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17 graduate from Methodist Lay Training Centre

Seventeen people today graduated with a Diploma in Lay Ministry from the Methodist Lay Training Centre in Davuilevu. Centre registrar Reverend Iliesa Tagilo said the students also graduated with certificates in fire training from the...

Workplaces becoming safer, not necessarily healthier – Minister

Workplaces are becoming safer to work in but not necessarily healthier. That was the word from Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete who made the comment at the annual Movember shave-off held at the US Ambassador’s residence in Suva on Monday early this week. “In a lot of workplaces, there is a lot...

Church presents wheelbarrows to boys association

Four young men were chosen from more than 100 members of the Wheelbarrow Boys Association and were presented with a wheelbarrow each as part of the Rhapsody of Realities initiative by Christ Embassy Suva Central Church yesterday. The Head of the State of Appeal’s department of the church, Navi Tuivuniwai, said the donation was only...

FSC CEO Graham Clark during a press conference at FSC Head Quarters in Lautoka yesterday. Picture: BALJEET SINGH

FSC advertises for new CEO

Fiji Sugar Corporation has announced that its chief executive officer Graham Clark is leaving the company. FSC chairman Vishnu Mohan has said the Board of FSC had already advertised the position. “Graham did not re-apply for the position as advertised, but will remain in office until the end of February 2021,” said Mr Mohan. “The...

Freesoul has no approval to work on Malolo, Environment director tells court

Freesoul Real Estate Development (Fiji) PTE Limited currently does not have any approval from the Department of Environment to carry out any works on Malolo Island. This was revealed by Environment Director Sandeep Singh while giving evidence during trial before Suva Magistrate Seini Paumau today. Ms Singh took the stand today and told the court that...

Pacific island countries and China acknowledge mutual partnerships

In the second vice Minister’s Special Meeting held earlier this week, the People’s Republic of China and the Pacific Island Countries (PICs) have acknowledged the partnership in mutual areas of interest and reaffirmed commitment to upscale collaboration in rebuilding and recovery efforts for the regional and global prosperity. The virtual meeting was co-chaired by the...

Climate risk insurance solutions to be available to Pacific islanders

A market-based climate risk insurance solutions will now be made available to Pacific islanders. This, after the launch of the Pacific Insurance and Climate Adaptation Programme by the New Zealand High Commissioner Jonathan Curr. The initiative is designed to improve financial preparedness for homes, communities, small businesses and organisations and would begin with Fiji and Vanuatu. Mr...

Fiji achieves milestone as it leads the world to validate Target E data

A major milestone has been achieved today as Fiji takes lead in the world to validate the Target E data of the 2015 Sendai Framework. “Target E is a measure that estimates the number of countries and local actors that have Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) strategies in place. Its goal is to: Substantially increase the...

RBF: Personal remittances to Fiji increased in first 10 months

Personal remittances to Fiji increase by 7.3 per cent to $521.0m in the first 10 months of this year, the Reserve Bank of Fiji has reported. For the month of October alone, personal remittances totaled a record $69.0m, which represented a 29.5 per cent increase over the previous month, and an increase of 58.7 per...

MoU signed to run Ratu Sukuna tournament

The Republic of Fiji Military Force, Fiji Police Force and FMF Foods Limited have signed a three-year sponsorship towards running the Ratu Sukuna tournament. The Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu, RFMF Commander Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto and FMF Foods Limited Group Operations Manager Jimi Taniela. The RFMF is...

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Establishment of a network to provide ‘moral support’

Community leaders in the Western Division have established a network that will help fight violence against women and girls. Community workers, staff members from the Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre district offices and police in each district will be part of the network. All stakeholders met at the FRIEND Fiji in Tuvu, Lautoka as part of...

Concern over TELS support – UniFiji reduces fees to assist students

The removal of Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS) support for students with 200 marks to 249 is a big blow to many high school students, University of Fiji acting vice-chancellor Prof Shaista Shameem said in a statement issued recently. In response to the changes –– and in a bid to encourage students to pursue tertiary...

Movember shave-off campaign

Minister for Health Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete and US ambassador to Fiji Joseph Cella participated in a shave-off event yesterday as part of the Movember campaign. The initiative was also held to raise awareness on prostate cancer and a fundraiser organised for the Fiji Cancer Society. Also taking part were US embassy officials and New Zealand...

Back in time: Ratu Mara opens school

The villagers of Laselevu in Wainimala were excited to receive the late former prime minister, Ratu Sir Kamisese Mara, on Thursday November 19, 1970 to officially open the new Laselevu Central School building. The Fiji Times on Saturday, November 21, 1970 published the late Prime Minister’s visit to Laselevu and how he was welcomed by...

Being HIV positive

A poor understanding of the disease and the social stigma related to HIV makes it difficult for those who are newly diagnosed to first accept their HIV positive status. These were the sentiments shared by UNAIDS Pacific Office country director, Renata Ram. With World AIDS Day being commemorated today, Ms Ram said HIV/AIDS had always...

Environment officer testifies in Freesoul case

Princpipal environment officer Senivasa Waqairamasi told the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday that Freesoul Real Estate Development (Fiji) PTE Ltd had misled the Department of Environment during the environment impact assessment (EIA) process. She said this while being crossed-examined by Freesoul lawyer David Toganivalu. She told the court that Freesoul had received their EIA approval for...

‘Lengthy processes’ in police brutality cases

The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum says it is concerned with the processes involving cases of police brutality. CEO Louchrisha Hussain said their concerns were in relation to cases reported in the media. She also said CCF had received concerns of cases highlighted in the press. “It is troubling that some complainants of police brutality deal with...

The pineapple man – Chand tastes sweet success

Pineapples are one of the most popular fruits that are widely consumed by human beings on planet Earth because of its seemingly numerous health benefits. The tropical plants are rich in nutrients loaded with enzymes, vitamins and antioxidants and are a great meat tenderiser. Surprisingly pineapples are low in calories despite its sweetness. Locally, there...

Top award for crisis recovery program

A PROGRAM developed by locally based Six Sigma Academy Ptd Ltd has been named as the 2020 top award for crisis recovery program. The company was informed by the International board of Six Sigma Accreditations (IBSA) of its win. Chief assessor for the awards program, Dave Holtan said it was tough decisions as many organisations...

Access to digital money made easier

Launched  yesterday, Digicel’s mobile wallet aims to give its subscribers access to digital money — giving them the platform to send and receive money at no fees locally. Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Farid Mohammed said their new MyCash was part of their objective of being a digital operator with the goal of giving people...

Asco Motors new renovated building near completion at Nabua. Picture: RAMA

$1.93m profit – Financial results $6.9m behind budget

The half year financial results for Toyota Tsusho (South Sea) Ltd, trading as Asco Motors in Fiji stood at $6.9 million behind budget, attributed mainly to the significant slowdown in the new vehicle and car rental business. Company chairman Masahiro Kumahara said the net profit after tax for the half-year ended September 30, 2020 was...

Rise in eating disorders – Treatment services overwhelmed as demand doubles

The mother of a teenager with anorexia and bulimia says children will die unless the government puts more money and resources into treatment for eating disorders. The demand for services has more than doubled this year, according to Eating Disorders Association New Zealand and it says the situation has reached crisis point. It says children...

New party decision up to Rabuka

Tui Cakau Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu says the decision to form or join another political party rests with former prime minister and Leader of Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka. “That is up to him and it is up to the members because that is their freedom and their right,” he said. The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) vice-president...

PM: Why are you asking me

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday deflected questions on whether Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum would step down as police investigated his alleged link to a 1987 bombing incident. “Why are you asking me, ask him,” Mr Bainimarama said when approached by journalists after the opening of the 2020-2021 session of Parliament. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum could not be reached...

Words of assurance from President

Many Fijian families were now enduring the hardest year they had ever known and support must continue for all those who need it, says President Jioji Konrote. “Our people’s wellbeing also cannot be separated from our economy’s recovery,” he said in his address during the opening of the 2020-2021 session of Parliament. “We cannot settle...

Ratu Momoedonu has left a lasting legacy – Gavoka

The late Taukei Sawaieke Ratu Tevita Momoedonu has certainly left a lasting legacy for the vanua o Vuda, yasana o Ba and Fiji as a whole. In a statement today, Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) president Viliame Gavoka extended the party’s condolences to Radini Sawaieke Kolora Momoedonu and the family. He said Ratu Momoedonu was...

To be honest and candid takes a real man – Ambassador Cella

Candour, honesty and transparency with one’s self and loved ones are moral imperatives we all have, says US Ambassador to Fiji Joseph Cella. He made the comment at the annual Movember shave-off he hosted at his residence in Suva on Monday, November 30. The shave-off was part of the Movember campaign to raise awareness on...

Unit Trust and Fiji Police sign MOU to encourage investment

Unit Trust of Fiji (UTOF) and the Fiji Police Force today signed an MOU that will enable men and women of the Force to invest with the trust. Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said the focus of the MOU was the well-being of their officers, adding that he was happy that those at leadership...

Fiji will continue to address root cause of climate change crisis – PM Bainimarama

The Fijian Government will continue to address the root cause of climate change crisis by advocating that all countries curb the harmful pollution that is warming the planet and causing our climate to change. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama highlighted this while officiating at the Nabukadra village seawall project in Ra today. Mr Bainimarama said this...

Fiji’s fisheries ministry targets high-value species

The Ministry of Fisheries plan to support Fiji’s coastal fisheries by venturing into smart partnerships through research to enable more science on high value species. Officiating recently at the World Fisheries Day celebrations, Minister Osea Naiqamu said the ministry had so far been able to promote two species, including tilapia and shrimp. “These species are...

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