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80pc of children aged 1-14 violently disciplined

A survey conducted to monitor the situation of women and children in Fiji has found that 80.5 per cent of children between the age of 1 and 14 years had been violently disciplined in the...

Man in custody for allegedly stabbing de-facto wife to death

A mother of one has died following an alleged stabbing incident believed to have been at the hands of her de-facto husband. The alleged stabbing occurred at the Nanuku Settlement in Vatuwaqa. According to Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro, a man in his 40s had been taken into custody in relation to the alleged tragic incident. Ms...

Surcharge irrecoverable amount policy implemented

The Ministry of Economy has implemented a Surcharge Irrecoverable Amount Policy across the Government. In a circular to all government departments, acting Economy Ministry permanent secretary Shiri Gounder said over the years, irrecoverable surcharge amounts had continued to accumulate because full recovery was not made by ministries and departments. “This policy will guide accounting heads...

Tender called for ‘peer view’ of incomplete $12.6m Lautoka swimming pool

Government has called a tender for the “peer review” of the incomplete $12.6 million dollar swimming pool at the Lautoka’s botanical garden. The successful company will need to evaluate the work undertaken by the contractors and provide an assessment of all works carried out for the Lautoka Swimming Pool Project and of any outstanding monies...

Telstra announces FJD3.3 billion acquisition of Digicel Pacific

Australian telecommunications company Telstra Corporation Limited has today announced the proposed acquisition of Digicel Pacific Limited for USD1.6 billion (FJD 3.3 billion). The deal, which is backed by the Australian government, is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2022. Telstra Corporation Ltd will own 100% of the Digicel Pacific operations in six...

No one charged for alleged issue of fake vax cards

No one has been charged for allegedly issuing fake vaccination cards in Labasa, says police spokesperson Ana Naisoro. However, she said a few had been questioned in relation to the issue and police were continuing with their investigations into the allegation. Police said about 10 vaccination cards were allegedly issued by the accused — a...

Court orders man to return $50k

The High Court has ordered a man to return $50,000 to the owner of 786 Civil Contractors, Shabana Nazmeen Nisha. Ms Nisha had given $50,000 to Annal Sen in 2018 as a loan but he denied receiving the sum of money as a loan, claiming he was a partner in 786 Civil Contractors from September...

Girl, 11, believed to be latest drowning victim

An 11-year-old girl is believed to be the country’s latest drowning victim. Police spokesperson Ana Naisoro said the victim had gone swimming in the Sigatoka River, near Qereqere despite being warned not to. “Her parents were alerted of the incident by other children after she had disappeared,” she said. “A search was conducted where her...

Waidamudamu bridge in Labasa closed; fire incident investigated

Members of the travelling public are advised that Waidamudamu Bridge on Nakorotari Road in Labasa is presently closed to all traffic. According to the Fiji Roads Authority (FRA), the  bridge was on fire this morning. It stated that the National Fire Authority (NFA) was on site and it would arrange repair works once police completed...

Access to climate finance space discussed between Fiji and Cook Islands

The Attorney-General and the Minister for Economy and Minister responsible for Climate Change, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum virtually held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Cook Islands, Mark Brown to discuss additional support that is to be provided in the Access to Climate Finance space ahead of the COP26 Summit. Under the United Nations Framework...

Pork sales up in Fiji as domestic demand increases

Fiji’s pig industry recorded a 233 per cent increase in domestic sales despite losing 60 per cent of its market when COVID-19 shut down the country’s tourism industry earlier this year. In a statement, Vuda Pig owner and president of the Fiji Pig Association Simon Cole attributed the increase in domestic sales to the local demand for pork. He...

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 Mainly fine over most places Moderate to fresh southeast winds Moderate to rough seas Outlook for Tuesday: Partly cloudy with brief showers over the eastern parts of the...

24th October

Behind the News: A history of invasion

“When I left Fiji three years ago there were no land motor.” That reflection was part of a paper presented at the Imperial Motor Transport Conference in London in 1914 by Fiji historian, Adolf B. Brewster. “We had two transitory visits of cars, one that was kept for a while by a resident and the...

Group helps out women

This year the Soroptimist International Lautoka Branch is focused on bringing much needed medical services to women who cannot access health. Last week members of the charity group gathered at Ami Chandra Memorial School near Tomuka settlement where a team of health care workers from Medical Services Pacific were offering free medical advice to women. SI Lautoka member...

$5000 boost for Fiji cancer society

Tanoa Hotel Group showed their annual support for the fight against breast cancer with a $5000 donation to the Fiji Cancer Society in Lautoka yesterday. Made possible through the Reddy Foundation Program, the fund was handed over during a Pinktober celebration event at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel. The foundation is a charitable initiative of founder...

Bucalevu school marks 100th anniversary

Bucalevu Secondary School on Taveuni Island celebrated its 100th anniversary last week. Chief guest Divisional Education Officer North Iliseva Volai said the institution had served its purpose well and produced national leaders over the last century. She said the school was not only the pride of the Garden Island but the entire Northern Division as...

Orgies, stone shrines and secret naga rituals – Part 2

Last week we looked at the naga, stone formations and rituals used in old Fiji. These naga rituals were different from the ancient ancestral worship practices of the natives. Some early writers said the stone rituals were cultish in nature. The naga rituals were performed largely in certain parts of western Viti Levu, particularly the...

Fijian Government buys out minority shareholders at half a cent per share

The Fijian Government is buying out minority shareholders in the Fiji Sugar Corporation at half a cent per share. This, according to a letter delivered to the shareholders signed by acting Econom Ministry permanent secretary Shri Gounder, which outlined details of the compulsory acquisition. In the letter, Mr Gounder says since Government holds a 90...

Man for the job

Vanua Levu chiefs say Ratu Wiliame Katonivere is the right man for the job. They made the comment soon after Speaker of Parliament Ratu Epeli Nailatikau announced the Tui Macuata as the new President of the Republic of Fiji. They said he was “promoted by God”. Tui Bua Ratu Makutu Nagagavoka said the vanua of...

Village celebrates Ro Jone’s posting

Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces, Major General Ro Jone Kalouniwai was accorded a traditional ceremony at Nabitu Village in Tailevu yesterday. Mr Kalouniwai’s late mother hails from the village. The village hall and ground was a hive of activities as villagers danced and feasted to celebrate his appointment. Village elder Lasaro Laqere...

Choice a blessing from God

President-elect Ratu Wiliame Katonivere’s older sister Adi Samanunu Katonivere said her “baby brother’s” appointment was a divine blessing from God. Speaking to The Fiji Times at Naduri Village on Vanua Levu, she said “Tuwili” has made the family proud. She said their late parents, Ratu Soso Katonivere and Samanunu Boteiviwa, “must be smiling down from...

Plans for booster shots

The Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) has recommended that moderately and severely immunocompromised persons be given an additional dose of all WHO Emergency Use Listing Procedure (EUL) COVID-19 vaccines. Ministry of Health’s permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the Ministry of Health would be offering third doses to eligible persons. “Booster doses...

Fiji records 68 new cases

FIJI recorded 68 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours ending at 11pm on Friday evening. Ministry of Health’s permanent secretary Dr James Fong also announced 10 COVID-19 deaths for the period August 2 to Wednesday this week — 9 deaths from the Western Division and one from the Central Division. The deceased...

Tora answers calling

“When God chooses his own, nothing on Earth can ever sever this calling.” These were the words of newly ordained Catholic priest, Father Joseph Tora while describing his life journey leading to his ordination at the Sacred Heart Cathedral yesterday. Growing up Fr Tora said he always wanted to be a priest, inspired by an aunt...

Natural disasters leading case of food insecurity – Dimuri

The Fiji National Disaster Management Office (NDMO) conducted its first webinar series for the 2021 National Disaster Awareness Week (NDAW) on Wednesday with over 100 participants from around the country. The focus of the session was on Food Security in Disaster Risk Reduction. In opening the NDAW webinars, Acting Deputy Secretary for Rural and Maritime...

Evaluation ends for Fiji Business Excellence Awards applicants

The Fiji National University’s (FNU) National Training and Productivity Centre (NTPC) that manages the Fiji Business Excellence Awards has concluded its 2021 evaluation process for organisations that had applied for recognition this year. The levels of recognition for the 2021 applicants were finalised by the Panel of Review (POR) at the virtual meeting held last...

Ordained priests ready to carry out the will of God

It was an emotional moment as the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Suva as the two newly-ordained priests -Father Joseph Tora and Father Stephen Filipo – were accorded the traditional Samoan cleansing ceremony of Ifoga yesterday. Presiding over the ordination mass, head of the Catholic Church in Fiji Archbishop Peter Loy Chong removed a mat that...

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 Mainly fine over most places Cool at night Moderate to fresh east to southeasterly winds, gradually easing from later today Rough seas, moderating from tomorrow Outlook for Monday:...

23rd October

Making ends meet – Joana keeps up with loan payments selling cupcakes

During the national border lockdown amid the second wave of COVID-19 that devastated the Fijian economy, the Sawani border became the new hub for market business. A location that connected farmers from the highlands and buyers from the urban dwelling within the Central Division. Over the weeks a new market was established on the roadside...

Blood bank receives much-needed support

As a part of its 13th birthday celebrations, Digicel Fiji took the initiative to donate blood to the Fiji National Blood Bank Services (FNBS) and also pledged to create awareness about blood donation in Fiji to meet the growing demand. In a statement Digicel Fiji chief executive officer Farid Mohammed said they were pleased to...

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