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2022 Fiji Elections: 77,907 to vote on Monday – Saneem

ON Monday, December 5, a total of 77,907 registered voters will participate in pre-polling and cast their ballots at 613 polling venues across the country, says Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem. He said the FEO...

Dairy farmers call for aid

DAIRY farmers in the Western Division say they want real assistance, not government promises “that look good on paper”. They claimed increased regulation and lack of support could drive many away from the industry. The farmers said they needed assistance that could help them increase milk production. “If they really want to help us, they...

$6 million spending questioned.

DAIRY farmers in the Western Division are asking questions of the $6 million government said had been spent on them. Hirdesh Nand, a member of the Nadelei cluster, claims they had yet to see any tangible benefit from the $6 million. “During one of our meetings with an agriculture inspector, they told us government has...

Resort appoints new manager

The InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa has announced the appointment of Mary-Lou Corcoran as resort manager of the luxury property at Natadola Beach. Ms Corcoran joins the Fijian Resort from her role as the general manager of Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge in Tasmania, Australia. “I am delighted to join InterContinental Fiji, an iconic and...

Tourism sector revival: $100,000 sponsorship for SPTE 2023.

THE 2023 South Pacific Tourism Exchange (SPTE) will have a strong focus on restarting and reviving the regional tourism industry. Pacific Tourism Organisation (SPTO) chief executive Christopher Cocker said the South Pacific’s tourism industry was the largest sector that was affected during COVID-19, including the livelihood of majority of the people. The SPTE 2023 is...

300 officers urged not to let their guard down.

MORE than 300 police officers deployed from the Eastern Division for the 2022 General Election were reminded to remain apolitical and understand their role in ensuring a safe and conducive environment for the election. Speaking during the send-off parade, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abdul Khan reminded the officers not to deviate from their core...

A vision for sports tourism in Fiji

SPORTS, particularly rugby, has always been a big advertisement for Fijians and more importantly, Destination Fiji, with our sporting men and women often recognised and therefore included as part of “brand Fiji”. Despite discussions that go back many years, Fiji has yet to tap into the real benefits of sports tourism that combines travel with...

We have power and pressure to do this, says Dr Ali

WOMEN in Business (WIB) held its annual cocktail party at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva on Tuesday to celebrate its many successes as an organisation and the recent achievements of its passionately supportive members. WIB president Dr Nur Bano Ali congratulated the winners of the recent WIB Awards event and emphasised the coming together...

Electronic Registry

The Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) has launched a new Central Securities Depository (CSD) for Fiji, following the launch of the newly upgraded Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) System earlier this week. This is a significant turning point for Fiji as the RBF transitions from physical certificates of securities to maintaining records in electronic format....

Run promotes ending violence against women and girls

The Suva Marathon Club in partnership with the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific have announced a “Run together – unite together” event to promote ending violence against women and girls. Organised during the global “16 Days of activism for the elimination of violence against women and girls” campaign, the purpose of the...

Centralised factory for HBK

THE Hot Bread Kitchen today officially opened its new centralized factory at the Lyndhurst Warehouse Tax Free Zone in Valelevu which will supply bread to its clients from Lami to Nausori. While the factory started operations in September this year the official opening was carried out today. HBK shareholder John Samisoni said they had invested...

Growers claim authority duped them.

Some Naitasiri farmers claim they have been duped by the Agro Marketing Authority (AMA). The Muaniweni growers claimed the AMA asked them to plant uro ni vonu dalo with the promise of purchasing their harvest, then later told them there was no market for their produce. Speaking to this newspaper, Naresh Ram, a farmer, said...

Viniana loved life in the force.

Ensuring the security of a nation is serious business, but it can also be a profession that is enjoyed. Police Constable Vinaina Drauniniu, 19, said she loved life in the Royal Fiji Police Force. In an interview reported by The Fiji Times on December 6, 1976, she said she chose to join the force because...

“Don’t make promises you can’t keep” – Nand.

TAVUA dairy farmer Hirdesh Nand says politicians should not make any promises they can’t keep. He said politicians who visited his farm in Tavua before the 2018 General Election had failed to keep their promises. “I supported these politicians during the last election but when they went into Government, I never saw them again,” he...

2022 Fiji Election: FijiFirst should reign forever – Bainimarama.

FIJIFIRST leader Voreqe Bainimarama says his party should reign forever because it will provide unity forever. Speaking in Savusavu on Tuesday, he urged supporters to vote the FijiFirst government back into power to allow them to continue with the developments they have carried out over the past few years. “We have been voted back into...

2022 Fiji Election: Kiran condemns “bloodshed” statements.

NATIONAL Federation Party (NFP) candidate for the 2022 polls Sashi Kiran says she has worked with the iTaukei people and in iTaukei communities for many years and has always felt safe. Speaking on Sashi Singh’s Talking Point on Facebook, the Foundation for Rural Integrated Enterprise and Development founder said it made her “very angry” every...

2022 Fiji Election: Gradual transition of power ‘essential’ – Singh.

A GRADUAL transition of power from government to government is an essential feature of any functioning democracy. This was highlighted by National Federation Party (NFP) candidate Agni Deo Singh during the party’s talanoa session at Jagindra Singh Primary School in Tamavua, Suva, recently. “Governments come, governments get elected in a democracy, they come, they do...

2022 Fiji Election: Big crowd show support during PA, NFP rally.

A BIG crowd that gathered at The People’s Alliance-National Federation Party rally in Labasa yesterday shouted “Kick them out, vote them out” – in reference to the FijiFirst Government. As PA leader Sitiveni Rabuka and NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad took the stage at the Labasa Civic Center, people clapped and cheered, assuring them of...

2022 Fiji Election: “Move away from autocratic rule” – Felix Anthony.

THIS year will mark an important milestone for workers and unions as they stand at a crossroads to determine whether Fiji can have true democracy, says Fiji Trades Union Congress (FTUC) national secretary Felix Anthony. In a statement, Mr Anthony said workers had struggled to exercise their rights to win any concessions from the Government...

2022 General Election: Vote ’em in or out.

FIJIFIRST leader Voreqe Bainimarama says his party should reign forever because it unites people. He said this while speaking in Savusavu on Tuesday, where he urged supporters to vote the FijiFirst government back into power because of the developments it had put in place. His statements came a day before The People’s Alliance (PA) and...

The bass phenomenon

UNLIKE the music scene abroad, it’s not often that you see a young girl playing an instrument in a band and on stage in Fiji. And it is even more unusual if she has a bass guitar strapped to her body – that is almost as tall as her frame. For Andrea Nryn, however, it...

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 some showers over Serua/Nausori, interior Serua-Namosi and Naitasiri, Kadavu and nearby smaller isnalnds, Lau and Lomaiviti group and the Northern division. -Fine weather elsewhere...

30th November

Police 4 guilty

THE four suspended police officers on trial for an incident where a Naqia villager in Wainibuka was allegedly thrown off a bridge in Tailevu in April 2020 have all been found guilty and convicted. Sevanaia Narogi, Kameli Tukana, Mafoa Korosaya and Inoke Nagata were brought for judgment before Justice Siainiu Fa’alogo-Bull in the High Court...

Malani files appeal

VERONICA Malani has appealed to the Fiji Court of Appeal in her pursuit of a prosecution of Attorney-General and FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum over an alleged bombing attack at her home in 1987. The matter was called before Court of Appeal president Justice Jayantha Guneratne in the Court of Appeal at the Veiuto Court...

Family Seeks Answers

A FAMILY from Matawalu in Lautoka is demanding answers from police on investigations surrounding their daughter’s alleged involvement in a freak accident over the weekend. Anare Rabonu says he is disappointed Lautoka police officers had not provided an update on the incident. He claimed the driver of the vehicle that allegedly hit his daughter and...

Resort benefits villagers.

AN island in the Tailevu North district was becoming a popular tourist destination while developing its agricultural potential in the process, according to a report in The Fiji Times on January 15, 1982. Naigani Island, about 40 minutes boat ride from the Natovi Jetty on the Tailevu Coast, was not so well known on the...

MSAF assesses ports, terminals around the country.

MAJOR ports and terminals are being assessed around the country. The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) is carrying out its assessments of ports and terminals in a quest to improve and fulfil its International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) obligations. The ISPS code is an essential part of maritime law which provides...

Port of Suva wins award.

THE Port of Suva has won the Oceania’s Best Cruise Terminal 2022 at the World Cruise Awards. The port has won it for the second time after scooping the award in 2021 also. According to the Fiji Ports Corporation of Fiji, the result for this year’s winners had followed a year-long search for the world’s...

2022 General Elections: Naidu on government assistance, project.

THE general elections next month is the last opportunity for people to bring back Fiji from the brink of economic and social disaster, says National Federation Party (NFP) candidate Dorsami Naidu. The Nadi-based lawyer said people should just not be fooled or get carried away by whatever assistance they received from the Government in the...

2022 General Election: What’s the use of the GCC – PM

FIJIFIRST party leader Voreqe Bainimarama told a crowd in Navua that many in the district did not vote for him in 2018 but he urged them to ask The People’s Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka about his intention to bring back the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC). He also repeated this statement when he spoke in...

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