Local News

Osborne: Awareness on cancer should be an everyday occurrence

Nadi entrepreneur Jennie Osborne says awareness on cancer should be an everyday occurrence. During a Pinktober event with members of The People’s Alliance West team recently, Ms Osbourne recalled the challenges she went through while caring for her mother who passed...

Earning with orchids

Tthirty-four women from the Model Town Charity Trust’s (MTCT) Koroipita Community received training on how to grow and manage an orchid nursery at South Sea Orchids in Nadi yesterday. The training came in the wake of a recent partnership between the Australian Government’s Business Partnership Platform (BPP), South Sea Orchids (SSO), Floriculture Support Association (FSA)...

Unaisi overcomes battle with breast cancer

Unaisi Lekenaua clinged to her faith in God and her favourite Bible verse in Psalm 23:4 as she was wheeled into the operating theatre at the Labasa Hospital. The retired schoolteacher said Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff they comfort me” gave her the strength...

Accused further remanded

A man who allegedly stabbed his 21-year-old de facto partner to death has been further remanded in custody. Sivaniolo Vunakece is charged with one count of murder. He appeared before magistrate Waleen George at the Suva Magistrates Court yesterday. The police prosecutor objected to bail on the basis that the offence was indictable in nature....

Man cops 14 years for rape

The High Court in Lautoka jailed a man for 14 years and seven months for raping a 14-year-old girl in July, 2019. Justice Thushara Rajasinghe said in his October 13 ruling that the man, who was the victim’s step-uncle, had breached the trust of the girl. “Instead of caring and looking after this small, young...

Fong: Fijians can receive jabs at 6-week intervals

Fijians can choose to receive the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine at an interval of six weeks after the first dose, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong. “Any person aged 18 years and above who has received the first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine can receive the second dose after an...

Family loses all in house fire

A family in Volivoli, Rakiraki will have a bleak Diwali this year after their two-bedroom house was destroyed by fire on Tuesday night. Homeowner Praveen Reddy and his family were away at a neighbour’s house when the blaze began about 8pm. “My wife and two children had gone to a religious gathering when we were...

CAAF cautions public on fireworks use

The Civil Aviation Authority of Fiji (CAAF) states it is prohibited for anyone to operate fireworks within five kilometres of the Nadi and Nausori airports and within 3km of any domestic airport. However, CAAF stated fireworks could be used during the Hindu festival of lights, known as Diwali, between 5pm and 11pm on November 3...

Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Dr Ram Raju. Picture: FT FILE

‘Firecrackers have no Diwali significance’

Firecrackers have no significance in terms of celebrating the Hindu festival of lights known as Diwali, says Nadi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (NCCI) president Dr Ram Raju. In a statement, Dr Raju said firecrackers were “a total waste of hard earned money”. “Indulging in the use of firecrackers is sheer madness, especially at this...

Ratu Wiliame Katonivere completes quarantine period

President elect Ratu Wiliame Katonivere has been released from quarantine and has resumed duties at his Macuata Holdings office today. Ratu Wiliame said he was happy to be back but could not give any interviews yet. Many public members greeted him in town as he stepped out for lunch. Ratu Wiliame was kept in home...

Foundation work for school completed

Foundation work for the new Lekutu Secondary School in Bua has been completed, says Australian Defence Force (ADF) contingent commander and senior project engineer Major Donald Robertson. He said the ADF and the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) engineering teams had completed all the foundation work, including the concrete footing, sub-floor block work and...

Backtracks: Taking music to the next level

Sauma Masidilo developed a passion for singing at a very tender age while growing up in his village of Vatulele, Wailei, in the province of Cakaudrove in the 90s. And his interest in music was inspired and nurtured by his grandfather. His grandfather was part of the village’s very popular sigidrigi group that used to...

People: Lawyer up for top awards

Lautoka human rights lawyer Sabrina Khan-Sharma has been nominated by the United Kingdom’s Lead5050 judging panel for two awards — 2021 Mentor of the Year and 2021 Champion of the Year. The renowned human rights champion said she made a decision to help marginalised single mothers in Fiji because of her experiences as a victim...

Nine-year-old from Lakeba is latest drowning victim

A nine-year-old child from Tubou, Lakeba is believed to be the country’s latest drowning victim. According to police, the incident which occurred earlier this week is being investigated by officers at the Lakeba Police Station. The victim was missing from home and a search was conducted whereby his body was found floating near the foreshore...

ADF hails RFMF

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) team conducting building works at the Lekutu Secondary School in Bua has hailed the Republic of Fiji Military Forces (RFMF) for its innovative skills. Lieutenant Jake Finnane, the ADF troop commander and site engineer, said the Fijian method of bending steel reinforcement bars had cut work time down by 50...

Back in time! Top trainer for Ve

The boxing fraternity was abuzz with news that Fiji’s “Golden Boy” and boxing idol Sakaraia Ve was to be trained by one of Australia’s leading trainers, Jack Rennie. A report was published in The Fiji Times on December 17, 1981. According to the article, Rennie — who had already trained a world boxing title winner...

Teacher unions: ‘Guideline creating confusion’

The two teacher unions said it was imperative for Education Minister Premila Kumar to clarify her statement on the reopening of schools. Ms Kumar had said earlier that there was no “no jab, no school” policy. She had said that all students would be welcomed back to school, even if they opted not to get...

COVID-19 awareness program for students

The Education Ministry has advised school heads and faculty that Year 12 examinations will be held from January 18 to January 28 and Year 13 exams will be held from January 17 to January 27. And according to a circular from Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Anjeela Jokhan, Year 12 and 13 students will undergo...

Teachers to undergo training

More than 900 teachers will undergo training to provide psychosocial support services and manage student behaviour when they return to school. This, according to Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Anjeela Jokhan. She said the online training program for child protection officers would be run for over two months. “School closure has contributed to increased anxiety...

No jab! Go to school

Year 12 and Year 13 students who begin classes next week Monday do not have to be vaccinated to enter their school premises, says Education Ministry’s head of national education service delivery Timoci Bure. He reiterated what Education Minister Premila Kumar had said earlier this month that there was no “no jab, no school policy”....

Osea Kolinisau inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame

2016 Rio Olympics gold medal winning Fiji 7s captain Osea Kolinisau will be inducted into the World Rugby Hall of Fame in 2021. World Rugby has revealed that six legends of the game in Osea Kolinisau (Fiji), Humphrey Kayange (Kenya), Huriana Manuel-Carpenter (New Zealand), Cheryl McAfee (Australia), Will Carling (England) and Jim Telfer (Scotland) will...

COVID-19: 86.9% adults fully vaccinated

A total of 595,597 adults in Fiji have received their first dose of the vaccine and 537,398 have received their second dose which means 86.9% of adults are now fully vaccinated. 595,597 adults have received at least received one dose of the vaccine meaning 96.3% of adults have received at least one shot of the...

27th October

From the Editor-in-Chief’s desk: Your October 28 briefing

Bula vinaka everyone Had a bit of a laugh over the Ginger Meggs comic on Page 28 this morning. The lesson was on impulsive buying… and cartoonist Jason Chatfield certainly knows how to get that kicker in there! Anyway, let’s take a look at some of the headlines in The Fiji Times for Thursday, October...

Lawyer ordered to serve client’s application for judicial review

Lawyer Aman Ravindra-Singh has been ordered to serve a copy of his client’s application for judicial review and other supporting documents on the minister and permanent secretary for the Ministry of Employment and the Attorney-General’s Office today. The matter was called before Chief Justice Kamal Kumar at the High Court in Suva yesterday. Mr Ravindra-Singh...

Police issue 274 public health infringement notices

People are still not adhering to the requirement to wear masks in public. In a statement, police said they continued to record daily bookings with 274 public health infringement notices (PHINs) being issued for failure to wear masks in public over the seven-day period from Monday, October 18 to Sunday, October 24. “From the 18th...

High Court rules against party’s application to strike out an affidavit

The High Court in Lautoka has ruled against an application by the Social Democratic Liberal Party (SODELPA) to strike out an affidavit filed by former SODELPA Vatukoula Urban Constituency Council president Taitusi Kata and Ilaitia Bavadra against the party’s current members. According to the court, the former SODELPA members had filed an affidavit on September...

Resurgence in tourism market

Fiji tourism experienced an unprecedented resurgence out of the Australian market after two significant announcements made earlier this month, says Rosie Holidays and Ahura Resorts Fiji managing director Tony Whitton. He said Fiji’s announcement of borders reopening and fully vaccinated Australians being allowed quarantine-free travel out of New South Wales was a significant contributor to...

Operator receives 5000 bookings

Rosie Holidays has received more than 5000 bookings over the past 10 days from Australia alone. Managing director Tony Whitton said this was a testament to the significant relaxing of travel restrictions made between Fiji and the Australian governments. “Talking to some of my suppliers in Australia last night, they are now finding difficulty in...

HA and PRB appoint new Executive Board

The Housing Authority (HA) and Public Rental Board (PRB) now have a new chairperson and five directors as part of a board revamp to enable the expansion of affordable housing stock for purchase and rent for Fijians at all levels of income. According to Fijian Government, the newly-appointed members offer decades of experience in the...

Rabuka responds to swimming pool saga

The decision to do a peer review on the incomplete Lautoka Swimming Pool was reflective of the poor fiscal discipline and economic mismanagement of this Government,” says The People’s Alliance Party leader Sitiveni Rabuka. Responding to Government’s call for a tender for a peer review of the incomplete project, Mr Rabuka said it reflected a...

Load More Articles

E-Edition