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Vision for a liberal nation

Ratu Esava Nabuta believes engaging in politics is one of the greatest acts of public service anyone can do. And that is the reason he put up his hand to be a provisional candidate for...

Vakatora withdraws from party

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) provisional candidate Tomasi Vakatora has withdrawn from the party because of health issues. This, according to party leader Viliame Gavoka. While addressing the media at a news conference last week, Mr Gavoka said they had a replacement in place of Mr Vakatora. “Lasarusa Turaga who is part of Suva...

Casimira: It’s more prevalent now than before

Non-Communicable diseases (NCDs) in indigenous communities are more prevalent now than in the past, when villagers consumed home-grown locally produced meals. This, according to research on the resilience of indigenous communities in Vanua Levu spearheaded by the Institute for Mission and Research (IMR) of the Pacific Theological College. IMR director Aisake Casimira said the study...

Report: 84 per cent deaths in Fiji

The World Health Organization (WHO) says non-communicable diseases (NCDs) account for about 84 per cent of all deaths in Fiji. This, according to WHO’s “Invisible numbers: The true extent of non-communicable diseases and what to do about them” report launched recently. The report also stated the chance of dying from NCDs was higher for those...

Gavoka on free education, TELS

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) party believes removing the burden of student loans and providing free education up to first degree level is key to Fiji’s socioeconomic development. Party leader Viliame Gavoka outlined this while launching SODELPA’s manifesto last Friday in Suva. He said addressing education, health and indigenous issues were priority areas for...

Funding helps in RHD ‘fight’

Through funding and the support of corporates and business houses, Cure Kids Fiji’s Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD) Prevention and Control Program was able to move forward in its bid to address RHD in Fiji. RHD is the leading disease-related cause of death for young people in Fiji and since 2014, and Cure Kids Fiji, with...

Semesa’s new lease of life

Thank you. These were the words uttered by grateful Semesa Nairoqo, six, after undergoing open heart surgery at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Heart Hospital. Young Semesa was diagnosed with congenital heart disease when he was a-year-old, but doctors advised that surgery was not possible until his heart was matured enough. His father, Navitalai...

Woman arrested as search continues for escaped prisoner

A woman was arrested last night for her alleged involvement in harbouring escaped prisoner Lemeki Tupali. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the 32-year-old suspect was arrested in Raiwai and is believed to have met Tupali after he escaped from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital on Sunday night. Ms Naisoro is again is reiterating the Commissioner...

Search for missing truck driver called off

The search for the 42-year-old truck driver who went missing on Tuesday, September 20 has been called off. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said search efforts had covered Nananu, Namena, Levuka, Dawasamu and Naigani areas with negative results. The Driver was reported to be missing at sea after he failed to disembark an inter-island vessel in...

First ever roundtable discussion on ‘Environment and Recycling Work in Fiji’

For the first time ever, a roundtable discussion on ‘Environment and Recycling Work in Fiji’ will be held tomorrow afternoon in Suva. The roundtable is an initiative of the French Embassy in Suva in partnership with the Pacific Recycling Foundation (PRF) and supported by the Government of New Caledonia and Bred Bank Fiji. The event...

Media encouraged to effectively report on key provisions of Electoral Act

The Fijian Elections Office (FEO) encourages the media to continue to effectively report on key provisions of the Electoral Act as well as the principles within the electoral framework to ensure that the 2022 General Election is a free and fair election. Supervisor of Elections, Mohammed Saneem said this in statement highlighting that the FEO...

Ministry records low use of funds

The Ministry of Waterways only utilised 42 per cent of the total funds allocated in the financial year 2017-2018 under drainage and flood protection. While submitting its 2017-2018 annual report to the Standing Committee on Natural Resources last week, a Ministry of Waterways representative said the low utilisation of funds was because of the change...

Over population of dogs affect community, says Quimby

Over population of dogs in a community can affect those who live in it, says Animals Fiji co-founder Casey Quimby. Speaking at a dog population management awareness campaign in Lautoka recently, she said the increasing number of dogs within communities must be addressed. “When you live in a home or a community – the over...

Cagica turns passion into profession

Derek James Cagica is determined to pursue his career in the construction industry and has enrolled in a short course in tile laying at Fiji National University’s (FNU), National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC). The 18-year-old, who is originally from Vanuabalavu, said he is working hard to become a professional tile layer in the carpentry...

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 A weak trough of low pressure lies slow moving over the eastern parts of the group. Associated cloud and showers are expected to affect the northern and eastern...

26th September

A mum’s ordeal – Lessons to learn about RHD

A Pregnant mother always hopes that her child is born healthy and lives a long life. When Erini Tokarua gave birth to her eldest child Walter Tokarua 13 years ago, she never imagined that her child would later be diagnosed with rheumatic heart disease. Ms Tokarua remembers the morning when her five-year-old son woke up...

A family heirloom

For nearly a century now, the Vallabh family in Levuka still preserves an old Victorian sewing machine inside their shop along Beach St in Levuka. This machine was bought by Ranchhod Vallabh when he opened the family business, Vallabh and Sons in 1924. His grandson, Navin Vallabh said it was the first sewing machine that...

WOWS kids enjoy family fun day

Living with cancer can be emotionally and physically taxing not only for the patient, but also for their family members. This is why a family fun day was organised by Walk on Walk Strong (WOWS) Kids Fiji for more than 10 children living with cancer and their loved ones at the Lautoka Golf Club on...

Back in history: Man shares strange tales

A Fijian man who received the Pope’s blessing’s on his 50th wedding anniversary had strange tales to tell to his family when he returned from missionary work at different villages in Fiji. Rovereto Vagica Tanisacake,75, and his wife Salote, 63, celebrated their golden wedding at their home at Nuku Village, 15 miles upstream from Navua....

A greener future for Fiji tourism

Recently I arrived back in Fiji after nearly two years away. One of the first changes I noticed, on the drive from Nadi to Suva, was the proliferation of the African tulip tree. It’s a beautiful tree, with huge scarlet flowers – hence its introduction a few decades ago as a garden ornamental. Presumably no...

$42m profit for central bank

The Reserve Bank of Fiji recorded a net profit of $42 million despite challenging global financial markets. The central bank also revealed that unlike, previous years where interest income from foreign reserves contributed the bulk of the bank’s revenue, the out-turn in the 2021-2022 financial year was underpinned by higher interest income from domestic bonds...

Veteran apiculturist resigns from association

John Caldeira recently resigned as the Fiji Beekeepers Association’s (FBA) secretary and trustee. The veteran apiculturist also served as the association’s secretary and president for seven years. In a statement, Pacific Farmer Organisations said Mr Caldeira was instrumental in designing and establishing the FBA’s mentor program, training program as well as the initiation of Fiji...

$14.9m profit

The Fijian Holdings Ltd (FHL) Tower remains the single largest investment for the FHL Group. In its 2022 Annual Report, FHL Group chief executive officer Jaoji Koroi said work on the $65 million project was expected to be complete in May 2023. Mr Koroi said management had started marketing for tenancy and had seen positive...

$4700 support for diversification

Joseva Tagica is a farmer and has been operating a canteen business for more than 15 years in Natumua Village, Kadavu. The owner of Joseva Tagica Investment has diversified into a bakery business, which according to the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, is the only one in the Tavuki district, serving six surrounding...

Sowane: $11.8m structural fire incident costs

The total cost of 84 structural fire incidents over the past eight months was estimated at $11.8 million, according to National Fire Authority (NFA) chief executive officer Puamau Sowane. He said this was recorded from the month of January to August. Of the 84 structural fire incidents, 31 occurred in the Central/ Eastern divisions, 41...

Fiji, Indonesia strengthen ties

The Fijian Government has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Indonesia to enhance cooperation in the tourism sector between the two economies leading up to World Tourism Day. Speaking at the signing last week, Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya said bilateral relations between the two countries spanned over three decades....

Police make 39 meth arrests

The Fiji Police Force made a total of 39 arrests in relation to methamphetamine between the month of January to August this year. In a statement, they said statistics showed that of these 39 arrests, 10 were made in April alone, eight in August, six in March and July, four in May and June while...

Search for candidates – ‘We want more representation from Fijians of Indian descent’

Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube says it has been a challenge trying to get Fijians of Indian descent to join their lineup for the 2022 General Election. The former Reserve Bank of Fiji governor said they were conducting community and village visitations as they prepared for the upcoming polls. “We want more representation from...

Villagers apprehend suspected armed robber

A 26-year-old man is in police custody for allegedly attacking and robbing an elderly man in Muaniweni last Friday. In a statement, chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abdul Khan said it was assistance from villagers of Gusuisavu Village in Naitasiri that led to the quick arrest of the suspect. He said the...

‘Meeting of a lifetime’ for duo

Ateca Qica and Anwesh Kumar say they will never forget the day they met and had a conversation with Queen Elizabeth II. The “meeting of a lifetime” happened at the Shirley Park in Lautoka, during Her Majesty’s tour of Fiji in October 1982. The duo were in their early twenties and were employed at the...

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