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UN75 Community Week in support of the Western Division

The United Nations (UN) in partnership with the Government of Fiji today announced the details of a Community Week scheduled to take place in Nadi from December 7-12 this year. The initiative is the final...

Fiji flight bringing ‘essential’ workers to Marshall Islands

The first group of workers to arrive in the Marshall Islands since the border was closed in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic are scheduled to arrive today on a chartered Fiji Airways flight. The government-owned national carrier Air Marshall Islands is chartering a Fiji Airways aircraft to bring in 49 people from Fiji who...

Kunawave sentenced to life for his daughter’s death

The former soldier who was convicted for killing his four-year-old daughter last year was sentenced to life imprisonment by the High Court in Suva today. High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar had concurred with the three assessors of the trial yesterday who found Tevita Kunawave guilty of murder. The 26-year-old killed his four-month-old daughter by...

Kumar accused of indecently annoying MP remanded

Former computer science teacher Kishore Kumar has been remanded into custody. The Facebook commentator who is charged for indecently annoying NFP MP Lenora Qereqeretabua was produced at the Suva Magistrates Court today. He appeared before Chief Magistrate Usaia Ratuvili charged with six counts of indecently annoying a person and one count of criminal intimidation. He...

Weather watch: Trough of low pressure affects the group

A trough of low pressure with associated cloud and showers affects the group. This is according to the weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this morning. The forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group expect occasional showers and few thunderstorms over eastern parts and interior of the larger islands,...

Cakauniqoliqoli fulfils mother’s dream

Encouraged by her mother, 23-year-old Elenoa Cakauniqoliqoli set her mind to pursue a career in the construction industry as she neared the completion of her secondary school education. After completing Year 13, Cakauniqoliqoli enrolled for the Trade Diploma in Quantity Surveying offered by the College of Engineering, Science and Technology (CEST) at the Fiji National...

Information sought for missing teen

Fijian Police are requesting for information to help locate missing teenager Nikhat Shainaz Vuniwaqa Ismail. The 16-year-old was reported missing at the Valelevu Police Station. According to Police Nikhat had been missing from since November 24, 2020. Police said she had informed her mother that she was going to the shop to buy something but...

26th November

‘Things not done well from start’

An investigation has been launched into alleged corrupt practices in relation to the $1.1 million Savusavu Market Project. Savusavu Town special administrator Justin Hunter revealed this to ratepayers during a consultation in Labasa with Local Government Minister Premila Kumar on Monday night. He said things were not done well from the beginning of the project....

$4000 fuel bill per month baffles minister

Local Government Minister Premila Kumar says she is baffled at how the Savusavu Town Council over past years used $4000 per month on fuel. She said it boggled her mind that fuel costs had now dropped to $1000. “The town council used to spend $4000 per month for fuel and today our team is spending...

NFP claims railway network neglected

Government and the Fiji Sugar Corporation (FSC) have neglected the cane railway system over the years and this has contributed to the downturn of the sugar industry, claims National Federation Party leader Prof Biman Prasad. “The thorough neglect of our cane railway transport system by this Government and the FSC for the past 14 years...

‘Dig a little deeper’

Doing justice to an environmental issue will require media professionals to dig a little deeper, says Pacific Environment Weekly editor Cherelle Jackson. She made the comment while speaking to participants at the Fiji Media Association and Internews Earth Journalism Network Training of Trainers Workshop on Environmental Reporting for Fiji Media in Nadi yesterday. Ms Jackson...

Back in time: Duo to go to school with prince

On Saturday, January 15, 1966, The Fiji Times published an article about two Fijian boys who were to go to Geelong Grammar School in Victoria to attend school. Apart from having to leave Fiji for Australia to study, these boys would be attending school with the heir apparent to the British throne, Prince Charles. Prince...

No case to answer ruling deferred

The Suva Magistrates Court has deferred the no case to answer ruling in the matter involving former Fijian ambassador to the United States, Solo Mara. The matter was called yesterday before chief magistrate Usaia Ratuvili. Mr Ratuvili told both parties the court had received the no case to answer submissions filed by the Fiji Independent...

Kumar charged and will front court tomorrow

Former computer teacher Kishore Kumar has been charged and will be produced in court tomorrow. According to Police, Mr Kumar has been charged with six counts of indecently annoying a person and one count of criminal intimidation. Mr Kumar who is  alleged to be involved in an online attack on National Federation Party parliamentarian Lenora...

Accused told to engage Legal Aid services

High Court in Suva judge Justice Thushara Rajasinghe advised a farmer who allegedly broke into the house of the Speaker of Parliament on Bau Island to engage the services of the Legal Aid Commission. Ratu Jone Latianara appeared before Justice Rajasinghe yesterday charged with one count of aggravated burglary and theft. Ratu Jone told the...

Focus on bridging information gaps

A total of 45 micro, small and medium enterprise (MSME) members were part of a workshop organised by the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) which focused on bridging information gaps and creating awareness of regulatory and compliance matters. In a statement commission CEO Joel Abraham said with the awareness and training program they intended...

Through Rob’s eyes

With more than two decades of being a professional photographer, Rob Rickman is one of Fiji’s most renowned and sought-after photo snappers. Rob was part of a company that published 20 books of photographs in Fiji, Australia and Germany, a testimony of his love for travelling and capturing amazing shots through the eye of the...

Challenge for manufacturers

Manufacturing companies in the country are facing additional challenges of trying to cope with the current economic situation as now imported items are almost the same price as the locally produced items. This was revealed by the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation CEO Kameli Batiweti. “One thing that has come out of the budget is...

Activist dedicates medal to victims

The passion with which child activist Adi Lanieta Burasia Matavesi tackles child sexual and physical abuse issues in Nadroga was recognised by the State when she was awarded the 50th Anniversary of Independence medal yesterday. The former nurse was among 41 recipients who were awarded at the State House. Originally from Vunavutu Village, Nadroga, Adi...

Musician awarded for contribution to industry

Renowned local musician Ronald Jai was recognised for his immense contribution to Fiji’s music industry when he was awarded the Fiji 50th Anniversary of Independence commemorative medal. He was among 41 recipients who received the medal from President Jioji Konrote at the State House yesterday. “I am so happy because Government has appreciated the 40...

Kalou: Protect language, culture

Stakeholders and vanua representatives at the Lau Provincial Council meeting in Suva yesterday were reminded of the need to protect their culture. Tevita Kalou of the iTaukei Institute of Language and Culture presented the challenges they faced in trying to sustain the iTaukei language and diverse culture. “The times are changing as our country is...

172 workers depart for Australia

One hundred and seventy-two Fijians departed for Australia yesterday under the Pacific Labour Scheme. Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum addressed the departing workers and urged them to take advantage of the trip. “All of you have been given this opportunity and I would like all of you to make use of it,” he said. Mr Sayed-Khaiyum reminded...

Designer shifts base

Bondi Beach in Sydney is one of Australia’s most iconic beaches, popular with surfers, holidaymakers and health conscious people who go to enjoy the dramatic scenery. Nadi-based Tracey Farrington brings that vibe alive in the resort wear she has produced for over 25 years that the fashionable holidaymakers can pick up at some of Australia’s...

Village finds its lost voice for sigidigi

The world has witnessed indigenous music from almost every corner of the globe. Latin America gave us the samba, bossa nova, cha-cha-cha and rhumba and Africa gave the world Afrobeat and township jive among so many others. The Caribbean spellbound us with calypso music and the steel drums and Jamaica unleashed the powerful one-drop sound...

Stage set for music fest

Get ready for some new music Fiji, says Inoke “Knox” Kalounisiga. The frontman of the Knox Brotherhood band made the comment in the buildup to the Woodstock Uprising Music Festival at the Uprising Beach Resort, Pacific Harbour, on Saturday, December 5. “My band is glad for the opportunity to do what we love and to...

$125k on hold – Judge orders deceased man’s money be kept in court

The High Court in Suva has ordered that $125,293.93 of Fiji National Provident Fund (FNPF) be kept in court until it was decided which family members of a deceased man qualified for a share. This, after the court acknowledged the deceased FNPF member had a son from a de facto relationship and added him as...

‘Violence affects nation’

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama said violence against women and girls not only affected survivors, it also affected children, extended families, friends, work colleagues and ultimately the nation. He made the comment during the launch of the National Consultation for the Development of the National Action Plan to prevent Violence Against All Women and Girls yesterday....

‘It was a typo error’

Registrar of Political Parties Mohammed Saneem said an issue where a person donated in excess of the $10,000 limit to the FijiFirst party was a “typo error”. He made the comment in a statement issued yesterday. Mr Saneem said he completed verification of the list of donations of FijiFirst against bank statements and other financial...

Fiji takes chances

Despite the risks associated with bringing in people from nations with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, Fiji will continue to allow a select few to enter the country because they are essential for the ongoing economic recovery of Fiji. This was the word from Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong. He made the comment...

Kunawave found guilty of murder; to be sentenced tomorrow

Former soldier, Tevita Kunawave will be sentenced tomorrow after being convicted for killing his four-month-old baby by the High Court in Suva today. High Court judge Justice Daniel Goundar concurred with the three assessors of the trial who found Kunawave guilty of murder. The 26-year-old killed his 4-month-old baby by throwing a concrete block through...

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