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27th January

Teachers sent abroad for treatment due to depression, claims Unions

OVERCROWDED classrooms resulted in 561 teachers being medically treated for depression and hypertension last year, claims two teacher unions. And of this number, 82 had to be sent for further treatment abroad. This was the...

Ratepayers owe council $1.6m in town rates

RATEPAYERS of Labasa owe the Labasa Town Council $1.6million in town rates. This was revealed at the Public Accounts Committee consultation with Labasa Town Council executives during the consultation on Friday evening. It has also been suggested that the council closely liaise with commercial banks to deduct outstanding rates if ratepayers apply for loans to...

Hirst to push for more funding for projects

THE special administrator of Rakiraki Town Council will push for more funding for projects in the town with Government. Mark Hirst made the comments when he appeared before the Public Accounts Committee last Wednesday. “We had a lot of promises about streetlights and roads that haven’t eventuated,” he said. “In the last couple of budgets,...

26th January

Call to take heed of the realities of climate change

THE Pacific Conference of Churches has called on Australia to  take heed the realities of climate change and the call for respect of the right of the indigenous people of Australia. PCC general secretary Reverend James Bhagwan said it was a big challenge to discuss climate change and its sad realities with the Prime Minister...

22-year-old charged with murder to appear in court

A 22-YEAR-OLD has been charged with the murder of Hasneel Sharma – whose body was found dead at the back of an old service station at Natokowaqa, Lautoka a week ago. Police chief intelligence and investigation ACP Biu Matavou confirmed that the suspect will be produced at the tomorrow. “The three others who were also...

FBOA questions FCCC on formula used in increase of bus fares

THE Fiji Bus Operators Association (FBOA) has called on Fiji Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) chief executive officer Joel Abraham to come out clean and reveal the formula used to increase bus fares by 7 per cent. In a statement FBOA president Nishar Shah said on average, the fare increase for all stages in Viti...

NZ 7s: Ikanikoda starts in match against South Africa

FIJI is expected to fight until the end of the New Zealand Sevens despite being dethroned by Argentina 10-26. While Fiji’s relegation could be noticed on empty seats on stands with most Fijian fans heading home, coach Gareth Baber has named a strong side against South Africa in the play-off for north position. Fiji team: 1. Sevuloni...

NZ 7s: Fiji to face South Africa in 9th place playoff

THE Fiji 7s team, after being relegated by Argentina in their last pool match of the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton, will play South Africa in the ninth place play-off. Fiji lost the Hamilton 7s title after losing 10-26 to Argentina. England and France meet in the first semi-final while New Zealand and Australia face...

NZ 7s: Three in a row

THE Fiji 7s team has lost the New Zealand 7s title. Fiji’s 10-26 loss to Argentina relegated itself from the cup running after beating Australia and Samoa last year. Fiji coach Gareth Baber said Argentina was the better team. His counterpart Santiago Gomez Cora said he told his players to respect Fiji and work hard...

NZ 7s: Argentina leads Fiji

Argentina is leading Fiji in the last pool match this morning at the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton. Argentina scored three tries in the first half to Fiji’s lone try to Sevuloni Mocenacagi. Fiji trails 5-21.

NZ 7s: Baber sticks with lineup that beat Australia

FIJI 7s team coach Gareth Baber has stuck to the team that beat Australia at the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton, yesterday. This is to ensure of an unbeaten run in our pool when the team plays Argentina in its last pool match this morning. While France and England have been named to meet in the...

NZ 7s: Support for Jerry Tuwai

A GROUP of seasonal workers from Fiji will be among the vocal Fijian crowd at the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. They will cheer for Jerry Tuwai. Stay tuned for more updates from Hamilton. Watch video:

Regional Hindi forum

HINDI has been spoken in Fiji for the past 140 years and today it has been recognised as one of the three official languages in Fiji. This was highlighted by the Office of the Prime Minister’s permanent secretary Yogesh Karan while officiating at the Regional Hindi Conference at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday....

FRA: Overloading still a pressing issue

OVERLOADING is still a pressing issue that impacts Fiji Roads Authority’s (FRA) assets which includes jetties, roads and bridges. In a statement, the authority advised heavy vehicle owners to comply with the vehicle axle load limits to prevent further deterioration of the road network caused by overloading. “We are working closely with the LTA and...

Safety concern for staff

A TOURISM leisure events provider says he is concerned about the safety of his staff members because most of his clients are Chinese nationals. “Our staff have direct contact with a lot of Chinese tourists and they specifically like to go on our excursions,” said Nadi businessman Stephen Mallerich. He made the comment in relation...

Strategies in place to deal with virus

FIJI’S effort to stop the entry of the coronavirus through its borders hinges on hope, says permanent secretary for the Prime Minister’s Office Yogesh Karan. Responding to questions on Fiji’s chances of controlling the virus at its borders considering the fact that it had infiltrated developed countries with advanced technology, Mr Karan said the Office...

PM’s office receives positive feedback on RFMF soldiers

THE Prime Minister’s Office has been receiving good feedback regarding the 54 personnel from the engineering division of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces. In an interview, the office’s permanent secretary Yogesh Karan said the personnel had been deployed to affected areas in Australia and they were performing their duties well. “Fiji’s High Commissioner to...

Sudhakar: Social media is a joke

SOCIAL media is a joke, says Lands and Mineral Resources Minister Ashneel Sudhakar. He made the comment during an interview with this newspaper in Rakiraki on Friday. Mr Sudhakar was asked about recent social media posts which alleged he was under investigation by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption. “Facebook, any Tom, Dick and Harry...

Four in custody over death

FOUR people were taken into custody earlier this week in relation to the death of 22-year-old Hasneel Sharma whose body was found at the back of an old service station in Lautoka last Sunday. According to police, the four suspects — believed to be from Natokowaqa — were arrested on Thursday night by officers from...

Feakes thankful for helping hands

DESPITE the heartbreak caused by the Australia bushfires, support from countries such as Fiji has helped the nation pick up after the devastation. Speaking during the Fiji 4 Australia concert at Ratu Sukuna Park in Suva yesterday, Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes thanked those who turned up for the event and contributed towards...

Making sense of tragedy ‘hard’

MAKING sense of the scale of the tragedy caused by the unprecedented bushfire crisis can be hard, says Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes. He made the comment during the Australia Day celebrations held at his residence in Princes Rd, Tamavua yesterday. He said he had to dispense with tradition and speak more on...

Support for bushfire victims overwhelming, says Feakes

FIJIANS will always hold a special place in the hearts of all Australians says Australia’s High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes. Delivering an emotional message at Sukuna Park in Suva today at the fundraiser for victims of the Australian bushfires during the Fiji 4 Australia Fire Concert, Mr Feakes said Australians could not have survived...

25th January

World 7s series could move to Fiji in 2023

GOOD news today for Fiji 7s rugby supporters following the annual World Rugby Sevens Series Fiji is in a strong position now to host one of the tournaments in the Oceania leg of the 2023 series. This was announced this morning at the NZ  Sevens by New Zealand Rugby chief rugby officer, Nigel Cass. He...

Culvert installation along Nasekula next week

THERE will be road closure and diversion at the main road in Labasa Town due to a culvert installation along the Nasekula road. Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) in a statement says the road will be closed next week on Saturday, February 1 until Sunday, February 2, 2020. “The work will begin at 6pm to 6am...

NZ 7s: Keep on working hard, says Baber

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber has asked his players to keep on working hard in the New Zealand Sevens in Hamilton. Despite beating Australia 19-12 and Samoa 19-12 today, Baber is not intending to slow down. “We are not there yet,” he said after beating Australia. Crowd favourite Fiji opened the scoring when Asaeli Ratuvuaka...

Advisory: Road closure in Labasa due to speed hump installation

MEMBERS of the public are advised that installation of speed humps will be carried out from today at the James Madhavan road in Labasa. According to a Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) statement the road will be on closedown until 4am on Monday, January 27 to allow concrete curing. “Traffic will be diverted onto Salusalu Street...

Australia grateful for the ‘Vuvale’ partnership

AUSTRALIA is deeply grateful to the Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama and the Government of Fiji for sending the RFMF to assist in the recovery of the Australian bushfires. Australian High Commissioner to Fiji John Feakes highlighted this during the Australia Day reception held at the Australian High Commission yesterday. Mr Feakes while acknowledging the...

Government strongly against any travel to China

THE general public are being urged to take precautions and practice hand and respiratory hygiene while traveling to China. The Fijian Government in a Facebook post is strongly against any travel to the Hubei province in China. “This includes the cities of Wuhan, Huanggang, Ezhou, Chibi, Xiantao, Zhijiang, Qianjiang, Xianning, Huagshi, and Enshi,” the post...

NZ 7s: Fiji anticipates tough match against Aussies

FIJI 7s coach Gareth Baber knows Australia will offer a bruising encounter against his boys in the second pool match of the New Zealand Sevens at Hamilton this evening. With the match scheduled for this evening in what could be a chilly atmosphere for the Fijians, especially the new players, Baber said the boost was...

Weather watch: Expect cloudy periods with brief showers

EXPECT cloudy periods with brief showers over the eastern parts and the interior of the larger islands. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this afternoon says elsewhere, except fine apart from afternoon or evening showers. Also expect isolated thunderstorms possible and moderate southeast winds accompanied by moderate seas. The...

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