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18th August

Man fronts court for alleged murder of teenager

A 51-year-old man who recently returned from New Zealand was produced in the Rakiraki Magistrates Court yesterday charged with murder. Maika Nasara Bavou has been accused of killing Saimoni Virai, 19, of Vatukavecaceva Village on...

Cane farmers presented with Fiji Sugarcane Climate Outlook bulletin

Sugarcane farmers from the Lautoka Mill District in Nadi met teams from the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) and the Sugar Research Institute of Fiji yesterday – in partnership with the Australian Government-funded Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac) – to be presented with the Fiji Sugarcane Climate Outlook bulletin. The bulletin is...

Police visit Beqa after marijuana discovery

The Southern Division Community Policing team of the Fiji Police Force was deployed to Beqa recently following the discovery of marijuana on the island. The visit is part of the awareness campaign on the impact of the illicit drug trade. While speaking at Waisomo Village, Southern Division Deputy Police Commander SP Savenaca Vunisa said police...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here’s some quick basic information that could come in handy when making some decisions on what to do today. As usual, here is our quick look at the weather forecast for today to until midnight tonight: Weather Strong wind warning remains in force for land areas of eastern and southern Viti Levu...

17th August

Training in NZ – ‘A great experience’

Two Republic of Fiji Military Forces officer cadets undertaking training at the Office Cadet School (OCS) in Waiouru, New Zealand, this year described it as “a great experience”. In a press statement issued by the NZ Defence Force, they said the biggest challenge was leaving loved ones behind. Officer cadet Ilimotama Rakavono, 26, from Tailevu...

Surgery offers girl new beginning

When Meghana Sharma emerged out of the operating theatre at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital last week, it marked a new beginning for the 15-year-old. Up until that life-changing moment, living a normal life had been a huge challenge for the rheumatic heart disease patient. “I can’t wait to start my new life,”...

Value City lends support for first joint forum

One of the biggest dealers in recycled goods in Fiji – Value City (SP) Ltd – is lending its support for the first joint forum of the Fiji-Australia and Australia-Fiji Business councils post-COVID and to support growth of our economy. The 2022 Fiji-Australia and Australia-Fiji Business council’s joint forum with the theme “Vuvale – The...

REALB focuses on compliance

The Real Estate Agents Licensing Board (REALB) has been raising awareness on the 2 per cent commission and real estate activity disbursements in the past few months. In addition to that, the REALB had also been focusing on the National Property Sales Database (NATPRO) and Portal program with effort been made as to how the...

Minister highlights contribution of cruise tourism to Fiji

The cruise market brought 740,000 to Fiji in 2019. Minister for Infrastructure Jone Usamate said this when he officiated at the welcoming ceremony of tourists on board the Pacific Explorer at the Port of Lautoka on Monday. The minister shared that the cruise market was a significant part of the Fijian tourism industry and the...

Company to open first stand-alone IT shop

As work on the Damodar City project in the Northern Division progresses businesses continue to show interest in being a part of the development. Home & Living announced on Monday that it will open its first standalone IT shop at the Damodar City Labasa in the coming months. The company signed a lease agreement with...

Insulin like ‘gold’ for youngest diabetes patient

Two-year-old Mervin Chute is Fiji’s youngest Type 1 diabetes patient, says Diabetes Fiji Inc chairperson Taabish Akbar. Diagnosed in early February, mum Christine Maharaj says insulin is like ‘gold’ for her son. He would not survive without insulin, she said. “If we miss one injection, his sugar levels get really high and he can get...

Sustainable fishing: 28 maritime students graduate

Streamlining sustainable fishing practices and applications to up-scaling fisheries workforce knowledge on sustainable practices is one of the main areas of focus for the Deck Hand Fishing Programme at the Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA). Putting into practice these sustainable fishing practices will be 28 students who graduated from the FMA’s Deck Hand Fishing Programme last...

Student raises money for midwifery workshop

A 16-year-old International School Suva student raised money to bring two midwives from the US to conduct a conference for 50 local midwives this week. Joy Clark said she wanted to make a difference in Fiji and raised money through a GoFundMe page to bring the seasoned American midwives in. “I wanted my school project...

Reliance on sugar ‘not what it was years ago’

The Fijian economy’s reliance on sugar is not what it was 30 or 40 years ago. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said this when he officiated the opening of the 60th International Sugar Organisation (ISO) Council Meeting at Lautoka’s Tanoa Waterfront Hotel. “That is a natural progression as cane growing has given way to other growing...

Gavoka on brawl issue: ‘Blame must be pointed toward the leadership of this nation’

The youths involved in the Nabua and Raiwai street brawls are merely acting out what is condoned at the national level, says Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Viliame Gavoka. Mr Gavoka said their behaviour was indicative of the serious social issues affecting Fiji and the direct result of 16 years of dictatorial leadership. The...

High Court issues bench warrant for convicted lawyer’s arrest

The High Court in Suva yesterday issued a bench warrant against Lautoka-based human rights lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh after sentencing him to 10 months imprisonment for a contempt of court charge. Justice Jude Nanayakkara delivered the sentence in absentia. The committal proceedings were brought against him by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, after...

SPCA to expand desexing clinic to cover Suva-Nausori corridor

The Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Fiji (SPCA) will expand its desexing clinic, to cover the Suva-Nausori corridor later this year. This according to SPCA clinic and shelter manager Dr Shaneel Narayan. Dr Narayan said they had a lot of requests from residents living in Nausori. The SPCA team and five visiting international...

July visitor arrival breaks record

July has broken the record this year with 78,638 tourist arrivals into the country, compared with 62,130 in June. The Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport stated in a release yesterday that this brought Fiji’s July 2019 pre-COVID tourism recovery to 81.6 per cent. 37,005 Australians came to Fiji in July compared with 36,799...

Minister: Biman and Rabuka playing ‘mickey mouse’ games

National Federation Party (NFP) leader Professor Biman Prasad and The People’s Alliance (PA) party leader Sitiveni Rabuka are playing “mickey mouse” games and represent a group of politicians who are on a quest to gain power at any cost, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He made the comment at a media conference on Sunday where he...

Schools discuss global issues

Seven schools in the Western Division are learning more about the United Nations General Assembly through a Model UN Council (MUN) meeting at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. Held over two days this week, the participants led by International School Nadi (ISN) students conducted discussions on global issues affecting UN member countries. MUN co-secretary...

Health Ministry reveals rugby player’s family engaged in ‘traditional healing’ against medical advice

The family of Nadroga Fijiana rugby team, Monika Koroidrekelevu, had engaged in “traditional healing” against medical advice before her passing. This, according to a statement yesterday from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. The ministry stated while it expressed the deepest sympathy for the victim, it had to clarify issues raised by the public....

Ro Filipe: Sayed-Khaiyum must stop hiding the truth

The problem with Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum is that he labels anyone talking about ethnicity or indigenous matters as racist, says Opposition MP Ro Filipe Tuisawau. He claimed Mr Sayed-Khaiyum himself was a racist because he did not want to hear “any issues specific to the iTaukei as a people”. “We have to ask the hard...

Rabuka: PM Bainimarama ‘has lost control of his Government’ to A-G

The People’s Alliance (PA) party leader Sitiveni Rabuka claims Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama “has lost control of his Government” to Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He said this in a statement in response to the A-G’s recent attack on him. At a media conference on Sunday, the A-G labelled Mr Rabuka a very weak leader for...

A-G: ‘We need to be able to bring in the right people’

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says the “lack of appetite” by “some political parties” toward allowing foreigners into Fiji is a “very xenophobic way of thinking”. He said the reality was that we lived in a globalised world. “Now, that is a huge missed opportunity, if that becomes the mainstream way of thinking,” he said. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum...

Fiji PM orders for arrest of all involved in Raiwai brawl

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has ordered police to arrest everyone involved in last Sunday’s public brawl in Raiwai, Suva. Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said the directive was issued after the PM raised his concerns about the incident during a briefing about the incident. He has assured all efforts were being directed to rounding...

Proposal to move MPs trials forward

The Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court in Suva yesterday called the matters of Opposition MPs Simione Rasova and Peceli Vosanibola to see if their counsel would agree to move their trials forward to take up a two-week slot in the court’s calendar. High Court judge Justice Dr Thushara Kumarage asked Mr Rasova’s lawyer Tomasi...

Thomson: Fijian workers in demand in Australia’s aged-care industry

Fijian workers are in demand in the aged-care sector in Australia. This was made known to government officials by a visiting team from the Pacific Labour Facility team from Australia. In his meeting with Ministry of Employment permanent secretary Osea Cawaru this week, PLF Skills Development manager Brett Thomson said that during an information session...

Free Bird appoints new COO

Free Bird Institute has appointed Shaniza Bibi as its new Chief Operations Officer. Ms Bibi was the acting Finance Manager for Jacks Garments Pte Ltd. She holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Economics, and is presently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration. Ms Bibi is also an affiliate member of the Fiji...

Fijian Health Ministry note concerning trend in COVID cases

Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services says it continues to see a concerning trend in COVID-19 cases. Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong says while there is some decrease in the reported case data, supported by other community-based indicators, urged members of the public to remain vigilant. “We need to escalate community-wide adoption of...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here’s some quick basic information that could come in handy when making some decisions on what to do today. As usual, here is our quick look at the weather forecast for today to until midnight tonight: Weather Strong wind warning remains in force for land areas of eastern and southern Viti Levu...

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