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27th February

Parties want voting paper to carry party symbols

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) and Fiji Labour Party want the voting paper to carry the party symbols during elections next year. Party deputy leader Filimoni Vosarogo said it would help the voter identify...

Prohibit use of state resources, says Electoral Commission chairman

The use of State resources should be prohibited during political campaigns, says Electoral Commission chairperson Suresh Chandra. His statement was part of the Commission’s submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law, and Human Rights on the Electoral Amendment Bill 2021. He also said the Bill has removed the restriction on political party identification...

Troops told to stay faithful to their partners

COMMISSIONER Western Mesake Ledua told 139 Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) soldiers preparing for a tour of duty to the Golan Heights to stay faithful to their partners. He made the comment while addressing the officers at the Lololo training area in Lautoka yesterday. Mr Ledua said sexual immorality was not condoned by the...

Market land talks positive

THE land selected for the development of the Nakasi market has not been acquired by the ministry yet, says Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development Premila Kumar. “So far, we have not been given the land yet, the commissioner has been very grateful, they have marked an area for us and the surveyor...

Office to document stories

The office of the United Nations resident co-ordinator is embarking on an initiative that will see the publishing of a book and the production of a film documenting stories about Fiji’s rich history in peacekeeping and the lives of Fiji’s heroes and heroines who worked as peacekeepers in war-torn countries. The project results from a...

Sawmiller raises concern over delay in getting licence

ENVIRONMENT Ministry permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe has advised a Lautoka man, who has issues with his logging licence, against burning down his $8 million sawmill and poultry farm. Ronal Rakesh Nand told Mr Wycliffe he would burn down his Wairabetia sawmill and sheds which could house 172,000 chickens if the bank foreclosed on his 14...

26th February

Awareness forum aims to curb illegitimate operations

STAKEHOLDERS involved in logging, milling and sand extraction were urged to work with the Environment Ministry to avoid getting pulled up for failing to comply with Fiji’s stringent regulations. This was the word from Environment Ministry permanent secretary Joshua Wycliffe during the Western Division Environment Advocacy and Awareness Forum for the Commodity/Extractive/Logging Industry groups held...

Back in History: Buildings go up in flames

A roaring inferno reduced three buildings to rubble in Navua, The Fiji Times reported on March 22, 1986. Another three-storey building lost its top floor and was damaged. The total damage was estimated around $200,000. It affected 20 members of two families. The personal belongings and contents from a shop of one of the families...

Ex-MP to pay A-G $80k in damages

THE Civil High Court in Suva has ordered former parliamentarian Ratu Isoa Tikoca to pay $80,000 to Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum in a defamation case. The judgment was passed by judge Justice Vishwa Sharma yesterday. Mr Tikoca was sued for comments he made during an interview with the Sydney Community Radio Station in 2018. Justice Sharma...

Making a move for the better – Island girl opts for teaching career

Nineteen-year-old Emele Vakavuvu had to make a difficult but important decision to step out of her comfort zone to pursue a career in the teaching profession. Leaving her parents behind on Taveuni, Ms Vakavuvu relocated to Lautoka last month to enrol in the program Bachelor of Education (Secondary) majoring in English and geography at the...

Bank shares strategies used during COVID-19

WHILE most businesses struggled to grasp with the challenges brought on by the COVID-19 last year ANZ Fiji had put in place certain strategic policies to serve its customers amid the restrictions. During the Fiji Institute of Accountants seminar on ethics post COVID-19 held earlier this week CEO of ANZ Fiji, Head of Commercial and...

New eatery option

A new restaurant has opened in Carnarvon St, Suva giving people more options to choose from authentic Indian cuisines and has provided employment to 18 people. Rajdhani Multi Cuisine Restaurant specialises in North Indian cuisines from India according to the manager Sanjesh Chand. During its launch on Wednesday he said the restaurant had hired six...

The Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) says our foreign reserves are expected to remain comfortable till end-2018. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

Inflation to increase

PRICES of locally produced fruits and vegetables are projected to rise in the coming months as a result of supply shortages owing to Tropical Cyclone Ana and the associated floods. The Reserve Bank of Fiji yesterday said while the annual inflation rate in January stood at -1.3 per cent, they were expecting an increase. However...

$3m service station opens

TAPPOO subsidiary, On the Go (OTG), have opened their sixth Mobil branded service station in Natokowaqa, Lautoka, to the tune of $3 million. The multimillion dollar complex joins a string of new Mobil service stations along the Queens Rd that have undergone major face lifts by the retail giants. Company executive director Kaushal Tappoo said...

Nasaroa excited to begin tertiary studies

DESPITE being severely affected by super cyclone Yasa, Semisi Nasaroa of Namoli, Labasa, managed to scoop a National Toppers Scholarship. And he is excited to start his studies at the University of the South Pacific next week. The 19-year-old was accompanied by his mother when he attended USP’s orientation week at the Laucala campus. “I...

Living in hardship – No poverty reduction in Fiji over the past 6 years

THE Fiji Bureau of Statistics (FBS) released its preliminary report on the 2019-2020 Household Income and Expenditure Survey (HIES) on February 8. The survey is based on a representative sample of 6000 households and was conducted from February 2019 to February 2020. Thus, the 2019-2020 HIES report provides a snapshot of poverty before the impact...

Mishra plans to appoint new director for Oceania Centre

UNIVERSITY of the South Pacific’s School of Pacific Arts, Communication and Education (SPACE) head, Professor Sudesh Mishra, plans to appoint a new director for the Oceania Centre in the coming months. “Oceania Centre has recently become part of SPACE and it is very close to my heart because it is the creative arm of USP,”...

Robinson: Flood prevention priority

THE Labasa Town does not have a master drainage plan and a team is working to identify the drains and chambers in the town. Labasa and Savusavu towns administrator Doreen Robinson said the town never had a master drainage plan and this was of concern as flooding could get worse in the future. “This town...

Housing demand ‘high’

THE Suva to Nausori corridor has the highest demand for housing, says Housing Authority of Fiji chief executive officer Robert Sen. He said the housing sector was a driver for economic development in Fiji. “The demand for housing is increasing a lot,” he said. “We have found that customers were coming over from rural areas...

Gavoka sets platform for 2022 general election

Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Viliame Gavoka today presented a paper to the party’s management board on the party’s way forward as they prepare for next year’s general elections. “I presented a paper on the way forward for the general election, it is something that is required of the party leader to set in place...

Paunga: USP students rank above the rest

UNIVERSITY of the South Pacific students are set above the rest as they not only have amazing facilities to use, they also have a high calibre of academic staff to support them in their academic journey. These were the sentiments shared by the University of the South Pacific’s acting vice-chancellor and president Dr Giulio Paunga...

A guide to ‘safeguard’ all Fijians

THE priority expenditure of the 2021-2022 National Budget has to be the health sector, says the European Union ambassador to Fiji and Pacific, Sujiro Seam. He said the budget should address the most pressing needs of people during this pandemic. While addressing the Strengthening of Public Finance Management and Governance in the Pacific Project workshop...

‘Suspected leptospirosis deaths this year a worry’

The Ministry of Health and Medical Services has encouraged members of the public to get medically examined if they feel that they are developing any symptoms of pain or fever. Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said the 10 suspected leptospirosis deaths recorded this year were a worry. “The other reason why we have a very...

‘Budget must prioritise health’

The 2021-2022 Fijian national budget must prioritise health, says European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific Sujiro Seam. He said money must be spent to safeguard the Fijian people from COVID-19 because of the impact the pandemic has had on jobs and the 40 per cent dent it placed on government revenue. He made...

Fiji Public Trustee supports Fiji Red Cross relief program

The Fiji Public Trustee Corporation Pte Ltd today presented a cheque of $10,000 to the Fiji Red Cross Society as part of the TC Ana relief program. FRCS director-general Ilisapeci Rokotunidau said the money would be used to purchase water tanks and water filtration units for schools in the Northern Division. She said they had distributed...

Water situation: Parts of Nausori advised to expect disruptions

Members of the public in parts of Nausori are advised they will be experiencing low water pressure to no water from 9pm tonight, February 26, to 12am Sunday, February 28, 2021. The Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) has attributed this to planned works to allow ground teams to carry out urgent repairs to a leaking...

Trading of Fiji TV shares suspended

Trading of Fiji Television Ltd shares on the e-trading platform has been suspended with immediate effect. In a market announcement issued this morning, South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPX) acting CEO Pretesh Prasad said the suspension was in accordance with Section 71.1 (viii) of the SPX Listing Rules which stipulates as follows: “Circumstances where the SPX...

High Court jails stepdad for rape

A 38-year-old man was handed down a 17 year prison sentence by the High Court in Suva last week after being convicted of raping his stepdaughter multiple times between 2017 and 2019. The man was charged with three counts of rape. While delivering sentence, Justice Rangajeeva Wimalasena told the father of three that his offending...

Training for school heads and managers focuses on children’s safety

A series of training workshops for heads of schools and school managers around the country will be launched by the Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts (MEHA) beginning in the Northern Division. Funded by UNICEF, the two-day workshop will provide training aimed at creating a safer, healthier and more supportive environment for students in schools....

Education Ministry files complaint about social media post

Fiji’s Ministry of Education has filed a report with the Fiji Police Force and the Cyber Crime Unit for an investigation into a social media post on Facebook by Suva businessman Ben Padarath. In his social media post on February 21, 2021, Mr Padarath had questioned why the head boy of a high school was...

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