Vude Prince’, Savuto Vakadewavosa who has a new album that is expected to be officially launched tomorrow at Suva’s Vineyard restaurant. Savuto said his newest album with a Christmas title, Nai Loloma is a holiday album....

2019 Industry Day opened at Denarau

TOURISM Minister Premila Kumar says events such as the Industry Day allows stakeholders to understand how the global tourism landscape is evolving. She shared this while opening the 2019 Industry Day at Denarau Island Sheraton Resort in Nadi today. “It allows us to know who our potential customers are or could be, and how we intend...

US musicians to thank Fijians in rock concert

A NUMBER of  musicians from the U.S. will this weekend put on a full-on rock show as a thank-you to the Fijian people at Albert Park. Founder of Yaqara Waters, Bob Bishop said this was a way to thank all the Fijian people for their hospitable nature. “This is going to showcase the history of...

MSMEs encouraged to be part of mahogany industry

LOCAL micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are being encouraged to become a more significant part of the mahogany industry in Fiji. Deputy permanent secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister, Sakeasi Waikere, says Fiji is known to have the world’s non-native mahogany stock in the world and government is eager to capture better...

Missing Talei: Police conduct forensic tests on evidence

FORENSIC tests are being conducted on evidence gathered by investigators in the case of missing three-year-old Talei Raikadroka of Kalekana. Young Talei was reported missing at the Lami Police Station by his grandfather on Saturday November 30, 2019. Police said the forensic tests were being conducted on evidence gathered from the man who is a...

Nausori Highlands murder suspect denied bail

NAUSORI Highlands murder suspect, Muhammed Raheesh Isoof was denied bail today. A statement issued by the ODPP said the matter was called today for bail ruling at the High Court in Suva before Justice Daniel Goundar. The accused is charged with five counts of murder and one count of attempted murder. It is alleged that...

‘We are reborn’: Bougainville votes for independence from Papua New Guinea

SYDNEY (Reuters) – The South Pacific islands of Bougainville have overwhelmingly voted to be independent from Papua New Guinea, the referendum commission said on Wednesday, in a historic poll that will embolden separatists as they start negotiating the terms of their sovereignty. Almost 98% of the 181,067 votes cast backed independence in the non-binding poll...

Werelagi trial: Court dishes out 14-year jail term

A MAN convicted of prostituting a 15-year-old girl has been jailed for 14 years. Werelagi appeared before Justice Daniel Goundar at the High Court in Suva moments ago. He was convicted of one count of aggravated sexual servitude and three counts of domestic trafficking in children. Werelagi or Josie as he was known had by...

IOM: Fiji first transit country for human trafficking

FIJI is the first transit and destination country for men, women and children trafficked for the purpose of sexual and labour exploitation including domestic servitude, says International Organization for Migration project support officer Lee Yacoumis. Ms Yacoumis said according to their report, they had been able to capture 25 known cases of trafficking which included...

Immunisation to end on Christmas Eve

HEALTH teams carrying out measles vaccinations have been given until midnight on Christmas Eve to complete providing immunisation to the target group. Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said the directive had been given to the National Measles Taskforce in a meeting held this week. “It is my hope and prayer that no Fijians will...

Social media trap

DON’T fall into the trap of social media. This was the stern statement delivered by the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto, during the Commander’s Parade yesterday. He reminded members of the RFMF to knuckle down on their jobs and do the work required of them. “We have a social...

‘Limited funding a major drawback’

RESOURCE constraints are a major drawback in containing termite-infestation in sugarcane fields. This according to Sugar Research Institute of Fiji (SRIF) acting CEO Prem Naidu. He made the comment yesterday as a joint Operation Kadivuka survey continued between the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji and SRIF. “We are getting very limited funding to do all these...

Mill crushing extended

CRUSHING at the Lautoka mill has been extended until Saturday to crush remaining cane in the fields. The mill was scheduled to terminate its 2019 season today, however, Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) has confirmed it will operate for another three days. “We have reviewed available cane figures to confirm what is left to harvest,” said...

150th anniversary: Fiji’s historical ships

EVEN before the tourism industry existed, the first cruise ship to call into Fiji in 1893 was Taveuni. This is according to an article in The Fiji Times of October 1956. “Thinking in terms of tourists and tourist cruises, one is inclined to think of stream-lined luxury yachts. Something a little like Stella Polaris —...

Fire engulfs GCC complex, ‘official records safe’

ALL documents and official records are safe, says iTaukei Affairs Ministry permanent secretary Meleti Bainimarama after an early morning fire gutted the GCC complex of the iTaukei Trust Fund Board at Nasese in Suva yesterday. Mr Bainimarama said the Ministry of iTaukei Affairs and the iTaukei Affairs Board headquarters were not affected and all operations...

Female firefighter scoops top award

NELI Vugakoto is the first female firefighter to scoop the top aggregate award after enduring 11 weeks of intense training. Ms Vugakoto, 19, described yesterday’s graduation as one of the best days of her life as she was able to fulfil her goal. She said she was determined to attain the award after she was...

King’s play of the 70s

JOHN King still remembers the scene at Raymond’s Nightclub, Lautoka, in the 70s like it was yesterday. People from all over the Sugar City would gather there on weekends to dance their worries away. “It was a very different time to what Lautoka is now,” the 65-year-old shared. “People would work hard at the sugar...

Service to the nation

JENNY Seeto was awarded the Officer of the Order of Fiji last month for distinguished service of a high degree to the country. She was awarded the honours during the Order of Fiji Investiture Ceremony held at the State House, Suva. An emotional Ms Seeto said if her late husband Dixon Seeto former president of...

Most identified victims of human trafficking are women

THE most identified victims of human trafficking are women, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime 2018 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa says while men are also susceptible to being trafficked for the purpose of forced labour, statistics reveal that children and women...

Trafficking in Fiji extended to other countries

INTERNATIONAL and domestic trafficking in Fiji has now extended to Thailand and other countries, according to International Organization for Migration project support officer Lee Yacoumis. Ms Yacoumis, during her presentation during the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation workshop at the Naviti Resort in Sigatoka yesterday, said trafficking was increasing in Fiji. She said previously sex...

Trafficking, one of the worst forms of violence

TRAFFICKING is one of the worst forms of violence against women and girls who are used for sexual exploitation and forced labour, says Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Minister Mereseini Vuniwaqa. While officiating during the National Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation workshop at the Naviti Resort in Sigatoka yesterday, Mrs Vuniwaqa said trafficking in persons...

11th December

FNU senior instructor wins Research Excellence award

SENIOR instructor in the School of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Engineering, Science and Technology (CEST), Dr Ronesh Sharma was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Research Excellence 2019, in the category of Early Career Researcher. Dr Sharma who attained a PhD degree, received the award in...

Tamavua unplanned outage due to damaged underground cable

A 415Volts underground power cable supplying the customers in the Tamavua area had been damaged during excavation works undertaken by the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF). This was clarified by Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) Acting Chief Executive Officer Bobby Naimawi in a statement today. The statement was issued as there was an unplanned power outage...

Road signs to assist Police improve road safety

THE Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is deeply concerned with the number of deaths on the roads and so they have assisted the Fiji Police Force with 58 new traffic police signs to improve road safety. FRA Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Moore said the traffic signs will help the police control accidents on the road. “We...

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