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Man accused of raping niece further remanded

A 59-YEAR-OLD man charged with three counts of sexual assault and one count of rape has been further remanded by the High Court in Suva. The man appeared before Justice Salesi  Temo today. It is...

4000 Fijians to benefit from the new Rewa foot crossing

APPROXIMATELY 4000 Fijians from the 12 villages within the Rewa Province will benefit from the new concrete access and foot crossing which was commissioned last Saturday by the Assistant Minister for Rural and Maritime Development, Jale Sigarara. The Rewa Tikina Access Project that was funded by Government through the Office of the Commissioner Central has...

Ministry to implement stray dog control program

THE Ministry of Agriculture would immediately step up its dog control campaigns. Minister for Agriculture, Rural and Maritime Development, Waterways and Environment Dr Mahendra Reddy said this while reiterating Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s message to avoid the repetition the recent attack on Amari Whippy in Nadi by stray dogs. “Stray dogs are domestic dogs that...

Fiji provides the best investment incentives: Ali

INVESTING in Fiji means access to the greater Pacific Region. Permanent Secretary for Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism Shaheen Ali said this while officiating at the  opening of the MERCOSUR-ASEAN Chamber of Commerce (MACC) Trade and Technical Mission to Fiji today at the Holiday Inn in Suva. Mr Ali said Fiji is no longer...

Fijian Parliament: Rabuka calls for appointment of another Minister for Economy

LEADER of Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka has called on Government to appoint a reliable and honest person as the Minister for Economy. Speaking in his capacity as spokesperson for finance in Parliament yesterday on the 2019-2020 National Budget, he said the Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum who is also the economy minister should be thrown out. “The Prime...

Fijian Parliament: ’28 percent live below the poverty line’

OPPOSITION Member of Parliament Viliame Gavoka claims the Government did not care for the poor. While delivering his speech on the 2019/2020 National Budget, Mr Gavoka said life was hard for the multitudes in Fiji. He said it has been established that 28 per cent live below the poverty line. “The story of grief by...

Fiji Police K9 handler graduates from NZ

FIJI Police constable Neumi Waqanokonoko has recently completed a six-week training in New Zealand with the support of the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Police and New Zealand Customs. PC Waqanokonoko is currently based at the Fiji Detector Dog Unit (FDDU) in Nadi and graduated with his canine companion Kaleb last...

Forest ministry online services to help ease turn back time

GOOD news for forest stakeholders as the Ministry of Forests revealed this morning its intention to make its services accessible online by July this year. Permanent Secretary for the ministry Pene Baleinabuli said the initiative would help ease the turn back time for those applying for the ministry’s licensing services. “I want us to be...

Pacific Games: Boost for Team Fiji

MOTIBHAI & Company Limited delivered an added boost for Team Fiji to 2019 Pacific Games in the supplying of REXONA deodorant and antiperspirant supplies for the team ahead of the games next month at the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee head office in Suva this morning. “Rexona will not let our athletes...

Fijian Parliament: No usual morning tea break for MPs

THE Speaker of Parliament, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau didn’t allow Members of Parliament to have their usual tea breaks this morning as Members of Parliament converged to deliberate on the 2019-2020 national budget. The morning tea breaks for the MPs are scheduled for 11.30am. However, Leader of Opposition Sitiveni Rabuka concluded his response to the national...

1000 tonnes of cane crushed in Labasa

THE Labasa Mill has crushed 1000 tonnes of cane over the past five days since the start of the season last week. The Fiji Sugar Corporation confirmed in a response to this newspaper that 56 trucks has supplied cane to the mill. “Cane supply seems to be getting better,” FSC stated. “The mill is expected...

Fijian Parliament: ‘The success of my government speaks for itself’

“THE success of my government speaks for itself, there is no collapse.” These were the words of Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimama while delivering his response to the 2019-2020 in Parliament this morning. “The Fijian economy and liquidity is more efficient, these are not social media rumors, these are facts,” he said. As Members of Parliament,...

‘Budget is the most important economic policy tool’

THE Fijian Parliament has come a long way in recent years in terms of raising public awareness and access to information. Acting Secretary-General to Parliament, Viniana Namosimalua said this while opening the second day of the workshop on the 2019-2020 National Budget Briefing for Civil Society Organisations held last Friday. “It now uses a modern...

Fijian Parliament: Rabuka highlights ‘giving handouts’ in budget speech

GOVERNMENT’S provision of giving handouts has created an independency syndrome especially among the indigenous people. This was an issue highlighted by the Opposition Leader Sitiveni Rabuka this morning while delivering his response to the 2019-2020 in Parliament. As the Shadow Minister for Economy, he said the current Government doesn’t consider the future of the young...

Three-year-old believed to be latest drowning victim

A THREE-YEAR-OLD child is dead after he allegedly drowned in a river at Senai settlement in Seaqaqa over the weekend. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the victim was with his grandparent on Saturday evening over the weekend when the tragic incident happened. Ms Naisoro said the victim was later found lying motionless near a river located near...

Fijian Parliament: ‘Issue on NBF has been settled 20 years ago’

THE Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum always sound like a broken record every time he tries to justify their failure with the fall of the National Bank of Fiji. This was highlighted by Opposition Leader, Sitiveni Rabuka while delivering his response to the 2019-2020 national budget this morning. “The budget has failed miserably for the last three...

Duo charged for unlawful possession of meth; to front court today

TWO men who were allegedly found to be in possession of illicit drugs have been charged. Sonam Pillay and Zanil Hussein were alleged to have been in possession of illicit substances which were later tested positive to be methamphetamine during searches conducted along Queen Elizabeth Drive on Friday. The duo have been charged with one count...

Fijian Parliament: MPs reminded to prepare themselves for late night sittings

MEMBERS of Parliament have been reminded to prepare themselves for late night sittings as they debate the 2019-2020 national budget in Parliament this week. Speaking in Parliament this morning, speaker of Parliament , Ratu Epeli Nailatikau said the budget was an integral and important part of the Parliament process. “I hope you are prepared for...

Fijian Parliament: Opposition ‘sharpening their knives’ for debate

THE Members of Opposition have been sharpening their knives as they prepared themselves to vigorously debate on the 2019-2020 national budget in Parliament this week. Leader of Opposition, Sitiveni Rabuka made this statement while delivering his response to the national budget in Parliament this morning. Speaking in his capacity as Shadow Minister for Finance he...

Fijian Parliament: MPs to debate on national budget

MEMBERS of Parliament will converge today to debate the 2019-2020 national budget in Parliament this week. They are expected to deliberate on all aspects of the budget where the Government and Opposition MPs are expected to deliver their response to the budget. The Shadow Minister for Finance, Sitiveni Rabuka will deliver his response in the...

PM promises swift action

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has promised swift action to address the stray dog issue after a vicious attack on two-year-old Amari Whippy resulted in the toddler requiring surgery to her ear and the back of her head. Amari was attacked by a pack of dogs while playing outside her family home in Narewa, Nadi, on...

Women learn craft making

SEVEN villages in Cakaudrove, Vanua Levu are now actively working together to preserve and protect traditional craft making skills. Headed by women’s groups, the strategy involved a weekly program that brings together women and young girls. Co-ordinator Maca Shaw said the group was concerned about the erosion of the iTaukei women’s knowledge of weaving mats...

Sharma promises transparent festival

A NEW look Fiji Airways Farmers Carnival was launched on Saturday night at carnival ground, Lautoka. While addressing Sugar City residents, organising committee president Vyas Deo Sharma promised a more transparent and robust festival that would assist the people it was established for — the farmers of the Western Division and their families. Events co-ordinator,...

From Scotland to Fiji

THE Elliot clan of Fiji marked a milestone in their family’s origins — which dates back to Scotland — with the launch of “The Elliot(t) Family: From Scotland to Fiji” book earlier last month. The book was authored by Yvonne McKissock with the help of Susie Elliott — the family historian and Linda Callaghan Elliott...

Demand for fake goods poses challenge

THE influx of fake mobile phones into the country is being driven by two factors — the desire for people to own the latest gadgets and consumers being unaware that the product they have bought is counterfeit. This, according to Consumer Council of Fiji manager campaigns, information and media Tevita Vuibau during a presentation in...

Stock exchange unveils new look, outdoor ticker display

THE South Pacific Stock Exchange (SPX) celebrated a milestone with the official launch of its rebranded image and an outdoor stock ticker display screen at its new home in Victoria Pde, Suva last Friday. SPX chairwoman Dr Nur Bano Ali said it was an exciting step undertaken by the SPX board and management towards a...

On the road to redemption

THERE are some life experiences that people go through that force them to stand still and rethink their way of life and where they are headed. Some have been forced to go through the worst before finally realising their purpose in life, while for others it is just a sense of self-reflection to make a...

3-year ordeal ends

A NIGHT club chief security officer who was charged with the murder of a 28-year-old man in June 2016, walked free after he was acquitted by the Lautoka High Court on Friday. When contacted yesterday George William Seniteteva said he was glad the three-year ordeal was over. “I spent three weeks in remand and they...

Pigeon shooting season opened

MINISTER for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy has declared the 2019 pigeon shooting season open from May 26 to June 14. The ministry is also advising the public not to take or kill more than five pigeons per day during the 2019 season. Reserved areas within which it is unlawful to shoot, capture, take or destroy...

Seeto re-elected as FHTA president

IT’S not about me but the thousands of Fijians who go to work every day and give visitors to this country the best possible holiday experience. This was the sentiment shared by re-elected Fiji Hotel and Tourism Association (FHTA) president Dixon Seeto after its members placed him back in the driver’s seat during the organisation’s...

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