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Richard Naidu case: High Court refuses application for leave to intervene

High Court judge Justice Jude Nanayakkara says he sensed the Fiji Law Society (FLS) wanted to intervene in the contempt of court proceedings against Suva lawyer Richard Naidu to influence the court’s decision. He said...

A-G announces 20 proposed FijiFirst candidates

FijiFirst Party general secretary Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has announced 20 proposed candidates for the 2022 General Elections at Brown Street, Suva today. Among them is former Republic of the Fiji Military Forces Commander Rear Admiral (Ret’d) Viliame Naupoto, former Land Transport Authority CEO Naisa Tuinaceva, former Foreign Affairs PS Ioane Naivalurua, and former journalist Aliki Bia....

People’s Alliance party to tone down political activities for FICAC investigation

The People’s Alliance (PA) party will tone down its political activities for the rest of the week to allow the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) to clear the areas of concern it is investigating in relation to the FijiFirst party complaint. The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka said his interview with FICAC yesterday...

Plans for low-income earners

Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum promised vendors at the Suva Municipal Market that Government had plans to mitigate the challenges faced by low-income earners which would be revealed in the coming months. He said this at the Suva Market Vendors Association’s Fiji Day celebration yesterday. The A-G said Government always had policies that targeted those with low...

Weather watch: Heavy rain alert remains in force

A heavy rain alert remains in force for the greater Suva, Nausori and Tailevu areas, eastern parts of Ra, Naitasiri, and Serua-Namosi. The Fiji Meteorological Service has also issued a  heavy rain alert for Lau Group, Lomaiviti Group and Kadavu, and nearby smaller islands. This is due to a trough of low pressure that remains...

3881 Fijians migrated from January-August this year

More than 3800 Fijians have left Fiji to settle in another country from January to August this year. This, according to data on the Fiji Bureau of Statistics (FBOS) website. The data revealed an average of 485 Fijians have left Fiji each month from January to August 2022 ear to settle abroad. As many as...

Make the right decision – Naidu

Nadi lawyer and National Federation Party provisional candidate Dorsami Naidu has called on Fijians to make the right decision, to consider their ongoing struggles, and to think about their future and that of their children as the country heads toward the 2022 polls. He also reminded people not to forget the unfulfilled promises and incomplete...

PM launches $2.89million subdivision site

The $2.89 million Nasoqeloa subdivision site at Namata District, Tailevu, was unveiled by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama yesterday. The development site would have 15 residential lots, one commercial lot and an open space – a first of its kind in the district. While commissioning the project, the PM said the site had been developed to...

Rewa St brawl: Violence attributed to a manifestation of disenfranchised youth

Fiji Women’s Crisis Centre coordinator Shamima Ali attributed the recent spate of violent brawls to a manifestation of disenfranchised youth. She said young people felt let down by society through a lack of guidance and leadership – whether it was traditional, religious or political. “The utter lack of respect shown in Parliament and the adversarial...

Police: Two-year-old child dies in road accident in Savusavu

A two-year-old child is dead after a motor vehicle accident in Savusavu on Vanua Levu last night. Police said the accident occurred along the Jerusalemi and Nabaci Village highway after 6pm. “It is alleged that while crossing the road with a relative, the victim was bumped by a taxi driven by a 36-year-old man,” Police...

Rewa St brawl: The people are with us – Rabuka

The brawl that took place on Tuesday night at Rewa St, Suva, was a “childish act” and the police should not be blamed for what happened, says People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka. The former prime minister said the police would have a better record of the previous brawls and a better understanding of what...

Rewa St brawl: Brawls a new phenomena for Fiji – Chaudhry

Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry said the brawl that erupted in Rewa St, Suva, on Tuesday night was “frightening” and “a new phenomena” for the country. He said the Governmend had been spending big on defence forces such as police but people’s security and safety continued to be at great risk. “Whatever happened on...

Rewa St brawl: Sad reflection of law and order – Narube

The brawl in Rewa St, Suva, on Tuesday (October 4, 2022) night is a sad reflection of the breakdown of law and order across the country, says Unity Fiji Party leader Savenaca Narube. He said the party strongly condemned the lawlessness and violence on our streets. “Whatever the reasons for this violence, we must put...

Rewa St brawl: Witness describes scene ‘horrifying’

People who witnessed a brawl along Rewa St, Suva, on Tuesday night, described the scene as “horrifying”. They also claimed police numbers had to be beefed up after the first officers at the scene were outnumbered. An eye witness who spoke under the condition of anonymity claimed the incident happened just after 6pm. When a...

Vakarisi denied bail

Please don’t make me lose my home. This is what Jone Vakarisi asked the Suva Magistrates Court before he was remanded in custody for allegedly assaulting a man. The matter was called before Resident Magistrate Indula Ratnayake yesterday. Police said Mr Vakarisi was a person of interest in relation to recent attacks and was charged...

Drought ‘major worry’ for vendors

Market vendors in Nadi Town claim the continuous dry season in the country has affected the price of vegetables in the marketplace. Nadi Market Vendors Association president Lia Launimate said it was a major worry for most vendors during this period. She said vegetables at the market were a bit expensive because of the long...

‘Pleas fallen on deaf ears’ – Farmers await ministry’s response

Farmers in Dravo Village, Tailevu say constant flash flooding is affecting their crops, impacting on their livelihood and has led to the downsizing of workers. They claimed their pleas to fix a damaged floodgate in Dravo had fallen on deaf ears. Dravo Village turaganikoro Tevita Ravavai said it was futile for farmers to plant vegetables...

Strategic plan to be launched soon

The Land Transport Authority’s (LTA) 2022-2026 strategic plan has been completed and will be launched soon, says board chairman James Sowane. While presenting the 2014-2017 annual reports to the Standing Committee on Social Affairs, he acknowledged all past and current staff members and management for their efforts. “Our 2022-2026 strategic plan is completed, which will...

80pc of bus companies pass QAMS

More than 80 per cent of bus companies have passed the first stage of the Quality Assurance Maintenance System (QAMS) implemented by the Land Transport Authority (LTA), says CEO Flagon Bekker. While addressing the Standing Committee on Social Affairs in relation to LTA’s 2014-2017 annual reports, he said the initial figures were below 50 per...

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 remains slow moving over the group and is expected to affect the country for the next few days. Another trough of low pressure...

5th October

The unsung heroes

The transformation of education begins with teachers. I allude to powerful quotes by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Scott Hayden, “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for others” and “Teachers have three loves: love of learning, love of learners, and the love of bringing the first two...

Back in history: Successful operation

The owner of the Courtesy Inn in New Zealand and Australia, Tony Holmshaw, said his move to establish operations in Fiji began when discussions with other hotel proprietors from abroad encouraged him to branch out to smaller Pacific island countries. Out of all the island countries, he was told that Fiji would be the best...

Over 1,000 USP students graduate today and tomorrow

A total of 1,199 students at the University of the South Pacific’s Laucala Campus will be graduating and receiving their certificates, diplomas, degrees, postgraduate diplomas, Master’s and PhD’s today and tomorrow in the University’s October graduation. USP Vice-Chancellor and President (VCP), Professor Pal Ahluwalia highlighted that of those who graduated, 64 per cent were women....

Provisions ‘ambiguous’

The Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley says he has to live under the ambiguous provisions of the Media Industry Development Act (MIDA) 2010 “from Monday to Sunday”. He said this while speaking at the sixth Pacific Media Summit in Honiara, Solomon Islands last week. Wesley pointed out provisions in the law that said no media...

Qiliho: Police is aware

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says the Fiji Police Force is aware of drug dealing and prostitution allegations on a social media post at a Laucala Beach property. He also said a person of interest in the case was a former police officer. Information on the post alluded to a house being used to...

‘Students to be monitored’

Police will be closely monitoring students travelling to Lautoka for the Fiji Secondary School Rugby Union Deans finals this weekend. Chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abdul Khan said a traffic management plan had been put together by the Fiji Police Force which would include escorting packages for participating teams. “The recent attacks...

Brawl erupts at house

A brawl broke out around 6.30pm at a house on Rewa St, Suva, where youths allegedly attacked the occupants of a property under scrutiny by police. More than 50 police officers were deployed to the scene. They managed to contain the incident and dispersed the youths. According to eyewitnesses, a group of youths returning from...

Youths attack home

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho asked the occupants of a home of interest on Rewa St, Suva, to relocate after they were attacked by youths last night. More than 50 police officers were deployed to the scene and managed to contain the situation. Mr Qiliho said an Incident Management Task Force has been set...

Widespread fires affect power supply

Properties and government infrastructure continue to fall victim to widespread fires across the Western Division with five incidents occurring within the span of 30 days. In a statement, Energy Fiji Ltd CEO Hasmukh Patel said the latest uncontrollable fire came at the cost of yet another power outage between Ba and Rakiraki. He said two...

‘One-off payment does not reduce costs’

The cost of living does not come down with a one-off welfare payment, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. He made the comment at a party meeting in Nadi recently while outlining the party’s vision statement for the 2022 General Election. The former prime minister was referring to Government’s $180 inflation mitigation payment. “Just...

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