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Fiji Airways flights maybe affected

SOME Fiji Airways flights maybe be affected due to the temporary grounding of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. A Fiji Airways spokesperson said “Some flights may affected, but we don’t think it will be too many.” The spokesperson in a statement issued today said Fiji Airways will use its existing Boeing 737 NG aircraft...

Solomon Island oil spill clean-up could cost $50m, experts say

HONIARA,11 MARCH 2019 (THE GUARDIAN) – The clean-up of an oil spill from a bulk carrier run aground in the Solomon Islands could reach US$50million, experts have said, as efforts began to prevent more oil leaking into the sea. Eighty tonnes of heavy fuel oil has leaked so far in an area close to a...

Tourism industry fears ‘no-deal’ Brexit will cost it billions

BERLIN (Reuters) – Travel specialists say the overseas tourism industry could lose billions over the next five years if Britain crashes out of the European Union later this month without a divorce deal. With just three weeks to go until Britain’s scheduled departure from the bloc, the two sides have yet to agree a mutually...

NDMO conducts Laucala Bay tsunami drill

THE National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) conducted a tsunami drill today . The drill was made possible through the collaboration with the Seismology Unit of the Department of Mineral Resources. Hundreds of students and workers of the Fiji National University , University of the South Pacific and the Sports Council took part in the drill....

Tsunami drill for FNU and USP scheduled for today

A TSUNAMI drill for both Fiji National University, University of the South Pacific and Sports Council will be conducted today at 11 am. The National Disaster Management Unit (NDMO) along with the Seismology Unit of the Department of Mineral Resources are working together to conduct this drill. THE NDMO is advising the general public that...

A teacher’s love – Educator turns home into school

A KINDERGARTEN teacher in the interior of Viti Levu moved out of her home early this year so that 11 children from two villages could use it as a “school”. Selina Sulita’s love and passion for children and teaching speaks volumes of her desire to see that this group of children are not denied the...

More needs to be done for the elderly-Vuniwaqa

THERE is a lot of improvement that needs to be done by the Government to accommodate Fiji’s increasing old age population. This was the issue highlighted by the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa while addressing the national council for older people meeting at Tanoa Plaza in Suva this morning. According to...

Ex-FDB officer facing fraud charge to take plea in June

A FORMER Fijian Development Bank (FDB) Relationship and Sales officer facing fraud charges was will take his plea in June. Joji Cavalevu who was earlier released on a $3000 bail bond by the Suva Magistrates Court appeared before Magistrate Liyanage Wickramasekara charged with one count of obtaining financial advantage today. It is alleged that Mr...

Company says villagers benefit from deal

THE Namosi Development Company Ltd (NDCL) constructed a $500,000 church at Nakavu Village in Namosi as a result of an agreement for All Earthworks Ltd to extract gravel from the Navua River. In an interview last Saturday, company manager Samisoni Tuilawaki said people criticising gravel extraction activities by the Chinese-owned gravel company were not aware...

Club raid significant in war against drugs

THE discovery of an alleged undercover drug laboratory in a Nadi nightclub this week marked a major development in the war against drugs, says Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho. “In regards to the clandestine lab that has been identified, it is a breakthrough for us because it has identified one of the areas where...

Rebuild savings, IMF tells FNPF

THE International Monetary Fund has recommended the Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) rebuild and increase its savings to mitigate the $275.5 million impact of Severe TC Winston withdrawals in 2016. Following the aftermath of the monster cyclone, about 180,000 FNPF members withdrew up to 30 per cent of pension savings or about 2.8 per cent...

Forum puts four areas in focus

HEALTH Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete has called for greater collaboration between regional health professionals and stakeholders to reduce the rising incidence rate of child obesity in the Pacific. Speaking at the Pacific Ending Childhood Obesity (ECHO) Network inaugural forum yesterday, Dr Waqainabete said it was heartening to note the network was prioritising collective action in...

Saudi Arabia signs oil agreement to supply Pakistan: minister

CAIRO (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has signed an agreement to supply Pakistan with crude oil and petroleum products to secure its fuel needs, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said on Sunday on Twitter. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrived in Pakistan on Sunday and said Saudi Arabia has signed investment agreements worth $20 billion...

Starting salary for doctors now is $45k: Dr Waqainabete

THE starting salary rate for doctors now is $45,000, which in the Health Minister, Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete’s opinion is enough. Speaking in Parliament earlier today, Dr Waqainabete said salary of doctors today was much better compared to previous years. He said when he started as a doctor more than 10 years ago, the starting rate...

Growers want suitable harvesters to hilly areas

LEADERS of the sugar industry need to introduce suitable harvesters to harvest farms on hilly areas. This was an issue raised by canefarmers in the North during this week’s National Sugar Industry Policy consultation held in various cane farming areas in Macuata. Vunimoli farmer Kamal Kumar said while farmers on flatland areas had the privilege...

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