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19th April

Women peacekeepers lead to protection responses: UN S-G

GREATER numbers of women peacekeepers lead to protection responses that are more credible and meet the needs of all members of local communities, says UN Secretary-General António Guterres. He made the comments at the UN...

Arya trial: Managers, school heads familiar with use of grant, says witness

THE fourth prosecution witness in the trial of former diplomat and media relations officer of the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji, Kamlesh Arya, today informed the court that school heads and managers were familiar with how they used the free education grant. In her evidence, prosecution witness Makereta Fuata who was an accounts officer at...

Easter: Time of reflection and remembrance

EASTER is a time to revisit not only the death and resurrection of Jesus, but most importantly the reason he sacrificed his life for all humanity. As Fijians across the country celebrate Easter this weekend, President of the Methodist Church Reverend Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa believes this is a time of reflection and remembrance. “This year...

Man barred from voting for five years

A MAN convicted of electoral offences has had his voting privileges barred for five years by the Suva Magistrates Court. Rajnil Pratap Sobha has been sentenced to 22 months imprisonment. He has been ordered to serve one year in custody and the remaining 10 months suspended for five years. More details on this story in...

Family care leave for all forms of healing: Kumar

CHANGES to family care leave requirements encompass all forms of healing — whether from health care facilities or other traditional forms, says Employment, Industrial Relations and Productivity Minister Parveen Kumar. He made the comment at the World Day for Safety and Health at Work celebrations in Lautoka on Wednesday in response to questions raised by...

Elderly deceased’s family claim no word from Police

THE family of a 95-year-old man who was allegedly hit by a car in Lautoka and later passed away at the Lautoka Hospital claimed they have not heard from police whether the driver of the vehicle involved in the accident has been questioned or investigated. Daughter of the deceased, Chand Kuar, said the family was...

18th April

Cikobia islanders receive solar-powered freezer

PEOPLE of Cikobia in Macuata had a reason to celebrate today when they received their new solar-powered freezer from Minister of Fisheries Semi Koroilavesau. Officiating at the handover, Mr Koroilavesau told villagers that the $14,000-worth solar-powered freezer had had a capacity to hold 120kilograms of fish at one time. He told villagers that following the...

Pedestrians, cyclists warned against use of earphones

THE Land Transport Authority has issued a warning to pedestrians and cyclists against the use of earphones or headphones while on the road. And it has warned that those caught will be dealt with by the authority and Police. LTA chief executive officer Samuel Simpson issued this warning today citing a recent fatal road accident...

No tolerance for physique identifiers: Consumer watchdog

TRADERS cannot issue receipts carrying identifiers according to the physique of their customers, says Consumer Council of Fiji CEO Seema Shandil. Her comments come in the light of a complaint from a Lautoka woman who was issued a receipt from a popular coffee shop that read ‘Pink Fat Lady‘. Mrs Shandil expressed concern saying such...

2019 Coke Games: Radrudru, Sigaruarua named best overall athletes

TRIPLE gold medallist Kolinio Radrudru of Ratu Kadavulevu School and Naomi Sigaruarua of ACS were named overall best athletes at the 2019 Coca-Cola Games. Radrudru was named the overall best male athlete. He won gold in the senior boys 100m, 200m, and the 4x100m events. Sigaruarua also won three gold medals was awarded the overall...

Water situation: Few days of disruption for Lautoka residents

RESIDENTS in elevated areas of Lautoka are advised to store up on water from tonight as major repair works begin on a leaking water pipeline near the Vaturu dam. The Water Authority of Fiji says the repair work will be carried out in two to three days and will result in a partial shutdown at...

NFA reminds people of fire safety responsibility

FIRE safety is everyone’s responsibility, says acting deputy chief fire officer Vinesh Kumar. He said simple fire safety precautions such as not leaving the kitchen until cooking was done, and keeping all flammable materials away from cooking areas, should be strictly adhered to at all times. The National Fire Authority issued a statement calling on...

2019 Coke Games: ACS and RKS defend title

AS the curtains came down on another Coca-Cola Games, defending champions in the boys and girls divisions have once again successfully defended their title after the three-day event. Adi Cakobau School won a total of 39 medals – 17 gold, 12 silver and 10 bronze medals to remain undefeated. Saint Joseph’s Secondary School came in...

Japan hands over $1.25m worth of aid to a western school

THE Japanese government handed over one new school block that houses a language room, library and conference room, three reinforced school buildings and furniture worth $1.25million to Varavu Sanatan Dharam School today. During the handover ceremony, Japanese Embassy first secretary of Development Cooperation Taisuke Iwano said the aid was given under Japan’s for Grassroots Human...

Taveuni villager sentenced to life over wife’s death

A TAVEUNI villager found guilty of murdering his wife in Somosomo Village last year has been sentenced to life imprisonment. High Court judge Justice Paul Madigan dished out the sentence for Josese Bale this afternoon at the High Court in Labasa. Justice Madigan has also ordered that Bale serve a minimum of 16 years before...

2019 Coke Games: Six national records broken

SIX records were broken at this year’s Coca-Cola Games. All of which were from the field events. The six records are: Shawntell Lockington of Xavier College broke the senior girls high jump meet record of 1.64m. Her new record is 1.68m. Orisi Navavau of Marist Brothers High School broke the intermediate boys shotput meet record...

2019 Coke Games: Unofficial – Defending champs looks good to retain titles

WITH one more race to go, Adi Cakobau School is unofficially the winner of the 2019 Coca-Cola Games. As expected, the ladies from Sawani have continued to pile up their gold medals winning three more medals in the 4x400m finals of the sub-junior, junior and intermediate grade. ACS is expected to win the senior grade...

2019 Coke Games: Sweet revenge for Jasper’s Baravilala

SERENIA Ragatu’s hope of winning her third gold for Adi Cakobau School was dashed today after she was beaten by arch-rival Salote Baravilala of Jasper Williams High School in the 4x100m. Ragatu who won the 100m final yesterday and the 200m today had to settle for silver with her team mates from Sawani. It was...

2019 Coke Games: Lecanavanua bags first gold for QVS

QUEEN Victoria School managed to win their first gold today in the senior boys discus. Thanks to Tupou Lecanavanua who took out first place after throwing a distance of 41. 40m. Orisi Somumu of All Saints Secondary School in Labasa won the silver medal with a distance of 39.42m. And Timoci Tukana of Ratu Sukuna...

Serving in the military means serving the people: Cmdr Naupoto

SERVING in the military means serving the people of Fiji, says Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) commander, Rear Admiral Viliame Naupoto. “Congratulations for completing 12 weeks of training. This has made it possible for you to be part of the pass out parade,” Rear Admiral Naupoto told the 94 recruits during their passing out...

2019 Coke Games: Cheerleaders add colour to the Games

CHEERLEADERS from various schools are stealing the show at the 2019 Coca-Cola Games at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. During the three-day competition, cheerleaders kept the crowd on their feet with their dance moves. What used to have been an all-girls pompom squad in the past has now included boys as part of the cheerleading...

2019 Coke Games: Taqiri of RKS jumps for gold

APOROSA Taqiri of Ratu Kadavulevu School jumped for gold today in the senior boys triple jump keeping their hopes alive in defending their title again this year. Taqiri jumped a distance of 13.70m to win first place. Xavier College’s Jone Sukulu settled for silver with a jump of 13.61m. And Varea Grey of Marist Brothers...

Rubbish piles on roadside angers Lautoka residents

RESIDENTS of parts of Lautoka City are frustrated as garbage presented several weeks ago for collection lay piled up along roadsides. Yesterday, a team from this newspaper visited areas where small mountains of rubbish lay strewn, resembling mini dump sites. According to residents, normal rubbish collection continued throughout the week, but solid waste material like...

Ministry rectifying teachers’ issues: Bure

AN apologetic Education Ministry deputy permanent secretary Timoci Bure assured teachers at the Fiji Principals Association Conference that the ministry was looking into rectifying issues affecting their jobs. Questions raised by the principals during the conference were in regards to: confirmed positions that were later downgraded; the procedure to confirm posts for school heads; and...

Education ministry aware of schools owing money to companies

THE Education Ministry has received complaints of schools that owe money to companies, says Education Ministry director finance Sukhendra Lal. Mr Lal reminded teachers at the Fiji Principals Association Conference in Suva yesterday to ensure that they paid their dues on time. Mr Lal said they had seen a number of shops where school cheques...

2019 Coke Games: Tukidia wins gold for MBHS

MARIST Brothers High School as usual is making their presence known in the field events after winning the junior boys high jump at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. Viliame Tukidia won gold with a jump of 1.70m. Suva Grammar School’s Victor Kalouniviti settled for silver with a jump of 1.65m. Lorima Tabaiwalu of Nasikawa Vision...

2019 Coke Games: ACS makes clean sweep in 200m finals

ADI Cakobau School is on track to defend their title as the overall winner in the girls division at the 2019 Coca-Cola Games underway at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. This after the ladies from the Rukuniveidakua made a clean sweep in the 200m finals adding four more gold medals to their tally. The Sawani...

2019 Coke Games: Taukei wins second gold for Marist Brothers

CHRISTIAN Taukei of Marist Brothers High School won his second gold medal today in the sub-junior boys discus event. Taukei threw a distance of 38.93m to claim first place. Jeremaia Vukivanua of Suva Grammar School took out the silver medal with a distance of 33.95m. And Iosefa Qalovi of Marist Brothers High School won the...

2019 Coke Games: Baleinatauba adds gold to RKS tally

DEFENDING champions in the boys division, Ratu Kadavulevu School has continued to add medals to their tally with another win in the intermediate boys long jump. This was after Epeli Baleinatauba jumped a distance of 6.66m to win gold. Noa Kautoga of Xavier College settled for silver with a jump of 6.64m. Josevata Rasoi of...

2019 Coke Games: SJSS continues dominance in field events

THE St Joseph’s Secondary School girls have continued their dominance in the field events after winning the junior girls shotput this morning at the ANZ Stadium in Suva. May Kaora won gold with a throw of 11.14m. Uluivalili Secondary School’s Sera Ralawa settled for silver after throwing a distance of 10.62m. Tamara Fakataufon of ACS...

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