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Ram reminisces the old days

Cola vina (hello in most western dialects)! That’s how nonagenarian, Ram Narayan, usually welcomes visitors to his Drasa home on the outskirts of Lautoka. His greetings are usually followed by his insistence on sharing stories...

Back in history | Mystery of the two dinghies

In 1984, 15 crew members of a Taiwanese fishing vessel, the Ching Feng, were arrested in Suva by the Fiji Police Force in connection with the Kadavu dinghies mystery. An article in The Fiji Times on March 1 stated the 15, including the captain of the vessel, Ko Hawyuon, 35, were expected to appear in...

Nuclear water into Pacific Ocean

On the coastline of Bougainville’s capital, Buka, small dinghies carrying men back and forth from the ocean are a common sight. The people here rely on fish for their income. Their daily catch is proudly put up for sale at a local market, keen to attract the eyes of wandering customers. “Our culture is different...

Popular resort wins TripAdvisor award

Tokoriki Island Resort is the recipient of TripAdvisor’s 2023 Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best Awards #3 in the Top 10 Hotels South Pacific. A privately owned luxury, Tokoriki Island Resort is a boutique 5-star resort located in the Mamanuca Islands, Fiji and is easily accessed by helicopter 15mins, speedboat 1hour or scheduled Catamaran 1hr....

Tax scam alert

Taxpayers have been urged by the Fiji Revenue and Customs Service (FRCS) to be vigilant and on alert for potential scams. The warning was issued after the FRCS received a report by a person stating that she received WhatsApp messages from unknown numbers claiming that her mobile number has won a lottery and that to...

Improvements in the local labour market

The Reserve Bank of Fiji continues to record improvements in the local job market in tandem with the robust growth in the economy. According to the RBF the number of job vacancies rose by 23.6 per cent in the first four months of this year as recruitment intentions picked up in most sectors. It was...

Continuous growth in tourism

The tourism sector continues to go from strength to strength with the visitor arrivals tracking just above 2019 pace – 12 months ahead of schedule, says Tourism Fiji chief executive Brent Hill. He said this had led the Reserve Bank of Fiji to upgrade their growth targets for Fiji to 18.6 per cent for 2022...

Classroom grant makes ‘significant difference’ in educational opportunities

The FIJI Water Foundation Grant has made a significant difference in the St James Anglican Primary School kindergarten’s ability to provide a safe and enjoyable environment for the students to learn and play. St James Anglican Primary School head Jessica Murphy noted this after the Levuka-based institution was selected to receive a grant for their...

Weather watch: Cloudy periods and showers forecast

A weak trough of low pressure is expected to affect the Fiji group from the west tonight until tomorrow. This according to the weather bulletin issued from the national weather forecasting centre in Nadi this afternoon. The forecast for the Fiji group today, expect cloudy periods with some showers over Serua/Namosi, Suva/Nausori- Tailevu areas, Naitasiri,...

Ratu Sukuna’s three-legged stool concept – its value for the 21st century

INTRODUCTION Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna’s life story — his personal background and upbringing, his education, military service, work and contribution as a senior officer in the British colonial Administration in Fiji — are generally well known. In my readings and research on Ratu Sukuna, there was one particular feature of him that stood out. Of...

Community work the Korean way

Saemaul Undong, a South Korean community initiative similar to the iTaukei communal practice of solesolevaki (collective work programs) is being used in three communities across the country. Silana and Naimasimasi villages in Tailevu Province and Mau Village in Namosi Province have benefitted from the various projects funded by the Fiji Saemaul Undong movement. Fiji Saemaul...

Some see environment as ‘toilet, dump’

Stop using the environment as a toilet and dump site. Waste Recyclers Fiji Ltd CEO and Pacific Recycling Foundation founder Amitesh Deo said this after a clean-up exercise at Koronivia last week unearthed used diapers and urine-filled bottles among the more than 220 kilograms of rubbish that was collected. He said it was shocking and...

Nude images alert | Parents must know what children are up to online

A non-governmental organisation is calling on parents to be vigilant with the content their children upload online after a surge in “revenge porn” complaints where images of nude young girls are being shared on websites. Justice Pacific, an NGO dedicated to promoting human rights and justice, voiced concerns on the increasing number of incidents where...

$40k payout Home of Compassion and Fiji Red Cross Society

Two charitable organisations received $20,000 each last Friday from the Fiji Public Trustee Corporation Pte Ltd. The cheque payout to the Home of Compassion and the Fiji Red Cross Society was from the estate of the late Joyce Heeraman – Joyce Heeraman’s estate. Fiji Public Trustee CEO Atonio Takala said his team was honoured to...

TLTB considers empowering landowners

The iTaukei Land Trust Board will look at legislation to empower landowners to conduct some development opportunities autonomously. Ministry of iTaukei Affairs permanent secretary Pita Tagicakirewa said they would look at undertaking a strategic review of the TLTB, given the high number of iTaukei people living in poverty. During the opening of the Great Council...

Tabuya on increasing wealth

The Great Council of Chiefs (GCC) should look at ways of lifting the iTaukei people out of poverty by increasing wealth and finding ways to put money into their pockets. This is the sentiment expressed by Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Minister Lynda Tabuya. “That is one of the purposes of the Great Council of...

Chair labels comments ‘rubbish’

Great Council of Chiefs Review Committee chairman Dr Jone Baledrokadroka has labelled social media comments that the reinstatement of the GCC would take Fiji back to the days of ethno-nationalism as “rubbish”. “It is all dog whistling,” he said. “There are people who want to perpetrate, to cause ethnic divisions, but I think that is...

A wind of change blowing through

A wind of change is blowing across Fiji with the recent Girmit Day commemoration, re-opening of the Great Council of Chiefs and Ratu Sukuna Day celebrations. President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere said this while addressing hundreds of Fijians who turned up for the Ratu Sukuna Day event at Albert Park yesterday. He extended his gratitude towards...

Budget consultations begin in Lomawai

National budget consultations began at Lomawai in Sigatoka this morning for key stakeholders in the Western Division. Speaking to a group of sugar cane growers, Minister for Finance Professor Biman Prasad said he understood the problems farmers faced and wanted to learn more about their concerns. “I would like to hear from you,” Mr Prasad...

Report: 30,306ha of cane land vacant, underutilised

Around 30,306 hectares of cane land is vacant or underutilised, based on the 2022 records provided by Fiji Sugar Corporation. This, according to a baseline strategy paper released by the Ministry of Finance, Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics. The ministry said ongoing challenges such as illegal subdivision and conversion of arable agricultural land into...

Community honours sons

The tears that our forefathers shed and the hurt and pain we have been carrying all these years will now be heard in Parliament, thanks to you. Descendants of Solomon Islanders in Tamavua-i-wai settlement expressed this sentiment at an emotional ceremony yesterday where they celebrated the achievements of two of their sons — Assistant Minister...

Building a better future | Ministry works to alleviate poverty

Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Minister Lynda Tabuya says poverty benefit schemes should be a temporary measure and not something where recipients are engaged long term. She said her ministry would engage in programs to get recipients out of poverty and into becoming productive members of society. “We are going to engage in quite vigorous...

Tabuya calls for gender equality

Lone female minister Lynda Tabuya says she is “ashamed” she is the only female in Cabinet and is calling for gender equality in all institutions, including the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC). “In any setting, we would like to see that there is gender equality,” the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation said. “We...

Cabinet approves the National Cultural Policy 2023-2033

Cabinet has approved the National Cultural Policy 2023-2033. The policy is grounded in the philosophy of inclusivity and multiculturalism. In his post-Cabinet announcement, Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka said the policy intended to safeguard the rich diversity of cultural resources, “which are our collective cultural heritage”. “The policy objective is to: safeguard, enhance and transfer forms of...

Forestry ministry receives green light to execute project agreement with ITTO

The Ministry of Forestry has been given the green light to execute and agreement with the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) for the second phase of the ‘Community Based Restoration and Sustainable Management of Vulnerable Mangrove Forests through the empowerment of coastal communities and women in the Rewa Delta, Viti Levu, Fiji’ project. ITTO is...

Ministry conducts technical review of Fiji’s social assistance programs

Fiji’s Ministry for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation is conducting the technical review of the Government’s social assistance programs. The review by the ministry’s Department of Social Welfare is done in collaboration with the Australian government through its flagship Partnerships for Social Protection program. At its meeting last Friday (May 26, 2023), the Coalition Government’s...

What’s happening today!

Bula everyone! Here’s some quick info you might need to be aware of as you make your plans for today. And as usual, we begin with today’s weather forecast. Weather: Cloudy periods with some showers over Serua/Namosi, Suva/Nausori-Tailevu areas, Naitasiri, eastern Macuata and Cakaudrove provinces, Lau and Lomaiviti groups Elsewhere, fine apart from isolated afternoon...

29th May

Point of Origin | Jannif in the ’60s (Part 3): St Paul’s, UE year, Maori culture and the twins

The 1960s are not referred to as the swinging ’60s for no reason. The cultural revolution against the old-world ways by the new world youth truly heralded the age of Aquarius. From the technological advancements in computers, flight, and space exploration, to the fashion, political upheaval, rebellion and nonconformity, the Vietnam war protests, the environmental...

156 join Republic of Fiji Military Forces

Families and friends turned up in numbers and braved the rain this week to witness 156 new recruits during the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) 1/23 basic recruit passing-out parade at the Force Training Group (FTG) in Nasinu. RFMF commander Major General Ro Jone Kalouniwai reminded the new recruits of the importance of the...

Beading her way to FJFW | Helen Oro – First Nation indigenous fashion designer of Canada

We at Fiji Fashion Week are preparing ecstatically to receive the first group of indigenous First Nations people of the Pelican Lake Band from Saskatchewan in the middle of Canada. Fashion and Jewellery Designer Helen Oro is from the Pelican Lake Tribe of the Bear Creek Clan. She is “thrilled to be the first indigenous...

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