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26th May

Bainimarama looks forward to working with Indian counterpart

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama looks forward to continue working with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi in areas of mutual interest between Fiji and India. Mr Bainimarama said he also looked forward to working with PM...

ANZ volunteers join tree planting initiative

AS part of Government’s “Plant 4million trees in Four Years”, volunteers joined staff from the Ministry of Forestry yesterday to plant trees in the Sugar City. Among the group was about 20 volunteers from ANZ offices in the Western Division. Lautoka branch manager Linda Hanfakaga said they had volunteered to help out with preparatory works...

Police plea on alleged kidnapping

THE Fiji Police Force is pleading with anyone whose child is missing or is aware or had witnessed an alleged kidnapping or abduction incident in Valelevu, Nasinu last week to come forward. Their plea comes after an 11-year-old student claimed she saw four children tied up in a white van during an alleged kidnapping attempt...

Members of the rescue teams prepare to load part of the Cessna 172 wreckage on to a truck. Picture: LUKE RAWALAI

Late flight instructor had done all he could

PACIFIC Flying School flight instructor Iliesa Tawalo had done all he could to avoid the ill-fated Cessna 172 flight from crashing in the mountain ranges of Delaikoro, Macuata last year. This was revealed by Minister for Civil Aviation Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum during a press conference on the findings of New Zealand air accident engineer Andrew McGregor,...

Jasa Veremalua breaks the line of defence during the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team training at the Leichhardt Oval ground in Sydney, Australia on Thursday, January 25, 2018. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Olympian Veremalua highlights importance of teamwork

OLYMPIC gold medalist Jasa Veremalua highlights the importance of teamwork as a benefiting factor for the Fiji Airways Fiji 7s team to the London ,7s tournament that kicks-off this today. The former Fiji 7s rep currently plays for the San Diego Legion in the USA in the rugby 15s code as a lock forward and...

HSBC London 7s: Fiji qualifies for 2020 Olympics

FIJI beat France 31-10 to qualify for the HSBC London 7s quarterfinals but it was also enough to get them a ticket to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. Our national men’s sevens rugby team was the second team to qualify after series leader USA secured their ticket earlier after beating Wales. Congratulations to @fijirugby who...

25th May

CPC party secretary pays courtesy call to Fijian President

PRESIDENT Jioji Konrote yesterday received a courtesy call from the Party Secretary of Communist Party of China (CPC) Guangzhou Committee, Zhang Shuofu. Mr Shuofu who was born in August, 1965 in Changsha City, Hunan Province of China served in various posts in public service, including Department of Water Resources and Hydropower of Hunan Province, CPC...

President Konrote hosts Scots Guards

THE Scots Guards were officially welcomed by the President Jioji Konrote at a reception at the State House today. Mr Konrote welcomed the regiment to Fiji and wished them well for the duration of their stay. The Scots Guards were part of the “Change of Guard” ceremony that included the Republic of the Fiji Military...

Bainimarama congratulates Modi on re-election

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has conveyed his heartiest congratulations to Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his re-election this week. Mr Modi’s party secured 350 seats out of the total 542 seats, making him the third Indian Prime Minister to have retained power for a second term in the Indian political history. In a congratulatory letter...

Scots Guards join RFMF in change of guard

A TWENTY-eight member 1st Battalion Scots Guards joined comrades from the Republic of the Fiji Military Force (RFMF) today for a march through Suva city for the change of guard at the State House. This was witnessed by approximately more than 100 people who were gathered along the streets of Suva to witness the event....

Sara wins student designer of the year

INTERNATIONAL school student, Sara Du, was today awarded the student designer of the year at the Fiji Fashion Week student designer show 2019. The 16-year-old said she did not expect to win the show today. She said her interest in arts was what had motivated to venture into the show. “I never expected to win,...

Weather watch: Strong wind warning for Southern Lau

A STRONG wind warning remains in force for land areas of Southern Lau group. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this afternoon says a shallow low pressure system embedded along a trough of low pressure remains slow moving over the southern parts of the country. Associated cloud and showers...

Police investigate student claims of alleged kidnapping

POLICE are currently investigating provided by an 11-year-old student who claimed she saw four children tied up in a white van during an alleged kidnapping attempt on Thursday morning in Valelevu, Nasinu. In a statement today, police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the victim claimed she recognised the uniforms worn by the four children. “Investigators have...

$750k for coconut development program

THE Ministry of Agriculture through ITS Crop Extension Services and Research division promotes overall development of coconut as part of a farming system whilst focussing on the rehabilitation of existing field and plantations. Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy said this year the ministry was allocated a budget of $750,000 under the coconut development program...

Aspiring dancers urged to join diploma program

YOUNG dancers aspiring to pursue a career in dance have been urged to consider joining the Conservatorium of Dance established by local dance company, VOU. VOU director Sachiko Soro said the conservatorium was a diploma program established for aspiring dancers. “We’ve registered with the Fiji Higher Education Commission so students can come and do a...

London 7s: Baber opts for experience for final 12

FIJI 7s coach GarethBaber has opted to  go with experience naming a  seasoned 12 member squad to fly the colours at the HSBC World  Rugby Sevens  Series  London 7s which  kicks off today. Waisea Nacuqu returns into  the squad and will marshal the backline together with Jerry Tuwai who missed the Singapore 7s last month....

Assurance of leases

HOUSING Minister Premila Kumar has reassured residents of Lovu in Lautoka that leases for those living in informal settlements will be issued once all subdivision works have concluded. She was in the Western Division yesterday meeting residents of informal settlements and clarifying issues pertaining to the issuance of leases. “I know you’ve been waiting a...

Fashion delight!

THE FMF Gymnasium in Laucala Bay, Suva was a hive of activities last night as 13 designers showcased their resort wear during the Fiji Fashion Week’s Resort Cruise 2019 show. Designers from China, Cherish Prasad and Michael Mausio, were among the lines that graced the runway. The three-lane runway was flourished by the models who...

Not so juicy after all

JUICE sellers at the Lautoka Municipal Market have come on the radar of police after claims of trafficking of minors, and the sale of illicit drugs and single cigarette rolls are conducted from their stalls. This was revealed by Lautoka Market Police Post officer Corporal Lagakali Uluiviti during the Improving Safety in Markets Western Stakeholders...

Culture defines, unites us, says Ete

CULTURE defines us, guides us and unites us, said renowned music director, composer and choral clinician Igelese Ete, as he shared how Pasifika Voices scored a major gig in the Disney animated movie, Moana. During a presentation at the 47th Fiji Institute of Accountants Congress at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa yesterday, quoted Mahatma Gandhi...

$32 damage bill

AS a result of Severe Tropical Cyclone Winston in 2016 which caused havoc throughout Fiji, Energy Fiji Ltd (EFL) incurred a total cost of about $32m to repair damage to the power network infrastructures and restore power supply to the affected areas in Fiji. This was highlighted in its submission to the Fijian Competition and...

Vendors suffer losses in fire

VENDORS at the Sigatoka market are reeling from shock after a fire broke out at the market on Wednesday night. One of the affected vendors Ashok Kumar said he suffered damage of up to $2000. “We have nothing left to sell because our produce has been spoilt by the fire and flames,” he said. “We...

Students remember a ‘man of God’

JOHN Wesley left a great legacy behind, he was a great man of God and was the founder of Methodism. These were the sentiments of the Methodist Church leader for the Suva division, the Rev Solomoni Kuruveivale, during the John Wesley Day celebrations held at Raiwaqa in Suva yesterday. He said John Wesley sought to...

Ratu Sukuna Day celebrations

RATU Josefa Lalabalavu Vanaaliali Sukuna was a Fijian statesman who was quite influential during his time and with his many distinctions had made an incredible impact on the lives of Fijians in the past. Ratu Sukuna Memorial School students, teachers, former students and invited guests were part of the Ratu Sukuna Day celebration which commemorated...

Commitment to save the environment

A TRIP on a cruise liner to Fiji 25 years ago turned into a commitment of saving the environment through recycling of waste materials. Peter Bray, managing director of Waste Recyclers PTE Fiji Ltd fell in love with the environment and surrounding of Fiji when he visited in 2004. “What started as a simple venture...

‘Disproportionate representation’

WOMEN are still not proportionately represented in leadership positions in the country, says President Jioji Konrote. He made the comment while addressing participants at the 47th Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) Congress at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa yesterday. “One of the mission statements of the FIA is ‘to commit yourselves to a strong, active...

Look beyond numbers, Rahman tells participants

PARTICIPANTS at the 47th Fiji Institute of Accountants Congress in progress at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort have lauded the two-day program, saying the issues highlighted — leadership, humanity and the environment — were critical for accountants to address. Fiji Revenue and Customs Service director Revenue Management Fazrul Rahman said accountants had to start looking beyond numbers....

$110m in levy

THE $110 million raised by Government through the Environment and Climate Adaptation Levy (ECAL) has gone back to the people, says Fiji Revenue and Customs Service director Revenue Management, Fazrul Rahman. He made the comment while speaking to the media during the 47th Fiji Institute of Accountants Congress at Shangri-La’s Fijian Resort and Spa yesterday....

Keep in shape

TUCKED away in the sleepy old town of Rakiraki, is a small fitness gym centre called Duadua Fitness. It is one of the new business ventures that is making its mark in the town. We met Mervin Sue, a Fijian of Chinese descent, who manages the gym on behalf of his friend, Sandip Goundar, a...

Fiji’s mission in Brussels commended

FIJI’S Embassy in Brussels has been commended for the role it plays in strengthening Fiji’s multilateral and bilateral relations in Europe, especially in the areas of trade, agriculture, political development, and climate change. At a briefing yesterday to Minister for Foreign Affairs Inia Seruiratu, Fiji’s Permanent Representative to the European Union (EU) in Brussels Ambassador...

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