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Food security and nutrition challenges

WHEN Dr Madhuvanti Murphy landed in Fiji, hours after leaving Trinidad and Tobago, the striking resemblance to her homeland was uncanny at first. The sweltering heat, coconut fronds, language, people and food were almost the...

Lawyers don’t agree

TWO lawyers disagree on whether the charges their clients face should be consolidated. The application was made to consolidate the charges against three suspects involved in the murder of Labasa resident John Pelo will be decided in May. The trio, Amrit Sen, Shumedha Chand and Mustaqir Saif Khaiyum, appeared before High Court judge Justice Daniel...

Prasad has discussions with minister in India

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Finance Minister Professor Biman Prasad held discussions with India’s Petroleum and Natural Gas and Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Shri Hardeep Singh Puri in Bangaluru, India yesterday. Their discussions were centred on how India could support Fiji in its energy transition with the transfer of technology to improve energy efficiency, develop...

‘Expose the rot’ – Narube

EXPOSE the rot. This was the urgent plea from Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube to the people’s coalition Government in relation to the recent exposure of CEO salaries under the FijiFirst government’s watch. “The country is shocked at the revelations about the FijiFirst government that are now emerging,” the former Reserve Bank of Fiji...

Diabetes demand

DIABETES Fiji project manager Marawa Kini says there is a huge demand for medical supplies especially syringe for the juvenile diabetic patients between the ages of two to three years old. In an interview with this newspaper, Mr Kini said recently, there was a shortage of syringes for juvenile patients looked after by the organisation....

Ditoka apologises to FijiFirst

THE People’s Alliance party general secretary, Sakiasi Ditoka, has apologised to the FijiFirst party for a social media post by PA youth president Soko Veilawa and Ratu Gavidi Cakobau making indecent hand gestures in front of the FijiFirst’s Brown St headquarters in Suva. He said Mr Veilawa and Ratu Gavidi’s actions do not represent the...

Negative social media effects increases worries

THE psychological imprint left on younger minds due to increasingly negative impacts of social media is becoming a worrying trend. This was shared by Laisana Ratusokosoko from Lifeline Fiji during the Safer Internet Day deliberations organised by the Online Safety Commission (OSC) in Suva on Tuesday. She said recent statistics received by the OSC showed...

Study to check out e-buses in Fiji

THE Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) is funding a study on the possibility of using electric buses (e-Buses) in Fiji. And if everything falls in place, with an investment of $1.3 billion, 16,000 e-buses will be used in Fiji by 2030. A consultant is now being sought to prepare the “E-bus Upscaling Initial Study.” The...

Parents, guardians have big online safety role

PARENTS and guardians play an enormous role in ensuring their children are shielded from exposure to indecent or inappropriate content online. This was the message highlighted by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Siromi Turaga while closing the Safer Internet Day deliberations organised by the Online Safety Commission (OSC) in Suva on Tuesday. He said issues...

FFA on human rights

Working conditions at sea and in processing plants were on the agenda of a Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA) organised regional meeting in Nadi this week. The meet discussed human rights issues which affect an estimated 27,000 Pacific Islanders employed in the tuna fisheries sector. Delegates at the meeting were from national government, the private sector,...

Firm proposes to construct 11 buildings – Vanualailai

TIAN Lun Ltd, the Chinese firm planning to develop a $600 million hotel and tourism project in Nasese, is proposing to construct 11 buildings across the 36-hectare site with some of them being 28 storeys high. This, according to Dr Paulo Vanualailai, the environmental consultant hired by the company to conduct an Environmental Impact Assessment...

$600m hotel project : Investments welcomed but never at a cost to environment – Gavoka

DEPUTY Prime Minister and Tourism Minister Viliame Gavoka says investments into the sector are always welcomed but they should never come at a cost to the environment. He said this yesterday in response to queries from The Fiji Times on the proposed $600 million Tian Lun Ltd integrated hotel-tourism development in Nasese that has raised...

‘Region faces high risk’ – ADB

THE high exposure of road infrastructure and air and maritime ports to flooding and sea level rise in Fiji may create a potential risk for the country, states a new report released by the Asian Development Bank. The report “Climate Change and Earthquake Exposure in Asia and the Pacific” assessed 10 energy and 19 infrastructure...

ILO in talks with State for visit

THE International Labour Organization (ILO) will engage in talks with the Fiji Government to determine a date and subsequent visit of a contact mission that was to visit the country after a meeting in 2019. Speaking at the Employment Relations Advisory Board (ERAB) meeting at Holiday Inn in Suva yesterday, ILO director Pacific Colin Fenwick...

Police question Bulitavu over social media post

Opposition MP, Mosese Bulitavu has been taken to Totogo Police Station for questioning. This is in relation to recent social media posts regarding alleged misinformation. Fiji Police Force Chief of Intelligence and Investigations and Acting Assistant Commissioner, Sakeo Raikaci says that Mr Bulitavu allegedly posted false information in relation to the recruitment of the complainants,...

Police focus on Qiliho : Suspended compol quizzed on abuse of office claims

SUSPENDED police commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho was questioned for several hours by the Fiji Police Force Criminal Investigation Department yesterday. Police chief of intelligence and investigations Acting Assistant Commissioner of Police Sakeo Raikaci said he was quizzed over claims of abuse of office. Mr Raikaci said the police task force involved in the investigation...

“From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your February 9 briefing”

Bula, The big one on the front page of The Fiji Times for Thursday, February 9 is about suspended Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho who was questioned for several hours by the Fiji Police Force Criminal Investigations Department yesterday. Read about that in The Fiji Times. You can also log onto www.fijitimes.com.fj for the...

Fiji holds inaugural alien invasive species symposium

Fiji’s first-ever Alien Invasive Species Symposium (FJIASS) has emphasised how invasive species interact with natural and human-made systems in Fiji, including rivers, wetlands, forests, agricultural systems, nature reserves, harbours, reefs, and oceans. The symposium was launched at the University of the South Pacific (USP) Lower campus in Laucala on Tuesday. While officiating at the event,...

RFMF personnel attend basic admin course; administrators play integral role – Ieli

Forty-six participants from the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) are attending a course on enhancing the capabilities of RFMF administrators to ensure all soldiers and sailors are well-administered within their different units. The 1/23 Basic Administrator’s Course (BAC) started at the Force Training Group (FTG) on February 6, 2023. While opening the program, Chief...

Report: Pacific region uniquely vulnerable to worsening climate risks

The Pacific region is uniquely vulnerable to worsening climate risks, which threaten to cause irreversible economic, social, cultural, and environmental damage. This was stated in the Pacific Security Outlook Report 2022-2023 released by the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat this week, highlighting key regional security issues and trends. The report noted climate security issues where some...

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 lies over the southern parts of the group and is expected to linger around till Friday. Associated cloud and rain affects the most...

8th February

A great team player

Every member of a team is valuable and important. That is something Ajit Kumar believes in. Even though he is not a counsellor or social worker, he is nonetheless an important employee of Empower Pacific. He has been with the organisation since 2014 and currently works as its transport manager and mechanic. Mr Prasad, who...

Back in history: Bob strikes Fiji

Tropical Cyclones are a common occurrence in Fiji. The 70s were no exception. In 1978 Tropical Cyclone Bob generated storm winds of up to 60 knots as it hammered the Yasawa Group and north-west Fiji, a report in The Fiji Times on January 5 that year said. The worst damage reported on the night of...

Veterans recall terror

Veteran Fijian journalist Netani Rika and his wife were resting in their living room when he was suddenly woken, startled by the sound of smashed glass. “I got up, I slipped on the wet surface,” he recalled. He turned on the lights and a bottle and wick were spread across the floor. It was one...

Resort hosts appreciation week for customers

A recent cocktail event hosted by the InterContinental Fiji Golf Resort & Spa brought together about 100 partners and industry leaders. A media release from the resort said the event was part of IHG Hotel & Resorts Global Appreciation Week and a follow-up to a similar event that was hosted at The Grand Pacific Hotel...

Disaster risk financing

Despite Fiji’s inclusion in Pacific Catastrophe Risk Insurance Company’s (PCRIC) risk pool, the country currently lacks a PCRIC insurance policy. This was highlighted by PCRIC during a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, Strategic Planning, National Development and Statistics, Professor Biman Prasad. A media release from PCRIC said its previous engagements with...

Authorities investigate cause of oil spill within Suva Harbour area

Preliminary investigations have begun to determine the cause of an oil spill within the parameters of the Suva Harbour, particularly at the Narain Jetty, yesterday afternoon. The oil spill report was received by the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji (MSAF) and the Fiji Ports Corporation Limited (FPCL). According to MSAF, as of yesterday afternoon, oil...

Digital workshop – Program uplifts local businesses

A pilot workshop garnering the attention of more than 100 attendees has done its part in uplifting Fijian businesses into the digital space in safe, effective and environmentally friendly ways. The Australian Information Industry Association’s (AIIA) Pacific Islands Digital Capability Uplift Program has officially closed having been an enlightening and informative success according to many...

Yasawa women learn to make masi

The making of masi has been encouraged among women of Naviti District in Yasawa as they engage in a program to promote the art. This is part of a program promoted by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN and Vinaka Fiji. The program recently gathered women from various villages in...

Meet for strategic plan

The Ministry of Agriculture has set out its 2024 to 2028 Strategic Development Plan. In a recent workshop held in Lautoka, stakeholders from the agriculture sector met to formulate strategies to map out the way forward for the ministry. While addressing ministry officials, Animal Health and Production officer in charge Avinesh Dayal encouraged participants to...

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