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3rd October

FIU warns Fijians of cryptocurrency scam

The Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) is warning members of the public of a current cryptocurrency scam in the country. The FIU stated those scammers had circulated advertisements on various Viber and other social media...

What’s happening today!

Bula readers! Here’s some quick basic information that could come in handy when making some decisions on what to do today. As usual, here is our quick look at the weather forecast for today to until midnight tonight: Weather Situation: A trough of low pressure is anticipated to approach the group from the west and...

2nd October

V5 wows crowd at 2022 FIPRA Music Awards

Young talented V5 comprising four teenage singers and songwriters wowed the crowd at the 2022 FIPRA Music Awards at the GPH in Suva last night. The musical group was the winner of the inaugural 2022 Domo Vou Talei competition. Lia and Jasmine Daunakamakama, and Sevu and Vika Tuisawau performed their winning ‘Mango tree’ – inspired...

Drinking session turns sour in Raiwaqa; police investigate teenager’s death

A drinking session at Raiwaqa in Suva turned sour following the death of a 16-year-old boy who was part of the group. Police say the teenager was among a group of youths. According to initial information gathered by police, the boy was tackled by another youth in the group, and they only sought help when...

Sexism against women vendors

Some women market vendors are victims of domestic violence at home and even inside the market from jealous husbands. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator Shamima Ali shared this with Namaka market vendors during Market Vendors Day celebrations in Nadi this week. She said over the years, the FWCC had received complaints of sexual harassment and sexism against...

Climate change fight: Asia-Pacific DRR ministers reminded of their responsibility

Climate projections for the region paint a grim picture with all climate change scenarios showing that Asia and the Pacific would be most impacted, says Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu. Speaking during the Pacific reception at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR) in Brisbane, Australia last month, he reminded...

LTA: 80,000-plus TINs issued in 2020

Over 80,000 traffic infringement notices (TINs) were issued by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in 2020, says LTA CEO Flagon Bekker. Speaking before the Standing Committee on Social Affairs regarding LTA’s 2014-2017 annual reports, Mr Bekker said 64,126 offenders held full licences while 16,230 were provisional licence holders. This number dropped in 2021, with 57,280 fully licensed...

Exercise your right to vote, says Ali

Women vendors at the Namaka market were encouraged to exercise their right to vote at this year’s general election. Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre co-ordinator and human rights activist Shamima Ali urged the women to register and vote when she officiated at the Market Vendors Day celebrations in Nadi this week. “Do not let this golden opportunity...

Missing Cikobia islanders found safe; survived on vegetables and a bottle of water

The three men and a four-year-old child from the island of Cikobia in Macuata who were reported missing on Thursday earlier this week survived on vegetables and a bottle of water during their three-day ordeal. The four reached Labasa safely this morning. They were found by an aerial team drifting 300km away from Kia Island,...

New SODELPA executives elected; Ratu Manoa beats Kepa for presidency

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) appointed its new executive members during their special general meeting in Suva yesterday. The new party president is Ratu Manoa Roragaca from the Naitasiri constituency. He will be assisted by Filimone Soqeta (Burebasaga), Ro Avenito Kolikata (Kubuna) and MP Anare Jale. The new office holders will serve for a term of...

Taito: TTFB initiatives going ahead

A number of initiatives undertaken by the iTaukei Trust Fund Board (TTFB) are going ahead despite hiccups encountered during the COVID-19 phase. Speaking on the fund’s 2020 annual report before the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, CEO Aisake Taito said in terms of culture and heritage, they continued to progress with the vanua fieldwork program. “This is...

Radrodro: Party must appoint acting SG; ‘this weakness’ need to be addressed

The need to have an acting general secretary for the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) was raised during the party’s annual general meeting in Suva yesterday. SODELPA Member of Parliament Aseri Radrodro raised this to the new executives of the party to amend the constitution and have an acting general secretary. Mr Radrodro said if the general secretary...

Expect wetter than normal rainfall, says Fiji Met

Expect wetter than normal rainfall which could lead to flooding events and in the aftermath of floods there could be incidents of water borne diseases, says the Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS). The FMS stated the higher than normal rainfall was the result of a triple dip La Nina event which referred to the large-scale cooling...

Fiji Met: There will be increased risk of tropical cyclones affecting the West

The Fiji Meteorological Service (FMS) states there will be an increased risk of tropical cyclones affecting the Western Division this season because of the country being affected by a La Nina event. While TC activity would most likely be the same as in normal cyclone season, La Nina would increase activity for the West, the...

ICAO awards Fiji

Fiji has been recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for its thorough and effective implementation of safety and oversight systems. This was shared by Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) acting CEO and controller aviation security and facilitation, Rigamoto Aisake, while submitting their Annual Report for 2020 before the Standing Committee on Social...

What’s happening today!

Weather A weak trough of low pressure is anticipated to approach the group from the West Fine weather apart from isolated brief showers over Suva/Nausori-Tailevu, eastern Ra, and Serua-Namosi, Sigatoka- Korolevu, Lau and Lomaiviti groups, Cakaudrove and Southern Bua Mainly fine weather elsewhere Moderate to fresh easterly winds Moderate to rough seas General information Events...

List of 2022 FIPRA Awards winners

Local musicians, artists and composers were celebrated at the 2022 FIPRA Music Awards tonight at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva. Here is the list of winners: Best iTaukei Song: Tei Sa Kadre – Voqa Kei Munia and composed by Josateki Wainiqolo Best Hindi Song: Mere Maal (6th award won by Ra V the surgeon)...

1st October

2022 FIPRA Awards: Tappoo wins International Achievement award

Fiji-born award-winning singer and international artist Sumeet Tappoo was presented the International Achievement award by the Australian High Commission in Fiji at the 2022 FIPRA Awards at the GPH in Suva tonight. “I’m so so happy, so excited and so blessed to have won this award. This means a lot to me,” Tappoo told Fiji Times...

2022 FIPRA Awards: Yanu Boyz win Most Popular Music Video

Popular iTaukei hit song ‘Noqu Dina‘ by boy group Yanu Boyz won the Most Popular Music Video category by public vote. The trio received their award at the 2022 FIPRA Awards at the GPH in Suva tonight. A public vote was cast for the Most Popular Song 2022 and the Most Popular Music Video, which closed...

Export partnership: Nama Fiji set to hit NZ shelves

Premium local skincare brand Nama Fiji is set to hit the New Zealand shelves from next week following an exciting export partnership announcement by Essence Group Fiji with renowned New Zealand retail chain, Farmers. Essence Group managing director Debra Sadranu said the partnership with Farmers provided exciting opportunity for its premium skincare brand to be...

2022 FIPRA Awards: Josa wins Best English Song

Amania singer Josa scooped the Best English Song award at the 2022 FIPRA Awards at the GPH in Suva tonight. Josa’s winning song – titled ‘I’ll think of you‘ – composed by Josateki Nailati was among three nominees. In an interview with Fiji Times Online tonight, Josa said the song was composed in memory of his...

Fiji joins electric vehicle revolution

Fiji’s first fully electric taxi, owned by Vesi Taxis, was showcased this Thursday, alongside the official launch of the first local charging network to support electric vehicles (EVs). The Switch Network was conceptualised only a few months ago by Leaf Capital Pte Ltd who have sought to bring e-mobility to Fiji since they were established...

Kumar slams critics

Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar has hit out at “sideline commentators” on social media calling on Government to stop initiatives such as income-generating projects for youths because it was an election year. While speaking in Tavua this week, he said naysayers did not understand the business of Government. “I wish to put things...

Code of practice for EIA consultants

Under the Environment Management (EIA Process) Regulations 2007, Code of Practice for Environmental Impact Assessment Consultants, the director responsible for environment has the authority to cancel or refuse to renew the registration of EIA consultants if they are found in breach of the code of practice. Gazetted last month, the Code of Practice also requires...

WEBC launches five-year strategic plan

Women Entrepreneurs Business Council launched their five-year strategic plan yesterday after the annual general meeting of their parent body Fiji Commerce & Employers Federation. Guest of honour, French ambassador to Fiji, François-Xavier Léger said France had made significant progress to improve gender equality and that the embassy was glad to provide support for Fiji to...

Shortage of CO2 affects beer production worldwide including Fiji

Beer producers around the world have been hit by a shortage of carbon dioxide and Fiji has not escaped unscathed with the key ingredient in short supply. Paradise Beverages said it has been “impacted” by the low supply of CO2 gas a critical component in the production of carbonated drinks including Fiji Bitter and Fiji...

National Payment System Act and Regulations effective

The National Payment System Act 2021 and Regulations 2022 have been published in the Fijian Government Gazette and are now effective. This marks a critical milestone in a broader ongoing reform program led by the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF). RBF Governor Ariff Ali said the commencement of these regulations would help modernise our financial...

Diani wins 2020 Most Popular Video category at FIPRA Awards

Scooping the award for 2020 Most Popular Video, 24-year-old Emosi Diani could not contain his excitement as he walked to the stage to accept his award. The young man hails from Lomanikoro in Rewa and is a singer/composer for the iTaukei band Senibua Koula. He fell sick at the age of three and lost his...

Fijian artists and composers celebrated at awards night

The Fijian music industry will award and honour local artists at the 2022 FIPRA Awards tonight. The black tie event is earmarked to be a night of grand celebration for the music industry and artists. There are eight categories to be and the nominees are: The Best iTaukei Song (presented by TLTB) Tavaka and Tei...

VNPF to invest $7m in building embassy in Fiji

The Vanuatu National Provident Fund (VNPF) will spend $7million on the construction of the Vanuatu High Commission building in Suva. This, according to VNPF’s CEO and general manager Parmod Achary during an interview at the Ministry of Economy in Suva. “The new Vanuatu High Commission will cost around 350 million vatu which is equivalent to...

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