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Domo Vou Talei: Supporting new talents

DOMO Vou Talei producer Phil Dakei is an artist, songwriter and performer in his own right. His songs have taken the Solomon Island man – with maternal links to Ovalau – to countries he never...

‘Project to source enough water for everybody’ – A-G

The $300 million water project in Viria, Naitasiri will source enough water to service everybody for 24 hours and seven days a week. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this at a 2022-2023 budget consultation in Nausori yesterday. “If you go past Waila towards ACS you will see a lot of laying of pipes and this is...

‘CWMH a no-go zone for visitors’

The Colonial War Memorial Hospital is a no-go zone for visitors, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong. He said the hospital had been divided into two zones — those with the virus and those who have tested negative — following an increase in patients testing positive for COVID-19. “We are bringing back some...

Prof Biman lashes out at Fijian Economy Minister

National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad says Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum needs to explain how Fiji’s debt ballooned from $2.83 billion before the December 2006 military coup to the projected $9.125 billion this year. He said this in response to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum’s comments at a budget consultation in Nausori yesterday that Fiji’s economy was...

Fiji’s Police Commissioner sets ultimatum for landowners

Landowners will now be taken to task if marijuana is planted on their property, even if they have no knowledge of who cultivated it, says Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho. He said they would now resort to the Drugs Act, which gave them the green light to arrest landowners whose land has been utilised for...

Komai to observe PNG election

Fijian Media Association executive Makereta Komai has been appointed by the Commonwealth to be one of the observers for the election in Papua New Guinea. Komai is the editor of the Suva-based Pacific Islands News Association and is also the treasurer of the Fijian Media Association. A statement from the Commonwealth said the observer group...

Glue sales to under-aged children worry residents

Residents of the Nabua Muslim League settlement want to know why businesses continue to sell glue to under-aged children when they are fully aware of how it will be used. President of the newly founded Brave Hearts youth group committee Jale Katonivere said the glue sniffing issue was a social crisis, with children seen sniffing...

Mocelolokula perseveres in Law studies at FNU

Four years after switching her tertiary institution and study programme, Talatoka Vusoniua Mocelolokula has no regrets and looks forward to graduating from the Fiji National University (FNU) in the coming months. Mocelolokula, is from Cawaro village, Udu Point in Vanua Levu. She is a final-year Bachelor of Laws (LLB) student completing her last unit at...

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 fresh to strong southeast wind flow over the country. Meanwhile a weak trough of low pressure lies slow moving just to the north of Fiji. Associated cloud...

4th July

‘Well being of Fijians is Government’s main priority’

The well being of Fijians is Government’s main priority, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama while opening the Kadavu Provincial Council meeting at Ratu Nacagilevu House in the chiefly village of Tavuki, Kadavu. He said they would continue to fund development in rural areas despite critics. “I want to come here to this meeting you hear...

School renamed after administrator

What was once known as the Tamavua Primary School will now be called the Jagindra Singh Primary School. This, after the Tamavua Education Society recognised the school’s administrator Jagindra Singh for his loyal and dedicated service with the community and the school and named the school after him. Tamavua Education Society president Professor Biman Prasad...

Sharma: State pays off loans of 600 farmers

Government has paid off the loans of about 600 sugarcane farmers in the North who would have received “marginal to zero cane payment after deductions,” said Sugar Cane Growers Fund CEO Raj Sharma. The loans amounted to $550,000 and were taken by the farmers after Tropical Cyclone Yasa. “Considering that these farmers will receive marginal...

‘Matter of a decade’ – It’s going to take a long time for Fiji to fully recover, says Prof Howes

Fiji has been one of the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ukraine-Russia war because of its reliance on tourism, says Australian National University economics Professor Stephen Howes. He told this newspaper that the country’s recovery from the two crises was a “matter of a decade”. “So we do expect the recovery to...

Local talents amaze Sunia

Inaugural Domo Vou Talei judge Sunia Soko Loga says he is fortunate to mentor the talented contestants in the first original song competition of this year. “Giving them what I have learnt over the years in Korea and now I’m back at home to give back to the community,” Loga said. “When the finalists submitted...

Remove 15pc import VAT, says Chaudhry

Government must remove the 15 per cent import value added tax (VAT) on fuel to give urgent relief to the people from escalating prices, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. He said the current monthly increases on fuel prices would have a drastic impact on the entire economy, not just motorists, thus creating instability...

A-G blames war for rise in prices

The Ukraine-Russia war is the reason for the increase in prices of goods and services, says Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He said this was out of Government’s control. During the 2022-2023 National Budget consultation at the Civic Centre in Labasa on Saturday, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum attributed the increase in food costs and other materials...

Gavoka: Subsidise the heavy increase in prices

The Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) is calling on the Government to subsidise the heavy increase in fuel prices to cushion the blow from reaching out to people, majority of whom are already living below the poverty line. In a statement, SODELPA leader Viliame Gavoka said the Government’s announcement over the recent fuel prices was...

Cut 20 cents fuel duty – Biman

Government can immediately bring down the fuel price by reducing duty by 20 cents per litre, claims National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. He said charging duty onfreight on board (FOB) instead of the current policy of charging duty on cost insurance freight (CIF) would also reduce fuel and food cost. “The current policy...

Parents forced to keep children home

Escalating food and fuel prices combined with the increase in bus fares is forcing some parents to keep their children at home. Susana Lewai, a mother of seven who lives along Farm Rd on the outskirts of Nakasi, said life was getting difficult by the day. “The price of food is so high that we...

Important for media to get things right

We see the media as a critical stakeholder in raising awareness, shaping attitudes and opinions in our society on matters concerning the LGBTQI community, says Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network (PSGDN) chief executive officer Isikeli Vulavou. He said this during the opening of the Training for Fijian Media on Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Expression...

‘67 percent Fijians overweight’

Health Ministry head of wellness Dr Devina Nand says almost 67 per cent of Fiji’s population is overweight – increasing the risk of diabetes and non-communicable diseases. She also said 80 per cent were not eating enough fruit and vegetables and this has resulted in a high rate of anaemia. “It also means that we...

India ready to assist

India stands ready to further assist the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) and Electoral Commission in any area of electoral management. High Commissioner of India to Fiji Palaniswamy Subramanyan Karthigeyan made this comment while handing over four multi-purpose double cab Mahindra vehicles to the Fijian Elections Office on Thursday. “India is delighted to assist the Fijian...

3rd July

The story behind Raiwaqa’s elephant house

One of the most attractive homes in the residential area of Raiwaqa, a few kilometres outside Suva, happens to be the most quaint and weird-looking too. Its cavernous structure looks like a number of things — toadstools, caterpillars, igloos and even the hobbit burrow at Bag End where Frodo Baggins lived in the movie The...

Grilled fish secrets

The COVID-19 pandemic has taught many of us how to be better cooks and the importance of eating a nutritional diet. We have learned that we must mainly eat foods that provide the right balance of vitamins, minerals and fibre to have a strong immune system. Snacks and fizzy drinks are OK in moderation, as...

A bounty of birthdays

June is a month of birthdays in our household and its not a good idea to forget any of them. If you miss one it would possibly be wisest to forget the lot of them and blame it on a virus of some sort. Goodness knows there are enough various viruses floating about. My personal...

Fiji’s catwalking physiotherapist

Physiotherapist by profession and a part-time model, Jerka Prasad is living the best of both worlds. The 25-year-old epitomises the idea that profession, passion and pleasure can work together comfortably well. Ms Prasad started modeling in 2018 during the Fijian Fashion Festival. She had gone to just ‘try it out and have fun’ but ended...

Look Back: Charles becomes Prince of Wales

In 1969, Prince Charles was acclaimed Prince of Wales amid pomp and pageantry marred only by an anti-monarchist’s bomb and flying eggs. The bomb went off on a patch of waste ground and nobody was hurt. The egg was flung at Queen Elizabeth’s open horse-drawn carriage as she approached Caernarvon Castle for the royal investiture...

Enabling voices

Around the globe, Parliament exist to represent the people in the highest sphere of decisionmaking. Some say it is the bedrock of representational democracies. In Fiji our Parliament is the legislative branch of the State and it makes laws, represents the community in discussions about issues that affect them, investigates issues of importance to the...

Workshop to help women become self-reliant

Women cancer survivors and those who lost jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic, took part in a screen printing and designing workshop at the Albert Park pavilion on Thursday. Workshop coordinator Angie Rakai-Niumataiwalu said it was designed to help them become self-reliant and begin their own businesses from home. She said the idea of conducting a...

Project to benefit villagers

More than 100 villagers will benefit from an Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) Fiji and Latter Day Saints Charities New Zealand development pilot project at Navatuyaba Village, Rewa. This, after villagers were presented with farming kits from the LDS Charities New Zealand as part of ADRA Fiji’s food and nutrition security, community resilience and...

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