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29th September

43 venues for West voter registration tomorrow

A team from the Fijian Elections Office will be operating 43 registration venues in the Western Division from Friday and into the weekend. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said there would be 80 teams with...

FNU academic staff certified in the EQAP course

Forty-eight staff members from the Fiji National University (FNU) successfully received the Certificate of Completion from a two-day collaborative training facilitated by FNU and the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Educational Quality and Assessment Program (EQAP). The training focussed on the key features of a micro-qualification and how an application could be compiled such that it meets...

Surgical education partnership between FNU and Geelong

Fiji should be proud of the fact that they not only train their own surgeons but help the other Pacific Island nations in the process. These were the sentiments shared by Geelong’s leading surgeon, Professor Glenn Guest during the Fiji National University (FNU), Surgical Training Program. Alongside a team of qualified professionals from Melbourne in...

NTPC releases 2022 ICDF Report

The Fiji National University’s (FNU) National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) released its 2022 Industry and Community Discussion Forum (ICDF) Report. The focus of the publication is a review of the skills gaps in Fiji’s workforce both now and in the future, as well as the steps the institution plans to take to fill these...

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 Cloudy periods with brief isolated showers over Suva/Nausori -Tailevu, eastern Ra, Naitasiri and Serua-Namosi, Sigatoka – Korolevu, Lau and Lomaiviti groups, Cakaudrove and southern Bua. Mainly fine elsewhere....

28th September

Shobna’s resolve

The COVID-19 pandemic served as a catalyst for change. For some, the period brought pain and suffering. Others seized the opportunities the crisis provided to try out something new. That is exactly what Shobna Kishore did – she continued to raise her children during the pandemic but also decided to delve into the business world....

A ‘strong fighter’ – Mum shares experience of son with cancer

Finding out that a child has cancer can be a parent’s most traumatic experience. It could be particularly devastating when it was unexpected and the child was an infant. This was the reality for 28-year-old mother Keresi Marama. Her two-year-old son, Robert Martin, was diagnosed in 2021 with a common form of cancer affecting the...

Back in history: New cable system

When Telecom ANZCAN cables were officially opened in Fiji, then prime minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara said a new dimension for Fiji had began in global communication. About 100 guests — diplomats, cabinet ministers, parliamentarians and business people gathered at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva to take part in the inauguration of the new...

The harsh reality – Climate change and the Pacific Islands

Amid concerns the intensity and frequency of weather events across the Pacific Islands are being exacerbated by climate change, now the region is expected to endure more floods and droughts with La Niña continuing into a third year. The Australian Bureau Of Meteorology’s declared this month that the climate pattern would continue into another summer....

Recovery on track

This year’s World Tourism Day comes at a time when Fiji’s tourism recovery is well on track and exceeding forecasts. Tourism Fiji shared this yesterday as local tourism stakeholders celebrated this significant day and marked Fiji as a safe, wonderful destination to travel to. “We’re so pleased that many tourists have chosen to come to...

New loan facility for cane growers

New and existing cane growers now have an opportunity to take advantage of affordable borrowing with the recent launch of the Fiji Development Bank’s Sugarcane Farmers Special Loan Facility. The launch was facilitated by the Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in Drasa, Lautoka on Monday. Growers were told that government would pay 6 per cent...

Significant data

Fiji has welcomed 377,503 tourists since borders reopened in December last year. Tourism Fiji shared these exciting figures as local tourism stakeholders reflected on their journey so far in yesterday’s celebration of the World Tourism Day. “That’s really significant for Fiji and we’re now seeing some exciting growth in what’s being offered by our tourism...

Dr Guneratne sworn-in as an Appeals Court judge

Dr Jayantha de Almeida Guneratne, was sworn in as a new Appeals Court judge before the President, Ratu Wiliame Katonivere at the State House today. Dr Guneratne who hails from Sri Lanka and obtained his Doctorate in Law at the Pacific Western University in Hawaii has held various posts in Sri Lanka and was a member...

Namosimalua takes the stand

Former secretary general to Parliament Viniana Namosimalua took the witness stand in the trial of former government MP Vijendra Prasad yesterday. The case of the former FijiFirst MP by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) continued in the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court in Suva before High Court judge Justice Thushara Kumarage. Ms...

Financial promises – Lawyer: Impossible for aspiring political parties to explain funding

It would be an impossible exercise for aspiring political parties to explain how they would fund financial promises and projects made during campaigning. Lawyer Sevuloni Valenitabua said this during the hearing of the Fiji Labour and Unity Fiji parties challenge to the amendment of the Electoral Act 2014 through the Financial Management Act (FMA) 2021....

Attacks on database ‘daily occurrence’

Cyber attacks on the University of the South Pacific (USP) database are a daily occurrence. This was shared by USP deputy vice-chancellor Education Professor Jito Vanualailai to the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence while presenting the USP’s submission on the Budapest Convention in Suva yesterday. “Let me tell you that we are being...

Call to acknowledge gendered cybercrime

The Fiji Women’s Rights Movement (FWRM) has called for the acknowledgement of gendered crimes in relation to cyberspace infringements. During a submission on the proposed ratification of the Budapest Convention in Suva yesterday, FWRM executive director Nalini Singh informed members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence that the Cybercrime Convention was intended...

School ‘in the balance’ – Unresolved issues with ministry affects student roll

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama was told that some parents’ decision to move their children to schools in Labasa Town because of unresolved issues with the Education Ministry had affected the student roll in a Cakaudrove school. During a recent talanoa session, the PM was informed that student numbers at Kabu Kei Nailoca Infant School in...

FLP to tackle poverty

A Labour government steered by former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry will address poverty and revive economic activity in the country, says Sigatoka businessman and youth leader Rovil Singh. He is one of 40 provisional candidates announced by the Fiji Labour Party (FLP) to contest the 2022 General Election. Mr Singh said party leader Mahendra Chaudhry...

‘SODELPA will invest $224m in agriculture’

If voted into power, a Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) government will invest $224 million into agriculture, almost four times the $64m invested by the current administration. Speaking at the launch of the SODELPA manifesto last Friday, party leader Viliame Gavoka said the FijiFirst Government budget for agriculture was $64m whereas SODELPA would allocate $224m....

Escaped prisoner recaptured at Wailea settlement

A joint Task Force comprising of Police and Fiji Corrections Services Officers recaptured escaped prisoner Lemeki Tupali from Wailea Settlement in the last hour. Commissioner of Police, Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has directed investigators to ensure all those involved in harbouring Tupali are to be arrested and charged for aiding his escape from lawful custody. Brig-Gen...

Tabuya: Page promotes SOE more than me

The Rock the Vote Fiji page promotes the Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem more than me, says The People’s Alliance deputy leader Lynda Tabuya. “The math doesn’t lie,” she said in response to queries from The Fiji Times. She was responding to Mr Saneem’s comment that the Rock the Vote Fiji page exclusively promoted her...

PM to officially meet Biden

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama will officially meet United States President Joseph Biden at the White House in Washington DC on Thursday. A statement on the Fijian Government Facebook page read the meeting is the first time that any Fijian Prime Minister will hold an official audience with the President of the United States of America...

‘Landscape changing’ – Government works on converting sugarcane leases to residential

Government is currently working on converting some sugarcane leases to residential leases. Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum announced this while unveiling the Fiji Development Bank’s sugarcane farmers special loan facility in Drasa, Lautoka, on Monday. He said most growers continued to be engaged in cane farming because of their lease condition — which they...

Awareness on RHD ‘lacking’

The lack of awareness around rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and enabling access to care are challenges that Cure Kids Fiji RHD program are aiming to address. Cure Kids RHD program Fiji lead Dr Jimaima Kailawadoko said there were around 60 RHD-related deaths yearly, and a high percentage were premature deaths that could have been prevented...

A heartful present for Jessica

Little Jessica Brown will celebrate her first birthday this weekend with a healthy heart. After undergoing a four-hour surgery on September 23, Jessica received the gift of life and an emotional mother, Aida Hoyte would have it no other way. Ms Hoyte said her daughter was born with two holes in her heart and had...

Trainees engaged in building a house in Nabalebale village Cakaudrove. Picture: SUPPLIED

Attitude an issue with trainees

Seventy per cent of workers under an apprenticeship scheme in Fiji have disciplinary issues that are attitude and behavioural related, states the Industry and Community Discussion Forum (ICDF) 2022 report released by the Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC). According to the report, 408 companies participated in the survey and the majority...

Lack of motivation, disengagement ‘poor traits’

Employees being unmotivated and showing lack of engagement are the top two poor attitudinal traits in the workplace. This, according, to the Industry and Community Discussion Forum (ICDF) 2022 report released by the Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC). The survey, which involved 408 industry stakeholders, called for feedback on some of...

‘Not prioritising human resources leads to insecurity’

Many companies do not prioritise investing in their own human resources and this results in job insecurity and dissatisfaction in the workforce. This, according to the Industry and Community Discussion Forum (ICDF) 2022 report released by the Fiji National University’s National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC). During the survey, 408 organisations were asked which option...

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 A weak trough of low pressure lies slow moving over the eastern parts of the group. Associated cloud and showers are expected to affect the northern and eastern...

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