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A head held high

You cannot put a strong woman down! That adage rings true for Vika Vuetibau. Although she does not have a tertiary education, she posses great business acumen. This has enabled her to earn a small...

Settling 7000 miles away from home

More than 90 years ago Ranchhod Vallabh’s family left their home in Navsari in the State of Gujarat, India, and travelled more than 7000 miles to start a new life in Fiji. They settled at Beach St, Levuka, the then Capital of Fiji and opened a tailoring shop, Vallabh and Sons in 1924. Ranchod’s son,...

Back in history: Report: Tuberculosis infection on Rabi Island

A report received by the Ministry of Health showed the work of health workers on the island of Rabi was not satisfying and it was also noted that many islanders had Tuberculosis (TB). The report was from a study conducted by a group of fifth year medical students and released at the divisional health meeting...

Back in history: TC Joni strikes Fiji

When Tropical Cyclone Joni struck Fiji in 1992, many Fijians were caught off-guard as the cyclone rampaged mostly through the Western part of Viti Levu and other neighbouring islands. A report in The Fiji Times on December 11 that year noted that hotels in the area were the most affected. Tourists were evacuated from their...

Shrinking civic spaces

It has become commonplace to observe that, across the globe, civic spaces are shrinking and democracies are in regression. Year on year, organisations such as Freedom House and Civicus publish regular evidence of a steady and gradual erosion of democratic principles and practices across most regions of the world. This erosion is most evident in...

Long-term approach for regional co-operation

Endorsement of the 2050 Strategy, that sets out the long-term vision, aspirations and approach by the Pacific Islands Forum economic leaders to work together, is critical to our long-term survival, says Faiyaz Koya, Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport. Mr Koya said the 2050 Strategy set out a long-term approach to work together and...

Collective strength – Resilient economic recovery and stability

The impact of COVID-19 on economies in the Pacific region was highlighted during a public lecture at the Forum Economic Ministers Meeting (FEMM) in Port Vila, Vanuatu last week. While speaking on the theme “Resetem Blue kontinent ekonomi: Building a resilient Blue Pacific”, Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya said COVID-19 had...

High Court orders proceeds of crime be forfeited to the State

A convicted-based forfeiture application filed by the Director of Public Prosecutions in November last year was granted by the High Court in Suva to the sum of $203,011. The application was filed in 2021 following the conviction of the two Cyprus nationals – Liozos Petridis and Cleanthis Petridis – for the offence of being in...

Fiji Police chief issues directive to apprehend all those involved in Sunday brawl

Fijian Police have confirmed that there were nine men from Mead Road in Nabua who had gone to Raiwai with the intention to instigate violence against a group of youths. Commissioner of Police Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho has issued a directive that all those involved be taken to task. He said such actions by people who thought...

28 finish month-long deckhand fishing program

Twenty-eight students graduated from the FNU Fiji Maritime Academy in Nasese, Suva after the completion of the month-long deckhand fishing program last week. They were part of the WWF-Pacific and Fiji Maritime Authority coordinated program with the support of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) – Bycatch and Integrated Ecosystem Management (BIEM)...

Market brings relief to vendors

The opening of a new $75,000 market in Lautoka has brought relief to Waiyavi resident Miliana Adivuna. The Nature Market Complex was officially opened by Employment Minister Parveen Kumar at The Hub last Saturday. Ms Adivuna said selling farm produce was her family’s main source of income. “Instead of staying home, the new market has...

President briefed on MFO operations

President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere visited Fijian soldiers serving in Sinai under the Multinational Forces and Observers (MFO) last week. In a government statement, he was briefed by MFO Force Commander Major General Evan Williams of the Royal New Zealand Army about the operations of Fijian soldiers. He was then briefed by US Army personnel about...

Company wants to recruit 200 Fijians

Seasonal  Solution Cooperatives Ltd in New Zealand are looking at recruiting more than 200 Fijians in horticulture and viticulture under the recognised seasonal employer work scheme. This, according to the company’s chief executive officer Shaun Fogarty during a recent meeting with the Employment Ministry in Suva. He said they have already recruited 78 Fijians between...

Fire destroys two houses

Police are investigating two separate house fires that happened within three hours in Nadi over the weekend. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said the first house fire happened at around 7.30pm in Sabeto where two flats were destroyed. “A report of a house on fire was received at Sabeto Police Station, whereby two houses were completely...

Fiji hosts global sugar meeting

Fiji will be hosting the virtual 60th International Sugar Organisation (ISO) council meeting at the Tanoa Watefront Hotel in Lautoka today. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is expected to deliver the welcoming address this morning. The theme of the four days meeting is “Resilience – a way for a sustainable Sugar Industry”. As part of the...

Legal Aid to represent Kapawale

The Legal Aid Commission will represent alleged high seas murderer Tevita Qaqa Kapawale. The matter was called for mention in the High Court in Suva before Justice Daniel Goundar last week. When it was called last month, Justice Goundar adjourned the matter to check on legal representation for the accused and his bail application. Justice...

$388k grant for VOU to help artists

Enormous efforts undertaken by the VOU Dance Group to provided sustainability for Fijian artists in the creativity industry has been bolstered with a grant of 179,000 euros ($F388,938). The grant was awarded to the local contemporary dance group by the Pacific Community through the Pacific Community’s Human Rights and Social Development (HRSD) ACP-EU Project. HRSD...

13 complaints against surveyors

Consumer Council of Fiji has received 13 complaints against surveyors with a monetary value of $36,000 within the past six months. Chief executive officer Seema Shandil said complaints revealed that certain land surveyors took thousands of dollars with the promise of service of land survey and preparation of documents for title registrations. “A common excuse...

Villagers collect $32k

Villagers of Makadru in Matuku, Lau managed to fundraise $32,716.30 during the Burotukula Day at the Seafarers Hall in Walu Bay, Suva on Saturday. Committee chairman, Luke Koroi said they exceeded their target of $32,000 . He said they were not able to hold the event for the past two years because of the COVID-19...

Biman responds to Bainimarama’s ‘attacks’

In his desperate bid to remain in power, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has continued to ridiculously attack Opposition parties in nearly every provincial council meeting, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. He was responding to Mr Bainimarama’s attack on the Opposition while speaking at the Macuata Provincial Council meeting on Vanua Levu last...

Road accident claim young man’s life; teenager in hospital

A man in his 20s residing in Davuilevu is alleged to be the latest road fatality following a motor vehicle accident last night. Police say the accident occurred along Kings Road near the junction of Nasinu Road after 7pm. It said the vehicle driven by the victim had hit the rear side trailer of a...

$180 payout to begin soon

The $180 per child payment for children in families earning less than $50,000 in combined household income will commence on September 1. This according to Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during a news conference in Suva yesterday. He said families with children in Year 13 or below, who currently receive subsidised transportation assistance, (91,000 students)...

$2.4m to help 13,000 tertiary students

Registered tertiary students under the Tertiary Education Loans Scheme (TELS) and the toppers scholarship will be paid a lump sum of $180 on September 5 to their bank accounts. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said more than 13,000 TELS/Toppers’ recipients would be assisted by about $2.4 million. “Those tertiary students who are not receiving TELS/Toppers scholarship can...

Tui Namosi sentenced to 36 months imprisonment; 10 months suspended

Tui Namosi Ratu Suliano Matanitobua has been sentenced to 36 months imprisonment by the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court in Suva. Justice Dr Thushara Kumarage delivered his sentence to a courtroom packed with his people and supporters. Ratu Suliano was sentenced to 36 months with 10 months suspended, and for the remaining 26 months, ...

AG: Rabuka a ‘weak leader’

Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has labelled The People’s Alliance party leader, Sitiveni Rabuka, a “weak leader”. In a media conference in Suva yesterday, he said Mr Rabuka chose to remain silent when recently one of his members wrote an article with racist remarks in it. He said Opposition parties make hypocritical and racist statements’...

All-out brawl in the hood – Residents criticise response time

Residents of Raiwai have criticised the police response time to a brawl between a group of men on one of its main streets yesterday. A woman, who declined to be named, fearing her safety, said the incident happened a stone’s throw from the Raiwaqa Police Station on Suva’s Grantham Rd. “I ran out on the...

USAID helps design disaster emergency products locally

The US Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (USAID/BHA) has provided funding assistance for a non-profit organisation, Field Ready for its second phase of the Rapid Response Manufacturing in the Pacific project in Suva. Pacific Regional director Luke Johnston said the goal was to save lives, increase resilience and reduce risks from natural...

Dr Fong on non-COVID deaths

Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong said it was really difficult to classify the cause of death in non-COVID deaths at the height of COVID-19. He shared this with local general practitioners at the recent 28th Fiji College of General Practitioners Annual Conference at the Warwick Fiji Resort and Spa. He informed participants...

Program to benefit school dropouts

The Pacific Technical and Further Education (Pacific-TAFE) is working on developing an innovative bridging pathway program that will benefit young people who have dropped out of high school to qualify for tertiary education studies. A four-day retreat was held to push ahead for this initiative bringing together a team of coordinators from the College of...

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 high pressure system to the far south of the Fiji group continues to generate and direct fresh to strong southeasterly wind flow over the country. Forecast to...

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