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Focus on mushroom cultivation

More than 50 farmers attended a Mushroom Production workshop which was focused on improving income, food and nutrition as well as livelihoods of farmers. According to a statement from the Fiji Crop and Livestock Council...

Property voted in the top 25 romantic hotels in the world

Award winning Tokoriki Island Resort was the first resort established on Tokoriki Island and has been privately owned and operated by the Turnbull family for the past 25 years. An independent boutique adults only resort, Tokoriki Island Resort has 140 dedicated team members who ensure the level of service and facilities are maintained to a...

Cancer is ‘like a death sentence’

Receiving the news of being diagnosed with cervical cancer was like a death sentence, says Seini Naikilakila. Mrs Naikilakila described her emotions that day as a “mental blackout” as she shut herself down trying to digest the news. The Vanuakula Village, Naitasiri native said the symptoms began with stomach pains that she experienced a couple...

The key to building back better mental health

Saturday October 10, was World Mental Health Day, and for many of us it may have held a special significance this year. Our daily lives have changed considerably since the COVID-19 pandemic got underway. We may have experienced feelings of anxiety, stress, sadness and anger, perhaps more so than in previous times. But we have...

‘No car parks for PRB flats’

Public Rental Board (PRB) estates around the country will not have any car park constructed for tenants. Minister for Housing Premila Kumar made this clear during a talanoa session with tenants in Labasa yesterday. Her comment follows a request for PRB to construct a car park area to cater for tenants who used company vehicles....

Tourism Fiji CEO announces departure

Tourism Fiji CEO Matt Stoeckel has announced his departure from the organisation. He has been with Tourism Fiji for four and a half years. Mr Stoeckel announced today that he is leaving the organisation for personal reasons when his contract concludes at the end of the year. “Fiji is an amazing destination in every sense,...

Fiji Fashion Week dates announced

The Fiji Fashion Week held a grandeur event on board the Captain Cook Cruises vessel Fiji One to announce the launch of its annual premiere fashion event. The annual fashion event will be held on November 14 to 28. About 25 designers were also announced for the event with the main show being held at...

Man tests positive for COVID-19 after return from India

A man from Rakiraki is the latest COVID-19 case in Fiji and is now in isolation at the Lautoka Hospital. He had arrived with 10 other Fijians from India on October 5 on a special Garuda Airlines flight. The man is Fiji’s 33rd COVID-19 case. The man had gone to India on a religious jamaat...

Fiji Airways appoints Discover the World as general sales agent

Fiji’s national airline Fiji Airways has appointed Discover the World as its general sales agent to develop sales channels across seven markets in Asia – South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Philippines. Fiji Airways managing director and CEO Andre Viljoen said the appointment of Discover the World would allow the airline to...

Dr May: Value significance of bioethics and its application in medicine

Health professionals need to make the right choice when making decisions that affect the health of communities with the emergence of new biotechnologies and reemergence of infectious diseases. Fiji National University’s (FNU) Acting Vice-Chancellor Dr William May stressed this point while speaking at the inaugural World Bioethics Day event held at FNU’s College of Medicine,...

Sex for rank claim – Army chief orders investigation

The Republic of Fiji Military Forces has not taken lightly a recent claim of sexual harassment and “sex for promotions” within its ranks. RFMF commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto has directed investigations into the social media posts voicing claims made by former RFMF personnel. Postings further highlight claims that those in the higher echelons of...

Fiji Met forecasts four to six named cyclones in Pacific region

The Fiji Meteorological Service is forecasting a total four to six named tropical cyclones between November 2020 to April 2021 in the area it oversees in the South Pacific region. This is stated in the 2020-2021 tropical cyclone outlook that was released by the national weather forecasting centre in Nadi yesterday. On average, around seven...

State files amended information in Kadavu murder case

The matter involving two men who allegedly murdered a Kadavu farmer on Boxing Day in 2018 was called today at the High Court in Suva. Apisai Lomani Junior and Leone Naisake appeared before High Court judge Justice Riyaz Hamza, and are jointly charged with one count of murder. Mr Lomani is also charged with one...

EFL and IFC to deliver largest solar project in the Pacific

Energy Fiji Limited (EFL) and the International Finance Corporation (IFC) have come to an agreement to deliver the largest solar project of its kind in the Pacific to date. According to statement issued by the IFC, the landmark agreement has been hailed a transformative step that will take the island nation closer to its goal...

Rev Lomaloma: Churches no longer silent on violence against women and girls

In the past, churches have been criticised for keeping silent on the issue of domestic violence against of women and girls in Fiji, says House of Sarah founder Reverend Sereima Lomaloma. However, she said that had changed over the years and churches were now more aware of the importance of condemning such actions. “That silence...

Missing person: Police seek information on Devi’s whereabouts

Nirmala Devi has been reported missing at the Nadi Police Station. According to Police, the 46-year-old has been missing since October 11 when she visited a family friend at Nawaqa settlement at Korovuto in Nadi. “When she failed to return home, a report was lodged and all attempts made to contact her have so far...

SODELPA founding general secretary passes away

The founding general secretary of the Social Democratic Liberal Party and party stalwart, Pio Tabaiwalu, passed away early yesterday morning in Suva after a long illness. SODELPA president Ratu Epenisa Cakobau confirmed Mr Tabaiwalu’s demise in a statement today. He said Mr Tabaiwalu was a man that stood with principles, a man of wisdom and...

Missing person: Information sought for Lami teenager

Police are requesting information to help locate the whereabouts of teenager Josifini Nakai Naisilisili who was reported missing at the Lami Police Station. According to Police, the 19-year-old was last seen on October 3, 2020. Police say Josifini had informed her parents that she was going to watch a rugby game in Suva. “When she...

COVID-19: Man being investigated for theft among arrests for curfew breach

A man who is being investigated for a case of theft is among the six people who were arrested for breach of curfew restrictions over the past few days. Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said that on Monday and Tuesday, two cases were recorded in the Western and Southern divisions. “From 11pm last night...

Ba hosts national disaster awareness week

The two-day National Disaster Awareness Week was launched in Ba this morning. The national event was opened by Minister for National Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu who highlighted the importance of disaster preparedness. “The launch of National Disaster Awareness Week is our solemn reminder of the duty of care we hold to ourselves and our communities,”...

Fiji Met: One to three tropical cyclones to pass through Fiji’s EEZ

One to three tropical cyclones is likely to pass through Fiji’s Exclusive Economic Zone, states Fiji Meteorological Service in its 2020-2021 tropical cyclone outlook. One of these tropical cyclones will be severe, says the weatherman. “Usually around one to three tropical cyclones affect Fiji per season,” Fiji Met stated. “Near normal tropical cyclone activity for...

FSC mills produces 119,520 tonnes of sugar; bulk loading to commence this month

The three Fiji Sugar Corporation mills have crushed 1,334,570 tonnes of cane and made 119,520 tonnes of sugar as at Monday this week. The FSC stated that it took 11.2 tonnes of cane to make one tonne of sugar. “Cane purity has been adversely affected by weather, high extraneous matter in billet cane and continuing...

Fiji Airways seek expression of interest for repatriation flights

Fiji Airways is seeking expressions of interest for Nadi-Los Angeles and Los Angeles–Nadi repatriation flights in late November or early December. The airline stated the flight would allow citizens and approved persons to return home. “Flight details can only be confirmed if there is adequate demand for these services,” the airline stated. “The expression of...

Talk to students about consequences of getting into fights, police urge guardians

Parents, guardians and teachers are being urged to talk to students about the consequences of getting involved in fights and brawls following two incidents in Suva. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said in recent days, Police officers had had to send students home as they gathered in large numbers at the Suva bus station where heated...

20th October

Biman refutes claims

National Federation Party leader, Prof Biman Prasad has accused the Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem, of misquoting information given by the party. Prof Prasad dismissed Mr Saneem’s earlier statements as mere allegations. “The Supervisor of Elections alleges that the NFP Relief and Welfare Fund made only $2154 for relief payments,” he said. “He has misquoted...

‘Fiji yet to become Singapore, Mauritius’

Former minister for foreign affairs and trade Kaliopate Tavola says there is still a lot of work to be done for Fiji to become the “Singapore” and the “Mauritius” of the Pacific. He was among the 26 recipients who received the 50th anniversary medal of Fiji’s independence at the State House last week. Mr Tavola...

Airline claims rehiring process is ‘transparent’

Fiji Airways has said it is following a “fair, transparent, rigorous and merit-based recruitment process” in its current rehiring process. This follows claims made by the Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) that former employees who had taken legal action against the airline had been left out of an ongoing recruitment drive. The national airline had...

MP: For every 1753 Fijians, there is one medical officer in Eastern Division

For every 1753 patients in the Eastern Division, there is only one doctor available to serve them, says Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. He offered the data in a written response to a question filed in Parliament in August. Dr Waqainabete said there were 22 doctors in Eastern Division hospitals who looked after 38,574 people....

Food bank assistance to reopen

The Lautoka District Council of Social Services (DCOSS) is reopening its food bank to assist families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Lautoka DCOSS media liaison officer Apolosi Ranawai Lasei said the organisation had helped more than 2000 people when they began their COVID-19 assistance campaign in April. “We provided assistance for the most vulnerable families,...

Focus on community first responders

Bringing in community first responders into the formal disaster response system has been a core focus of the Fiji Council of Social Services as it works to co-ordinate the work of volunteers with government response teams. FCOSS director Vani Catanasiga explained this was one objective of the workshop held in Ba yesterday for community workers...

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