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Redevelopment of Black Rock a symbol of enduring commitment: Morrison

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Scott Morrison says the redevelopment of Black Rock in Nadi is not just about the bricks and mortar. He said it was a symbol of Fiji and Australia’s partnership, a long-term and...

WAF pipeline leak forces Nadi traffic to single lane use

A MAJOR leak from a Water Authority of Fiji pipeline along the Queens Road between McDonalds and Kennedy Avenue in Nadi has forced traffic to a single lane. According to the Fiji Roads Authority, motorists would be restricted to a single lane use along the busy stretch until the issue is resolved. WAF has been...

Landslide forces Dilkusha Road closure; Two vehicles pushed to the river

THE Dilkusha Road in Nausori is closed to all traffic following two major slips and a minor one earlier this evening. The Fiji Roads Authority says the road will be remain closed until further notice. It has also been confirmed that two vehicles were pushed down to the river bank as a result of the...

Weather watch: Downpour causes landslide at Dilkusha

TORRENTIAL rain swept across the Eastern Division causing a landslide just past Dilkusha Home, partially blocking the Princes Road highway. Travellers on the motorway were left stranded as soil and fallen trees on the blocked highway brought traffic to a halt. Reports have also been received that flooding has begun in Waila ad the greater Nakasi...

Australia to create dedicated Office of the Pacific

AUSTRALIA would soon create a dedicated Office of the Pacific within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. This was revealed by its Prime Minister Scott Morrison while officiating at the University of the South Pacific this week. He said following commitments to step up their Pacific engagement, the office would drive the implementation, not...

Weather watch: Heavy rain warning for Vanua Levu cancelled

THE heavy rain warning previously in force for Vanua Levu, Taveuni and nearby smaller islands, Lau and the Lomaiviti Groups has been cancelled. However, a week trough of low pressure remains slow moving over the country. According to the Fiji Meteorological Services, the system was expected to affect the group until Tuesday. The Eastern and...

Torrential rain postpones first round of premier league

TORRENTIAL rain forced the Fiji Football Association and match officials to call off the first round Vodafone Premier League match between Ba Football Club and Nasinu Football Club that was to be held at Ratu Cakobau Park. Fiji FA Competitions manager Amitesh Pal said the game could not be played in such conditions. He said...

Vuci residents receive muddy water; WAF works to resolve issue

WATER Authority of Fiji (WAF) says the issue of muddy water received by residents living in the greater Nausori area, mainly along Vuci Road and surrounding areas, will be addressed by this afternoon. WAF Corporate Communications Officer Peni Shute said the WAF team was working round the clock to resolve the issue. “We are working to flush...

FRA boss impressed with ongoing roadworks

THE Fiji Roads Authority is impressed with the ongoing works by their two contractors — Higgins Fiji and Dayals Quarries involved in the S3-4 lane road project between the Rewa Bridge in Nausori and 9 Miles. FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore visited the project site on Friday and said he was impressed by the...

Faith and trust: ‘We were saved by the power of God’

WHEN news broke that seven men from Nawaikama, Gau had failed to return from a boating trip, one man stood out at sea and was reminded of an incident that could have ended tragically if it was not for faith and trust in one another. The seven whose bodies have never been recovered were returning from...

Aussie PM praises partnership, praises uni

THE Fiji National University has partnered with the Australia Pacific Training Coalition in an effort to provide training and education to upskill people in the Pacific The partnership won praise from Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison who commended the two institutions for the move. Mr Morrison visited the FNU’S Derrick Campus in Samabula, Suva on...

Fiji has enough doctors: Dr Waqainabete

THERE are enough doctors in the country, says Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. He said having 815 doctors in Fiji was not bad for a country with over 900,000 people. Dr Waqainabete said the number of doctors the country has at the moment was better than what the country had before....

Elderly man dies in fatal road accident

AN 80-year-old man died in a fatal accident in Tavua yesterday. According to Police, the man from Toko Settlement was trying to cross the Kings Highway when he was allegedly hit by a 43-year-old heavy goods vehicle driver. The driver is currently in Police custody as investigations continue.

Strong currents claim life of Korobebe villager

A 50-YEAR-old Korobebe villager is the latest drowning victim after he was swept away by strong currents on Thursday. According to Police, the villager was crossing a river in the Nausori Highlands with six other people when he was swept away. The deceased’s body was later recovered at Navadrakula along the Nadi River.

Serevi vouches for Fiji in NZ

RUGBY 7s wizard Waisale Serevi believes Fiji can win the Hamilton 7s in New Zealand next week. Serevi who arrived at the 2019 McDonald’s Fiji Coral Coast 7s  tournament yesterday from the US commended Fiji Airways Fiji 7s coach Gareth Baber for selecting a strong team. “We have a good team and Baber has done...

Kumar welcomes Australian support for sports in Fiji

FIJI’S Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar has welcomed the support shown by Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on his recent visit to Fiji. Mr Kumar said the various kind of support across numerous sports would be an added boost to Fijian athletes. “As part of our continuing assistance program, Australia will also assist...

Tuivaga cherishes role as a campus guide for Australian PM

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Scott Morrison visit to Fiji will go down in the history books of Matuku, Lau man Viliame Tuivaga, and one he will cherish for life. The 36-year-old FNU trainer was given the honours to guide the Australian PM during his visit to FNU’s Derrick Campus in Suva yesterday to meet APTC students...

Fiji trio makes it through Aussie Rules recruitment

THREE local players have been given the lifetime opportunity after being recruited by the CDHBU Football & Netball Club to play Aussie Rules next month. Vitogo, Lautoka lad Jekesoni Koroi who plays for the Nadi Panthers will be joined by Lautoka Raiders duo William Dyer and Josese Rokodamana. The three boys are still trying to...

Australia recognises climate change challenge for the Pacific

AUSTRALIA has recognised that climate change is a challenge and is a main priority for the Pacific. During his first bilateral visit to the country last week, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there was a global action needed for this issue. He said they had committed to reduce their emissions by 26 to 28 per cent below...

Enough doctors in Fiji, says Minister

THERE is enough doctors in the country, says Minister for Health and Medical Services Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete. He said having 815 doctors in Fiji was not bad for a country with over 900,000 people. Dr Waqainabete said the number of doctors the country had at the moment was better than what the country had before. More details...

Relationship on the mend between ATS management and FASA members

DESPITE their issues, the relationship between Federated Airlines Staff Association members and Air Terminal Services management is on the mend as both parties continue to engage in dialogue. FASA national secretary Manasa Ratuvili said despite several setbacks after returning to work in January, 2018, the association has been able to engage in positive discussions with ATS management. “Since...

FRA impressed with work progress by two contractors

THE Fiji Roads Authority is impressed with the ongoing works by their two contractors — Higgins Fiji and Dayals Quarries involved in the S3-4 lane road project between the Rewa Bridge in Nausori and 9 Miles. FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore visited the project site on Friday and said he was impressed by the...

19th January

FNU advises enrolment and orientation info

THE Fiji National University (FNU) director Marketing and Communications Jenies Mudiliar say all new students need to take note of the dates for the 2019 orientation week and attend this important event. Ms Mudiliar said to avoid the last minute rush, or missing out on the orientation, all students who had received their offer letters from FNU were requested...

Seven drug-related arrests in two days: Police

FIJIAN Police made a total of seven drug-related arrests in separate incidents in the last two days. Among those arrested are two high school students. Police arrested and detained a 28-year-old woman of MacFarland Road, Raiwai after she was found to be in possession of a small clear plastic containing white crystals believed to be...

Prospective models attend casting for Bottega fashion festival

THE Bottega Fijian Fashion Festival held its first model casting for the 2019 fashion year at the University of the South Pacific’s(USP) Oceania Centre in Suva today. More than 100 interested models turned up to showcase their modelling skills to make the final cut for the main event scheduled for June later in the year....

Father Arturo Aguilar,Archbishop Peter Loy Chong and Father Hoare following the book launch at the Archbishop Petero Mataca Hall yesterday. Picture: JONA KONATACI

Lest the opportunity be lost to posterity

WHAT may appear to be a tussle between church and State on the statements made by Archbishop Peter Loy Chong on Catholic education and the open merit system implemented by the Ministry of Education, is cause for great interest and indeed serious reflection. The archbishop’s statements have even been labelled as racist, subjective and contrary...

Fire destroys ice plant building

A BUILDING housing an ice plant at Solovi in Nadi was destroyed in a fire yesterday. Police said the structure housing the plant was completely destroyed. The cause of the blaze and the total cost of damage incurred was yet to be determined, Police said as their investigations continued. The property belonged to a 57-year-old...

Bridges submerged as heavy rain belts Nadroga highlands; Villagers stranded

VILLAGERS in Lomawai and Emuri in Nadroga were left stranded today after bridges near communities disappeared under flood waters. Emuri villager Sakiusa Qautoka said their village was inaccessible since yesterday. “There wasn’t a lot of rain here but there’s a lot of rain further uphill which is why bridges downstream are getting flooded,” Mr Qautoka...

Legal Aid support staff encouraged to educate themselves on national issues

LEGAL Aid Commission support staff were encouraged to educate themselves about national issues especially those that concern the law. While speaking at the closing of the Annual National Corporate Staff Workshop at the Intercontinental Resort and Spa today, Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said it was important for the legal assistants to upskill themselves. “Even though...

Cakaudrove commends Government development projects

THE Cakaudrove Provincial Council has commended the various State-funded projects targeted at enhancing the livelihoods of rural dwellers. In particular, the council commended the Government’s development projects saying it had improved the livelihoods of people in their villages and communities within the province. Council chairperson Ratu Jekesoni Yavalanavanua said villagers had been blessed with development projects...

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