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Participants learn importance of preserving food during dry season

Communities in the Tavua district usually affected by drought had a chance to learn ways to preserve food during this dry period in a training organised by the Adventists Development Relief Agency (ADRA) Fiji in...

Paddlers raise $3k for cancer treatments

A group of professional paddlers have raised more than $3000 for the Great WOWS Walk Challenge. After completing 14 days of paddling, the Suva SUPers collected $3550 from over 60 sponsors. WOWS Kids Fiji team leader Mere Williams said the funds would add to the $30,000 targeted,which would be used for medical treatment, as well...

Duo to face uni council

University of the South Pacific (USP) pro-chancellor and chair of the USP Council, Winston Thompson, and the chairman of the USP Audit and Risk Committee (ARC), Mahmood Khan, may face censure and possible “action” from the USP Council for holding a press conference on September 11, 2020. This, according to a letter sent by USP...

Uni advises on careers

University graduates in small nations like Fiji will face problems finding jobs because of the impact of COVID-19, says University of Fiji acting vice-chancellor Prof Shaista Shameem. She made this statement during a careers workshop organised by the university in Suva last weekend. The workshop aimed to provide information for secondary school students about programs...

Training to make best use of ventilators

A group of medical technicians and doctors are being trained on the use of 30 ventilators given by the United States government for use in hospitals around Fiji. Yesterday, US ambassador to Fiji Joseph Cella visited the CWM Hospital to meet health workers participating in the training organised by the United States Agency for International...

Father pleads for assistance

A Rakiraki man whose two sons are unable to work because of a rare genetic eye disorder, is pleading for assistance. Ajay Kumar said having two grown sons who were incapable of working was very challenging. Amit Kumar, 28, and Avikesh Kumar, 26, were diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa by doctors at the CWM Hospital. The...

Water woes in the city

Suva was alerted to a grave water shortage, with the likelihood of further restrictions, unless there was a steady rise in the level in the reservoir, the acting director of Public Works, J P Barron said in an article published by The Fiji Times on June 16, 1958. The front page story was titled Suva...

A gift of poetry

Nicknamed Rijavale Bera, he is wellknown as a storyteller, one gifted with a talent of putting words in poems and songs. Over the years, he gradually became well-known on social media and local radio stations, recognised for his skill of relating events into poems and songs. Even using his imagination in creating poetic stories relating...

Yasawa villagers benefit from village nutrition security initiative

Ensuring the nutritional security of Fijian villages remains a paramount undertaking for the Ministry of Agriculture. This was reiterated during the handing over of fruit tree planting materials and home gardening packages to the three villages of Natawa in Waya district, Natia in Viwa district and Gunu in Naviti district, Yasawa by the Assistant Minister...

Request to withdraw charge

The defence for Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) supporter Bani Kawale has asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to withdraw the charge of malicious act laid against him. His case was called before the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday. Mr Kawale is alleged to have published and broadcast false news on Facebook about positive cases of...

Complaints against lenders

Fifty per cent of complaints received by bank and credit institutions between April and June 2020 were related to COVID-19 loan repayment holiday packages. The Reserve Bank of Fiji, in its second quarter complaints management bulletin, revealed a total of 804 complaints were received by licensed financial institutions between April and June with 95.8 per...

Nine-year jail for rapist hotel worker

A former Fijian tourism worker copped a nine-year jail term for raping a New Zealand tourist at an island resort last year. High Court judge Justice Sunil Sharma passed the sentence on the 36-year-old father of two at the High Court in Lautoka yesterday. The accused had earlier pleaded guilty to a count of raping...

Week of violence in Papuan regency culminates in pastor’s death

Several people have been killed in a series of deadly shootings in a Papuan regency in Indonesia this past week. The latest victim was a Papuan pastor at a Gospel Church in Intan Jaya, on the western end of New Guinea island. Media reports from the province indicated that at least two Indonesian soldiers were...

Separate ethnic boxes

Two African-American women gathered together a group of other African-Americans and raised enough money to purchase 97 acres of land in the state of Georgia in US. A new city will be built on this land, to be named “Freedom”. Plans have already been drawn up to provide a place where, as one of them...

PNG: Bougainville presidential count goes through 20th elimination

All the signs are that the Bougainville presidential preference eliminations will go down to the wire. Former Bougainville Revolutionary Army commander, Ishmael Toroama, continues to lead the count after the 20th elimination. But with just 43,600 votes, so far, he is still some way from achieving the required absolute majority of 63253. Father Simon Dumarinu,...

U.S. imposes Iran sanctions, says U.N. penalties resume despite skepticism

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Monday slapped new sanctions on Iran’s defense ministry and others involved in its nuclear and weapons program to support the U.S. assertion that all U.N. sanctions against Tehran are now restored, which key European allies as well as Russia and China reject. Iran said the new U.S. sanctions,...

Prof Shaista Shameem: Job hunt will be tough

Apart from wreaking havoc on a global scale, COVID-19 will also make it “challenging” for university graduates to find a job. This, according to University of Fiji acting vice-chancellor Prof Shaista Shameem. Speaking at a career teachers and principals workshop in Suva at the weekend, she said the pandemic had restricted the ability of secondary...

Swift action by NFA saves Jittu Estate home

A 74-year-old grandmother says divine intervention and swift action by the National Fire Authority saved her Jittu Estate home from going up in flames today. Laisiana Bui said she was resting at her home when the alarm was raised by residents. “Little did I know, the fire had started right next to my place,” she...

Pacific seeks changes to law of the sea

The Pacific Islands Forum is calling for changes to the law governing the region’s maritime boundaries. A Regional Conference on Securing the Limits of the Blue Pacific focussed on the legal options, institutional responses to the impact of sea-level rise on baselines and the context of international law. Delegates agreed the existing law did not...

‘I still could not accept he is gone’

The last words Ledua Bulutani said to his wife Olivia Lele was “wait here, I will be back soon”. The mother of five would never hear from her husband again. Mr Bulutani and his 62-year-old mother died in a freak accident when the car they were travelling in veered off the road and tumbled down...

Virtual public submissions live streaming temporarily ceased

Live streaming or broadcasting of the virtual public submissions to the respective six Standing Committees of the Fijian Parliament will be temporarily ceased this week. According to a statement by the Civic Education & Media Unit of the Parliament of Republic of Fiji this is to allow for essential upgrades to be conducted so as...

Canada police say six ricin-laced letters sent to U.S., including White House

LONGUEUIL, Quebec (Reuters) – Canadian police on Monday searched an apartment in a Montreal suburb linked to the woman arrested for sending a ricin-filled envelope to the White House and to five other addresses in Texas, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said. U.S. authorities arrested a woman at the U.S.-Canada border near Buffalo, New...

Man drowns day before b-day

Pete Navosailagi never got to celebrate his 29th birthday yesterday. The 29-year-old allegedly drowned while swimming with friends in a river in Waiyala, Keiyasi, Navosa, on Sunday. Mr Navosailagi was a communications specialist with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. His mother, Adi Ateca Vokili, said even though his death was unexpected, she was at peace because...

French Polynesia’s Covid peak may not be until January – Govt

French Polynesia has recorded another 35 Covid-19 cases taking their total to 1353. Just under 1300 cases had been detected since August when borders were reopened to give the tourism industry a boost. Projections by the government suggest the peak of the latest wave won’t be reached until January, raising concern for the health system’s...

Three-year-old believed to be Fiji’s latest drowning victim

A three-year-old child is believed to be the country’s latest drowning victim. According to Police the incident occurred in the Wailoku River this morning. “The victim was at home with his father when he disappeared from home and was later found floating in the river by a Police Officer from the Wailoku Police Post.” Investigations...

World leaders mark U.N. at 75, challenged by pandemic, U.S., China tensions

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) – World leaders came together, virtually, on Monday to mark the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, as the deadly coronavirus pandemic and tensions between the United States and China challenge the effectiveness and solidarity of the 193-member world body. As COVID-19 began to spread around the world earlier this year, forcing...

‘GDP expected to contract’

The Fijian GDP is expected to experience a sharp contraction in 2020, as the economy is predicted to contract by 21.7 per cent in the same year. According to the United Nations Pacific Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Covid-19 in Fiji this was mainly because of poor tourism activity and its impact on the rest of...

Solomon Islands police raise questions over fatal explosion

Following Sunday’s fatal explosion, police in Solomon Islands have raised concerns about unexploded Second World War bombs being taken into residential areas. On Sunday night two foreign workers affiliated to a Norwegian NGO were killed during an explosion at Tasahe in West Honiara. Police said the British and Australian nationals from the Norwegian People’s Aid...

‘We need to commercialise agriculture’

There are a lot of areas where the country could make gains in reaching the full potential of the agricultural sector according to the Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment, Dr Mahendra Reddy. Speaking at the signing of the memorandum of understanding between BSP and Agricultural Marketing Authority last week (AMA), the minister said this...

Fierce, frequent, climate-fueled wildfires may decimate forests worldwide

LONDON (Reuters) – Wildfires among ponderosa pines and Douglas firs of the U.S. West have long been part of nature’s cycle of renewal, as much as the changing of the seasons. But as climate change makes the region more arid, wildfires have grown more frequent and ferocious. Scientists worry the hottest blazes could end up...

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