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12th December

Israeli PM acknowledges Fiji’s contribution

ISRAEL’S Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has acknowledged Fiji for its longstanding contribution towards United Nations peacekeeping missions. Mr Netanyahu said he looked forward to visiting Fiji in the future. The two leaders discussed growing bilateral...

FJFW to cut down number of models for 2019 event

THE Fiji Fashion Week (FJFW ) will minimise the number of models to only 40 for next year’s event, says FJFW media relations officer Onisimo Moi. Mr Moi said the criteria was strict. “We want to bring back the elegance in models from day one since 2008. Our preparations began soon after FJFW18 we began...

Fulton Hogan commits to upgrading contractors

FULTON Hogan Hiways (FHH) is committed to upgrading its subcontractors to prioritise safety, says FHH manager health and safety John Tinsley. Employees are expected to undergo basic FHH safety training emphasising the significance of safety and the appropriate personnel protective equipment for the various worksites. “Subcontractors are an essential part of our work, who often...

11th December

Graduates challenged to use knowledge positively in workforce

GRADUATES from the Fiji National University’s (FNU) College of Engineering, Science and Technology (CEST) were today urged to use education as a tool and change the world. Speaking to about 248 graduating students, chief guest Irwin Alsop Pacific Ltd managing director Warren Yee challenged them to use their newly attained qualification, skills and knowledge positively...

Born from Fire exhibition goes west

THE “Born from Fire” three dimensional art exhibition is now travelling to the West for the first time. Following on from the success of the second annual at the Grand Pacific Hotel earlier in October, the exhibition will now be at the Denarau Yacht Club this month, located in Denarau Marina. According to a statement,...

Bid to encourage young people on living a healthy lifestyle

ONE of the main goals for the Dash for Diabetes organised by the Petero Civoniceva Foundation is to encourage the younger generations to live a healthy lifestyle. This was highlighted by co-founder of the foundation Lauren Jagger while speaking on the initiative. Ms Jagger said in all the programs organized by the foundation their key...

National Provincial Women’s Age Grade Championship kicks off tomorrow

THE Fiji Rugby Union National Provincial Women’s Age Grade Championship kick starts at Nadi’s Prince Charles Park tomorrow. The first match kicks off at 9am in which Namosi will take on Tailevu at 9am in the Under-15 grade. Macuata faces Naitasiri in the same grade at 9.15am. Pool matches will be played in three grounds...

Focus on increasing tourism value, quality and returns

FIJI’S Tourism Ministry remains focused on increasing the country’s lucrative sector by way value, quality and generating higher returns. This was underscored by the Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism Shaheen Ali to participants at the 2018 Tourism Fiji’s Industry Day held in Suva today. Mr Ali said the vision, as...

$28.35k boost for new NCDs outreach intervention program

MOBIL Oil Fiji today handed over a cheque worth $28,358.72 to the Fiji Red Cross Society in Suva. The donation was done to help fund FRCS’s to implement a Comprehensive Non-Communicable Disease Outreach Intervention Program around the country. Mobil Oil Fiji Lead Country Manager, Patrick Bulaon said they were proud to partner with the Fiji...

Community policing through music

THE Fiji Police Force Band with members of the Community Policing Unit is spreading a little festive cheer with the aim of using music to create awareness about safety. Director Community Policing Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Waqa Cavuilati, in a statement, said the initiative was in two folds as it was an opportunity to...

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. Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili informed the accused to make a formal bail application. The accused has been remanded. The case...

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: Student, staff services operating as usual

ALL student and staff services are operating as usual, the University of the South Pacific (USP) has confirmed. This is after a after a fire engulfed one of its main buildings last month – USP Communications Building – at the Laucala Campus in Suva which houses the Student Administrative Services, Pacific Technical and Further Education...

USP’s Pacific TAFE qualifications accredited by FHEC

THE Pacific Technical and Further Education (TAFE) now has a total of 21 Fiji Higher Education Commission (FHEC) accredited programmes. University of the South Pacific(USP’s) Vice-Chancellor for Learning and Teaching and Student Services, Professor Richard Coll, said these also included 10 international accreditation and 10 international recognition with a total of 100 Continuing Professional Development...

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...

Police call on motorists to be wary of snap checkpoints

POLICE are requesting motorists to be mindful of the presence of officers manning checkpoints over the coming weeks. Fiji Police Force director operations SSP Abdul Khan said snap checkpoints would be erected at any given time and location as part of the ongoing festive season operations Yadrayadravi. SSP Khan said Police had recorded a few...

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...

Man pleads not guilty to aggravated robbery

A SERVING inmate charged with one count of aggravated robbery pleaded not guilty before Judge Justice Chamath Morais this morning. It is alleged that James Ashwin Raj robbed a person of his phone and cash to the total value of $80 on February 3, 2018 in Suva. Mr Raj informed the court that he will be...

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...

Overdue bills

CONSUMERS have been encouraged to make arrangements for payments of their overdue bills to avoid facing meter disconnections. In a statement Consumer Council of Fiji acting chief executive officer Seymour Singh said consumers had a responsibility to ensure their bills were paid on time. This statement was made by Mr Singh after the Water Authority...

More young people investing in the stock market

THE South Pacific Stock Exchange recorded 13 new/first time investors who entered the trading market during November. Meanwhile eight existing investors re-entered the market either increasing their existing shareholdings in listed companies and/or in some cases diversifying their investment portfolio by investing in additional companies. According to the SPSE’s monthly stock market trading report for...

Ministry to look into claims

THE Ministry of Lands will investigate claims that an environment impact assessment (EIA) was not conducted when a Chinese investor was issued licence to use a traditional fishing ground along the Coral Coast. Minister for Lands and Mineral Resources Ashneel Sudhakar said the ministry was looking into claims by the Yavusa o Vusu of Namatakula...

CCF: Practise human rights daily

THE wrong application of human rights laws by individuals is a challenge that is often faced in Fiji, says Citizens’ Constitutional Forum CEO Sara Bulutani Mataitawakilai. Mr Mataitawakilai said there was a need for people to understand and accept the meaning of human rights. “They should accept and understand what human rights is all about,...

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...

Public urged not to assault police officers

Members of the public have been urged to refrain from assaulting police officers while under the influence of alcohol. Police spokeswoman Ana Naisoro said people should co-operate with police during the festive season as they worked for the security and safety of members of the public around the country. This follows an incident whereby a...

Coalition will continue to raise its voice

THE NGO Coalition for Human Rights will continue to raise their voices whenever they feel that any facet of human rights, fundamental freedoms and dignity is being compromised. Coalition chair Nalini Singh said globally, people were at greater risk as their behaviour gave effect to climate change, disaster, forced migration, conflicts, unbalanced trade and an...

‘Practise safe sex’

YOUNG people have been urged to use protection if they are thinking of having sex this festive season. North reproductive health clinic in charge Dr Waisale Turuva said majority of those who were diagnosed with HIV this year were between the ages of 19 and 35 years in the division. Dr Turuva said since January,...

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