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The unsung heroes

The transformation of education begins with teachers. I allude to powerful quotes by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and Scott Hayden, “A good teacher is like a candle – it consumes itself to light the way for...

Back in history: Successful operation

The owner of the Courtesy Inn in New Zealand and Australia, Tony Holmshaw, said his move to establish operations in Fiji began when discussions with other hotel proprietors from abroad encouraged him to branch out to smaller Pacific island countries. Out of all the island countries, he was told that Fiji would be the best...

Over 1,000 USP students graduate today and tomorrow

A total of 1,199 students at the University of the South Pacific’s Laucala Campus will be graduating and receiving their certificates, diplomas, degrees, postgraduate diplomas, Master’s and PhD’s today and tomorrow in the University’s October graduation. USP Vice-Chancellor and President (VCP), Professor Pal Ahluwalia highlighted that of those who graduated, 64 per cent were women....

Provisions ‘ambiguous’

The Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley says he has to live under the ambiguous provisions of the Media Industry Development Act (MIDA) 2010 “from Monday to Sunday”. He said this while speaking at the sixth Pacific Media Summit in Honiara, Solomon Islands last week. Wesley pointed out provisions in the law that said no media...

Qiliho: Police is aware

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho says the Fiji Police Force is aware of drug dealing and prostitution allegations on a social media post at a Laucala Beach property. He also said a person of interest in the case was a former police officer. Information on the post alluded to a house being used to...

‘Students to be monitored’

Police will be closely monitoring students travelling to Lautoka for the Fiji Secondary School Rugby Union Deans finals this weekend. Chief operations officer Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Abdul Khan said a traffic management plan had been put together by the Fiji Police Force which would include escorting packages for participating teams. “The recent attacks...

Brawl erupts at house

A brawl broke out around 6.30pm at a house on Rewa St, Suva, where youths allegedly attacked the occupants of a property under scrutiny by police. More than 50 police officers were deployed to the scene. They managed to contain the incident and dispersed the youths. According to eyewitnesses, a group of youths returning from...

Youths attack home

Police Commissioner Brigadier General Sitiveni Qiliho asked the occupants of a home of interest on Rewa St, Suva, to relocate after they were attacked by youths last night. More than 50 police officers were deployed to the scene and managed to contain the situation. Mr Qiliho said an Incident Management Task Force has been set...

Widespread fires affect power supply

Properties and government infrastructure continue to fall victim to widespread fires across the Western Division with five incidents occurring within the span of 30 days. In a statement, Energy Fiji Ltd CEO Hasmukh Patel said the latest uncontrollable fire came at the cost of yet another power outage between Ba and Rakiraki. He said two...

‘One-off payment does not reduce costs’

The cost of living does not come down with a one-off welfare payment, says Fiji Labour Party leader Mahendra Chaudhry. He made the comment at a party meeting in Nadi recently while outlining the party’s vision statement for the 2022 General Election. The former prime minister was referring to Government’s $180 inflation mitigation payment. “Just...

Worry over exodus

While many Fijian families are celebrating their loved ones being picked to work in Australia and New Zealand, canegrowers are worried the continuing exodus of labourers could soon leave no one to harvest their crop. Farmers in Ba said they found it difficult to obtain cane cutters this harvesting season because they claimed that many...

Patel stands for NFP

After contributing her opinions on matters of national interest in The Fiji Times‘ Letters to the Editor section for many years, Kirti Patel is taking her views to the national platform as a provisional candidate for the National Federation Party to contest the 2022 polls. She said she was standing for public office because she...

Koya would ‘love’ to contest polls under FijiFirst banner

Commerce, Trade, Tourism and Transport Minister Faiyaz Koya says he will contest this year’s general election under the FijiFirst party banner. “I’d love to contest for a position in government,” he said, speaking to this newspaper yesterday. “We are still going through all our processes at the moment, but of course, I’d love to.” He...

‘Amendment gives unfettered powers to SOE’

The People’s Alliance party deputy leader Lynda Tabuya says the latest amendment to the Electoral Act (Act No.49 of 2022) “gives unfettered powers to the Supervisor of Elections that not even Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption or police have”. She said this in response to comments by Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem that she has...

Lynda on notice to respond

The People’s Alliance party deputy leader Lynda Tabuya has until today to respond to the Fijian Elections Office (FEO) in relation to the Rock the Vote Fiji organisation. Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem said this at a news conference at the FEO headquarters in Suva yesterday. He said Facebook posts had been deleted from a...

Saneem clarifies complaint letter

Supervisor of Elections Mohammed Saneem says the complaint received from The People’s Alliance party on Monday afternoon is only two pages and not a 50-page letter. At a news conference yesterday, the SOE said the Fijian Elections Office was yet to determine who the complaint was against. “We do not believe that statements made in...

Seruiratu follows up on key projects in the Central Division

Minister for Rural and Maritime Development and Disaster Management Inia Seruiratu toured parts of the Central Division yesterday. As part of yesterday’s program, Mr Seruiratu visited the districts of Muaira, Noemalu and Nadaravakawalu in the interior of Naitasiri to follow-up on a few key projects funded and implemented by Government within the province. These included...

Children’s hospital to host pediatric cardiac conference

The Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital and Sai Prema Foundation will be hosting the South Pacific’s first ever Pediatric Cardiac Conference in April 2023. The Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Heart Hospital Fiji director Dr Krupali Tappoo announced this during a World Heart Day event on Thursday. “The inaugural Pediatric Cardiac Conference will be a ground...

Hospital gives life wholeheartedly

More than 2200 free echocardiograms had been performed on children and 81 kids had been given the gift of life through the free heart surgeries conducted at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital in Suva. In her World Heart Day message last week, the Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Heart Hospital Fiji director Dr Krupali Tappoo...

Dr Naidu: Dental education needs to evolve

Dental education in Fiji needs to evolve, says Fiji Dental Association (FDA) president Dr Parikshath Naidu. He said the association should be involved if any changes were to be made to the dentistry syllabus. Dr Naidu said this during the association’s dental conference and Annual General Meeting in Nadi recently. “On the national front, there...

What’s happening today!

Bula vinaka everyone. Here is another edition of some basic information you may need to know for today. First, here is your weather forecast for today: Weather A trough of low pressure is moving towards the group from the west and is expected to affect parts of country from tonight. Forecast to midnight tomorrow for...

4th October

Captain braveheart

Captain Joeli Vuki may be 70 years old but his love for the sea is as fresh as yesterday. He grew up on the island of Vatoa in Lau. Surrounded by the ocean, his childhood dream was to become a seafarer, a dream that lured him to Suva. After completing his primary education on the...

Lack of participation remains an issue – Deo

In a country such as Fiji with a population of less than one million, volume is a huge issue in terms of sustaining recycling programs, says Pacific Recycling Foundation founder and director Amitesh Deo. He said this at the inaugural Recycling and Environment Work in Fiji roundtable discussion on Wednesday, an initiative of the French...

Back in history: Blakelock’s journey to the islands

A new chapter unfolded in Dorothy Blakelock’s life when she was able to successfully trace the descendants of her father’s uncle, Thomas Blakelock, a seafarer from England who had settled in Kadavu, Fiji. And now, this branch of her family had become a passion with Dorothy who was spending all her spare time seeking out...

US commitment to Pacific Islands

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden last week told visiting leaders from more than a dozen Pacific Island countries that the US was committed to bolstering its presence in their region and becoming a more collaborative partner as they face the “existential threat” of climate change. The president addressed the leaders who gathered in Washington for...

A 15-year journey

Harminder Singh came to Fiji in 2006 with his family for a vacation and decided to stay back with his family and invest in a restaurant – Maya Dhaba – in the Capital City. “My brother has a restaurant with the same name in Sydney. When we came to Fiji in 2006 we decided to...

New player joins the renewable energy sector

A new renewable energy company was recently opened in Nadi joining a group of private companies to contribute electricity to the Energy Fiji Ltd grid. Dawn Renewable Energy Ltd Company Center was opened by president Ratu Wiliame Katonivere who praised the company’s efforts to identify investment gaps in the renewable energy sector. “The opening of...

Mow appointed as the new head of secretariat

The former manager International Relations at the Fiji Revenue and Customs Services — George Mow — is now the new head of the Pacific Islands Tax Administration Association (PITAA). A press release from PITAA said Mr Mow said while he was selected by the PITAA Executive Committee, his appointment was formerly endorsed at the annual...

Business threat – $6.4m lost to cybercrimes in the past 6 years

Almost $6.4 million was lost in business email compromise scams from 2016 to 2022. This was revealed by the Fiji Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) manager intelligence Esther Sue while speaking before the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and Defense in Suva yesterday. During FIU’s submission on the Budapest Convention, Ms Sue spoke about the business...

Global recognition – Tourism properties recognised as “A Great Place to Work”

Nine months after international borders reopened, Hilton properties in Fiji were recognised as “A Great Place to Work”. The international recognition came at the right time, particularly when numbers at most local tourism properties have begun soaring again and most Fijian tourism employees were being absorbed back into the workforce. Hilton, a leading global hospitality...

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