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Suggestion for reports to be submitted electronically

Stakeholders at an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) consultation have suggested that reports and documents should be electronically submitted instead of using papers or hard copies. The consultation held in Labasa this week heard that using...

1300 students flock to university’s open day

The University of the South Pacific hosted more than 1300 students at its Lautoka Campus during the institution’s first face-to-face open day since the global pandemic. USP Lautoka Campus director Dr Premila Devi said students and staff alike were excited to welcome back prospective students and to promote their new programs. “It’s been two years...

$5k boost for kids cancer charity

The fight against cancer by the WOWS Kids Fiji charitable trust received a huge $5000 boost from chemists Ray Pharmaceuticals in Lautoka yesterday. The timely gift goes towards assisting close to 75 young cancer patients across the country. Ray Pharmaceuticals medical representative Sharneet Kumar said they have been supporting WOWS Kids Fiji for the past...

‘Think commercially’ – Resource owners could increase their returns with good leadership – Reddy

Abundant resources would not provide the desired returns if resource owners failed to think commercially, says Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy. While speaking to farmers in Lawai, Nadroga, this week, he said through proper leadership, resources owners would be able to acquire more returns. “That is the challenge throughout Fiji amongst the mataqali, they...

Police constables attend training of dog handlers in NZ

Seven Police officers including a Fiji Revenue and Customs Service officer flew out of the country this morning to the New Zealand Police Dog Training Centre in Trentham in Wellington. The training opportunity was possible through the Fiji Police Partnership Program supported by the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the New...

Tovata sacrilege case suspects arrested

Five men and a juvenile who are alleged to have stolen money kept inside the Tovata Methodist Church have been arrested. The six were arrested following raids conducted by the Criminal Investigations Department. Chief Operations Officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abdul Khan said the alleged incident occurred on September 11. ACP Khan said the...

‘Desperate attempt to deflect from bad publicity’

Attacking the “Rock The Vote Fiji” campaign was an attempt to shift people’s attention away from the issue surrounding Prime Minister’s son, Meli Bainimarama in Australia. This, according to The People’s Alliance party provisional candidate, Lynda Tabuya during a media conference in Nadera, Nasinu yesterday. She said it showed a desperate attempt to deflect from...

‘Arrival of cruise liner a huge boost’

Suva City yesterday welcomed its first cruise liner, Carnival Splendor with more than 2000 tourists on board since the COVID-19 pandemic two years ago. Tourism Fiji chief operations officer Leigh Howard said the arrival of the cruise liner was a huge boost to the economy. “The 2008-built ship, which departs from Seattle, is offering a...

Man dies after fall from ladder

An electrician died on Friday afternoon in Rakiraki after he fell off a ladder. Ashneel Mani, 32, was working at a house at Wailevu, Nanuku at the time of the incident. He was rushed to the Rakiraki Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro confirmed the tragic death. “A 32-year-old electrician of...

‘Fiji needs business people who think outside the box’

Fiji needs business people who think outside of the box, says Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. While speaking in Lautoka recently, he explained that global markets have changed significantly after the COVID-19 pandemic which demanded businesses to change their business models. “With the pandemic the globe has changed significantly,” he said. “We know that freight...

‘It’s a vision, it is hope’ – Bainimarama launches 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific

Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama launched the 2050 Strategy for the Blue Pacific as part of the 77th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Friday. In a statement, Mr Bainimarama said the strategy was more than a framework. “It is a vision, it is hope, it is the wind in...

Internal displacement by ‘disasters’

Fiji is one of 23 countries in the Asia-Pacific region that recognises internal displacement caused by disasters, says a new report released by the Asian Development Bank and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. The “Disaster Displacement in Asia and the Pacific” report gave Fiji an index of 0.6 out of 1.0 when it came to...

Fiji ranks highly among climate-affected countries

Fiji ranks highly amongst Pacific Island Countries affected by rising sea-levels which has resulted in internal displacements of citizens, says a new report released by the Asian Development Bank and the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre. The report “Disaster Displacement in Asia and the Pacific” ranked the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Vanuatu as the three most...

Fiji ranks highly among climate-affected countries

A new report by the Asian Development Bank and Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre says 189,000 Fijians were estimated to have been displaced because of natural disasters between 2010 and 2021. The “Disaster Displacement in Asia and the Pacific” report concluded the Asia and the Pacific regions were the most affected by disaster displacement worldwide. Fiji...

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 trough of low pressure lies over Viti Levu and is gradually moving east. Associated cloud and showers affects parts of the country till later Monday. Forecast to...

24th September

Ritesh’s success – Hardwork pays off

Ritesh Sharma is a familiar face at the Sigatoka Municipal Market and popular in the Coral Coast town’s agriculture sector. That’s because he has been a devoted farmer for more than 24 years. The father of three was first introduced to farming as a young boy and at 40 years of age, he shows no...

Cyberspace in geopolitics – International cybersecurity agreements

We continuously bemoan the fact that Big Tech has become larger than most countries and wield global power that would be incomprehensible in the past decades. China has recognised this as a threat to their authoritarian regime and has reined back their wild cowboys of entrepreneurship and capitalism like Jack Ma of Alibaba and other...

New ATM to benefit more than 10,000 people

BRED Bank’s new ATM at the True Mart complex in Veisari Lami has been described as part of the bank’s strategic objectives to provide banking without distance. Bank’s chief executive officer Thierry Charras-Gillot said the ATM would be available 24/7 and would benefit more than 10,000 within the vicinity together with the commuters along the...

Bank removes surcharge fees

The BSP Financial Group Ltd (BSP) yesterday announced the removal of surcharge fees on all locally issued Visa Debit cards (VDC) transacting on BSP EFTPoS terminals. In a statement yesterday BSP country head Haroon Ali said removal of the surcharge fees would enable their EFTPoS merchants to process transactions from a wider group of local...

More than 1600 applicants for loan facility

The Fiji Development Bank’s Loan for Women Entrepreneurs facility launched two months ago has so far received more than 1600 applications. FDB chief executive officer Saud Minam said the positive feedback had prompted the bank to continue with the product. At a press conference yesterday Mr Minam said the loan facility enabled women entrepreneurs to...

Strong partnership

A memorandum of understanding signed between Fiji and Indonesia seeks stronger partnership in accelerating tourism recovery, strengthening private sector collaboration and capacity building. The MOU was jointly signed by the Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno and the Fijian Minister for Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport, Faiyaz Koya in Bali, Indonesia....

Citizenship and belonging

In this article in this series, I focus on the struggle for political legitimacy in order to tackle the issue of citizenship, belonging and acceptance for Fijians of Indian descent in Fiji. The approach taken here uses lessons of history and is ultimately aimed at attempting to illuminate the difficulties in finding common ground among...

And now we wait- When will the election date be called?

On Friday, September 2, 2022, the Speaker adjourned Parliament “sine die”, or indefinitely. A “sine die” adjournment does not mean that Parliament has been dissolved. It means that no more parliamentary sittings have been scheduled, unless of course a situation crops up before elections. In August 2018, after being adjourned “sine die” in July, Parliament...

Sovereignty and money – The Marshall Islands mini-state plot

Last week’s news of a Chinese couple’s audacious plot to set up a ministate in the Republic of the Marshall Islands by allegedly bribing members of Parliament and officials was deeply disturbing. The pair, Cary Yand, Gina Zhou, are now facing corruption charges in the United States. If successful, their scheme could have seen the...

Childhood obesity: A growing epidemic

OBESITY is a major public health crisis, and the prevalence and incidence of obesity has reached epidemic proportions globally. Childhood obesity is one of the most serious public health challenges of the 21st century, and it has increased eight-fold since 1975. The problem is global and is steadily affecting many low and middle-income countries, particularly...

Making the difference – How many voters do you need?

Thinking people must be wondering why on earth the Supervisor of Elections (Mohammed Saneem) and the Elections Office are spending millions of dollars of taxpayers’ money in multiple rounds of voter registration in Fiji and abroad in Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. I had to drive across Melbourne to get myself and...

Witnesses take the stand

Naqia villager Joji Matea told the High Court in Suva that he saw a man throw his cousin, Inoke Lagicere, off the Naqia Bridge on April 14, 2020. He said this while giving evidence in the trial of four suspended police officers who were allegedly involved in the incident. Sevanaia Narogi, Kameli Tukana, Mafoa Korosaya...

‘Include men, boys in discussions on violence’

Including men and boys in discussions surrounding the prevention of violence against women and girls is key in the fight against such abuse, says Fiji Police Force deputy Divisional Police Commander (DPC) Aisake Tukaha Kafoa. While opening a national cross gender dialogue on “Promoting Gender-Transformative Changes Amongst Men and Boys in Oceania” in Nadi, he...

Court remands man

The Sigatoka Magistrates Court has remanded a 24-year-old man in custody on two charges of murder and one charge of robbery. Osea Mataitoga is alleged to have killed Sesha Reddy and his wife Mirdu Chandra on February 2 last year in a settlement near Lawai, Sigatoka. Mr Mataitoga’s case will be called again for mention...

Second chance at life

Adi Emma Tuitoga underwent screening last year for congenital heart disease at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Heart Hospital. After the tests, the 13-year-old was told she had a heart condition that had existed from birth and doctors informed her father it was a life-threatening issue. Overwhelmed by the news, Serupepeli Tuitoga said he...

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