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Brawl duo released on bail

The two men charged in relation to the brawl at McFarlane Rd at Raiwai in Suva on Sunday, June 19 were released on bail by the Suva Magistrates Court on Monday. The duo, Ilikimi Kurusiga...

Medical officer fronts court

A senior medical officer from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM), charged with two counts of sexual assault, was granted bail by the Suva Magistrates Court on Monday. Dr Joji Vakadiwaiwai was produced before Resident Magistrate Indula Ratnayake. Dr Vakadiwaiwai, who appeared for a similar matter on June 17, was alleged to have procured the...

Minister: State looking at medical tourism

Medical tourism is an area the Government is looking to take advantage of as facilities such as the refurbished Lautoka Hospital and the new Ba Hospital will implement new health and medical services. During the 2022/2023 Pre-Budget consultation in Lautoka, Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the international community could access quality health care in...

4pc wage increment – Tropik Wood Industries employees receive boost

Tropik Wood Industries employees have received a 4 per cent wage increase. While announcing the pay rise, Fiji Pine Group of Companies chief executive Vimlesh Kumar said this followed the Fiji Pine Ltd’s (FPL) own increment which was implemented for staff members earlier this year. “The organisation from the beginning has always looked after the...

Melody of life, Ju Ben says

By day, Peni Roqara is a lab assistant at the Fiji Sugar Corporation. But when he gets home, he sheds his lab coat and reaches for pen and paper. As the sun sets over the Sugar City, Roqara, who goes by the stage name Ju Ben, gets busy writing poems about real life issues and...

Bus fare rise ‘too much’

For some people, paying an extra $6 in return bus fare may not seem like much, but for Kuliniyasi Latikau of Naroko Settlement, Naitasiri, it takes a huge chunk out of the family budget. “From here to Suva now costs $13 one way, before it was $10, the $3 increase one way is too much,”...

FEO ‘will conduct another round of registration’

The Fijian Elections Office will be conducting another round of voter registration overseas next month. This, according to Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem during a news conference in Suva yesterday. “We will be doing another round of voter registration to the following countries- Australia, New Zealand, United States of America and Canada,” he said. “We...

Students ‘struggle’

The academic performance of children living in tents in Dreketi, Macuata, for the past 18 months has dropped. Alarmed parents were in a meeting with teachers last week to discuss the issue. The children are from families who were relocated from Nabavatu Village a year and a half ago after cracks appeared on infrastructure and...

Saneem: One more round

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says nationwide voter registration may be extended because they are not aware of the election date. At a news conference in Suva yesterday, he said they would soon make the announcement. “We may be looking at a nationwide voter registration drive — details to be announced soon — and to...

Nadi house fire claims life of six-year-old child

A six-year-old child died after she was trapped in a house fire in Martintar, Namaka in Nadi last night. According to Police the victim was home with a relative and an older sibling when the incident happened. Police say bystanders tried to rescue the child but due to the intensity of the fire were not...

FNU’s Fiji Maritime Academy students join Swire Shipping

Eleven  students from Fiji National University’s (FNU) Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) have found employment with Swire Shipping Pte Ltd. Headquartered in Singapore with local branch offices in Suva and Lautoka, Swire Shipping is a leading provider of specialist customer solutions for a wide range of cargo and aims to provide a full suite of land...

Officers told to drive themselves to progress

Write your own story as you take this giant step in your new life of service. Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said this at the graduation dinner of 190 police recruits last week. In a statement, police said the recruits who completed their four-month Basic Recruits Course (BRC) with their passing-out parade at the Fiji...

FNU partners with Fiji Airways

The Fiji National University (FNU) signed a Workplace Experience Programme Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the national airline carrier, Fiji Airways. The partnership paves the way for FNU students to undertake on-the-job training with Fiji’s national carrier as per the university’s curriculum requirements. FNU’s Acting Vice-Chancellor, Dr William May, said the agreement is aligned towards...

Survey to revive sugar industry

A survey has been launched into the sugar industry by the Fiji National University (FNU) and Sugar Research Institute of Fiji (SRIF) aimed to rejuvenate the sugar industry in Fiji. More than 600 farmers in Ba and Lautoka have already been interviewed so far with the remaining 300 interviews to be done in the Northern...

‘Not worth the risk’: Palau, Fiji call for deep-sea mining moratorium

LISBON (Reuters) – Concerned about the potential impacts of deep-sea mining on ocean biodiversity, the Pacific islands of Palau and Fiji on Monday launched an “alliance” to call for a moratorium of the nascent industry. The backing of a moratorium comes amid a wave of global interest in deep-sea mining but also growing pressure from...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today. First, here is your weather forecast for today: Weather Fine apart from isolated brief showers over the greater Suva, Nausori and Tailevu areas, Interior Ra, Naitasiri, Serua and Namosi,Cakaudrove and southern Bua, Lau and Lomaiviti groups and...

28th June

Back in history: Treat for the elderly

One of the events that took place annually during the Hibiscus Festival was contestants paying a visit to people who were in need of help or company. An article published by The Fiji Times on September 2, 1994 recalled a time when residents of Father Law Home were visited by the winners of the Hibiscus...

Police uproot more than 11,000 marijuana plants in Kadavu

Officers from the Police Special Response Unit uprooted more than 11,000 plants believed to be marijuana from five different farms in Kadavu yesterday. Chief Operations Officer ACP Abdul Khan said the officers were deployed last week to support drug operations in Kadavu. The farms were found along the border of the Lavidi and Namajiu terrain....

Fresh bail application for Labasa accident suspects

High Court Judge Aruna Aluthge  has ordered a fresh bail application for the four allegedly involved in a Labasa accident that claimed the life of 49-year-old Jone Rusiate. The four accused persons – Amrit Sen, Shumedha Chand, Mustaqir Saif Khaiyum and Joji Bale appeared before Justice Aluthge today. Justice Aluthge asked  defence lawyer Abhay Singh...

FICAC considers formal complaint

The Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) is considering making a complaint to the Chief Registrar about the conduct of Suva lawyer Simione Valenitabua. FICAC commissioner Rashmi Aslam said this in the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court yesterday when Opposition member of Parliament Salote Radrodro’s trial was due to commence, but has been delayed...

Motions delay trial

The court has been postponing matters that involve peoples’ lives for these anti-corruption matters. High Court judge Justice Dr Thushara Kumerage said this while Opposition member of Parliament Salote Radrodro’s lawyer Simione Valenitabua moved a motion in the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court in Suva yesterday. Justice Kumerage said the motion was the fourth...

Gavoka ‘luckiest political party leader’

Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) leader Viliame Gavoka says he is the luckiest among other political party leaders in Fiji because he has the backing of “three paramount chiefs”. He made this statement during the party’s annual general meeting in Sila Village, Nadroga last Saturday. Mr Gavoka said the Gone Marama Bale Na Roko Tui...

13 youths graduate

Thirteen youths graduated from the National Youth Band program at the Fiji National University (FNU) in Valelevu, Nasinu. Officiating at the event, Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar said the training centre for the National Youth Band programs had been one of the standout programs of the ministry. “My ministry is all about empowerment...

Koya: Seafarers sail the seas and help the Fijian economy

Our seafarers sail the seas every day, helping the Fijian economy, says Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Faiyaz Koya. “They facilitate global trade and keep our islands and Fijians connected — you transport goods, including lifesaving medical supplies. You’re part of an experience — a product, in the Fijian tourism industry and without...

Food security program to equip villagers

Fifty-three Naisisili villagers in Nacula,Yasawa, took part in a food security program by FRIEND Fiji in their efforts to help the community adapt to the rising cost of living. According to the NGO, the program was run by agriculture experts Veresa Fung and Brian Charitar from Fung’s Farm. “During the week our team visited schools...

Koroipita residents join Aspen program

Eight residents from Koroipita Model Town in Lautoka have a chance to earn a better livelihood through employment opportunities with Aspen Medical. The Australian company which manages the Lautoka and Ba hospitals employed the eight Fijians through their commitment to employ a 20 per cent non-clinical workforce for individuals with disabilities and from disadvantaged backgrounds....

A-G: Fijians leave for better work

A number of skilled Fijians have left the country because of the shortage of a skilled workforce in Australia and New Zealand. This was revealed by Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while opening a school hall in Nadi over the weekend. “Today we have had a number of teachers who have left Fiji because there...

FLP on A-G’s comments – ‘What on earth does he mean’

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry labelled comments made by Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum that Government will improve the working conditions of “teachers who aren’t politically motivated” as “absolutely silly”. “What on earth does he mean by ‘those who aren’t politically motivated’ and how does he intend to carry out this policy,” the former prime minister...

‘Shelved Qoliqoli Bill not associated with Rabuka’

The National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad said the shelved Qoliqoli Bill was not associated with The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka but was introduced in Fiji by the late former prime minister Laisenia Qarase’s government. He made the comments at a meeting in Moto, Ba on Friday night, saying Mr Rabuka’s opponents...

Lacanivalu ecstatic

Titilia Lacanivalu was on her way back from rugby training when she got the call that she had made it into the top 10 of the Domo Vou Talei song contest. “I was ecstatic,” the 26-year-old said. “I could not believe it because of the 135 entries, I’m one of the 10 finalists. “I started...

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