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On a mission to help

Sheik Sahib is on a mission to help people. The 49-year-old Justice of Peace says ever since he was a young boy growing up in Naviyago, Lautoka, he was always encouraged to help people. He...

Cybersecurity shocking data breaches

Cyberspace continues to dominate our privacy issues and as reported by Techrepublic.com and others, data leaks affecting both personal and professional data grew in 2022 and will continue into 2023. Huge data leaks impacting millions of users occurred in 2022, such as the WhatsApp leak and more recent Twitter leak exposing more than 200 million...

153 years on: The gift of knowledge

“Material gifts make people dependent but the gift of knowledge makes them free.” These were words of advice given by Prime Minister Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara while quoting the economist Professor Schimacher, at the official opening of the Montfort Boys Town in Lami. The event was recorded in The Fiji Times on November 17, 1976,...

New role for Diana

British American Tobacco (BAT) Fiji’s recent head of human resources and inclusion, Diana Fong is taking on a role as area head of talent, organisational effectiveness and inclusion for BAT South East Asia. Ms Fong who is a local Fiji talent has more than 18 years of human resources experience. She will move to Sydney...

153 years on: St Giles hospital

High stone walls, locked doors, padded cells and muffled screams — these are common images most people have of mental hospitals. To some extent, St Giles Hospital on Reservoir Rd in Suva quite fitted the image. It had the high stone walls that were built back in the 1920s, more than 100 years ago. But...

Resilience and tourism recovery

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka will be chief guest at the 2022 ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards gala dinner next month. FETA chairperson Debra Sadranu mentioned that both the PM Sitiveni Rabuka and Tourism Minister Viliame Gavoka had accepted the invitation to be part of the much-awaited event on Denarau Island’s Sofitel Fiji Resort and...

Finalists to be acknowledged accordingly, says Sadranu

Finalists for the 2022 ANZ Fiji Excellence in Tourism Awards will be acknowledged accordingly with gold, silver and bronze at next month’s gala dinner. Describing the upcoming affair as exciting, FETA chair Debra Sadranu explained that it was just proper to award finalists in the 20 categories accordingly given the fact that they’ve all recovered...

Tourism operator launches new strategic plan

Tour Managers managing director Damend Gounder says the launch of their strategic plan is the culmination of a five-year research and development marketing process. The leading destination management company’s strategic plan “Waitaci Karakarawa” was launched on Thursday during a team retreat at the Hideaway Resort and Spa. In a media release Mr Gounder said the...

Commercial loans – Facility also open to private sector entities

Employers can make commercial loans with the Fiji National Provident Fund at a minimum of $1 million. While speaking at the FNPF Forum in Nadi, Fund chief operations officer Pravinesh Singh said the loan could be accessed not only by employers but any private sector entity. “We have a commercial loan portfolio which you can...

Improve accountability in the ‘mataqali’

If we want the iTaukei to improve in the running of business and contribute more to the national economy, we have to ensure that the mataqali becomes accountable to its members in its operation. In the traditional social structure of the iTaukei, there are units such as confederacies, vanua, yavusa, mataqali, koro, tokatoka, family and...

Citizenship and belonging

Last year, I brought to you a series of articles on citizenship and belonging over a period of four months. It culminated with the extraordinary 2022 General Election where a coalition Government had to be formed as the d’Hondt system that we follow left Fiji with no other options. Observers will note that both the...

A true patriot of Fiji

Allen Lockington lived a life that touched so many people and it’s hard to know where to begin. He is the man with a generous nature who has left us to live among angels in heaven. A man who did the nation proud. Someone who always thought about his fellow citizens and a champion of...

Petty-minded agitators – Treating democracy with disdain and contempt

Late Thursday evening, through an extraordinary Gazette notice, Speaker of Parliament Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu notified the people of Fiji that the FijiFirst parliamentary Opposition member Dr Mahendra Reddy’s seat was now vacant. Dr Reddy resigned only four days after standing shoulder-toshoulder with former Attorney- General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while he dished out one of his usual...

Allen Lockington – man with the golden heart

Allen Lockington, who had a heart that touched thousands of people, left a legacy that will be hard to fill. He will be accorded a King’s funeral in his beloved city today. Expect a massive crowd at the Girmit Centre today as Fijians will converge to pay their last respect to a legendary writer and...

A true inspiration – Allen our local hero

Bula readers! This week we received the sad news that our local hero Allen Lockington passed away. I wrote an article in May of last year about this individual who was compassionate, caring and a true son of Fiji. Here are some excerpts from my assessment of this hardworking social worker who had received so...

Renowned philanthropist laid to rest

Close family, friends and wellwishers came together today to bid farewell to renowned philanthropist Allen Lockington who was laid to rest in Lautoka today. Also attending the funeral were Government dignitaries led by Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, Deputy Prime Minister Professor Biman Prasad and Assistant Minister for Women Sashi Kiran. Paying tribute to Allen, close...

Rule of law – Maybe a time for Aiyaz to reflect

Breakfast they say, is the most important meal of the day. But last Wednesday it was possibly also the most dangerous. Because that’s when many people were likely to be reading The Fiji Times and choking over their corn flakes. They could have been reading more pontification from the former AttorneyGeneral about “constitutionalism” and “rule...

Mum’s instinct results in check, condition detected

A mother’s instinct is always right. Luisa Cavalevu shared this after she found out her only child was diagnosed with a heart disease. Asata Dauvere, 7, was among 163 children diagnosed with a heart disease during a visit by the team from the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital to Levuka last year. “I just...

Foreigners are top traffickers

Bangaldeshi nationals topped the list of trafficking in persons complaints that was received by the Fiji Police Force between 2017-2020, states a new report by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). The Global Report on Trafficking in Persons states 31 persons from Bangladesh lodged reports with the Police, while 21 from India...

Order to re-zone – Court says director has wide-ranging powers

The High Court in Lautoka says the Director of Town & Country Planning (DTCP) has wide ranging discretionary powers on re-zoning. However, he or she should consult residents before issuing a re-zoning order. Justice Anare Tuilevuka made the statement in a January 18 ruling in a case involving residents at Maui Bay at Baravi along...

Fund outlines options at 55

Members of the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) will have the option to make withdrawals or continue to have their contributions after they reach 55. The question of the 60-year retirement was posed to FNPF panellists during the organisation’s member forum organised at the Grand Pacific Hotel on Tuesday. In response to the queries, FNPF...

Critical issue – ‘Go without electricity, no water’s a different story’

Water is critical. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Professor Biman Prasad says you can go without electricity but not without water. Prof Biman Prasad said this after being briefed by the Water Authority of Fiji, yesterday where he welcomed the work that WAF was starting on its Water Sector 2050 program. Prof Prasad...

No jab, no job policy up for review

AN intergovernmental agency will review the “No jab, no job policy” introduced by the past governm­ent at the height of the CO­V­ID-19 pandemic in July, 2021. This, according to Attor­ney-General Siromi Turaga. He said the agency would be made up of representatives from the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Employment and the Attorney-General’s Office. “Yes,...

Advisory: Flights to Auckland cancelled

National carrier Fiji Airways has advised its guests that flights on the Nadi-Auckland route have been cancelled following inclement weather and widespread flooding reported in Auckland today. In a statement, Fiji Airways advised the affected flights are as follows: FJ412 Auckland to Nadi FJ411 Nadi to Auckland FJ410 Auckland to Nadi FJ419 Nadi to Auckland...

Couple rely on relatives

A couple have had to depend on relatives and friends to store drinking water as the couple’s home in Wairabetia, Lautoka, has been without proper water supply since December last year. That has been the story of Jaibul Nisha and Tahir Ali’s existence from then until now. Mrs Nisha said the water truck that visited...

Dam of desperation

Desperation drove Intiaz Ali to dig a makeshift dam in his Wairabetia, Lautoka, backyard in an attempt to collect water during rainy weather. This, after the family waited almost a month for the Water Authority of Fiji to restore water supply to their home. During an interview earlier this week, he said he was fed...

Water issues ‘real’ – Residents: We have paid, why are our taps dry?

About 15 households at Wairabetia Cemetery Rd in Lautoka have been living without proper water supply since late last year. The community has been surviving on water collected in tanks, drawn from wells and sourced from makeshift dams to provide temporary relief while they wait for a response to their pleas for assistance. Resident Nischal...

Airline shares deal was ‘common sense’

The decision to purchase shares in Fiji’s national airline was done after determining the deal was a sustainable one, says Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) general manager member services Alipate Waqairawai. FNPF acquired a 30.02 per cent stake in Fiji Airways last year and since then, the deal has attracted mixed reactions and whether the...

Superannuation products actuary tested

All products of the Fiji National Provident Fund are actuary tested, says FNPF chief operating officer Pravinesh Singh. Speaking at the FNPF’s annual member forum on Tuesday, Mr Singh said if the government yield on the bonds reduced, which was the trend in the last few years, FNPF would continue to pay a fixed rate...

True to its roots

The Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) has not deviated from its original purpose to help members save funds for their retirement. This was the remark during the FNPF annual member forum in Suva on Tuesday after concerns were raised about whether or not more funds could be made available to members to set up businesses...

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