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Point of Origin: Sewing through the toughest of times

Raj fashion centre at Waimanu Rd was established in 1981 by its director Vasant Kumar. Mr Kumar said in those years everything looked fine and not many shops were open around him. He said he...

Nadi business scales back operations

A lot of business houses on Viti Levu are scaling back their operations and services in anticipation of October 4, a day which would give an opportunity to many businesses to bounce back from the economic downfall caused by COVID-19. Nadi-based Fried Chicken Planet owner Mohammed Aiyaz said they had hired five more staff in...

Customers make the most of online platform

Courts online shopping platform has seen a favourable reception from customers during the lockdown and restrictions periods. According to Courts chief marketing officer Anil Senewiratne the response had met their expectations given the pandemic. “The number of entries we have received is a good testimonial to see it has been very well accepted and especially...

Remittance surge: Data reveals $470m received in seven months

Remittances have increased over the years from 2010 onwards and over the recent months, becoming quite significant. This was according to Dr Janesh Sami from the School of Accounting Finance and Economics of the University of the South Pacific. While speaking during the economics session at the 2021 Pacific Update on Thursday, he said the...

Vaccinating our children

Love for one’s children is altruistic in most individuals. Our genetics and survival as a species dictates that we have built-in protective instincts for our progeny. Biologically speaking, human beings, similar to some other mammals care for their young for almost a quarter to a third of their lifetimes. This longevity of caring is seen...

Peace of mind: Vitila’s road to recovery

The road to success for Nadi-based Vee’s Organic Farm owner Vitila Vuniwaqa was never easy. The 47-year-old former flight attendant fought hard to overcome stroke which she suffered in 2010. “I started working as a flight attendant straight after my high school and was employed for 17 years in the national airline,” she said. Ms...

Ministry works to finalise National Action Plan

The Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation is working on finalising Fiji’s National Action Plan which will explain the root causes of violence using data and evidence, says Minister Rosy Akbar. “The ministry is working and involving all stakeholders to ensure that they also have a role in the soon to be finalised Fiji’s...

Health first: Agreement allows free medical check

Family members of Fiji Corrections Service (FCS) personnel can access free general medical consultations and medications at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Medical Centre after the signing of a memorandum of agreement with the Sai Prema Foundation Fiji. This is aimed to facilitate the good health and wellbeing of the correction officers and their families....

Market vendors running business at a loss

Vendors at the Lautoka Municipal Market have been running their business at a loss because of the huge chunk of market products they have to dispose as a result of continued low market sales. Lautoka Market Vendors Association president Filomena O’Neill said this had been an ongoing concern ever since the pandemic hit a year...

COVID vaccine paves way to the classrooms

Vaccination of school students will bring back classroom-based teaching. This according to Lautoka School for Special Education head (LSSE) Kailash Pillay. Mr Pillay said vaccination would give students the opportunity to move about freely and be protected against COVID-19 at the same time. “I would like to urge all the parents to send their kids...

Long wait concern parents

Some parents waited more than six hours to get their children vaccinated at the Nadi’s Prince Charles Park last Monday. Nadi resident Sanjesh Prasad said a proper method could have been adopted, so students and their parents did not have to wait for long hours for their jabs. “I went with my daughter to the...

Flood and cyclone affects farmers

Income for sugarcane farmers on Vanua Levu will be severely affected next year because of the impact of natural disasters that ravaged the sugarcane farms this year. National Farmers Union president Surendra Lal said crop production badly declined this year after farmers experienced two cyclones and floods. “We went through TC Yasa and TC Ana...

Tribunal to bring early end to Labasa crushing

The Sugar Industry Tribunal has requested all sugarcane growers in Labasa to ensure that all cane are harvested and delivered to the sugar mill by October 7. National Farmers Union president Surendra Lal said the tribunal’s decision to end the crushing season in Labasa next month was expected. He said stakeholders had no choice but...

COVID-19 Fiji: New border case recorded

Another new border quarantine COVID-19 positive case was recorded over the weekend, according to Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong. He said the patient was a 23-year-old man from Tokyo, Japan, who arrived in Fiji on September 12 at the Nadi International Airport. Dr Fong said his entry swab on September 16 was negative,...

Blood bank impacted: FRCS carries out Fiji-wide blood drive to boost supply

Fiji’s blood supply continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Fiji Red Cross Society. This prompted FRCS to carry out a nationwide blood drive campaign that commenced in August. FRCS director-general Ilisapeci Rokotunidau said it was pleasing to see the huge turnout at all their blood drive locations across the country....

President Konrote appoints acting S-G

Fijian President Jioji Konrote has appointed Preetika Priyadarshni Prasad as Acting Solicitor-General making her the first woman to take up this role. Ms Prasad worked in the Office of the Attorney-General since 2005, according to a government statement. “Fiji’s first woman Acting Solicitor-General,” the statement read. “She has held the role of State Solicitor since...

Tension in neighbourhood rise again

Five vehicles packed with police officers yesterday had to break up a large group of young men drinking at the Nabua Housing estate in Mead Rd following an alleged brawl in Nabua Village, Sukanaivalu Rd. According to claims from an eyewitness, the alleged brawl was between youths from the two areas. Rods and sticks were...

‘Bainimarama lost control of his government’ – Rabuka

THE suspension of Solicitor-General Sharvada Sharma and the termination of Fiji Bureau of Statistics chief executive officer Kemueli Naiqama just a few days apart shows that Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has lost control of his own Government, says People’s Alliance Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Mr Rabuka said the people deserved to see justice done without...

Police identify body of teenager discovered in Lautoka

Police say the body of a man found under the Natabua bridge in Lautoka yesterday has been identified. Police media officer Wame Bautolu said the family identified the body of the teenager earlier today. The area was cordoned off after the discovery. Mr Bautolu says police investigations will continue as they await the post-mortem examination...

Man, 20, dies in road accident

A 20-year-old man has become the latest road fatality. This, according to a statement from the Fiji Police Force. The statement said the alleged incident happened on Saturday afternoon on Vanua Levu. “The victim was one of three passengers in a vehicle driven by a man in his 20s when they were allegedly involved in...

Tawake promoted to commodore

Fiji Navy chief Captain Humphrey Tawake has been promoted to the rank of Commodore after his appointment as deputy commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. This, according to a recent statement from the RFMF. Commodore Tawake recently graduated from the Australian War College and an executive diploma graduate in strategic and defence studies...

Vatuwaqa resident dies in road accident – Police

A man has died after a motor vehicle accident along Edinburgh Drive in Suva yesterday. The Vatuwaqa resident was traveling towards Walu Bay when he allegedly lost control of his vehicle causing it to veer off the road and hit a lamppost, Police said. Police said the man, in his 30s, was rushed to the...

More than 100,000 job losses due to pandemic, says PM

More than 100,000 people have lost theirjobs while the Fijian Government has suffered a loss of 50% in its revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama stated this while delivering Fiji’s National statement to the United Nations General Assembly. “Our mission now is to recover the more than 100,000 jobs lost to...

Five new K9 unit members complete training program

Five new members of the K9 Unit have successfully completed a three-month training program. According to police, K9 Rolly, K9 Ruger, K9 Rydes, K9 Rae and K9 Chunky have successfully completed the training program at the K9 Unit in Nasova. Police added a passing out parade for the K9 officers and their handlers was held...

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 Fine weather over most places apart from brief showers over the eastern parts of the larger islands [Viti Levu, Vanua Levu, Taveuni and Kadavu] and the Lau and...

26th September

COVID-19 Fiji: 54 cases reported in 24-hour period; new cases on maritime islands

Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services has reported 54 new cases of COVID-19 for the 24-hoour period that ended at 8am today. Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said since the last update, they had also recorded 99 new recoveries, which meant there were now 13,022 active cases. He said no new COVID deaths...

Overseas company owes Post Fiji $9.6m

Post Fiji was owed $9.6 million by an overseas company. This, according to the Auditor-General in his 2019-2020 Report on Pubic Enterprises and Other Entities that was tabled in Parliament on Thursday. The anomalies in business engagement with an international company’ were discovered during an audit of the company’s 2019 accounts. “A total of $9.6m...

Vaxxi turn out positive

The increase in children getting vaccinated for COVID-19 was a clear indication that there has been a lot of awareness and advocacy with parents on the safety of their children, Health Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete told Parliament this week. He was responding to Opposition MP Lynda Tabuya who queried the COVID-19 vaccination drive for children....

767 applications for teacher transfers

The Ministry of Education had received 767 applications for transfers from teachers so far this year, says Education Minister Premila Kumar. She was responding to Government MP Virendra Lal’s oral question on how the ministry planned to handle and facilitate the transfer of teachers for the 2022 academic years given the current situation this week...

Villages tighten measures

Villages in the northern parts of the Yasawa Group have gone into lockdown after positive cases were reported in a number of villages within the Yasawa district. Yasawa district spokesman Senirusi Sevutia said more than 20 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed within their six villages. He said the inter-island movement had been restricted while...

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