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‘Don’t leave land idle’ – Ram loves toiling farmland for a living

Ram Dayal, 72, has never regretted the decision he made about six decades ago to toil the land and make a living off it. This same land on Navula outside Natabua, Lautoka has provided for three generations who have earned themselves good education and have left for greener pastures abroad. Ram is a perfect example...

Couple turn to the sea for survival

Reshma Singh, 44, and her husband Divendra Goundar, 44, from Muslim League settlement in Nabua left their two-year-old child at home in the care of their aunt last Thursday to hunt for seafood for their family. The couple were trying their best to catch whatever they could before the 24-hour lockdown period began at 11pm...

The story behind Bob’s Store

BANWARI Lal Sadhu travelled from India more than 50 years ago to seek greener pastures on a tiny dot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. He had heard of the opportunities available in Fiji as throngs of Indians braved the perilous 11,500km journey to work the sugarcane plantations under the Colonial Government’s indentured labourer...

COVID-19: Two local transmission cases reported

Two new cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed today by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services. According to the Ministry both cases are of local transmission. The Ministry says the first is the husband of case number 159 from the Vunimono cluster. “He has been in isolation since 12th May 2021. “The second case...

Living off peanuts, beans – COVID-19 pandemic has impacted business, says Lal

AJAY Lal makes a living by dodging and darting around vehicles at the busy Khalsa and Kinoya roads junction outside Suva. Dressed in rags, wearing worn-out flip-flops and an old reflector jacket, the 48-year-old sells roasted peas and fried peanuts from an old backpack. Apart from the obvious danger posed by traffic, the junction is...

Insider vs outsider – Sakul: Work together rather than against

MAY 14 1879 is a landmark day for the Fiji indentured labourers that has been explained in the scholarly book of Brij V. Lal’ Chalo Jahaji: on a journey through indenture in Fiji. The book stated, Leonidas, the first immigrant ship, cleared port on 4 March, 1879, there were 498 people on board: 273 men,...

Student fined $200 for going to buy toilet paper during curfew hours

A 21-year-old tertiary student who claims that he was on his way to buy toilet paper when arrested by police during curfew hours appeared before the Suva Magistrates Court today. Livai Seroma was among a large group of people who appeared before Magistrate Thusara Thenakoon charged for breaching curfew restrictions during this lockdown. The court...

Restaurant steps up

Talanoa Garden has had to diversify and venture into making free deliveries to survive and keep their staff employed. According to the company co-director Emosi Sawailau they have been making free deliveries since the containment measures were in place. “Since this lockdown restrictions came in, it has affected our business the same as any other...

U.S. gasoline shortage eases, but pumps dry in some areas

Gasoline shortages that have plagued the U.S. East Coast slowly eased on Sunday, with 1,000 more stations receiving supplies as the country’s largest fuel pipeline network recovered from a crippling cyberattack. The six-day closure of Colonial Pipeline’s 5,500-mile (8,900-km) system was the most disruptive cyberattack on record, preventing millions of barrels of gasoline, diesel and...

Taxi involved in serious accident

A taxi driver was allegedly involved in a serious accident this afternoon in Velovelo, Lautoka. According to eye witnesses, the driver was allegedly intoxicated before the taxi he was driving veered off the Queens Highway and landed in a ditch. The driver has been taken to the FEMAT Field Hospital in Nadovu.

Recipients of bursary scheme urged to work hard

Fiji National University vice-chancellor Professor Toby Wilkinson urged recipients of the newly launched student bursary scheme to work hard. He made this statement during the launch of the university’s newly launched scheme, where 19 private students would be assisted with their tuition fees for Semester 1. Each recipient would receive $1000 in tuition assistance every...

Missing person: Police seek assistance to locate teenager

Fijian Police are appealing to the public to help locate 15-year-old Jyoti Devi who was reported missing at the Lautoka Police Station. According to Police the teenager was last seen leaving home for school on May 8, 2021 and since failed to return home. A missing person’s report was lodged by her mother and checks...

Two dead, dozens hurt in Israeli synagogue accident – ambulance service

At least two worshippers were killed and more than 100 injured on Sunday when a grandstand collapsed in a synagogue under construction in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank, Israel’s national ambulance service said. The accident in Givat Zeev, just north of Jerusalem, raised more questions about safety measures at large ultra-Orthodox events,...

Advisory: Fisheries service centres closed till Wednesday

The Ministry of Fisheries service centres around the country will be closed till Wednesday, May 19, 2021. The Ministry in a statement today said its services have also been disrupted during this lockdown period. Members of the public and fisher folks are advised to call the following mobile numbers for further information and clarification: Regional...

Palestinian killed after ramming car into 6 Israeli police in Jerusalem – police

Israeli forces shot dead a Palestinian driver who crashed his car into a police roadblock, injuring six officers, in a flashpoint Jerusalem neighbourhood on Sunday, police said. The incident occurred in Sheikh Jarrah, in Israeli-annexed East Jerusalem, which is the focus of a court case in which several Palestinian families could be evicted from homes...

Extra seat thrown out, FAST wins Samoa election

The Supreme Court in Samoa has thrown out the electoral office’s decision to appoint an extra woman member of parliament. It means the decision breaks a month-long deadlock from the April election, handing the newcomer FAST party a majority. The electoral office last month added the extra seat purportedly to meet a provision in the...

COVID-19: Newborn monthly check-up offered at Girmit Centre

Nursing mothers in Lautoka can now visit the Girmit Centre near Nadovu Park for their newborn monthly check-up. The public health services were moved to Girmit Centre as part of the Ministry of Health and Medical Services continuous efforts to decentralise services within Lautoka as the Subdivisional Hospital continued with a 21-day lockdown. Services offered...

Israel launches dozens of strikes as Gaza fighting enters second week

Israel launched dozens of air strikes in Gaza and the Hamas militant group kept up its rocket attacks on Israeli cities in fighting that spilled into a second week on Monday. International calls mounted for a ceasefire, but there was no sign of any imminent end to the most serious hostilities between Israel and Gaza’s ruling...

Samoa court dismisses call for second election

Samoa’s Supreme Court has thrown out the Head of State’s decision to call a second election, clearing the path for the newcomer FAST party to form a government. Announcing the second election earlier this month, Tuimalealiifano Vaaletoa Sualauvi II told Samoans it was the best way to break the political deadlock that emerged after last...

COVID-19: Traders in Taveuni worried about basic food supplies

Taveuni has been without shipping services for the past week and traders are worried about supplies of basic food items. Businessman Rohil Chand who owns chain of supermarkets on the island said they would soon run short of goods, basic food items, gas, fuel and alcohol. “We hope good sense prevails because dalo and yaqona...

Ministers will make England lockdown easing decision on June 14

Ministers will make a decision on June 14 about whether or not to proceed with the final phase of lockdown easing in England, health minister Matt Hancock said on Sunday, describing the pandemic as “under control”. On Friday Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that Britain would accelerate its COVID-19 vaccination programme to try to contain...

Adhere to advice, commerce urges members

The Savusavu Chamber of Commerce has urged its members to adhere to the COVID-19 advice ensuring customers also follow the basic rules while shopping in town. The chamber president Ravi Chhaganlal said this was important to ensure that the North remained free of COVID-19. “We believe this is very important and we have continued to...

Police: Two detained for not wearing mask

Two people were arrested last Friday for not wearing masks while travelling in a public vehicle in Levuka. This, according to Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu, who also said the two cases recorded in Levuka was alcohol-related. ACP Tudravu said 53 people were arrested over a 24-hour period on Saturday for breaching curfew hours...

‘Youths top arrest’

Majority of people arrested for breaching curfew hours are youths, says Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu. Speaking at a news conference in Suva last week, he said the cases are always alcohol-related. “Majority of those who are arrested are youths,” ACP Tudravu said. “They drink liquor and go out during the curfew hours. “They...

Chileans urged to make voices heard on rewriting of constitution

Chileans were urged on Sunday to follow through on their call for a new constitution as voting to pick the architects of the charter entered a second day amid concerns about low turn-out, particularly in the country’s more marginalized areas. Observers around the South American nation reported a slow start in most polling stations on...

People line up at checkpoints to send items

In the lead-up to the Suva-Nausori lockdown that began 11pm on Friday, people lined up at the Nakasi border to get things to and from loved ones separated by traffic cones and barriers. The lines to a tent where police had set up a registration point for Fijians coming to the border stretched almost as...

Litiana sells cassava to buy essentials

Litiana Delailoa and her children sat at the corner of Nasinu and Daniva roads in Valelevu outside Suva last Friday selling cassava. She said the money they earned would be for essentials to last them through the Suva-Nausori lockdown which began 11pm on Friday. Being a single mother, she said the burden of providing for...

Nisha struggles for daughter’s medicine

Jaibul Nisha, 76, is struggling to foot for her daughter’s weekly medication bills. Her 50-year-old daughter developed some conditions when she was only three years old and the blood clots in her brain denied her a normal life. “She takes liquid medicine and tablets every day and the liquid one which costs us around $13...

Club responds to a call from mothers at hospital for diapers

Staff members of the Sugar Cane Growers Fund responded to a call from mothers at the Lautoka Hospital’s Maternity Ward who were running out of diapers for their newborns. The supplies were delivered on Thursday through the company’s Sports and Social Club. Fund chief executive officer Raj Sharma said members of the club came across...

COVID-19: 33 arrests for breach in curfew and health restrictions

Police arrested 30 people over the last 24-hours concerning the COVID-19 restrictions as well as the curfew order. Acting Commissioner of Police, Rusiate Tudravu said the Southern Division recorded 22 cases, the Western Division with six cases while two cases were recorded in the Eastern Division. He said three men in their 30’s were arrested...

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