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Man remanded for alleged rape on Koro Island

A 21-YEAR-OLD man appeared at the Suva Magistrates Court earlier this afternoon charged with three count of rape. It is alleged that the accused raped his 16-year-old niece on December 5, 2018, on Koro Island....

First call for SODELPA, NFP petition

THE Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) and the National Federation Party (NFP) appeared in court this afternoon for a petition they filed yesterday on the results of the 2018 General  Election. They appeared before Madam Justice Anjala Wati and Judge Justice Kamal Kumar at the Court of Disputed Returns in Suva. Petitioner counsel Filimoni Vosarogo told...

USP responds to claims by staff union

THE University of the South Pacific (USP) has clarified the claims made by the USP Staff Union. In responding to questions sent by the Fiji Times Online, USP claimed in the Collective Agreement between USP and the USP Staff Union, there was no mention of a salary increase. “The salary rates for staff members at...

Karan: 150,000 Fijians estimated to have been impacted by storms this year

IT is estimated that around 150,000 Fijians have been impacted by storms in 2018 alone. This was highlighted by the Permanent Secretary for the Office of the Prime Minister, Yogesh Karan at the 5th Anniversary of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage. Mr Karan said people in Fiji experienced climate extremes in the...

High Court convicts man for raping 5-year-old cousin

A 25-YEAR-OLD man was today found guilty by the High Court in Suva for raping his 5-year-old cousin. Judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe has refused the man’s bail after the Assistant DPP Dato Shyamala Alagendra objected to bail on the grounds that the man will be sentenced for a very serious crime. The court heard that...

NFA: MHCC fire started from a centralized air conditioning

A FIRE that broke out at Suva’s MHCC building yesterday had started from a centralized air conditioning unit located in the car park on Level 1. This was confirmed in a statement issued by the National Fire Authority (NFA) earlier this morning. NFA chief executive officer Manasa Lesuma said NFA attended to a fire emergency...

Court jails man for raping stepdaughter

“YOU waited until your partner was away then you preyed on the victim.” This was the comment of Suva High Court Judge Justice Chamath Morais when sentencing a 24-year-old stepfather convicted of a count each of rape, attempt to commit rape and sexual assault to seven years, nine months and 15 days imprisonment. The court...

248 students graduate from FNU’s College of Engineering, Science and Technology

A TOTAL of 248 students today graduated from the Fiji National University’s College of Engineering, Science and Technology. Vice Chancellor Professor Nigel Healey said the programme targeted to meet the Human Resource needs of Fiji , the region and beyond. “Last year , 40 programmes were either developed or reorganized to meet the requirement of...

Concern over typhoid outbreak

THE Ministry of Health and Medical Services is urging members of the public to postpone non-essential travel to typhoid outbreak-affected areas . The ministry is also advising the public to take extra precaution during this holiday season. Before the announcement of the typhoid outbreak last Friday in the Naitasiri subdivision, the ministry confirmed 31 cases...

10th December

Shoppers flee MHCC as fire breaks out

SHOPPERS and members of the public had to evacuate the MHCC building in Suva earlier this evening when a fire broke out at the popular meeting point in the capital city. Smoke billowed from the ground floor of the building which houses the supermarket and other business outlets. More than 20 fire officers from the National...

Court of Disputed Returns to determine SODELPA and NFP petition

WITHIN the next 21 days – which is by December 31, 2018 – the Court of Disputed Returns will determine the petition filed by SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka and NFP leader Professor Biman Prasad. This was confirmed in a joint statement issued by the National Federation Parrty (NFP) and SODELPA regarding the petition filed by...

HSBC 7s Series: Fiji wins Cape Town 7s

FIJI Airways national men’s sevens rugby team has broken a 13 year drought to win the HSBC Cape Town 7s. The side defeated USA 29-15 in the final. The last time Fiji won the tournament was in 2005. The win puts the side in third place with 35 points behind USA (38points) and New Zealand...

9th December

Pastor to front court for the alleged rape of three women

A PASTOR who allegedly raped three women has been charged. The 60-year-old of Suva has been charged with three counts of rape. The alleged incident took place between April to September this year at Cunningham. He will be produced at the Magistrates Court in Suva on tomorrow.

6th December

$1.3m bonus payout for Fiji Pine and Tropik staff

CHRISTMAS has come early for staff of Fiji Pine and Tropik after a bonus payout of $1.3million was announced. Acting Prime Minister and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum made the announcement at Drasa, Lautoka, today. He said the $3000 bonus for each staff member had gone up from $1000 last year. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also said Fiji...

Financial intelligence unit records 566 suspicious transactions

ABOUT 566 suspicious transactions reports were recorded by the Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) for the year ending July 2018. According to the Reserve Bank of Fiji (RBF) August 2017 – July 2018 annual report, the FIU received these suspicious transaction reports from various financial institutions and designated non-financial businesses and professions (DNFBPs). This was...

Beware of fish poisoning, ministry warns

THE Ministry of Fisheries has advised members of the public to be wary of Ciguatera fish poisoning during this festive season. According to a statement from Government, Ciguatera is a toxin produced by marine micro-algae specifically a dinoflagellate, called Gambierdiscus toxicus. Tropical marine fish accumulate this toxin through their diet by eating algae or smaller...

$5.4m in unidentified FNPF contributions

A TOTAL of $5.4 million unidentified contributions was collected but not distributed to member accounts because of insufficient information supplied by employers. This was revealed by Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) chief executive officer Jaoji Koroi as he addressed the fund’s members during a public forum in Suva on Tuesday night. Mr Koroi said this...

5th December

Dozens of workers shot dead in West Papua

JAYAPURA, 05 DECEMBER 2018 (AFP/AP) – Indonesia was last night investigating reports that 31 construction workers were shot dead by separatist rebels in West Papua, as the Public Works Minister halted construction in the province. If the killings are confirmed, they would mark the deadliest bout of violence in years to hit the mineral-rich region,...

29pc of FNPF members have balances above $10k

IN the past 12 months, Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) provided housing related assistance to 4890 members, approved education applications for 18,710 members and their families and completed medical assistance for 584 members. These figures were released by FNPF’s chief executive officer Jaoji Koroi during the fund’s annual member forum in Suva office yesterday. Mr...

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