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6th December

CEO: Airline continues to service loan from FNPF

Fiji Airways continues to service its loan from the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) and has not defaulted on repayments. This according to FNPF chief executive officer Jaoji Koroi. He made the comment while speaking...

Leave without pay bid

The Fiji Public Service Association has proposed the 83 border security staff members made redundant by Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) be placed on leave without pay. General secretary Rajeshwar Singh has written to FRCS chief executive officer Fane Vave, also suggesting “a small paragraph in their redundancy letters” to say they would be...

5th December

‘Need to dismantle patriarchal beliefs’

Patriarchal beliefs of male, heterosexual dominance lie at the root of gender-based violence, says Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) co-ordinator Shamima Ali. She shared these sentiments during an Editors Dialogue organised by the FWCC in partnership with the Fijian Media Association yesterday. Ms Ali said there was a need to dismantle the patriarchal system to...

Ali: 95 per cent perpetrators known to rape victims

About 95 per cent of child rapes are committed by relatives or people known to the victims, says Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre (FWCC) co-ordinator Shamima Ali. She revealed these statistics during an Editors Dialogue organised by the FWCC in partnership with the Fijian Media Association yesterday. Ms Ali said the FWCC had received 50 cases...

PM Bainimarama lauds UK’s plans to reduce emissions

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama lauded an announcement by United Kingdom PM Boris Johnson yesterday of plans to reduce the country’s emissions by at least 68 per cent by 2030 when compared with 1990 levels. “Hats off to Prime Minister Boris Johnson and COP26 president Alok Sharma on the United Kingdom’s ambitious 68 per cent...

‘Protect the country’s sovereignty’

Fijian legal practitioners were urged to protect the country’s sovereignty by carefully managing foreign investment risks. Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes made the comment while opening the 22nd Attorney-General’s Conference in Natadola yesterday. He said protecting Fiji’s sovereignty began at home. “Your country has a proud record of punching above your weight in...

Tuwai and the Barbarians win Wairiki 7s title

FDS Barbarians have returned home with the $8000 Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens after defeating Blue Gas Police Blues 24-5. Speed and the good fitness level of the Jerry Tuwai-captained side contributed to their victorious achievement. Tuwai believes God blessed them with the win because without Him, they wouldn’t have achieved their goals. “We are so...

Drugs kept as exhibit missing; Police investigate

Marijuana leaves and seeds kept at the Nadi Magistrates Court have gone missing, with police launching an investigation. The illicit drugs were locked in a secured room and were exhibits in a court case that is before the Nadi resident magistrate. Police have started an investigation after a report was lodged at the Nadi Police...

Knox Brotherhood takes the stage at music festival

Inoke ‘Knox’ Kalounisiga and Knox Brotherhood just took to the stage and are delivering on their promises. In an interview, Knox said that he and his bandmates would bring their A-game to the Woodstock Uprising Music Festival and boy have they brought it. They are squeezing every bit of that good fusion mix out of...

Fijians ‘renewed, invigorated and ready’

When the Flying Fijians towering lock forward Temo Mayanavanua runs on to BT Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh, Scotland tomorrow, he knows he won’t be there alone. Apart from the thousands of rugby-mad Fijian fans across the globe, the cheers from his family at home in Cunningham, Suva will take the youngster through only his second...

Chaudhry: Not winning a seat out of his control

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry says not winning a single Parliamentary seat in the past two general elections was out of his control. He said this during the party’s annual general conference in Lautoka. “The Party has not won a single parliamentary seat in the past two general elections,” Mr Chaudhry said. “There are...

Wairiki 7s: Police urge parents to closely monitor children

Police have pleaded with parents watching the Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens to closely supervise their children as many were taken on stage in search of their parents. About five children were taken on stage by different spectators who found those kids loitering. Police have also maintained tight security at the Wairiki Catholic Parish grounds which...

Wairiki 7s: Weather fails to dampen rugby spirit

The rainy weather has not dampened the rugby spirit on Taveuni as thousands have flocked to watch national reps and top teams at the Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens Carnival. Tournament coordinator Iowane Gade said the four days have been successful with a huge crowd turnout. He said the carnival continued to get bigger every year...

Music festival begins at Uprising Resort

The Woodstock Uprising Music Festival kicked off this morning at Uprising Beach Resort. The sensational Sammy Stevens was on stage to get the party started. The gates opened at 9:30am and the speakers have been hot since 10am. Festival organiser Inoke ‘Knox’ Kalounisiga said tickets were still available but were selling out fast.  

Wairiki 7s: Tabadamu to play Raiwasa Taveuni in second round of Cup semis

CK Ezy Buy Tabadamu will face Raiwasa Taveuni Resort in the second round of the Cup semi finals of Fiji Bitter Wairiki Sevens currently held in Taveuni. The Tabadamu boys defeated St Joseph’s Brothers in the Cup quarter final by 17-5. Tabadamu team had played against Raiwasa in last month’s Fiji Bitter Savusavu Sevens quarter...

Ratu Epeli urges nation to for alliances

Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau visited the Diabetes Fiji Office and Diabetes Centre Suva last week. He met the staff and nursing students and discussed with them issues regarding the alarming rates of diabetes globally, he universal health coverage for Fijians, and remodelling of health services. Ratu Epeli also encouraged everyone as a community and...

Council commends publication of list of qualified architects

The Fiji Association of Architects had last week published, via a public notice, the names of the 36 qualified architects who are registered under the Fiji Architects Registration Board. And the Consumer Council of Fiji has commended this move saying this means consumers could verify the credibility of architects before they are contracted or paid....

Borehole project ensures safe drinking water for Bua students

Long walks to the creek and River is now a thing of the past for the students of Ratu Emeri Catholic School in Nadivakarua, Bua. This follows the commissioning of a Government-funded borehole project facilitated through the Mineral Resources Department. This initiative will guarantee clean, reliable and safe drinking water for Fijians in the area....

4th December

Minister silent on uni issue

Education Minister Rosy Akbar has refused to comment on the issue surrounding the termination and non-renewal of employment contracts for Fiji National University’s (FNU’s) ancillary staff members. On November 27, the leader of the National Federation Party (NFP) Prof Biman Prasad had forwarded a letter to Ms Akbar stating the grievances that were brought to...

A-G: It’s their internal matter

Attorney-General and general secretary of the ruling FijiFirst party Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said key leadership appointments in other political parties were not a matter of concern for their party. He made the comments in response to a question that was raised with him outside Parliament on Monday regarding the appointment of Viliame Gavoka as the new...

Back in time: Vital road links open

In 1976, the Queens Rd that linked Nadi and Sigatoka was officially opened. It was opened by the then governor general, Ratu Sir George Cakobau and his wife. The multimillion dollar road was completed in August. Ratu Sir George described the new Nadi-Sigatoka highway as a “right royal road” because it could be called “Queens...

Back in time: Reconstruction of Ratu Seru Cakobau Memorial Church

RATU Seru Cakobau Memorial Church which was built during the reign of Ratu Seru Cakobau was completed in 1880. A few decades on, the church still stands as a relic on Bau Island. But in 1980, parts of that historical structure needed to be removed to allow room for reconstruction. The Fiji Times covered the...

No social media use for Kumar

Former teacher Kishore Kumar has been ordered by the Suva Magistrates Court to deactivate his Facebook user page and other accounts on any other media until the conclusion of the matter. The matter was called before chief magistrate Usaia Ratuvili yesterday for bail hearing. Mr Ratuvili also ordered Mr Kumar not to create any other...

MPs told to surrender travelling documents

Six SODELPA and a government member of Parliament (MPs) have been released on strict bail conditions by the Suva Magistrates Court for allegations of obtaining financial advantage amounting to $186,749.20. Salote Radrodro, Peceli Vosanibola, Adi Litia Qionibaravi, Simione Rasova, Niko Nawaikula and Ratu Suliano Matanitobua appeared before chief magistrate Usaia Ratuvili yesterday after they were...

A medal for Mason

Former permanent secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture Mason Smith has given credited to his upbringing and the support of his family. He was one of the recipients of the 50th Anniversary of Independence Commemorative Medal presented by President Jioji Konrote. Mr Smith is the acting regional director for the International Union for Conservation of...

Sleepless nights come to fruition

Sleepless nights and all the sacrifices made finally paid off for Karalaini Bela Naulumatua when she scooped the dux award for Adi Cakobau School yesterday. The Year 13 student said she was very nervous and did not expect to receive the award. “It was very surprising for me as the teachers did not inform me...

Rewarding achievement for resort and staff

This year has been difficult for resorts operating in the country however receiving international accolades have brought smiles on the faces of both the management and staff members. The 2020 HM Awards for Hotel and Accommodation Excellence was held in Sydney, Australia on November 27 with the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay being the proud...

Business survival – Young entrepreneur diversifies to ensure continuity

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt by almost all sectors of the economy with businesses, whether large or small and medium enterprises, coming out with innovative means to diversify their businesses in a bid to survive. Anushil Gounder owns and operates his petrol station, car wash and food and drinks business at...

Landing to undergo upgrade

The Nasali Landing in Rewa is expected to undergo an upgrade soon. Speaking at the Rewa Provincial Council meeting at Studio 6 Apartments conference room in Suva, Roko Tui Rewa Waisake Manako said some new features that would be added to the landing include a ramp for easier mobility of passengers. “We are also in...

Chief urges people to contribute money

Rewa paramount chief, Ro Teimumu Kepa is urging her people to consider the benefits of the soli ni yasana to the province. In her opening address at the Rewa Provincial Council meeting at Studio 6 Apartments conference room in Suva, Ro Teimumu said she was worried that people in the province underestimated the value of...

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