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Participants learn importance of preserving food during dry season

Communities in the Tavua district usually affected by drought had a chance to learn ways to preserve food during this dry period in a training organised by the Adventists Development Relief Agency (ADRA) Fiji in...

Paddlers raise $3k for cancer treatments

A group of professional paddlers have raised more than $3000 for the Great WOWS Walk Challenge. After completing 14 days of paddling, the Suva SUPers collected $3550 from over 60 sponsors. WOWS Kids Fiji team leader Mere Williams said the funds would add to the $30,000 targeted,which would be used for medical treatment, as well...

Duo to face uni council

University of the South Pacific (USP) pro-chancellor and chair of the USP Council, Winston Thompson, and the chairman of the USP Audit and Risk Committee (ARC), Mahmood Khan, may face censure and possible “action” from the USP Council for holding a press conference on September 11, 2020. This, according to a letter sent by USP...

Uni advises on careers

University graduates in small nations like Fiji will face problems finding jobs because of the impact of COVID-19, says University of Fiji acting vice-chancellor Prof Shaista Shameem. She made this statement during a careers workshop organised by the university in Suva last weekend. The workshop aimed to provide information for secondary school students about programs...

Training to make best use of ventilators

A group of medical technicians and doctors are being trained on the use of 30 ventilators given by the United States government for use in hospitals around Fiji. Yesterday, US ambassador to Fiji Joseph Cella visited the CWM Hospital to meet health workers participating in the training organised by the United States Agency for International...

Father pleads for assistance

A Rakiraki man whose two sons are unable to work because of a rare genetic eye disorder, is pleading for assistance. Ajay Kumar said having two grown sons who were incapable of working was very challenging. Amit Kumar, 28, and Avikesh Kumar, 26, were diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa by doctors at the CWM Hospital. The...

Water woes in the city

Suva was alerted to a grave water shortage, with the likelihood of further restrictions, unless there was a steady rise in the level in the reservoir, the acting director of Public Works, J P Barron said in an article published by The Fiji Times on June 16, 1958. The front page story was titled Suva...

A gift of poetry

Nicknamed Rijavale Bera, he is wellknown as a storyteller, one gifted with a talent of putting words in poems and songs. Over the years, he gradually became well-known on social media and local radio stations, recognised for his skill of relating events into poems and songs. Even using his imagination in creating poetic stories relating...

Yasawa villagers benefit from village nutrition security initiative

Ensuring the nutritional security of Fijian villages remains a paramount undertaking for the Ministry of Agriculture. This was reiterated during the handing over of fruit tree planting materials and home gardening packages to the three villages of Natawa in Waya district, Natia in Viwa district and Gunu in Naviti district, Yasawa by the Assistant Minister...

Request to withdraw charge

The defence for Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) supporter Bani Kawale has asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to withdraw the charge of malicious act laid against him. His case was called before the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday. Mr Kawale is alleged to have published and broadcast false news on Facebook about positive cases of...

Complaints against lenders

Fifty per cent of complaints received by bank and credit institutions between April and June 2020 were related to COVID-19 loan repayment holiday packages. The Reserve Bank of Fiji, in its second quarter complaints management bulletin, revealed a total of 804 complaints were received by licensed financial institutions between April and June with 95.8 per...

Nine-year jail for rapist hotel worker

A former Fijian tourism worker copped a nine-year jail term for raping a New Zealand tourist at an island resort last year. High Court judge Justice Sunil Sharma passed the sentence on the 36-year-old father of two at the High Court in Lautoka yesterday. The accused had earlier pleaded guilty to a count of raping...

Separate ethnic boxes

Two African-American women gathered together a group of other African-Americans and raised enough money to purchase 97 acres of land in the state of Georgia in US. A new city will be built on this land, to be named “Freedom”. Plans have already been drawn up to provide a place where, as one of them...

Prof Shaista Shameem: Job hunt will be tough

Apart from wreaking havoc on a global scale, COVID-19 will also make it “challenging” for university graduates to find a job. This, according to University of Fiji acting vice-chancellor Prof Shaista Shameem. Speaking at a career teachers and principals workshop in Suva at the weekend, she said the pandemic had restricted the ability of secondary...

Swift action by NFA saves Jittu Estate home

A 74-year-old grandmother says divine intervention and swift action by the National Fire Authority saved her Jittu Estate home from going up in flames today. Laisiana Bui said she was resting at her home when the alarm was raised by residents. “Little did I know, the fire had started right next to my place,” she...

Virtual public submissions live streaming temporarily ceased

Live streaming or broadcasting of the virtual public submissions to the respective six Standing Committees of the Fijian Parliament will be temporarily ceased this week. According to a statement by the Civic Education & Media Unit of the Parliament of Republic of Fiji this is to allow for essential upgrades to be conducted so as...

Man drowns day before b-day

Pete Navosailagi never got to celebrate his 29th birthday yesterday. The 29-year-old allegedly drowned while swimming with friends in a river in Waiyala, Keiyasi, Navosa, on Sunday. Mr Navosailagi was a communications specialist with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. His mother, Adi Ateca Vokili, said even though his death was unexpected, she was at peace because...

Three-year-old believed to be Fiji’s latest drowning victim

A three-year-old child is believed to be the country’s latest drowning victim. According to Police the incident occurred in the Wailoku River this morning. “The victim was at home with his father when he disappeared from home and was later found floating in the river by a Police Officer from the Wailoku Police Post.” Investigations...

‘GDP expected to contract’

The Fijian GDP is expected to experience a sharp contraction in 2020, as the economy is predicted to contract by 21.7 per cent in the same year. According to the United Nations Pacific Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of Covid-19 in Fiji this was mainly because of poor tourism activity and its impact on the rest of...

‘We need to commercialise agriculture’

There are a lot of areas where the country could make gains in reaching the full potential of the agricultural sector according to the Minister for Agriculture, Waterways and Environment, Dr Mahendra Reddy. Speaking at the signing of the memorandum of understanding between BSP and Agricultural Marketing Authority last week (AMA), the minister said this...

Yaqona farming keeps Mere busy

Today, Mere Namaki Ganilau is a successful kava farmer and trader. The 25-year-old Nabukunivatu, Naitasiri lass has 1000 yaqona plants that are five years old and almost ready for harvest and another 1000 which are two years old. While Ms Ganilau’s dream job involved getting her hands dirty, it certainly wasn’t with soil. It involved...

Fijian woman scoops award

A Naitasiri single mother who managed to get into the British Army said her children motivated her to complete the gruelling 26-week infantry training program. Salanieta Yacake, a farmer, left Waibasaga Village last year in an attempt to join the British Army to provide a better life for her two children. Her sacrifice paid off...

Society appoints Clarke president

Renowned Suva lawyer William Wylie Clarke is the new president of the Fiji Law Society. In a press statement issued yesterday, the FLS stated Mr Clarke of Howards Lawyers was elected at its annual general meeting on Saturday. He replaces Laurel Vaurasi, who stepped down after five years at the helm. Wati Seeto of the...

Fiji calls for international support for the ‘Global Fund for Coral Reefs’

Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Ambassador Satyendra Prasad joined UN leaders in calling for the generous support to the new Global Fund for Coral Reefs (GFCR). The Fund, a first of its kind was launched on the margins of the UN General Assembly on 16th September to mobilise financial support. The GFCR...

Fiji’s drownings are a warning to parents: Minister

A record number of drownings in Fiji has prompted calls for better supervision of children near water. 31 people have drowned this year – eight in just the last three weeks. 25 people had drowned by the same time last year. Education Minister Rosy Akbar placed responsibility on parents, calling for more adult supervision these...

Bainimarama conveys congratulatory message to Japan’s new PM

Fiji’s Prime Minister, Voreqe Bainimarama has conveyed Fiji’s well wishes to  Yoshihide Suga on his appointment as the 63rd Prime Minister of Japan. In a congratulatory message to his counterpart, Mr Bainimarama said that this year marks the 50th anniversary of the diplomatic relations between Fiji and Japan. Mr Bainimarama said that this great achievement...

Kumar: More effort to bring Levuka town to its former glory

Minister for Local Government, Premila Kumar during her visit to Levuka  on September 18-19 said that every effort must  be made to return Levuka Town to its former glory. The delegation was led by the Attorney General and the Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. The   objective of the visit was to showcase the heritage of...

21st September

‘Authority must take the blame’

The Fiji Roads Authority should take the blame in the slowdown of road infrastructure across the country, says Unity party leader Savenaca Narube. The former governor of the Reserve Bank of Fiji was responding to the decision by China Railway No.5 Engineering Group Fiji Ltd to send 20 workers home because “there is not much...

RoC Market a hit with newbie vendor

The RoC Market in the Capital City is getting bigger and better. Gayani Herath, a new stall owner at this year’s RoC Market, said she experienced good business by selling handmade fabric bags at the event in Suva yesterday. “My sales are really good and this is my hobby making bags and pencil cases. “But...

Feakes praises containment efforts

Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes whose family is under quarantine at the Tanoa International Hotel in Nadi has praised the efforts of border quarantine officials as they continue to monitor travellers entering the country. “Fiji has done an outstanding job in managing coronavirus,” he said. “I am unaware of any other country in...

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