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‘Fiji cannot afford a lockdown’

THE Fijian public should ask themselves what they are doing for health workers who are “putting themselves in harm’s way for the rest of us”. National Federation Party leader Prof Biman Prasad said this while...

COVID-19: Checkpoints setup; movements ceased in the North

AS of 9.45pm this evening police in Labasa have erected checkpoints along the three main entrance into Labasa Town. These checkpoints were set up along Delailabasa, Naodamu along the Nakorotari Road and Naiyaca blocking vehicle entries into the town area. Police revealed that a total of 20 checkpoints would be erected as of this evening...

Rabuka: Don’t blame patient number one

PATIENT number one cannot be blamed for not quarantining himself because Fiji Airways instructed him to fly to Auckland, one day after returning from San Francisco. This, according to Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka. He made the comment during debate on the COVID-19 Response Budget 2020 in Parliament on Friday. “On 29th January, 2020, I called...

150th anniversary: Lovers settle in Fiji

IMAGINE leaving behind your familiar surroundings to make a living in a foreign place with the person you love. That was what Uriya Ali Jan did more than 100 years ago. The Fiji Times caught up with the nonagenarian in April 1973 as she talked about how she eloped with her lover when they were...

COVID-19: Nationwide curfew activated

POLICE officers are presently deployed to 101 permanent checkpoints around the country as the nationwide curfew started at 10pm. Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho has urged all Fijians to limit all non-essential movement. “And for those moving around to get to work please cooperate and adhere to the requirements earlier announced on the need...

Workers were consulted – Fiji Airways

FIJI Airways says it sent workers on four weeks leave without pay after consulting them during the downturn in business brought about by COVID-19. The airline made the comment in response to a statement by the Fiji Trades Union Congress which claimed Fiji Airways made “impressive profits over the past few years and should be...

Man awarded $10k

THE Fiji Police Force and Director of Public Prosecutions have been ordered to pay $10,000 to a man for false imprisonment and malicious prosecution. The Court of Appeal delivered the judgment on February 28, 2020, in favour of Rajendra Singh, who was charged with rape and unnatural offences. On a warrant issued by a Magistrate’s...

Witnesses to share testimony via skype in drug trial

TRAVEL restrictions caused by COVID-19 could result in two witnesses in a drug trial sharing their testimony via Skype. Joshua Aziz Rahman, 24, appeared last week before judge Justice Daniel Goundar. He was alleged to have in his possession 39.5 kilograms of cocaine worth more than $30 million on February 14, 2019, in Caubati. Assistant...

$1million investment in rice production

FIJI Rice Ltd will invest $1 million of its own funds in massive rice production and is looking at providing loans to rice farmers and those companies who intend to go into commercial rice farming. Chairman of Fiji Rice Ltd, Copra Millers Fiji Ltd and Food Processors Fiji Ltd, Raj Sharma said details of this...

Railway rides on solar-powered bikes

IN a bid to contribute towards Government’s efforts to reduce Fiji’s carbon footprint, a Sigatoka-based company is playing its part in a small but significant way. “We are right behind the Government in this, we use no fossil fuels, our electric velocipede batteries are powered by the Fiji sun (solar),” said Ecotrax Fiji operations manager...

Communities clean town’s CBD area

THE Nausori Town Council is working with communities within its central business district area to ensure cleanliness of the urban centre. The council’s acting chief executive officer, Lydia Lazel, said this was done to ensure the community took ownership in keeping the town clean She said the council received a lot of reports regarding the...

A place to call home – Settlers of Tamavua-i-Wai

DETAILS of who were the original iTaukei families that first settled at Tamavua-i-Wai settlement in Suva are still unclear. But for 78-year-old Maciu Turagavou, the hunt for better opportunities led him to build a home in the area 50 years ago. He said from the limited knowledge he had, the first settlers in the area...

Strive to earn a living

There’s no age limit for hard work. That is what Loraini Marama believes in. At 68, the grandmother still goes out to sea to fetch seafood to be eaten at home and sold at the market. The problem is the village of Nasauvuki on Moturiki doesn’t have a market like the ones in our towns...

FNPF member’s funds secure: Koroi

MEMBER’S funds in the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) are secure and it has the ability to deliver  assistance to members, says its chief executive Jaoji Koroi. “We plead with members to refrain from making false statements about the Fund’s financial status because it will only create panic and irrational decisions,” he said. “Let me...

COVID-19: Only identified companies will be assisted, says Koroi

ONLY employees of companies identified in a list at the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) will be assisted for now, says chief executive Jaoji Koroi. He said the Fund was aware that the relief assistance that was announced in the Budget provided other assistance for members. “We hope that they will consider those options before...

COVID-19: NZ national with travel history to Fiji tests positive

A NEW Zealand national who has a travel history to Fiji has tested positive to COVID-19. Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said they received the confirmation from NZ health authorities around 10pm yesterday about the case. At this stage, he said, the Ministry does not know whether the man had contracted the virus while in...

COVID-19: 1813 employers identified as priority areas

THIS morning, the Fiji National Provident Fund emailed a total of 1813 employers identified as priority areas. FNPF chief executive Jaoji Koroi  highlighted this today and said the COVID-19 assistance would be focused on those who were employed in the tourism sector and also those in Lautoka, the lock down zone area. He said 43,000...

FNPF unemployment assistance reduced by $1k

AS of today, the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) unemployment assistance has been reduced from $2,000 to $1,000. FNPF chief executive Jaoji Koroi made the announcement this afternoon during a press conference and said this was a temporary measure that has been implemented to minimise the impact on the Fund and member’s savings, especially due...

Four men arrested and charged in inter-island vessel drug raid

A DRUG raid on an inter-island vessel that returned from Kadavu on Friday resulted in the arrest of two farmers following the discovery of stems of dried leaves later tested to be marijuana. Police say the two men have been charged with one count each of unlawful possession of illicit drugs were produced at the Suva...

Opposition Whip granted bail

OPPOSITION member of parliament Lynda Tabuya was granted bail by  the Suva Magistrates Court a while ago. The Opposition Whip who appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili this afternoon was advised not to interfere with prosecution witnesses as per her bail conditions. She was charged by Police last week  Friday with one count of Malicious Act...

Soldiers provide security to the public: Naupoto

REPUBLIC of Fiji Military Forces commander Rear-Admiral Viliame Naupoto says people should not fear when seeing soldiers in uniform as they are there to provide security to the public. He said officers who were in Lautoka City this morning were called in to assist police control a situation where more than 200 people had crowded...

COVID-19: PSV operators must fully comply with curfew, says LTA

ALL Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators must fully comply with the provisions of the nationwide curfew starting from 10.00pm tonight till 5.00am as part of the COVID-19 measures by the Government. Land Transport Authority Chief Executive Officer, Samuel Simpson said PSV operators must cease operations well before 10.00pm tonight to ensure that their staff can...

Industries that operate shift work to continue with conditions

INDUSTRIES and certain service providers that operate in a number of shifts will be allowed to continue operations during the curfew period. This was highlighted in a Government statement issued today. However, all businesses will need to ensure all staff who are required to work during curfew hours carry the following: (i)            Company Photo ID...

Tabuya pleads not guilty; bail ruling this afternoon

SODELPA member of Parliament Lynda Tabuya was produced at the Suva Magistrates Court this morning. Ms Tabuya pleaded not guilty to the charge of Malicious Act Contrary to Section 15 (a) of the Public Order Act 1965 before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili. Prosecution objected to bail on the grounds the matter was of national interest....

Sabeto man charged with murder

A MAN has been charged with one count of murder for his alleged involvement in an aggravated robbery case which resulted in the death of a 70-year-old man in Cuvu Top, Sigatoka. Police confirmed that the 28-year-old suspect originally from Sabeto was earlier arrested after a search conducted at his residence resulting in the discovery...

COVID-19: Former TV personality charged; to front court today

A FORMER TV personality has been charged with one count of Malicious Act, contrary to Section 15 (a) of Public Order Act 1969 and will be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today. Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho said the 53-year-old is alleged to have spread false information on social media in relation...

COVID-19: Lautoka residents crowd FNPF office

ABOUT 250 people crowded the Fiji National Provident Fund office in Lautoka from early as 6am today. Many were vocal, frustrated that their employers names were not on a list posted outside the front entrance. Police had to intervene and ask people to return to their own homes.      

Opposition Whip to front court today

OPPOSITION whip Lynda Tabuya is expected to be produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today. She was charged by Police last week with one count of Malicious Act Contrary to Section 15 (a) of the Public Order Act 1965. Ms Tabuya who spent the weekend away from her family after being held in custody by...

Weather watch: Trough of low pressure slow moving to the southwest

A TROUGH of low pressure remains slow moving just to the southwest of Fiji. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this morning says a moist easterly wind flow prevails over the group. The forecast to midnight tonight for the Fiji group expect occasional showers and isolated thunderstorms over Kadavu...

‘COVID-19 has the potential to claim 120 lives in Fiji’

COVID-19 has the potential to claim 120 lives in Fiji but Government is working hard to address the threat. This was the word from Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Jone Usamate. He made the comment during debate on the COVID-19 Response Bill in Parliament on Friday. Mr Usamate said COVID-19 was...

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