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30th January

‘Voices should be heard’

Members of the region’s media were told that their voices should be heard. Speaking at the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) media dialogue on Wednesday, PIF officer in charge Apaitia...

SCGC removal ‘a bad idea’

The decision to abolish the Sugar Cane Growers Council and have an appointed council was a bad decision. Minister of Finance Professor Biman Prasad told the Sugar Industry Stakeholders Meeting this past Wednesday that the focus of the sugar industry stakeholders should be to see how they could bring the farmers and the landowners back...

Talks key for growth

Sugar Minister Charan Jeath Singh says it’s important to instil confidence in sugarcane growers in order to move the industry forward. Addressing the Sugar Industry Stakeholders Meeting on Wednesday January 25, he said there was a need for consistent discussions and dialogue between all key stakeholders. “We must remember that we are here for the...

Eli receives medical assistance just in time

Fipe Tamanisau’s whole world came crashing down when she found out her first born son Eli, 5, was diagnosed with atrial septal defect (ASD). “Last week, we had taken our son to the Lami Health Centre because he was vomiting and he had fever and we were told that he had irregular heartbeat – heart...

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 moist east to northeast wind flow prevails over Fiji group. Forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group: Cloudy periods with some showers over the eastern part...

29th January

Allen ‘didn’t think twice about helping others’

A close friend of Allen Lockington yesterday remembered the avid letter writer and philanthropist as someone who didn’t think twice about helping others. Assistant Minister for Women and Poverty Alleviation Sashi Kiran said Allen’s work for underprivileged communities was a responsibility he took on valiantly. “People like Allen showed us that there were many people...

‘A man who fought for the people’

Letter writer Rajnesh Lingham remembers one of The Fiji Times‘ greatest contributor Allen Lockington as a man who fought for the people. “His writings were powerful,” he said. “He was a face and name that people easily related to and if you talked about The Fiji Times, Allen Lockington came to people’s mind.” He said...

Thank you dad!

Thank you dad. These were the emotional words of Priscilla Qaranivalu, the eldest daughter of renowned Letters to the Editor contributor Allen Lockington who was laid to rest in Tavakubu, Lautoka, yesterday. While speaking during the funeral service at the Girmit Centre, Mrs Qaranivalu said her father was an easy man to love. “You know...

‘Allen a national hero’

Allen Lockington belonged in the pantheon of national heroes. While paying tribute to one of Fiji’s renowned philanthropist, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said Mr Lockington’s passing made it clear that he was a national hero. “There was a huge public outpouring of sorrow over his death and thanksgiving and tributes for his tireless service to...

Clean-up campaign part of a new climate action commitment

More than 100 church leaders of the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Church conducted a clean-up campaign today throughout Sigatoka Town as part of a new climate action commitment under the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Fiji’s Disaster Ready Churches Project. In a statement, ADRA stated the clean-up campaign marked an end to a three-day...

Butterflies

There was a specific tree in our garden where caterpillars were in abundance, chewing off leaves and leaving behind tiny black drops. They were of a beautiful shade of black and blue. On days where I could escape down the stairs and into the garden without the knowledge of my mother, I would go to...

Sir James Graham Goodenough

Goodenough Street located within central Suva is named after naval officer James Graham Goodenough. According to Geo View, the short and quiet street has a length of 0.17 kilometres or 170 metres. So who was this Goodenough who gained the right to be named after one of Suva’s streets? His book, ‘Memoir of Commodore J.G...

Alanieta’s fashion buzz

Businesses continue to survive despite an eyesore at the Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva, a $1.5 million project that was forecasted to be ready by 2021 but is still incomplete. Hidden from public eye within De Vos on the Park, are vendors who have been given spaces to operate their businesses for sometime now. The...

A lifetime together

Not all romances and marriages are the same. For Neha and Muzammil Ali, it took them 11 days of interaction to decide on a lifetime together. Their love story began when Neha’s paternal aunt and uncle brought the proposal to her family and for Muzammil it started his parents kept nagging him to get married....

Toys for boys

Who amongst us remember competitive kite-flying in the skies above our towns or the intricate art of ‘lastic played mainly in the school ground? What about the rules for games of marbles, seen now from this distance to be more intricately ordered than Game of Thrones. Although I have to say are not quite as...

Look Back: Harriers have their annual fun run

The Suva Hash House Harriers, an organisation that promotes healthy living and lifestyle conducts a fun run every year to commemorate the club’s anniversary. In an article reported in The Fiji Times on January 29, 1976, almost 150 members of the prestigious club had gathered together for the club’s 150th run. The Suva Hash House...

Good news for media freedom

After two FijiFirst government terms, the controversial Media Industry Development Authority Act is finally undergoing a review. That’s good news to the local media fraternity, journalists and the people of Fiji. Last week, the President of the Pacific Islands News Association, Kora Nou warmly welcomed the new Fijin Government’s immediate push to revisit and review...

Body of farmer missing in waters between Laucala Island and Taveuni found

The body of a 35-year-old farmer who went missing in waters between Laucala Island and Taveuni was found by a diver from Matangi Island Resort today. Police have confirmed the body was uplifted and taken to the Taveuni Hospital. A post mortem will be conducted soon. The deceased, a farmer from Dreketi Village in Qamea,...

Aussies play vital role in tourism recovery

Australians have played a crucial role in Fiji’s tourism recovery after the opening of our borders in 2021, says Acting Chief of Protocol Paula Daurewa. Speaking during a reception marking Australia Day held on Friday, Mr Daurewa said the strong vuvale partnership between the two countries had soared to even greater heights. He said this...

Vosarogo: Citizens have a responsibility

Citizens have a responsibility in terms of how they care for government-funded projects in communities, says Lands Minister Filimoni Vosarogo. He said this while opening boreholes and water systems in Vanua Levu recently. Mr Vosarogo told villagers in Macuata and Cakaudrove that their contribution towards the maintenance of the facilities would ensure non-disruptive operation. “As...

New lease of life for Lavin

If it wasn’t for a small flu, we wouldn’t have found out our daughter had a hole in her heart. These were the sentiments shared by Adi Siliva Drotini after her two-year-old daughter Lavin was discharged from the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital yesterday. “In 2021, my daughter came down with flu and because...

Search for missing man continues in waters between Laucala Island and Taveuni

The search continues for a man who is missing in waters between Laucala Island and Taveuni following an alleged dispute out at sea on Friday afternoon. According to Police, search efforts with the assistance of members of the community were conducted and divers from Matagi Island were deployed, however as of last night results have...

More than 100 marijuana plants seized in Tailevu drug raid

More than 100 plants, dried leaves and branches all believed to be marijuana were discovered during a raid conducted by the Eastern Division task force earlier this week at Dogo Settlement, Nananu, Tailevu. Chief Operations Officer (COO) Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police (A/ACP) Livai Driu said the raid was conducted by officers from the Eastern...

Woman dies after ambulance she was conveyed in was involved in an accident

A 46-year old woman is dead following a motor vehicle accident along the Kings Road, Nailaga, Ba yesterday. According to Police the victim was being conveyed in an ambulance to the Lautoka Hospital when it is alleged the 40-year-old driver overtook two vehicles and bumped a vehicle driven by a 62-year-old man causing their vehicles...

Man dies in Navua fatal accident

A Navua man is dead after he was allegedly bumped by a vehicle driven by a 35-year-old man along the Tokotoko Highway in Navua at around 4pm yesterday. According to Police the 23-year old victim from Wainiveidio allegedly jumped in front of the suspect’s vehicle resulting in the accident. Police say he was rushed to...

Chew calls for support

Acting Commissioner of Police Juki Fong Chew has called on all Fijians to support the Fiji Police Force as they move forward under a new leadership. He also assured all Fijians their focus was to ensure the safety and security of all Fijians and visitors in the country. “We will continue to engage and work...

Police complaint against Turaga

Fiji Police Force Chief of Intelligence and Investigations ACP Surend Sami confirmed to The Fiji Times that he has received a complaint against Attorney-General Siromi Turaga. “We acknowledge the report and after preliminary assessment of the complaint, a decision will be made,” he said. The complainant was Sailosi Sirisirivalu, a man claiming to be the...

Just be blue, Pio tells police boss

Home Affairs Minister Pio Tikoduadua’s message to the newly-appointed Acting Police Commissioner Juki Fong Chew is “just be blue”. When they met for the first time on Friday after Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho’s suspension, Mr Tikoduadua told Mr Chew that building back confidence in the Fiji Police Force would take some time. During the meeting, the...

Biman: Economy still in recovery mode

Fiji’s economy is still in recovery mode. While speaking in Nadi on Friday, Minister of Finance Professor Biman Prasad said certain sectors had been contributing heavily to Fiji’s economic recovery. “We see that the tourism industry is already leading recovery,” he said. “I was told two days ago by the Reserve Bank of Fiji, that...

Fijian spirit unites NZ flood victims

In the midst of raging floodwaters and landslides engulfing Auckland, the Fijian spirit united communities in a time of great adversity. Valda Hazelman, a resident of Henderson, West Auckland, said families were devastated and tired because everything happened within the blink of an eye. “A few Fijian friends of mine living in Mount Eden had...

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