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26th October

COVID pandemic will end when world chooses to end it – WHO

The COVID-19 pandemic will end when the world chooses to end it. This is the remark of World Health Organization (WHO) director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom in his address at the World Health Summit in Berlin...

Nadi Chamber of Commerce congratulates Fiji’s President-elect

The Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) has congratulated Tui Macuata Ratu Wiliame Katonivere as Fiji’s new President-elect. In a statement, NCCI president Dr Ram Raju said as the chief of the province of Macuata, Ratu Wiliame had been quite active in conservation initiatives of Fiji’s Great Sea Reef and a prominent advocate of...

274 bookings for failure to wear a mask – Police

Police continue to record daily bookings of breaches of COVID-19 safety measures. Police said it issued more than 200 public health infringement notices over the last seven days. It reported that from October 18 to October 24, PHINs were issued for breach of COVID-safe measures, with failure to wear a mask in public accounting for...

Fiji’s Head of State thanks Government in last investiture ceremony

Fijian President Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konusi Konrote officiated in his last investiture ceremony at State House yesterday and thanked Prime Minister Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama and Government for its continued support throughout his term in office. “We came in here to serve the nation and I’d like to thank you and your government and the nation...

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 Cloudy periods with afternoon or evening showers and possible thunderstorms over easter and interior parts of the larger islands (Viti Levu and Vanua Levu), Kadavu and Lomaiviti group...

25th October

COVID-19 Fiji: 51 new cases reported

Fiji has recorded 51 new cases of COVID-19 since the last update on Friday, October 22. Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong said 22 of those new cases were recorded on October 23, and 15 new cases recorded on October 24, and 14 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours ending at...

Point of Origin: From Nakauvadra to Navatusila

Many iTaukei tribes and villages claim they can trace their roots to the Nakauvadra mountain range in the western side of Viti Levu. One such clan is Navatusila. Clan member Ponipate Katolala, who is originally from Nabutautau Village, Ra, claims his forefathers came all the way from Nakauvadra following their ancestors’ path in a journey...

Nasele achieves 100pc vaccination

Despite initial hesitancy from some residents, Nasele Village in Naitasiri managed to get 100 per cent of its eligible population vaccinated against COVID-19. This, according to village headman Batita Nawaqabuli. He said a team from the Health Ministry visited the village and was instrumental in educating and advising the villagers on the need to get...

Costly travels – villagers’ plea falls on deaf ears

Villagers of Naraiyawa, Naqarawai, and Wainimakutu in Namosi spend up to $400 to hire a carrier to travel to town. And villagers claim they have been asking Government since January last year to fix roads leading to the villages because it was affecting access to markets for their only source of income — farming, and...

Namosi farmers plead for road

Farmers in the Namosi province use horses to transport farm produce to their villages. And growers claimed some travelled at least five kilometres to reach their farms. The farmers in Naraiyawa, Naqarawai and Wainimakutu said they would make requests to Government to construct a farm road to ease access. The growers said buying horses was...

Council issues warning to second-hand car dealers

The consumer watchdog has issued a stern warning to secondhand car dealers about enticing consumers after it discovered cases of a car dealer who was allegedly involved in such cases. Consumer Council of Fiji chief executive officer Seema Shandil said a prominent vehicle dealer in Suva was taking deposits for vehicles by assuring consumers that...

Changing the stigma – Jone the yaqona and dalo farmer from Kadavu

Jone Ratusivo has a plan. The Nasegai villager in Ravitaki wants to change the perception that Kadavu is a place where the illicit drug marijuana is grown. And he wants to do that by producing yaqona and dalo on a commercial scale. However, he has to wait until inter-island travel from Viti Levu to the...

Increase in bookings – Qantas and Jetstar schedule several flights

Qantas and Jetstar announced several new international flights on Friday, to start from November in light of increased bookings from Australians, and one of their most popular destinations was Fiji. The airline said it had experienced an increase of 200 per cent in bookings for its Jetstar flights following the Government’s announcement of the reopening...

80pc of children aged 1-14 violently disciplined

A survey conducted to monitor the situation of women and children in Fiji has found that 80.5 per cent of children between the age of 1 and 14 years had been violently disciplined in the month prior to March-April this year. The Fiji Multiple Indicator Cluster Survey 2021 was designed by the United Nations Children’s...

Man in custody for allegedly stabbing de-facto wife to death

A mother of one has died following an alleged stabbing incident believed to have been at the hands of her de-facto husband. The alleged stabbing occurred at the Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa. According to Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro, a man in his 40s had been taken into custody in relation to the alleged tragic incident. Ms...

Surcharge irrecoverable amount policy implemented

The Ministry of Economy has implemented a Surcharge Irrecoverable Amount Policy across the Government. In a circular to all government departments, acting Economy Ministry permanent secretary Shiri Gounder said over the years, irrecoverable surcharge amounts had continued to accumulate because full recovery was not made by ministries and departments. “This policy will guide accounting heads...

Tender called for ‘peer view’ of incomplete $12.6m Lautoka swimming pool

Government has called a tender for the “peer review” of the incomplete $12.6 million dollar swimming pool at the Lautoka’s botanical garden. The successful company will need to evaluate the work undertaken by the contractors and provide an assessment of all works carried out for the Lautoka Swimming Pool Project and of any outstanding monies...

Telstra announces FJD3.3 billion acquisition of Digicel Pacific

Australian telecommunications company Telstra Corporation Limited has today announced the proposed acquisition of Digicel Pacific Limited for USD1.6 billion (FJD 3.3 billion). The deal, which is backed by the Australian government, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022. Telstra Corporation Ltd will own 100% of the Digicel Pacific operations in six...

No one charged for alleged issue of fake vax cards

No one has been charged for allegedly issuing fake vaccination cards in Labasa, says police spokesperson Ana Naisoro. However, she said a few had been questioned in relation to the issue and police were continuing with their investigations into the allegation. Police said about 10 vaccination cards were allegedly issued by the accused — a...

Court orders man to return $50k

The High Court has ordered a man to return $50,000 to the owner of 786 Civil Contractors, Shabana Nazmeen Nisha. Ms Nisha had given $50,000 to Annal Sen in 2018 as a loan but he denied receiving the sum of money as a loan, claiming he was a partner in 786 Civil Contractors from September...

Girl, 11, believed to be latest drowning victim

An 11-year-old girl is believed to be the country’s latest drowning victim. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the victim had gone swimming in the Sigatoka River, near Qereqere despite being warned not to. “Her parents were alerted of the incident by other children after she had disappeared,” she said. “A search was conducted where her...

Waidamudamu bridge in Labasa closed; fire incident investigated

Members of the travelling public are advised that Waidamudamu Bridge on Nakorotari Road in Labasa is presently closed to all traffic. According to the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA), the  bridge was on fire this morning. It stated that the National Fire Authority (NFA) was on site and it would arrange repair works once police completed...

Access to climate finance space discussed between Fiji and Cook Islands

The Attorney-General and the Minister for Economy and Minister responsible for Climate Change, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum virtually held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Cook Islands, Mark Brown to discuss additional support that is to be provided in the Access to Climate Finance space ahead of the COP26 Summit. Under the United Nations Framework...

Pork sales up in Fiji as domestic demand increases

Fiji’s pig industry recorded a 233 per cent increase in domestic sales despite losing 60 per cent of its market when COVID-19 shut down the country’s tourism industry earlier this year. In a statement, Vuda Pig owner and president of the Fiji Pig Association Simon Cole attributed the increase in domestic sales to the local demand for pork. He...

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 Mainly fine over most places Moderate to fresh southeast winds Moderate to rough seas Outlook for Tuesday: Partly cloudy with brief showers over the eastern parts of the...

24th October

Behind the News: A history of invasion

“When I left Fiji three years ago there were no land motor.” That reflection was part of a paper presented at the Imperial Motor Transport Conference in London in 1914 by Fiji historian, Adolf B. Brewster. “We had two transitory visits of cars, one that was kept for a while by a resident and the...

Group helps out women

This year the Soroptimist International Lautoka Branch is focused on bringing much needed medical services to women who cannot access health. Last week members of the charity group gathered at Ami Chandra Memorial School near Tomuka settlement where a team of health care workers from Medical Services Pacific were offering free medical advice to women. SI Lautoka member...

$5000 boost for Fiji cancer society

Tanoa Hotel Group showed their annual support for the fight against breast cancer with a $5000 donation to the Fiji Cancer Society in Lautoka yesterday. Made possible through the Reddy Foundation Program, the fund was handed over during a Pinktober celebration event at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel. The foundation is a charitable initiative of founder...

Bucalevu school marks 100th anniversary

Bucalevu Secondary School on Taveuni Island celebrated its 100th anniversary last week. Chief guest Divisional Education Officer North Iliseva Volai said the institution had served its purpose well and produced national leaders over the last century. She said the school was not only the pride of the Garden Island but the entire Northern Division as...

Orgies, stone shrines and secret naga rituals – Part 2

Last week we looked at the naga, stone formations and rituals used in old Fiji. These naga rituals were different from the ancient ancestral worship practices of the natives. Some early writers said the stone rituals were cultish in nature. The naga rituals were performed largely in certain parts of western Viti Levu, particularly the...

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