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UN chief says tax pollution, not people

SHIFT taxes from salaries to carbon to stop subsidising fossil fuels and to stop building new coal plants by 2020 was UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ call when he addressed Pacific leaders at the Pacific Islands Forum in Suva. Mr Guterres is on his first official visit to the Pacific, including Fiji. Yesterday, the head of...

Call to implant microchips in sex convicts

A NATEWA family, once challenged by a sexual assault case, has asked Government to implant microchips in convicts. The plea was made by Natewa villager Nemani Draveisau during his submission to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights on the Registration of Sex Offenders Bill 2018. The committee held a public consultation...

Pearls likely to move up in rankings

THE Fiji Pearls are likely to move up in ranking after a successfully winning all its matches in the 2019 Singapore vs Fiji Test series in Singapore. Fiji who are currently ranked 14 in the International Netball Federation World Ranking, completed its series victory after defeating Singapore at the OCBC Arena Hall in Singapore yesterday...

Public will not access sexual offences register: Maharaj

MEMBERS of the public will not have access to the register that contains names and details of sexual related offenders. Alvick Maharaj, chairman of the Standing Committee on Justice, Law and Human Rights on the Registration of the Sex Offenders Bill 2018, made this known at yesterday’s public submission in Lagalaga, Macuata. In reiterating the...

Mali residents request for proper boat landing site

GOVERNMENT will look for a new boat landing site for islanders in the Macuata maritime zone who travel regularly to Labasa Town. This follows requests from the people of Mali for a proper landing after boats from the island and nearby areas have been forced to berth beneath the Labasa Bridge. Speaking during the Mali...

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...

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