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STOP/ GO traffic arrangement at Waisei bridge

THE Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is advising members of the public that Waisei Bridge on Kings Road will be managed under stop / go arrangement. FRA said in a statement that its Engineers are currently...

Sigatoka Police ready for Christmas operation

THE Divisional Police Commander, West (DPC/W) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Surend Sami conducted his Operation Readiness Check (ORC) Parade at Sigatoka Police Station earlier this week. Leading up to the festive season, SSP Surend informed Sigatoka Police that their safety is paramount and he is taking time out to personally check that they are...

Flying Fijians to play Wallabies next year

THE Fiji Rugby Union has confirmed a test match with Wallabies that will be held in Australia after the Pacific Nations Cup against Tonga and Samoa next year. The FRU chief executive officer John O’Connor confirmed with Times Sports on the inclusion of Wallabies into the 2020 calendar. “Next year in terms of our program...

Huge turnout at ROC Market

MEMBER’s of the public turned out in numbers at the Suva ROC Market this morning. Organising committee member Alana Kalounisiga labelled the last ROC Market of the year as a success with an awesome turnout. Youngest entrepreneur at the event Zoe Kayes said business was good and that by midday today people were still turning...

Measles Outbreak: Samoa measles state of emergency extended

THE state of emergency in Samoa, declared due to the measles epidemic, has been extended to 29 December 2019. It was due to have ended on Sunday, 15 December. According to Radio New Zealand reports, Samoan  Picture: Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said it had been extended so as to administer vaccinations to the remaining...

$20,000 for Chanel Home of Compassion

THE Chanel Home of Compassion in Suva received a $20,000 cheque yesterday on behalf of its late resident Joyce Heeraman. Facilitated by Fiji Public Trustee Corporation (Pte) Limited (FPTCL) who was acting on behalf of the estate of Mrs Heeraman the company’s chief executive officer Atonio Takala lauded the late resident’s foresight. Mr Takala said...

Police delegation attend RCG

THE Chief Operations Officer of the Fiji Police Force ACP Maretino Qiolevu and the Deputy Director Operations Superintendent Mesake Sovasova earlier this week attended the 5th Session of the Regional Consultative Group (RCG) on Humanitarian Civil-Military Coordination (UN-CMCoord) for Asia and the Pacific in ChiangMai, Thailand. The above organized by the Humanitarian Civil-Military (UN- CMCoord)...

Immunisation campaign expanded

THE Ministry of Health is expanding the measles immunisation campaign across Fiji. The ministry aims to have all of its target groups vaccinated by Christmas. according to a statement by the ministry, since the outbreak was declared on 7 November 2019, around 200,000 people in Fiji have been immunised against measles. The national campaign will...

Flying high in the world of theatre

LETILA Mitchell is the first Fijian to hold the position of producer for First Nations programming at the entertainment mecca of Australia, the Opera House. The Rotuman woman was part of the programming team that was solely responsible for buying or creating shows at the iconic theatre. The team’s major work this year was titled...

Measles vaccine for tourists

MORE than 1000 tourists who disembarked from a cruise liner in Savusavu yesterday were called back on board for measles vaccination as a preventative measure. Buses loaded with tourists headed for sightseeing in Savusavu had to cut short their trips and those in Savusavu Town were told to return before 10am to their vessel –...

Padgett: Forensic accountants vital

THE lack of forensic accountants in Fiji and the Pacific as deterrents, may provide the right environment for fraudulent activities, says Canadian expert trainer Simon Padgett. Mr Padgett, who has been a professional forensic accountant for the past 25 years, said it was important to have forensic accounting knowledge and skills in organisations and governments...

PM: No data on mangrove health

FIJI does not have data on the current state of mangrove health and coverage in the country. This was highlighted by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the recent high-level forum on climate finance strategies for nationally determined contributions (NDCs) implementation in Madrid, Spain. Mr Bainimarama said, quite often, the most fundable projects demanded data or...

Thompson Street bridge to be partially closed from today

FIJI Roads Authority (FRA) is advising members of the public that Thompson Bridge in Suva City will be partially closed to vehicular traffic from 7am, Sunday 15 December 2019 until further notice. The emergency closure is due to structural failures identified on the section of the bridge abutment that supports the two lanes on the...

Fiji 7s to face Ireland in Cape Town quarter-final

THE Fiji Airways Fiji 7s side will play Ireland in the third Cup quarter-final at the Cape Town 7s later tonight. This after the Gareth Baber coached side finished second in a tough Pool A which had Dubai 7s champions South Africa, the ever improving USA and the unpredictable Japan sides. Fiji started the tournament...

Developed countries leaders eyed, says PM

PRIME Minister Voreqe Bainimarama told world leaders last week that Pacific leaders will be arriving at COP26 in Glasgow, United Kingdom next year with immense and immovable expectations for global action. “Our eyes and the eyes of billions of concerned global citizens are on the leaders of developed economies. In achieving net-zero, we will be...

Fiji delegates visit UNMISS

POLICE Commissioner Brigadier-General Sitiveni Qiliho accompanied Minister for Defence and National Security Inia Seruiratu to visit Fijian personnel with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) last week. The visit provided an opportunity for Mr Seruiratu and COMPOL to also visit UNMISS Police Commissioner Unaisi Vuniwaqa who currently leads the police component of UNMISS....

‘Fiji does not have data’

FIJI does not have data on the current state of mangrove health and coverage in the country. This was highlighted by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the recent high-level forum on climate finance strategies for nationally determined contributions (NDC) implementation at Madrid, Spain. Mr Bainimarama said quite often, the most fundable projects demanded data or...

Tourists called back

MORE than 1000 tourists who disembarked from a cruise liner in Savusavu yesterday were called back on-board for measles vaccination as preventative measures. Buses loaded with tourists headed for sightseeing areas in Savusavu had to cut short their trips and those in Savusavu Town were returned before 10am to the vessel – Massdam – that...

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Imrana unvarnished: Fiji Times to publish riveting, captivating stories

IMRANA Jalal is one of Fiji’s highest-ranking international civil servants, and certainly the most senior amongst the 23 international financial institutions and multi-lateral development banks. She is presently the Chair of the World Bank’s Inspection Panel, the Bank’s international accountability mechanism, which makes her a Vice-President of the institution. Her meteoric rise on the global...

Water situation: WAF works to normalise supply

TEAMS from the Water Authority of Fiji (WAF) are working round the clock to normalise water supply to customers facing low pressure or intermittent supply in the greater Lami, Suva and Tamavua areas. The authority has urged Fijians to conserve water, citing the critical level in both the Waimanu River and the Tamavua Water Treatment Plant,...

ACCF and Fiji Police run joint operations

THE Accident Compensation Commissions of Fiji and the Fiji Police will run joint operations to address driver fatigue. Today, the ACCF team provided coffee at the Pacific Harbour Police Post to drivers passing by. “While it is acknowledged that the best way to avoid fatigue is getting proper sleep, the reality is that many drivers...

FCLC signs MOU with PIDF to create access

THE Fiji Crop and Livestock Council (FCLC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Pacific Islands Development Forum that will facilitate collaboration between the two organisations. FCLC chief executive Jiu Daunivalu said the organisation was pleased to collaborate with the Pacific Islands Development Forum (PIDF). SHe said the MOU would strengthen ties between...

Fiji PM urges Pacific leaders to lobby and connect with 100 nations

FIJI’S Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has called on Pacific leaders to lobby and bring together 100 nations by 2025 to agree to integrated management of their whole Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZ) that would be determined by a set of guidelines and targets. Addressing the Oceans Management side-event themed ‘Integrated Management of 100 Per Cent of EEZ...

Measles outbreak: Fiji confirmed cases climbs to 21

FIJI now has 21 confirmed cases of measles, the Ministry of Health and Medical Services has reported. In its fifteenth media update today since the measles outbreak last month, the ministry now confirms that the latest confirmed cases are a 13-year-old from Nasilai Village in Nakelo, Rewa; and a 27-year-old from Saumakia Village in Naitasiri....

Lamiti villagers raise funds for new church

MEMBERS of four landowning units or mataqali within the village of Lamiti in Gau, Lomaiviti province, gathered at the John Wesley Primary School grounds in Raiwaqa today to raise funds for the construction of their new church. Fundraising committee chairperson Marika Koroi commended the turnout from villagers. Mr Koroi said their traditional kinsmen from Matacaucau...

Bridge Club Fiji visits St Christophers Home

CHRISTMAS came early for 32 children at the St Christophers Home in Nakasi as they received gifts and goodies from the Bridge Club Fiji this morning. The club’s spokesperson, Shabneez Narayan, said the joyous spirit of the children at the home was really uplifting. Despite their various backgrounds, Mrs Narayan said the fact that they...

Fiji’s employment ministry challenged with reducing jobless numbers

REDUCING the unemployment rate to below 4 per cent by 2021 has been a challenge for the Ministry of Employment. This was shared by the ministry’s operations and policy deputy secretary Puamau Sowane, who said this was one of their greatest tasks under the National Development Plan. He mentioned this during a question and answer...

‘Pacific in grip of NCDs crisis’

THE Pacific Islands are in the grip of a non-communicable disease crisis. Speaking during the inauguration of the Pacific Research Centre for the Prevention of Obesity and Non-communicable Diseases (C-POND) at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva yesterday, Health and Medical Services Minister Dr Ifereimi Waqainabete said evidence suggested that life expectancy was beginning to...

Fiji PM: We cannot neglect ocean health

“IF the world continues to neglect and abuse the health of our oceans, we will bench our most vulnerable player in the climate action campaign.” These were the remarks made by Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama at the closing of the Blue Pacific Pavilion at the COP25 in Madrid, Spain yesterday. He said over the past...

FRA legally entitled to recover costs for SARUP 2 project

THE Fiji Roads Authority (FRA) is legally entitled to recover any costs over and above which would have been paid to Guizhou Road and Bridge Company for the Suva Arterial Road Upgrade Project 2 (SARUP 2). This was highlighted by FRA chief executive officer Jonathan Moore, who said what was important now was to minimise...

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