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Martel: Mass migration if 1.5C target is not met

IF the world does not take urgent measures to meet the 1.5 degrees Celsius pre-industrial target seriously, it will witness the mass migration of vulnerable Pacific Island people on a scale never seen before. This...

Lucky escape for pastor

AN 89-year-old pastor survived a near death experience when a car driven by alleged robbers crashed into his room and stopped a few metres from his bed. Seaki Vateitei, former correction services offi cer, was sleeping at the One World Church in Cunningham, Suva when the incident happened. It is alleged the vehicle was used...

Fire destroys Raiwaqa home

An early morning fire destroyed a three-bedroom home at Raiwaqa in Suva today. The family was still asleep when a neighbour alerted them after seeing smoke coming from the house at around 7.30am. The owner of the home is abroad and the house was being occupied by her nephew, his wife and two children who...

‘Fiji open to growing relations’

FIJI is looking to strengthen bilateral cooperation with developing and developed economies through facilitative arrangements that are mutually beneficial, says Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security Minister Inia Seruiratu. “The Fijian Government remains open to growing our relations with you through enhanced political and strategic engagements,” Mr Seruiratu said while opening the first-ever Familiarisation Visit...

Training plans for healthcare workers in Morocco

PLANS are underway to have Fijians in the health sector undergo training in Morocco, says Moroccan non-resident ambassador to Fiji Karim Medrek. Mr Medrek said this plan would be discussed in the next few months. “I think Morocco is very keen and have all the political will to increase our co-operation in health, agriculture, education...

Ba villagers left dry on projects

ABOUT 200 residents in three villages in Ba are waiting for the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) to complete work on projects which began last year. Nanuku Village headman Alipate Tuinuku claimed apart from his community, residents of Yaloku and Rara villages were also affected. “For Nanuku, they were going to build a 20,000-litre cement...

Former Speaker says authorities need to speak out on investigations

FOR the sake of the integrity of Fiji’s Parliament, authorities need to speak out on the investigations of assault allegations against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, says former speaker of Parliament Pita Nacuva. It is alleged that on August, 9, the PM allegedly assaulted Opposition MP and National Federation Party president Pio Tikoduadua outside Parliament. During...

Methodist Church to review Sunday school lessons

THE Methodist Church in Fiji will work on reviewing the Sunday school lessons for children and youths. This issue was discussed yesterday during the annual church conference where the youth department of the church made a presentation. During the presentation, it was highlighted that the number of children who were part of the Sunday school now...

Fiji represented a World Hip Hop Dance Championship

A 16-member group from MATA dance took part in the World Hip Hop Dance Championship for the first time earlier this month in Phoenix, Arizona, US. Group choreographer Tevita Tobeyaweni said the whole experience was exhilarating for the dancers. “We can’t explain how it felt to know that so many people have performed on that...

A lot of high quality work has to be done in Fiji: US veteran journalist

A VETERAN US journalist believes a lot of high quality work has been done in terms of media reporting in Fiji. These were the sentiments shared by US expert on multimedia journalism and assistant dean and professor at the University of Mississippi’s School of Journalism and New Media, Dr Debora Wenger while speaking at the...

WAF, NUW agree on three matters

THE Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) and the National Union of Workers (NUW) have agreed upon three matters that were part of the 14 pending issues, NUW general secretary Felix Anthony told the arbitration court after representatives from WAF and NUW appeared before puisne judge Yohan Liyanage in Suva on Monday. Mr Anthony informed the...

20th August

Fiji hosts 5th Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health

FIJI becomes the first Pacific Island country to host the Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health. While welcoming delegates to the 5th Asia-Pacific Parliamentarian Forum on Global Health in Nadi, President Jioji Konrote said “Fiji, like the rest of our friends in the Pacific, are experiencing and witnessing the adverse impacts of climate change and...

Taveuni residents enlightened on real estate matters and consumer product related problems

MORE than 40 people turned up to meet staff of the Real Estate Agents Licensing Board (REALB) and Consumer Council of Fiji in Taveuni today. REALB in collaboration with the Consumer Council of Fiji held a very successful road show in Taveuni whereby members of the public and the two agencies discussed a number of...

Weather watch: Trough of low pressure to affect Fiji from Friday

A WEAK trough of low pressure remains slow moving just to the north of Fiji. The weather bulletin issued from the National Weather Forecasting Centre in Nadi this afternoon says the low pressure is expected to affect the group from Friday. The forecast to midnight tomorrow for the Fiji group expect cloudy periods with brief...

Dutch water experts here to support resilience against floods

A team of Dutch water experts will work with the Ministry of Waterways and Environment and aims to support the Ministry to further strengthen its flood management activities and better coordinate interventions for Fiji. The is being deployed in Fiji to support resilience against floods and to help mitigate consequences of floods in the Ba...

Hong Kong senior officials welcomes Fiji’s interest in trade and tourism

HONG Kong is the gateway to China and rest of Asia, and we see great opportunity to increase exports, tourism, cultural cooperation, and inbound investments. The Minister for Industry, Trade, Tourism, Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Premila Kumar, while in Hong Kong said  this during her meeting with the Chief Executive of Hong Kong,...

Fiji ready and open for business

THE first ever Familiarization Visit Program for Non-Resident Ambassadors and High Commissioners Accredited to Fiji was launched today by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Defence and National Security Inia Seruiratu at the Grand Pacific Hotel (GPH). The theme for the event is Nurturing Global Partnerships for Sustainable Development,” and it is intended to strengthen Fiji’s...

Supermarket robbery suspects arrested in early morning pursuit

FOUR men alleged to be involved in an aggravated robbery case at a supermarket located along Khalsa Road at around 3am today have been arrested after an early morning pursuit resulted by Police. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the four allegedly armed with cane knives, pinch bar and stones, entered K-24 Supermarket at Khalsa Rd where...

Missing person: Kelera returns home

KELERA Sigarara who was reported missing at the Valelevu Police Station after she failed to return home on Saturday has returned home. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the 18-year-old has returned home safely and she was found staying with a friend in Nadonumai. Ms Naisoro had earlier stated that Ms Sigarara left her home in Newtown on...

University of Fiji symposium opened in Nadi

MINISTER of Infrastructure, Transport, Disaster Management and Meteorological Services Jone Usamate opened the University of Fiji’s International Symposium on Renewable Energy, Environment and Climate Change in Nadi this morning. In his opening remarks, he said the theme of the Renewable Energy, Environment and Climate Change was timely given the contribution Fiji was making in the...

Stinson Parade accident victim identified

THE man that was involved in an accident that occurred along Stinson Parade after 5am yesterday has been identified. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said Totogo Traffic Police have manged to identify the victim as a 31-year-old who resides in Narere. “The victim remains admitted at the CWM Hospital as investigations continues into the circumstances surrounding...

One for the ages – Cikamatana breaks 46 records in one day

EILEEN Cikamatana has written her name in history books after breaking 46 weightlifting records including three world records during the Australian National and Junior Weightlifting Championships in Sydney last weekend. The Commonwealth Games gold medallist now plying her trade in Australia is now the No.1 junior weightlifter in her category in the world by 50...

Outcome will be interesting: Chapman

IT will be interesting to see how authorities handle the allegations of assault against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, says former secretary-general to Parliament Mary Chapman. Ms Chapman said the case of Opposition MP Naiqama Lalabalavu, who was suspended by Parliament for two years in 2015 for uttering a slur against the late Speaker Dr Jiko...

Queen rides on positive attitude

SHIWASHNA Raj says she would love to bring pageants to Fiji and let young girls experience this platform and take it to an international level. Ms Raj, 24, was crowned Miss India Worldwide in New Zealand last month and was proud to represent Fiji and become a role model for young girls to believe in...

Raj clarifies position

THE Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission director Ashwin Raj says the commission has nothing to do with the claim of assault against Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama on Opposition MP Pio Tikoduadua. The incident was alleged to have happened on August 9 outside Parliament after a heated debate between the two MPs during a motion...

Rep lauds roadworks completion

A DISTRICT representative on Ovalau has extended his appreciation to the Fiji Roads Authority for the works completed at Tokou Village. Nasinu district representative Losio Waqa said there were no more potholes. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Fiji Roads Authority for the roadworks done on Tokou Village on Ovalau,” he...

Boreholes to assist 200

ABOUT 200 people in Tabataba, Ba, who do not have access to piped water will be assisted with access from boreholes. This was the word from Tabataba-Nukuloa advisory councillor Mukesh Chand. The Tabataba Village and surrounding areas water issues were highlighted in this newspaper yesterday and a survey of the area uncovered residents using water...

Shaleen: ‘Heroic’ stories often unheard

THE work women perform in disasters is nothing short of heroic, but too often these stories are unheard and not recognised, says country director for Medical Services Pacific Ashna Shaleen. She highlighted this while speaking at the World Humanitarian Day celebrations held at the Australian High Commission in Tamavua yesterday. The theme for this year...

President re-elected

THE Rev Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa has been re-elected as the president of the Methodist Church in Fiji. He will serve as president for one more year. Dr Vakadewavosa is the first church president to continue his service at 70 years old. The church secretary for communication and overseas mission, the Rev Wilfred Regunamada said according...

Rift over same-sex marriage – church

THE president of the Methodist Church in Fiji says the issue of same-sex marriage is causing a rift between church members overseas. In his opening address to church ministers and leaders during the annual Bose Ko Viti conference yesterday, the Rev Dr Epineri Vakadewavosa described the issue as “of great concern”. He said church leaders...

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