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Protecting Fiji’s ‘fragile’ economy

Government has to ensure that it protects the fragile and hard fought recovery of the Fijian economy. While speaking at a 2022-2023 pre-budget consultation in Lautoka on Tuesday, Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Government had...

‘Establish complaints mechanism’

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum urged the Fiji Institute of Accountants (FIA) to establish a complaints mechanism similar to that of the Fiji Law Society. He said this while speaking at the FIAs 50th anniversary celebration in Nadi last week. “You know lawyers, for a number of years in this country we called for self-regulation, at the...

A-G: Break the law, pay fines

Economy Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said some drivers copped a lot of fines because they broke the law. He made the comment in response to the members of the Fiji Minibus Association who raised the issue of the high number of fines on drivers. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said people needed to follow regulations that were...

Singing from the heart – Duikete ready to make a name for herself

For Kaylia Duikete, music is her favourite form of escape and it helped her through the COVID-19 pandemic. She began writing original songs when she was 10 years old. “Growing up, music was always my outlet,” the 18-year-old Nadi resident said. “Kind of an escape from day-to-day life. During COVID-19 that was how I was...

Probe into discovery of student’s body underway

The body of an 18-year-old student was discovered in Waiqali Settlement, Maro, Sigatoka this morning. According to Police the student was found motionless outside his girlfriend’s home early this morning in what is believed to be an alleged suicide case. Police say a post mortem will be conducted to confirm the cause of death as...

New fuel prices effective from tomorrow; consumers set to fork out more

New fuel and LPG prices come into effect from tomorrow with consumers set to fork out more for motor spirit, kerosene and diesel. The new prices have been determined by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) for Unleaded Petrol, Premix, Kerosene, Diesel, and LPG products for July 2022. New approved Retail Fuel Prices: Motor...

Ulacake teaches youths canoe craft

“You do not choose the canoe, the canoe chooses you” – this is the motto Samuela Ulacake lives by. Originally from Nasaqa Village in Macuata with maternal links to Taveuni, the 30-year-old started building traditional canoes since 2018. But he doesn’t build them for himself – he teaches young people in maritime villages to build...

Back to the ‘buka’

Gas stoves may be a more modern and faster way to cook, but residents in Savutalele are reverting to matchsticks and firewood to put together a meal. One, it’s simply cheaper, but even better still; it plays a small part in the global fight against climate change. The kerosene-free stove, SITOVU BUKA, entered the life...

Plea for help to relocate

A lot has changed in Sawani Village since Seveci Tavaga was a boy. The landscape and environment of the village he has called home for his whole life has evolved dramatically. Over the past 20 years, he and the community have encountered more and more flooding – none worse than the “big flood” in 2013....

‘Too little, too late’ – Gavoka labels $100 unemployment assistance a ‘political freebie’

Social Democratic Liberal Party leader Viliame Gavoka labelled Government’s $100 unemployment assistance to the people of Vanua Levu a “political freebie”. In a statement issued yesterday, he said the “$100 is too little, too late”. Mr Gavoka claimed the FijiFirst party government was “desperate to maintain power at all costs”. “It is only logical to...

Focus areas for budget – Basic needs, jobs, investment

Government’s aim with the upcoming 2022-2023 National Budget is to ensure Fijians’ basic needs are met, jobs are created and investment continued in key areas. While speaking at a 2022-2023 pre-budget consultation in Lautoka on Tuesday, Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said Government’s aim with the budget was to ensure that Fijians continued to have access...

‘Lau seascape will be a marine protected area’

Fiji is pursuing the biggest ocean governance transformation in its history, says Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. Addressing the Oceans Conference in Portugal, he said this was perhaps one of the biggest in the world. “Not because it’s simple or comfortable, but because these protections can’t wait,” Mr Bainimarama said. “These investments can’t wait, nor can...

FNU launches Alcohol and Substance Abuse Awareness Week

The Fiji National University (FNU) launched the Alcohol and Substance Abuse Awareness Week last Friday to highlight the dangers and destruction related to alcohol and drug use. Held at the FNU Sports and Wellness Centre at Nasinu Campus, the event organised by the Office of the Registrar was attended in-person and via Zoom by students, staff...

Usamate willing to contest election under FijiFirst party banner

Infrastructure Minister Jone Usamate is planning to contest the upcoming elections under the FijiFirst party banner. When asked by this newspaper if he would run again, he said, “I will apply”. “I will offer myself to my party as a candidate and it’ll be up to them to decide,” he said. Mr Usamate was first...

A-G: Think of future, stability

You need people who can give you stability, says Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum. He said this to participants at the Nadi Women’s Forum last weekend. The A-G said it was important for Fijians to keep that in mind when choosing people to vote for. “Don’t think about now, don’t just think about this election, think about...

FNU holds a weeklong campaign to mark World Blood Donor Day

The Fiji National University’s (FNU) Department of Student Support Services under the Office of The Registrar organised a weeklong Blood Donation drive at campuses across the country to celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The blood drive was coordinated as part of the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility and community engagement initiative. This is also aligned to...

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 A trough of low pressure to the west of Fiji continues to move east towards the group. Associated cloud and showers expected to affect the country from later...

29th June

Back in history: Rodan leads Fiji team

For veteran athlete, Joe Rodan, leading the national team to the South Pacific Mini Games in Tonga was just another challenge. In an article in The Fiji Times on August 19, 1989, this was not the first time leading the men’s athletic team to an international meet. The 38-year-old Olympian had seen many athletic meets...

Brawl duo released on bail

The two men charged in relation to the brawl at McFarlane Rd at Raiwai in Suva on Sunday, June 19 were released on bail by the Suva Magistrates Court on Monday. The duo, Ilikimi Kurusiga and Tamani Dogolau, charged with incitement to violence and disobedience of the law under Order 16 of the Public Order...

Medical officer fronts court

A senior medical officer from the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWM), charged with two counts of sexual assault, was granted bail by the Suva Magistrates Court on Monday. Dr Joji Vakadiwaiwai was produced before Resident Magistrate Indula Ratnayake. Dr Vakadiwaiwai, who appeared for a similar matter on June 17, was alleged to have procured the...

Minister: State looking at medical tourism

Medical tourism is an area the Government is looking to take advantage of as facilities such as the refurbished Lautoka Hospital and the new Ba Hospital will implement new health and medical services. During the 2022/2023 Pre-Budget consultation in Lautoka, Minister for Economy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the international community could access quality health care in...

4pc wage increment – Tropik Wood Industries employees receive boost

Tropik Wood Industries employees have received a 4 per cent wage increase. While announcing the pay rise, Fiji Pine Group of Companies chief executive Vimlesh Kumar said this followed the Fiji Pine Ltd’s (FPL) own increment which was implemented for staff members earlier this year. “The organisation from the beginning has always looked after the...

Melody of life, Ju Ben says

By day, Peni Roqara is a lab assistant at the Fiji Sugar Corporation. But when he gets home, he sheds his lab coat and reaches for pen and paper. As the sun sets over the Sugar City, Roqara, who goes by the stage name Ju Ben, gets busy writing poems about real life issues and...

Bus fare rise ‘too much’

For some people, paying an extra $6 in return bus fare may not seem like much, but for Kuliniyasi Latikau of Naroko Settlement, Naitasiri, it takes a huge chunk out of the family budget. “From here to Suva now costs $13 one way, before it was $10, the $3 increase one way is too much,”...

FEO ‘will conduct another round of registration’

The Fijian Elections Office will be conducting another round of voter registration overseas next month. This, according to Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem during a news conference in Suva yesterday. “We will be doing another round of voter registration to the following countries- Australia, New Zealand, United States of America and Canada,” he said. “We...

Students ‘struggle’

The academic performance of children living in tents in Dreketi, Macuata, for the past 18 months has dropped. Alarmed parents were in a meeting with teachers last week to discuss the issue. The children are from families who were relocated from Nabavatu Village a year and a half ago after cracks appeared on infrastructure and...

Saneem: One more round

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says nationwide voter registration may be extended because they are not aware of the election date. At a news conference in Suva yesterday, he said they would soon make the announcement. “We may be looking at a nationwide voter registration drive — details to be announced soon — and to...

Nadi house fire claims life of six-year-old child

A six-year-old child died after she was trapped in a house fire in Martintar, Namaka in Nadi last night. According to Police the victim was home with a relative and an older sibling when the incident happened. Police say bystanders tried to rescue the child but due to the intensity of the fire were not...

FNU’s Fiji Maritime Academy students join Swire Shipping

Eleven  students from Fiji National University’s (FNU) Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) have found employment with Swire Shipping Pte Ltd. Headquartered in Singapore with local branch offices in Suva and Lautoka, Swire Shipping is a leading provider of specialist customer solutions for a wide range of cargo and aims to provide a full suite of land...

Officers told to drive themselves to progress

Write your own story as you take this giant step in your new life of service. Police Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho said this at the graduation dinner of 190 police recruits last week. In a statement, police said the recruits who completed their four-month Basic Recruits Course (BRC) with their passing-out parade at the Fiji...

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