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1st December

The bass phenomenon

UNLIKE the music scene abroad, it’s not often that you see a young girl playing an instrument in a band and on stage in Fiji. And it is even more unusual if she has a...

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 – Cloudy periods with some showers over Serua/Nausori, interior Serua-Namosi and Naitasiri, Kadavu and nearby smaller isnalnds, Lau and Lomaiviti group and the Northern division. -Fine weather elsewhere...

30th November

Police 4 guilty

THE four suspended police officers on trial for an incident where a Naqia villager in Wainibuka was allegedly thrown off a bridge in Tailevu in April 2020 have all been found guilty and convicted. Sevanaia Narogi, Kameli Tukana, Mafoa Korosaya and Inoke Nagata were brought for judgment before Justice Siainiu Fa’alogo-Bull in the High Court...

Malani files appeal

VERONICA Malani has appealed to the Fiji Court of Appeal in her pursuit of a prosecution of Attorney-General and FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum over an alleged bombing attack at her home in 1987. The matter was called before Court of Appeal president Justice Jayantha Guneratne in the Court of Appeal at the Veiuto Court...

Family Seeks Answers

A FAMILY from Matawalu in Lautoka is demanding answers from police on investigations surrounding their daughter’s alleged involvement in a freak accident over the weekend. Anare Rabonu says he is disappointed Lautoka police officers had not provided an update on the incident. He claimed the driver of the vehicle that allegedly hit his daughter and...

Resort benefits villagers.

AN island in the Tailevu North district was becoming a popular tourist destination while developing its agricultural potential in the process, according to a report in The Fiji Times on January 15, 1982. Naigani Island, about 40 minutes boat ride from the Natovi Jetty on the Tailevu Coast, was not so well known on the...

MSAF assesses ports, terminals around the country.

MAJOR ports and terminals are being assessed around the country. The Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) is carrying out its assessments of ports and terminals in a quest to improve and fulfil its International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS) obligations. The ISPS code is an essential part of maritime law which provides...

Port of Suva wins award.

THE Port of Suva has won the Oceania’s Best Cruise Terminal 2022 at the World Cruise Awards. The port has won it for the second time after scooping the award in 2021 also. According to the Fiji Ports Corporation of Fiji, the result for this year’s winners had followed a year-long search for the world’s...

2022 General Elections: Naidu on government assistance, project.

THE general elections next month is the last opportunity for people to bring back Fiji from the brink of economic and social disaster, says National Federation Party (NFP) candidate Dorsami Naidu. The Nadi-based lawyer said people should just not be fooled or get carried away by whatever assistance they received from the Government in the...

2022 General Election: What’s the use of the GCC – PM

FIJIFIRST party leader Voreqe Bainimarama told a crowd in Navua that many in the district did not vote for him in 2018 but he urged them to ask The People’s Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka about his intention to bring back the Great Council of Chiefs (GCC). He also repeated this statement when he spoke in...

2022 General Election: Clamour for change “strong” – Chaudry

THE clamour for change is strong among the people, says Fiji Labour Party (FLP) leader Mahendra Chaudhry. The former prime minister said this after a visit of the Western Division last week where he met people from all walks of life along the Kings Highway. Mr Chaudhry visited Togovere Village, the Tavua market, Nasomo in...

The story behind Lambert Hall’s mural.

ANYONE who has visited Marist Brothers High School and entered the hallowed sanctum of “Lambert Hall” would immediately be struck by the mural that adorns the stage backdrop. It has seen thousands of students enter and leave the learning centre, but what do the images in the mural mean and who was the artist? In...

$10k boost for persons with disabilities.

PACIFIC Energy gifted $10,000 to the National Council for Persons with Disabilities at an event to mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities last Friday. Pacific Energy Business manager Amit Maharaj said the company acknowledged the council’s efforts in promoting the rights, welfare and inclusion of persons with disabilities. He said the purpose of the...

Lore reaps rewards of hard work.

AS a young woman growing up on Lakeba, Lore Sera Sarawa pledged to never let her parent’s sacrifice go to waste. Her efforts to do well in school and succeed in her studies were rewarded after the Year 13 student was named the Dux of Ratu Finau Secondary School during the school’s prize-giving ceremony. Lore,...

SRH after natural disasters.

EACH time a natural calamity sweeps through a nation, the immediate response in the aftermath will be to secure shelter, food and water. Facets of healthcare, including immediate medical assistance to anyone injured or suffering from disease, is administered based on need and urgency. Yet, one key aspect of healthcare is often pushed to the...

2022 Fiji Elections: Need to fix FijiFirst mess – Chaudry

ANY government that comes into power will have to fix the mess of the FijiFirst government. Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said a whole lot of work will have to be done to ensure this was carried out well and enormous efforts would be required to do this. “The only thing we’ve seen here...

Appalling find: 59 per cent of businesses non-compliant.

AN appalling number of cases of non-compliance have been found, particularly in the area of food and drinks over the past three months. Continuous market surveillance by the Consumer Council of Fiji (CCoF) has reportedly found that of the 648 traders/service providers inspected, 59 per cent were not compliant to one or more of the...

No return on investments, farmers claim

NAITASIRI vegetable and root crop farmers claim they are not receiving a return on their investment. Prem Chand, a grower, said they were selling their produce for less than they spent to prepare land, plant, harvest and transport them to market. He owns three acres of land where he farms dalo, sweet potatoes (kumala) and...

Brilliant way to promote Fiji

THE new direct flight from Fiji to Vancouver has been described as a nice, easy flight and brilliant way of promoting Fiji to the world. This was how Stacey Mullinger, owner and operator of a travel agent in Christchurch, New Zealand, House of Travel revealed of the newest direct route for Fiji Airways. “I think...

New international route described as “hassle free”.

HASSLE free was how a Fiji born resident now residing in Surrey, Vancouver in Canada described the new Nadi-Vancouver direct flight which was launched last Friday, November 25. Originally from Namotomoto Village in Nadi, Eseta Lutumailagi Batirerega said there were a lot of things that you don’t have to worry about now and one in...

Letters to the editor

Stop blaming INTERESTING comment made by the FijiFirst general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum when speaking to voters in Tavua where he said,”We are not here to give a speech on election or racial differences …We want to talk about policies but we are being forced to talk to you about these things.” My question to Mr...

Cost of weedicide an area of concern.

VEGETABLE and root crop farmers in Muaniweni and Nasi, Naitasiri want the same assistance that is provided to sugarcane growers. And the issues they face could determine how they vote in the 2022 General Election. Farmers claimed they have gone back to the old methods of farming simply because they could not afford weedicides and...

Editor’s Comment: Appreciating lessons learnt.

The fact that as many as 462 staff members and frontliners from the Health Ministry received mental health screening and psychosocial support at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic is something we should take note of. We learn that local counselling and social services NGO Empower Pacific provided this service during the pandemic. Exposure to...

Donor assist hospital

AFTER witnessing patients using torn curtains as linen and the shortage of adult diapers, the Labasa business community has stepped in to assist the Labasa Hospital. Among the donors is well-known businessman and The People’s Alliance party candidate for the 2022 General Election, Charan Jeath Singh. He made a pledge to provide $1000 worth of...

China says journalists should eschew activities unrelated to their role

BEIJING (Reuters) – Journalists should not engage in activities unrelated to their role, China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday, after broadcaster BBC said one of its reporters had been assaulted and detained while covering weekend protests in Shanghai. The BBC is playing the victim, ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told a regular news conference in Beijing.

Farmer wants water crisis to be solved

ACCESS to water could become an election issue with residents in many communities raising intermittent to no supply as being a major concern over the past few years. Case in point, some families from a farming community in Muaniweni, Naitasiri, claimed they were forced to bathe, wash their clothes and even cook with water from...

Smog engulfs Indian capital as winter pollution worsens

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Thick smog engulfed India’s capital New Delhi on Tuesday as air pollution worsened with the setting in of winter, shooting up concentrations of fine particles in the air three times above the acceptable limits. The world’s most polluted capital city struggles to breathe easy every winter as cold temperatures and calm...

2022 Election: $16k phone bill claims surface

NATIONAL Federation Party leader Prof Biman Prasad claims a minister in the FijiFirst Government has incurred mobile phone charges of about $16,000 in one month recently. He made the statement at a joint rally with The People’s Alliance leader Sitiveni Rabuka in Ba last Thursday night. Mr Prasad did not name the minister but showed...

China to ramp up COVID vaccinations for elderly

BEIJING (Reuters) – China issued a notice on Tuesday to ramp up COVID vaccinations for the elderly, the National Health Commission said. China will step up efforts to increase the rate of vaccination for people aged above 80 and will shorten the time gap between basic vaccination and booster shots to three months for the...

Oil jumps on hopes for easing in China’s COVID controls

TOKYO/SINGAPORE (Reuters) -Oil jumped on Tuesday, buoyed by hopes that China would relax its COVID-19 controls after rare protests against the country’s zero-COVID strategy over the weekend in big Chinese cities. Brent crude futures advanced $1.4, or 1.7%, and traded at $84.57 a barrel at 0645 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose...

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