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ODPP: 16 charged for serious criminal activities in July

A total of 16 people were charged for non-sexual violence offences by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) last month. This was revealed today by the ODPP when releasing the serious crime...

Government to pay fees for birth and death certificates for a year

As the Fijian Government had announced in the 2021-2022 National Budget, it will now pay for fees to obtain a birth certificate for the next 12 months effective from August 1, 2021. The Government stated that all Fijians could obtain a copy of their birth certificate, as well as that of their dependent children, from...

Dr Fong – Protecting COVID-contained status of Vanua Levu a priority

Vanua Levu is COVID-contained. The four positive COVID cases reported in a quarantine facility have all recovered. Ministry of Health’s permanent secretary Doctor James Fong confirmed this saying that protecting the COVID-contained status of the North and maritime islands was a priority. “The North is COVID-contained and repatriation is ongoing at a highly controlled rate...

COVID-19 positive mothers assisted with essential supplies

COVID-19 positive mothers who gave birth at the Lautoka Hospital have been provided with essential supplies from the Foundation of Rural Integrated Enterprises and Development (FRIEND) Fiji. According to the non-profit organisation, the delivery of the essential items was made possible through a collaborative effort with the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement. “Maternity pads and baby diapers as well as some baby clothes and snacks for moms,”...

Kumar gets second dose

Amputee Jagdish Kumar of Varoko, Ba, drove himself to the Ba vaccination drive-through, joining  hundreds of residents receiving their second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. He said he was not prepared to live through the nightmare of contracting the virus after hearing horror stories of households suffering from this global crisis. “We have seen what this virus does to people,” he said. “People...

Business owner left ‘heartbroken’, loses everything in blaze

Ba businessman Sanjenesh Nadan is heartbroken after a major fire at the Ba Central Arcade destroyed his electrical accessories and farm equipment shop on Sunday night. The owner of Vision Marketing Electrical Contractors Pte Ltd said he could not fathom the fact that the business he built in one year was completely razed to the ground within minutes. “At around 7.30pm I got...

People advised to expect surge in police operations

Members of the public should expect a surge in police operations in major divisions around the country. Fiji’s Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu said this was in support of the Ministry of Health’s “containment and mitigation efforts”. He said snap checkpoints would be erected throughout the divisions as officers continued to conduct community visitations...

Dump site fire creates thick black smoke over Lautoka

Thick black smoke continue to drift high into the sky over Lautoka in as a result of the continuous burning of the Vunato dump site. The blaze was believed to have started on Sunday night. Lautoka Residents and Ratepayers Association president Narayan Reddy said he had taken the issue up with the Lautoka City Council. “This...

Decline in dental income

Dental practices across the country have reported  a 95 per cent reduction in earnings over the past two months because of the COVID-19 pandemic, says the Fiji Dental Association. Association president Dr Prakishath Naidu said some practices have either closed completely while others have provided up to 5 per cent only of their usual services. “Dental and oral healthcare is an essential health service, declared as part of...

Tents to be used as reserved space for COVID-19 patients

The tents outside Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital will now be used as reserved space for COVID-19 patients, says Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong. He highlighted this during a news conference at the Vodafone Arena and said the tents outside CWM Hospital represent things that  the ministry had done in the past, every time there was a cyclone or hurricane, tents were set up. “The conditions are...

COVID-19 Fiji: Digicel donates $8k worth of hygiene care products to MoHMS

In support of their community outreach program in the fight against the spread of COVID-19,  Digicel presented $8,000 worth of essential hygiene and sanitation products to the Ministry of Health and Medical Services today. In a statement Digicel Fiji CEO, Farid Mohammed, said; “Digicel has been looking at opportunities to do their bit to help...

Tudravu: Do not be influenced by speculation

Opportunists have been quick to use two incidents to call for more acts of violence and unfortunately some have supported the calls, claims Acting Commissioner of Police Rusiate Tudravu. He made the comment amid the two major fire incidents in the Central and Western divisions. Mr Tudravu said any Fijian who attempts to cause instability in the country will be investigated and dealt with. He said the force would not...

Capital works projects – Australian taxpayers to guarantee a loan of $106m to Fiji Airports Ltd

Australian taxpayers will guarantee a loan of $106 million to Fiji Airports Ltd for its capital works projects. The Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) that is administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has guaranteed the loan through the ANZ Bank. “The total financing facility is $106 million with no foreign exchange exposure for Fiji Airports,” said Fiji Airports Ltd communications and public relations manager Christopher Chand. “This facility...

‘Vaccination induced immunity still strong’

Vaccination induced immunity is still stronger than natural immunity for COVID-19. This, according to the pediatrician, epidemiologist and translation researcher and member of the WHO PCV Expert Advisory group Professor Fiona Russell. While speaking at the Fiji National University (FNU) explain the science panel discussion, she said it was important to get vaccinated. “Within four weeks after infection, most people do develop protective antibodies that will...

More pregnant women test positive for COVID-19

Seven out of every 10 pregnant women at Suva’s CWM Hospital are testing positive for COVID-19. This, according to the head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the CWM Hospital Kelera Sakumeni. “The current situation right now we are seeing about seven out of ten women that are being diagnosed with COVID getting admitted to the hospital, I feel that this is a small number...

COVID-19 Fiji: Death toll now at 254 since virus outbreak

Thirteen more people have died, bringing the national COVID-19 death toll to 254. Health Ministry permanent secretary Dr James Fong reported this after he announced 1,110 new cases for the 24 hours to 8am yesterday. Dr Fong said with yesterday’s newly reported deaths, there have now been 254 deaths due to COVID-19 in Fiji, with...

Ba fire a major loss to affected businesses – Local Govt Ministry

The fire in Ba on Sunday night is a major loss to the affected businesses during these challenging times. Minister of Local Government Premila Kumar said the National Fire Authority (NFA) fire-fighters were quite responsive and managed to save the museum and the town hall. “There has been no damage to these facilities. Despite the...

Operationalisation of the Land Transport (Budget Amendment) Act 2021

Further to the announcement by the Attorney-General and Minister for Economy,  Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, the Ministry of Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport (Ministry) wishes to advise that the Land Transport (Budget Amendment) Act 2021 has been passed by the Parliament of the Republic of Fiji on 30 July 2021. As provided by in Section 1(2) of...

Devi pursues a Trade Diploma in Accounting at FNU

Achal Ashwini Devi developed an interest in the field of Accounting after joining the workforce some years back, which eventually led her to enrol in the Trade Diploma in accounting program at the Fiji National University (FNU). Devi is a student at FNU’s College of Business, Hospitality and Tourism Studies (CBHTS). “I have worked at...

What’s happening today!

Hi everyone. We continue to keep our thoughts and prayers for everyone, especially families who have lost a loved one and those battling this virus in hospital or at their home, or at medical facilities around the country. Please continue to practise those COVID-safe protocols in your homes and communities, and help spread the word...

2nd August

The curry house – Babasiga Halal Bites thrives in delta town

No journey from Nausori to Korovou would be complete without a pit stop at the Babasiga Halal and a quick sample of what many describe as the best curry in Rewa. Situated on the main road beside Agro Marketing Fiji, you would not be able to miss the eatery. If the long line of vehicles and foot traffic won’t give away...

COVID-19 Fiji: 13 deaths reported as positive cases soar again over 1,000

Fiji has reported 1,100 new cases of COVID-19 for the 24-hour period that ended at 8am today, and 13 deaths recorded for the period, July 29 – August 1, 2021. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said 386 cases were from the Western Division and 714 cases from the Central...

Bhagwati temple — humble beginnings

From a small shrine established to preserve the culture of firewalking for its Hindu devotees, the Bhagwati temple has today become one of the most renowned in Fiji and it is renowned for its annual firewalking ceremony. People all around Fiji and internationally have travelled to attend and witness the firewalking ceremony held at the temple every year between May and June. The...

Back in History: Bus drivers robbed

On August 22 1980 The Fiji Times published that six bus drivers were robbed of their day’s takings at Nabua as nightly attacks on bus drivers in the Nabua-Kinoya area continued. Police believed that the six drivers were the victims of a single gang operating in the Nabua area and have placed plainclothes officers on the buses to try to catch them. “We have tightened police coverage in the...

Lautoka bush fire spreads to bus company garage

An afternoon bush fire in Vunato, Lautoka spread to the Classic Buses garage this afternoon. Police spokesman Wame Bautolu said  the blaze started from nearby bushes at around 4.30pm before spreading to the yard. Classic Buses director Adnan Mohammed confirmed the incident. He said fire officers managed to put out the fire at 6pm. “Firefighters...

Protecting our ecosystem – International Day for the Conservation of Mangroves

With July 26 being International Day for the Conservation of Mangrove Ecosystem, it offers an opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of mangroves to the wellbeing of people, communities, and the natural environment. Globally, mangrove ecosystems are amongst one of the biologically diverse ecosystems in the world. They are critically important to supporting people especially those of coastal communities. They underpin the provision of goods and...

Cloud technology to ‘improve performance’

Vodafone Fiji will be helping businesses take advantage of the benefits of Oracle cloud computing across Fiji and the Pacific. According to a statement from the company, it was a member of the Oracle Partner Network (OPN) and among the Oracle solutions it helped to deliver was the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. This was a next generation cloud built for enterprises seeking higher performance, lower costs and easier...

Women take on leadership roles

HFC Bank has made four new appointments to head the bank’s corporate banking division. According to a statement from the bank, it was the first in Fiji to have an “all women” corporate leadership. The bank appointed Umesh Prasad to head of treasury and corporate services, Vandhana Sharma to head of corporate banking West, Shilpa Jogia as the corporate manager Suva and Devika Prakash as the...

A good deed for our little champs – Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

It is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. August 2021 is a Childhood Cancer Awareness month with a difference in Fiji. The COVID-19 pandemic brought about major operational changes at WOWS Kids Fiji (WKF) which we have embraced since 2020. We know the reality that despite the pandemic, childhood cancer is not going away from Fiji. And we are fully aware...

Report highlights lack of services

Fiji has no mental health services in the outer islands and a lack of qualified counsellors in rural areas, says senior United Nations health official Dainius Puras. Mr Puras, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, said the traditional model of mental healthcare in Fiji often led to “stigma,...

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