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Fiji investment mission targets engaging NZ businesses

THE Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar led a Fijian investment mission to New Zealand aimed at engaging the New Zealand business community to better understand their needs....

Bulanaires list launched on International Day of Happiness

AN event to signify the importance of the International Day of Happiness was held at Fiji’s Mission in United Kingdom earlier in the week. Fiji’s High Commission in London, in collaboration with Tourism Fiji, had coordinated the event that coincided with the launch of Tourism Fiji’s new initiative ‘Bulanaires List’, which tied in with the...

‘Increase base salaries’

FIJI Airports air traffic controllers say the company is muddying the waters when it comes to the issue of pay rises which they have been fighting for over the past two years. Responding to a statement from Fiji Airports yesterday, spokesman Kolokesa Kini said they wanted an increase of their base salaries. “They continue to...

$3.5 collected in plastic bag levy

THE Fiji Revenue and Customs Service has recorded $3.5 million in Plastic Bag Levy through the VAT Monitoring System (VMS) since its inception in December 2017. “The compliance level for phase 1 (supermarkets and pharmacies) and phase 2 (law firms, medical centres, travel agencies, accounting firms, hardware companies) still remains a challenge for us,” said...

22nd March

Boeing to mandate safety alert in 737 MAX software upgrade -sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Boeing Co will mandate a previously optional cockpit warning light as part of a forthcoming software update to the 737 MAX fleet that was grounded in the wake of two fatal crashes, two officials briefed on the matter said Thursday. Boeing previously offered the AOA DISAGREE alert, which warns pilots when the...

Hull of sunken MV Southern Phoenix awaits scuttling

THE scuttling work of the derelict vessel, MV Southern Phoenix, that sank in the Suva Harbour on May 6, 2017, is progressing well. The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) has stated that as of last week, the hull of the vessel was re-floated, this after the successful re-flotation of the ship. “All structures, including accommodation,...

MBA at 49: God’s grace and perseverance did it for Wise

GRADUATING with a Masters of Business Administration at 49 is no mean feat. And it is even more of a challenge if you have 10 school-aged children under your care. And that responsibility is in addition to running a newsroom of six journalists, covering a big chunk of Viti Levu – from Sigatoka to Rakiraki....

Stop Brexit: A million people sign UK petition to stay in EU

LONDON (Reuters) – More than one million people have rushed to sign a petition on the British parliament’s website calling for the government to revoke its divorce notice to the European Union and remain in the bloc. Attracting thousands of signatures every few minutes, the petition took off in the hours after Prime Minister Theresa...

Logavatu reaps fruit of trusting himself and wise use of time

IF you continue to believe in yourself, this will be more than enough for you to continue to pursue your dreams. These were the words of Ratu Marika Logavatu who graduated today with a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of the South Pacific. Mr Logavatu said the journey throughout the past three years of...

Pilots searched for right checklist before Lion Air crash – investigators

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian investigators said on Thursday the cockpit voice recorder from a crashed Lion Air Boeing Co 737 MAX 8 jet showed pilots were searching for the right checklist in their handbooks and were experiencing airspeed and altitude issues. The details revealed at a press conference corroborated a Reuters report on Wednesday that...

Taxidrivers clash: Police, LTA, taxi association end meeting

A FIJI Taxi Association (FTA) meeting in Lautoka yesterday ended abruptly after new permit holders and permanent taxi base operators clashed over their zones of operation. The meeting ended prematurely after FTA, the Land Transport Authority and police officers could not contain the heated exchanges. Police officers said the meeting had to be abandoned. FTA...

Fiji tower controllers ‘not returning to work’

AIR traffic controllers say they will not return to work until Fiji Airports agrees to come to the negotiation table to discuss pay grievances and operational issues. This was the word from team leader and senior controller Kolokesa Kini during a press conference in Suva yesterday. He travelled with two other senior ATCs to meet...

Shortage of registered surveyors in Fiji

THERE is a shortage of registered surveyors in the country. The Fiji Institute of Surveyors president Paserio Samisoni highlighted this during the Global Surveyors Day celebration at the Bowling Club in Suva yesterday. Mr Samisoni confirmed there were only 37 registered surveyors in the country, adding the shortage was a continuing issue. He said even...

Fiji airport impasse continues

AS the impasse between air traffic controllers (ATCs) and Fiji Airports management enters its fourth day, the ATCs are adamant they will not return to work unless serious steps are taken to address their issues. Team leader and senior ATC Kolokesa Kini made the statement during a press conference at the Fiji Public Service Association...

Some 120,000 of rural population depend on the coconut industry

AROUND 120,000 of our rural population depend on the coconut industry as their main source of food and livelihood. Speaking at the National Coconut Day celebrations yesterday, Minister for Environment Dr Mahendra Reddy said that coconuts helped a lot of people with their daily livelihood. “Literally, apart from generating income and alleviating poverty, coconuts help...

21st March

Day honours surveyors globally

IF you have an ambition, you can rise to the top of your chosen profession regardless of your beginning. Fiji’s Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Ashneel Sudhakar made these comments while officiating at the Global Surveyors Day celebration held at Bowling Club in Suva earlier today. Mr Sudhakar says land surveying is the second...

Minister for Local Government, Housing & Environment, Infrastructure & Transport Parveen Kumar during a break in parliamentary sitting yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Conduct of air traffic controllers labelled an unlawful strike: Minister

THE conduct of the 33 Fiji Airports air traffic management workers has been labelled as an unlawful strike by the Minister for Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations Parveen Kumar. Following their meeting this afternoon, Mr Bala released a Government statement calling the worker’s coordinated and continued refusal to attend work as clear indications that a...

Arguments erupt at Fiji Taxi Association meeting in Lautoka

A MEETING between taxi drivers in Lautoka had to be stopped prematurely today after arguments erupted between the opposing parties. Fiji Taxi Union and Lautoka Taxi Association president Raben Singh called for the meeting between officers from LTA, Fiji Police Force and the disputing parties to try and resolve their issues. Mr Singh said the...

EU Commission resists May’s Brexit delay date of June 30: document

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Commission opposes extending British membership of the European Union to June 30 as Prime Minister Theresa May proposed on Wednesday, according to a document seen by Reuters. In a Wednesday note, Commission officials said EU leaders meeting May at a summit on Thursday faced a “binary” choice of a short...

Employment Minister meets Fiji Airports senior management

MINISTER for Employment, Industrial Relations and Productivity Parveen Kumar is meeting Fiji Airports senior management and air traffic controllers this hour. The air traffic controllers will be represented by Fiji Public Service Association general secretary Rajeshwar Singh. Mr Kumar is expected to release a statement on the impasse following the discussions.

Kava co-operative negotiates US deal

NEGOTIATIONS are progressing between the Kadavu Kava Farmers Co-operative Ltd and suitable kava buyers in the United States of America for the establishment of its markets. Kadavu Provincial Council chairman Malakai Masi revealed the company recently held talks with a dealer from Sacramento who approached the company revealing his interests. Mr Masi said the company...

Fiji Airports open to talks

FIJI Airports says it is open to holding dialogue and discussions with air traffic controllers “to hear any issues they have”. In a statement last night, Fiji Airports executive chairman Faiz Khan said he had taken note of an “order by the minister” but would not be making any media comments “at the present time”....

Both airports safe, says CAAF

THE Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji says it has implemented strategies to ensure incidents like Fiji Airports air traffic control staffing issues did not affect safety at the Nadi and Nausori international airports. “Contingency procedures that have been developed for such situations have been activated to ensure the safety of the travelling public is not...

20th March

Call for agro exporters to work with the ministry

AGRO exporters have been urged to co-operate with the Ministry of Agriculture and consider shifting towards incentivising and getting farmers to respond to the demand for production and supply. Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Dr Mahendra Reddy also reminded agro exporters to practise good ethical standards when dealing with farmers...

Minister admits more awareness is needed on issue

MEMBERS of the Textile, Clothing and Footwear Council have been assured by the Minister for Employment and Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar that their concerns and complaints will be looked into by his ministry. The TCF held its annual general meeting in Suva yesterday where members raised their concerns on the family care leave that...

19th March

Research confirms smaller liquidity pool

A RESEARCH carried out by one of the major banks operating in Fiji has confirmed that a smaller liquidity pool has pushed up banks’ cost of funds, recommending that banks needed to carry sufficient liquidity to fund loan demand and to meet internal liquidity ratios, so they are aggressively competing for a shrinking pool of...

USP submits major challenges to Standing Committee

A LOW number of academic staff members and shortage of accommodation for students are some of the major challenges identified by the vice-chancellor and president of the University of the South Pacific. VC Professor Pal Ahluwalia said the current student to staff ratio stood at 80:1 however he said despite it the institution was producing...

Partnership to provide affordable housing

THE Fijian Government yesterday signed an agreement with member of the World Bank Group, International Finance Corporation to bring in the private sector to assist in providing affordable and climate resilient homes for low and middle income families. The signing took place after the opening of the World Bank Group South Pacific Hub at the...

Falling liquidity

FALLING liquidity has pushed commercial banks cost of funds higher however so far this has not been passed on to borrowers, with banks absorbing the increase into their margins. This was revealed by a research report carried out by the ANZ Bank and published in its ANZ Pacific Insight, 2019. The report’s authors — Dr...

18th March

World Bank office opens in Suva

THE opening to the new office of the World Bank office demonstrates that Fiji is the hub for the Pacific. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this while officiating at the opening of the World Bank office in Suva today. “Fiji as well as other Pacific Island countries now have access to a vast array of global...

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