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Two police officers charged for non-sexual violence offences in February

Two police officers were part of the 50 people charged for non-sexual violence offences by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) last month. This was revealed today by the Office of the Director of Public...

Back in time: Wednesday, March 03, 1993

On this day in 1993, three stories featured on the front page of  The Fiji Times. The main story was titled ‘Police 4s hard luck’. The story is about the fate of four suspended senior police officers. The second article is about the Ba Chamber of Commerce and Industry resolved to close business in protest over...

Commander Naupoto charity tour in the Northern Division

The RFMF Engineers have been working persistently to complete the reconstruction and repairs of schools that were damaged during the recent cyclones, apart from helping in food distributions to affected families. This week the Commander RFMF, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto began his visit to the northern division to visit troops that are currently assisting the...

Weather watch: Trough of low pressure lies to the west

A trough of low pressure lies to the west of Fiji and continues to move south. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this morning says the associated cloud and showers continue to affect the country with the moist northerly windflow. The forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group...

Fiji may ratify revised Forum founding document after 16 years

The outgoing Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum has welcomed Fiji’s decision to review a 2005 revision of the body’s founding agreement. Earlier this month, Fiji’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defence was tasked to look at the 2005 document. Dame Meg Taylor and her deputy Dr Filimon Manoni appeared virtually before a...

Preparedness against possible outbreak of African Swine Fever

A one week training currently being attended by staff from the Biosecurity Authority of Fiji (BAF) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) aims to provide the necessary knowledge and skills to the participants to better understand the risks associated with the possible outbreak of African Swine Fever (ASF) and putting in place measures to control...

Initiative to enable youths to contribute to the economy – Kumar

The Ministry of Youth and Sports has assisted a total of 834 youths this week through its Youth Farm Initiative Program. Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar while officiating at the handover of the Youth Farm Initiative Program at Sanasana village in Nadroga on Monday said this is to also help enable youths contribute...

Schools to remain open; parents in flood prone areas to exercise caution

Schools will remain open for classes today. The Ministry of Education, Heritage and Arts clarified this in a statement this morning. Teachers, students and parents are advised that all schools will remain open for classes today, however, parents in flood prone areas are urged to use discretion in sending their children to school today. “Parents...

Enhancing Fiji and New Zealand bilateral relationship

Fiji is committed to strengthening its partnership with New Zealand, and commends New Zealand for its continuous support and assistance to Fiji through their development cooperation program. Fiji’s Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister and Acting Permanent Secretary for Foreign Affairs Yogesh Karan said this while addressing officials during virtual talks between...

A-G: No plans to legalise marijuana

GOVERNMENT has no immediate plans to legalise the production of marijuana for medical purposes, says Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He said countries such as Canada allowed it, but there were also a lot of countries that had imposed strict conditions on the cultivation and use of the drug. “In other countries in the...

Shameem: Medicinal cannabis could boost economic recovery

THE production of medical marijuana and hemp could be the shot in the arm that Fiji needs to boost economic recovery. This was the suggestion made by the University of Fiji acting vice-chancellor Shaista Shameem during a recent discussion forum at the Saweni, Lautoka, campus. She said it was critical the country invested in local...

Post not racist – Padarath

POLICE have not received any complaints against Ben Padarath, the man who is at the centre of a row with Education Minister Rosy Akbar over a social media post. Police spokeswoman Savaira Gonedua said this when questioned yesterday. Ms Akbar attacked Mr Padarath and called him bigoted for questioning why a student in a school...

Misinformation contributing factor towards virus stigma

PEOPLE testing positive with COVID-19 are stigmatised because of misinformation and lack of education about the virus, says Diabetes Fiji Inc. project manager Viliame Qio. “The stigma that surrounds with those testing positive with the virus comes with the transmission of the virus so if people are more educated on how to prevent the transmission...

$5k grant to combat COVID-19 issues

THE International Republican Institute (IRI) and the Fiji Council of Social Services yesterday launched its first activity aimed at addressing the increasing misinformation and hate speech surrounding COVID-19 in Fiji, IRI resident national program officer Elenoa Fuli said it was important to address the issue. “IRI received extra funding from USAID and we have seen...

‘No one exempted from quarantine’

NO one is exempt from quarantine — not even government ministers and high-level civil servants, says Ministry of Health permanent secretary Dr James Fong. He explained the quarantine requirement was only changed for some diplomats and high economic value persons who have had quarantine conditions replicated for them in pre-arranged alternative sites, with full costs...

State to borrow money for opex

ECONOMY Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said this year would be the first time for the Government to borrow money to pay for operating expenditure. During a 2021-2022 national budget virtual consultation last Sunday, he said right now the Government debt was about $6.875 billion, and “this was equivalent to 69.5 per cent of gross...

‘Extra duty on fuel hurting people’s pockets’

THE 20 cents per litre extra duty imposed on fuel in April last year is severely hurting the people’s pockets and needs to be removed, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. He said now that world fuel prices had risen, contributing to significant increases locally, it was only fair that Government remove the...

A-G on borrowing money from FNPF

ALL governments have borrowed from Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF), not just the FijiFirst administration, says Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. “But just to let you know that we know when we say we borrow money domestically, a lot of people think that you know, this is a new phenomenon, that we only borrow...

Back in History: Nine killed in plane crash

A Fiji Air Islander plane crashed near Bua and a story published in The Fiji Times on July 16, 1979 stated nine lives were lost in the tragedy. The bodies of the nine Fiji Air crash victims were recovered on July 15 from the jungle and the Bua hillside where their plane plunged to destruction....

2nd March

Murder suspect remanded

A 24-year-old man who allegedly murdered an elderly caretaker in Navua has been remanded by the High Court in Suva. Aliki Livai Tiko was charged with one count of murder and theft and appeared before judge Justice Salesi Temo. The matter was called for first call and the State sought 21 days to file information...

State files application to use Skype

THE State has filed an application to use Skype for a witnesses from New Zealand in the matter involving Canadian national Joshua Aziz Rahman. Mr Rahman is facing charges relating to the alleged possession of $30 million worth of cocaine. He appeared yesterday before judge Justice Daniel Goundar. Defence lawyer Sharoneel Deo told court they...

IFC, State collaborate on policy design

INTERNATIONAL Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, has collaborated with the Fijian Government in the designing of the country’s first early childcare policy which will benefit working families and businesses in Fiji. Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa said good quality and affordable childcare were often lacking or...

Supervision and middle management

THE Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation held a course on supervision and middle management for 22 participants on handling difficult situations. FCEF trainer, Epi Gonewai said these participants had to analyse the situations at hand and then think outside the box for a solution. “We are focusing on the core problems of supervisors as they...

Pacific region may not be ready for border opening

THE whole Pacific region may not be ready for the borders to open yet and allow for tourists to travel as some Pacific island countries are yet to prepare for COVID clean business recovery programs. This was one of the key issues highlighted by the Pacific Tourism Organisation CEO Christopher Cocker. He added Fiji was...

Save finds life in music

At a point in life “never give up” is a statement we often used to push the mind to go beyond its limit. Those very three words have provided inspiration to 21-year-old Savenaca Waqabaca. Save is a visually impaired student of Moce Secondary School in Lau. He joined after graduating from the Fiji Society for...

School inducts six new student leaders

SIX students were badged prefects of the Fiji School for the Blind in Vatuwaqa last week. European Union Pacific delegation ambassador Sujiro Seam and his wife, Jane Seam, officiated at the ceremony with Jenny Seeto. The induction happened in conjunction with the handover of art supplies and musical instruments by the I See Love In...

Double appointment for Waqaliva

SETOKI Naceta Waqaliva was honoured with a double appointment as both head boy of Marist Brothers High School (MBHS) and head boarder of Ratu Mara Hostel at last week’s prefects induction ceremony at Lambert Hall. Born and raised in Nawaka, Nadi, he said he never dreamt he would one day lead students of a school...

Kumar: Let your actions speak

NEWLY-inducted prefects of Baulevu High School in Nausori have been urged to let their actions speak louder than their words during their time as young leaders of their school. “Your actions determine you as a leader,” Minister for Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar told students during an induction ceremony. “You may say all the right...

Council collects $644,488 in rate arrears

THE decision by the Suva City Council to offer ratepayers a 7 per cent discount in rates for the two months of the year has worked well with the council collecting $644,488 in rates arrears in addition to 74 per cent of total rate invoice generated. In a media release, SCC special administrators chairman Isikeli...

Qualified women seek skills training

MORE working women with professional academic qualifications are registering with the Makoi Women’s Vocational Training Centre. This is according to centre manager Shazna Khan who said the COVID-19 had affected not only their operations but the opportunities for their students to return to school. “Our hours were more practical based, we could not have more...

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