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17th October

Report: Significant improvement in access to basic sanitation

EIGHTY-EIGHT per cent of schools in Fiji had access to basic drinking water services, 76 per cent to basic sanitation and 61 per cent to basic hygiene services in 2016. This according to figures recently...

16th October

Suva Rotary organises fundraising dinner on World Polio Day

THE Rotary Club of Suva East is doing its best to eradicate Polio in the country. A fundraising dinner is being organised on World Polio Day next Tuesday, October 22, to raise funds that will help in the fight against vaccine-preventable diseases. “Many of the efforts that have helped check the spread of this disease...

Taveuni Palms Resort wins 2019 luxury award

A 5-STAR boutique resort has won the 2019 Luxury Private Pool Villa Continent Winner, Australia and Oceania at the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Taveuni Palms Resort, Fiji also for the fourth consecutive year won the exclusive, “Signum Virtutis”, the Seal of Excellence, at the 2019 Seven Stars Luxury Hospitality and Lifestyle Awards in the Hotels...

Live healthy lifestyle, President Konrote urges Fijians

PRESIDENT Jioji Konrote has urged all Fijians to eat healthy and live a healthy lifestyle. In launching World Food Day in Savusavu on Vanua Levu today, Mr Konrote again pleaded with parents to feed their children fresh healthy meals. “We have moved away from traditional eating habits preparing fresh healthy meals at home,” he said....

Lalauvaki murder trial: Second State witness testifies

THE trial for two former police officers who are jointly charged with murder continued in the High Court in Suva today. Second State witness Alifereti Gada, 26, a member of the Poll-Friend for the Suva Market Police Post was crossed-examined by the defence. The case is being heard before judge Justice Vinsent Perera with the...

Fiji appointed chair of UN working group on trafficking persons

FIJI’S Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva Ambassador Nazhat Shameem-Khan has been appointed to the position of the Chair of the Working Group (WG) on Trafficking in Persons at the United Nations Organisation for Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna, Austria. Ambassador Khan said it was a great honour for Fiji to...

Mission confirms safety of Fijian nationals in Japan

THE Fiji Embassy in Tokyo has established contact with Fijian nationals in Japan and has received confirmation of their safety following the devastating wake of Typhoon Hagibis – considered to be the most powerful typhoon in decades to hit Tokyo. Officials at the Fiji Embassy in Tokyo with the assistance of Fiji’s Honorary Consulate Offices throughout...

Fiji PM: Climate change is the single greatest threat to livelihood

CLIMATE change is the single greatest threat to the livelihoods, security and well-being of our people, says Fiji’s Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama. He made this comment while officiating at the opening of the Asia Pacific Urban Forum 7 in Malaysia. Mr Bainimarama said since its inception, the forum had been able to recognise the reality...

Patterson Shipping vacates Ellington Wharf

PATTERSON Shipping has vacated the Ellington Wharf in Rakiraki. The Fiji Roads Authority had given the company until 8am today to move its boat, The Spirit of Love, from the wharf. Patterson had claimed the wharf belonged to them and that they held a lease over it from 1984. FRA, in a letter to the company refuted...

Weather watch: Heavy rain warning in force

A HEAVY rain warning has been issued by the National Weather Forecasting Centre. The weather advisory is in force for Yasawa and Mamanuca groups, western half of Viti Levu, Kadavu and nearby smaller islands. A trough of low pressure remains slow moving just to the west of Fiji and is expected to gradually drift east...

Nadi Health Centre closed for repairs

THE Nadi Health Centre is closed and is expected to open by the end of this week. A statement issued by the Ministry of Health and Medical Services last night attributed the closure to a wastewater leakage. It stated the health facility would be closed until repairs were carried out. “The Water Authority of Fiji...

FSC ordered to reinstate worker

THE Employment Tribunal has ordered the Fiji Sugar Corporation to reinstate its former procurement manager without loss of any income or benefits. Pranil Datt was sent on leave on October 2, 2017, and was informed two weeks later that his services were no longer required. “He was not given any letter at the time,” magistrate...

Lawyer Lateef files for constitutional redress

SUVA lawyer Shazran Abdul Lateef has filed an application for a constitutional redress at the High Court in Suva. Representing himself, Mr Lateef told judge Justice Vinsent Perera that the application was against the Attorney-General’s office, The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) and the Suva Remand Centre. He said he had been...

Vuniwaqa: Women face higher risks from climate change impacts

RURAL women commonly face higher risks and greater burdens from the impacts of climate change, says the Minister for Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation Mereseini Vuniwaqa. She was speaking at Garvey Park in Tavua yesterday to mark the 2019 Rural Women’s Day. “Women, due to historical discrimination and biases in both the formal and informal...

Labasa to celebrate 2019 IDC win

THE Labasa football side will celebrate its 2019 Courts Inter District Championship win this Saturday. Team president Rayaz Khan said they did not want to hold back the celebrations. “We want to thank the fans back at home who couldn’t make it to the grounds. The players have worked hard and need a break as well,”...

Lalauvaki murder trial: Witness says there was no brawl in club

THE girlfriend of a man who was allegedly murdered by two former police officers last year told the High Court in Suva that no brawl took place inside the nightclub he had patronised. She said the deceased, Joseua Lalauvaki, was removed by bouncers because he had hit a person who had been hassling her inside...

Calls to inspect wooden power poles for termite infestation

ENERGY Fiji Ltd has been asked to check if its wooden power poles in Lautoka have been infested with termites. Concerned residents living in Lovu, a community located just outside the city, said they believed termites had taken over the EFL power posts that run in the residential area. “Termites damage the inside part and...

President urges parents to stop feeding children with junk food

PRESIDENT Jioji Konrote has pleaded with parents to stop feeding their children with junk food but “feed them with healthy food for a healthier nation”. In launching the backyard garden program in Labasa yesterday, Mr Konrote challenged families to start growing their own food and not rely too much on processed food. “We got to...

FRA issues final notice to shipping company

THE Fiji Roads Authority has given Patterson Brothers Shipping Ltd until 8am today to remove its boats and personnel from the Ellington wharf in Rakiraki. Failure to do so will result in the FRA seeking the assistance of police to remove or have personnel of the shipping company arrested for alleged trespass. In a letter...

FSC boss informs staff of ‘realignment’ at HQ

FIJI Sugar Corporation CEO Graham Clark has informed his staff of a “realignment” at the head office. The announcement in an email correspondence formalises the redundancy of the general manager corporate services, head of strategic communications, fleet manager and sales manager. “These changes are implemented to ensure the corporation continues to provide top-tier service to...

Drug trafficking in Vanua Levu compels joint operation

INCREASING incidences of drug trafficking in Vanua Levu have compelled a joint operation between the military and police, with teams deployed to hotspot areas. Yesterday, President Jioji Konrote asked the military and police to work together in combating increasing cases of drug trafficking. He made the comment during a briefing at the Sukanaivalu Barracks in...

Fiji to cease importation and use of paraquat from 2020

IMPORTATION and use of paraquat will cease from January next year. Minister for Agriculture Dr Mahendra Reddy said the ban was issued after various research and tests were done. He said the ministry had also been informed that paraquat had contributed to many suicidal deaths in the country. “We have been doing our tests and...

Burchell: ECE teachers do not have “correct qualifications”

EDUCATION Ministry permanent secretary Alison Burchell said Early Childhood Education (ECE) teachers did not have the correct qualifications. She made the comments while responding to submissions from the Nausori headteachers association regarding the need to increase the salaries of ECE teachers. During a recent meeting with school heads and managers, it was recommended that the...

Ministry to be made aware of all ‘gifts, visitations’

GIFTS made to schools need to be vetted because some schools receive more than others and “it would be better off if they went to those who really needed assistance”, says divisional education officer West Ratu Josefa Gavidi. He said to ensure this happened, every visitation or gifts made to a school must be made...

Managers query school funding rules

THERE are too many conditions placed on schools that want to hold fundraising activities, says Govind Singh, the president of the School Management Association . “You cannot use the children, you cannot ask the parents and you cannot force anybody,” he said. “So everybody takes advantage to say that Government is giving you money so...

I’m keen to stay, says McKee

FIJI Airways Flying Fijians head coach John McKee’s contract is expected to end in December. McKee, whose contract was extended for another two years in 2017 to allow him to take the Flying Fijians to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, has expressed keen interest to continue building the team for the 2023 RWC. “I think...

Realignment of staff at FSC head office

FIJI Sugar Corporation CEO Graham Clark has informed his staff of a “realignment” at the head-office. The announcement in an email correspondence formalizes the redundancy of the General Manager Corporate Services, Head of Strategic Communications, Fleet Manager and the Sales Manager. “These changes are implemented to ensure the corporation continues to provide top-tier service to...

Vaniqi: Sugarcane belt at risk as a result of climate change

FIJI’s sugarcane belt is at risk as a result of climate change, says University of the South Pacific student Apenisa Vaniqi. He is pursuing a postgraduate diploma in development studies. Mr Vaniqi has been selected to be part of a team that will be travelling to Santiago, Chile, in December to be part of COP...

Wet weather causes delay in sports complex completion

INCLEMENT weather has caused delay in the completion of phase three of the Sawaieke sports complex in Sawaieke Village, Gau. Republic of Fiji Military Forces Engineering Unit warrant officer Luke Soro said they had managed to complete phase one and two of the project. “By next month, we are expected to hand over phase four...

Sawaieke district in Gau invests in horses

INVESTING in horses from the highlands of Nadroga/Navosa has made work easier for yaqona farmers in Nawaikama and Sawaieke villages, Gau, in the Lomaiviti Group. Sawaieke district representative Kelepi Mataitoga said yaqona farms in Gau were located deep in rugged terrain and sometimes farmers would spend days on their farms because of the distance. “Last...

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