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19th February

$402.1m assets

THE gross loan portfolio for the Fiji Development Bank stood at $438.09 million during 2017, a growth of $62.58m compared with the same period the previous year. FDB chief executive officer Mark Clough said the...

Company records $117k profit

WHILE there has been a decline in the world market price of coconut oil from $US1400 ($F2973) TO $US700 ($F1486) the Copra Millers of Fiji Ltd has noted an increase in demand for virgin coconut oil. Company general manager John Deo said the virgin coconut oil demand had picked and they were selling all locally...

Villagers take extreme measures to deal with yaqona theft

TWO villages in the province of Cakaudrove have taken extreme measures to address the theft of yaqona by imposing a five-year ban on anyone from the village found guilty of stealing. The villagers of Mataikoro and Bagasau in the district of Nakobo have taken it upon themselves to address the issue of yaqona theft in...

Spring Festival celebrations

THE Chinese Spring Festival was celebrated with lots of entertainment for people of different ages gathered at the Suva Civic Centre last night. Speaking at the event, Chinese ambassador to Fiji Qian Bo thanked the President Jioji Konrote for his presence at the celebrations. Mr Qian said Mr Konrote’s presence demonstrated Fiji’s support and relations...

PM’s decision to attend Pacific leaders meet marked as a significant turnaround

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s decision to attend the 50th Pacific Islands Forum Leaders meeting marks a significant turnaround for Fiji after he declared ten years ago that he wouldn’t attend the regional meeting because of Australia and New Zealand says academic Associate Professor Sandra Tarte. Ms Tarte is the head of school and director for...

Parliament staff reminded of the important role they play

THE Fijian Parliament staff  were reminded on the uniqueness of working in Parliament and also the important role they play in providing critical services to the Members of Parliament. While speaking at the first briefing of the Department of Legislature’s Heads of Units this morning, Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said the Office of...

‘Queen’ with many roles

EDUCATION may provide you with a qualification but it will not make you an honest and dedicated person in life. That is what Ranadi Meri believes in. The mother of five didn’t go far in her studies but her devotion is what makes her a respected member of Nabalesere Village in Ra. She is the...

Man accused of raping two boys pleads not guilty

A 27-YEAR-OLD man charged for the alleged rape of two boys in his settlement pleaded not guilty to all the charges before the High Court in Suva today. The man is charged with three counts of sexual assault, three counts of rape and three counts of attempt to commit rape. It is alleged that he...

18th February

OFC Champions League: Ba aim for quarters

THE Ba football side is aware of the tough task on hand when they kick start its OFC Champions League campaign this Saturday. Teams’ Technical Advisor Shalen Lal said the side is aware of the task and are raring to go. “Yes, it is a tough pool we are in. But our aim is to...

Youth league kicks off this weekend

THE Southern zone Vodafone Under-16 Youth League kick starts this weekend. In matches at the Fiji FA Academy Grounds, Nasinu plays Rewa at 10am, Northland Tailevu plays Tailevu Naitasiri at 12pm while Suva battles Navua at 2pm. In the western division, Rakiraki plays Tavua at 12pm at the FSC Ground in Rakiraki, Nadi battles Nadroga...

Pacific delegates to attend Pacific Ending Childhood Obesity forum

AROUND 45 participants, including representatives from 17 Pacific Island Countries and territories, technical agencies, and academics from regional Universities, development partners and civil society representatives will be attending the forum for Pacific Ending Childhood Obesity (Pacific ECHO) Network. According to a statement by the Fiji National University (FNU) the two-day forum which begins tomorrow, February...

NZ, Fiji military personnel hold peacekeeping operations seminar

THE New Zealand Defense Force and the Republic of the Fiji Military Force have recognised that simply doing peacekeeping was not enough however thoughtful and intellectual discussion must also be part of the wider step-up to meet the challenges. New Zealand Defence Adviser to Fiji and Tonga Lieutenant Colonel Josh Wineera during a contemporary peacekeeping...

WAF provides developments and plans at customer forums

THE  Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) will be holding customer forums in the Western Division this Thursday, February 21, 2019 at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel and next week Thursday, February, 27, 2019 at the Hotel Takia Conference Room. WAF General Manager Customer Services and Acting General Manager Operations, Sekove Uluinayau while opening the customer forum...

Litterbug caught red-handed and likely to be charged

A MAN was taken in for questioning for throwing rubbish along the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park last Friday. A Government statement issued this afternoon says a Ministry of Forestry official caught a man with a truck, registration number EE:253 throwing rubbish along the Colo-i-Suva Forest Park and the police was immediately alerted taking the man was...

Yvette walks free as High Court finds her not guilty of all charges

YVETTE Dianne Nikolic walked free out of the High Court in Suva after a ruling for no case to answer was allowed in a her favor this afternoon. Mrs Nikolic and her husband John Geoffery Nikolic pleaded not guilty to two counts of importing an illicit drug, one count of possessing arms and ammunition without...

Bail extended for Nasilasila

BAIL has been extended for former Fiji Airways men’s 7s team star Amenoni Nasilasila. He appeared before the High Court  in Lautoka today charged with rape. Mr Nasilasila, 26, is alleged to have raped a 24-year-old woman in Olosara, Sigatoka, on December 22 last year. The matter will be called again on March 4. *More...

Violence against women and children requires urgent attention: Koroivueta

FIJIAN women suffer violence including physical, sexual or emotional violence and quite often the only choice is to flee to seek help. This were the sentiments echoed by the Permanent Secretary for Women, Children and Poverty Allevatiom Dr Josefa Koroivueta while officiating at the Gender Based Violence and Human Rights Training for senior officers of...

39.5kg cocaine bust suspect remanded; case transferred to High Court

A MAN charged with unlawful possession of illicit drugs has been remanded by the Nasinu Magistrates court this afternoon. It is alleged that Joshua Aziz Rahman, 24, without lawful authority had in his possession 39.5 kilograms of cocaine on February 14, 2019, in Caubati. Police Prosecutor Constable Priti Prasad served full phase disclosures and objected...

Flying Fijian helps club win in ‘French Top 14 Rugby’ competition

FIJI Airways Flying Fijian forward Peceli Yato has continued with his try scoring form for his club Clermont. Yato scored a try to help them beat Toulon 40-20 in the French Top 14 Rugby competition. Semi Radradra scored a try for Bordeaux Begles in the match. In another match, Agen upset Toulon 19-10. Benito Masilveu...

Weather watch: Trough of low pressure moving to the West

EXPECT rain in most parts of the country for the next few days. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this morning says a trough of low pressure with associated cloud and showers remains slow moving just to the west of Fiji. Meanwhile, a moist northerly wind flow prevails over...

Marriott launches new loyalty brand

LOYAL guests of Marriott branded properties now have reason to celebrate with the launch of the Marriott Bonvoy rewards program in the country. Marriott International Fiji announced the new loyalty brand replaced previous loyalty brands, including Marriott Rewards, the Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG). This will be represented in all five Marriott associated...

Vodafone Premier League: Three matches this weekend

THE Rewa football side has a mammoth task on hand when they face Lautoka in the Vodafone Premier League this Sunday. After getting thumped 6-1 by Nadi last week, Rewa sits at the bottom of the points table. Lautoka hosts Rewa at 3pm at Churchill Park on Sunday while at the same time, Tavua will...

Force conducts ‘Required Fitness Level Tests’

THE health of police officers has always been an area of concern as the people of Fiji expect more from members of the police force. Commissioner of Police Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho highlighted this in a statement today as the Fiji Police Force kicked off the Required Fitness Level Tests at the Nasese foreshore this...

Nadi International Airport receives Silver Recognition

NADI International Airport has been recognised by Airports Council International (ACI) Asia-Pacific as one of the leading Green Airports in the Asia-Pacific region. ACI Asia-Pacific announced the results of the Green Airports Recognition 2019 in which Nadi International Airport received Silver Recognition in the less than 10 million passengers per annum category. The program recognises...

Usamate to visit village earmarked for relocation

MINISTER for Disaster Management Jone Usamate will today visit Draubuta Village in Navosa this afternoon. The village in question has been earmarked for relocation after nearly 16 families were displaced following a sand and gravel landslide after weeks of continuous rain. The National Disaster Management Office had also confirmed a piece of land was identified...

Vodafone Premier League: Nadi moves to second position

THE Nadi football side has moved into second position on the points table after the 6-1 win over Rewa in the Vodafone Premier League yesterday. Rusiate Matererega scored four times in the impressive win. Nadi, Suva and Tavua have six points each but the Jetsetters have a better goal difference. Ba still leads with seven...

Canadian citizen charged for being in possession of cocaine worth $31m

A CANADIAN citizen will be produced at the Nasinu Magistrates Court today after he was allegedly found with more than 30 bars of cocaine. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the raid was conducted at the accused person’s home in Caubati last week where the discovery of 39 bars of white powder was discovered and later...

PM warns property developers

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has sent out a warning to current and future property developers to work within the laws that ensure the protection of Fiji’s environment. While speaking to tourism operators on Denarau over the weekend, he said the protection and preservation of Fiji’s natural environment was important for the success of every Fijian...

NFP decries changes to Parliament dates

THE National Federation Party believes that amending the 2019 Parliament calendar has done grave injustice to the taxpayers of Fiji. Parliament, on Friday, passed a motion to reduce Parliament sitting by two weeks. Parliament will now sit for seven weeks between April and November. The March and July sitting sessions have been scrapped. While speaking...

Opposition votes split

THERE was a split in votes in the Opposition on a motion to amend the 2019 Parliament calendar. Parliament voted on a motion on Friday to reduce the Parliament sitting weeks to seven sitting weeks to give time to the Parliamentary Standing Committees to scrutinise reports. The motion was passed by 44 votes — 26...

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