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Fiji’s girmit history – The enigma of its exclusion revealed!

Fiji recognised the 143rd anniversary of girmit as never before in recent history, marking the arrival of Indian indentured workers in Fiji on May 14, 1879. The first ship Leonidas followed other 86 ships that landed 60,965 Girmitiyas in Fiji from 1879 to 1916. Girmit in Fiji ended on January 1, 1920, which liberated them...

A tribute to Dr Va

When you take a walk in the garden early in the morning, you will come across some mesmerising flowers that you hope will not wilt. But these flowers cannot last forever, nature takes its cause and the flowers will eventually have to pass on. We can only take photos of it and think of its...

Animal welfare

Some people know the sign (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)) out front in Walu Bay, others may just notice it now with this article – but here is some of what happens behind that sign and that bamboo wall. SPCA and animal welfare organisations of various sorts, and under various names...

Leaving no one behind

Bula readers! I was interested in reading about the Government announcement informing us that poverty is reducing in Fiji, which is great news if this is correct. Unfortunately, when I go on my daily excursions in and around Suva City and along the Nausori-Suva corridor it does seem to me poverty levels may have increased...

A new era for jobs

All Fiji jobseekers should closely watch the results of the 2022 Australian Elections unfolding on the May 21, 2022, and hope for a clear win by the Australian Labour Party as the polls are predicting. In the last few months, former Fiji citizens living in Australia will have seen an extraordinary turnaround in Australian political...

Do they know the way – A ‘Moana’ moment for manifestos

The well known Moana Disney animation carried that catchy tune, immortalised by Opetaia Foa’i and Lin-Manuel Miranda, called “We know the way”. It was the power anthem for the scene where Moana sings to celebrate the voyaging exceptionalism of South Pacific natives being the world’s first great navigators. Regretfully, however, where this Government is concerned,...

Rabuka’s promise — I will protect them

I will look after them. This was the promise made by The People’s Alliance party leader Sitiveni Rabuka to hundreds of supporters at a campaign meeting in Ba on Thursday night. Mr Rabuka said he made the same promise to former Indian Army Chief General Sunith Francis Rodrigues, his instructor at the Indian Defence Services...

Biman: People will not be fooled

No amount of cosmetic roadworks or promises by the FijiFirst Government will take away the harsh realities faced by the Fijian people under their rule, says National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. At a campaign meeting in the West this week, he said the people “will not be fooled”. “Our people understand where we...

PM on ‘asset rich, cash poor’

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama says the work Government has undertaken to develop iTaukei land is a step closer to ending the notion of the iTaukei people being “asset rich and cash poor”. He said this when he officiated at the ground-breaking ceremony of the iTaukei Land Development Grant in Tavua on Wednesday. “We don’t only...

Nawaikula jailed

Niko Nawaikula may have seriously reduced public confidence in Fiji’s democratic system. This was the word from High Court judge Justice Dr Thushara Kumarage yesterday while handing the former Opposition MP a two-year jail term with a non-parole period of 18 months. He sentenced Nawaikula to an aggregate sentence of 36 months imprisonment which was...

State ‘out of ideas’

They keep talking about the past. This, according to National Federation Party leader Professor Biman Prasad. In Nadi this week, Prof Prasad said the Government was running out of ideas to improve Fijian livelihoods. “We are not going into the past because the people need the solutions to our current issues,” he said. “You know...

‘Tickets being offered to me’

Women’s rights advocate Shamima Ali says she has no intention of standing for this year’s election. She made her intention clear following an outburst from Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama that Ms Ali hoped to secure a National Federation Party ticket at this year’s polls. “As I said, I don’t tell lies,” Ms Ali said. “And...

COVID-19 Fiji: Health ministry reports 29 new cases

Fiji’s Ministry of Health and Medical Services has reported 29 new cases of COVID-19 since the last update announced mid-week. According to the ministry, four new cases were recorded on May 17, eight new cases were recorded on May 18, and 17 new cases in the last 24 hours ending at 8am on Thursday. Ministry...

SPC’s CePaCT wins award for innovative island research

The Pacific Community’s (SPC) Centre for Pacific Crops and Trees (CePaCT) has won the 2022 Island Innovation award for Innovative Island Research. The award – given by Island Innovation, a global network that connects island stakeholders through digital communication and events – was presented to CePaCT in a ceremony held in April. CePaCT is managed...

$8.15m Waiwai treatment plant in Ba to be commissioned in June

The Waiwai Water Treatment Plant in Ba worth $8.15million will be commissioned by June 2022. Water Authority of Fiji CEO Dr Amit Chanan said the present Waiwai Water Treatment Plant was a conventional system that was built more than 60 years ago. “With a treatment capacity of 13 million litres per day, the plant is...

Tausili gains valuable knowledge through PAL

Lale Tausili learnt about Peer Assisted Learning through a virtual orientation session and instantly knew he needed to register as a participant. In the short time he joined the virtual PAL meetings, Tausili (pictured, right) admitted learning new things. “The useful presentation by the PAL leader provided me enough tips and tricks on how to...

What’s happening today!

Hi everyone. Here’s some basic information that you and your family may find useful in your day-to-day planning. But first, a quick look at the weather forecast for today until midnight tonight: Weather Fine apart from isolated afternoon showers and thunderstorms over western Viti Levu and showers gradually becoming occasional with isolated heavy falls from...

20th May

Sur Sen – Enjoying farm life

At 60, when you’d expect many his age to be enjoying retirement, Sur Sen, still loves to get his hands dirty and shows no sign of slowing down. Apart from his family, farming has been his life and is the one thing that makes him truly happy, physically strong and mentally healthy. The grandfather-of-six is...

Behind the model Jeryka

Her unique physique has earned Jeryka Prasad a lot of attention that in a few short years, the Levuka beauty has become one of Fiji’s most increasingly popular and the choice as one of the faces of Fiji Fashion Week. With four years and several big shows under her belt, Jeryka explains that being a...

Back in history: State explains $6m

The government planned to make a detailed explanation of how it paid $6 million to the Colonial Sugar Refinery, the acting minister of finance John Falvey, said in an article published in The Fiji Times on September 14, 1973. He gave the pledge after the leader of opposition, Siddiq Koya, said it seemed as if...

The Accident – A play not to be missed

If you miss The Accident, which premiers next week (May 24), you will be missing a stunning reminder of “us”; an extraordinary collection of exchanges that is remarkable in its reflection of Fiji and her Fijians today, punctuated by references to the colonial past we share, digging deep into roots of racism. It has been...

Sweet investment

There has been a lot of focus on assisting small businesses with the aim to encourage them to improve and enhance their products and services. Grants have been provided by Government through the Fiji Development Bank to SMEs and MSMEs which has benefited those who qualified for these grants. Small business operator Aachal Reddy of...

Access to funding a major challenge

One of the major issues over the past years SMEs or micro small businesses were faced with was access to funding or credit. The Reserve Bank of Fiji governor Ariff Ali, during their submissions to the Standing Committee on Public Accounts on the compliance audits relating to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Credit Guarantee Scheme,...

First in the Pacific- Bank to issue recycled plastic bank cards

ANZ is the first bank in the Pacific to issue recycled Visa debit cards which will be produced using a minimum of 70 per cent recycled plastic. ANZ acting regional executive for the Pacific, Ravendran Achari said consumers were increasingly moving away from ‘first-use’ plastic, including shopping bags, water bottles and straws. “Now, as customer...

Council relaunches partnership

The Consumer Council of Fiji yesterday relaunched a multi- stakeholder partnership “Alliance for Healthy Living” during the National Workshop on non- communicable diseases (NCDs) held in Suva. Ministry of Health’s permanent secretary Dr James Fong said the Alliance for Healthy Living was a coalition formed by Consumer Council of Fiji, Diabetes Fiji, Ministry of Health...

NCDs leading cause of death in Fiji, says PS Health

Non-Communicable diseases have been the leading cause of deaths in Fiji, accounting for over 80 per cent of total deaths per year. Ministry of Health and Medical Services permanent secretary Dr James Fong said an average of 5000 to 6000 people die from NCDs every year. Speaking at the National Workshop on non-communicable diseases at...

Landowners: Land given without consent

A landowning unit of Viseisei in Vuda has claimed their land was given to a new investor without their consent. During a talanoa session with the Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama in Lautoka recently, the landowners claimed the new owners of the leased land were given the land without consultations with the traditional owners. They said...

Fijians come together in prayer

The Fiji Council of Churches (FCC) and people from different faiths came together in prayer and held its first ever prayer gathering at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Suva yesterday. Hosted by the Anglican Diocese of Polynesia on behalf of the FCC, the prayer vigil will be held over 10 weeks. Anglican Diocese of Polynesia...

Water cuts ‘shocking’

Unity Fiji party leader Savenaca Narube says it’s shocking that communities in Fiji continue to suffer water cuts for years. In a statement, Mr Narube revealed that during his campaigns across the country, he had received many complaints from residents about water supply disruptions. “In our campaign across Fiji, we are hearing of severe problems...

Taxi fare increase request

The Fiji Taxi Association had made a submission on May 4 to the Fijian Competition and Consumer Commission (FCCC) to increase taxi fares. This was confirmed by general secretary Ashwin Lal during an interview yesterday. Mr Lal said the association hoped it would be implemented soon. “Because the price of fuel, car parts and food...

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