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24th March

220 HIV cases reported in Tailevu area

A TOTAL of 220 accumulated cases of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) has been reported in the Tailevu area. Doctor Ilisapeci Lasaro revealed this during her presentation at the Tailevu Provincial Council meeting in Nausori yesterday....

Tailevu Provincial Council signs MoU with FCS to curb inmate numbers

ACCORDING to provincial breakdown, a high number of inmates who are kept in Fiji Corrections Services (FCS) facilities around the country are from Tailevu. This was revealed by the Fiji Corrections Services (FCS) deputy Commissioner Apimeleki Taukei who said 218 inmates were from the Tailevu province. Mr Taukei said previously, the highest number of inmates...

TLTB recruits Hindi-speaking officers

TWELVE Fijians of Indian descent have been recruited into the iTaukei Land Trust Board. Board chief executive officer Tevita Kuruvakadua said this would help them communicate better with Hindi-speaking tenants. “Sometime when Hindi speaking tenants visit TLTB, some of the staff cannot understand them so there is a need to have staff who speak Hindi...

Fiji and Cuba reaffirm bilateral commitments

FIJI and Cuba have reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening bilateral engagements to advance the development priorities. This commitment was made stronger after Fiji’s Ambassador to Cuba and the permanent representative to the United Nations in New York Dr Satyendra Prasad, presented his credentials to President of the Republic of Cuba, Miguel Diaz-Canel, in Cuba on...

All accident casualties lacked wills: ACCF

ALL accident casualties in the country that received compensation from the Accident Compensation Commission of Fiji lacked wills. Speaking during the commission’s awareness program in Labasa yesterday, ACCF chief executive officer Parvez Akbar said relatives of the dead have had to run around trying to claim what was theirs. Mr Akbar reminded members of the...

Cancer cases increase steadily in Fiji: Akbar

CANCER cases in Fiji have steadily increased over the past several years, says Minister for Education Rosy Akbar. While opening the MIOT International Cancer Conclave in Nadi yesterday, she said statistics have revealed that there was mostly an increasing incidence of breasts cancer, cervix and other reproductive tract cancers in women. “In men, cancers such...

Namosi landowners committee speaks out

THE Tikina Namosi Landowners Committee have spoken out, saying they have serious reservations and are concerned with the statements by the iTaukei Land Trust Board and Hydro Fiji. TNLC chairman Josefa Tauleka said the statements by both parties disregarded the rights of the landowners on the proposed hydro dam. In a statement released by TLTB,...

23rd March

Navuku appointed Commissioner Central

JOSEFO Seniwatui Navuku has been officially appointed the new Commissioner for the Central Division. Mr Navuku, a former chief economic planning officer for policy at the Office of the Prime Minister, takes over from former Commissioner Central Setareki Tale who retired late last year. Mr Navuku said he would use his experience especially in carrying...

Fiji investment mission targets engaging NZ businesses

THE Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar led a Fijian investment mission to New Zealand aimed at engaging the New Zealand business community to better understand their needs. The three-day mission, which marked the first anniversary opening of the Fiji Trade Commission in New Zealand, was also used to...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: BLK Police Blues reign ends 34-year drought

THE BLK Police Blue rugby 7s team ended its 34-year drought this evening to be the new champ of the 43rd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament. The law enforcers narrowly defeated Wardens Gold 17-12 to claim the title after two brutal days of eight matches against 63 teams in the men’s division. Police Blue captain Livai Ikanikoda...

Bulanaires list launched on International Day of Happiness

AN event to signify the importance of the International Day of Happiness was held at Fiji’s Mission in United Kingdom earlier in the week. Fiji’s High Commission in London, in collaboration with Tourism Fiji, had coordinated the event that coincided with the launch of Tourism Fiji’s new initiative ‘Bulanaires List’, which tied in with the...

Medical professionals charts way to combat cancer

MORE than 100 delegates are in Nadi for a Cancer Conference at the Tanoa International Hotel. Organised by MIOT International, the Cancer Conclave was designed to address various issues related to cancer in Fiji and chart out the best possible way forward to combat the disease. While opening the conference, Minister for Education Rosy Akbar...

Toddler drowns in fish pond

A ONE-year-old boy died earlier this week in Votualevu, Nadi, after he drowned in a fish pond. According to the family members, the child was under the care of two men when he wandered into the fish pond. His father Tomasi Fabiano Chute said his son went missing around 5pm on Wednesday. He said they...

Northerners hold interfaith memorial service for victims of Christchurch massacre

MEMBERS of the public turned up in numbers at the Labasa Civic Centre today for the interfaith memorial service held for victims and the 50 that died at the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand last week. People of different race and background attended the service, including the families of those that were wounded in the...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Natabua and Jasper defends title

GIANTS and neighbouring schools Natabua High School and Jasper Williams High School have succeeded in defending their crowns during the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this afternoon. Boys champions Natabua secured a total of 33 gold medals in the boys’ division while Jasper won 40 gold medals. Saint Thomas High School...

Students observe samples of Wolbachia mosquito

STUDENTS today observed samples of the Wolbachia mosquito that will soon be released into hotspots in Lautoka. The project implemented by the World Mosquitoe Program was first launched in the Central Division. The initiative was launched in the Western Division by Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete who praised the efforts of...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Three records set

THREE records have been set at the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet. Natabua’s Tiko Batibasaga broke a 22-year-old senior boys shot put record with a throw of 13.92m The old record of 13.59m was set in 1997. Jasper Williams High School jumper Adi Matevakatini set a new record of 11.12m in the senior girls’ triple...

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Easy win for Mudreilagi

NATABUA High School sprint king Nemani Mudreilagi easily won the senior boys 200m final to be crowned the fastest schoolboy at the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet. The Raiwaqa native of Nadroga who also won the blue ribbon event recorded 22 .41sec at the 200m final today. More reports in tomorrow’s edition of The Sunday...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: Coastline Ratu Filise secures spot in cup semis

COASTLINE Ratu Filise has secured a spot in the cup semifinals against Police Blue after they defeated Russia Red 31-10 in the last quarterfinal. In the first semifinal, Uluinakau Babas will take on Wardens Gold.  

Lautoka Yasawa Zone: Natabua and Jasper extends lead

NATABUA and Jasper Williams High School have extended their lead in the second day of the Coca-Cola Lautoka Yasawa Zone meet at Lautoka’s Churchill Park this afternoon. Jasper has won 31 gold medals followed by Natabua with four goals with Saint Thomas High School in third place with two gold medals Natabua has so far...

Fiji Bitter Marist 7s: New champ to be crowned today

A NEW champion will be crowned at the 43rd edition of the Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament when Police Blue defeated Tabadamu Blue 15-0 in the third cup quarterfinals. The two teams met in last year’s cup final where the Tabadamu defended the title. Police Blue, Uluinakau, Wardens and the winner between Ratu Filise and...

Tears shed for school repairs on Yacata

PENI Qusa could not hold back his tears as he pleaded with authorities to swiftly complete rehabilitation works at Sukanaivalu Primary School on Yacata Island, Cakaudrove. For the past 14 months, teachers have struggled to hold composite classes accommodated in makeshift classrooms at one end of the village community hall. There are also concerns over...

Rainwater harvesting system to end struggle for islanders

A $38,000 rainwater harvesting system has ended years of struggle by Yanuya and Tavua villagers on Malolo Island by giving them access to clean and safe drinking water. The project was funded by the New Zealand High Commission in co-operation with Habitat for Humanity Fiji and Vinaka Fiji. New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan...

Pine trees illegally logged to build homes

MEMBERS of the Naereere landowning unit in Namuka, Macuata received a rude awakening this week following illegal logging of pine trees on their land for construction of homes. A spokesman of the mataqali (clan), Anasa Vula, said the only other surviving member of the landowning unit was residing overseas and they had been alerted by...

Stop departure order issued for duo

TWO former sales and marketing officers of the Fiji Forest Industries charged with corruption-related offences have been issued stop departure orders. The duo appeared before Magistrate Cama Tuberi charged with one count each of abuse of office, obtaining a financial advantage and corrupt transactions with agents by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC). Manwar...

‘Increase base salaries’

FIJI Airports air traffic controllers say the company is muddying the waters when it comes to the issue of pay rises which they have been fighting for over the past two years. Responding to a statement from Fiji Airports yesterday, spokesman Kolokesa Kini said they wanted an increase of their base salaries. “They continue to...

New Zealanders welcome Fijian gratitude

THE many messages of solidarity and support from Fijians in the wake of a mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week have been received with gratitude by New Zealanders. NZ High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr said they welcomed the support of their many friends in Fiji. “(Our) Government is absolutely determined that New...

One traffic controller returns to work

ONE air traffic controller has returned to work. This was confirmed by the spokesman of the 33 air traffic management staff members, Kolokesa Kini. He said out of the main air traffic controllers for Fiji Airports, only one officer had returned to work while 84 per cent had remained at home. While responding to a...

NZ remains on high alert

THE terror threat level in New Zealand remains high, says New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr. Despite this, he said New Zealand remained safe for residents and visitors. Mr Curr was one of the panellists for a discussion on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, hosted at the University of...

Shooting ‘haunts’ Muslims

MUSLIMS remain haunted by the mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, last week. These were the sentiments echoed by Fiji Muslim League representative Mohammed Dean while speaking at the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination panel discussion in Lautoka on Thursday night. It was a sombre occasion for those present...

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