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Adimaitoga: Nawaikula’s comments an insult

GOVERNMENT parliament member Selai Adimaitoga said comments made by the Opposition member, Niko Nawaikula, that the iTaukei people needed extra help to be able to succeed was insulting to every single intelligent iTaukei leader. In...

Measles epidemic: PM Bainimarama asks Fijians to pray for Samoans

FIJI’S Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has asked every Fijian to join him in prayer that the measles outbreak is quickly contained and the Samoan people are spared further loss of life. Speaking in his response to President Jioji Konrote’s speech in Parliament on Monday, Mr Bainimarama said Samoans were contending with an outbreak of measles that...

Fiji’s 2020 parliament sitting calendar passed

THE 2020 parliament sitting calendar was passed in Parliament today with 29 votes to 15, while seven opted not to cast their votes. Leader of Government in Parliament Inia Seruiratu said the business committee had considered requests from the Opposition before finalising the Parliament calendar. He said the date for the budget address and debate...

Fiji reports 7 confirmed cases of measles

THERE are now seven confirmed cases of measles from the Serua/Namosi subdivision, the Ministry of Health has reported. The latest confirmed cases are a seven-month-old from Wainadoi, a three-month-old from Wainadoi, and a 19-year-old from Navunikabi in Namosi. There are two more suspected cases in Navunikabi. The ministry stated that the seven-month-old and three-month-old babies...

Police question four students over alleged rape

FOUR students aged between nine-years-old and 17 years have been taken in for questioning for the alleged rape of a 12-year-old boy in a settlement in Vatukoula. The four – a nine-year-old, two 16-year-olds and a 17-year-old – are alleged to have committed the offence at a settlement last Sunday. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said...

Coastal forecasting meeting opens in Nadi

PERMANENT secretary for the Ministry of Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Taitusi Vakadravuyaca opened the Coastal Inundation Forecasting Demonstration Project – Fiji (CIFDP-F) Final Stakeholders Meeting in Nadi today. He acknowledged the Korean Meteorological Administration for providing support towards the project. He said the coastal forecasting initiative would go a long way towards assisting Fijians...

PM on open merit system

THE Government has kicked down the door of the old boys club through the implementation of the open merit system of recruitment and advancement, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. In his response to the President’s opening address in Parliament yesterday, he said the OMRS had forged a level playing field for men and women. “Often-times,...

Rice farm sits on land earmarked for college

GRACE Road has established a rice farm on a piece of land in Navua that was earmarked for the construction of a new agricultural college, Opposition MP Salote Radrodro claimed in Parliament yesterday. She said this information was revealed when the Parliament Social Affairs Committee was scrutinising a Fiji National University annual report. “It was...

Bainimarama reflects on promises

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says his vision and promise to end the decades of division, ethnic discrimination and communalism that nearly drove our nation into the ground is coming to pass every year. He highlighted this in his response to the President’s opening address in Parliament yesterday. He also briefly articulated a number of promises...

‘Missing guns still floating around’

THE 3462 unregistered and illicit firearms missing after the 2000 coup are still floating around in our communities, Opposition MP Salote Radrodro told Parliament yesterday. Ms Radrodro said this information was revealed during a regional workshop she attended last week which was on “gun violence and illicit small arms trafficking from a gender perspective. “We...

Vanuatu recruitment quizzed in Parliament

THE hiring of canecutters from Vanuatu despite the “high level of unemployment in the country” was raised in Parliament yesterday. Responding to the President’s address during the opening of Parliament last week, Opposition member Ro Teimumu Kepa said the level of poverty in the country has increased. She said according to media reports, Government was...

Tabuya quizzes ‘flooding’ of cars

FIJI’S roads are constantly in disrepair because of the large amount of vehicles the Government floods Fiji with, says Opposition Whip Lynda Tabuya. “The problem is that the only ‘road’ that the Government is heavily protecting and invested in is Grace Road,” she said while addressing Parliament yesterday. “Why is this Government continuing to flood...

‘Businesses losing faith’

BUSINESSES are losing faith in Government with overly aggressive tax audits by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption and Fiji Revenue and Customs Service — and with every major decision bottlenecked with the Attorney-General. Opposition MP Lynda Tabuya said this while speaking in Parliament yesterday. She said the problem was that the Attorney-General did not...

‘State deceives people’

GOVERNMENT deceived people through freebies as a tactic to brainwash them in the buildup to the 2018 General Election, Opposition MP Salote Radrodro told Parliament yesterday. “So wake up from your slumber Fiji and don’t be a fool to think that you can live at the expense of the State through freebies and never forget...

‘Leader’s remarks very seditious’

FOR the Government to issue a statement defending the seditious statements by the leader of Grace Road Church Shin Ok-ju is fuelling the public’s declining confidence in the investment initiatives of the Government, says Opposition MP Lynda Tabuya. In the documentary titled, Escaping Korea’s Pacific Cult released on November 14 by Al Jazeera’s 101 East...

Newspaper stands by report

THE Fiji Times stands by the contents of its front-page story titled “Fall from grace” which appeared on Monday, November 18. A government statement yesterday accused The Fiji Times of misreporting a statement released by Government on Saturday night in response to a recent Al Jazeera report on the Grace Road Church in Fiji. Government...

Call for establishment of education commission

SHADOW Education Minister Ro Teimumu Kepa has called for the reestablishment of the independent education commission. In her right of response to President Joji Konrote’s address during the opening of Parliament last week, Ro Teimumu said the commission was needed to consider challenges and shortcomings in Fiji’s education system. Ro Teimumu said Fiji’s education system...

Radrodro: Civil servants are punching bags

GOVERNMENT is fond of putting civil servants at the forefront of international scrutiny with an intention to cover their failures, Opposition MP Salote Radrodro said in Parliament yesterday. Mrs Radrodro said civil servants were always blamed for poor service delivery. “Civil servants are always punching bags, and when things are not rosy, just like in...

Akbar: Freebies are gifts

WHAT some critics describe as “freebies” in education is a gift to the underprivileged and the less fortunate, says Education Minister Rosy Akbar. She made this comment while responding to the President’s address delivered during the opening of Parliament. Ms Akbar said there were 195 countries in the world out of which only 24 provided...

Government should resign says Tabuya

THE simple solution to the problems in Fiji is for the government to resign, says Shadow Minister for Labour Lynda Tabuya. “The Government should resign. It has failed our people,” she said. “The Government must respect the rule of law, and apply the law equally, that would be upholding the 2013 Constitution they so proudly...

150th anniversary: The first climbers of Joske’s Thumb

JOSKE’S Thumb is perhaps one of the toughest peaks to ascend for many climbers in Fiji. Its steep mountain range juts out to the skyline, west of Suva. The peak rises 1450ft above sea level and has a large overhang on the southern face. The peak is named after Paul Joske, one of Suva’s pioneer...

Witness reveals accused owed $80k

A 30-YEAR-OLD military officer who allegedly tried to murder his girlfriend owed her more than $80,000. This was revealed by the complainant, the State’s first witness, during the trial which started yesterday before judge Justice Chamath Morais at the High Court in Suva. It was alleged that Rajiv Krishan Padyachi attempted to murder his 37-year-old...

Woman claims grab and run

A WOMAN who was a victim of a grab and run theft has called on motorists to be vigilant while travelling in Suva. Theresa Fox claimed she lost $5000 in cash and valuables when a young boy snatched her bag while she was driving. “The robbery happened in Nabua,” the 41-year-old said. “I was dropping...

Fiji ‘open for business’

LOCAL businesses should fight any perception that Fiji is nothing less than fully open for business, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. While speaking at the 2019 Prime Minister’s International Business Awards, Mr Bainimarama said current world rankings did not reflect the performance of local businesses. “Government is also taking bold action to uplift the business...

‘$1.4m worth of firecrackers sold’

JUST over $1.44 million worth of firecrackers were sold from January to October this year, according to statistics from the Fiji Revenue and Customs Services. And according to information captured through electronic fiscal device (EFD) sales, the figure marked a 42 per cent decrease when compared to EFD sales recorded for the same period last...

Airline boosts capacity

NATIONAL airline Fiji Airways CEO and managing director Andre Viljoen said the company went through a rigorous process to find a new aircraft that could increase passenger and cargo capacity. While speaking at the official handing over ceremony of the Airbus A350-900 wide bodied aircraft last Friday, he said their current find fitted the bill...

‘No return from sporting bodies’

NO sporting body including rugby union showed a reasonable return as most of them broke even and had a balance expenditure on the money coming in. This was revealed by the chairman of the Fiji National Sports Commission, Peter Mazey, at the Fiji Institute of Accountants symposium in Suva last week. “When looking through sports...

Cruise tourism

The cruise tourism industry has a lot of potential for Fiji to invest and garner more profit to the economy and sector as a whole. With the release of the Cruise Tourism for Economic Growth in Fiji study on November 5, in Suva, a wide range of areas were highlighted which needed focus to capitalise...

Mara: Conservation increases investment

CONSERVING and protecting the environment does not deceive or inhibit business opportunities, says Pacific Islands Development Forum secretary general Solo Mara. Speaking at the Lau Seascape Strategy launch recently, he said environment conservation increased investment and this could lead to greater economic empowerment and more sustainable livelihoods in island communities. Mr Mara said seeing the...

Province launches seascape strategy

THE decline in fish population and increase in invasive species in Lau needs to be addressed in a holistic manner. This was the view of Pacific Islands Development Forum secretary general Solo Mara. He made the comment while speaking at the launch of a 12-year seascape strategy to protect natural resources in Suva yesterday. Mr...

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