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Fiji to host 2020 Asia-Pacific ROBOCON competition

FIJI will next year host the Asia-Pacific ROBOCON competition which will see Fijian students taking part in the inaugural event. Launching the competition yesterday, Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Rosy Akbar said the launch...

British Steel collapses after failing to secure extra funding

LONDON (Reuters) – British Steel, the country’s second largest steel producer, has collapsed and put 25,000 jobs at risk after failing to secure emergency government funding, Britain’s Official Receiver said on Wednesday. The High Court ordered the compulsory liquidation of the company, although staff will remain employed for now as the liquidator oversees the operation...

Eveready Taxis installs electronic payment system in a first in Fiji

EVEREADY Taxis is the first company in Fiji to install and accept ATM cards for payment of taxi fares. This after Attorney-General and Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum launched the ANZ POS with Eveready Taxis at the ANZ House in Suva today. The A-G said the Government had been focused on increasing the number of electronic...

Tourism traders converge on Denarau; 4000-plus meetings scheduled

ABOUT 500 tourism stakeholders are participating the first day of the 2019 Fijian Tourism Expo at the Denarau Convention Centre at the Sheraton Resort and Spa in Nadi today. The annual event allows Fiji’s main tourism stakeholders to promote their products to international buyers such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, China, Ukraine, Germany, Hong Kong,...

Fiji chosen by ILO, says Cawaru

FIJI has been chosen by the International Labour Organization to be a pathfinder country for the Sustainable Development Goal alliance 8.7. Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations permanent secretary Osea Cawaru made the comment at the World Day Against Child Labour celebration for teachers and students in Nadi yesterday. “I am glad to announce...

Government clamps down on child labour

MORE than 230 children involved in child labour have been returned to school by Government, says Ministry of Employment, Productivity and Industrial Relations permanent secretary Osea Cawaru. He made the comment while speaking at the World Day Against Child Labour celebration for teachers and students in the Western Division in Nadi yesterday. Mr Cawaru said...

NFP concerned with EFL’s proposal to increase tariff rates

THE National Federation Party (NFP) has raised concerns on submissions by Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL) seeking a 17.27 per cent increase in tariff rates per unit, labelling it a “further blow to our ordinary people”. In an advertisement last week, the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission confirmed the submissions from EFL for the proposed increase...

No leniency for green yaqona thieves: Police

NO leniency will be shown to green yaqona thieves and buyers on Taveuni as perpetrators will now be charged with theft. Responding to claims from farmers on the island that the rise in green yaqona theft had been fuelled by the lack of regulations in place for perpetrators, Northern divisional police commander Senior Superintendent of...

Thefts worry Lautoka market vendors

LAUTOKA women market vendors prefer sleeping outside with their market produce at night instead of using the provided accommodation because of continuous theft in the market. The issue was highlighted at the Safety in Markets Stakeholders Divisional meeting in Nadi yesterday. Lautoka Market Vendors Association secretary Filomena O’Neill said even though security officers were always...

Low cane price not a good start to 2019 season: Chaudhry

LOW global sugar prices resulting in a low forecast price for the 2019 season by the Fiji Sugar Corporation, escalating labour costs and no solution to the weight restriction on cane lorry issue is not a good sign for the start of the 2019 harvest and crush season. This was the view expressed by National...

NFP scrutinises growers’ earnings

THE average sugarcane grower will earn $4795 this year based on Government’s minimum guaranteed price of $85 per tonne of cane, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. Prof Prasad said this figure was based on the Fiji Sugar Corporation statistics that showed that 8309 farmers – 70 per cent of the total 11,871...

McDonald’s faces 25 new sexual harassment complaints from workers

(Reuters) – McDonald’s Corp was accused on Tuesday in 25 new lawsuits and regulatory charges of condoning sexual harassment in the workplace and retaliating against employees who speak up. The cases announced by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the labor group Fight for $15, and the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund cover alleged misconduct...

MSAF detains Liahona II; Other vessels being surveyed

THE MV Liahona II has been detained and stopped from operating by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF). This was revealed by MSAF’s acting CEO Captain Philip Hill while making submissions on the petition for Government to provide reliable, safe and affordable shipping services for the Lau Group to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on...

Jamie Oliver shutters most UK restaurants, 1,000 jobs go

LONDON (Reuters) – British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver’s restaurant chain went into administration on Tuesday, leaving 1,000 people without jobs as the majority of branches ceased trading immediately in the latest blow for Britain’s high street. Oliver, 43, a well-known figure in Britain and beyond for his popular TV shows and top-selling cookery books, founded...

22nd May

NFP calls for public hearings on EFL proposal

THE National Federation Party is calling on the Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) to conduct public hearings on the issue of submissions following Energy Fiji Limited’s submission seeking a 17.27 per cent increase to electricity tariff per unit. Party leader Professor Biman Prasad during a press conference today said the FCCC needed to immediately...

Landowners who step into commercial farming will be assisted: Reddy

LANDOWNERS have been told that the Ministry of Agriculture will support their step into commercial farming provided they commit themselves to the initiative. Speaking to farmers and landowners from Korovou and nearby areas at the Cocoa Day celebrations today, Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy said the ministry would help farmers clear their land, make...

EU to consider Fiji’s visa-free access bid

THE European Union will consider Fiji’s inclusion in the list of countries with visa-free access to the Schengen area of the EU in its next review of the visa list. The Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific confirmed this in a joint press statement following discussions between the EU and Fiji at their...

Compensation pledge for Fijian beef farmers

BEEF farmers with animals suffering from tuberculosis and brucellosis will be compensated by Government. While speaking at an informal discussion at Tilivalevu Village in Nadroga on Monday, Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy said the ministry carried out culling exercises which meant farmers would lose their animals. “Livestock disease compensation is paid to farmers for...

Hong Kong looks to raise up to $1 billion in green bonds

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong is looking to raise between $500 million and $1 billion in five-year green bonds as the former British colony looks to establish itself as a center for green finance. Hong Kong is marketing a five-year U.S. dollar-denominated green bond on Tuesday, according to a term sheet seen by Reuters....

Brazil farmers struggle for internet signal as tech floods sector

SAO PAULO (Reuters) – Brazil’s lack of reliable internet accessibility in rural areas is an increasingly critical problem for its farmers, as more agricultural equipment arriving on the market is built to be updated online to work at full capacity. Brazil’s agriculture has grown at a quick pace in the last decade, putting the country...

21st May

Auditor-General: Backlog of audits poses challenge

A significant challenge for the Office of the Auditor-General has been the backlog of audits which they are improving upon. This was highlighted by Auditor-General Ajay Nand during a submission to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on the Office of the Auditor-General’s 2018 annual report yesterday. According to last year’s annual report, during the...

Air New Zealand picks Boeing for wide-body jet order: sources

PARIS (Reuters) – Boeing Co has won a hard-fought contest to sell wide-body aircraft to Air New Zealand Ltd, beating a challenge from Europe’s Airbus, industry sources said on Monday. The carrier, which currently operates only Boeing wide-body jets on long-haul routes and Airbus single-aisle jets on shorter ones, has been weighing a purchase of...

20th May

Soldiers oversee fuel rationing in some Venezuelan towns amid shortages

MARACAIBO/PUNTO FIJO (Reuters) – Soldiers oversaw rationing of gasoline at service stations in several parts of Venezuela on Sunday as worsening fuel shortages forced angry drivers to wait for hours to fill their tanks, prompting protests in some areas. Venezuela, whose economy is reeling from a painful five-year recession amid a prolonged political crisis, saw...

Box office: ‘John Wick 3’ knocks down ‘Avengers: Endgame’ with $57 million debut

LOS ANGELES (Variety.com) – Earth’s Mightiest Heroes put up a good fight, but John Wick put at end to the three-week box office reign of “Avengers: Endgame.” Propelled by positive reviews, “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum” beat expectations with a debut of $57 million from 3,850 North American locations. That was enough to nab...

Furore over forecast price; Karan to meet FSC officials

SUGAR Ministry permanent secretary Yogesh Karan is meeting Fiji Sugar Corporation officials this week to discuss concerns raised by canegrowers about the $53.69 per tonne forecast price for the 2019 season announced last week. “I will be meeting with the FSC senior management to discuss this and other issues including the concerns from the Fiji...

Chinese firms warned; Officials meet Freesoul Real Estate Development

THE Chinese government will sanction companies from mainland China found to be involved in activities that led to the massive environmental destruction on Malolo Island. People’s Republic of China ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo said while the government had not identified the company responsible as a Chinese firm, they were closely following the controversy. Mr...

Farmers union demand payment answers

THE National Farmers Union has called on the Sugar Industry Tribunal to explain why the fourth cane payment had not been made. Union president Surendra Lal claimed the payment should be done four weeks before the start of the June 6 crushing date. With less than three weeks to go, he said farmers should have...

Resorts can adopt coral gardening: Dr Austin

CORAL gardening is a concept many resorts around the country can adopt to help people respect coral ecosystems and develop the activity as a profession. This was one of the points highlighted during a coral sustainability workshop organised at Plantation Island Resort last week. Facilitated by Dr Austin Bowden-Kerby from Corals for Conservation, more than...

Nabou Green Energy Ltd is an independent firm: Usamate

NABOU Green Energy Ltd is an independent power producing plant that was supposed to supply 50 million units of electricity to Energy Fiji Ltd. While speaking in Parliament last week, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Public Utilities Jone Usamate explained the company produced less than 50 per cent of that quota before ceasing operations late...

Budget submission: More fund allocation for infrastructure warranted – NCCI

ALLOCATION of more funds and a strong emphasis on infrastructure, capital projects and development is warranted in Fiji, and untapped potential in rural areas needs to be opened up with incentives. These points are among issues and recommendations raised by the Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) in its submission to the 2019/2020 national...

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