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State to recruit 22 permanent secretaries

Government is going to advertise and recruit 22 permanent secretaries, online tender documents released by the Fiji Procurement Office state. The Public Service Commission (PSC), through the Ministry of Civil Service is looking for a...

Graduates ‘still waiting’ – Minister: A number of education degree holders still don’t have a school

A number of teachers who completed their degree in 2018 are still waiting for a vacancy in the school system, says Education Minister Premila Kumar. “Unfortunately, some of these teachers had studied accounting and economics,” she said. “They studied English and they also studied a few other subjects like chemistry and biology. We don’t have...

Aviation academy a ‘life saver’

National carrier Fiji Airways has labelled its aviation academy a ‘life saver’ because it has provided training for local pilots and the new cabin crew absorbed into its workforce. Managing director and chief executive Andre Viljoen said the airline had done a lot of work to upgrade more local pilots and the Namaka-Nadi based academy...

‘Retain’ local pilots

Fiji Airways managing director Andre Viljoen says the national airline wants to minimise recruiting foreign pilots. “We kept all the local pilots during COVID, 104 of them, and basically terminated all the foreign pilots – about 98 of them,” he said. Mr Viljoen said the airline wanted to keep local pilots, and if the need...

National carrier to recruit 150 cabin crew members

Fiji Airways is hoping to recruit yet another 150 cabin crew to meet the increasing demand for air travel from the international market. Managing director and CEO Andre Viljoen said flight attendants who were terminated in 2020 were entitled to apply, adding this was an exciting time for the airline. “We need more and more...

Raj condemns act of violence

The police badge and uniform does not give officers the right to use senseless violence on ordinary citizens, says Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj. Mr Raj was commenting on a video that is being widely shared on social media showing a police officer physically assaulting a bus driver in Labasa on...

Officer suspended pending parole

The Fiji Police Force says a policeman appearing on a social media video allegedly assaulting a bus driver in Labasa has been suspended. The video went viral after being circulated on Monday. The bus driver, Elvin Mani, appeared in the Labasa Magistrates Court yesterday charged with failing to give his name and address to the...

FLP attacks A-G – Sayed-Khaiyum ‘campaigning for votes at public expense

The Attorney-General is “campaigning for votes at public expense” by attending prefects’ induction ceremonies at schools, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. He said the same tactics were used by the A-G in the build-up to the 2018 polls. “It is a blatant case of abuse of authority for Attorney-General Sayed-Khaiyum to be campaigning...

Leptospirosis claims five more lives

Leptospirosis continues to claim lives with five more succumbing to the disease. The deaths bring the number of leptospirosis fatalities to 41 this year. Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the youngest of the five fatalities was a 16-year-old from Ba. “The other people are a 39-year-old male from Qamea, a 31-year-old male...

Acute respiratory illness – Fong: Increase in number of children becoming ill

There is an increase in the number of children under the age of five being admitted with acute respiratory illnesses at the pediatrics department at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva. Health ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the department had seen children especially infants, being admitted with acute respiratory illnesses while testing...

Trough of low pressure intensified into a tropical disturbance

The Fiji Meteorological Services says the heavy rainfall experienced in most parts of the Fiji Group is caused by a trough of low pressure to the northeast of Vanuatu that has now intensified into a tropical disturbance. The probability of TD11F forming into a tropical cyclone is low but may change to moderate on Thursday....

Voter registration drive to begin in NZ this week

Teams from the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) will be travelling to New Zealand tomorrow May 19, 2022 to conduct voter registration. The FEO teams will be travelling to venues in Auckland, Christchurch and Wellington. The will conclude their registration drive on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. Meanwhile, the FEO teams have provided voter services to 198...

Respect, humility and confidence needs to be nurtured – Katonivere

President Ratu Wiliame Katonivere yesterday urged students of Bua Central College to pursue their dreams and achieve their desired career. While officiating at the college’s prefects induction,  Ratu Wiliame who is an old scholar told the students that he has never regretted attending the school because he learnt the values of life . “The values...

Politicians urged to be careful when making references to LGBTQI community

Politicians are being urged to refrain from using the bodies and rights of LGBTQI people as a political tool to further marginalise and exclude this community. Pacific Sexual and Gender Diversity Network Chief Executive Officer, Isikeli Vulavou stressed this in statement to mark the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) yesterday. “Fiji is...

Lal’s passion to help students runs deep

Dipisha Rani Lal’s desire to help fellow students inspired her to become a noquBuddy mentor at the Fiji National University (FNU). The 20-year-old is currently studying Bachelor of Public Health at the College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences (CMNHS). “The noquBuddy initiative has allowed me to find efficient and effective ways to solve issues...

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 is expected to approach the group from the north and lie just northwest of Fiji on Thursday. Associated cloud and showers expected to...

17th May

A dad’s perseverance – For the sake of his girls

Ram Surat considers educating his daughters his life’s greatest achievement. The 59-year-old father-of-two, whose whole life has revolved around growing and selling vegetables, gauges his successes by how well he has been able to ensure his daughters receive the best education possible. Living in the Sigatoka Valley was one of the things that motivated Surat...

Tuibeqa’s rise in the fashion industry

Arguably one of the country’s biggest fashion success stories of recent times, Epeli Tuibeqa has never had it easy. While he has always been a creative soul, the Rewa native behind the label Kuiviti has tried his art at music, dance and in the pageant world and even developed a reputation for the behind the...

Back in history: Lucky, time and again

Many “old salts” can tell you stories of the hours they spent at sea awaiting rescue after their ships sank. This article, published in The Fiji Times on May 11, 1974, is about Percy Bucknell, 69, who had a different slant on the “I was there” accounts of marine disasters. In his 30 years at...

Lest we forget – A journey in search for destiny

This month marks the 143rd anniversary of the arrival of the first shipload of indentured labourers from India to Fiji waters. It was May 14, 1879 when the ship Leonidas arrived in Fiji. From then until November 1916, a little more than 60,000 Indians were brought from different parts of India to work here. The...

Tourism, jobs expected to rise

The completion of the much anticipated Nawi Island is expected to spur an increase in tourism which will increase employment opportunities and, more importantly, feed into and assist tourism and SME partners throughout the Northern Division. In a media statement the Nawi Island management said they were working with other local stakeholders to form strategic...

Investment pays off – Family members support each other in moving business ahead

Hemal Khatri took a chance and registered his own photography and cinematography business – Special Moments Photography & Cinematography and Photography Studio – in 2019 only to be hit by COVID-19 pandemic the following year. “Things were difficult because during the pandemic I had lost my day job and so I decided to give my...

Court yet to decide on Sharma’s case

Whether the former solicitor-general Sharvada Sharma will be given leave to apply for a judicial review on his suspension and ultimate termination in November last year will be known next Monday. The matter was to be called for judgment in the High Court in Suva before Justice Deepthi Amaratunga yesterday, but was deferred to Monday,...

The two cases differ, says Nand

Niko Nawaikula and Ratu Suliano Matanitobua’s cases in the Anti-Corruption Division of the High Court are contextually related. Defence lawyer Filimoni Vosarogo said this while replying to Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) lawyer Ashish Nand’s submissions in response to the application for the recusal of High Court judge Justice Dr Thushara Kumarage. Mr Vosarogo...

Bail granted for bus driver

The bus driver who was allegedly assaulted by a police officer in Labasa has been granted bail by Labasa Magistrates Court. Elvin Ritesh Mani appeared before Magistrate Senileba Levaci charged with one count of giving false information to a public servant. The court heard that he gave another name to the officer who allegedly assaulted...

Policeman suspended, bus driver charged

A Labasa policeman has been suspended pending the findings of an investigation and a bus driver will appear in the Labasa Magistrates Court in relation to a video circulated on social media. According to Police the Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho directed suspension of the policeman involved in the incident that was captured...

Breadwinner unhappy with low income, costs

Sole breadwinner claims he is struggling to make ends meet with the escalating food costs and recent bus fare hike. Suruj Prasad of Kuku, Bau Rd in Tailevu has been a construction worker for the past 44 years and is the only earner in his family. “The cost of bus fare and food items is...

Welfare recipients: We can’t afford much

Social welfare recipients say they are struggling because of the increase in bus fare and food prices. Ben Mati, 65, of Nasole said she was struggling to make ends meet. “Bus fare was $1.18 and now it’s gone up to $1.65,” she said. “We hardly make any sales now at the market but when we...

Vendors strained with commuting expenses

Market vendors at the Nausori Municipal Market are thinking about raising their prices of food to match the high cost of living. Filomena Tinani, 37, said the bus fare increase affected her as she travelled all the way from Waibau in Naitasiri. “I want to increase the price of my produce but I can’t,” she...

‘Struggle’ to make ends meet

Elderly Fijians who receive $100 a month in social welfare benefits claim they are struggling to make ends meet because of the escalating cost of living. “How are we supposed to afford to eat or do anything when the price of everything is going up,” said 70-year-old Suraj Narayan. The Fiji Times team came across...

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