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8th February

Naugavule pursues IT ambitions

Choose a career you love and work hard towards your dream. To emphasise this motto, Etuate Naugavule has undertaken various programs to assist him excel in his career. Naugavule completed the TAFE Diploma of Information...

Taniela’s unabating passion for engineering

Iowane Taniela made the journey across rivers and valleys to ensure he completed the first step in fulfilling his ambition to study engineering. The 18-year-old former Sigatoka Methodist College enrolled into the Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) with Honours program at the Fiji National University’s (FNU) Enrolment Roadshow held at the Wishing Well in Sigatoka recently....

FNU commences Semester 1 orientation week

The Fiji National University’s (FNU) Nasinu Campus was filled with eager first-year students yesterday as the university commenced its Orientation Week for Semester 1 studies. FNU’s College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies (CBHTS) and College of Humanities and Education (CHE) conducted their respective College sessions at the 450-seat lecture theatre on campus. First-year student,...

CWM cleanup campaign – Coordinated culture of keeping our hospital clean

Members of the public are being urged to join in a cleanup campaign at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) on Saturday, February 25. The theme for the event is “Let’s Do It Again, Together for CWMH: We Care”. In a statement, CWMH is calling for assistance in providing reliable water supply, consistent electricity supply,...

State all for better hospitals, health care

Minister for Multi-Ethnic Affairs and Sugar Charan Jeath Singh says under the leadership of Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, Government will continue to support and improve the state of hospitals in Fiji. He made the following remarks while officiating at the Gift of Life ceremony at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital in Nasese last...

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 A trough of low pressure lies over the Fiji group. Associated cloud and showers are expected to affect parts of the country for the next few days. Meanwhile,...

7th February

Living off his hobby – Raj copes with financial worries by using his talent

Renowned Italian painter Leonardo da Vinci once said “painting is like poetry that is seen rather than felt”. Daniel Nilesh Raj’s work epitomises that expression. The arts have been a part of Raj’s life since he was a little boy. Now that hobby has blossomed. “Initially, I was a sketch artist, back in primary school,”...

Back in history: New form of sea life

The coral reefs we see are a result of an extremely complex system of marine life. To increase our understanding of this, scientists all over the world are examining plant and animal life occurring within the reefs. Here in Fiji, several species of Zoonthids, previously unknown to scientists, were discovered by Angus Muirhead, a student...

For the love of lilies

In the past, Colin Birch would venture down a country lane every week to collect a bunch of lilies for his wife Mary. Then the couple began looking for a new business venture. Mary, who worked in governance, and Colin, who owns a separate refrigeration business, were seeking something new in their lives. Then a...

Trading conditions improve for businesses

Businesses in Fiji continue to experience improved trading conditions with most firms reporting increased revenue, profitability and hiring intentions. According to ANZ’s senior economists Tom Kenny and Dr Kishti Sen, their surveys show that expectations of future sales, revenue and profitability look encouraging with 81 per cent of firms expecting to see increased turnover and...

Council congratulates new government

The Fiji New Zealand Business Council looks forward to working with the Government to further build trusted relationships with its Fiji and New Zealand investment partners. On behalf of the members of FNZBC president Renu Chand, in a letter to Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka, congratulated him on his appointment and his Coalition Government. Ms Chand...

Current account deficit to widen

A research by ANZ economists forecasts a worsening of the Current Account Deficit (CAD) through 2023 and 2024. The publication ANZ Research titled “Fiji – Monetary Policy Shift”, authored by Tom Kenny and Dr Kishti Sen states that as tourism demand returned and the economy picked up, import demand for goods and services lifted. “This...

Pre-emptive move – Time to gradually return policy rate to neutral settings

The policy rates in Fiji have been at emergency low levels for a long time and given our projections of economic activity over the next two years, we believe the time has come to return the policy rate to neutral settings to manage the economy, says ANZ economist Dr Kishti Sen. In the ANZ Research...

Industry support for foundation

Tourism Fiji is the latest partner in the business of recycling offering support to the Pacific Recycling Foundation in garnering attention from industry partners to encourage sustainable waste management practices. Tourism Fiji chief executive officer Brent Hill said it was an important part of their marketing campaign for environmentally friendly tourists. “If you look at...

He’ll travel any distance for daughter’s heart

There are no limits and boundaries when it comes to a father’s love for his daughter, especially when she needs serious medical surgery to save her life. Mark Whippy travelled over 90 kilometres from his hometown in Levuka with his 12-year-old daughter, Deborah Whippy, for life-saving surgery. He said they were fortunate to be offered...

She’s ‘over the moon’

Her heart sank when she doctors told more than four years ago that her three-month-old son had a hole in his heart. Today, Taware Marisera is over the moon. Taware Marisera said Jacob Prasad had suddenly fallen sick after experiencing chest pains from coughing. Ms Marisera said Jacob was then taken for an echo-cardiogram when...

Dine in style – Students to enjoy meals in new-look dining hall

Students of Ballantine Memorial School (BMS) in Delainavesi, Lami will now enjoy their meals in a recently-renovated dining hall. Speaking at the hand over of the dining hall last week, BMS Walusaiva local president, Mei Niumataiwalu said the renovations cost $40,000. She said funds were raised through contributions from old scholars around the country and...

Bishops’ six-day meet – Assembly to focus on climate change, rising seas, mission etc

A six-day general assembly of the Federation of Catholic Bishops of Oceania (FCBCO) began with a mass at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva on Sunday. Eighty-four bishops and archbishops are attending the event to deliberate on issues associated with climate change, rising sea level, and the importance of the ocean for small island states,...

Bid for cancer free Fiji

Former Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau was among the crowd who showed up at Albert Park, Suva, last Saturday to support Fiji Cancer Society’s (FCS) World Cancer Day 2023 health walk. Society CEO Belinda Chan said there was a need for everyone to take part in creating a cancer free Fiji by taking advantage...

Access to clean water

More than 20,000 villagers in Naitasiri will now have access to sustainable clean drinking water. This follows the launch of the Give Clean Water Naitasiri project last week at Vunidawa. The project will cater for 91 villages. Manager for Give Clean Water Fiji Trust David Reddy said since 2008 the company had been giving out...

Driver will never forget his saviour

“We were scared and were trembling because our car was partly submerged in the floodwater.” These were the words of Rashid Ali, the driver of a car that was swept away while trying to cross a flooded culvert at Munir Rd, in Seaqaqa, Macuata. The passengers and Mr Ali were later saved by cane farmer...

Girl’s call saves six

When 10-year-old Nanise Talega saw the driver of a car walk testing the depth of the water across a flooded culvert, she sensed something would soon be amiss and called out to her mother, Virisila Silivere. Her vigilance and concern may have saved the lives of the six people travelling in the vehicle after it...

Defence lawyer says they will challenge supposed ‘admission’

Alleged killer on the high seas Tevita Qaqa Kapawale is challenging the confessions he made in his caution interview and also to a journalist. The case of the murders of Qiritivabea Cagilabakomeli, Benjamin Semuel Sukera, Alfat Kodri, Eme Warma, and Samuela Sukera, attempted murder of Kaminieli Tucama and criminal intimidation of Mitieli Cama on the...

Kids – 7 and 10 – suspects in sex attack

Two children, aged 10 and seven years, are suspects in a case involving a sexual attack on a three-year-old girl in Vatukoula. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro confirmed the incident was under investigation. She said the mother was alerted to the alleged incident last Saturday while tending to her daughter who was in pain. “The victim...

There is a case to answer: Temo

The High Court in Suva has ruled that there is a case to answer for the men alleged to have stolen close to $250,000 from outside the Home Finance Company (HFC) Bank in Nakasi in August 2021. The matter was called before Acting Chief Justice Salesi Temo yesterday. Maikeli Scott Manuwave and Raymond Johnson were...

Bhagwan: Revoke their lease

Well-known environmental conservationist Reverend James Bhagwan is calling on the Government to revoke the lease given to a Chinese development company for more than 36 hectares of mangrove forest and land along Queen Elizabeth Drive in Nasese. He claimed the proposed tourism project would destroy one of Suva’s last remaining mangrove areas and would threaten...

‘Removal of mangroves causes flooding’

Former high schoolteacher Lepani Kolinisau claims the removal of mangroves in Nasese for the sake of development has resulted in his home being flooded whenever there was heavy rain. The 73-year-old Gardiner Street resident said he also used to be able to catch crabs near his house but this was not happening any more. Mr...

Company gives assurances on environment

If there is anything in our proposed development that is harmful to the environment, we will not go ahead with it. This was revealed by a spokesperson for the $600 million Fiji Tian Lun Square project in Nasese. The spokesperson also said they would be guided by their environment consultant. “Nothing has been finalised in...

‘Rework plans, keep mangroves’

The man who conducted the Environmental Impact Assessment on a proposed $600 million hotel-tourism project in Nasese, Suva, says he has told the developers not to cut down the mangroves. Dr Paulo Vanualailai, the head of Envi-Green Pacific Consultants, said as a result the developers were look at their plans again “and will work their...

President says good money tools vital

Government cannot manage its finances without good measuring tools and personnel committed to long-term objectives, says President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere. Speaking in Parliament during the opening of the 2023-2024 session, Ratu Wiliame said the re-establishment of the Ministry of Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics would be given priority to ensure better co-ordination and formulation...

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