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16th November

Clan claims $2.5m in damages

A LANDOWNING clan is seeking $2.5 million in compensation from Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL) for the cutting of 625 trees, mainly mahogany, on 5.2 hectares of land within native reserve. The clan Nareba Nakorowaiwai of...

Ministry assessment at $115k for Nareba

A TIMBER compensation forest clearing assessment by the Forestry Ministry for the Nareba clan, Nakorowaiwai of Dranikula Village in Galoa was $115,262.40 for about 661 trees that were sawn by Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL) contractors. Nareba clan consultant Pauliasi Tuiwai said the compensation did not take into consideration the loss of benefits to their future...

‘ELF not required by law to obtain consent’

ENERGY Fiji Ltd (EFL) is not required by law to obtain the consent of landowners for the cutting of trees, says EFL chief executive officer Hasmukh Patel. Under the Electricity Act Cap 180 Section 37, Mr Patel said, the EFL was permitted to cut and remove from any land “any tree or any branch, bough...

Athletes ready for games

THE tracks and stage is set for the Fiji Primary Schools Athletics Association (FPSAA) FMF National Chow Games to begin today at the ANZ Stadium in Laucala Bay, Suva. FPSSA general secretary Patrick Bower said the competition was not only for student participation in athletics but had significance in the lives of the students who...

Fiji’s new green gold

THE Pacific did more with bamboo in the past that what it is doing currently and at this time when the technologies have advanced dramatically and when almost every country of the tropics has realised the incredible potential of this giant grass. These were the sentiments echoed by Conservator of Forests, Fiji representative Sanjana Lal...

Increase in food prices

THERE was an increase of 1.4 per cent in the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages for the month of October this year. This was highlighted by the Fiji Bureau of Statistics in its October 31 release on the consumer price index. The bureau noted that the average annual inflation rate for the 12 months...

Conference focuses on emerging issues for administrators

THERE is a growing appetite from taxpayers for digital services and the emergence of new business models consequent to globalisation impacting our tax system, says Commonwealth Association of Tax Administrators president representative Abu Tariq Jamaluddin. He made the statement at the 39th CATA technical conference which is being held at the Sheraton Fiji Resort and...

Driven by destiny

TAVEUNI taxidriver whom everyone calls “Sonny”, travelled to the island for the first time in 1973 to visit an aunt. That visit changed his destiny. By 1979, he had made up his mind, left his home in Savusavu to settle on the Garden Island. That was about 40 years ago and to date Sonny Narend...

2018 General Elections: Final results from 573 polling stations

SODELPA has maintained its lead with party votes at 48,120. However, FijiFirst has closed the gap polling 40,549 votes and NFP at 6352 votes. This result is the total count from 573 polling stations The top 10 candidates from 573 polling stations: Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama- 30,482 Sitiveni Rabuka- 19,764 Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum- 2785 Lynda Tabuya –...

2018 General Elections: Final results from 568 polling stations

THE final results from 568 polling stations released a while ago by the Fijian Elections Office has seen the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) still leading with 47,792 votes. FijiFirst party are trailing behind in second place with 39,939 votes, National Federation Party in third place with 6281 votes while the Unity Fiji party is...

2018 General Elections: Final results from 527 polling stations

THE latest final results from 527 polling stations have been released this morning at 6:27am by the Fijian Elections Office with the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leading with 44,501 votes. FijiFirst party are trailing behind in second place with 37,469 votes, National Federation Party in third place with 5897 votes while the Unity Fiji...

2018 General Elections: Final results from 338 polling stations

FINAL results from 338 polling stations have been released by the Fijian Elections Office with the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leading with 26,102 votes. FijiFirst party are trailing behind in second place with 18,897 votes, National Federation Party in third place with 2956 votes while the Unity Fiji party is in fourth place polling...

15th November

Trisha is Suva Primary School dux 2018

YEAR 8 student Trisha Narayan was awarded the dux award for Suva Primary School this afternoon. Trisha said she felt a rush of emotions when her name was called out to get her award. “Right now I’m feeling really excited and really happy I really can’t explain how I feel at the moment ,” she...

Holy Family Primary parents and teachers farewell Year 8 students

PARENTS and teachers of Holy Family Primary School farewelled their Year Eight students this evening as they now prepare to move onto their first year in secondary school. Holy Family Secondary School principal who was the chief guest at the function, Timaleti Cagiliwaliwa, reminded the students about the importance of pursuing their studies. “In life,...

Students reminded to always have a positive mindset

IF you can learn to discipline yourself now you will have a great future. These were the word of the Director for Women Rupeni Fatiaki to the students of Suva Primary School graduation ceremony held at the Jail Narayan College hall this afternoon. Mr Fatiaki reminded the students to always have a positive mindset in...

Vegetable middleman intends to expand business

TUATUA resident, Narend Singh is a vegetable middleman in Labasa. The 49-year-old father of three has been in this business for the last eight years. Mr Singh said he bought vegetables from farmers in and around his area and then sells it in his makeshift stall along the roadside at Wailevu. He said there was...

2018 General Election: Final results from 154 polling stations

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party(SODELPA) is still in a commanding  lead in  the final results tally for the 2018 General Election polling 8660 votes from 154  polling stations. The FijiFirst party remains in the second place with  3997 votes,the National Federation Party is in third place with 677 votes while the Unity Fiji party is...

Somosomo students rehearse for school concert

SINGING echoed through the Cakaudrove Provincial meeting hall as students from the Somosomo District School rehearsed their performances for their school concert to mark the end of the third term tomorrow. Students practised hymns and folk songs that would be performed before parents and love ones tomorrow. High achievers are also expected to receive special...

Style Fiji pioneer model looks forward to show

MODEL Courtney Underwood is looking forward to this year’s Style Fiji Fashion annual show in Nadi next month. Among the list of pioneer models for Style Fiji, Miss Underwood said this was her eighth year participating for the Style Fiji show. “I don’t normally take part in too many fashion events but I lend myself...

Mangoes, kavika season in Labasa

IT IS mangoes and kavika-galore in Labasa this time with roadside vendors popping up along highways as the two fruits are now in season. Among those vendors is 49-year-old Kelevi Nagaga, a farmer of Wailevu Village in Labasa. Fiji Times Online met Mr Nagaga at his village where he set up tables to sell mangoes...

Aniketh is MGM’s most outstanding student

ANIKETH Chand was today awarded the Most Outstanding Student Award for Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School’s annual awards ceremony. Chand thanked his mother who has supported him all throughout his life. He said juggling school with other activities was not an easy job. “I not only had school but was involved in the mathematics competition,...

Rt Epeli at 100th anniversary of end of first world war

FORMER President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau joined world leaders from more than 70 nations and international organisations this week to commemorate the 100th year anniversary of the end of the first world war in Paris, France. Ratu Epeli represented Fiji in his capacity as the former Head of State and Fiji’s special envoy. A Government statement...

2018 General Election: Final results from 78 polling stations

THE SODELPA party has extended its lead in the final results tally for the 2018 general elections with 4,171 votes from 78 polling stations. This is followed by FijiFirst party with 2267 votes , NFP with 234 votes , Unity Fiji with 120 votes , HOPE party with 44 votes and Fiji Labor Party with...

2018 General Election: Final results from 57 polling stations

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party is still leading in the final result of the 2018 General Election at the end of the count from 57 of 2170 polling stations. According to the latest poll received at 4.15pm , SODELPA is leading by 2662 votes followed by FijiFirst and NFP. Unity Fiji has 79 votes while...

2018 General Election: Voters for closed polling venues to vote this Saturday

THE 7498 voters who were unable to vote at the 22 polling locations around the country yesterday will get a chance to vote this Saturday. Fijian Elections Office (FEO) Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem confirmed this at a press conference this afternoon saying  the polling in these areas would begin at 7:30am and end at...

Ashwarya scoops MGM dux award

YEAR 13 student of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School, Ashwarya Chand scooped the dux award today. Ashwarya who dedicated her achievements to God acknowledged her parents, teachers and friends who have gave her the much needed support throughout her final year at MGM. “Without their guidance, motivation and I would not have been able to...

Police officers face murder charges

THE two police officers who were alleged to have murdered Joseua Lalauvaki following an altercation outside a Suva nightclub on September 2 this year have been charged. According to a statement by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions issued this afternoon, Kelepi Duri Tautaumacala Kolinisau and Selema Tikoenaburevere were today charged with murder...

FNU students awarded with an Honourable Mention award

FIJI National University Lautoka Campus students attending a Model United Nations Conference in Washington DC were given an Honourable Mention award last weekend. According to a press statement released by the Department of Information this morning, the team was awarded Honourable Mention in the category of Best Delegation and awarded a Best Position Paper award...

Mushroom training expected to reduce mushroom imports

THE training of local farmers in the planting and harvesting of mushrooms is expected to reduce mushroom imports by 2020, says the Agriculture Ministry. In a press statement released this morning, Legalega Research Station senior research officer Dr Tekini Nakidakida detailed the phases being implemented by the Ministry to reduce imports. “According to a survey...

2018 General Elections: Final results from 30 polling stations

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party(SODELPA)  is leading the final results tally for the 2018 General Election polling 1255 votes from 30 polling stations. The FijiFirst party is in now in the second place with 1052 votes, followed by the National Federation Party with 84 votes while Unity Fiji Party is in fourth place with 43...

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